2018 Subaru Levorg STI – Review

Subaru is boosting its Model Year 2018 All-Wheel Drive Levorg line-up with the addition of turbocharged 1.6-litre variants to the wagon range, plus an STI Sport model at the head of the pack.

The 2018 Subaru Levorg STI sits at the top of the WRX sector of Subaru.

The Levorg STI is a Sports Wagon that still encompasses all that the Subaru WRX embodies.

Today we were supplied this Subaru Levorg STI from Central Coast Subaru

 

Significant changes include:

  • Suspension enhancements to Bilstein-equipped mid- and range-topping models
  • A new range-topping Levorg 2.0 STI Sport, with a suite of factory-fitted Subaru Tecnica International accessories and styling additions – including maroon leather-trim seats and the option of the signature WR Blue colour
  • Australian debut of the turbocharged 1.6 litre engine in entry and mid-level Levorg – offering greater customer choice
  • A totally revised Levorg line-up – starting with 1.6GT
  • Revised front bumper and grille, with the 2.0 STI Sport featuring a frontal treatment unique to the variant
  • Smart Rear View Mirror – new feature in Australia
  • Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH) – another debut feature for Subaru – alleviates driver fatigue by holding the vehicle in position when stopped
  • Front View Monitor – helps prevent collisions at intersections, or when parking close to walls or other objects
  • Steering Responsive Headlights – dusk sensing
  • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
  • Larger 5.9-inch LCD Multi-Function Display (increased from 4.3-inch)
  • Newly developed brake pads in 2.0-litre variants – efficiency increased approximately 20%
  • Introduction of 40/20/40 split folding rear seats
  • New design 18-inch alloy wheels on mid- and range-topping variants

 

The reinvigorated Levorg range offers greater customer choice in both specification and pricing, with the entry-level 1.6 GT priced from $35,990 Manufacturer’s List Price*.

Subtle cosmetic changes to Levorg’s front add to its stylish road presence, aided by newly-designed LED headlights and higher quality LED fog lights.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Levorg has opened up a whole new performance niche for Subaru since we launched just over a year ago.

“We can now see even greater opportunity with the addition of two 1.6-litre turbo variants that will make this fun, flexible wagon available to an even greater cross-section of customers.

“Equally, by adding the prestige of the STI badge to the range-topping 2.0 STI Sport, we’re catering to customer demand for something even more exclusive at the top of the range –  so the freshened MY18 line-up represents a significant opportunity for us.”

As with the entire Subaru new car range, every Levorg has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

NEW 1.6-LITRE TURBOCHARGED ENGINE   

Entry-level Levorgs offer the 1.6-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder Boxer engine, which has never previously been available on any Australian Subaru.

Producing 125 Kilowatts of power at 4,800-5,600 rpm and 250 Newtonmetres of torque at 1800-4800 rpm, the compact unit offers even greater fuel efficiency within the expanded Levorg range.

The direct injection engine features direct cylinder injection and a forced induction supercharger intake.

Each cylinder has a four-valve Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) valvetrain and Active Valve Control System (AVCS).

It consumes 7.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres in the combined cycle.

As with the 2.0-litre variants, it is mated to an efficient Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

SMART REARVIEW MIRROR (SRM) – 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S, 2.0 STI Sport
The SRM offers better rear visibility. Images of the area behind the car are taken by a camera mounted inside and above the rear gate glass, and displayed in the rearview mirror.
It is particularly effective when the standard rearview mirror provides poor visibility in fluctuating light conditions, such as evening or at night; or if passengers or cargo are obscuring the view.
Two modes are available:

  • Mirror Mode is used as an ordinary mirror, without displaying images from the rear camera.
  • Display Mode is used for displaying images from the rear camera.

SRM modes are activated using a switch at the bottom of the mirror.

FRONT VIEW MONITOR (FVM) 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0GT-S, 2.0 STI Sport

The FVM helps prevent collisions at intersections, or when parking close to walls or other objects.

Images from a camera mounted at the front of the vehicle can be shown on the Multi- Function Display, to check for approaching vehicles, or pedestrians, at intersections with poor visibility; or other scenarios.

