Motoring August 3, 2018
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LC70 – King of the hill
he music choice, given the looks, size and heavy metal used in Toyota’s iconic LC70, just had to be Metallica’s Greatest Hits! And that was certainly not to drown out engine or road noise, for this the latest version of this truck, proved surprisingly quiet, and civilised to drive, albeit, in an unapologetically rugged way. They have always been pretty much kings of the hill and mostly spotted about NZ doing the real hard yards, such as serious towing and load carrying on high country stations, mines and in forests. Wherever it might be, their long history shows they are no-compromise, strong, hard-working, virtually unbreakable trucks with ample grunt, good (283mm) clearance, a clean underbelly and other goanywhere features. The fuel tank capacity has increased from 90 litres to 130 litres. With 4WD vehicles definitely continuing to become more genteel, it is great to see Toyota continuing to commit to the real thing. Real being the heavy duty ladder chassis, dual-range 4x4 complete with dual range transfer case, diff locks front and rear with dual automatic locking hubs on all models, and a big, unstressed V8 diesel. There’s cruise control across the range, and every model gets a reversing camera. Oh but what about health and safety? Well no compromises there either, especially for the single cab models whose
comprehensive safety equipment gives them the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating. This safety gear includes side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, pre-tensioned seat-belts, stability and active traction control, hill-start assist and a reversing camera. LC70s are available as a single cab/chas-
sis (2.4m x1.8m tray costs around $4000) or a double cab with correspondingly shorter tray. As well there’s a Wagon with two seats and van-like cargo space. The 5.2 metres long, and tall, tried and tested exterior is pretty much unchanged except for a slightly higher bulge in the bonnet.
You climb up in and there’s an expansive view to the front and sides from the long haul, comfortable seats. Expectedly the cabin furnishings and controls are practical and durable, and there’s no fancy stuff such as electric windows or central locking. But while sitting tall enough to eyeball truckers, it has also joined the digital age, for there’s a 6.1-inch screen, decent sound system, with CD player, USB port, Bluetooth and simple but efficient air-con All models use the reliable 4.5-litre V8 turbo diesel engine producing 151kW of power and 430Nm of torque from 1200 to 3200rpm. With new injectors and diesel particulate filter, it meets EURO 5 emission regulations. This big, relaxed V8 is a wonderful lugger and while the gearbox remains a 5-speed manual, it gets taller 2nd and 5th gears. It feels strong, changes easily and given the engine’s pulling power, doesn’t need more ratios. It’s reasonably quick off the mark when you need it to be, and then on the open road it happily lopes along at 100km/h in a surprisingly quiet and refined manner. The other surprise, given the heavy duty suspension with the amount of off-road articulation it offers, is just how good the on-road ride is and how flat it sat through corners with just a light load on the deck and towing a largish pop-top camper. - By Roger Hart
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udi will reveal a world first during the 2018 Pebble Beach Car Week in California – a supercar concept car with electric drive. Pebble Beach Car Week, held every August in and around the Californian coastal city of Monterey, has long been considered the world’s most important forum for lovers of exquisite automobiles.
Interest is not limited here to vintage cars but instead includes leading-edge design study concept cars and visionary technology. The abbreviated name for the Audi premiere – Audi PB18 e-tron – refers to the Pebble Beach venue and the year of the debut. It likewise recalls the LeMans-series winner Audi R18 e-tron, whose technology
inspired the solutions for various details. The styling of the Audi PB 18 e-tron was developed at the new Malibu Design Loft. The Audi PB18 e-tron will be unveiled on August 23, 2018, on the Laguna Seca racetrack. The concept car will then be shown at the legendary vehicle presentation The Quail on August 24.
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he Polestar 1 World Tour continues with the brand’s debut in North America in Monterey, California, from August 23-26. During Monterey Car Week, the Polestar 1 will be on display throughout the Monterey Bay area, including at the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “It’s great to bring Polestar to America,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar. “North America is a major market for
our new brand and we have received great feedback and high interest in the Polestar 1 from our American customers. “So far, nearly 200 customers have placed deposits in the United States alone – the largest number of any country. “Now it’s their turn to see the car in person, and in a beautiful environment. In addition to its presence at the Polestar pavilion on Peter Hay Hill at Pebble Beach, the Polestar 1 will also make an appearance at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday August 24.
