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Trevor Collett | Feb 22, 2016

Audi revealed this week that its second-generation R8 supercar will arrive in Australia in May this year with more power, more equipment, more style and... less cost?

Launching with V10 power (a replacement for the entry-level V8 has yet to be announced) and a coupe bodystyle only, the all-new R8 will start at $354,900 for the R8 V10 and top out at $389,900 for the flagship R8 V10 Plus - $11,610 and $17,910 less than the superseded R8 V10 and V10 Plus respectively.

The basic layout is unchanged, with a 5.2 litre naturally-aspirated V10 in the middle, driven wheels at all four corners, two seats in a driver-centric cockpit and an aluminium space-frame chassis tying it all together. But nearly everything else is new.


Jaguar’s new F-TYPE SVR is now available for order in Australia, ahead of its local arrival and even ahead of its official unveiling.

The “fastest F-TYPE ever” is due to go on show to the public at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but local fans can hand over their deposits now to ensure they don’t miss out.

How much? The Coupe is priced from $289,590 and the Convertible starts at $308,470; plus on-road costs.


Kia announced this week that it will display its first-ever midsize wagon at the Geneva Auto Show in March, with the Kia Optima Sportswagon set to be the centrepiece of the Korean automaker's show stand ahead of its Euro-market launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

Inspired by the Kia Sportspace concept that was revealed at Geneva last year, the Optima Sportswagon grafts a bigger bum to the Optima's bodyshell, bringing 43 litres more luggage space (for a total of 553L) and greater load-carrying versatility.

It all fits in the same footprint as the sedan, with overall length, width and wheelbase being identical to the Optima sedan (which went on sale here in November last year). The only dimensional growth is in height, which increases by just 5mm.


In other news, Hyundai updated its van twins for 2016, with the Australian release of the iLoad and iMax Series II.


Tesla Australia streamlined its Model S premium sedan range for 2016 with a four-model line-up powered by the 70 or 90kWh battery packs, and announced a new Supercharging station for Port Macquarie, NSW.


Mercedes-Benz announced an all-new diesel engine will make its debut in the carmaker’s E-Class model - recently unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show.


The revival of Renault’s sports car division took another leap forward this week, with the unveiling of the Alpine Vision concept in Monte Carlo.


Holden announced pricing and specifications for its all-new Spark sub-compact, saying the new model will "shake up the micro-car segment" when it arrives in showrooms in April.


How much should we pay for fuel? TMR Managing Editor, Tim O’Brien, took a detailed look at the current situation this week.


The updated Fiat 500 range for 2016 arrived in Australia, with a streamlined model range, more standard equipment, and rearranged pricing.


There may have been little left still to be revealed of the 2017 Volvo V90, thanks to an on-going series of leaks, however Volvo this week - finally - officially revealed its new large wagon.


BMW detailed pricing and features on a pair of ‘e’ electric cars set to arrive in Australia this year, namely the 330e sedan and the X5 Drive40e SUV.


Skoda let slip a pair of images of its VisionS concept, which is set to make its first public appearance at Geneva next month. The VisionS provides an early taste of Skoda's first seven-seat production SUV, expected to debut either late this year or in the first half of 2017.

 

REVIEWS


We drove the 2016 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack this week, finding a beautifully-handling wagon, if a little firm, with bonus leather interior.


Infiniti’s updated 2016 Q70 has arrived, and we drove all three variants of the petrol-only premium sedan range. Check out our review.


In case you missed it earlier, there’s a new 2016 Audi R8 V10 in town and what better way to break it in than with a session at Sydney Motorsport Park in the up-spec Plus variant.


We found the 2016 Haval H9 LUX to be a family-friendly 4WD with a healthy features list and off-road ability, but the lack of a diesel option isn’t doing it any favours.


Finally, the 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi is impressive in 250 guise, but outstanding in the more powerful 270 model - scintillating performance, a grippy balanced chassis, decent ride comfort, and an interior that rivals, and even exceeds, more expensive prestige offerings.


And that’s… the week that was.

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