For me, auto shows have always been like diving into another world. For a day nothing but dreams in tin. Intensive sprinkling, pilgrimage from stand to stand, shooting one film after the other on the old analog camera. In 1997 I was fascinated by the first water-cooled 911; in the controversial way. The engine sacrilege was one thing, the design something completely different. Back then, for me, the 993 was the most beautiful possible shape a car could be squeezed into. Not much has changed in this respect to this day. Two years later, the E46-M3 was at the show – and the Le Mans winning car at the time. The 1:18 model is on my desk – readers of the last editorial may remember. I bought it directly from the BMW stand at the 1999 IAA.

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As you can see, I am indulging, telling, from the hundredth to the thousandth … I’m not sure whether this year’s visitors will still be so euphoric about the IAA Mobility 2021 in over 20 years’ time. Auto shows always thrived on emotions and fascination. There wasn’t enough desirable sheet metal to be seen for that. How did you like the new IAA?

Have fun reading, yours Alexander Bernt (editor-in-chief)

You will find these topics in the new issue:

NEW HITS Boldmen CR4 • BMW M240i xDrive M Perf. Parts • Dähler M440i Cabrio • Ford Focus ST Edition • Range Rover Sport SVR Ultimate Edit TEST AND TECHNOLOGY Driving report: Out and about in the open Euro version of the Corvette C8 Stingray • Driving report: Porsche 911 GTS – lighter, sportier and with turbo chassis • Driving report: Bentley Continental GTC Speed ​​- dignified at 335 • Driving report: Vanderhall Venice – curious fun car with 185 PS and 640 kilos • Supertest: VW Golf R – in the 8th generation it finally wants to be the fastest Golf • Comparison test: Hyundai Kona N against Mini JCW Countryman and VW T-Roc R • Individual test: APR RS 6 Avant – power station wagon with 719 PS • Track test: BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG GT • Black Series and Porsche 911 GT3 • Winter tire test: Twelve mixed tires in 225 / 45-245 / 40 R 18 in comparison • Comparison test: small versus large – Hyundai i20 N performance versus i30 N Perf. • Used car: Mercedes C 55 T – the inconspicuous V8 station wagon in check • Yesterday & today: Alpina – Allgäu engine construction art through the ages MOTORSPORT Porsche Mission R: The future of customer racing HEADINGS Promotion: Gusenbauer Nordschleife Perfection Training 2021 • Promotion: Papenburg 3000 – high-speed hunt with seven super athletes • Promotion: Hot Wheels Legends Tour

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