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Issue 6538 | Volume 314 | No 5

NEWS

Caterham’s MX-5 rival EV plans plus Seven’s future 6 Renault 4 Concept car looks for retro EV due 2025 10 Emissions regs Euro 7 standards set to be scrapped 12 Jeep Avenger Can new EV reverse slump in sales? 14 Battery swap stations Claims they will boost EV use 16 Lotus revival MD explains why its future looks bright 18

TESTED

Nissan Z Old-school turbo coupé wears new clothes 26 Maserati MC20 Cielo Convertible 621bhp supercar 29 RML Short Wheelbase Ferrari 550 turned 250 SWB 30 Kamm 912c Beautiful four-pot Porsche restomod 32 Citroën C5 Aircross Facelifted SUV in PHEV guise 33 Genesis G90 Second-generation alternative limo 33 Nissan Ariya 87kWh Evolve ROAD TEST 34

FEATURES Toyota GR86 Sell-out new coupé rated on UK roads 44 Britain’s Best Affordable Driver’s Car All-time best 48 £50k-plus model cars Exquisite bespoke creations 60

OUR CARS Mazda CX-60 What our newest PHEV has to prove 66 Ford Mustang Mach-E True cost of electric driving 67 Volkswagen ID 4 GTX Colder weather shrinks range 68 Cupra Born Why it’s raising smiles in everyday use 69

EVERY WEEK Jesse Crosse Car panels that are also hi-fi speakers 15 Jim Holder Personalised specs: a thing of the past? 17 Matt Prior Q-registration cars; Richard Parry-Jones 19 Steve Cropley Rolls-Royce Spectre seen in the flesh 21 Subscribe Save money and get exclusive benefits 22 Damien Smith Changes afoot in world touring cars 24 Your Views Flak for EVs; MX-5 turned into an ‘Alfa’ 62 On this day Echoes of today found in 1975’s cuttings 65 Slideshow Misfit cars that leave you wondering… 82

DEALS

As good as new Fresh-faced Kia Sorento from £35k 70 James Ruppert On the hunt for a bargain BMW Z4 71 Cult hero Lancia Delta HF Integrale, still a star buy 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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THIS WEEK

NISSAN ARIYA: ELECTRIC SUV ROAD TESTED 34

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CATERHAM’S TWO-SEAT EV PLANS REVEALED 6

TOYOTA GR86 IN UK: WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE 44

COVE R STORY

❝SPENDING MONEY DEVELOPING ICE FOR A 2028 ENFORCEMENT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE❞

STELLANTIS CEO CARLOS TAVARES READS THE LAST RITES ON EURO 7 EMISSIONS 12

COMMENT

WANTED: AFFORDABLE NEW DRIVER’S CARS

THE EXCITEMENT of this year’s Best Affordable Driver’s Car showdown is conveyed brilliantly by Richard Lane (p48). It ’s a joyous re flection of some of the best cars from the past decade – and our road testers just about agree on a winner (can you guess?) – yet it ’s also a damning appraisal of today’s cars, because there were not enough new models worthy of this title to warrant a fresh face-o ff this year.

Is the modern-day affordable driver’s car dead, then? Perhaps, as we know it. A few, notably Toyota, are clinging on to brilliant combustion-engined enthusiast cars, but these were the first to go as the car industry streamlined and invested billions in electrification. There’s plenty of criticism over how fun electric cars can be, with lardy batteries and lack of brake feel among them (Your Views, p62), but as car makers begin to make real inroads with EVs, performance versions of everyday cars are once again back on the cards. There’s every hope that the brilliant engineering talent within the car industry can reinvent good-value driver’s cars for the electric era, but in the meantime, there are some great used examples of the sporting cars we celebrate this week. Grab them while you can.

Rachel Burgess Magazine editor rachel.burgess@haymarket.com

@theburgeword

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