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COL DE TURINI TOUR

A DIESEL MASERATI ?

DS3 PERFORMANCE CABRIO

Veni, Vidi, Vici. Act III

Against Prejudices

Different Name, Same Entertainment !

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GENTLEMEN’S RUN

GOOD OLD PETROL We Are Simple Men. Give Us a Steering Wheel and Some Gallon of Fuel.

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by Christian Parodi

If you have quickly browsed the magazine, you have surely realize that this number is doubly special - I’m referring to the fact that you can find the full reviews of our first two 2017 events, the Col de Turini Tour and the Gentlemen’s Run. In fact there is a lot more and in this regard I can’t but pointing out the two interesting test drives with the Masherati Ghibli and the DS3 Performance Cabrio, with another block of exceptional photos, but hey, seeing that again this year we have completed a couple of events of this caliber, it fills us with pride. This number, more than anything else, is your number, because it is thanks to you that we have gathered old and new enthusiasts, it’s thanks to you that we have driven a few extra miles, but this time with a pretty special group of friends.

Cover Page: Gentlemen’s Run Photo Credits: Giorgia Rossi

Every time, shaking hands is the prelude to new stories, new adventures - there is always so much to learn and we are firmly convinced that this path is much more exciting when lived all together. That’s why this number is magical; enjoy it, taste it up to the last line, up to the last photo and then take a look at the website where you will find the complete photo galleries, because there is a very huge amount of pictures. The perfect summer, as far as I’m concerned, is not that of wild cocktails and white parties, the perfect summer is made of engines and family road trips, the family we’ve created all together and each of you is now part of it. Next month will be an equally rich issue, but I do not want to reveal that we will release our tests with the Ferrari 488 GTB and the McLaren 570S - ops, I did it! Well, let me also anticipate that there will be the 250Km review too ... and for now enjoy this gorgeous one! Have a good summer guys!


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AUGUST 2017 - #57 CONTENTS 6

NEWS

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MASERATI GHIBLI

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AUDI Q2 2.0 TDI QUATTRO

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DS3 PERFORMANCE CABRIO

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RENAULT SCENIC BOSE

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WRAPPINGITALY

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COL DE TURINI TOUR

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GENTLEMEN’S RUN

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GENTLEMEN’S RUN


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PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS SUPERCARS GET REDIFINED. AGAIN.


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Let’s start with the fact that the 1,000 units have already been booked, so we only have to wait for someone to get tired of his new toy before we can imagine ourselves at the wheel of the new Stuttgart rocket. The GT2 RS, presented at the E3 gaming convention before and at Goodwood a bunch of days later, seems wanting to sweep away from our head the memory of her majesty GT3 RS. The 6-cylinder 3.8 is a twin-turbo borrowed from the Turbo S and is able to ground 700 horses on the sole rear wheels.


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German engineers have worked hard and have also managed to keep the weight under the ton and a half, 1.470kg (with a full tank of petrol) to be precise, but the optional Weissach package will allow you to further trim the overall weight and make the GT2 RS even more brutal among the curbs, as well as on a winding mountain road. The maximum declared speed is 340 kph, while the 0-100 is consumed in just 2.8 seconds. The price? About â‚Ź293,732, but you also have the special Porsche Design watch, limited edition dedicated to only GT2 customers.


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JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8


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It is going to be the most powerful Jaguar ever produced for the road, but it will not be for everyone. In fact, only 300 lucky gentlemen will put their hands on the steering wheel of the XE SV Project 8, last born from the SVO department and based on the XE sedan, with which it shares pretty things now. Larger, lower, much more rigid, noisier and damn powerful, the Project 8 has the well-known 5.0 supercharged V8 that here produces 590 horses, which are grounded thanks to an 8-speed automatic transmission. These numbers result in a 0-100 kph of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of about 320 per hour. Wide choice to make your Project 8 unique, starting with the 8 available colors, passing through the Premium Palette samples that you can submit to the SVO Team; finally, as an alternative to the “standard” version, you can opt for the Track Pack with carbon fiber seats, four-seat belts, and a tubular cage that replaces the rear seats. This jaguar will tear you apart.

300 Units, 590 HP, €170.000


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JAGUAR XJR575


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The XE SV Project 8 is not the only newcomer that captures your attention towards the English Jaguar, since we have a new queen of hearts: the XJR575, the most powerful sedan ever produced by the company. By borrowing the powerful 5-liter supercharged V8 from the F-Type SVR, the XJR575 produces 575 horses and 700Nm of torque. These stunning numbers result in breathtaking performance as a maximum speed of about 300 per hour and a 0 to 100 in just 4.4 seconds. Aesthetically, there are new 20-inch wheels and a whole series of aerodynamic appendages and details in contrast to the color of the body. Needless to say, the soundtrack is worthy of such a dramatic look, while the cockpit features a perfect blend of elegance and sportiness, just take a look at those sports seats with romboid embroidery, and all the technological innovations that fit a sedan of this caliber. But as you are going to blast at 300 per hour, most likely, you will not have time to play with the infotainment, right?!


