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Electrical automobile customers to pay no firm automobile tax in 2020

Authorities evaluation sees adjustments to 2020 profit in sort scores to spice up low and nil emission autos Modifications to the UK’s firm automobile tax system will imply drivers selecting a pure electrical automobile pay no benefit-in-kind prices from subsequent yr. After evaluation of the business adjustments led to by the brand new Worldwide Harmonised Mild Car Check Process (WLTP) emissions rules, the Treasury has axed its beforehand revealed charges in favour of a brand new system. It’ll imply that, for automobiles registered from April sixth subsequent yr, most benefit-in-kind charges will probably be decreased by two proportion factors over the present system. For EVs, meaning a zero proportion price, which can be prolonged to autos registered previous to April sixth.  That determine can even apply to hybrids and plug-in hybrids which might be able to 130 miles or extra of pure electrical vary, with official CO2 emissions of between 1-50g/km....





Ferrari one-off fashions have five-year ready record

The Ferrari P80/C Italian agency gained’t make greater than three distinctive vehicles a 12 months The rising pattern for one-off Ferraris is in response to shoppers’ growing calls for for excessive personalisation, says Ferrari industrial and advertising boss Enrico Galliera. Such is demand, Galliera says distinctive fashions “have the longest ready record of all our product traces” at 4 to 5 years. “The consumer has not solely a novel automobile however a novel expertise working with the designer within the course of. It’s the head of Ferrari,” he commented. The Italian supercar maker has not too long ago revealed two one-offs, the P80/C and SP3JC. Distinctive Ferrari fashions aren’t accessible to anybody, explains Galliera: “It’s provided to high shoppers solely. We obtain requests from shoppers, and it gained’t be thought of except they’re in a pool of our high 250 shoppers or so.” Gallery: the perfect one-off Ferrari specials of the final....



ultra-rare particular previewed

Extra detailed preview photos present the manufacturing DBS Zagato, based mostly on DBS Superleggera and solely set to be bought as a part of a £6 million pair Aston Martin has launched extra lifelike renderings  of the brand new DBS GT Zagato, a limited-run transforming of the DBS Superleggera created to have fun Italian styling home Zagato’s centenary. Though nonetheless digital photos, the brand new photographs take away a few of the exaggerated proportions of the earlier renders, exhibiting what we will count on for the ultimate model to be revealed within the coming months.  The brand new machine is proscribed to 19 fashions, and is being bought completely as a pair with a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation mannequin. The DBZ Centenary Assortment will price £6 million, plus taxes. The DBS GT Zagato is an extensively reworked model of a DBS Superleggera, and takes styling cues from the unique DB4 GT Zagato. The....





New Mini Electrical revealed as inexpensive Brit-built EV

Mini’s first mass-production electrical automobile will begin from below £25okay and can arrive in UK sellers in early 2020 Mini’s long-awaited first try at a mass manufacturing electrical automobile has been revealed, mating the model’s traditional three-door hatchback with an electrical powertrain providing Cooper S efficiency in a bundle claimed to be extra inexpensive than each rival. It has been dubbed the Mini Cooper S E in markets exterior the UK, however the model has chosen to retain the Mini Electrical identify in Britain to keep away from confusion and clearly differentiate it from the usual vary. Nevertheless, the Cooper S badges will stay (alongside new E badging) to indicate the efficiency stage. Probably the most vital growth, nonetheless, is the automobile’s comparatively low worth level: together with the federal government grant for electrical autos, it can begin from round £24,400 – mentioned to be lower than an ‘equal spec....



Seat vary up to date with infotainment, security additions for 2019

Leon, Arona and Ateca best-sellers get upgraded inside tech, Alhambra MPV positive aspects extra security as normal Seat has overhauled its total UK line-up for 2019 with a spread of latest infotainment and security options as normal on a few of its hottest fashions. The perfect-selling Ateca SUV options the largest change, with an upgraded 8in infotainment system now coming as normal instead of the previous 6.5in display screen used beforehand. SE, FR and Xcellence trim ranges achieve additional USB ports for rear occupants to cost their units, and inside trim panels have been refreshed for a extra premium really feel. Seat’s Dynamic Chassis Management adaptive suspension system can also be now obtainable on Xcellence trimmed fashions. The smaller Arona SUV positive aspects DAB digital radio as normal, whereas FR Sport and Xcellence Lux trimmed fashions get heated seats. A further Emoçion Pink color can now even be optioned. A Sport Black Matt....





