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The New Porsche 911 rsr Driven review – the Audi sQ7 Škoda Kodiaq Volkswagen I.D Jaguar IPAce Audi rs3 sedan McLaren BP23
December 2016 Welcome to the Ninth Edition of WE LoVE CARS. WE LOvE CARs is an eMagazine that puts you in the driver’s seat and lets you know all the news about vehicle launches, latest offers and company updates..
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43 Audi RS3 Sedan
Driven Review – the Audi SQ7
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Welcome back to another edition of WE LoVE CARS. It
are lucky enough to be getting one. If you don’t know what
has been a rather busy and fun time for me since the
the XKss is, it’s a Jaguar that was built in the 60s and was
last issue. I’ve had the great pleasure of attending two
the road version of the racing D-Type - dubbed the “first
World Dealer Conferences - Lamborghini and McLaren;
supercar”. they planned to build 25 of them, however the
the launch (re-launch) of the Jaguar XKSS, and the Los
factory burnt down before they could complete them all,
Angeles Motor Show.
leaving eight chassis untouched until now. Jaguar call it a
the Lamborghini conference, held in Bologna, Italy, did
re-counteraction, where they will build the final eight as close
not disappoint – it was a great opportunity to preview the
to the originals as possible using traditional techniques. For
new model range, and meet the new boss, stefano Domini-
the record, steve McQueen owned one - it doesn’t get any
cal. updates to the model range start with the Aventador s
cooler than that.
(production & delivery scheduled early 2017). the outgoing
We also went to the Los Angeles Motor show, where without
Aventador has been further refined and sharpened, and has
doubt the new electric I-PACE suv from Jaguar was the star.
seen some mechanical improvement, which includes more
Finally we have just recently celebrated our 50th year in
horsepower over the current model. the other car that is out
business. the business was founded by our Chairman sir
early next year is the replacement to the gallardo superleg-
Colin giltrap in the 1960s. this was a business that started
gera, the Huracan Performante. this car looks like a race
out of passion and has grown far past his greatest dreams.
car and performs like one too. When you combine the extra
Whilst we are very proud of our efforts, we want to say thank
performance and some very innovative aerodynamics, you
you to our customers who have been so generous to us for
have one seriously quick car - Lamborghini didn’t tell us the
all those years, as without you there would be no us.
exact time the Performante clocked around the Nurburgring
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.
but let’s just say that it will blow your mind away - expect this car to be at least “hypercar quick”. Finally, the confer-
ence featured the new pre-production suv due out in 2018,
Michael giltrap, Joint Managing Director
called the urus. this car looks awesome and will have the performance to match - Lamborghini are rightly calling it the first “Supercar SUV”. My visit to McLaren in Woking, England was equally as exciting with the showing of two new future modes: the first is the McLaren 540C and 570s spiders (the roadster versions of these vehicles). What I really like about McLaren spider (other than that I think they look a fraction better than the Coupe) is that they also perform as well as the Coupe (most roadsters’ performance is compromised). the 540C and 570s spider will not disappoint people who just love opentop driving. We also saw the replacement 650s (codename P14), which also is out later next year. the P14 is a step up from the current model - it really does look amazing - like a true supercar. Moving on to something a little different but cool, Colin and I went to the launch of the Jaguar XKss in LA as we
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New Passenger Vehicles
10,795 new passenger registrations, up 12% over same
12,709 used import passenger registrations - up 14% over
month last year and good enough to be the biggest month
same month last year.
for the year and one of the best results on record. 3914 new commercial registrations - up 28% over same month last year, and you guessed it - one of the best results
974 used import commercial registrations - up 32% over same month last year (yes, you read that right). Overall 13683 used import registrations, up 15% YtD.
on record. used import arrival volumes in (15809) were 22% ahead of Overall, 14,709 new registrations - up 16% over same month last year, and leaving the market up 9% YtD.
same month last year, and the biggest tally since before 2004. Arrivals volumes exceeded sales by 2380 units, resulting
Even though rental sales were a large part of the market in (28%), the base market after backing out the rental sales was up a staggering 24% in.
in a substantial inventory increase. the used import market is on track to be the strongest year since the peak used import years of 2003-05.
If market trends continue through the 4th Qtr, the combined new vehicle market is on track to be the largest market on record.
Used Import Passenger Registrations 16,000
New Passenger Registrations 12,000
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Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
ceLeBrATINg 50 yeArs of The gILTrAP grouP
This year, the Giltrap Group celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sir Colin Giltrap’s first incorporation of our company. to mark the occasion, shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront was home to an all-encompassing Christmas party for people from all dealerships and corners of the company. the evening began on the ground floor with a picnic themed setting at the end of a red carpet. Along the walls, a mosaic of food truck options were set amongst a display of volkswagen Amaroks, the 1973 Yardley McLaren M23 and the New Zealand A1 gP Car, Black Beauty. Sir Colin was first to speak for the evening, retelling the story of the beginnings of the company and the steps and friendships he made along his journey. Colin’s pride for mo-
a tribute to long-standing staff members, the giltrap Family
torsport and New Zealand’s racers was evident as he spoke
presented those having given more than 20 years to the
of racing. Whether it was his initial help for scott Dixon, his
company with personalised Crane Brothers blazers. Ivan
support of the Evans boys or even his connections to Porsche
Marinovich has been with the giltrap group for 44 years.
Factory driver Brendon Hartley, his experiences have left him
the evening then moved upstairs to the less formal setting
with interesting stories to be envied. taking the microphone,
to the sounds of late 80’s Mercedes & Holly smith where the
Michael giltrap toasted his father’s success, and the continu-
celebrations continued into the evening.
ing success of the group and all those within their walls. As
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gILTrAP NorTh shore
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BEN KIM Volkswagen Sales
Having worked as the Assistant sales
Before joining the team at giltrap North-
Before taking the role of service Admin-
Manager for 3 years at Westcity Auto
shore, Kruiz was self-employed in the
istrator, sam was a Builder’s Hammer
group, Ben has come to the group to
landscaping industry. He enjoys his role
Hand. Enjoying her time working with
work with the best, and contribute to
for the opportunities to interact with
great people in a great industry, she is
an industry-leading company. He loves
customers and helping them achieve
taking well to the challenge of learning
his job for the exposure he receives
what they want.
the new industry.
when dealing with new people and new challenges on a daily basis.
Hannah’s come to the team from uni-
Ish was an electrician’s apprentice for
versity while studying Marketing and
Bishman Electrical before taking the
Management. she’s previously worked
role with Giltrap Audi. He feels fitted
at a dry cleaners as a team leader.
to giltrap Audi with for his love of
Having an Audi herself, Hannah’s love
interacting with customers.
for the brand starts at the top, and she enjoys working for the best Audi dealership.
schofIeLDs of NewMArKeT
holden Sales Cadet
Before Schofields, Tim was a Work-
Before Schofields Isaac was finish-
shop Manager at a motorsport and
ing his final year at St Peters College.
high performance workshop. He loves
With a drive to meet new people, Isaac
meeting new people and helping them
hopes to learn from his colleagues, and
find a suitable vehicle, especially if it’s
remember every insight of wisdom. His
the chellenge of converting someone
favourite racer in the world is Lewis
from Ford to Holden! He’s a big fan of
Hamilton, but the Hsv racers may yet
the Hsv gts.
rub off on him.
Recently Joined giltrap Penrose, as
Recently Joined giltrap Penrose as a
Has extensive experience in the au-
one of our new vehicle detailers. saori
service Advisor and Marketing Coordi-
tomotive industry, especially with the
is a mother of one who came to New
nator. Previously worked as a campaign
Nissan network at a dealership and
Zealand 4 years ago after the great
manager at Expressive Promotions in
distributor level. Prior to joining giltrap
East Japan earthquake.
