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The first hi-po ver­sion of the new E-Class is the Mercedes-AMG E 43. The looks are ex­tremely re­strained but the E 43 gets a 295kW biturbo 3.0-litre V6 and will make ev­ery horse count with stan­dard 4MATIC AWD. It runs a sporty 31:69 front:rear torque split, while the V6 of­fers 520Nm of torque. The E 43 is said to weigh 1756kg and has nine gears which equates to 0-100km/h in 4.6sec and a claimed av­er­age of 8.3L/100km. It runs on 19-inch al­loys, 20s are op­tional, and has a sports-tuned air sus­pen­sion set-up. Ex­pect it here in Septem­ber.

Honda’s Clar­ity Fuel Cell is now on sale in Ja­pan. It costs 7,660,000 yen ($NZ99,727), weighs 1890kg, and is pow­ered by a 130kW/300Nm elec­tric mo­tor. The 141L hy­dro­gen tank is said to give a range of 750km. They reckon a re­fill takes three min­utes, if you can find a fill­ing sta­tion. There is also a con­verter kit avail­able for the car which turns it into a source of elec­tric­ity for your house. A Clar­ity with a full tank is said to power an av­er­age house for one week.

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