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BMW M Performance Day winners tackle Phillip Island

Recently CarAdvice ran a competition for 20 lucky people to win a drive in the new BMW M2 at one of the world's best racetracks - Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Or, as it's more simply and somewhat affectionately known, Phillip Island...

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HSV Clubsport, Maloo and Grange SV launched: Limited-edition range signals end of LS3
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HSV Clubsport, Maloo and Grange SV launched: Limited-edition range signals end of LS3

HSV has announced three new limited edition models, with two commencing production in June and all three to be powered by the naturally aspirated LS3 engine. HSV Clubsport R8 SV Black and HSV Maloo R8 SV Black Limited to 350 units (with an additional 18 destined for New Zealand), the HSV Clubsport R8 SV Black is powered by the 340kW 6...


HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition: Short-run special revealed
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HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition: Short-run special revealed

HSV has taken the wraps off the limited-edition 2016 HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition, which commences production in September. Priced from $68,990 plus on-road costs, the limited-edition model will see 150 vehicles built for Australia, with an additional six units destined for New Zealand. The Clubsport R8 Track Edition differentiates itself from the Clubsport LSA by using a naturally aspirated 6...


2017 Holden Trailblazer spied testing in Melbourne
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2017 Holden Trailblazer spied testing in Melbourne

The 2017 Holden Trailblazer (the new name for the Colorado 7) has been spied testing in Melbourne by a CarAdvice reader. As confirmed in April, the Colorado and Trailblazer models have undergone a substantial amount of Australian engineering input, which is why we're likely to see more of these test vehicles on the road leading up their launches later this year...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 3: Speed camera effectiveness, Subaru Outback, Tesla v BMW, and more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 3: Speed camera effectiveness, Subaru Outback, Tesla v BMW, and more

Welcome to episode 3 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. Last week's show continued on from the successful first episode with impressive download numbers on iTunes, SoundCloud and our other social and podcast platforms...


2016 Tesla Model S P90D v BMW 730d Comparison
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2016 Tesla Model S P90D v BMW 730d Comparison

These are two cars that barely need an introduction. One is a long-time luxury vehicle from a respected German brand, while the other is a lightning-fast newcomer from an American brand with a focus on green credentials. We’re talking, of course, about the BMW 7 Series and the Tesla Model S...


Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint donated for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund: Build 1/750 manual XR8 Sprint up for grabs
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Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint donated for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund: Build 1/750 manual XR8 Sprint up for grabs

Ford Australia has donated the first production Falcon XR8 Sprint to the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) to be auctioned for charity. Money raised from the vehicle auction will go toward the JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project, which aims to automate insulin pumps and help improve therapies and to provide a 'technological cure' for type 1 diabetes (T1D)...


Mahindra to launch W10 luxury version of XUV500 in Australia
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Mahindra to launch W10 luxury version of XUV500 in Australia

Mahindra Automotive Australia has announced that the XUV500 range will expand by Q4, 2016 with the introduction of the W10 XUV500, which adds to the W8 currently on sale. The Mahindra XUV500 W10 will join the W8 front- and all-wheel drive versions of the XUV500 and will bring with it a number of new features to increase the brand's presence in Australia...


Mahindra XUV500 W8 automatic pricing and specifications
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Mahindra XUV500 W8 automatic pricing and specifications

Mahindra Automotive Australia has taken the wraps off the seven-seat Mahindra XUV500 W8 automatic, adding to the current manual-only offering, starting from $31,900 drive-away. Mahindra chose Australia as the first market outside of India to launch the automatic XUV500...


Will the Tesla Model 3 ever actually launch?
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Will the Tesla Model 3 ever actually launch?

Lining up for a product you don't know anything about or have never seen seems a bit strange, right? It's stranger still, when you consider it's a product that, locally, will be priced well in excess of $50,000. And when you can't be certain that the company you've left a deposit with can even get the manufacturing program in full swing..


BMW X6 xDrive30d v Mercedes-Benz GLE350d Coupe v Audi A7 Comparison
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BMW X6 xDrive30d v Mercedes-Benz GLE350d Coupe v Audi A7 Comparison

There is a segment of cars on the market that carries a crowd of unique followers. They’re cars that are not universally loved for their designs, but they offer buyers a unique styling proposition backed by efficient engines. In a bid to see what this segment is all about and get a better understanding of why people buy these cars, we lined up the 2016 Audi A7, the 2016 BMW X6 xDrive 30d and 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350d Coupe to see which is best...


Pirelli P Zero and Dragon Sport Review: Pushing new tyres to the limit at the Shanghai F1 Circuit

Pirelli P Zero and Dragon Sport Review: Pushing new tyres to the limit at the Shanghai F1 Circuit

If I told you that it was genuinely hard work to test a new tyre with a bunch of supercars at a world famous Formula 1 circuit, you probably wouldn't believe me. Well, it's true. It is actually hard work. With these types of events, there's no reference tyre available, nor is there a method of quantifying tyre performance...


Pirelli Dragon Sport launched: High-performance tyre exclusive to Asia-Pacific
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Pirelli Dragon Sport launched: High-performance tyre exclusive to Asia-Pacific

Pirelli has revealed the Pirelli Dragon Sport tyre in Shanghai this week, which is rubber designed exclusively for aftermarket fitment in the Asia-Pacific market. The high-performance tyre has been designed to offer consumers a safe and sporty option that can be fitted to their car to replace OEM tyres...


Pirelli P Zero launched: Latest tyre benefits from F1 technology enhancements
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Pirelli P Zero launched: Latest tyre benefits from F1 technology enhancements

Pirelli has taken the wraps off the all-new Pirelli P Zero high-performance tyre in Shanghai this week, revealing two different tread patterns and 11 variants. The latest P Zero tyre joins a line of P Zeros that first launched in 1986 with tyres attached to the incredible Lancia Delta Integrale...


