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Many impressive Porsche's were on display in Salamanca on Saturday as part of the marque's 70th anniversary celebrations, and this rare 911R was a definite standout. Designed to capture the essence of a classic 911 in a modern car, the 911R is essentially a simplified GT3 RS, with 50kg of weight stripped out and a 6 speed manual transmission replacing the PDK. Only 991 examples were produced, with this being the only in Tasmania. The recently delivered Guards Red GT2 RS (again, the only in the state) belongs to the same owner. Unfortunately neither car has ever been spotted on the road, and we don't expect to see them being driven anytime soon.
A gorgeous Mediterranean Blue Maserati GranSport at Sandy Bay Beach on Sunday. Its Ferrari-derived 4.2L naturally aspirated V8 makes a wonderful noise, even more so on this example thanks to a Larini exhaust!
A beautiful Ferrari Dino 246GT spotted in Battery Point on Sunday. Named after Enzo’s son ‘Dino’, the car is powered by a mid-mounted 2.4L V6. When it was introduced in 1968 the Dino’s aim was to create a lower priced “affordable” sports car that could take on the Porsche 911. Today however, there’s nothing very affordable about the 246GT, with prices in the $650k-$1m range.
Hobart’s seldom driven McLaren 12C spotted at the Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania in Lindisfarne last weekend. This particular car is an earlier example and has the very cool ‘slide to unlock’ feature, whereby you place your hand underneath the upper section of the door and slide it along until the door unlocks, and can then be lifted open. McLaren removed this feature on later cars, instead placing a small button in the same location.
Another new Mercedes-AMG E63 S spotted in Battery Point over the weekend. By our count, this is the fourth example to hit the roads of Hobart, and the first in black with the other three examples being grey. Also optioned on this car are the $9.9k ceramic composite brakes. The E63 S is the most powerful model currently produced in Affalterbach by AMG, and comes with a base price of around $260k in Australia.
Hobart’s ‘Crayon’ coloured Porsche 991.2 911 GT3 spotted parked in North Hobart this morning. Featuring a spectacular 4.0L naturally aspirated flat-six that revs to 9000rpm, there’s nothing quite like the sound of one being driven in anger. With turbocharging on the horizon, it’ll likely be the last generation of GT3 without forced induction.
Tassie's daily driven Giallo Midas Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 spotted in Cornelian Bay today, braving the rather unpleasant weather. Thanks to @iamjordieturner for the photo.
A regularly driven Aston Martin Rapide S spotted in Salamanca Place yesterday afternoon. When new it would have cost the original owner close to $400k, however used examples can now be had for under $200k. Considering there's nothing else like it on the market, this is quite good value for a luxurious super-sedan with a 5.9L naturally aspirated V12 that pumps out 410kW and 620Nm. Although newer luxury sedans that are faster than this exist, nothing in the segment comes close to matching the beautiful rumble and roar produced by the handcrafted British V12.
We're thrilled to reveal that Hobart, and indeed Tasmania, has received its first Porsche 911 GT2 RS!!
Joining a family of ultra-high performance turbocharged 911's dubbed 'widow makers', this is the fastest and most powerful iteration of the iconic model-line that Porsche has ever produced. Performance figures sit at 700hp or 515kW & 750Nm, with 0 to 100km/h rated at 2.8 seconds (even faster times have been achieved). Finished in Guards Red with tons of carbon fibre to boot, this example has been optioned with the $70k 'Weissach Package' which strips 30kg of weight from various areas of the car, and employs the use of magnesium wheels (not on this car) and a titanium roll cage. Pricing for this awesomely outrageous road-going weapon starts at $690k, although with a few options added they can easily surpass the $800k mark.
Mercedes’ athletic AMG GT S looking fantastic parked at Sandy Bay Beach last weekend. Its 4.0L BiTurbo V8 produces a lovely deep and burbling exhaust note which would invalidate any argument against AMG’s transition from naturally aspirated to turbocharged engines. There are now a number of GT’s on Tassie’s roads, however this example was the first to be delivered  around a year and a half ago.
Our first look at BMW's astonishing new M5. Its design is understated enough not to draw unwanted attention, yet aggressive enough to let onlookers know they're in the presence of something more special than a 520d. Power comes from a reworked version of the previous M5's 4.4L twin-turbo V8, which outputs a ballistic 441kW and 750Nm (conservatively published by BMW). The car uses a sophisticated new all wheel drive system named 'M xDrive' which is rear-wheel biased, and allows drivers to choose between full 4WD, sport 4WD or even 2WD which completely decouples the front axle and sends 100% of power and torque to the rear wheels. Acceleration from a standstill to 100km/h takes the M5 just 3.4s, and with its factory 250km/h limiter removed it can hit 306km/h. The most incredible thing however, is that this kind of performance is possible in a large four door sedan with sumptuous luxury, cutting-edge technology and everyday practicality. If you want it all, the M5 delivers.
A beautiful Maserati GranTurismo parked in North Hobart