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Ford announces NZ pricing for the beefed-up Mustang Mach 1 - NZME
Better yet, it's landing down under with three pedals and a stick!
Just a couple of weeks ago, Ford announced that it would be bringing the revived Mustang Mach 1 to our shores. And more recently, spec details and pricing was announced. Set to hit NZ showrooms sometime in 2021, this Mach 1 will be priced from $97,990, which is a significant step up from the standard GT at $82,990, but not far off the Bullitt that it basically replaces which sold at $93,490. Alongside pricing, it was confirmed that New Zealand buyers would have the choice of both automatic and manual transmissions, with the six-speed option being a Tremec rev-matching unit borrowed from the Shelby models. Unlike the Shelby GT350 which it effectively replaces over in America, the Mach 1 will use the familiar 5.0-litre 'Coyote' V8 that's been given a slight power bump over the standard GT unit. In the Mach 1, this engine will make 345kW/556Nm, which is a figure that's down on left-hand drive models due to emissions standards, but is more than the 339kW/556Nm that's currently in the GT. In terms of aesthetics, the Mach 1 will benefit from a new front splitter, rear diffuser, longer undertray, and a new rear spoiler. Unfortunately, it looks like the 'Track Package' won't be an option for Kiwi buyers. Other go-fast parts that the Mach 1 gets from the Shelby include the engine oil cooler, sub-frames, and an oil filter adapter. Stiffer MagneRide dampers and sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres round out these additions. It's hard to say at this point when the Mach 1 will be landing on our shores, but the second quarter of 2021 seems to be the popular guess. Following the success of Mustang Bullitt, we are very excited to introduce this highly capable, track ready Mustang to our Mustang fans. The unique styling pays homage to the original model and is more than worthy of its legendary badge, said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director, Ford New Zealand. Mustang has won the hearts and minds of New Zealand drivers, and Mach 1 is one of the most thrilling Mustangs to date. This head turning model not only looks the part, but it has all the hardware to delight Mustang enthusiasts, offering on-track excitement and on-road driving pleasure.
GM reveals Corvette deposits placed with Holden dealers don't guarantee a car - NZME
GMSV will start taking orders once a dealership network is established...
Chevrolet's C8 Corvette is one of the most ground-breaking cars to come from the US, not only thanks to its incredible performance and mid-mounted engine, but also the price point that it's offered at in America. When it was first announced to be offered in a right-hand drive layout, Holden dealers on both sides of the Tasman opened up their order books, and started taking deposits from enthusiastic customers. Click here to view all Chevrolet listings on DRIVEN Unfortunately, just a couple of months later, GM pulled the plug on Holden, leaving most of Australia and New Zealand in the dark about what's going to happen with the brand let alone these new Corvettes. By the sounds of the new GMSV (General Motors Special Vehicles) outfit, the Corvette will still be coming down to New Zealand and Australian markets, but those who have already put down a deposit with a local will have to seek a refund. This is because General Motors' closure of Holden's dealership network took down the ordering process with it, meaning that all new orders will have to go officially through GMSV. Another issue lies in the fact that some dealers took deposits for the new Corvette, but these same dealers may not be included in the new GMSV network, leaving them unable to follow through on the order. We understand that some customers may have already placed deposits with Holden dealers, GMSV said. Unfortunately, deposits will not guarantee your purchase of a Corvette when they arrive towards the end of next year and we recommended that all dealers refund these deposits, while we finalize the ordering process. On top of this, it has been reported that only 250-300 right-hand drive Corvettes have been allocated for Australia in 2021. We're assuming that New Zealand is also included in that allocation, meaning that it might be rather difficult to actually get your hands on one.
Kiwi Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen sends Holden off in style with Bathurst victory - NZME
The win over the weekend marked SVG's first victory around the mountain...
