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CAR & LEISURE ISSUE 62

SA’s only complete motorised lifestyle magazine

Kawasaki Z1000

All New BMW 5 Series Launched

Mastercraft CSX 220

Peugeot RCZ Driven

Porsche 911 Turbo Tested

Launched Volvo C30 & C70

Launched Citroën DS3

Launched Fiat 500 Cabriolet

Launched Hyundai ix35

Launched BMW X1

Launched MV Augusta F4 1000R

Launched Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Launched Yamaha Super Ténére

Tested BMW 760Li

Tested 210 Challenger SE

Tested Renault Laguna Coupe

Tested Sea Ray 170

Feature Toyota Rust de Winter

Feature New Vespa Range

Bike Week 2010

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CONTENTS Issue 62

EDITORIAL

MOTORING Editors Note Motoring News Marine News Motorcycle News

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Launched Peugeot RCZ BMW 5 Series Volvo C30 & C70 Fiat 500 Cabriolet and MTA BMW X1 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Citroën DS3 Hyundai ix35

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Tested BMW 760Li Citroën C5 Renault Megane dCi Porsche 911 Turbo BMW 530d GT Renault Laguna Coupe 3.5 AT Subaru Impreza 2.0 RS Sedan Featured Record Breaking BMWs Land Rover Discovery 4 Toyota Rust de Winter

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Tested MasterCraft CSX 220 SeaRay 170 and Mazda CX7 Seadoo Challenger and Audi Q7 MasterCraft X-35

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Featured Easy rescue man overboard system

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Deputy Editor Reuben van Niekerk 082 837 8801 reuben@xmg.co.za Staff Writer Johan Keyter 083 310 0936 johan@xmg.co.za Junior Staff Writer Eddy Aberts 072 940 6121 eddy@xmg.co.za Contributers Glen Hill Art & Graphic Design Lynne-Mari Vos 082 592 8445 lynne@xmg.co.za Photography www.motorpics.co.za www.quickpic.co.za

Willem van der Merwe 082 530 0917 012 548 5934 willem@xmg.co.za

SUBSCRIPTIONS 012 548 5934 info@xmg.co.za

ACCOUNTS Account Manager Loune van Zyl 083 273 5674 loune@xmg.co.za

MOTORCYCLES

Feature Vespa models Africa Bike Week 2010 Motorsport National Superbike racing

Editor Mark Jones 082 553 9804 mark@xmg.co.za

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

MARINE

Launched Yamaha Ténére MV Agusta F4 1000R Kawasaki Z1000

Publisher Ewald van Zyl 082 569 2318 ewald@xmg.co.za

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Published monthly by Van Zyl Publishers cc PO Box 83775, Doornpoort, 0017 Suite 2, Apple Leaf Office Park, Montana Street, Montana Park Tel: 012 548 1505 Fax: 086 672 7739 info@xmg.co.za Copyright Opinions expressed in articles, news and views or in advertisements appearing in Car & Leisure are those of the Author, advertiser and do not reflect those of this journal nor it’s publisher. The mention of specific companies, people, photos or products in articles or advertisements, does not imply that they are endorsed by this publication. Some manoeuvres are extreme and we do not recommend that you attempt any said manoeuvre as portrayed in this publication without professional instruction. Car & Leisure cannot be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage of any kind whatsoever.


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The World’s Best!

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hile the whole country goes completely soccer mad, and we proudly host what should be a very successful tournament, it is sadly worth noting that we also just had what I think will be the last round of World Superbikes at Kyalami recently. It was great to see this iconic circuit filled to the rafters with motorsport enthusiasts, the organisation seemed on par with anything I have experienced in the world, and the racing was top class too. Unfortunately though, politics has had the final say and they won’t be back next year, and you would be naive to think that they will be

back anytime soon. What a pity, because our country can host the world’s best! For what it is worth, Michel Fabrizio on his Xerox Team Ducati walked race one and Leon Haslam on his Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki had a titanic battle with Johnny Rea for the win in the second race. Our local boy, Sheridan Morias put up a good fight in the first race but then binned it in the second, maybe one day some real sponsorship money and this talented rider might find themselves in the same place. Moving on to some more of the world’s best, we put Porsche’s 911 Turbo against the clock and it breaks all our records, we attended launches all over the place to bring you the latest im-

pressions of new cars about to hit the road. To bolster our biking team, we also got national 600 cc superbike rider, Eddy Alberts to join us and bring you some seriously in-depth biking insights now and in the future of not only what is new but also how to get the best out of your bike on the weekend. And as always we took to the water in some seriously good watercraft in the form of Mastecraft’s CSX 210 and Sea-Doo’s 210 Challenger SE Jet Boat, to name but a few of the great stories in this month’s Xtreme Car & Leisure Magazine read.

Mark Jones

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The Audi R8 GT: Extreme Lightweight Construction

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ow even more powerful, lighter and faster: Audi presents a limited production version of it R8 high performance sports car, the R8 GT. The output of its 5.2 litre V10 has been increased to 412 kW and the vehicle weight has been reduced by roughly 100 kilograms. The R8 GT is said to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 320 km/h.

Changes to the engine electronics coaxed an additional 26 kW from the ten cylinder. The torque curve peaks at 540 Nm at 6 500 rpm, 10 Nm more than in the production version.

to the R8 GT and can be switched into a Sport mode at the push of a button to allow spectacular, but safe, oversteer when accelerating out of a corner.

Gear changes in the R8 GT are handled by the R tronic sequential manual transmission. The ESP stabilisation program has been specially tuned

The driver can deactivate the system entirely for a trip to the race track.

The exclusive series is limited to 333 units. Each R8 GT has a badge with its production number on the shift lever knob. Thanks to the ASF body, the production R8 5.2 FSI quattro weighs only 1 625 kilograms with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and optional R tronic transmission. This made it all the more difficult for the engineers to once again achieve substantial weight savings. They took an elaborate approach involving every aspect of the vehicle, and in the end the scales came to rest at 1 525 kilograms.

Self-Shifter Joins The Clio Family

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hen Renault South Africa launched the latest generation Clio compact hatchback, the company indicated that the consolidated range would be augmented by additional models in due time. The first of these is an automatic transmission model of the Clio 1.6 Dynamique. The newcomer combines all the attractions and innovations of its manual sibling with the ease of use associated with an automatic gearbox. The new Clio 1.6 Dynamique Auto features the

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same dynamic styling cues as the manual version, endowing it with a truly individual character that draws on the design highlights of the New Renault Mégane. Also retained is the familiar 1.6 litre engine. Maximum power is rated at 83 kW at 6 000 rpm, matched to a torque peak of 151 Nm at 4 250 rpm. The new Renault Clio 1.6 Dynamique Auto has a recommended retail price of R209 900


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Nissan Navara Gets Luxury Boost

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he Nissan Navara has been given a mid-term boost with a number of significant enhancements designed to keep it at the top of its class with more luxurious equipment and an even more distinguishable appearance. Among the changes to the range-topping Navara LE are significant power delivery and economy improvements to the class-leading 2.5 litre dCi diesel; greater levels of passive safety; enhanced interior quality and a number of styling changes to keep the Navara at the leading edge of the luxury 4X4 segment. Although the previous generation’s power and torque delivery was already class-leading in this size of diesel engine, subtle retuning has yielded an 11 percent rise in both power and torque figures keeping it at the top of the class. Power output rises to 140 kW while torque increases by a healthy 47 Nm to 450 Nm, in the 4X4 LE models. The 4x2 models receive a similar upgrade, now producing 403 Nm and 128 kW. As well as delivering performance gains, the changes have seen marked improvements

in fuel economy emerge and reduced the overall amount of emissions produced. Over the combined cycle manual versions use just 8.5 litres per 100km a significant improvement of 1.3 litres / 100 km. The 4.0 litre petrol V6 continues to deliver a class-best 198 kW of power making the Navara range the undisputed performance leaders in this segment, boasting the most powerful diesel and petrol engines on the market. The revised models have been given a new look front and rear to differentiate them from their predecessors. Changes at the front include a new bonnet, revised grill and a new bumper assembly. These changes have also added 80 mm to the length of the new Navara. While clearly retaining the trademark look of an up-market leisure bakkie with genuine all-condition capabilities, the revised Navara styling now also suggests more sportiness as well as being a cleaner and more modern overall design.

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As with the Prado VX seating for seven is available and the choice of engines is either a 4.0 litre petrol V6, or a 3.0 litre turbodiesel. Despite being positioned below VX models, the Prado TX still offers an expansive list of utility and comfort items as well as a full suite of active and passive safety features. The Prado 4.0 TX petrol is powered by the highly acclaimed 1GR-FE 4.0 litre V6 engine with a 24 valve DOHC configuration. This all-aluminium engine from Toyota was purpose designed for 4X4 SUV applications. Maximum power is 202 kW at 5 600 rpm. Torque is 381 Nm available at 4 400 rpm. Dual VVT-i, high efficiency intake and exhaust ports, a number of low friction components, and a 10.0:1 compression ratio add to the perfor-

Switchgear changes include a new, easier to use, all-wheel drive command control switch while the steering wheel controls for the phone and audio system are now available. Chrome finishers have been added to the automatic transmission surround and to the instrument binnacle. There’s also a new storage box in the centre console with a damped lid for easy storage of cell phones and iPods.

All of the changes inside the cabin of the new range topping Navara LE have been designed

Feature Rich Specification For New Prado TX oyota South Africa has added two new models in TX specification to the Prado range to compliment the top-of-therange luxury VX specification.

to boost quality and create an even more luxurious cabin ambience, and include newly-designed switchgear, revised door trims, new seat fabric and the addition of chrome highlights add an even more up-market feel to the console.

mance of this lightweight engine. The Prado 3.0 TX Diesel model is powered by Toyota’s 1KDFTV common rail direct injection engine. This is a 3.0 litre four cylinder turbocharged and inter cooled engine with a 16 valve DOHC configuration. Maximum power is 120 kW at 3 400 rpm and peak torque of 400 Nm is delivered between 1 600 rpm and 2 800 rpm. Both the petrol and diesel engines are mated to a five speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. This transmission offers excellent performance and fuel efficiency together with a smooth shifting characteristic and low noise. The transmission drives through a full time four wheel drive system with Torsen-type torque sensing limited slip centre differential. A 4WD control switch replaces the traditional floor mounted transfer shift lever used on previous models for simplified operation.

VW Amarok For Spirit Of Africa

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he Volkswagen Amarok is the new vehicle for the Spirit of Africa competition. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has signed an agreement with Sarel van der Merwe to be the main sponsor of the 2010 competition. Graeme Birch, Marketing Manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is proud to be associated with Sarel van der Merwe through the Spirit of Africa competition.” Sarel has a long and proud history with Volkswagen of South Africa dating back to his rallying days. We are glad that the launch of the Amarok has enabled us to rekindle our relationship with him. Sarel van der Merwe said: “I am happy to be again reunited with the Volkswagen family especially to be associated with a product like Amarok, which impressed me from the start. Amarok’s off-road capabilities will enable us to make some exercises even more difficult than in previous years. I am positive that the contestants will experience the same admiration for the vehicle and will have a thrilling time during the 2010 Spirit of Africa competition.” The elimination rounds of the Spirit of Africa competition will commence in August 2010 and finals will take place in November 2010

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If Money Grew On Trees

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ecently, plans were unveiled for the Selene 86, one of the largest designs in the fleet and part of the Ocean Explorer series of Selene Ocean Trawlers. The Selene 86 “Ocean Explorer ” is the result of an international collaboration of designers and architects under Howard Chen’s design team leadership. Working closely with renowned Dutch architect ,Guido De Groot, and a group of international consultants they have developed a contemporary take on the long range yacht whilst capitalizing on builder Jet Tern Marines quality

construction and reputation for experience and innovation in the displacement yacht sector. Standard power will be supplied by twin Cummins QSM11 610 hp engines and sophisticated fuel polishing and fuel monitoring systems are also standard features. A first look at the 86 shows a number of the Selene family traits with a powerful raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, and bulbous bow. But a contemporary twist is also apparent in the addition of the large side windows in the hull and stainless anchor pockets. She is sure to appeal to existing owners and big boat en-

Entertaining You On The High Seas

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udio-visual entertainment systems and their associated storage media are an area of technology that never seem to keep still, whether it be on the street or on the high seas. In recent years we have all seen the rise of highly compressed, digital audio and video signals (MP3 files for example) allowing a huge selection of media content to be conveniently stored and transported on a single disc or device. For larger vessels the trend over recent years has been that of a networked, integrated system where movies, music, satellite TV and Internet can be stored and processed by central media servers for distribution to multiple locations around the boat, allowing users to select, view or listen to whatever they wish. HD (high definition) screens have been around for a while but it is only now the source material (Blu-ray discs, Sky and BBC HD services) is readily available. However, there have been developments with TV / monitor technology over recent months and the future now looks set to

be dominated by ultra-slim, energy efficient LED screens. LED screens utilise Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to provide the screen backlighting and bring huge benefits with both picture quality and, importantly for marine applications, space, weight and energy savings. Other TV / monitor developments include the use of touch screen technology. This allows the user to control all aspects of their onboard digital environment from a single location, including movies, music and charts / navigation software. So in short, look forward to even more high quality entertainment the next time you go for a cruise.

