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Aussie web site is selling Porsche 911 R with only 68 km on odometer for nearly $1 million

When Porsche announced the 911 R (991 generation), the brand said that this limited edition model would only have 991 samples. With the production model limited in number, it was easy to predict that the price of a Porsche 911 R would shoot up significantly in the open market. In fact, Porsche has sold out the limited edition version of the 911.

When it was still being offered as a new unit fresh from factory, the Porsche 911 R was fetching a starting price of $184,900 each. However, when options are availed and taken into account, a new Porsche 911 R would cost more than $184,900. But even if all options are added, a new Porsche 911 R wouldn’t have a price of nearly $1 million. But in the open market, a group is actually selling Porsche 911 R close to this humongous amount.

Here comes Supercar Advocates, a group that purchases, takes deliveries and reviews sports cars, and super cars including those made by Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. It is selling a Porsche 911 R – pretty new based on its somewhat pristine exterior appearance and its odometer figure – through Australian automotive sales Web site Carsales. According to Supercar Advocates, this unit is a 2017 Porsche 911 R that has been only driven for 68 kilometers – just the mileage you could get during delivery of a vehicle. Wrapped in white exterior finish, this limited edition sports car comes with 911 R stripes in green as well as green side stripes with Porsche script in black. Likewise, this Porsche 911 R being sold by Supercar Advocates features full bucket seats in leather.

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BMW Australia begging headquarters to create a new premium pickup as demand grows

Mercedes-Benz managed to get ahead of its peers, especially BMW, in the luxurious premium sector when it unleashed the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Despite Mercedes’ bold move, BMW has yet to follow suit. But it might do so as its unit down under, BMW Australia, has been pleading with the German premium carmaker to come with a pickup that would challenge the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

Marc Werner, chief executive officer of BMW Australia, said in an interview with Car Advice that there is a real demand for pickup trucks in a number of global markets, such as Australia, South East Asia and Africa, as well as South America. He remarked that BMW simply cannot ignore this demand – not when chief rival Mercedes has entered the race.

During the interview, Werner told Car Advice that BMW Australia has been very pushy when it comes to utes or pick-ups, adding that the unit believes that the German carmaker should consider the matter. He remarked that BMW Australia has already taken the matter with the main headquarters, adding that BMW is already conducting studies. However, Werner said, it is remains too early to speak about the results of the investigation. He quipped that BMW Australia would be happy if BMW decides to build an ute for this market. Werner also said that BMW cannot just ignore or neglect market trends.

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Porsche makes a move to try and stop 911 R flippers

We are pretty much aware that a lot of people purchase limited run cars to sell them for double or triple the price. And this always happens with whatever brand you can think of. One of the models that have been flipped by resellers is the limited-run 911 R.

And as a response to this, the man in charge of the Porsche 911 recently admitted that they came out with the GT3 Touring package at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in September to target resellers who have been flipping their cars.

If you are a huge fan of the Porsche 911, you probably know that the original retail price of the R is $185,000. But since there are only 991 examples of this made, making it extra rare, resellers had the chance to skyrocket the prices. In fact, there are 911 Rs out there that are still up for grabs, only they cost $1.25 million now. Of course, any automaker who took their time, effort, and sweat into developing these cars would not be happy to hear this news, and that is why they came out with the Touring Pack for the 911 GT3.

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California dealer is selling a jet black 2016 Porsche 911 R for $409,000

For a car that was just introduced in 2016, the Porsche 911 R (991 generation) is fetching a pretty high price in the resale market. Examples have changed hands for amount several times the original launch price of $184,900. In fact, a Porsche 911 R was sold by an Australian group early this year for over $900,000 (US). But now, a seller from California is selling a 911 R for half that asking price.

Ilusso, a dealer based in Costa Mesa, California, is selling a 2016 Porsche 911 R – which means it is essentially brand new -- for $409,000. This asking price is more than twice the original price of $184,900.

