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Subaru WRX STI
The STI returns for another tilt at the performance car buyer’s money. It’s still the exciting racer it’s always been but now comes with a few added extras. Does the fact it brings no added horsepower dull its lustre?

BMW M235i
BMW adds another tempting M Performance machine to its ranks with the invigorating M235i Coupe. Think of it as an M4 lite.

Renault Clio RS vs Ford Fiesta ST
Renault relaunched (again) recently in New Zealand, and it will soon add the Clio RS to the local range. We got a preview drive of the new, more refined bottle rocket, and brought a Fiesta ST along to see how it stacks up against the class leader.

Also in this issue
New arrivals for the month include BMW’s M3 and M4 twins, the Honda Jazz, Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe and the updated Audi A8 range with its trick active LED lighting technology. We’ve also driven the new BMW 435i Gran Coupe, Jeep’s heavy hitting Grand Cherokee SRT, the supremely practical Skoda Rapid Spaceback and the updated Kia Sportage. We detail Brendon Hartley’s experience at Le Mans racing for the factory Porsche team, profile former NZ Rally champion Chris West, and take a quick tour of Australia’s National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst while also getting some saddle time on Yamaha’s Bolt and the muscular Honda VFR 1200, which just happens to be the fastest 0-100 machine we have ever tested.

All this plus the usual news and views in the August issue of NZ Autocar magazine on sale July 24.

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