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Every self-respecting sports car exits the factory with a good amount of aggression, but we know very well that in order to really let it cracks into our heart, it needs a final touch, that extra aerodynamic appendage, a set of wheels different from those seen In brochures and so on. Finally, Audi enters the jungle of the aftermarket kits with its official products that will delight the enthusiasts of the four rings not only for the wide choice of options to juggle but because in some cases original is better even from a warranty point of view.

Anticipating the Sport Performance Parts, a TT RS and an R8 are unveiled, featuring complete aero kits with front and rear spoilers, side skirts, carbon fiber rear diffusers, 20-inch rims and a special structural reinforcement that is mounted behind the front seats (for TT RS). Obviously, shortly there will be further proposals, which will be available for all the other models, but this tasty preview already assumes that a new battle is on the horizon, with tuners that will not stay behind even will go heavier than before. A tasty opportunity more for us enthusiasts.


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LOTUS EVORA GT430

BECAUSE DOWNFORCE


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Lotus is enjoying this thing, and after the Evora 400 and the 410 Sport, here comes a new version, the GT430. Even more powerful, even more aggressive and threatening, thanks in particular to the enormous aerodynamic appendage at the back and exclusive of just 60 lucky ones. The 3.5cc supercharged V6 has undergone a new upgrade and is now able to deliver 430 horses, while aesthetically it will be easy to recognize it thanks to a very ready-to-race look.


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Less weight and more noble materials, with new front and rear carbon fiber bumpers, as well as the new front splitter and numerous other details scattered here and there on the English supercar. Obviously, what will catch the attention the most will be precisely the back, where the immense spoiler will be able to create - along with the rest of the aerodynamic package - 250kg of downforce, once you reach 305 kph. In the cabin, sportiness and lightness mix themselves, but without snapping your spine, with a pair of comfortable carbon seats finished in leather and fabric and the dash we’ve already learned to appreciate on the other Evoras.


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Words: Christian Parodi

Photography: Gian Romero

AUDI Q2 2.0 TDI QUATTRO THE TINIEST ONE IS THE BEST AUDI SUV A simple badge that might sound like the name of a new android coming out of “Star Wars” has actually become a little obsession for me. Q2, the smallest SUV ever produced by Audi, goes to enrich the 4X4 range of the maker from Ingolstadt, setting itself as a cheaper alternative - at least as a starting price – than the Q3, Q5 and the big Q7. Economical and with a reduced size than the others, but not in terms of mechanics and materials, so in order to set things straight, we have asked for a full specced version, based on the top range of diesel engines, the 2.0 TDI Quattro with S-Tronic gearbox. Less than 4 meters long and 1 meter and 80cm wide, the Q2 ranges from the small 1.0cc petrol with only front wheel drive, to the model of our long-term test drive, equipped with all the accessories that you may want to show off with your friends at the gym. Aesthetically it

is the daughter of modern times, with a very squared line and an aggressive front, which blends perfectly with the pattern of the front grille and LED daytime running lights. Looking at the side, the key motif continues and you can easily notice the clear tilt of the windscreen and those special profiles on the rear pillars, which may you resemble those side blades we saw for the first time on the very first generation R8. At the rear the music does not change and we find a short and quite high tail, with everything you would expect from an Audi born today. Aluminum Audi Sport 19inch wheels and S-Line package, but above all four-wheel drive, ready to make the small Q2 the best alternative to the various over-grown SUVs. Coupled to the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, there is an in-line 4-cylinder, a 2-liter outputting 190 horses that push a total weight of just a ton and a half, making the Q2 exceptionally lively, especially when you decide to

take advantage of its 400Nm of torque, available at around 1900 rpm. Just then you realize that you are driving a baby SUV as you would with a sports car and start asking yourself if it is professional deformation, or if Audi really packed a big hit, like so many other times. Surely it is not meant for burnouts at the traffic lights or even for attacking some mountain roads screaming Banzai, but the dynamism is upsetting, especially when you set the car in Dynamic mode and the steering response becomes more decisive while the g’box holds longer the gears and the throttle becomes more ready. Without even realizing I’m really exaggerating, going to investigate how it behaves during braking points, noticing no roll or pitch and ... what the hell am I doing? It’s an SUV, albeit small, I should talk about practicality and how many babies you can put into the trunk (well…), not about performance.


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No way, but don’t worry because I also find the time to play with the virtual cockpit, enjoying the perfection of materials between leather and noble plastics creating a high level interior environment. There is space for five adults and luggage, but that square crown on the bottom of the steering wheel and the paddles behind it encourage me to drive as a bandit, I can‘t do anything about it. The central tunnel is wellfinished and free of too many buttons, we find just the climate commands, the drive select (which allows you to set the most suitable parameters for your preferred driving style), Start & Stop, parking sensors, hazards, Traction control and the button that deactivates the big central display - I was just getting there - an 8.3 inches from which to manage infotainment, satellite navigator, radio, etc. also controllable by the rotor behind the shift lever, a circular pad which allows you to write the destination for example - drawing the letters on it. But the Q2 is not only a fantastic technology device, it is also enjoyable to drive and thanks to a generous engine, always ready to ease overtakes, combining great precision during cornering as


