BMW Team SRM confirms full Australian GT Championship program

BMW Team SRM will compete in every round of both the 2016 CAMS Australian GT Championship and the 2016 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship.
With the first brand new BMW M6 GT3 now landed in Australia, BMW Team SRM and BMW Group Australia have elected to expand the 2016 program to include all six rounds of the CAMS Australian GT Championship.
That means the stunning M6 GT3 will make its competitive debut at next month’s Clipsal 500.
The ‘sprint’ calendar also includes rounds at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia, Phillip Island, Townsville, and Highlands Park in New Zealand.
BMW Team SRM will also compete in all four rounds of the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship, which features two 101-lap races in Australia (Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park) and two in New Zealand (Hampton Downs and Highlands Park).
“I think we all got pretty excited when we found out we were allocated a car for January, and that moved the goal posts for us,” said BMW Team SRM owner and driver Steve Richards.
“It gave us the opportunity to work towards a full program for 2016, and it was an opportunity we didn’t want to miss. So we all put our heads together and made it happen.
“The extra races will be hugely beneficial when it comes to learning the idiosyncrasies of the new car, as well as how to best utilise the fantastic technical support we will have from Germany.
“The earlier we sink our teeth into the program, the better off we’ll be when it comes to those endurance races later in the year.”
BMW Team SRM and BMW Group Australia are also delighted to confirm that the M6 GT3 will run number 100 for the 2016 season, in celebration of the BMW Group’s 100-year anniversary.
“The arrival of the new M6 GT3 is a very big part of the centennial celebrations, and we have been able to confirm the number of the car with the Australian GT Championship organisers,” said Marc Werner, CEO of BMW Group Australia.
“This is the icing on the cake for us.

“I am proud to announce that the official number designation of the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 will be vehicle number 100. We believe this is a perfect fit for BMW, emphasising our performance heritage and the motorsport DNA that is inherent in our brand.”
CAMS Australian GT Championship
Round 1 – Clipsal 500 – March 3-6
Round 2 – Australian Grand Prix – March 17-20
Round 3 – Perth Super Sprint – May 6-8
Round 4 – Phillip Island – May 27-28
Round 5 – Townsville 400 – July 8-10
Round 6 – Highlands Park – November 11-12

CAMS Australian Endurance Championship
Round 1 – Phillip Island 101 – May 29
Round 2 – Sydney Motorsport Park – August 26-28
Round 3 – Hampton Downs – October 28-30
Round 4 – Highlands Park 101 – November 13

Peugeot unveils updated 2008 SUV

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Peugeot has unveiled its updated 2008 SUV ahead of its Australian introduction in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The 2016 model updates include styling, technology and drivetrain changes.
Styling updates extend to all new wheel arch flares, new vertical front grille and scuff plates – while a new Ultimate Red is added to the colour palate.
Yet to be confirmed for Australia is a new ‘GT Line’ variant, a vehicle that offers visual enhancements over standard variants.
Technological enhancements extend to new Mirror Screen functionality, based on MirrorLinkTM and Apple Carplay®, along with the reversing camera and Park Assist on selected models.
At the heart of the updates will be a range of new engines, headlined by Peugeot’s PureTech range of drivetrains.
Final specification and model line-up will be confirmed closer to model launch late 2016.

PEUGEOT 2008, in a nutshell
A compact SUV, the PEUGEOT 2008 is an assertive proposition. It provides an unparalleled dynamic performance and a unique and addictive driving experience.
The design features the codes of the segment, with added power and robustness. The wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates protect the bodywork and the occupants. The wave roof and roof bars, the rear door moulding and the spoiler are characterised by their sophisticated design.
Black and chrome headlamps and 3D claws illustrate the embedded technology from the outside. Inside, the lighting highlights the luxury of the materials and attention to detail which is apparent in every item.
The new GT Line trim adds a sporty and chic theme to the red/black spirit. This trim, common to the entire range, is consistent with the brand’s upgrading strategy.
The 60:40 modular back seats means the boot volume can vary from 410 to 1400 litres in an instant.
The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® ensures a unique sensations in the segment. The driver enjoys an intuitive, agile, flexible and safe driving experience.

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Volvo Cars reveals stylish and versatile new V90

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The eagerly awaited Volvo V90 was revealed today in Stockholm, Sweden. The stylish and versatile V90 is the latest in the premium car maker’s top of the line 90 series sitting alongside the award winning XC90 SUV and the recently launched S90 premium sedan.

