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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SUZUKI SV650 AVAILABLE IN BOTH LAMS AND FULL-POWERED VERSIONS FOR MY18

Suzuki’s SV650 will be available from Australian dealerships in both learner approved and full-powered platforms for MY18 release, both are due to arrive next month carrying a manufacturer’s recommended price of $10,190 ride away.

 

The “SV” designation in the SV650 stands for many things: Sporty V-twin, Superior Value, Simple and Versatile. Quite simply is a concept that an owner experiences rather than defining. Loaded with capabilities and exuding personality, daily commutes or weekend excursions on twisty roads are an easy and unforgettable ride.

 

Today’s mid capacity street motorcycle market is mostly powered by parallel twins or inline four-cylinder engines. Suzuki believes its unique 645cc V-twin offers the best engine character for this type of segment thanks to the linear power it delivers throughout the rev range.

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The Suzuki V-twin engine is a marvel of engineering and superb versatility. While at lower RPMs, this engine delivers powerful torque that’s easy to handle and a deep throaty sound. Open the throttle to the mid-range, and the power of the engine responds linearly and smoothly, yet always under your control. Finally at higher RPMs, the V-twin cruises along with performance ready to go, even in higher gears.

 

The full-powered version punches out an impressive 56.0kW @8,500rpm with 64Nm of torque @8,100rpm.

 

In Learner Approved trim the output is lowered to 35kW @8,500 rpm with 56.5Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and is tuned to deliver strong torque in the low-to-mid rpm range whilst also conforming to the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) requirements.

 

The beautifully crafted trellis frame is constructed of lightweight steel material allowing an overall slimmed down appearance while proudly showcasing the robust V-twin engine.

 

Measuring in with a low 785mm seat height, the narrow, streamlined seat is designed to be nearly flat from front to back, giving riders a superior degree of visibility and grip in the upright position. In addition, a luggage loop is available for securing cargo.

 

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Large 290mm dual front disc brakes and 240mm rear brake disc provide incredible stopping performance and control. Compact and lightweight, the SV650 features state-of-the-art ABS technology manufactured by Nissin, thus making it possible to further reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing performance.

 

Packed full of the latest Suzuki technology, such as the handy Low RPM Assist function which raises engine rpm during take-offs or when navigating slowly through city traffic. The Suzuki Easy Start System makes engine starting a breeze with just one touch of the starter button.

 

Both models with be available in the stunning Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White colour schemes.

 

For further information on the MY18 Suzuki SV650 range, interested customers should visit their nearest Suzuki dealer, who can be found through the dealer locator on suzukimotorcycles.com.au

 

 

 

 

TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES “BIGGER AND BETTER” IN 2018

**Greater rewards for young-gun drivers**
**$150,000 in series prizemoney **
**Series alumni making their marks nationally**
The third year of the Toyota 86 Racing Series for aspiring drivers promises to be bigger in every way with new entrants, greater rewards and more races.

Overall prize money has been increased to $150,000 for the 18-race grassroots series that features identical 2.0-litre Toyota 86 sports cars.

Series placegetter cash has been extended to eighth place while retaining the previous top-three place rewards of $50,000, $30,000 and $15,000.

The monetary value of the coveted Kaizen Award, for continuous improvement, is now $35,000. It includes a fully funded trip to compete in a round of New Zealand’s 86 racing series and a session at the Mark Larkham Training Academy.

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The class of 2018 introduces 15-year-old Broc Feeney, son of top-level 1980s motorcycle racer Paul Feeney.

Returning drivers include Tim Brook, the series lap record holder at two circuits, who is building a new car for this year.

The 2018 competition has been extended to six rounds and four States adding South Australia with its new Bend Motorsport Park for the first time.

The action kicks off next month at Phillip Island and includes the Sandown enduro weekend in September and the famed Mount Panorama circuit in October, before concluding in Newcastle.

Toyota’s vice-president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the Toyota 86 Racing Series has found and nurtured some impressive young driving talent, with six drivers in the 2017 top ten aged under 22.