This event sees some of the world’s rarest cars shown on the famous rolling greens of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley. On Sunday August 26, the Polestar 1 will be positioned amongst some of the newest automotive exotica on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Concept Lawn is a fitting environment for the Polestar 1 – a car whose concept car design disguises its productionready status. Adding to the ceremonious nature of the
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uring the company’s official press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, Honda has confirmed that order books for the production version of its Urban EV Concept will open in early 2019, with first deliveries expected by the end of 2019. Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, Philip Ross, confirmed the news. “A production version of this highly acclaimed concept will be introduced to Europe during late 2019, and in response to the positive feedback to this model, we expect to open order banks for the Urban EV during early 2019.” The production model of the Urban EV Concept will be Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle sold in Europe. Unfortunately Honda did not confirm any other markets for the full-electric hatch. But due to the rave response the concept received when it was revealed, Honda will likely use
the European release to gauge market reaction which will no doubt shape future roll-outs on different continents. The Urban EV will be built on a completely new platform with retro body styling. If dimensions remain the same, the Urban EV will be 100mm shorter than the current Honda Jazz. The Concept features a simple yet lovable retro design with slim A-pillars and interior windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the passenger cabin. Honda say the Urban EV will carry four occupants in comfort, but it is not yet known if the bench seats previewd in the concept model will be carried over into production. The dashboard features a wraparound screen that extends into the doors displaying vehicle information.
event, Polestar CEO and awarded designer Thomas Ingenlath has been selected as an honorary judge in the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “The invitation to be an honorary judge at the Concours d’Elegance is a great honour for me. “As a car designer you take so much inspiration by looking at the diverse mix of the world’s most famous and beautiful historic cars alongside today’s avant-garde designs. “It will be a truly unique experience.”
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EPIC ROAD TRIP Senna 001 is further personalised with individual references to the legendary Ayrton Senna. His signature is on the door shut, the years that he was Formula One World Champion are engraved on the throttle pedal and the layout of the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, Brazil – with the McLaren badge marking the start/finish line – is clearly visible on the front of the car. The interior has also been enhanced by McLaren Special Operations to Mr Kyte’s requirements, with MSO Bespoke interior trim in black Alcantara® complemented by diamond-stitching on the seats and a Senna ‘S’ logo embroidered on each headrest, all in Harissa Red. Black carpet with Harissa Red Alcantara® piping and decorative stitch, Volcano Red door struts and red-tinted carbon fibre control surrounds complete the personalisation. The vehicle keys are also in red-tinted carbon. “I committed to buying a McLaren Senna as soon as I became aware that McLaren was developing the car – so long before the name was confirmed – but leaving the McLaren Technology Centre after the handover ceremony was the first time I have actually driven one,” explained Mr Kyte. “Now, with 1400km covered, I’m delighted to report that as someone who rates driver engagement as crucial to driver enjoyment, the Senna has more than exceeded my expectations. “Working with McLaren Special Operations on the bespoke design of the car was a fascinating experience; MSO has undertaken personalisation on other McLarens I own, but this was a much more complex project. “We decided on a stylised design, with which I am absolutely delighted. “I also love the fact that there are features on the car that are almost hidden, such as the details honouring Ayrton Senna and the McLaren Speedy Kiwi on each side of what I am extremely proud to call, ‘my Senna’”. Kyte travelled to Paul Ricard to take part in a Pure McLaren experience – the official track driving programme of McLaren Automotive. The events provide an opportunity to drive a McLaren at some of the best circuits in Europe and North America.
