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YAMAHA'S NEW middleweight sports contender, the FZ8, has arrived in NZ, and two models have gone on sale, a naked FZ8N version at 15,999 and a faired model, the FZ8S, for 17,499. Yamaha claims the all-rounders offer sports-bike looks, outstanding handling and easy-to-access performance. They sit between the XJ6 and the FZ1, replacing the FZ6 line up. By going for the middle ground on capacity, Yamaha reckons that the 779cc engine, a scaled-down version of the FZ1 mill via a 9mm bore reduction,...

Along With The New Bootedandwinged

Beast, the STI range now includes an automatic version. Previously unthinkable, the addition of the automated gearbox is a sign of the times, at least according to the media blurb. 'The STI auto provides a solution for buyers who spend time in commuter traffic, but still recognises those who enjoy driving a performance car to maximise weekend excursions,' it continues. Sounds like a soft option to us, but one that will undoubtedly broaden the appeal of the STI, just as this move has for other...

Audi Seems Set To

Deliver on its promise of A7 looks for the next-generation A6, if the first spy images are anything to go by. A rival for the 5 Series, the A6 is due for public debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and will be the third model in Audi's big-car line up to get the new styling language introduced on the A8, and modified subsequently for the A7. While much of the styling will carry over from the new A7, the rear treatment will be revised to suit the A6's sedan body form. But the cabin should be...

Be The First To Own The New Spyder Rt Touring Reinvented

It's the first three-wheeled roadster designed for touring - the Can-Am Spyder* roadster RT. Includes features like an electronically adjustable windshield and rear suspension. Also comes with complete Pod' integration and the first factory-model trailer' on the market, with 622L (164 US gal.) of storage. It will forever change the way you see the world Book a test ride on spyder.brp.com en-au O i009 Bombefdier Recreational Product he. (SftPI and the BRPlogoare trademark of BR9 oi ill i 'jrei t...

Bmw Has Gone Live With A Web Site

That reveals a new petrol-electric hybrid driveline which will evidently be used to power a future sports car. The vehicle will be part of the expanding W EfficientDynamics line up and is scheduled for release in two years' time. The pictured mule is based on a 6 Series BMW and wears a front end similar to that of the EfficientDynamics concept vehicle shown at Frankfurt in 2009. The experimental vehicle clearly runs on low rolling-resistance tyres and aerodynamically efficient wheels. BMW has...

Breakfast Of Champions

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Citroen Predicts That It Will

Break new ground at the Paris show with the DS4 - a lofty but sporty-looking five-door hatch. The DS4 is the second model in Citroen's new DS range, and is a platform variant of the new C4. Compared with the Focus-sized C4, the DS4 is 60mm shorter, 40mm taller and 20mm wider. This makes for a taller driving position with better visibility. With this theme in mind, the DS4 features a panoramic windscreen that is said to give the driver an upward view of 45 degrees. 'Combined with tire slightly...

Commodore

Whether the VE Series II can change our market's perceptions of the Commodore remains to be seen. Modifications to the exterior are hard to spot, and it takes a keen eye for detail to identify the green-haloed Series II models from their more profligate VE forerunners. Best clue of all is the 'Series II' badging, but we also noted a vestigial spoiler on the trailing edge of the sedan boot-lids, and the more prominent grilles and sharper-styled bumpers that now grace squarer-edged front fascias....

Custom Installed Detection From The Worlds Best Radar Laser Manufacturers

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Designed For Improved Performance Whatever You Drive

Think performance fuel isn't for everyday cars Think again. From their work on the racetrack with Ferrari, Shell created Shell V-Power for the road. It's designed to clean any type of engine for more efficient combustion and so improve your car's responsiveness. So, fill up with Shell V-Power, the fuel developed with Ferrari. www.greenstoneenergy.co.nz Shell q ASTON Martin will compete at Le Mans in 2011 with an all-new racer powered by a newly developed engine. The LMPi challenger will be...

Designed To Meet Challenges

This engine would likely be mated to Merc's seven-speed Speedshift MCT transmission. The model should get its production debut in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. HYUNDAI seems to be going for style over practicality with a new 40 wagon, recently out testing. According to Hyundai, its 'class-leading style, equipment and CO2 emissions' will generate sales. The 40 wagon will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show next spring, while the sedan model will follow six months later. THE Lotus Evora S...

