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    BMW’s latest X5 M and X6 M promise better performance and greater efficiency than their predecessors.

    Both models are powered by a new 4.4 litre V8 petrol engine that features direct injection, twin turbochargers and variable valve timing. Producing 567 bhp (423 kW / 575 PS) with 750 Nm (553 lb/ft) of peak torque, its output is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    As a result, the X5 M and X6 M will accelerate from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

    BMW X5 M (2015) Front Side
    The 2015 BMW X5 M...

    BMW X6 M (2015) Rear Side
    ...and the X6 M. Scroll down for more images.

    Combined cycle fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are 25.5 mpg (11.1 l/100km) and 258 g/km respectively. Although those figures might not appear particularly impressive in isolation, they do represent 20 percent improvements.

    Numerous chassis tweaks have been introduced to make the most of the extra pace. Among them are a firmer and lower suspension set-up, recalibrated electrically-assisted power steering, 20” wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tyres and upgraded brakes with six-piston calipers at the front. The Dynamic Performance Control and Dynamic Stability Control systems are bespoke, too.

    To visually distinguish the M versions they are fitted with larger front intakes, ‘Air Breather’ vents behind the front wheels, twin-stalk door mirrors, four exhaust tailpipes and a rear diffuser. Unsurprisingly, their interior specification includes front sports seats, Merino leather upholstery, an anthracite headliner and aluminium trim pieces.

    The 2015 X5 M costs £90,170 in the UK, while the X6 M has a £93,070 price tag. Deliveries are due to begin next April.

    BMW X5 M (2015) DashboardBMW X6 M (2015) Front

    BMW X5 M (2015) SideBMW X6 M (2015) Side

    BMW X5 M (2015) RearBMW X6 M (2015) Front Side

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    Scion didn’t exist in the 1970s, but that hasn’t stopped the brand from commissioning a one-off xB inspired by that era.

    Scion xB (KMA Productions x Riley Hawk Skate Tour) (2014) SideScion xB (KMA Productions x Riley Hawk Skate Tour) (2014) Dashboard

    The x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB, which has been created by KMA Productions for this month’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, resembles a shrunken custom van. Styling elements such as the very browny-orangey paintjob, door mirrors, wheels and porthole side windows are all suitably retro.

    Scion xB (KMA Productions x Riley Hawk Skate Tour) (2014) InteriorScion xB (KMA Productions x Riley Hawk Skate Tour) (2014) Luggage Compartment

    It’s a similar story inside, where the specification includes brown buttoned upholstery, faux-wood trim, shag-pile carpet, a CB radio and an eight-track player. Also fitted is a more contemporary Pioneer audio system, along with a mini fridge and skateboard rack.

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    Organisers of the new TC3 International Series for touring cars have announced a schedule for 2015. Its inaugural season is going to comprise twelve two-race rounds which will take place in Europe, Asia and South America.

    National and regional TC3 championships are also planned in addition to the International Series. Run using the same regulations, the idea is to create a ‘pyramid’ structure for drivers and teams to ascend.

    TC3 International Series Logo

    To be eligible to compete in TC3, cars must be four- or five-door models with a maximum length of 4.20 metres (13’ 9”). All will feature production-based 2.0 litre turbocharged engines – petrol or diesel – that are expected to produce around 315 bhp (235 kW / 320 PS) with 410 Nm (302 lb/ft) of torque.

    Crucially a ‘balance of performance’, using carefully controlled power-to-weight ratios, should ensure close competition. Furthermore, efforts are being made to keep costs down to encourage privateers to participate.

    2015 TC3 International Series - Provisional Calendar
    Date Venue Country
    29 March Sepang International Circuit Malaysia*
    19 April Shanghai International Circuit China*
    3 May Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo Spain
    10 May Autódromo Internacional Algarve (Portimão) Portugal
    24 May Autodromo di Monza Italy
    31 May Salzburgring Austria
    21 June Sochi Autodrom Russia
    26 July Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez (Buenos Aires) Argentina
    9 August Autódromo Internacional Codegua Chile
    20 September Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore*
    25 October Buriram International Circuit Thailand
    TBC November TBC TBC
    *Formula One Grand Prix support race.

