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PARTY

2020

TRENDS

TYSON FURY’S

BIGGEST

BATTLE YET

ANDREW BEEF

JOHNSTON

7 AUGUS

he track-ready ‘special

series’ V8 supercar,

delivered as the sun sets

on another mid-engined

Modenese model generation, has

become a go-to piece of product

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the

360 Challenge Stradale in 2003 and

taking in the subject of this week’s

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve

now seen a line of four consecutive

examples of the breed.

However, none of the 488

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,

and before those the 348 GT

Competizione of 1993 – represented

such a titanic leap in performance

as this. Thanks to this car, the

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has

skipped out a whole stratum of

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the

Pista cranks the power all the way

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over

the 600-and-something-horsepower

supercar class without so much as a

downward glance.

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine

with 50% new components is what

has allowed the Pista to advance so

quickly; and while you might think

such horsepower-grabbing pace

unsustainable, it is after all only

enough to allow this car to match a

McLaren 720S for peak power and

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar

mix of new downforce-generating

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout

lightweight cabin treatment and

a track-intended suspension overhaul

to report on – and we’ll cover them all

over the next few pages.

There are also some eyebrowraising

acceleration figures and

circuit lap times to tell you about

– the Pista having become the first

production car to bring a set of

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry

handling circuit, as well as

everything else. Read on to find out

what difference they made.

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

AAAAA

If you ticked every lightweight option

on the order form for a 360 CS, you

could make it 110kg lighter than a

360 Modena. By the time of the 458

Speciale, the weight loss from the

standard car was down to 90kg.

The 488 Pista offers a nothing

if not predictable 90kg saving,

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg

with lightweight options; or 1465kg

as weighed in the case of our test car,

which, allowing for the full tank of

petrol it was carrying and the mass

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like

running order), makes Ferrari’s

claim entirely credible.

The section of the 488’s bodywork

ahead of the front axle has been

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet

and front bumper, and inside it, the

lateral radiators so important for

engine cooling have been inclined

rearwards rather than forwards, to

ta

• Whereas

through the

Pista’s inhal

plenum fed v

side of the re

supply the in

• Radi

intakes

backs r

a tweak

more ef

air out t


ro

to

48

us

no

on

• Rear diffuser i

488 GTB’s, but m

downforce come

rear wing. It’s a co

an aero makeove

without too much

T

The 360 CS kicked off the track specials

the improvement of both cooling

efficiency and the car’s aerodynamic

performance. At the rear, a

carbonfibre bumper and spoiler do

their bit for weight saving, with a

Plexiglass engine cover

also saving a few grams. There’s

a lithium ion battery, too, and a

set of optional carbonfibre wheels

(fitted on the car we performance

tested, although not on the one we

photographed) that are 40% lighter

than the car’s standard alloys.

Then there’s the Pista’s engine;

and what an engine it is. In large part

a ‘civilian garb’ motor from one of

the firm’s 488 Challenge racers, it’s

a widely overhauled 3.9-litre 90deg

V8 with a lightweight flat-plane

crankshaft, an Inconel exhaust

manifold, a lightened flywheel,

titanium conrods, lightweight

cylinder liners and new valves

and valve springs. It duly weighs

18kg less than the V8 in a 488 GTB

and, running a slightly higher

compression ratio and shorter

induction tracts than its relation,

makes 710bhp between 6750rpm and

8000rpm, and up to 568lb ft of peak

torque at 3000rpm. However, torque

is electronically governed depending

on your selected gear in order to give

the engine’s performance a more

progressive feel, which means peak

torque actually only ever figures in

seventh gear – just as was the case

with the 488 GTB.

Where suspension is concerned, ◊

ENGINES POWER FROM

488 GTB 661bhp £197,553

488 Spider 661bhp £219,409

488 Pista 710bhp £252,765

488 Pista Spider 710bhp £287,850

TRANSMISSIONS

7-spd dual-clutch automatic

With the 488 replacement, the

F8 Tributo, announced earlier this

year and soon to be launched to the

press, the regular 488 GTB coupé

is no longer on sale. Meanwhile, all

examples of the 488 Pista coupé

have been sold. However, if open

and closed versions of the regular

488 and both Pista derivatives had

been made available in parallel, they

would have lined up as above.

On a Pista, you get various pieces

of carbonfibre bodywork, carbonceramic

brakes, Cup tyres and a

lightweight lithium ion battery as

standard, as well as that engine.

ugh the 700bhp barrier

mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m

Range at a glance

We don’t like

We like

• Adjustable, flattering, superaccessible

track handling

• Huge performance and abundant

character of its V8 turbo engine

• The car’s motor can dominate the

driving experience a bit

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung

on the road and overpowered for it

he track-ready ‘special

series’ V8 supercar,

delivered as the sun sets

on another mid-engined

Modenese model generation, has

become a go-to piece of product

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the

360 Challenge Stradale in 2003 and

taking in the subject of this week’s

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve

now seen a line of four consecutive

examples of the breed.

However, none of the 488

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,

and before those the 348 GT

Competizione of 1993 – represented

such a titanic leap in performance

as this. Thanks to this car, the

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has

skipped out a whole stratum of

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the

Pista cranks the power all the way

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over

the 600-and-something-horsepower

supercar class without so much as a

downward glance.

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine

with 50% new components is what

has allowed the Pista to advance so

quickly; and while you might think

such horsepower-grabbing pace

unsustainable, it is after all only

enough to allow this car to match a

McLaren 720S for peak power and

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar

mix of new downforce-generating

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout

lightweight cabin treatment and

a track-intended suspension overhaul

to report on – and we’ll cover them all

over the next few pages.

There are also some eyebrowraising

acceleration figures and

circuit lap times to tell you about

– the Pista having become the first

production car to bring a set of

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry

handling circuit, as well as

everything else. Read on to find out

what difference they made.

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

AAAAA

If you ticked every lightweight option

on the order form for a 360 CS, you

could make it 110kg lighter than a

360 Modena. By the time of the 458

Speciale, the weight loss from the

standard car was down to 90kg.

The 488 Pista offers a nothing

if not predictable 90kg saving,

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg

with lightweight options; or 1465kg

as weighed in the case of our test car,

which, allowing for the full tank of

petrol it was carrying and the mass

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like

running order), makes Ferrari’s

claim entirely credible.

The section of the 488’s bodywork

ahead of the front axle has been

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet

and front bumper, and inside it, the

lateral radiators so important for

engine cooling have been inclined

rearwards rather than forwards, to

sta

• W

thro

Pista

plenu

side o

suppl

a

• Rear di

488 GTB

downforc

rear wing.

an aero m

without to

T

The 360 CS kicked off the track specials

the improvement of both cooling

efficiency and the car’s aerodynamic

performance. At the rear, a

carbonfibre bumper and spoiler do

their bit for weight saving, with a

Plexiglass engine cover

also saving a few grams. There’s

a lithium ion battery, too, and a

set of optional carbonfibre wheels

(fitted on the car we performance

tested, although not on the one we

photographed) that are 40% lighter

than the car’s standard alloys.

Then there’s the Pista’s engine;

and what an engine it is. In large part

a ‘civilian garb’ motor from one of

the firm’s 488 Challenge racers, it’s

a widely overhauled 3.9-litre 90deg

V8 with a lightweight flat-plane

crankshaft, an Inconel exhaust

manifold, a lightened flywheel,

titanium conrods, lightweight

cylinder liners and new valves

and valve springs. It duly weighs

18kg less than the V8 in a 488 GTB

and, running a slightly higher

compression ratio and shorter

induction tracts than its relation,

makes 710bhp between 6750rpm and

8000rpm, and up to 568lb ft of peak

torque at 3000rpm. However, torque

is electronically governed depending

on your selected gear in order to give

the engine’s performance a more

progressive feel, which means peak

torque actually only ever figures in

seventh gear – just as was the case

with the 488 GTB.

Where suspension is concerned, ◊

ENGINES POWER FROM

488 GTB 661bhp £197,5

488 Spider 661bhp £219,4

488 Pista 710bhp £252,7

488 Pista Spider 710bhp £287,85

TRANSMISSIONS

7-spd dual-clutch automatic

With the 488 replacement, the

F8 Tributo, announced earlier this

year and soon to be launched to the

press, the regular 488 GTB coupé

is no longer on sale. Meanwhile, all

examples of the 488 Pista coupé

have been sold. However, if open

and closed versions of the regular

488 and both Pista derivatives had

been made available in parallel, they

would have lined up as above.

On a Pista, you get various pieces

of carbonfibre bodywork, carbonceramic

brakes, Cup tyres and a

lightweight lithium ion battery as

standard, as well as that engine.

hrough the 700bhp barrier

my 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m

Range at a glance

We don’t like

We like

• Adjustable, flattering, superaccessible

track handling

• Huge performance and abundant

character of its V8 turbo engine

• The car’s motor can dominate the

driving experience a bit

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung

on the road and overpowered for it

40 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

4

ri’s 488 Pistas are now

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is

6.9%, with a balloon payment of £115,440.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

20in alloy wheels

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,

side splitter, engine cover, diffuser)

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system

Alarm and satellite tracker

Automatic windscreen wipers

Two-zone climate control

Four-point harnesses £2112

Carbonfibre front air vents, sill covers,

floor plates, instrument cluster £14,496

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500

Alcantara dashboard £1056

Embroidered seat headrests £720

Embroidered floor mats £768

Two-tone paint stripe £8640

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440

Yellow stitching for seats, upper

dashboard £1680

Black brake calipers £864

= Standard na = not available

E

In

Ty

Ma

Bo

Com

Val

Pow

Torq

Redl

Pow

Torq

Spec

CHASSIS & BODY

Construction Aluminium monocoque

Weight/as tested 1385/1465kg

Wheels 9.0J x 20in (f),

11.0J x 20in (r)

Tyres 245/35 ZR20 (f),

305/30 ZR20 (r),

Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2R

Spare na

TRA

Type 7

Ratios/

1st 3.33

4th 1.36

7th 0.64

ACCELERATION ACCE

MPH TIME (sec)

0-30 1.4

0-40 1.9

0-50 2.3

0-60 2.8

0-70 3.4

0-80 4.0

0-90 4.8

0-100 5.6

0-110 6.5

0-120 7.6

0-130 8.9

0-140 10.3

0-150 11.9

0-160 13.7

THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using man

Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test results may not be reproduced without editor’s written pe

contact Ferrari North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, SL1 4HF (01753 878

calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not in

Insurance quote covers 35-year-old professional male with clean licence and full no-claims bo

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-m

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).

mph

20-40 1

30-50 1

40-60 1

50-70 -

60-80 -

70-90 -

80-100 -

90-110 -

100-120 -

110-130 -

120-140 -

130-150 -

140-160 -

SUSP

Front Do

dampers

Rear Mult

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

he track-ready ‘special

series’ V8 supercar,

delivered as the sun sets

on another mid-engined

Modenese model generation, has

become a go-to piece of product

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the

360 Cha lenge Stradale in 2003 and

taking in the subject of this week’s

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve

now seen a line of four consecutive

examples of the breed.

However, none of the 488

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,

and before those the 348 GT

Competizione of 1993 – represented

such a titanic leap in performance

as this. Thanks to this car, the

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has

skipped out a whole stratum of

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the

Pista cranks the power a l the way

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over

the 600-and-something-horsepower

supercar class without so much as a

downward glance.

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine

with 50% new components is what

has a lowed the Pista to advance so

quickly; and while you might think

such horsepower-grabbing pace

unsustainable, it is after a l only

enough to a low this car to match a

McLaren 720S for peak power and

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar

mix of new downforce-generating

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout

lightweight cabin treatment and

a track-intended suspension overhaul

to report on – and we’ l cover them all

over the next few pages.

There are also some eyebrowraising

acceleration figures and

circuit lap times to te l you about

– the Pista having become the first

production car to bring a set of

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry

handling circuit, as we l as

everything else. Read on to find out

what di ference they made.

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

AAAAA

If you ticked every lightweight option

on the order form for a 360 CS, you

could make it 110kg lighter than a

360 Modena. By the time of the 458

Speciale, the weight loss from the

standard car was down to 90kg.

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing

if not predictable 90kg saving,

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg

with lightweight options; or 1465kg

as weighed in the case of our test car,

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of

petrol it was carrying and the mass

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like

running order), makes Ferrari’s

claim entirely credible.

The section of the 488’s bodywork

ahead of the front axle has been

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet

and front bumper, and inside it, the

lateral radiators so important for

engine cooling have been inclined

rearwards rather than forwards, to

Ferrari 488 Pista

T

PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY

The 360 CS kicked

the im

e ficie

perfor

carbon

their b

Plexigl

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a lithiu

set of op

(fitted o

tested, a

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and wha

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18kg less th

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compressio

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makes 710b

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ROAD TEST

No 5434

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m

488 PISTA

MODEL TESTED

We don’t like

We like

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible

track handling

• Huge performance and abundant

character of its V8 turbo engine

• The car’s motor can dominate the

driving experience a bit

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung

on the road and overpowered for it

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

he track-ready ‘special

series’ V8 supercar,

delivered as the sun sets

on another mid-engined

Modenese model generation, has

become a go-to piece of product

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the

360 Cha lenge Stradale in 2003 and

taking in the subject of this week’s

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve

now seen a line of four consecutive

examples of the breed.

However, none of the 488

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,

and before those the 348 GT

Competizione of 1993 – represented

such a titanic leap in performance

as this. Thanks to this car, the

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has

skipped out a whole stratum of

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the

Pista cranks the power a l the way

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over

the 600-and-something-horsepower

supercar class without so much as a

downward glance.

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine

with 50% new components is what

has a lowed the Pista to advance so

quickly; and while you might think

such horsepower-grabbing pace

unsustainable, it is after a l only

enough to a low this car to match a

McLaren 720S for peak power and

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar

mix of new downforce-generating

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout

lightweight cabin treatment and

a track-intended suspension overhaul

to report on – and we’ l cover them a l

over the next few pages.

There are also some eyebrowraising

acceleration figures and

circuit lap times to te l you about

– the Pista having become the first

production car to bring a set of

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry

handling circuit, as we l as

everything else. Read on to find out

what di ference they made.

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

AAAAA

If you ticked every lightweight option

on the order form for a 360 CS, you

could make it 110kg lighter than a

360 Modena. By the time of the 458

Speciale, the weight loss from the

standard car was down to 90kg.

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing

if not predictable 90kg saving,

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg

with lightweight options; or 1465kg

as weighed in the case of our test car,

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of

petrol it was carrying and the mass

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like

running order), makes Ferrari’s

claim entirely credible.

The section of the 488’s bodywork

ahead of the front axle has been

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet

and front bumper, and inside it, the

lateral radiators so important for

engine cooling have been inclined

rearwards rather than forwards, to

Ferrari 488 Pista

T

PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY

The 360 CS kicked o f

the im

e ficie

perfor

carbon

their bi

Plexigla

also sav

a lithium

set of op

(fi ted on

tested, a

photogra

than the

Then th

and what

a ‘civilian

the firm’s

a widely ov

V8 with a l

crankshaft

manifold, a

titanium co

cylinder line

and valve sp

18kg less tha

and, running

compression

induction tra

makes 710bhp

8000rpm, and

torque at 3000

is electronical

on your selecte

the engine’s pe

progressive fee

torque actua ly

seventh gear – j

with the 488 GT

Where suspen

p

i

e

h

a

4

be

wo

of c

cer

ligh

stan

ROAD TEST

No 5434

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m

488 PISTA

MODEL TESTED

We don’t like

We like

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible

track handling

• Huge performance and abundant

character of its V8 turbo engine

• The car’s motor can dominate the

driving experience a bit

• Occasiona ly, it feels highly strung

on the road and overpowered for it

40 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

0 0

2000 8000

4000 6000 10,000

0

Engine (rpm)

568lb ft at

3000rpm

710bhp at

8000rpm

Power output (bhp)

Torque (lb ft)

200

400

500

900

900

400

500

600

600

700

700

800

800

100

100

200

300

300

78

litres

TECHNICAL LAYOUT

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways behind the aluminium chassis tub, driving

the rear axle through a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and a torque-vectoring

e-Diff. Suspension is via double wishbones up front and multi-links at the rear.

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s weighbridge, exactly as it was in the

488 GTB; 458 Speciale tested in 2014 was 42:58.

FERRARI 488 PISTA

On-the-road price £252,765

Price as tested £294,281

Value after 3yrs/36k miles na

Contract hire pcm na

Cost per mile na

Insurance 50/£ 195

TYPICAL PCP QUOTE

Three years/18,000 miles £3413.54

Even though a l of Ferrari’s 488 Pistas are now

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock,

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is

6.9%, with a ba loon payment of £115,440.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

20in a loy wheels

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,

side splitter, engine cover, di fuser)

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system

Alarm and satellite tracker

Automatic windscreen wipers

Two-zone climate control

Four-point harnesses £2112

Carbonfibre front air vents, si l covers,

floor plates, instrument cluster £14,496

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500

Alcantara dashboard £1056

Embroidered seat headrests £720

Embroidered floor mats £768

Two-tone paint stripe £8640

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440

Ye low stitching for seats, upper

dashboard £1680

Black brake calipers £864

= Standard na = not available

ENGINE

Insta lation Mid, longitudinal,

rear-wheel drive

Type V8, 3902cc,

twin-turbocharged, petrol

Made of Aluminium block and head

Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm

Compression ratio 9.6:1

Valve gear 4 per cyl

Power 710bhp at 6750-8000rpm

Torque 568lb ft at 3000-3200rpm

Redline 8000rpm

Power to weight 513bhp per tonne

Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne

Specific output 182bhp per litre

CHASSIS & BODY

Construction Aluminium monocoque

Weight/as tested 1385/1465kg

Wheels 9.0J x 20in (f),

1.0J x 20in (r)

Tyres 245/35 ZR20 (f),

305/30 ZR20 (r),

Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2R

Spare na

SAFETY

ABS, EBD, F1-Trac, FrS SCM-E, SSC with FD

Euro NCAP crash rating Not tested

BRAKES

Front 398mm ventilated discs, carbon-ceramic

Rear 360mm ventilated discs, carbon-ceramic

Anti-lock Standard, with brake assist

Handbrake type Automatic, switch

Handbrake location Right of dashboard

TRANSMISSION

Type 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

Ratios/mph per 1000rpm

1st 3.33/5.6 2nd 2.28/8.1 3rd 1.72/10.8

4th 1.36/13.6 5th 1. 1/16.7 6th 0.87/21.3

7th 0.64/28.9 Final drive ratio 4.375:1

POWER & TORQUE

MAX SPEEDS IN GEAR

ACCELERATION ACCELERATION IN GEAR

MPH TIME (sec)

0-30 1.4

0-40 1.9

0-50 2.3

0-60 2.8

0-70 3.4

0-80 4.0

0-90 4.8

0-100 5.6

0-110 6.5

0-120 7.6

0-130 8.9

0-140 10.3

0-150 11.9

0-160 13.7 RPM in 7th at 70/80mph = 2422/2769

THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using manufacturer’s claimed kerb weight. © 2019,

Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test results may not be reproduced without editor’s written permi sion. For information on the 488 Pista,

contact Fe rari North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, SL1 4HF (01753 878700, fe rari.com). Cost-per-mile figures

calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not insurance; Lex Autolease (0800 389 3690).

Insurance quote covers 35-year-old professional male with clean licence and fu l no-claims bonus living in Swindon; quote from Liverpool

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-mile contract including maintenance; We sex

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).

mph 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th

20-40 1.3 1.8 2.4 - - - -

30-50 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.5 4.2 - -

40-60 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.1 3.1 6.4 -

50-70 - 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 4.8 -

60-80 - 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 4.1 -

70-90 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

80-100 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.3 -

90-110 - - - 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

100-120 - - - 2.0 2.7 3.7 -

110-130 - - - 2.2 2.7 4.0 -

120-140 - - - - 2.8 4.3 -

130-150 - - - - 2.9 4.6 -

140-160 - - - - - 5.0 -

Read all of our road tests autocar.co.uk

ROAD TEST No 5434

Data log

1

2

3

4

5

44mph 8000rpm

65mph 8000rpm

86mph 8000rpm

109mph 8000rpm

6

133mph 8000rpm

7

170mph 8000rpm

211mph* 7302rpm

* claimed

ECONOMY

TEST MPG

CLAIMED

Track 6.9mpg

Touring 25.7mp

Average 17.2mpg

Low na

Mid na

High na

Extra high na

Combined 24.6mpg

Correlated

Tank size 78 litres

Test range 295 miles

EMISSIONS & TAX

CO2 emissions 263g/km (NED

Tax at 20/40% pcm na

SUSPENSION

Front Double wishbone, coil springs, adaptive

dampers

Rear Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers

CABIN NOISE

Idle 59dB Max rpm in 4rd gear 93dB

30mph 67dB 50mph 73dB 70mph 77dB

STEERING

Type Electromechanical, rack and pinion

Turns lock to lock 1.9

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

he track-ready ‘special

series’ V8 supercar,

delivered as the sun sets

on another mid-engined

Modenese model generation, has

become a go-to piece of product

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with the

360 Cha lenge Stradale in 2003 and

taking in the subject of this week’s

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve

now seen a line of four consecutive

examples of the breed.

However, none of the 488

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,

and before those the 348 GT

Competizione of 1993 – represented

such a titanic leap in performance

as this. Thanks to this car, the

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has

skipped out a whole stratum of

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the

Pista cranks the power a l the way

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over

the 600-and-something-horsepower

supercar class without so much as a

downward glance.

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine

with 50% new components is what

has a lowed the Pista to advance so

quickly; and while you might think

such horsepower-grabbing pace

unsustainable, it is after a l only

enough to a low this car to match a

McLaren 720S for peak power and

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar

mix of new downforce-generating

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout

lightweight cabin treatment and

a track-intended suspension overhaul

to report on – and we’ll cover them a l

over the next few pages.

There are also some eyebrowraising

acceleration figures and

circuit lap times to tell you about

– the Pista having become the first

production car to bring a set of

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry

handling circuit, as we l as

everything else. Read on to find out

what difference they made.

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

AAAAA

If you ticked every lightweight option

on the order form for a 360 CS, you

could make it 110kg lighter than a

360 Modena. By the time of the 458

Speciale, the weight loss from the

standard car was down to 90kg.

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing

if not predictable 90kg saving,

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg

with lightweight options; or 1465kg

as weighed in the case of our test car,

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of

petrol it was carrying and the mass

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like

running order), makes Ferrari’s

claim entirely credible.

The section of the 488’s bodywork

ahead of the front axle has been

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet

and front bumper, and inside it, the

lateral radiators so important for

engine cooling have been inclined

rearwards rather than forwards, to

Ferrari 488 Pista

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ROAD TEST

No 5434

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m

488 PISTA

MODEL TESTED

We don’t like

We like

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible

track handling

• Huge performance and abundant

character of its V8 turbo engine

• The car’s motor can dominate the

driving experience a bit

• Occasionally, it feels highly strung

on the road and overpowered for it

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

he track-ready ‘spec

series’ V8 supercar,

delivered as the sun

on another mid-engi

Modenese model generation, has

become a go-to piece of product

strategy for Ferrari. Starting with

360 Challenge Stradale in 2003 an

taking in the subject of this week’s

road test – the 488 Pista – we’ve

now seen a line of four consecutive

examples of the breed.

However, none of the 488

Pista’s predecessors – the 360 CS,

430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale,

and before those the 348 GT

Competizione of 1993 – represented

such a titanic leap in performance

as this. Thanks to this car, the

extra-hardcore ‘junior’ Ferrari has

skipped out a whole stratum of

the supercar hierarchy: whereas a

Speciale made a peak 597bhp, the

Pista cranks the power a l the way

up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting over

the 600-and-something-horsepower

supercar class without so much as a

downward glance.

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine

with 50% new components is what

has a lowed the Pista to advance so

quickly; and while you might think

such horsepower-grabbing pace

unsustainable, it is after a l only

enough to a low this car to match a

McLaren 720S for peak power and

torque. Elsewhere, there’s a familiar

mix of new downforce-generating

carbonfibre bodywork, a strippedout

lightweight cabin treatment and

a track-intended suspension overhaul

to report on – and we’ll cover them a l

over the next few pages.

There are also some eyebrowraising

acceleration figures and

circuit lap times to te l you about

– the Pista having become the first

production car to bring a set of

super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2 R tyres to the MIRA dry

handling circuit, as we l as

everything else. Read on to find out

what di ference they made.

DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

AAAAA

If you ticked every lightweight option

on the order form for a 360 CS, you

could make it 110kg lighter than a

360 Modena. By the time of the 458

Speciale, the weight loss from the

standard car was down to 90kg.

The 488 Pista o fers a nothing

if not predictable 90kg saving,

bringing it down to a claimed 1385kg

with lightweight options; or 1465kg

as weighed in the case of our test car,

which, a lowing for the fu l tank of

petrol it was carrying and the mass

of the 488 GTB we tested in 2016

(1555kg on the scales in like-for-like

running order), makes Ferrari’s

claim entirely credible.

The section of the 488’s bodywork

ahead of the front axle has been

entirely redesigned for the Pista. It’s

now made up of a carbonfibre bonnet

and front bumper, and inside it, the

lateral radiators so important for

engine cooling have been inclined

rearwards rather than forwards, to

Ferrari 488 Pista

T

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ROAD TEST

No 5434

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec Fuel economy 17.2mpg CO2 emissions 263g/km 70-0mph 37.7m

488 PISTA

MODEL TESTED

We don’t like

We like

• Adjustable, fla tering, superaccessible

track handling

• Huge performance and abundant

character of its V8 turbo engine

• The car’s motor can dominate the

driving experience a bit

• Occasiona ly, it feels highly strung

on the road and overpowered for it

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0-30

0-40

0-50

0-60

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0-80

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Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test resu

contact Fe rari North Europe Customer

calculated over three years/36,000 mi

Insurance quote covers 35-year-old pro

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contra

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).

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FERRARI

488 PISTA

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Art Director: Richard Hejsak

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Interview

70 – This is what MCAC awareness

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72 – Check it out

75 – We need to talk

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84 – Peri peri kebabs with tzatziki

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87 – Korean steak fried rice

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91 – Perfect this winter Cranes recipe

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stag holiday

13 – 14 rules for the lads holiday

Sport

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20 – Competition

23 – European Tour 2020 schedule

28 – Quality Beef Andrew Johnston

Interview

41 – Part time champ Angelo Zoppo

Interview

44 – From the jaws of disaster Tyson

Fury Interview

Healthy Living

49 – 25 bodyweight exercises you

can do anytime, anywhere

52 – 23 (legal) ways to boost

serotonin

56 – On your side

60 – Being in your mate’s corner

64 – Behind the booze

Fashion

96 – Jumped up and Jolly

106 – ‘19-’20 Party trends

108 – The cut

111 – Pick of the best game consoles

116 – Phone refurbs

DIY

119 – The masked builder’s tips for

DIY

120 – Put up a fence

124 – What Car? Feature

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THE RISE

OF THE

WINTER

ADVENTURE

STAG

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ong gone are the days of chaining the groom

to a lamppost or dumping him on a train bound

for Carlisle, stags are looking for more. More

adventure, more action, more epicness.

At StagWeb we conducted a survey earlier this year and

discovered that 50% of stags wanted their weekends to be less

focused on alcohol, whilst a whopping 68% would rather take

on a new challenge than head on down the boozer. Guys want

a weekend to remember, not a weekend they won’t remember.

And now, with flights to the far-flung corners of Europe

costing less than a train ticket from London to Liverpool, people

are putting their pint glasses down and jetting off for some

adrenaline-pumping, high-octane winter action. So, here are

some of our favourite locations where you can head for a winter

stag adventure!

REYKJAVIK The land of ice and fire, of

Vikings and Norse Gods, Iceland is a

breeding ground for monumental man

adventures waiting to be battled by

hardy blokes on a mission for a

memorable weekend.

1.

Volcano Hike - This really is once-in-a-lifetime stuff.

Stags are ditching the winkle pickers and short sleeved

shirts and donning the waterproof gear and hiking

boots to tackle a 1,500m high active volcano.

Sea Kayaking - This is sightseeing taken to new

levels of astonishing. Forget the dull, overcrowded bus

2. tours, grab a paddle and hit the waters as you wade

across an Icelandic fjord taking in the breath-taking scenery.

3.

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Whale Watching - White-beaked dolphins, harbour

porpoises and humpback whales populate the

surrounding seas and you can now hop on a boat

and cruise the stunning coastal waters to see these magnificent

creatures up close and personal in their natural habitats.

LJUBLJANA Ljubljana has no time for

the unadventurous, the hesitant or the

timid. It’s heart-racing stuff from start

to finish.

1.

Night Sledging & Snow Biking - In this chaotic stag

activity, the guys will literally and figuratively hit the

slopes like they’ve never hit them before. They’ll fire

down the mountain on specially modified snow bikes, and if

that isn’t crazy enough, it will be during the hours of darkness

to increase the carnage.

2.

Skiing & Snowboarding - If night-time ski madness

is a little too hectic, the boys can opt for a traditional

skiing or snowboarding session so they can carve up

the mountainside and kick up some powder. With a variety of

courses and instructors on offer, they cater for all abilities so no

member of the group will be out of their depths.

3.

Cave Cycling - Whilst the boys can partake in

an epic overground activity, there are also plenty

of underground adventures to be had. Head

subterranean and shred the inside of the mountain with some

cave cycling.

GUYS WANT A WEEKEND

TO REMEMBER,

NOT A WEEKEND THEY

WON’T REMEMBER.

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TALLINN A frozen stag playground

where the boys are let loose to battle

the elements, Tallinn offers a host of

incredible winter activities waiting to

be tackled.

Ice Fishing - Forget sitting by a lake in the home

counties trying to catch a tiddler in the drizzle. Head out

1. to Tallinn for a unique fishing experience on a frozen

lake as you try to conquer the conditions to land the ‘Catch of

the Day.’

2.

Husky Dog Sledding - The closest most stags will

come to Huskies is in a pub garden when they’re

panting away because it’s too hot in the British

summer sun (the dogs, not the stags!). Well, it’s time to see

what they can do on their home turf as the boys enjoy a

sledding session across a Baltic tundra.

Snowmobiles - Forget quad biking, this is offroading

at its chaotic best. Head on an epic trek on

3. some high-powered snowmobiles whilst taking in the

glorious Estonian scenery.

PRAGUE Once a stag favourite for its

cheap beer prices, Prague has now

upped the ante in terms of epic

activities and has become one of our

prime winter stag-do destinations.

Tank Driving - Ever wondered what it would be like to

get behind the wheel of a tough-terrain tackling, Sovietstyled,

lethal war machine? Well now is the chance as you

1.

head off-road for a heavy metal driving experience like no other.

2.

