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LV XR5 Focus is here

LV XR5 Focus is here


Posted By on Jun 22, 2008

Seems that some of the XR5Turbo crew are receiving there shiny new LV XR5′s. We’ve been waiting quite some time for these to hit Australia shores, and finally they’re here!

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Congratulations to 30LHC she just received delivery of her car, which I think is possibly the first LV in the country in a colour that we never had the honour of having. I must say it looks very sexy in white.

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The LV is essentially a face lift to bring the designs in line with the rest of the Ford range. It has a few new nifity features, with some changes to the center console, start button and keyless entry.

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Yarra Ranges Cruise 2008

Yarra Ranges Cruise 2008


Posted By on Jun 22, 2008

What else to do on a rainy and cold winters morning? Take out your hot hatch for a drive through some of best roads Victoria has to offer.

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Typical Melbourne winters day, cold, wet and horrible. Yet that didn’t stop a fantastic turn out of hot hatches on our cruise through the Yarra Ranges. 20 or so cars came along for the cruise, mainly XR4′s and XR5′s but we were lucky to have a very sexy SRi Turbo and WRX come along as well.

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One might say on the back of dominating the front grid of the Le Mans 2008, Peugeot have dazzled many with the release of the Le Man 207 Special Edition.  I’m a little more sceptical on the coincidence, still one can’t argue with the final product – a tasty hot hatch that’ll no doubt appeal to many.

Peugeot 207 Le Mans Special Edition

As the best looking 207 for some time, the Le Mans 207 SE has received a number of cosmetic upgrades including a colour coded sporty body kit with the front bumper accented with a shadow chrome grille and headlights. A long vivid red racing stripe runs the vertical length of the 207 SE whilst additional decals include logo stripping on the doors and on the rear.  Available in either Banquise White or Obsidien Black the exterior highlights are topped off with special multispoke 17-inch Pitlane aluminium wheels.

Peugeot 207 Le Mans Special Edition Peugeot 207 Le Mans Special Edition 

Additional images available on the click through.

[Source: WorldCarFans

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Ford have released a few more images of the next Focus RS. The pictures have been taken at the Nurburgring and I must say the car is looking very aggressive.

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“The new Focus RS is as much a car for driving enthusiasts as the one before it and classic Ford RS models of the past. We’re staying true to the core RS principles of a no-compromise, affordable high performance road car you can live with. The new Focus RS will have the muscles, heart and soul of a genuine RS and will be exciting to drive every day,” Jost Capito – Team RS

Some more details can be found here

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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback


Posted By on Jun 13, 2008

Like the new EVO X but you need somewhere to put your dog? Look no further, Mitsubishi will be debuting the production version of Lancer Sportback (AKA Prototype-S) with the rest of the Ralliart range at this years Paris Motor Show.

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As typical practice with car manufacturers looking to generate some buzz about runout models, Ford have created the devilishly handsome Fiesta ST500 Limited Edition (500 units).

Ford Fiesta ST500 Limited Edition

Mechanically the ST500 LE remains identical to the current ST (XR4 in AU) with the rorty 2.0L Duratec 4 cylinder furnace, finely tuned sports suspension, a close ratio short shift gearbox and tweaked sports steering.

The ST500 LE has received a nice facelift as you will no doubt notice in the large number of pictures (available below on the click through). Highlights include 17″ black rims, red calipers, a custom bonnet U shape decal, Sony stereo system and leather heated seats. There will be only 500 units available and will be retailing for GBP 15,000.

 

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Unless you were hiding under a rock you’d know that the throwback Fiat 500 was receiving some special treatment from Abarth.

 

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Visually attractive, the package has some substance with a Petrol 1.4L 16v Turbo engine, pumping out 135 bhp (99 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 206 Nm at 3,000 rpm in ‘Sport’ mode (who cares about ‘normal’ mode specs). Suspension has also been overhauled with a change up with springs, dampers and rollbar. Abarth are also set to release a SS Assetto Corsa version of the Abarth so it’ll surely pump up the chest a little further.

 

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Check out the TopGear article here, more pictures and the official press release available after the jump.

 

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New Ford Focus RS Shots Surface

New Ford Focus RS Shots Surface


Posted By on Jun 11, 2008

Hold onto your nuts ladies and gents, it appears a lovely dealer somewhere in Europe leaked some photoshop edits of what is to be the new Ford Focus RS.

 

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Ford Europe did an excellent job pilfering Lamborghini’s orange as the hero colour for the Ford Focus ST so it is only fitting they borrow the raging bull’s green for the RS.

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Whilst we all wait to see what the final specifications will be, there is no doubt that the RS is indeed coming with many sites such as WorldCarFans reporting numerous sitings. I may start praying today that they’ll make their way to the Australian market.

The full set of pictures in hi-res formats are available via the HHH Flickr account.

[Source: CarSpyShots.net]

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