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THIS WEEK

Issue 6535 | Volume 314 | No 2

NEWS

Maserati Granturismo All-new, with EV and V6 power 6 Audi R8 and TT Potent swansong special editions 10 Alpine A110 R A lighter, no-messing, track-day star 12 Citroën’s future vision What wild Oli concept means 14 North-west England Why it’s an innovation hotbed 16 Porsche Macan EV A year late due to VW’s software 18

TESTED

Hyundai Ioniq 6 Swoopy EV with Model 3 in its sights 24 BMW M4 CSL Hardcore soul, real-world usability 28 Renault Austral Sportage rival with a hint of Alpine 32 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Belting coupé at Silverstone 34 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid hatch turns crossover 35 Mercedes EQS SUV Think of it as a GLS in an EV era 36 Genesis Electrified GV70 ICE out, two EV motors in 37 Caterham Super Seven 2000 One for the purists 37 Vauxhall Astra 1.2T 130 GS Line ROAD TEST 38

FEATURES If only… Cars we should have bought while we could 48 Son shines Goodwood generation games in a Lambo 56 Bathurst 1000km Preview of this weekend’s race 58

OUR CARS Honda Civic Is there still a role for a family hatch? 64 Cupra Born Why it’s good, but could be even better 65 Volkswagen ID 4 GTX Driving modes explored 66 Dacia Jogger Passes seven-seat test; flawed details 67

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse Purosangue’s clever new suspension 15 Jim Holder What Car? Reliability Survey surprises 17 Matt Prior ‘Grotesque’ BMW XM; hire car lottery win 19 Steve Cropley Macan success; EV battery life latest 21 Damien Smith BTCC set for close climax; Extreme E 22 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 46 Your Views MPVs; driver ‘aids’; EV versus ICE costs 60 On this day 1964: first Mustang, Ferrari spat, Mini 63 Slideshow Engine of the Year award’s serial winners 82

DEALS

As good as new Fresh-looking Range Rover for £23k68 James Ruppert Ideal £1k cars for first-time drivers 69 Cult hero V10-engined BMW M5: yours from £15k 70 New cars A-Z Key car stats, from Abarth to Zenvo 72 Road test index Track down that road test here 81

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HYUNDAI IONIQ 6: FIRST DRIVE VERDICT 24

BMW M4 CSL: DOES IT LIVE UP TO ITS BILLING? 28

NEW VAUXHALL ASTRA: FULL ROAD TEST 38

COVE R STORY

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STEVE CROPLEY COMES CLEAN ABOUT A SIERRA RS COSWORTH HE ONCE RAN 48

COMMENT

CAR WORLD PRODUCES REASONS FOR OPTIMISM

YOU MIGHT BE forgiven for seeking respite from the harsh realities of this week ’s world affairs – and I hope you’ll find some in these pages. This week ’s bumper issue of new models revealed and driven – the tantalising Maserati Granturismo and the crazy Citroën Oli concept, plus impressions of the Hyundai Ioniq 6, BMW M4 CSL and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, for starters – shows that the industry continues to be flush with brilliant, innovative and exciting cars.

Indeed, despite all its challenges, the motor industry remains one of the key drivers of the world’s advancing technology. Around a tenth of the developed world’s working population are attached in some way to the motor industry. And it will be demand for these cars from people like us, car buyers and enthusiasts, that helps keep things on the rails. Plus, there’s a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel: the latest SMMT figures show that UK car production rose 34% year on year in August. Yes, 2021 was dismal but let’s find positives where we can. Not enough cause for optimism? Then we recommend putting on your most comfortable shoes, finding an enjoyable driving route and spending a couple of hours on a Sunday morning behind the wheel. I promise it will make you feel a lot better.

Rachel Burgess Magazine editor rachel.burgess@haymarket.com

@theburgeword

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