Penrose, team Mike was Parts Manager at Davie Holden. Mike has been part of the giltrap Penrose team for 4 months and is loving the new setup.
Recently Joined the giltrap Penrose
Recently joined giltrap Penrose as one
Recently joined giltrap Penrose as
team as a new vehicle detailer, after
of our new vehicle detailers, Ainsley
one of our new vehicle detailers. Kerry
many years detailing luxury vehicles
is a mother of 2 who was born and
previously worked in a hair salon, she
at Continental Cars. Dean is happy to
raised in Invercargill. she enjoys the
enjoys the everyday challenges of the
be part of a very strong detailing team
happy environment and strong team
fast-paced automotive industry.
at giltrap Penrose.
at giltrap Penrose.
Recently joined giltrap Penrose parts
Has recently become part of the giltrap
department. Previously worked for
Penrose new vehicle detailing family.
NZ Post, and has no trouble driving a
Surman is a qualified arboris and previ-
manual van. Joyce thrives off her daily
ously worked for Norton trees, but is
tasks and enjoys the challenges she
enjoying seeing all the new cars and
faces. this mother of 4 feels giltrap
feels he is part of a brilliant team.
Penrose is â€œFamilyâ€?.
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Porsche 911 rsr
The new 911 RSR makes full use of the
concept, engine and transmission have
system, the so-called “Collision Avoid
breadth of the Le Mans 24 hours GT
all been designed from scratch. the en-
system”. Even in the dark, the faster LMP
regulations, and in addition to system-
gine concept has enabled the designers
prototypes are detected early enough
atic lightweight design, features the
to install a particularly large rear diffuser.
and misunderstandings can be avoided.
ultra-modern, flat-six unit positioned
Combined with a top-mounted rear
A new safety cage concept and a new,
in front of the rear axle. The four-litre,
wing adopted from the LMP1 race car,
rigidly-mounted racing seat enhance
extremely light aggregate features
the 919 Hybrid, the level of downforce
driver safety. With the seat fixed to
direct fuel injection as well as a rigid
and the aerodynamic efficiency were
the chassis, the pedalry can now been
valve drive and is characterised by
moved and adjusted to fit the driver.
outstanding efficiency. The new 911
shift paddles on the steering wheel
this new car is so spectacular that
RSR will make its debut at the Daytona
actuate the sequential six-speed gear-
the accolades could be listed over mul-
24-hour race in January 2017.
box with a magnesium housing, which
“While retaining the typical 911 design,
delivers power to the 31-centimentre-
this is the biggest evolution by now in
wide rear wheels. the changeover to the
the history of our top gt model,” says
new engine generation is now complete.
Head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-
For the first time, a Porsche GT race
visit giltrap Porsche showroom at
steffen Walliser. the new 911 RsR is a
car features state-of-the-art assistance
100 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
completely new development: the sus-
systems: the new 911 RsR is equipped
or visit their website at
pension, body structure, aerodynamic
with a radar-supported collision warning
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PANAMerA Pushes The eNVeLoPe
By: Liz Dobson Porsche New zealand has given a sneak preview of the all-new Panamera premium sedan just weeks before it officially goes on sale here. the company held an exclusive media session at Hampton Downs racetrack on tuesday evening, with two factorylent models on show: the turbo and 4s. the 4s is priced from $275,300 and the turbo will cost from $346,300. Both models, along with a diesel 4s, will go on sale in New Zealand from December. A plug-in hybrid version will follow that Porsche says has a 50km range. the second-generation has been reworked from the tyres up. It gains new engines, a reworked transmission, new chassis and, more importantly, a new exterior appearance. The first generation Panamera garnered unfavourable reviews due to its
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appearance, which looked more like
of torque. the diesel 4s has a 4-litre v8
an extended 911 than a stand-alone
engine (310kW/850Nm) which Porsche
claims will be the world’s fastest diesel,
But the Panamera has joined the
while the turbo has a 4-litre, v8 engine
Macan, new Boxster and Cayman with a
(404kW/770Nm), a change from the
more dominant design with the german
4.8-litre engine in the previous model.
luxury brand not afraid to push new
All models now have Porsche’s dual-
technology to emphasis their sports
clutch transmission (PDK) with eight
vehicles. the all-new gt-style Panam-
speeds and all-wheel drive.
era has extended proportions, flared
New features also include rear axle
shoulders, a more dynamic roofline
steering, three-chamber air suspension,
and striking front and rear LED lights.
the electromechanical roll stabilisation
Four circles form the front lightsand
system, and Porsche’s dynamic chassis
the rear wrap-around LED lights make
control sport (PDCC sport) with Porsche
a dramatic addition.
torque vectoring plus (Ptv Plus).
the new Panamera also features
Inside the cabin, the Porsche has
extensive use of aluminium in the body
one of the most advanced cockpits
seen in any luxury product -- even out-
the gran turismo has three new
performing Mercedes-Benz’s two screen
twin-turbo engines, with the 4s now
dash in the E-Class, and the s-Class’s
paired with a 2.9-litre v6 petrol engine,
down from 3-litre twin-turbo but pro-
Porsche instead has gone futuristic
ducing 324kW of power and 550Nm
with the black panel surfaces and in-
teractive touchscreen displays with the tachometer the only traditional dial. the look is both sci-fi and glamour. If this is an indicator of how the brand intends to style the inside of its sports cars, then Porsche New Zealand will be gaining even more customers.
Porsche NZ sells about 12 Panamera a year, but expects to increase that number with the new model. the company also had the facelift Cayman s on show during the twilight drive session at Hampton Downs. Priced from $153,800 for the PDK transmission version, the Cayman s comes with a 2.5-litre, tour-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 257kW of power and 420Nm of torque. It, like the new Boxster, is badged 718 as the company plays on Porsche’s mid-engine 718s that won numerous races in the 1950s and 60s, including Le Mans, at Nurburgring and targa Florio. But the vehicles of the evening had to be the Panameras. First up for me was the 4s, a smart start so I could “move up” to the turbo with its option of 4D Chassis Control (that reduces body roll) and a rear wing that spreads at speed. Dialling in Sport mode for the first of three laps in the 4s, the Panamera defied any notion that this is a luxury sedan. Instead it harks to its sports performance abilities with a “sedate” 160km/h first nudge down the new straight, then took on the new tight and banking corners of the circuit. With sport+ in lap two and three, the speeds were notched up on the straight and corners but I found the body roll hindered my performance-- especially with a colleague in the turbo on my tail! But in the turbo, those corners were smoothed out and, although the 4s had the delightful crackle from the exhaust, the turbo is the model that you can take from track to a road trip without any complaints.
