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PORSCHE 911 TURBO S

Here’s the press­ing ques­tion: now that all 911 Car­rera vari­ants are pow­ered by ver­sions of a twin-turbo flat-six, does the flag­ship Turbo S still hold that el­e­vated, leg­endary sta­tus? We’ll at­tempt to an­swer that next month after we spank this 480kW/800Nm AWD bad boy into sub­mis­sion around La­guna Seca race­way. Yep, dirty job, and all that...

MERCEDES-BENZ GLA

No sur­prises here with pow­er­trains nor in­te­rior de­sign – just re­fer to the A-Class. But the sig­nif­i­cance of the GLA is that it’s no longer a jacked-up hatch; more a true ju­nior SUV. Those who favour a high driv­ing po­si­tion will find them­selves a lofty 104mm over those poor lowlifes in their A-class hatches and sedans. We’ll crank up U2’s ‘El­e­va­tion’ as we drive next month.

BMW X5 M

What a re­lief to learn us Aussies won’t be dis­tracted by the reg­u­lar X5 M, with its pif­fling 441kW from the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8. In­stead we’ll get only the Com­pe­ti­tion vari­ant, burp­ing out a should-be-ad­e­quate 460KW and 750Nm. Speak­ing of ad­e­quate, the 0-100km/h claim is 3.8sec, so no ex­cuses for be­ing dusted in the school-drop-off GP.

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