PERFORMANCE CAR 1989 AUG - CATERHAMS, RX-7 TURBO
Within this issue, you will discover the following topics:
1. COVER: Two new pretenders, a Donkervoort 08 and a modestly priced Westfield SEi, encounter the Caterham Seven. Can this classic sports car still be the best?
2. IMPRESSIONS: Turbo Technics' twin-turbo Sierra XR4x4 has resulted in a 225bhp, four-wheel-drive car to out-power any four-wheel-drive production model. As well as our initial opinion of that car, we take in the new range of 16-valve Lancia Themas, the Seat Ibiza SXi and Power Engineering's conversion of the Orion 2000E
3. TRIPLE ECHO: Despite the superficial similarities, the three cars on the cover are very different. From the £8500 Westfield SEi to the £20,000 Donkervoort 08, with the Caterham Seven in between, each offered Kevin Blick something the others couldn't. Driving on the roads around Rotterdam, though, a clear winner soon emerged
4. COUPE D'ETAT: The bouyant coupe market has been fought keenly by the Japanese. The 200SX aims to put Nissan squarely on the frontline while VW's Corrado 16V hopes to pull back some of the ground lost to the Japanese. Both new coupes proved well matched when John Simister took them to Lindisfarne and the Cheviots
5. ROAD TEST: MAZDA RX-7 TURBO: Mazda's catalyst-only RX-7 Turbo, with its smooth rotary engine, is now available in Britain. John Henderson has been driving it to see whether its 200bhp and 150mph give it what its predecessor lacked
6. V-SIX PACK: Nissan's Maxima, like the Alfa Romeo 164, Rover 827Si and Toyota Camry GXi, is a V6-engined, automatic, front-wheel-drive executive car. But will it be able to cut it where names are almost as important as quality? Tony Lewin reports
7. FLEXIBLE FRIEND: Technology, performance, styling, pedigree - there are many reasons for liking the versatile new Mercedes SL, as Jesse Crosse discovered
8. LONG TERM TEST: As our Saab nears the end of its days with us, the Rover Vitesse takes a well-earned 18,000-mile service after a very hectic month's schedule
9. THE FLYING DUTCHMAN: Ten years ago, Joop Donkervoort devised a sports car that he has refined into the slick D8 of our cover story. Kevin Blick gained an insight into the 40-year-old Dutch engineer who is thoroughly committed to his work
10. BlTTER SWEET: A mixture of success and frustration has characterised Erich Bitter's pursuit of producing a dream car. Dave Calderwood met him in Germany and drove the red Type 3 Bitter prototype seen earlier at the Geneva Show. As the elegant convertible nears production, it provided a taste of what can be expected
11. THE BIG TIME: As you could probably guess from its £42,500 price-tag, the Esprit Turbo SE marks Lotus's bid to make it in the supercar league. The equally exclusive league of 24-Hour racing provided Brian Laban with the good reason for taking this fastest-ever Lotus through the French countryside on the pilgrimage to Le Mans. On the return trip, he met up with John Simister's 1936 Singer Le Mans
12. CLASSIC CASE: Apparently, buying a cherished Alfa GTV6 is a tricky business. What's more, once you own one, there are all sorts of mechanical idiosyncrasies to learn about; insurance men and mechanics to be seen; overdraughts to be arranged. Despite it all, though, Jeremy Clarkson thoroughly enjoys life with his new AlIa GTV6
13. NOTES: Fresh from driving a Ferrari F40, Dave Calderwood considers how' the staggering prices being paid for such cars can be turned to your own advantage
14. NEWSLINE: Stories are revealed about the Lamborghini Countach replacement, the Ferrari F40, four-wheel drive for Mazda 626 and plans for a larger Range Rover
15. DRIVING MONTH: Shortcomings in the gear ratios of the Audi 90 20V became clear in Scotland for Kevin Blick, who offers the boss of Audi some practical advice
16. INSIDE INDUSTRY: The goings-on of the motoring world can appear complex and subtle but James Richards makes sense of recent happenings within the industry
17. CHATTELS: However unlikely it may be, as Jeremy Clarkson explains, even the sleepy city of Venice is not free from boy racers - in their performance gondolas
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