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2021 Jaguar XE price and specs: Jag's mid-sizer goes all-wheel drive - CarAdvice
* 2021 Jaguar XE moves to all-wheel drive * New Pivi Pro infotainment and safety tech * XE R-Dynamic Black available from $69,990 drive-away * XE R-Dynamic SE and HSE models to come The 2021 Jaguar...
Jaguar has updated its smaller executive sedan for 2021, gaining all-wheel-drive grip and added tech.
- 2021 Jaguar XE moves to all-wheel drive
- New Pivi Pro infotainment and safety tech
- XE R-Dynamic Black available from $69,990 drive-away
- XE R-Dynamic SE and HSE models to come
- XE R-Dynamic Black – $69,990 drive-away
2020 BMW X3 xDrive20d review - CarAdvice
The entry-level, diesel-powered X3 represents a practical – if a little pedestrian – option for luxury SUV shoppers.
The entry-level, diesel-powered X3 represents a practical if a little pedestrian option for luxury SUV shoppers. Pros and Cons Pros
- Premium digital displays that are endlessly configurable
- Visibility is excellent with airy, light-filled back seat and expansive (optional) sunroof
- A really practical, comfortable everyday cabin with some versatility
- Engine can feel like it's lacking when you need some oomph
- Engine drone and vibrations can sap the fun factor out of driving
- Can look a little bland inside and out once you cover up the BMW badges
Barn-find Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 'Chicken Coupe' sells for over $300k - Drive
An anonymous car collector from South Australia has paid $300,909 for an old, run-down 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 that had been left to rot in a chicken coop in rural Queensland for the past 32 ...
A run-down but extremely rare 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 coupe has sold at auction for $300,909, believed to a record amount for a barn find of this type. An anonymous car collector from South Australia has paid $300,909 for an old, run-down 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 that had been left to rot in a chicken coop in rural Queensland for the past 32 years. The barn find – dubbed the “Chicken Coupe” because of where it had been stored for most of its life – was sold in a Graysonline auction on Wednesday night. The six-day auction was supposed to end at 7pm, but late offers from four rival bidders in the final minutes extended the sale until the hammer finally fell about 7:40pm. Under Graysonline rules, rival bidders have up to 10 minutes to respond to a new offer, which is why the deadline kept getting extended. Bids for the 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 coupe started at a nominal $9 when it went live at 5pm on Friday 24 July 2020, before climbing to $160,000 within the first 10 minutes, hitting $180,000 late on Friday night, $250,000 on Saturday morning, and reaching $300,000 on Sunday night. Bids hovered a little over the $300,000 mark for three days until a late rally between rival parties on Wednesday night. Organisers originally expected the vehicle might sell for $200,000, other experts said it would comfortably eclipse $150,000 and estimated another $100,000 would need to be spent on restoration. A statement from Graysonline auction representative Rian Gaffy said: “I think it was a great result and I’m so glad the family chose Graysonline to sell the car. This shows that if someone has an old car, tucked away somewhere and covered in dust, it could actually be worth real money and we would encourage others with similar vehicles to come forward.” The Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 is regarded by many collectors as even more rare than the mighty Ford Falcon GTs of the 1970s. The car was created almost by accident – from high performance parts originally intended for the Ford Falcon GT Phase IV – to race at Bathurst. However, plans for the Phase IV were scrapped after the vehicle was deemed by politicians and the media at the time to be too powerful for road use. So Ford used the performance parts on a limited run of regular Falcon GT sedans and coupes – that turned out to be anything but ordinary. Numbers vary, but historians estimate about 120 coupes and 139 sedans were built, for a total of 259. To comply with racing rules at the time, 250 examples of a car with the same modifications had to be built to be eligible for competition. The model code RPO 83 stood for Regular Production Option. The cars got most of the Ford Falcon GT Phase IV performance parts, but not the recognition. Our original story with more details is linked here. Photo credit: Survivor Car. For more details on the vehicle that sold at auction, see the video below:
Ferrari Roma: $409888 plus on-road costs - CarAdvice
The first Ferrari Roma has landed in Australia with the Grand Tourer to be priced from $409,888 plus on-road costs. Ferrari says the Roma is targeted squarely at Porsche 911 and Aston Martin buyers...
