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1000HP Nissan GT-R R34 Tries To Outsprint Arrows F1 Car 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Drag-Racing, F1, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Skyline, Nissan Videos, video on 12 13th, 2017


Formula One cars have long been the benchmark of both cornering and straight-line performance and for good reason; there’s simply nothing faster around a racetrack.

Not dissuaded by this fact, Australia’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival decided to see how a 1,000 hp Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 would go against a 1994 Arrows Formula One car in a series of three rolling drag races.

On paper, the two are quite evenly matched. As you’d imagine, the F1 car has a superior power-to-weight ratio as it delivers 620 hp from its V8 engine and weighs just 515 kg. By comparison, the R34 used in the test has 1000 hp on tap but weighs a rather hefty 1300 kg. However, unlike the F1 car, the GT-R is all-wheel drive, giving it far superior traction.

Which are you tipping to take the victory?

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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Audi Launches Limited-Run R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition In Australia 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi R8, Australia, new cars, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Australians love Audi Sport models and the German company has decided to reward local enthusiasts with 10 limited-edition R8 V10 Plus vehicles, dubbed the Neuberg Edition.

Named after Audi Sport’s home municipality in Germany, the Audi R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition is said to feature a number of distinctive elements to differentiate it from a ‘regular’ R8 V10 Plus. In reality, all of the ‘custom’ touches can be specced on any V10 Plus.

Nevertheless, the car comes equipped with gloss black 20-inch wheels, a gloss black engine cover and wing mirror caps, and the usually-optional high-gloss titanium exterior package. Locals will be able to select between a Tango Red, Mythos Black, Suzuka Grey or Daytona Grey exterior paint scheme.

Inside, Audi has equipped the model with black Alcantara, red accent stitching on the black nappa leather seats, aluminum door sills, and gloss carbon fiber inlays.

Customers of the R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition will also receive a gift box complete with a Samsung Galaxy S2 tab and Bang & OIufsen H6 headphones.

Local pricing starts at $402,500 ($303,444).

Note: Regular Audi R8 V10 Plus pictured.

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Road Rage Incident Turns Violent When Guy Gets Sucker Punched 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, Dashcam, Offbeat News, Road Rage, video on 12 12th, 2017


There’s nothing more despicable during a confrontation than hitting somebody when they’re not looking, though as you’re about to see, this confrontation got pretty low anyway.

We’re not exactly sure what started the incident.  What we see in the video is the dashcam car driving up to this intersection in Adelaide, Australia, with the two men are already out of their cars arguing about something.

As soon as the passenger of the white Subaru Impreza gets involved, a sucker punch is thrown by the guy in the black t-shirt and then it all goes South.

Of course, we wouldn’t exactly call this a fight, not with a straight face anyway. It’s more of an arm flailing competition where some hits appear to land, though probably not with a lot of momentum.

Unfortunately, the dashcam car drove off before we could see how it all ended. We hope the passenger of the Impreza went on to break up the fight without getting in on the action, because two against one is just as unsportsmanlike as throwing a sucker punch.

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Road Rage Incident Turns Violent When Guy Gets Sucker Punched 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Australia, Dashcam, Offbeat News, Road Rage, video on 12 12th, 2017


There’s nothing more despicable during a confrontation than hitting somebody when they’re not looking, though as you’re about to see, this confrontation got pretty low anyway.

We’re not exactly sure what started the incident.  What we see in the video is the dashcam car driving up to this intersection in Adelaide, Australia, with the two men are already out of their cars arguing about something.

As soon as the passenger of the white Subaru Impreza gets involved, a sucker punch is thrown by the guy in the black t-shirt and then it all goes South.

Of course, we wouldn’t exactly call this a fight, not with a straight face anyway. It’s more of an arm flailing competition where some hits appear to land, though probably not with a lot of momentum.

Unfortunately, the dashcam car drove off before we could see how it all ended. We hope the passenger of the Impreza went on to break up the fight without getting in on the action, because two against one is just as unsportsmanlike as throwing a sucker punch.

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Holden Announces Pricing For Australia’s 2018 Commodore 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, prices, Reports on 12 12th, 2017


Pricing details for the new ZB Holden Commodore have just been announced in Australia.

The new vehicle, nothing more than a rebadged Opel Insignia, will start at $33,690 for the entry-level LT Liftback model with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine. This starting price is $1800 less than the previous-generation base model but is $1200 pricier than a comparable Mazda6.

Elsewhere in the range is the LT Liftback starting from $36,990 with a diesel engine. Customers will also have the option of an LT Sportwagon, kicking off at $35,980 for the petrol and $38,590 for the diesel.

The next trim version offered is the RS. Available in both Liftback and Sportwagon configurations, prices start at $37,290 and $39,490 respectively. Base RS models feature the same 2.0-liter as the LT but for $40,790, an uprated powertrain with a V6 and all-wheel drive system delivering 308 hp is available. For those looking to take things to the next level, the RS-V trim is offered from $46,990 in Liftback guise or $49,190 as a Sportback.

The performance range is rounded out by the Commodore VXR V6 AWD with 315 hp, priced from $55,990 and complete with adaptive dampers and Brembo brakes.