Editorial Department

Kyle Cassidy Peter Louisson Paul Owen Rob Scott Dave Moore Shaun Summerfield Aaron Smith Sarah Scobie Rhys Holding NZ Autocar exclusively uses Meguiar's car care products when out on location. NEW ZEALAND AUTOCAR MAGAZINE IS A PUBLICATION OF FAIRFAX MAGAZINES, A DIVISION OF FAIRFAX MEDIA LTD

Fpv Has Unveiled The

Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 to power its revised GS and GT ranges. Thanks to different ECU mapping, two states of tune are offered 315kW and 545Nm of torque for GS models, and 335kW and 570Nm outputs for the top-spec GT models. While that represents just 20 more kilowatts than the 5.4-litre of the previous GT produces, the blown engine is cleaner-burning and meets new Australian emissions level (equivalent to Euro 4 standards). At 13.6L 100km, the new GT also delivers a 0.8L 100km improvement in...

Go Your Own

2010Thruxton 900 Special Edition - 16,990 + On Road Costs MV AGUSTA, till recently owned by Harley, is back once again under the management of the Castiglioni brothers, former owners of the Italian marque. In fact, let's back-pedal two years, when Harley paid 70 million to purchase the Italian outfit - and now it's paid Castiglioni and co. 20 million to take it off their hands There must have been blood on the Harley floor. New MV models are promised, naturally, but then such promises have been...

Hands Free Car

Built-in omnidirectional microphone Mult-speaker voice recognition Text Td Speech speech synthesis ot the names in the phonebook Touch colour screen LCD Displays PA Nearest petrol and parking buttons. DETECT FIXED Speed & RED Ughl Camera Locations Porsche has gone hybrid mad it's got a hybrid race car, a hybrid supercar in the planning and more models to come. The first hybrid model on sale here is the new Cayenne, which comes with a huge premium. Is it worth it A diesel-fed X5 argues for...

Honda Has Confirmed The Launch

Of a hybrid version of its Jazz supermini for the Paris show. The car will share many of its components with the Insight, including its 1.3-litre petrol hybrid powertrain. Because of clever packaging, with space to accommodate the batteries and electronic control units, the Jazz was an especially suitable recipient for hybrid power. Its engine and electric motor are mated to a CVT gearbox and, as with the Insight, the Jazz will be able to run on electric power alone in low-speed conditions. The...

Hyosung St2

To Zealand Autocar road tests are iwwred by Shell V-Power the fuel developed with Ferrari. Shiny, even in the wet, you'd never mistake the ST7 for the GV650. It's lighter than it looks thereabouts as all but two of them, both of which are 900s and cost upwards of 3000 more than the 12,995 ST7. Not only does it have a distinct power-to-weight advantage, but with an inch more ground clearance than the competition, it also corners better you have to work to make it touch down. Its rivals must slow...

Hyundai Has Released

Details of its compact Elantra replacement, the i35, which had a global debut rn Korea earlier in the year. Featuring modern, fluidic design, it Is powered by anew 103kW 167Nm 1.6-litre direct-injection WT engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission of Hyundai's design. Due to arrive in New Zealand in the first quarter of next year, the i35 is likely to deliver performance and fuel efficiency at or near the top of its class, with overall fuel consumption quoted at 6.0L 100km. Hyundai's...

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Words Peter Louisson Photos Tom Gasnier displacement downsizing, as the 1.8-litre unit produces as much power and torque as a regular common-rail 2.0-litre example. Not that that stopped us from pitch ing it against a compact SUV with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, the facelifted RAV4 diesel. The original version had permanent 4WD but now, like most in the class, it features on-demand 4WD. Both of these vehicles can shuffle torque between their axles, depending on demands. Neither will be a big...

Ibulletscree

Sci-fi gadgets now a reality, radar scanner pre-dating in car sat-nav by a few decades grittier, more realistic character than previous Bonds, and he needed a car to match, so out went the outlandish gadgets. lust as with the DB5 four decades previously, Aston Martin had been working in secret on a new model, the DBS. When the call came to provide James with his wheels for Casino Royale, it was still so new that it existed only as a clay model. The DBS is 'the most masculine car we've ever...

