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The new second-generation BMW X6 has arrived in Australia. The powerful combination of X model versatility and elegant sporty coupe looks have been maintained. But there has been a substantial increase in standard features designed for convenience, comfort and safety, including adaptive LED headlights. It also has a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine, with reductions in fuel consumption of up to 22 per cent compared with the previous generation model. There is a sharper, more muscular exterior, combined with a more refined and spacious interior.
The 2008 model was the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe. The BMW Group Australia managing director Marc Werner states that the second-generation BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe aims to build on the success of the previous model, which reached sales of more than 260,000 worldwide. Marc Werner considers that – “With the launch of the second generation model offering substantial improvements in performance, efficiency and luxurious value, as well as an even more imposing road presence, the new BMW X6 will set a whole new standard in exclusive driving pleasure.”
To emphasise its dynamic, high performance appeal and traditional road presence, the design of the new BMW X6 has been enhanced with prominent flowing lines, striking accents and sharper contours. There have been only slight changes to the height and width of the car, and the length has been minimally increased by 32mm to 4909mm. To further improve sporty agility, ride comfort and dynamic driving, the new all-wheel drive BMW X6 has a range of adaptive suspension packages.
A wider kidney grille which extends to the new standard Adaptive LED headlights dominates the bold front end. The car’s distinctive look is maintained with a swept back coupe-style roof line and strong flat rear apron framed by the L-shaped LED tail lights. The BMW X6’s wide track and road-hugging bearing is also highlighted by large 20 inch light alloy wheels, fitted with low profile 275/40 front and 315/35 rear tyres.
Leather features highly as a standard in the interior of the new BMW X6. There is a broad leather-covered instrument panel and standard Dakota leather upholstery. To further enhance the feeling of contemporary elegance and luxury there is a sporty three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and highlight trim in fine-wood Polar Grain for the BMW X6 xDrive50i and in aluminium for the diesel models.
Black panel technology is featured for the instrument cluster and centre stack climate controls which means terrific visibility of all important functions. In the centre of the instrument panel sits a new larger 10.25 inch freestanding display screen. This provides all vehicle, infotainment, navigation and communication information managed by the iDrive Controller on the centre console. ConnectedDrive provides the driver with a wide range of information and service features while on the road.
All new BMW X6 models have comfortable and supportive front electric sport seats. The BMW X6 xDrive50i and BMW X6 M50d models feature heating and electric lumbar support in the seats. In the rear there is a 40/20/40-split, three-position seat.
With a style that is both dynamic and powerful, the Golf, although a small car, is rather grand.
Conforming to modern or current ideas in fashion and design VW have created a car where the emphasis is on horizontal lines. The front end is longer due to the front wheels being positioned further forward, which adds to the illusion of length and the impressiveness of the style of the Golf. Precise design and modern proportions make this a standout VW.
Thanks to the long wheelbase, shorter front overhang and raked windscreen, the new Golf looks decidedly sleek and sporty. The steep rear-end, long roof and wide C-pillar are typical features of the Golf, so the new additions add to the impression of fun and agility, which means the sporty twist will attract a new and younger audience.
The added touch of shiny chrome edges create an aura of class for the new model Golf. There is also a chrome insert in the black radiator grille and the air intake grille has a chrome frame at the base of the 103TSI Highline and 110TDI Highline.
The halogen headlights add to the new Golf’s style, safety and efficiency, by creating bold and bright illumination. Integrated daytime driving lights add safety as they will catch the attention of other drivers – that is if they don’t first notice the stunning Golf you are driving.
The range of wheels complement the different models available. The 90TSI has 15” steel wheels with full wheel trim; the 90TSI Comfortline cruises on Toronto 16” alloy wheels; while the 103TSI and 110TDI Highlines look great in a set of Dijon 17” alloy wheels
The rear design is not merely stylish, it offers a vital aerodynamic and aesthetic role too. There is an integrated rear spoiler on the tailgate, and under the bumper and visible tailpipes there is a lack rear diffuser. A new ‘L’ design tail light cluster looks great, with the 103TSI Highline and 110TDI Highline boasting dark red tail light clusters. There is also a third brake light in LED.
The Golf’s interior is very convenient and has a driver-oriented dash panel and centre console. The high quality materials make the interior look good, and a beautiful finish is added with the instrument trims and decorative inlays. Air conditioning is standard in the Golf, with the maximum level of comfort ensured for passengers. Dual-zone automatic climate-control air conditioning is part of the 90TSI Comfortline, 103TSI Highline and 110TDI Highline. This means once the air conditioning is on, it will automatically retain its settings.
The Golf has a white night design for switches, and to this is added ambient lighting spread throughout the cabin. For terrific convenience, even in the dark, these include illuminated door openers and armrest and reading lights, with foot well lights in LED for the 103TSI Highline and 110TDI Highline.
To save extra space in the centre console, Golf features an electro-mechanical parking brake. The Auto Hold function prevents the car from running away when at a standstill and the brake is automatically released when the car is accelerated.
