Senior Transport Correspondent
First ever BMW M3 station wagon
BMW has unveiled its first M3 Touring, a power wagon with a 510hp 3-litre straight-six engine and all-wheel drive. Available only in Competition guise, and with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, it reaches the century mark in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 280kmh (with M Driver package).
Audi offers A3 models with cheaper COE
The Audi A3 is available with Category A certificate of entitlement again. The Audi A3 Sedan and A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSI are additions to the current A3 range.
Fitted with 1-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engines producing 110hp, they qualify for Category A COE, which is currently more than $30,000 less costly than Category B premiums. The cars are equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a 48-volt mild hybrid system, with a claimed fuel consumption of as low as 4.3 litres/100km. The A3 Sedan and A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSI models are priced from $188,148 and $186,369 respectively.
More RS-badged Skoda cars
Skoda has expanded its range of RS-badge performance cars. Along with the facelifted Kodiaq sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Kodiaq RS is here. Powered by the same 2-litre turbocharged engine with 245hp sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the SUV promises to be a hoot.
It is fitted with LED Matrix headlights (with adaptive high beam) and tail-lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, gloss black grille, gloss black window frames and roof rails, and body-coloured front and rear aprons. The Kodiaq RS is priced at $285,900. Another RS car is the Octavia Combi RS performance wagon, which is priced at $226,900.