Removing The Human Factor

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an made causes are said to account for some 80 percent of all marine casualties. Hence, reducing the possibility of human error can be considered as being both essential to and an effective means of reducing casualties. While many factors can contribute to a casualty, human error onboard ship can be often reduced by strengthening the training and education of all crew, and by addressing more indirect contributing factors such as hardware or other ergonomic related causes.

and machinery, but is also expected to make the working environment of marine equipment systems more effective and safer. These new guidelines start off by setting out principles on how to implement design considerations for reducing human error in the light of ergonomics. They emphasize ergonomic aspects of marine machinery systems provided onboard ships, mainly in the engine room, to ensure that due consideration is to be given to the mutual interaction between crew and equipment systems in the design and installation stages.

The implementation of the International Safety Management Code has played an important role in strengthening the training and education of crewmembers. At the same time, the shipping industry has globally also started to become aware of the importance of ergonomic considerations in the design and installation stages of marine equipment systems in recent years. In fact, ergonomic design of the man and machine interface is not only important for ensuring a smooth flow of information between man

The guidelines will be available for download from the ClassNK website later this month. www.classnk.or.jp

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thusiasts alike and takes the simple and proven concept of the fuel efficient and seaworthy long range yacht to a new level of luxury that is intended to compete directly with the finest European yards. Moulds for the Selene 86 are under construction and hull number one is expected to launch in time to debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2011.

They’ve Still Got It

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he most varied range of products in the personal watercraft industry is looking even better this year, with the arrival of revamped RXT, GTX and Wake Pro models, now featuring the revolutionary intelligent safety and control system dubbed iControl, launched a year ago on the sporty RXT iS. iControl combines several new electronic systems that make for a user-friendlier and especially safer experience onboard any of the new Sea-Doo PWC’s. Some of the advancements that make an appearance on the new range is the very first water brake for this class of watercraft, the PWC braking system (iBR), a SeaDoo exclusive, features a brake lever on the left grip, just like an ATV. Squeezing the lever shuts the throttle, deploys a deflector at the turbine exit, and then reopens the throttle. The reversed thrust cuts braking by up to two thirds when compared to the competition. What’s more, grooves under the hull increase its toughness and improves water flow, contributing to the stability of the machine at higher speeds. Lastly, splash deflectors at the front and on the sides help keep the rider nice and dry. The RXT, GTX and Wake Pro models use the Rotax 4-TEC engine with its closed-loop cooling system. The three cylinder, 1 494 cc mill kicks out 155 hp in its naturally aspirated incarnation on the GTX, and 215 hp in its supercharged version on the RXT and Wake Pro. Sea-Doo is continuously improving its products, offering up an innovative and varied range for 2010 that goes way beyond that of the competition, and featuring iControl, the most sophisticated watercraft technology in the industry.


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All Vespas Now Fuel Injected

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talian manufacturer Piaggio has equipped all new Vespa models with leading-technology, electronic fuel-injected engines. These new Eco-Smart systems use 15 percent less fuel than previous editions and optimise the bikes’ performance. The best news – they are standard on all models. The electronic fuel injection system ensures the air and fuel mixture in the combustion chamber is optimized at all times and allows the single cylinder unit to pick up more smoothly and progressively from lower engine speeds. The iconic scooter manufacturer says the change from carburettors to electronic fuel injection will give the four stroke air cooled engines more power and torque at lower engine speeds, important for the relentless stop-start conditions of city commuting. The benefits of the new engines can also be appreciated on longer journeys where extended stretches of roadway come

into play. And, owners who want a fast getaway will notice improved cold-starts, thanks to fuel injection. Fortunately, the increase in efficiency hasn’t had an adverse effect on performance. The bigger Vespas, such as the 300 cc models, can reach a top speed of about 130 km/h, just like before, all the while delivering an endless supply of style and fun. Better fuel efficiency also means lower emissions. “Vespas are one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to contribute toward a cleaner, greener transportation landscape, and our new fuel-injected engine range makes it even simpler,” said Andy Reid, MD Vespa South Africa. Vespa has been and continues to be synonymous with fuel-efficiency and performance. The new i.e. feature upgrades Vespa into a powerful league of its own, without compromising the long list of premium features.

The KLR650’s Baby Brother – The 2010 Kawasaki KLX250!

Honda’s Xtreme Academy Launched In South Africa

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outh Africa has become the latest country to confirm a Honda Xtreme Academy Junior Championship for 1115 year olds. Riders will be competing on a Honda CRF150R. The Xtreme Academy was announced last December and is seen as a potential first step on the ladder to becoming part of Honda Racing’s World Championship Xtreme programme in MX1, MX2, Enduro and even the Dakar Rally. Honda South Africa has announced that its 2010 Xtreme Academy series will run in conjunction with the South African Pro Mini Motocross Championship.

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uilding a dual-purpose motorcycle requires careful planning and there are certain decisions that have to be made before the design can be accepted and put into production. What should the balance between road and dirt capabilities be? Should power be the most important attribute of the engine, or user-friendly torque? How many compromises should be made to keep costs down? Where Kawasaki’s KLR 650 is aimed at the adventure rider who’ll travel hundreds of kilometres on tar to get to the gravelled wilderness section he wants to explore, the engineers who designed the awesome KLX250 were told to think more of the rider who would possibly use the bike to get around town in the week, and on moderate-length outof-town trips with lots of gravel and off-road use over the weekend. Keeping the weight down was an issue, and because the bike didn’t need

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to be capable of cruising at the national speed limit and above for hour after hour on tar with a rider, passenger and luggage on board it didn’t need a big, heavy engine. The liquid-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine of the original KLX250 was based upon that of the very successful Kawasaki KLX300R enduro racer. In the latest KLX250 the 249 cc unit now boasts electronic fuel injection and a six-speed close-ratio gearbox instead of utilising the tall top gear overdrive of the earlier model Whether you load your bike up on a trailer or bakkie to take it to your favourite riding area, ride it there on the road, or simply use it as a city runabout with an occasional foray into the dirt, the new KLX250 is tailor made for you. The Kawasaki KLX250 retails for R49 995 with a 12 month unlimited distance warranty.

The Xtreme Academy prize fund will offer the series winner R12 000 worth of vouchers that can be exchanged for goods and services at their local Honda dealer. Second and third placed riders will receive R6 000 and R3 000 worth of vouchers respectively. Every Xtreme Academy competitor will also benefit directly from the involvement of Honda’s series sponsors, to be announced soon, and get exclusive access to experts such as John van den Berk, a double MX world champion who now runs a successful rider training business around Europe.


Launched Peugeot RCZ

French Style & Flair It is not often that our main picture would feature a “three-quarter rear” view, usually “three-quarter front”. But in the case of Peugeot’s new RCZ it is so overwhelmingly obvious that this will be its most striking pose that it was the obvious choice.

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he double hump rear window glass

the illusion. So too I believe it is with design.

self. Well done Peugeot. The exterior leaves the

flowing beautifully off the similarly

We assume a French person exuding the typical

interior with a lot to live up to. While I believe

concave roof is inspired by Peugeot’s

flair and eccentricity must have been required

the RCZ’s curvaceous roof is unbeatable, the

Le Mans winning 908 HDi and was

for so bold a design statement, particularly in

Peugeot interior designer’s attempt at keeping

conceived to feed airflow onto the rear spoiler

this segment. But in truth a stylish, but down to

up is admirable.

and increase downforce.

earth and practical German sketched what will be one of the iconic Peugeots.

Firstly a leather covered dash with double stitching sets the tone. In fact the two-tone in

In the case of the RCZ this need is somewhat reduced, but there is a spoiler which deploys

But who cares? The car remains typically French

the car I was driving was quite pleasing, but

automatically at speed. The rest of the time it is

and the French had the courage to take a car

these are choices owners can make.

neatly tucked away to show off the avant-garde

that differed only slightly from its well received

lines of Peugeot’s newest sports coupe.

concept model, to production. That is what

The point is a high quality soft touch finish is

matters.

immediately apparent. So too are the well bolstered leather covered sports seats, complete

Although the RCZ is not just about aesthetics it’s design is typically a celebration of French

So often manufacturers present a wonderful

with embossed lion. It is true that a lion is al-

flair. The fact that the exterior designer is a

concept design, but by the time the committee

ways boss but the one Peugeot have adopted

young German should not be allowed to shatter

has finished with it, it is a shadow of its former

for the RCZ is particularly prominent and repre-

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sents the newest rendition of Peugeot’s famous symbol. If South Africa ever builds a car, it will have a flower as a symbol because all our wildlife has been used up. The Joule should have a joule because it is completely invisible, but this is another story altogether! Back in the real world the RCZ sees something of a leap forward in terms of steering and gearing. The leather covered steering wheel is nice and small and features a bottom cut-off. This sporty feature is quite justified by fast precise steering complementing good road-holding. On the gearing side it is actually a nice precise relatively short-throw stick that I prefer to operate to the six speed manual box. The ride too is excellent, provided you are not sitting in the back seat, which only really provides enough leg-room for a goldfish. The suspension is pretty hard and the low profile tyres on large 19 inch wheels do not particularly like Spanish potholes. These differ from South African potholes mainly in that they are neatly squared by a machine and are carefully placed on the apexes of bends just to keep the driver sharp. The RCZ boot is extremely generous as a result of the vehicle’s shape and the rear seat backs can be folded down to extend this volume yet further. It would appear three engine derivatives will find their way to our shores, two petrol and one diesel. All turbocharged, the least powerful will be a 115 kW unit driving a six speed automatic gearbox. It is sensible and considerate of Peugeot to put all the silly stuff in one model and give the better engines service. The engines I refer to are the 147 kW / 275 Nm turbo petrol, familiar to MINI Cooper S drivers and the 120 kW / 340 Nm turbodiesel. From the outside it is hard to imagine diesel in so pretty a car. But the engine is very refined, and plenty of torque makes it very easy to drive. However, even as a diesel fan I have to say the more powerful petrol engine would be my choice. It was perky and more than anything sounded just right. A lot of the reason for this in the “don’t scare the rabbits” era is due to a feedback system. Peugeot has engineered a vibrating membrane that picks up off the exhaust and feeds an amplified (but clean) version into the cabin. Quiet on the outside sporty on the inside. The Peugeot RCZ is unquestionably a desirable car. Price will be the determining factor, we will know around August when it arrives.

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Launched BMW 5 Series

Take Five And Come Alive Since 1972 the BMW 5 Series has been at the forefront of the upper midrange segment. Now in its 6th generation it is still at the forefront of the class in terms of dynamism, technology and design. The car was designed so that it will be instantly loved. It is a core model for the BMW portfolio and will certainly be a top seller as they have always been in the past.

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ith the longest wheelbase in

with an eight-cylinder boasting BMW TwinPower

135 kW and 380 Nm. It also sets the efficiency

the segment, a long and sleek

Turbo Technology and High Precision Injection

benchmark in its segment as BMW claim that it

engine compartment lid, short

for maximum output of 300 kW and 600 Nm.

will only use 5.2 litres / 100 kilometres.

a coupĂŠ-like, graceful roofline, the new BMW 5

The straight six with BMW TwinPower Turbo

All engines come standard with an eight speed

Series stands out clearly from the competition.

in the BMW 535i delivers maximum output of

automatic gearbox. This can be enhanced with

225 kW, while the two straight six power units

the sport option that adds real paddles, one on

BMW has been the most sustainable automo-

featuring VALVETRONIC and bi-VANOS develop

the left for downshifts and one on the right for

tive company worldwide and is one of the lead-

190 kW in the BMW 528i and, respectively, 150

upshifts.

ers in the green movement with their efficient

kW in the BMW 523i due to different engine

dynamics program which includes brake force

mapping. A straight-six diesel with the most

The most advanced drivetrain and suspension

regeneration on these models.

advanced technology gives the BMW 530d

technologies ensure supreme sportiness and an

maximum output of 180 kW and 540 Nm.

even higher standard of motoring comfort all in

overhangs front and rear and

one. At the same time optional Dynamic Driving

There are a total of six different engine variants to choose from, ensuring that there is a 5 Se-

The 520d uses a four cylinder turbodiesel with

Control enables the driver to set the suspension

ries to fit every pocket and varying performance

an aluminium crankcase and common-rail di-

individually to his personal requirements. The

needs. The top of the range BMW 550i comes

rect injection to achieve maximum output of

new 5 Series is available with Adaptive

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Drive encompassing Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive stability control, as well as BMW’s Integral Active Steering. The body shell is 55 percent stiffer than the predecessor and 50 kilograms lighter than before. The suspension design has been changed to an Integral five link rear axle and double wishbone front axle. Ride is dynamic as always, yet comfortable. Integral active steering helps out below 60 km/h when the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front, reducing the turning circle by 0.5 metres. Above 60 km/h the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front, easing steering with the same effect as lengthening and shortening the wheelbase would. There are also a number of innovative driver assistance systems available in the 5 series range, some of which are standard fitment while others need to be added to the specification upon order. These include Heads Up Display, Night Vision, New PDC surround view, which gives an birds eye view of the car on the camera as you park and Park assistant which measures the length of a roadside parking and will then steer itself into the parking. Other technological features that are available include collision warning, active cruise control, Stop & Go, lane change and lane departure warning systems and a back up camera. The BMW 5 Series in jam packed with technology both inside the cabin and under the bonnet. It features a fresh new design, and best of all the pricing has not gone up drastically actually even working out cheaper in some cases, if you consider all the extra equipment that is now standard fitment. This all ensures that the 5 series is still a great buy in the upper midrange segment.

Pricing

550i

R635 000

535i

R546 000

530d

R630 000

520d

R485 000

528i

R568 500

523i

R479 000

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Launched Volvo C30 & C70

Graceful Exhilaration Volvo has always been one of the leaders in producing large luxurious vehicles, and because of this they’ve kind of earned a reputation as an “old persons car”.