Australian deliveries of Ferrari's newest Grand Tourer are expected in early 2021. The first Ferrari Roma has landed in Australia with the Grand Tourer to be priced from $409,888 plus on-road costs. Ferrari says the Roma is targeted squarely at Porsche 911 and Aston Martin buyers. The Italian manufacturer expects 70 per cent of buyers to be first-time Ferrari customers. The Roma is, according to Ferrari, a “mid-front” engined, rear-wheel drive grand tourer. Powered by a version of Ferrari’s 3.9-litre (3855cc) turbo V8, the Roma makes 456kW (at 5750-75000rpm) and 760Nm (3000-5750rpm). It can cover the sprint from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.4 seconds and the dash from 0-200km/h in 9.3 seconds. Top speed is rated at 320km/h. Sending those outputs to the rear wheels is the same eight-speed dual-clutch transmission as found in the SF90 Stradale. Smaller and lighter than its seven-speed predecessor, Ferrari claims the new DCT offers sharper shifts as well as reducing fuel consumption. The exterior design took inspiration from Ferrari’s stable of front-engined GTs from the 1960s, most notably the 250GT Lusso. With a long bonnet, low fastback tail and long overhang at rear, the Roma cuts an imposing figure in the metal. At front, the curved guards and long, swooping bonnet work in tandem to create a sharknose effect, finished off by a perforated grille that can be optioned in chrome, body colour or gloss dark grey. Noticeable by their absence are the Scuderia Ferrari logos on the front guards (although they are available as an extra-cost option), while the Prancing Horse emblem at the rear is smaller than found on other Ferrari models. The company says it’s part of the brand’s ‘understated elegance’ ethos for the Roma. That ‘understated elegance’ transitions through to the rear wing which is integrated into the rear screen that only activates once a speed of 100km/h is reached. The wing can deploy in three different positions – Low Drag, Medium Downforce and High Downforce – depending on the speed the car is travelling. It’s claimed to offer 95kg of downforce at its highest setting when the Roma reaches 250km/h. Inside, the Roma is what is called a ‘2+’, rather than ‘2+2’ seating layout. The front seat occupants are greeted by what the Italian brand calls a ‘Dual Cockpit’ set-up, with each seat located in a separate cell. The back seats are tight, but do feature ISOFIX child seat anchors. Fixed in place as standard, they can be optioned to fold down to create more cargo space. Ferrari claims a 272-litre boot capacity, expanding to 345 litres with those optional fold down seats. Materials are as you would expect of $400,000+ supercar, with full-grain Frau leather and Alcantara complemented by carbon-fibre and chrome aluminium trims. A 16-inch curved digital instrument display can be customised according to personal preferences. The default setting is a central tacho flanked by navigation and audio screens. Augmenting the driver display is a horizontally-mounted 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen while an 8.8-inch touchscreen can be optioned for the passenger. As well as displaying driving data, the passenger screen can also be used to control the Roma’s infotainment system. The steering wheel is not bereft of tech either, Ferrari eschewing the more conventional buttons and dials for a haptic touchscreen interface that can be used to control a variety of the car’s functions, including starting the car. Purists will rejoice that the traditional ‘Manettino’ switch remains in place. It toggles drive modes through Wet, Comfort, Sport, Race and ESC off. And in a nod to tradition, the gear selector has been designed to resemble Ferrari gated-gear shifts of old, switches housed inside a chromed aluminium H-pattern. Local deliveries are expected to start between March and June 2021. MORE: Roma coverageMORE: Ferrari news, reviews, comparisons and videos
2021 Ford Bronco revealed, still no closer to Australia - CarAdvice
Ford has finally revealed its new Bronco four-wheel-drive and SUV range, with two-door and four-door off-roaders joined by the smaller Bronco Sport designed as a more family-friendly option. Despit...
