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Has Audi spoiled the new Lamborghini? German conservatism threatens to overpower Italian panache. But the Huracan may still be the best Lambo yet. By Damion Smy

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ORGET THE GOALPOSTS: Lamborghini has shifted the entire pitch by delivering a 601bhp beast that swallows the Ferrari 458 Italia whole. Its 3.2sec 0-62 time sees it sucker-punch the Ferrari by two-tenths, nail the old-boy Gallardo by a half a second and hit 124mph in less than 10sec. And this is the first, least powerful version. Yet is it enough? The Huracan doesn’t look like a major step forward: it’s hardly Miura to Countach or Diablo to Muricelago. Could it be that the conservative (for a Lambo) visual changes prove that Audi, the brand’s German owners, are pushing their 10

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911-esque ‘evolution not revolution’ philosophy too far and, well, dulling down the Russell Brand of the motoring world? We don’t need another bland sports car. It’s a once-in-a-decade event, so Lambo has to get it right to avoid suffering a long period of playing catch-up to Ferrari. There are no scissor doors, but this is clearly a Lambo at first sight. And it’ll punch you in the back of the head if you don’t see it coming, with a snarling growl from its reworked 5.2-litre V10 engine. It’s been carried over from the Gallardo, and features Iniezione Diretta Stratificata, which combines direct and non-direct

15 SECOND UPDATE All-new Gallardo replacement Lambo’s first dual-clutch gearbox Rear-drive model coming in 2015 with its own look

fuel injection to help deliver the added poke. The engine sits amidships in the new lighter aluminium and carbon ‘Modular Sports Car’ platform, so the Huracan has a significant 90kg less than the Gallardo to shift. And it’s all about shifting with Sant’Agata’s first dual-clutch transmission. Long overdue, the new gearbox means that the clunky, slow E-gear is dead and buried, with slick, nanosecond shifts now the order of the day. That’s good news from its Teutonic link. The bad? Lamborghini’s Audi overlords have ensured that the Huracan has the same tacky, colourful digital dash display as the larger


THE NEW… LAMBORGHINI HURACAN £175,000 (est) Engine 601bhp 5.2-litre V10, 4wd 0-62mph 3.2sec V-max 202mph We say Picks up Gallardo’s mantle, but is it too Audi?

… THE OLD… LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO £158,976 Engine 552bhp 5.2-litre V10, 4wd 0-62mph 3.7sec V-max 202mph We say Brilliant, but we’ll like to try its younger sister first

… AND HOW THE HURACAN STACKS UP AGAINST ITS RIVALS FERRARI 458 ITALIA £178,526 Engine 562bhp 4.5-litre V8, rwd 0-62mph 3.4sec V-max 202mph We say Yes please. Here’s where you can drop it off…

We can’t wait to flick those long shift paddles. Hate the digital dash, though

PORSCHE 911 TURBO S £140,852 Engine 552bhp 3.8-litre flat-six, 4wd 0-62mph 3.1sec V-max 198mph We say This and £38k, or a 458? A tough choice…

NISSAN GT-R £76,610 Engine 542bhp 3.8-litre V6, 4wd 0-62mph 2.8sec V-max 196mph We say Supercarfast. Commuter cabin. Still amazing

Aventador, despite designers wanting a more sophisticated cluster. Blame marketing. A less juvenile and more elegant look will be reserved for the next Audi R8, due 12 months after the Huracan with an oh-so-close 592bhp from the same V10, and a lower ask than the £175k Lambo. In true VW Group style, this means the Huracan will have a louder bark than the R8, a trade-off for the German car having one of the world’s best cabins. Lambo has to lump it, at risk of tackiness becoming a brand value. More bad news is there’s no sign of a manual ’box. Yet there will be a rearwheel-drive Huracan announced

McLAREN 12C £176,000 Engine 616bhp 3.8-litre V8, 4wd 0-62mph 3.1sec V-max 207mph We say It’s clinically fast and effective, but lacks soul

AUDI R8 V10 QUATTRO £117,710 Engine 518bhp 5.2-litre V10 0-62mph 3.6sec V-max 196mph We say So easy and fun to drive, but its cabin feels old

before 2014’s end, which will be sold in entry level spec as the most affordable Lambo on sale. And your rapper buddies will know that you’ve bought wisely, as the two-wheel-drive model gets its own front and rear look. A Spyder version will arrive in 2015, sporting yet another front- and rear-end theme in case you miss its new, clever folding metal hard-top against the Gallardo Spyder, which made do with a soft-top (loser!). Will the Huracan measure up when it goes on sale in the autumn? It’s got the power and arguably the looks, but it may prove that even with a 601bhp V10, you can still be playing it safe. FEBRUARY 2014 I CARMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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First Drives