Fighter Jet - While some stags like to fly by the seat

of their pants and hope a mega stag weekend will

miraculously unfold with minimal planning, others

who are more organised are having the time of their lives

literally flying by the seat of their pants in a fast and furious

fighter jet.

Whitewater Rafting - There’s nothing like a bit of

Whitewater Rafting to induce a white-knuckle, heartpounding

adventure. The boys will take to the rapids

3.

in their rafts and hopefully complete the course without being

stuck up stag creek without a paddle.

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RULES

FOR THE LADS

HOLIDAY

A STRICT CODE

OF CONDUCT AND

ETHICS BY WHICH

THOU SHALT ABIDE

1.

2.

Thou Shalt Not Talk About the Lads Holiday Guys,

holiday rule number one is always that you agree not to

talk about the holiday.

Thou Shalt NOT TALK About the Lads Holiday

C’mon, how many times do we need to tell you, you

don’t talk about the holiday… well, unless you’re

telling that embarrassing story of how (X) wound up in the (X)

with the (X) stuck on his (X).

Thou Shalt Face A Forfeit If you do break any of

the rules, then quite simply you will have to face any

3. punishment coming your way. You’ve only got yourself

to blame.

4.

5.

Thou Shalt Not Get Matching T-Shirts Matching

T-shirts are about as 2007 as Myspace and Steve

McClaren’s brolly. Time for an upgrade. Although

T-shirts may be out, bum bags are making a roaring comeback.

Thou Shalt Not Get Matching Tattoos No matter

how many holiday pina coladas you’ve had, this is

never going to be a good idea. Follow it through and

you WILL live to regret it.

Thou Shalt Not Avoid the Round Don’t be that

guy. Whether you’re taking it in turns or there’s a beer

6. kitty on the go, make sure you chip in and do your bit.

7.

Thou Shalt Not Touch Thy Smartphone Nothing

could be more unsociable than travelling with someone

who then spends the entire time looking at other

people in other parts of the world. You’re with your friends, you

should be totally in the moment and all phones banned.

Thou Shalt Adopt A Holiday Tune You don’t

choose your holiday tune, your holiday tune chooses

8. you. Whether it’s a power ballad or a Little Mix hit,

it’ll be the song you hear most when you’re away. If it does turn

out to be a Little Mix hit, you maybe need to revaluate the bars

you’re hanging out in…

9.

Thou Shalt Forget About the Holiday Romance

You’re with the lads, day one of the jolly is not the

time to fall in love and spend your entire time acting

like a teenager on their first date (inevitably, it’ll fizzle as soon

as you both get home). You going all Romeo means the guys

will be a man down. Just say ‘no’.

10.

Thou Shalt Do Something Epic If you’ve gone

to all that effort to get this disorganised rabble

into gear and arrange a holiday, make sure you

include some epic activities rather than just touring the inside

of boozers.

11.

Thou Shalt Not Take Ages Getting Ready If it

takes anyone longer than ten minutes to get ready

for a night out, they need to have a long hard look

in the mirror. Oh, no, hang on…

Thou Shalt Obey the Mirror Tax Similarly,

if any of the guys are having trouble getting all

12. their male grooming gear into their see-through

bags, you’ve got a prima donna on your hands. Fine them a

quid whenever you catch them looking at their reflections in car

windows or in the back of spoons.

13.

Thou Shalt Hide the Evidence If you do snap

some photos, keep them off Facestagram. A lot

of people have employers on social media, and

they might not want their bosses seeing them in their Speedos

or shooting tequila.

Thou Shalt Tell Everyone How Great It

Was Whatever happened whilst you were away

14. (regardless of any disasters or the three hours

Steve spent in A&E because he forgot his inhaler), you’ll declare

the holiday a success and start planning your next adventure

immediately!

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SPORT

THE

GOLFING

TRIP

HEAD FURTHER

AFIELD ON YOUR

NEXT GOLFING

GETAWAY!

OF A LIFETIME

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SPORT

The Golfing Trip of a Lifetime

With the weather closing in, Winter is

the perfect time to book your next trip

abroad. Whilst thousands of golfers will

head to well-trodden pastures in Spain

and Portugal, why not head further afield

in 2020? Annual flight sales around Black

Friday and Boxing Day also make Winter

one of the most economical times to

book your next trip abroad … so what are

you waiting for?

Golfbreaks have selected some of

their favourite golfing locations for those

looking for something different in 2020,

and so whether it’s Mauritius, the USA,

South Africa, the UAE, or even seeing one

of the game’s biggest events at the Ryder

Cup, you can be sure that there’s a break

for every group!

USA

A country with more golf courses than

anywhere else on planet Earth, the USA is

truly a must-visit for any avid golfer. From

the desert golf in Arizona, through to

some of the best golf resorts in the world

in Florida and the Carolinas – there’s really

nothing like golf in the USA.

Payne Stewart’s footsteps with a trip to

Pinehurst Golf Resort. The resort currently

operates nine golf courses, offering a

selection of accommodation options and

a myriad of off-course options, including

their own onsite brewery!

For those looking to take in some

professional golf, why not head to

Phoenix, Arizona and experience the thrill

of the Waste Management Phoenix Open

in late-January 2020? Join the 20,000 fans

surrounding the loudest hole in golf for

an experience you’ll never forget, whilst

also taking in rounds of golf at the nearby

Grayhawk and Ocotillo courses. It’s the

perfect getaway to kick off the new year!

GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:

With so much choice on offer, you won’t

be able to take in everything in one trip!

Find the type of break that best suits

your group and make sure you tick off

those courses you’ve seen on TV! With

more flights to the USA than any other

worldwide destination, make sure you

take advantage of flights sales around

Black Friday and Christmas to maximise

the value of your break!

WINTER IS

THE PERFECT

TIME TO BOOK

YOUR NEXT

TRIP

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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For those visiting the States for the

first time, Florida provides the perfect

inaugural trip, with several PGA TOUR

venues, including the iconic TPC Sawgrass

which is located just a short drive from

the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire

courses at the World Golf Hall of Fame

Village. Similarly, South Carolina boasts

perhaps some of the most enviable

collection of resort destinations in

the world with; Kiawah Island, Hilton

Head Island and Myrtle Beach all easily

accessible from the UK.

For those looking for something truly

special, why not take a walk in the late

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GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:

Take advantage of some of the incredible

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Abu Dhabi or the world’s largest theme

Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius

South Africa

Located on the southern

tip of Africa, South Africa

is one of the world’s

best kept secrets when

it comes to golfing

destinations. Popular

for Safari trips and the

beautiful Garden Route,

South Africa has also been blessed with

some truly phenomenal championship

venues such as Fancourt and Arabella. It

really is no coincidence that some of the

world’s best golfers originate from the

region!

With five major golfing hotspots; Cape

Town, Durban, Sun City, Johannesburg

and the Garden Route, it’s impossible to

select a favourite. Each region will feature

its own local food and wines, and unique

backdrops – from the mountainous

scenery across the Garden Route to the

bustling city of Durban. Despite some

of the Southern Hemisphere’s best golf

courses, you’d be remiss to visit South

Africa and not spend time exploring.

Whether that’s on safari, a wine tour or

on the luxurious Rovos Rail, make sure

you consider your off-course activities as

part of your trip!

Golfbreaks Top Tip: The exchange rate

between GBP and the South African Rand

is extremely favourable, and when couple

with low costs when on resorts, the

country offers incredible value for British

travellers.

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GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:

The exchange rate between GBP and

the South African Rand is extremely

favourable, and when coupled with low

costs when on resorts, the country offers

incredible value for British travellers.

UAE

With some of the world’s most iconic

golf tournaments taking place in the

UAE each year, Dubai and Abu Dhabi

have become synonymous with quality

golf. Expect a subtropical climate, with

average temperatures ranging from 19.5

degrees in January to a scorching 36.5

degrees in August, meaning the best time

to travel is between November and April

– perfect for an Early Spring getaway!

With the ‘Middle East Swing’ now a firm

fixture of professional golf, why not take

on the likes of Abu Dhabi Golf Club,

Emirates Golf Club or the host of the

DP World Tour Championship, Jumeirah

Golf Estates and compare your scores

against the illustrious list of past winners

including; Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Lee

Westwood.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi

park at Warner Bros Yas Island. Many

travellers also don’t realise that Abu Dhabi

is just an 80-minute drive away.

Mauritius

The accessible island in the middle of the

Indian Ocean is total paradise with some

of the most picturesque golf courses in

the world. With many of the layouts just

under 20 years old, Mauritius has already

established itself on the world’s golfing

stage with the European Tour already

visiting annually.

The island boasts stunning views with

turquoise seas and bright white sands

bordering many of the island’s emerald

green fairways. There’s also a wide variety

of courses to choose from, suiting golfers

of all ability with most featuring hotels

on-site, ensuring minimal steps from the

pool to the first tee.

GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:

Take advantage of the low-season rates

between May and September, with slightly

cooler temperatures of between 22-25

degrees the norm, it’s perfect golfing

weather!

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The Ryder Cup

Nothing truly matches the excitement of watching a

Ryder Cup live, particularly one in the USA – it really

is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After a thrilling

European victory at Le Golf National, the Americans

will be seeking revenge on home soil. Head to

Whistling Straits in September 2020 for another

dramatic contest on the iconic Straits course, home of

four PGA Championships (2004, 2007, 2010, 2015).

There will be plenty going on throughout the

week with fan rallies held during the evening to

ensure the entertainment carries on, long after

the golf has finished. The majority of fans who are

staying in Downtown Milwaukee will be very well

catered for with the city known as the beer-drinking

capital of the USA, with German settler’s first

bringing the beer-making culture to the area in the

mid-1800s.

So, gear up to relive the Miracle of Medinah

and out-sing those noisy neighbours from over the

Atlantic at the biggest show in golf!

GOLFBREAKS TOP TIP:

Make sure you have International Pavilion access

included within your package – you’ll miss the

lengthy queues for food and drink, plus enjoy the

relaxed environment whilst you watch the golf on a

large screen TV!

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23-26 Volvo China Open TBC, China

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WE’RE DUBBING HIM THE

‘WISE MAN OF GOLF’…

WE CATCH UP WITH

ANDREW BEEF JOHNSTON –

SITTING IN HIS NORTH

LONDON FLAT, GETTING

READY FOR THE NEXT

BIG PHASE IN HIS LIFE,

BECOMING A DAD

IF I COULD GO BACK

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GOT A PSYCHOLOGIST

STRAIGHT AWAY

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This year’s been

really interesting –

last 7-8 months I’ve

been working with

psychologists, I’m

a pretty laidback person, but during the

past few years, I lost the sense of fun and

put myself under loads of pressure.”

In many ways winning is

harder than the losing

“It’s a funny one as a golfer – you’ve got

to be really level-headed, in reality if you

finished 10th, you may have had a good

week and you’ve won. You’re playing

against 150 people every week, not one

person or one team. Some weeks you

shoot some terrible scores; the week after

some amazing scores. You get used to it

– you play one week you could be leaving

the tournament and be 20th, then you’re

at a different course two days later – you

can’t just focus on results, not be resultsdriven,

take it as it comes. You’re working

a process.”

Jetlag is the hardest part

of trying to prepare

“You see other players; they get off the

plane and straight to the course and

practise and I used to make myself feel

guilty. This year, I see what works for me –

sleep, relax, don’t overcook myself, don’t

set an alarm and pop up to the course

for a couple of hours when I’m focussed,

rather than an entire afternoon being

tired – managing your time is the key.”

Turkey, South Africa,

Dubai & Hong Kong in the

space of 5 weeks

“I was so angry on the golf course and

wound up the whole time – then Jodie,

my Fiancée, was telling me I had to

chill out, but in Australia, I just couldn’t

practise anymore– I burst into tears, so

stressed and worried about it, didn’t

realise at the time that all the pressure

was having an effect on me. I needed to

speak to someone. Jodie pushed me to

go, I was sceptical but I’m glad I did; now

I am massively interested in psychology.”

I had no idea how wound

up I was and what I was

doing to myself

“I was slowly beating myself up without

realising it – you can do that in any job,

perspective is key, it’s so easy to get caught

up in the bubble of competing, keep

proving yourself, it’s easy to get lost like

that. If I could go back and do it

again, I’d have got a psychologist

straightaway, I didn’t understand

why I was feeling like that – once

you break it down into pieces

there’s reasons behind it.”

Evaluate what

successful means to you –

“Your family, playing a boardgame with

your family, not having a Ferrari – success

is how you personally deem it – doesn’t

matter what they say, but I’ve only come

to learn that by speaking about it. I look

at these young pop stars and that’s on a

whole different level; you’re the next best

thing, everyone wants a piece of you –

then the media does a u-turn.”

Same principle in

golf and in life

“Work out your perspective,

values in life and who’s

important to you – once I started

understanding that I try and

reinforce it every day, a mental

warm up every day, keeping on

top of that is important.”

I NEEDED TO

SPEAK TO

SOMEONE – I WAS

SCEPTICAL BUT

I’M GLAD I DID

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It’s a long way from the

breakdown in his hotel

room back in 2016

“My expectations went up so high, I put

myself under so much pressure to perform

every week that it had a big effect on me.

Everything blew up (public image) – I got

really popular. I won a tournament in May

2016, then I did well at the British Open in

July and that weekend it went absolutely

crazy, then I went over to America

beginning of 2017 – it was madness being

recognised everywhere, doing TV shows. I

felt the need to perform – not doing it for

the game but for the results.”

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Photographer: Chris Hyde, Getty

MY TOOLS:

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My values in life: I ask

myself what are my values

– I like to be fair with

people, be kind and caring.

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I USED TO CARE WHAT

PEOPLE SAID ABOUT ME.

NOT NASTY COMMENTS

BUT SOMETHING LIKE

‘YOUR GOLF’S GONE SH*T’

I used to care what

people said about me

“Not nasty comments, but something

like ‘your golf’s gone sh*t’, I’d have taken

personally, then think I must try harder,

start doubting myself – now I don’t care,

I’m trying my best. I think that was the

thing about speaking out because I’m living

my dream but crying in my hotel room

and couldn’t speak out about it – I can’t

tell anyone I’m hating it and I’m miserable,

they’re not gonna think it’s true. I didn’t

say anything for a while, went a bit quiet.

But I did the European Blog and I was

apprehensive and then I had so many people

getting in touch saying ‘I’ve been through

that’ and ‘thanks’ for speaking out about it.”

For me the mindset is

staying chilled

“Staying relaxed about it – just staying

focussed on the ball, and keep doing

what you do – the adrenalin feeling you

get is like a drug when you’re playing

– You’ll have good days, bad days and

that’s just sport.”

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It’s a different form of

athlete

“I go to the gym quite a bit and train and

try to become flexible, strong and powerful

so I can hit a golf ball – it’s not like playing

football, where you’re burning off. You’re

travelling a lot and diet is a problem. People

are getting stronger and hitting it further,

that’s the way the game is going. I’ve put

a bit of weight on since last year, and my

coach said I like the way you move better.

My focus is: get more flexible, prevent injury,

get strong and as fast as I can. Work on my

thoracic spine, my shoulders and my hips.

You gotta keep up, I wanna feel as good as I

can every day and ready to compete.”

Sport in general is so

important for people

“It’s always challenging you in a

good way – I do miss the team

element, I love to mess around,

joke and prank. Sport keeps you

on your toes, your brain active and

you’re outside all year round.”

What’s my purpose for

today – could be anything,

like getting the car washed

or understanding you

might not like your boss

at work, and thinking I’m

gonna live to my values

and try and be nice

anyway.

Sticking to how you want

to live and not how you

think people want you to

live – not to get hammered

with your mates if you

wanna chill at home.

You can’t change how

other people are – so

control what you do.

You gotta stick at it

– maintain it, it takes

a lifetime to change

– working on it and

understanding yourself

and what you want out of

life.

Talk about it. If someone

takes the p*ss out of you

that’s not your problem,

don’t hide it more – speak

to someone else. What

you’re going through is

real, you’ll find the right

people in the end, don’t

give up. Life’s not easy, it’s

the same as golf, it’s about

working the right process.

Thank you, Andrew – all the best to

you and Jodie – enjoy the countdown

to baby ‘o’ clock.

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Starting Karate at the age of five and with

11 years of kickboxing experience under

his belt, vice European Champion and

German National Middleweight Champion

Kickboxer, Angelo Zoppo, talks injuries,

diet and what it takes to win (and lose).

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almly confident and not

a flexing muscle, bruise

or tattoo in sight, aside

from the fresh plaster cast

on his left arm, Angelo may not be the

kickboxing cliché you’d expect. Nursing

a broken radius, from defending a

knee-kick to the head “it’s not ideal”

explains, Angelo, of his first injury in over

eleven years of the sport, “I thought I

saw what was coming and reacted too

quickly, he caught my wrist instead of my

elbow, so I ended up worse off, but it’s a

clean break” – the rematch is scheduled

for as soon as the plates have realigned

the bone, “there’s no way I’m not getting

back into that ring. Next time I’ll be

stronger. I noticed quickly and stayed

down so my opponent didn’t make a meal

of it. The medic checked me out and I got

an earful at A&E about how violent the

sport is. Now it’s just a matter of waiting”.

It’s not the first time he’s taken

an unexpected blow, “it’s violent at

times but to be honest, the strategy and

technique is what I love about the sport,

it’s what most people don’t see. It’s 90%

technique.” Like a game of chess, “but

chess doesn’t hurt quite as much!”. And

you are up against yourself, “when you

get into the ring, you’re on your own – no

defenders to keep up the back end, no

one in mid-field to pick up the slack. It

tests you on a different level. If you get

caught out, you have to think fast and

focus. This time my opponent managed

to trick me into thinking he was coming

at me from a different angle, so I paid the

price. I’ll learn from it and be better next

time.” Kickboxing is certainly not

reputed for being a light sport.

“People do say it’s brutal – it can be. Like

any sport, football, rugby, you sustain

injuries – maybe more on the football

pitch in fact. But if you maintain

a sensible training routine and

a good level of fitness you’ll

recover quickly enough and be

back to your best”. Training is a

major part of life, “and takes priority

alongside my day job (plumber). It takes

discipline to keep fit, and stay fit and train

between matches. I do want to be the

best I can be, in any situation – whether

it’s repairing the boiler, making dinner

or fighting in the ring, I have this drive

that makes me want to be better all the

time. Bit of a perfectionist. Some fighters

– really good ones, just don’t get back

into the ring after a defeat, they can’t

face the chance of it happening again,

but I suppose it’s just a character thing.

I’m ambitious and I want to test my ability

and improve fight on fight”. Preparing for

a fight “I used to check my opponent’s

stats, make sure I knew what was coming.

That’s changed though. At this level I’m

always going to face a tough challenge”,

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it’s professional kickboxing so the heavy

fighters that just want to prove a point

have been filtered out when you get to

this stage, “and mindset can make

all the difference, I just get into

the ring with a calm and neutral

frame of mind. I’m not interested

in psyching my opponent – maybe

he’s better than me but having an offday.

Maybe I’m having a really good day.

What matters is that I stay calm and focus

on enjoying a fair, clean fight. It’s the

best way to apply my training”. Some

fighters just get up again and again “and

you can just tell from the absent look in

their eyes that something’s blocking the

pain – it’s not natural”. Doping tests

are far too infrequent, “I’ve been

tested three times in my entire career.

I’m not interested in any of that, but we

need more testing. Keep it clean and fair

or fighters don’t feel their own limits and

just get injured too badly. I rely on training

to be my best”. Three rounds, each

lasting three minutes, doesn’t

sound like a lot to be preparing

for, “it’s seriously full on. And you’d be

surprised but it’s not the muscle mass that

makes the difference. Overall physical

conditioning is what gets you through the

second round and beyond the third. I see

it again and again – bulked up fighters

hit a wall – suddenly out of energy. The

breathing starts picking

up and they start to

panic. You need three

times the oxygen

to fuel muscle and

if you’ve not kept up

on your cardio your

breathing will get tight,

you won’t be able to

think straight. Then your

opponent gets the upper

hand”. Strength training

is important though, “I

do weights four times a

week – you need a good

balance of everything”.

Mobility too, “so you can

develop a fast reaction

speed to avoid blows.

Swimming and running, cardio,

functional sport – it all counts.

It’s all I do in my spare time. I run 6km a

day and the last couple of miles are Hit

training to challenge myself”. When it

comes to the kickboxing training “I do

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that for two hours, four times a week and

my trainer is phenomenal. He inspires us

to do more – has this strong presence,

confidence and knowledge of the sport.

He makes you want to be your best.”

There’s a team feeling in my club (Asian

Falcons), “we’re more of a family really.

At every match we go up to the ring

together and cheer each other on. You

feel the buzz, a motivation and it’s like

there is a solid wall of support behind

you, they’ve got my back and you want

to fight your best for them too, - ” Just

a sec, “more messages wishing me luck

for the op on my arm – like brothers”. It’s

not all about the training, “you have

to look after yourself between

fights, steer away from the scene that

wants to get you involved in fights outside

the ring, you know, take Angelo along

and he’ll do some damage, that kind of

thing, not for me. Keep it fair, clean and

in the ring”. And paying attention to

what fuel goes in the tank, “which is just

sensible so you don’t have to trim down

or gain too much pre-match”. A lean

middleweight, weighing in at 76.5 kilos at

185cm, “I count calories, and look

at a weekly balance, that way I

can eat everything – if I’m trimming

down a bit, I’ll be on 1800 calories a

day and if I want to gain, I’ll be on 2800

daily. I might eat 1300 today if I know I’m

eating birthday

cake tomorrow”

to keep a

good balance,

“but I’m not

substituting

meals for protein shakes or cutting

carbs, it just makes me tired and

hungry. It’s torture and in the end,

you just lose water, so as soon as

you start eating again you gain every

pound back as quickly as you lost

it.” Some athletes swear by a plate

of pre-match pasta, “but I like to

stick to something protein-rich and

light the night before I compete.

Muesli for breakfast. Carbs just make

you sluggish during the match,”

despite the Sicilian parents

and heritage, “pasta is postmatch!”

Dad is a black belt karate

champion so it’s more than just the

love of pasta in the genes. Most of

the family are back in Sicily, “it’s

unusual to be an Italian kickboxer in

Germany,” though the real place to be

for kickboxing is Holland, “they turn

out the best kickboxers – the scene is

immense with 3-4000 tickets sold-out

in no time. The rest of Europe and the

U.K. are catching on”.

Follow Angelo on Instagram

@Zoppo.Angelo

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FROM

THE

JAWS

OF

SETS

THE GASPS WERE

AUDIBLE. HORROR

WAS ETCHED ON

THE FACES OF

FRIENDS AND FAMILY

AT RINGSIDE. IN

HOMES AROUND THE

WORLD, SUPPORTERS

SCREAMED AT TV

IN ANGUISH.

DISASTER

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Tyson Fury had been knocked

out cold.

A

s Fury lay unconscious on

the blue canvas of LA’s

Staples Center, the man

many feel to be the most

fearsome puncher in boxing

history, Deontay Wilder, began a dance of

delight. This dance would be remembered –

mimicked for decades, even – following one

of boxing’s all-time highlight-reel spectacular

world title stoppage wins… or so Wilder

clearly thought.

Out of the corner of his eye, Wilder

noticed Fury was achieving something

impossible: he was getting up. The

American’s dance lost all enthusiasm and

eventually slowed to a standstill like a

piston bereft of fuel.

What Fury did in that ring – got up and

fought on to what many feel was a

resounding and glorious return to world

champion status – was relatively easy,

if you ask the ‘Gypsy King’ himself. Not

because it actually was easy, of course,

but because Fury had already overcome

far greater obstacles to

simply be in the position

of fighting for a world title

that night.

It may be a boxing cliché

as old as the hills but it

couldn’t be more apt and

there’s no better way to

put it: Tyson Fury fought

and won his biggest fight

outside of the ring. In fact,

he wins it every day.

That fight is against the

mental health issues that

spiraled out of control in the wake of his

historic dethroning of Wladimir Klitschko

in November 2015.

“This is coming from a man who had

EVERYTHING. I had money, fame,

glory, titles, a wife, a family, kids

and everything… but I felt like I had

nothing. There was a big gaping hole

that was filled with doom and gloom.

“I hit the drink and the drugs. I was

out all-night partying and not coming

home. I didn’t care about boxing

or living – I wanted to die and have

a good time doing it. When I was

drunk or high, I wouldn’t think about

being depressed. I’d say: ‘I’m a boxing

champion and I feel great!’ When it

wears off, though, it only leaves you

feeling more depressed.

“The common approach to depression

is drink and drugs and this is where I

want to spread the word because it’s

the worst thing you can do.”

Again, it’s a well-worn statement, but the

upturn in Fury’s tale was necessitated by

a fall to ‘rock bottom.’ The term is often

bandied around but there’s a gravitas

about Fury when he tells the tale of the

day he sped willfully towards suicide.

He said: “I was waking up and I

didn’t want to be alive. I was making

everyone’s lives a misery. Nobody

could talk any sense to me and I was

going very low at times. I was having

all these crazy thoughts.

“I bought a brand-new Ferrari in the

summer of 2016. At the bottom of a

five-mile strip on the highway, there’s

a bridge. I was up to 190mph and

heading towards that bridge. I didn’t

care about anything – I just wanted to

die so bad and I had given up.

“As I was getting to the bridge – and

the Ferrari would’ve crushed like a

Coke can had I hit it – I heard a voice

saying: ‘No Tyson. Don’t do this. Think

of the kids and your family. Think of

your little boys and girls growing up

with no father and everyone saying

you were a weak man who left them

and took the easy way out.’

“I pulled off the motorway and I was

shaking. I was nervous and so afraid.

That day, I thought: ‘I’ll never try or

think about taking my own life again.’

I went and got help from the leading

psychiatrist in the UK. She told my

Dad I was not to be trusted alone. She

said I was an imminent death risk –

the highest level of suicide risk.”

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Fury candidly told worldrenowned

podcaster Joe

Rogan: “I’d suffered with mental

health problems my whole life but I

didn’t know what it was because I’d

had no education on the matter.

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THE COMMON APPROACH

TO DEPRESSION IS

DRINK AND DRUGS AND

THIS IS WHERE I WANT

TO SPREAD THE WORD

BECAUSE IT’S THE WORST

THING YOU CAN DO

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While Fury had something approaching

a ‘eureka’ moment that prevented him

taking his own life, his retreats into

substance abuse did not end that day.

Instead, it took another stint of partying

that climaxed in an extraordinary and lifechanging

Halloween 2017.

As with many of the great tales, the

darkest subjects and most painful

moments are laced with hints of humour

– especially when Fury is your story-teller.

He said: “I was at a party weighing

400lb dressed as a skeleton and

thought: ‘These are all young kids

compared to me. Is this what you want

for your life?’ You can only change

your life if you want to change your

life. I went home at 9pm. I got home,

went straight up to a dark room, took

the stupid skeleton suit off and I was

praying and begging God to help me.

“I’d never begged or cried for God to

help me before. I’d never been in this

physical state. My chest was wet with

tears. I knew I couldn’t do it on my

own. I’d tried and I’d ended up back in

the pub. I had almost accepted being

an alcoholic was going to be my fate.

After praying for 10 minutes, I got up

and I felt the weight of the world had

been lifted.

“For the first time in years, I knew I

was going to make a comeback. The

next day, I called up Ben Davison and

we set about losing 160lbs.”

The turnaround is truly one of the

great stories in sport… but as much as

Fury must be bursting with pride at his

performance against Wilder and bursting

with eagerness to regain his world titles,

he insists his true calling is now something

deeper and more profound.

Fury said: “It’s my mission to

help those in need now. I believe

heightening awareness of mental

health problems is what I’ve been put

on this earth to do.

“When I was in Belfast to fight

Francesco Pianeta, I was approached

by a fellow who was on the verge of

committing suicide, he said needed to

speak to me urgently. He had a black

eye and a big bag and I

thought he was going to

try something.

“He said he couldn’t talk

to me in public and that he

needed to speak to me on

his own. I said: ‘No worries.

Let’s go round here. I need

to speak to you anyway.’

“He left happy and contented after

a little 20 minute conversation. It

makes me feel great. It’s not that I

want a pat on the back or anything

but I know I can help people with

my experiences. If I can come back,

anyone can.”

If any confirmation were needed as to the

trade-off between traditional stoicism

and acceptance of genuine mental health

problems, it’s probably best to take it

from a 6’9 world heavyweight boxing

champion.

Glory comes in many forms. Fury has

already inspired so many to accept and

address the problems in their head. He

should now be applauded for his bravery

as a man as well as a fighter.

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kip the hassle and expense of a gym membership;

with a little motivation you can get the body of

your dreams in your living room. Bodyweight

exercises are a simple and effective way to improve

flexibility, balance, and strength, without any added fitness

equipment. Carve out a killer core, define lean legs, and bulkup

biceps; these top 25 cover every part of the body, and every

basic workout move you need to get healthier and stronger with

nothing but your own bodyweight resistance.

Category #1: Full Body Exercises

The Bear Crawl: Embrace your wild side and build up

full body strength with the bear crawl. Starting on your

1. hands and knees, lift your bodyweight using your tiptoes,

and tighten your core, reaching forwards slowly with your right

knee and right arm. Follow on by bringing your left knee and

arm forwards, and continue the crawl for about 10 reps.

2.

Plyometric Push-up: Starting in a standard push-up

position, with your hands against the floor and your

feet together, slowly lower your body towards the

ground, keeping your back as straight as possible. Once you’re

as low as you can get, push away from the floor in one explosive

movement, removing your hands from the ground if you can too.

3.

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Burpees: Easily one of the most effective full-body

exercises around, burpees start out in a low-squat

position that balances your hands on the floor. Kick

your feet backwards so that you’re in the push-up position, then

complete a single push-up before jumping straight back to the

squat position. Leap as high as possible before squatting and

returning to the push-up portion of the exercise.

Plank: Start by lying down with your forearms on the

floor, hands clasped in front of you. Extend your legs

4. behind your body as straight as you can, and push your

weight up onto your toes, tightening your core to keep your

spine straight. Hold the position for as long as possible.

Tuck Jump: Standing with your knees very gently

bent, jump up as high as you can, as though you’re

5. trying to hit the ceiling, and pull your knees in towards

your chest while throwing your arms straight out in front of you.

Land with your knees slightly bent and jump again.

Category #2: Leg Exercises

Wall Sit: Find your favourite wall and lean against

it, slowly sliding your back down the brickwork until

6. your thighs are parallel to the ground. Make sure your

knees are situated directly above your ankles, and that your back

remains straight - then hold the pose for as long as you can.

Squat: Stand with your feet parallel, and slowly begin

to crouch by bending at the knees and hips until your

7. thighs are parallel to the floor. Make sure that you don’t

let the heels rise off the floor, then press onto your heels to

return to the standing position.

Lunge: With your feet about a hip-width apart, stand

with your hands on your waist, and push your left leg

8. forwards, slowly lowering your body until your right knee

is hovering just above the floor - probably at about 90 degrees.