If Gm Holden Was Still Sourcing

Its compact cars from Europe, then this stunning three-door Astra coup would be a certainty for local consumption. The GTC Paris Concept previews the new Astra three-door and was designed under the direction of GM Europe design chief Mark Adams. It features 'blade' surfacing on the car's flanks as GM 'wanted to express the most emotional side of the Opel brand, and we believe this vehicle creates an appropriate visual impact to reinforce our dynamic sporty character,' said Mr Adams. The car is...

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It takes just a couple of corners to realise it's the steering that has benefitted most from the tighter control of the rear-end. If the rear is stable, the front can do its job much more precisely. This car feels much more instant on the turn in fact, the first few bends needed an adjustment mid-corner, we had to wind off some lock to avoid steering into the shoulder. You soon get used to it, and learn to relish the feel and interaction through the column - a non-existent characteristic from...

Info

PRICING FOR Kia's new Sportage will begin at 33,990 when it goes on sale from October 1. That will buy the entry-level 2.0 Urban LX, while 37,990 will land you the higher-specified EX 2WD model. Next in the range is the 2.4 EX A WD at 42,990, while the top model at launch will be the 2.4 LTD A WD, costing 46,990. All are priced about 2000 less than the equivalent Hyundai ix35 model. Interestingly, this schedule excludes on-road costs, which used to be part of Kia's drive-away pricing policy...

Kia Has Taken The Wraps Off A

Electric city-car concept, the Pop, which is to be revealed at Paris. A city car with space for three, it is three metres long, making it slightly bigger than a Toyota iQ but half a metre shorter than Kia's current smallest car, the Picanto. Its styling draws inspiration from the Kia Ray electric coup concept from this year's New York Motor Show. According to Kia, the Pop brings 'innovative design and chic and dramatic styling to the city-car segment'. The Pop gets a panoramic glass roof, which...

Kss5ss3ssi

95 at an indicated 100km h 9.5 L 100km inline 4 TDI longitudinal 115 kW 3200 rpm 380 Nm 1800 rpm 38.94 kW L 16.32 kg kW 5-speed manual Part-time four-wheel drive double wishbone torsion bar springs Solid axle front ventilated disc rear drums Stability systems ABS EBD Length Width Height 5169 mm 1807 mm 1762 mm With full tank 1877 kg Weight distribution 57.6 42.4 front rear A smart-looking ute with a torquey engine and good all-round capability. Only lacks for extra safety items offered by some...

Left Lane

2+2 coup is based on Morgan's bonded-aluminium Aeromax platform and powered by the 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged, straight-six from BMW, making 225kW. Weighing less than 1300kg, the car should be capable of sprinting to iookm h in less than 5.0sec and averaging just 7.ol_ iookm. PORSCHE will increase the power of the 918 Spyder for production in 2014. A concept car was shown to potential customers at a private viewing at Pebble Beach recently, powered by a 375kWV8 petrol engine - a development...

Market

NEW-VEHICLE registrations displayed an upward trend in August, with the total market ahead by 17 per cent for the month. There were 4720 passenger cars sold, a seven per cent increase over August 2009. Year to date, the new-car market is 13.7 per cent ahead of last year's dire results. In the commercial arena, 1717 units were sold, again well up on the meagre total of 1076 posted last year. 'This volume could be even higher, but members are being constrained by a lack of stock in some areas,'...

Mazda Unveiled A New Fourdoor

Coup concept at a press event in Milan earlier this month. Named 'Shinari', the concept reveals the new front-end design as well as the overall design language for all future Mazda vehicles. In similar fashion to the previous Nagare styling theme, Mazda has coined a term for the new styling paradigm 'Kodo', which in Japanese means 'soul of motion'. The design language was created in a joint effort between Mazda's design studios in Japan, US and Germany. When asked when the Kodo influence would...