Building on Volvo Cars’ indisputable heritage in the estate segment, that began over 60 years ago with the Volvo Duett, the new V90 takes the premium estate a clear step forward in terms of aesthetics, materials and finish, while living up to the ultimately practical nature of any true estate “We have a very strong position in the estate segment,” said Kevin McCann, managing director of Volvo Car Australia. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive estate brand. While the Volvo brand today stands for more than estates, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage with the V90.”

The new V90 is the third car unveiled in Volvo’s top of the line 90 series, all of which are built on the company’s specially designed and fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which has opened up a range of new opportunities in terms of how Volvos can be designed, built and equipped.

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Local pricing and specification confirmed for BMW plug-in hybrids

  • BMW’s eDrive plug-in-hybrid models will be available from $71,900* for the BMW 330e Sedan and $118,900* for the BMW X5 xDrive40e.
  • Models reinforce BMW’s commitment to sustainable mobility by offering a plug-in hybrid alternative within the brand’s two highest-selling model ranges.
  • eDrive platform delivers fuel efficient motoring and low emissions while retaining trademark performance with each model capable of completing urban commutes exclusively via electric power.
  • The BMW 330e Sedan possesses an electric range of up to 37km; while the BMW X5 xDrive40e can travel 31km via the same power source.
  • Both vehicles have an extensive list of standard specification, showcasing trademark BMW innovation and technology, including eDrive specific features such as Acoustic Protection for Pedestrians and ConnectedDrive eDrive Services.
  • The BMW 330e Sedan also includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, LED headlights, Head-Up Display, DAB+ Digital Radio, Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Surround View with 360 degree visibility and Comfort Access.
  • Among the features on the BMW X5 xDrive40e are 19-inch light alloy wheels, adaptive headlights, ‘Comfort’ adaptive suspension with Dynamic Damper Control, Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, Surround View with 360 degree visibility, Comfort Access, leather upholstered dashboard, DAB+ Digital Radio, Harman/Kardon surround sound system, and auto tailgate.
  • The BMW 330e Sedan and BMW X5 xDrive40e are available from May this year.

BMW Group Australia has confirmed pricing and specification of its eDrive plug-in hybrid models ahead of the launch of the BMW 330e Sedan and BMW X5 xDrive40e in May.

Starting from $71,900* for the BMW 330e Sedan and $118,900 for the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the introduction of an eDrive variant across BMW’s two highest selling model ranges underlines the brand’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of sustainability.

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Order Book Opens for the New Jaguar F-Type SVR: The 200MPH All-Weather Supercar

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  • The F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar SVR and the fastest F-TYPE ever
  • Developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to be lighter, quicker, faster and more powerful while remaining tractable and useable day-to-day
  • Customers may specify and order their F-TYPE SVR now, ahead of the global debut at the Geneva Motor Show
  • Pricing announced today from $289 590 for the Coupé and $308 470 for the Convertible
  • Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 develops 423kW and 700Nm
  • Acceleration from 0-100kph takes just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 200mph (322kph) for the Coupé
  • Enhanced aerodynamics package of front bumper and splitter, flat underfloor, carbon fibre active rear wing and rear venturi reduces lift and drag
  • Uprated chassis featuring new dampers and anti-roll bars, wider tyres, lightweight 20-inch forged wheels and new, stiffer rear knuckles
  • Titanium and Inconel exhaust system delivers an even more purposeful, harder-edged sound – and a 16kg weight saving
  • Unique SVR seats with Lozenge Quilt pattern, suedecloth-covered instrument binnacle and centre console, SVR steering wheel and anodised aluminium paddle shifters
  • Bespoke calibrations for the Quickshift transmission and the Electric Power-Assisted Steering, Adaptive Dynamics, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control and All-Wheel Drive systems
  • Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brake system option delivers exceptional fade resistance and a 21kg reduction in unsprung mass
  • Whole vehicle weight saving of 25kg compared to the F-TYPE R AWD, and up to 50kg with options including the CCM brake system, carbon fibre roof panel and carbon fibre pack
  • Customer deliveries of the F-TYPE SVR will begin in Australia from Q3, 2016

Summary
The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR

The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar SVR, developed to exploit the lightweight aluminium sports car’s full potential while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability. The Jaguar F-TYPE SVR is a 200mph (322kph), all-weather supercar.

