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DRIVEN: Lamborghini Aventador S

VALENCIA, Spain – It’s odd to consider that the Lamborghini Aventador is already halfway through its lifespan. Rarity in the local scenario and arresting good looks means that seeing one on SA roads is always a treat.

But five years since its introduction, Lamborghini felt that its halo model could do with a spruce up, which is why I find myself shivering my toes off on the east coast of Spain in the dead of bitter European winter.

Changes from the front

Head of design for Lamborghini, Mitja Bortkert, explained that inspiration for the restyle was drawn from jet fighters, space ships and venomous snakes. The most obvious visual change has taken place on the nose.

The front bumper has been extensively reworked and now features a larger, single plane splitter. Body-coloured strakes shouted jet fighter to me, but once Bortkert informed that they [...]

Hennessey Venom GT ends run with a Final Edition

It’s already been six years since the insane 435 km/h American hypercar was revealed. Since then, only a handful have been built; six coupes and six spyders to be exact. Now, to celebrate the end of this very limited run, Hennessey has revealed a special Final Edition.

With the glacier blue paint, the Venom GT Final Edition also benefits from the biturbo 7,0-litre V8 developing 1 082 kW and 1 745 N.m of torque power output (which is substantially more than the 746 kW it pushed out back in 2010).  This power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.

It’s unclear just how many Final Editions will be released, although considering that the brand has only produced two models a year, it’s likely that it will stick to that schedule.

The Venom GT will [...]

We’ve got 10 double-tickets to the Cape Town Motor Show to give away, with each prize valued at R200! Simply answer the easy question below to stand a chance of winning!

The inaugural show – which will be held in association with the City of Cape Town and Heart 104.9 FM – takes place from 27 to 29 January 2017 at Sun International’s GrandWest. It promises a weekend of incredible fun with a broad appeal to all car and bike buffs, petrol-heads and the entire family, with loads of entertainment on offer.

Exhibitions will include a range of domestic and imported vehicles, numerous accessories and auto-related stands, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars, pimped-up rides, sound-off competitions, virtual simulations, car wrapping, drifting, a large 4×4 outside area, live music and more…

For more information, go to www.capetownmotorshow.co.za. Tickets can be booked via Computicket (R100 per person, [...]

BMW 3 Series

In 2016, the South African government purchased a total of 4 273 passenger vehicles, according to figures from Lightstone Auto.

Despite what you might think, flashy SUVs and long-wheelbase German sedans don’t dominate the list. No, instead, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo Sedan proved the most popular, with 1 839 units (as opposed to just 121 locally built Polo Vivo hatchbacks) bought during the year. Next came the Toyota Corolla, while the Toyota Etios claimed third spot.

Ten electric cars found their way into government fleets during the year – five Nissan Leaf models and five BMW i3 units.

Bear in mind that the list below (and the total mentioned above) excludes commercial vehicles. Look out for a separate post listing all of the bakkies bought by the government in 2016 soon…

Passenger vehicles bought by SA government in 2016:

Volkswagen Polo Vivo Sedan – 1 839
Toyota Corolla – 441
Toyota Etios [...]

Mitsubishi Triton

The new Mitsubishi Triton double-cab bakkie has been launched in South Africa, and is priced from R479 900.

The local range comprises four double-cab models, each powered by the Japanese brand’s new 2,4-litre turbodiesel engine. This new four-cylinder unit is worth 133 kW (at 3 500 r/min) and 430 N.m (at 2 500 r/min), and can be paired with either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

The range-toppers come with the brand’s Super Select II four-wheel-drive system, which includes four modes (2H, 4H, 4HLc and 4LLc) and 215 mm ground clearance.

All models are covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty and come standard with a five-year/90 000 km service plan.

Look out for our driving impression of this new double-cab later in the week.

Mitsubishi Triton 2,4-litre Di-D 4×2: R479 900
Mitsubishi Triton 2,4-litre Di-D 4×2 (auto): R499 900
Mitsubishi [...]

The post February issue of CAR magazine has hit the shelves appeared first on CARmag.co.za.

Source: Car Magazine

1,6-litre EcoBoost engine

Last week, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa announced that it would finally implement a two-stage recall of certain Ford Kuga models due to a fire risk, with some 4 556 examples of the 1,6-litre model affected.

But many South Africans have asked whether the 1,5-litre engine (which replaced the 1,6-litre locally) is susceptible to the same issue. Indeed, it’s a question that has been trending on social media so we thought it best to investigate the key differences between the two engines. We have laid out these differences in the table below.


1,6-litre EcoBoost engine

1,5-litre EcoBoost engine

Exhaust manifold

External bolt-on

Integrated into head

Water pump

Fixed ratio belt-driven

ECU-controlled clutch on belt drive





The difference in the head design between the 1,6-litre and the 1,5-litre (integrated exhaust manifold) may be the [...]

Subaru XV teaser

Subaru has released a teaser image of the new XV, which is scheduled to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Although the Japanese automaker released no other details with the teaser image, we do know that the new XV will inherit at least a handful of design cues from the XV Concept revealed in Geneva in 2016. And, as before, we can expect chunky alloys, prominent roof rails, a raised ride-height and plenty of black plastic cladding on the new model.

Like the Impreza on which it will be based, the new XV will run on Subaru’s latest global (modular) platform.

The current XV range serves as the entry-point to the local Subaru line-up, and features a 110 kW 2,0-litre, flat-four engine, linked to all-wheel drive and a choice of transmissions (six-speed manual or CVT).

Expect to see more of the new Subaru XV [...]

The post February 2017 appeared first on CARmag.co.za.

Source: Car Magazine

img-2Global sales of BMW Group’s core brand rose faster in June than at Audi and Mercedes-Benz as demand from China and the United States helped the premium carmaker to extend a lead over the two rivals in the first six months of the year.

Sales at the brand were up 9 percent last month to 153,075, the group said today, compared with growth of 5 percent to 140,300 and 8 percent to 131,609 at Audi and Mercedes respectively.

Six-month sales at BMW brand rose 8 percent to 804,000 cars, expanding the lead over runner-up Audi to 24,000 from 11,000 after five months. Half-year sales at Audi and Mercedes rose 6 percent each to 780,500 and 694,000 respectively.

“BMW has stronger momentum than Audi and Mercedes, that won’t change in the second half,” said Hanover-based NordLB analyst Frank Schwope. “Design of their cars has improved and they’re ahead [...]

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