It helps the driver check for blind spots in front of the car, which can help avoid accidents occurring at intersections.

SUSPENSION
The Bilstein front and rear suspension in Levorg 1.6 GT Premium, 2.0 GT-S and 2.0 STI Sport is enhanced from the superseded model year for smoother ride comfort, while retaining sporty capabilities.

Both the front and rear suspension configurations are changed for better flat ride comfort with minimal pitching.

The changes help absorb even the smallest bumps and subtle changes in the road
surface, for superior ride comfort.

The result is a more consistent, comfortable ride in all situations.

Front suspension changes:

  • Front arm rubber bush plate
  • Spring constant of coils
  • Damping force
  • Rebound length

Rear suspension changes:

  • Spring constant of coils
  • Damping force
  • Rebound length
  • Diameter of rear stabilizers

AUTO VEHICLE HOLD (AVH)

Another debut feature for Subaru, AVH alleviates driver fatigue by holding the vehicle in position, even when releasing the brake pedal when stopped.

This means drivers no longer have to keep their foot on the brake pedal in situations like traffic congestion, traffic lights or when stopped on hills.

Instead, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) takes over, maintaining brake fluid pressure to keep the car in position.

STEERING RESPONSIVE HEADLIGHTS

Every Levorg now features, Steering Responsive Headlights, which operate with both high and low beam.

The headlight beams move to match steering input when turning corners, or at intersections – improving night-time visibility.

Headlight angle is calculated from steering angle and vehicle speed.

BRAKES

Newly developed brake pads in Levorg 2.0-litre variants are used with a high friction coefficient material.

This material improves brake efficiency by approximately 20% compared to the superseded pads – giving drivers control of immense braking power with minimal effort, to help improve braking performance.

 

LOAD CARRYING CONVENIENCE

A significant number of Levorg customers lead active lifestyles that involve skiing, surfing and other outdoor activities, so a greater number of seat configuration options are added to enhance rear seat and cargo space usability.

Levorg is Subaru’s first model with a 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat. The new layout is particularly suited to loading long items. Even with two passengers seated in the rear, the centre seat can be folded, enabling equipment such as skis to be positioned from the cargo space.

With three passengers and sizable cargo, the rear seat passenger can sit on either side of the car.

As an additional safety measure, the Levorg is also the first Subaru to use oil dampers within the seats, limiting the speed at which seats fold, to prevent users from trapping their fingers.

The reclining function and one-touch folding function are retained too.

The centre seat is designed so there is no step to the cargo space when folded down.

MULTI-FUNCTION DISPLAY (MFD)

The larger 5.9-inch MFD located in the centre dashboard offers a wide variety of information including:

  • Seatbelt warning for passengers
  • Automatic air conditioning operation status
  • Calendar, fuel economy screen, eco assessment screen, preventative safety, clock and outside temperature, self-check etc.

The display can be switched and various settings changed from both front passenger and driver’s seats.

COLOURS

  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Dark Grey Metallic
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Pure Red
  • Storm Grey Metallic – new
  • Lapis Blue Pearl
  • WR Blue – 2.0 STI Sport-only

LEVORG MY18 SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE:

LEVORG 1.6 GT

SAFETY

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Automatic Vehicle Hold
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Dusk sensing LED steering responsive headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist System featuring:
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane sway warning
  • Lead vehicle start alert
  • Pre-collision braking system
  • Pre-collision brake assist
  • Pre-collision throttle management
  • Pre-collision steering assist
  • Brake light recognition
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Fog lights – front and rear
  • Four wheel disc brakes (ventilated)
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorage
  • Rear door child lock
  • Rear seatbelts with pretensioners
  • Reverse camera
  • Seatbelt indicator lights
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear seatbelts
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (electronic stability control system)
  • Welcome lighting

