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The 2012 Targa Tasmania is officially underway, having started on the 17th of April. While we'd give (nearly) any portion of our anatomy to see the spectacle in the flesh, we'll simply have to content ourselves with living vicariously through the miracle of YouTube for the time being.

Competitors use the prologue stages to work out any kinks in their vehicle as well as get a feel for the competition. As always, the range of vehicles in attendance is as wide as it gets. We're particularly fond of the fire-spitting Nissan GT-R, though the sight of a Holden Commodore SS ute thrashing about puts a smile on our faces, too.

The Targa runs through April 22, covering 366 miles of transit and rally stages in the process. We'll do our best to keep up with the coverage. In the meantime, you can check out the competitor list at the Targa site and click scroll down below for the Prologue recap.


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      Blakkar
      • 3 Years Ago
      The moment I read GT-R I didn't want to look, I lost all interest. It's really a very uninteresting car. It's been shoved in our faces so much for so long, you have to be a glutton to either want more and mindlessly go after more.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blakkar
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        HydraulicDragon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blakkar
        The GT-R is one of the most interesting, advanced machines known to mankind. You know what's boring? A Corvette. At least until you get some snap oversteer in there. Then its deadly.
        Clock
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blakkar
        I agree with Blakkar, though somewhat of a troll. Also I find the Corvette vastly more interesting than the GTR. You picked a terrible target. The Corvette still has a soft, artistic, romance in its styling rather than a cold, hard, shell suitable for a NASA shuttle. Then there is the fact that this day and age, the vette has modern 6.2 and 7.0 liter engines. Most would find that level of vulgarity and crudeness more interesting than a turbocharged V6 whose incredible powerplant cannot be explained to anyone without significant automotive knowledge. And this is coming from a mechanic who sees Chevy as possibly the worst modern brand when it comes to quality. The only GM products I'd ever consider is the CTS-V Wagon.
      cobra_ac
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is actually closer to 2000km overall, with more than 600km competitive stages. I think it is the longest Targa Rally in the world or certainly close. The Tasmanian roads are absolutely amazing to drive on too!