“The Toyota 86 Racing Series was created as an affordable, grassroots racing series to foster new talent. Looking at the series alumni after just two years, it has already proved its worth,” he said.

“Inaugural series winner Will Brown is a perfect example, claiming back-to-back class victories in the Bathurst 12 Hour and recently winning the Peter Brock Medal for combining outstanding driving ability with a sportsman-like attitude.

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“The 2017 series winner Jimmy Vernon and rival Cameron Hill, who has the most series victories to date, are both stepping up to GT-series drives in 2018.

“The Toyota 86 Racing Series offers impressive rewards and provides the opportunity for all entrants to showcase their talents on the national stage.”

Competitors in the series can benchmark themselves against experienced guest drivers at each round and seek advice from specially assigned driver mentors.

The racing versions of the Toyota 86 sports car are fitted with a roll cage and performance kit developed by Neal Bates Motorsport and ‘control’ Dunlop road tyres.

Series sponsors include Hino Motor Sales Australia as the official truck provider and Toyota Genuine Motor Oil, which all competitors must use as engine lubricant. The series is managed and organised by AirTime Autosport.

There are three races at each venue, with competitors given a set of four new tyres after qualifying.

The 2018 calendar is: Phillip Island, April 20-22; Townsville, July 6-8; Bend Motorsport Park, August 24-26; Sandown, September 14-16; Mount Panorama, October 4-7 and Newcastle, November 23-25.

A test day for confirmed entrants will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 3.

The Toyota 86 Racing Series
The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $150,000. Open to variants of Toyota’s cult-classic sports car, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

For regular updates and more information go to toyota.com.au/86/racing-series.

Toyota motorsport
Toyota has a proud international motorsport history spanning more than 60 years. It became the first Japanese car manufacturer to enter international motorsport when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia’s premier grassroots circuit-racing category. Toyota also supports the Neal Bates Motorsport team in the Australian Rally Championship.

2018 Volkswagwen Polo Comfortline

Representing the most significant generational change to a Volkswagen since the arrival of the class-leading Tiguan SUV almost two years ago, the sixth generation Polo redefines its segment being more sizable than a Golf of Mark 4 (1998) vintage yet priced significantly below the current Mark 7.5 Golf.

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VOLKSWAGEN’s mould-breaking new Polo hatchback arrives in Australia priced from $17,990.

Being built on Volkswagen’s exceptionally modular MQB platform (which serves in its various sizes vehicles as varied as the Golf and the forthcoming Tiguan Allspace seven seat SUV), the Polo 6 is ostensibly a city car that boasts a greater luggage capacity at 351 litres than rival brand vehicles from the next segment up such as Mazda3, Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza.

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Despite having grown out of its class, the Polo 6’s new three-cylinder turbo petrol engine ensures that it retains performance and efficiency comparable to the much smaller outgoing Polo, which won Australia’s major car of the year awards on its release in 2010.
Rivals of the Polo continue to offer obsolete naturally aspirated engines and four speed automatics – to say nothing of plastic steering wheels.IMG_0075

“Even the entry level manual Polo 6 features the Golf’s elegant, flat bottomed leather wheel with multi-media controls,” says Ben Wilks, Volkswagen Australia’s
General Manager of Product and Marketing.
“That literal touchpoint is emblematic of the Polo having graduated from its class not only in terms of physical growth, but in sophistication. The Polo 6 is obviously more up-market than rival cars. We’re talking less than $18K for fixtures such as a soft-touch dash top, wide touch screen and dual USB
charging ports. Apple Car Play and Android Auto remain standard.

“In terms of safety there’s autonomous emergency braking, six airbags, stability control and fatigue monitoring and reversing camera as standard.”
Initially, the Polo 6 comes in Trendline or Comfortline specification (with different tunes of the 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine) plus a limited run
Launch Edition.

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2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Launch Edition DSG.

