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Microsoft’s continued promotion for the upcoming release of Forza Motorsport has gone to a whole new level after announcing that it was fielding a specially prepared Holden VF Commodore to compete at the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the V8 Supercar Series’ equivalent of Formula One ’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Since Bathurst will be included as one of the race tracks in Forza 5, it represented an opportunity for Microsoft and its subsidiary studio, Turn 10 (the folks who made the game!), to capitalize on promoting the highly anticipated game ahead of its November 22 release, while also turning some heads with an incredibly worked-on Holden VF Commodore race car.

The car came to life as a collaborative project between Triple Eight Race Engineering and Xbox Australia, with the intention of running it up Bathurst in the hopes of actually winning the crown jewel race of the V8 Supercar Series calendar.

The race car’s emerald green color is direct homage to the Xbox’s traditional color, while all the bells and whistles of a full-fledged race car were all installed. Exterior components, like a front lip spoiler, the wider wheel arches, the side lamps and the large rear wing, can be found on the VF Commodore. It’s the same story with the interior where all the usual accessories of the road car were taken out to accommodate all the safety equipment that is required for race cars.

Finally, the Xbox One Racing VF Commodore boasts of a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower, allowing it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 185 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Holden VF Commodore

Source: Xbox

It may have taken longer than expected, but the auction winnerhttp://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-ne... of the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold finally saw his prized win in the flesh after the car was officially delivered at a special ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia .

Late last year, the bidder put down an astounding $187,000 bid on the two-off GT-R dedicated to Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt with the funds from the auction going to Bolt’s foundation in his native Jamaica. After months of waiting, including what we imagine to be a lot of waking up wishing to see the car in his garage, the new owner of the GT-R Bolt Gold can finally enjoy the car that he paid a princely sum for.

If we were in his position, we’d understand why the wait would’ve been really excruciating. It’s hard enough to wait months on end while your $187,100 is presumably sitting somewhere without you being able to touch the item that you purchased it for.

But we also understand how exciting it must’ve been to finally lay your eyes on the car you waited for so long to see. And the fact that there are only two models of this car in existence - the other one is with Bolt himself - makes it that much sweeter.

We’re just hoping that the proud owner over there in Australia takes good care of his new pride and joy. You waited so long for it, mate. Better make sure it sticks around with you for a long time too.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan GT-R Bolt Gold


Two things we’ve come to learn about Subaru in the past month: it has a special place in its heart for Australia and its doing all it can to give the soon-to-depart current-generation WRX the swan song it deserves.

The Japanese automaker’s Australian arm is introducing a limited-edition WRX model in Australia, called the WRX RS40. If you’re wondering what the "RS40" means, that’s an allusion to Subaru’s 40th anniversary in Australia and considering that the legendary sports sedan is nearing its last legs, it was only appropriate for the folks Down Under to give it a proper send-off on the same year Subaru is celebrating the big "4-0" in the country.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the WRX RS40 dons the iconic WR Blue Mica finish that has become a trademark for the model for so many years. Subaru also added a slew of new aero components, including STI front and rear spoilers, a strut-tower brace, special "RS40" badges, and of course, a set of 17-inch gold-finished alloy wheels.

There aren’t a whole lot of interior modificatons, but where it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Recaro sport seats with blue Alcantara inserts are the unquestioned highlight of the cabin upgrades and are complemented by a new short-throw shifter, and an individually numbered plaque.

No performance upgrades were given to the WRX RS40, so expect the same 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that develops a tidy 195kW (261 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 343 Nm (253 pound-feet) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Suby will offer only 300 units, each priced at AUD$4,500 over the base WRX price.

Unfortunately, it’s exclusive to Australia so if you’re thinking of getting one, you’ll probably have to jump through multiple hoops to get one.

