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This week on Chasing Cars: Ranger Raptor and Mazda CX-60 spied, GT4 RS unleashed!


Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news and reviews, where we find all the bits that matter and condense them down into one easy read

LA Motor Show week (now known as AutoMobility LA) is always a bit an onslaught of cool and interesting cars and this time around was no exception.

With COVID-19 still being a right pest in regards to travel we sadly weren’t able to be there in person but the information was coming in thick and fast; from absolute weapons like the Porsche Cayman GT4 RS unveiled alongside futuristic concepts like the Hyundai Seven – there was a lot to enjoy.

Back home in Australia, we finally got our hands on the charming Hyundai i20 N that packs a lot of performance for the money – it’s a similar story with the Polestar 2 which we found in our review presents a very enticing ownership for those after the fully-electric lifestyle.

Hyundai Ioniq 7 2024 doors
The AutoMobility Show saw the reveal of many new cars this week.

Citroen also launched the very quirky C4 and a big crash test of SUVs in the US with more realistic criteria revealed some alarming results for many of our most popular cars.

This and much more kept us busy and you reading this week so let’s jump into it.

Ford Ranger Raptor and Everest spotted in Victoria

With the Ford Ranger set to be revealed in full next week on November 24 it was only a matter of time until we saw pictures of the Ranger Raptor and Everest on Aussie roads.

The pictures snapped both vehicles on the Blue Rag Range Track in the Victorian High Country with the pair spotted in heavy camouflage and wearing enough off roading gear to fill up an ARB shop front.

Ford Ranger Raptor 2022 front
The Ford Ranger Raptor was spotted doing development work in the Victorian High Country.

Key details like the twin exhaust pipes, pumped-up wheel arches and chunkier tyres are all a dead giveaway that what we are looking at is the Ranger Raptor.

The Everest is loaded up with more gear but we can still see the new headlight design that is shared with the new Ranger and the F-150.

Ford Australia takes considerable pride in the amount of local development that goes into the Ranger and closely related Everest and it’s good to see the pair are tuned to handle the tough Aussie conditions as part of their development.

Porsche GT4 RS unveiled

Porsche unveiled the GT4 RS this week and if you think you’ve seen this car before you have – the folks at Stuttgart announced last week that it lapped the Nurburgring 23.6 seconds faster than a regular GT4 – which really sets the tone for how intense the GT4 RS is.

Engineers have finally equipped the GT4 RS with the same howling 4.0-litre flat-six found in the 911 GT3 road car, turned for 368kW of power and 450Nm of torque and revs all the way out to 9000rpm.

Porsche Cayman GT4 RS racetrack
The team at Chasing Cars now have this Cayman on our wish lists. Please, Santa?

Porsche says the GT4 RS can hit 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and is 35kg lighter than the standard GT4 with a weight of 1415kg with a full tank of fuel.

Priced at $300,800 before on-road costs it’s also over $80k more expensive than a regular Cayman GT4 but you get what you pay for. Australian deliveries are slated to begin mid-way through 2022.

Mazda CX-60 spotted

In a bad spot of luck for Mazda but good news for us, Japanese media spotted the CX-60 midsize SUV during an official video shoot for the brand.

It’s our first glimpse at the first vehicle that sits on Mazda’s new Large Product Architecture that utilises a longitudinal engine layout, that supports six-cylinder engines and is rear-wheel drive as standard with AWD as an option.

Mazda CX-60 spotted 2022
The CX-60 was spotted filming with its long bonnet and sleek looks.

Mazda has already confirmed the CX-60 for Australia with an expected release date in late 2022.

The CX-60 is part of a new offensive into the more premium segments that will also include the CX-70, CX-80, CX-90 and potentially a new Mazda 6 – though the latter is not yet confirmed.

All the cars and SUVs we reviewed this week:

Over on the Chasing Cars youtube channel we reviewed the Polestar 2 sedan that has just arrived in Australia and is taking the fight directly to the Tesla Model 3 – and has the goods to back it up.

Next was the Lexus LS 500 Sports Luxury that is perhaps overlooked in this segment that also includes the S-Class and has recently had an update to sweeten the deal – but it’s not cheap.

Hyundai i20 N 2022 on track
Nathan Ponchard tested the i20 N on track and said it was a great performance car.

By far the most exciting review of the week was for the Hyundai i20 N hot hatch that Nathan Ponchard was able to take for a spin at Wakefield Park and came away from it very impressed.

As a hot ‘hatch’ we broke down in detail why this is a great performance car but also a surprisingly practical car to live with. We’ve done up a review in both video and written form.

Other car and SUV news we covered this week:

  • An electric version, known as the e-C4, is under consideration for Australia and we hope it comes because with a decent range of 350km and a price that could start from $47,900 it has the potential to be a smash hit with buyers.
  • We’ll find out more about the facelifted 2022 Toyota RAV4 line-up soon but in the meantime we cast our eyes over to the US market to see what upgrades have been made to their range that will likely copy across to ours.
  • Acura has ripped the covers off the Integra which is a five-door liftback with a 149kW 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. It’s currently in prototype form and will go into production in 2023 – but likely won’t come to Australia.