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23 well as high-performance on motorways with a fuel consumption that stops at 4.9 l/100km in the mixed cycle. Not bad, especially if you consider that you need 7.3 seconds to take from 0 to 100 kph with a 218 per hour top speed. Yes, we’re always talking about a small diesel SUV, indeed the smallest diesel Audi SUV. Unfortunately, quality is never cheap, and in fact, to bring a similar model home, you have to take out a check of at least € 55,000, which is about € 16,000 more than the already substantial price list of the 2-liter Quattro with S-Tronic. Budget issues apart, the Q2 impresses, because you can drive it in Comfort and travel as you would do on a 4X4 of a much more important size, or put it in Dynamic and get home a handful of minutes earlier than expected. Multifunctional and with good

ground clearance, I find it ideal for those who do not want to give up driving and enjoy all the comforts and gadgets available today without going mad for a parking spot or a fuel pump. A surprise, a car that pleases everywhere, starting from that squared but precise look, almost like those Playmobil toys. I would choose a brighter color, a bright yellow or an orange, because it is capable to enrich your standard movements and it’s not a small thing. Regardless of the fact that we are referring to the highest voice in the list, it deserves that you take a closer look, then you will also cheer for it.

AUDI Q2 2.0 TDI QUATTRO S-TRONIC (2017-) Layout front-engined, all-wheel-drive Engine 4 cylinder 1.968cc - turbodiesel Transmission 7-speed automatic gearbox Power 190 hp @ 3.500 rpm 400 Nm @ 1.900 rpm Weight 1.555 kg Acceleration 7,3 sec. Top Speed 218 kph Price from € 38.900


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Words: Carlo Brema

Photography: Gian Romero

RENAULT SCENIC BOSE TURN UP THE VOLUME I’m old fashioned, I got rock ‘n roll in my veins - when as a child I was crying, my parents raised the volume and Led Zeppelin’s notes calmed me down. The passion for rock, the real one, has never gone away, even if the whole days spent in the studio playing my Fender had to leave room for work, I do not feel happy if my ears do not receive a daily dose of decibels necessary to say “even today, has gone”. The new Renault Scénic arriving in test at our office is the one equipped with the Bose audio system, excellent signature in the hi-fi panorama - as is logical that it is, I did not run away from the opportunity to connect my iPad to its USB socket and test firsthand the sound of the new French MPV.

Before talking about the quality of the sound system, however, I appreciated the work done by the Transalpine designers, where the decided but still soft lines chase each other by creating a really successful silhouette, accomplices the large glass surfaces and the big 20 inches wheels, an absolute surprise on a car of this segment. What’s interesting about the wheels, which in most cases are a key detail that improves or worsens the general appearance of a car, is the fact that they’re generous rims in fact with a large diameter, but nevertheless they’re not fitted on equally bulky tires, which instead give space to a set of 195/55, to the benefit of maintenance of the weights and replacement costs. Look at it sideways and you will notice that everything follows a precise fluidity because the high front lines go well with those at the back and that the promised interior space of important dimensions is nothing more than confirmed when you get on board. Just the ca-

bin, familiar to every other model of the brand, offers endless storage compartments, a huge glove box, a raised and tilted manual gearbox lever and a perfect view of what’s around. The load compartment is also abundant and the space for rear occupants is no less, if you are looking for a spacious car you do not need to look elsewhere. The engine of the model driven, a 1.5 turbodiesel has 110hp and is rather elastic, although it does not have sporty ambition or suspension, but the Scénic makes what it supposed to do, milling miles, offering great comfort (thanks to leather seats ), it’s also easy to park (thanks to parking sensors and rear view cameras) and very open in terms of external light in the passenger compartment, thanks to the large windshield divided into three parts, which does not obstruct the view beyond the front pillars and the full glass roof.


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Even the central tunnel slides upwards and backwards and allows you to arrange other objects according to your needs, while infotainment is always worthy of praise for its precision and usability - that said, we finally get to the audio argument, which though it is a secondary aspect of a car, being a specific trim, deserves something on its own. Bose, as we have said, is synonymous with high quality and so, without losing any further, once connected to my favorite playlist, I push the play button and raise the volume up as a teenager would do as he can finally listen to his hit list without getting kicked by his older brother. The sound

is exceptional, basses (once increased a bit) make my chest strain and the purity of the sounds is the same as that of an aftermarket system of several thousand Euros. Driving on the motorway, I’ve spent several hours at the wheel with music pumping and as time flew by, I basically forgot to be at the wheel of one of those cars that are mainly designed to be exploited as mullets for the transportation of large and bulky families. It does not matter, not with this Scénic, who wants to be my personal “Made in Europe” (famous Deep Purple’s live album), comfortable and at a price just over 30,000 €.

