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Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased

Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming Polo GTI R5, a rally version of the latest Polo GTI hot hatch. Making around 270hp (201kW), the Polo GTI R5 will become available to professional teams and drivers from the second half of 2018 to compete in various global motorsport series, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)...

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Toyota Yaris GRMN successor to be mass-production model
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Toyota Yaris GRMN successor to be mass-production model

Toyota and Gazoo Racing are already planning a successor to the Yaris GRMN hot hatch, which will be a mass-production model and serve as a homologation base for the next WRC rally car. Speaking with the UK's AutoExpress, Shigeki Tomoyama, senior manager for Gazoo Racing, said: "We know our current situation and we believe that we need to change the platform for the rally car to be even more competitive"...


Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome
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Ford Transit gets M-Sport World Rally Car treatment… and it's awesome

We may give the Poms a fair bit of grief - depending on the time of year and what particular sporting event might currently be going on - but, jeez, you've got to give them credit when it's due. And this WRC-inspired Ford Transit Custom is one of those occasions...


CarAdvice podcast 71: Tony Crawford reviews the Stinger!
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CarAdvice podcast 71: Tony Crawford reviews the Stinger!

In the studio this week is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Dave Zalstein. Paul has his say on Victoria Police's choice on its next patrol car being a BMW 530d. Also in car news, Ford Fiesta has been axed in the US, and Australian prospects are still unclear...


Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car
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Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car

A Yaris? A Toyota Yaris? Why would you rally a Toyota Yaris? That's probably what you're thinking. Ask the team at Neal Bates Motorsport, though, and the humble little Japanese runabout is the future of rallying in Australia. Whether you follow the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) or not, the facts are, this year’s title race is a close one...


2017 Rally Australia: Coffs Harbour readying for WRC return
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2017 Rally Australia: Coffs Harbour readying for WRC return

Rally Australia is back for another year, with the picturesque Coffs Coast in Northern New South Wales again set to welcome the world's best rally drivers for the final round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC). Comprising a total of 318 competitive kilometres spread across 21 stages, Rally Australia kicks off in November, transforming Coffs Harbour from resort town to rally-fan central...


Sebastien Ogier trades WRC for F1 and drives Vettel’s old Red Bull RB7
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Sebastien Ogier trades WRC for F1 and drives Vettel’s old Red Bull RB7

Even World Rally Championship (WRC) drivers want to be Formula One drivers. And proving it, four-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier has scored his dream drive in a V8-powered Red Bull Racing F1 car. Getting to drive Sebastian Vettel’s old 2011 championship-winning Red Bull Racing RB7 Formula 1 car around Austria’s 4...


Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division
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Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division

One of the key figures behind Volkswagen's dominant return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) has been appointed managing director of the German manufacturer's ever-popular 'R' performance arm. Volkswagen has announced that, effective June 1, Jost Capito will head up Volkswagen R GmbH, despite leaving his post as Volkswagen’s director of motorsport in August 2016 to take up the position of CEO of McLaren Racing just one month later...


2017 Citroen C3 WRC revealed
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2017 Citroen C3 WRC revealed

The 2017 Citroen C3 WRC was unveiled overnight, and it looks even wilder and more extreme than the concept unveiled in September. Citroen's 2017 WRC entrant is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Thanks to the wider turbo restrictor permitted for the upcoming season, the engine is said to develop around 283kW of power (380hp)...


Toyota Yaris hot hatch confirmed, 'no plans' for Australia - UPDATE
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Toyota Yaris hot hatch confirmed, 'no plans' for Australia - UPDATE

If you had your hopes up, Toyota's here to let them down: Confirmation today of an upcoming Toyota Yaris hot hatch has been followed by word that it is no sure thing for an Australian launch. Although not an outright write-off for our market, a Toyota spokesperson has confirmed there are currently no plans to bring the souped-up Yaris here...


Helicopter versus Rally car: The McDonnell Douglas 520N takes on Hyundai's i20 WRC
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Helicopter versus Rally car: The McDonnell Douglas 520N takes on Hyundai's i20 WRC

Life is funny. And sometimes certain opportunities simply appear, almost of their own doing. Well, the following was one of those unique opportunities… It’s the day after the conclusion of Rally Australia 2016, and, while most of the teams have packed up and are headed home, the team from Hyundai Motorsport remain...


2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger unveiled: More aero, more power for rally-spec city car
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2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger unveiled: More aero, more power for rally-spec city car

Hyundai Motorsport has lifted the covers on its 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger at a media event at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, ahead of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC) season opener in Monte-Carlo...


WRC Rally Australia 2016: Photo gallery special
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WRC Rally Australia 2016: Photo gallery special

So that's it. The 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) is over, with the recent Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour the culmination of a 13-round season that kicked off with Rallye Monte-Carlo in January...


2016 Hyundai i20 WRC review: Riding shotgun with Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon
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2016 Hyundai i20 WRC review: Riding shotgun with Hyundai Motorsport driver Hayden Paddon

Dave does his best to 'review' the 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC car of New Zealand rally driver Hayden Paddon, while harnessed into the passenger seat...


CarAdvice podcast 31: 2018 Mustang leaked, Kodiaq review, WRC and LA report, and LHD conversions!
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CarAdvice podcast 31: 2018 Mustang leaked, Kodiaq review, WRC and LA report, and LHD conversions!

Paul returns from the LA Motor Show and gives us his hits and misses, and Dave is fresh (and dusty) from the WRC. In car news this week, we feature the 2018 Ford Mustang details being leaked, 2017 Suzuki S-Cross and Holden Barina pricing and specs, Dodge Charger and Challenger being investigated for a RHD conversion, 2018 LDV T60 ute is revealed and the Honda Jazz infotainment unit gets an update, but it's missing something very important! We talk to James Ward about the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq, which he drove on its launch in Minorca...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for November 25, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for November 25, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Hyundai Australia keen on motorsport, but Supercars "just not for us"
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Hyundai Australia keen on motorsport, but Supercars "just not for us"

With a brand-new N performance range due to launch globally in the coming months, Hyundai Australia says it's keen for some local motorsport involvement, but not in the Gen2 Supercar series. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this weekend's 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally Australia event in Coffs Harbour, Hyundai Australia public relations manager Guido Schenken said while rally is an important sport for the brand, the next chapter of what was known as the V8 Supercar series, isn’t...


CarAdvice podcast 29: New Commodore teased, RAV4 reviewed, Model S goes to the outback - and win tickets to the WRC!
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CarAdvice podcast 29: New Commodore teased, RAV4 reviewed, Model S goes to the outback - and win tickets to the WRC!

This week, Mandy and Paul are joined by James Wong, with the promise that there'll be none of the shenanigans (well, fewer) of last week! First up: Want to know how you can be an honorary member on the CarAdvice podcast panel in Melbourne, and on location at MotorWorld Sydney? Listen in...


Five reasons you must go to Rally Australia this year
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Five reasons you must go to Rally Australia this year

Kicking off next week, WRC Rally Australia 2016 is one of the most anticipated motorsport events of the calendar year. And if you've never been, here are five good reasons to go...


2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept revealed
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2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept revealed

The wraps have been taken off the 2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept ahead of the brand's return to the FIA World Rally Championship next year after a year-long sabbatical. According to Citroen the concept is "very close the finalised car ... without giving everything away about its final form"...