Click past the jump to read about the base WRX STI

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Back in the 1980s Paul Halstead tried to enter the automotive market with an Alfa Romeo -based supercar named the HAL Giocattolo. Unfortunately things didn’t go as well as he planned and this attempt left him broke. Now, after more than 30 years Halstead is ready for another attempt and he plans to unveil a new supercar .

According to the first details we have the new supercar will be unveiled in the next three years and will feature a very aggressive and modern design language. The model will also be similar to the McLaren F1: its cockpit will feature a three staggered seats, with the driver placed in a central position.

Under the hood, the new supercar will get a 16-cylinder engine, which will include two Chevrolet V8 engines bolted together side-by-side on 45 degree angles. This system is rumored to deliver an output of about 1,200 horsepower, putting it right next to the Bugatti Veyron . Unlike the Veyron, however, the new Aussie supercar will only be capable to hit a top speed of 198 mph.

The engine will be mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox, which already required an $100,000 investment.

Most likely, the new model will be a one-off edition, but Halstead also wants it to be production ready, even if he plans to spend only $1 million to build his dream. Additionally, Halstead has mentioned that his new creation may carry the same HAL Giocattolo name as his first creation.

Click past the jump to read more about the first supercar developed by Halstead: the HAL Giocattolo.

Source: Motoring

The Subaru BRZ’s global popularity is unquestioned. Since making its debut a little over a year ago, the BRZ has become quite the seller for Subaru . It still doesn’t have the cache of the Impreza , but it’s safe to say that it’s getting there.

It certainly helps the case of the BRZ that markets like Australia, which has long been a hotbed for muscle cars, has embraced a sports car like the BRZ to the point that it’s offering up a special edition aimed only at the market from "down under."

Granted, the whole "BRZ S" designation only alludes to a number of packages that are being offered as add-ons to the BRZ, but the mere inclination of Subaru’s Australian arm to showcase and offer these programs is a testament to the rising popularity of the BRZ in the Aussie market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ S

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Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) announced today the first details on the Gen-F lineup, which it has dubbed "the greatest performance production cars ever built in Australia." The new Gen-F lineup will include five different vehicles: Maloo, Clubsport /Clubsport Tourer, Senator Signature and the range-topping GTS.

The new Gen-F lineup received a more sophisticated, modern and integrated design, with the GTS version being distinguished by updated bumpers, a larger super-flow performance spoiler finished in body color with “Pitch Black” accenting and 20-inch forged-alloy wheels in Satin Graphite.

Holden is also offering an all-new premium interior with new seats and fabrics, instrument panel, cluster, gauges, center console, trims and finishes. The GTS version if offering tons of standard features, like its 9-speaker Bose premium audio system that includes: an 8-inch high-resolution, color touch-screen display; a USB input; single CD player with MP3 compatibility; hard-drive storage; and full iPod integration.

Click past the jump to read more about the HSV GTS.

The racecars headlining Australia’s V8 Supercar Series are starting to take shape and over the weekend we saw another one of the cars get its own public unveiling.

Erebus Motorsport took the time to present their prized racer for the series: the E63 AMG V8 Supercars Racecar.

The car itself holds a historical component to it because, as a racecar built in Australia, it’s the first time that an AMG racer was manufactured outside of Germany. Erebus Motorsports is bringing three unique models of the E63 AMG V8 Supercar Series to the racing season, each coming with a unique livery. Of note though is the overall look of the racecars, all three of which are pretty impressive in their own right.

Mechanically, the E63 AMG V8 Supercar Racecar has to subject itself to "Car of the Future" regulations, which means that engine displacement should not exceed 5 liters, rpm are limited between 7,000 and 7,500, and most importantly, horsepower shouldn’t go past 650 ponies.

In the case of the E63 AMG V8 Supercar Series, the team had to "make do" with a modified version of the V8 engine on the SLS AMG. Considering that the standard SLS powertrain includes a 6.3-liter V8, it likely took a significant amount of tweaking just to keep in line with the series regulations.