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he image of the retired, slightly greyed gentleman has become synonymous with the Volvo brand, and while this does lend a certain cul-

tured feel to Volvo’s it may also tend to discourage younger, more adventurous buyers. In response to this Volvo launched it’s new “naughty Volvo” campaign, which aims to add some flair to the brand. And you can definitely see it in the new face lifted versions of the C30 and C70, which both look a lot sportier and sleeker than their previous iterations. So what exactly has been changed? Well, let’s start with the C30 and work our way up. Already arguably the trendiest car in the Volvo line-up, the C30 appeals to a wide range of people’s and age groups and has gone on to become one of the most popular Volvo’s, as its stellar sales record has proven. This trendy urban hatchback stands out amongst the crowd and will always turn a few heads, so what’s been done to spruce it up a bit? Well Volvo has given the C30 a very comprehensive makeover, the entire front has been redesigned, including body panels such as the front wings which gives the car a distinctive new appearance. “By integrating greater depth into the design language, the front has become more dramatic and expressive. Along with the angled lines of the front bumper, the new headlamps, which now slant upward, reinforce the impression of speed and sportiness,” says Fedde Talsma, Exterior Chief Designer at Volvo Cars. On the front you’ll also find a new, larger Volvo badge that seamlessly melds into the rest of the design. The air intake has also been enlarged and resembles the intake on the XC60 while a new honeycomb pattern on the grille makes an appearance. Although the biggest design changes have taken place at the front, the rear also sports the same deep new lines and detailing. The black plastic panels have been replaced with more body colour lower down, to forge a closer visual contact between the car and the road surface. Other exterior changes include a trendy new body colour for the car, named Orange Flame Metallic, which looks very good on the C30. There are also two new wheel options, and for the first time white wheels are available if you so choose. “The white wheels will no doubt raise a few eyebrows,” says Michelle Naude, “but that’s the point – the new C30 offers more choice for those who dare to be different.” A large number of interior changes have also made their way into the new C30. Among other things, there is now an all-new interior colour known as Espresso / Blond, which consists of a

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dark brown upper section and a blonde shade on the lower door sides. You can also choose the new Cranberry leather upholstery colour if you really want to look different. Volvo’s special centre console, or stack, as they prefer to call it has also benefited from the facelift. A new option, Oyster Burst Déco has been added inspired by the surface textures of classic Swedish Hagström guitars that enjoyed international fame in the hands of greats such as Elvis Presley. Hagström gave their guitars a “burst” pattern that shifted subtly from light to dark and back again, and this same pattern can be seen in the centre console of the new Volvo C30, how’s that for attention to detail? And this amazing attention to detail can be found throughout the entire car. A new accessory styling kit includes foglamp décor, a front skidplate and side scuff plates with an engraved C30 logo and a rear skidplate with a stylish aluminium look. On the sporty T5 derivative you’ll find two 90 mm tail pipes in polished stainless steel, which underline the powerful engine. All in all, the new C30 will sport twelve different exterior body colours, eleven leather upholstery choices and five decor inlays for the centre stack so you can easily customize your C30 to express yourself. Now let’s take a look at the engine ranges available on the new C30. Locally there will be a 1.6 litre petrol manual producing 74 kW and 150 Nm, a 2.0 litre petrol in either manual or powershift that produces 107 kW and 185 Nm, and then of course the amazing T5 R-Design coupled with either a manual or Geartronic gearbox. The R-Design package will be offered exclusively with the 2.5 litre T5 engine capable of producing an astonishing 169 kW and 320 Nm. The T5 also makes use of turbocharger technology to deliver the best performance possible. A new sport chassis is now available as well, standard on the T5 R-Design and an optional extra on the C30 2.0 litre. Being sent through a rigorous regime of testing from the Autobahn to the icy roads of Scandinavia, this new chassis is considerably sharper and stiffer than before. The steering is also more precise allowing a ten percent faster response from the steering wheel input. The new Volvo C30 really seems like a winner at this stage, building on the model’s unique character by offering even more choice and exclusivity to buyers. So let’s move on to the C70, which underwent a similar nip and tuck operation recently. Being a fusion of hot coupe and sleek convertible, the new C70 is set to appeal to a wide range of people. With its new front, the Volvo C70 reveals

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traces of the all-new Volvo S60, which was re-

disappearing neatly into the boot. I still mar-

roof is up, they have therefore been fitted with

cently unveiled in Geneva. As a result, the new

vel at the engineering that goes on behind the

small hardened metal spikes that break the

C70 now blends in with the larger models in the

scenes in this sleek transformation. And let me

glass when the time is right.

Volvo range.

tell you, driving the new C70 with the roof down and the wind in your hair will make you feel like

Locally the new Volvo C70 will be available with the excellent T5 engine which delivers 169 kW

A lot of detail has gone into the C70’s facelift as

a celebrity in no time. The comfort and plea-

well, the front wings have been redesigned, the

sure one gets from these cars is simply phe-

nose is more wedge-shaped and the headlights

nomenal.

of 240 km/h.

dynamic look. An enlarged badge and air intake

As with all Volvo’s, safety is a big concern, and

So if you’re in the market for a sophisticated

also reinforces the powerful stance of the car

that’s why the C70 is one of the safest con-

and owners who need more individuality can

vertibles on the market. But instead of listing

opt for the stunning new colour, Flamenco Red

the number of airbags and head restraints as

Pearl. The rear of the car has also been up-

usual (just know that there’s a lot) we’re go-

dated; high-tech LED lamps of the same type

ing to take a look at Volvo’s famous rollover

as found on the Volvo XC60 makes an appear-

protection system for the C70. Now we can all

ance and new lines and details have also been

imagine rolling in a convertible (while the roof

integrated into the rear bumper.

is down) is not going to be the most pleasant

have been repositioned giving the C70 a more

and 320 Nm and will propel you to a top speed

new driving experience I’d definitely recommend either the C30 or C70, as they really are in a class of their own in terms of style, individuality and of course, performance. Pricing Volvo C30 1.6 manual

R227 400

experience of your day.

Volvo C30 2.0 manual

R255 700

panel has been redesigned giving it a wider,

So to combat this Volvo has fitted the C70 with

Volvo C30 2.0 Powershift

R271 200

sleeker look while the surface of the panel has

sturdy metal hoops that shoot up at the rear of

new textures that increase the quality feel of

the vehicle, behind the rear seat passengers,

Volvo C30 T5 R-Design manual

R328 500

the car. Exclusive new instruments, gauges and

that creates a protective “compartment” should

graphics also make their way into this world-

the car roll over. The system, known as Volvo’s

class package. And then there’s the convertible

Rollover Protection System or ROPS for short

roof of course, the C70 will transform from a

is activated by a gyro-sensor in the car, so no

sleek coupe to an open convertible in about 30

worries of it shooting out in a normal accident.

seconds with the press of a button. The three-

Since the C70 has a proper glass rear window,

part steel roof quickly and silently folds away

the hoops will shoot through the glass if the

As far as interior upgrades go, the instrument

Volvo C30 T5 R-Design Geartronic R341 000 Volvo C70 T5

R529 600

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Launched Fiat 500 Cabriolet and MTA

Automatically Topless The Fiat 500 has not been the hottest seller in South Africa since its launch a few years ago. Mainly due to the initial pricing, Fiat have however recently introduced more affordable models and now you can even have a convertible version for under R200 000.

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sing the saloon version as the start-

top can be controlled either by buttons near the

1.4 litre 16 valve engine delivers 73.5 kW at 6

ing point, the introduction of the

interior ceiling light or from a remote control.

000 rpm and a maximum torque of 131 Nm at 4 250 rpm and was developed with high perfor-

soft top does not change the winning characteristics of the model, it

The five speed Dualogic gearbox which debuts

still retains its four comfortable seats and boot

in the 500 MTA (Manual Transmission Auto-

capacity.

mated) represents the next generation of se-

Fiat claim that this puts both the MTA and Cab-

quential, robotised automatic transmissions. In

riolet derivatives at the top of their class, with

Aerodynamic research means that the turbu-

short this is said to be a clutchless manual box

top speeds of 182 km/h for both models and a

lence experienced with the roof open has been

with two modes (manual or automatic).

0 – 100 km/h sprint time of 11 seconds for the

mance and low consumption in mind.

cabriolet and 10.5 seconds for the MTA.

reduced to a minimum, allowing full enjoyment of the fresh air and the company of fellow pas-

The main advantages of the system are ease

sengers.

of use and a reduction in driver fatigue, par-

Fuel economy is impressive too, Fiat claim that

ticularly around town, because gearshifts can

the Cabriolet, consumes only 6.1 litres / 100

The soft top of the Fiat 500 Cabriolet stands out

be controlled automatically or manually. Under

km on the combined cycle, when equipped with

for its elegant electrically controlled movements

sporty driving conditions, in other words high

a manual gearbox. The 500 MTA is even more

and impressively finished and carefully selected

revs and full throttle, gearshifts can be carried

impressive with claimed consumption figures of

technical features. The automatic electric soft

out within a record time of 190 ms. The brilliant

5.8 litres / 100 km in the combined cycle. The

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Fiat 500 is also the first car under four metres to receive the five star Euro NCAP rating and both the Fiat 500 Cabriolet and the MTA retain all the safety components and features, both active and passive, that place it among the markets best in class. The Fiat 500 Cabriolet is trimmed to Lounge spec, which means you get many extras over and above what you get on the 1.4 Pop (which already boasts air conditioning, seven airbags, electric windows and remote central locking). The Cabriolet gets a full passive safety package including ESP, ASR / MSR, HBA and Hill Holder, as well as a chrome kit, 15 inch wheels, front fog lamps and Blue&Me hands free system with remote controls and a USB port. The 500 MTA is trimmed to sport specification which means you get all of the above, but with a sport kit instead of the chrome detailing. Other extras include Sport seats, sport specific interior colours and fabrics, a rear spoiler, chrome tailpipe and chrome inserts on the door sills. There is now a Cinquecento to suit every taste and budget. The eco friendly 1.2 retails for R135 000, followed by the 1.4 Pop with an equally attractive price tag of R157 800 and now the 1.4 Cabriolet and the 1.4 MTA Sport, both retailing for just R197 600.

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Launched BMW X1

The Dirty One In 1999, when BMW launched the X5, they coined the term Sports Activity Vehicle, with it creating a whole new segment. They are once again innovaters of the market as they launch their X1 into the compact premium segment.


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he BMW X1 opens up a new market and offers a new driving experience in the premium compact segment. It expands and enhances the range

of BMW X models with yet another innovative vehicle concept and literally gives buyers in this segment, the ability to conquer new terrain. Measuring 4.45 metres in length, this five door SAV stands out clearly from every angle as a BMW X model. The wheel arches are almost square in their contours and, together with the greater ground clearance and the silvercoloured underfloor, emphasise the robust qualities of the car. At the same time the BMW X1 comes with outstanding aerodynamics. Inside the X1 offers typical BMW driver orientation and luxury cockpit design. The elevated seating position, a generous feeling of space, the wide range of storage options and the variable interior offers ideal conditions for enjoying the BMW X1, both in an urban environment and beyond. Top quality materials, striking surfaces and the iDrive control system fitted in conjunction with the optional navigation unit emphasise the premium character of the car. Modern drivetrain technology gives the X1 superior performance but also makes it one of the most efficient vehicles when compared to similarily performing premium competitors. The xDrive23d is a 2.0 litre diesel engine with an all aluminium crankcase, force fed by a BMW TwinPower Turbo and common rail direct fuel injection. This engine produces 150 kW at 4 400 rpm and 400 Nm from 2 000 rpm. BMW claim this model boasts average fuel consumption of 6.6 litres / 100 km. The xDrive20d is also a 2.0 litre engine and is boosted by a single turbocharger with variable intake geometry. This enables it to produce 130 kW at 4 000 rpm and 350 Nm from 1 750 rpm. For this model BMW claim an even more impressive fuel consumption figure of 6.2 litres / 100 km. The sDrive20d features the same engine as the previous model but is only a rear wheel drive model, allowing fuel consumption to drop down to 5.6 litres / 100 km. The last model in the lineup is the sDrive18i, which will go on sale in June. It is a four cylinder 2.0 litre petrol engine featuring Valvetronic and double-Vanos. It will produce 110 kW at 6 400 rpm and 200 Nm at 3 600 rpm. Average fuel consumption is said to be 8.2 litres / 100 km.