The Mini Electrical has been a decade within the making

Mini’s first trials of a battery-powered mannequin confirmed promise , and the brand new automobile reveals how far issues have come It’s almost a decade because the area trials of the Mini E prototype within the UK. Loaned to chose members of the general public (in addition to in different international locations together with the US and Germany), it was an experimental automobile that misplaced its rear seats to make approach for a battery pack.  A lot of BMW’s curiosity was in monitoring real-world use of an EV that had a spread restricted to round 100 miles in probably the most beneficial circumstances.  Completely different international locations confirmed totally different habits (US customers recharged their Mini Es much more usually than customers in Germany, for instance), however it did show that even limited-range EVs may very well be utilized in the identical approach as a standard Mini or BMW 1....



new Nissan Leaf rival seen barely disguised

Volkswagen’s first bespoke EV will rise up to 342 miles of vary, 125kW speedy charging functionality and £25ok base worth Volkswagen’s new ID three electrical hatch has been noticed once more in a German suburb, this time with a extra revealing disguise.  The agency’s first bespoke EV has ditched the disorientating patterned wrap for a extra easy-to-digest black camo, and we will see solely small particulars just like the badging and lighting is subtly lined up. Not too long ago the agency revealed charging and battery particulars of the ID three forward of manufacturing getting beneath means later this 12 months. The ID three’s lithium-ion cells have been designed to permit for a charging capability of as much as 125kW, which places it forward of each different mainstream electrical automobile at the moment on sale. Solely premium EVs together with the Audi E-tron and Tesla Mannequin X can cost quicker.  Learn our....





UK authorities invests £37m in twelve EV charging initiatives

Electrical automobile homeowners will get a lift as Division for Transport invests to “remodel” the charging community The UK authorities has confirmed funding in twelve British engineering initiatives to “remodel electrical charge-point infrastructure”.  The £37 million fund, which was introduced final 12 months as a part of the federal government’s Street to Zero technique, is now allotted to help improvements together with wi-fi charging for EVs.  City Foresight, a “sensible metropolis consultancy”, has been given £three million so it could roll out ‘pop-up’ chargers. These are constructed into the pavement and stand up for what the federal government calls “a discreet, protected and low-cost charging resolution for electrical automobile drivers with out accesss to off-street parking”. Different initiatives listed within the Division for Transport launch embrace the set up of cost factors in automobile parks for mass in a single day charging, a challenge to make use of Virgin Media’s infrastructure to higher....



The automobiles that price least in upkeep payments

BMW three Sequence is cheaper to repair than a 1 Sequence, apparently If you wish to preserve your automotive out of the workshop always, keep away from 5 Sequence, purchase Punto. In idea I prefer it when firms inform us how a lot automobiles price to repair and which of them break down. So thanks to the whocanfixmycar.com individuals, who’ve crunched the numbers to disclose which automobiles price a bomb to restore and which don’t. In idea, this ought to be our banger shopping for information.  The standards is how a lot every automotive prices to keep up at totally different ages, from model new to 15 years previous, and there’s a median price for every automotive per yr. Every determine consists of servicing, MOT and any surprising repairs.  Properly, right here’s a favorite of ours, a BMW 5 Sequence, which sits on the very high of the ‘costliest automobiles....





one-on-one with F1 star forward of British GP

Ricciardo talks about this season’s troubles, what he hopes to realize earlier than retiring and the way he likes to detach himself from the motoring scene Forward of subsequent weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, quite a lot of drivers on the grid discovered themselves collectively in moderately extra relaxed circumstances finally weekend’s Goodwood Competition of Velocity. It’s one of many few alternatives at this time’s Method One giants get to drive the older crop of racing fashions, within the public eye, on a circuit alongside one another. This 12 months Daniel Ricciardo, contemporary into his contract at Renault, had an opportunity to drive every part (in anger) from the agency’s hardcore new Megane Trophy R to the race-winning 2012 Renault-powered E20 F1 automotive. In between his time on the wheel and being bodily mobbed by followers of all ages, Autocar grabbed 5 minutes with Ricciardo to speak store.  How....