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    Chevrolet has unveiled the 2015 Camaro Commemorative Edition. Available in coupé and convertible guises, it can be based on either the 2LT or 2SS trim grades.

    Standard equipment includes the RS package, 20” five-spoke wheels, a rear spoiler from the ZL1 model and a body-colour front splitter.

    Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Commemorative Edition (2015) Side

    When sales begin next spring, buyers will have a choice of black, grey metallic, red, silver metallic or white paintwork. All come with special Commemorative Edition badges and contrasting stripes.

    Also part of the specification are unique doorsill plates, a flat-bottom steering wheel and exclusive red and black two-tone leather upholstery.

    Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

    Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Commemorative Edition (2015) InteriorChevrolet Camaro Commemorative Edition (2015) Front Side

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    Images © General Motors.

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  • 11/04/14--11:50: 2015 BMW S 1000 XR unveiled
  • With its upright riding position, wide handlebars, high ground clearance and four-cylinder engine, the BMW S 1000 XR is essentially a cross between the R 1200 GS and S 1000 RR. Such a combination should make the new arrival an appealing all-rounder that’s equally suited to touring or more rapid use.

    Like the S 1000 RR, the S 1000 XR is powered by a 999 cc motor which is connected to a chain-drive system via a six-speed transmission. A retune sees output reduced from 196 bhp (146 kW / 199 PS) to 157 bhp (118 kW / 160 PS), but crucially a peak torque figure of 112 Nm (83 lb/ft) is virtually identical.

    BMW S 1000 XR (2015) Front Side

    BMW S 1000 XR (2015) Rear Side

    The chassis set-up comprises an aluminium perimeter frame with a conventional upside-down front fork and double-sided rear swingarm. Electronic suspension adjustment will be on the options list.

    Along with anti-lock brakes, the bike’s standard equipment includes traction control and a choice of ‘Road’ or ‘Rain’ riding modes.

    Although a seat height of 840 mm (33.1”) might be off-putting to some shorter riders, the S 1000 XR weighs a reasonable 228 kg (502 lbs) fully fuelled. BMW has yet to announce a UK price.

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    Kawasaki’s new Z300, which has just been unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan, is basically a naked version of the Ninja 300.

    Both bikes have a 296 cc parallel-twin engine that sits within a steel frame and produces 38 bhp (29 kW / 39 PS). The Z300 might accelerate marginally quicker though, as its lack of bodywork has reduced wet weight by 4 kg (9 lbs) to 170 kg (375 lbs).

    Kawasaki Z300 (2015) Front Side

    Kawasaki Z300 (2015) Side

    Unique to the Z300 is a flatter, wider handlebar that gives a more upright and relaxed riding position. Radiator shrouds and a distinctive headlight cowl meanwhile offer visual links to the larger Z800.

    Kawasaki has still to confirm a UK price for the Z300, but expect it to cost slightly less than the £5,199 Ninja 300.

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    After much speculation, Honda has unveiled a RC213V-S prototype at the EICMA show in Milan. As that name implies, it’s based on the RC213V which currently competes in MotoGP.

    Honda RC213V-S Prototype (2015) Side

    Apart from a mention of carbon fibre bodywork, Honda hasn’t revealed any detailed specifications. However, a 1,000 cc V4 engine would be a reasonable assumption, as that’s what powers the racing machine.

    Honda RC213V-S Prototype (2015) Rear SideHonda RC213V-S Prototype (2015) Front Side

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    Triumph launched its Rocket III a decade ago, so to celebrate the big cruiser’s tenth birthday a special version has been created.

    The most striking feature of the Rocket X Limited Edition is a unique colour scheme. Crafted by 8 Ball, it combines gloss black paintwork with a lacquered bare metal stripe that runs along the mudguards and fuel tank.

    Triumph Rocket X Limited Edition (2015) Front Side

    Furthermore the fly screen, mirrors, exhaust, handlebars and five-spoke wheels all gain a complementary black finish. Rocket X badges, machined from solid aluminium, provide a finishing touch.

    Just 500 examples of the Rocket X Limited Edition are going to be produced and all will be individually numbered. Deliveries are expected to begin next spring.