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The BMW X1 xDrive23d comes as standard

the world’s most successful manufacturer of all-

include three point inertia reel seat belts all

with a six speed automatic transmission. This

wheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment.

round, frontal and side airbags as well as head

automatic power transmission, also available

And now this intelligent all-wheel drive is avail-

airbags at the side, Adaptive Brake lights and

as a R16 000 option on all other versions of

able for the first time in a compact vehicle.

daytime driving lights.

gearbox featured as standard, not only pro-

As with all vehicles the X1 range offers upper

The X1 brings together the versatile features

motes driving comfort, but also enhances the

class technology, superior driving experience

typical of a Sports Activity Vehicle with the driv-

agile driving behaviour of the most compact X

and an efficient drivetrain. In the practicality

ing characteristics, dynamic performance and

model.

department it offers a semi-command driving

outstanding fuel economy and emissions of a

position, versatility, high ground clearance and

small sporty hatch.

the BMW X1 instead of the six speed manual

Offering variable distribution of drive power be-

sturdy roof railings. The rear seats also split in

tween the front and rear wheels, BMW xDrive

a 40 / 20 / 20 fashion, expanding from 420 to

Although the X1 has all this technology don’t

permanent all-wheel drive improves both the

1 350 litres. A further amenity is the separate

think it will ever be asked to do much more than

car’s agility and superior traction on rough

storage compartment beneath the floor of the

the daily commute or the school run, probably

surfaces. Couple this to 194 mm ground clear-

luggage compartment.

winning over customers driving X3’s or those in

ance and the X1 did not flinch on the rough dirt tracks along the side of Table mountain.

a 3 series looking for a more practical car with S drive models are of rear wheel drive con-

the semi command driving position.

figuration and efficient thanks to their reduced All-wheel drive is naturally connected to DSC

weight. The X-Drive features BMW’s successful

Dynamic Stability Control and the engine man-

AWD system, hill descent control and perfor-

agement on the BMW X1, with sensors on the

mance control as an option.

xDrive23d

R464 000 automatic only

All versions of the BMW X1 come as standard

xDrive20d

R418 500 manual

sDrive20d

R376 000 manual

sDrive18i

R335 500 manual

Pricing

wheels immediately detecting even the slightest slightest tendency to spin.

on 17 inch aluminium wheels. Another standard Within fractions of a second, therefore, the sys-

feature is the Tyre Defect Indicator, while stan-

tem is able to vary the ratio of power distribu-

dard Runflat tyres enable the driver to continue

tion even before a wheel starts to spin, thus

to the nearest workshop even after a complete

effectively countering to over or understeer

loss of pressure. The BMW X1 features a spe-

tendencies in good time. Thanks to the su-

cial body structure designed from the outset

preme qualities of this system, BMW is indeed

for maximum occupant safety. Safety features

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Launched Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Blowing The Lid Off Already boasting a sedan, estate and coupe in the lineup, the E-Class range reaches completion with the launch of the E-Class Cabriolet, a car Mercedes-Benz describe as ideal for four seasons and four passengers.

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he E-Class cabriolet is the perfect car

push of a button, working in conjunction with

the driver and front passenger can enjoy the

for drop top fans who want to drive

a wind blocker between the rear headrest. This

unique neck-level heating regardless of how

their cars all year round. The open-

substantially reduces turbulence for all four

short or tall they are. In conjunction with the

top two door model, features a clas-

seat occupants. It can be activated at speeds of

seat warmers and air conditioning this creates

sic fabric soft top, making for a stylistically pure

up to 160 km/h and can remain in use right up

a sea of warm air in the interior.

cabriolet feeling.

to the car’s top speed.

Viewed from the side, the new model is an in-

Another cabriolet innovation is the Airscarf, this

fully automatically in 20 seconds, even when

triguing proposition, with clear proportions and

warm flow of air at the front passenger neck

driving at speeds of up to 40 km/h. With the

a flawless cabriolet silhouette. This car certainly

level is now adjustable, making drop top driving

roof closed noise levels are very low, just as

has the character to become a classic collectors

possible in cold weather conditions.

one would expect from this class of luxury car.

The acoustic soft top can be opened and closed

item in years to come. In this model an adjustment wheel pivots the

The E-Class Cabriolet is available with the

An innovative feature is the AIRCAP which ad-

outlet nozzle upwards and downwards by a to-

choice of two different engines. The E350 Cab-

justs the air stream according to preference,

tal of 36 degrees over and above the head re-

riolet is powered by the proven V6 engine, it

essentially keeping off wind and noise by the

straint height adjustment range, meaning that

produces 200 kW and 350 Nm from 3 000 rpm.

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Equipped with this engine Mercedes-Benz say it takes just 6.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h while using 9.8 litres / 100km. The powerful E500, equipped with a V8 engine develops 285 kW and 530 Nm making it capable of a claimed 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of 5.3 seconds and fuel consumption of 11.0 litres / 100 km. This engine provides a blend of high output and torque yield with exemplary refinement and effortlessly superior agility. The seven speed automatic transmission comes as standard on both models With the same safety ratings as the sedan range, the E-Class cabriolet offers the best safety features in its class. Highlights of the open top two door model include roll over protection, the A pillars reinforced by two additional tubes and the plug in B pillars. This new model is also the first Mercedes cabriolet to feature headbags. There is of course also all the regular E-Class safety measures including seven airbags, belt tensioners and belt force limiters for all seats as well as Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, the sophisticated Intelligent Light System and Distronic Plus proximity control. As with the coupe version, there will also be no AMG derivative of the cabriolet, but one can purchase an AMG sports package for R30 000. This package adds new bumpers, wheels as well as sportier damping and steering to an already dynamically good drive. Pricing E350 Cabriolet

R770 000

E500 Cabriolet

R900 000

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Launched Citroën DS3

Back To The Future More and more motor manufacturers seem to be following the fashion of introducing retro models or remakes of successful past classics that have been modernised. The newest of these is the DS3, which Citroën are calling anti-retro.

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he original DS was years ahead of the

The DS3 is all about customising your vehicle

little piece of their DS3 on them. Other options

competition in terms of design and

to be unique to your own taste. With 11 body

include leather seats, a connecting box, auto-

technology and was third in the car

colours, four roof colours, three colours for the

matic air conditioning, colour coded wheels and

of the century competition.

17 inch wheels and five colours for the 16 inch

the themes. There is also a ‘Techno pack’, for

wheels, the combinations are almost endless.

drivers looking to add more comfort and a ‘De-

The new DS3 is the first vehicle in the new DS

sign pack’ for those looking to add more style

lineup. The name was used as it symbolises

Furthermore, there are four roof themes avail-

avante garde styling, creativity, modernity and

able in funky designs ranging from a Tribal pat-

innovative technology.

tern to Zebra stripes. Inside there are seven

In the class Citroën claim that the DS3 is one of

dashboard colours and various seat and interior

the more compact vehicles in terms of exterior

trim options.

dimensions yet the most spacious inside with

But unlike many other retro models, the only thing that this new model really shares with its

to the car.

the biggest boot capacity.

grandfather is the name. Citroën are labelling

The mirrors and wheel centre caps are also

the car as anti-retro, leaving the past behind

coloured to match the roof while the gearknob

And this is not just claims, four average sized

and rather making history instead of repeating

is available in seven different colours. Even the

adults will easily travel in comfort inside the

it. Basing the new DS3 on the same ideas as its

key plip features a disc in the same colour as

DS3. It gets the most out of its exterior dimen-

predecessor but with a completely new design.

the body paint, so that people always have a

sions through intelligent architecture.

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For example, the dashboard is set high up to increase leg room and the slim back seats and estate car style rear design free up room in the back. Some of the standard equipment includes ESP, six airbags, cruise control with speed limiter and daytime running lights, which are things that one wouldn’t normally expect to see as standard fitment in this class and price range. The chassis and running gear, with MacPherson type suspension at the front and a flexible traverse beam at the rear, are the result of high precision development work. Springing and damping have been developed to read the road, with excellent body roll control and impressive poise in corners, while remaining easy to handle. The DS3 combines driving pleasure with everyday ease of use. Its on road assurance gives it crisp reactions and top level control and safety. CitroÍn has also made remarkable efforts to keep the weight of the DS3 to a minimum, while using a new development plant to ensure robustness. The DS3 is available with two petrol engines. The first being a 1.6VTi boasting 88 kW and mated to a five speed manual transmission. With this engine they claim a fuel consumption figure of 5.9 litres / 100 km. The second engine option is the 1.6 THP that produces 115 kW and 240 Nm thanks to turbocharging. It is mated to a six speed manual gearbox and Citroen claim a fuel consumption of 6.7 litres / 100 km. With no compromises on passenger safety, the DS3 is fitted with ESP, ABS, EBD and EBA. Passive safety is also top level, with six airbags, three point seat belts and Isofix anchor points in the rear side seats all fitted as standard. All models come with a three year / 100 00 km warranty and three year roadside assistance. Pricing DS3 1.6 VTi Style

R199 000

DS3 1.6 VTi Style Design Pack

R209 500

DS3 1.6 VTi Style Techno Pack

R211 000

DS3 1.6 THP Sport

R255 000

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Launched Hyundai ix35

Prepare To Want One The latest and the greatest of Hyundai’s i-series cars have finally arrived, the ix35, and it looks set to become as much of a success for Hyundai as the Tucson was before it. And now the ix35 seems set to continue Hyundai’s domination of the market.

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he ix35 seems set to continue mak-

ed by a halo of stage smoke and sitting atop a

the hexagonal grille, this defining characteristic

ing more headway into the crucial

revolving platform, your jaw couldn’t help but

is set to serve as a unifying feature in future

Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) mar-

drop in admiration. Hyundai decided to move

Hyundai products, much like you can instantly

ket. Years after the Korean car com-

away from the distinctly hatchback proportions

recognize a BMW by looking at the nose of the

pany fixed its reliability issues they continue

of the car and to create something sleeker with

car.

being a force to be reckoned with in the motor-

the ix35. This new direction in design later

ing world. Hyundai is now producing cars which

became known as “fluidic” design and it finds

aren’t just affordable, they’re damn good look-

confident expression in the sweeping, gently

ing and great to drive.

curved lines which flow throughout the car.

And having been impressed with the i10, i20

The new ix35 is longer and wider than the Tuc-

fortable inside. Rear leg-and-headroom is but

and i30 we were really looking forward to see-

son, but it is slightly lower, emphasizing its

a few millimeters shy of a full metre and large

ing what the ix35 would bring to the table. And

athletic appeal. Interior cabin space has been

door apertures confirm that Hyundai didn’t

it didn’t disappoint, as the vehicle was unveiled

greatly improved and overall height has been

forget about the people in the back. The rest

for the first time at the wonderful Legends Golf

decreased without affecting headroom. One

of the interior is also ergonomically designed

and Safari resort; bathed in light and surround-

of the key design features on the new ix35 is

for the modern commuter with a large centre

But let us change our perspective and take a look at what’s going on inside the car. An additional 40 mm of space is available in the front ensuring even the tallest people will be com-

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console positioned between the two front seats capable of carrying your plethora of mobile devices. Luggage volume in the ix35 has also been increased significantly with 591 litres of space now available, becoming 1 436 litres with the backseats folded down. The control gauge cluster borrows Supervision technology from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury sedan and displays key information clearly while all instruments and gauges are backlit in Hyundai’s signature blue colour. The Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system has been upgraded with a new blower and dual-zone temperature controls and is fitted to all but the base model. And it does get the job done, keeping us nice and cool in the sweltering, proudly South African heat. Central locking and electric windows are standard across the range and all but the base model is equipped with black leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, electric folding mirrors and cruise control. The two top of the range 4x4 models also add an electrically adjusted driver’s seat with lumbar support while the diesel flagship model also has dual panoramic sunroofs and a push start button with smart-key proximity control. I’ve been going on about the different models for a while now, so let’s take a good look at how exactly this all works. In total there will be six models available for the ix35, four of which are powered by the sophisticated new Theta-II petrol engine in either 2.0 or 2.4 litre capacities. The remaining two models features the impressive new R type 2.0 litre CRDi turbodiesel engines. So how do the ix35’s under-the-bonnet muscle flexing compare? Well the base 2.0 litre Theta-II engine produces 122 kW and 197 Nm while its big brother boasts 130 kW and 227 Nm of torque. The R Type turbodiesel has the same

the fuel by now, just no trekking into Botswana

er’s warranty on all versions of the ix35, truly

amount of power as the 2.4 petrol engine but

for a few weeks without thinking it through thor-

good value for a truly good car I’d say.

combine that with 392 Nm of torque, available

oughly. I don’t have enough room here to fully

all the way from 1 800 to 2 500 rpm and you’re

explain all the features of the ix35, which in it-

dealing with an entirely different animal.

self can be seen as a good thing. Just know that the ix35 drives like a dream, whether crawling

As far as the drivetrain goes you get the choice

along a beaten track behind a game viewing

of 4x4 versions in the R Type turbodiesel and

vehicle (which we did) or flying across a pot-

the 2.4 litre petrol mated to six-speed auto

hole riddled dirt road at 100 km/h + (which we

boxes while the 2.0 litre petrols are mated to

did) or cruising the highways at speeds I rather

either five speed manual or six speed automatic

won’t mention here (which we did), through all

transmissions.

this the ix35 came out without a scratch or hic-

Pricing 2.0 GL 4X2 Manual

R239 900

2.0 GLS 4X2 Manual

R264 900

2.0 GLS 4X2 A/T

R274 900

2.4 GLS 4X4 A/T

R319 900

R2.0 GLS 4X2 Manual

R299 900

R2.0 GLS 4X4 A/T

R369 900

cup and ready for more. One of the few issues the ix35 has makes an appearance on the diesel versions, they are de-

This wonderful vehicle can be yours from as

signed to run on 50 ppm diesel which is a more

little as R239 000 for the base model and as al-

refined version of the fuel than we’ve been used

ways you’ll get Hyundai’s wonderful guarantees

to in Africa. The good news is that there are

in the form of a five year / 100 000 km service

several filling stations in the country which sells

plan and a five year / 150 000 km manufactur-

1081 Zambezi Drive, Montana Park 0159 TEL: 012 523 2700 EMAIL: seanm@hyundai.co.za

Johan Keyter

Hyundai Zambezi Official Partner


Tested BMW 760Li

Luxury Speedliner When the BMW 760Li was launched a few months ago I called it the ultimate in luxury, but I also said it was pointless as I felt that you could get to your board meetings in round about the same state of relaxation for about R700 000 less.