Expect the Mercedes E63 AMG V8 Supercar Racecars to compete with the likes of the Holden Commodore V8 and the Nissan Altima V8 when Australia’s V8 Supercar Series kicks off next month.


A few days after Holden officially pulled the covers off of the new VF Commodore, the model’s race car version, the VF Commodore V8 Supercar was also introduced, providing fans of Australia’s V8 Supercar Series a glimpse of what the new model is going to look like before it hits the track this season.

This year, the V8 Supercar Series will race under new “Car of the Future” regulations, which were put into place to make cars more affordable to build and attract more manufacturers to compete in the series.

This particular racecar was built by Holden’s in-house racing team, Holden Racing Team, and carries a few styling cues used in the new VF Commodore, including the trapezoidal gaping front grille. More importantly, those bumpers in the racecar appear to be similar in design to what we’ve seen from the U.S.-bound Chevrolet SS, whose own debut has been scheduled for this coming weekend.

On the flip side, the race version of the VF Commodore will be fitted with a Chevrolet-sourced 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and mates to a sequential gearbox with power sent to the rear wheels. That’s a lot more power than the rumored 350-horsepower, V-8 engine the production VF Commodore may feature.

In any case, the debut of the VF Commodore V8 Supercars Race Car does point to the excitement surrounding the opening of the 2013 season of the V8 Supercars Series at the end of the month.

Source: HRT

Over in Australia, the Holden Commodore is considered a national treasure, a model that has been around since the 1970’s and is considered as one of the most popular models down under.

So you can imagine why the recent debut of the 2013 VF Commodore, particularly the upscale Calais V trim, is a big deal in the land of the Aussies. Our mates over there love this car and everything it represents as a high-powered luxury sedan with some hints of muscle attached to it.

Unfortunately, it’s rumored to be headed to the trash can in a few years - unlike its American twin, the Chevrolet SS - so the debut of the 2013 VF Commodore is even more special than normal because, well, this could very well be the last version of the almighty Commodore to grace Australia before it’s discontinued.

Let’s all hope that the model has a life left in it, but for now, we’re here to rejoice in the present. And the present says, "Welcome to the world, 2013 Holden VF Commodore!"

Find out more after the jump


The Land Down Under is fixing to get an infusion of M awesomeness after BMW’s Australian division launched a series of limited-run M Sport models as part of the company’s "Festival of M".

That’s really great, made even more so by the fact that the M Sport lineup will feature a number of models, each coming with their own unique modifications. The biggest of the bunch is the X5 M Sport Limited Edition and BMW Australia decked with a bevy of new components. The M Sport body kit is obviously fitted into the SUV, as was a chrome M Sport tailpipe finisher, bi-xenon headlights and a set of 20-inch M double spoke alloy wheels. Looking at the photo of the SUV, though, there doesn’t appear to much of a difference from the standard model.

Meanwhile, the interior is dressed up too, at least to a certain extent. There’s the M leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles and electric seats. Other components include a Navigation Professional package, an automatic tailgate, a rearview camera, voice control and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors. This one isn’t exactly our cup of tea, at least compared to what the other M Sport limited edition models.

The next two are the 5-Series and Z4 , both of which will receive an M Sport package that includes an M Sport suspension, a new aero kit, a leather steering wheel, a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys, blue leather-piped velour floor mats, chrome-plated "Limited Edition" door sill finishers, an anthracite headliner for the coupe, and blue-stitched upholstery. Now this is more like it. The mixture of aesthetic and aero upgrades is definitely right in our wheelhouse. If you can get aftermarket performance upgrades on that Z4, then you really have something there.

Finally, the 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible have received M Sport Plus packages, comprising of an aluminum glacier silver interior trim with glossy-black kidney grilles. The 3er, in particular, also has new sport seats, black exterior mirror caps, and stainless steel foot pedals.

If given a choice, we’re definitely rolling with the Z4 M Limited Edition. Its program is comprehensive enough without being too tacky.

Check out the price list of all M Limited Edition models after the jump.


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