2017 Porsche Panamera leaked in marketing documents? - UPDATE
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2017 Porsche Panamera leaked in marketing documents? - UPDATE

UPDATE: Despite the appearance of this would-be Panamera in marketing material, it has been confirmed as little more than a speculative rendering of the so-called 'Pajun' sedan, published in the German and American press. The image was likely used as a 'placeholder' in the materials sent to CarAdvice...


2017 Holden Colorado revealed in Brazil, Australian input significant
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2017 Holden Colorado revealed in Brazil, Australian input significant

Chevrolet has today revealed its refreshed Brazilian-market S10 ute, which will form the basis for the 2017 Holden Colorado, expected to launch locally before the end of this year. Changes to the model include a new exterior design, along with a refreshed interior. At the front, new headlights with LED daytime running lights team with a split front grille that features chrome highlights...


2016 Tesla Model S P90D Review: Long-term report one
Rating: 9.510 /10
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2016 Tesla Model S P90D Review: Long-term report one

It's the latest and fastest Tesla Model S ever. We take possession of a Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode to see what it's like to live with everyday...

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$197,738

2016 Audi SQ5 Plus pricing and specifications
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2016 Audi SQ5 Plus pricing and specifications

Audi Australia has taken the wraps off the 2016 Audi SQ5 Plus, which goes on sale locally this week with a starting price of $108,900. The SQ5 Plus will run concurrently with the SQ5 and demands a $16,300 price premium over its non-Plus sibling. Performance from the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine has improved by 10kW and 50Nm from 240kW to 250kW and 650Nm and 700Nm respectively...


2016 Audi S8 Plus Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Audi S8 Plus Review

What do you do when you need more power from your Audi? Go Plus! We get behind the wheel of the fastest Audi 'S' car ever, the 2016 Audi S8 Plus.

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$330,500

2016 Audi SQ5 Plus Review
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2016 Audi SQ5 Plus Review

Need more 'S' from your Audi SQ5? You're in luck, Audi has just launched the Audi SQ5 Plus. We head to Phillip Island to try it out.


2016 Audi RS6 and RS7 Performance: Track Review

2016 Audi RS6 and RS7 Performance: Track Review

There are some cars that simply can't be properly tested on the road. Two that immediately spring to mind are the 2016 Audi RS6 Performance and 2016 Audi RS7 Performance. So with scientific testing in mind, we drove to Victoria's Phillip Island to properly assess both models. Don't mistake this scientific testing for fun — despite the fact it was sunny, and we were on a world-famous GP race circuit...

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$229,500

2016 Audi S8 Plus pricing and specifications
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2016 Audi S8 Plus pricing and specifications

More power, more torque and a bigger price tag accompany the fastest Audi S model ever. The 2016 Audi S8 Plus debuts in Australia this week with a starting price of $330,500. Sitting atop the Audi A8 range, the S8 Plus will sit alongside the non-Plus S8, which remains priced at $280,610. Power output from the turbocharged 4...


2016 Audi RS6 and RS7 Performance pricing and specifications
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2016 Audi RS6 and RS7 Performance pricing and specifications

Need more performance with your performance car? Audi has come to the rescue by launching replacements for its current RS6 and RS7 models, aptly named the RS6 Performance and RS7 Performance. The 2016 Audi RS6 Performance and 2016 Audi RS7 Performance variants launch in Australia this week with higher power and torque, and larger price tags...


Kia Cerato Koup exits Australian market
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Kia Cerato Koup exits Australian market

Kia Australia has quietly removed the Kia Cerato Koup from sale in Australia, following a poor sales performance since its local launch in late 2013. The two-door hatch was offered in Australia with a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Kia Cerato Koup and a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Koup Turbo...


Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode v Qantas Boeing 737: Drag Race
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Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode v Qantas Boeing 737: Drag Race

To prove just how quick the Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous Mode is in a straight line, Tesla Motors Australia joined forces with Qantas — Australia's national carrier — to drag race its quickest electric vehicle against the workhorse of the Qantas fleet, the Boeing 737...


2016 Porsche Cayman S Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2016 Porsche Cayman S Review

The Porsche Cayman S may look like a poor man's 911, but think again. It's the ultimate go kart driving experience, without the 911 price tag.

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$143,990

2017 Ford Ranger Raptor Hybrid spied: Ranger to enter US market with plug-in hybrid pick-up truck — UPDATE
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2017 Ford Ranger Raptor Hybrid spied: Ranger to enter US market with plug-in hybrid pick-up truck — UPDATE

CarAdvice has obtained exclusive spy photographs of Ford Australia testing a hybrid version of its Ford Ranger utility, destined for the US market. Our previous exclusive spy photographs of the Ford Ranger Raptor (pictured below) show an off-road skewed version of the Ranger. What we didn't realise at the time was that the vehicle pictured also had a port for plug-in hybrid connectivity...


2016 Bentley Continental GT Convertible V8 S Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Bentley Continental GT Convertible V8 S Review

If you're in the market for a serious convertible that looks good and sound amazing — look no further. The Bentley Continental GT Convertible V8 S looks and sounds amazing, but does it live up to the name?

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$446,400

2017 Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan gallery
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2017 Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan gallery

The 2017 Subaru Impreza has been revealed at the 2016 New York motor show, along with at a private event the night before. We have uploaded an image gallery in the Photos tab to see the Impreza in more detail. The debut marks the next generation of Impreza for Subaru, which has seen a recent sales slump in Australia...