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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
18--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 5, 2009 Bentley goes to the extreme IMPRESSIVE: Supersports is a fine-tuned, lightweight version of the Continental GT Speed MARK HINCHLIFFE T HIS is the most extreme Bentley yet made. Supersports is a fine-tuned, lightweight version of the Continental GT Speed which arrives here next month, costing $525,000. It has 3.5 per cent more power, 6.7 per cent more torque and weighs 110kg less, mainly because they have thrown out the rear seats and rep- laced the front row with expensive carbonfibre seats. All of this means it accelerates to 100km/h in less than four seconds, which places the genteel British marque in the supercar class for the first time. Asia Pacific marketing manager Ja- mes Barclay said they did not predict volume sales for the car, but then they don't do volume sales for any of their vehicles, particularly this year. So far in 2009, Bentley has sold only 33 vehicles, compared with 82 for the same time last year. ''The Supersports is a niche product for us,'' Barclay says. ''We expect conquest buys from other brands such as the [Porsche] GT3 and [Ferrari] 599. ''It is the most extreme Bentley yet but Australia is a sports-focused market and cars like this are of real interest so we expect it to go well.'' The Supersports definitely is sports focused with its all-wheel-drive sys- tem tuned for more rear bias (60-40), rather than 50-50 like the GT and GT Speed. This gives it a more ''playful'' attitude on a track, Bentley says. Its electronic stability program is also re-programmed to trail the rear in- side brake to tuck the front in and dial out bothersome understeer and dial in a little friendly oversteer. The Supersports name is inspired by the original two-seater three-litre Supersports model introduced in 1925. Like the current model, it was an evolution of the Speed model. The original 63kW Supersports was the first production Bentley to reach 100mph (160km/h). This model has 463kW of power at 6000rpm and 800Nm of torque from 1700-5600rpm with a top speed of 329km/h. Outside, the vehicle looks more mus- cular thanks to wider flanks to accommodate a 50mm wider track and wide tyres on 20-inch wheels, and it has larger and extra air vents to improve engine breathing. Out back their are twin elliptical exhaust pipes. It comes with massive carbon cer- amic brakes as standard. On a lesser model, they would be a $10,000 option. They are a little touchy, but are almost fade-proof and guaranteed to last the life of the vehicle. Inside, there is quilted stitched Alcan- tara leather, acres of carbonfibre trim and --- unusually for Bentley --- no wood. There are no major changes to the car's suspension, W12 engine or dynamics, only a host of ''fine tun- ing''. The biggest change is in the new Quickshift version of the six-speed ZF 6HP26 automatic transmission which halves shift times and allows double downshifts. new cars SAFETY FIRST: The Subaru Liberty GT Premium is available at Performance Subaru. Performance Subaru FOR this weekend only, Performance Subaru is offering a Liberty GT Premium sedan for $57,181 drive-away with free carpet mats. This red five-speed automatic is fitted with 18-inch wheels, leather, sunroof and a 2.5i turbo engine. Rear privacy glass, airbags, vehicle dynamics control, symmetrical all- wheel drive, horizontally opposed boxer engine and a five-star ANCAP safety rating round out this sharp package. Tilford TILFORD has one Ford FPV GS. This limited- edition performer is one of only 250 individually numbered units produced by Ford Performance Vehicles. Featuring a 302kW engine, unique GS decals, twin exhaust and dark argent alloy wheels, along with reverse camera and full leather interior, this exclusive machine is available for $59,990 drive-away. Co-Op Toyota TODAY is the last day of Co-op's Mega Red Tag 2 Day Clearance. Prices have been slashed at Co-Op, with most vehicles heavily discounted. There are great fleet deals on offer, and don't forget the 50 per cent investment allowance for small businesses. Save thousands today, there has never been a better time to buy. Motors Citroen MOTORS has a special offer on a demonstration model C4 VTi diesel --- $30,990 drive-away. This is a saving of more than $5300 on the retail price. It features an economical 1.6-litre diesel engine and six- speed EGS semi-automatic transmission that will give a range of more than 900km around town and 1200km on a highway run. DJ Mitsubishi ONE 3.8-litre V6 Pajero Platinum Edition is available today at $56,490 drive-away. It features Mitsubishi's multi-communi- cation