A famous 52-year old war has ended in a fairy tale finish for Holden with the Australian V8 legend claiming a final win over Ford. In a fitting farewell for the brand that helped turn a regional race held on the side of a sheep paddock into Australias very own Monaco, Holden claimed its 34th and final Bathurst crown on an emotional day on the mountain. Click here to view all Holden listings on DRIVEN A legend that began in 1968 when a car called the Monaro beat down a Falcon, Holden floored Ford in a thrilling final fight that went down to the last lap to leave the sport. Dead and buried as a car company but a Bathurst legend that will never be lost, Shane van Gisbergen waved the famous red-flag for one final time on an emotional victory lap after beating new Mustang main man Cameron Waters in a one-on-one war. Triple Eight Race Engineering owner Rolland Dane held back tears after his team ended Holdens official involvement in the sport with a famous win. Shane van Gisbergen prevailed after a lengthy duel with Cameron Waters at Bathurst. The Commodore will be on track without official support next year before being replaced by the Camaro in 2021. It was an awesome job by all these guys and I really wanted to acknowledge the end of an era with Holden, Dane said. We are leaving them with a tinge of sadness but also looking forward to the future. We have great plans which everyone has seen and hopefully we will be back here in a couple of years with the most exciting cars Bathurst has ever seen. But it is farewell to Holden as a new car brand in Australia and we have had some great memories. We are really sorry that we cant share this win today with all those fans that would usually be here because of COIVD. Fellow Kiwi Supercars star Scott McLaughlin missed the podium and his chance to silence the critics following last year's Bathurst win, but still managed to take out the Championship title. It marked McLaughlin's third straight Supercars title, but he will be now packing his bags as he heads over to America to compete in the IndyCar Series for Team Penske. - News.com.au
An icon reborn: Ford's beastly Mustang Mach 1 confirmed for NZ - NZME
It comes with the most powerful 5.0-litre V8 engine Ford has ever dropped in a Mustang...
When Ford first announced that it was bringing the iconic Mach 1 badge back to the pony car, Mustang fans over in American were sent into a frenzy but now Kiwi fans can do the same. It has just been announced that the beastly Mustang Mach 1 will be going on sale in New Zealand next year, with deliveries starting sometime in the second quarter. Click here to view all Ford Mustang listings on DRIVEN The Mach 1 is a variant designed to sit in the (shrinking by the second) space between Ford's quickest self-made Mustangs and the wild supercharged creations of sister brand Shelby. Let's talk power. The Mach 1's 5.0-litre Coyote V8 makes 357kW of power and 569Nm of torque, meaning its output is equal to the Mustang Bullitt and therefore ensuring that it's the equal most powerful 5.0-litre Ford produces. It isn't just a Bullitt Mustang with a different skin, though. The Mach 1 sports the Tremec 6-speed and the air intake from the Shelby GT350. In fact, it's pumped with all sorts of Shelby hand-me-down bits like the engine oil cooler, oil filter adapter, and rear toe-link. That gearbox has been updated for the Mach 1 to include rev-matching on downshifts, and it's been refined in being paired with the twin-disc clutch and short-throw shifter from the latest Mustang GT. This should make the Mustang Mach 1 the best stick in the pony-car line-up. Talking about things like engine oil coolers, oil filter adapters, and transmission revisions might sound a little nerdy, but it points to what Ford's really targeting with the Mach 1. While it'll undoubtedly tick many boxes as a daily driver, this Mustang is clearly aimed at being an admirable track-day car. Those who opt for the Handling Pack on their Mach 1 will receive a hungrier front splitter, new front wheel mouldings, a new rear spoiler with Gurney flap, the rear tyre spats from the GT500, and an underbelly pan. All of these things improve the aero of the Mustang by a claimed 150 per cent. On top of these additional elements, the Mach 1 will come with Ford's MagneRide suspension system, stiffer sway bars all round, stiffer bushings, and super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Pricing for this muscle machine is yet to be announced, but due to its limited-edition nature, we can imagine that it would sit around the same price range as the Bullit edition.
VW's new Golf GTI Clubsport is a track day machine for daily duties - NZME
More power, a new differential, and aggressive visuals come to the Mk8 Golf...