This particular 911 R being sold is wrapped in a jet black finish and features continuous colored stripes in dark grey over the entire mid-section. It also features a red 'Porsche' script as well as red-and-white door accents along each of its sides. It also rides on bright red 20-inch GT3 center lock wheels. Featuring a VIN (vehicle identification number) of WP0AF2A92GS195321, this 2016 Porsche 911 R only has 140 miles (225 km) on its odometer, which is the mileage of a newly driven sports car. This Porsche is number 286 of the 991 total units produced.

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Any car that has been finished in Acid Green will definitely catch the attention of even the most distracted individual. So if it’s your goal to turn people’s heads, then this should be the right colour choice for you. And while there are other automakers that offer a shocking green paint finish, Porsche does a more dazzling job than any of them.

This was made possible by the Paint to Sample programme. We’re willing to bet that this photo does not give justice to the paint job as it’s said to be much more vivid in person. In fact, when comparing it to Lamborghini’s lime green, the latter looks very much subdued.

At the time of this writing, there are only two Porsche 918 Spyders that are painted in this particular hue, alongside a handful of other Porsche models, like that of the 911 R.

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Less than a month ago, Toyota capped off its production in Australia, and now, Holden’s very last production model in the country has rolled off the assembly lines. This year marks the company’s 69th year of manufacturing in Australia, and Holden decided to organize a special private even for the hard-working men and women behind Holden and the media.

Holden is one of the oldest transportation companies in the world, and back in August 2008, they have already assembled their seven millionth vehicle. That is sixty years after the very first model was launched, and today, they have built over 7.6 million vehicles all in all. The last example Holden built in Australia is a Commodore Redline.

Mark Bernhard, Chairman and Managing Director of Holden, said in his statement that their company’s number one priority is to treat their people with respect and dignity, and he is proud to be able to achieve their goal during the transition. For him, it is a recognition of their dedication over the years. He then added that 85 percent of their people have transitioned over the years, and they have supported and worked closely with these people.

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In Australia, factories of GM-owned subsidiary Holden, have closed and so the automaker is looking for ways to keep the fans of the performance brand loyal. Despite the fact that the Mustang is the current best seller as it continues to outsell other sports cars in the region, Holden Special Vehicles and Chevy will work together on a plan to introduce the Camaro to the Australian market next year.

In 2018, Chevrolet will be selling the Camaro SS through the same dealer network, according to Wheels Mag. Of course, HSV engineers will convert the left-hand drive Camaro into right-hand drive for Australia. Under the hood, it will still have the 6.2 liter V8, allowing it to produce 455 horsepower (339 kilowatts).

As usual, the Camaro won’t come cheap. In Australia, one could get it for $80,000 AUD ($62,675 USD). For comparison’s sake, the entry level Mustang with a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine starts at $44,990 AUD ($57,425 USD). On the other hand, for $57,499 AUD ($73,380 USD), customers can get the Mustang GT with a V8 engine that is paired with an automatic gearbox. According to GM, due to the $20,000 price difference, the Camaro and the Mustang are not to be considered direct competitors in the region.

Read the entire article Chevy Camaro SS confirmed to reach the land down under in late 2018

People residing in the state of Victoria in Australia may soon find a number of Mercedes-Benz cars making rounds on the streets as police patrol cars. This comes as BMW Australia recently inked a partnership agreement to supply the police force in Victoria, Australia, with cars to be used as highway patrol units.

According to the agreement, BMW Australia will be supplying the Victoria Police with around 80 units of the BMW 530d diesel-powered sedans. The first batch of these BMW 530d Victoria Police Highway Patrol vehicles would be operational by early 2018, with the complete fleet (80 units) already on the service by the end of next year.

BMW Australia will present the BMW 530d to Victoria Police in entry-level specs. According to Australian Web site Car Guide, this particular BMW 530d is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit that could deliver 195 kW (261 hp) of max output and 620 Nm of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the new BMW 530d to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the BMW 530d is very efficient as well – consuming just 4.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (combined cycle) and emitting only 124 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per km.

