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Trevor Collett | Sep, 28 2013 | 0 Comments

BMW confirmed this week that its new M3 and M4 models will feature six-cylinder turbo power, in place of the outgoing 4.0 litre V8.

The turbo six will prove a powerful unit, too, with BMW confirming figures of at least 316kW and 500Nm for both models.

The performance twins have been on a diet too, with the M4 now said to weigh less than 1500kg.

Sebastian Vettel moved one step closer to yet another World Drivers Championship crown this week, with victory in the Singapore F1 Grand Prix.

The German driver was virtually unchallenged as he cruised to victory by over 30 seconds.

It was an unhappy outing for Aussies Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber, with Ricciardo crashing out and Webber receiving a reprimand for hitching a ride back to the pits on the side-pod of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

The NRMA was busy this week, conducting two surveys that returned alarming results. The first survey of 500 drivers found 91 percent were still texting or reading emails behind the wheel.

A survey of 624 supervisors to learner-drivers found just three percent possessed the knowledge to pass a shortened version of the NSW RMS’s test on road rules.

In other news - and sticking with the NRMA - the motoring group found that the Mitsubishi Mirage is the cheapest car to own and run.

Not to be outdone by the fast-approaching Rush film, a new preview has emerged for the 2014 Need For Speed movie.

Honda announced new drive-away pricing for its 2014 Odyssey Wagon variants, starting at $37,990 drive-away.

Mazda has released details of an update to the CX-9 SUV, with the range-topping Grand Touring AWD now equipped with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The updated Renault Fluence arrived in Australian showrooms this week, priced from $23,143 plus on-roads for the entry-level manual.

Porsche’s 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet models are now on sale in Australia, with the two topless Porsches priced at $388,100 and $463,100 respectively, plus on-roads.

The Qoros 3 not only became the first Chinese-developed car to score a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating this week, it also achieved the highest score of any car tested this year.

If you have a spare $267,000, and if individuality means everything, check out the 477kW Equus Bass770.

Nine Japan-based car parts suppliers will pay fines totalling $791 million for price-fixing in the US while two company executives have also been fined and given jail sentences.



First up from the TMR garages this week is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E 250 CDI Sedan, offering a supple ride, torquey engine and impressive standard safety equipment.

The 2013 HSV GTS is the most powerful sports sedan ever created in this country. We sampled every one of those 430kW this week, and were impressed by its stellar acceleration.

Finally, we put the 2013 Land Rover Discovery 4 HSE SDV6 and the 2013 Nissan Patrol Ti into battle to find the best off-roader for around $95,000.

So which car won? Check out our review.

And that’s… the week that was.

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