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BMW’s SocMed People are Smart-Arses

BMW’s ad people are smart-arses. I mean that in a good way. With the retirement of industry giant Mercedes’ CEO and man-with-epic-moustache Dieter Zetsche, BMW took the opportunity to say goodbye. There’s a peculiarly German thing where companies can find it in their cold, dark hearts to be gracious to one another. When Mercedes left the DTM, BMW and Audi seemed almost sad to see them go. When Audi left the WEC, Porsche seemed to be hanging on to their legs like a crying child. Although they went with them,…

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Toyota Supra 2020: Australian pricing

Well, now. One of the most-asked questions of pretty much any Australian car journalist is, “Are you a drug dealer or something?” The second question is (after you’ve explained how you get your hands on all the good hardware), “How much for the new Toyota Supra?” Well. Now we know. Toyota is going to offer two models at launch, a GT and a GTS. The GT will start at $84,900 before ORCs. That’s a lot of money, except when you compare it to its twin-under-the-skin BMW Z4. The M40i, powered…

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Superfast Mini John Cooper Works GP for 2020

Want something fast and small? The 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP might just be for you. Some things are just meant to be. The new BMW X2 M35i rolls on the same UKL2 platform as the Mini and has the B48 turbo four. No doubt Mini’s engineers and product planners took one look at that engine and said, “We’re having that.” The press release is scant on details, the JCW GP will likely also roll with the X2’s all-wheel drive system. With 225kW (306PS) and 450Nm, the front wheels…

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BMW Z4 2019 Pricing and Spec: Australia

The BMW Z4 is here, we’ve driven it and we also know how much it costs and what’s in it. Toyota might still be keeping us waiting, but BMW has thrown the kitchen sink at us, with three models and a whopping great list of gear. To go with the price. Z4 Model Comparison BMW Australia has kicked us off with three models – the Z4 20i, Z4 30i and Z4 M40i. Based on the 5 Series’ CLAR platform (and shared with Toyota on the Supra), the Z4 is built…

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BMW M850i Pricing and Spec: Australia

BMW’s long-awaited replacement for the iconic 8 Series of the 1990s has arrived in Australia. Launching with the top-shelf (not including the M8) M850i xDrive, there’s a choice of Coupe and Convertible. Strap yourselves in folks, it’s not cheap but you get a lot of go for your dough. What do you get? Thankfully, a hell of a lot of gear. And chassis technology. In an effort save weight, the Carbon Core from the 7 Series is along for the ride. It’s not a huge amount of carbon fibre, but…

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BMW X3 M Competition Australian Pricing and Spec

Ever get tired of your 260kW/500Nm mid-sized SUV and want more? Like, a lot more? You probably want a 500-plus horsepower BMW X3 M Competition, then. Or, if you fancy a smaller boot and paying more for the privilege, the X4 M Competition. But you’re going to need almost $160,000. Before you read on, you can check out my review of X3 M40i to get an idea of how good the M might be. What is it? What are they? The X3 M Competition and its coupe-alike X4 sibling are…

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Kia Stinger GT 2019 Cars 

Kia Stinger GT 2019 Review

Everybody has heard about the Kia Stinger. Just about everybody is wrong about it, though. Why are they wrong? They reckon it came out of the blue. It didn’t. We got flashes of what Kia could do long ago in the form of stupidly-named Pro’ceed GT, a much-lauded bargain performance hatchback. Nobody bought it because people are idiots, but it was the warning shot. I’m not sure how or why the Stinger came about. I have no idea how it got signed off given the ongoing slaughter of the sedan…

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Mini Cooper S 2019 Review

It’s too big, blah, blah, blah. Minis are supposed to small blah blah blah. The Cooper S is nothing like the original. All of these things are true or based in truth. The new Mini is big car, monstering our Volkswagen up! and the Suzuki Swift Sport we had a few weeks ago. It’s also nothing like the original which is a great thing – having an accident in a Mini now is much safer, even when you take into account over five decades of safety innovation. Crashing a new…

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