RENAULT SCENIC BOSE (2017-) Layout front-engined, front wheel drive Engine 4 cylinder 1.461cc - turbo Transmission 6-speed manual gearbox Power 110 hp @ 4.000 rpm 260 Nm @ 1.750 rpm Weight 1.505 kg Acceleration 12,4 sec. Top Speed 183 kph Price from € 29.800


VENI, VIDI, VICI. VICIMUS

COL DE TURINI TOUR


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Words: Alessandro Marrone

Photography: Nazareno Distefano and Federico Vecchio

2 July 2017. The third edition of the Col de Turini Tour has gone wild ending with an extraordinary result that impassable smile painted on the face of all participants. Yep, there is nothing better than looking around, catching hot comments, that glitter in the eyes of those who had never driven on our beloved Turini, and noting that the magic shared with a group of driving enthusiasts has made its job, consecrating the 2017 edition as the best ever to date. A crescendo of emotions that, one hairpin after the other, has accompanied on the auspicious summit the expedition of about 90 crazy car nuts unleashed

in search of the driving nirvana Sacred Grail. A warm summer sun filled the whole day, beginning to shine on the cars gathering at Stars’ n Bars in Montecarlo, for the usual accreditation process. In less than an hour, almost 40 between supercars and sports cars have literally invaded the area in front of the Monegasque local and after the group photo and a quick briefing, we were ready to take on the Col of wonders. A hell of revving engines, the air overheats starts to shiver, still partly unaware that this year’s edition would accompany them along a renewed itinerary, so that those who do not

lose a single edition so far could live an always new and ever-growing experience as if it were the first. GoPros activated, smartphones out of the windows and eyes bouncing from left to right in the frantic search for counting all the cars lined up in a row - finally is the time to leave, with the convoy that goes immediately along the tunnels that from the Principality lead to Nice, in direction of La Turbie.


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Things get clear quickly with the breathtaking view ascending towards La Turbie, but what perhaps catches the attention better than anything else is the opportunity to stretch the right foot and dive head-down in what really is the main event of our season. After driving a handful of miles to Menton, first intersection for Sospel and up the Col de Castillon – time to turn off traction control. The day is perfect and despite a timid traffic during the first few kilometers, the group remains quite compact. Exceptional also the variety of cars attending, with all the most prestigious brands represented (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Maserati, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lotus, etc.), not to mention the fierce Toyota GT86s or the crazy Corvette C6 or the Alfa Romeo GT Junior Competizione, awarded with the special prize (a fantastic ceramic work of art created

by artist Francesco Guarino), not only as the oldest car but because the team has milled over 850km to reach Monaco from Pescara. And then Esprit, 4C, AMGs and RM Autosport’s stunning Carrera GT, easily recognizable for not having taken a corner without a good old oversteer. Each of them has played a key role in making the day spectacular and with the arrival at the top, there are those who took the opportunity to cool engines and brakes and who did not miss the chance to drive along the Special Stage de La Bollène-Vésubie, laying their own wheels exactly where the WRC champions had raced a few months ago. A driving experience embellished with a breathtaking view, descending to Lucérame, going up to the Col de l’Orme and the crazy switchbacks of the Col de Braus, ending with


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a cruise down the picturesque valleys around Peille and returning to the Principality of Monaco for the awards, the aperitif and the final greetings. Many had been dating themselves from the past editions, others met for the first time, but the spirit that fills the mind of a true driving enthusiast is something magical, which on such occasions comes out as spontaneous as the smile of a child and unites perfect strangers, welcoming them into a family that becomes more numerous and affectionate year after year. Walking through the curves of the Col de Turini is an experience that needs to be lived in person, creates addiction and is able to take you a piece of your heart, waiting for the following one. And when, after a day like this, everything is over, the road becomes silent, with that crisp


“It was exciting to brake exactly where WRC drivers left their mark just a few months ago” – Luca


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“I have attended a lot of driving tours, but never I’ve driven as fast as during this one. Fantastic – Mario


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asphalt that smells of rubber and with clutch and petrol in the air to make the atmosphere surreal. There are no longer engine roars in the distance, but it seems to still hear some V8 or V10, a delayed braking or an anticipated acceleration specifically to widen the rear. Every year, describing this day, it is getting harder - reducing everything to a list of cars does not make justice. The Turini Tour is an experience that has to be felt because it is able to get inside you, in the depths, and in the same way it can make you fit perfectly with your car, in a way you would never think it was possible. Again this year we challenged the mountain, which tested us, especially when we thought we were acting like pros, but in fact it had only loosened the grip before we faced a more demanding curve than the previous one. We challenged it but we all came out victorious - Veni, Vidi, Vici - if only Julius Caesar was there with us, he would go over the Principality with his thumb up. See you next year drivers! Auto Class wishes to thank all the participants and sponsors: Astoria, Capristo Exhaust, Circuiti Gioielli, Francesco Guarino, Gino Luxury & Motorsport, Giorgia Rossi Photography, RacetrackArt and Wrapping Italy, without forgetting the precious support of Petroledge, authors of the extraordinary photos.


GENTLEMEN’S RUN

GOOD OLD PETROL


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Words: Alessandro Marrone

Certain days, those we have marked on the calendar with an “X”, the most special ones, are like photographic albums that remain imprinted in our mind. We waited them anxiously and they probably took away some sleep last night. These are Sundays when we are rid of the mere enthusiast for classic cars - in this case - and we wear those of our favorite hero, that human being who has the ability to caress the heart through the purest form of passion in nature: a smile of happiness. These are the sequences of moments starting when we board on our favorite car, and after performing the regular routine checks, we turn the key, hoping nothing unexpected will happen. At that moment, like the spark gives life to the engine, the same spark flashes our minds, and while the mechanical part drops slightly and turns fluid fluxes, our emotional part is already loaded to a thousand, eager to leave the driveway and finally go into the third edition of “Gentlemen’s Run”.

