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V8-powered Bentley Continental GT coupe and cabrio join range

Bentley has unveiled new V8-powered versions of its Continental GT coupe and convertible, with the new model poised to make for a more affordable and fuel-efficient entry-point to the range.  Although a sign of the unfortunately necessary downsizing trend at the moment, the performance of the new V8 models isn’t …

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Seven examples of the Maserati Levante Vulcano headed to Oz

A new limited-run version of the Maserati Levante, dubbed the Vulcano, is set to head Down Under to join the local range, although just seven are set to be available.  Priced at $184,990 before on-road costs, just 150 examples of the Levante Vulcano will be produced worldwide, which is based …

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2019 Volvo XC40 T4 Inscription Review

It’s been a big year for the Volvo XC40 since it first came to market. The plucky little Swede – okay, so it might not be entirely Swedish since it’s actually built in Belgium – has taken home countless awards around the globe including being named the 2018 European Car …

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Infiniti pulls out of Europe: here’s what it means for Australia

Infiniti – Nissan’s luxury-focused sub-brand – has confirmed that it will cease all operations in western Europe, including both the manufacturing and sales of cars in the region, although it has confirmed that it will remain active in Australia for now.  In a statement to the media, an Infiniti spokesperson …

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Toyota files patent for fragrance system that can emit tear gas

Yes, you read that headline correctly – a new patent filed by Toyota describes a theft-deterring interior fragrance system that can not only pleasantly scent the car as you’d expect, but will emit tear gas when it senses the car has been stolen. The patent application for what has been …

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Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition set to be the last V12 S-Class

In what is a rather sad but historic event, Mercedes-AMG has unveiled what will be the final V12-powered S-Class to be made, the S65 Final Edition. Once seen as almost a necessity in luxury limousines, the V12 engine is a species becoming more endangered by the day as this call …

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Track-only McLaren Senna GTR revealed

McLaren has revealed a track-only version of its flagship Senna – the Senna GTR – which gains more power and a wider, more aggressive body to the road-going version. Powered by the same basic 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 seen in the rest of the company’s line-up, a tweaked ECU and removal …

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2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N pricing and specifications

Hyundai Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the new liftback version of its i30 N hot hatch – dubbed the Fastback – which sports nearly identical specifications but commands a $1,500 premium. Starting from $41,990, the i30 Fastback N’s most notable difference from the hatch is its swooping coupe-esque …

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed Diesel Review

The Mitsubishi Outlander, like much of the Japanese manufacturer’s line-up, is a car that has been around in its current form for quite a few years. At six years since its initial launch, it might be younger than the ASX and Pajero, but it’s now easily outlived the usual model …

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$6.5m Koenigsegg Jesko debuts, two already sold in Australia

The latest creation from Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg – the Jesko – has debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, with it confirmed that two are already headed to our shores. The Jesko – which is named after company founder Christian von Koenigsegg’s father – will replace the now eight-year-old Agera, …

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Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire is the most expensive new car ever

The purveyors of speed at Bugatti have created a one-off Chiron-based car for a customer that has become the most expensive new car to ever be sold. Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the creation dubbed “La Voiture Noire” – which translates literally as “the black car” – was …

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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster unveiled

Lamborghini has lopped the roof off its flagship Aventador SVJ to create a limited edition Roadster model, which is to be limited to just 800 units globally. Unveiled for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the SVJ Roadster retains the coupe’s underpinnings and the majority of its aerodynamic bodywork. That is, …

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2019 BMW X7 to land from under $120k, diesel-only for Oz

BMW Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for its flagship X7 SUV which, in a surprise move for BMW, will see the entry-level model introduced upon the model’s initial launch.  The two-strong X7 lineup expected to go on sale locally in May will see the entry-level xDrive 30d variant …

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2019 Suzuki Vitara Series II Turbo AllGrip Review

The four-year-old Suzuki Vitara has been given a refresh for the 2019 model year, and it’s one Suzuki deems to be significant enough to warrant it being dubbed the Series II version. This update is more than Suzuki simply giving it the usual styling tweaks and adding some nicer interior bits, …

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