Solid Top 10 start for BMW Team SRM at Albert Park

BMW Team SRM kicked off the second round of the Australian GT Championship with a solid eighth place for Steve Richards and the BMW M6 GT3 at Albert Park.

Richards put in a blinder of a qualifying lap earlier today to secure fifth spot on the grid for today’s opening race, although some confusion at the start of the 25-minute opener saw him drop down several spots on the first lap.

He fought back, though, ultimately finding himself locked in a tense battle with Lewis Williamson. In the end Richards came home eighth to cap off a promising opening day at Albert Park.

“We qualified really well. I think we probably got a bit more out of the car than some of the guys around us did,” said Richards.

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Falken Porsche and BMW to tackle the 24 Hours Nürburgring

In this year’s race season, Falken will line up on the grid with not one, but two cars from premium German manufacturers. Last year saw the debut of the Falken Porsche 911 GT3 R, which scooped the title of fastest Porsche in the 24 Hours Nürburgring and finished in 9th place overall. This season, it will be joined by an all-new Falken BMW M6 GT3 – the first time Falken has fielded two vehicles in motorsport.

Falken will enter both cars in various VLN endurance races as well as the legendary 24-hour race at Nürburgring. Campaigning two separate current-specification GT3 vehicles validates the confidence Falken has its tyres and engineering.

The BMW will be in the hands of two Falken drivers; Peter Dumbreck, this year celebrating ten years as part of the Falken team, and Alexandre Imperatori. The Porsche will be driven by Martin Ragginger and Porsche-works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Dirk Werner and Laurens Vanthoor.

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The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

  • Gran turismo combines aesthetics and everyday usability
  • Powerful and efficient V6 biturbo with 600 Nm of torque
  • Audi Sport boss Winkelmann: “More performance coupled with greater efficiency”

Ingolstadt/Geneva, March 7, 2017 – The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the first Audi Sport model in the new RS design idiom. The car’s all-new 2.9 TFSI biturbo engine produces 331 kW and delivers 600 Nm of torque. Standard quattro drive distributes the power to all four wheels.

“The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, in describing the new model.

“The high-performance Coupé combines elegant aesthetics with excellent everyday usability. The car’s V6 biturbo has been developed from the ground up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency,” said Mr Winkelmann.

The designers drew inspiration for the RS 5 Coupé from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure typical of RS models characterise the front end of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé. The Singleframe radiator grille is much wider and flatter than in the base model. Next to the headlights are additional lateral air intakes and outlets; tinted bezels differentiate the optional Matrix LED headlights. quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimetres.

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All-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé – Australian pricing announced

Following the introduction to Australia of the world’s most intelligent sedan, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class family welcomes a new member: the all-new E-Class Coupé.

With expressive proportions, clear and sensual design, and long-distance comfort for four people, the E-Class Coupé combines the beauty and virtues of a four-seater Gran Tourismo with with state-of-the-art technology.

The new Coupé offers full smartphone integration, a widescreen cockpit and the latest driver assistance systems. A powerful engine and dynamic suspension guarantee a sporty and agile driving experience.

The proportions typical of Mercedes-Benz are characterised by a distinctive front end with a low-positioned sport grille and central star, a long hood with power domes, a rearward-shifted, elongated greenhouse and a muscular rear end. The dynamic looks are underlined by four frameless side windows and the absence of a B-pillar. With these clear forms, the design of the Coupé conveys an air of luxury and style alike.

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The new BMW X3 undergoes winter testing

Dynamic test under extreme conditions in North Sweden.

Munich/Arjeplog. Driving dynamic and reliability are just two of the major characteristics of any BMW automobile. To ensure that a BMW functions in all conditions and that the customer is able to enjoy unrestricted access to that brand-typical “driving pleasure” at any time, BMW invests a great deal of time and know-how in both the construction and the testing of new automobiles. Long before a new model series arrives on the market, it will have had to withstand possibly the most severe endurance tests. This includes, for example, testing under extreme climatic conditions such as those prevailing in scorching hot deserts or freezing cold winter landscapes.

