In­ter­cept ma­chine

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha! -

WHO wouldn’t get out of the way if this wild­look­ing beast loomed up in your rear-view mir­ror? With the re-boot­ing of the Mad Max fran­chise, Ford Aus­tralia has launched this in­tim­i­dat­ing com­puter con­cept — and you’ll be able to see more of it in this month’s TopGear Aus­tralia mag­a­zine.

PORSCHEPOWERPLAY

The four-door Porsche model range will be ex­panded later this year with the Panam­era Turbo S. The big grand-tourer is now on sale from $440,200, with de­liv­er­ies from Oc­to­ber. It now has 410kW from the 4.8 litre twin-turbo V8 (a 10 per cent in­crease); torque jumps to 750Nm, good for a 0-100km/h sprint in 3.8 sec­onds and top speed of 306km/h.

YANKS DOWN­SIZE

US car sales fig­ures for March show that Amer­i­cans are get­ting out of their gas guz­zlers and into smaller cars and sport util­ity ve­hi­cles as a re­ac­tion to ris­ing fuel costs. The over­all sales to­tal was up 17 per cent from a year ear­lier to 1.25 mil­lion — which points to­wards a 2011 to­tal of around 13.1 mil­lion, still down on the record of 16 mil­lion ve­hi­cles. Ford and GM both showed growth as the blue oval out­sold its ri­val for only the sec­ond month since 1998.

TASSIE DEVILS

This year’s Targa Tas­ma­nia starts this week and Mazda has re­turned with a three-pronged at­tack. South Aus­tralian driver Steve Glen­ney and co-driver Bernie Webb will again cam­paign an RX8 SP, with Jamie Van­den­berg and Si­mon Van­den­berg in an RX8 SP in the Mod­ern class. Mazda’s team will have their work cut out against mul­ti­ple ti­tle win­ners Jim Richards and Barry Oliver.

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