INTERIOR

  • 6.2-inch touch screen AM/FM radio, single in-dash CD, six speakers
  • AUX jack +USB port
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre console and rear
  • Cargo area light
  • Central locking – remote
  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone
  • Cloth trim
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim steering wheel with audio controls; leather gearshift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Multi-Function Display (MFD) – 5.9 inches
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Privacy glass – rear
  • Push button start with smart key
  • Electroluminescent instrument cluster with Multi-Information Display
  • Seatback pockets
  • Subaru-branded front door sill panel
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • USB charger ports for rear passengers
  • Vanity mirrors – illuminated
  • 40/20/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks

EXTERIOR

  • Double locking system
  • Electronic folding mirrors
  • Headlights auto off
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rear cargo door spoiler
  • Rear LED brake lights
  • Rear roof mounted colour-coded shark fin radio antenna
  • Self-levelling automatic LED headlights with pop-up washers
  • Tail pipe covers
  • 17-inch alloy wheels – space saver spare

OTHER FEATURES     

  • Auto lights and wipers
  • Auto Stop Start
  • DataDot security technology
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • One-touch indicators
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive)
  • 12-months Roadside Assist
  • Three-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 1.6 litre turbocharged engine. 125 kW/4800-5600 rpm, 250 Nm/1800-4800 rpm

LEVORG 1.6 GT PREMIUM ADDS:

  • Bilstein suspension
  • Black accents in headlights
  • Electric lumbar support (driver)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front windscreen de-icer
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather trim with blue stitching
  • Power driver’s seat with dual memory function – 10-way adjustable, including lumbar
  • Factory fitted satellite navigation – 7.0-inch screen
  • Rear view mirror with auto glare function
  • Silver coloured mirrors
  • Smart Rearview Mirror
  • Sports front seats
  • Vision Assist Features
    • Side View Monitor
    • Blind Spot Detection
    • Lane Change Assist
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alerts
    • High Beam Assist
    • Front View Camera
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with gray accents – space saver spare
  • 2 x USB in lower centre dashboard

LEVORG 2.0 GT-S ADDS (does not include Auto Stop Start):

  • Sport # mode
  • 2.0 litre turbocharged engine. 197 kW/5600 rpm, 350 Nm/2400-5200 rpm
  • Black accents in wheels

LEVORG 2.0 STI SPORT (adds to 2.0 GT-S specification):

  • Exclusive maroon leather trimmed seats
  • Front bumper and grille unique to variant
  • Red stitching
  • STI exhaust tips
  • STI instrument cluster logo
  • STI side sill plates
  • STI steering wheel logo
  • STI tuned suspension
  • STI 18-inch alloy wheels
  • WR Blue colour option unique to variant

Subaru Levorg STI 2018 review


LEVORG MY 18 MANUFACTURER’S LIST PRICING*

Levorg 1.6 GT $35,990
Levorg 1.6 GT Premium $42,890
Levorg 2.0 GT-S $49,140
Levorg 2.0 STI Sport $51,990

*Prices are Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited’s Manufacturer’s List Prices only and include GST on the list price but exclude dealer delivery charges and all other government and statutory charges. For the drive away price of Subaru vehicles consumers should be advised to contact their local authorised Subaru dealer.

LEVORG MY18 ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS
Type

Cylinders
Displacement
Bore x stroke
Compression ratio
Cam-train system
Fuel system
Maximum power
Maximum torque

Horizontally opposed, turbocharged petrol
Four
1599 cc
78.8 x 82
11.0:1
DOHC with dual AVCS
Direct injection
125 kW / 4800-5600 rpm
250 Nm / 1800-4800 rpm
Horizontally opposed, turbocharged petrol

Four
1998 cc
86.0 x 86.0
10.6:1
DOHC with dual AVCS
Direct injection
197 kW / 5600 rpm
350 Nm / 2400-5200 rpm