Read the entire article Australia’s Victoria Police to ride in 80 BMW 530d highway patrol cars by 2018

Following the M3’s new facelift earlier this year, BMW is once again bringing something fresh to the table. In its newest offering, a cheaper version of the high performance sedan will be built exclusively for Australia. Apart from being the most affordable trim, the new BMW M3 Pure will come with the standard M Competition kit.

In Australia, the new entry level M3 can be bought for as low as 129,900 AUD. That makes it cheaper by 10,000 AUD than the regular M3. Customers can also save as much as 15,000 AUD as compared to the current M3 Competition’s MSRP. The M4 Coupe, on the other hand, comes at a starting price of 139,900 AUD.

BMW’s latest offer will surely attract more buyers since it is loaded with all the goodness of an M model at a lower price. The M3 Pure, though merely considered as a base model, still benefits from BMW’s wide range of standard equipment. This includes the M Competition tuning kit that helps increase the 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine’s output by as much as 19hp (14kW), all for a total of 444hp (331kW).

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The Porsche 911 R is a car anyone would want even before they’ve seen it in action. For a car that’s so handsome and available for a limited time only, it is no wonder why guys easily go crazy over them. Further, the market for supercars has never been more filled with folks willing to pay more than the list price. Among the prime examples are the Ferrari 458 Speciale, a Cayman GT4 or the latest “must-have” from Porsche -- the 911 R.

Recently, a stunning Porsche 911 R with the legendary Gulf Oil racing livery was spotted online and has since become a favourite among many fans worldwide. The colour scheme is a combination of light blue and bright orange.

The viral photo, which was posted on Instagram was supposedly taken inside a Porsche showroom. Though we have no idea where exactly, those who’ve seen it first suggested that the location must be someplace in North America. Any guesses?

Read the entire article Porsche 911 R in Gulf Oil racing livery racks up many likes on Instagram

Because of the fact that local automobile manufacturer, Holden, has stopped production in the country. Australia is about to lose its homegrown muscle cars now that the Commodore has come its way as the Opel Insignia’s variant. However, Crossover Car Conversions, Australia’s leading import and conversion specialist since 1990, that has a wide array of choices from a Mustang, Camaro, to Ford GT, is offering a right-hand drive Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as an alternative.

But it isn’t that simple. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a base price of $63,435 with a six-speed manual, and if you want a 10-speed manual, it will cost you $65,830. But it doesn’t end there. Having the car shipped all the way to Australia will means you’ll have to add shipping fees and local taxes. So, getting the ZL1 and then converting it to a right-hand drive will be very costly. In fact, simply swapping the steering wheel will cost you another $33,700 (44,000 Australian dollars), and after adding all the other costs, the Camaro will have a price tag price of around $115,000 ($150,000 AUD).

With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that can yield up to 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-metres) of torque, the ZL1 is actually the fastest Camaro ever, having a top speed of 198 miles per hour (318 kilometers per hour). Furthermore, due to its 10-speed automatic rapid acceleration, it can shift much faster than a Porsche dual-clutch PDK - that in just 3.5 seconds, it can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour). The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is definitely one powerful machine.

Read the entire article Costs of bringing in and converting Chevy Camaro ZL1 in Australia are very high

Sounds cool. Horacio Pagani (founder of Pagani Automobili) has just added two special cars to his exclusive collection. A Ferrari F12 TDF and a Porsche 911 R. It comes as no surprise. Actually, the supercar magnate is known for having a special liking to anything exotic.

To some though, acquiring the work of their competitors may be the last thing on their minds. Pagani has been manufacturing the world’s most exclusive supercars--- the Pagani Huayra and the Zonda. However, it’s not as if this is the first time that the Modena-based manufacturer has admired and actually bought another brand outside his firm. In fact, Pagani already owns an MSO McLaren P1, a Porsche Carrera GT and a Ford GT even before he saw these two new babies.

Porsche earlier made an exclusive offer to current 918 owners for a chance to own one of the company’s limited models. The Porsche 911 R that is. As the story goes, Pagani didn’t pass up the chance and straight away, he took them up on their amazing offer. Just like the white 911 R that was shown in Geneva the previous year, Pagani’s Porsche 911 R also has those red stripes painted along the exterior.