Photography: Giorgia Rossi


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What does distinguish a gentleman driver from a common driver? The argument deserves an article on its own, in fact a whole separate agenda, but as a vintage cars passionate it can easily be argued that a gentleman driver does not care about those claustrophobic racing performance, tenths of a second more or less for reaching 100 per hour and stuff like that. His method of measuring how much a car is special can’t be calculated with cold numbers, technical data sheets or engineering craziness: it is a matter of skin, something physical and at the same time profoundly emotional – a car is magical when it transmits chills along your back, when there are no comfort areas and you have to fight with a heavy steering wheel, or when you feel one with it, maybe going down by a winding road. These elegant ladies are what made today’s sports cars what they are, but they were for gentlemen drivers, they were driven by people and not just drivers who are ending trapped through traction controls and thousands of electronic diapers and gearboxes with two clutches - here the only clutch was the same you had to worship in order to leave the garage in the morning.


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Integrale we have already seen blasting on our last year’s event. And how to stay indifferent to the roar that echoed throughout the valley thanks to the ’69 Shelby Mustang GT350, which fits perfectly with our brand new Mustang V8 in test? Simple, you could not. The driving tour continued in a perfect “run” style, with some crews who chased others, but the common denominator was represented by satisfied, albeit tired, fatigued faces of every single participant. Once at the Cantine Marchesi, there was time to arrange the cars in the inner courtyard, and as enthusiastic passers-by were doing selfies beside their favorite ones, the gentlemen were able to have a guided tour of the cellars, prelude to the usual and exquisite lunch held in the forestry, entirely reserved for our magazine. Needless to say, food, wine and the service have once again been unobtrusive, showing all the people the excellent gastronomic level of the area. At lunchtime, it’s just time to introduce the sponsors of the day and reward the crew coming from farther away - from Bologna on a Porsche 924, those who started the event with a car (Lancia Beta Spider Zagato) and reached the destination with another one (Lancia Delta Integrale - replaced due to a gearbox failure) and finally the splendid Porsche 356 Speedster driven by Alfredo Stola and Maria Paola Ariusso, awarded with a unique piece of ceramic work made by the artist Francesco Guarino to celebrate the event; he personally attended for explaining the processes of ceramic work and the representation of a completely original car, in order to make the most of such a special work.


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57 Thanks to all those who have participated, sharing with us a day of passion and drive, but especially for having made us part of that personal and intimate magic that a vintage car is able to give. The smell of petrol has once again been the protagonist of an unforgettable day and we cannot wait for next year’s edition, where we will introduce several new things to further raise the stem to an event that we ourselves look forward

to. Good old petrol, so rude and intrusive, it represents and gives life to unique emotions, which keep alive a piece of automotive history, but above all the finest shades of a piece of life of every self-respecting gentleman driver.


PREJUDICES APART


MASERATI GHIBLI DIESEL


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Words: Alessandro Marrone

Photography: Andy Williams


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Every day, thousands of enthusiasts scream at each other dividing into different factions according to which each of them holds the truth tight in hand - or at least believes it. We do not accept half-measures, we do not accept any kind of reasoning and more and more often, especially in the fabulous world of the Internet, it degenerates into ridicule rushes into the barrage of ignorance. As part of the automotive world, from a journalistic point of view, it becomes increasingly difficult to translate on paper all the sensations we experience test driving a car, often mined by that halo of prejudices or false beliefs that has already settled in the minds of more and more people, sometimes resembling cold jokes that quickly become commonplaces in which to kill the desire to confront with other enthusiasts. We have heard stuff of all kinds, from the war between automatic gearboxes and manual gearboxes, what wheels have to drive the chassis, to the more classic one, where no diesel car deserves any kind of attention. Porsche and Maserati have been so literally assaulted when they “dirty” their badges of such shame, without however questioning the true interest of a brand in terms of marketing, sales volume and the likes. I’m not going to make a list of these same reasons and I do not even want to convince anyone that there is a good point even without a prominent petrol V8, naturally aspirated or not, but I wish and hope to get to those who are really hungry to know something about the new Maserati Ghibli Diesel in the best way, from a passionate to another passionate, because after all we do not always need 500 horses, but sometimes all we need to know is that we can rely on a good compromise, without turning around, without playing hide and seek behind a finger. Let’s ask ourselves two questions, without necessarily pretending to know the answers.


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Here is the Maserati Ghibli of our days, just updated in 2017 and in the most unusual version you would have thought to find, the diesel one. Everything becomes more difficult and complicated - almost twisted - but having to do with a car, after all, it’s all just a simple matter - will it be a fun car to drive or not? That’s it - although there is no classic petrol engine to push and one of the best soundtracks in the automotive industry coming out from the exhausts, so I repeat: will it be fun? My experience with the Ghibli Diesel starts in Modena, where in front of the factory, our Ghibli stands out with its sleek Blu Emozione (Blue emotion) color, in perfect contrast with the tan leather interior and the large 20 inches GTS wheels. A spec that leaves no room for doubts about the quality and love for aesthetic taste, but of course we all know that. You can look at this from every angle not finding any detail that may lead you to the fact that under the bonnet there’s no petrol engine: there are no badges, the exhaust still is made of two classic pairs of tailpipes and everything is in perfect harmony between sportiness of the prestigious Trident and the elegance of a brand that has a hundred years of history. With the big and heavy key in my hand, I approach the driver’s door, and while I open it, I’m literally invested by a cabin that makes you want to sell your


