FORD FALCON FINALE

Ford Australia will no longer manufacturer cars in this country. October 7, 2016 was the last day a Ford Falcon rolled off the Broadmeadows production line in Melbourne, Victoria after 91 years of manufacturing in Australia.

On October 15, 2016, the final saleable Australian produced vehicles were auctioned in Melbourne at an event at Avalon Airport to a combined value of $353,000. The money goes to charity to raise funds for STEAM Education and Geelong charity ‘Give Where You Live Foundation’.

The final values are as follows:

Ford Falcon XR6: $81,500 (The last saleable car off the production line).

Ford Falcon Ute XR6 Turbo: $81,000

Ford Territory: $68,500

Ford Winter White Sprint XR6 Turbo: $122,000 (Number 500 last Sprint Badged car).

– Daniel Romano

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The final saleable Ford Falcon.

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The final saleable Ford Territory.

Photos: Ford Australia

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MOTORCLASSICA – FOR AUTOMOTIVE CONNOISSEURS

Art is often debated as having to be a static object with no function however art is also left to each individual’s interpretation.

Each year Motorclassica arrives at the Royal Exhibition Building sourcing unique automotive masterpieces to appreciating members of the public and of course, automotive connoisseurs.

Chrome, paint, plastic and steel are the materials that collaborate together to create a show of colour and sound. Information boards complement the large articles on exhibit to provide another element to further enhance those with a thirst for curiosity behind the existence of such rare machinery.

There is no denying the majority of these machines are out of reach for the standard punter however exhibitions like Motorclassica which offer incentives such as awards and prestige to owner’s in displaying such vehicles enlightens people of what the industry has crafted over the past century.

Lamborghini Miura at Motorclassica's 'Club Sandwich' Exhibit in 2015.

Lamborghini Miura at Motorclassica’s ‘Club Sandwich’ Exhibit in 2015.

Photo: Daniel Romano Photography

Words: Daniel Romano

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HONDA NSX

The Honda NSX is a car respected by enthusiasts all around the world. Its history in Australia began in 1991 selling up until 2004 with only 133 units sold. The original was the first mass produced car to feature an all-aluminium body. These cars are now collectible and sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.

Honda NSX in Portugal

Honda Australia announced pricing on August 1, ahead of the new hybrid Honda NSX Supercar coming to Australia. The recommended retail price for Australia will be $420,000.

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The powertrain is known as Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. Power will come from a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre V6 engine paired to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and a Direct Drive Motor that supplements the engine with instant torque response. To enhance the responsiveness of the vehicle there is a front Twin Motor Unit (TMU), with two electric motors independently driving the left and right front wheels. The system makes use of both hybrid-electric and mechanical components to help create linear acceleration at any point in the power band, at any speed, with instant response according to Honda.

Honda designed a bespoke turbo system for the new engine with engineers setting the turbos to run maximum boost pressure at 105kPa (1.05 bar/ 15.23psi). Power specs for the NSX are a combined 427kW combining the V6 Engine (373kW @ 6500-7000rpm), Front Twin Motor Unit (27kW @ 4000rpm) and Rear Direct Drive Motor (35kW @ 3000rpm). Torque is 550Nm @ 2000 – 6000rpm from the V6 engine and the total hybrid system is 646Nm.

Honda have followed their historical roots of the past and created another highly technologically advanced supercar that will be sure to please car enthusiasts around the world.

-Daniel Romano

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MAZDA MX-5 RF

Visually, the new Mazda MX-5 RF brings back nostalgia of the classic fastback sports cars of the past with its smooth roofline sloping to the rear end. The retractable fastback made its global debut at the New York International Motor Show for 2016.

It has a power roof that can be opened or closed at speeds of 10km/h with the press of a button whilst the roof is stored in an efficient compact manner. Furthermore, Mazda say it has the same amount of boot space as the soft-top model.

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– Daniel Romano

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PEUGEOT 308 GTi

Peugeot have always made exciting hot hatches. The 306 GTi, 205 GTi are two cars from the past that automatically register in any car enthusiast’s memory. Now, after an absence of the GTi badge from Australian shores for the past 15 years, Peugeot have released the 308 GTi.

The car has been developed by Peugeot Sport, the in-house motorsport division that have experience in creating both road and race cars.

Two models are offered in the 308 GTi range with a 1.6-litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) petrol engine with two different outputs depending on the model. The GTi 250 has 184kW whilst the GTi 270 has 200kW both with a six-speed manual transmission. Peugeot claims 0 to 100km/h is 6 seconds in the GTi 270 and 6.2 for the GTi 250.

– Daniel Romano

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AUDI RS Q3 PERFORMANCE

SUV’s increased popularity over the years has seen auto makers increase their attention to creating more model varieties for their varied customer base. The Audi RS Q3 performance has been announced to the world with a 2.5 TFSI, five cylinder, 270kw engine and performance capabilities of 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds. Audi claim peak torque of 445Nm can be achieved between 1625 and 5550rpm. This model is set to arrive in Australia before the end of 2016.

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BMW 7 SERIES

The 7 Series is BMW’s big luxury car. It is a benchmark for luxury and the car that brings the latest and most innovative forms of technology in the form of safety and electronics. This is the sixth generation of the luxury sedan and of course it boasts an array of features and improvements over the previous generation vehicle.

Firstly, weight reduction by up to 130 kilograms has been achieved through use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) to make up a Carbon Core in the passenger cell.  This has been derived from the technology seen in the BMW i vehicles and makes it the first car in its segment to combine industrially manufactured CFRP with aluminium and steel.

In the engine department all V8 and in-line six variants are coupled together with a further developed eight-speed Steptronic transmission. There is the 730d which is powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 195kW and 620Nm of torque. The 740i and 740Li feature the six-cylinder petrol engine with 240kW and 450Nm. Finally, the 750i and 750Li record output figures of 330kW and 650Nm of torque through the 4.4L V8.

BMW 740i

BMW 740i

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