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nd now after spending a week with

standard test distances faster than a potential

BMW is moving up the standard of maximum

the car, I can now confirm that it

owner can get his overseas forex broker on the

exclusivity and supremacy in this supreme class

is the ultimate in luxury and it is

phone.

to an even higher level, following a completely new definition: The new BMW 760Li now takes

still pointless, but I must say that

it’s still the fastest and best kind of pointless I

Not that I see too many owners of 760Lis doing

over the top position within BMW South Africa’s

have driven in a very long time and I truly get

too much robot to robot racing, but I can assure

model portfolio, representing the highest level

why somebody would pay the R1 632 500 for

you, all they have to do is plant the accelerator

of motoring refinement in its segment.”

the privilege.

and they will blast to 100 km/h in a mere 5.06 seconds via the all new eight speed auto box

Right up front you get every type of luxury you

and blow away most without even knowing that

can think of from both a driver point of view

they did so. The 1 km sprint comes up in 23

and a passenger, as in chauffeured, view. For-

seconds at 230 km/h along with a very limited

get the basic SatNav, climate control and full

top speed of 246 km/h should Jeeves feel the

leather, that is for mere normal luxury sedans,

need to sample some prison food courtesy of

think comprehensive rear DVD system, mas-

our local traffic authorities and waste around

saging and heated rear seats and only then will

20 litres of 95 octane fuel for every 100 km

you begin to realise that this car can cater for

travelled.

your every need. And then of course being a BMW means that Talking of needs, and this is where the 760Li

even though this is a heavy 7 Series luxury

moves into a class all on its own, is in the power

sedan, it handles as well as cars that are far

and drive department. This car is the perfect

lighter and that are also claimed to be more

example of wanting something simply because

nimble. Also as to be expected safety is out of

you want it, and this want is a silky smooth and

the top drawer with multiple airbags, DSC and

powerful 6.0 litre V12 Twin Turbo that makes

even night vision all doing their bit to ensure

for an astoundingly quick limo.

that you get to spend that forex on a new yacht

SPECIFICATIONS Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100 km/h: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: True Top Speed: Price:

BMW 760Li 6.0 litre V12 Twin Turbo 400 kW @ 5 250 rpm 750 Nm @ 1 500 rpm 5.06 seconds 13.18 seconds @ 179.50 km/h 23.49 seconds @ 231.21 km/h 246.55 km/h @ 5 500 rpm in 6th R1 632 500

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and not on medical expenses. In wrapping up, Producing 400 kW of power at 5 250 rpm and

I think BMW says it best when they brag, “The

a tar shredding 750 Nm of torque from as low

new BMW 7 Series already sets the benchmark

as 1 500 rpm, this BMW races through the

in luxury performance motoring – and now

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Tested Citroën C5 3.0 HDI

Comfy Cruiser The French manufacturers are on a charge, they are entering into segments and price brackets that they have never been in before in SA. The first of these test cars to come past my desk, so to speak, is the Citroën C5.

B

efore I even get to the car itself,

connectivity, and a space ‘gap’ measurement

is more to this car than just outright speed, it

which is actually quite good by the

system in the middle, it is all there. While on

has style, space, luxury and a comprehensive

way, I think the biggest challenge

the subject, I could maintain a decent speed

safety package that sees all bases being cov-

that Citroën faces, is its own brand

on the trip, without anybody doing any in car

ered when it comes to living with it on a daily

perception. The previous custodians of the

speedo checking. This is thanks mainly to the

basis. I am sure that those of you who do opt

brand did them no favours. Service was shock-

Hydractive III+ active suspension that actively

for the C5 will be happy, but I unfortunately

ing, and their PR with the media even worse!

adjusts the spring and damper rates to account

can’t see myself choosing this car over one of

So it is good to see that Citroën’s French parent

for your input and road conditions.

the German marques.

company has taken control over their dealings within our borders.

The soft mode provides optimum comfort, as that is the nature of the car, and I will get to

V6 Automatic retails for R465 000, which is go-

why this is in a moment. There is a firmer set-

ing to be a bit of a leap of faith for those that

ting and a sport mode, but make no mistake,

must part with this kind of money for a Citroën.

this car does not like to be thrown about and

But the car does come standard with a three

will squeal in protest should you push it like

year / 100 000 km warranty, a five year / 100

you would say a more dynamic and driver ori-

000 km service plan, and three year roadside

entated BMW.

assistance for extended peace of mind.

On paper the C5 puts out 177 kW and 450 Nm,

Styling is always going to be a contentious is-

which seems rather lively, but there is a fair

sue when it comes to French cars, you are ei-

amount of lag before anything happens and a

ther going to like the C5 or not. I liked it, not

bit of weight to contend with, so relaxed is a

because of any classical car design reason, but

better suited description than manic. I guess

simply because as I said already, it is different.

that is also why Citroën didn’t include any test-

Inside you are just as well taken care of as you

ed performance figures in their press release.

would be in any German marque, with every-

But as we do with most, we put the C5 against

thing I could see and want listed as standard

‘the clock’ and it ran to 100 km/h in a leisurely

fitment. My family certainly didn’t complain

9.93 seconds on the way to a very average

once when we took a trip out to Sun City for a

235 km/h top speed and an equally average

function. Right from leather seats to Bluetooth

10 litres / 100 km of diesel usage. But there

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which was the setting I used almost exclusively,

Right, let us get to the actual car. The 3.0 HDi

SPECIFICATIONS Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100 km/h: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: True Top Speed: Price:

Citroen C5 3.0 HDI 3.0 litre Turbodiesel 177 kW @ 3 800 rpm 450 Nm @ 1 600 rpm 9.93 seconds 17.42 seconds @ 139.53 km/h 30.15 seconds @ 184.43 km/h 234.96 km/h @ 4 050 rpm in 6th R465 000

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Tested Renault Mégane 1.9 dCi

Cruising in Comfort Comfy family hatchbacks aren’t usually too concerned with looking stylish, or flashy, or sporty, or pretty for that matter. But the new Mégane hatch from Renault does just those things, and it’s an all-round family hatchback to boot.

T

he reason the new Mégane doesn’t

finer, more efficient fuel spray. The result of

your drive as comfortable as possible, this in-

look like something you’d expect to

this is improved dynamic and acoustic perfor-

cludes dual-zone air conditioning, a CD/MP3

see in front of your local primary

mance and reduced consumption figures to

player, a fully integrated GPS in the dashboard

school is because Renault incorpo-

boot. The diesel powerplant in the new Mégane

and even twin sunroofs that gives the interior

rated styling cues from their proud motorsport

will produce 93 kW of power at 3 750 rpm and

a bright and refreshing feel. In short, the new

legacy. Sporty styling and robustness are in-

an amazing 300 Nm of torque is available from

Mégane seems to be the best of both worlds, its

tegral parts of the Mégane’s genetic make-up

as low as 1 750 rpm. The unit also achieves

smooth and responsive driving characteristics

and both of these can be easily seen in the

an average fuel consumption rate of 5.1 litres /

make it the perfect vehicle for the long road or

Mégane’s generously proportioned body panels

100 km and emits an equally impressive 134 g

your urban commute.

and sweeping curves. The result of this is a car

of CO 2 per km.

that retains all the practicality and space of a family hatchback yet exudes an unmistakably dynamic stance, in short, it’s a pretty car.

smooth shifting six speed manual transmissions and add to this the substantial amount of

I also have to add that I thought this was one of

changes applied to the chassis, suspension and

the most modern looking cars I’ve driven, not

electric power steering systems and you start

necessarily in specification (though it doesn’t

to realize that the new Mégane is one of the

disappoint), but simply in styling. It looks like

most comfortable cars in the world.

one of those sleek, futuristic dream car doodles you’d find next to a kids math homework. But enough about the looks, can this pretty car actually impress on the road as well?

And it turns out one of the safest as well. The new Mégane has been credited as one of the safest vehicles around, scoring an exceptional 37 out of 37 points in the adult occupant rating

It turns out it can, we tested the 1.9 dCi tur-

and an overall five-star score in the Euro NCAP

bodiesel and it proved to be one of the smooth-

crash tests. It also boasts six airbags, innova-

est drives we’ve had this year. The highly rated

tive twin side-impact sensors as well as new-

1.9 dCi turbodiesel engine has been updated

generation head restraints. You also get ABS

extensively, some of these updates include a

anti-lock brakes with Emergency Brake Assist

redesigned

turbocharger

as standard and Electronic Stability Control

with curved blades for a quicker response, as

(ESC) is available as an optional extra. Also in-

well as new seven-hole injector nozzles for a

cluded in the new Mégane is a lot of kit to make

variable-geometry

Johan Keyter

All the models are mated to exceptionally

SPECIFICATIONS Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100 km/h: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: True Top Speed: Price:

Renault Mégane 1.9 dCi 1.9 Diesel Turbo 96 kW @ 3 750 rpm 300 Nm @ 1 750 rpm 10.58 seconds 17.54 seconds @ 127.29 km/h 32.27 seconds @ 160.07 km/h 200.25 km/h @ 3 800 rpm in 6th R257 000

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Tested Porsche 911 Turbo PDK

Lightning Fast 911 Turbo Porsche called it the most fuel efficient and powerful top of the range 911 of all time when it was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. We simply call it the fastest car we have ever tested in the history of our magazine.

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s an independent road test special-

covered in the process. The flying 1km time is

This combination of 368 kW of power and 650

ist and the Editor of this publica-

taken care of in 20.62 seconds at a heady 256

Nm of torque pumping out of the new direct

tion, I have in my time tested many,

km/h. Top speed came in at a limited 318 km/h

fuel injection 3.8 litre twin turbo powerplant

many cars. Some slow, some aver-

with the speedo reading an eye watering and

and the already mentioned seven speed box

pulse quickening 330.

has caused me to utter words I thought I would

age and some seriously fast, but the new 911

never have done so in my lifetime as a motor-

Turbo simply rewrites the record books, and by some way too! In fact I will go so far as to say that the only car that will be able to better this feat will be another Porsche.

Being equipped with Porsche’s ultra smooth and quick PDK auto box means that these phenomenal times can be repeated over and over with-

ing enthusiast. And that is to say that I would opt for the PDK over the six speed manual, it is that good!

out a great deal of fuss. So how fast is fast? Arm the launch control and release the brake and this 911 Turbo blasts to

Getting away from the adrenalin overdose for And then once you have finished conquering

just a moment, I thought I would mention that

the world and destroying all types of wheeled

fuel consumption for the high speed work went

foe that has come before you, you can slip back

only as high as 16 litres / 100 km and when

That’s right, 3.32 seconds! 200 km/h comes in

into leisurely mode and commute to work in ab-

driven with restraint I even saw this figure dip

11.24 seconds with a mere 400m of tar being

solute luxury just like a less evil person might.

into the low 10s, with an average of 12 litres

100 km/h in a lightning quick 3.32 seconds.

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being the norm in my opinion. This is exceptional for a car of this performance capability; I mean I have had hot hatches that have used more fuel than this on a tank to tank basis.

But back to the driving experience this R1 950 000 car delivers. Exactly how good the handling is on this Porsche is something that you will never understand unless you have had the privilege of actually driving one in anger. The all wheel drive system coupled to a limited slip diff offers a level of grip and corner destroying ability that will leave you in awe every time you attack an apex. If I have to nitpick, then I can say that the ride is firm and then very firm when the Sport Plus button is pushed and our pot hole riddled roads then do their best to spoil your journey. Stopping and safety are also well taken care of by the R100 000 optional (PCCB) Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes with light weight ceramic discs measuring 380 mm at the front, a full array of airbags and Porsche’s stability management system. The class leading feel continues on the inside too with black leather, SatNav, electric everything else and a serious Bose sound system doing duty along with a pair of snug fitting front seats that promise everything the car delivers once you have turned the key. In wrapping up, the new 911 Turbo is a supercar that delivers on every promise it makes and it does this without being temperamental like so many other supercars are. Want to own one or simply want to browse a website that will make you aspire to own one, then visit: www.porsche.co.za .

Mark Jones

SPECIFICATIONS Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100 km/h: Âź Mile: 1 KM: True Top Speed: Price:

Porsche 911 Turbo PDK 3.8 litre Twin Turbo 368 kW @ 6 000 rpm 650 Nm @ 1 950 rpm 3.32 seconds 11.34 seconds @ 200.89 km/h 20.62 seconds @ 256.75 km/h Limited to 318.79 km/h in 6th gear R1 950 000

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Tested BMW 530d Gran Turismo

Something Old, Something New The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is like nothing else seen before as it combines space, comfort and variability in a truly unique style. Combining the best of a luxury saloon, versatile SAV and classic Gran Turismo to create a car that is like nothing else.

B

MW certainly have a knack for cre-

efficiency. The moment you slide into, or is that

ating cars that nobody really need-

climb into the drivers seat, you feel at home,

ed, but then convincing people that

you know you are in a BMW. This car honours

they do need them, thereby creat-

the BMW slogan of sheer driving pleasure, first

ing a whole new segment that other vehicle

and foremost it is a drivers car, with great dy-

manufacturers most certainly will feel the need

namic ability that allows it to be thrown around

to compete in at some stage, but not always

like a 3 Series, if need be. Yet it retains its poise

with the same success.

as a comfortable, stable high speed cross country tourer. Coupled to the Vbox equipment it

The 5 Series Gran Turismo is another one of

sprinted to 100 km/h in 8.14 seconds, through

these cars and plainly said it is ideal for some-

the ¼ mile in 16.04 seconds on its way to a true

one that is looking for the space of a 7 Series,

top speed of 242.61 km/h, which is certainly

but with the added practicality. Or for a car with

enough to mess up your hairdo.

a higher driving position than a 7 Series but without the need for the AWD capability of an

The interior is typical BMW and in the GT that

X5.

includes almost every luxury and gadget imag-

We put the 530d model through its paces. This

is in the super luxury league of the 7 Series,

inable. Rear seat comfort and entertainment

is the least powerful engine in the range, yet it still produces 180 kW and 540 Nm. Which is more than enough for taking the kids to school or fetching your groceries from the store, although if you drive this car, you probably have your groceries delivered. Okay then designer store bags, which will travel comfortably in the 440 litres of boot space, expandable to 1 700 litres and accessed by a rather unique bi-modal

if not better, as these seats can even recline. The long wheelbase and heavily crowned coupe roofline means there’s plenty of leg and headroom, especially for rear seat passengers. If you are looking for a BMW that stands out

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Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100 km/h: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: True Top Speed: Price:

BMW 530d Gran Turismo Six cylinder turbocharged diesel 180 kW @ 4 000 rpm 540 Nm @ 1 750 Nm 8.14 seconds 16.04 seconds @ 141.90 km/h 29.18 seconds @ 181.64 km/h 242.61 km/h @ 4 200 in 7th gear R766 800

from the crowd, even if it is just because people are wondering what it is, then the 5 Series Gran Turismo is definitely worth a second look.