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The all-new ŠKODA KODIAQ was officially revealed to the world for the very first time in Berlin on the 1st of September. The much anticipated addition to the ŠKoDA range received a great reception. the ŠKODA KODIAQ aims to impress: the wide, threedimensional radiator grille gives the KODIAQ a striking presence. In combination with the narrow, raked headlights, which are available with full-LED technology for the first time, ŠKODA’s first large SUV will be instantly recognisable on the road. the side and rear views are sharp and the tailgate is expressively sculptured. the rear lights, with LED technology (as standard), shine in the typical ŠKODA C-shape. the exterior design of the ŠKODA visions reflects the brand’s new emotional appeal. All the edges and lines are
on the logo are ŠKODA’s tribute to the Czech art of crystal-
clear, precise and sharp, while crystalline design elements
accentuate the exterior. the interplay of light and shadow
the side view also illustrates the strong suv character
creates powerful effects on the strikingly chiselled surfaces.
of ŠKODA’s visions with sharp tornado line spanning the
At the front the bonnet relies on the creative use of plastics,
entire length of the powerful car body. Angular wheel arches
with contours flowing towards the brand logo. the wide grille
emphasise the off-road character and the upper-shoulder
and four tapered, high-set LED headlights characterise the
contour forms a deep groove over the sills. the quickly slop-
face of the car, emphasising the vehicle’s suv character.
ing roofline with the long spoiler and tapered rear visually
Crystalline elements in the vertical struts in the grille and
accelerate the show car even when stationary. the rear of ŠKODA’s KoDIAQ has been sculpturally designed with a strong diffuser insert bordering the large exhaust pipes, giving the large suv a visually powerful stance. the ŠKODA logo and shallow rear lights with dynamically cut crystalline housings sit just beneath the low rear window, while ŠKODA’s characteristic C-arm, beginning at the rear lights, runs into the flat reflectors in the bumper. visit the giltrap ŠKODA showroom at 58 Great South Road, Epsom or visit their website at www.giltrapskoda.co.nz
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Lexus announced the formation of a creative partnership with film studio EuropaCorp. One of the early highlights of this collaboration will be the highly anticipated 2017 science fiction film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan. Lexus collaborated with the Valerian creative team, as they imagined and brought to life the vision for the SKyJET, a single-seat pursuit craft featured in the film. the valerian team created the sKYJEt with the ambition of featuring a vehicle grounded in reality but befitting of the valerian world, set 700 years in the future. the creative team met with Lexus’ Chief Engineer, takeaki Kato and the Lexus design team, to discuss incorporating believable,
Commenting on the partnership, director Luc Besson
imaginative technologies and contemporary design cues
said, “For this partnership we were looking for a brand that’s
into the final iteration of the SKYJET.
pioneering in innovation and technology, who is focused
the sKYJEt design also incorporates an adapted inter-
on the future more than the past.”
pretation of Lexus’ signature “spindle” grille, and a similar
the brand is set to provide unique fan experiences over
headlight design to that of the hotly anticipated 2018 Lexus
the next nine months, designed to bring enthusiasts from
LC coupe, defined by an athletic and aerodynamic shape.
around the world closer to the action leading up to the film’s
valerian and the City of a thousand Planets features an
release in July 2017.
all-star cast including Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, and Kris Wu. the project marks Luc Besson’s most ambi-
visit the Lexus showroom at
tious film to date and the largest-budget European motion
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picture ever produced. The feature film is an adaptation
or visit their website at
of the French comic series ‘valérian,’ written by Pierre
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ALL FOUR ONE
One extraordinary four-door sports GT. Every inch an Aston Martin.
Official government fuel consumption figures in litres per 100km for the Aston Martin Rapide S: urban 19.5; extra-urban 9.1; combined 12.9. CO2 emissions 300 g/km. The 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.
AsToN MArTIN DB11
Car makers have been converting
actually offers, considering the car
the wind flowing over their cars
deploys a semi-traditional, physical
into aerodynamic down force for
“gurney flap” at higher speeds to
over 30 years. Nowadays this is
assist the Aeroblade. the small,
accompanied by numerous active
electronically controlled physical
and passive aerodynamic features to
spoiler rises out of the trunk about
help direct that airflow. With pursuit
2.5 inches off the deck-lid at around
for greater stability and handling,
80 – 130 kmh. But the presence of
carmakers endeavour to cut a smaller
the AeroBlade meant stylists didn’t
and sharper hole in the air.
have to build in a lip-mounted spoiler
For 2017, Aston Martin added one of the most significant aerodynamic innovations since the Lotus 49. the DB11 channels air coming across the
therefore continuing on the unbroken design. As a result, the DB11 has cleaner lines and a less obtrusive spoiler.
side of the car through portals behind the rear windows. It bottlenecks it underneath the trunklid and fires it
visit the Independent Prestige
back up through the deck to create
a “virtual spoiler”.
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t h e s e n e w m e a n s to a n o l d mechanical problem helps to fight
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the car as it lifts with greater speeds. using design language, the never ending love of beautiful creation, Aston Martin has created something that’s more efficient through the air. It not entirely about styling, it’s about using design principles to generate a more efficient product. Officials were mum on how much aerodynamic help the air spoiler REtuRN tO CONtENts PAgE
SIMON EVANS: EARL BAMBER:
With fantastic results of 3 for 3 at Pukekohe simon has ended the season
taking P1 in the shanghai Carrera Cup,
on a high. Another highlight of simon’s year was his race at the Nurburgring
he moved to Macau where he qualified
in the Audi sport Cup tt car.
P2 only to have the race stopped after a horrific crash to Laurens.
HAYDEN PADDON: Hayden performed to an extremely high level in his Hyundai i20 WRC, backed by Hyundai NZ. With a season of 2 victories and 12 podiums, Paddon’s year has been one to remember.
SHANE VAN GISBERGEN: shane has won the v8 supercars championship after
an unforgettable weekend that
Becoming the FIA WEC World
seemed to showcase the very
Champion again for 2016 in
best of what New Zealand had
the 919 Hybrid, Brendon has
to offer in motorsport. shane
been a part of an extremely
was definitely in the limelight,
successful team. Brendon says
and there is little question about
goodbye to his co-driver and
his abilities abroad.
friend Mark Webber who will be retiring from racing.
RICHIE STANAWAY: While continuing to race with Aston
Martin Racing in the FIA World
2016 has marked Dixon’s 15th year with
Endurance Championship, the
target Chip ganassi Racing – the longest
season has been tough with early
tenure for a driver in team history (1990-pre-
retirements. Richie also took a seat
sent). He awaits the next season in 2017,
in the superblack Racing Ford over
but before then we should recognise his
in surfer’s Paradise.
podiums this season in Long Beach, Elkhart Lake, toronto, and Watkins glen.
MITCH EVANS: Mitch finished 8th and 6th at the Sepang International Circuit in the gP2 series, and retired early in his final race at the Yas Marina Circuit. As we all know, Mitch has also been a main driver for the Panasonic Jaguar Formula E team. We must all remember
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séBAsTIeN ogIer The worLD chAMPIoN
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World champion Sébastien ogier
overhauled by Ott Tänak, who finished
during the recce a lot of people said it
headed a Volkswagen Motorsport 1-2
third in a Ford Fiesta Rs.
was even worse than previous years.
in Thursday morning’s shakedown at Kennards hire Rally Australia.
Ogier was first into the stage and
I didn’t expect so much.”
had a taste of things to come when he
Even Monday night’s massive rain-
He set the fastest time in his third
opens the roads for the first two legs on
storm in the host town of Coffs Harbour
and final run through the 5.02km Boyds
Friday and saturday. the loose gravel
offered no respite for the early starters.
