Every month CAR interviews the stars of motorsport, demystifies the latest in-car technology and shares our writers’ passion for car culture and car design. Discover the world’s newest and most exciting cars: join us to drive everything from supercars and hot hatches to family cars.
Grainy footage of identical white Nissan Patrols won’t fire anyone’s imagination
THE SPIRIT OF THE LFA LIVES ON • As Lexus embraces battery-electric power, this will become a jaw-dropping halo car ready for the new world order.
‘How can Lexus truly stand out from Toyota’s shadow?’
HARDCORE vs SOFTWARE • These three have given the Electrified Sport a solid foundation
SCOUT EV: THE RIVIAN- FIGHTING E-TRUCK • VW Group is resurrecting an ancient name for a rough ’n’ ready electric pick-up, says
WILL TWITTER THRIVE UNDER ELON MUSK? ASK TESLA • Twitter looks like it’s in turmoil – but isn’t that exactly how Tesla went supernova?
My career in three sketches
MODDED MASTERY • The SEMA show in Las Vegas is where dreams become metal.
This month’s conversations with CAR
HYPERBOLIC HERO • BMW’s iconic 3.0 CSL name returns – but this time around is it anything other than a harder M4?
FORD’S FAVOURITE • It’s the end of an era as the Fiesta gets killed off in 2023. We rate every generation
‘I WANT TO BE LIKE DAVID BOWIE!’ • Meet enthusiasm whirlwind Andreas Mindt, Bentley design director, salt-flat racer, motorcyclist, philosopher and the man shaping Crewe’s EV future.
Six questions only we would ask
ALL TIME FAVES • Long-running icons including the Defender have inspired these new watches.
THE ROAD TO ZERO CRASH DEATHS • How can we get to a place where there are no fatalities in cars? Volvo, Mercedes and Toyota are trying to make that dream come true.
THE ELECTRIC MOTOR • Asynchronous? Permanent magnet? Axial flux? What do they mean?
BMW’S BIG SCREEN FOR PASSENGERS • Entertainment for the lucky occupants of the back seats of the new 7-series.
HOW IT WORKS
Drenched in genius • It’s back: one of the best hot hatches ever built, evolved. New Civic Type R on road, track and a lot of standing water
Hats off • A convertible that is quite possibly better than the hardtop 296
Gift Rapt • You wanted Ford’s pick-up to get the power to match its looks? Fill your boots
£300ktm • GT-XR is KTM’s most extreme weapon yet. We drive it on road and track
Superhero • Heroically named baby EV turns out to be a marvel
Crossed up • Flagship crossover steers like a Peugeot, rides like a Citroën
Wind instrument • In some ways the convertible MC20 betters the talented coupe
Letter of the month
‘Part of China’s EV success is down to good planning and high skills. Much of it is due to subsidies’
‘When the Germans and the Brits get together in motorsport, they’re unstoppable!’
GLASS HALF FULL • Never mind what’s under the hood. The pressing question is how much of the new season’s red wine can you fit in the boot of the BMW i7?
NEW CARS 2023 • With an onslaught of new V12s, EVs designed to thrill and the first Touring in M3 history, the next 12 months are going to be a wild ride
FOUR PLAY • Terrible weather makes for the perfect fast SUV playground. Is the new Range Rover Sport still the best of the breed?
THE FAST 4x4 FUTURE IS HERE
Four GT4 flaws (ish) • It’s not perfect, honestly. But it does come awfully close.
And the living is EV • Incorporating an electric car into your life can be a most agreeable experience, especially if your destination has chargers.
Oh good: another rainy day • Practical enough for everyday use, but also thrilling...