I also love the fact that there are features on the car that are almost hidden, such as the details honouring Ayrton Senna and the McLaren Speedy Kiwi on each side
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he first McLaren Senna built, which carries chassis number 001, was officially presented this week to its owner, London-based businessman, David Kyte – who immediately set out to enjoy his new purchase on a 1400km road trip, accompanied by five other McLaren cars. Following the presentation by McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt and other McLaren Automotive and McLaren Special Operations senior executives, which took place at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK, ‘Senna 001’ departed for the south of France with three other McLaren Sennas, a McLaren 720S and a McLaren 600LT. The convoy of supercars, whose drivers included racing driver and nephew of Ayrton Senna, Bruno Senna; McLaren Automotive Chief Operating Officer, Dr Jens Ludmann and McLaren Ultimate Series Vehicle Line Director, Andy Palmer, has now arrived at the Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille, where Mr Kyte will join a Pure McLaren driving experience taking place this weekend. “Handing over the key to the first customer McLaren Senna built was an honour for me and a milestone for the company,” commented McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. “David Kyte is a longstanding McLaren enthusiast with a true passion for our brand and a number of McLarens to prove it. “We have had many conversations about the car he has now taken delivery of and while I believe that the McLaren Senna is already incredible in every respect, the additional work that David has commissioned from McLaren Special Operations has taken ‘Senna 001’ to another level.” Finished in MSO Anniversary White with striking livery painted in MSO Aurora Blue and the Senna brand displayed on the wing endplate, the bespoke McLaren Senna also features roof ‘snorkel’, T-Bar and fuel filler cover in MSO Satin Visual Carbon Fibre; brake calipers painted in MSO Bespoke Burton Blue; and MSO Bespoke Coloured Centre Lock wheel nuts in Volcano Red. The paintwork alone took more than 600 hours to complete, two paint specialists devoting two weeks to masking-up the car before the livery was applied.
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One for the drivers
ia’s styling department, headed by Peter Schreyer, certainly comes up with some original eye catching designs, including this swoopy and nicely proportioned Stinger. Engineer Albert Bierman (previously with BMW’s M Division) has added his expertise to ensure the car has all the requirements necessary to justify it being called a Gran Turismo (GT), and also being just as interesting and as involving to drive, as it is to look at. Like when pressing the start button. What springs into life is a sweet-revving, very smooth and wonderfully responsive, twin turbo 3.3litre V6, which dishes up an impressive 272kW and 510Nm of torque, the latter right from just 1300rpm through to 4500rpm. That means it doesn’t need to be worked to get the car moving, though of course doing that, in appropriate circumstances, is a pleasure in itself. Drive reaches the rear wheels via an 8-speed auto, which makes the most of the prodigious torque available and a limitedslip-diff. For everyday driving this combination is smooth and efficient in either the of the selectable Comfort or Smart modes, which deliver either quick acceleration and/or a relaxed, quiet cruise. Then there’s Sport, which invites you to make good use of the paddles. Doing so, in conjunction with the launch control can result in 0-100kmh in just under five seconds. Ideal for one in a rush! Oh yes, there’s an Eco mode as well, although I can’t imagine Stinger drivers using this much. Kia give an overall consumption figure
of 10.2L/100km. On a door to door Ashburton to Christchurch trip in Comfort mode, the trip computer showed 7.6L/100km, helped no doubt by the very good stop/ start about the city. Like most cars set up to handle precisely and riding on 19-inch wheels with low profile tyres, the Stingers around town ride is on the firmer side. But this really only shows with a few jiggles on a couple of our local much-dug up and “repaired” roads. And some of those in inner Christchurch, conditions where it was obviously best to have the electronically adjustable, continuously variable shock-absorbers in the most compliant setting, of which there are five. In this respect, Kia Australia have had a hand in tuning the suspension, so its rather well-sorted for Anzac road conditions. The variable ratio, rack and pinion electric steering is well-weighted and nicely informative, with responsive turn-in. All of which, in concert with the rear wheel drive ,adds up to an excellent handling package, one that is certainly both predictable and enjoyable when pressing on through winding corners. Traction too is very good for a powerful rear-wheel-drive car with the advantage of a limited-slip-diff. But of course even with this,and the myriad of driver-assist functions (they’re certainly not notably intrusive though), one needs to be mindful with one’s right foot of the power that’s instantly available. Quite appropriately there’s excellent stopping power, courtesy of ventilated Brembo brakes, front and rear. You can appreciate all of this from the cabin whose fittings, finish (this certainly reflects the German influence) and whose
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FINALE The Stinger GT Sport is a fine fusion of form and function. With its velvety but strong-performing twin-turbo V6, traditional rear-wheel-drive, entertaining handling and very comfortable cabin. it will appeal to and I suggest, put a smile on the faces of driving enthusiasts!
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