Road speed test, edging Polo R team-
was deep and the Frenchman’s quickest
“When we started the recce on tues-
mate Andreas Mikkelsen by a tenth of
time was more than 11sec faster than
day morning I never saw any marks of
his opening effort on unused roads.
humidity anywhere. It is completely dry
Jari-Matti Latvala set the pace
“It’s such an incredible cleaning ef-
through the opening run in his Polo
fect we have seen this morning,” he
Neuville and team-mate Paddon tied
R, before thierry Neuville powered his
said. “By our calculations it is between
in fourth with Latvala completing the
Hyundai i20 to the top of the standings
0.2sec - 0.3sec per car per kilometre
top six, a tenth of a second behind the
after the second pass. Both were later
faster. It’s always difficult here but
and dusty,”Ogier added.
weBBer TALKs To hIs 25-yeAr-oLD seLf AheAD of hIs fINAL ProfessIoNAL rAce
Red Bull Racing legend Mark Webber will retire from
things a bit differently but it’s all part of the learning curve
professional motorsport at the end of the fIA World Endur-
and there’s no rewind button!
ance Championship season in Bahrain on November 19.
the nerves and homesickness you felt when moving to
Here the much loved Aussie, who won nine races for Red
Europe as a small fish in a big pond have already disappeared,
Bull between 2007-2013, gives advice to his 25-year-old self,
but don’t forget the people who didn’t believe you could
before his F1 debut, on how to handle life in the fast lane.
make it. . Turn it into a positive and use it to fuel the fire.
the years will go quicker than you can ever imagine and
All the difficulties are just part of the ride. Whether it
will take you to the heights of Formula One and within one
is the dangerous accidents - some your fault and some
race of claiming the World Championship. It will introduce
not - or the ginormous challenge of learning how to beat
you to people and opportunities that will shape and influence
people at the highest level consistently, embrace the task
you in everything you do. As you already know, even getting
at hand and get amongst it from the start.
to Formula One has been extremely difficult; it’s already a
And the biggest advice I can give to you is don’t be
huge change from 1997 when Aussie rugby union legend
afraid to utilize the experts around you from the very start
David Campese stepped in to loan you some money so you
of your career. On the technical side, try and get more out
could continue racing in British Formula three!
of the resources that you have available to you at a much
Remember the times aged six when you used to ride your dirt bike on the farm in Australia, commentating to your-
self about being in races with your heroes? And the times
You will always have good relationships with so many
when go-karting with incredible dreams and ambitions of
people you work with but play to their strengths which in
one day visiting a famous track in Europe like silverstone
turn will benefit your performance. It is really important
or Monaco, let alone the thrill of racing on one? You will
and comes with experience but working with great people
live out all of these dreams and more, with memories of
will help get the best out of you. there will be people with
racing with some of the best in the business like Michael
more talent but they will never figure out how to do this
schumacher and Fernando Alonso in your mind forever.
and won’t even have a career in F1.
Make sure you enjoy every moment.
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younger age. It is really hard to get that wisdom early, but
Of course you won’t win every race you enter and you
When you line up for your debut grand Prix in Australia
will have some headwind along the way which you need
with Minardi in 2002, aged 25, you have it all to learn but
to deal with in the best possible way. use every training
a challenge is not something you will ever shy away from.
session to squeeze everything possible out of yourself
As you become older and wiser, you will begin to realise
and that will be the secret to having a long career. Keep
there were times when you would have liked to have done
your emotions level and in check, being sensible with the
absolute highs and dealing with the absolute lows in a
measured way – there will regularly be both.
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Although it will be a big call when you decide to hang up your F1 helmet at the end of 2013, it’s definitely the right
some of the best times in your career will be at Red Bull
decision especially as you will have been eyeing up some-
Racing. After a tough period at Williams, grab this new
thing to reignite your fire after 12 years on the F1 treadmill.
opportunity with both hands and make the most of the
Perhaps you never would have imagined you’d be joining a
honest and open relationship with David Coulthard, who
sports car team again after Le Mans ’99 but you will sign
you will learn a hell of a lot from and help to build the team
up with the brand new Porsche LMP1 programme and will
with while becoming great mates away from the track too.
have an amazing three years. You’ll be surprised how much
A certain mountain biking accident early on won’t help!
you enjoy sharing a car with teammates again – you’ll build
You will be pretty second-hand and far too unfit to be hang-
some great friendships and walk away with a Drivers’ World
ing onto a gP drive lying in the hospital bed in 2008 after
Championship under your belt.
breaking your leg badly at your own charity event in Australia,
then, despite still feeling young and having a huge
but the team will stick by you. Dietrich Mateschitz will give
amount of knowledge and experience to draw upon, you
you peace of mind and tell you Red Bull is right behind you
will step away from the cockpit for the final time. You will
while ensuring you have the best medical care possible
be bowing out when you’re still driving well and enjoying
which will help you return in time for the ‘09 season. His
it but it’s the right decision. It might sound baffling to you
patience and loyalty is something you will never, ever forget.
now but there will come a time when lap times just aren’t
You will recover and go on to get your first pole position
as important to you anymore.
and win your first Formula One race in Germany in 2009
Lastly, and probably most importantly, don’t ever forget
before adding a further eight victories, 12 poles and 42
to treat people with respect and race fairly throughout your
podiums along the way to a grand total of 215 grands Prix.
career. Always. the way you were brought up by your family
2010 will be a special year that, ultimately, will end in your
should never change. You will want to retire without there
biggest disappointment after leading the Championship by
being a single person you can’t shake hands with and say
16 points with three races to go, before losing out in the
that we put it all out there and that it was all done in the
title decider in Abu Dhabi. Be very proud of the achieve-
correct way. It is important that all the trophies you will win
ment though as you put yourself in contention in a lot of
and have at home have been won fairly. Don’t forget your
races and drove very well the whole year. Your teammate,
roots, Mark, you will always be a country boy who really
sebastian vettel, will lead the Championship for one race
just loves to go racing.
and win the title – that is the way racing goes sometimes.
cAroL VorDerMAN: couNTDowN To LIfToff
TV star Carol Vorderman was put
phy. “that was fantastic! It was abso-
skill of the Red Bull Air Race pilots,”
through her paces in a Red Bull Air
lutely brilliant,” said vorderman. “I am
she said. “I’m happy to take off and fly
Race raceplane flown by Challenger
officially a screamer,” she added.
straight and level, but this is something
Class pilot Ben Murphy.
vorderman was a former co-present-
else. Basically it’s like driving, I have my
vorderman, famed for being a maths
er on the tv show, Countdown, where
licence and can drive on motorways,
genius, and now staring in the uK’s
she used to solve near-impossible math
but this is completely different. It’s the
‘I’m a Celebrity… get Me Out Of Here’
problems in her head. so what better
best guys in the world flying as fast as
is a pilot, but had never been given the
way to test her skill than to give her
possible.” she added.
chance to see what the Challenger
a test whilst she was flying. “I solved
Not many people have had the
Class pilots get up to in the cockpit.
the problem, it took me a little longer,
chance to fly through the pylons, but
Ben Murphy and Carol vorderman
but I still got it right,” said vorderman.
vorderman was thrilled to be given
have known each other for many years,
“I think she did very well especially
the chance: “I loved going through
but this was the first time they had
to be able to do the maths problem
the pylon. We were about 20m off the
flown together, so she was thrilled to
whilst flying a loop,” added Murphy.
ground going 180kts. It was fantastic
be given the opportunity to fly through the iconic pylons.
Not only is she a tv star and pilot, but vorderman is also planning a
vorderman was visibly thrilled when
round-the-world solo flight. “When you
she landed after her g-flight with Mur-
fly yourself you really appreciate the
and flying with someone so skilled has been brilliant,” she concluded.
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At the Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its new all-electric, fully autonomous concept car, the I.D. The car will become the first Volkswagen built off the carmaker’s custom-built Modular Electric Drive Kit. It is due to go on sale in 2020 with an electric range of up to 600 km, more than Tesla’s projected distance with their soon-to-be-released Model 3, on a single charge. volkswagen says the sleek silverand-blue car is meant to harken back to the iconic Beetle and golf. there’s no question the I.D. is a pretty rad-looking ride. In addition to its lithium-ion bat-
to locate the car by gPs, where they
logistics service providers to imple-
tery, the I.D. is Volkswagen’s first stab
will be granted temporary permission
ment this innovative concept,” the
at autonomous driving. “the driver can
to open the trunk via an app and drop
activate the fully automated ‘I.D. Pilot’
off parcels. the car’s owner is then
mode just by touching the volkswagen
notified via an app or email as soon
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as the parcel has been delivered and
room at 100 Great North Road,
pany says in a statement. “With this,
the trunk is locked again. “volkswagen
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the electrically adjustable and retract-
is currently working with international
able steering wheel disappears into the dash-pad to form a single entity flush with the dashboard, boosting the lounge feel inside the car.” It’s not clear whether regulations will allow for the sale of a car with a retractable steering wheel by 2020 — though policy makers are diligently at work on refining the rules of the road to better accommodate self-driving cars. to other innovations, the I.D.’s trunk is setup to function as a de facto mailbox. Package delivery agents will be able
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Silk SCARV ES ARE NO LONGER A LUXURY. THEY’RE A
N EC ESSI T Y
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DESIGNED FOR THIS SEASON
C A S C A DA
Developed in Europe by opel, in collaboration with holden, Astra builds on the brands’ shared DNA of excellent driving dynamics, sophisticated design and cutting-edge technology. D e s i g n e d a n d e n g i n e e re d i n germany, Astra’s all-new lightweight architecture means Astra boasts a weight reduction of up to 160kg
when compared to its predecessor.
efficient car”, said Mr. Butler.
