CAR OF THE YEAR 2018 – VOTING CLOSES THIS SUNDAY!

It’s time to vote for your Car of the Year 2018, vote now before it’s too late!

Since January 2018’s issue hit the shelves, we’ve featured 94 cars – all of which were awesome! But which one was the most awesome? Well, that’s a matter of opinion and although our Slim Jules sees himself as the Simon Cowell of the car world, the only fair way to crown the best build of 2018 is to let you, the public, decide.

We’ve whittled the 94 contenders down to the top 35 – basically because we didn’t have enough room for everyone (we’re sorry if you’re one of the 59 who hasn’t made the cut. We still love you). It’s now down to you to choose the winner.

Voting is open, but will close at midnight on 16 December – please don’t vote after this date as your vote won’t count and you might still be charged. You won’t really be charged. It’s free. We’ve just always wanted to say that.

You have one vote and one vote only, so use it wisely!

And, the nominations are…

<strong>And the winner is…</strong>

The winner (as well as the runners-up) of Fast Car’s 2018 Car of the Year Award will be announced in February’s edition of the magazine, on sale Friday 4 January 2019.

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MG METRO 6R4 – YOURS FOR JUST £200K!

A super-low mileage, legendary 1985 MG Metro 6R4 is up for grabs next month at the Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Autosport International

One of only 200 cars built, this homologation rally special was purchased by the marketing department of Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1988. Today, having covered just 175 miles, the 6R4 is estimated at £180,000 to £200,000.

1985 MG Metro 6R4

For many rally fans, the Group B era still represents the pinnacle of the World Rally Championship, when cars were allowed unlimited amounts of boost and machines produced upwards of 600bhp. The MG Metro 6R4 was Austin Rover’s entry into the world of rallying.

Developed in collaboration with the Williams F1 team, the 6R4 first competed in the 1985 Rally GB and finished in an impressive third place. Sadly, halfway through the 1986 season, Group B was banned, meaning the 6R4 never had the opportunity to show its true potential.

1985 MG Metro 6R4

Per homologation rules at the time for Group B rallying, 200 road-going 6R4s were built. These ‘Clubman’ models developed approximately 250bhp from the 3.0 litre mid-mounted V6 engine. This particular car remained in possession of Williams Grand Prix Engineering until 2005 when it was auctioned off as part of the Williams F1 Reserve Collection, before being purchased by The Tifosi Garage, who then sold the car to the current owner in 2015.

A full mechanical re-commissioning took place in 2017 by Rally car specialists BGM Sport which included a full overhaul of the fuel system and fuel pump along with fitting a later-type belt kit and idlers. The car now presents in sparkling condition, finished in white with a grey interior.

1985 MG Metro 6R4

“One of rallying’s true icons, the MG Metro 6R4 stands up there with legendary 80’s classics like the Audi Quattro, Lancia 037 and Renault 5 Turbo,” Lionel Abbott,  Silverstone Auctions told us. “This is the closest you can get to driving a Group B rally car on the road. A homologation special like this with such low mileage presents a rare opportunity for rally fans and enthusiasts alike.”

To find out more about the 1985 MG Metro 6R4 and the Autosport International Sale.

2020 Cadillac Escalade spy shots

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Behold the first spy shots of Cadillac’s next-generation Escalade.

The new flagship SUV is due out next year as a 2020 model and will bring with it major weight savings, a significant uptick in style, and loads of new technology to combat Lincoln’s impressive Navigator. In fact, the Lincoln rival can be seen in some of the shots, confirming it’s being used as a benchmark for the new Escalade.

General Motors is in the process of redesigning its full-size fleet around the T1XX body-on-frame platform for SUVs and pickups. The platform is an evolution of the current K2XX design and swaps out some steel for aluminum to shed the pounds.

We hear it might help the new Escalade shed close to 300 pounds compared to the current model. The platform also brings the option of independent rear suspension, which the spy shots confirm will feature in the redesigned Escalade. This should significantly improve ride comfort and handling over the solid rear previously fitted to the luxury SUV.

2020 Cadillac Escalade spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2020 Cadillac Escalade spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks are the first vehicles to ride on the T1XX. GM has since unveiled a 2020 Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty on the platform, and redesigned Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon SUVs based on the platform are just around the corner. The redesigned Escalade should bow in the first half of 2019 before starting sales in the fall.

The fifth-generation Escalade is one of five new or redesigned models Cadillac will introduce through the 2020 calendar year. The first was the XT4 compact crossover and at next month’s 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit we’ll see the covers come off a new XT6 mid-size crossover. Also in the pipeline are CT4 and CT5 sedans.

As with the upcoming XT6 crossover, the redesigned Escalade will get a frontal lighting design that isn’t as relentlessly vertical as the current model. We can see that the primary headlights sit at the top of the front fascia and reach toward the center, while a daytime running light with Cadillac’s signature vertical motif remains. The taillights still run vertically up the rear fenders, although camouflage disguises how far they will run up the rear pillar.

It appears the Art and Science design language isn’t fully dead just yet but expect the latest Cadillacs, including the redesigned Escalade, to adopt the more evolved look first shown on 2016’s Escala concept car. The Escala’s mesh pattern for the grille can also be seen poking through some of the camouflage gear. The nose of the vehicle also looks to be bulkier and sit higher than on the current model, which should give it a dominating stance. Adding to the impressive stance are 22-inch wheels which on the testers are wrapped in 275/50-size Bridgestone tires.

2020 Cadillac Escalade spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2020 Cadillac Escalade spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

A side mirror design unique to the Escalade prototypes seems to be in play, encompassing additional sensors, likely for Cadillac’s SuperCruise partial self-driving feature that will certainly make its way into the new SUV.

It isn’t clear what Caddy has in store for the powertrains but the brand-exclusive 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 should feature in a model delivering 500 horsepower or more. A naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 should also be offered, and possibly a plug-in hybrid option at some point. A 10-speed automatic will be standard and buyers will be able to chose between rear- and four-wheel drive.

It’s too early to talk pricing but a starting figure approaching $80,000 is likely. A pricier ESV long-wheelbase model is also planned and could see the Escalade enter six-figure territory.

Stay tuned for updates as development continues.