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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 328kW, up from 307, and 515Nm of torque. Along with an up rated clutch

If that's not hard enough for ya, Ford has also brewed up a track-oriented Boss 302 Laguna Seca model. This is said to take the 302 'a step further to provide weekend racers with a factory track car that could be driven to the course, take the win, then be driven back home again'.

In place of the rear seat, expect a suspension tower cross brace, there are Recaro front seats, and the Torsen LSD is standard. It gains even higher spring rates and a larger rear stabiliser bar, while adjustable dampers have Laguna Seca-specific valving.

Wider rims come shod with stickier rubber, and the aeros have been tweaked by means of a deeper front splitter and bigger rear spoiler. FC

for the close-ratio six-speed manual, the standard LSD can be upgraded to a Torsen type of unit.

A specially tuned exhaust is said to provide 'a sonic experience unlike any other Mustang'. Underneath are stiffer springs and bushings, a larger-diameter rear stabiliser bar and adjustable shockers with five settings, to suit both road cruising and hard track work. The Boss receives 19-inch alloys and P Zero rubber measuring 285/35ZR19 on the rear. Braking is improved with larger rotors and Brembo four-piston front callipers. There's a three-mode ESP system.

Experience the ultimate traction of Kizashi's highly-tuned suspension, matched to Suzuki's intelligent ail-wheel-drive system. Add a factory body kit, 18" sport alloy wheels, a deep mesh grille, integrated driving lights, plus a stylish sports interior with silver stitched leather and a 425-watt sound system with Bluetooth connectivity. Even when it's standing still, you can feel the pulse begin to race.

JAGUAR could move to a hybrid steel-and-alumiriium construction for a new generation of smaller models, including a new, entry-level sedan and a roadster. Mark White, in charge of body structure for the brand, recently told a trade magazine that if he were to employ a mixed-material body shell, he would use 'steel for the box sections' and aluminium sheets for 'floorpans, roof panels, door inners and outers' to achieve maximum weight saving for'minimum cost'.

Electric motor. Z . High Voltage Battery. ^^ 3: Powertrain management unit.

4: High-voltage STOP & START. H Electronically-controlled 6-speed manual gearbox. 6: 2.0-litre HDi FAP engine. Independent rear suspension. Regenerative brakes.

GENERAL Motors has recorded a $USi.3 billion profit for the second quarter of 2010, following on from a first-quarter profit of $US86sm. Of the successive gains, Chris Liddell, GM's vice chairman, said, 'I am pleased with our progress on achieving our business objectives. We have delivered strong product, maintained cost discipline, progressed strategic initiatives, such as restructuring Europe and acquiring AmeriCredit, and delivered two consecutive quarters of profitability and positive cash flow.'

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