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Like you, the new generation Mazda3 stands out in any crowd. That's just what happens when you insist on a unique style and completely fresh approach to design, performance and innovation. Available in Sedan or Sport Hatch and your choice of new season colours, the Mazda3 is sure to make an impression. Test drive one today at your local Mazda Dealer or visit mazda.co.nz Phukefs speed camera the all-seem eyes of this w-Metre high hill-top Buddha THE DODGY BACKSTREETS OF PHUKET, THAILAND, are a...

Mercedesbenz Has Revealed

This all-new CLS, due to make its public debut at the Paris show and to go on sale in Europe next March, will be the first to wear it. A replacement for the car that is credited with creating the 'four-door coup ' segment, a market niche towards which other manufacturers have since gravitated, the new CLS has been styled under the guidance of Gorden Wagener, recently appointed design chief at Mercedes. It sits on a modified version of the current E-Class...

Mistyeyed for Mopar

WE SPENT ANOTHER MONTH dodging storms in the north trying to get the October issue together, but it was a minor inconvenience, of course, compared to the massive problems caused by the Canterbury earthquake. Our Christchurch-based columnist Dave Moore came through relatively unscathed, while Shaun Summerfield's southern journey in the new Kizashi Sport was jolted to a premature halt. To our southern readers, we hope that the new issue brings a moment of escapism from the clean-up, and that the...

Performance

Speedo error Claimed fuel use C02 output Ambient cabin noise 97 at an indicated 100km h _ 7.5 L 100km V6 DI s'charged long + hybrid 245kW 5500 rpm (279 5500 hybrid total) 440Nm 3000 rpm (580 1000 hybrid total) inline 6 TDI twin-turbo loncf Format 75.2 kW L Specific output 10.0 kg kWl Weight-to-power 84 mm x 90 mm* Bore x stroke 16.5 1 Compression ratio dohc 24v< Cyinder head_ 8-speed auto Gearbox _ all-wheel drive Drivetrain

Peugeot Has Unveiled The Firstever

The 3008 HYbrid4 uses a 2.0-litre 121kW HDi diesel engine with stop-start technology to drive the front wheels, and a 27kW electric motor to power the rears. This setup produces headline figures of 3.8L 100km and 99g km, which equates to a 30 per cent reduction in fuel consumption over a petrol-electric hybrid, says Peugeot. A combined maximum of 500Nm of torque is available over a short rev range, 300Nm of which comes from the HDi and 200Nm from the electric...

Powershift

Zetec chassis, this car was otherwise king of the mountains, using its manual gearbox to good effect, and the extra torque in the middle of the rev range to flatten gradients and overtake the diverse and colourful traffic with authority. It's not as economical as the more expensive Econetic (up from 3.7L iookm in city highway tests to 4.4) but is the better drive. As New Zealand was a latecomer to the joys of the present Fiesta generation, our market has already benefited from some features...

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Shots

WM Series II long-wheelbase model sees the launch of a Caprice V-Series, and the axe fall on the Statesman nameplate. Holden will now only have to market the Caprice, albeit in two different variants. The luxury 'V-Series' designation matches that of other premium Holdens, and identifies this model as 'top of the range. The Caprice V-Series comes with Holden's ATM 6.0-litre V8, which produces 260kW while the 'regular' Caprice is pcwered by a 21 OkW SIDIV6. Both engines are mated to a six-speed...

Sony

Introducing the all new NEX, the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera with DSLR picture quality. It may not look it, but it boasts a 14.2 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, HD movie recording and a revolutionary 3D Sweep Panorama mode. Plus, with a simplified menu system and in-built help guide offering shooting tips, the NEX makes it easy for you to be a little professional. sony.co.nz NEX

Streetfighter S

0-100 km h 80-120 km h TED* Speedo error Wheelbase Seat height Rake Trail Measured weight Fuel capacity 1098cc liquid-cooled V-twin stoked by electronic fuel injection to develop 112kW (150bhp)at9900rpm and 107Nm at 9200rpm 6-speed gearbox, chain drive f fully adjustable 43mm Ohlins telescopic forks r- fully adjustable Ohlins monoshock f- 2 x 330mm discs with Brembo monobloc 4-piston callipers r- 245mm disc with twin-piston calliper f- 120 70ZR17 r- 190 55ZR17 Pirelli Diablo radial tyres 1475...

