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AUSSIE BEASTS

HERE'S something we can all appreciate: a VH Commodore that hasn't been LS-swapped. Benny Leat decided to keep his Holden engine because "these days it's actually different". Don't get too excited about originality, though. The car was originally a six-banger, although we have no problem with a bit up an upgrade here and there.

You'll also find a 410ci powered Valliant Charger looking brilliant in Electric Gold, and a Ford Popular that doesn't mess around. Those are turbos, not headlights.

Plus, finding a nice, clean HG Monaro can be a challenge at the best of times, but finding one as wild as the one Leigh Haintz built is something we like to leave to the lads at Street Machine. Leigh found his GTS in a tired state and rebuilt it from the wheels up.

The car really jumps off the cover of this month's issue, so it's hard to miss the shining coat of silver.

VIDEO: No times, just a winner and a loser. No-lights racing is a 1/8 mile of simplicity, and it looks like plenty of fun. The Street Machine crew were at Calder Park to catch the King of the Hill event, cameras in hand. Nitro fuelled Toranas, twin-turbo XWs and an insanely quick rotary RX-7s were some of the hopefuls going for a couple of grand and bragging rights. (streetmachine.com.au)

HYPER HARRIS

AMONGST the pages of this month's Motor is one of the fastest comparison tests you'll ever read.

Chris Harris put together a McLaren P1 vs LaFerrari vs Porsche 918.

If this track test was to have a drag race, it'd be doing 100km/h in under three seconds, and given another four seconds, it'd be doing 200. Try to keep up, please.

Portugal's Portimao was the staging ground for this test, giving Harris about 4.5km of playground to get a good feel for the tenacious trio of hybrids.

After a lot of hassle to secure the cars, it's a good thing no one crashed- an incident like that had the potential to cost a modest five million dollars.

Also in this issue is a farewell to the legendary Mitsubishi Evo, in the form of the 'Final Edition' Evolution X. Dan DeGasperi give the tenth iteration of the Evo its final fang.

Lastly, as the cover would suggest, you'll get to witness a showdown of some of the finest (and final) cars built right here on our shores.

The Clubsport R8 LSA and the XR8 Sprint go head to head.

VIDEO: If you've ever wondered just what a Toyota Commod- uh, sorry, Lexcen can do, head over the Motor wesite (or scan below) to find out. There's more to this one than meets the eye. (motormag.com.au)

EURO THRASH

OUR Andy Enright heads to Portugal to test the new Boxter, Euro-man Mike Duff finds himself fanging a Ferrari California, and we get a look at Jaguar's foray into the luxury SUV market, the F-Pace.

If it's some new power you're after, a comparo between the new M3, the AMG C63, HSV's Clubsport and Lexus' GS-F should help you decide.

We don't want to give away the result, but the Lexus definitely holds its own.

The last of Ford's performance Falcons has already sold out, but Nathan Ponchard got his hands on an XR8 Sprint with the intention of kicking up some dust in rural New South Wales. 2400km of it to be exact, and in only three days.

Demand for the Sprint is expected to rise in Orange, Coonabarabran, and Taree. Sorry, folks.

You can also read up on how Wheels staff are finding their runnabouts, we cant all drive around in big old V8s all the time, now. Or, can we?

VIDEO: The Australian automotive landscape has changed dramatically, but we can always rely on a bit of Ford v Holden rivalry. Scan the code below if you want to see the new Mustang go head-to-head with an SS-V Redline. It's not the first time the US has been called in as the back-up cavalry. (wheelsmag.com.au)