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THIS WEEK

Issue 6527 | Volume 313 | No 7

NEWS

New Alfa Romeos Sports car, saloon, SUV on the way 8 Rodin FZero Designed to be ‘fastest car on earth’ 10 DS E-Tense Performance 805bhp track car mooted 12 Mini 3-Door Hatch Latest images of the new Mk4 14 BMW to slash CO2 How it plans to achieve a 60% fall 16 Winners, losers Car makers’ latest financial results 19

TESTED

Ferrari SP3 Daytona £1.7m V12 special at Le Mans 24 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Early access to new Model 3 rival 28 Autoart 993R UK specialist’s ‘ideal’ 993-gen 911 30 Mercedes EQE 350+ Exec EV saloon’s British debut 32 Jeep Wagoneer Famous 4x4 range-topper reborn 33 Porsche 911 Turbo S ROAD TEST 34

FEATURES Cayman GT4 RS vs rivals Porsche battles M3, SLS 44 Pumped-up kicks Old-school refuelling service tried 54 Go-faster EVs We do a sprint event in a tuned Tesla 58

OUR CARS Mazda CX-5 Final verdict on distinctive family SUV 66 Land Rover Discovery Newcomer sets out its stall 68

EVERY WEEK Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 6 Jesse Crosse The next big thing for cutting carbon 13 Matt Prior What will the future really hold for Alpina? 15 Jim Holder New stats on UK’s EV charging network 19 Steve Cropley Judging Festival of the Unexceptional 21 Damien Smith Mid-season F1 review; Formula E 22 Your Views The case for hot SUVs; Duster; RB17 62 On this day First sighting of the Freelander in 1996 65 Slideshow 4WD saloons that time forgot already 82

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As good as new New-shape E-Class Coupé, £23k up 70 James Ruppert On the hunt for bargain 1990s cars 71 Cult hero Honda’s trailblazing CR-Z hybrid coupé 72 New cars A-Z Key car stats, from Abarth to Zenvo 74 Road test index Track down that road test here 81

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PORSCHE 911 TURBO S: ROAD TEST VERDICT 34

V12-POWERED FERRARI SP3 DAYTONA DRIVEN 24

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CAYMAN RS vs M3 GTS, SLS BLACK SERIES 44

COMMENT

ALFA ROMEO IS FINALLY COMING GOOD AGAIN

THERE IS HOPE yet: Alfa Romeo claims to be contributing positively to owner Stellantis’s financial results after making more profit in the first six months of 2022 than in the whole of 2021. Why do we care? Firstly, it means Alfa’s much-hyped resurgence looks on track, which is great news for the historic Italian brand – and the industry. Secondly, it means brand boss Jean-Philippe Imparato, a car nut by all accounts (including our own), can start to bring Alfa back to its glory days. Two words: sports cars.

Imparato’s vision of the future includes not only the sensible volume models, such as the Tonale, that are so crucial to profits but also the brandbuilding halo sports cars, which we all love yet know have been harder to justify for car makers in recent years.

According to Imparato (see p8), we will see a sports car with hints of the T33 Stradale – regularly praised as one of the most beautiful cars of all time – by mid-2023. It might be electric, but it could also be a final hurrah for an Alfa combustionengined sports car, says Imparato.

After the slightly misjudged 4C of the last decade, Alfa Romeo appears in good stead to finally nail the modernday sports car before its fully fledged electric revolution from 2025. Rachel Burgess Magazine editor rachel.burgess@haymarket.com

Date: 29.Jul 2022 12:00:45

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