Combined with a choice of an all-
“Importantly, Holden engineers have
aluminium 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol
also had a significant contribution to
engine or a sporty 1.6-litre turbocharged
the development of Astra, including
petrol engine, and complete with
the co-development of the automatic
significant Holden engineering input,
t ra n s m i s s i o n c a l i b ra t i o n w i t h
the all-new Astra promises some of the
colleagues in gM Europe and gM
sharpest dynamics and most efficient
North America, and creating a Holden-
performance in the small car class.
specific steering tune in both standard
H o l d e n’s Di re c to r o f ve h i c l e
and sports modes.
Performance, Ian Butler, said the
“Our engineers also employed
European-designed Astra took
their gravel-road chassis controls
vehicle performance to new levels
experience, working with gM Europe
with the focus on mass reduction
engineers in Idiada, spain, and at
and the introduction of two advanced
Holden’s proving ground in Lang
turbo-petrol engines. But in-depth
Lang, victoria, to develop smooth and
development work completed by
progressive Electronic stability Control
Holden’s talented team of local
and traction Control systems.”
engineers also played a key role in
supporting a strong infotainment
making the Astra perfectly suited for
offering are a host of driver assistance
and safety features including: Advanced
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“Key mass reductions in the body-
Park Assist and Automatic Emergency
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Braking on RS and RS-V models; while
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a rear-view camera is available as
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deliver a nimble, responsive and
standard across the range.
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hoLDeN coLorADo: urBAN cowBoys
By: Liz Dobson In just six years, utes have gone from transport favoured by tradies and farmers to now being the vehicle of choice for many city dwellers. In 2010, ute sales in New Zealand totalled just 10,000. these days one in five new vehicles sales in this country is in this segment. But six years ago, the name “ute” covered single cab and double cab varieties. Now the big five-seater crew cabs are often classified as trucks or, as Holden NZ prefers, pick-up trucks. And six years ago the most luxurious
of accessories in the utes would have
the facelift Colorado is priced from
been cupholders. Now you can have
$39,900 for the entry level single cab
heated leather seats and reversing
LS to $66,990 for the five-seater Z71
crew cab automatic.
A frequent top-selling vehicle in New
“We have been able to maintain carry-
Zealand is now the Ford Ranger ute
over pricing for two-wheel drive models
used around town or for trips with the
and just a $1000 increase for four-wheel
stand up paddle board to the beach, or
drive variants,” said Holden NZ manag-
with mountain bikes to forest tracks.
ing director, Kristian Aquilina.
to reiterate this change in consum-
“the value equation offered by Colo-
ers and their use of utes, when Holden
rado is better than even before, with new
launched its Colorado recently there
standard features equating to thousands
wasn’t one tradie featured in its glossy
of dollars of added enhancements.”
sales brochure. Instead it featured urban settings and lifestyle use.
the new model features a new interior and redesigned exterior, as well as improvements to ride comfort, cabin quietness, vibration and handling. It also gains MyLink system with colour touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto headlights, LED daytime running lights, seven airbags and electric power steering are standard across the range. the top of the range LtZ and Z71 trims add a new level of safety and convenience with Front Park assist, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, tyre pressure monitor, power folding exterior mirrors and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.
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the Colorado also recently gained a five star Ancap safety rating.
the facelift Colorado comes with Holden’s 2.8-litre diesel engine plus payload and towing capability, at 1-tonne and 3.5 tonnes respectively. there are six speed manual and automatic transmissions plus two and four-wheel variants.
lane departure warning plus front and
use — plus ease of driving at city speeds
rear park assist.
and at over 100km/h.
thanks to the reversing camera, I
My negative about the LtZ was mi-
could fit the 5361mm long truck in my
nor; it only had four hooks in the tray
carpark space without having to make
rather than six to secure netting or to
a 10-point manoeuvre.
tie down loads.
A spring clean-up of my property saw
so if you had flimsy cargo such as
the hard-working capacities were
the Colorado put to utilitarian use rather
branches, your netting would secure
shown at the motoring media launch
than snowboarding for the weekend —
only the front and rear, not the sides.
in Christchurch during in a city drive
as per Holden’s glossy brochure.
that meant we had to use a tarpaulin
with a variety of towing and weighty
A great place to check out motoring
contractor-style items placed in the
trends is your refuse centre on week-
tray of the Colorados.
ends. Where once it was dominated by
As I said, only minor. And I’d probably
to cover the gardening debris and then secure the net in the four hooks.
One Colorado had to tow a digger
station wagons towing laden trailers,
pay the $4000 more for the Z71 and
on a trailer that weighed a total of 2.5
now the majority of vehicles dumping
its heated leather seats that would be
tonnes, while a roller and trailer combo
their rubbish and gardening surplus
more user-friendly and could easily be
was 2 tonnes. On the back tray of two
wiped down, especially after muddy
the vehicles were payloads of 200kg and 550kg.
two full loads of looped branches
trips to the refuse centre.
and gardening debris, plus a trip to the
the task showed the difference in
refuse centre with broken household
driving capacity and the ability to tow
wares, proved the Colorado’s everyday
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on steep roads around the Port Hills. Holden has realised that to gain traction in this popular segment you have to be more car-like than tradie-friendly so the Colorado has had enhanced ride and handling. It has a lighter feel around the city and at low speeds but on the motorway the handling firms up. Day two saw the Colorados head to Lees valley, where low range four-wheeldrive was engaged on the mountain climb up a dirt track and hill descent control was used downhill. Both circuits — city and country — were to prove the Colorado’s usage to the extreme but back in Auckland, I tested a Colorado LtZ to see what the vehicle was like to live with in urban settings. sitting on 18in alloys and with sports bars, the LtZ was priced from $60,990 and came with cloth seats, forward collision alert and head up warning,
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Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has unveiled a new upgraded China version of its S90 sedan and a topof-the-line luxury model called S90 Excellence, both aimed at the highend sedan market, in advance of their first public appearance at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show.
the new s90 will be the most premium car ever made in China. Both versions will be built in volvo Cars’ production facility in Daqing, China,
the in-car experience – a full panoramic
and exported globally, highlighting
roof, foldout worktables, clever stor-
the high levels of quality that underpin
age, a heated and cooled cup holder,
volvo’s global manufacturing strategy.
an adjustable footrest and a built-in
Both the s90 cars underscore volvo’s
entertainment system featuring a
credentials as a premium car maker.
large display for work or entertain-
“The first thing you notice in the S90
ment purposes. the s90 Excellence
Excellence is that we have removed the
also includes a rear-seat touchscreen
front passenger seat and replaced it
control interface, a built-in refrigeration
with what we call the Lounge Console,
compartment and handmade crystal
designed to meet the chauffeur-driven
glasses from swedish glassmaker
executive customers’ need to relax or
work while on the move. the second
the new s90 goes into production
thing you will notice is the high quality
in November. the s90 Excellence fol-
materials that combine to deliver a
lows next year.