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boot opening. This engine is coupled to an eight speed automatic transmission, which combines

SPECIFICATIONS

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Tested Renault Laguna Coupe 3.5 AT

Classy Coupe Just the other day I wrote about the first premium French car to ‘come across my desk’ for testing. And now I can tell you about the second, the R499 000 Renault Laguna Coupe 3.5 AT. The first left me feeling luke warm at best, will the Renault be any different?

W

ell to start with I really think

box. Smooth it was, and it even had a manual

ished in quality black leather, soft touch plastic

that Renault SA has put a

mode, not that you would use it much with this

and some tasteful aluminium.

massive amount of effort and

type of car, but it could have done with a slight

money into their brand locally

change in temperament when called upon. Be

to offset the stigma of poor service and qual-

this as it may, it still got to 100 km/h in less

ity that has bugged them for what seems like

than 9 seconds and went onto a true top speed

forever.

of 240 km/h, with a fuel consumption figure that went to about 12.5 litres / 100 km at the

I personally have enjoyed their products over

I can tell you that the Renault Laguna Coupe is the best premium French offering I have driven to date, and it comes with a very comprehensive five year / 150 000 km warranty and a five year / 100 000 km maintenance plan.

end of the day.

the years, especially the special edition hot hatches, as they handle and go as good as any-

All your safety needs are taken care of as you

thing on the road and also have that little bit of

would expect from a car like this, but what the

French flair thing going on. Of course this exact

Laguna also offers is a 4Control chassis. What

point means that just as many will hate Renault

this means in a nutshell is that the rear wheels

styling as will love it.

also turn in relation to steering input and speed, and this is said to aid dynamics and safety.

The Laguna Coupe is going to be no different, no fence sitting here. It is good enough to make

To be honest, I couldn’t feel them do their work,

most look twice. I like it! But the big acid test

but then I guess I am not meant to. For a big

for Renault is not going to be styling, drive,

car it handled pretty well and would make a po-

safety etc. It is going to be looking after a cus-

tential owner happy in terms of the corner grip

tomer who is spending a substantial amount of

and ease of manoeuvrability it offers.

money on car.

Now being inside the Laguna is also pleasant

So what does it go like? Push the start button

as it is a real 2+2 Coupe with enough room for

and a pleasantly sounding 3.5 litre V6 comes

most in the back, including my daughter’s kit-

to life. Producing a meaty 175 kW at 6 000

ten that had to be rushed to the vet as she ate

rpm along with 330 Nm of torque at 4 000 rpm

a needle and a bunch of thread in her quest to

means that most of driving needs are well taken

explore the entire world in a single day. Any-

care of. I just felt that the car could have done

way, back to my pet ambulance. Besides decent

with a sport type button for the six speed auto

space, I also like the fact that the interior is fin-

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SPECIFICATIONS Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100 km/h: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: True Top Speed: Price:

Renault Laguna Coupe 3.5 AT 3.5 litre V6 Naturally Aspirated 175 kW @ 6 000 rpm 330 Nm @ 4 400 rpm 8.92 seconds 16.51 seconds @ 140.88 km/h 29.73 seconds @ 181.77 km/h 240.52 km/h @ 5 600 rpm in 5th R499 000

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Tested Subaru Impreza 2.0 RS Sedan

Competent Family Car The first thing you have to do when dealing with the Subaru Impreza 2.0 RS Sedan is to get your head around the fact that this car is not the rip snorting WRX derivatives. Do that successfully and you might be able to live with the RS on a daily basis. Don’t and you will be left pulling your hair out in frustration.

N

ow this might have sounded a bit

say it, the interiors of the newer Subarus are

harsh, but it is the truth, and I am

so much better than the interiors of the cars

going to get the performance out

of old. What you also get for your R269 000 is

of the way right up front.

Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and here is where the RS gets comfortably away from

It might be a Scooby, but it makes only 110

its 2.0 litre naturally aspirated competition. You

kW and 196 Nm from its 2.0 litre naturally as-

can throw this car around with ease and rela-

pirated DOHC Boxer engine, and this translates

tive pace without any of that mad scrabbling

into a rather dull time of over 12 seconds to

of the front wheels like you would get with the

100 km/h with the ¼ mile coming up past 18

others.

seconds when rowing through the sharp five speed box.

You also get enough interior room and boot space to keep any family man happy, safety in

Top speed also falls short of the 200 km/h

the form of VDC stability control to keep things

mark, not exactly tar burning quick!

safe and sound, and a three year / 63 000 km maintenance plan to keep the daily running

The irony is that the RS looks very much the

costs down.

WRX part thanks to the fact this sedan comes with the bigger 17 inch alloys riding on 205/50

The car makes sense in terms of spec, practi-

rubber, and a full sport body kit that sees side

cality and safety, and I am sure for quite a few

sills, boot spoiler, front spoiler, deeper rear

potential owners too, but it is just not for me.

bumper, matt single slat grill and fog lamps all being fitted as standard.

It is quite difficult for me to sum up my time

SPECIFICATIONS Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100 km/h: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: True Top Speed: Price:

Subaru Impreza 2.0 RS Sedan 2.0 litre Naturally Aspirated 110 kW @ 6 400 rpm 196 Nm @ 3 200 rpm 12.25 seconds 18.28 seconds @ 123.64 km/h 33.41 seconds @ 158.56 km/h 195.35 km/h @ 5 700 rpm in 5th R269 000

with the 2.0 RS, because I guess I am just like The upgrade treatment doesn’t stop there ei-

many others out there who can’t seem to get

ther; the interior also comes in for a few subtle

their head around a Scooby unless it jumps off

tweaks. You get high backed bucket seats, a

the line in a blur of turbocharged fury.

reach and rake adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls and an in dash sixCD shuttle matched to 10 speakers. I have to

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Featured Record Breaking

BMWs & Isuzus Break Records Land Speed Records are nothing new, but they are not attempted all that often in South Africa, but we can report that at the ODI Raceway outside Pretoria on the 7th April 2010 this all changed.

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land speed record is determined in

and a 410 kW BMW E36 328i Turbo, piloted by

onds and 22.731 seconds to not only break the

various ways, first you have a re-

Sav Gaultieri and our own editor Mark Jones,

old record, but also post new records in class 9

cord for covering a certain distance

respectively, ran average times of 20.889 sec-

and 8 of the SA Speed Record roster.

from a standing start in the quick-

est time. Then you have a record for covering the same distance but at a flying start and then you have a record for simply covering the most distance over a certain period of time. Whichever way you look at it, you need a seriously fast and reliable car, and in this latest outing, two Castrol Edge BMWs broke the 20 year old standing 1 km record of 24.318 seconds for road going cars, which was set by Peter Manelis in a Pontiac Trans-Am back in March 1990. The cars, a 595 kW BMW E46 M3 Turbo

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Both cars ran faultlessly and the times achieved were backed up within the regulatory one hour window period, while Motorsport South Africa representatives kept a close eye on proceedings to ensure that everything was conducted as per the rule book. The real relevance of this feat becomes clear when you are informed that both the cars, whilst being turbocharged by aftermarket BMW specialists, Savspeed Auto, ran in street legal form at only 1.2 bar boost and were shod with over the counter everyday Yokohama Advan Sport rubber. What this means is that there were no stripped out interiors, plastic windows, NOS or special drag type slick tyres used on the day, and this was mainly done in the interest of seeing what these everyday cars could do against the clock and also set the bench mark for future challengers to come and compete with similar street cars and not out and out race cars. And staying with the record breaking stuff, just after I had finished blasting down the straights with my BMW, I took part in the 72 hour record break mission with Isuzu. A group of 51 Drivers (including 14 media, 6 GMSA Engineers, Gerotek Test Drivers and a number of professional drivers) set off on a mission to break a number of existing South African speed and distance records for diesel bakkies over 72 hours. For the mission General Motors nominated three Isuzu KB 300 D-TEQ LWB LE bakkies, and two Isuzu KB 250 D-Teq Extended Cab LE bakkies. To achieve the goal of exceeding the previous overall distance record at least one of the Isuzu KB 300 D-TEQ single cab bakkies was required to average more than 160 km/h, including time in the pits for refuelling and tyre changes. To achieve the goal the drivers worked in shifts with each of them facing an average 2 hours 30 minutes in the car at a time (as per MSA safety regulation). At the end of the 72 hours the leading KB 300 D-TEQ bakkie had completed 12 243.385 km at an average speed of 170.047 km/h over 72

team rewrote 15 overall speed and distance

form perfectly and efficiently throughout the 72

722.721 km.

records. “Isuzu’s slogan: ‘Isuzu delivers’ cer-

hours. Any time spent in the pits for refuelling

tainly proved true here this week through this

and tyre changes is against the clock with dis-

The Isuzu KB 300 D-TEQ rewrote the record

event,” says Malcolm Gauld, Vice President of

tance lost for every second of down time. The

book for its class and set new overall records

Sales and Marketing at GMSA. “Taking on the

whole record process was observed by MSA

for diesel bakkies over the 72 hour endurance

challenge of breaking these relatively new 72

(Motorsport South Africa).” The record breaking

event. The KB 250 D-TEQ fared equally well

hour speed and distance records has allowed us

vehicles ran flat out over the 72 hours without

with the KB 250 D-TEQ beating the previous

to demonstrate the tough constitution of these

a single fault to provide an emphatic statement

class record of 11 024 km (previously held by

bakkies, their efficiency, reliability, and durabil-

of confidence for us and our customers,” con-

a 3.0 litre diesel) by 471 km with a new record

ity under the most arduous conditions,” contin-

cluded Gauld.

distance of 11 495.567 km.

ued Gauld.

In the quest for a new set of overall speed

“A fundamental of the record breaking perfor-

and distance records over 72 hours the Isuzu

mance of our vehicles was their ability to per-

hours smashing the previous distance record by

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Featured Land Rover Discovery 4

Discovering The Back Roads Every December millions of families make the trek down to the coast along the N3 and have to fight through busy toll gates and overcrowded petrol stations and restaurants. So at the end of last year, not in the mood for this congestion and convinced that there must be a less busier route with more to see, I started planning.


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rmed with the brand new Land Rover Discovery 4 and a mapbook I set out to find an interesting different route for our trip down to Durban

for the holidays. My dad always used to say that your holiday begins the minute you leave your driveway and not only when you arrive at your destination. Heidelberg, Balfour, Greylingstad, Standerton, Volksrust, Utrecht, Ulundi, Melmoth, Eshowe, Tugela, was the route that we decided on, but looking at the map, there are a lot of different routes that can be taken, depending on what you want to see and how much time you have on your hands. Our route started off with a quick blast down the highway, we then climbed off the N3 just before Heidelberg and the first toll gate. The roads in this area are nice and wide, but the only real scenery between towns at this point was mielie field after mielie field as we passed through Greylingstad, Standerton and then Volksrust. Towing a trailer, especially a small one, with a big car like the Discovery can sometimes be a pain because one can not really see the trailer through any of your mirrors. But the Discovery has not been labelled the best tow vehicle in the world for nothing. The clever camera system consisting of five cameras means you can choose the view you want and enlarge on the centre screen, allowing you to see the entire trailer on the screen in the middle console. The clever guidelines shown on the screen when reversing, help to simplify this task of a reversing the trailer. The open road and good music go hand in hand and thankfully the audio system of the Discovery 4 did not disappoint. The Harmon Kardon speakers and excellent iPod connectivity and control keep all passengers delightfully entertained. Our next stop was the small town of Memel. This district is renowned for its spectacular scenery, with rolling upland grasslands, mountains, sandstone cliffs, river valleys and extensive wetlands. The largest of these wetlands in the Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve, borders on the northern outskirts of the town of Memel. Seekoeivlei is one of a handful of South African wetlands that enjoy international RAMSAR status as such South Africa has an international obligation and responsibility to conserve this wetland, including its diverse fauna and flora. The Memel area is also becoming better known as a prime birding destination, as it plays host to a number of South African endemic bird species, as well as a number of Red Data Book spe-

