MOTOR Magazine Australia

September 2021

If you love fast cars and everything surrounding them, then MOTOR is the magazine for you. From the hottest new cars to the wildest tuner vehicles, through the people who build, buy, race and repair them, MOTOR shines a spotlight on the late model car enthusiast lifestyle. Through 60 years of heritage MOTOR has built up a reputation as the car enthusiast’s bible.

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in this issue

3 min
front end. ed’s note

IN NOVEMBER OF 2018, I wrote a column for Wheels magazine stating that I’d already bought my last new car with an internal combustion engine. I made the case that a freeze on ICE development, combined with the declining cost per kWh of batteries and a ramp up in battery energy density meant that there was the very real risk that buying an ICE performance car could be like leaving the shop with the last Betamax VCR. That column never made the mag, largely because I was completely and hopelessly wrong. Three years later, we haven’t hit the energy density predictions that industry analysts cited, batteries still haven’t crossed that magic USD$100 per kWh threshold yet and the hugely influential Chinese EV market share is still lagging behind what was foreseen. While…

6 min
pace notes

HANDLE WITH CARE The new Z’s flush door handles are a world away from the 350Z’s fridge-door items and the 370’s rather more apologetic units. Not only do they cut drag and reduce wind noise in the cabin, but they look the goods, too DO ME A SOLID If you’re not altogether sold on the two-tone effect of paintwork contrasted with black roof, you can choose the Z in an all-over Black Diamond Metallic, Gun Metallic or Rosewood Metallic. Or at least US buyers can right now THEM’S THE BRAKES All Zs get ventilated disc brakes all round. The Performance receives bigger brakes with red calipers SAFE AS Expect AEB with cyclist and pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, and forward-collision warning. Nice 01 ZED’S NOT DEAD! INCOMING! Nissan’s 298kW über-coupe revealed NISSAN CERTAINLY WASN’T…

3 min
02 sapphire blue at fox

YOU MAY NOT know Gregor Piech. Born in 1994, he’s the youngest of Ferdinand Piech’s eight children. Yes, that is the late Ferdinand Piech who used to run Volkswagen. Gregor’s great grandfather was Ferdinand Porsche so he’s a proper Porsche blue-blood. Blue is a bit of a theme within Porsche. Ferdinand Piech’s 1967 development version of the 911 R was finished in Scarab Blue and he professed that blue was his favourite colour for cars. For Gregor’s 19th birthday, his father bought him a Breitling wristwatch, with a silver-blue dial and a blue leather strap. The next birthday gift was even more special. Realising that it was 50 years since Ferdinand Piech had worked on the original 911 R, Gregor’s mother Ursula decided that her son’s Skoda Citigo wasn’t really up to…

2 min
03 megazilla!

FORD’S GT supercar continues to live on, with a new limited-run special edition that pays homage to its ancestors from the ’60s. Called the GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition, the MY22 variant (pictured) features the same 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 ‘EcoBoost’ engine as other GTs, but gains special exterior styling matching the only remaining GT prototype from 1964. Ford says the special edition’s production will begin in January, with the entire GT program coming to an end at the end of 2022. However, GT production has been extended twice already, and another delay is likely. Enthusiasts were initially disappointed when the reborn GT was launched without a V8 engine. Now their hopes may finally become a reality with a new test mule indicating a final GT model is being built with an eight-cylinder…

7 min
the tribe

WIN THIS NEXT MONTH! MOTOR MAGAZINE PRIZE PACK Want to snag a year’s subscription to MOTOR for the sum of absolutely zero? Yep, gratis. All you need to do is hit us up at the email address up there with a story of your most shameful ‘Now watch this!’ moment behind the wheel. We’ve all had them, but if you think yours can’t be topped, you need to spin us a wonderful yarn. CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE IN THE MID-1990s, while interviewing Giugiaro on the Fiat Panda, we got talking about the Miura. After a short conversation in which Gandini’s name was mentioned, George suddenly got up and said, “follow me”. We went into the next door office, which turned out to be his drawing room, one I’d never seen before. From a…

1 min
the tiebreaker

I WANT A PERFORMANCE CAR AS AN INVESTMENT. MY MONEY’S DOING NOTHING IN THE BANK SO I FIGURE WHY NOT PLAY THE MARKET? MY LOGIC IS THAT ITALIAN V12 EXOTICS WILL ALWAYS COME GOOD IN THE LONGER TERM, SO IF YOU HAD $250K TO SPEND, WOULD YOU CHOOSE A 2012 FERRARI FF OR A 2004 LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO? ALAN K PROCEED WITH CAUTION, Alan. I’m sure that the previous keepers of both the Ferrari and Lamborghini may have been working on exactly that logic. It all depends how long you’re prepared to wait. Judged purely in terms of investment potential, I’d probably lean towards the Murcielago over the FF. It’s an easier thing to comprehend, whereas the FF reminds me of the 2+2 365 GTC/4, a great and misunderstood car whose values spent…