Just recently, Volkswagen New Zealand managed to get its hand on a handful of Golf GTI TCRs, which were released as a final hoorah for the Mk7 GTI, and a handful of extra goodies. Along the same lines, the German brand has recently whipped the covers of the eighth-generation GTI Clubsport, which is designed to be the GTI for people who are fans of the odd track day. Click here to view all VW Golf listings on DRIVEN Just like the Mk7 TCR, this new Clubsport wears a subtle livery that differentiates it from the standard GTI, but doesn't go overboard on the aggressive styling cues (besides the rather large front bumper). Beneath the bonnet sits the same turbocharged 2.0-litre engine as the standard GTI, but a few extra kilowatts were pulled out of it. 221kW/400Nm are the new numbers, which is significantly higher than the 180kW/370Nm starting point. This power is sent exclusively to the front wheels through Volkswagen's DSG transmission, and a 0-100km/h time of less than six seconds is reportedly possible. That is before it tops out at an electronically-limited 250km/h. Another new feature of the Clubsport is the VAQ electromechanical locking front differential that replaces the standard GTI diff. This unit will adjust with the different driving modes, sending different levels of power to each wheel. To keep things in check at speed, upgraded brakes with twin-piston callipers have been added. Both the ABS and stability control systems were fined tuned to allow more slip and improve braking performance. Arguably the most interesting aspect of this new GTI Clubsport is the fact that there are fifteen Dynamic Chassis Control settings between comfort and sport, even including a mode especially tuned for the Nurburgring.
Ultra-exclusive McLaren Senna editions showcase the art of racing - NZME
McLaren creates five racing-themed supercars – with hand-painted livery...
Theyre racing cars, but are they art? Actually yes, we reckon they might be. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has created five unique LM examples of the Senna GTR, each painted in a livery that pays homage to the five F1 GTRs that crossed the line in the 1995 24 Hours Of Le Mans (first, third, fourth, fifth and thirteenth). It was a landmark year for the brand: the first time McLaren had raced at Le Mans and just three years since the now-legendary F1 had been launched. The five cars each wear bespoke hand-painted livery that either replicates or pays tribute to the design of the 1995 racers. Hand painted? Yes, thats for real, with each car taking at least 800 hours and a few individual cars far exceeding that says McLaren. Special permission was sought from sponsors of the time such as Gulf and Harrods to recreate their logos. The only piece of vinyl in the livery is the replica scrutineering sticker. The best bit for MSO is that each car is a customer commission meaning they were all bought and paid for before the paintbrushes were dipped in their jars. The new owners even get to drive their cars around the Le Mans circuit on the morning of the 2021 race, accompanied by the original F1 GTRs from 1995 To view all McLaren models currently listed on DRIVEN, click here
Watch: Top Gear's Chris Harris drifts Ferrari's $1 million SF90 Stradale - NZME
Despite almost 1000HP at the wheels, sliding the exotic looks like quite a handful...
No matter how much they cost, or how rare they are, supercars are designed to be driven hard, but unfortunately, the majority of them live their lives in garages, collecting dust. Although Ferrari's new SF90 might cost just shy of an average house in Auckland, this didn't stop Top Gear's Chris Harris from sending it sideways around the track over in Italy. Click here to view all Ferrari listings on DRIVEN Despite the fact that this is Ferrari's first plug-in hybrid, it's not a successor to the legendary hybrid-powered LaFerrari, but instead, think of it as an F8 Tributo with a plug-in power train. Unlike traditional Ferraris, the SF90 is all-wheel drive, with two electric motors mounted on the front axle, and one at the rear. When combined with the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, this supercar makes a hefty 735kW and 800Nm of torque, which is more than enough for any good drift car. Considering that it makes use of an electrified power train, it shouldn't be of much surprise to hear that it's faster than most modern EVs. The SF90 will make the 0-100km/h sprint in a mind-bending 2.5 seconds before topping out at 340km/h. Harris is known for his skill when it comes to sliding supercars, so with almost 1000HP on offer, he shouldn't have much trouble sliding Italy's finest, right? Well, not really. With Ferrari's slip mode on, he mentions that it makes you feel like a "driving god" as the car's computer won't let the rear end step out too far, but we get the impression that these slides are a little too manufactured. Once every assist is turned off, things don't get any better, with the Ferrari working against Harris when sliding. Thankfully he keeps it on the tarmac, but it doesn't look like the most enjoyable experience.
Cool cars under $40K? Here's what we'd buy - NZME
$40k gets normal cars easily, but if you're looking for something cool, you're going to have to look a little harder...