Alpina model of BMW X7 on the playing cards, says agency's boss

Alpina’s CEO says SUV could possibly be a part of future portfolio, and talks about earlier plans to make its personal model of the i8 Alpina plans so as to add the X7 SUV to its portfolio of BMW fashions, firm boss Andreas Bovensiepen revealed.  Whereas trying forward and adapting to a altering market are his fundamental priorities,  briefly reminisced about previous initiatives – together with a 460bhp i8 – that didn’t clear the prototype stage. “We’re desirous about having an X7 sooner or later however not proper now as a result of BMW has a really excessive demand for it and presently the plant is full,” Bovensiepen mentioned on the firm’s headquarters. He defined he has to maintain manufacturing capability in thoughts as a result of BMW manufactures each member of the Alpina line-up on the identical meeting line because the mannequin they’re based mostly on. Whereas he didn’t....





Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid 2019 evaluation

Smarter appears in and out, plus upgraded infotainment for great-value plug-in hatch, however it nonetheless lacks dynamic sparkle Primarily, that is a mildly facelifted model of Hyundai’s Toyota Prius-rivalling household hatchback, which is obtainable as an ordinary hybrid or in plug-in hybrid type, as examined right here, with an upgraded all-electric one simply across the nook. And on this case, the time period ‘facelift’ is extra correct than regular, as a result of a lot of the adjustments are beauty.There’s additionally an overhauled infotainment system with additional linked companies, in addition to enhanced driver aids, however by way of the powertrain it’s a lot as earlier than, so you get the identical plug-in petrol-electric mechanicals.So, what’s new? Nicely, look on the Ioniq and also you is likely to be exhausting pressed to identify any adjustments, however look nearer and also you’ll word quite a lot of worthwhile tweaks. On the entrance there’s a revised....



How the UK's high automotive design faculty is readying for a brand new period of vehicles

Your subsequent automotive begins life right here: the RCA is dwelling to the UK’s most prestigious automotive design programs The subsequent era of automotive designers will want a contemporary talent set. The Royal Faculty of Artwork is already on the case The automotive trade is at a once-in-a-generation crossroads because of autonomous driving, electrical powertrains and automotive sharing all battling to shake up the century-old trade. Think about the challenges dealing with automotive designers.  In such a context, maybe it’s no shock the world-renowned automotive design course on the Royal Faculty of Artwork (RCA) is altering basically.  In March, the primary consumption of scholars to graduate from the brand new ‘Clever Mobility’ course displayed their final-year design tasks. Among the many 21 tasks, there have been a handful of swooping dream vehicles, however the bulk of designs have been removed from standard. As an alternative, there have been autonomous pods....





driving the unique 30 years on

Land Rover celebrated the Disco’s 30th anniversary at Goodwood. We revisit the primary one to see why it was such a success Growing new automobiles on the type of funds  German firm would spend on a brand new dashboard has lengthy been a speciality of the British motor trade. Many of those machines bomb, normally introduced down by underfunded improvement programmes assured to supply roulette wheel reliability, however some succeed regardless of such saddlings. One of many extra well-known is the Land Rover Discovery, which started life in 1989 as a reclothed, cost-reduced Vary Rover designed to take a seat between the ageing Defender and a Vary Rover having fun with ever extra success because it was pushed upmarket.  You didn’t must look beneath the Discovery to see the similarities with the Vary Rover. It shared the identical windscreen and distinctively slim A-pillars, the identical entrance door glass and far....



2020 scorching hatch seen for first time

Volkswagen’s Mk8 variant of the Golf is noticed in Ford Focus ST-rivalling GTI kind, and can get extra energy than ever Volkswagen will naturally observe up the approaching introduction of the Mk8 Golf with an all-new GTI mannequin – and it has been noticed testing for the primary time.  Tipped to be proven a couple of months after the usual hatchback in the course of 2020, the Mk8 GTI guarantees efficiency upgrades and, inline with the remainder of the Golf vary, a weight discount.  The design adopts the acquainted cues of earlier GTI fashions to mark it out from the mainstream model, which we have already noticed with out disguise. These embrace completely different entrance and rear bumpers with bigger air intakes, chunkier wheels and tyres protecting bigger brakes, the acquainted break up dual-exit exhaust and a rear spoiler.  In a reversal of authentic plans, Wolfsburg as determined to not make a....





