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Five reasons to watch the Bathurst 12 Hour

Mount Panorama, Bathurst represents the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia. Petrol heads from around the country flock to the track every year, keen to see their heroes tackle the tight, twisty circuit in hulking Supercars, but local touring cars aren't the only vehicles subjected to the Bathurst torture test...

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2018 BMW M5: Australian reaction overwhelmingly positive

BMW says the public has responded positively to the first all-wheel drive M5, which lands in Q2 this year. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Bathurst 12 Hour, Lenore Fletcher, communications boss for BMW Australia, said initial signs were good for the twin-turbo super-sedan. "It's probably the most positive response to a vehicle that I've ever seen," Fletcher said...


BMW M4 GTS v M3 CSL: The latest and greatest at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour
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BMW M4 GTS v M3 CSL: The latest and greatest at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour

In and of itself, this year's 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour truly was an epic affair – just read Rob Margeit's race-day recap or Tom Fraser's BMW M6 GT3 behind the scenes special. The folks at BMW Australia invited CarAdvice along to the monster Bathurst 12 Hour race weekend held at the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit, and they also surprised by giving us limited access to two very special vehicles: the 2017 BMW M4 GTS and the 2003 BMW M3 CSL...


48+12 Hours: Racing at Bathurst with the BMW M6 GT3
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48+12 Hours: Racing at Bathurst with the BMW M6 GT3

We all see it on the TV, motor racing is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled hive of action that is over as soon as it starts. However, there's a massive effort in preparation and planning that often goes unnoticed to the average punter. The 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour is a big deal, and more than 50 teams are vying for a competitive spot on the podium...


Zagame Motorsport launched as local interest in GT3-level racing booms
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Zagame Motorsport launched as local interest in GT3-level racing booms

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CarAdvice podcast 39: Ice driving across Sweden in the Audi S5
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CarAdvice podcast 39: Ice driving across Sweden in the Audi S5

Joining Mandy on the panel this week is Dave Zalstein, and for the first time, CarAdvice photographer, Tom Fraser. Hear the biggest car news of the week with the 2018 Holden Commodore Sportwagon being  revealed, 2017 World Car of the Year finalists have been announced, January 2017 Australian new vehicle sales released, the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS245 revealed, a daring heist at Jaguar Land Rover plant and there will be no Ford Kuga recall in Australia for now...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017

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Ferrari wins bruising Bathurst battle
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Ferrari wins bruising Bathurst battle

This was no motor race. This was a heavyweight title fight, slugged out between two prize fighters, each with a distinctive style of landing blows over a 12-hour match-up where only one would emerge victorious. Battle scarred, yes, but with the soothing tastes of the victory champagne to ease away the aches and pains of a 12-hour scrap...


Beating Bathurst: Aussie motorsport legends reveal what it takes to win at Mount Panorama
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Beating Bathurst: Aussie motorsport legends reveal what it takes to win at Mount Panorama

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R to make Australian debut at Bathurst 12 Hour
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2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R to make Australian debut at Bathurst 12 Hour

The manic Mercedes-AMG GT R will make its first Australian appearance at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour Race next month. After joining the supercar elite by lapping the famed Nurburgring circuit in 7 minutes and 10.9 seconds, the flagship Mercedes-AMG will take on Mount Panorama piloted by five-time DTM champion, Bathurst 12 Hour winner and AMG brand ambassador, Bernd Schneider...


Roadshow: Upcoming car events across Australia, January to March
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Roadshow: Upcoming car events across Australia, January to March

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BMW Team SRM recruits Skaife, Ingall and Longhurst for 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour
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BMW Team SRM recruits Skaife, Ingall and Longhurst for 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour

Aussie racing legends will be behind the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race in February next year. Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst are putting their old rivalries aside and joining forces to take on The Mountain at next year’s event with the BMW Team SRM...


Behind the scenes with Ferrari at the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour: Photo Gallery Special
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Behind the scenes with Ferrari at the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour: Photo Gallery Special

With the buzz of the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour slowly tapering off and, conversely, hype for this weekend's Clipsal 500 ramping up, we are finding it hard to let go of what was frankly, a phenomenal weekend of motorsport at Australia's famed Mount Panorama circuit. CarAdvice attended this year's event as guests of Ferrari...


Ferrari and the road to Bathurst
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Ferrari and the road to Bathurst

Dave jumps behind the wheel of the 2016 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta for the ultimate Ferrari Bathurst 12 Hour road trip...


2016 BMW M6 GT3: twin-turbo racer unveiled in Melbourne ahead of full-season assault
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2016 BMW M6 GT3: twin-turbo racer unveiled in Melbourne ahead of full-season assault

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2016 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Review: The Bathurst experience
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2016 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Review: The Bathurst experience

We lap the iconic Mount Panorama, Bathurst circuit in the most powerful currently available Ferrari in Australia, the 2016 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta...


2015 Bathurst 12 Hour: swan song for Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
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2015 Bathurst 12 Hour: swan song for Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3

Last weekend's Bathurst 12 Hour was the 13th since the endurance race began in 1991. And while it will forever go down as one of the best finishes on record for Mercedes-Benz, it marked the end of an era… This year’s gruelling Mount Panorama event comprised 269 laps of the 6.213km circuit, for over 1670km and a record 20 safety car disruptions...


Fiat Abarth 695 biposto: Australian orders open for $65,000 street-legal Italian racer
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Fiat Abarth 695 biposto: Australian orders open for $65,000 street-legal Italian racer

The order books for the hardcore Fiat Abarth 695 biposto have opened ahead of the Australian debut of the Italian marque's fastest-ever model. Starting at $65,000, the two-seat 997-kilogram Fiat Abarth 695 biposto – first unveiled at the 2014 Geneva motor show back in March – is effectively a road-going version of the 151kW/300Nm Abarth 695 Assetto Corse race car that finished 18th overall at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour...


Fiat Abarth 695 to tackle Mount Panorama at Bathurst 12-Hour
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Fiat Abarth 695 to tackle Mount Panorama at Bathurst 12-Hour

Two factory-backed Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse racecars will take on Mount Panorama at next year's Bathurst 12-Hour. Aimed at showcasing the brand's Italian heritage and Abarth's racing pedigree, the Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corses will be finished in a specially designed Fiat Abarth Motorsport livery that will be unveiled before Christmas...


Bathurst goes digital for Gran Turismo 6
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Bathurst goes digital for Gran Turismo 6

Mount Panorama will be included in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 video game, for the first time in the franchise’s 15-year history. The Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, Bathurst, to give the track its full name, will be one of “the most demanding and mentally challenging” tracks on offer in Gran Turismo 6...