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cies. Examples of these “specials’ include Rudd’s & Botha’s Lark, the Yellow-breasted Pipit, Blue Korhaan, Ground Woodpecker, Buff-streaked Chat, Sentinel Rock Thrush and Bush Blackcap. Wattled, Grey Crowned and Blue Crane also occur and breed in the area. We then travelled along through Newcastle and Utrecht in the direction of Vryheid and then onto a short section of dirt road as we wanted to visit the Battle of Blood River site. On 16 December 1838 the Battle of Blood River took place near the Ncome River in KwaZulu Natal. The battle was between the Zulu’s and the Voortrekkers. About 10 000 - 20 000 Zulu warriors led by Dingane���s generals Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi attacked the Voortrekkers, but the 470 Voortrekkers, with the advantage of gun powder, warded them off. The battle began at dawn and was over by midday. More than 3 000 Zulu casualties were counted around the laager. Only three Voortrekkers (including Voortrekker leader Pretorius) were wounded, none were killed. The Ncome River became red with the blood of the slain. Hence the river became known as “Blood River”. After our visit and still on the dirt we crossed the actual Ncome river, and continued on this good dirt road in the direction of Melmoth, the scenery here changes as one passes many small rural villages with huts built in the traditional Zulu style. Close to the town of Melmoth we got onto the tar road once again and this would prove to be our worst stretch of road on the journey. Many people use the argument that they will rather pay the toll money and have the insurance that the roads will be good and pot hole free. But to be honest the alternative road was rather pleasant, it was only really the 70 km stretch into Melmoth, that was riddled with potholes, but this was no problem for the Discovery 4. Between Melmoth and Eshowe we discovered a vintage car graveyard as us classic enthusiasts like to call it. Unfortunately they were closed but a peer over the fence revealed that there are still lots of salvegable parts. It is sad to see all these cars rusting away. From here we jumped on the nice twisty R34 to Empangeni and then onto the N2 for a short stint to our destination on the Natal North Coast. Total toll gates passed, one. Damage due to bad roads, none, driving the new Discovery is just great, it can go anywhere, tow anything, the sound of the diesel engine is very quiet inside the engine and it doesn’t drink fuel like many off roaders tend to do. Inside the cabin is stylish

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and extremely comfortable and the boot tends to swallow up much more than you expected. One of the best all round vehicles I have driven in a long time. Although there were multiple fuel stations in every town we passed through, the Discovery 4 TDV6, doesn’t fall into the category of gas guzzling SUV’s. Even fully loaded and towing a small trailer we easily achieved a figure of 9.5 litres / 100 km. The power and torque of this engine is accessible across most of the rev range, making for immediate throttle response over tough off road obstacles and great highway cruising ability The iconic exterior has been updated, most obviously with smoother and simpler surfaces at the front, including a new, more aerodynamic bumper. The sportier new lights help give the vehicle new character, and include LED technology front and rear. The good looks attracted onlookers and wherever I went people commented on the great new looks of the vehicle. Land Rover has got it right to combine style and comfort of a quintessential British sports car with go anywhere ability and versatility second to none.

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Feature Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree

The Playground Of Legends The Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree has become an institution on the calendar. Every year hundreds of families make the trek to Rust de Winter for a weekend of family fun in the outdoors, with some serious 4x4 competition thrown in for good measure


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his weekend certainly has a winning recipe as it has been organised by the 4x4 ATV club since 1978 and is as popular as ever with around 180 en-

tries in 2010. These participants drive a varying number of off road vehicles but the majority choose Toyota’s as their weapon of choice from vintage Land Cruiser and Hiluxes in every shape, form, model and level of modification. The actual competition element of the weekend is a 4x4 and 4x2 jamboree event of approximately 60 kilometres held at the Rust de Winter campsites, 100 kilometres North East of Pretoria. The event consists of different sections of cross country routes over four wheeling terrain. In essence it is a social family event open to four wheel drive, SUV and two wheel drive vehicles with diff lock. But make no mistake, just because it is a family event don’t think that this competition is not taken seriously. The sections are designed to test driver and vehicles ability to traverse difficult terrain, to read map instructions and decode clues. Some of the rules include that all vehicles need to be roadworthy and that only standard tyres rated for use on the road and with a minimum speed rating of 100 km/h are permitted. The layout of the course also means that it is extremely spectator friendly with viewers being able to get right up close to the action. This years course and obstacles were made even more difficult due to heavy rains leading up to the event, but this certainly did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of the competitors. Ensuring that this remains a family event, each vehicle must have a male and female occupant. The obstacles are designed to test 4x4 driving skills and vehicle handling but many have a fun element to them. Examples of this are the axle twister where the passenger has to balance golf balls on table spoons like one does in an egg and spoon race. The dirtiest obstacle had to be the mud towing obstacle where one occupant is towed through the mud in a sled while trying to score points throwing rings over the cones that denote the course. There was luckily a cold shower to help you clean up afterwards. Another obstacle sees the passenger having to hold a shallow tray of water while a steep up and down course is navigated, the water is then measured at the end of the course and points deducted according to how much was spilt. Trailer reversing and unhooking was also tested

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against the stop watch and made for some entertaining viewing. The Sunday mountain trial, closed to spectators due to inaccessibility, offered varied and testing terrain to competitors ranging from steep climbs and river crossings, declines, loose gravel and mud, this was especially popular between the SUV owners looking for a good day out with the family. Children were again, in true Toyota Rust de Winter tradition and with the generous sponsorship of Continental SA, well catered for by the various activities at the dedicated childrens play area, while live entertainment was on the menu for mom and dad at the end of each day’s challenges. Other entertainment included rides in the Toyota motorsport SP class racing Hilux bakkie that proved to be extremely popular. This year’s Toyota Rust de Winter Jamboree was indeed a special event as Toyota celebrated 30 years as market leader and 40 years of Hilux dominance at the event. As part of these celebrations, Toyota asked all Hilux owners to send pictures of their Hilux in their quest to find the most unique versions of this popular workhorse. The Hilux Legends competition set about finding the best Hilux-models in the several categories, with the winners invited to Rust de Winter for a very special prize-giving event. The categories were, highest mileage Hilux, without too many modifications to the engine, the oldest Hilux still on the road, again in the most original state, the toughest Hilux, a difficult one indeed, but entrants were invited to share their war stories with Toyota. The most pimped Hilux which is not difficult, given the wide range of accessories on offer and the most South African Hilux although all Hilux models are South African built, but Toyota went looking for stories of how the Hilux has become engrained in the South African landscape. The winner in each category joined the scores of 4x4 enthusiasts at the Toyota Rust de Winter jamboree and each one received a R10 000 voucher to spend at 4x4 Megaworld. The final Legend of all Legends winner will also receive a spectacular overland trip with 4x4 legend Francois Rossouw of RSG fame. “When you buy a Toyota, you buy it to enjoy it, and that is exactly why Toyota has been involved in the Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree for so long. “ said Anthony Clifton of Toyota. As Toyota were also celebrating 40 years of Toyota Hilux dominance they chose to launch

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the brand new Hilux Legend 40 to the media at the popular Rust de Winter event. The Hilux Legend 40 builds on the success of the Hilux Legend 35, which appeared halfway through the first decade of the new millennium. The Legend 35 celebrated 35 years of Hilux market dominance and it carried those achievements proudly as a badge on its bull bar, roll bar and rear load bay. Five years on, and forty years since first introduction, the Hilux remains the most popular and one of the toughest bakkies in the business. To be exact it ended 2009 as the country’s most popular vehicle choice, bar none. Built to the highest standards at Toyota’s Prospecton plant in KwaZulu-Natal it also represents South African build quality in other parts of the world. With the introduction of the Legend 40 and based on the success of the Legend 35, Toyota will introduce a wider range of Legend 40 branded models to cater for varying budgets and needs. The range will now include two single cab models, both fitted with the powerful 3.0 D-4D engine, and seven double cab variants. The double cab models will be available in a choice of 2.7 VVT-i four cylinder, 3.0 D-4D turbo diesel and 4.0 V6 petrol engines. Four automatic versions are available in the double cab range and all models, both single and double cabs that are not fitted with the rugged Toyota 4x4 system will be Raised Body Raider versions. Visually one will be able to distinguish between the Hilux Legend 40 and its lesser siblings by the generous use of stainless steel in the place of steel or chrome. The changes start with the striking stainless steel nudge bar with contrasting black Legend 40 lettering. This flows to the stainless steel side steps and the rear step with tow-bar, also from the same high-gloss stainless steel. Further changes include the stainless steel roll bar and the proud Legend 40 badge on the rear tailgate. All versions of the new Legend 40 range will boast the highest specification level as base. This means that all models offer a chrome front grille, chromed door handles and electrically adjustable side mirrors, power steering, Optitron instrumentation with multi-function display, electric windows, air conditioning (climate control on double cab versions), fog lights, ABS-brakes and a driver and passenger airbag and a powerful sound system. All models, bar the 2.7 VVT-i Double Cab Legend 40, also offer cruise control. Other class leading features on the double cab Legend 40 versions include side and curtain-

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airbags, audio controls on the steering wheel

ing (VVT-i). This model offers virtually all the

and a lockable tailgate.

luxuries of the other double cab Legend 40 versions, bar cruise control, yet it offers the most

Pricing Single Cab

Two single cab Legend 40 models are available.

affordable entry to the Legend 40 Double Cab

Both models are fitted with the turbocharged

range.

3.0D-4D 4X4 Raider

both offer a lockable rear diff, 15 inch alloy

The 3.0 D-4D turbodiesel on offer in the single

3.0D-4D Raised Body Raider

wheels shod with 255/70 rubber, a full sized

cab version will power the widest range on offer

spare wheel with similar alloy rim and front

in the double cab market as well. This power-

bucket seats.

ful diesel engine will be on offer in two Raised

R 334 900

and intercooled 3.0 D-4D diesel engine and

Body Raider Double Cab variants, offering the

R 288 600

Double Cab 2.7 VVTi Raised Body Raider

R 314 400

3.0D-4D Raised Body Raider

R 359 500

differential as standard.

3.0D-4D 4x4 Raider

R 406 600

Two full 4x4-versions, again with the choice of

3.0D-4D Raised Body Raider AT

R 370 900

3.0D-4D 4x4 Raider AT

R 417 900

The key difference will be the choice of drive

choice of the standard five speed manual gear-

train. The single cab Raised Body Raider ver-

box or four speed auto gearbox driving the rear

sion offers rear wheel drive only, while a 4x4-

wheels. These models will offer a lockable rear

version with front self- locking differential and full low range transfer box is also available. The Legend 40 decals on the double cab ver-

manual or automatic gearbox, will also be on

sion are similar to that on the single cab, but it

offer using the powerful D-4D-engine. The 4x4-

includes longer side steps, 16 inch alloy wheels

versions will offer a full low range transfer gear-

on 265/70 profile rubber (including the spare

box and auto locking front differential as well.

4.0 V6 Raised Body Raider AT

R 366 300

(227 mm) than the single cab model (212

Topping the range will be the 4 litre V6 petrol

mm).

engine with EFI-injection. This model will only

4.0 V6 4x4 Raider AT

R 434 100

wheel) and a 15 mm higher ground clearance

be available with Toyota’s four-speed automatic Toyota will introduce three engine variants on

gearbox, but buyers of this Legend 40 version

the Legend 40 Double Cab range. Entry to the

will still have the choice between a rear wheel

range will be through the 2.7 litre four-cylin-

driven Raised Body Raider and a full 4x4-ver-

der engine with intelligent variable valve tim-

sion.

Reuben van Niekerk

McCarthy Toyota Hatfield Do you want to buy a new/used Toyota? Tel: 012 427 8600 C/o Duncan & Schoeman Street


Feature Easy Rescue Man Overboard System

Man Overboard! We can all sympathize with the horror of being thrown overboard while at sea. But there is hope for you, as long as there wasn’t any plank walking involved, odds are that your mates are looking for you.

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nd that’s where the Easy Rescue de-

on the boat can find the MOB by following the

enough time for you to be found. The devices

vice should come in handy. The Easy

AIS signal. The Easy Rescue signal of the MOB’s

battery also has a lifetime of approximately four

Rescue is a personal AIS (Automatic

latitude and longitude can be displayed on a

years (if not used except for self-tests). The

Identification System) transmitting

GPS chart plotter. All you would need to do is

Easy Rescue system is very compact, weigh-

beacon. It works via a built in GPS which trans-

follow the course back to the MOB’s position.

ing only 350 grams, so it can be kept on your

mits an emergency AIS-SART sentence which

Even if the MOB has drifted, the signal keeps

person easily and without annoying straps and

triggers an alarm on all AIS enabled chart plot-

updating its position. The Easy Rescue sends

bags. The system also has a transmission range

ters or PC’s within range, along with the lati-

an AIS telegram type 1 which contains the po-

of about 3 nautical miles, which may fluctuate

tude and longitude of the victim.

sition information and an AIS telegram type 14

slightly dependant on wave and antenna height.

which is a broadcast alert telegram with a “pre

It is obviously waterproof and will operate fault-

The GPS utilized is a new generation fast ac-

defined” text, which will be “AIS SART active”.

lessly in temperatures ranging from –20 to 65

quiring type and the VHF (very high frequency)

SART stands for search and rescue transponder,

degrees. So don’t get caught out on the open

AIS transmitter repeats the message and po-

if you didn’t know.

ocean without an Easy Rescue system, you might not live long enough to regret it.

sition several times per minute. Therefore, instead of a personal locator beacon (PLB) that

For operational use the Easy Rescue system can

sends a signal to search and rescue teams, the

be attached to a life jacket or to clothing via a

Easy Rescue uses AIS to send a signal back to

lanyard or clip. To operate just slide the safety

the boat, this means that the man overboard

cover off, release the coiled antenna then press

(MOB) can be recovered by the boats crew

the ‘ON’ button to activate the device, quite

quickly and without outside assistance. Howev-

easy if you ask me, even if you are bobbing

er it can also be used to reach all vessels within

between the waves at that point. A test button

range to assist with the rescue if they have an

also allows regular testing of the GPS’s func-

AIS receiver or transponder.

tionality, battery state and so forth. So what else is needed to utilize this technology? Well,

AIS is a signal transmitted over VHF frequen-

apart from an AIS receiver or transponder con-

cies that carries latitude and longitude amongst

nected to a chart plotter or PC, nothing else.

many other data. Weatherdock AG has used this feature to make a personal MOB safety

The Easy Rescue system is a class B AIS trans-

device using AIS signals. The theory is that

mitter with an operational time of 96 hours

when a crewmember falls overboard, anyone

after it has been activated, which is hopefully

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Tested MasterCraft CSX 220

The Marine Chameleon If I’ve ever seen a boat that can be described as an “all-in-one” wonder, it would definitely have to be the MasterCraft CSX 220. Versatility is key in this centre console cruiser, wakeboarder, skiing, diving and fishing boat with the ability to change as frequently as you do.