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house and take up residence on these soft and comfortable leather armchairs - this specimen is crazy, with aluminum pedals, alcantara sky, a powerful Harman Kardon audio system and many other gadgets that will make my next few days with it even more enjoyable. In this case, we also have Skyhook suspensions, a must in order to bring the driving experience to another level, but we’ll talk about it shortly. I do not wait any longer and I sit at the wheel, greeted by the classic multifunctional steering that overwhelm those huge paddles, among the best in the market. The infotainment system, like last year’s Quattroporte test drive, is faster and more intuitive than before, with a fully customizable menu according to the driver’s preferences and a large and well-visible screen even under the sun’s rays. To control it, you can use the rotor located behind the shift lever, or directly through the touch display. Finally I’m back at the wheel of a Maserati and during my test days I’ve felt so special, just like every occasion you climb on board a car from of the Trident – take for example the class of the analog clock in the middle of the dashboard. Seating position is perfect, thanks to the many available settings, and the overall look is very close to that of the bigger Quattroporte sister, but more homogeneous, especially in the rear three quarters, which looks more graceful and with the right proportions. You do not look at a Maserati, you just admire it as standing still with mouth open in front of

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MASERATI GHIBLI DIESEL (2017-) Layout front-engined, rear wheel drive Engine V6 cylinder 2.987cc - turbodiesel Transmission 8-speed automatic gearbox Power 275 hp @ 4.000 rpm 600 Nm @ 2.000-2.600 rpm Weight 1.875 kg Acceleration 6,3 sec. Top Speed 250 kph Price from € 68.803


Coming out of a corner, forgetting to wear a serious person’s clothes, I hit the throttle and the rear widen.


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a picture at the Louvre, the ideal place to sit and get lost in the contemplation of the details, of those chrome and of that front grille, a mouth that wants to devour miles and miles of roads, but this time with a different feeling than usual, without draining the bank account and above all, making this sedan ideal for any type of drive. I delayed a bit, I admit that, but after being bombarded with data, information and at the same time impressions and conclusions of any kind, it was the right thing to do – just take one minute more and reset your brain. On rare occasions, I sat and thought so much before understanding, before building an impression that it was the result of an analysis that took into account factors other than what we usually need to have fun on a sports car. Yes, a sports car, because Maserati, even if it represents the quintessence of luxury, goes hand in hand with sportiness, and here comes into play that mixture of sensations I experienced for the first time, putting the car in Sport mode. The steering response becomes more sensitive, even the throttle seems to be more brilliant, but above all I get a whole series of sensory inputs I’ve never felt on a diesel car. Maybe I have to thank the perfect wedding between the chassis and the gorgeous 8-speed

automatic gearbox, or perhaps the exhaust valves, which almost completely eliminate the typical noise of a diesel engine and recall, albeit artificially, the sound of a petrol one. This V6 is black magic. Do not tell me it’s a mistake, because it would be crazy to have (capability) technologies available to help make a driving experience that you can live 365 days a year going to work, on holiday and to attack some winding roads, without having to regret the fact you’ve left your typical sports car home. The last minute hairpins will not be a problem, so the weight - we’re talking about 1,800kg but the balance is impeccable, the powerful brakes too and the always-available and generous 600Nm torque, which can be exploited from 2000 to 2600 rpm, are an ultimate joy. The thrust lasts as you would hope, the 275hp do a great job and the speed and precision of the gearbox contribute to the progressive and constant acceleration, ensuring ease in any overtaking maneuver. The 3.0cc is a jewel that likes to be treated abruptly, it will not betray you and it won’t make you ask for more than you need (5.9 l/100km), ready to play the role that you impose yourself. Ghibli is a beautiful woman in her forty, she has experience, knows


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68 what she wants and does not fear meeting with younger people, but at the same time wants the respect she deserves, she must be understood and will only give the maximum if you prove to be at her level. Take some of her small shades down and you will not understand her, not one bit. My passion for mountain roads does not want to stand aside and so I’m challenging a few dozen logical rules that would not look happy with the diesel sedan balance + bends + traction control off + mountain road as a playground. In fact, this is not the case and it is at this point that my appreciation for this car is raised to a higher level. As I leave the city chaos or the fast motorway lanes, I really find myself alongside the Ghibli in Sport mode – appreciating how the front communicates intimately with the road. Every little command that I impart on the steering wheel is immediately transmitted to the front wheels while the rear axle handles the large torque reserve and traction; out of a corner, forgetting to wear the clothes of a serious person, I go heavy on the throttle and the rear widens. The necessary movement is brusque, a decisive countersteering and the car straightens in the blink of an eye, with the nose pointing to the next curve - I do nothing else, not so much because it’s not the