The Polo GTI (with a 147kW/320Nm turbo four) and the Polo beats arrive later in the year.
Polo 70TSI Trendline
5 speed manual
$17,990
7 speed DSG
$20,490
Standard Features:

15 inch steel wheels
Front Assist with City EB and pedestrian monitoring
Driver Fatigue Detection
Low tyre pressure indicator
Multi-Function Display (MFD Plus)
Leather multi-function steering wheel
8 inch infotainment system
App-Connect, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Bluetooth phone connectivity
2 x USB ports
Rear View Camera (RVC)
Cruise control
Air conditioning
Height adjustment for front seats
Power windows
Electrically heated and adjustable exterior mirrors
Split/folding rear seat

Polo 85TSI Comfortline
6 speed manual
$19,490

7 speed DSG
$21,990
Standard Features:
As above plus:

15 inch alloy wheels
Automatic headlight function
Rain sensing wipers
Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Front centre armrest
Comfort cloth upholstery

Polo Launch Edition
6 speed manual
$20,490

7 speed DSG
$22,990
Standard Features:
As above plus:

16 inch alloy wheels
Inductive wireless charging
Dark tinted rear window glass
Front fog lights
Dark tinted LED tail lights

Options:
Metallic/Pearl Effect paint $500 (all models)
Driver Assistance package
(Comfortline and Launch Edition) $1,400
Includes:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Blind Spot Monitor with rear traffic alert
Park Assist with front and rear parking sensors
Manoeuvre braking, front and rear
Power folding door mirrors
Proactive occupant protection system

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Author: Rob Charlwood

V8 Supercar Racecar drive day

It’s Sunday morning, and while everyone is still sleeping off hangovers, this week I’m fuelling myself with a strong coffee and heading out to Sydney Motorsport Park to Drive some V8 Supercars.

Sydney Motorsport Park SMSP is located just off the M4 in Western Sydney, and is the some to Sydney Drag way, Eastern Creek Go Karts, 4WD training, a Skid Pan and of course the racing track.

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Once checking in, we were taken into Suite 9 to attend a complete driver briefing for our session. Essentially safety was the most important topic, along with just driving within your abilities and to totally trust your instructor that will be with us on the drive.

Once that was down it was time to suit up, and somehow get this overweight middle-aged body into the car.

This was my first time on a track and my goal for the day was to learn as much as I could from the instructor in the short 8 laps that I had. As this was my first time, I was getting overtaken by faster drivers, and during this time the instructor told me what part of the road to get on and held the wheel to make sure no mistakes were made.

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The instructor encouraged me to concentrate on smooth fluid techniques rather than overall speed, and I feel that I learnt as much as I could in the small amount of time. By lap 5 through to 8 I really felt a good flow and lap times improved a lot.

Once my 8 laps were done as a driver, it was time for me to jump in “Hollywood” George’s car, and have him take me on a 3-lap sprint as a passenger. Cleary the pace was so much faster than mine, and it was great to see the small things I learnt, actually be put into practice at super high speeds.

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All in all, the day was a great experience at Fastrack V8 Racecar Experience and I would highly recommend it to others, and I would love to do it again some time soon. I was just a little disappointed at some of the in car footage being shot through a camera with a cracked lens, but other than that, a great experience.

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2018 Royal Enfield 650 Twins – Continental GT & Interceptor

2018 Royal Enfield has had TWINS??

I’ve been a motorcycle lover since I could walk. My father always spoke about his riding days on BSA’s, Harley’s and Triumph’s, and these styles have always been the ones I loved the most too.

Today I popped into Royal Enfield Sydney to have a look at their brand new 650cc Twins……and they are spectacular!!!

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There is a Continental GT, based on the British Royal Enfield Café Racer style, that really took my eye. The seating position was sporty but not to the extent that and old bloke like me would get sore and cramped.

The second twin was the Interceptor. This had a more classic stance and a slightly higher seating position that could also be easily modified into a Scrambler style if so desired.

