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With their 1300-horsepower Toyota 86 out of action, the Car Advice crew turned to a Nissan GT-R to take on a Formula One car. At the end of last month, we told you about a bizarre drag race that was scheduled between an insane Toyota 86 and an actual Formula One car. Now, if you were waiting to hear about the result, you’re going to be (slightly) disappointed. That’s because the aforementioned drag race never actually happened. Unfortunately, according to caradvice.com.au, the 86 destroyed a CV joint while competing in the afternoon time attack session, leaving it unable to compete in...

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Upgrade package adds cosmetic/chassis enhancements, but no performance boost. Remember the Toyota 86 Limited Edition we told you about back in June that was limited to just 60 units? Well now 86 owners and buyers can get their hands on the same, previously exclusive upgrades. While the entire 86 range will now include satellite navigation as standard and an updated app-connected infotainment system, the optional performance kit will allow new buyers and existing owners to add the three main elements from the Limited Edition model: bigger Brembo brakes, Sachs dampers and anthracite-coloured 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. Even though it comprises several quality parts, the kit...

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New range-topping model and added tech for Japanese manufacturer’s sporty coupe. The Subaru BRZ will be updated for the 2018 model year in Australia, with a new enthusiast-focussed flagship variant and revised infotainment system being the two main inclusions to write home about. Priced from $33,990 (plus on-road costs) for the entry-level BRZ manual, the entire range now comes equipped with the company’s third-generation infotainment system, complete with in-built satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. At the other end of the spectrum is the new range-topping tS variant, priced at $39,894 (plus ORCs). The sportier model – which gets its name from...

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Japanese car giant ‘keen’ to increase number of Nismo-branded offerings in Australia, says CEO. Speaking with Caradvice.com.au, Nissan Australia CEO, Stephen Lester, has said the company wants to expand the number of Nismo-branded offerings. The reason? Because the Australian market has always boasted a strong take-up of performance vehicles. Lester made his comments at the local launch for the 2018 Qashqai. “What’s exciting from a Nissan perspective is that we’ve recently launched the Nismo brand here, and I would say this is probably more the direction that you would see us go from being able to capture some of that high-performance model...

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Nissan to launch Nismo Heritage Programme in Japan to help keep classic Nissans running. Classic Nissan owners will soon be able to buy brand new spares for their beloved vehicles thanks to an initiative by Nissan in Japan that’s designed to help keep the Nissans of yesteryear running well into the future. A joint venture between Nissan, Nissan Motorsports, Autech, and a handful of suppliers, the first car to benefit from the Nismo Heritage scheme, as it’s known, will be the legendary R32 Skyline GT-R. From tomorrow, in Japan, Nismo Heritage will start selling around 80 brand new spare parts, which it says are “indispensable for the...

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