Read the entire article Pagani founder is the new owner of a Porsche 911 R and a Ferrari F12tdf

Apparently, the intellectual property authority in Australia looks at the logo of Chevrolet and sees a resemblance to the Red Cross symbol, not a bowtie. Since the already iconic wing-like Chevrolet Corvette flag badge features the Chevrolet bowtie, IP Australia is adamant to allow General Motors to use it in the Land Down Under.

People privy with the matter told Australian auto magazine Wheels that since 2013, GM has been trying to make the Chevrolet Corvette logo a legal trademark in Australia. However, IP Australia dropped GM’s trademark application in 2016. The main reason for the move was that IP Australia believes that Chevrolet’s bowtie logo is a close representation of the Red Cross, which according to the Geneva Conventions Act 1957, could only be used during times of conflict in order to indicate that people or vehicle bearing it shouldn’t be shot.

There are some problematic areas with IP Australia’s reason for dropping the trademark application for the Chevrolet Corvette logo. For instance, Chevrolet’s logo isn’t a cross, but a bowtie. Moreover, its color isn’t red. There is nothing that bans the use of a cross, as long it isn’t a red cross on a white background. On the Chevrolet Corvette emblem, the Chevrolet bowtie logo – in gold color -- is located on the red flag along with a silver/white fleur-de-lis. Unfortunately for GM, IP Australia sees the golden bowtie as a red logo, as well as the red background on one of the flags as a white background.

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The Chevrolet Cruze is coming to Australia. But it won’t be known as the Chevrolet Cruze. Instead, it will bear the Holden badge and get the Astra moniker. The 2017 Holden Astra is due to arrive at dealerships in Australia in May this year.

While the Holden Astra Sedan is derived from the United States-designed Cruze, the sedan boasts of significant input in terms of design and engineering from General Motor’s Australian unit. Thus, Holden is making sure that the 2017 Astra sedan would greatly appeal to customers in Australia thanks to its local flavors.

It has been typical for Holden to pick a vehicle from GM’s wide global lineup and endow it with Australian essence. In fact, the new Holden Commodore is just a re-badged Australian version of the Opel Insignia Grand Sport. As for the Holden Astra sedan, GM Australia’s design team worked hard to ensure that its styling is in line with the general looks of the Holden Astra lineup that already includes the Astra sedan and coupe. In fact, the new Holden Astra sedan serves as an expansion of the Holden’s small car lineup.

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On February 8, 2017, a special version of the Porsche 911 R limited edition – one that pays tribute to legendary actor Steve McQueen – would change hands. It is because this PTS (Paint to Sample) Porsche 911 R McQueen tribute would be placed under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction event in Paris, France on that very day.

Porsche first unveiled the 2017 Porsche 911 R at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show with only 991 units produced and made available. Typically – when the PTS option is not availed – the 911 R will feature a livery the same as the 1967 911 R and will come with GT3 foundations and engine. The latest 911 R is essentially a 911 GT3 except for the fact that its 4.0-liter engine is not paired to a PDK transmission and features no rear wing. From the front end to the rear bumpers, the 911 R and the 911 GT3 look the same. Elements like its side skirts, rear fenders, wheels, and the mirrors are the same for the two models.

However, the absence of the PDK transmission means that the new 911 R is fitted with a six-speed transmission. While the PDK transmission boasts of quicker shift times and smoother gear changes, many see the manual transmission as vital elements for a vehicle to be a true driver’s car.

Read the entire article RM Sotheby’s will auction off Porsche 911 R Steve McQueen tribute this February

The declining Australian automobile industry suddenly made us want to reminisce about the hottest Aussie cars from yesteryears. In case you haven’t heard of the news yet, Toyota, General Motors and Ford will soon stop producing their cars in Australia, which is sad.

Over the years, we’ve seen some of the best automobiles that only came from here. Some of those cars were not even rebranded or brought to the US. Still, these hot models became synonymous to Australian car industry just like Cadbury is for chocolate.