Return to the standing position and repeat the other side.

9.

Curtsy Lunge:

Starting standing

up, keep your

left leg behind your body,

and turned slightly to the

right so that your thighs

cross over each other. Bend

both your knees as if you’re

curtseying, but make sure

that the knee ahead of

your body lines up with the

corresponding ankle. Return

to your standing position.

10.

Step-Up:

Step-ups

are about

as simple as fat-loss exercises get. All you need is a bench or a

step to get started. Simply place your right foot on the surface,

and step up onto it until your leg is straight. Then return to the

starting position and begin again using the opposite leg.

Category #3: Arms & Shoulder Exercises

11.

Triceps Dip: Sit near a bench with your knees gently

bent, and grab the bench with your arms straight.

Bend your arms about ninety degrees then straighten

them again while your heels push the floor. Try reaching out one

arm while lifting the alternate leg for a better challenge.

12.

13.

Boxer: With your feet a hip-width apart, bend your

knees and keep your elbows tucked into your body,

extending one arm forward as the other pushes

back. Hug your arms in and switch, like you’re preparing for a fight.

Arm Circles: Simple but effective, stand with your

arms by your sides, then slowly make clockwise

circles with the limbs for about thirty seconds,

before reversing the movement and going counter-clockwise.

Diamond Push-up: Make a diamond position

on the floor with your hands - meaning that your

14. thumbs and index fingers touch, then complete a

set of push-ups as usual to add an extra workout to your triceps.

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Diamond Push-up

15.

Pike Push-Up: To complete a pike push up, start

off in the downward dog yoga position, with your

hands and feet against the floor, and your body in

an inverted “V” shape. Slowly lower yourself towards the floor as

far as possible, keeping your shoulders back and your abs tight,

then push yourself gradually back into the starting position.

Category #4: Back & Chest Exercises

16.

Push-Up: A classic in any workout routine, keep

your hands a shoulder-width apart, and your feet

flexed, then tighten your core, bending at your

elbows until you’re touching the floor with your chest. From

there, push your body back upwards, keeping your elbows

tucked into your torso.

17.

Dolphin Push-Up: To complete a dolphin pushup,

lie on the ground with your toes and elbows largely

supporting most of your bodyweight. Your core

should be about four inches away from the ground. Jerk your

buttocks up high into the air so you’re in a V shape, then lower

your body back to the starting position.

18.

Donkey Kick: Starting in a push-up position with

your legs together, tighten your core and kick both

of your legs into the air at the same time, with

your knees bent. Try to land gently as you return to the starting

position.

Pull-Ups: One of the best exercises around for

your upper back, start by using iso-eccentric pullups

to get the most out of your routine. Grab a bar

19.

and jump up so that your chest touches it, attempting to hold

the position for at least five seconds. If possible, lower yourself

back to the ground as slowly as possible.

Supermans: Lie face-down with your legs

and arms straight, then raise all of your limbs

20. away from the floor so that only your stomach is

touching the ground.

Category #5: Core Exercises

21.

Jump Crunch Squats: Starting with your feet

and hands on the floor, and your buttocks raised

high into an inverted V shape, bend your knees

and use your core and arms to bounce your feet away from the

floor in a sort of donkey kick motion. Remember to land with

your knees bent.

22.

Flutter Kick: Lying on your back, extend your

legs, and keep your arms at your sides, before

lifting your heels away from the floor and

making small pulses with your legs, keeping your core tense. Try

to keep kicking for as long as possible.

Bent Knee Leg Raises: Lie on your back with

your arms flat by your sides, then gradually lift

23. your entire lower body, including your hips, away

from the ground, bring your knees towards your head. The aim

should be to almost touch your nose with your knees, without

actually doing so.

24.

Crunch: Lie on your back, while keeping your

feet flat and your knees bent. Put your hands

behind the head, and bring your head and

shoulders up off the mat while tightening your core. Hold your

position, then relax.

25.

Bridge Taps: Finally, lie on your back with

your knees bent and your heels pulled in slightly

towards your buttocks. Use the strength in

your core to pull your hips, buttocks and abdomen away from

the ground as you reach across your body with your right arm

to touch the left side of the floor beneath you. Switch sides to

complete a single rep.

For more great tips around health, fitness and

nutrition check out Marc’s YouTube channel (480+

Videos on the channel) http://goo.gl/VJT31c

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Get a Grip on

Your Mood

Skin-on-skin contact is a

proven antidepressant: simply

holding hands with your

partner releases serotonin*,

as well as regulating your

heart rate. Or, for a more

high-octane hormone hit, take

up a close-contact sport such

as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Grappling

with your foe will flood your

body with stress-relieving

chemicals. A chokehold isn’t so

different from a cuddle, is it?

02

Live in the Past

The irrepressible popularity

of mindfulness meditation

might have you convinced

that “staying in the moment”

is the key to enlightenment.

But that, ironically, is old news:

San Francisco State University

found that nostalgia correlates

strongly with life satisfaction

and that looking at photos

of loved ones will trigger the

production of mood-improving

hormones. It seems that

Facebook Memories might

have a purpose, after all.

03

Start a New

Pet Project

Not only does man’s best

friend provide plenty of fodder

for your Instagram feed, but a

University of Missouri study

found that a #doggo can keep

depression on a tight leash.

Just a few minutes spent

petting a dog releases

serotonin, as well as the

feel-good “bonding hormone”

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ON

YOUR

SIDE

USING THE POWER

OF SPORT TO TACKLE

MENTAL HEALTH

AS THE NIGHTS

DRAW IN AND THE

WEATHER SEEMS

INCREASINGLY LIKE

IT’S ON A MISSION TO

PUT A DOWNER ON

YOUR DAY, IT CAN GET

TOUGH TO FIND THE

MOTIVATION TO STAY

ACTIVE.

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REGULAR SPORT

CAN ACTUALLY

REDUCE YOUR

RISK OF

DEPRESSION

BY UP TO

30%

W

hatever the weather, it’s worth

bearing in mind that physical

health and mental health are

actually really closely linked.

For starters, everyone has both physical and

mental health. These also both need looking

after as they can fluctuate over time between

good and bad. Not feeling able to get active, be

it grim weather or winter-time sluggishness, can

ultimately end up impacting on our mental health,

leading to greater likelihood of experiencing

things like stress, depression and anxiety.

Break the taboo

Men aren’t famed for always being on top of

their mental health and no doubt a big part of

that is that it’s still a taboo subject for many.

Issues like self-stigmatisation, or the idea that

‘real men don’t cry’, can prevent men from

getting support.

In fact, Mind research has shown that almost

a third of men would be embarrassed about

seeking help for a mental health problem and

less than a quarter of men would visit their GP

if they felt down for more than two weeks, in

comparison to a third of women.

Many people wait too long before seeing

their GP, discounting anxiety or depression as

just day-to-day feelings. But it’s not the same

as being ‘a bit nervous’ or a bit low and it’s

important to seek help as soon as possible

if you feel like the symptoms are interfering

with your ability to do the things you normally

would for more than a couple of weeks.

Get Active

The good news is that there are plenty of ways

to take care of your mental health. Sport being

a great example. Even small amounts of activity,

like weekly 5-aside games or 20-minute walks

over lunch breaks, can still help boost your mood

and prevent you from getting down or anxious.

Research suggests that being regularly active

can actually reduce your risk of depression by up

to 30%. It reduces your cortisol levels, associated

with being stressed, and boosts your endorphins,

the ‘feel good’ hormone. So think of the warm

glow of the ‘runner’s high’ next time you find

yourself struggling to lace up your trainers.

Although getting outside doesn’t seem as

appealing in winter, research from Mind’s Get Set

to Go programme shows that choosing to do a run

or cycle outdoors rather than doing a gym-based

equivalent, brings a significant boost for people’s

mental wellbeing. The sights, sounds and smells of

being outdoors can do more to distract from the

worries and stresses of the day than being indoors

– and save you from some of the sights, sounds and

smells of the changing rooms too…

Keep it regular

While all forms of sport and exercise have

benefits, the key thing is to find something you

really enjoy and will stick at. There’s no point in

beasting yourself on a rowing machine a couple

of times only to decide you never want to get

off the sofa again. If you need ‘me time’ to clear

your mind, then jogging or boxing are obvious

winners. If you prefer a bit of camaraderie, then

maybe team sports like football or dodgeball are

more up your street.

But it’s not just sports impact on people’s mental

wellbeing that makes it so important. Sport has

the power to change the way we all see mental

health and help challenge the stigma. Mind works

extensively with football clubs as part of its On Your

Side charity partnership with the English Football

League (EFL) and hears from fans every day about

the importance football has in their lives.

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unwind before bed. Make sure your

bedroom is cool and dark. If you’re

finding it hard to get to sleep it’s worth

trying to cut down on stimulants like tea,

coffee and alcohol.

GET SOME BACK-UP: Dealing with a

mental health problem alone can be

daunting. Tell someone you trust how you

feel, whether that’s your partner, mates or

your GP. Getting it off your chest can be

the start of feeling better.

READ-UP: One in four of us will experience

a problem with our mental health each

year, so find out more about looking after

yourself through Mind’s award-winning

online guides at mind.org.uk.

LOG-OFF: It is important to maintain a good

balance between your online and offline

activity. If you’re spending too much time

on social media, take a break for a bit or set

aside some time each day to do something

like reading or physical activity.

GIVE BACK: Doing good deeds, whether

that’s volunteering, fundraising, or just

checking in on your neighbours, has

been shown to be really beneficial to

wellbeing.

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Cameron, 23, from Dartford in Kent has

had his fair share of ups and downs with

his mental health, “It was around this

time last year, after two years of battling,

I finally admitted to myself that I shouldn’t

keep shutting everyone out of how I was

feeling. I felt worthless, like my life had no

value. I have a wife that I love very much

and a really supportive family, but in spite

of everything I found it hard to care about

anything. I was trapped in my own little

shadow and became really scared when my

thoughts turned to suicide.”

For Cameron, football has been a lifeline:

“Despite everything, one of the few things

that I got myself up for was football. That

camaraderie of captaining my 6-aside

team has been crucial to getting me out

of the house. Even just running around for

60 minutes win, lose, or draw, gives me a

distraction from my thoughts.”

Mental health and the EFL

As part of Mind’s partnership with the

EFL, and for the first time ever, all 72 EFL

clubs now have the squiggle of Mind’s

logo incorporated into the names on the

backs of players’ shirts. For many people

the squiggle represents the confusion that

we can feel when we have a problem with

our mental health. For Cameron, an avid

Charlton fan, it also represented the start

of his journey to getting support: “Seeing

the squiggle on the back of my team’s

shirts made me feel more comfortable

reaching out for support, as if we’re at

a stage that it’s normal enough to be so

visible in football, it must be okay to deal

with it in our own lives.”

Take steps

What’s clear about sports is that it has

huge potential for transforming mental

health. Both on a national level, where

Mind hopes it has the power to change

the way people see mental health, and on

a personal level, where it has the power

to boost our mood and protect us from

mental health problems. So, however

bleak the winter can get, don’t forget that

even just taking those first steps forward

can make a huge difference.

Mind is the official Charity

Partner of the EFL and provides

advice and support for anyone

experiencing a mental health

problem. Find out more at mind.

org.uk/sport

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BEING IN

YOUR MATE’S

T

here’s a lot of talk about

mental health at the

minute. But what does

it really mean? And how

can you make sure you’ve got your

mate’s back if you’re worried about

their mental health?

In many ways, mental health is just like physical

health: everybody has it and we need to take care of

it. Good mental health means being generally able to

think, feel and react in the ways that you need and

want to live your life. But if your mate goes through a

period of poor mental health you might find the ways

they’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become

difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel

just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

SIGNS YOUR MATE MIGHT NEED SUPPORT

While the symptoms of mental health problems

differ widely, there are some broad signs you might

pick up on that suggest your mate could do with

your support.

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Not their normal selves:

If they seem down, lonely,

detached, demotivated or

numb, or agitated, on edge and

pessimistic for more than a

couple of weeks.

Off the pace: If they say they’re

feeling tired all the time from

sleeping too much or too little.

Finding it hard to concentrate,

feeling confused, agitated or

sluggish.

Backing away: Many people push

their mates away when they’re

struggling with their mental

health. Notice if they’re not getting

out and socialising as much as before or are

not enjoying activities they used to.

Not looking after themselves: Some

people use alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or

food as a coping mechanism, so you might

notice that they are leaning on these more

than before.

GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

HELPS YOU THINK,

FEEL AND REACT IN THE

WAYS YOU NEED AND

WANT IN ORDER TO

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IT TAKES A LOT FOR

SOMEONE TO SAY

‘I NEED HELP’, BUT IT

DOESN’T HURT TO

RAISE THE SUBJECT

YOURSELF.

HOW TO HAVE YOUR MATE’S

BACK

It can be tough to see your mate

going through a tough time, but

you don’t need to be an expert

on mental health to offer support.

Often, it’s the small stuff that can

make a big difference. Here are

some tips from Time to Change;

whose In Your Corner campaign

gives advice about how to have

your mate’s back if you’re

worried about them:

Check in with them

It takes a lot for someone

to say “I need help”, but

it doesn’t hurt to raise

the subject yourself.

Sometimes you don’t

have to talk directly about

mental health to find out

how they are doing – it

can be as simple as texting

them to check in with

them, taking them to the

pub for ‘that drink you

owe them’.

Ask twice

Sometimes asking ‘How are you?’

just prompts the usual and expected

response of ‘Fine thanks’, but Time

to Change’s research shows that

asking again, with interest, can give

your mate the signal they need to

really open up. Simply adding ‘Are

you sure you’re okay?’ or ‘How are

you really?’ shows you’re asking for

real and ready to listen.

Take it seriously

It can feel embarrassing and

exposing to talk about your

thoughts and feelings, especially if

they’re disturbing. Don’t laugh or

treat it like a joke. However strange

it might seem to you, remember it’s

real to them.

Listen and reflect

You don’t have to have all the

answers – just listening can

make a big difference. Try and

show that you’re taking on

board what they’re saying. You

can do this by reflecting – that

is, saying something simple like

“that sounds really difficult”. You

could also say something like

“thanks for telling me”, to show

that you appreciate having the

conversation.

Ask questions

We worry about prying when it

comes to others’ mental health,

but it’s better to ask questions. It

can help them to get things off

their chest, and by keeping the

conversation going it shows that

you care.

Some of the questions you

might ask:

“What does it feel like?”

“What kind of thoughts are

you having?”

“How can I help?”

Don’t try and fix it

It’s human nature to want to fix

things, but expecting things to

change right away isn’t helpful. It’s

not your job to make their mental

health problem go away – it’s

often more helpful just to listen,

ask open questions and do things

you’d normally do together.

Build your knowledge

You might find it helpful to learn a

bit more about what they’re going

through. If they mention a specific

diagnosis, you could learn more

about it through online info pages

like Mind’s website mind.org.uk

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For more ways to

support your mate see

time-to-change.org.

uk (run by Mind and

Rethink Mental Illness)

or call Mind’s Infoline

on 0300 123 3393 - lines

open Monday to Friday,

9.00am to 6.00pm.

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BEHIND

THE

BOOZE

A BBQ WITHOUT A CIDER

– THAT’S NOT A BBQ. A

MATCH WITHOUT A PINT

IN ONE HAND AND FLYING

BEER FOAM EVERY TIME

WE SCORE IS BARELY

WORTH WATCHING.

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A

nd Friday night without a

customary quick end-of-week

half is no way to kick-off the

weekend.

Being able to hold your ale is one

thing, but drinking your mates under the

table every other night might be pushing

it. Exceeding the weekly recommended

units on a regular basis can lead to

withdrawal symptoms, hair of the dog

and worse case, a slippery slope to

finding the answers in the bottom of

the pint glass. According to drug and

alcohol charity, Addaction, 4% of drinkers

consume one third of the alcohol sold.

While some of us might be losing track

of the BBQs, matches and excuses for a

celebratory pint, as a nation we are drinking

less, with overall consumption in the UK

sinking by 16% since 2004 and 20% of the

population classifying themselves as ‘nondrinkers’

(British Beer and Pub Assoc. 2016).

What’s prompted the change and why

are so many of us swapping out the beer in

favour of a Virgin Daquiri?

Pocketing cash

The price of booze may be 64% cheaper

than in was in 1980 but it’s increased by

33% over the past 10 years and stats show

the more you earn, the more likely you are

to spend on drink. According to Alcohol

Change UK, 88% of participants in the Dry

January campaign saved cash during an

entire month staying off the beers. For most

occasional drinkers the cost of drinking

may not make such a big difference, but

price regulation is

one way to reduce

availability for

those who struggle

with addiction:

“Increasing the price

of high alcohol drinks

is proven to make a

difference. Minimum

Unit Pricing sets a

price below which a

unit of alcohol can’t

be legally sold. It

reduces availability of

high strength, lowcost

drinks that tend

to be consumed by

people with alcohol problems. Scotland

and Ireland have led the way on this

and it’s time for England to catch up.”

Says Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of

External Affairs at drug and alcohol charity

Addaction, responding to the Lancet

alcohol study.

Although the NHS site states

that there is no link between

mental health and drinking

(at time of writing); according

to a Public Health report on

substance misuse, alcohol

consumption is a causal factor

for depression and 41% of

people in alcohol treatment

also need mental health

treatment (with 20% of them

not receiving any mental health

treatment).

Health wise

Keeping fit is a

motivator for

reducing the

number of beers

you might down in a session and it makes

gym sessions a little more effective if you’re

not loading on the extra calories that don’t

translate into muscle mass. The Alcohol

Change UK research showed that 71% of

the Dry Jan participants reported better

sleep; 67% better energy levels and 58%

lost weight. The ways in which alcohol

consumption affects your health vary –

depending on how much and how regularly

you crack open the bottle. What’s clear

though, the less you drink, the less likely

you are to develop certain illnesses. Drinking

more than the recommended upper limit

of 14 units a week

on a regular basis

makes a difference;

alcohol consumption

is a causal factor

in more than 60

medical conditions,

including mouth,

throat, stomach, liver

and breast cancers;

high blood pressure,

cirrhosis of the liver;

and depression.

Another likely reason

that’s encouraging

Brits to cut down.

Getting sorted

According to Addaction, getting older

doesn’t necessarily make us wise when it

comes to drinking: “[…] alcohol is a growing

issue for older people. Hospital admissions

due to alcohol for this group have increased

dramatically in recent years. Alcohol creeps

The number of units you’re

drinking depends on the size

and strength of your drink

(volume of the glass and the

% of alcohol). According to

the Department of Health 14

units should be spread across

the week. 14 units equates

to 6 pints at 4% per pint OR 6

glasses of 175ml at 13% OR

14 measures of whiskey (25ml

shots at 40%).

up on people, playing

an ever-increasing

role in their lives.

Better treatment

options will help

people take control earlier.” says Tyrell.

When it gets serious, alcohol misuse is

the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health

and disability among 15-49-year-olds in the

UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all

ages and in England, there are an estimated

589,101 dependent drinkers (2016/17 –

Public Health England 2018), of whom

81.7% are not accessing treatment.

The good news is that when it comes to

getting help, many people take the initiative

– 61% of clients starting treatment were

self-referrals. 24% were from health services

and social care, which includes 14% from

GPs. The average age for people in alcohol

treatment is 46, with 60% of people in

alcohol treatment being male.

“Alcohol is soaked through our culture.

The alcohol industry has set the terms of

the debate for too long. Flashy marketing

disguises an industry that doesn’t do nearly

enough to compensate for the harm it

causes,” explains Tyrell. “Helping people

make healthier choices is vital but all the

evidence shows we need better policy if we

are serious about change.”

More stats & reports on our nation’s

drinking habits at

www. alcoholchange.org.uk/

alcohol-facts/fact-sheets/

alcohol-statistics

For more information

www.drinkaware.co.uk

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LIVING

SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR,

DAMIEN LEE, TALKS

DISRUPTING THE

‘NASTY-NOODLE’

SEGMENT, BEING A

SINGLE DAD AND LIVING

ALONGSIDE CANCER.

THE

NOODLE

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“I’m always looking at opportunity –

how something could be better or changed,

how products or industries can be improved

or disrupted. The satellite communications

company was the big one – if I’d have

stayed with it, I’d probably be sitting on

an island somewhere right now. I’m kind

of a restless soul in many ways, always

looking for that next project. One of my

weaknesses, but at the same time it’s one

of my strengths.

I ate tonnes of instant noodles

growing up – being time-poor, I didn’t

particularly care what was in them, they

were convenient and tasted good.

On a business trip to China I learned that

the fifth largest noodle manufacturer there

was so focused on keeping up with the

competition that nutrition went straight

out the window. Over five billion instant

noodles sold a year, just in China, and no

real food in the packet. There are over a

hundred billion noodles sold around the

world each year – there’s no difference,

other than the packaging – they’re all

made with junk ingredients,

salt and MSGs, you name it.

Manufacturers start dumming

down their product to keep

low costs and maintain profit

margins.

At the time I was busy on

another start-up project and

then got diagnosed with late

stage-four cancer. It’s a great

motivator – especially with

‘weeks to live’ and being a

full-time single dad to two

sons. I decided to take all the

nasties out of my diet, went

raw for a while and a year later I was in

complete remission. But the start-up was

on hold during my treatment and after that

year I had to review my life.

I was unemployable

(#serialentrepreneur). Thought about it.

Saw the opportunity to improve noodles.

Create the world’s costliest instant noodles,

for all the right reasons, with real food in

them. That’s what I’ve done.

Building a business? Research

your idea – maybe 10 -20 other people

have already done it or it’s underway in a

different country and you don’t know about

it. And do a business plan first – it’s great

to have an idea but you need to map it out.

Have a roadmap of how to achieve your

objectives. A sound business plan helps you

get investment, because unless you’ve got a

full bank account, business requires funding

to get your product to market and where

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you really need to go. Your numbers need

to stack up and it needs to be sensible.

The biggest hurdle for any company

that’s going from start-up to scale-up is to

keep fuelling the machine. Raising capital.

And getting the machine right internally.

While you’re building a start-up, you focus

on the profile and getting the product out

there. What lags behind are the internal,

company processes while you’re trying

to build your external market. Don’t lose

sight of the internal company structure.

At Mr Lee’s we had to make sure that the

company infrastructure was growing so

the company didn’t cave in on itself. Basic

housekeeping and knowing that you can

never do everything yourself. Get the

people around you that are better than you

at certain skills. When you’ve got people

with those skills sharing your vision then

you know you’re in the right place.

It’s a balancing act building a business

and raising two sons full time. We’re in

three continents, with offices in the U.K.

and Sydney and now opening in the U.S.

CHECK IT EARLY,

GET IT EARLY AND

SORT IT EARLY

It’s so easy to get caught up in your phone

and social media. But I do everything for

my boys – to allocate time for the things

that really are important. For me, that’s my

family. I do homework with them in the

evening; spend as much time with them as

possible at the weekend and make sure I

drop them to school in the mornings and

try to pick them up. You’ve got to keep

your feet on the ground and if you haven’t

got your health or your family, you’ve got

nothing.

Business comes second. I’m sure if you

ask my kids, they probably want to see

more of me, but I’m doing my best. It’s

always a struggle but I never lose sight of

how important my kids are to me. I don’t

want them too caught up in the thought

process of ‘daddy’s ill’. They’ve got their

little lives going on and I don’t want them

bogged down by it, so we try not to talk

about it too much at home. They know dad

goes to the hospital for treatment and dad

comes home. You’ve got to be honest with

the kids, so they are not angry with you

should the worse-case happen, but try not

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to let them linger on it

too much. Try and make

every day as normal as

possible with your kids

– cancer or not, none of

us know how long we’ve

got on this planet.

I’m a big believer

in you are what you

eat. I’ve had cancer

three times now. Sugars – a big no, no,

they feed cancer cells – processed food,

meat, and salt, you know it’s a minefield

and we must take our diet and our health

seriously. We’re no different to an engine

in that respect – if you put the wrong fuel

in the car, the engine will stop. Healthy

choices are difficult when we’re all so busy

trying to manage work and family, on

the road, so we tend to take shortcuts to

eating. But we’re becoming much more

food-aware now, you see ‘pack-turners’

in the supermarket, reading nutritional

information- you didn’t see that five years

ago. Thankfully the media is bringing health

and nutrition to the forefront.

YOU KNOW YOUR

BODY BETTER

THAN ANYBODY

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The Dark Knight? Sir Richard

Branson? My personal role model

through my whole life is not a celebrity

personality, but my close, high-school friend

– Robbie. His tenacity, drive, his approach

to deal-making and blue-sky thinking was

always my inspiration. I have seen him

starting successful businesses and crashing

some of them, yet coming out stronger

and more tenacious each time to build

even better companies in Australia and the

United States.

The community I served with during

my years in Australian Special Forces also

inspired me. I always respected my peers

and senior members and admired their

“can do” attitude and ability to turn every

negative to a positive. The “no nonsense”

approach to getting a job done which

my unit and colleagues instilled in me

has always been my bedrock to this day.

The ethos and determination I learned is

ingrained and gives me my outlook to how

I conduct my businesses and carry myself

through life.

When it comes to your health -

you know your body better than

anybody. I was too much of a bloke

about it and swept it under the carpet for

a year, during which time the cancer had a

chance to thrive. Check it early, get it early

and sort it early. If the pain persists keep

pushing until you get answers.

I was getting pains in my back and got

misdiagnosed four times before we

knew what was going on. Had all the

usual blood pressure checks. Took the

recommended pain relief meds. Got the

all clear from blood tests. Third time to

my GP I got a referral for x-rays and they

came back all clear. Then I thought I’d best

stop complaining even though the pain

persisted. It was only when I – and my then

partner – found a lump in my chest, that

the doctors found the bones had been

decaying from the tumours in my ribcage.

And was told I had late stage four cancer

of the chest and stomach with only a few

weeks left to live. I had to change my

focus, take the treatment, get determined

and deal with the battle ahead. That

was five years ago. I’m still here: seventy

treatments and three operations.

It’s not something to be feared but

something that you have to do your best

to overcome. Mind-set is 80% of the

battle. It’s about having the right approach

to facing the disease – the right diet, no

sugar. Being determined. Never forget

what you’re fighting for. I want to see my

boys grow up and give them away at their

weddings, then my job’s done.

On a good day I feel great – I’ve had

cancer three times in the past five years and

I’m classified as terminal from a medical

point of view. It’s thrown up a challenge

for my mind-set to prove the doctors

wrong. My children get me through. My

businesses, my passion for life and making

this brand the best it can be.

No regrets – It’s humbling to be

surrounded by so many amazing people

at Mr Lee’s. I’m grateful to be learning so

much on the journey with the business.

And for the little wins – a customer

writing on social media about how our

product has made a difference to their

life is sometimes bigger than a Mr Lee’s

supermarket launch. I’ve built an amazing

business alongside raising my boys. The

disease has made me more determined.

Focussed. Slowed me down in a good

way – the things I used to think were

priorities are no longer priorities. I used

to put my family after work and now my

family come first.

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turn heads, get people talking, engaging people

to share, overall they get men talking openly

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Why? Because early detection and early

treatment are absolute key in surviving cancer.

Late diagnosis and late treatment provides

ultimately a far harsher outcome. In a, now, busy

social media frenzy, with the ability to swiftly

swipe down or swipe left, trying to get our

message out to our main audience “Men” can

be expensive and time consuming.

Hence, we choose cleverness and

innovation every time. We use

our charity’s biggest strength,

our supporters, and our ability to

inspire support. Our campaigns are

designed for men. Bold, in your

face, but importantly, designed not

to frighten you. Each campaign

shares nuggets of information

and a positive outlook where we

are seeking men to take action on

their health and wellbeing. Simply

talking to someone, if they feel they

have a concern.

We cannot stop cancer from

happening, but we can help ensure

that more men survive their cancer diagnosis.

Helping men become healthier; by eating better,

speaking with cancer survivors and sharing their

stories to be part of something bigger. Above all,

to know the early warning signs of male cancer,

to share them and to take action when they feel

something is not right.

We are the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign,

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CHECK IT OUT

CHECK-UPS ARE LIKE THE HUMAN VERSION OF

A ROAD VEHICLE MOT... MOST PEOPLE ENSURE

THEY GET THEIR CAR SERVICED; BODYWORK, AND

ENGINE, BUT DO WE ALWAYS MAKE IT TO THE GP

FOR A CHECK-UP OF OUR OWN BODY AND SYSTEMS?

T

he body works as a ‘whole’,

and does its best to work

to keep us fit, healthy and

well, by showing us the

warning signs... for example, signs, in the

form of pain, or a rash may be present

in one area of the body, but pointing to

a condition in a different location that

may need addressing, such as a tingling

on the extremities (fingers), which can

be a symptom of diabetes, (a disease

where glucose levels are too high in the

blood and the body is not able to use it

properly).

With check-ups, you can help to

prevent disease and disability, and avoid

any unnecessary stress. It is important

that we are as body aware as possible, so

we can recognise the physical signs that

may require further investigation...

What happens at a General

Health Check? A ‘general check’

is carried out to assess overall

health. These checks assess risks,

and can prevent development of

conditions or diseases with early

intervention.

Where do I go? Ask your local

healthcare provider or family

doctor. The NHS offers different

points for people to have checkups

including some libraries

and even mobile units. Find a

location near you, using this link:

http://www.nhs.uk/Service-

Search/NHS-Health-Check/

LocationSearch/1891)

What does it entail? What does

it entail? The check usually includes

blood tests, being weighed, having

your height taken, and answering

lifestyle and health questions; it

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looks at various areas, including

heart disease, stroke, diabetes,

kidney disease and signs of

dementia. In the UK, the NHS

offer a thirty-minute free check;

other countries vary in the service

offered; some countries charge

for a health check, but it is still

important to have these checks if

you are living or staying abroad for

several months, especially if you

are at risk due to lifestyle choices

such as smoking, or because of an

inherited condition that may not

show any obvious symptoms.

What do Blood Tests show?

There are many substances in the

blood, and tests show if the levels

of these substances fall within the

‘normal’ range. (Normal is based

on factors such as age, race, and

gender.) The most common reasons

for blood testing is to check levels

of glucose, cholesterol, and for

Full Blood Test (FBT), but there

are many things that a blood test

can detect, i.e. liver function, and

genetically inherited disorders. It is

important to remember that blood

tests can detect certain conditions;

they can also rule them out and so

can give peace of mind.

Where do I go? Visit your GP

surgery, local hospital, or private

specialist practice, and you can

be tested by a doctor, nurse or

phlebotomist (a specialist in taking

blood samples).