well-thought-through and immersive luxury feel,” said thomas Ingenlath,
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Nissan unveiled the last of four new
“Rogue One: A star Wars story”-inspired
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vehicles debuting at the Los Angeles
experience for consumers visiting the
82 Great South Road, Epsom
Auto Show, the 2017 Nissan Rogue:
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Rogue one Star Wars Limited Edi-
Auto show, which took place at the
tion. The dramatic reveal featured
Los Angeles Convention Center, Nov.
a special interactive presentation of
18 through 27. Activities included a
the Intelligent Safety Shield technolo-
full-scale tie Fighter replica, a star
gies available in the redesigned 2017
Warscharacter-themed digital mirror
Rogue against a high-action video.
experience, an Augmented Reality
Custom features of the Nissan
generator and weekend appearances
Rogue: Rogue One star Wars Limited
by stormtroopers. In addition, a special
Edition – the first production vehicle
gallery featured a display of costumes
ever to include star Wars-branded
and model props used during the pro-
elements – include a unique badge,
duction of the upcoming “Rogue One:
exclusive interior and exterior trim
A star Wars story” movie, including
items and a full-size Death trooper
Y-Wing, AT-ACT and X-Wing fighters.
collectible helmet. Only 5,400 units of the Limited Edition vehicle will be available in the u.s. and Canadian markets, so unfortunately we won’t be getting any down here in New Zealand. “The Nissan Rogue and the first Star Wars standalone movie share more than just a name. The Star Wars film franchise has pushed the boundaries of technology since the debut of the original episode nearly 40 years ago,” said Jeremy tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications & Media, Nissan North America, Inc. “Nissan is doing the same with its industry-leading cars, trucks and suvs like the new Rogue – our most advanced Rogue to date – so it’s natural that the two join forces.” Nissan also created an immersive
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PERFORMANCE ITâ€™S WHAT WE DO
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The JAguAr I-PAce
Jaguar has confirmed that it will build
as yet unseen on an electric vehicle”.
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of De-
an electric car, and has revealed a
similar to tesla’s initiative with the
sign, said: “the I-Pace Concept repre-
concept called the I-Pace that shows
Model3 electric car, Jaguar is inviting
sents the next generation of electric
how it could look.
potential customers to register their
vehicle design. It’s a dramatic, future-
the I-Pace has made its debut at
interest online at its website. using a
facing cab-forward design with a beauti-
the LA Motor show and will go on to
similar method, tesla secured more
ful interior – the product of authentic
be Jaguar’s first pure electric vehicle. It
than 400,000 pre-orders for the Model3,
Jaguar DNA, electric technology and
will take the form of an suv to rival the
despite it not being ready for delivery
recently launched tesla Model X, albeit
until the end of 2017.
with a sleeker profile - if this concept
Jaguar’s five-seat SUV will go on sale
is anything to go by (and rumours sug-
the following year - the price is yet to be
gest that it is).
announced - and is said to have been
It is claimed that the new car will have
created as a result of the company’s
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a range from a single charge of 310
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miles, and will be able to accelerate from
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Greenlane and 20 Wairau Road,
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electric architecture, matched with dra-
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of sports cars. the all-wheel-drive I-Pace will use a pair of electric motors that will produce close to 400bhp and 516lb ft of torque, all powered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Jaguar boasts that it will have “precise, agile driving dynamics
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“You can even adjust the vehicle from the surf! Remotely rearranging the seats to make space for your friends, or activating the climate control to cool the vehicle before you catch the last wave of the day, has to be the ultimate in convenience.” – Laird Hamilton, surf Legend Hamilton used the ‘sand’ mode of the new terrain Response® 2 system to drive the New Discovery on the beach close to the shore before removing the surfboards from the roof-mounted Aqua Rack, which can carry a pair of boards.
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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
MeeT rANge roVer’s ProVocATIVe eVoQue coNVerTIBLe
trucks hits you. so a high-sitting suv paired with the soft-top gives you the ultimate convertible. the Evoque convertible is priced from $118,000 — a price increase of $78,000 to $101,000 from the standard Evoque. My test-drive model has extras of $12,450, including heated front seats ($650 or $2050 if you want them cooled, too), and upgraded leather pack ($2700). But I questioned some of the extras you have to pay for, such a keyless entry ($1200) and the safety package of blind-spot monitoring with vehicle and reverse traffic detection ($5950). By: Liz Dobson It’s a convertible. It’s a premium medium-sized suv. It’s a convertible … and a premium SUV. Meet Range Rover’s provocative Evoque Convertible. Although topless off-roaders aren’t new (just think about the 75-year-old Willys Jeep and the original Land Rovers), it’s been a great twist for Range Rover to launch the first premium compact convertible suv. the Evoque convertible was launched at the 2015 LA motor show and when I saw it I fell in love with it. some male international motoring colleagues were also gazing at the vehicle but were poo-pooing it. Ah, but little did those middle-aged male journos know about the segment and customers. At this year’s geneva motor show, volkswagen revealed the
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t-Cross Breeze, yep, a convertible suv, and Citroen has the Cactus M concept
soft-top off-roader. so, who’s poo-pooing now? Range Rover has claimed a new niche and is happy to magnify it. When the Evoque convertible was globally launched, the New Zealand distributor said it would be brought in by customer order only. But the market has changed and now the company has had “a handful of orders and we are trying to secure more allocation” said a Range Rover NZ spokesman. For me, and other women drivers, according to Range Rover NZ, a convertible suv makes sense. I love convertibles but being low to the ground can be intrusive when you have the roof off. there is also the downside when driving a low convertible, as I found out in the Mercedes-Benz sLC roadster, that when driving on the motorway with the roof off, road spray from passing
I think features such as these should be standard, as you would find in much cheaper vehicles. the four-wheel-drive soft-top has a two-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 177kW of power and 340Nm of torque, with a top speed of 209km/h. the si4 petrol engine is the same lightweight all-aluminium two-litre engine as the coupe and five-door petrol Evoques
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
and in the uK, there is a diesel version.
bag could only just stand upright in
the Evoque convertible also has the
Range Rover has updated the convertible with new technology for the brand.
company’s nine-speed automatic trans-
the boot’s opening is also strange,
It has the latest InControl touch Pro
mission with steering wheel-mounted
looking like a letterbox, but for all the
system with its super-wide 10.2-inch
small paddle shift.
niggles there is enough space in the
touchscreen. the split screen allows
It sits on 19-inch alloys with attrac-
rear to fit a fair chunk of luggage, and
you look at a map if using the satnav
tive seven-split spokes, though you can
definitely enough diagonal space for
system while keeping an eye on your
option up to 20-inch alloys.
the Evoque recently had a facelift
If you are planning to take passengers
I loved the new feature of pinch or
and the convertible is based on the
with you, the two spaces in the rear
expand on the screen when using the
have enough leg and headroom for
map so you can easily find a location,
the four-seater convertible is longer
adults with the roof on, however it can
and then tap on the screen to get direc-
than the hard-top cars at 4370mm, and
get windy in the back with the roof off.
tions to that destination.
wider too. With extra strengthening
Around the city, the Evoque convert-
I used that function to navigate me
round the A-pillars and under-body
ible is a head-turner and not for the
to my work (yes, I know the address
bracing, it also weighs more than the
introvert when the roof’s off. sitting
but wanted to test the system) and
coupe. the suspension and anti-roll bars
so high, I had truck drivers lean out
also when I headed out of Auckland
have been adjusted to compensate for
of their windows and ask what I was
last weekend to check for a road that
the extra weight
driving, and pedestrians had puzzled
could give me access to Muriwai from
looks when I stopped at traffic lights.
the fabric roof retracts in less than 20 seconds at speeds up to 48 km/h
With the roof on, the convertible could
the Evoque has terrain response
and folds on top of the boot, rather
be mistaken for an Evoque coupe, and
settings such as general driving; grass/
than in it. this means you have a deep
despite having rear camera and park-
gravel/snow, mud and sand; plus low
and large capacity of 251 litres in the
ing assist, reversing with the roof on
range and hill descent so it feels sure-
boot, but access to it is narrow, with
could be arduous. the blind spot was
footed no matter what the terrain or
my standard-sized recycled shopping
exacerbated by the rear seat headrests.
weather conditions. When I hit gravel roads in south Head, I first stayed in general driving but as I had to slow down due to the uneven surface, I switched to off-road gravel surface mode. the change in response was instant with the driving stable and the steering firming. But with Range Rover/Land Rover’s DNA, that’s to be expected. the Evoque is a genuine four-wheeldrive, and it’s also a genuine convertible. For more automotive news and reviews, visit www.driven.co.nz
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Immediate power. Instant gratification.