place and the right moment, but because I’m astonished by the precision, the dynamism, the ingeniousness, and all the feedbacks that I have received, allowing me to manage with ease a maneuver that certainly does not fit a sedan of this kind. Extraordinary, just like the feeling of applying three fingers on those big paddles and climbing up or down, or approaching and admiring it for hours, noting that nobody in the street knows how to withstand such charm. It is time to refuel and it is here that I finally come to my personal facedown with the Ghibli Diesel. The only traces that point to the fuel type are on the engine cover, the fuel filler and the rev counter, which has the red line at 4,750. It does not leave any other traces, if you are concerned about this, but the point is that there is nothing disgraceful, because after having tested it on all kinds of roads and having used it as you would do with a petrol Maserati, you realize that it has all the cards in order to show off that symbol of luxury, elegance and sportiness. Let’s talk about it without prejudices -

with € 68,000 there is a chance to take home a Maserati (brand new) and the real concreteness of being able to drive it every single day that God gives us on Earth. Practical, versatile, comfortable for four people (with 5 seats) and several luggage - and then damn sexy, unlike its major competitors, that despite being even more powerful (with the same engine) aesthetically do not have half the charm of this one. An Italian lady who, in addition to a beautiful dress, has so much substance and the ability to let you have fun at the wheel, criticizing in the best way possible the criticisms of those “enthusiasts” who abhor the idea of a diesel Maserati. Because facts are better than a thousand words.


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DS3 PERFORMANCE CABRIO Words: Tommaso Mogge

Photography: Giorgia Rossi


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That peace - the birds chirping happily and fly from one branch to the other, the sun is standing in the blue sky and the trees seem to have taken even more vivid colors than usual. Summer is here and even though I do not feel the same emotions as when it represented the start of school holidays, the relaxation that sends you a day like this is something imponderable. I headed for the Langhe, a chest of green and good wine located in Southern Piedmont, I did it with a car which has two personalities, but that is actually able to offer you more than you can imagine. Let’s call it a sports car, or a convertible, or even a luxury hatchback, because the new DS3 Performance Cabrio is all this and much more, and its lively yellow paint just makes me happy and welcome a playful working day. DS is at Citroen as Performance is at Racing - make two quick computing and you will notice that only names and badges have changed but the recipe is a natural continuation of what we drove a few years ago with the small and sparkling French hot-hatch, able to be customized from bottom to top (like the Mini Cooper) and to be pleasant for a wide audience,

with a new style and all you need to enjoy the landscape around, especially when driving along the valleys of this magnificent land where for a few moments you can set aside the sporting side in favor of the convertible one. Welcome DS3, with that Pegasus yellow along with black pillars, or the 18-inch diamond-cut black wheels - but be careful that watching this car with extreme sympathy would be a mistake as it will do things seriously and the consistent price tag (about 30,000 Euros for the convertible version) is the proof. I keep looking at all the details of the exterior, the maniacal search of a class touch that is only seen at the second or third look, such as the logos in the headlight caps, or the new DS badge with the three stripes to represent the Performance version. There is so much to see, but the double tailpipes at the back urges me to get at the wheel and ignite the engine, figuring out what the small transalpine rebel is capable of – no more wait, so I open the big driver’s door and I am greeted by two sports front seats, very contoured but at the same time soft and comfortable, finished in alcantara, fabric and leather. On the dashboard, you recognize the typical style of the previous series, but the DS logos are a constant, while the 6-speed gear

lever has close rations and promises to give me tons of fun. The small 1.6 4-cylinder is generous thanks to its 208 horses, which make it one of the few B-segment cars with four seats and retractable roof to boast such a power. Once the engine is alive, the instrument panel comes to life: very simple and easy to read, it consists of three items that from left to right bring you the tachometer, speedometer and fuel level indicator, along with typical information on real time consumption, trip, etc. At the center of the dashboard, the sat-navigator disaply, just above the climate controls and the manual gear stick. I begin to move, savoring the warm asphalt of the Langhe beneath me, with the front tires always making a good hold, despite having to handle 300Nm of torque at just 2,000 rpm: the pedals are soft and the clutch has a long run, while the brake requires more delicacy than usual, due to the known sensitivity of the brakes fitted on French cars. After just a few miles, I’m already in tune with the DS3 Perf. and I start to push things a bit with a good noise that is always ready to come out of the exhaust, especially during gears changes. There is no Sport button proving that you can


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75 decide straight away and better than any electronic control how to actually drive this car: a moment can be ideal to deal with traffic and the moment after, opening the roof, a fantastic way to enjoy the blue sky above you. Just the roof is a fundamental aspect that differentiates the Convertible from the Coupe - obviously, you say - but I point to the fact that in addition to partially opening it, you will be able to fully retract it until folding the rear glass in the luggage compartment. The complex mechanism however has to adversely affect two aspects, secondary to those who have in mind only the purity of driving and the sportiness of the hatchback in question, but to be present for those who can’t give up the practical side of a car that can still be used daily. The opening of the luggage compartment is really unusual, with the little door opening - just a little - sliding upwards and offering a small space to put stuff inside. We had serious troubles fitting backpacks and photographic equipment, I do not imagine you having to look for something in the suitcase loaded first. An aspect that certainly does not ruin my overall judgment on this car, but that in terms of daily coexistence can give some extra annoyance.