TRANSMISSION – SPORT CVT
1.6 2.0
D Range (Lineartronic) 3.581-0.570 3.505-0.544
First 3.560 3.505 (S#: 3.505)
Second 2.255 2.238 (S#: 2.405)
Third 1.655 1.641 (S#: 1.855)
Fourth 1.201 1.194 (S#: 1.544)
Fifth 0.887 0.880 (S#: 1.258)
Sixth 0.616 0.611 (S#: 1.032)
Seventh (S#: 0.856)
Eighth (S#: 0.716)
Reverse 3.667 2.345
Final reduction 3.900 3.900
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Overall length mm 4690
Overall width mm 1780
Overall height mm 1.6GT: 1485. Others: 1490
Wheelbase mm 2650
Track – front mm 1530
Track – rear mm 1540
Min. ground clearance mm 1.6GT: 130. Others: 135
Tare mass kg 1539-1591
FUEL
1.6 2.0
Fuel consumption (L/100km) combined 7.4 8.7
Carbondioxide (g/km) 169 201
Fuel tank capacity 60 litres
Minimum fuel requirement 95 RON
STEERING, BRAKES, TYRES & TOWING
Steering Electric speed sensitive power assisted rack and pinion
Turning circle (metres)  

10.8 kerb-to-kerb

Turning radius 5.4 kerb-to-kerb
1.6 GT ALL OTHERS
Suspension:

Front

Rear

 

MacPherson strut, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabiliser bar

Double wishbone, coil springs, stabiliser bar

 

Bilstein® MacPherson strut, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabiliser bar

Bilstein® damper, double wishbone, coil springs, stabiliser bar

Brakes:
Front & rear
 

Vacuum assisted ventilated discs

 

Vacuum assisted ventilated discs

Tyres Dunlop 215/50R17 91V Dunlop 225/45R18 91 W
Rim 17 x 7 J alloy 18 x 7.5 J alloy
Towing capacity (kg)
With/without trailer brakes
Down ball
800 / 750

80

2.0 GT-S: 1500 / 750
2.0 STI Sport: 1200 / 750
2.0 GT-S: 150
2.0 STI Sport: 120

 

Honda CB1000R 2018 Price Announcement

The new Honda CB1000R will hit dealers this month and will be available for about $16,499.

The 2018 CB1000R is a motorcycle that looks, feels and performs very differently from what’s come before and melds exhilarating function to a form that offers a radically fresh, visually stunning two-wheeled aesthetic.

Pinned against the Yamaha MT-01, it seems to be based on a Modern take of a Cafe Racer with the performance of a Street Fighter Naked bike.

Only six exterior parts are constructed from plastic, the largest being the svelte front mudguard. By contrast, what really makes its presence felt is the use of premium metal finishes; parts such as the burnished-aluminium radiator shroud and airbox cover; machined engine cases, cylinder head, and sprocket hub and flangeless steel fuel tank.

The result is a machine with a unique identity, a fusion of Sport Naked and bare-boned Café Racer inspirations.

2018 Honda CB1000R
2018 Honda CB1000R

The 2018 CB1000R elegantly combines more with less. It gives riders a huge amount of usable engine power with the control of a cutting edge Supersports machine with innovative, minimalist styling.

Its 998cc DOHC four-cylinder engine has been tuned to deliver its torque with strong character, offering more peak power at just over 10,000rpm and more torque right through the mid-range, where it’s most useful – and most fun.
The CB1000R has Throttle By Wire (TBW) with 3 pre-set riding modes plus a ‘User’ setting. Power (P), Engine Brake (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) work together across the pre-sets to offer optimum benefit to the rider dependent on the conditions. The exhaust transmits a raw-edged howl as revs rise.

The 2018 CB1000R is 12kg lighter than the outgoing design, making for a 20% improvement in power to weight ratio. It’s also smaller, yet has a more relaxed riding position.

Supporting the radical new look is a box section mono backbone steel frame, with Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD suspension up front and a Showa monoshock at the rear. Radial-mount front brakes, ABS and a 190-section rear tyre complete the chassis’ upgrade.

All lighting is LED and the thin, round headlight employs a horseshoe-shaped light ring, as well as a distinctive two-bar light signature. The rear light is also a semicircular light bar that fully lights up when the brakes are applied. The T-shaped instrument panel integrates into the top triple clamp, minimizing bulk, and the ignition switch is positioned at the front of the fuel tank.

