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Mini John Cooper Works GP detailed

The full specifications and statistics of the Mini John Cooper Works GP – the fastest Mini ever – has been revealed.

Set to hit showrooms this November, the car is particularly eye-catching due to the modifications that have been done on the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

BMW Mini has tweaked the motor to offer direct injection, with the result being maximum torque of 191lb ft for the front wheels. However, this can be pushed up to 206lb ft for short periods thanks to...

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Volvo V40 R-Design specifications revealed

The new Volvo V40 R-Design is set to be shown off at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, though a few details of the car have made their way through the grapevines.

Just walking up to the new car from the Swedish car giant will have many car lovers in a state of awe.

This is thanks in no small part to the silk-metal framed high-gloss grille that almost makes the car smile, and is accentuated by a re-profiled front bumper and sleek day running headlamps.

Keep on walking around the Volvo V40 R-Design an...

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What has Toyota got in store for the 2012 Paris Motor Show?

Toyota Paris 2012Japanese car giant Toyota is set to be busy at this year's Paris Motor Show, when the vehicle manufacturer shows off three new models.



The curtain will be lifted on fresh models of the Auris hatchback, Verso people carrier and Auris Tourer when France's premier motoring exhibition kicks off on September 29th.



Here is a peek at each of the three vehicles in question ahead of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.



Auris hatchback



Drivers will have so...

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First details of the new Volkswagen Golf

The seventh-generation of the Volkswagen Golf family has been unveiled, with the family hatch a treat on the eyes and boasting more technology offerings than ever.
One of the highlight features of the new car is that it is 56mm longer than the outgoing Mk6 vehicle, as well as 13mm wider than that model.
As well as making the new Golf a more dominant force on the road, the enhanced measurements also helps to create additional interior space for people to enjoy.
When compared to the Mk6 Golf, the sev...

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BMW to enhance its 1 Series and 3 Series offerings

BMW will be adding a number of new engines and options to its 1 Series and 3 Series ranges before the year is out.

As well as presenting a new entry point for its 1 Series range this November, BMW will be releasing its first petrol car to make use of its EfficientDynamics engine on top of a trio of updates for the 3 Series Touring collection.

With so much planned by the German car manufacturer in the weeks ahead, here is a look at each of the additions in a little more detail.

BMW 114d Sports Hatch

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Lifting the cover off the 2013 Land Rover Defender

The 2013 Land Rover Defender has been revealed, with drivers receiving some familiar details to past models and other choices being exclusive to the new vehicle.

One of the fresh details about the 2013 Land Rover Defender is how much it expands the product range of the Defender series.


As well as being available in two new exterior colours - Havana and Barolo Black – people will also be able to choose from contrasting roof designs in Firenze Red, Orkney Grey, Indus Silver, Santorini Black ...

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Audi A8 preparing to undergo a facelift

The Audi A8 is to receive a facelift early next year, before undergoing a radical makeover in either 2016 or 2017.

Starting with the 2013 facelift, the German car manufacturer has opted to focus its attention on giving the engine of the Audi A8 a bit more bite.

As such, the V8 TDI unit will be boosted so that it can perform up to 400hp. On top of this, plans are being put into place to give Audi A8's W12 unit a twin-turbo setup.

The next-generation of the Audi A8, touted for release before 2017, is...

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New Lexus RX combines high quality with low emissions

The new Lexus RX combines excellent performance and styling with lower emissions than other cars in its class, according to the Japanese manufacturer.

A class leading 145g/km CO2 emissions on the full hybrid system attracts a benefit-in-kind tax rating of 20 per cent, which is also enjoyed by the new RX 450h F Sport.

According to Lexus, the new model delivers better performance, sharper styling and even higher equipment levels than before.

The Luxury model is equipped with dark-finish 19-inch alloy...

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