MOTOR December issue preview

MOTOR December issue preview

MOTOR December issue preview

by November 10, 2015

Welcome to MOTOR‘s December issue, full of all the latest news and reviews from the world of performance cars.

A big month for Aussie muscle cars, with our first taste of the new supercharged HSV Clubsport R8 LSA.

Holden clubsport r8 lsa

Holden’s also delivered new metal, with the final Aussie-built Commodore now using the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 previously reserved for HSV. Is it a fitting farewell? 

Holden vfII redline

And of course we needed to pit it against its Blue Oval rival. The Commodore has been able to out-handle the Falcon for a while, but can it now out-grunt it as well?

Holden vfII redline v falcon xr8

The only thing better than driving a stock Toyota 86 is driving one that’s been carefully tweaked to give it more go and more grip. From wheels to wings, turbochargers to engine swaps, everything you need to know is in our 25-page tuning guide.

Toyota 86 tuning guide

Renault Sport’s Megane RS275 Trophy-R is the hottest of all hot hatches, but how does it stack up to the ultimate road racer, the Porsche 911 GT3?

Porsche 911 GT3 vs Renault Trophy R

While we’re on the subject of French hot hatches, Peugeot’s taken the shackles off its 308 with a proper GTI; limited-slip diff, 200kW and massive brakes.

Peugeot 308 GTI

The Ford Mustang hasn’t even officially landed in Australia yet but we’re already driving modified ones, this Roush R627 packing 468kW/729Nm.

Roush Mustang

The latest Mazda MX-5 is an absolute joy to drive, and this is the man responsible; we chat cars with Nobuhiro Yamamoto, Mr. MX-5.

Mazda MX-5 interview

You wouldn’t think F1 drivers would need to be told how to drive, but when they do, UK-based Kiwi Rob Wilson tells them what they’re doing wrong.

Rob Wilson school

We’ve also driven plenty of new metal this month, including the updated Mercedes-AMG A45, Skoda Octavia RS230, a pair of Euro GTs and Audi’s ballistic new RS3.

First drives