Wheels November 2018

Wheels is Australia’s original motoring magazine. Launched in 1953, we’ve been trusted by generations of Australians to provide entertaining and forthright opinions on the good, the bad and the ugly of new and used cars. A world-class car mag with a formidable international reputation, Wheels covers the full gamut of cars – from sports cars to four-wheel-drives, economy to family cars – but it also covers the people, personalities and the power plays behind one of the world’s most dynamic industries.

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in this issue

3 min
editor’s letter

Be warned, however: further irritation may ensue. While we have indeed driven it (finally!), the review on p56 isn’t of the production-ready car, but a camouflaged testing mule still undergoing final engineering sign-off. This has me genuinely worried. Not because our early taste was underwhelming – Ryan Lewis’s review shows there’s plenty of goodness lurking beneath that bamboozling paintwork and felt-covered cabin – but because by the time it finally arrives next year, the risk is that the Supra could have successfully and spectacularly executed the automotive equivalent of jumping the shark. By the time it finally arrives, Supra may have done the automotive equivalent of jumping the shark We’ve seen this before, of course. Drawn-out and agonisingly protracted vehicle-reveal schedules are nothing new. But while manufacturers the world over are guilty of over-hyping…

1 min
the long wait

How long has Toyota been teasing us with the Supra? Murmurs of a fifth-gen car first surfaced way back in 2007, but really gathered steam in 2011 when the 86’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, confirmed Akio Toyoda had asked him to oversee the project. Joint development with BMW began in 2012 (the Supra shares its platform, engine and much of its electrical architecture with the new Z4), before the swoopy FT-1 concept car appeared at the 2013 Detroit show. Since then Toyota has been annoyingly coy, hyping the Supra but divulging very little of interest. Interestingly, BMW has been much more upfront with the Z4. We’ve already seen it in full and are driving the production car next issue.…

3 min
killer whale

PORSCHE Motorsport has celebrated its 70th by once again throwing off the shackles and casting the rulebook aside to showcase the extent of its engineering nous. Following the 919 Evo record-breaker, Porsche’s racing division has now created an outrageous, unrestricted 911-based tribute to the iconic 935. Bearing the same three-digit nameplate and the Martini livery of its 1978 forebear, the modern day 935 is a 515kW single-seat track weapon built on the GT2 RS, and unmistakably styled to mimic the car better known as Moby Dick. The project was developed in complete secret, and met with genuine astonishment from an unsuspecting crowd when revealed last month at Rennsport Reunion, a Porsche motorsport festival in the United States. “It’s unbelievable the feedback that we got from the fans. It was a real secret, and…

1 min
get in before they are all taycan

Porsche has put its Mission E concept from 2015 on display in Sydney in preparation for its first fully electric production vehicle, the Taycan, arriving in Australia. Due to land in 2020, Porsche Australia is currently taking ‘expressions of interest’, backed by a refundable $2500 deposit – despite a lack of guidance regarding price or standard spec for the new model. A fast-charging network in eastern states and parts of WA will be pivotal to the roll-out plan for the Taycan’s local debut, but Porsche is yet to announce its charge-provider partner.…

1 min
the original inspiration

Porsche debuted the 935 in 1976, and it quickly became a force to be reckoned with in Europe and abroad. By 1978 its competitive edge was beginning to wane, leading to a third iteration focused singularly on Le Mans. An 845hp (621kW) water-cooled 3.2-litre engine was developed, and proved monstrously fast (367km/h down the Mulsanne in qualifying was unmatched) but trouble in the race meant eighth was the best Schurti and Stommelen could manage. It mattered little, as by then the legend of Moby Dick was established.…

3 min
i am legend

“We will never build a Googlebox, a shitty car” STAR of this year’s Paris Show? That’s easy. Yet Peugeot’s e-Legend coupe provided a very different take on EV autonomy to most. “All car manufacturers when they talk about autonomous driving and electrical cars, they try to do something super futuristic, eventually science fiction-esque, you know?” muses Peugeot’s design director, Gilles Vidal. “Science fiction always shows us a scary future. There’s no happy science fiction movie. I looked actually. They’re all dark in one way or another. The future delivered to us in this way is always a bit weird. The future can be super-emotional, interesting, bright. Let’s not fear autonomous driving as a loss of something because it will be delightful in many ways. Let’s create a concept that pushes this philosophy.”…