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Of the seven con­cept ve­hi­cles Jeep built for the 50th An­nual Easter Jeep Sa­fari in the US, the Jeep Trail­cat is our favourite. Dubbed the ‘ul­ti­mate off-road ma­chine’, it packs the 707bhp 6.2-litre Hemi Hell­cat en­gine mated to a sixspeed man­ual, and to make the big V8 fit into the Wran­gler the chas­sis has been stretched by 300mm. Other mods in­clude the chopped wind­screen, new steel bumpers, off-road tyres and front and rear Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks. Lo­cally, the Jeep Wran­gler Brute Ute has gone on sale, the Sport in at $114,990 and the Ru­bi­con ver­sion at $124,990.

Ford has given the Fi­esta ST more stonk, the ST200 badge a ref­er­ence to its new out­put in met­ric horse­power. The reg­u­lar ST’s 1.6 tur­bopetrol gets tweaked to 147kW and 290Nm, though the over­boost func­tion means avail­able power is more like 158kW and 320Nm. Ford says the ST200 will hit 100 in 6.7sec, mak­ing it the quick­est Fi­esta yet.

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