2020 Volkswagen ID three pushed

Will Volkswagen’s extremely anticipated electrical equal to the Golf change the world? We discover out With the muscle of the world’s largest car-maker behind it, the Volkswagen ID three might be the largest factor to occur to the electrical automobile but. Primarily based on an all-new mannequin platform devoted to electrical automobiles, the ID three can be out there with a selection of three battery packs, the biggest of which ought to give it vary of just about 350 miles. Street take a look at editor Matt Saunders went to VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg to drive a prototype, forward of it occurring sale within the UK in spring 2020. Discover out his first impressions on the extremely anticipated mannequin on this video. Learn extra Volkswagen ID three evaluation VW ID R takes all-time Goodwood hillclimb file 296bhp T-Roc R makes first UK look      



a real Golf GTI rival?

Is Ford’s newest scorching hatchback its finest but? We have been discovering out Ford has an extended historical past of fantastic scorching hatchbacks, from the Escort Cosworth to the present Fiesta ST. Now there’s one other mannequin trying to be a part of that unique checklist. The brand new Focus ST is now the quickest model of the latest-generation Focus, and it comes brimming with options that its predecessors have by no means seen earlier than. Adaptive dampers, an digital restricted slip differential, and anti-lag turbo expertise that has filtered down from the Ford GT supercar. Is that sufficient to make it the most effective Quick Ford of the present crop? We have been discovering out at Ford’s worldwide launch, forward of buyer deliveries later this 12 months. READ MORE New Ford Focus ST priced from beneath £30,000 in UK First trip: 2019 Ford Focus ST Used automobile shopping for....





The 2019 TT - Isle of Man and Machine

The world’s most well-known motorbike occasion returns for 2019. We go behind the scenes In 2019, the Isle of Man TT stays some of the excessive motorsport occasions within the bike calendar, the place highway racers danger all of it on the mountain. This documentary follows 4 rivals approaching the 37-mile course every from a special perspective: from beginner riders to manufacturing facility groups, from electrical powertrains to tuned-up superbikes. This movie follows on from the identical makers of our VW ID R Pikes Peak report try documentary final yr. READ MORE Drag race: McLaren 720S Spider vs BMW S1000RR vs Ariel Atom four​ Why I purchased a Honda Africa Twin bike Audi R8 vs Ducati Panigale: supercar versus superbike



using up the hill at Goodwood

We converse to Bentley’s automobile dynamics boss as he drives us up the notorious hill on a moist Sunday morning Autocar took to a streaming-wet Goodwood hillclimb at 10.45 on Sunday morning, having watched a scary sequence of vintage bikes and vehicles wobble and weave within the rain to the highest of the well-known course. We shouldn’t have fearful concerning the fortunes of the all-new Bentley Flying Spur – or its 626bhp W12 – as a result of a correct professional referred to as Andrew Unsworth, the Crewe firm’s head of auto dynamics, was on the wheel, and in any case the automobile bristled with stability and traction controls tuned for troublesome events like this one.  What’s extra, the Flying Spur is a brand-new design, based mostly on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB structure particularly designed for its largest autos, that shares its main parts with the Porsche Panamera. Whereas the earlier Flying....





New 2020 Toyota Yaris seen testing with mini-Corolla design

Peugeot 208 rival’s physique form will be seen on new prototype, and it falls into line with household look Toyota will renew its ageing Yaris subsequent yr to convey the supermini into line with the remainder of its vary, and new Nürburgring spy pictures give a revealing glimpse of the ultimate design. Sporting an identical attention-drawing ‘disguise’ because the not too long ago launched Supra, the 2020 Yaris will be seen to undertake the broader, squatter stance of the most recent Corolla. Swollen wheel arches appear to provide it way more visible aggression than the eight-year-old outgoing automotive, and the profile appears to be like to be much less top-heavy, too. That is a transparent indication of the automotive’s TNGA platform structure – modular underpinnings which are additionally shared with the Corolla, Camry and C-HR.  One other prototype with a unique camo and wheel design was noticed on the ‘Ring on the identical time, suggesting the....



Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Throughout its growth, Mercedes’ three.Zero-litre V6 diesel coated 100,000 miles at a mean velocity of 139.7mph over 30 days Mercedes-Benz’s huge R-Class will waft effortlessly all day lengthy, cosseting as much as seven in its spacious, comfy and high-class cabin Considered one of Mercedes’ barmier concepts, the R63 L AMG was a 510bhp, four-wheel drive MPV, property and saloon rolled into one with a high velocity electronically restricted to 155mph and a Zero-62mph dash time of four.6sec. It value £74,115 and slurped unleaded on the charge of 17mpg.  They hardly ever come up on the market within the UK (few discovered properties right here), however look throughout the pond to the US, the supersized R-Class’s pure residence, and there are loads at round $40,000 (£31,000) plus, in the event you fancy importing one, transport and taxes on high.  Not that you just want, or ought to, go to that bother....





how the favored idea will affect the maker's future

Engaging strains are based mostly on 1969 504 Coupé Peugeot’s retro-inspired EV is extra fable than legend. However we have been discovering out which elements will make manufacturing Philippe-Emmanuel Jean – Peugeot’s model plan and idea automobile technique chief – will get out the reply earlier than I’ve even requested the query. “In fact, this automobile received’t be produced,” he says. “It wasn’t developed for that.”  In order that’s the in need of it. No, they’re not going to construct the Peugeot e-Legend idea. Having been to the 2 greatest motorshows in Europe and several other elsewhere since its debut final autumn, what you’re seeing right here is the post-event tour; the closing credit. Like Ferris Bueller mentioned: “You’re nonetheless right here? It’s over. Go house.”  Pity. As a result of the e-Legend sparked curiosity like few different ideas after it was launched. Any person even arrange a petition urging....



Behind the scenes on the BTCC's cellular technical centre

New unit replaces two vans and has in-built comms mast The consultants within the TOCA truck use superior package to make sure British Touring Automobile Championship racing is honest and above board The Kwik Match British Touring Automobile Championship’s tightly managed technical rules are a key purpose it frequently produces such thrilling racing – and making certain its ultra-competitive groups play by these guidelines is a troublesome job.  The BTCC has a small group of technical consultants at every race to ensure that occurs. This 12 months, they’ve acquired a brand new residence: the TOCA Technical Centre, a newly completed truck unit that travels to each race with all of the tools wanted to run a BTCC race weekend. That features all the technical package, the BTCC’s bespoke signage, occasion branding and even photographer Jakob Ebrey’s stepladder.  As soon as the tools is ready up, the truck successfully turns into....





VW ID R takes all-time Goodwood hillclimb report - with video

Upgraded racer beats Nick Heideld’s 1999 report, then goes even sooner with sub 40-second time Volkswagen has smashed the outright hillclimb report at Goodwood Pageant of Velocity with the 671bhp ID R electrical racer.  Driver Romain Dumas initially took the report on the second day of the occasion, setting a time of 41.18 seconds in a apply session, earlier than going even sooner a day later with a 39.90 within the timed shootout. All of the information from the 2019 Goodwood Pageant of Velocity The earlier report for the Sussex course had stood since 1999, when Heidfeld set a time of 41.18 seconds on the wheel of  McLaren MP4/13 F1 automobile – a tempo to date forward of the rest that Formulation One vehicles have been subsequently banned from making timed runs. With someday of the 2019 Pageant remaining, there’s each likelihood Dumas will get one other likelihood to go even....



iconic sports activities automobile meets Britain's nation lanes

Quintessential America meets quintessential England Corvettes are constructed for American highways, so naturally we drove one from Brooklands to Brighton utilizing solely single-lane roads That is going to be a most nice day. I’ve been tasked with the problem of driving from the Brooklands motor museum in Weybridge to Brighton with out utilizing a motorway and ideally not utilizing a twin carriageway. “Is it nonetheless attainable,” requested the editor, “to take pleasure in driving on Britain’s congested roads?” It most actually is. A few weeks in the past, I joined some pals on a navigational rally across the Surrey hills adopted by a nice lunch. It helped that I used to be driving an Alpine A110, however it could have been a beautiful day trip in a Morris Minor.  It’s going to assist a terrific deal that at the moment we’re driving a model new Corvette Grand Sport. The automobile....