For customers more concerned with luxury than performance, Holden continues to offer Calais variants as with previous-gen Commodores. Prices for 2.0-liter-equipped Calais models start at $40,990 and rise to $51,990 for the range-topping Calais with the aforementioned 308 hp V6.

The new Holden Commodore will be available from Holden dealerships from late February 2018.

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Australian Police Put The Kia Stinger On Patrol 11
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Australia, Kia, Kia Stinger, Police Cars on 12 11th, 2017


Law enforcement officials tend to take a different view of the world than the rest of us.

Where most of us see the opportunity for a good time, police see the possibility of danger. That’s their job. And the same goes, we might surmise, for performance sedans.

What civilians may see as a fun mode of daily transportation, the Law might see as a potential patrol car. Like the new Kia Stinger, for example.

With four doors and rear-wheel drive, the Stinger has all the makings of a good pursuit vehicle. That point wasn’t lost on the Queensland police department down in Australia, which has already adapted the Korean sports sedan just for that purpose.

Shared on Facebook by Downshift and brought to our attention by The Drive, this Stinger has apparently been upgraded with checkerboard livery, flashing lights, and (we’re sure) all the other equipment that’d turn a “civilian” vehicle into a police cruiser.

It looks like just the thing, in short, for Australia’s high-speed highways, especially now that the rear-drive, eight-cylinder Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon are things of the past.

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GM And HSV Announce Camaro SS And Silverado HD Heading To Australia Next Year 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, GM, HSV on 12 7th, 2017


General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles have reached an agreement which will ensure the latter company remains active following the death of the rear-wheel drive Holden Commodore.

Described as a “pivotal moment” in HSV’s history, the agreement paves the way for an assortment of new vehicles to come to Australia. There will be two “product streams” and the first will consist of the familiar vehicle enhancement program that is offered on existing Holden vehicles.

An example of this is the new HSV SportsCat which is based on the Holden Colorado. The model features an all-new front fascia with a revised grille, tow hooks, and LED fog lights. Other notable features include new fender flares, a retuned suspension, and an increased ride height.

Power is provided by a 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that produces up to 197 hp (147 kW) and 368 lb-ft (500Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The second product stream is more exciting as it will see HSV launch all-new vehicles in Australia. These include the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado HD which will retain their bow-tie badging.

On the Silverado side, HSV will offer 4×4 Crew Cab variants of the 2500HD WT, 2500HD LTZ, 2500HD LTZ Midnight Edition, 2500HD LTZ Custom Sport Edition, and 3500HD LTZ. All of the models will come equipped with a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel V8 engine that produces approximately 445 hp (332 kW) and 910 lb-ft (1,234 Nm) of torque. The engine will be paired a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The Camaro, on the other hand, will arrive in 2018 in 2SS guise. The model will have a 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces up to 455 hp (340 kW) and 453 lb-ft (615 Nm) of torque. Unfortunately for performance fans, it will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The model will come nicely equipped with HID headlights, a rear spoiler, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear Eagle tires. The Camaro also has heated / ventilated leather sport seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 9-speaker Bose audio system.

According to HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson, “This marks a whole new era for HSV and Holden and I hope our customers are as excited as we are. HSV is moving beyond simply ‘hotting up’ existing models, and customers will see two product streams from HSV over the next few years.”

His sentiments were echoed by Holden Managing Director Mark Bernhard who remarked, “Today is a great day for Holden and HSV, but even more importantly, for our customers”.

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96-Year-Old Driver Somehow Survived This Horrendous Accident 3
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Dashcam, Offbeat News, video on 12 3rd, 2017


We don’t know why the 96-year old driver of this black sedan lost control of his car, but he should still consider himself lucky, despite suffering leg and spinal injuries, as he wasn’t killed in this terrifying accident.

The incident occurred earlier this month in Melbourne, Australia, and according to the owner of the dashcam car, the damage sustained by his vehicle as well as the one beside it, was quite severe.

He also assumes that what happened prior to the crash was that the elderly man “mixed up the accelerator and brake.” Aside from the driver’s previously-mentioned injuries, nobody else was harmed, even though there were people in the vicinity.

The dashcam owner mentions how he arrived to find a scary scene unfolding right where his car was parked:

“An announcement came over the PA asking for the drivers of two cars, one with my registration number, to come to the reception area immediately. I saw police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances everywhere. Luckily nobody was killed.”

He also said that both damaged vehicles were taken away on tow trucks and so, we presume, was the elderly man’s black sedan that, ironically, ended its wild ride into a local hospital…

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Toyota’s 86 Performance Kit Adds Tons Of Stuff, Except, Well…Performance 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Australia, new cars, prices, TOYOTA, Toyota 86 on 12 2nd, 2017


Ever since it was launched, both the Press and the public have been clamoring for Toyota to make the 86 more powerful, but the company didn’t satisfy their requests.

What they did recently was the introduction of a performance kit in Australia. Offered on the GTS and GT grades, regardless of the selected transmission, it adds an AUD $2,200 and $2,900 (USD $1,665 – $2,195) premium respectively, and comes with a number of mechanical and visual enhancements.

