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The Week That Was: BMW M5, 3 GT, Holden VF Commodore SS-V Redline Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jul, 27 2013 | 0 Comments

Plenty of movement from BMW this week, with the German carmaker’s updated M5 arriving in local showrooms, complete with standard Competition Package. The updated M5 starts from $229,900 plus on-road costs.

Meanwhile the new BMW M3 GT is expected to arrive in September, starting from $69,500 plus on-road costs.


Lexus is expected to unveil its new RC Coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, according to reports this week.

Spy photos in recent weeks have revealed that the so-called RC is in the final stages of development, with light camouflage obscuring the production-ready model's finer details.


BMW’s new i3 electric car is due in Australia later this year, with a handful of demonstrators set to arrive before the car goes on sale next year.

In the meantime, we now know how much the i3 will cost in European markets, starting from around AU $42,650 in Britain. This figure suggests a starting price of around $50,000 for local buyers.

In other news, MINI revealed its new “Vision” concept this week, ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.


Tata Motors announced that it will return to Australia, starting with a single light commercial model.


The aggressively styled BMW 4 Series M Performance was revealed this week, a partner to the 3 Series M Performance pack.

And sticking with the 4 Series, reports out of Europe suggest the new BMW M4 will be revealed at January’s Detroit Motor Show, and possibly an M4 concept before that.


Alfa Romeo is reportedly planning to drop all of its hatch-based models and switching exclusively to rear-wheel-drive to push the brand more upmarket.

If true, it would be a massive reversal for the brand. Perhaps we'll need to hold a 'watching brief' on this one before anyone gets too excited about it.


Porsche plans to debut its Macan SUV at the Los Angeles Motor Show before putting it into production in December.


 

REVIEWS

TMR seemed to drive everything from 'dodgem' cars to the Batmobile this week, but here’s a few you may have missed:

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Comfortline DSG, starting at $27,490 plus on-road costs.


“Damn this is a friggin’ mighty car,” said Tim from the 2013 Holden VF SS-V track review at Phillip Island. Find out what else he liked (everything) and didn’t like (very little).


The 2013 Mercedes E-Class Hybrid can achieve 4.3 l/100km and 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds.


Finally, we took the 2013 Range Rover Vogue SE SDV8 off-road and declared it “still the king of four-wheel-drives”.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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