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VFACTS June 2021: Luxury-car sales hit top gear for Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Rolls-Royce.

Sales of super-luxury cars showed no signs of slowing in the first half of 2021, as cashed-up buyers treated themselves to a new set of wheels rather than an expensive overseas holiday. According to figures from Austrade, Australians spent more than $5 billion per month – and more than $60 billion annually – on overseas travel prior to the pandemic...

“Pristine” 1995 McLaren F1 listed for sale with just 390km on the clock

A 1995 McLaren F1 supercar has been listed for sale in the USA, with price expectations “in excess of US$15 million” (AU$20 million). The near-pristine Gordon Murray-designed vehicle – stamped chassis number 029 of 106 – has clocked just 390km since new, and reportedly spent the majority of its 26-year history locked away in a private Japanese collection...

British manufacturers not committing to lower prices in Australia, despite free trade agreement

Manufacturers that build cars in Britain are yet to commit to lower Australian prices, despite the announcement of a new Free Trade Agreement "immediately eliminating" an existing 5 per cent automotive import tariff. Affected British-built cars include Nissan's Juke, Leaf, and Qashqai small SUVs, and the majority of vehicles built by Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bentley and Rolls-Royce...

2022 McLaren Artura price and specs: All-new hybrid supercar available to order in Australia

2022 McLaren Artura pricing and specification New supercar pairs 3.0-litre V6 with electric assistance 500kW and 720Nm outputs enable three-second 0-100km/h dash Prices start from $449,500 before on-road costs, ahead of late 2021 deliveries Australian pricing and specifications for the 2022 McLaren Artura have been revealed, ahead of the first customer deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October to December inclusive)...

2021 McLaren Elva confirmed for Australia

The 2021 McLaren Elva is the newest addition to the British manufacturer’s Ultimate Series – and a handful are bound for a selection of lucky Australian buyers. Inspired by founder Bruce McLaren’s M1A, M1B and M1C race cars of the 1960s, the Elva is equipped with McLaren's 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 600kW and 800Nm...

McLaren 720S GT3X track-only hypercar unveiled

The 2021 McLaren 720S GT3X has been unveiled, a special edition based on the 720S GT3 racer with "increased engine output, improved aerodynamics, and increased stopping power." Drive comes from a modified example of the existing twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, sending 530kW to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission during normal driving – matching the road-going model on grunt...

The 10 quickest cars for sale in Australia in 2021

As it turns out, identifying the quickest cars in Australia for 2021 is not an easy feat. Not only do they need to be available locally, they also need to meet our criterion of completing the 0-100km/h sprint in under three seconds. You may be expecting to see brands such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes, but interestingly, they don't make the cut...

2021 McLaren Artura driven by Aussie F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo

The upcoming 2021 McLaren Artura hybrid supercar was test driven by Australian Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo, prior to the vehicle's launch last month. As would be expected from someone sponsored by McLaren, Mr Ricciardo had nothing but good things to say about the Artura...

Video: 1995 McLaren F1 comes up for sale

A very rare 1995 McLaren F1 has been listed for sale in the US. A total of 106 McLaren F1 models were built, with McLaren only producing 64 in street-legal trim (the others being racing cars). This particular example is one of only seven sold brand-new in the US, with broker Issimi stating the car has only ever had two owners...

Hennessey unveils 745kW McLaren 765LT power upgrade

US-based tuning house Hennessey Performance Engineering will offer an engine upgrade for the McLaren 765LT supercar, allowing for a power increase of approximately 32 per cent. Known as the HPE1000 package, the upgrade comprises new air filters for the car's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, a re-mapped factory ECU calibration, a stainless-steel exhaust downpipe upgrade, high-flow exhaust componentry, and a chassis dyno calibration...

Gallery: 2021 McLaren Artura

The 2021 McLaren Artura made its official debut this week, ushering in a new era for Britain's well-known supercar maker. Due in Australia in the third quarter of 2021, the Artura mates a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor for 500kW and 720Nm, and a 7.4kWh lithium-ion battery enables 30km of all-electric range, while fuel economy – not something you're used to reading in a McLaren story – rated at 5...