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    Yamaha has unveiled its all-new, MotoGP-inspired YZF-R1 at the EICMA show in Milan.

    With a striking fairing design that incorporates some sinister-looking twin LED headlights, the 2015 R1 is built around a short-wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame.

    The fuel tank is also made from aluminium, while the rear subframe and wheels are magnesium. Using those materials has helped to keep the fully-fuelled weight down to a reasonable 199 kg (439 lbs).

    Yamaha YZF-R1 (2015) Front Side

    Powering the latest R1 is a 998 cc four-cylinder engine that borrows technologies from the YZR-M1 race bike, such as a large-volume air intake, titanium con rods and a crossplane crankshaft.

    As a result, it produces 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) with 112 Nm (82 lb/ft) of torque. Compared to the old model the former figure is up by a considerable 18 bhp (13 kW / 18 PS), but curiously the latter is actually 3 Nm (2 lb/ft) lower.

    To manage that increased output, Yamaha has developed a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit. This device, which takes data from a gyro and numerous G-sensors, determines how the various electronic riding aids function. These comprise launch, front-lift, traction and slide control systems, as well as banking-sensitive anti-lock brakes.

    Buyers will have a choice of either Race Blu or Racing Red colour schemes when sales begin next year. Pricing for the 2015 R1 has yet to be announced.

    Yamaha YZF-R1 Race Blu (2015) Front and RearYamaha YZF-R1 Race Blu (2015) Side

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    Porsche’s sporty Cayenne GTS has lost its 4.8 litre V8 engine. The latest version, which will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, is getting a 3.6 litre V6 instead.

    That’s actually good news because, thanks to direct injection and twin turbochargers, power is up by 19 bhp (15 kW / 20 PS) to 433 bhp (324 kW / 440 PS). Similarly, peak torque has risen from 515 Nm (380 lb/ft) to 600 Nm (442 lb/ft).

    Porsche Cayenne GTS (2015) Front Side

    With the standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, those figures translate into a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 5.2 seconds and a 163 mph (262 km/h) top speed. By comparison, the old model took half a second longer to complete the benchmark sprint.

    Efficiency is better too. On the combined cycle the GTS now achieves 28.3 mpg (10 l/100km), while carbon dioxide emissions have dropped from 251 g/km to 234 g/km.

    Visually, not much has changed. The Turbo variant’s front end remains, as do the wheel arch extensions, deeper side skirts, roof spoiler and black 20” wheels. Front sports seats covered in leather and Alcantara are still part of the interior specification.

    Available to order now, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS has a price tag of £72,523 in the UK.

    Porsche Cayenne GTS (2015) InteriorPorsche Cayenne GTS (2015) Rear Side

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    Following last month’s debut of the track-only 300 horsepower Kawasaki Ninja H2R, the detuned road-going H2 version has been launched.

    Power still comes from a fuel-injected, four-cylinder, 998 cc engine that uniquely boasts a supercharger. However, for the H2 it develops a less scary 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) – incidentally the same output as a normally-aspirated Yamaha R1– but that figure does rise to 207 bhp (154 kW / 210 PS) with the effect of ram air. Peak torque meanwhile is an impressive 133 Nm (98 lb/ft).

    Kawasaki Ninja H2 (2015) Front Side

    Like the H2R, the H2 features a trellis frame built from high tensile steel. Its suspension set-up comprises a KYB AOS-II upside-down front fork, plus a KYB fully adjustable mono-shock at the rear that works with a single-sided swingarm.

    Also fitted are a speed-variable Öhlins electronic steering damper and the KIBS anti-lock braking system which is designed to minimise intrusion and mitigate rear-wheel lift.

    A price for the Ninja H2 has yet to be announced, but Kawasaki has confirmed that UK-specification bikes will have an Akrapovic exhaust as standard.

    Kawasaki Ninja H2 (2015) SideKawasaki Ninja H2 (2015) Instruments

    Kawasaki Ninja H2 (2015) Fairing DetailKawasaki Ninja H2 (2015) Rear Side

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  • 11/06/14--15:21: 2015 BMW F 800 R announced
  • BMW is giving its F 800 R a comprehensive update for the 2015 model year.