First experience in ultra-rare speedster

This 812-based attention-seeker is all about getting the gang on its toes, however climb aboard and you may see magic behind the scenes as properly The Ferrari Monza SP2 won’t be in-built massive numbers, nor is a chance to experience in it prone to current itself once more, so the corporate is eager to point out it off as a lot as attainable over the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity weekend.  The supercar paddock is, as regular, teeming with festival-goers, however most are huddled across the Ferrari stand. Maranello’s pulled out all of the stops for this yr’s occasion, with the Monza SP2 simply one in all numerous ultra-rare (and, by all accounts, priceless) creations on show. The F12tdf-based SP3JC’s one-off blue-white paint scheme supplies a pleasant distinction from its predominantly ‘Rosso Corsa’ environment, and the customer-commissioned P80/C monitor automobile is on-hand to frighten the life out of all these lucky....



Porsche 991 RSR racer makes debut at Goodwood

991.2 era endurance automobile arrives forward of WEC season opener Porsche Motorsport used the Goodwood Competition of Pace to debut its newest 911 RSR endurance racer. Whereas the earlier RSR was primarily based on the highway going 991.1-generation 911 GT3 RS, this new mannequin makes the swap to the 991.2 era automobile. Homologation guidelines imply the most recent 992-generation 911 might want to obtain a Weissach improve earlier than it turns into eligible for GT racing. All of the information from the Goodwood Competition of Pace 2019 The RSR spent two years in improvement, together with a 33hr endurance take a look at at Paul Ricard circuit in March this yr. It makes use of a water-cooled, four.2-litre naturally aspirated flat six that sends 515bhp to the rear wheels by a sequential six-speed gearbox. A model new aspect exit exhaust system saves weight and gives an aeroynamic benefit over the....





All-electric Aston Martin Rapide E makes UK dynamic debut

600bhp-plus EV seems for the primary time on residence turf Aston’s first manufacturing EV unleashed on residence turf as model celebrates anniversary of historic Le Mans win Aston Martin’s production-ready Rapide E electrical luxurious saloon has accomplished the hillclimb at Goodwood’s Pageant of Velocity, marking the mannequin’s first dynamic UK look. Previewed by varied ideas, this Rapide E is the ultimate model that can be delivered to prospects later this yr. It’s important each as the primary Aston EV and the primary mannequin to depart the model’s new ‘residence of electrification’ facility in St Athan, Wales. All of the information from the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity 2019 Restricted to 155 examples and accessible to order now at an undisclosed value, the Rapide E contains a entrance finish redesigned from the usual Rapide to help cooling and aerodynamics. It additionally supplies a visible hyperlink to Aston’s newest fashions such because the DBS Superleggera. ....



"We're in a rush to construct an EV"

Bentayga plug-in hybrid kickstarted model’s electrification plans However CEO Adrian Hallmark warns that know-how will not meet buyer expectations till not less than 2025 Bentley is “in a rush” to construct an electrical automobile, however the know-how to do it credibly received’t exist till not less than 2025, based on boss Adrian Hallmark. Talking on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity Hallmark highlighted buyer survey knowledge that reveals Bentley house owners or aspiring consumers are 30% extra inclined to personal an EV than for every other super-luxury model, plus buyer clinic knowledge from an idea that confirmed its desirability would rise by 30% if it have been a pure EV. “Let me be clear – I’m in a rush to construct an electrical Bentley,” mentioned Hallmark. “As a model we must be on the forefront, and it’s clear that there’s absolute demand from sure clients for it – together with a....





The 2019 TT - Isle of Man and Machine

The world’s most well-known bike occasion returns for 2019. We go behind the scenes In 2019, the Isle of Man TT stays some of the excessive motorsport occasions within the bike calendar, the place highway racers danger all of it on the mountain. This documentary follows 4 opponents approaching the 37-mile course every from a distinct perspective: from newbie riders to manufacturing facility groups, from electrical powertrains to tuned-up superbikes. This movie follows on from the identical makers of our VW ID R Pikes Peak report try documentary final 12 months. READ MORE Drag race: McLaren 720S Spider vs BMW S1000RR vs Ariel Atom four​ Why I purchased a Honda Africa Twin motorcycle Audi R8 vs Ducati Panigale: supercar versus superbike