Project Leader for developing the 18YM CB1000R Mr S. Uchida, said; “At Honda, our intention is always to look to the future and to be ready to lead. Hence, as the Naked sector’s requirements mature, we knew that we had to go much further than giving the new CB1000R a boost in real world performance. Customer expectation and interests are about much more than just ‘how fast?’

“We wanted to build in not only exhilaration and emotion to each experience of the CB1000R, but also real pleasure in owning, and showing off, such an individual machine. So we travelled in a new direction and are very proud of the result – both when out on the road and when admiring it in the garage!” Mr Uchida finished.

For more information on this exciting new model head into your Honda dealer today, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

2018 Toyota Corolla in OZ by August (NEWS)

TOYOTA BOOSTS COROLLA HATCH PERFORMANCE

**Power increase, better economy for new petrol engine**
**New manual and CVT transmissions**
**Hybrid variants across the range**
Toyota’s next-generation Corolla hatch will gain a substantial boost to performance with the introduction of an advanced new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.With an increase in engine capacity of 10.5 per cent, the new engine adopts Toyota’s latest combustion and control technologies to lift maximum power by 21.4 per cent to 125kW while peak torque has gained approximately 15.6 per cent to 200Nm.

While torque is higher at all engine speeds, two new transmissions contribute to improved fuel efficiency.

A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new gearbox is lighter and shorter, making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

2018 Corolla Interior

The engine will also be available with an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters.

Its innovations include the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT, resulting in powerful and predictable acceleration.

New Corolla hatch, due in Australian showrooms from August, benefits from a new platform that underpins its sportier, more athletic design and a more engaging drive with improved handling and ride comfort.

The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform delivers a low centre of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and body rigidity that has been improved by 60 per cent.

The new range will be offered with hybrid variants across all equipment grades, expanding the line-up from the current model’s single hybrid variant.

The hybrid system is an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain in Prius and will rival its sibling’s excellent fuel economy.

Comprehensive standard safety technologies in the new Corolla hatch include the latest pre-collision system with pedestrian detection* and autonomous emergency braking.

This system is able to detect vehicles or pedestrians at night as well as during the day, and it can also detect cyclists during the day.*

Other new technologies include Lane Tracing Assist** – a hands-on, driver-assist system that reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips.

A new Road Sign Assist** will offer the ability to identify certain stop, give way, do not enter and speed limit signs. The safety package extends to active cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.

New Corolla will offer leading-edge technologies and features, starting with LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system and an electric park brake.

Grade-dependent equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch satellite navigation screen^, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7-inch colour multi-information display, colour head-up display and wireless phone charger.

Toyota’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new Corolla is a premium, high-quality hatch focused on performance and technology.

“Corolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market – and we expect it to continue as Australia’s best-selling car, a position it has held for each of the past five years,” Mr Hanley said.

“With its sharp design, increased safety, new petrol engine and transmissions, improved hybrid drive, larger interior and great new features, Corolla will continue to be the car of choice for a broad cross-section of the motoring public,” he said.

Corolla is Toyota’s most popular model in Australia with a cumulative total of 1.4 million sales representing more than one-fifth of all Toyota vehicles sold in this country.

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* Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian Detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.
** Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist is a driver assist feature only, designed to operate when certain technical conditions are met and is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
^ Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

2018 Honda Monkey Bikes

Get ready for Monkey magic when the new Monkey hits Australian streets in July and will be available from $5,999 Ride Away!

With its chunky tyres, glossy fuel tank and big, comfortable padded seat, the Monkey is unmistakable, a timeless figure loved all over the world.

The new Monkey model offers riders a premium take on the cult classic, boasting the first-class craftsmanship and quality demanded when a crowd favourite is re-imagined for present day.

The historical 3D Old Wing design Honda logo, chromed steel high-level front and rear mudguards – plus the chrome exhaust shield, circular mirrors and high-rise handlebars – all pay homage to the original and a host of modern touches bring this genuinely iconic machine into the next phase of its life.

