Time Machine Tuesday: March 13, 2018

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People often say "don't forget where you came from". Although we're focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews.

Here's a look at what happened on March 13 over the past few years.

13 March 2015: Renault Megane RS275 Trophy R-Spec laps Albert Park in 2min23sec

Three years ago today the stripped-out Renault Megane RS275 Trophy R-Spec took on Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix circuit – becoming the first vehicle of its kind to set a lap record on the iconic street track.

With a time of 2 minutes 23.64 seconds, the hottest Megane managed an average speed of 133km/h around the 5.3-kilometre race track, piloted by the then-20-year-old Daniel Ricciardo.

The Megane RS275 Trophy R-Spec once held the quickest front-wheel drive lap for production vehicles at the Nurburgring, featuring a 201kW/360Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

In 2015 the flagship go-fast Megane was priced from $61,990 before on-road costs, with local allocation limited to just 50 units.

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13 March 2010: Nissan Tiida Series 3 launches

It seems like a lifetime ago that the Tiida replaced the popular Pulsar nameplate in Australia, only to be superseded by the name it replaced a few years later.

Eight years ago today the 'Series 3' iteration of the small car was released in Australia, which brought a range of safety and equipment upgrades.

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13 March 2009: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG first details

Nine years ago we got an early preview of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – reviving the iconic 'Gullwing' namesake.

The V8-engined super sports car was the first standalone AMG model to be produced in the tuning firm's 40-year history, and one example is now under the ownership of our beloved founder Alborz Fallah himself.

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13 March 2008: MY09 Subaru Forester pricing and specs

Subaru released pricing and specifications for the 2009 model-year Forester a decade ago today, which brought an equipment boost and a marginal price drop – not bad.

The MY09 Forester line-up started at $30,490 for the entry-level X manual variant, while the flagship XT premium automatic was priced from $46,990. For reference, the current range is priced from $30,240 to $48,240.

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