What does it entail? Depending

on the type of test, it could be a

small finger prick taken by a nurse,

or a series of tests, it is important

to adhere to the preparation

instructions of the blood test, and

maybe take somebody with you:

Some tests require you to fast, and

others may take several weeks to

get results. Blood tests are taken

by inserting a special needle in a

specific way into a vein, usually the

inside of the elbow, or wrist, and

extracting a small amount of blood

(3 to 10 millilitres), directly into a

tube or syringe. A covering or small

plaster is usually placed over the

area after the test and you may

have slight bruising.

Why do I need a Prostate

Check-up? A prostate check-up or

exam is needed if you are at higher

risk of prostate cancer, or if you

are showing symptoms including

increased and urgent urination.

These symptoms are not just cancer

related, but signs of enlarged

prostate or urine infections too;

Prostate Cancer UK states that ‘Most

men with early prostate cancer don’t

have any symptoms’.

Like other cancers, prostate cancer

can spread to other parts of the

body, and can cause weight loss,

pain in the back, hips or pelvis.

‘In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will

get prostate cancer at some point in

their lives. And you’re more likely to

get prostate cancer if you’re aged 50

or over, you’re black, or your father

or brother has had it.’ (Prostate

Cancer UK)

‘Early detection and early

treatment is vital to surviving male

cancer.’ (Male Cancer Research

Campaign)

Where do I go? Ask your doctor/

GP for a test, and when they give

the results they can advise on what

to do next, including referring you

to a specialist if needed. Ask your

doctor the risks and benefits of

screening before you are tested.

What does it entail? There

are several tests that need to be

taken before prostate cancer can

be diagnosed. Some tests are

carried out in order to rule out

other conditions; a urine test is

done to check for urine infection.

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The Prostate Specific Antigen

(PSA) blood test checks levels of

PSA protein in the blood, if they

are raised then it will suggest

prostate problems, and that further

tests are needed. A Digital Rectal

Examination (DRE) can be carried

out at your doctor’s surgery or at

a hospital: You will be asked to lie

on your side with your knees high.

This examination maybe physical

and mentally uncomfortable, as it

involves the medical professional

inserting a gloved, lubricated finger

into the rectum, so that the prostate

(which sits under the bladder and

near the rectum), can be assessed.

This discomfort should be over

quickly, and the results help to

assess if your prostate is a normal

size for your age with a smooth

surface, or if there are signs of an

enlarged prostrate (larger than

expected for your age), or signs of

prostate cancer, (hard and lumpy).

These tests alone are not completely

accurate, and the doctor may refer

you for further check-ups, based on

general health, and risk level, and

more tests may take place, including

scans, biopsy, ultrasound of the

bladder, and further PSA testing.

Sources include:

https://prostatecanceruk.org/

prostate-information/prostatetests/introduction-to-prostatetests

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/

prostate-cancer/early-detection/

finding-prostate-cancer-early.

html

What is Colorectal Cancer

Screening?

Colorectal cancer often begins as

a growth called a polyp, which

may form on the inner wall of the

colon or rectum. Some polyps

become cancer over time. Finding

and removing polyps can prevent

colorectal cancer.’ National

Cancer Institute.

The colon is approximately five

feet long, and the first part of the

large intestine; an integral part of

the digestive system that leads to

the rectum and anus. Colorectal

cancer refers to cancer in both the

colon and rectum. This is more

common in men than women,

and has increased in men under

fifty-years-old since 1998. ‘Overall,

the lifetime risk of developing

colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 21

(4.7%) for men and 1 in 23 (4.4%)

for women.’ American Cancer

Society.

Screening is looking at cancer

before a person has any symptoms.

Research takes place to assess

which types of people are more

at risk of certain cancers, so these

groups can get screened. In the

UK, this screening is called Bowel

Cancer Screening, the initial testing

is to indicate if there is hidden

blood in the stools.

‘The good news is that bowel

cancer can be successfully treated

in over 90% of cases, if diagnosed

early. The early symptoms of

bowel cancer are very similar to

other, much less serious problems

with the bowel. Be aware of what

is normal for you, so that you

recognise any unusual changes.’

(Beating Bowel Cancer)

Where do I go? Initially discuss

this with your doctor. The FOBT/

stool tests can be done via post

and so in the privacy of your own

home, using a card home kit

smearing several samples over a

period of time: your doctor will

explain exactly what you have

to do. You can contact any of

the supporting foundations for

this type of cancer for further

information too. Different countries

offer different tests. The UK bowel

screening helpline is 0800 707

60 60.

What does it entail? Five types

of tests are used to screen for

colorectal cancer, and it is important

to check with your doctor any

special preparation you may need to

do prior to the test/s you are having,

including a cleansing process to

ensure the colon and rectum are

clear for inspection.

Faecal occult blood test (FOBT)

(checks for hidden blood in three

consecutive stool samples, which can

be a sign of polyps, cancer or other

conditions), the sigmoidoscopy

takes ten to twenty minutes (a thin

instrument with a light and viewing

lens is inserted into the rectum into the

sigmoid colon to view or sometimes

remove tissue samples or polyps to

check), the colonoscopy takes about

thirty minutes, and is usually the option

for those at high risk (a colonoscope

is inserted through the rectum into

the colon to look for polyps), the

virtual colonoscopy/computed

tomography colonography is

not invasive (a series of x-rays), but

still involves the same preparation.

There are a number of other tests

that can also be taken including DNA

blood tests, and Double-Contrast

Barium Enema (DCBE). The pros and

cons of each test can be read on:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/

colon-rectal-cancer/detectiondiagnosis-staging/screeningtests-used.html

After a screening, if your results

return ‘abnormal’ based on factors

such as your age, then you may be

referred to have further tests; during a

colonoscopy polyps can be removed.

Remember that some polyps are not

cancerous and removal reduces the

risk of them developing into cancer.

Sources include:

https://www.cancer.gov/types/

colorectal

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/

colon-rectal-cancer/about/keystatistics.html

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.

uk/about-bowel-cancer/screening/

https://www.

beatingbowelcancer.org/how-wecan-help/our-nurses/

None of us want to consider the

possibility of having to have

treatment for an illness or condition,

but the reality is that with regular

health examinations and tests, we

find out potential problems before

they start or worsen... and in these

cases chances of treatments being

successful are higher.

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WENEED

TO TALK

THOSE DREADED FOUR

WORDS. THIS TIME WITHOUT

A SHOUTING MATCH AND

ANY BROKEN FURNITURE.

(WELLBEING COACH) PUJA

GIVES A LITTLE INSIGHT ON

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON OFF

PITCH WITH THE OTHER HALF

WHEN IT ALL KICKS OFF.

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ANYONE WHO’S

BEEN IN A

RELATIONSHIP

KNOWS, THAT

THE ODD HEATED

DEBATE IS ALL PART

OF THE COURSE.

THE TOUGH PART

IS KNOWING WHY

IT STARTED AND

HOW TO MANAGE

THE ARGUMENT SO

THAT EVERYONE

WINS.

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ring in the classic phrase

“happy wife, happy life”.

When my other half heard

this, he leapt on the

defensive. Thought it meant that I was

‘right all the time’ (not just

80% of the time). After a

good few years (and many

more broken mugs later) it’s

grown on him and become

quite an effective strategy

for handling the odd teary

tantrum. He finally figured

out that I mostly flipped

out when I had stuff going

on with me or that I was

tired and needed help with

something. Rather than ask

him straight out for a hand,

I expected him to be able

to read my mind and understand my

needs all of the time. Totally unrealistic

– being in a relationship doesn’t make

us mind readers about each other.

As relationships grow and change,

so does the person we fell in love with.

Each other’s needs change and we

often forget this so just argue in the

same vein we always have expecting

a different result – but it ends up

the same. After a calm talk with my

husband, without an argument, I

conveyed that most of the time, I’m

tired, I’m frustrated and I just need a

little understanding and TLC. So now,

to keep his wife happy, he lets me say

what I need to say without reacting

in defence and then lets me know I

am supported. I calm down and no

argument ensues. More rational, less

emotional. Everyone’s a winner.

IT’S SELDOM

ABOUT THE DIRTY

SOCKS NEXT

TO THE BED

Healthy relationships rarely have

serious reasons for arguing so

often, the trigger is not always the

surface reason for the argument

(yup, as you always suspected,

it’s seldom about the dirty socks

next to the bed). When we argue,

we use our emotional minds rather

than our logical minds, making

90% of the decision-making

process emotive. In John Gray’s

infamous book Men are from Mars,

Women are from Venus he notes

that in conflict 90% of the time, the

argument has nothing to do with

the topic being argued about.

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GIVING EACH OTHER SOME

SPACE TO FEEL SUPPORTED,

SECURE AND LISTENED TO, IS

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART

OF THE CONVERSATION IF YOU

BOTH WANT TO START WINNING.

1.

What’s the outcome you want? - Knowing what you’re

trying to achieve will help you stay on track in a heated

discussion. Use the outcome like a compass, whenever

either is veering off course, bring the discussion back to what

you’re trying to achieve. Share the desired outcome with your

partner, give them the opportunity to listen to you. This begins

to diffuse any heightened emotions. We often argue because we

don’t feel like we’re being heard, so like a couple of kids, we get

loud.

Listening vs hearing - When we listen, we actually

absorb the information being presented to us. When

2. we hear, we are only taking in some of the information

because we are not actively engaged. Open body language

allows the other person to feel safe and listened to. Even if you

can’t agree on the outcome, just feeling respected will allow

the argument to diffuse more easily. Dr Susan Heitler Ph.D says

in Psychology Today “Listening, which is one half of

the art of conversation, is an act of connection. And

between a couple, listening is an act of love.”

3.

Be sensitive - If the argument starts to escalate or

one person doesn’t feel understood, stop and console

the other person rather than continuing to argue.

Sometimes, it’s a hug that’s required; a need to feel heard, and

safe.

4.

Show compassion - Your partner is not evil. They are still

the same person you fell in love with, they’re just hurting.

When you come from a place of compassion, you allow the

other person to be vulnerable, you make them feel safe and respected

– sometimes this is all that is needed but hurtful words getting in the

way makes this harder to see.

The key to creating a win-win situation in an argument is to understand

that you are arguing because you both care. Whatever the topic, you

both care enough to fight about it, so knowing this, you should be

working on a solution rather than a grudge. If you feel like you’re not

being heard, take a walk together. Being outside helps to take the

pressure off a bit too, walking produces endorphins

and studies have shown that it helps to improve

memory and attention so you can communicate

more clearly.

Ultimately, both partners must remember that

everything the other is saying comes from a good

place. If your cause for falling out is always to stay

together no matter the argument, then raising your

self-awareness to handle heated discussion better is the best you can

do for a healthy happy relationship.

More from Puja McCymont at www.franklycoaching.com

90%

OF THE TIME,

THE ARGUMENT

HAS NOTHING TO DO

WITH THE TOPIC BEING

ARGUED ABOUT.

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Have you

suffered an

injury at work?

George Kruis has.

In fact, he’s had over eighty. Blimey!

We caught up with him to discuss

recovery, cbd and of course, Japan.

words Josh Francis

How’s your Japanese now? Did you pick up any

phrases while you were out there?

Haha, um... Arigato gozaimasu. And a few more...

honestly, I can’t tell you how great the Japanese fans were.

So welcoming and passionate. It blew us away. Obviously it’s

not the result we wanted out there, but the welcome we got

almost made up for it... almost.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline

Is it true you’ve had over eighty career injuries?

Yeah it’s about right honestly. I would say I have had about

8 large ones that needed operations and countless smaller,

more manageable ones. Recovery becomes a huge part of

your focus. All we want is to get back playing again.

You returned from an ankle injury just in time for

Japan. How did you find that time out?

Injury is always tough. You’re away from your teammates

for long stretches, training alone and it can get pretty boring.

You just have to focus on your recovery plan and try and

keep your spirits up however you can. Repeated injuries

back to back can be more of a mental challenge than the

physical day to day challenge of injury rehab.

Recently you’ve become a vocal advocate for cbd

use in recovery. Are other athletes you know using it?

I see it in changing rooms all the time now. cbd is getting

used by athletes more and more because they see it as

another way of helping to support and maintain a healthy,

active lifestyle. We focus a lot on marginal gains when it

comes to sport, and that includes recovery.

You set up your own cbd company last year.

How’s it going?

Very fast at the moment. We’ve actually just launched a

few new products and so far, they have had great feedback

from our customers. I set up fourfivecbd with my Saracens

teammate Dom Day after we both started using cbd and

realised we needed to guarantee the reliability of the product.

So we started our own. We don’t just want to help athletes,

we want to help anyone out there who enjoys staying active


and is looking to support and maintain an active lifestyle.

I think cbd can benefit a wide range of active people;

whether you’re practicing yoga, playing Sunday league or

even just looking to get up and down the stairs a little easier,

its worth giving cbd a try. We believe in it.

Launching a business, winning trophies and playing

in a world cup, What’s next for you? A bit of a rest?

Unfortunately not. The new season has already started and

fourfivecbd is growing every day. Time to get back on it.

We don’t just want

to help athletes,

we want to help

anyone out there

who enjoys

staying active.

Check out fourfivecbd.co.uk to find

out more about George and Dom’s cbd

products and Saracens.com to look for

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WHILST THE CRICKET SAVVY

AMONGST YOU MIGHT BE

THINKING OF ANOTHER NEW

FORMAT, OR THE ELDER OF

YOU CONSIDER GETTING

YOUR EYES CHECKED, THE

UNINFORMED INSTANTLY

RECOGNISE THIS AS THE YEAR

OF THE MAN. LET’S BE FAIR…

THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS

HAVE BEEN HARD WORK FOR

US. LET’S TAKE A POSITIVE

OUTLOOK INTO NEW YEAR

NEW YOU.

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Learn How

to start a fire. It’s post-apocalyptic

Britain. Resources are limited. The

ports are closed. Survival is an instinct.

No-one knows what life might bring, and

if it’s not this dramatic, just enjoy being

able to cook on an open flame. Man will

forever be the guardian of the BBQ.

2.

Try More

foods. You may have to! But

taste buds do develop, so try

new foods, try foods you used to despise,

try foods because we can no longer

import Chorizo.

3.

Watch

the sunrise. Ideally on the beach

listening to the waves. Feel at

one with nature. If you live outside of

the city – LOOK AT THE STARS. Realise

that feeling that we are just a part in

the bigger picture. It will relieve you of

pressure.

4.

Get Involved

in community sports,

football, cricket... even bowls.

Somewhere local to you will have a

sporting team that you can join at the

weekend. Get involved! Meet like-minded

people, with like-minded problems.

5.

Record Highlights ...

and ignore the scores. Don’t

continuously interrupt your

evenings and weekends needing to know

the live score. We do not enjoy sport

because of data and algorithms. We enjoy

the not knowing. Try watching Match of

the Day without knowing any scores and

fall in love with sport again. Which leads

nicely to…

7.

Sign Up

for a Run! It’s too easy to lie to

yourself, so don’t tell yourself

you will go running – tell the world!

Then see how easy it is to make excuses

when all of your friends and family are

so proud of you. It doesn’t have to be

the marathon, there’s plenty of sociable

distances too.

8.

Listen to a Podcast

You’re going to need something

whilst you’re running, so why

not listen to a new podcast, better still

choose one about your favourite sport.

Tailenders is highly recommended.

9.

Watch Kabaddi or ...

any sport you presumed would

be rubbish. Hockey? Cricket?

Golf? Snooker? Give it a go. Live on TV,

live in the crowd. All sports are driven by

the same thrill of competitiveness, though

they do not all come with the added

drama of VAR.

10.

Watch Women’s ...

sport too. If you like

watching men’s football,

don’t be a dick about women’s football

and give it a go. The standard may

not generally be at the same level, but

we’re not talking about being down the

park, we’re talking about highly tuned

professionals that would actually give

your lard arse a run for its money.

11.

Volunteer!

The simple truth is, we

do have it better than

others. There will be options within

your availability to volunteer and give

something back. It only costs your time.

their weight around to get you to their

sunny beaches, historical sites, local

delicacies and fresh country air.

14.

Bake!

Baking is not just for

girls. And you like cake. It

doesn’t get simpler than that.

15.

Give Blood

The country, neigh, the

world has a shortage of

blood supply and you never know – it

might be you that needs it next.

16.

Check Your Balls

Some of you may already

be excessively handling

your balls. It’s in your best interests

to check your balls regularly, but as a

promise to yourself, at least give them a

thorough check once in a while. Then you

can reward yourself…

17.

Set a Target

Speaking of rewards. Don’t

just go out and impulsively

buy something you want. Set yourself a

target and work for it. It will be so much

more rewarding, and you will be proud of

your achievement.

18.

Celebrate Your Birthday

Most men reach a certain

age and no longer make an

effort for their own birthday. You should

celebrate as many positive aspects of life

as you can. Don’t necessarily demand

you and the lads do a weekend away in

Mallorca… but make a point of going

out for dinner, having a beer at home, or

asking your parents for the latest Die Hard

on DVD.

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6.

Put Your ...

phone down! Phones / Tablets

have brought great joy to

our lives, but they have also brought a

dangerous need to interact with tech

- constantly. Put it down. Leave Social

Media for a day, even a few hours, and

appreciate what you have that isn’t

digital.

12.

Play Super 6!

I cannot endorse this

enough. It’s free to play,

and you could win £2 million. Why not

just give it a go, it could change your life.

And it’s FREE (worth a second mention).!

13.

Travel the UK

Europe might have become

harder to travel around, but

the UK Tourism Board will be throwing

19.

Make Time for You

You might not have much

time left in the year… keep

it for you… maybe have another feel of

those balls…

20.

Plan for 2021

Proper Planning Prevents

Piss Poor Performance

and don’t you forget it.

Courtesy of New Year Steve

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CELEBRATIONS

HIGH

PROTEIN,

LOW FAT

RECIPES

WHETHER YOU’RE A

SEASONED FITNESS PRO

OR YOU’RE JUST STARTING

OUT ON YOUR HEALTH

JOURNEY, THE GATEWAY

TO SUCCESS LIES ON

YOUR PLATE.

Y

ou don’t have to survive on a

diet of grilled chicken breasts,

brown rice and broccoli to see

the changes you want in your

body, health and wellbeing.

On the other hand, a common barrier

to cooking fresh, high protein and low-fat

meals is seeing a mouth-watering recipe,

only to click and discover it requires doubledigit

ingredients, two of which you’ve never

even heard of.

But delicious, healthy and balanced dishes

can be quickly crafted from just a handful

of everyday ingredients. Sceptical? Online

healthy food retailer musclefood.com

shows you how, with these five effortless

recipes.

SPICY

SAUSAGE

LINGUINE

SERVES 2

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):

445 CALORIES | 28g PROTEIN

49.2 CARBOHYDRATES | 13.8g FAT

INGREDIENTS:

300g tomato passata

240g musclefood Sticky Italian Spicy

Sausage

100g wholewheat linguine

10g parsley, fresh

5g garlic, raw

2 tsp. olive oil

METHOD:

1. Peel and finely chop the garlic.

2. Pick and chop the parsley.

3. Heat a large saucepan over a high heat and

add the olive oil.

4. Add the sausages to the pan and brown.

5. Add 100ml of cold water, the passata and the

chopped garlic. Bring to the boil and reduce to a

simmer. Cook for 15 minutes over a low heat.

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6. Boil a separate pan of water, add a pinch of salt

and cook the wholemeal linguine until al dente -

around 10 minutes.

7. Drain the pasta once cooked.

8. Plate up the linguini, top with the ragu and

parsley then serve.

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PERI PERI

KEBABS

WITH

TZATZIKI

SERVES 4

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):

355 CALORIES | 29g PROTEIN

45.8 CARBOHYDRATES | 2.4g FAT

INGREDIENTS:

8 x 50g musclefood peri peri beef kebabs

4 x wholemeal pittas

200g cherry tomatoes

150g shredded lettuce

TZATZIKI:

220g fat free Greek yoghurt

1 x cucumber, grated and squeezed dry

2 x small garlic cloves, minced

2tbsp. olive oil

½tsp. salt

½tsp. freshly ground black pepper

METHOD:

1. Put the beef kebabs under the grill for 4

minutes on each side.

2. Combine all the ingredients for the

Tzatziki in a medium bowl and mix until well

combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning if

necessary.

3. Quarter the cherry tomatoes and shred the

lettuce.

4. Place the pittas in the toaster when there

are 2 minutes left on the kebab.

5. Take the beef kebabs out, cut the pittas in

half and stuff them with Peri Peri beef kebabs,

lettuce, cherry tomatoes and Tzatziki.

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SERVES 2

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):

413 CALORIES | 39.7g PROTEIN

26.5 CARBOHYDRATES | 20.1g FAT

INGREDIENTS:

2 x 200g musclefood chicken

breast fillets

10g mixed herbs

1 slice of protein bread

1tbsp. onion powder

Salt and freshly ground black

pepper

50g finely grated parmesan

cheese

1 x avocado

80ml tomato salsa

2 x egg whites

4 x kos lettuce leaves

PARMESAN

CHICKEN

LETTUCE

BOATS

METHOD:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

2. Toast a slice of the protein bread for 2-3

minutes until dry. Pop into the blender with

the parmesan, herbs, onion powder, along

with a pinch of salt and pepper.

3. Slice the chicken breasts in half

horizontally, then cut into thin strips. Dip into

the egg whites before covering evenly with

breadcrumbs. Leave to dry for 2 minutes.

4. Place the chicken on a baking tray and

bake for 10 minutes on each side.

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5. Dice the avocado and separate the lettuce

leaves.

6. Take the chicken out of the oven, fill each

lettuce boat with chicken, salsa and avocado.

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STICKY

ORANGE

CHICKEN

SERVES 3

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):

317 CALORIES | 36.3g PROTEIN

31.5 CARBOHYDRATES | 5.3g FAT

INGREDIENTS:

2 x 200g musclefood chicken breast

fillets

1tbsp. rapeseed oil

Salt & pepper

1 x red onion, chopped

1 x red pepper, sliced

3 x spring onions, sliced

Pack of egg noodles

Low calorie cooking spray

SAUCE:

1tsp. dark soy sauce

100ml orange juice

2tsp. plum sauce

1tsp. red wine vinegar

METHOD:

1. Add the sauce ingredients into a small bowl

and mix well.

2. Spray a large, heavy-based non-stick

frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and

place over a high heat, adding the chicken

fillets and cooking for 12-15 minutes, until the

juices run clear.

3. Once cooked set-aside on a large plate to

rest. Resting the chicken before cutting it will

retain all the juices.

4. Spray more low-calorie cooking spray into

the pan and place over a high heat, adding

the onions and peppers and cooking for 5

minutes or until softened.

5. Return the chicken to the frying pan,

adding the sauce and cooking for a further few

minutes until the sauce coats your chicken.

6. Bring the water to boil and add the egg

noodles.

7. Cook until the noodles are done to your

desired texture (4-6 minutes until al dente).

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SERVES 4

NUTRITIONALS (per serving):

380 CALORIES | 31.3g PROTEIN

44.3 CARBOHYDRATES | 8.9g FAT

INGREDIENTS:

KOREAN

STEAK

FRIED RICE

2 x 170g musclefood rump steaks

250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced

3 x garlic cloves, thinly sliced

200g beansprouts

2tbsp. soy sauce

1tbsp. chilli sauce, plus extra to serve

(optional)

500g cooked rice (200g uncooked)

Bunch spring onions, sliced

4 x eggs

Low calorie cooking spray

METHOD:

1. Take a large non-stick frying pan, spray

with low-calorie cooking spray, ensuring that

the pan is well greased. Preheat the pan on a

high heat and add the rump steaks. Cook the

steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove

your steaks and leave to rest for a couple of

minutes.

2. Spray more low-calorie cooking spray into

a separate pan, add mushrooms and cook

until softened. Add the cooked rice, garlic,

beansprouts, soy and chilli sauce and mix it

all together. Continue to cook for a further 2-3

minutes then stir in the sliced spring onions.

3. Reheat the pan and spray with more lowcalorie

cooking spray. Fry the eggs.

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4. Once the eggs are cooked, spoon the rice

into a bowl and top with sliced steaks, fried

eggs and a drizzle of chilli sauce.

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Pimento Mule


CELEBRATIONS

PARTY

A festive musthave,

Cranes

Cranberry &

PUNCH

Blood Orange

Liqueur. Tantalise

the taste buds

and wow your guests with

a glass of something fancy.

Q

uality cranberries, infused with

natural blood orange juices and

rind, Cranes Liqueur is this years’

Christmas must have. Made from

natural ingredients, with over 115 cranberries

going into each 50cl bottle (17% volume). Enjoy

this delicious versatile liqueur neat, use it to

upgrade a glass of Prosecco, creating warming

mulled wine or to shake up timeless cocktails

such as the Cosmopolitan.

CRANES MULLED COCKTAIL

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

5 parts cranberry juice

2 parts Cranes Liqueur

2 parts orange juice

2 parts ginger wine

1 part Cointreau

METHOD:

1. Add all ingredients to a medium

saucepan.

2. Heat over a medium-low temperature for

approximately 3-4 minutes or until a desired

temperature.

3. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Cranes Liqueur is available at a host

of farm shops, garden centres, bars

and pubs across the UK, as well as

online at: www.drinkcranes.co.uk

FEELING FANCY?

ADD A CINNAMON

STICK AND SLICE

OF ORANGE

TO GARNISH

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PERFECT

THIS

WINTER

Cosy-up with Cranes Cider.

C

ranes delicious range of cranberry-based fruit ciders are

perfect to enjoy with family and friends this Christmas.

Brewed in Britain with the finest Wisconsin cranberries,

alongside apples, to deliver a crisp, refreshing taste, which

chimes perfectly with a festive mince pie… or two!

Cranes Ciders are naturally light, with 30% fewer calories compared

to brand leaders and come out on top in blind taste tests.

Cranes Ciders are very much a year-round drink, deliciously refreshing

served on ice. The cranberry base, featured across the full product range,

also makes Cranes ideal for creating warming mulled cider.

Here’s how to wow your guests this Christmas, with Cranes

deliciously warming Cranberry & Apple Mulled Cider.

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CRANES

CRANBERRY &

APPLE MULLED

CIDER

SERVES 2

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups of apple juice

1 bottle of Cranes

Cranberry & Lime Cider

1 piece of fresh ginger

(peeled)

1 tsp. of nutmeg

1 cinnamon stick

1 large orange

METHOD:

1. Pour the apple juice and

Cranes Cider into a saucepan

and bring to the boil.

2. Add the ginger, nutmeg,

cinnamon stick and sliced orange.

3. Stir and leave to simmer for

10 minutes.

4. Pour into your favourite

festive mug and enjoy!

Available in three tantalising

flavours: Blueberries &

Apples, Cranberries &

Limes and Raspberries &

Pomegranates. For more

visit: www.drinkcranes.co.uk

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CELEBRATIONS

GET THE

PARTY

STARTED

GAMES NIGHT MIGHT BE A

LADS-ONLY AFFAIR, CARDS

AND WHISKY TUMBLERS, OR

CALL OF DUTY, FORTNIGHT

AND NACHOS UNTIL 4AM,

BUT IF YOU’RE HOSTING TO

A WIDER CIRCLE, FOR A FLAT

WARMING, NEW YEAR’S,

OR A SMALL BIRTHDAY GET-

TOGETHER, YOU’LL NEED A

FEW TRICKS UP YOUR SLEEVE.

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Y

ou can kick things off with a few

icebreakers, especially if there are a mix

of age-groups and people are meeting

each other for the first time.

Regular games night host, Dan, recommends you “go

for games that you can compete in, with mixed teams,

or one-on-one. If you’re going for board games; 30

Seconds, Balderdash, Pictionary always go down well”.

Dan suggests you “avoid games where it can get

competitive” like Monopoly “it just goes on too long

and can ruin friendships!”. (#Christmasfamilyfueds).

And the other golden rule: The less complicated the

game, the better. Check out these crowd pleasers

and rescue measures that avoid those awkward party

silences.

Like it or not

Super easy – get everyone to write down their

likes and dislikes on a piece of paper throughout

the evening and then pull them out of a hat and

everyone else has to guess who wrote what. Get

a good mix of friends involved – some that you’ve

known for years, they might be easier to guess, and

there might be few surprises in there too.

Sing song ping pong

Drop da mic, or ‘rap it like it’s hot’ whatever suits

your party vibe. Think Slim Shady, 8 mile and you’d

be on the right track (pun intended). This one is a bit

random if your uncle and your best mate are having

an intense on-stage sing-off. Take it in turns to rap

– or sing – the next line using one of the words from

the previous line sung. So if competitor A belts out

a bit of Bon Jovi ‘whooaaa we’re living on a prayer’,

then competitor B might come up with an Aretha

classic, ‘say a little prayer for you’ and the next one

could be ‘get by with a little help from my friends’

and then… ‘help, I need somebody’, followed

by a possible Kings of Leon ‘somebody like you

whaaaooo’ and, you get the idea. Be sure to have

the cameras at the ready.

Charades ‘Drama Queens’

This is great for a family Christmas especially if your

Nan’s been on the sherry. You can’t beat a game of

charades. A real crowd-pleaser for all age groups.

You can tailor the theme to suit the people at the

party such as your best mate Pete’s ‘ex-girlfriends’

theme, or ‘Craig’s stag weekend in Corfu’ theme,

or keep it neutral with, erm … family history.

Weddings, family holidays, “the last time we all

played Monopoly” (don’t do it).

THE LESS

COMPLICATED

THE GAME,

THE BETTER

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CELEBRATIONS

Pictionary – but with things

You can prep this in advance by getting

together some items and placing them in a

bag. Divide your group into teams of two.

Each set of two players then sits back to

back. One pulls an item from the bag and

describes it to the other, without saying what

it actually is, and it’s up to the artist to draw it.

Whichever team is first to draw and guess the

item correctly wins.

Tall or true…

Take turns in telling a story and see who

can see straight through your poker face. A

variation: each person says three things about

themselves, two of

them are true and

one is a lie. The

rest of the group

have to guess the

lie. This one helps

you weed out the

opponents at your

next round of Black

Jack.

A classic

board

game…

Card games seem

to be a winner.

Uno. Top Trumps.

Aside from your

classics, try

Superfight. It’s

basically picking a

character card (say,

sabre-tooth tiger,

or kindergarten teacher) combined with an

attribute card (say, “hangry as hell”, or “in a

jet fighter plane”) and deciding who’d win in

a face-off. Try IQ or Cluedo, for a classic that

takes up most the evening. Anything, literally

anything other than Monopoly (yes, it’s worth

another mention).

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The X-Box or PS or Nintendo

Perfect for all those itching thumbs and twinkle

toes. Set up the living room for a battle of Air

Guitar, Just Dance or Wii bowling, or get a

golfing or FIFA tournament going. Team up

or rotate players. Get everyone psyched for

the next Ryder Cup or Champions League (or

Strictly).

Twister

Need we say more.

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Celebrate the season with a

festive Jim Beam HighbaLL.