Ford has revived the iconic Bronco off-roader in two-door and four-door guises as a rival to the Jeep Wrangler. Ford has finally revealed its new Bronco four-wheel-drive and SUV range, with two-door and four-door off-roaders joined by the smaller Bronco Sport designed as a more family-friendly option. Despite the broad appeal of these models, none are planned for Australia as they are intended to be built in left-hand-drive only at this stage. Although the Ford Bronco was last sold in the US in 1996, the modern version has design elements from the original model sold in the US from 1966 to 1977. The modern Ford Bronco four-wheel-drive models are more direct rivals to the Jeep Wrangler range. And perhaps unsurprisingly, the Ford Bronco has stolen more than a few tricks from the Jeep Wrangler playbook. As with the Wrangler, the Bronco will come in two variants. The two-door runs on a shorter wheelbase, with what looks to be seating for four. The four-door sits on a longer wheelbase, and is a five-seater with additional storage space at the back. These two will likely mimic the Jeep Wrangler Limited and Unlimited in terms of overall size. The Ford Bronco looks to be loaded with tech inside, with a 12-inch infotainment display that’s capable of downloading, charting, recording and sharing off-road tracks. The video also shows a large multifunction display in the instrument binnacle, along with dual-zone air-conditioning, and push-button start, all designed into a retro-styled and minimalistic dashboard design. Off-road capability looks to be a hallmark strength of the new Ford Bronco, with some big clearance numbers touted by Ford: 294mm of ground clearance, along with 43.2° approach, 29° rampover, and 37.2° departure angles. Ford also says the Bronco is available with 35-inch tyres from the factory across all grades, which is a common upgrade size for serious off-roaders. Increased tyre diameter gives you more grip and more ground clearance off-road. As with the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford uses Dana 44 differentials front and rear. The Ford Bronco will be available with locking front and rear differentials, and the video shows a button that looks like some kind of off-road tight turn ability like a Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series. Unlike the Jeep Wrangler’s live front axle, the Ford Bronco uses independent front suspension similar to the Ford Ranger Raptor. The rear axle is live and coil-sprung, but looks like it might use a Panhard Rod instead of the Ranger Raptor’s Watt’s Linkage. Ford might have opted for a Panhard Rod to chase improved articulation and low-speed crawling ability, while the Watts Linkage is generally better for high-speed off-roading. While Ford’s Ranger Raptor and Jeep’s Gladiator uses Fox-branded off-road shocks of varying specifications, the Bronco is set to use Bilstein off-road dampers. These have position-sensitive damping, which, effectively varies the damping forces during big suspension events. Bilstein’s position sensitive damping is different to the internal bypassing technology that Ford’s Ranger Raptor uses, but achieves a similar end result: there is soft initial damping for comfort and off-road performance on dirt and corrugations. Multiple stages of increased damping come into play when you approach maximum suspension compression and extension, which yields improved body control when bouncing across rough ground at high speeds. According to the video, these dampers look to have piggy-back fluid reservoirs, which improves fade resistance over long periods of fast off-road driving. Once again mimicking the Wrangler Rubicon, the Ford Bronco uses a hydraulically-powered disconnecting swaybar for increased articulation off-road. Engine wise, the Bronco will use Ford’s 2.7-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, with ‘projected’ figures of 231kW and 542Nm. This will run through either a 10-speed automatic or seven-speed manual gearbox, along with the requisite low-range transfer case. The Bronco will be fitted with a new take on Terrain Management System, called GOAT. That stands for ‘Go Over Any Terrain’, and will allow drivers to alter characteristics of the Bronco over things like sand, mud, rock crawling and high-speed jumping. Ford's off-road crawl ratio is impressive: 94.75:1. Stylistically, the Bronco draws heavily on the heritage of the nameplate with it’s retro styling. It’s square and boxy, with a simple front end dominated by round daytime running lights and ‘BRONCO’ emblazoned across the grille in a big, block font. Ford also mentions over 200 ‘factory-backed’ aftermarket accessories available for the Ford Bronco, along with factory-branded accessories and the promise of more to come. The first Bronco was revealed on 11 August 1965. And although many manufacturers might contest this, they call it ‘America’s first SUV’. Ford’s catch phrase of the video was ‘toughness of the F-Series and Spirit of the Mustang’, although the new Bronco is more closely related to the Ford Ranger’s Australian-developed T6 platform. The Ford Bronco has a starting price of $US29,995, and Americans are able to secure a spot in the queue with a $US100 deposit. Will the Ford Bronco be coming to Australia? Unfortunately, most signs point towards no so far. For now, the vehicle has only been confirmed for left-hand-drive production. MORE: Everything Ford Bronco MORE: A short history of the Ford Bronco
Mercedes-AMG's Formula 1 e-Turbo technology to be used in road cars - CarAdvice
German performance car maker Mercedes-AMG has revealed new e-Turbo technology that was first developed for F1 race cars will soon be used in their road-going models. The e-Turbo combines elements o...