No one likes boring cars, especially if youre reading DRIVEN. But not all of us have budgets that reach into the sky. We covered our choices from both the $500k Supercars and Mercedes-Benz/AMG categories recently, and you chose the winners, with the Porsche 911 Turbo and AMG GT R proving most popular, respectively. But now its time to come crashing back to reality, and while our Expert Car Picks deals with new cars, theres still the primary concern of available budget to consider. But the second priority is something cool something you take a second-look back at when blipping the locking remote, or something that takes pride in the carpark or garage, something that you park away from others to avoid door dings, and are extra careful when parallel parking to avoid the dreaded gutter rash on your new wheels. Of course, its easy to find cool cars: but the like of Toyotas Supra is $100k, Subarus WRX STI is $60k, and a Mustang starts at $68k.. for the turbo four-cylinder. Even Mazdas MX-5 starts at $42k. Is there still an affordable cool car for under $40k? Thats our question and theme of this weeks Expert Car Parks, as we dive into the showrooms with a decent amount to find out what car we would buy with our own money thats still, broadly speaking, cool. Editor, Dean Evans:Ford Fiesta ST Truth be told, we first started out at $30k for this cool car theme, and came up with so few options, we bumped it up to $40k, because there isnt a lot of fun to be had under $30k, and, quite surprisingly, while the options certainly increase, even $40k isnt the wondrous playground youd hope for. However, there are a few gems, and I found one in the Ford dealership. Id fork out my own money on the Ford Fiesta ST. For a start, its $39,990, so $10 under the price cap. Its a 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder than runs 0-100s in sixes with launch control, so theres the excitement factor covered with a very big tick. Its a manual, so its involving and cool, also because there isnt an auto offered, so you know a driver has chosen is on purpose. It makes 147kW/290Nm, if those numbers matter, but they dont really, because its also about the sound and feeling while driving it, with the three-cylinder thrum using a sound enhancer pumped into the cabin, and the lightweight agility and superb handing from the lithe 1250kg weight. And its thrifty too, at just 6.3l/100km, though Id never brag about the factory. To anyone. Ever Because thats way too uncool. Selectable drive modes with a chequered flag track mode, now thats something to brag about among car mates, at least. Itll be confused by some people for the bigger brother Focus ST, and thats no bad thing, and from the five colours, every ones a winner, but black is best. Recaro seats, 18-inch wheels, smart keyless entry and starting, 10-speaker B&O audio system, speed-sign recognition, rear-view camera what more do you need in a cool $40k car? OK, maybe radar cruise control, but Ill forgive it for that. And on top of all that, its a practical hatch with 311 litre of boot space. But thats not cool. The Fiesta ST is cool, and for that, its got my money. Click here to view all Ford Fiesta listings on DRIVEN Deputy Editor, David Linklater: Suzuki Jimny I reckon the formula to a car being really cool is an oversupply of ability combined with a complete lack of pretension. Thats why theres still a waiting list out to March 2021 for the Suzuki Jimny. The Jimny is not a great road car; in fact, some would argue its a terrible road car. I might be one of them. But its an absolute legend off-road and thats where the appeal lies. Thats not to say all those people on the wait-list want to go off-road; in reality probably hardly any of them do. But that reputation for rock-hopping heroics is what gives Jimny its credibility. But it also doesnt take itself too seriously. Its ridiculously small, which does help that off-road performance but it also makes it look unbearably cute, which Suzuki has played on in the new model with lots of styling cues from giant off-road vehicles. Not just the Mercedes-AMG G-Wagen but also quite a lot of the G-Wagen. With prices from $25,500 the Jimny is cheap enough that people are willing to take a punt and have a laugh. And probably have enough left in the budget to buy a bunch of accessories (Toyota FJ-alike grille anybody?) so we can all look on and enjoy. Click here to view all Suzuki Jimny listings on DRIVEN Digital Writer, Andrew Sluys: Abarth 595 Competizione My pick isnt fast, nor would it score any points with the kids down on Quay St, but in my eyes, its undeniable cool. Abarths little 595 Competizione is in a league of its own in a lot of ways, but the looks and sound are the first two things that will strike you. From the bold colours that it can be had in, to the race car wheels and decals across the side, this thing screams for attention before the engine has even been turned on. Turning the key ignites a sound thats like no other. It manages to mimic a turbo diesel tractor at low revs, and a Ferrari V12 further through the range, its awesome! For the $40,000 budget, only the manual-equipped 595 can be had, which is actually the better choice in my eyes. Opting for an auto gets you a single-clutch automated manual transmission that leaves a lot to be desired on the smooth-shifting front. Beneath the bonnet of this 595 sits a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine - the same one that was in the $80K Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari all those years ago. This boost-friendly four-pot makes a respectable 132kW and 250Nm, two figures that are more than adequate for a car of this size. Arguably, the only downside to this tiny beast is the extremely harsh ride you get from the racing suspension system that it sits on. While this may be a dealer-breaker for some, you could also see it as a constant reminder that youre behind the wheel of a no-frills race car. All up, this car might not be as fast as some of the other hot hatches that could be had for $40K, but its undoubtedly cool, and Id love to have one. Click here to view all Fiat 500 listings on DRIVEN
It's here: BMW unveils the M3 and M4 Coupe's convtroversial new look - NZME
Is 375kW enough to make you look past that questionable front end?
