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Drawing fire: We talk to BMW's design director

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 23, 2021
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Before you get too excited about retro designs, Dukec insists that the only backward-looking thing about the Neue Klasse is the title. “We don’t make a homage to Neue Klasse,” he says.“But we’re a company who defined a new [market] segment and new product that was very relevant in the 1960s, combining elegance and dynamism in a way nobody else had before.” While BMW has yet to preview any of its new Neue Klasse designs, Read More »

True blue: Ford Sierra RS Cosworth vs Mustang Mach-E

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 23, 2021
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In contrast, the Mach-E has Ford’s latest Sync 3 system, which presents 80 vehicle settings via a giant touchscreen. Even standard sound systems today are better than the most expensive aftermarket ones back in the Sierra’s day. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow you to morph a mobile phone onto the dashboard, whereas a ‘briefcase’ mobile phone in 1986 would occupy most of the passenger compartment and just about make a call if you were Read More »

Tyrrell P34 continuation: reviving a six-wheeled F1 legend

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 23, 2021
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So he has his P34 (the other one is to be sold). He also owns a 1981 Lotus 87B, with which Colin Chapman rivalled McLaren in pioneering the use of carbon fibre in F1, and a 1989 Ferrari 640, John Barnard’s masterpiece that introduced paddle-shift semi-auto gearboxes. You can see the pattern. What other innovative F1 cars does Holtzman wish to collect? “I want to have a discussion with Bernie Ecclestone, because I would like Read More »

Renault 4 concept gets radical hotel-style redesign

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 22, 2021
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The Renault 4’s 60th anniversary celebrations continue with the unveiling of a one-off redesign of the original supermini, inspired by a “nomad hotel suite”.  It's called the Suite N°4 and Renault has worked with French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to completely redesign the 4. The rear of the car has been replaced by polycarbonate windows, creating what Lehanneur calls “an open-air hotel room”.  Renault says this conservatory-like design provides the rear of the car with “lighting on par with Read More »

2021 Mercedes-AMG S63 due imminently with snarling V8 hybrid

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 22, 2021
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Just a few months after the launch of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, AMG is almost ready to reveal its substantially more potent take on the luxury flagship.  Marking itself out as the Affalterbach-fettled car by its sports wheels, unique grille, bespoke bumper designs and square-tip quad-exit exhaust, the pictured prototype was captured by our photographers on public roads and at the Nurbürgring. Its light exterior camouflage and production ready-interior suggesting a reveal will take place in Read More »

New 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL to be revealed next week

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 22, 2021
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Mercedes-AMG will fully reveal the new SL roadster next week, following the model’s interior tease back in July.  The model will make its debut in the form of its digital premiere on Thursday 28 October, where the performance firm will highlight a host of technological updates.  Mercedes-AMG has also confirmed the model will be equipped with all-wheel drive for the first time. The firm revealed the model’s interior less than a month after a partially Read More »

Buy them before we do: second hand picks for 22 October

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 22, 2021
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Clash of the classifieds It’s raining outside, so find me a weatherproof car for under £10,000.  Subaru Impreza WRX, £8995 vs Fiat Panda Cross, £7750 Oliver Young: If it’s weatherproof you’re after, what fits the bill better than this 2007 Impreza WRX? Essentially a road-legal rally car, it has a 227bhp 2.5-litre boxer engine, all-wheel drive and, drawing on all that WRC heritage, the ability to cope with whatever is thrown at it, come rain or Read More »

Opinion: Breen finally gets well-deserved WRC seat

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 21, 2021
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Being a late developer isn’t without precedent. A couple of decades ago, there was another driverwho didn’t start his proper career until age 31, with a few similarities to Breen: a strong family background in rallying, a humble approach and a reputation for being on the fringes until it all finally came spectacularly good. That man was Marcus Grönholm, unexpectedly brought in as lead driver for his and Peugeot’s first full season in 2000 with Read More »

New 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL to debut next week

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 21, 2021
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Mercedes-AMG will fully reveal the new SL roadster next week, following the model’s interior tease back in July.  The model will make its debut in the form of its digital premiere on Thursday 28 October, where the performance firm will highlight a host of technological updates.  Mercedes-AMG has also confirmed the model will be equipped with all-wheel drive for the first time. The firm revealed the model’s interior less than a month after a partially Read More »

New Rolls Royce Black Badge model to be revealed next week

Posted in CAR NEWS on October 21, 2021
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Rolls Royce has teased the new Ghost Black Badge through a non-fungible token (NFT) animation, along with details of an announcement set to take place on Friday 29 October.  The luxury firm says it will announce “the next chapter in Black Badge’s remarkable history,” confirming a new model will be added to the firm’s performance line-up.  The short animation film features a Black Badge model resembling the Ghost creeping into frame in a dark, city Read More »

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