The German performance brand's expertise in motorsport is trickling down to its passenger vehicles. German performance car maker Mercedes-AMG has revealed new e-Turbo technology that was first developed for F1 race cars will soon be used in their road-going models. The e-Turbo combines elements of electric turbocharging – like what is seen on the brand’s CLS53 and E53 – and conventional exhaust-driven turbocharging. While Mercedes-AMG says it plans to use the e-Turbo in its passenger vehicles, which models will get the tech has not yet been confirmed. The technology was last seen on Mercedes-AMG’s Formula 1 car, known under the codename ‘MGU-H’. For context, a conventional turbocharger works by using energy in the engine’s exhaust gases to spin a compressor in the car’s intake system. This compressor sucks in and pressurises air that is then forced into the engine, increasing power. Exhaust gas-driven turbochargers tend to be very efficient at higher RPMs, however can suffer from what’s known as ‘turbo lag’ at lower engine speeds. Due to the relatively small amount of energy produced by the exhaust gases, there can be a delay between the throttle input, and the engine power produced from a turbocharger spooling up. An electric turbocharger does away with this issue by removing the exhaust component and replacing it with an electric motor fitted directly to the compressor. The result is a system that can compress air almost instantaneously, but cannot achieve the speeds necessary to sustain high-RPM driving. Mercedes-AMG’s e-Turbo solves the problem by using both an electric motor and the exhaust gases to spin the compressor at alternating times under varying conditions. This means the e-Turbo can improve responsiveness in the engine without giving up efficiency at higher engine speeds. Further to this, the e-Turbo is able to convert back to electric power when the driver lifts off the throttle, maintaining turbo speed and providing instant power and response when the driver accelerates again. Mercedes-AMG’s e-Turbo uses a 48 volt system, and is capable of operating at speeds up to 170,000rpm. MORE: Mercedes-AMG news and reviewsMORE: Everything Formula 1
2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition price and specs - CarAdvice
Porsche has announced Australian pricing and specification for its limited-run 911 4S Heritage Design Edition ahead of a local showroom debut towards the end of this year. Built on the 992 generati...
Porsche's new 992 Targa 4S gets a limited-edition version with retro style. Porsche has announced Australian pricing and specification for its limited-run 911 4S Heritage Design Edition ahead of a local showroom debut towards the end of this year. Built on the 992 generation Targa 4S that was revealed last month, the Heritage Design Edition is a first for the brand and will only be produced in a limited-run of 992 cars globally. The 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is priced from $395,300 plus on-road costs, representing an $81,200 premium over the standard Targa 4S’s $314,100 plus on-road costs asking price. The engine and drivetrain in the Heritage Design Edition are unchanged from the 911 Targa 4S, with a 331kW/530Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six ‘boxer’ engine, eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. An in-depth look at the specifications of the 992 generation 911 Targa 4S can be viewed here . The Heritage Design Edition can be had in five colours, including a 911-exclusive Cherry metallic paint (shown in photos), solid black or guards red, a metallic GT Silver, and a crayon colour. The model also receives gold 'Targa' badging. Stickers on the body recreate the style of the liveries worn by Porsche race cars across the decades. A Porsche Carrera-exclusive wheel design is used for the standard 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. A Porsche Heritage badge is placed on the engine lid grille on the rear hatch and a 1963-era Porsche crest badge is also used on the bonnet, steering wheel, wheel centres and key, and is stamped into the headrests. The Heritage Design Edition’s interior comes trimmed in two-tone leather, with options for Bordeaux red and Atacama Beige, or black and Atacama beige. Corduroy is used on the seats and door trims, a touch Porsche says is reminiscent of the 1950s. An individualised badge on the dash shows the build number of each car. A limited-edition watch is also made available only to 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition buyers.
- Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition – $395,300
BMW X7: Alpina XB7 unveiled, coming to Australia in 2021 - CarAdvice
BMW tuning company Alpina has unveiled its new XB7 six- and seven-seater SUV ahead of its Australian arrival in early 2021. The XB7 – based on a BMW X7 M50i xDrive – receives Alpina’s signature tou...
The German tuning company has put its finishing touches on BMW's X7 SUV. BMW tuning company Alpina has unveiled its new XB7 six- and seven-seater SUV ahead of its Australian arrival in early 2021. The XB7 – based on a BMW X7 M50i xDrive – receives Alpina’s signature touches including increased engine power, improved driving dynamics and styling changes inside and out. “With Australia’s continued interest in performance SUVs, we feel that the added luxury, performance and exclusivity offered by XB7 will ensure strong interest,” an Alpina Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice. “We are genuinely excited to add the XB7 to Alpina’s Australian model portfolio. It will be the headline act in our local lineup.” The Alpina XB7 picks up the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the X7 M50i xDrive on which it’s based, but outputs are increased from 390kW and 750Nm to a claimed 457kW and 800Nm. That additional power is sent through an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and an Alpina-tuned version of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system with an electronically-variable limited-slip rear differential. Valves in the Alpine XB7’s exhaust system can also be operated via driver modes including sport, sport+, comfort and comfort+ to give the V8 more bark. These drive modes also change settings in the XB7’s adjustable air suspension and adjust ride height by up to 40mm. An all-wheel steering system and electromagnetic anti-sway bars also helps keep the XB7 planted. The Alpina XB7 rides on 21-inch alloy wheels as standard, however buyers can option 23-inch forged alloy units. Behind whichever wheel option buyers choose are four-piston Brembo brake calipers up front and floating calipers in the rear finished in Alpina blue. Buyers can also opt for a high performance brake system which sees the addition of light-weight drilled brake discs and sportier brake pads. Inside, the XB7’s three rows of seats which Alpina says can "generously accommodate six or seven occupants" are wrapped in Lavalina leather. Subtle touches such as a laser-etched Alpina logo in the iDrive controller also differentiate the model. Outside, the model receives more aggressive front and rear bumper styling with Alpina badging and a focus on reduced aerodynamic lift at high speeds. The Alpina XB7 is slated for Australian release in early 2021. Australian pricing and more detailed specifications will be available closer to its release. MORE: XB7 news, reviews, comparisons and videosMORE: Everything AlpinaMORE: Everything BMW
Track test: Porsche Taycan electric car versus BMW M8 Gran Coupe - CarAdvice
The new Porsche Taycan electric car has lined up against a BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition in a head-to-head track test in Germany in the hands of a race driver thanks to AutoBild magazine. While we ...
The new Porsche Taycan electric car has lined up against a BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition in a head-to-head track test in Germany in the hands of a race driver thanks to AutoBild magazine. While we won’t give away the result – even though you might guess it – we will say it was closer than many would expect. For diehard petrol heads, the test shows there is still plenty of life left in fossil-fuel-powered performance cars. For electric car nerds, there may be some bragging rights given how close the performance was among these two vehicles. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a combined peak output of 560kW/1050Nm thanks to two electric motors that deliver all-wheel-drive. It has a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 2.8 seconds and weighs 2339kg. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition edition is powered by a twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 (460kW/750Nm) matched to an eight-speed auto and all-wheel-drive. It has a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 3.2 seconds and weighs 1945kg. The vehicles were track tested at the Lausitzring, in the north-east of Germany near the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic. Here’s the full video so you can see the results for yourself.