The day that BMW enthusiasts all over the world is finally here. The German brand has whipped the covers off the controversial new M3 sedan and M4 coupe, and this pair is certainly something. Labelled the 'coffin grille', this new front end is one of the most experimental things that BMW has done styling wise in a very long time, and for obvious reasons, not everyone is going to be a fan. Click here to view all BMW M3 listings on DRIVEN If we look past those questionable aesthetics for a minute, you'll be happy to hear that BMW has stuffed an insane amount of power beneath the bonnets of these cars in true M fashion. The 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six used here is the same one that you'd find in the X3 M and X4 M. In the Competition spec, this powerplant makes a hefty 375kW and 650Nm of torque. This allows both the M3 and M4 Competition to hit 100km/h in an impressive 3.8-seconds before topping out at a 290km/h. This is an impressive feat considering BMW opted to stick with the M3's traditional rear-wheel drive layout. To keep enthusiasts happy, BMW also opted to keep the manual transmission alive for the M3 and M4. Opting for the manual transmission over the eight-speed auto will also drop 22kgs off the car's kerb weight. Unfortunately, New Zealand and Australian customers won't get the option of this manual transmission, as BMW is planning on only bringing the Competition spec in, which comes exclusively with the auto box. On the inside, the high-performance pairing looks even more impressive than usual, with M Carbon buckets seats an option. Unfortunately, these impressive seats are shown off in a questionable colour scheme here. These new M3 and M4 Competition models will land in New Zealand in early 2021, with pricing yet to be announced.
Grab this Ferrari once owned by a Top Gear presenter for a bargain price - NZME
Richard Hammond once described this 550 as the one that got away...
Over the years, Richard Hammond has been known as the one from the Top Gear trio who finds himself in car crashes more often than not, but thankfully, he managed to keep this gorgeous old Ferrari in one piece. Richard Hammond wasn't the only famous owner of this 550 Maranello either, as Harry Metcalfe, the founder of Evo magazine also put a fair few kilometres on its odometre over the years. Click here to view all Ferrari listings on DRIVEN Like all 550s, beneath the bonnet sits a 5.5-litre V14 engine that makes 356kW and 568Nm of torque. Arguably the most exciting fact of this car is that it sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. By themselves, V12-powered Ferraris are extremely sought-after and when the engine is paired with a manual transmission, things get even rarer. The last time Ferrari built a manual V12 was the 599 GTB, with just 30 being produced. With just 48,950km on the clock the seller over in England describes this Ferrari as being in 'near-perfect' condition, despite having more than six owners since leaving the showroom back in 1998. Back in 2015, Richard Hammond mentioned that this 550 was the one car "I should have held onto" when the hosts were asked about cars that they regretted selling during a live-streamed Top Gear special. While it's listed over in England, it is right-hand drive, meaning that it'd be a breeze to drive on New Zealand roads. A Cape Reinga-to-Bluff trip would be a must-do if someone managed to land it here. Right now, the highest bid sits at $86,925 with the auction closing in two days' time.