The all-new Audi SQ7. The world’s most powerful diesel SUV. An Audi SQ7 can take off faster than a fighter jet over 300 metres* thanks to an electric compressor that reaches 70,000rpm in 0.25 seconds. This groundbreaking technology instantaneously boosts the twin turbochargers on it’s 4.0 litre V8 engine, so there’s zero turbo lag and the vehicle can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds. The all-new Audi SQ7 has now landed. Contact your nearest dealer today to book a test flight, or for more details visit audi.co.nz/SQ7
*Tested against a Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet by a professional driver under controlled conditions.
AuDI’s New rs 3 seDAN
Audi’s new RS 3 range including the sedan, has come
Along with the addition of the aggressive body, the Rs3 has
out into the light, but not on our shores yet. The covers
pumped fenders - adding as much as 20mm of girth help
were removed at the 2016 Paris Auto Show a little while
to accommodate the wider track. At both ends are custom
ago, a process that was probably unsettling for the rivals
bumpers and at the rear you’ll also spot a trunk-lid spoiler, the
across at the Mercedes stand. The RS 3 is packing a turbo-
iconically Rs diffuser and the larger oval exhaust tips. this
charged 2.5-litre inline-5 delivering 400 horsepower and
can all be finished in exclusive RS 3 colour options of Nardo
354 foot-pounds of torque, numbers we would typically
grey and Catalunya Red.
expect from a V8.
When you step inside, the dark-toned theme welcomes the
When you combine this with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmis-
driver and passenger with illuminated door sills bearing the
sion and all-wheel-drive system, the turbo-five will shoot the RS
Rs 3 name. Nappa Leather sports seats with Rs logos, sporty
3 from 0-100 in 4.1 seconds, easily reaching its electronically
flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a new digital instrument
restricted top speed of 250km/h.
cluster complete the cockpit.
The RS 3 benefits from a widened track, uprated brakes, lowered suspension and unique settings for the stability and
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even more aggressive suspension tune with adaptive dampers.
website at www.giltrapaudi.co.nz
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AuDI sQ7 Is BIg
By: tony verdon Audi’s new SQ7 is the world’s most powerful SUV and, despite the $170,000-plus cost, New zealanders have been queueing for them. the first of 50 pre-ordered v8powered sQ7s were being delivered to customers throughout the country this week. With 320kW of power and a massive 900Nm of torque, the seven-seat sQ7 delivers instant sportster-like performance, with the luxury, comfort and convenience of a seven-seater suv. Most of the pre-ordered models were bought sight unseen, such was the pent-up demand for a luxury vehicle with exceptional power and towing capacity. the top-of-the-range suv delivers a
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smooth, comfortable ride, with handling characteristics that belie the vehicle’s size. A test drive through secondary roads in the Waikato, over the Kaimai Ranges
just 4.9 seconds. the sQ7 is priced from $175,900 plus on-road costs, and is loaded with 15 driver assistance systems and other driver aids.
and back to Auckland through Waihi and
“A number of our Audi customers
the Karangahake gorge, demonstrated
were waiting for a v8 engine,” Audi
the sQ7’s agility.
New Zealand general manager Dean
A short slalom course and standing-
start runs at the Meremere Drag strip
“That shows the confidence in the
illustrated the brute force, instant ac-
brand, that they were prepared to com-
celeration and sophisticated handling
mit to buying sight unseen.”
sheed said Audi New Zealand was
the seven-seater is the first Audi
bullish about prospects for the sQ7,
production vehicle to offer an electric
aiming to sell about 100 of the vehicles
powered compressor and 48 volts
in the next 12 months.
electrical subsystem. It has a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, and accelerates from 0 to 100km in
“We will be halfway to that number by Christmas -- that shows how confident we are in the vehicle,” he said.
the newly developed 4-litre eightcylinder diesel engine generates 320kW of power and a maximum 900Nm of torque between 1000 and 3250 rpm. Engine output is bolstered by two turbochargers and an electric powered compressor (EPC) that provides the engine with dynamic boost pressure in less than 250 milliseconds. In other words, there are effectively
three turbos operating sequentially,
delivering the power almost instantly
driving characteristics of the model, it
and yet smoothly through the rev range.
this includes all-wheel steering, a
provides agile precision-like handling,
Audi engineers have delivered the
sports differential, and an electrome-
not to mention a smoother ride for
immense amount of power while also
chanical active roll stablisation system,
achieving astounding economy for a
all of which improve what is already an
there is also a $10,000 Luxury Pack-
v8 model. the sQ7 consumes just 7.2
excellent driving proposition in standard
age available for the sQ7, which includes
litres of fuel per 100 kilometres travelled.
individual contour front seats, ventilated
Even with off-road standing starts
the package helps flatten the ride
and massaging front seats, a panoramic
and slalom runs, we achieved close to
even further, and helps ensure the
sun roof, heated steering wheel and
this figure during the demonstration run,
5.07m-long vehicle handles corners
power-assisted closing doors.
even while the vehicle was in “dynamic”
without unduly disturbing the ride.
the 15 driver assistance systems
It was clear when driving through a
that come as standard on the sQ7
Handling is good in the standard sQ7,
slalom at Meremere that the system
include traffic jam assistance, which
especially for such a large suv. But for
keeps the vehicle flat and stable, even
can take over steering at speeds of
an additional $16,000 about 40 per cent
when driving relatively fast between
up to 65km/h, clearly a pre-stage of
of New Zealand buyers are opting to
piloted driving. It also has Audi active
driving mode most of the drive.
include the Performance Package on
Although the package changes the
lane assist, which helps the vehicle to stay in its correct lane. the standard model comes on 20inch wheels, and there are optional 21-inch and 22-inch options available. sheed said the sQ7 tDI was the pinnacle of Audi’s suv range, featuring segment-leading technology and power, and he predicted it would quickly become one of Audi’s most revered models. For more automotive news and reviews, visit www.driven.co.nz
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wALKINshAw TeAM for 2017
Walkinshaw Racing has unveiled its stellar driver line-
During the 2016 season Pye has proved his skill and
up for the 2017 season which includes 2010 Supercars
determination by scoring his first pole position at the Clip-
Champion James Courtney and upcoming talent Scott Pye.
sal 500 and a place on the podium at Phillip Island, and is
the re-signing of star driver and fan favourite, Courtney
eager to achieve success with his new team.
will now see him continue with the team for a further three
“When the opportunity came up to sign with Walkinshaw
years until the end of 2019, totalling nine years with team.
Racing, it’s something I didn’t have to think too long about.