The digital full-LCD circular meter features a speedometer, odometer with two trip meters and six-segment fuel level indicator.

All lighting is LED; the ‘wave’ pattern key (which also wears the Old Wingmotif) features an ‘answer back’ system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button to allow easy location in crowded car parks.

The single channel ABS breaking system operates with an IMU to mitigate rear ‘lift’ under strong braking and the Monkey features premium USD forks and twin rear shocks.

The air-cooled horizontal 125cc single-cylinder engine with PGM-FI and a 4-speed gearbox is simple, robust and tuned to deliver useful about-town performance.

The Monkey’s steel backbone frame is perfect for the wide variety of conditions the machine is sure to be ridden in.

Oval in cross-section, the swingarm echoes the circular design theme that runs through the bike.

For Australia, there are four exciting colours to choose from – Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula Red, Pearl Glittering Blue and Pearl Shinning Black.

For more information on this exciting new model head into your Honda dealer today, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

Honda CBR500R, CBR650F and CB500F (Honda offering Cash incentive)

From the 1st May until 30th June, there are 500 Honda Dollars* available on the the CBR500R, CBR650F and CB500F, offering a choice across the Supersport, Sports Touring and Naked categories.

If you are in the market for a punchy Supersport machine, then the CBR500R has you covered, LAMS approved and promising riders the best of both worlds: power and practicality.

The CBR500R is ideal for the morning commute or a weekend road trip, thanks to a large 16.7 litre fuel tank.

The CBR500R features LED lighting and the big 41mm adjustable pre-load front forks have external preload adjusters which are all about setting up the ideal feel, just like a 1000cc sportsbike. This feature means as you grow in experience, the CBR500R grows with you.

2018 Honda CBR500R
2018 CBR500R Graphite Black, Silver Stripe.

Sophisticated Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension offers nine-stage spring preload adjustability, which allows adaptation for different riding situations (i.e., riding with a passenger, cargo etc.)

Those after something slightly bigger and in the Sports Touring genre can look no further than the CBR650F. From headlight to tail light, it screams performance and agility, ready to take you on a journey away from the repetition of everyday life.

2018 Honda CBR650F
Hitting Honda dealers this month, the super sharp 2018 CBR650F is LAMS approved and will be available for $9,999 MLP.

Designed to conquer corners with ease, it offers a sporting edge but makes no compromise to rider lifestyle. The high-set handle bars offer a more relaxed riding position and twin 320mm front discs and single 240mm rear disc with standard 2-channel ABS, offers confident and controlled stopping power.

From the Naked category, the CB500F is the perfect entry level bike for beginners being LAMS approved but also a whole lot of fun for riders of all experience levels.

2017 Honda  CB500F
2017 Honda CB500F

Due to its compact dimensions, the CB500F is adaptable to a wide variety of needs thanks to its great urban ability as well as enjoyable, out-of-town performance, matched with excellent fuel efficiency.

Adding a shot of street fighter style is its sharp stripped back bodywork, which bares Hondas famed 471cc DOHC engine and steel diamond-tube frame.

The CB500F has a large 16.7-litre fuel tank, LED lighting, spring preload adjustable front forks and standard 2-channel ABS for enhanced safety.

With a variety of colour options available across these three models, there is certainly something for everyone during Honda’s ‘Power Up’ 500 Honda Dollar sale.

For more information visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

*HondaDollars may be used in store to purchase accessories, servicing or reduce purchase price. $500 HondaDollars when purchasing a new CBR500R, CB500F
or CBR650F. HondaDollars are redeemable in store and are not redeemable for cash. HondaDollars include GST. Available between 1 May and 30 June 2018. Only at
participating Honda Dealers. Accessories shown not included. Overseas models shown.

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 (You can drive one too)

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

Driving this car literally changed my life.

I can now segment my life between before the Lambo, to after the Lambo.

The feeling of acceleration in the Lamborghini Huracan is unrivaled in any other car I have driven.

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

The way this V10 engine and All Wheel Drive traction puts down powere, seems to defy gravity.

Prancing Horse Drive Experiences offer day events where you can drive these machines and enjoy great food and good chat as well.

