Car Magazine Preview December 2014

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Contents

118COVER STORY

LaFerrari vs

McLaren P1!

AMG

GTS vs Porsche 911

GTS on epic roads

64Mercedes

97

It’s our

whistlestop

tour

through

2014


78

F1 is only the

start: uncovering

the real Williams

84

90

What do New

Yorkers think of

their new taxi?

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AGENDA

14 BMW plots super i8 and new M6

16 7 wow-factor cars of the month

18 60 years of Ferrari North America

20 Bianchi, Senna & the case for F1 safety

22 Will the flying car actually take off?

INSIDER

26 Mitsubishi: Evo is dead for good

30 Renault EV that doesn’t need charging

FIRST DRIVES

32 Ford Mondeo

36 BMW X6

38 Rolls-Royce Ghost

40 Vauxhall Corsa

42 Mercedes GLA45 AMG vs Audi RSQ3

46 Lexus NX

48 Volkswagen Passat

49 Mercedes S-class plug-in hybrid

50 Audi S6

OPINION

52 The CAR columnists

58 Letters to CAR

FEATURES

64 Mercedes AMG GTS vs Porsche 911 GTS

It’s Merc’s 911 vs the real thing, as we pit all-new AMG

GTS against Porsche’s new hero, also called GTS

78 The other side of Williams F1

Everything from buses to wind turbines: we uncover the

amazing world inside Sir Frank’s £8m tech centre

84 Our man makes Ginetta race debut

Meet our James. How did he get onto this grid?

90 We test New York’s new taxi

Georg braves Manhattan driving the new Nissan cab

97 2014’s Greatest Hits

Cars, people, incident… one year, 100 memories

110 Cover story: McLaren P1 to Maranello

Ferrari here we come! Across the Alps in a Brit hypercar

118 Cover story: LaFerrari vs McLaren P1

World exclusive: the test they all wanted

REAR END

130 OUR CARS: Hello Peugeot RCZ R

162 TOP 10: bosses sacked by their own firm

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First

Drives

FEATURING

FORD MONDEO

BMW X6

ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST

VAUXHALL CORSA

MERC GLA45 AMG VS AUDI RSQ3

LEXUS NX

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

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Ford Mondeo 2.0-litre TDCi 180 Titanium X

Better late than never

Three years after its US launch, Brits finally get the new Mondeo. Good job it’s good. By CJ Hubbard

IN SEPTEMBER, CAR managing

editor Greg Fountain tweeted a

picture of this car, saying, ‘Here’s

the new #FordMondeo. Been ready

for launch for three years – looks

what it is: old’. Ford’s director of

product communication, Jay Ward,

actually took the time to reply: ‘I’m

biased of course but there’s nothing old

about the new Mondeo. Looks great

and with tech no one else has even

now.’ So who’s right here?

‘Even now’ is troubling for me. The

reality is that the Mondeo went on sale

in America as the Fusion in 2012, and

the modern automotive landscape just

does not stand still for that long.

Perhaps it doesn’t matter.

Fundamentally, this is still a very good

car, and perhaps the people who will

actually buy it won’t even be aware of

the timescale. But if Ford was hoping to

attract customers beyond this existing

pool of committed consumers, then

some of the impact has surely been lost.

When the Fusion was revealed at

the Detroit motor show back in January

2012 it was almost shockingly good

looking, with those taut lines, lantern

jaw and – no getting away from it –

Aston Martin-esque grille design. If

anything, the European Mondeo

version dials up the intensity with the

availability of sleek full-LED

headlights from the off.

Yet you notice this less, because the

rest of the Ford range has already

stolen all of its most dramatic styling

cues. As a result, the Mondeo emerges

not with the presence – the shock of the

new – that it probably deserves, but

with the appearance of a Fiesta that’s

been on a committed fast-food bender

for the past 24 months. And I think it’s

an opportunity missed.

RICHARD PARDON

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COVER STORY

Merc AMG GTS vs 911 GTS

WORDS: Georg Kacher I PHOTOGRAPHY: Tom Salt

Is this the moment when Mercedes at last

wrestles the ‘greatest sports car’ crown from

Porsche? We’re first to test the AMG GTS

against its target: the new 911 GTS

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Williams:

Racing to save

the planet

Sir Frank’s eponymous F1 team has had a good

season but here, in a brand new £8m tech centre,

the company’s wider genius is really taking flight

WORDS: Ben Barry I PHOTOGRAPHY: Richard Pardon

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INSIDE STORY

Williams Advanced Engineering

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motorsport

Our man’s first race

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This is

what happens

when you’re

not careful

what you

wish for

Meet James, CAR’s new writer. He dreamed of

being a racing driver. Now he’s on the grid at

Donington wondering if this was a good idea…

WORDS: James Taylor I PHOTOGRAPHY: Thomas Butler

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car world

New York’s new taxi

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WORDS: Georg Kacher

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tom Salt

From next year the defining New

York taxi will be… a Nissan van.