Pye joins the driver roster on a multi-year deal providing
“since joining the championship in 2012, I haven’t really
stability and continuity for the Melbourne based squad.
had any real continuity and I’m excited about having the
Courtney says he isn’t prepared to leave unfinished busi-
next three years locked away and knowing that I will be
ness and still wants to win a championship with the team.
working with the same group of people.”
“When I first came to Walkinshaw Racing I set myself
“It’s a team that has proven what they are capable of and
the goal to win another championship with this team and
even this year there has been some tough times, but the way
I’m even more determined now to achieve that.
they have turned it around has been impressive,” Pye said.
“Everyone in the team, from engineering staff to management and commercial, have all put a ridiculous amount of effort into preparing my car and giving me the opportunity
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“I’ve also put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this team and would hate it if I walked away from here and someone else rolled in and started getting all the success we have worked so hard for,” Courtney said. Apart from the six years of hard work, Courtney said he also made a special promse to the team’s founder, the late tom Walkinshaw.
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T H E G A ME . C H A N G E D . Sometimes a car will come along that breaks the established rules. The boundaries of progress are challenged. The impossible becomes the possible. Sports Series by McLaren is such a car. It recalibrates the senses. It redefines performance. It changes the game.
McLAREN SPORTS SERIES. For more information contact McLaren Auckland on 09 360 0500 or visit www.auckland.mclaren.com
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Remember the McLaren f1? of
layout – with the driver in the middle
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course you do. And so, helpfully,
– will be wrapped up in a slender
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does McLaren. It has teased its next
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model – “the world’s first Hyper-GT”
Design work has begun – this teaser
– and this first, bird’s-eye image (just
shot should tell you it’s far from finished
about) reveals it borrows the f1’s
– and all 106 will be tailored to their
famous three-seat layout. Wow.
owners in regards to colour and trim.
It’s called the BP23 (Bespoke
the BP23’s switchgear, meanwhile, will
Project 2, 3 seats) and it will be built
be unique among the McLaren range.
by McLaren’s specialist MsO division.
We’d wager on a slightly sexier name
Just 106 will be made (to match F1
when the finished car lands in 2019.
production), and as is the way these
Like every McLaren Automotive car, it’ll
days, all have been pre-sold already.
have upward-opening dihedral doors,
McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said this: “We are calling BP23 a
but to better fit the luxury remit, they’ll be powered.
‘Hyper-gt’ because it’s a car designed
For now, anything else is pure
for longer journeys but with the high
speculation. But given the McLaren P1’s
levels of performance and driver
hybrid drivetrain delivered 903bhp, the
engagement expected of any McLaren.
BP23’s figure ought to be in the same
“A hybrid powertrain will make it one
ballpark, while a price tag of £1million
of the most powerful McLarens yet
or more seems almost inevitable.
created but the car will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to three people aboard.” It’s described as the “most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren to date”, and its three-seat
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LAMBORGHINI HURACĂ N SPYDER LP 610-4
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AuToMoBILI LAMBorghINI 2016 Los ANgeLes INTerNATIoNAL AuTo show
Automobili Lamborghini stole the 2016
with the pure thrill of rear-wheel drive
Los Angeles International Auto Show
engineering. this is a Lamborghini for
before it even began. Anticipation had
those with a passion for life and the pur-
been building for months ahead of
est driving experience on the open road.
the new V10 expression of the hura-
It’s also a Huracán for those entering
can. Lamborghini transcended every
the Lamborghini family, wanting a true
expectation with the RWD Spyder, to
spyder experience without compromis-
become the purest form of open air
ing on the performance and dynamic
driving and rear-wheel drive thrills as
handling of a rear-wheel drive car.”
it was revealed to the world.
erife” color, also showcased a spe-
put on a display of tri-coloured Huracan
cial interior in Forged Composite. the
models up the front drive of a costal Los
lightweight material accents, available
Angeles neighbourhood. Where there
as an option, enhance the interiors
is an infinity pool and a Lamborghini
under a cover, it demands the attention of every curious eye.
A manifestation of Lamborghini’s pure power, the perfectly sculpted exterior
Once the evening dimmed to night
and naturally aspirated v10 engine of
and the lights of the property began
the Huracán range provides an unrivaled
to glisten, whispers turned to silence
driving experience that leaves the road
as Automobili Lamborghini Chairman
trembling in its wake. the RWD spyder
and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano
is no different, combining the best of
Domenicali commanded the stage.
two worlds to produce the purest of
Pulling back the cover to finally present
open-air driving capabilities and dynamic
the Huracán RWD spyder, the fourth
model in the highly-lauded v10 line up
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this particular model in “giallo ten-
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The Choice of the Visionary. The new Mulsanne.
View our striking new model range at Auckland.BentleyMotors.com or call +64 9 360 3200. For those with a vision and the power to bring it to life, there is one car in the world that delivers both a space in which to make plans and the technology to help make them happen: The new Bentley Mulsanne. *Fuel consumption figures subject to Type Approval. The name ‘Bentley’ and the ‘B’ in wings device are registered trademarks. © 2015 Bentley Motors Limited. Model shown: Model Name.
The fuTure of Luxury – INTerVIew wITh sTefAN sIeLAff, BeNTLey’s DesIgN DIrecTor
Which Bentley design defines the brand for you, and how does this inform what you’re thinking about next? talking as a designer, the Bentley which made the most
innovative statement of its time is the Mulliner R-type Continental from 1952. the surfaces of this model feature sharp lines against positive and negative curvature – permitted by traditional yet more time consuming production methods. This DNA will find its way into future Bentleys, but with lightweight, modern treatment. that’s before we even talk about the proportions forming the basis for our current model range. the striking power line, muscular rear haunches and swooping, fast roof line – we will continue to be inspired by these proportions in the future. Where do you think automotive trends are going? Both in terms of the design and how people use cars?
I think it’s more than a question of autonomous moving
society is changing. I think in the next 20 years the
vehicles, I think it will require swarm intelligence to maintain
automotive industry will see seismic changes. three quarters
traffic flow. I am also sure that there will be luxury vehicles
of the human population is going to live in mega cities, so
– however we may need to redefine what luxury means.
the flow of traffic has to be different. In these megacities
Luxury could mean being a member of an exclusive club
we are going to lose a very individual relationship of driving
which has access to a fast lane – time being the most
your own car.
precious commodity. In the countryside, in the mountains, there you may have this personal experience of freedom in your car, but in the megacities this will change. www.bentleymedia.com/en/Features/The-Future-of-Luxury visit the Bentley Auckland showroom at 100 Great North Road, Grey Lynn or visit their website at www.auckland.bentleymotors.com
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soreNTo sKI goNDoLA Taking the idea of a sport-utility vehicle to new heights – literally and figuratively – this custom Kia Sorento was built by LUX Motorwerks to tackle snow and ice as it gets you and your fellow skiers up to the top of the mountain for another run. The luxurious and self-driving Sorento Ski Gondola is all about climbing to higher ground in style, comfort and warmth. Dominator Rubber tracks powdercoated orange make this gondola a go-anywhere cold-weather machine. A
custom metal roof rack supplies ample
storage for skis and poles while the
orange and PPg silver Metallic paint of
cargo area provides abundant space
the sorento’s exterior. throughout the
for boots, bags and other gear, all eas-
interior the floor was given a durable
ily accessible thanks to the removal
waterproof Line-X treatment to protect
of the B pillar and the rear doors being
against the ice and snow that may find
converted to suicide-style doors. up
its way inside.
front, the sorento’s headlights were painted black, silver and orange and LED light bars were installed for increased visibility in all conditions. the sorento ski gondola’s interior has been upgraded with custom door panels, dash and center console, which houses a personalized tablet. the inte-
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rior has also been given a reboot of black and orange leather to compliment the
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