This week: Lambo's new grand tourer detailed, Audi's diesel S4 reviewed, we find the best naturally aspirated sports car and more
11 September 2019

There’s a new Lamborghini on the way, and it promises to be like nothing else to ever come out of Sant’Agata. 

The company is considering its first electric car, following the launch of the hybridised Sian hypercar, and sources suggest it will take the form of a characteristically radical four-seat grand tourer based on the 2008 Estoque concept. Read how it will follow in the footsteps of performance pioneers like the Miura, Sesto Elemento and Terzo Millennio. 

Closer to home, Jaguar is developing the hotly anticipated revival of its XJ flagship saloon, and gave us a brief glimpse of what to expect at last week’s Frankfurt motor show. Following the teaser, we sat down with newly instated head designer Julian Thomson to hear how the Tesla Model S rival will ‘challenge the norm’. 

In other Frankfurt chats, we hear the first details about an electric hot hatch due from Cupra in 2022, and why it won’t face competition from a Type R variant of Honda’s new e, before considering how the new Land Rover Defender could save the Discovery and taking our first look at Porsche’s sinister new 718 Cayman GT4 RS

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The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been reinvented for 2019 with a Range Rover-esque interior, subtle styling tweaks and, more importantly, the brand’s acclaimed PTA architecture. We take it out on the rough stuff to see what it offers over the BMW X3 and Audi Q5

Next up, it was a trip to the sunny South of France for a spin up the Côte d’Azur in McLaren’s new GT. Is it a grand tourer or a supercar? More importantly - is it a McLaren? We find out if the new model balances usability with pleasing dynamics to fill a gap in Woking’s range.

Rounding off this week’s new metal pages, we try out the BMW X2 M35i, Mercedes GLE 350de, Renault Megane RS Trophy-R and Subaru XV, before putting the new Audi S4 through the road test wringer. The hot saloon stalwart has made the landmark shift to diesel power, but does the added efficiency come at the cost of character?

Features

What do the Ford Mustang Bullitt, Mazda MX-5 and Caterham Seven 310R have in common? Three things actually: they each share a manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive layout and naturally aspirated engine. It’s a fun but endangered species, so we grab a collection of similarly specced motors and head for the B-roads for a blast. 

Frustrated with big bills for tiny parts? When the car makers’ engineers fail, a man from Ramsgate has a fix. We chat to Kieran Mannings, whose Kent-based business is making life easier for drivers worldwide by producing improved versions of components that are bound to go wrong. 

Speaking of fixing things, what about Formula 1? The sport has the fastest racing cars and the best drivers but, as a sporting spectacle, there’s something missing. Thankfully our writers and readers are on hand to help with their ideas for a new and improved racing series. 

Now, the new Land Rover Defender will pleasingly be sold in the same three bodystyles as its predecessor, but is it missing a crucial fourth? We spend a day with the team at Alpha 4x4 Funerals, whose Defender hearse has been ferrying farmers, free spirits and enthusiasts to their final resting place since 2003. 

Opinions

Matt Prior loves spending a day touring Britain’s B-roads with the road test team, but reckons when it comes to a driving holiday, solo is the way to go. Steve Cropley, meanwhile, has a newfound respect for vintage Jaguar owners after a day at London’s Concours of Elegance. But his favourite car of the week? Lego’s new Land Rover Defender…

Deals

The days of private car ownership are numbered, warns James Ruppert, but there’s a plethora of interesting bangers you can still enjoy driving. The Jaguar XK8 featured in this week’s classified round-up is a good example, offering V8-powered continent crush-ability for less than £5000.

Need a bit more refinement in your life? No bother, we’ve also taken a look at the gorgeous Aston Martin DBS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class for this week’s used buying guides. 

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5 April 2018

As usual, this week's edition (dated 04APR2018), is a very good read, and well worth the investment. The road test of the eighth generation of Roll-Royce Phantom - with its "mahogany panelling" - illustrates that moneyed wealth, should NOT be confused with good-taste!

The sales pitch for next week's issue (to be dated 11APR2018), whets our appetite with the Used Buying Guide  . . .  "Mercedes-Benz CLS. Can't afford the new one? Then read our guide to Merc's original style icon".

The original CLS certainly was a style icon, with all the svelte elegance of a Parisian - or Italian - chic designer item.

That streamlined elegance was lost when the original's "facelift" incorporated the bluff, Teutonic, more upright, corporate Mercedes radiator grill.

The new, current, incarnation of the CLS (page 29, of this week's magazine), shares all the style, delicacy, and substantial "presence" of a rugby prop forward!  It is not a case of "Can not  AFFORD  the new CLS?".  More a question of why would anyone wish to purchase such a vulgar and brutish vehicle?

It is (again) a reminder that the ownership of wealth, is NOT the same as the possession of good taste.

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18 July 2018

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18 July 2018

....suggest you study English language first!

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19 July 2018

Why the GT2 RS isn't  a five-star Porsche?

Well, according to the German car magazine Sportauto the McLaren 720 S is the better supercar.

The 720 S is razor sharp and yet poised, while the GT2 RS is a bit unhinged.

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22 July 2018

Good overall read this week, except for the iPace vs Tesla review, which is a biased storyline developed clearly ahead of the cars being reviewed.  Essentially, the premise looks to convey an analogy between two passenger jets and how the second to market - the Boeing 707 - went on to lead it. Unfortunately, much like his story, he apply's 20th century motoring thinking to a 21st century ownership problem. In other words, he clearly doesn't get what the shft to electric is about. Not only that, many of the facts are just incorrect, like 0-60 time that amongst the others if they had been published correctly, would make the reader question how the author could possibly have reached such a conclusion. This disregards the fact that the iPace is better compared with the Model 3 (same size). Not only that, but the test cars were over 25% apart on costs - with the iPace being more expensive. Really dissappointing journalism. 

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24 July 2018

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26 July 2018

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