F E AT U R I N G CHEVROLET CORVETTE NISSAN QASHQAI JAGUAR XKR-S GT AUDI A3 CABRIOLET L O T U S E V O R A G T4 R ADICAL R XC M A Z D A M X- 5 J O TA

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Chevrolet Corvette

Chevy’s lucky number seven Seventh-generation ’Vette hits form at the right time, as UK sales start this year. By Ben Pulman

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from your thumb, while the bonnet and (standard) lift-out targa roof panel are now built from carbonfibre. The good news continues. The big 6.2-litre engine still uses pushrods and still only has as many valves as your average family hatchback, but it’s the new Gen 5 version of GM’s iconic ‘small block’ V8. For those who insist on living their lives with an encyclopaedic knowledge of American V8s (like our own Chris Chilton) it’s designated LT1, but the salient points for the rest of us are the introduction of direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, and a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation system. And before you scoff, know that it’s both more

powerful and more economical than a 911 Carrera S. Yes, the new one. It’s also cheaper than a 911. A lot cheaper. In the USA Corvettes start at $51,995 (£32k) and even our high-spec press car – with the Z51 Performance Package and a host of options – comes in under $67k, whereas a base Carrera is $84k and the Carrera S you need to match it for pace is $99k. Even when Chevrolet officially imports the ’Vette into Britain later this year and we get stiffed as the price doubles to £61,495, it’ll undercut what Porsche UK wants for the Carrera and Carrera S by £12k and £22k respectively. Sounds like the perfect halo car to spearhead Chevrolet’s revival in4

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GREG PAJO

Europe has the 911, and America the Corvette. The pair are now closer than ever before…

F THE PORSCHE 911 embodies the best of European sports cars, then the Chevrolet Corvette is the stereotyped antithesis of all that’s wrong with America’s interpretation: archaic leaf-spring suspension, two-valve-per-cylinder pushrod engines, and cheap plastic bodies that would embarrass Mattel. Not so the new seventh-generation (C7) Corvette. The new aluminium chassis is not only 45kg lighter than the steel structure that underpinned the C6, but a whopping 57% stiffer too; the suspension is aluminium doublewishbones at each corner; and the panels that remain composite no longer flex embarrassingly under pressure


COVER STORY

Jaguar rising

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JAGUAR WILL REDEFINE SPORTS SALOONS Across the whole spectrum of talent and tech, from its lightweight construction to its SUV variant, Jag’s 3-series rival promises to upset the form book – and help the company quadruple in size Words: Phil McNamara I Images: Radovan Varicak/Motor Forecast, Greg Pajo FEBRUARY 2014 I CARMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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THANK YOU FOR SMOKING So, Jaguar’s future looks peachy, but this is what it’s all about: the present. Which means the beautiful F-type, now with tin roof, R badge, the lot. We drive it Words: Ben Barry I Images: Mark Fagleson

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COVER STORY

Jaguar F-type R Coupe driven

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GIANT TEST

Mazda 3 vs the Golf set

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ROM A IN GROS JE A N

‘I WANTED TO DANCE QUICKER THAN THE MUSIC’ F1 driver Romain Grosjean has gone from ‘first-lap nutcase’ to champion in waiting. He talks to CAR about how psychology saved his career

Words: Tom Clarkson I Portraits: Darren Heath

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MOTORSPORT

Romain Grosjean

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ADVENTURE

Looking for Bluebird’s ghost

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ON DONALD C A MP B E L L’ S T R A I L :

RETURN TO DEAD LAKE In 1964 Donald Campbell brought a fleet of Land Rovers to Australia’s terrifyingly desolate Lake Eyre to support his attempt at the Land Speed Record. He almost lost his mind, his fortune and his life on that trip. Fifty years on, in the new Range Rover Sport, we go in search of his traces Words: Ben Oliver I Photography: Mark Bramley

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AIR TO A FOR

He’s West Coast America’s cabrio king, a man who’ll behead any car for a price. Say what you like about taste, but Al Zadeh’s business is booming. We pay him a visit Words: Ben Pulman Photography: Greg Pajo 104

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WORLD OF CAR

The convertible king

B What do Prius, Maybach and Range Rover have in common? Correct! They all look utterly ridiculous as convertibles

LAME THE MGB for what you see before you. As a medical student at the University of Southern California in the ’80s, Al Zadeh got tired of lugging a launderette’s worth of towels around to offset the fact his beloved British roadster wasn’t waterproof, and started to wonder how he might improve it. Ordinarily it would have been a step too far for a would-be surgeon more used to scalpels and forceps, but a field trip to a local hospital made Zadeh realise he couldn’t handle blood, so he switched to petroleum engineering – which included courses on civil and mechanical engineering – and come graduation he had the skills to fix his leaky MGB. Fast-forward over 30 years, and what started out as a personal venture to reduce the frequency of a sodden crotch has grown into an international business that’s created bespoke convertibles for everyone from wealthy Californian sun-seekers to presidents and royalty, and chopped the roof off everything from Range Rovers and Jaguar XJs, to Maybachs and even the odd Toyota Prius. Welcome to Newport Convertible Engineering. 4 FEBRUARY 2014 I CARMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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FOCUS RS Mk1 (2002) The god of torque steer

ESCORT RS TURBO (1984) White only, just like driver’s socks

ESCORT RS1600 (1970) The first RS was a rally legend

RS200 (1986)

Rally collossus, now £100k+

ESCORT RS1800 (1975) Mk2 now worth £60k!