The list includes larger Brembo brakes, for improved stopping power, specially-tuned Sachs performance dampers to increase handling stability and responsiveness, and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, with a 10-spoke pattern and anthracite finish.

Additionally, buyers of the new performance pack, which used to be offered on a limited-run of just 60 cars back in June, can order the new Moon Slate exterior color in a special version that gets black finish for the wheels, side mirror casings, and rear spoiler, and red interior trim, as well, from AUD $39,400 (USD $29,835).

Finally, the introduction of the optional kit is joined by an upgrade made to the Toyota 86’s satelline navigation system on the GT grade, and updated multimedia system across the range.

Prices for the tweaked Toyota 86 start from AUD $31,440 (USD $23,807) in Australia for the 6-speed manual gearbox version, and AUD $36,640 (USD $27,745) for the six-speed automatic.

So, despite the “performance” label, the 86 gets lots of things but not improved performance. OK Toyota, we got the message: even though the chassis can handle it, you have no intention to give your compact coupe more power. Guess we’ll have to cross our fingers and wait for its replacement for that.

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Camaro Moves Closer To Aussie Launch With Trademark Application 1
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Reports on 12 1st, 2017


It seems increasingly likely that the Chevrolet Camaro will be sold in Australia, following confirmation that General Motors has filed to trademark the Camaro name in the country.

As discovered by Car Advice, GM’s trademark application covers all basis, from protecting the Camaro name for use on stationery through to clothing, footwear, advertising, and most importantly, for the use of the name on vehicles.

While it is not uncommon for car manufacturers to trademark model names simply to protect them from other companies, the extent to which GM has ensured it holds the rights to the Camaro name indicates that it is serious about launching the pony car Down Under.

In early October, reports surfaced indicating that Holden had been spurred on by the local success of the Ford Mustang and wanted a slice of the pie. Consequently, it is thought that the Camaro will be shipped to Australia and converted to right-hand drive by HSV, Holden’s high-performance sub-brand.

While this is sure to thrill local Camaro fans, it will come at a cost. In fact, the Camaro SS could cost as much as $90,000 AUD, over $30,000 more than a Ford Mustang GT.

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Usain Bolt Tests Porsche 911 Carrera GT3 Cup Car In Australia 26
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, celebrities, Motorsport, porsche, racing, Reports on 11 26th, 2017


Evidently not one to lounge around and enjoy his retirement, eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has tested a Porsche 911 Carrera Cup in Australia.

Taking to the Winton circuit, the fastest man on earth stepped into the driver’s seat of the Porsche once driven by Cam McConville from 23Red Racing. Bolt was able to land the test thanks to close friend and former Australian sprinter John Steffensen, who’ll be racing with 23Red Racing in the 2018 season.

Despite his limited experience racing with four wheels Bolt performed well, Steffensen told Autosport.

“Usain did a great job for his first time in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. There’s a fair bit to absorb in that situation and he really did impress with his ability to get up to speed and, in the end, was turning some respectable lap times.”

Former Supercars driver Cam McConville also said the Jamaican superstar showed real promise during the test.

“I was actually surprised by how well he did, but like any athlete of that caliber, he has tremendous reflexes and hand-eye coordination so it’s just a matter of teaching him the feel of the race.”

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Bikini-Clad Girl Runs Out Of Car Following Collision 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Dashcam, Offbeat News, video on 11 23rd, 2017


What we have here is a clear-cut case of somebody running a red light and smashing into another car.

In fact, the title of the video gives everything away. The driver of the blue Toyota Corolla sedan t-boned that white Honda Accord after failing to stop at the light.

However, that’s not the whole story, because if you keep watching, you just might just notice all the girls that jump out of that Corolla, one of whom is turning on the burners so as to cover up her bikini bottoms as quickly as possible.

The impact wasn’t too hard, thankfully, and everybody involved seemed to be in good health, at least from a distance. As for where this occurred, the description of the video states “the highway exit to Picton”, which is in New South Wales, Australia, just south of Sydney.

From the looks of it, these ladies may have been coming back from the beach, or perhaps the pool, and the one behind the wheel might have been a little distracted as she approached the intersection.

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Dust Cloud Causes Crash In Australia, Car Written Off 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Offbeat News, video on 11 23rd, 2017


This accident is a perfect example of why drivers should slow down when there’s poor road visibility of any type, whether it’s rain, snow, fog or dust.

Judging by what the dashcam is showing, the car wasn’t traveling particularly fast. It was doing between 60 and 65 km/h, but if he had slowed down to around 40km/h tops, it should have helped him stop relatively quickly in the event of an emergency.

Those same numbers show that the driver failed to decelerate fast enough, and maintained his speed as he entered the dust cloud. It’s an unfortunate accident that could have been avoided.

“I had been following for 30 minutes and constantly slowing while waiting for dust to clear. The truck stopped on the road but never put on lights or hazards. The dust never cleared like I expected and I saw it too late. I tried to swerve, but still hit him. This resulted in the car being written off. There were no injuries.”

As for where and when this happened, it was last week in Normanton, Queensland, which is in Northern Australia. Good thing nobody was hurt.

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