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BMW X7 and X5 Go V8

BMW’s big SAVs (their acronym, not mine) aren’t slow, particularly the ones we get in Australia – we don’t mess about with the slow ones. I drove an M50d for carsguide at the X5’s launch and I thought, “Yeah, this will do.” Well, clearly, it hasn’t done for some people. So BMW has dropped the twin-turbo V8 from the M850i M Performance flagship into the X5. And, as it turns out, the X7. Both are obviously fully-loaded, so pretty much the only thing these cars are missing is a time-travel…

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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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Mini outs special edition Hatch: 60 Years Edition

Mini Australia has released yet another special edition model, this time celebrating its sixtieth anniversary with four limited-run 60 Years Edition variants based on the Cooper and Cooper S Hatch range. Although the 60 Years Edition variant commands a $4000 premium over the models upon which they are based, Mini says the special edition adds $8500 of value with its unique badging, upholstery, interior trim and 17-inch alloys. From standard, the 60 Years Edition is coated in a British Racing Green metallic paint with a Pepper White roof and exterior…

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