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Photography: Greg Pajo

Since the first Rallye Sport Escort in 1970 the RS badge has epitomised performance for the ordinary man. We salute Ford’s blue-collar heroes. But would we buy one?

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BUYING USED

The greatest fast Fords

For any true blueblooded Brit petrolhead, sometimes the only way IS, in fact, Essex…

CAPRI RS3100 (1973) UK’s homegrown muscle car

SIERRA RS COSWORTH (1986) The supercar for the masses

ESCORT RS COSWORTH (1992)

Sierra Cossie in wild Escort clothes

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THERE BE BLO But whose is going to spill first? These two bruisers might look like chalk and cheese, but they are in fact related. On the epic roads of west coast America, battle is joined. Words: Chris Chilton I Photography: Greg Pajo

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H E A D -TO - H E A D

SRT Viper GTS vs Mercedes SLS Black

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Our Cars

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S TA R R I N G B MW 420d JAGUAR XF SPORTBR AKE SUBARU BRZ R E N A U LT S P O R T C L I O R ANGE ROVER ASTON MARTIN DB9 MA ZDA 6 TOURER VO L KSWAG E N U P J A G U A R F -T Y P E AUDI A3 SPORTBACK KIA PROCEED GT PLUS LOTS MORE!


BMW 420d by Damion Smy Month 1

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Ups Promises decent economy, great cabin Downs So bland it might get lost in the car park

NE SILVER COUPE to another – and how different they could be… my Subaru BRZ and my new steed, the BMW 420d SE, share the same bodystyle, colour, rear-drive layout and six-speed manual gearbox. They even share a 2.0-litre capacity (well okay, the Subaru’s 1998cc is three more than the BMW’s 1995). Yet they exist for entirely different roles. The BRZ’s skillset – all about handling talent, driver involvement and pure, mechanical satisfaction – should be present in some part in a 420d, surely? I mean, BMW is ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ behind masterpieces such as the M3. Who am I kidding? This is a 420d, a two-door 320d, the kind of car that tends to pass me at 110mph whenever I’m driving something fast, its driver seemingly with a point to prove (hello to 120d owners, too). I have nothing to prove, apart from how far I can stretch the 57 litres of diesel in the 4-series’ tank. The turbocharged 1995cc engine is loaded with tech – common rail, direct injection and alloy components – and BMW says it’s good for 60.1mpg. It has 184bhp and, more importantly, 280lb ft of torque, so it stacks up well on paper. Its claimed 0-62mph time is 7.5sec, which is actually 0.1sec quicker than the BRZ. That’s not good news – I’ve complained that the Subaru is slow, incapable of snatching a closing gap in traffic and feels like a pedestrian hatch because of it. And while the 420d has much more torque, its gearbox won’t be anywhere near as precise. Also, being diesel, it won’t rev so hard. The cabin will be miles in front, though. The 420d doesn’t have a proximity key to open the doors, yet you can push the engine start button once inside. That’s something I would’ve optioned, instead of most of the other stuff loaded onto this car: £8k worth. Those wheels – super bland, but easy to clean – add £425, and you have to pay for the anonymous Glacier Silver metallic paint (£645). I wouldn’t bother with the folding/dimming mirrors (£300) but would shell out for the adaptive headlamps (£360). The Media Package costs two summer holidays (£1990), and I could do without most of it, but the nav is essential for a continuously lost Aussie. The total price tallies up to – gulp – £38,840. I could have a Porsche Boxster for that. So I jumped on BMW’s website and configured a far sexier ‘Imperial Blue Xirallic’ 420d with 19s and the extra kit I wanted – and arrived at a similar figure. The lesson? Forget the 420d’s £31,575 base price…

LOGBOOK BMW 420d SE Price £31,575 As tested £38,840 Miles this month 811 Total miles 3286 Our mpg 46.4 Official mpg 60.1 Costs None Fuel this month £113.58

What Damo calls ‘bland’ certain caption-writers prefer to call ‘understated’. What do you think? It’s a bit sombre in here. And if you want decent sat-nav you’re forced into a £2k media upgrade

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