Subaru Wrx Sti Subaru

The new 450 horsepower V8 Audi RS 5 Coup . Beneath the alluring exterior of the new RS 5 lies a power plant of sheer ferocity. With a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission, the 4.2 litre V8 will rocket you from a standing start to lOOkm h in a mere 4.6 seconds. As impressive as this undoubtedly is, the manner in which this brutal power is transferred so directly to the road is even more remarkable. A clever new crown-gear centre differential dynamically distributes torque between the front and...

Suspension

Double wishbones sway bar front multilink swaybar rear double wishbones air springs multilink air springs 11.9m (2.75 turns lock-to-lock 12.8m (3.2 turns lock-to-lock)> ventilated disc (360mm ventilated disc (330mm ventilated disc ventilated disc ABS EBD ESP T 275 45R20i f- 275 40R20, r- 315 35R2CT Size Michelin Latitude Sport Bridgestone Dueler HP Sporty Tyres 4846 mm 4857 mm 1933 mm 1776 mm Length Width Height 1655 mm 1669 mm 1640 mm 1646 mm Track 0.36 0.34 Drag coefficient 85 litres 82...

The Streetfighter S naked bike goes ballistic

- but only a little, as the bike still wheelies everywhere in the first three gears, rearing up instantly in response to any throttle input that's halfway serious. What makes the impressive performance data that follows all the more remarkable is that at no point in their realisation was the bike being operated with any meaningful application of full throttle Any time the twist-grip hit the stop, it had to be immediately backed off, lest the Streetfighter loop out. With a set of wheelie bars, I...

These Are The Latest Spy Images Of

The next-generation Porsche 911, snapped testing ahead of its official launch at next year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Codenamed '991', the new model retains the classic rear-engine layout of the 911, albeit with modifications to the engine mounting points, which have been optimised for improved weight distribution. A series of weight-saving measures has stripped around 45kg from new 911 Carrera in base trim, bringing it down to around 1370kg. The car is marginally longer and wider than the...

Toyota Rav4 Diesel

MITSUBISHI g ASX4WD I DIESEL SPORT I unit. Even the distaff commented on the strength of the ASX diesel - a miracle - and I duly noted the time and date as a turning point in our relationship. That said, the RAV4 engine is more refined at idle. Both are civil on the go, once they are warm. Dynamically, this is an even harder call, but probably the Mitsi by a jetfighting nose, although the RAV4 offers better overall ride quality. The slightly lower-flying ASX is a touch firmer, and with its...

We need to see Bond in a car that we men desire as much as women desire him Aston Martin provokes the desire but backs

Pop out, but needs to be attached by hand - lies casually tossed in the back, along with the lump hammer needed to fix it in place. Knowing its next owner will want to drive it, RM Auctions, which is selling it on behalf of Lee, has given the mechanicals and the gadgets a makeover. So the 282-horsepower, 4.o-litre straight-six engine starts instantly, makes a hard, loud howl when worked, and provides acceleration that still feels fairly urgent by modern standards this car was one of the first...

When Looking At The Market Roundup Over

The past couple of years, you can guarantee that one sector will have merited a mention, because it has continued to bubble away. Despite the fragile economic recovery that's underway, medium crossovers seem to have found favour in family land. We have attended launches of eight compact crossovers this year alone, among them Nissan's Qashqai facelift, along with Its larger, seven-seat Qashqai+2 spinoff, reviewed here. Folk have warmed to high-riding crossover vehicles, as they appear...

When The Third Generation Of The Wrx

Launched back in 2007, its design brief focused on delivering a more refined, grown-up package. This wasn't quite what the folks who buy the WRX were after, and so a few years later when the sedan was added to the line up, it came with a more powerful engine and honed handling. It was better for it, but it still looked too much like the run-of-the mill 2.o-litre variants that were running around the suburbs. So, with the third tweak of the third-generation WRX, a nameplate that has chalked up...