Watch the video here 

Check out the full stats of the Huracan here;
Lamborghini Huracan – Prancing Horse Drive Experience

Along with the day, there is also an accomplished photographer that spends the day taking amazing photos for your memories, his name is Erik Rosenberg and can be found below;
Erik Rosenberg Photography

Author: Rob Charlwood

Triumph launches the new Bobber Black and Speedmaster

I was so excited to be invited to the Triumph Australia launch of the all new Triumoh Bobber Black and the Triumph Speedmaster.

Both built with the same 1200cc engine, there all new Triumphs have Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles in there cross hairs.

This launch party was held in Sydney at the Wayward Brewery Co and delicious beers and burgers flowed all night.

Amongst the hundreds of guests some noticeable ones were Charley Boorman of “The Long Way Down” fame, Mark Hawwa, the founder of “The Distinguised Gentlemans Ride”and John “Roothy” Rooth.

Author: Rob Charlwood

Watch Video here⇓⇓⇓

Check out the Triumph Bobber Black here

Check out the Triumph Speedmaster here.

MV Agusta Brutale 800

Summer doesn’t have to end when you have the chance to get a great deal with the Endless Summer offer now on at MV Agusta Dealerships. Until May 31, 2018 you can have the chance of owning a new 2017 Turismo Veloce 800 or Brutale 800 with FREE on-roads.

WATCH VIDEO HERE   ⇓⇓⇓

The Tursimo Veloce 800, hailed as the most technically advanced MV Agusta touring motorcycle, has earned its reputation as the new benchmark in its class with elegant design and packed with features to make each ride an addictive pleasure. Whilst in the naked sports bike category, the Brutale 800 stands alone as the next evolutionary step from the historic Brutale family and the pinnacle of MV Agusta race track orientated and developed motorcycles.

2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR
2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR.

 

Whichever you choose, you can be sure you are riding the very best from MV Agusta, handmade in Italy.

To know more, visit your closest dealership or register for a test ride.

Brutale 800

  • Handmade naked road bike
  • 800cc triple engine
  • EAS 2.0 quick shift up/down
  • Counter-rotating crankshaft for agile steering
  • Performance gearbox and slipper clutch
  • Bosch 9 Plus ABS with Rear-wheel Lift Mitigation

Tursimo Veloce 800

  • ‘Bike of the Year’ winner
  • Lightweight 800cc triple engine
  • Touring egonomics incl. adjustable screen and bluetooth
  • EAS 2.0 quick shift up/down
  • 4 Engine maps
  • 8 levels of traction control

 

Quintrex 570 Freedom Cruiser

We’ve had this little Quintrex Freedom Cruiser in the Throttle Downunder stables for coming on about 5 years now.

It has been a great little boat, used primarily on Sydney Harbour but it has the convenience to be easily towed anywhere that you want to go. We have frequently towed it to the NSW South Coast and used on Jervis Bay.

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Powered by a 135 Horse Power Mercruiser sterndrive, it really belts along quick and easy in smooth water. However in the common Sydney Harbour and Jervis Bay afternoon chop is does become uncomfortable. At no stage does it ever feel unsafe, but watching a fiberglass equivalent boat roar past on the way home with greater ease is a little frustrating.

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Being Alloy though does have its advantages. Allow boats make it possible to beach your boat with greater peace of mind, also trailer recovery is a breeze and it is much lighter to tow than it’s fibreglass equivalent.

Passing beneath the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House makes you really appreciate what it means to be a boatie. In Australia we are so lucky to be able to visit vast and remarkable places with a boat and to have such wonderful experiences. The Quintrex freedom Cruiser can take you anywhere there is water.

Sydney Harbour has so many little coves to anchor and swim but out favorite is almost always Store Beach over near Manly. A lovely deep water bay but safe for swimming and exploring the bushland behind bhind the beach, infact I have been coming to this beach since I was about 4 years old on our family boat.

Then when it’s time to head home the Quinnie is easy to recover on the trailer, fasten down and hit the road.

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