DS3 PERFORMANCE CABRIO (2017-) Layout front-engined, front wheel drive Engine 4 cylinder 1.598cc - turbo Transmission 6-speed manual gearbox Power 208 hp @ 6.000 rpm 300 Nm @ 2.000 rpm Weight 1.235 kg Acceleration 6,5 sec. Top Speed 230 kph Price from € 30.400


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When I finish watching the details and the soft side of the DS3, I decide to take advantage of the lack of traffic to understand how much racing spirit has remained in the DNA of the French pepper. All I have to do is to downshift a couple of gears, looking at the tachometer needle splashing up and throwing the gas on the floor. It is ready, responsive and strong thanks to a well-packed frame, although it does not have a very low center of gravity. There are no problems in directional changes, not even during the worst ones, and brakes are always ready to retrieve some aggressive cornering, while understeer is limited thanks to a Torsen self-locking differential that performs really well. 208 horses are a number that today may seem honest, but with a weight and a car body like this allow a good acceleration, so as to burn the 0-100 in 6 seconds and a half. From a curve to the other you do not even feel the need to engage a lower gear and you can take advantage of the remarkable torque curve to throw your head down for a drive to the limit, the latter really high, especially in terms of grip. Another noteworthy aspect is the direct and precise steering, which also makes the most sustained pace on b-roads an entertaining game - while on the motorway it would have been preferable a bit tighter. During long runs, you realize that getting familiar with the gearshift is more difficult than usual, requiring caution not to bump in gear chan-


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ges and wasting time and precious revs. The DS3 Perf. is really hot and wants to run fast, but it does understand me when I get captured by the perfect landscape on the roadside and I inevitably slow the pace. It is then time to set the navigator back, precise and intuitive, and head to the restaurant to put something in my stomach, noting that fuel consumption has been pretty acceptable - keep for good 5.4 l/100km, a figure that inevitably is designed to increase if you put the 1.6 turbo under stress. Parking on the roadside, I step down and decide to enjoy the last rays of the sun on this glittering day. The DS3 Performance looks nice everywhere you put it, and after testing its dynamic capabilities, I continue to observe all those details, the desire to represent a new “luxury hatchback” niche, reviewing the amount of fun it has given me. It’s not going to be ideal for going on vacation, or for carrying around a lot of friends - as the front seats offer little room in the back for legs and head - but it will be a faithful partner in crime, at the same time suitable for a complete drive in full relax. Certainly the price is challenging, but there is so much quality and substance, which is not neglectable in a car of this size, which had to and has been able to spin both of the goals it has in mind.


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Words: Marco Rallo

We are over 7 billion on this planet and each of us is different from the other. Our social, cultural and more simply the various moments related to our human path make us unique and with a precise characterization, easily interpretable by our way of dressing, from the places we attend and from the people around us. For us car enthusiasts, choosing the color of our ride, or even of our everyday hatchback, is equally an important moment - I would not see myself coming down from a big and quiet acid green sedan. That’s why car wrapping has quickly become a world phenomenon that has completely changed the way you approach your car. If until now we could have just seen a few rally-derived sports cars with iconic liveries and sponsors, now each of us can create their own, or choose a pattern (camouflage, striped, chalk, chrome) or point to more traditional colors, maybe matte finished, able to enhance the look of our car and at the same time make it always fresh as just collected from the dealer.

Photography: Daniele Abbondanza


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85 In addition to offering an added value from an image’s point of view, wrapping also ensures better preservation of the paint itself, acting as a protective layer - if you are really stingy, you can also opt for the anti-stone film and keep it safe from debris lifted by cars in front of you. Wrapping Italy is now a well-known signature in Italy and not only, also famous for having wrapped a hypercar like the Pagani Huayra, but let me tell you that these guys - recently moved to Assago (MI) - are ready for everything and every day they transform any vehicle into something unique. They have wrapped supercars, city cars, motorbikes, boats, trucks and even coaches, without forgetting the precious collaboration with “Overland” who last month embarked on the most dangerous crossing through the lands of Islam. Our Daniele Abbondanza attended the inauguration of the new headquarter, or rather the Open Day dedicated to the more traditional wrapping - that of cars - since there is no time to rest, not even during the move from their previous working location. Francesco, Max, Nico and the other guys are a fast-paced train and show proudly their creations: watching them is something exciting, since many think that wrapping a car is a simple process, actually it’s really complicated and requires preparation and so much patience. It all begins with the dismantling of the headlights, bumpers and all the other panels, so as not to leave anything imperfect, and then it’s time for taking measurements, present the sheets on the first parts to be treated and so on. The game is long and the fact that it’s not a regular surface makes it all very challenging.


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86 A Smart car, a flowered Mini, or even your home or office’s furniture - everything takes a new image and returns to be new and you also realize that this way you could also save money. Imagine getting tired of your beloved sports car, but in the end you would not replace it with anything else in the world: change color to that and look like you’re driving a new one. Costs tend to be lower than those of a complete painting process and wrapping is easily removable without leaving any sign of any kind. Over the last few years, coming back to talk about special livery, we have seen crazy finishing, such as fake rust, or a retro lure applied on a modern car. There’s really something for everyone, and Wrapping Italy have no problem to satisfy you, guiding you from the design to the application itself, making you a true participant and the proper creator of the new image of your car. Find out more by visiting their HQ in Assago, Via Concordia 9.


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