    The changes begin with the bike’s styling. A more conventional-looking headlight replaces the old asymmetric unit, plus the wheels, radiator shrouds and front mudguard have all been redesigned. The riding position is going to be slightly different too thanks to a lower 790 mm (31.1”) seat height, revised foot pegs and new tapered aluminium handlebars.

    BMW F 800 R (2015) Front Side 1

    Also modified is the twin-cylinder engine. While its capacity of 798 cc is unaltered, output has risen from 85 bhp (64 kW / 87 PS) to 88 bhp (66 kW / 90 PS). Not a significant increase then, but the first and second gear ratios have been shortened so the 2015 F 800 R should feel sprightlier.

    To go with those powertrain tweaks, BMW has upgraded the chassis by fitting an upside-down fork and a pair of radial-mounted four-piston brake calipers to the front end. Furthermore, both Electronic Suspension Adjustment and Automatic Stability Control now appear on the options list.

    A UK price for the 2015 BMW F 800 R has yet to be revealed.

    BMW F 800 R (2015) Front and RearBMW F 800 R (2015) Side

    BMW F 800 R (2015) Front Side 2BMW F 800 R (2015) Rear Side

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  • 11/07/14--11:14: 2015 Suzuki Jimny launched
  • Suzuki’s elderly Jimny SUV is still around and it’s getting some extra equipment.

    Additional standard specification across the range includes electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitoring and a gear shift indicator. Furthermore the SZ3 trim grade gains a redesigned seat fabric, while the SZ4 features new 15” alloy wheels that have a dark silver finish.

    Suzuki Jimny (2015) Front Side

    Mechanically things are unchanged, which means power continues to come from a 1.3 litre petrol engine that sends its 83 bhp (63 kW / 85 PS) to an on-demand four-wheel drive system.

    UK prices for the entry-level Jimny SZ3 start from £12,195. Opt for the SZ4 instead and the cost rises to £13,645, or £14,545 if an automatic transmission is ordered.

    Suzuki Jimny (2015) Rear Side

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    Among the new scooters launched at this year’s EICMA show in Milan is the Downtown 350i from Taiwanese brand Kymco.

    Billed as a sports tourer, the second-generation Downtown features a larger 320 cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine. It produces 29 bhp (22 kW / 30 PS) and comes mated to a more efficient continuously-variable transmission.

    Kymco Downtown 350i (2015) Side

    Refreshed styling complements the updated powertrain. Key changes include the introduction of LED running-light halos around the dual headlights, a bigger radiator intake and a distinctively tapered rear end that incorporates bold LED light clusters.

    Sitting on a leather-covered seat, the 350i rider faces a revised dashboard that has a central LCD multi-function display, blue backlighting, a USB charging point and a glove box.

    Also fitted as standard is the compact and lightweight Bosch 9.1M anti-lock system which acts on the front and rear disc brakes.

    Kymco Downtown 350i (2015) Rear SideKymco Downtown 350i (2015) Front Side

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    Changing a few things on an existing motorcycle can be enough to create another model which appeals to a very different type of rider. And that’s exactly the strategy used by Yamaha to devise the latest member of its expanding MT family.

    The new MT-09 Tracer – known simply as the FJ-09 in North America – takes the basic MT-09 and adds a fairing, a larger 18 litre (3.9 gallon) fuel tank and a more pillion-friendly saddle to enhance its touring abilities.

    Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (2015) Front Side

    Also fitted are dual LED headlights, an adjustable windscreen, a centre stand and brackets for a pair of optional panniers. A switchable traction control system, anti-lock brakes and some Tracer-specific riding modes complete the specification.

    All other major components, including the die-cast aluminium frame and 847 cc three-cylinder engine that produces 113 bhp (85 kW / 115 PS), are carried over from the MT-09 unaltered.

    Yamaha has still to confirm a price for the MT-09 Tracer, but when sales begin buyers will have a choice of Race Blu, Matt Grey or Lava Red colour schemes.

    Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (2015) Rear SideYamaha MT-09 Tracer Race Blu (2015) Side

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    Nowadays top-tier supersport bikes seemingly need to have something in the region of 200 horsepower to be taken seriously. The latest member of that exclusive club is Aprilia’s new RSV4 RR.