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First BMW M6 GT3 lands in Australia

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The first BMW M6 GT3 has touched down in Australia, with BMW Team SRM having now officially taken delivery of the brand new twin-turbo V8-powered racing car. The new-generation GT3 car is the first of its kind to land in Australia, and will compete as a factory-supported entry in GT racing under the BMW Team SRM banner this season.

The running of the BMW M6 GT3 program in Australia has been entrusted to motorsport legend Steve Richards, the reigning Bathurst 1000 winner. His SRM squad will also provide on-track support and parts supply when other M6 GT3s join the Australian GT field in the future.

According to Richards, this is the most exciting new car delivery he’s ever been involved in. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited,” said Richards.

“I’ve had a few new race cars in my time, but this one takes the cake. “We’re really lucky to have this program up and running with BMW Group Australia, and to be involved in the Australian GT Championship with something that is so new. I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into it.

“These GT3 cars have the same technical innovations as modern road cars, so to have things like anti-lock braking and traction control, not to mention the aerodynamics – that makes them as exciting to drive as you can get. “I just can’t wait to drive it.”

Marc Werner, CEO of BMW Group Australia, agreed that the arrival of the BMW M6 GT3 is an exciting moment. “The arrival of the first BMW M6 GT3 in Australia is a major milestone in the development of this brand new program,” said Werner.

“To have the car here, and see it in the flesh, is incredibly exciting. Welcoming the BMW M6 GT3 to the BMW family here in Australia is the perfect way to kick-start celebrations for our 100th year, and we can’t wait for the new car to hit the track for the first time.”

Richards will have his first taste of the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 at the car’s debut test session at Winton next week. The all-new BMW M6 GT3 is powered by a BMW 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower turbo technology, and replaces the successful BMW Z4 GT3 as the brand’s top-level GT3-specification racer.

The new model made its international racing debut at the gruelling 24 Hours of Daytona recently, Michael Marsal, Markus Palttala, Maxime Martin, and Jesse Krohn teaming up to finish an impressive sixth in the GTD class.

Embeddable video content, including footage of the BMW M6 GT3 being unloaded upon arrival in Australia, can be found via this link: https://youtu.be/uLbi4-IR8ks

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Rare BMW M1 Procar to race at PI Classic

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  • Ultra rare BMW M1 Procar makes first Victorian circuit appearance
  • Large 100th Anniversary display by BMW Club

One of the world’s most desirable racing BMWs is heading to Phillip Island to help celebrate BMW’s 100th birthday at the 27th annual Classic Festival of Motorsport from March 11-13.
The Bowden Family’s newly-acquired 1979 BMW M1 Procar will join another 12 BMWs competing during the three day meeting – a record nine of them ex-JPS Team BMW Touring Cars.
There will also be further nine or so JPS road cars (another record) amongst more than 30 BMWs from early 2002 models to the latest M5s in a special Anniversary display by the BMW Club of Victoria.
The standout amongst the BMW drivers racing will be seven times Bathurst winner Jim Richards, who won the first two of his four Australian Touring Car titles in 1985 and 1987 at the wheel of BMW M cars.
Richards will face the starting lights five times over the weekend in the capacity grid Group C & A races driving an ex-Team JPS BMW 635 coupe now owned by New Zealand enthusiast Peter Sturgeon. The car has been painstakingly restored to the same Group C spec that Richards raced it originally in 1983 and 1984.
The track appearance of the former ‘Speed Star Wheels’ BMW M1 Procar in Chris Bowden’s hands is believed to be the first time one of BMW’s most famous Post War racing models has been on a Victorian circuit.

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Two GTi models spearhead Peugeot’s refreshed 308 range in Australia

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Peugeot Australia has launched two 308 GTi models after a 15 year absence of the GTi badge from the model in Australia.

The GTi models have been launched as the high-performance flagships for the 308 range, winner of the prestigious 2014 European Car of the Year.

More than just a badge and alloy wheels, the 308 GTi has been extensively developed by Peugeot Sport who are Peugeot’s in-house motorsport division that boasts a wealth of expertise developing high-performance road and race cars.

The 308 GTi is the fourth road car project in three years following the acclaimed RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th and 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport.

Underpinning the two model attack is Peugeot’s proven high-output 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, with two power outputs depending on the model, with 184kW (250hp) in the GTi 250 and 200kW (270hp) in the GTi 270, both paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.

Peugeot’s latest hot hatch is encased in a modern exterior style that takes the marque’s now-familiar design philosophy and adds a touch of aggression.

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