Opinion

The Tesla paradox: It's the rocket, you're 'Spam in a can'

Posted in REVIEWS on June 11, 2021
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Elon Musk last night kicked off production of the Tesla Model S Plaid performance sedan, and as usual his standup routine was a flurry of superlatives: The car will do 0-to-60 in 1.99 seconds — being sure to edge out the 2-second mark out to the second decimal place. It will do the quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds. It can reach 200 mph. It makes over 1,000 horsepower, with 20 to spare. Each benchmark is checked Read More »

Buying a £1000 Saab from a hidden car collection

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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I bought a car the other day. Okay, I know that’s not exactly an earth-shattering revelation, particularly in a place like this, but the process reminded me of a used car adage about ‘buying the seller rather than buying the car’. You know the sort of thing: you turn up at an immaculately kept house with an impeccably manicured lawn to find a kindly and honest vendor who just wants the car to go to Read More »

Opinion: Why the Volkswagen Multivan means so much to so many

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 11, 2021
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The Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, new Land Rover Defender and Aston Martin DBX are among the cars that we've been most excited about over the past couple of years. The launch of each was hyped up for months in advance, read by thousands of readers on the Autocar website and - without exaggerating - had a real cross-industry effect. But yesterday came an unveiling with a slightly more personal touch – one that may Read More »

Opinion: Back in the WRC at age 91?

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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Sardinia was a blast, but next it’s on to probably the most anticipated rally of them all: the Safari. For a while, the World Rally Championship’s visit to Africa seemed in doubt, but now it’s going ahead from 24-27 June, with 58 crews entered. The one we will be looking out for is #36, a Ford Fiesta Rally3. Its driver is Sobieslaw Zasada, who will smash the record for the oldest driver to start a Read More »

Matt Prior: Airships are back in the news - it's about time

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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I’m a big fan of airships. A Zeppelin NT LZ N07-101, better known as The Goodyear Blimp, was the subject for last year’s Autocar Christmas road test, and it was joyful. There’s a terrific museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, dedicated to early Zeppelins and their ilk, and the luxury they offered was palpable. So it's great to see them back in the news. Flying some 300 metres above the ground, you get a sensational view of Read More »

Matt Prior: Airships are back in the news, and it's about time

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 10, 2021
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I’m a big fan of airships. A Zeppelin NT LZ N07-101, better known as The Goodyear Blimp, was the subject for last year’s Autocar Christmas road test, and it was joyful. There’s a terrific museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, dedicated to early Zeppelins and their ilk, and the luxury they offered was palpable. So it's great to see them back in the news. Flying some 300 metres above the ground, you get a sensational view of Read More »

Racing lines: Why we can bank on rallycross for quick-fire racing

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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In the Supernational class, one step down from the RX Supercars, Poland’s Slawomir Woloch slung his lairy BMW M3 (painted in cheeky works colours) around Lydden with admirable gusto. He appeared to lose out on the penultimate lap to Jason Bleasdale’s Vauxhall VX220, which made a late dive down the inside at the North Bend hairpin, only for the pretty little two-seater to lose time on the grass as its driver put the power down Read More »

Opinion: Connecting your car to the cloud will be a good thing

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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Tesla Twitter is an excitable place in the quietest times. And last week it burst into flames when it became apparent that the passenger seat lumbar support on the Model Y and Model 3 had been removed from production vehicles. Like I said, nothing about Tesla is unexamined. Eventually Elon Musk popped up and confirmed the feature had been dropped, explaining that ‘the logs’ had revealed it was very rarely used. It’s not often discussed, Read More »

Autocar's favourite races: 1997 CART Budweiser/GI Joe's 200

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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Because it was on the US West Coast, the action started quite late on a June Sunday night in the UK, but since 1997 was the summer between me finishing school and starting university I didn’t have any commitments to prevent staying up late. Just as well: the race started in treacherously wet conditions, prompting a series of spins, crashes and delays. The rain eased midway through the race, and a narrow dry line slowly Read More »

Steve Cropley: Where are all the truly refined small cars?

Posted in CAR NEWS on June 9, 2021
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This week, Cropley enjoys a spurt in his Dacia but reflects why it still isn't his ideal set of wheels. Later, a couple of fantastic bits of customer service make his day, before he reflects on the strange delight of putting together the Autocar Awards issue. Monday Drifting about today in my new Dacia Sandero Stepway, having recently given back a Bentley Bentayga, I’m beset by the feeling that despite the opposed excellence of these Read More »

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