The Aussies practically coined the term “ute” for utility vehicle. So we think the hottest “ute” deserves a mention here too.

Read the entire article Top 5 Hottest Aussie-built Cars

Having a Ferrari in your garage is something you can be proud of. This is much expected as driving a Ferrari gives a new meaning to the word “exclusive.” This is typified by the fact that each Ferrari costs a lot of money and only a handful are willing shell out cash in mid-six digits. Although crafting a Ferrari car requires time, it doesn’t however take too long before customers receive their units.

Lately, however, Ferrari has been receiving a deluge of orders for its vehicles and has been hardly keeping up with production. This was disclosed by Herbert Appleroth, chief executive of Ferrari Australasia during the Australian launch of the turbocharged V8-powered GTC4 Lusso T. Appleroth admitted that no thanks to high demand for the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, Ferrari needs at least year before it could deliver the units to customers in some areas in Australia. This means that if an Australian customer now places an order for the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, the wait would probably end only in 2018 or even later.

Matters are worse for practically all other vehicles in Ferrari’s stable – placing an order now would mean a lag time of nearly two years. This means that a customer who placed an order for the Ferrari 488 GTB, Spider, or California T would need to wait until late 2018 before he or she could take delivery of the unit.

Read the entire article Surprising high demand prompts Ferrari schedule deliveries to start in 2018 at the earliest

The rear engine layout is considerably Porsche 911’s ultimate selling point. Over the years, the arrangement of the engine has proven to be more capable for racing. But then, Porsche apparently gave its 911 a rather unusual overhaul. The latest Porsche 911 RSR (yes, the same car that would take part in the “24 Hours of Le Mans”) now has a new mid-engine.

But that’s not all. There are 19 other racing events in the GTE category where the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR will be part of. So this must be something really big.

According to Porsche, the much larger diffuser at the rear was in place after they positioned the 4.0 Litre horizontally arranged 6-cylinder engine at the middle. Porsche realised this new layout significantly improves handling and provides better balance as compared with the rear engine layout.

Read the entire article 2016 LA Auto Show: Porsche gets ready for Le Mans with mid-engine 911 RSR

Audi Australia has loaned a new Audi S7 Sportback to the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force, allowing them to continue their work in a series of community and youth engagement programs. The new Audi S7 Sportback will also will also make an appearance at a number of events around Lake Illawarra LAC.

Audi’s loan of a new Audi S7 Sportback to the Lake Illawarra LAC will cover 12 months. This new agreement comes after and is considered an extension of a previous loan of an Audi RS 4 Avant.

The loaned Audi S7 Sportback is wrapped in a livery picked from a design contest organized in 2015 by Audi Australia on its Facebook page. The winning livery for the Audi S7 Sportback was voted by almost 800 people. It is powered by a 4.0 TFSI Biturbo V8 engine that could deliver up to 331 kW (450 hp) of output and 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque.

Read the entire article 2017 Audi S7 Sportback is put to good use in Australia as a police car

The 2017 Porsche 911 R was first unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Only 991 units will be produced for this line of 911 R and will be expected to cost more than the GT3 RS. The newest 911 R will come with the same 1967 911 R livery and will be using GT3 foundations and engine.

911 R is practically a GT3 except for the PDK transmission and rear wing. The two are nearly identical from the front down to its rear bumpers – which include the rear fenders, wheels, side skirts and even the mirrors. However one may think of the 2017 911 R to be similar to the GT3 but there are several differences. Instead of a wing, the 911 R engine lid has a conventional grille and a retractable spoiler taken from Carrera models as well as a redesigned front spoiler lip and rear underbody diffuser.

The 911 R is 50 kg lighter than the GT3 because of the material used for its front and rear hoods and fenders (made of carbon fiber) as well as its magnesium-made roof. The 911 R has a 4.0-liter engine that can produce 500 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque similar to the GT3 RS.

Read the entire article 2017 Porsche 911 R now on eBay for a whopping price of $1,250,000!