Herald Sun - Motoring - - THE INSIDE LINE -

A three-door Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI Per­for­mance is just a fort­night away from show­rooms as the team of Ger­man quicks gets more power and equip­ment. Three go-faster Golfs — the GTI, Per­for­mance Edi­tion (150 ex­am­ples only) and all-wheel drive R — are be­ing added to the lo­cal line-up just six weeks af­ter the Golf Mk 7.5 landed in Aus­tralia. Cheap­est of the crew is the GTI man­ual from $41,490 and the Golf R starts at $52,990, promis­ing more power and the fastest 0-100km/h sprint in a Golf to date, clock­ing just 4.8 sec­onds.


Lux­ury brands shun red-pen­cil dis­counts, pre­fer­ring the value-added road. So BMW has sharp­ened the deal on its X5 with a claimed $15,700 worth of ex­tras on the xDrive30d. There is an M Sport pack­age in­clud­ing 20-inch al­loys, free metal­lic paint, an in­no­va­tions pack­age with ac­tive cruise con­trol, glass sun­roof and free sched­uled ser­vic­ing for four years/60,000km.

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