Driven

MORE THAN TEN YEARS AGO, THE FIAT GROUP launched common rail diesel technology, using it first under the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo 156. While the 1.9-litre JTD was the earliest mass-market passenger car to feature the high-pressure injection system, the technology would eventually be adopted by all diesel engines in the quest to bump up power and clean up emissions. A pity, then, that cash-strapped Fiat, which did most of the development work, was forced to sell the technology to Bosch to...

Gtr357

1 59 WAIRAU RD, GLENFIELD Ph (09) 444 61 05 the Aston Martin DB5 is the original and lines it up of all the cars that Bond has driven overtheyears, against the newest Bond star, the DBS Revolving number plate from the pre-European Union era when the Russians were the enemy, not the owners of English football clubs IT'S THE MOST FAMOUS CAR IN THE WORLD. SINCE the '60s, no small boy's toy box has been complete without a fully functioning die-cast model of this car, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, as...

Ford Has Revealed What It Is

Calling the quickest, best-handling production Mustang ever. The Boss 302, spiritual successor to the 69 original, builds on the 2011 GT, and according to Mustang chief engineer, Dave Pericak, is 'a beautifully balanced factory-built race car that can be driven on the street. The Boss 302 is a front-to-back re-engineered Mustang with every system designed to make a good driver great and a great driver even better.' The 5.0-litre V8 gains a new intake, higher lift cams and a new ECU to yield...

Cerato Koup From

Kia driveav y price includes 5 year or up to 100.000 Km whichever is reached first warranty programme with 24 hr roadside assistance. 12 months registration, W.O.F 1500 km first service and a full tank of fuel. Offer applies to Model Year 10 vehicles only. New Zealand standard specifications may vary to that shown in the picture, image may vary to NZ specifications. Offer applies to new retail registrations only and no other incentives apply. Finance rates based on 48 months with 50 Deposit 13...

So The Bugatti Veyron Is The Fastest

Production car, right Yes for top speed, but not for acceleration Aerial's lightweight Atom 3 is quicker, rocketing from 0-1 OOkm h in under 2.5sec it has a target of 2.3 while the 0-160 should take 5.4sec. The Atom 3 hasn't quite the aero aids of the Veyron, so tops out at a piffling 320km h. Two years in the making, this minimalist machine has a power-to-weight ratio that bludgeons the Bugatti's, with over 900bhp per tonne. It's considerably less expensive, too, with a sticker price of...

Citroen Dsport Ds3

Capacity Format Max power Max torque Specific output Weight-to-power Bore x stroke Compression ratio Cylinder head front Mac strut sway bar rear torsion beam Wheelbase Length Width Height Track Drag coefficient Fuel capacity Luggage capacity air conditioning round out the package. Opt for the DSport model and you get two extra gears and a clutch pedal, single-zone climate air, chrome rubbing strips, chrome caps for the door mirror, a rear spoiler, drilled aluminium pedals and 17-inch alloys....

Wrx

On a bit but not quite ready for that comfy Camry. It's a good cruiser, but unfortunately the roar of rubber is your constant companion. The WRX comes as a manual only at this stage, and while it will likely be joined by an auto, there's no word yet as to when. This will keep it a niche player, as buyers continue to demand automated gearboxes. For more on this subject, turn to page 48. Bluetooth handsfree and USB connectivity for the audio system are added to a spec list that includes climate...

First Drive

Remember the Citroen DS Well, it's back - symbolically, at any rate. The DS3 is the first in a series of modern DS variants. Will it be as influential as the original CITRO N, PEUGEOT'S SIBLING, IS BUSY REINVENTING ITSELF, WITH a new prestigious image, a sharper focus on customer service and a whole swag of new product, the first to launch being the funky DS3. If the suffix rings a bell, that's because 55 years ago, Citro n released the DS and changed ideas about car styling and technology...

The Lancia Stratos Hfwas A Rallying

It began as a Bertone study on a TUrin exhibition stand in 1970, and Lancia's team manager, Cesare Fiorio, was determined to make the car a reality. Just one year later, the Stratos was ready to roll, clothed in a striking fibreglass body and powered by a Ferrari Dino V6 engine. The Stratos HF was to race to its first victory in 1973, and it subsequently won three World Cup titles in a row. Fiat budget woes saw the Stratos fall Bom grace after 1979. But in 2010, a...