Jim Beam Cranberry

Highball

In a glass full of ice, add:

• 25ml Jim Beam

• Add 50ml cranberry juice

• Top with soda water

• Garnish with lime wedge

Jim BEAM BLACK

Old Fashioned

Highball

In a glass full of ice, add:

• 50ml Jim Beam Black

• 5ml sugar syrup

• 2 dashes of bitters

• Top with soda water

• Garnish with orange wedge


FASHION

JUMPED UP...

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without an

obligatory festive jumper… AND the more garish your

choice the more stylish your look...

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FASHION

Far Left:

Pink jumper

with turtleneck

from ASOS.

Jeans are

model’s own.

Black shoes

from Reebok.

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Left (top to

bottom):

Christmas lightup

beer & stags

jumper in blue

from Burton.

Jeans are model’s

own. Red socks

from ASOS.

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FASHION

Below & Right: Christmas jumper

in festive multi-colour design from

ASOS DESIGN. Jeans are model’s own.

Footwear from Converse.

&

JOLLY

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Left & Above: Jumper with

colour pop stripe design in

navy from Bellfield. Jeans and

Reeboks are model’s own. Green

socks from ASOS.

PAIR PROPER BUSY

DESIGNS WITH PLAIN

JEANS, FESTIVE

SOCKS AND

RETRO FOOTWEAR

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LET’S TALK

LAYERS

Introducing the new

winter collection

Whatever the season has in store,

we’re here to give you the Winter

pieces you need. Dressing for a drop

in temperature doesn’t mean style

has to suffer.

Take your everyday layering essentials

like that basic tee or a chunky hoodie

to build up your wardrobe and keep

your layering game strong. And when

you need a little bit extra, invest in a

sports-retro coat or jacket with key

details like a shearling collar or

a waterproof finish. Effortless

outfits are as easy as this.


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From top left: GI321 – Khaki Gilet, AU561 - Navy Full Zip Hoodie, BM824 - Multi Stripe T-Shirt, FB832 –Olive Cargo Trouser,

LJ521 - Jacamo Premium Leather Trainers, MK016 - Indigo Borg Lined Denim Jacket, SE184 - Red Flannel Checked

Shirt, OC975 - Tobacco Stretch Tapered Chino, VI337 - Leather Wedge Boot, YN558 - Olive Waterproof Coat, GI186 -

Navy Crew Neck, YU354 - Slim Stretch Indigo Jeans, LJ135 -Black Timberland Boot, GI328 - Longline Mock Sheepskin

Overcoat, LJ135 -Black Timberland Boot


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FASHION

PARTY

TRENDS

‘19-’20

Traditional tailoring

with a modern twist for

1. formal parties: Going for

a tux, shirt, bow-tie and dress

shoes combination works well

with a statement check or pops

of colour like on-trend teal.

Paul Smith ‘The Soho’

tailored-fit teal wool

evening suit - was £1075

now - £753

www.paulsmith.com

Grenson black Leadenhall

loafers - £375

www.opumo.com

Gant tuxedo suit

jacket - £350.00

Style Code 7705059

Gant tuxedo suit

trousers - £145.00

Style Code 1505029

www.gant.co.uk

Burberry slim fit cotton

poplin dress shirt - was £295

now £150

www.uk.burberry.com

Get more styling inspiration

from stylist, Nina’s website,

www.ninasobers.com

Hugo Boss micro-pattern bow

tie in silk jacquard - £35.00

Style Code bow tie dressy –

50411670

www.hugoboss.com

Russell and Bromley ‘Know-how’

Toe-Cap Oxford - £365.00

www.russellandbromley.co.uk

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Jarre geometric floral silk

bow tie - £46.00 was

£65.00

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Mix and match

muted colours in

2. smart-casual cuts

for casual parties: Tapered

trousers paired with corduroy

buttoned shirts that

can be worn fastened-up or

layered with t-shirts.

Hudson tan leather

slip-on shoes - £65.00

www.topman.com

Reiss pleat-front apple

trousers - £135

www.reiss.com

Reiss casual salmon

trousers with tan side

stripe - £145

www.reiss.com

Stone Island ‘Fango’

logo-embroidered khaki

corduroy overshirt - £275

www.endclothing.com

Stone Island logoembroidered

rust

corduroy overshirt - £280

www.selfridges.com

Grenson ’Sneaker 3’

hand-painted tan shoe

- £195

www.grenson.com

Rebellious retro vibes

in black and brights for

3. familiar social settings:

Choose old-school trainers in

white, and casual slim-fitted

t-shirts that contrast next to the

more structured suit.

Puma Roma ‘68 OG

trainers - £80.00

www.eu.puma.com

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Paul Smith white leather

‘Huxley’ trainers with

natural latex sole -

£325.00

www.paulsmith.com

French Connection black slim-fit

suit jacket - £129.00

Night Addict printed

pastel-neon t-shirt -

Price: £25.00

www.topman.com

French Connection black slim fit

suit trousers - £70.00

www.frenchconnection.com

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THE CUT

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WHAT HAIRSTYLE SUITS

YOUR FACE SHAPE?

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WHAT HAIRSTYLES

SUIT YOUR FACE

CELEBRITY SESSION STYLIST AND HAIR

SALON OWNER, VICKI LORD HELPS YOU

CHOOSE THE HAIRDOS AND HAIR-DON’TS

FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE…

Round/heart-shaped faces

are equal in length and width,

with softer contours – so avoid

looks that are styled into a round

shape – No bowl cuts!

You need to balance out the

roundness

and symmetry

by choosing

a sweeping

fringe or an

asymmetrical

style.

Oblong/rectangle faces

are longer than they are

wide, so side partings are

a great way to soften the

corners of the face.

This face shape really suits

longer cuts, with

longer square

layers.

Try shorter sides,

and longer on

top, with a side

parting – brushed

up to one side. A

spikey style would also

look great.

Oval faces are narrow without

sharp edges, with the forehead

slighter wider than the jawline

– so avoid too much height as it

will make the face appear longer.

Triangle faces

have smaller

foreheads and wider

jawlines, which

are wider than the

cheekbones – so

avoid heavy top

styles!

Add width at the side of the

face to create a more even face

shape. A square top cut would

do the trick, or a mid-fade with

heavier angular fringe.

Square faces are equal

in height and width with

a strong box-like jawbone

and squared cheekbones –

so avoid chin-length styles,

as these will only make the

face appear wider.

Opt for a buzz cut or a short crop.

Guys with this face shape suit

long styles that are layered. If

you want to keep the length short, then ensure

you choose a choppy or textured style or an

undercut with the longer top hair combed over.

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Diamond faces have strong jaws

and sharp cheekbones – so you could

easily carry off a textured fringe, or a

strong statement style with volume – a

quiff would be perfect or choose a

shaggy fringe with high side fade.

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PICK OF

THE BEST

GAME

CONSOLES

IF YOU’RE AFTER THE

BEST OF THE BEST...

OF THE BEST.

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I

F YOU’RE A GAMER WHO

CONSTANTLY STRIVES TO

EXPERIENCE ONLY THE

BEST OF THE BEST, YOU’LL

NO DOUBT BE WONDERING WHAT

THE BEST GAMES CONSOLE IS. OF

COURSE, THE ANSWER TO THIS TRIVIAL

QUESTION IS ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE,

WITH EVERYONE’S FACTORS FOR

WHAT WOULD WARRANT SUCH AN

EXTRAVAGANT TITLE SURE TO BE

DIFFERENT. HERE WE’LL COVER MOST

EVENTUALITIES TO HELP YOU DECIDE

WHICH WOULD BE BEST FOR YOU.

Best-selling When it comes to what

is the best-selling games console, it’s

worth specifying under what terms we

mean. If we’re talking quantifiable alltime

numbers, for instance, then with

a total of 155 million units sold, the

PS2 would be the out and out winner.

Similarly, though, if you’re referring to

which console out of the major three

currently on the market has sold the

most, then Sony’s PlayStation is still

leading the pack – PS4 has sold 96.8

million units compared to 41 million

Xbox One consoles, and 34.74 million

Nintendo Switch consoles at the time

of writing.

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Best for budget Of course, for as

fun as it can be, gaming is sometimes

also a costly endeavour. After all, if you

want to stay on top of all the major game

releases that cost £40 a time, the price

soon adds up. If you’re wondering what

the best games console is if you’re on a

tight budget, the Xbox One is a safe bet.

Not just because it’s currently priced the

lowest compared to the PS4 and Nintendo

Switch, but because by signing up for its

Xbox Game Pass service, you instantly gain

access to over 100 top-tier games for just

£7.99 a month. It’s great value and will

cover you for most of the year.

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The New Trafic & Mas

from Renault Pro+

Ready for Anyt

TECH

Best for VR VR (virtual reality) is still

a relatively young interactive medium

that allows you to stay immersed in

games for longer by placing you right

at the centre of the action. Most

games consoles have only ever dabbled

in this tech, but PlayStation 4 is by

far the best games console for VR by

default as it’s the only platform taking

it seriously. The PlayStation VR headset

might not be the most technically

advanced, but it’s the most affordable

compared to those you’ll find on PC

and is home to great VR exclusives like

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and Blood

& Truth.

MOST GAMES

CONSOLES HAVE ONLY

EVER DABBLED

IN VR TECH

Best for 4K TVs After standard

definition there was high definition, but now

another type of visual fidelity has entered

the resolution race known as 4K. The

name essentially refers to horizontal display

resolutions of roughly 4,000 pixels – almost

four times that of 1080p. Both Sony and

Microsoft’s mid-generation console SKUs,

PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, take advantage of

setups with a 4K display, rendering the latest

games in eye-widening detail. The Xbox

One X can run them at 4K natively, however,

instead of upscaling, making it the best

games console for 4K gaming.

Best for kids Each of the three popular consoles

right now do their bit to cater to all types of gamer.

There’s Call of Duty and Gears of War for mature

players who enjoy military shooters, but there’s also

the likes of Puyo Puyo Tetris and The Witness for

puzzle game enthusiasts. There’s also a swathe of

great family-focussed games, but what is the best

console for kids? The Nintendo Switch. Not only does

it let them play great Triple-A games like Super Mario

Party and Arms on the go, but the Joy-Con motion

controllers help keep them engaged in fun ways

using motion.

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TECH

Best for 2019? The best games

console is entirely dependent on

whatever you want to get out of it. If

you were going by sales and console

exclusives alone, for example, the PS4 is

the frontrunner by far. Those looking to

play games in the very best visual quality

should opt for the Xbox One (and the

Xbox One X specifically) while anyone

who likes the idea of playing consolequality

games portably should punt for

the Nintendo Switch. The best games

console overall, is whatever you want

it to be.

THOSE LOOKING

TO PLAY GAMES IN

THE VERY BEST

VISUAL QUALITY

SHOULD OPT FOR

THE XBOX ONE

New release in 2019 - The

Nintendo Switch Lite... While it

might seem strange to remove the ‘switch’

functionality of a console called the

Nintendo Switch, this September has seen

the arrival of just that via the new Nintendo

Switch Lite. It’s all in the effort to remove

the financial barrier to entry for people

who want to play great first-party Nintendo

games, being sold for a much cheaper price

but retaining the same great catalogue. Of

course, you lack the ability to play on the

TV or remove the controllers, but it’s still

one of the most powerful handheld gaming

consoles ever released.

Best for 2020 Looking ahead to

2020 and Microsoft and Sony have

already announced plans to unveil PS4

and Xbox One’s successors. Whether

they’ll be sold soon after this or what

they will look like, we’re yet to learn.

But we do know that great games like

Dying Light 2 and Halo Infinite have

already been confirmed to appear.

The Switch Lite reveal in 2019 has also

left many wondering whether 2020

will grant us a look at a possible ‘Pro’

version. However, we wouldn’t put it

past all three console manufacturers

to surprise us with what the next

generation has in store.

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best, most accurate price comparison

on consoles and games in the UK. Don’t

pay full price and instead grab yourself a

great gaming deal.

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TECH

the battery charges (and how quickly).

Other checks include ensuring the phone

connects to Wi-Fi and 3G/4G as well as

verifying audio quality. Some sellers even

update the phone to include the latest

operating system, so you’ll be starting

afresh, with up-to-the-minute software too.

PHONE

REFURBS

With so much talk around

how to reduce our impact

on the changing climate

it makes sense to look to

tech and to optimise our

choices and save a few

quid while we’re at it.

Up to 80% of a mobile phone handset

is recyclable, so what’s the point of

leaving your old phone to rot on a shelf

when you’re shiny new i11 finally arrives?

Phone refurbishing is a growing global

market and boasts benefits for sellers and

resellers alike.

What’s a refurbished phone?

A phone that is still fully-functional

but not in use can be refurbished or

reconditioned and work as well as any

new device on the market.

Second-hand tech?

Not the tech that’s second hand but the

hardware that’s being re-used. If a phone

has been sent and repaired then it’s fully

functional without the price tag of a new

device. Much like a second hand motor

that has a scrape on the bumper and only

few thousand miles on the clock. Not

quite ready for the scrap heap and still

plenty of life in the ol’ girl yet.

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Where do all the good phones go

In the UK, 39% of old phones end up in

a drawer and never see the light of day

again. 34% are sold or given away. The

rest are dumped and end up on e-rubbish

sites. According to Green Alliance, reusing

phones is more sustainable with a 33%

global impact reduction in C02 over

opting for a new phone. Most of the

hardware can be used again and breaking

down to recycle is not always the most

viable option; even where possible, it

can cost as much in carbon footprint as

buying a new device, so it just makes

sense to use components and refurbish or

recondition.

Companies like CTL in Holland are

buying and refurbishing old phones,

two thirds of which are being sold to

developing countries. Check this out

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-

ImumkeRsiw. And if your phone is really

on its last legs then you can pass it onto a

charity, which will raise funds by selling it

to a company that can salvage scrap parts

for a refurbished model. Some models

can raise up to 70 quid. Waste not,

want not and all.

What you can expect

When phones come in for refurbishing,

sellers typically go through a series of

quality checks to ensure all phone functions

are doing their job – camera, touchscreen

and key responsiveness; checking whether

What about your data

You might be wondering what happens to all

the data that has been stored on the sim or

on the phone when you give it up for resale?

And can anyone access the phone now that

it’s yours? No. Just like getting a brandnew

phone: all the old data is wiped and

the phone is set up with all the necessary

configurations and software – much like

buying a nearly new computer that has its

hard drive wiped and reconfigured for use

by someone else (as per the Data protection

Act). Be sure to check all your data is wiped

before committing to selling your phone.

If you’re looking to buy

You can get refurbished phones on a

contract from any reputable retailer –

Carphone Warehouse, for example. And

if you’re wanting to buy a phone outright

then there are plenty of options on Amazon

and eBay. Check the small print on the

condition of the phone so you know what

you’re paying for. Check you’re getting a

refurbished model and source directly from

the manufacturer or a reputable seller /

retailer if you can.

Some sellers will send you a certified preowned

(CPO) device in its original packaging

and some manufacturers offer a form of

guarantee or a full warranty for refurbished

phones while third parties typically won’t.

Look into a part exchange on your old

model – that’s cash or in-store credit (for

example, T-Mobile do this if you’re buying a

new device). Do your homework and shop

around for the best deal.

UP TO 80% OF

A MOBILE PHONE

HANDSET IS

RECYCLABLE

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DIY

THE MASKED

BUILDER’S

TIPS FOR DIY

“This bank holiday weekend!

Special offers on all DIY

essentials you could need to

brighten up your home.”

Sounds tempting doesn’t it.

T

he people in the advert

seem like they are enjoying

themselves and that cordless

drill does seem like a good

deal. Remember this is an advert which

does not reflect reality. If it did it, it

would probably have to be aired after the

watershed due to the bad language and the

blood, sweat and tears.

In my life, I do not feel qualified to offer

advice or guidance on many topics with my

personal life resembling that Ikea cabinet

that appears put together, but you still

feel unsure about it due to the number of

left-over nuts and bolts still strewn across

the carpet.

But when it comes to DIY (being a

former Builder) I feel compelled to share

my knowledge, if only to avoid having to

salvage any more botched jobs started by

my friends and family in their own homes.

So let’s start at the beginning.

Usain Bolt Olympic sprint of re-tiling the

bathroom.

If you saw someone on YouTube

jump off a cliff, would you do it?

So you watched a ten minute video

showing a person re-plastering their front

room, whilst smiling and narrating the

experience calmly. Unless you have super

powers not yet discovered by modern

science, you will not be able to absorb the

skills displayed on the video through your

eyeballs alone. So don’t be fooled by a slick

production!

Measure twice, cut once.

This is a valid mantra of the Construction

Trade and one that is still ingrained into

the deepest recesses of my mind. Simply

put, you cannot uncut a piece of wood,

as my Grandfather told me in a blunt

Irish manner. So double check everything

before you do it. If you’re new to DIY,

there is no shame in checking three or

four times before cutting anything. No

one will be able to tell how long you

spent getting it right, but they will see

straight away how you got it wrong.

“A bad workman always

blames their tools”

Sometimes the tools are actually to

blame! If you spend more on your lunch

than you spend on your tools, you

may as well use that toasted panini to

hammer in those nails as the result will

probably turn out similar.

Finally, DIY is not a couples

bonding experience! It’s not.

I am not saying that couples can’t do DIY

jobs together, but I strongly advise

against it (unless you have a shared

traumatic event like being kidnapped by

Somali Pirates or being held in Guantanamo

bay). This is the reason why a builder will

have a ‘lackey’ to assist them on any job.

The role mostly involves passing things to

the boss, which are already within their

reach. But the most important role of the

‘lackey’ (or underling) is to be sworn at,

blamed rightly or wrongly for any problems

and be the focal point for any frustration

arising from the job. So unless you already

have these roles established within your

relationship (which may be something

worth looking into if that’s the case, but

who am I to say), avoid it at all costs.

I could go on but I am still in the Builders’

Union, which much like the Magic Circle

has strict rules on what we can and can’t

divulge to the public. So to summarise,

doing DIY around your home is like going to

Vegas. The payout for a successful pull on

the one arm bandit can reap huge rewards

and bring all the plaudits of success. But

ultimately the odds are stacked against you,

and the house always wins.

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Slowly, slowly, catches the

monkey.

As humans we first learn to crawl, walk and

then run. Even then it takes many more

years to hone your skills to be able to jump,

skip and not fall flat on your face. The same

applies to DIY. So start with small simple

tasks like fixing that kitchen cupboard door

that has been hanging slightly wonky for

months now. Once you have mastered

these “crawling” tasks, then progress

onto “walking” tasks, such as some light

woodwork before going into a full-blown

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PUT UP A

FENCE

Offering privacy, security

and marking a physical

boundary, here’s all the

advice you need to install

fencing.

Planning and Preparation

Carefully plan your fence before

starting, as this will limit cutting and

wastage, and will help you to be

accurate when ordering the materials

that you need.

Use a detector to check the area for

any underground cables and pipes, to

make sure you can dig the necessary

holes along your fence line.

In most cases, you can build a fence

up to 2m in height without planning

permission, but it’s best to check with

your local planning office if you are

unsure of the restrictions.

If you are installing a fence that runs

adjacent to your neighbour’s garden,

talk them through your plans and

check whether they are happy for you

to access their garden, as it’s easier

if you can work from both sides of

the fence.

Whilst it is possible to install a fence

all year round, it’s best to avoid

very hot, very cold or wet weather

conditions.

If you are going to be securing your

posts with Postcrete, as we are, you’ll

need 8ft posts for a 6ft fence, as

roughly 2ft will be underground. If

you are planning to use post-spikes

or bolt down post sockets, you’ll only

need 6ft posts.

If you are planning to add a gravel

board or trellis to your fence, factor

it into your plans as their size may

determine the length of fence posts

you need.

Do it Right!

Even though the posts are already

treated, it’s a good idea to soak the

base of the post in wood preservative

before installation.

Always use treated wood and exterior

grade screws to prevent premature

rotting and rusting.

Even if you are installing a pressuretreated

fence panel it should be raised

a minimum of 50mm above ground

level to prevent rotting.

If you are installing a fence onto a

sloping area, keep the fence panels

horizontal but fill the angled gap by

cutting gravel board to size. Use a

circular saw or jigsaw to make accurate

angled cuts. Some heavily sloped areas

will require a different method of

installation, so it’s best to seek advice

as the method will be dependent on

the specifics of your garden and the

gradient of the slope.

Whilst it is possible to install a fence

on your own, it’s much easier with an

extra pair of hands, so ask a friend to

help out.

Staying Safe

When using Postcrete, wear a dust

mask, safety goggles and protective

gloves and be sure to follow

manufacturer’s instructions.

Wear protective gloves when handling

wood or applying wood preservative

and be sure to always follow

manufacturer’s instructions for drying

and safety.

When drilling, wear safety goggles.

Offcuts of treated timber should be

disposed of safely – your local recycling

centre should be able to advise.

Aftercare

Treat all cut timber and drill holes with

two coats of preservative.

Once the fence is complete, apply a

paint or wood stain to add a splash of

colour and further protect the timber.

These come in a variety of colours so

be sure to look at the range.

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Step by step

Step 1 - Remove any rocks or debris from

the area and carefully dig up any small

plants or shrubs that you want to replant

once the fence is in position.

Step 8 - Using a batten that is cut to

the same length as your fence panel as

a guide, carefully mark out where the

centre point of each post will be.

Step 2 - Mark out the position of your first

fence post. Use a spade or post-hole digger

to dig a hole appropriate to the length of

the post you are using; this tends to be

about 600mm deep by 300mm square.

Step 5 - Add Postcrete and be sure to

follow manufacturer’s instructions. Fill the

hole until the Postcrete is 25mm beneath

the soil line and continue to check the post

stays vertical.

Step 9 - Repeat the above process until

all fence posts are in place.

Step 3 - Add roughly 25mm of gravel or

MOT Type 1 to the bottom of the hole;

this will aid drainage and reduce the

chance of the post rotting over time.

Step 6 - Use a trowel to create a gentle

slope in the Postcrete so that rainwater

runs away from the post on all sides.

Remove the timber props once the

Postcrete has set.

Step 10 - If your fence panels are dip

treated then protect them from rot by

installing pressure-treated gravel boards.

Start by marking the positioning of an L

bracket onto the base of each post.

Step 4 - Place a length of fence post

into the hole. Use a spirit level to check

that the post is perfectly vertical on two

adjacent sides then screw pieces of timber

to the post to hold it in place.

Step 7 - Use stakes and a string line to

mark where the fence will run.

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ROUND TO

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Step 11 - Use a drill or electric

screwdriver to fix an L bracket to each

post. Secure the gravel boards through

the L bracket with 20mm screws.

Adding Trellis

Step 1 - If you included a trellis in your

plans, then you should have ordered posts

that are long enough to accommodate

the extra height of the trellis.

Step 12 - Mark out the positions of two

U brackets to the inside of each post, one

150mm from the top, and one 150mm

from the bottom of where the fence panel

will be. Secure in position with 35mm

external grade screws.

Step 15 - If you need to trim a fence

panel to fit the remaining space, measure

out the section you need and mark a

saw guideline. Then, remove the framing

battens from the front and the back of

section you will be using.

Step 2 - Start by fixing a U bracket into

the middle of where the trellis will be

positioned. Add additional brackets if the

fence is situated in a particularly windy

location.

Step 16 - Carefully saw down your

guideline. Place the framing battens back

into the required position and fix the panel.

Step 13 - Carefully lift the fence panels

into position, sliding them down and

between the U brackets and then secure in

place with 35mm external grade screws.

Step 3 - Slide the trellis into position

and secure through the brackets with

35mm external-grade screws. Repeat this

process until your trellis is complete.

Step 17 - Finally, add a neat finish and

protect the end of the wood by adding

a post cap. Pre-drill your hole before

securing with one screw.

Step 14 - Lay a piece of timber across the

top of two consecutive posts and use a

spirit level to check the posts are level. If

need be, trim the tops of the posts down

so they are all the same height.

For more Wickes DIY guidelines head to:

www.wickes.co.uk/how-to-guides

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FIRST LOOK

Land Rover Defender

Unlike the original Defender, this all-new one won’t just be at home off road

On sale Early 2020 Price from £40,000 (est)

BOXING CLEVER

Specify the Adventure

Pack and you get

storage boxes similar

to the panniers on

a motorcycle, plus

extra underbody

protection.

Like the 110, the three-door 90 variant can be had with a central jump seat that allows three to travel in the front; a protective body wrap and painted steel wheels are optional

Like the 110, the three-door 90 variant can be had with a central jump seat that allows three to travel in the front; a protective body wrap and painted steel wheels are optional


d

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permanent four-wheel drive, hill-start

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assistance, current Discovery, a Terrain Range Response Rover system and Range that

allows the driver

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conditions meaning no (or hardcore 00.0mpg just select separate an automatic chassis setting) or

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and Land Rover’s Clearsight Ground View

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technology, has more suspension which displays travel the and area ground under

the clearance bonnet than and its ahead sister of cars. the front wheels

on Its a capability dashboard-mounted is further boosted screen. by

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Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

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CO 2 emissions (NEDC)

can be specified

with five, six or

seven seats

Tank In five-door 110 5

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 1

form, the Defender

can be specified

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SAFETY

1

Steve.Huntingford@haymarket.com

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Braking 30-0mph 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

the

and Land Rover’s Clearsight Ground View

technology,

car a classic Defender look), Urban (which

the bonnet and ahead of front wheels

an ‘Options electric include

on the 90 and standard on the 110). In

winch

on a dashboard-mounted screen.

adds glitzy details such as 22in wheels),

CARS PICTURED

addition, As with buyers the original will be Defender, able to choose you’ll be from able

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic

to buy three-door and fi ve-door versions, called

Adventure (with additional underbody

to everything

Renault Mégane RS

a rooftop from

300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500

paint (£525)

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), tent’ Bose Pack (£800), front parking se

the four 90 design and 110 packs: respectively Country (which (although gives these the

and rear-view camera (£400) and Visio System Pack (£250)

numbers no longer correspond exactly to the

protection car a classic and Defender side-mounted look), Urban storage (which boxes

an electric winch

distances between the front and rear axles OUR RATINGS

in adds inches). glitzy And details there such are as lots 22in of wheels), design nods

for your gear) and Explorer (featuring a roof

be disappointing in a Range Rover (or even a

to the classic Defender, including very Driving

Driving

Adventure (with additional underbody

to a rooftop tent’

short front and rear overhangs, squaredoff

protection wheelarches and side-mounted and so-called storage Alpine light boxes Ride

Ride

Performance

Performance

ladder, roof rack and anti-glare bonnet).

Discovery), it feels right here.

windows set into roof.

for In addition, there will be a host of unusual

It helps that you still get all the mod cons,

Those your gear) details and sit alongside Explorer (featuring modern touches a roof Handling

be disappointing Handling in a Range Rover (or even a

Refi nement

Refi nement

such as full LED lights and a square, bodycoloured

panel in the rear side glass (optional Behind the wheel

personalisation ladder, roof rack options and anti-glare – everything bonnet). from an

including a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment

Discovery),

Behind

it feels

the

right

wheel

here.

‘Options include

on In the addition, 90 and there standard will be on a the host 110). of unusual In Driving position

It helps Driving that you position still get all the mod cons,

electric winch and painted steel wheels to

system

addition, buyers will be able to choose from

everything

with Apple CarPlay

from

and Android Auto

personalisation options – everything from an

Visibility

including

Visibility

a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment

four design packs: Country (which gives the

a rooftop tent and a removable body wrap Infotainment

smartphone Infotainment

car electric a classic winch Defender and painted look), steel Urban wheels (which to

an electric mirroring, winch

plus digital instruments

Quality

system with Quality Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

adds glitzy details such as 22in wheels),

that protects the metallic paint when HIGH STANDARD

that

Adventure a rooftop tent (with and additional a removable underbody body wrap Space and practicality

smartphone to can a Space rooftop show mirroring, a and wide practicality

range plus tent’ digital of information. instruments

protection and side-mounted storage boxes Front

you’re that protects off-roading the metallic and gives paint the when car a Prototypes HIGH

space

STANDARD

Front space

have been

Thoughtful that can show touches a wide include range USB of information.

ports on the

for your gear) and Explorer (featuring a roof Rear space

be disappointing Rear space in a Range Rover (or even a

ladder, you’re off-roading roof rack and and anti-glare gives the bonnet). car a Prototypes Discovery), it feels right here.

distinctive satin fi nish.

Seating subjected fl have exibility been

to more

Thoughtful

front seatbacks,

Seating touches

specifi

fl exibility include USB ports on the

cally positioned to allow

In addition, there will be a host of unusual

It helps that you still get all the mod cons,

distinctive satin fi nish.

Boot subjected to more

front seatbacks, Boot specifi cally positioned to allow

personalisation options – everything from an

including a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment

than Buying 45,000 and durability owning

Buying and owning

electric Inside, winch you’ll and fi exposed painted steel metal wheels on to than 45,000 durability

those system in with the Apple second CarPlay row to and charge Android devices Auto

a rooftop tent and a removable body wrap Costs

smartphone Costs mirroring, plus digital instruments

that the doors protects and the a dashboard metallic paint that’s when

tests, Equipment

HIGH

including

STANDARD

desert

while that can using Equipment

show the a optional wide range tablet of holders. information.

you’re off-roading and gives the car a Prototypes have been

Thoughtful touches include USB ports on the

more minimalist than those of other

heat, Reliability

Arctic conditions

distinctive satin fi nish.

subjected to more

Another Reliability

notable feature is the dashboardmounted

gear selector (all new Defenders

Safety and security

front seatbacks, Safety and specifi security cally positioned to allow

Land Inside, Rovers. you’ll However, fi nd exposed while this metal would on than and 45,000 altitudes durability of up

those in the second row to charge devices

the doors and a dashboard that’s tests, including desert

while using the optional tablet holders.

to 10,000ft.

more minimalist than those of other heat, Overall Arctic conditions rating

Another notable feature is the dashboardmounted

gear selector (all new Land Rovers. However, while this would and altitudes of up

Defenders

to 10,000ft.

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use an eight-speed automatic gearbox),

which leaves room for an optional central

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the 90 model to seat up

to six people. The 110 is available in five, six

and seven-seat configurations, with the latter

swapping the central front seat for two that

ALL CLEAR

fold up from beneath the boot floor.

The new Defender

has 291mm of ground

clearance – more than

Unusually for the a Jeep modern Wrangler SUV, the spare wheel

(252mm) and

Mercedes-Benz

(when specified) G-Class is mounted (241mm). on the tailgate,

which has to be side-hinged as a result and

therefore can’t be opened if you back the car

into a tight parking space or up against a wall.

