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Hottest Motoring News Of The Week [04.06.15]

It’s time to fire up your engines as we bring you the five trending stories you need to know in the world of motoring.

#1 Lamborghini Luxury SUV Receives Green Light

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Lamborghini earlier this week confirmed that they’ve given their long anticipated SUV the green light for production. The announcement marks the Italian supercar maker’s second foray into the off-road market since their LM002 effort of the late 80s and 90s.

Slated to be launched in 2018, you can expect nothing less on the performance front with a selection of high-powered engines stowed away in the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory. Watch the video below of the URUS – the raging bull’s concept SUV from the 2012 Beijing Motor Show for an indication of the future model.

#2 Aston Martin Vanquish ‘One of Seven’

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In a display of just how far Aston Martin is taking your bespoke requests, the British marquee just completed seven special models of their legendary Vanquish. At the request of one (well-heeled) customer, the Q by Aston Martin group have created seven cars with bodies decked out entirely of carbon fibre.

The exposed carbon body work is accompanied with satin black trim, bespoke diamond quilted seats and special machined carbon logos. If you were the next Bond villain, this would be your go-to ride.

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#3 2016 Mazda MX-5 Defies 50/50 Gravity

Mazda’s iconic MX-5 (Miata for Americans) has long held the crown as both the world’s best hairdresser’s car and the world’s best handling roadster. With the 2016 model already released in Japan and the impending worldwide release just around the corner, the Japanese manufacturer has embarked on some wild marketing campaigns to prove the car’s handling credentials with its trademark 50/50 weight distribution.

We don’t recommend you try this one with mum’s Honda Civic.

#4 BMW Unveil The X1

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There must be something in the air with BMW also pulling the covers off their latest soft roader. The X1 might not have been as popular as its bigger brothers in the past, but times have changed and it should fair well against its competition in the form of the Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3.

The X1, which was designed by talented Aussie Calvin Luk (whom we interviewed here) will offer a host of 2.0-litre engines in both petrol and diesel formats with twin turbo power. The car is front-wheel drive based but it’s also equipped with BMW’s XDrive AWD system, meaning it can send 100% of power to the rear wheels.

Under normal conditions you will get the fuel efficiency of a family car and when pressed, the X1 will handle more like a seasoned trail runner. Keep an eye out for this one to arrive in showrooms in late 2015 or early 2016.

#5 Stirling Moss’ Vintage Porsche 718 To Sell For A Cool $3 Million

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What does a cool $3 million afford you these days? A nice one bedroom apartment in Sydney, perhaps? Or maybe you could put it towards something more practical. And by practical we mean awesome.

Sir Stirling Moss, legendary race car driver of the golden years, will be auctioning off his 1961 Porsche 718 RS-61 at the opening of the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.

The luxury auctioneer Bonhams has already predicted that the classic racer will fetch well in advance of $3 million. Moss once described it back in the 60s as a “supercar”. Well now he’s also got a super price tag to match. Watch the video to see it in action.

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