We played (unlicensed) taxi driver

for 24 hours to gauge the impact

on Manhattan’s street scene

THE PUBLIC RESPONSE to the Nissan NV200

varies from indifference to repulsion. It’s a far cry from

the full-size Caprices and Crown Vics which hark

back to the classic three-box Checker cabs, and locals

scoff at its anonymity for undermining a New York

institution. NYC mayor Bill de Blasio openly rejects

the $1bn, 10-year taxi deal signed by his predecessor

Michael Bloomberg, expressing concern that the current fleet of

what are mainly hybrid taxis are about to be replaced with a

bland, Mexican-built product powered by a low-tech petrol

engine. There is no plug-in tech, no diesel option, not even a

stop/start system. In fact, because of its fat CO2 footprint, the

NV200 is something of an eco-dinosaur.

During rush-hour, however, New Yorkers don’t exactly care

– in a state of aggressive panic, they will hail anything they can

flag down. Cruising up and down 5th Avenue on a Friday

afternoon and early evening, we could have easily raked in

about $250 plus tips. But sadly we’re not street legal: we have no

steel medallion welded onto the bonnet, no in-dash meter or

receipt printer, and no switch to deactivate the roof-mounted

‘I’m Not On Hire’ lights. Apologies to all those hopefuls we had

to ignore, but will remember for their creative gestures and

fabulous language. I would only have got them lost, anyway.

Since Nissan has so far delivered fewer than 600 NV200

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Like a good sauce, a

year in the life of CAR

needs reducing down

before it becomes truly

rich and tasty. Here’s

our distilled version of

2014, a time-lapse

journey through 12

months of cars, people,

incidents, adventures

and much more stuff,

both good and bad…

and yes, even ugly!

CAR 100

G R E A T E S T H I T S

OF 2014

12-PAGE SPECIAL STARTS HERE


CAR 100

GREATEST HITS OF 2014

LAMBORGHINI ASTERION

2 Its full name – Asterion LPI 910-

4 – is the whole story: LP denotes

longitudinale posteriore engine position, I means

Ibrido or hybrid, 910 is the combined PS output

and 4 means four-wheel drive. It’s Lambo’s

fi rst front-wheel driver (shock) but despite

beardy intent still packs a V10 (unshock). More

importantly, we want to marry it.

3

MASERATI

ALFIERI

Suspiciously beautiful

and desirable centenary

gift from Maserati to itself

surely destined for

mothballs. But no!

It’s a goer!

1

NISSAN

BLADEGLIDER

Weird, pointy electric

three-seater most notable

for pissing off Panoz,

whose Nismo-powered

DeltaWing racer it

resembles.

7

Mind-blowing

concepts

4

TOYOTA FT-1

Or Future Toyota One. ‘Don’t

call it the new Supra,’ they said,

so we called it the new Supra.

Rustled up by Toyota’s LA-based

substance-smokers as a Trojan

horse PlayStation fantasy, FT-1 was

fi rst shown to boss Akio Toyoda on

his console, and he immediately

thrashed it round Fuji Speedway.

His smile suggested he – and we –

might be able to do that for real one

day. Sigh. Now, back to that Auris…

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cover story

McLaren P1: the road to Ferrari

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Call

Ferrari.

Tell them

we’re on

our way

Bring a P1 to Maranello, they said, and we’ll

match it with a LaFerrari for the test that

everybody wants to read. Right then! Over the

Alps, down to Milan and on into supercar

valley we drove. Destiny awaits…

WORDS: Chris Chilton I PHOTOGRAPHY: Greg Pajo

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WORDS: Chris Chilton I PHOTOGRAPHY: Greg Pajo

Finally then, two warring dynasties meet.

On the hills above Maranello, for the

first time ever, the world’s two greatest

hypercars go head-to-head

118 CARMAGAZINE.CO.UK I DECEMBER 2014


COVER STORY

McLaren P1 vs LaFerrari

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