We won’t get to drive the Defender until later

this year. However, we have had a passenger

ride in a late prototype on a test track that

per 12,000 miles £000

itres

sions 000g/km, Euro 0

featured one pothole and bump after another,

and here the ride was certainly impressive. The

suspension is brilliant at taking the sting out of

bigger impacts, yet taut enough to keep the

CARS PICTURED

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500

paint (£525) Target Price From £48,732 Target Price From £39,955 Liquid Yellow Target paint Price (£1300), From Bose £94,500 Pack (£800), front parking se

The seats in most versions mix leather with hard-wearing textiles; permanent four-wheel drive boosts capability; rear-mounted spare and wheel rear-view means camera tailgate (£400) has to and open Visio sideways System Pack (£250)

use an eight-speed automatic gearbox), OUR car RATINGS feeling composed at higher speeds and Discovery’s but fall short of most other rivals’.

which leaves room for an optional central through quick changes of direction.

The five-door 110 model will go on sale

front seat that allows the 90 model to seat up DrivingInitially, buyers will be able to choose from first, priced Driving from £45,240, with the three-door

to six people. The 110 is available in five, six Performance 296bhp 45 TDI four-cylinder Sport and 396bhp six-cylinder

2.0 GME Sport 4dr 90 following Performance

shortly G350d afterwards AMG Line and likely to

and seven-seat configurations, with the latter petrol engines (badged P300 and P400

start at about £40,000. There will also be two

‘Exposed metal would Ride

Ride

swapping the central front seat for two that

Handling

respectively), as well as 197bhp and 237bhp Commercial

Handling

models, costing from around

fold up from beneath the boot floor.

four-cylinder diesels (D200 and D240) that £35,000 plus VAT, while a plug-in hybrid will join

Refi nement

Refi nement

Unusually for a modern SUV, the spare wheel both average 37.2mpg and emit 199g/km of the range by next year. A larger 130 model is

(when specified) mounted on the tailgate, Behind CO 2. the Those wheel figures are comparable with the being developed Behind the for launch wheel in 2022.

which be has disappointing to be side-hinged as a result in

Quiet, comfy and plusher Sets the standard for off-road Similar in concept to the

and Driving position

Driving position

therefore can’t be opened if you back the car Visibility THE RIVALS

Visibility

into a tight parking space or up against a wall. Infotainment than the Defender inside, ability but, unlike Defender, Infotainment Defender, in that it’s much

We won’t get to drive the Defender until later

Quality

Quality

this year. However, we have had a passenger

ride in a late prototype on a test track that

Space the and Q7 practicality

is the benchmark is strictly a five-seater. Its onestar

Euro NCAP safety rating predecessor and still hugely

Space better and on practicality

a Range Rover, but

road than its

featured one pothole and bump after another, Front space

Front space

and here the ride was certainly impressive. The Rear space

Rear space

luxury SUV if you rarely (if

suspension is brilliant at taking the sting out of Seating Audi fl exibility Q7

Jeep Wrangler Seating Mercedes-Benz fl exibility G-Class

bigger impacts, yet taut enough to keep the Boot

Boot

it feels right here’

Target ever) venture Price From off road. £48,732 Target Price From £39,955 Target Price From £94,500

Buying and owning

is very disappointing. Buying capable and owning off it. Pricey, though.

Pick of the range

Pick of the range

Pick of the range

Costs 45 TDI Sport

2.0 GME Sport 4dr Costs G350d AMG Line

Equipment

Equipment

Reliability Quiet, comfy and plusher

Safety than and the security Defender inside,

Sets the standard for off-road Reliability Similar in concept to the

ability but, unlike Defender, Safety Defender, and security in that it’s much

the Q7 is the benchmark is strictly a five-seater. Its onestar

better on road than its

Euro NCAP safety rating predecessor and still hugely

luxury SUV if you rarely (if

Overall ever) venture rating off road. is very disappointing.

capable off it. Pricey, though.

‘Exposed metal would

be disappointing in

a Range Rover, but

it feels right here’

car feeling composed at higher speeds and

through quick Combined changes of direction.

Low speed

Initially, buyers Medium will speed be able to choose from

High speed

296bhp four-cylinder Test MPG and 396bhp six-cylinder

petrol engines (badged P300 and P400

Tank

CO

respectively), 2 emissions (NEDC)

as well as 197bhp and 237bhp

four-cylinder diesels (D200 and D240) that

both average 37.2mpg and emit 199g/km of

CO 2 . Those figures are comparable with the

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL

MPG

(WLTP)

SAFETY

Euro NCAP rating (2017)

yyyyy

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88%

POWERTRAIN

Engine

Peak power

Peak torque

Gearbox

THE RIVALS

PERFORMANCE

0-60mph

5.4sec

Audi Q7

Pick of the range

4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

316bhp @ 6500rpm

295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm

6-spd manual

Top

speed

169mph

Acceleration

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Noise

Jeep Wrangler

At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB

33.2mpg

25.2mpg

34.4mpg

38.2mpg

32.4mpg

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

46 litres

176g/km

Pick of the range

Discovery’s but fall short of most other rivals’.

The five-door OFFICIAL 110 model will go on sale

MPG Low speed

first, priced (WLTP) from £45,240, Medium with the speed three-door

High speed

90 following shortly afterwards and likely to

start at about £40,000. There will also be two

Commercial models, costing from around

£35,000 plus VAT, while a plug-in hybrid will join

Euro NCAP rating (2015)

the range by next year. A larger 130 model is

being developed for launch in 2022.

All protection 88% 87% 71%

Engine

Peak power

Peak torque

Gearbox

0-60mph

5.7sec

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Pick of the range

4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol

296bhp @ 6000rpm

295Ib ft @ 3200rpm

6-spd manual

Top

speed

161mph

Acceleration

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec

30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec 4th 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th

50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th

Braking 30-0mph 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

Noise

n

Combined 3

FIRST LOOK

n

n

Test MPG 3

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £

Tank 5

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 1

At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB

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COMPARISON

Trophy

Our favourite hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R, is being

chased down by the celebratory TCR version of the

hunting

Volkswagen Golf GTI, as well as the most extreme

Renault Mégane RS to date: the 300 Trophy

Photography: Will Williams

Our favourite hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R, is being

chased down by the celebratory TCR version of the

Volkswagen Golf GTI, as well as the most extreme

Renault Mégane RS to date: the 300 Trophy

Photography: Will Williams


Combined

Urban

Extra-urban

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Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £000

Tank 00 litres

CO 2 emissions 000g/km, Euro 0

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL

MPG

(WLTP)

SAFETY

Combined

33.2mp

Low speed

25.2mp

Medium speed

34.4mp

High THE speed CONTENDERS

Renault Mégane RS

38.2mp

Test MPG 300 Trophy

32.4mp

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

List price £31,835

Tank

COTarget 2 emissions Price £30,775 (NEDC)

Honda Civic Type R

2.0 VTEC Turbo GT

The latest RS really impressed

in Cup form, and this Trophy

version is even more focused.

Euro NCAP rating List (2017) price £33,550

Target Price £32,750

All protection Our reigning 92% Hot Hatch 75% of the 75% 88%

NEW Year is a sensational driver’s car,

so it will be tough to beat.

POWERTRAIN

NEW

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

Volkswagen Golf GTI

TCR 5dr

Renault Mégane RS

PERFORMANCE 300 Trophy

List price £31,835

Target List price Price Top £35,305 £30,775

0-60mph The latest RS really impressed

in Cup Target speed

form, Price and £35,305 this Trophy

5.4secversion is even 169mph more focused.

TCR special edition produces

286bhp and is the last hurrah

NEW

Acceleration for the current Golf GTI.

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2se

50-70mph IT’S 3rd COMMON 2.3sec 4th ENOUGH 3.0sec 5th for 3.9sec car 6th 5.5se

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Braking makers 30-0mph to try 7.5m TCR to whip 5dr 70-0mph up interest 41.4m

in models that are nearing the

Noise At 30mph List price 65.6dB £35,305 At 70mph 72.2dB

end of Target their life Price by bringing £35,305 out

CARS PICTURED ‘special TCR special edition’ edition versions. produces However,

286bhp and is the last hurrah

Honda Civic Type in the R 2.0 case VTEC of Turbo the GT Volkswagen

with Polished Metal metallic

for the current Golf GTI.

paint (£525)

Golf GTI, these have earned a

reputation for being truly special,

IT’S COMMON ENOUGH for car

OUR RATINGS rather makers than to try just to cynical whip up marketing interest

Driving exercises.

in models

So,

that

this

are

new

nearing

TCR model

the


Performance end of their life by bringing out

which ‘special represents edition’ versions. the swansong

Ride

However,

in case of the Volkswagen

Handling for the current generation of the

Golf GTI, these have earned a

Refi nement hot reputation hatch – for has being a lot to truly live special, up to.

Behind the rather Sounding wheel than just like cynical a local radio marketing

Driving position exercises. So, this new TCR model –

station but actually named after

Visibility which represents the swansong

Infotainment

the for the touring current car generation racing version of the of

hot hatch – a lot to live up to.

Quality the Golf, it has 44bhp more than

Sounding like a local radio

Space and the station practicality

existing but actually GTI Performance,

named after

Front space

taking the touring the total car racing up to 286bhp. version of

Rear space the Golf, it has 44bhp more than

What’s the existing more, GTI there Performance,

are plenty

Seating fl exibility

taking the total up to 286bhp.

Boot of look-at-me design details,

What’s more, there are plenty

Buying and the

of look-at-me

owning brakes have

design

been

details,

upgraded

Costs and the brakes the suspension have been can upgraded be, too.

Equipment and the suspension can be, too.

Renault, by contrast, appears

Reliability Renault, by contrast, appears

Safety and to security have decided that in a world of

streaming services and same-day

delivery, people don’t want to

Overall delivery, wait until rating

people a car is don’t about want to exit to

stage left before they get the

wait until a car is about to exit

stage left before they get the

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d

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COMPARISON 00.0mpg

an

00.0mpg

fastest, most focused versions.

It’s little more than six months

per 12,000 since miles it introduced £000 its latest

Mégane RS, yet we now have this

itres hardcore Trophy model. Again,

power has been hiked, here by

sions 000g/km, 20bhp to Euro 296bhp. 0 Plus, it features

the lowered Cup chassis that’s

usually an option, its accelerator

responses have been sharpened

and there’s a freer-breathing

exhaust with the potential to

make it sound even better.

Before either of these cars can

be crowned as the new hot hatch

king, though, they first need to

get the better of the Honda Civic

Type R. It has set the standard for

the past two years, managing to

be both scintillating and sensible,

and it actually has more power

than either of the newcomers.

DRIVING

Performance, ride,

handling, refi nement

You could argue that a car’s

0-60mph time isn’t particularly

relevant; after all, how often do

you find yourself needing to blast

away from a set of traffic lights

as quickly as possible? However,

it remains a key number in any

game of Top Trumps, and it’s the

Golf that gives you the most to

brag to your mates about.

Its standard DSG dual-clutch

automatic gearbox incorporates a

launch control system that allows

even the most clod-footed of

drivers to make a perfect getaway

every time. Plus, the Golf swaps

ratios far quicker than is possible

in either of its manual rivals.

The result is 0-60mph in just

5.2sec, compared with 5.4sec in

the Civic and 5.7sec in the Mégane,

although the latter can be ordered

with a dual-clutch automatic of

its own (for £1710), whereas the

former is manual only.

Despite being the heaviest car

here and having the least power,

the Golf continues to pile on

speed fastest when rolling, aided

by those blink-and-you’ll-missthem

gearchanges, which can also

be controlled by the driver via

steering wheel-mounted paddles.

But you’re still unlikely to feel

shortchanged by the performance

of the Civic or Mégane, and there’s

real pleasure to be had from

flicking from gear to gear using

the Civic’s super-slick manual

’box. The Mégane’s, on the other

hand, is a little stiff. But you’ll be

tempted to cut Renault some slack

when you floor the accelerator,

because the car sounds fantastic –

particularly in Race mode.

The Golf’s engine note is rather

ordinary by comparison, despite

it being digitally enhanced, and

while the Civic emits plenty of

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ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL Combined

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3

MPG Low speed

25.2mpg MPG Low speed

n

(WLTP) Medium speed

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed

n

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R High speed

38.2mpg

INFOTAINMENT High speed

n

BEST

This is the Civic’s weakest area,

Test MPG

32.4mpg DRIVING

Test MPG 3

POSITION because its 7.0in touchscreen has

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

small icons, Fuel overly cost complicated per 12,000 miles £

Tank

46 litres

menus and sluggish responses. To

make matters Tank worse, the screen is 5

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km disappointingly CO 2

low emissions in resolution (NEDC) 1

and prone to showing refl ections

due to the angle at which it’s

SAFETY

1

mounted. The one saving grace

Euro NCAP rating (2017)

Euro is the NCAP fact rating that you (2015) get Apple

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CarPlay and Android Auto

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88% All smartphone protection integration, 88% allowing 87%

2

you to bypass Honda’s software.

71%

POWERTRAIN

3

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm

Peak power 296bhp @ 6000rpm

1 You sit Peak nice and torque low, 2 Civic 295Ib has ft the @ most 2500-4500rpm

incar

3 The interior looks Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 3200rpm

storage, including a quite different from the

plus the gearlever is well

Gearbox 6-spd manual

positioned and has a useful cubby at the base standard Civic’s, thanks

Gearbox 6-spd manual

short, precise action of its centre console

PERFORMANCE

to all the red trim

RENAULT MEGANE RS

0-60mph

5.4sec

2

1

Top

speed

169mph

Acceleration

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Noise

At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 3 72.2dB

CARS PICTURED

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic

paint (£525)

1 While automatic cars 2 Trophy gets Renault’s

get an electronic parking RS Monitor as standard,

brake, manual OUR models RATINGSmeaning on-board

stick with a lever performance telemetery

Driving

Performance

Ride

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI

Handling

Refi nement

Behind the wheel 2

Driving position

Visibility

Infotainment

Quality

Space and practicality

Front space

1Rear space

Seating fl exibility

Boot

Buying and owning

3

Costs

Equipment

Reliability

1 Manual Safety shifts are and security 2 Standard digital

done via wheel-mounted instrument display

paddles or by nudging shows a wide variety of

the lever

Overall

back and forth

rating

info reasonably clearly

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3 The optional Recaro

seats look and feel great

so are worth considering,

even at £1500

3 Tartan seat trim of other

GTIs has been swapped

for a more modern but

less distinctive design

INFOTAINMENT

Top

0-60mph

Like the Civic and the speed Golf, the

Mégane comes with sat-nav,

Bluetooth, 5.7sec a DAB radio 161mph and Apple

and Android phone connectivity.

As in the Civic, the screen could

Acceleration

be easier to read – in this instance

because it’s rather dull. However,

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec

Renault’s operating system is

30-50mph more logically 3rd 2.6sec laid out. 4th And 4.1sec if you 5th 6.4sec 6th

50-70mph spend £800 3rd to 2.5sec upgrade 4th 3.3sec to the 5th 4.8sec 6th

punchy Bose stereo, the standard

Braking 7.0in screen 30-0mph is binned 8.0m in favour 70-0mph of 43.9m

a less fi ddly 8.7in one (pictured).

Noise At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se

and rear-view camera (£400) and Visio System Pack (£250)

Driving

Performance

Ride

INFOTAINMENT

Handling

It’s the Golf that has the best

Refi infotainment nement system here. Not

Behind only is the it the wheel most intuitive, but its

Driving 8.0in screen position is also super-bright

Visibility and responds almost instantly

Infotainment

when you press it. We wouldn’t

bother with the optional (£200)

Quality

voice control, because it’s rather

Space basic and practicality

frequently fails to do

Front what space you want it to. However, the

Rear Dynaudio space Excite stereo upgrade

Seating (£550) fl is exibility worth considering

if you’re an audiophile.

Boot

Buying and owning

Costs

Equipment

Reliability

Safety and security

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BEST

SYSTEM


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Boots’ suitcase-carrying capacities are measured with a 560x350x230mm

Antler suitcase, with the rear seatbacks in place and up to the parcel shelf

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00.0mpg

per 12,000 miles £000

930-1770mm

910mm

930mm

1395mm

725mm

1380mm

650mm

475-690mm

745-1500mm

1105-1350mm

730-1490mm

855-1280mm

1370mm

1015-1270mm

495-705mm

670mm

415-790mm

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL Combined

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3

MPG Low Honda speed Civic Type R vs Renault 25.2mpgMégane MPG RS vs Volkswagen Low speed Golf GTI n

(WLTP) Medium speed

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed

n

High speed

38.2mpg

turbo whoosh, High this speed doesn’t have n

you impersonating the Cheshire

Test MPG

32.4mpg

Test MPG 3

Cat in the way that the Mégane’s

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

growls and Fuel crackles cost do. per 12,000 miles £

Instead, the biggest thrills in

Tank

46 litres

the Civic come Tank from the way it 5

940mm

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km

tackles corners. CO 2 emissions It feels incredibly (NEDC) 1

poised, with little body lean and

1445mm

SAFETY

loads of grip. Plus, it remains very

stable under hard braking and its

1090mm

Euro NCAP rating (2017)

yyyyy Euro limited-slip NCAP rating differential (2015) (LSD) yyyy

does

an excellent job of distributing

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88% All protection power between the 88% front wheels 87% in 71%

Rear head room isn’t great, but

whatever way maximises traction.

BEST there’s so much leg room that

All of this means you quickly

POWERTRAIN

BOOT tall passengers can slouch. The

feel comfortable driving the Civic

Engine

Civic also has the best boot by a

fast, whereas the Mégane takes

mile, and its 4cyl, pull-across 1996cc, luggage turbo, petrol

Engine time to get used 4cyl, to. Yes, 1798cc, it also turbo, has petrol

Peak power cover is a 316bhp thoughtful @ touch 6500rpm

Peak an power LSD (as does 296bhp the Golf), @ and 6000rpm this

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm

Peak drags torque you out of 295Ib tight bends ft @ 3200rpm with

Boot 420-1209 litres

even more verve than the Civic’s.

Gearbox Suitcases 6-spd 7 manual

Gearbox But under hard 6-spd acceleration, manual it

PERFORMANCE

can feel like someone has hacked

into the steering and is fighting

you for control, because the

engine’s torque makes the wheel

Top

tug left and right in your Tophands.

0-60mph speed

0-60mph Adding to the Mégane’s speedcomplex

character is four-wheel steering,

5.4sec 169mph

5.7sec with the rears turning 161mph in the

opposite direction to the fronts at

speeds of up to 62mph. This not

Acceleration 960mm

Acceleration

only gives it a tight turning circle

but also improves its agility on

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec

winding roads. You really do feel

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 1425mm 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph like the 3rd car 2.6sec is pivoting 4th around 4.1sec you; 5th 6.4sec 6th

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 1075mm 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph some people 3rd 2.5sec will love 4th this, 3.3sec but 5th it 4.8sec 6th

can feel quite disconcerting when

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Braking you’re driving 30-0mph hard. 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

Noise

The Mégane is the most cramped

And what of the Golf? Well, its

in At the 30mph back, with 65.6dB little room At 70mph for 72.2dB

Noise steering At is 30mph the most 64.4dB precise At of 70mph 71.2dB

feet under the front seats. The boot

the lot, offering loads of feedback

CARS PICTURED isn’t as impressive as its official

whether you’re winding lock on or

figures suggest and there’s a

off. Unfortunately, you have to put

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500

sizeable lip at its entrance

up with more body roll than you

paint (£525)

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se

and rear-view

do in the

camera

other

(£400)

cars

and

and

Visio

it feels

System

the

Pack (£250)

Boot 434-1247 litres

least stable under hard braking.

Suitcases 5

This is reflected in its lap time.

OUR RATINGS

Our 0.9-mile test track is designed

Driving

Driving to simulate a meandering

Performance

Performance

Ride

Ride

HOW THEY FARE ON TRACK

Handling

Handling

Refi nement

Refi nement

Honda Renault

Civic Mégane

VW

Golf

Behind the wheel

Behind the wheel Type R RS GTI

GT Trophy TCR

Driving position

Driving position

Visibility

945mm

Visibility

Lap time 43.1sec

Infotainment

Infotainment

43.2sec 44.4sec

Quality

Quality

Space and practicality 1450mm

Space and practicality

Front space

1090mm

Front space Start

Rear space

Rear space

Seating fl exibility

Seating fl exibility Finish

The Golf has the pokiest boot,

Boot

Boot

but it’s well shaped, so it can still

Buying and owning

Buying and owning

take as many carry-on suitcases

Costs as the Mégane’s. Rear leg room

Costs

Equipment is decent rather than great, but

Equipment

Reliability there’s plenty of head room

Reliability

Safety and security

Safety and security

Boot 380-1270 litres

Suitcases 5

Overall rating

What Car?’s 0.9-mile test track is

designed to simulate a fast B-road

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INTRODUCING THE

ALL-NEW E-BOXER RANGE

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setting, easy off-roading, any weather-driving, forever-lasting cars. Every step

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commitment to this philosophy. You can expect the same superior safety, go anywhere

capability, and rugged reliability that our SUVs are renowned for; with the added

benefits of battery based power. And all without the need to plug in to recharge. We’ve

merged Subaru’s core DNA with hybrid technology, so you have the best of both worlds.

Find out more at Subaru.co.uk

SUBARU e-BOXER RANGE fuel economy (WLTP) and CO2 results (NEDC Correlated): Combined 34.7 – 35.7mpg, CO2 emissions 149-154g/km.

Fuel consumption figures are determined according to the WLTP test cycle. Mpg figures are official EU test figures for comparative purposes

& may not reflect real driving results. CO2 figure shown is based on the outgoing NEDC test cycle & will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first

registration. Only compare fuel consumption & CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical standard. Fuel consumption achieved in

real life conditions & CO2 produced depends on a number of factors including accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving

styles & vehicle load.


† The service intervals for the Subaru e-BOXER range are every 12 months /12,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. The Subaru e-BOXER range is covered by a 5 Year /

100,000 miles (whichever is sooner) Limited Warranty. This comprises of a standard 3 Year / 60,000 miles (whichever is sooner) Manufacturer’s Warranty (bumper to bumper)

and an Extended Warranty that applies to the powertrain only, provided by the importer, to complete the 5 Year / 100,000 miles (whichever is sooner) Limited Warranty. ^For

added reassurance the traction battery (Lithium-ion) is covered by an 8 year / 100,000 mile Warranty (whichever is sooner). All vehicle bodywork is covered by a 12 Year Anti-

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and Assistance Programme valid in the UK and Europe only. For general terms and conditions visit SUBARU.co.uk. Vehicles shown are an XV 2.0i e-BOXER SE Premium

Lineartronic, OTR price of £30,995.00 and a Forester 2.0i e-BOXER XE Premium Lineartronic, OTR price of £36,995.00. OTR price incl. VAT, delivery, number plates, 12 months

road fund licence and first registration fee plus optional special paint finish at £550. Prices correct at time of going to print.


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HONDA CIVIC TYPE R

COMPARISON

RENAULT MEGANE RS

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI

OFFICIAL Combined

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3

MPG Low speed

25.2mpg MPG Low speed

n

(WLTP) Medium speed

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed

n

High speed

38.2mpg

B-road, giving High an objective speed

n

BEST

benchmark in terms of handling

Test MPG

32.4mpg TO

Test MPG 3

DRIVE limits, and here the Golf was more

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

than a second Fuel slower cost than per 12,000 the miles £

Tank

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)

46 litres

176g/km

closely matched Mégane and Civic.

The Golf is Tank at its best when

driven at eight-tenths, CO 2 emissions then, at (NEDC)

which point you can really savour

5

1

SAFETY

its steering and (if you’ve specified

the £875 adaptive dampers fitted

Euro NCAP rating (2017)

yyyyy Euro to NCAP our test rating car) its (2015) supple ride.

The Civic is even more forgiving,

All protection

POWERTRAIN

92% 75% 75% 88% All aided protection by the fact it 88% gets adaptive 87%

dampers as standard, whereas the

Mégane’s Cup suspension bounces

and jostles you about incessantly;

71%

Engine

Peak power

4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

316bhp @ 6500rpm

it’s only when you drive like there’s

Engine a tornado on your 4cyl, tail 1798cc, that it starts turbo, petrol

Peak to settle power and you 296bhp can appreciate @ 6000rpm

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm

Peak its torque ability to stay 295Ib composed ft @ on 3200rpm

badly surfaced roads.

Gearbox 6-spd manual

Gearbox As good as the 6-spd Mégane’s manual engine

PERFORMANCE

sounds, the fact you can always

hear it can become a bit tiring

on the motorway, although road

noise is relatively subdued by hot

Top

hatch standards. There’s Top a lot more

0-60mph speed

0-60mph

of this in the Civic, along speed with

some exhaust boom, so it’s the

5.4sec 169mph

noisiest 5.7seccruiser, while 161mph the Golf sits

at the other end of the refinement

spectrum but still suffers from

Acceleration

Acceleration

some rear suspension thudding.

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec

BEHIND THE WHEEL

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph Driving position, 3rd 2.6sec visibility, 4th 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph build quality 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th

‘The Civic is incredibly poised, so you

quickly feel comfortable driving it fast’

per 12,000 miles £000

itres

sions 000g/km, Euro 0

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

‘Four-wheel steering makes the Mégane

agile, while its engine growls and crackles’

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Noise

CARS PICTURED

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic

paint (£525)

OUR RATINGS

Driving

Performance

Ride

Handling

At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB

Refi nement

‘The Golf piles on speed with the help of

Behind the wheel

blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Driving position gearchanges’

Visibility

Infotainment

Quality

Space and practicality

Front space

Rear space

Seating fl exibility

Boot

Buying and owning

Costs

Equipment

Reliability

Safety and security

Overall rating

yyyy

Braking Inside, the 30-0mph main difference 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

between the TCR and lesser Golf

Noise GTIs is that At the 30mph trademark 64.4dB tartan At 70mph 71.2dB

seat fabric has been swapped

for something less retro. The

seats themselves are the most

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500

conventional here, making them

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se

and

comfortable

rear-view camera

on

(£400)

long

and

journeys

Visio System

and

Pack (£250)

easy to get in and out of but not

ideal for fast driving.

Climbing into the front seats of

Driving the Civic and Mégane is harder,

Performance

due to their heavy bolstering. But

Ride

once settled, you’re held tightly

in place through corners and still

Handling

remain free from aches and pains

Refi even nement after a few hours at the wheel.

Behind However, the wheel the Mégane’s driving

Driving position position won’t appeal to everyone,

Visibility because its seat base is angled up

Infotainment

towards the front of the car in a

way that makes it feel as if you’re

Quality

in a really supportive deck chair.

Space Fortunately, and practicality

the £1500 Recaro

Front buckets space go some way towards

Rear solving space this – and look sensational.

Seating Overall, fl exibility the Golf feels plushest,

mainly because of the tactile

Boot

plastics and sense of solidity that

Buying

it inherits

and

from

owning

the everyday Golf.

Costs It also gives you the best allround

visibility, thanks to its

Equipment

Reliability comparatively large windows,

Safety with and these security backed up by front and

rear parking sensors and a rearview

camera. The Civic also gets

these features, but the Mégane

makes do with rear sensors alone.

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SPACE AND PRACTICALITY

Front space, rear space,

per 12,000 seating miles fl exibility, £000 boot

itres One of the advantages of choosing

any hot hatch over a proper sports

sions 000g/km, car is that Euro you 0 don’t have to leave

your kids at home, but the Civic

is particularly practical. True, it

doesn’t have quite as much head

room in the rear as the Golf, but

there’s loads more leg room.

Meanwhile, the Mégane is the

worst for those in the back, not

only due to the limited amount of

head and leg room it has but also

because there’s not much space for

feet underneath its front seats.

It’s a clear win for the Civic when

it comes to luggage space, too;

its boot is the longest and tallest

here and can swallow the most

carry-on suitcases: seven. The

Golf and Mégane can each take

five, although the latter has the

narrowest opening and the biggest

lip for you to lift stuff over.

BUYING AND OWNING

Costs, equipment, reliability,

safety and security

If you’re a cash buyer, the Mégane

will cost you the least and the

Golf the most. Indeed, there’s a

significant £4530 between them

once discounts are factored in,

and although the Golf is cheaper

to service and insure, it also

depreciates more quickly, so the

gap shrinks only to £4111 over

three years and 36,000 miles of

ownership. As for the Civic, it will

cost £1975 more than the Mégane

up front, with the difference

falling to £1615 in the long run.

The running order is the same

if you take out PCP finance; the

Mégane will cost you a single quid

per month less than the Civic but

£92 per month less than the Golf.

The Mégane also makes the

cheapest company car, because

while it emits the most CO 2, it

also has the lowest P11D value.

All three come well equipped,

although the Mégane is the only

one without standard adaptive

cruise control (which maintains a

set distance from the car in front).

Plus, Renault puts traffic sign

recognition and lane departure

warning in a £250 pack, whereas

Honda and Volkswagen include

these safety aids as standard.

