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Felix Page Autocar writer
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3 July 2020

As the working week draws to a close, you no doubt want to catch up with everything that has happened in the world of motoring over the past few days. 

So we’re bringing you our favourite videos, stories, photos and quotes of the week all in one place. Here are today’s picks:

HOT NEWS

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s rugged new off-roader, the Ineos Grenadier, has broken cover with a variety of clear design references to the old Land Rover Defender and a specification that could easily pass for a modernised version of the 1948 original.

Despite this, the Grenadier is an all-new 4x4 created by a ground-up team and brand, with modern components, a state-of-the-art powertrain and possibly an even more singular purpose than the icon that it seeks to supplant.

Ineos Grenadier revealed as rugged off-roader for 2021

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

The F8 Tributo is the latest in a long line of mid-mounted turbocharged V8-powered supercars from Ferrari, following in the footsteps of the already-legendary 458 Italia and 488 GTB. This here is the Spider version, and we've been putting the 710bhp drop-top through its paces on UK roads to see if it really is a match for the two other super-Spiders on the market: the Lamborghini Huracan Evo and McLaren 720S. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Volkswagen hasn't officially unwrapped its new Golf R hot hatch yet, but a recently spotted prototype told us nearly everything we wanted to know. Will it have massive brake discs? Yup. Lower suspension than the standard car? Of course. Unmissable quad-exit sports exhausts? You bet.

So that's the design all but revealed. Now all we need to do is get behind the wheel of the 329bhp AMG baiter and find out what it's made of. 

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf R: best look yet at 329bhp hot hatch

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I wouldn’t buy one without a service history because they’re 10-15 years old, and lots of people have bought one and spent £10,000 on it in the first year, which is ridiculous. One of ours has 195,000 miles on the clock and another 160,000, and they’re fine.”

Angus Leat there, from Land Rover specialist AHL Engineering, explaining concisely why the acclaimed Discovery 3 is both one of the most desirable but risky second-hand cars on the market. Sure, it will carry seven people comfortably across the most challenging terrain you can find, but only if you buy a good one. This week, we told you everything you need to know about bagging a solid example of the luxo-truck. 

Used car buying guide: Land Rover Discovery 3

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Any in-car audio entertainment aside from conversation didn't really exist in the early days of mass car production, when radio (or wireless, as we should really call it, old chap) before technology had progressed enough that receiver sets could be offered. But in 1925, we reported on an advance in radio technology that would make portable entertainment properly practicable for motorists.

From the archive: Wireless and the car

POPULAR OPINION

In BMW's announcement of a wide-reaching new connected car software rollout this week, a small nugget of information became a big talking point: the brand will now use a subscription-based scheme for car options. Essentially, what this means is that your BMW will now be sold with optional software and hardware already installed, but not switched on.

Debate-worthy the decision may be, but it's not as mad as it sounds. Lawrence Allan explains:

BMW's subscription-based options scheme isn't as mad as it sounds

 

 

 

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7 April 2020

The nicest 5 series ? Especially the 535 i and M5 pre-facelift.

 

 

15 April 2020

  is that the same ford Biff had in back to the future?

17 April 2020

China should be treated as a pariah state for all sorts of reasons: outrageous copycat car designs, totalitarian government with an appalling human rights record, releasing coronaviruses.....

22 April 2020
streaky wrote:

China should be treated as a pariah state for all sorts of reasons: outrageous copycat car designs, totalitarian government with an appalling human rights record, releasing coronaviruses.....

while some of what you say might or might not be actually true, what your saying about the Coronavirus could be scaled up to something more sinister.....

22 April 2020
streaky wrote:

China should be treated as a pariah state for all sorts of reasons: outrageous copycat car designs, totalitarian government with an appalling human rights record, releasing coronaviruses.....

 

You should have stayed stuck under that rock from which you crawled out from..."releasing"?. You are a significantly dangerous foolish moron, who should be stamped on promptly. "coronaviruses" plural?...name the others apart from covid19?. Pariah, a euphemism for YOU.

289

27 April 2020

....since you seem to have set yourself up as the Autocar 'official' English language moderator....you may like to review your own offering! - "from which you crawled out from"

Really? this qualifies you to be dismissive and judgemental !

28 April 2020
289 wrote:

....since you seem to have set yourself up as the Autocar 'official' English language moderator....you may like to review your own offering! - "from which you crawled out from"

Really? this qualifies you to be dismissive and judgemental !

 

You are correct, though it detracts not a jot from my choosing to post exactly what form of words I like...just as you do...now see below...:)

7 May 2020

Take it slowly - you are f****** idiot. Why? Because Coronaviruses is a scientific term for a group of viruses. And yes, it can be used in plural form.

289

27 April 2020

....totally agree.

Ignore TiS, hes a twat with nothing remotely useful to say.

28 April 2020
289 wrote:

....totally agree.

Ignore TiS, hes a twat with nothing remotely useful to say.

 

Punctuation has no less a place than grammar, so..."hes"?...a slip from your perfect record...try either he's or he is. Now we shall all find out if you are as quick to acknowledge your error and my post, pointing it out, as I was with your comment. Clock is ticking...

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