    Like its predecessor, the RSV4 R, power comes from a 999 cc V4 engine which sits within an aluminium frame. However, output has been increased from 181 bhp (135 kW / 184 PS) to 198 bhp (148 kW / 201 PS), but perhaps surprisingly peak torque is down very slightly to 115 Nm (84 lb/ft).

    Aprilia RSV4 RR (2015) Front Side

    To help handle that extra brawn launch control, traction control and wheelie control are all fitted as part of the aPRC system. Furthermore there’s a choice of Sport, Track and Race throttle maps, plus an electronic quick-shifter for the six-speed transmission.

    Chassis components include a Sachs upside-down front fork and rear monoshock, while the brakes are augmented by a Bosch 9MP anti-lock system that features rear wheel lift-up mitigation and three rider-selectable settings.

    Aprilia RSV4 RR (2015) Side

    Optionally available is a Race Pack which consists of lightweight forged aluminium wheels, an upgraded steering damper and an Öhlins suspension set-up.

    As well as the RSV4 RR, Aprilia has launched the limited edition RSV4 RF. It comes with the Race Pack as standard and a unique ‘Superpole’ livery instead of the regular model’s Ascari Black or Bucine Grey colour schemes. Just 500 examples of the RF are going to be built.

    Aprilia RSV4 RF (2015) Front Side

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    Following launches across Asia earlier this year, Kawasaki has confirmed that the faired Ninja 250SL and naked Z250SL are coming to Europe.

    At first glance both bikes, which are pretty much identical apart from their different bodywork and handlebars, might appear to be too similar to the Ninja 300 and Z300.

    Kawasaki Ninja 250SL (2015) Front SideKawasaki Ninja 250SL (2015) Side

    There are some significant distinctions though, because the newcomers are intended to appeal more to novice riders or those who simply want a motorcycle that’s cheaper to run.

    For instance, whereas the 300 pair shares a twin-cylinder engine, the Ninja 250SL and Z250SL feature a 249 cc single-cylinder motor. It’s installed in a compact steel trellis frame and produces 27 bhp (20 kW / 28 PS).

    That output puts Kawasaki’s models on a par with the Suzuki Inazuma 250 and Honda CBR300R, two rivals in what is a market segment devoid of many contenders.

    Kawasaki Z250SL (2015) Front SideKawasaki Z250SL (2015) Side

    The Ninja 250SL has a wet weight of 152 kg (335 lbs) with anti-lock brakes fitted, while the Z250SL tips the scales at just 150kg (330 lbs). Such lightness should be a major selling point, especially for learners.

    Kawasaki has yet to announce UK prices.

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  • 11/12/14--07:53: Kia Soul EV or Nissan Leaf?
  • Kia has decided to offer the all-electric Soul EV in the UK. Recognisable by a blanked-off grille and unique 16” alloy wheels, its specification closely matches that of the rival Nissan Leaf.

    Powering the five-door Soul EV is a 109 bhp (81 kW / 110 PS) motor which sits beneath the bonnet. Energy is supplied by an under-floor 192-cell lithium-ion polymer battery pack that features a dedicated heating and cooling system.

    Unsurprisingly, numerous measures have been taken to maximise range. These include the fitment of low-rolling-resistance tyres, regenerative braking, various aerodynamic aids and a more efficient air conditioner.

    Kia Soul EV (2015) Front Side

    Kia Soul EV (2015) Dashboard

    So how does the Soul EV measure up against the Leaf? Looking at the stats below, it seems that in terms of performance and range Kia’s engineers have made sure that their car just beats the Nissan (even if for some measures the advantage is negligible).

    Conversely, the Leaf appears to be marginally quicker overall when it comes to battery replenishment, however an onboard 6.6 kW charger isn’t standard.

    Unfortunately buyers of the Kia won’t have any choice as far as equipment levels and pricing are concerned. Yes, the Soul EV has a decent level of kit, but only one version is available. Four trim grades and the option to separately lease the battery should mean that Nissan’s electric hatchback continues to appeal to a broader budget spectrum.

    Kia’s UK sales expectations for the Soul EV are modest, though. Thanks to production constraints, 200 units at most will be retailed during the model’s first year via a network of just thirteen selected dealers.