The new model Golf has an impressive luggage compartment, with a volume of 380 litres.
This is a limited edition two door five seat hatchback with front wheel drive. There are about 100 units in Australia, which is Renault Sport’s second largest market, with a global total of slightly more than 1000. The Trophy sells for about $53,000 and is a driver’s dream.
The six-speed manual is a very lightweight 1376kg. Torpue is 360Nm @ 3000-5000 rpm. The Megane Trophy has great driving dynamics – it feels like a rally car and drives like one when on-road, with a very responsive engine. The car is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine. It pumps out 201kW (which is 275hp – hence the name), partly due to the new lightweight Akrapovic titanium exhaust. There is virtually no turbo lag and the car grips the corners at speed with a great deal of agility. Steering is well-weighted with electrically-assisted rack-and-pinion, which makes it very precise and forgiving of driver error.
Driving around town the Trophy ride is quite firm which means it may not be as comfortable as some other cars in the price range – but performance makes up for that. There is also more tyre noise than some like, but the true car lover appreciates these factors all the more when they take the car out into winding country roads. The Trophy stands out under hard driving conditions and offers driver satisfaction.
The interior feels like a race car, with little chrome or flashy design tricks. The Trophy has wrap-around Recaro seats. These seats are race-style, thin and are supportive and hugging. Lined in Alcantara, this material absorbs sweat and odours, and is certainly racing-style. Some of the seating elements look like carbonfibre, but are actually fabric. The steering wheel is lined in all grip and no slip Alcantara and also has a red rally ring to let you know when the wheel is centred – this all adds to the sporty feel.
The gearbox is crisp, solidly clicking into gear with each change, and the pedals are small and light. The pedals are well-spaced for rapid foot movement and the gear shifter is ideally located.
Front and rear tyres are Bridgestone Potenza REO50A with both wheels being 19.0 x 8.25 inch. Front brakes consist of 340mm ventilated discs and 4-piston calipers, with rear being 290mm solid discs and single piston calipers. Front suspension consists of struts, coil springs and a lower wishbone with the rear suspension having coil springs and torsion bar.
Although the driver is not distracted by buttons and fancy features, there is the RS monitor 2.0, which is the highly automated communications process which enables drivers to monitor data at remote or inaccessible points to help them with decision-making. Readings and measurements are available to the driver, such as turbo pressure, throttle opening, g-forces, power and torque outputs. There is another feature which is a data logging function that allows the driver to record 0-100km/h times and other information to USB.
The only real carbonfibre part on the car is the centre-mounted rear pipe, which delivers a really interesting and racy sound for the connoisseur.
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The 911 Carrera GTS has the answer for those seeking every day driving with a high level of sportiness. It has more power, enhanced design and greater roadholding capacity. Taking only 4.4 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h this car is agile and precise and is a high powered machine.
The sharpened design elements of the new 911 Carrera GTS, with a powerful front and a broad rear, means it has everything that cries sports car. Also the new 911 is available in Carmine Red with this option emphasizing the black elements of the exterior – for instance the engine’s air intake grilles and the twin tailpipes in the standard sports exhaust system. Rear wheel drive models also have black accentuating strips between the tail lights. The main headlights are standard Bi-Xenon which are typical of a GTS, including the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) in black.
Fantastic aerodynamics are the result of the optimized front spoiler and the large air intakes mean a maximum supply of fresh air. The 911 GTS is wide, low and sleek with a rear that is 44 mm wider than the 911 Carrera S, to ensure greater dynamics.
All 911 Carrera GTS models have 20 inch 911 Turbo S wheels with a central locking device painted in satin black as standard. As an option, light alloy 20 inch Carrera S wheels are available with a five-spoke design – also painted in satin black. Both these wheels have excellent roadholding performance and are perfect for the racetrack.
The minimalist style interior provides you with quickly accessible information that is needed while driving. The internal materials scream motorsport and the high quality equipment is just what is needed for long drives – both on and off the race track. The especially lightweight carbon is used on the dashboard trim strips, the doors and the centre console.
Alcantara is a functional and durable material which has proven itself in motorsport and which provides good grip. Wherever there is a lot of wear and tear – Alcantara is the answer. So this is found on the steering wheel rim, gear lever/selector, on the door pulls, door panel armrests and centre console mina storage compartment lid. In the Coupe model the roof lining is covered in Alcantara and also, on the standard Sports seats Plus.
The GTS interior package stands out and highlights sports performance. The interior is accented with Carmine Red or Rhodium Silver, with the headrests embroidered in a contrasting colour, with the ‘GTS’ logo. Also in a contrasting colour are the ‘PORSCHE’ logos on the floor mats and the edges of the seat belts, a number of decorative stitching elements and the rev counter dial.
Porsche is the ultimate in style and sportiness – the sound of the exhaust will delight and inspire you. For all your Porsche engine repairs come and see us at BWA Auto.