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.
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.
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.
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.