EQUIPMENT

✓ Standard ✗ Not available

Honda Civic Type R

Renault Mégane RS

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Alloy

wheel

size

20in

19in

18in

WHAT THEY WILL COST

All prices correct at time of testing

Honda Civic Type R Renault Mégane RS

SAFETY

The best real-world economy Lowest purchase price and

Euro NCAP rating and (2017) holds its value well monthly PCP payments

yyyyy

PRICES All protection 92% 75% 75% 88%

30

25

20

Value (£1000s)

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Cheapest to insure but

priciest to buy and run

Euro NCAP rating (2015)

All protection 88% 87% 71%

List price £33,550 £31,835 £35,305

Target Price £32,750 £30,775 £35,305

POWERTRAIN

Company car tax £403 £381 £393

(per month,

Engine

until April 2020) 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol

Contract Peak hire power (per month) 316bhp £427 @ 6500rpm

na Peak power 296bhp na @ 6000rpm

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 3200rpm

RESALE VALUE BY YEAR

■ Honda Civic Type R ■ Renault Mégane RS ■ Volkswagen Golf GTI

Gearbox 6-spd manual

Gearbox 6-spd manual

35

PERFORMANCE

£18,453

£17,509

161mph

£17,299

0 year 1 year

2 years 3 years

THREE-YEAR Acceleration

COST

Acceleration

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec

■ Depreciation ■ Insurance ■ Servicing ■ Road tax ■ Fuel (Test MPG)

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec 4th 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th

Honda 50-70mph Civic Type 3rd R 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec £290 50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th

Total

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Braking 30-0mph £25,886 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

£14,298 £3006 £2174

£6118

Noise At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB

Noise At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB

Renault Mégane RS

£290

CARS PICTURED

Total

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with £13,266 Polished Metal £2841 metallic

Renault Mégane £6188 RS 300 £24,271 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500

paint (£525)

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se

£1686

and rear-view camera (£400) and Visio System Pack (£250)

Volkswagen Golf GTI

£290

OUR RATINGS

Total

Driving

£18,006 £2772 Driving

£28,382

£6267

Performance

Performance

£1047

Ride

Ride

PCP FINANCE COSTS

Handling

Handling

Three-year term, £3000 customer deposit, 12,000 miles per year

Refi nement

Refi nement

Car Behind the wheel Honda Civic Type R Renault Mégane Behind RS the wheel Volkswagen Golf GTI

Monthly Driving cost position

£445 £444 Driving position £536

Manufacturer

Visibility

deposit contribution na £250

Visibility

na

Infotainment

Infotainment

Optional final payment £16,584 £15,905 £15,278

Quality

Quality

Representative APR 5.9% 4.9% 2.4%

Space and practicality

Space and practicality

Excess mileage charge

Front space

10p per mile 8p per mile

Front space

9p per mile

Other fees £10 option to purchase fee na £10 option to purchase fee

Cruise

control/

adaptive

✓ / ✓

✓ / £400*

✓ / ✓

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL Combined

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3

MPG Low Honda speed Civic Type R vs Renault 25.2mpgMégane MPG RS vs Volkswagen Low speed Golf GTI n

(WLTP) Medium speed

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed

n

High speed

38.2mpg

High speed

n

0-60mph

5.4sec

Rear space

Seating fl exibility

Boot

Buying and owning

Dual-zone DAB/

Costs climate Bluetooth/

control sat-nav

Equipment

Reliability ✓ ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 7.0in

Safety ✓ and ✓ security / ✓ / ✓ 7.0in

8.0in

Infotainment

screen size

Apple

CarPlay/

Android Auto

Leather

seats

*Part of Safety Pack Premium **Alcantara Recaro seats are available for £1200 ^Front parking sensors and rear-view camera come together in a £400 pack


Test MPG

32.4mpg

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

Tank

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)

✓ / ✓ / ✓

Top

speed

169mph

Overall rating

✓ / ✓

✓ / ✓

✓ / ✓


✗**

£1780

46 litres

176g/km

Panoramic

sunroof


£700

£1000

0-60mph

5.7sec

Rear space

Seating fl exibility

Boot

Buying and owning

Parking Rear-view Keyless

sensors Costs camera start/entry

front/rear

Equipment

Reliability ✓ / ✓ ✓ ✓ / ✓

£400^ Safety / ✓ and £400^ security ✓ / ✓

✓ / ✓


Test MPG 3

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £

Tank 5

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 1

Top

speed

✓ / ✓

yyyy

Metallic

paint

£525

£550

£595

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STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS

COMPARISON

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL Combined

MPG Low speed

(WLTP) Medium speed

High speed

33.2mpg

25.2mpg

34.4mpg

38.2mpg

OFFICIAL

MPG

(WLTP)

Combined 3

Low speed

n

Medium speed

n

High speed

n

Honda Civic Type R

Renault Mégane RS

Volkswagen Golf GTI

per 12,000 2.0 miles VTEC Turbo £000

Test MPG

32.4mpg

Test MPG 3

GT

300 Trophy

TCR 5dr

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £

Width 2085mm

Width 2065mm

Width 2027mm

itres

2180mm Tank

2010mm46 litres

Tank 1970mm 5

sions 000g/km, 1434mm Euro 0

1445mm CO

680mm 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km1482mm

CO

740mm 2 emissions (NEDC) 1

660mm

SAFETY

2699mm Euro NCAP rating (2017) 2669mm yyyyy Euro NCAP 2626mmrating (2015)

4557mm All protection 4372mm 92% 75% 75% 88% All protection 4268mm 88% 87% 71%

ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL Combined

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined

34.5mpg OFFICIAL Combined

36.7mpg

MPG Low speed

25.2mpg POWERTRAIN

MPG Low speed

na

MPG Low speed

27.4mpg

(WLTP) Medium speed

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed

na

(WLTP) Medium speed

37.7mpg

High speed

38.2mpg Engine High 4cyl, speed 1996cc, turbo, petrol na

Engine High speed 4cyl, 1798cc, 42.2mpgturbo, petrol

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm

Peak power 296bhp @ 6000rpm

Test MPG

32.4mpg

Test MPG

32.0mpg

Test MPG

31.6mpg

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039 Peak torque Fuel cost 295Ib per ft 12,000 @ 2500-4500rpm

miles £2063

Peak Fuel torque cost per 12,000295Ib miles ft £2089 @ 3200rpm

Tank

46 litres Gearbox Tank 6-spd manual 50 litres

Gearbox Tank

6-spd manual 55 litres

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 176g/km

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)

PERFORMANCE

183g/km

CO 2 emissions (NEDC) 153g/km

SAFETY

Euro NCAP rating (2017)

yyyyy Euro NCAP rating (2015)

yyyyy Euro NCAP rating (2012)*

yyyyy

All protection 92% 75% 75% 88% All protection 88% Top 87% 71% 71% All protection 94% 89% 65% Top71%

0-60mph speed

*Rating offi cially expired 0-60mph

in January 2019 speed

POWERTRAIN

5.4sec 169mph

5.7sec 161mph

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol

Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm

Peak power 296bhp @ 6000rpm

Peak power 286bhp @ 5000-6200rpm

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm Acceleration

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 3200rpm

Peak torque Acceleration

280Ib ft @ 1950-5300rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

30-70mph Gearbox through 6-spd the manual gears 4.6sec

Gearbox 30-70mph 7-spd dual-clutch through automatic the gears 4.9sec

PERFORMANCE

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec Weather 4th conditions 4.1sec Dry 5th 6.4sec 6th

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th

0-60mph

Top

speed

Top

Braking 0-60mph 30-0mph speed 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Top

0-60mph Braking speed 30-0mph 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

5.4sec 169mph

5.7sec 161mph

Noise At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB

5.2sec 164mph

Noise At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB

yyyy

Acceleration

CARS Acceleration PICTURED

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec

Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT with Polished Metal metallic

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec 4th 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th 9.9sec

paint (£525)

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th 6.8sec

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Braking 30-0mph 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

OUR RATINGS

Noise At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB

Noise At 30mph 64.4dB At 70mph 71.2dB

Driving

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Overall rating

Overall rating

Acceleration

30-70mph through the gears 4.2sec

Renault Mégane RS 300 Trophy with Recaro Sports Pack (£1500

30-50mph in kickdown 1.8sec

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se

50-70mph in

and

kickdown

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2.4sec

camera (£400) and Visio System Pack (£250)

Braking 30-0mph 9.0m 70-0mph 45.8m

Noise At 30mph 62.9dB At 70mph 70.6dB

Driving

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SAYS

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sions 000g/km, newcomers Euro 0 are, it’s the

Civic Type R that remains

the best hot hatch on sale,

thanks to its incredible

all-round ability. No matter

your skill level, it’s thrilling

to drive quickly. Then

when you’re done larking

about, you can slacken

off the suspension and it

becomes a comfortable

and practical family car.

The fi ght for the runnerup

spot is tighter, with

the Mégane RS and Golf

GTI offering very different

strengths. But it’s the former

that gets the nod, because

it’s more fun to drive – and

above all else, that’s what

a hot hatch should be.

If you add up the stars,

you’ll see that the Golf

actually earns more. The

trouble is that few of these

are in areas you’d expect,

given that it’s supposed to

be racing car-inspired. Yes,

it’s crazily fast in a straight

line, but it’s outclassed

through the corners.

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interior and impressive

refi nement, buy a GTI

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ECONOMY & EMISSIONS

OFFICIAL

MPG

(WLTP)

Combined

33.2mpg OFFICIAL Combined 3

Low Honda speed Civic Type R vs Renault 25.2mpgMégane MPG RS vs Volkswagen Low speed Golf GTI n

Medium speed

34.4mpg (WLTP) Medium speed

n

High speed

38.2mpg

High speed

n

SAFETY

Euro NCAP rating (2017)

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All protection 92% 75% 75% 88%

POWERTRAIN

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

Peak power 316bhp @ 6500rpm

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 2500-4500rpm

Gearbox Buy this car at whatcar.com/new-car-deals

6-spd manual

PERFORMANCE

0-60mph

5.4sec

Test MPG

32.4mpg

Fuel cost per 12,000 miles £2039

Tank

CO 2 emissions (NEDC)

Top

speed

169mph

The 100% Electric New Nissan LEAF. SIMPLY AMAZING.

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5

COentertaining

2 emissions (NEDC) 1

handling; supple

ride; great driving

position; easily the

Euro NCAP rating most (2015) practical

All protection Against 88% Terrible 87% 71%

infotainment

system; too much

road noise

Engine Recommended

4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol

Peak power options 296bhp @ 6000rpm

Peak torque Metallic 295Ib paint ft @ 3200rpm

(£525)

Gearbox 6-spd manual

Renault Mégane RS

Top

For Incredible speed

agility; sounds

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Acceleration

AccelerationAgainst Firm ride;

least practical;

30-70mph through the gears 4.6sec

30-70mph through the gears 4.9sec

you’ll want to add

30-50mph 3rd 2.4sec 4th 4.0sec 5th 6.0sec 6th 9.2sec 30-50mph 3rd 2.6sec a few 4th options 4.1sec 5th 6.4sec 6th

50-70mph 3rd 2.3sec 4th 3.0sec 5th 3.9sec 6th 5.5sec 50-70mph 3rd 2.5sec 4th 3.3sec 5th 4.8sec 6th

Recommended

Braking 30-0mph 7.5m 70-0mph 41.4m

Braking 30-0mph options 8.0m 70-0mph 43.9m

Noise At 30mph 65.6dB At 70mph 72.2dB

Noise

Recaro Sports Pack

At 30mph (£1500), 64.4dB metallic At 70mph 71.2dB

paint (from £550),

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paint (£525)

Liquid Yellow paint (£1300), Bose Pack (£800), front parking se

and rear-view camera (£400) and Visio System Pack (£250)

Volkswagen

OUR RATINGS

Golf GTI

3Driving

Driving

Performance

Performance

Ride

Ride

For Sensational

straight-line pace;

Handling

Handling

quiet and comfy

Refi nement

Refi nement for a hot hatch;

Behind the wheel

Behind the wheel classiest interior

Driving position

Driving position

Visibility

Visibility Against Least

Infotainment

Infotainment

impressive in the

corners; most

Quality

Quality

expensive to

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Front space

Front space

Rear space

Rear space Recommended

Seating fl exibility

Seating fl exibility options Dynamic

Chassis Control

Boot

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(£875), metallic

Buying and owning

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paint (£595)

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Equipment

Equipment

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Reliability

Reliability

Safety and security

Safety and security

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46 litres

176g/km

0-60mph

5.7sec

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ROAD TEST

No 5434

ROAD TEST

No 5434

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock,

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is

6.9%, with a balloon payment of £115,440.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

20in alloy wheels

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,

side splitter, engine cover, diffuser)

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system

Alarm and satellite tracker

Automatic windscreen wipers

Two-zone climate control

Four-point harnesses £2112

Carbonfibre front air vents, sill covers,

floor plates, instrument cluster £14,496

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500

Alcantara dashboard £1056

Embroidered seat headrests £720

Embroidered floor mats £768

Two-tone paint stripe £8640

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440

Yellow stitching for seats, upper

dashboard £1680

Black brake calipers £864

= Standard na = not available

TECHNICAL LAYOUT

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways

the rear axle through a seven-speed twin

e-Diff. Suspension is via double wishbon

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s w

488 GTB; 458 Speciale tested in 2014 wa

ENGINE

Installation Mid, longitudinal,

rear-wheel drive

Type

V8, 3902cc,

twin-turbocharged, petrol

Made of

Aluminium block and head

Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm

Compression ratio 9.6:1

Valve gear 4 per cyl

Power

710bhp at 6750-8000rpm

Torque

568lb ft at 3000-3200rpm

Redline

8000rpm

Power to weight 513bhp per tonne

Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne

Specific output 182bhp per litre

CHASSIS & BODY

Construction Aluminium monocoque

Weight/as tested 1385/1465kg

Wheels

9.0J x 20in (f),

11.0J x 20in (r)

Tyres

245/35 ZR20 (f),

305/30 ZR20 (r),

Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2R

Spare

na

TRANSMISSION

Type 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

Ratios/mph per 1000rpm

1st 3.33/5.6 2nd 2.28/8.1 3rd 1.72/10.8

4th 1.36/13.6 5th 1.11/16.7 6th 0.87/21.3

7th 0.64/28.9 Final drive ratio 4.375:1

SUSPENSION

Front Double wishbone, coil springs, adaptive

dampers

Rear Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers

PHOTOGRAPHY LUC LACEY

GRAPHY LUC LACEY

34 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

ACCELERATION

MPH

TIME (sec)

0-30 1.4

0-40 1.9

0-50 2.3

0-60 2.8

0-70 3.4

0-80 4.0

0-90 4.8

0-100 5.6

0-110 6.5

0-120 7.6

0-130 8.9

0-140 10.3

0-150 11.9

Ferrari 488 Pista

0-160 13.7

ACCELERATION IN GEAR

mph 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th

20-40 1.3 1.8 2.4 - - - -

30-50 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.5 4.2 - -

40-60 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.1 3.1 6.4 -

50-70 - 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 4.8 -

60-80 - 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 4.1 -

70-90 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

80-100 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.3 -

90-110 - - - 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

100-120 - - - 2.0 2.7 3.7 -

110-130 - - - 2.2 2.7 4.0 -

120-140 - - - - 2.8 4.3 -

130-150 - - - - 2.9 4.6 -

140-160 - - - - - 5.0 -

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier

Ferrari

MODEL TESTED

488 PISTA

Pista

40 AUTOCAR.CO.UK 7 AUGUST 2019

THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using manufacturer’s claimed kerb weight. © 2019,

Haymarket Media Group Ltd. Test results may not be reproduced without editor’s written permission. For information on the 488 Pista,

contact Ferrari North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, SL1 4HF (01753 878700, ferrari.com). Cost-per-mile figures

calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not insurance; Lex Autolease (0800 389 3690).

Price £252,765 Power 710bhp Torque 568lb ft 0-60mph 2.8sec Insurance 30-70mph quote covers in fourth 35-year-old 3.5sec professional Fuel economy male with 17.2mpg clean licence COand 2 emissions full no-claims 263g/km bonus living 70-0mph in Swindon; quote 37.7m from Liverpool

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-mile contract including maintenance; Wessex

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).

Maranello’s fourth-gen track-special supercar bursts through the 700bhp barrier


sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock,

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

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on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is

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ROAD ROAD TEST TEST

he track-ready he track-ready ‘special ‘special

series’ series’ V8 supercar, V8 supercar, Range Range at a at glance a glance

T Tdelivered delivered as the

EQUIPMENT

sun as the sets sun sets

CHECKLIST

on another on another mid-engined 20in mid-engined alloy wheels ENGINES ENGINES POWER POWER FROM FROM

Modenese Modenese model generation, model generation, Carbonfibre has has exterior 488 GTB 488 body GTB trim 661bhp (front 661bhp flaps, £197,553 £197,553TECHNICAL LAYOUT

become become a go-to a piece go-to of piece product of product 488 Spider 488 Spider 661bhp 661bhp £219,409 £219,409

strategy strategy for Ferrari. for Ferrari. Starting Starting side with splitter, the with engine the cover, diffuser)

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways

488 Pista 488 Pista 710bhp 710bhp £252,765 £252,765

360 Challenge 360 Challenge Stradale Stradale in 2003 Scuderia in and 2003 Ferrari and 488 shields Pista 488 Spider on Pista front Spider 710bhp wings 710bhp £287,850 £287,850 the rear axle through a seven-speed twin

taking taking the subject in the subject of this ‘HELE’ week’s of this week’s engine start/stop system

e-Diff. Suspension is via double wishbon

road test road – the test 488 – the Pista 488 – Pista we’ve – we’ve

TRANSMISSIONS

now seen now a line seen of a four line of consecutive four Alarm consecutive and satellite tracker

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s w

7-spd dual-clutch 7-spd dual-clutch automatic automatic

examples examples of the breed. of the breed. Automatic windscreen wipers

488 GTB; 458 Speciale tested in 2014 wa

However, However, none of none the 488 of the Two-zone 488 climate With control the With 488 the replacement, 488 replacement, the the

Pista’s Pista’s predecessors predecessors – the 360 – the CS, 360 CS, F8 Tributo, F8 Tributo, announced announced earlier this earlier this • Ferrari • brought Ferrari brought the S-duct, the S-duct, which which

430 Scuderia 430 Scuderia and 458 and Speciale, 458 Four-point Speciale, harnesses £2112 ENGINE

year and year soon and to soon be launched to be launched to the to the routes airflow routes airflow through through the nose the section nose section

and before and before those the those 348 the GT Carbonfibre 348 GT front press, air the press, vents, regular the sill regular 488 covers, GTB 488 coupé GTB coupé to Installation boost to downforce, boost downforce, to Formula Mid, to longitudinal,

Formula 1 and the 1 and the

Competizione Competizione of 1993 of – 1993 represented floor – represented plates, instrument is no longer is no cluster longer sale. on Meanwhile, sale. Meanwhile, £14,496 all all 488 Pista 488 is Pista Maranello’s is Maranello’s rear-wheel first road first car road drive to car to

such a titanic such a titanic leap in leap performance in performance examples examples of the 488 of the Pista 488 coupé Pista coupé use one. use Cleaning one. Cleaning up airflow up airflow around around the the

as this. as Thanks this. Thanks to this car, to this the Carbonfibre car, the side mirrors £3500 Type

V8, 3902cc,

have been have sold. been However, sold. However, if open if open nose, it nose, also allows it also the allows rest the of the rest aero of the aero

extra-hardcore extra-hardcore ‘junior’ ‘junior’ Ferrari Alcantara Ferrari has has dashboard and closed and versions closed versions of the regular of £1056 the regular on the car’s on the front car’s end front to twin-turbocharged, work end to better. work better. petrol

skipped skipped out a whole out a stratum whole stratum Embroidered of of seat 488 and headrests 488 both and Pista both derivatives Pista derivatives £720 had had Made of

Aluminium block and head

the supercar the supercar hierarchy: hierarchy: whereas whereas a a been made been available made available in parallel, in parallel, they they

Speciale Speciale made a made peak a 597bhp, peak

Embroidered

597bhp, the the

floor mats £768 Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm

would have would lined have up lined as above. up as above.

Pista cranks Pista cranks the power the all power the Two-tone way all the way paint stripe On a Pista, On a you Pista, get you various get £8640 various pieces pieces Compression ratio 9.6:1

up to 710bhp, up to 710bhp, neatly vaulting neatly vaulting Height over adjustment over of carbonfibre for of carbonfibre driver’s bodywork, seat bodywork, carbonceramiceramic

brakes, brakes, Cup tyres Cup and tyres a and a

£1440 carbon-

Valve gear 4 per cyl

the the 600-and-something-horsepower

supercar supercar class without class without so much

Yellow

so as much a

stitching

as a

for seats, upper

Power

710bhp at 6750-8000rpm

lightweight lightweight lithium lithium ion battery ion battery as as

downward downward glance. glance. dashboard standard, standard, as well as that well as engine. that £1680 engine. Torque

568lb ft at 3000-3200rpm

A A twin-turbocharged V8 Black engine V8 brake engine calipers £864 Redline

8000rpm

with 50% with new 50% components new components is what is what

has allowed has allowed the Pista the to Pista advance to

=

advance

Standard

so so the na improvement = the not improvement available of both of cooling both cooling

Power to weight 513bhp per tonne

quickly; quickly; and while and you while might you think might think efficiency efficiency and the and car’s the aerodynamic car’s aerodynamic Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne

such such horsepower-grabbing pace pace performance. performance. At the rear, At the a rear, a Specific output 182bhp per litre

unsustainable, unsustainable, it is after it is all after only all only carbonfibre carbonfibre bumper bumper and spoiler and spoiler do do

enough enough to allow to this allow car this to match car to match a a their bit their for weight bit for weight saving, saving, with a with a • Radiators • Radiators inside these inside lateral these air lateral air

McLaren McLaren 720S for 720S peak for power peak and power and Plexiglass Plexiglass engine engine cover cover intakes intakes have been have leaned been over leaned on over their on their

torque. torque. Elsewhere, Elsewhere, there’s there’s a familiar a familiar also saving also saving a few grams. a few grams. There’s There’s backs relative backs relative to the 488 to the GTB’s 488 design GTB’s – design –

mix of new mix of new downforce-generating a lithium a lithium ion battery, ion battery, too, and too, a and a a tweak a that tweak not that only not makes only them makes work them work

carbonfibre carbonfibre bodywork, bodywork, a strippedout

lightweight out lightweight cabin treatment cabin Construction

treatment and and (fitted on (fitted the Aluminium car on the we car performance monocoque we performance air Type out 7-spd to air better out dual-clutch to use better underneath use automatic underneath the car. the car.

CHASSIS

a stripped-set of optional

&

set of

BODY

optional carbonfibre carbonfibre wheels wheels

TRANSMISSION

more efficiently more efficiently but also but dumps also dumps the hot the hot

a track-intended a track-intended suspension suspension Weight/as overhaul overhaul

tested, tested, although 1385/1465kg although not on the not one the we one we Ratios/mph per 1000rpm

to report to on report – and on we’ll – and cover we’ll them cover all them photographed) all photographed) that are that 40% are lighter 40% lighter

Wheels

over the over next the few next pages. few pages. than the than car’s

9.0J

the standard car’s

x 20in

standard

(f),

alloys. alloys.

1st 3.33/5.6 2nd 2.28/8.1 3rd 1.72/10.8

There are There also are some also eyebrowraisinraising

acceleration acceleration figures figures Tyres and and and what and an 245/35 what engine an ZR20 engine it is. In (f), it large is. In part large part 7th 0.64/28.9 Final drive ratio 4.375:1

some eyebrow-

Then there’s Then 11.0J there’s x 20in Pista’s the (r) Pista’s engine; engine; 4th 1.36/13.6 5th 1.11/16.7 6th 0.87/21.3

circuit circuit lap times lap to times tell you to tell about you about a ‘civilian a ‘civilian garb’ motor garb’ from motor one from of one of

– the Pista – the having Pista having become become the first the first the firm’s the 488 firm’s

305/30

Challenge 488

ZR20

Challenge

(r),

racers, racers, it’s it’s

production production car to bring car to a bring set of a set of a widely a widely overhauled Michelin overhauled Pilot 3.9-litre Sport 3.9-litre 90deg 90deg SUSPENSION

super-sticky super-sticky Michelin Michelin Pilot Sport Pilot Sport V8 with V8 a lightweight with Cup 2R a lightweight flat-plane flat-plane Front Double wishbone, coil springs, adaptive

Cup 2 R Cup tyres 2 R to tyres the MIRA to the MIRA dry dry crankshaft, crankshaft, Inconel an Inconel exhaust exhaust

Spare

na

dampers

handling handling circuit, circuit, as well as well as manifold, manifold, a lightened a lightened flywheel, flywheel,

everything everything else. Read else. on Read to find on to out find out titanium titanium conrods, conrods, lightweight lightweight Rear Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers

what difference what difference they made. they made. cylinder cylinder liners and liners new and valves new valves

and valve and springs. valve springs. It duly It weighs duly weighs

DESIGN DESIGN AND AND ENGINEERING

18kg less 18kg than less the than V8 the in a V8 488 in GTB a 488 GTB • Whereas • Whereas a 488 GTB’s a 488 engine GTB’s breathes engine breathes

AAAAA AAAAA ACCELERATION

and, running and, running a slightly a slightly higher higher through ACCELERATION through the air intakes the air intakes on its hips, on its the IN hips, the GEAR

If you ticked If you every ticked lightweight every lightweight MPH option option compression compression ratio TIME and ratio (sec) shorter and shorter Pista’s mph inhales Pista’s 2nd inhales through 3rd through a 4th shortened a 5th shortened 6th 7th 8th

on the order on the form order for form a 360 for CS, a 360 you CS, you induction induction tracts than tracts its than relation, its relation, plenum plenum fed via these fed via ports these on ports either on either

could make could it make 110kg it lighter 110kg lighter than

0-30

a than a

1.4

20-40 1.3 1.8 2.4 - - - -

makes makes 710bhp 710bhp between between 6750rpm 6750rpm and and side of the side rear of the spoiler. rear spoiler. Hip intakes Hip intakes

360 Modena. 360 Modena. By the time By the of time 0-40 the 458 of the 458000rpm, 8000rpm, and 1.9 up and to 568lb up to ft 568lb of peak ft of peak supply 30-50 the supply intercoolers 1.1 the intercoolers 1.5 only. 1.9 only. 2.5 4.2 - -

Speciale, Speciale, the weight the weight loss from loss 0-50 the from the torque torque at 3000rpm. at 2.3 3000rpm. However, However, torque torque 40-60 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.1 3.1 6.4 -

standard standard car was car down was to down 90kg. to 90kg. is electronically is electronically governed governed depending depending

0-60 2.8

50-70 - 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 4.8 -

The 488 The Pista 488 offers Pista a offers nothing a nothing on your on selected your selected gear in gear order in to order give to give

if not predictable if not predictable 90kg saving, 90kg 0-70 saving, the engine’s the engine’s performance 3.4 performance a more a more 60-80 - 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 4.1 -

bringing bringing it down it to down a claimed to a 0-80 claimed 1385kg 1385kg progressive progressive feel, 4.0which feel, means which means peak peak 70-90 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

with lightweight with lightweight options; options; or 1465kg or 1465kg torque torque actually actually only ever only figures ever figures in in

0-90 4.8

80-100 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.3 -

as weighed as weighed in the case in the of case our test of our car, test car, seventh seventh gear – just gear as – was just as the was case the case

which, which, allowing allowing for the for full the 0-100 tank full of tank of with the with 488 the GTB. 5.6 488 GTB.

90-110 - - - 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

We like We like

petrol it petrol was carrying it was carrying and the 0-110 and mass the mass Where Where suspension 6.5 suspension is concerned, is concerned, ◊ 100-120 ◊ - - - 2.0 2.7 3.7 -

• Adjustable, • Adjustable, flattering, flattering, superaccessiblaccessible

track handling track handling (1555kg (1555kg on the scales on the in scales like-for-like in like-for-like

super-

of the 488 of the GTB 488 we GTB tested we in tested 2016 in 2016

0-120 7.6

110-130 - - - 2.2 2.7 4.0 -

• Huge • performance Huge performance and abundant and abundant running running order), order), makes makes Ferrari’s 0-130 Ferrari’s

8.9

120-140 - - - - 2.8 4.3 -

character character of its V8 of turbo its V8 engine turbo engine claim entirely claim entirely credible. credible. 0-140 10.3

130-150 - - - - 2.9 4.6 -

The section The section of the 488’s of the bodywork 488’s bodywork

0-150 11.9

140-160 - - - - - 5.0 -

ahead of ahead the front of the axle front has axle been has been

• Rear • diffuser Rear diffuser is slightly is slightly larger than larger a than a

We don’t We don’t like like

entirely entirely redesigned redesigned for the for Pista. 0-160 the It’s Pista. It’s 13.7

488 GTB’s, 488 but GTB’s, most but of most the extra of the rear extra rear

• The car’s • The motor car’s can motor dominate can dominate the the now made now up made of a up carbonfibre of a carbonfibre bonnet bonnet

downforce downforce comes from comes the from enlarged the enlarged

THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight and torque-to-weight figures are calculated using manufacturer’s claimed kerb weight. © 2019,

driving driving experience experience a bit a bit and front and bumper, front bumper, and inside and Haymarket it, inside the it, Media the Group Ltd. Test results may not be reproduced without rear editor’s wing. rear written It’s wing. a permission. contributing It’s a contributing For information part of part on the of 488 Pista,

• Occasionally, • Occasionally, it feels highly it feels strung highly strung lateral lateral radiators radiators so important so important contact for Ferrari for North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, an SL1 aero 4HF an makeover (01753 aero 878700, makeover that ferrari.com). adds that purpose adds Cost-per-mile purpose figures

on the road on the and road overpowered and overpowered for it for itengine engine cooling cooling have been have inclined been calculated inclined over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance without without too but much not too insurance; visual much aggression. visual Lex Autolease aggression. (0800 389 3690).

rearwards rearwards rather than rather forwards, than Insurance forwards, to quote to covers The 360 35-year-old The CS 360 kicked professional CS off kicked the track off male the with specials track clean specials licence and full no-claims bonus living in Swindon; quote from Liverpool

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-mile contract including maintenance; Wessex

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).

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LONG CITY

NAME

BEAUTIFUL WON’T BE TAMED

astonmartin.com

Official fuel consumption figures in litres/100km (mpg) for the 2019 MY Aston Martin Vantage AMR: urban 16.3 (17.4); extra urban 9.1 (31.2); combined 11.7 (24.1). CO 2

emissions 268g/ km. The mpg/fuel economy figures quoted are sourced from official regulated test results obtained through laboratory testing. They are for comparability

purposes only and may not reflect your real driving experience, which may vary depending on factors including road conditions, weather, vehicle load and driving style.


Weights and measures

DIMENSIONS

170 litres

1156mm

PARKING

Typical garage height

WHEEL AND PEDAL

ALIGNMENT

The 488 does enforce a bit

of a pedal offset (although

it’s much more noticeable in

right-hand-drive cars). Both

the brake and accelerator are

about 50mm further left than

you’d ideally like and that’s

enough to feel it in your hips

over longer journeys.

HEADLIGHTS

Same units as the GTB,

so high-intensity projector

lamps with LED running

lights. Test conditions

afforded no opportunity

to try them out.

∆ the Pista gets retuned SCM-E

adaptive dampers and coil springs

stiffened by 10%. It also has a

new electronic lateral dynamics

controller called the Ferrari Dynamic

Enhancer (FDE), which uses subtle

brake interventions to trim the

car’s cornering line and operates

in addition to the influence of the

torque-vectoring e-diff.

The brake servo also comes from

the 488 Challenge racing car, as does

the inspiration for many of its special

aerodynamic features. Among the

latter are the downforce-generating

S-duct at the leading edge of the

bonnet; the winglets and air ducts

at the lateral extremes of the front

bumper; the various changes to

the aerodynamic underbody; and

the enlarged rear wing and ‘active’

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1130mm max

930mm max

Kerb weight: 1385kg

2650mm

4605mm

Typical parking space width (2400mm)

2270mm (with mirrors)

3900mm

30mm

799mm

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock,

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is

6.9%, with a balloon payment of £115,440.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

20in alloy wheels

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,

side splitter, engine cover, diffuser)

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings

1206mm

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system

Alarm and satellite tracker

Automatic windscreen wipers

1800mm

Construction

Weight/as tested

Wheels

100mm

Tyres

• There’s room for soft bags behind the seats and some useful cargo nets to keep

odds and ends from rolling around the tub.

Aluminium monocoque

1385/1465kg

9.0J x 20in (f),

11.0J x 20in (r)

245/35 ZR20 (f), Height 440-

305/30 ZR20 (r), 620mm

Michelin Pilot Sport

Cup 2R Length

na 440-650mm

MPH

TIME (sec)

mph 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th

Centre

0-30 • Boot in the nose 1.4 is a very good size (170 litres). 20-40 It won’t 1.3 swallow 1.8 a large 2.4 suitcase - - - -

but a smaller one will fit – and there’s plenty of space hidden behind the front lip.