system, Bluetooth phone, reversing camera, stability control, sports automatic transmission and traction control. Performance Volvo SHARP deals at Volvo today include a C30 three-door hatch with 2.4-litre five-cylinder petrol motor for $37,500 drive-away. Choose either a six-speed geartronic sequential manual or automatic transmission. They have also knocked a few dollars off an S40 1S R-design. The sedan has black leather, 17-inch diamond- cut alloys, trip computer and body kit. Was $48,350, now $45,900 on-road. Performance Alfa Romeo AT Performance Automobiles today, $34,900 will buy an Alfa Romeo MiTo. This silver manual has red/black interior trim and delivery kilometres only. DJ Kia KIA'S Wheel Deal this week is a Cerato Koup manual for just $25,990 drive-away. With aggressive and sleek design, a powerful 2.0-litre engine offering 115kW and 194Nm of torque, the Koup is fun to drive, with quick steering response, stiff body control and balanced handling. Features include six SRS airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability program, traction control, climate and cruise control, plus 17-inch alloy wheels. DJ Nissan THE Nissan 370Z gives a direct injection of energy and excitement. The new 370Z is shorter, wider and lighter than before, yet now offers more power through its larger 3.7-litre high-performance V6. It is available in six-speed manual with a SynchroRev Match, or a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters. DJ's demonstrator is priced today at $69,990 drive-away. Motors Hyundai MOTORS Hyundai Hobart has an i30 SLX with Protectz Pack demonstration vehicle for sale. Finished in shiny red solid paint, this 2.0-litre manual comes with full electrics, MP3 CD player, airconditioning, airbags, ESP, ABS braking with EBD, alloys and fog lights. With only 3100km on the clock, it is priced at $23,500 drive-away. small torque Bentley Continental Supersports Price: $525,000 On sale: December Engine: 6-litre W12 twin- turbocharged Power: 463kW @ 6000rpm Torque: 800Nm @ 1700-5600rpm Performance: 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds Top speed: 329km/h Transmission: ZF 6-speed with Quickshift, 60/40 all-wheel drive Brakes: 420mm (front) and 356mm (rear) carbon-ceramic discs, ESP, ABS, EBD Suspension: 4-link double wishbones, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, anti- roll bar (front); trapezoidal multi- link, computer-controlled self- levelling air suspension, anti-roll bar (rear) Kerb weight: 2240kg Tyres: 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance Wheels: 20-inch x 9.5J 10-spoke Economy: 16.3L/100km (combined) C02 Emissions: 388g/km Rivals: Porsche 911 GT3 (about $280,000), Ferrari 599 Fiorano ($650,300) Tilford Trade Clearance Centre TONY: 0417 569 323 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP 6273 8533 www.tilford.com.au CHEAP CHEAP CARS & COMMERCIALS Hobart's true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome CARS 95 Mazda 121 Bubble $2,500 2/10 reg, 5 speed manual, neat & tidy 95 Peugeot 306 XR Hatch $3,000 5 speed, white paint, 175,000kms p/s, a/c 97 Ford Festiva Hatch $4,500 5 door, 155,000kms, 5 speed, immaculate 96 VS Holden Commodore Wagon $4,500 T-bar, auto, very neat & tidy, p/s, a/c 96 Holden Astra GSI Hatch $5,500 Alloy wheels, 5 speed, tidy, p/s, a/c 96 Ford Laser Sedan $5,500 153,000kms, 5 speed, 1.6ltr, tidy, p/s 96 Hyundai Lantra Sportswagon $5,500 T-bar auto, 1.8ltr fuel injected, p/s, a/c 04 Kia Rio Hatch $7,500 5 door, 5 speed, 77,000kms, p/s, a/c 01 Honda Accord VTI-L $9,000 4 cyl, leather trim, 126,000kms, auto 03 BA Ford Futura Wagon $15,000 T-bar, auto, cruise, alloys, p/s, a/c 04 Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X Sedan $17,000 T-bar, auto, immaculate throughout, p/s, a/c COMMERCIALS 87 Nissan Navara 4x2 D/cab $3,750 6 seater, diesel engine, 5 speed 98 Toyota Rav 4 Wagon $10,000 5 door, 5 speed, neat & tidy, p/s 01 Ford Escape XLS Wagon $10,000 3.0ltr V6 engine, auto, immaculate, p/s, a/c 99 Ford Courier 4x2 D/Cab $12,500 95,000kms, 5 speed, immaculate, p/s, a/c 02 Mazda E2000 LWB Van $12,750 5 speed, 106,000kms, roof rack, p/s, a/c 02 Toyota Hilux 4x2 F/Tray $13,000 3.0ltr diesel, 5 speed, alloy tray, p/s, a/c 03 BA Ford Falcon F/Tray $13,000 T-bar Auto, alloy wheels, tidy, p/s, a/c 00 Ford Transit People Mover $13,500 12 seater, 2.0ltr engine, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 02 Honda CRV Sports Wagon $16,500 Only 102,000kms, 5 speed, alloys, p/s, a/c 95 Toyota Landcruiser $18,000 4x4, flat tray, 4.2ltr diesel, manual, neat & tidy 04 Ford Courier XLT 4x4 D/Cab $20,000 Turbo diesel, 5 speed, alloys, racks, p/s, a/c
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