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The all-new Audi Q2 has arrived in Australia

  • Entry into a new segment in the premium compact SUV market
  • The all-new Audi Q2 model line-up starts from $41,100 (MLP)*
  • Progressive technology, sophisticated design and sporty dynamics make the new Q2 a true Audi

Melbourne, 24 February, 2017 – The all-new Audi Q2 has arrived in Australia, the most exciting newcomer in the premium compact SUV segment.

“The highly anticipated all-new Audi Q2 will establish itself as a unique offering in the premium compact SUV segment. It will open up the Audi brand to a new range of young and young-at-heart buyers,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.

“This new model will exceed customer expectations of how an Audi should look, thanks to its progressive polygonal design language, and what it should offer, thanks to a suite of infotainment and connectivity technologies. We are very pleased to be launching this game-changing vehicle to Australia in such a competitive package.”

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The Adventurer: All-new MINI Countryman local pricing and specification confirmed

  • Four-strong Australian MINI Countryman launch range confirmed
  • Range features wide variety of drivetrain options: two- or all-wheel drive, petrol and diesel options with automatic transmission as standard
  • Advanced standard safety suite includes Active Cruise Control, AEB, forward collision warning, park distance control and speed limit info fitted range-wide
  • Reversing camera, auto tailgate, dual-zone climate control, comfort access, through-loading luggage compartment and satellite navigation among other highlights
  • All-new interior layout and extensive personalisation options crate premium ambience
  • Pricing commences from $39,900* for MINI Countryman Cooper, powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine
  • MINI Countryman Cooper D available from $43,900*, with turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine
  • MINI Countryman Cooper S priced from $46,500*, featuring turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine
  • Range-topping MINI Countryman Cooper SD starts from $51,500* and sports all-wheel drive, turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine
  • Available late-Q1, 2017

Completing the new-generation MINI range, the latest MINI Countryman arrives in Australia from late-Q1, 2017.
Four models will be available from launch, with a range of petrol and diesel drivetrains and front- or all-wheel drive options ensuring an adventurous level of versatility.
“The new MINI Countryman introduces the excitement of the MINI range to the Premium Compact segment,” said MINI Australia General Manager, Tony Sesto.

“It’s the perfect car for families to enjoy an active lifestyle, with ample space, comfort and high efficiency from the new engine family. The standard advanced safety systems add further peace of mind.”

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Alfa Romeo Australia announces pricing on the Giulia sports sedan line-up

2nd February, 2017: Alfa Romeo’s eagerly awaited Giulia sports sedan range has gone on sale in Australia priced from a highly competitive $59,895.

Based on Alfa Romeo’s flexible all-new Giorgio rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Giulia is more than just an all-new premium sports sedan: it’s the vanguard of the Alfa Romeo renaissance, and the start of an exciting new era for the 106-year old Italian brand.

Designed, engineered and produced in Italy, the Giulia sports sedan introduces a new level of standard equipment and driving enjoyment to the mid-sized luxury class.

The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia’s Australian line-up consists of five models across four equipment grades – Giulia, Super, Veloce and range-topping Quadrifoglio.

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The all-new Audi Q2 Launch Edition has arrived in Australia

  • Limited number of vehicles with Edition #1 enhancements
  • The all-new Audi Q2 model line-up starts from $41,100 (MLP)*
  • Progressive technology, sophisticated design and sporty dynamics make the new Q2 a true Audi

Sydney, 1 February, 2017 – The first all-new Audi Q2 Launch Editions are arriving in Australia, just weeks ahead of the official launch of the most exciting newcomer in the compact SUV segment. Featuring elements from the Q2 Edition #1 shown in Europe last August, like exclusive quantum grey paint, black and Manhattan grey exterior details and 19-inch alloy wheels, this limited number of special vehicles offers the very first owners of the all-new Audi Q2 the chance to drive away in a truly unique vehicle.

“The highly anticipated all-new Audi Q2 will establish itself as a unique offering in the premium compact SUV segment. It will open up the Audi brand to a new range of young and young-at-heart buyers,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.

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Mercedes-AMG GT R – Australian pricing announced

Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R. The front-mid-engine configuration with transaxle, twin-turbo V8 engine rated at 430 kW, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.

Wider front and rear wings allow an increased track width for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds. The new front apron with active elements, the large rear aero-foil and the new rear apron with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip.

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