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Porsche punch-on: Wheels magazine preview - December 2018

By Andy Enright, 28 Nov 2018 News

Porsche punch-on: Wheels magazine preview - December 2018

The new 911 steals top billing from Ferrari and AMG; with a side helping of fun stuff on a beer budget

JUST because there are features on Ferrari’s incredible 812 Superfast, Mercedes’ beautiful E53 AMG and on-road in Porsche’s box-fresh 992 doesn’t mean that we’ve gone a bit elitist for this issue of Wheels.

Nope, we’ve devoted a big section of the December issue to keeping it real, highlighting where we’d put our money had we not spent it all on speeding fines, smashed avo and caffeinated beverages. We’ve given Suzuki’s Swift Sport a warm welcome and then pushed it into the deep end when its back was turned, up against the Peugeot 208 GTi, the Renault Clio RS and the mighty Volkswagen Polo GTI.

We packed Dan Gardner off to Japan to drive the latest and greatest MX-5, culminating in a giant Wankelfest at Fuji. Byron Mathioudakis argues the case for fun, cheap SUVs and you’re probably best advised to read his arguments before diving into a big ol’ stoush online.

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Of course, should the budget blow out a bit, we spill the beans on one of Victoria’s great driving roads in the Ferrari 812 Superfast feature and drive the Mercedes E53 AMG from sea level to summit on Australia’s highest bit of bitumen.

We get the inside griff on the new Porsche 992 with the engineering team in California, pitch Holden’s make or break Acadia against the Kluger, Santa Fe and CX-9 and deep dive the jaw-dropping McLaren Speedtail.

As if that’s enough, we’re coming with first drives of the BMW Z4, Peugeot 508, Merc C43, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, VW Amarok and Citroen C3 Aircross. Then there’s the Wheel garage of long termers, incisive opinion from Corby and Stahl and everything you need to know about the bottom falling out of Holden’s sales numbers. It’s fair to say we’ve been pretty flat-stick this month to bring you the best motoring magazine in Australia. Get after it.