    Model Soul EV Leaf Visia^ Leaf Tekna^
    OTR price £29,995 £26,490 £30,590
    Price net of Plug-in Car Grant £24,995 £21,490 £25,590
    Technical specifications
    Power 109 bhp (81 kW / 110 PS) 107 bhp (80 kW / 109 PS)
    Torque 285 Nm (210 lb/ft) 254 Nm (187 lb/ft)
    0-62 mph (100 km/h) 11.2 secs 11.5 secs
    Top speed 90 mph (145 km/h) 87 mph (140 km/h) 89 mph (143 km/h)
    Battery capacity 27 kWh 24 kWh
    Maximum range 132 miles (212 km) 124 miles (199 km)
    Recharge time
    (domestic socket)
    11 - 14 hours 12 hours
    Recharge time
    (dedicated wallbox)
    4 - 5 hours 4 hours
    Recharge time
    (public rapid charger to 80% capacity)
    33 minutes 30 minutes
    Standard equipment
    Onboard 6.6 kW charger Yes Optional*
    Rapid charge socket Yes Yes Yes
    Satellite navigation Yes No Yes
    Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes
    DAB radio Yes No No
    Cruise control Yes No Yes
    Reversing camera Yes No Yes
    Front parking sensors Yes No Yes**
    Rear parking sensors Yes No Yes**
    LED headlights No No Yes
    Leather upholstery No No Yes
    Heated front seats Yes No Yes
    Heated steering wheel Yes No Yes
    Air conditioning Yes Yes Yes
    Climate control Yes No Yes
    Power folding / heated door mirrors Yes No Yes
    Rear privacy glass Yes No Yes
    Keyless entry Yes Yes Yes
    Metallic paint Yes Optional***
    Alloy wheels Yes No Yes
    Tyre pressure monitoring Yes Yes Yes
    ^ Nissan Leaf trim grades: Visia (£21,490), Visia+ (£22,590), Acenta (£23,590), Tekna (£25,590).
    Purchase prices reduce by a further £5,000 under the Flex scheme, but then the battery pack must be leased separately for between £70 and £129 per month (actual payment depends on term and annual mileage).
    * £1,150 option.
    ** 360° Around View Monitor.
    *** £525 option.

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  • 11/12/14--12:02: Scion iM Concept first view
  • This month’s Los Angeles Auto Show will see the public debut of Scion’s iM Concept.

    Based on the Toyota Auris five-door hatchback, its look has been inspired by European touring car racing. Accordingly, bodywork modifications include widened wheel arches, extended sills and restyled bumpers that incorporate a front splitter and rear diffuser.

    Scion iM Concept (2014) Front Side

    Scion iM Concept (2014) Rear Side

    There’s no word yet on an engine. However, the iM Concept should be able to handle a decent level of power because height-adjustable suspension, upgraded brakes and a set of 19” forged aluminium wheels are all part of the specification.

    Expect a toned-down production version to be announced soon.

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    Kawasaki is charging a hefty £22,000 in the UK for its new street-legal Ninja H2. That’s a lot of money for a motorcycle, but apparently most of the bikes in the initial batch have already found customers.

    Kawasaki Ninja H2 (2015) Side

    As announced at the recent EICMA show in Milan, the Ninja H2’s specification includes KYB suspension components, an Öhlins electronic steering damper and a supercharged 998 cc engine which produces up to 207 bhp (154 kW / 210 PS) thanks partly to ram air induction. It’s due to arrive at dealers next March.

    Even more expensive is the circuit-only Ninja H2R. A staggering price tag of £41,000 buys numerous enhancements, such as carbon fibre bodywork that features aerodynamic appendages to keep things stable at speed.

    Kawasaki Ninja H2R (2015) Rear Side

    And the ‘R’ version should be much quicker than the regular Ninja H2 courtesy of a seriously upgraded motor. Output is increased to 305 bhp (228 kW / 310 PS) – or 321 bhp (240 kW / 326 PS) with ram air – while peak torque is 165 Nm (121 lb/ft). Completing the package are paddock stands for each wheel and a pair of tyre warmers.

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