Both Twins are running the same engines and chassis, powered by at 650cc air and oil cooled Twin engine. Royal Enfield did plenty of research to finally land with a 270 Degree Firing Angle to create the best efficiency, torque, and also finding the most pleasing sound.

Royal Enfield’s Single Cylinder models are known and love for that “Big Single” thump, and wanted to develop a nice rumble with the Twins.

These 2 were on display only with the demo models arriving later in the year for test riding.

If you’d like to go in the draw to be the first person to test ride these beautiful bikes, get on down to Royal Enfield Sydney at 336 Parramatta Rd, Burwood NSW 2134 before 17th February 2018, get your photo taken on the bike and share on socials with the Hashtag #RETwinsSydney

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Thanks to Royal Enfield Sydney for having me today, and I look forward to test riding and reviewing any of their bikes soon.

Author: Rob Charlwood

Supercar Drive day with Prancing Horse

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to join a drive day that allowed us to drive some of the best Supercars available in Australia. This drive day was hosted by a company called Prancing Horse Drive Experiences, and they host similar drive days in different locations around the country.

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This particular one started in Kiama on the New South Wales South Coast, less than 2 hours south of Sydney.

Meeting at the Penny Whistler Cafe next to The Sebel Kiama, we sat through a drivers briefing whilst sipping on a coffee, and then walked up the stairs to meet out cars.

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Sitting in the beautiful grounds of the Sebel Kiama, were our 5 amazing supercars.

We had a stunning red Ferrari 488 GTB, a dazzling white Lamborghini Huracan, a dark and sinister McLaren 650 S, a firey red Alpha Romeo 4C and the magnificant Godzilla, a Nissan GT-R.

Our first car of the day was the McLaren 650S, and what a car to start with. The McLaren was sophisticated, classy and super quick. For those of you that know Macquarie Pass, these tights turns were not match for the handling of the british supercar.

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After about an hour we stopped for morning tea at the Robertson Cheese Factory before jumping into the Ferrari 488 GTB. The Ferrari was everything you’d expect from the iconic Italian brand. Winding our way around the empty, twisting roads of the south coast, there is no way I could’ve had more fun.

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A brief stop on the side of the road to climb into the Nissan GT-R and unleash the raw, all wheel drive power.

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By this time we had worked up a great appetite so it was off to Gerroa for lunch at the Blue Swimmer Cafe.

After a delicious lunch it was time for the BEAST…….the Lamborghini Huracan. Pure unadulterated V10 fun. I simply can’t compare this to anything I have ever driven before. Watch the video, you’ll see haha.

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Then finishing off with the baby of the pack, the Alfa Romeo 4C. Half to engine size than many of the others, but still so quick and precise.

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This drive day is easily one of the greatest things I have done, if you are a car lover, or you know someone that is, book a drive day with Prancing Horse. You won’t regret it!!!

Still photography by the very talented Erik Rosenberg

Mount Panorama visit to Bathurst

Yesterday was a miserable rainy day in Sydney, and I happened to have a day off work and my little MX-5 hasn’t left the garage in a couple of months, so it was time to blow out the cobwebs and go for a drive.

For anyone that has owned a convertible, you’ll understand why I wanted to get out of rainy Sydney Town. So I headed west, over the Blue Mountains stopping for a quick coffee in Katoomba at my favorite coffee shop in the mountains called Cassiopeia at 79 Lurine St, Katoomba. 

Cassiopeia Coffee

Cassiopeia is truly a hidden gem in the Blue Mountains, if you’re fussy about your coffee as I am, this is the place to be. Great coffee roasted by themselves too, great food, and service with a smile. Once I had my caffeine fix I continued west down through Lithgow and out to Bathurst where I jumped straight onto the track at Mount Panorama.

The Mount panorama track is still a public road, and there are many farms and homes scattered along the whole track, and the speed limit is restricted to only 60km/h. Although it is still nice to drive this track at slow speed, I would really love to do a track day up here and really have some fun.