0-40 1.9

30-50 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.5 4.2 - -

rear diffuser. Downforce is 0-50 20% up harder in the cushion 2.3 than some 40-60 and a 12V 1.0 power 1.3 outlet 1.7 for charging 2.1 3.1 6.4 -

compared with the 488 GTB, 0-60 with no testers would 2.8 have preferred, but it 50-70 wired devices. - Elastic 1.3 1.6 storage 2.0 nets 2.7 4.8 -

associated drag penalty.

made all acceptably comfortable, in each door and behind both seats

0-70 3.4

60-80 - 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 4.1 -

even allowing for the slightly are also handy for swallowing exiled

INTERIOR

0-80 offset pedal box. 4.0

70-90 pocket cargo. - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

AAAAB 0-90 The audio and 4.8navigation system, 80-100 All up, then, - the - 4881.5 Pista 1.9 looks 2.6 3.3 -

Ferrari’s weight-saving regime 0-100 for usually relayed 5.6by a right-sided 90-110 sparse and - stripped - out - at first 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

the 488 Pista is one whose legacy is display screen of the car’s instrument glance, and yet it has the practical

evident everywhere you look 0-110 around binnacle and 6.5 controlled by a console 100-120 features you’ll - want - when - you 2.0 2.7 3.7 -

the interior. There’s carbonfibre 0-120 to the right of 7.6 the steering wheel, has 110-130 go looking - for them. - The - perfect 2.2 2.7 4.0 -

panelling on its sills and centre 0-130 been stripped 8.9 out; so, too, have the 120-140 compromise? - Well, - if not, - then - 2.8 4.3 -

console as standard – and our test Pista’s audio speakers.

it’s very close.

car’s optional specification 0-140 added Where storage 10.3 is concerned, 130-150 - - - - 2.9 4.6 -

PERFORMANCE

an instrument cluster, air vents, 0-150 Ferrari has dispensed 11.9 with the 140-160 - - - - - 5.0 -

floor covers, lower door covers 0-160 and standard GTB’s 13.7 glovebox but has AAAAA

more at extra cost – some of which left the smaller cubbies of the The Pista’s V8 isn’t the sort of engine

very likely added weight to THE the SMALL car PRINT centre Power-to-weight console and in situ. torque-to-weight Among them figures are calculated to bludgeon using manufacturer’s you with a huge claimed tide kerb of weight. © 2019,

as dressing.

Haymarket Media Group is a smallish Ltd. Test results cupholder may not up be reproduced front, without boost-heavy editor’s written torque permission. that For suddenly information on the 488 Pista,

contact Ferrari North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, SL1 4HF (01753 878700, ferrari.com). Cost-per-mile figures

Be that as it may, the car certainly while a couple of trays further aft explodes through the middle of the

calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not insurance; Lex Autolease (0800 389 3690).

‘looked light’ from the driver’s Insurance seat. quote covers are big 35-year-old enough professional to house male wallets with clean or licence rev and full range. no-claims It is bonus unlike living most in Swindon; motors quote from Liverpool

The seat itself was broader Victoria and (0800 066 sunglasses 5161, lv.com). and Contract provide hire figure a USB based jack on a three-year of its lease/36,000-mile kind because contract it revs including so freely maintenance; ◊ Wessex

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).

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TECHNICAL LAYOUT

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways

the rear axle through a seven-speed twin

e-Diff. Suspension is via double wishbon

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s w

488 GTB; 458 Speciale tested in 2014 wa

Two-zone climate control

Four-point harnesses £2112 ENGINE

Carbonfibre front air vents, sill covers,

Installation Mid, longitudinal,

floor plates, instrument • Conventional cluster doors make it £14,496 easy enough to get into the car and the rear-wheel driver’s seat drive

offers good support and decent comfort, although both could be improved.

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500 Type

V8, 3902cc,

Alcantara dashboard £1056

twin-turbocharged, petrol

Embroidered seat headrests £720 Made of

Aluminium block and head

Embroidered floor mats £768 Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm

Two-tone paint stripe £8640 Compression ratio 9.6:1

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440 Valve gear 4 per cyl

Yellow stitching for seats, upper

Power

710bhp at 6750-8000rpm

dashboard £1680 Torque

568lb ft at 3000-3200rpm

Black brake calipers £864 Redline

8000rpm

= Standard na = not available

Power to weight 513bhp per tonne

Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne

Specific output 182bhp per litre

CHASSIS & BODY

Spare

ACCELERATION

TRANSMISSION

Type 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

Ratios/mph Width per 1000rpm

470–980mm

1st 3.33/5.6 2nd 2.28/8.1 3rd 1.72/10.8

4th 1.36/13.6 5th 1.11/16.7 6th 0.87/21.3

7th 0.64/28.9 Final drive ratio 4.375:1

SUSPENSION

Front Double wishbone, coil springs, adaptive

dampers

Rear Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers

ACCELERATION IN GEAR


• Carbonfibre instrument binnacle (£2880) was an

optional feature of our test car, but you’d expect most

Pistas to wear one. It looks great.

CHASSIS & BODY

TRANSMISSION

he Ferrari 488 Pista offers an on-track driving experience of incredible pace,

T

and handling poise that’s more enticing than anything we’ve seen in recent years

from Lamborghini, McLaren or even Porsche. It may not have smashed the

Senna’s dry handling track lap record, and it may not be quicker into three figures than a

720S – but by prioritising accessibility and vivacity of driver appeal, it arguably beats its

rivals for sheer excitement and instant fun factor, without perhaps beating all of them for

deep-lying driver reward.

Compared with its direct predecessor, the car’s greatness will be debated long and hard.

The 458 Speciale was less brutal, but the major components of its driving experience

seemed more harmoniously balanced. The 488 Pista is faster and more visceral, but it’s

different: as though the engine and chassis are in competition for superstar status rather

than acting in perfect harmony. You, as the driver, feel like you are the glue holding

everything together – and having a whale of a time in the process.

ROAD

TEST

RIVALS

Price

Power, torque

0-62mph, top speed

CO 2, economy

ROAD ROAD TEST TEST

Testers’

notes

MATT

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways

SAUNDERS

the rear axle through The Pista a seven-speed is twin

e-Diff. Suspension an incredible is via double wishbon

driver’s car and one to

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s w

celebrate and cherish.

488 GTB; 458 Speciale To my mind, tested it’s not in the 2014 wa

very best of its kind

that Maranello has ever

ENGINE

built – but I’d still be very

• The Pista’s so Carbonfibre fast you daren’t front take air your vents, eyes sill off the covers, • Four-point harnesses Installation (£2112) are optional hard Mid, pressed longitudinal,

but expect indeed to

road, so bright shift floor lights plates, on the instrument steering wheel cluster are

very handy when accelerating hard in the lower gears.

Carbonfibre side mirrors

them £14,496 to be fitted to most cars. They’re choose rear-wheel not too between fiddly drive to this and

fasten but they do prevent you from reaching a McLaren very 600LT. far.

£3500 Type

V8, 3902cc,

Alcantara dashboard £1056

SIMON twin-turbocharged, DAVIS petrol

Embroidered seat headrests £720 Made of

Having Aluminium read just block and head

Embroidered floor mats £768

how quick and

Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm

direct the Pista’s

Two-tone paint stripe £8640 Compression ratio steering 9.6:1 rack

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440 Valve gear is, 4 it per was cyl a relief to find

Yellow stitching for seats, upper

Power

directional 710bhp at changes 6750-8000rpm don’t

feel overly nervous or

dashboard £1680 Torque

intimidating 568lb ft at on 3000-3200rpm

the road.

Black brake calipers £864 Redline

They’re 8000rpm still darn fast, but

= Standard na = not available

Power to weight intuitive 513bhp and per confidence tonne

inspiring, too.

VERDICT

Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne

Specific output

AAAAB

Spec 182bhp per advice litre

Your financial adviser

would probably tell you

to tick every option in the

catalogue. We’d avoid

some of the optional

Construction Aluminium monocoque Type 7-spd dual-clutch carbon automatic trim (it gets

Weight/as tested 1385/1465kg

Ratios/mph per 1000rpm excessive) but have the

Wheels

9.0J x 20in (f),

1st 3.33/5.6 2nd 2.28/8.1 carbon 3rd wheels 1.72/10.8 and Cup

R tyres (£17,381). Worth

11.0J x 20in (r)

4th 1.36/13.6 5th 1.11/16.7 every penny 6th 0.87/21.3 on resale.

Tyres

245/35 ZR20 (f),

7th 0.64/28.9 Final drive ratio 4.375:1

305/30 ZR20 (r),

Jobs for

Michelin Pilot Sport SUSPENSION

Cup 2R

Front Double wishbone,

the

coil

facelift

springs, adaptive

Spare

na

dampers • Next time, give us more

downforce and stability

Rear Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers

before adding extra grunt.

• Think long and hard

before quickening

that steering rack, or

ACCELERATION

ACCELERATION IN GEAR

stiffening those springs,

MPH

TIME (sec)

mph 2nd 3rd any 4th farther. 5th 6th 7th 8th

0-30 1.4

20-40 1.3 1.8 • We’d 2.4 like - a slightly - more - -

comfortable, bolstered

0-40 1.9

30-50 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.5 4.2 - -

seat and a perfectly

0-50 2.3

40-60 1.0 1.3 straight 1.7 driving 2.1 position. 3.1 6.4 -

0-60 2.8Multimedia system 50-70 - 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 4.8 -

0-70 3.4

60-80 - 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 4.1 -

The 488 GTB’s binnacle-integrated infotainment and

0-80 4.0navigation system is one 70-90 of the items - that Ferrari - 1.5 dispenses 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

0-90 4.8with for the Pista in the name 80-100 of weight - saving. - You 1.5 can 1.9 2.6 3.3 -

have it put back in at an extra cost of £1920, but our test car

0-100 5.6

90-110 - - - 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

left it out – hence no star rating here for this test.

0-110 6.5 Experience of the 488100-120 GTB and Spider - teaches - - that the 2.0 2.7 3.7 -

FERRARI 488 PISTA 0-120 LAMBORGHINI 7.6 HURACAN navigation set-up PORSCHE is a respectable 911110-130 GT3 RS system - that’s - PORSCHE not - 911 as GT2 slick 2.2 RS 2.7 4.0 -

Incredible V8 engine makes for PERFORMANTE or technically One impressive of the last 991-generation

as those you’ll find Weissach’s on the very big swing at the

0-130 8.9

120-140 - - - - 2.8 4.3 -

other-worldly track pace. As Massive audible and latest visible sports 911s cars, still and showing it is slightly on Porsche’s fiddly to hardcore interact supercar with via is a bit of an

exciting as they 0-140 come, albeit presence, and huge 10.3 grip the and rotary controller, online configurator. but 130-150 it certainly Also just - does its - acquired job; - and, taste. - Undoubtedly 2.9 4.6 -

perhaps a bit short 0-150 on delicacy. speed, with a better 11.9part chassis of than a mid-life about update the best 140-160 to of the lot. 488, - it offers - fast, Apple but - not CarPlay Porsche’s - best - GT. 5.0 -

AAAAB 0-160 on any ‘junior’ Lambo 13.7smartphone ever sold. mirroring, AAAAB but at an extra cost AAAAC of £2400.

AAAAB That the car retains its trip computer, to be found on the

£252,765 THE SMALL PRINT Power-to-weight £215,000 and left-hand torque-to-weight console £141,346 figures of the are calculated binnacle, using means manufacturer’s you £207,506 can keep claimed tabs kerb weight. © 2019,

710bhp, 568lb ftHaymarket Media Group 631bhp, Ltd. 443lb Test results ft on may things not be reproduced as varied 513bhp, as without 347lb oil temperature, fteditor’s written tyre permission. 691bhp, pressure, For 553lb information lap ft time on the 488 Pista,

contact Ferrari North Europe Customer Services, 275 Leigh Rd, Slough, SL1 4HF (01753 878700, ferrari.com). Cost-per-mile figures

2.85sec, 211mph

2.9sec, 202mph and fuel range, 3.2sec, but not 193mph fuel economy (and in 2.8sec, a Ferrari 211mph built

calculated over three years/36,000 miles, including depreciation and maintenance but not insurance; Lex Autolease (0800 389 3690).

263g/km, WLTP figures tbc 314g/km, WLTP figures with tbcthe track 303g/km, in mind, 20.8mpg why would you be interested?).

269g/km, WLTP figures tbc

Insurance quote covers 35-year-old professional male with clean licence and full no-claims bonus living in Swindon; quote from Liverpool

Victoria (0800 066 5161, lv.com). Contract hire figure based on a three-year lease/36,000-mile contract including maintenance; Wessex

Fleet Solutions (01722 322888).

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Unmatched in on-track handling vivacity, but not in all other ways

Verdicts

on every

new car,

p82

1 2 3 4 5

McLAREN 600LT

Our hardcore supercar class

fave and reigning BBDC champ is

sensational on the road, and not

far short of that on track.

AAAAB

£187,625

592bhp, 457lb ft

2.9sec, 204mph

266g/km, WLTP figures tbc

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock,

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is

6.9%, with a balloon payment of £115,440.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

20in alloy wheels

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,

side splitter, engine cover, diffuser)

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system

Alarm and satellite tracker

Automatic windscreen wipers

Two-zone climate control

Four-point harnesses £2112

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TECHNICAL LAYOUT



The Pista’s V8 delivers

excitement almost every

time you flex the pedal


∆ and sounds so frenetic, but also

because it keeps on pulling violently

right the way to the 8000rpm redline,

so long after so many modern turbos

have begun tailing off.

And that high-range work ethic

isn’t there by chance. This is an

engine whose thrashing pistons

are managed and motivated more

cleverly than a Pep Guardiola cup

final squad. That it effectively saves

torque back for the higher gears while

also revving so freely makes the car’s

outright performance level seem to

have almost no limit. That, in turn,

also makes the process of pinning

the car’s accelerator, and then being

brave enough to keep it pinned and

hold on shift by shift, a thrill ride

that’s very difficult to find an equal

for anywhere in motordom.

Launching from rest to 60mph

on its Michelin Cup 2 R tyres in a

two-way average of 2.8sec (2.77sec

being the car’s quickest one-way run,

almost a tenth quicker than Ferrari’s car is barely half a second slower

claim), the Pista would outsprint from 60mph to 110mph when hauling

both a McLaren Senna and a 720S through top gear than a BMW M2

to 90mph. It would also leave a is over the same increments when

Lamborghini Huracán Performante pulling flat out in fourth.

trailing by several car lengths CHASSIS over a You & may BODY well wonder if that kind of

standing quarter mile, and then just performance level can ever really be

keep gapping it. Construction enjoyed on Aluminium the road in monocoque 2019; and you

Ultimately, though, both Weight/as McLarens tested can surmise 1385/1465kg that, if the answer’s yes,

would haul the Ferrari back Wheels in and it’s only in 9.0J very x short 20in bursts, (f), which is

overtake it with enough room to run undoubtedly a frustration at times.

into. (The Senna’s aerodynamics But the Pista’s 11.0J V8 x 20in has such (r) power

eventually slow it down again Tyres above

150mph.) But the Pista needn’t

look to absolute supercar class

domination to make you appreciate

what’s so special about its engine –

because, in truth, almost everything Spare

about it is special. The car is so fast

at full power, over the higher reaches

of the rev range, that it borders on

the absurd at times. And yet it’s

responsive, tractable, docile, cleanrevving,

drivable, theatrical and

expressive, too. Believe it or MPH not, the

sold, if you could find an unregistered one in stock,

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car

on your driveway for under £3500 a month. APR is

6.9%, with a balloon payment of £115,440.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

20in alloy wheels

Carbonfibre exterior body trim (front flaps,

side splitter, engine cover, diffuser)

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system

Alarm and satellite tracker

Automatic windscreen wipers

Two-zone climate control

Four-point harnesses £2112

Carbonfibre front air vents, sill covers,

floor plates, instrument cluster £14,496

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500

Alcantara dashboard £1056

Embroidered seat headrests £720

Embroidered floor mats £768

Two-tone paint stripe £8640

Height adjustment for driver’s seat £1440

Yellow stitching for seats, upper

dashboard £1680

Black brake calipers £864

= Standard na = not available

Mid, longitudinal,

rear-wheel drive

Type

V8, 3902cc,

twin-turbocharged, petrol

Made of

Aluminium block and head

Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm

Compression ratio 9.6:1

Valve gear 4 per cyl

Power

710bhp at 6750-8000rpm

Torque

568lb ft at 3000-3200rpm

Redline

8000rpm

Power to weight 513bhp per tonne

Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne

Specific and direct output in their handling, 182bhp per then litre

the Pista explores the outer limits of

possibility – and acceptability – on

every single one of those points.

With fewer than two full turns

TRANSMISSION

between extremes of steering lock,

the car feels like it’s up on its toes at

Type all times 7-spd and dual-clutch in all situations. automatic There

Ratios/mph is just enough per weight 1000rpm in the steering

1st system 3.33/5.6 to make 2nd its 2.28/8.1 pace digestible, 3rd 1.72/10.8

and a little contact patch feel. The

4th rack 1.36/13.6 isn’t as brilliant 5th 1.11/16.7 as the 6th best 0.87/21.3

and drama 245/35 that it delivers ZR20 (f), excitement 7th produced 0.64/28.9 by Porsche Final drive and McLaren ratio 4.375:1

almost every 305/30 time ZR20 you flex (r), the pedal. in recent years but remains very

It’s a wonderfully overbearing consistent in its weighting even

presence in Michelin the car; Pilot too forceful, Sport even,

SUSPENSION

under extremes of load, which allows

at times – Cup but it’s 2R never anything Front you to Double acclimatise wishbone, to its directness coil springs, adaptive

short of epic. na

dampers quite quickly.

And although it’s very firm and

Rear Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers

HANDLING AND STABILITY

AAAAB

The 488 Pista handles like a car that

ACCELERATION

has had its ‘Ferrariness’ dialled up to

11. If modern Prancing Horses are,

by and large, darting, TIME (sec) pointy, reactive

0-30 1.4

0-40 1.9

0-50 2.3

0-60 2.8

0-70 3.4

0-80 4.0

0-90 4.8

0-100 5.6

0-110 6.5

0-120 7.6

0-130 8.9

0-140 10.3

0-150 11.9

0-160 13.7

lively, the 488 Pista isn’t generally

a nervous-feeling car on the road.

That only ever begins to change

on the odd occasion: when uneven

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TECHNICAL LAYOUT

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways

the rear axle through a seven-speed twin

e-Diff. Suspension is via double wishbon

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s w

488 GTB; 458 Speciale tested in 2014 wa

ENGINE

Installation

ACCELERATION IN GEAR

surfaces make the car bump steer a

mph little, when 2nd it tramlines 3rd 4th slightly 5th over 6th 7th 8th

20-40 1.3 1.8 2.4 - - - -

30-50 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.5 4.2 - -

40-60 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.1 3.1 6.4 -

50-70 - 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 4.8 -

60-80 - 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 4.1 -

70-90 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

80-100 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.3 -

90-110 - - - 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

100-120 - - - 2.0 2.7 3.7 -

110-130 - - - 2.2 2.7 4.0 -

120-140 - - - - 2.8 4.3 -

130-150 - - - - 2.9 4.6 -

140-160 - - - - - 5.0 -


Track notes

sold, if you could find an unregistered

T4

one in stock,

finance provider Magnitude Finance would quote a

deal which, after a £50k deposit, would put the car

T2

T1

on your driveway for under Start/finish £3500 a month. APR is

6.9%, with a balloon payment of £115,440.

EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

T8

ROAD ROAD TEST TEST

Testers’

notes

The Pista is the kind of car to DRY CIRCUIT 20in

T3

alloy wheels • Incredible grip, body control and steering pace get you to the apex of corners

make any track driving session Ferrari 488 Pista Carbonfibre exterior like T3 every body time, trim often (front with flaps, too much speed TECHNICAL to avoid some oversteer soon LAYOUT

after.

unforgettable. Pointy and alert in its 1min 5.3sec

MATT

side splitter, engine cover, diffuser)

Ferrari’s twin-turbo V8 mounts longways

every move, and super-responsive McLaren Senna

T6

SAUNDERS

in almost everything it does, it feels 1min 3.8sec

Scuderia Ferrari shields on front wings T2 T5 the rear axle through The Pista T7a seven-speed is twin

nimble and balanced in a way to

‘HELE’ engine start/stop system

e-Diff. Suspension an incredible is via double wishbon

surpass its every rival. The flipside of

driver’s car and one to

Alarm and satellite tracker

Weight was distributed 41:59 on MIRA’s w

that pervasive nimbleness? Well, the

T1

celebrate and cherish.

car didn’t really threaten to beat our

Automatic windscreen T4 wipers

488 GTB; 458

Start/finish

Speciale To my mind, tested it’s not in the 2014 wa

dry handling track lap record, which

Two-zone climate control

very best of its kind

speaks to the fact that there isn’t the

• There isn’t enough downforce to let that you Maranello keep the has ever

Four-point harnesses £2112 ENGINE

very last word on high-speed stability

throttle pinned around T4. Even so, the built Pista – but tops I’d still be very

or aerodynamic downforce here.

Carbonfibre front air vents, sill covers, 130mph before Installation

braking for T5. hard Mid, pressed longitudinal, indeed to

Driving the car quickly means

floor plates, instrument cluster £14,496

choose rear-wheel between drive this and

dialling down the stability and WET CIRCUIT • Ferrari’s Wet manettino setting keeps

a McLaren 600LT.

Carbonfibre side mirrors £3500 Type

V8, 3902cc,

traction control systems into ‘CT off’ Ferrari 488 Pista the often-mobile rear axle settled here

mode, and adopting a style in which 1min 18.0sec

very Alcantara effectively. dashboard Where the 488’s tyres T5£1056

SIMON twin-turbocharged, DAVIS petrol

T6

the car feels habitually on the brink McLaren Senna find Embroidered standing water, seat it’s at headrests the front axle – £720 Made of

Having Aluminium read just block and head

of oversteer – with its outside rear 1min 17.7sec

and Embroidered it causes manageable floor mats understeer. £768

how quick T7and

Bore/stroke 86.5/83.0mm

wheel always spinning slightly beyond

T3

direct the Pista’s

the limit of traction – and constantly

Two-tone paint stripe £8640 Compression ratio steering 9.6:1 rack

being ready with smooth and precise

Height adjustment for driver’s T4 seat £1440 Valve gear is,

T8

4 it per was cyl a relief to find

degrees of opposite lock. It’s always

Yellow stitching for seats, upper

Power

directional 710bhp at changes 6750-8000rpm don’t

exciting, but it does sometimes feel

feel overly nervous or

as though you’re overdriving the car

dashboard • £1680 Lower temperature Torque is as much of a intimidating problem 568lb ft as at on 3000-3200rpm

the road.

rather than getting into the perfect

T2 Black brake calipers T1

standing £864 water Redline for the Cup 2 R tyres. They’re Standard-fit 8000rpm still darn fast, but

Start/finish

groove with it.

= Standard na = not available Cup 2 rubber is Power better in to inclement weight weather, intuitive 513bhp though. and per confidence tonne

inspiring, too.

VERDICT

Torque to weight 410lb ft per tonne

similar bumps under braking and you find in a McLaren Senna which entirely usable in any case. That Specific output

BUYING AND OWNING Spec 182bhp per advice litre

when it slips slightly sideways under suggests you could lap it AAAAB

for days on wailing V8 settles to a reasonably

big applications of power as you cross end without finding the limit of its civil hum at lower crank speeds, AAAAA Your financial adviser

cambers or painted road markings. grip and speed.

T3 particularly when you’re using If this section looks more would truncated probably tell you

Unmatched in on-track handling vivacity, but not all other ways

At greater pace on the road, and Rather than testing your bravery Sport mode on the manettino, and than normal, that’s because to tick every it’s option in the

even more vividly on the track, and the muscle power in your CHASSIS neck although & the BODY wheels and suspension somewhat academic. As is so

the sheer agility, incisiveness and thighs, the Pista is a car allow plenty of unfiltered road roar T6

TRANSMISSION catalogue. We’d avoid

he Ferrari 488 Pista offers an on-track driving experience of incredible common pace, with limited-series some of the Ferraris, optional

and handling adjustability of the that appeals more to your senses Construction than to make its Aluminium way into the monocoque cabin, T2 T5 the the Type Pista 7-spd sold dual-clutch out very carbon soon automatic after trim T7 (it its gets

Pista’s chassis are nothing and short handling of some, poise and that’s flatters more your enticing skill Weight/as level than tested effect anything isn’t too 1385/1465kg bad on we’ve smoother seen in recent announcement Ratios/mph years per to 1000rpm the excessive) buying public but have the

incredible. TThe car feels significantly and dials up the fun factor. In Wheels other surfaces. Drive 9.0J the x 20in Pista (f), fairly gently in 1st 2018. 3.33/5.6 That’s 2nd in spite 2.28/8.1 carbon of having 3rd wheels 1.72/10.8 and Cup

overpowered in a way from that the Lamborghini, words, it’s McLaren very good indeed. or even Porsche. and you could It may tour not in it, and have hold smashed a T1 been the priced at a healthy R tyres premium (£17,381). Worth

458 Speciale never did. It is at its

conversation T4 11.0J with x 20in your (r) passenger compared 4th 1.36/13.6 with 5th some 1.11/16.7

COMFORT AND ISOLATION

Start/finish every rivals. penny 6th 0.87/21.3 on resale.

best when Senna’s driven in dry ‘CT off’ handling mode track lap record, and Tyres it may not without be quicker shouting. 245/35 Drive ZR20 into it (f), more three figures 7th This 0.64/28.9 than car was a always Final drive likely ratio to be 4.375:1 a

just below

720S

‘brain-out’

– but

pace,

by

in

prioritising

an AAABC accessibility and vivacity

as

of

Ferrari

driver

intended 305/30 appeal, ZR20 and you’ll (r), it arguably

very

beats

canny

its

buy, just as its predecessor

indulgent style that lets you savour Ferrari reckons that more than half need earplugs to prevent your ears was. And so it has proved, Jobs with a for few

every deliciously precise, controllable of Pista owners will use their cars ringing after Michelin a busy Pilot couple Sport

rivals for sheer excitement and instant fun factor, without perhaps beating of hours all – of SUSPENSION

them ‘delivery for mileage’

the

Pistas

facelift

on the

slew of power-on oversteer (and there on the track. The firm will tell you although, even Cup at 2Rpace, the noise level secondhand Front Double market wishbone, being coil offered springs, at adaptive

are always deep-lying plenty to go around). driver reward. that the everyday usability of Spare the car isn’t exactly na bothersome.

prices dampers approaching £400,000. • Next time, give us more

Drive it flat out, for outright lap matters a great deal – but you suspect The car’s B-road ride is certainly Ferrari also looks after downforce the and stability

time, and Compared the Pista begins to with feel a its direct it wouldn’t predecessor, have figured highly the car’s greatness more busily reactive will be than debated in the long ownership

Rear and Multi-link, hard. equation

coil

of

springs,

its cars

adaptive

very

dampers

before adding extra grunt.

bit too mobile in its handling; like its enough to have been allowed to erode average supercar and can still seem well these days, offering • Think a four-year long and hard

penchant

The

for perfect

458 Speciale

drifts is slowing

was less

the highly

brutal,

strung,

but

thrill-a-minute

the major components

terse and even

of

a little

its

bit

driving

wooden if

experience

warranty that can be before extended quickening at

it down

seemed

slightly and

more

it could

harmoniously

do with character

balanced.

of this car one

The

iota. And

488 Pista

you’re

is

really

faster

pressing

and

on,

more

although

visceral,

extra

but

cost

it’s

right the way that to steering 15 years, rack, or

ACCELERATION

ACCELERATION IN GEAR

greater high-speed stability. The neither should it have.

it improves with the dampers set to and throwing in seven stiffening years of those springs,

car certainly different: doesn’t have as though that aura the engine And, sure enough, and chassis the Pista MPH are is in competition ‘bumpy road’ mode. TIME for (sec) superstar status scheduled mph rather servicing 2nd 3rd for any 4th free. farther. ◊ 5th 6th 7th 8th

0-30 1.4

20-40 1.3 1.8 • We’d 2.4 like - a slightly - more - -

ACCELERATION

than acting in perfect harmony. You, as the driver, feel like you are the glue holding

comfortable, bolstered

0-40 1.9

30-50 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.5 4.2 - -

seat and a perfectly

Ferrari everything 488 Pista (24deg together C, dry) – and having a whale 0-50 of a time in the process. 2.3

40-60 1.0 1.3 straight 1.7 driving 2.1 position. 3.1 6.4 -

Standing quarter mile 10.5sec at 141.0mph, standing km 18.7sec at 176.8mph, 30-70mph 2.0sec, 30-70mph in fourth 3.5sec

0-60 2.8

50-70 - 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.7 4.8 -

30mph 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120mph 130mph 140mph 150mph

160mph

170mph

180mph

1.4s ROAD 1.9 2.3 2.8 3.4s 4.0s 4.8s 5.6s 6.5s 7.6s 8.9s 0-70 10.3s 11.9s 3.4 13.7s

60-80 16.5s - 1.2 1.5 19.8s 2.0 2.6 4.1 -

1 2 3 4 5

0

10s

TEST

0-80 4.0

70-90 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.5 -

McLaren Senna (2018, 20deg C, dry)

Standing RIVALS

0-90 4.8

80-100 - - 1.5 1.9 2.6 3.3 -

quarter mile 10.4sec at 148.2mph, standing km 18.4sec at 176.9mph, 30-70mph 1.9sec, 30-70mph in fourth 4.1sec

30mph 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120mph 130mph 0-100 140mph 150mph

160mph 5.6

170mph 90-110 - - - 1.9 180mph 2.6 3.5 -

1.7s 2.1 2.6 3.1 3.6 4.2s 4.8s 5.5s 6.2s 7.1s 8.1s 0-110 9.3s 10.8s 12.5s 6.5

15.4s 100-120 - - - 19.8s 2.0 2.7 3.7 -

0

McLAREN 600LT

FERRARI 488 PISTA 10s LAMBORGHINI HURACAN PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS

Verdicts

0-120 7.6

110-130 - - - 2.2 2.7 4.0 -

Our hardcore supercar class Incredible V8 engine makes for PERFORMANTE

One of the last 991-generation Weissach’s big swing at the

BRAKING on every

0-130 8.9

120-140 - - - - 2.8 4.3 -

60-0mph: 2.34sec fave and reigning BBDC champ is other-worldly track pace. As Massive audible and visible 911s still showing on Porsche’s hardcore supercar is a bit of an

Ferrari 488 new Pista car, (24deg C, dry) sensational on