Check out the video below to see the track in its beauty.

After having so much fun knocking out a few laps of the Mountain, it was time to head East back to Sydney and get back to the hum drum of housework and other responsibilities, so on return I decided to take the Bell Line Road for a more picturesque drive home. Sadly due to heavy rain and fog the view was completely hidden and the drive slow.

Through the rain, however, I did see a sign saying “Home Made Apple Pie”, how could I possibly resist? Stopping at The Pines Orchard Cafe

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Apple Pies Bell Line Road

This little roadside diner was a great find, selling loads of all your favorite home made products from delicious marmalade’s, jam’s, relishes, locally grown fruit and honey, and I picked up an apple pie for dinner later that night, and had a cheeky Chicken Pie for the trip home. Well worth a visit as you are passing through.

Coming back into Sydney the weather was clearing slightly, but the MX-5 was looking worse for wear after rain, mud and road grime, but all in all it was a fantastic drive and I was still home by about 3pm.

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TOYOTA C-HR SUV (Coupe High Rider)

The SUV market worldwide is possibly the most contested car market out there. The SUV is such a versatile vehicle that It can appeal to almost anyone, of any age with a car license.

Toyota has brought excitement to the SUV market with the launch of its radically styled C-HR, or Coupe High Rider.

The C-HR car stands out in the Toyota range and its segment with a coupe-like upper body, powerful underpinnings and a punchy 1.2 litre Turbo Charged petrol engine and advanced cabin quality.

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2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

A high level of standard features and competitive pricing add to the appeal with every C-HR equipped with a suite of advanced safety technologies and in-demand features such as satellite navigation, alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.

Toyota has created a simple pricing structure that starts at $26,990* for the six-speed manual front-drive C-HR , and also offer a CVT version and an all-wheel drive option.

Top-of-the-range Koba adds luxury features including leather-accented seats, keyless entry and ignition, bigger (18-inch) alloy wheels, LED lamps and innovative technology that moisturises cabin air – all for an additional competitive $4,300.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR

Customisation or Personalisation is a by-word for the newest Toyota with more than 60 available Genuine Toyota accessories – second only to HiLux in the Toyota range in number – encouraging owners to truly make this their own.

C-HR is the first Toyota to offer five years of Toyota Service Advantage# with annual services capped at just $195 each.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said C-HR’s stunning design brings together the best aspects of a hatchback, a coupe and an SUV.

Low-end torque, quick response and high efficiency are characteristics of the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is offered for the first time in a Toyota model in Australia and the quiet and smooth engine delivers peak torque from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm and maximum power of 85kW.

The manual gearbox, standard on the 2WD C-HR, is engineered with an “intelligent” system that promotes smooth gear changes by automatically adjusting engine revs.

On all other variants, the CVT also offers M-mode for manual access to seven simulated gears, giving a sense of response and control similar to a traditional transmission. I’m not sure why this would be but I’m willing to stay open minded about this until I actually get behind the wheel to test drive.

All C-HR variants offer two drive modes, in Eco mode it is favouring fuel economy and in Sport mode driving performance.

A strong focus on fuel consumption has resulted in a promised combined-cycle economy from 6.3 litres/100km and CO2 emissions from 141 grams/km^.

Interior space is similar to Corolla, comfortably accommodating four adults and offering 377 litres of luggage space along with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

C-HR offers a high level of standard safety features including a pre-collision safety system, active cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assist and reversing camera.

All models are equipped with seven airbags, stability and traction control, auto high beam, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and hill-start assist control.

Satellite navigation is paired with Toyota Link** connected mobility and a six-speaker sound system while other C-HR features include dual-zone auto air conditioning, 4.2-inch multi-information display, electronic park brake, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch wheels.

C-HR models for Australia are built in Japan.

C-HR PRICES*

C-HR C-HR KOBA
2WD manual $26,990
2WD CVT $28,990 $33,290
AWD CVT $30,990 $35,290

 

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