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nd this “can do” attitude can be seen in all aspects of the boat if you take a closer look, which is just what we did. So let’s learn a few things

about the CSX 220, first of all CSX stands for Cross Sport Xtreme and it’s the industry’s first centre console boat designed to develop a wake that can be used for watersports. The boat measures in at 21 ft. 5 in. (6.5 m) but behaves like one of its larger MasterCraft counterparts on the water thanks to its hull which cuts through chop but still kicks out great wakes. All the features of a big water boat awaits you in the CSX 220 including a self bailing cockpit, guttering system to funnel water out of the boat, 360 degrees of deck access and snap in carpets so you don’t get fish guts or the kids dirty feet all over your boat. The hull is still unmatched in the industry, pulling in more world records in slalom, jump and trick skiing than any other hull. With its open, centre console layout, this boat is also ideal for relaxing on the water with family or friends. Including the skipper, the CSX 220 can take up to 12 people comfortably. Customisation is also up to you with a plethora of different layout options available from variousseating configurations to adding live fish wells, wakeboard racks or even dive cylinders racks. You will also be in full control thanks to the VDIG (Video Digital Gauge) controls that keep you up to date on anything from fuel and oil levels to where the closest fish might be lurking. Being a centre console the CSX 220 offers superior visibility in all conditions, the captain’s seat can also be folded in if you prefer a standing vantage point. The boat we tested on the Vaal was powered by a MasterCraft Vortex LY6 GM V8 400 hp direct drive motor which proved itself to be quite capable, even though I wouldn’t call it blazingly fast. But outright speed isn’t what the CSX 220 was designed for and this multisport machine’s wake is as impressive as any MasterCraft’s, so landing your favourite moves should prove to be a piece of cake. Many creature comforts usually not found on a run-of-the-mill centre console make an appearance on this versatile new boat including luxuries like a sun pad area, ice chest, cooler, sink, premiere audio system and a bow ladder for front entry to the boat. And once again we see MasterCraft’s flair for giving customers a choice shine through because the CSX 220 comes in four different packages namely the T-Top Sports Package, Standard Tower Sports

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Package, Diving Package and Fishing Package

the boats specific features, is the interior space.

so you can be assured of a good time whatever

Wide open spaces isn’t something generally as-

your marine hobby may be.

sociated with boats, but the CSX 220 seems to have acres to spare. A T-shaped lounge in the

The CSX 220 is also the only boat in the MasterCraft line up with a fold down transom; it works like a tailgate to give you unimpeded access to the oversized swim platform. Optional wakeboard racks can also be mounted on the gunwale for easy access. Ruggedness is something that’s frequently associated with centre console boats and something that you might not find on your more specialized boats, and the CSX 220 seems to be overflowing with it. The keel is protected so it can be beached easily without too much worries and the entire boat’s structure simply oozes with a feel of rigidity and function.

front creates a comfortable relaxation area and there is space for two on the centre console’s foldable bench. A teak countertop on the engine box and angled rear seating also creates extra space in the sures enough room for maneuvering around. MasterCraft also includes a trailer with the CSX 220 and weighing in at 1 935 kilograms means you’ll need a full size pickup or SUV to lug this boat around. This is by far the most versatile boat we’ve tested this year, with its centre console practicality, strong engine and wide array of acces-

As I’ve previously stated this boat has an ex-

sory options the CSX 220 will be a good invest-

cellent wake and you can add a 295 kilograms

ment for any boater.

ballast tank as an option to truly turn it into a wakeboarding boat. Additionally rod holders, livewell, GPS fish finder, scuba tank racks and even an optional setup for storing kayaks are also available as optional extras. One of the

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SPECIFICATIONS Model: MasterCraft CSX 220 Test Engine: Vortex LY6 GM V8-400 hp Length: 6.5 metres Beam: 2.5 metres Seating Capacity: 12 Fuel Capacity: 170 litres 0-plane: N/A Top Speed: N/A Price: From R950 000

So if you feel you need that “all-in-one” boat, the MasterCraft CSX 220 is surely the best investment you can make.

things that stood out especially for me, which doesn’t really have anything to do with any of

Johan Keyter

back and a wide walkway from bow to stern en-

Available from Broderick Marine.

Apply online at www.wesbank.co.za


Feature Mazda CX-7 and SeaRay 170

Crossing Over To The Leisure Side. There is a new buzz word doing the rounds these days. Urban Cruiser. This new category of vehicle is basically meant as a crossover vehicle that encompasses the needs for daily family transport, and leisure activities enrolled in one complete package.


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he new Mazda CX-7 is such a vehicle, and in line with the Zoom Zoom way of transport, it promises a variety of uses. We had the 2.3 litre DISI auto

model at our disposal, and decided to test it out in a variety of applications. Now Mazda says that the CX-7 is based on the concept of creating a sport crossover SUV – a vehicle in which the great attributes of a sports car are blended with those of a sport utility vehicle. For the exterior design, the aim was to establish a clearer premium identity by further evolving the current CX-7’s ‘advanced emotional styling’ and by heightening quality. The interior design benefits from a raised standard of craftsmanship that enhances quality in ways that users will immediately feel and see. First impressions of the CX-7 is that of a modern an well put together car, and I quite liked the styling. The leather clad interior has a quality feel to it, and there is a host of modern amenities which compliments the overall feel of the car. The Bose premium audio system with Centerpoint surround sound and nine speakers, sound system was quite impressive, and it even comes with a rear view camera. Xenon headlamps with auto leveling and headlamp washers, electric sliding glass sunroof and rain sensing wipers were welcome additions. On the go side of things, our CX-7 had the 2.3 DISI Turbo unit under the bonnet mated to a five speed auto box. There was a hint of turbo lag when pulling off, but this did not bother me too much. The overall performance was quite good, and even nippy. Torque delivery has been increased by up to 10 percent at around 3 000 rpm, resulting in a maximum output of 350 Nm at 2 500 rpm. Power is responsive and substantial with 175 kW on offer at 5 000 rpm. The massive amount of torque means that the CX-7 is an ideal towing vehicle for a small boat or Personal Water Craft, and this is exactly the sort of vehicle that families will come to adore as an overall lifestyle solution. We hooked up a Sea Ray 175 to the Mazda, and I was impressed by the solid handling characteristics and solid feel while towing. The suspension has MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link layout at the rear, and is tuned to suit the power characteristics of the engine. Suspension dampers have larger oil-flow openings to achieve smoother suspension strokes, and the increased body rigidity helps achieve supple suspension movement with greater firmness. The CX-7 is equipped

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with hydraulic power steering which delivers

higher tactile quality. Also, the top of the rear

well as the MazdaMotion five year / 100 000

steering according to vehicle speed. Large front

console is made from thick high-resilience ure-

km service plan comes standard with the CX-

and rear ventilated disc brakes, a four-wheel

thane, which has a texture combining softness

7. A three-year roadside assistance plan comes

antilock braking system (4W-ABS), and other

and firmness. With high grades, the lid of the

standard with the purchase of any Mazda ve-

braking technologies that have already proved

rear console has a newly added soft pad. The

hicle.

successful in the CX-7 are carried forward to

overall result is a higher quality look without

ensure ample braking performance.

any hindrance to the driver.

The Sea Ray 175 which we borrowed from Wa-

There are numerous storage compartments

ter World in Randburg weighs in at a hefty 959 kgs without the trailer, and at a length of over 5 metres, and a body of over 2 metres wide, the

placed around the cabin. The large centre console box holds up to 12 litres and has been upgraded for the facelift model with two new stor-

CX-7 made for a good towing vehicle.

age compartments at the top for more small

The large mirrors meant that I could always

that is ideally shaped to hold a mobile phone,

see what was happening behind me, and the

an MP3 player or sunglasses.

rearview camera certainly helped when I had to reverse. The large boot area and interior size meant that the entire family with picnic gear fitted comfortably for a day trip to the water

item storage. One of these is a 0.9 litre tray

A 12V power socket and an auxillary jack are close to the tray for ease of use. The other receptacle is a two litre tray that’s big enough for

ways.

10 compact discs. There is 9.5 litres of space

For those who do not have a boat to tow yet,

centre panel newly incorporates a rubber mat

the CX-7 is a very competent lifestyle vehicle

for greater ease of use. My overall experience

that can be used both for A to B transport, and

with the CX-7 was one of enjoyment, and is

weekend leisure activities when the mood aris-

certainly a worthy contender in the cross over

es. Since lifestyle enthusiast are highly sensitive

segment of the market. The CX-7 has service

to the quality of armrests and other parts that

intervals stationed every 10 000km on the 2.3

they continually touch, the door-trim armrests

DISI turbo model. A four-year / 120 000 km

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Tested 210 Challenger SE & Audi Q7

Revolutionizing Boating Over the years Sea-Doo has built a reputation for themselves around PWC’s and sporty jet boats, something that’s more a toy than a boat. But now it seems they’ve fused the fun of a jet boat with the sensibilities of a relaxing water cruiser.


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nd they call this new fusion the 210 Challenger SE, one of the few powerboats out there to feature a direct drive jet propulsion system, and

one of the most impressive boats we’ve been on this year. We took the new 210 Challenger, just called Challenger from henceforth, to the Hartbeespoortdam near Pretoria to take a look at what this new offering from Sea-Doo could bring to the table. And thanks to the brilliant folks at BRP we were the first publication to test this amazing new boat in South African waters, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. But first, getting a couple of tons of boat to the dam, for this task we employed the new 6.0 litre beast from Audi, the Q7 V12 TDI quattro which ensured a quick and painless haul to the peer. Producing 368 kW at 3 750 rpm and 1000Nm between 1 750 and 3 250 rpm this amazing car could have pulled two of these boats at the same time were that legal and not ridiculously dangerous. In short, a beast of a car with the luxury of a five-star hotel inside, amazing. So back to the boat, and first things first, let’s take a look at how exactly these new generation of boats work. Well at the core of every Sea-Doo sport boat is the innovative Direct Drive Jet Propulsion System. Unlike conventional stern drives, it generates a concentrated, powerful stream of water that not only propels the boat but steers it too. And I can tell you from first hand experience, these boats can be turned on a dime, they’re so easy to keep under control when you have to manoeuvre in a tight spot it’s unreal. No more frantic scrabbling to keep the boat from bumping into a peer or dock, these jet boats can be perfectly positioned without any extensive skipper training. This is in part thanks to the run-by-wire system that the Challenger employs, which makes even the slightest adjustments easily felt. Direct drive delivers an on-water experience that will leave you feeling both in control and breathless, the jet propulsion system has minimal bow rise and faster planing for increased visibility of what is ahead. The prop-free design also creates a safer swimming environment around the boat with no exposed sharp edges. It also minimizes draft so you can ride in extremely shallow waters, and I mean almost ankle depth, you can drive anywhere without fear of your prop getting intimate with some rocks, as there is no prop. Plus, Sea-Doo’s exclusive Closed-Loop Cooling System helps protect your engine from salt, gunk and corrosion, allowing you to ride in both fresh and saltwater environments. Power is also something you won’t have to worry about in the Challenger, nothing packs as much power into

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as compact a package as the proven, trusted,

step bow ladder and a two-step stern reboard-

tion-absorbing components to make Sea-Doo

electronically fuel injected, supercharged, in-

ing platform that offers easy boarding access

sport boats some of the quietest in the water,

tercooled (SCIC) Rotax 4-TEC engine platform.

wherever you might be. And once you’re on-

and to ensure your neighbours at the dam don’t

The Challenger will be available with both a 430

board a centre walk-through provides easy ac-

carry too much of a grudge against you.

hp supercharged, intercooled engine or the 310

cess with no need to clamber over seats, and

hp Rotax 4-TEC power package. So now we

its non-skid surfacing ensures you’ll keep your

know how the Challenger will get you from A

balance. Snap-in carpets also provide you with

to B, but that’s not the only impressive aspect

the option of conserving your boats cleanli-

of this boat, the comfort in which you can do it

ness when the kids come to play or when a

stands out as well. Starting at the large cockpit

particularly muddy day comes along. And the

which offers much more room than competing

Challenger has storage space for Africa, almost

models and supplies the driver with a clear view

every nook and cranny of the boat doubles as

of what’s ahead. A vast sundeck area creates

a storage box. The steering wheel can also be

the perfect environment for relaxation, with

easily adjusted for whatever driver with its tilt

easy-to-reach stereo controls, cup holders, a

mechanism and there’s even a built-in mat on

removable table and innovative Transat seats

the swim platform to make reboarding the boat

that can be easily stowed away if you don’t

a painless affair.

need them. And finally, let’s take a look at what kind of The Multi-function Digital Information Centre,

tunes you’ll be able to blast while out on the

better known as the instrument cluster arms

water with the Challenger 210. Well, a satellite-

the skipper with easy-to-read gauges complete

ready AM/FM stereo with USB input, MP3 sup-

with backlighting. You’ll be able to access cruise

port and four speakers make an appearance on

control options, check fuel levels and consump-

the boat. You can also control your MP3 player

tion and have full control of everything else

or USB memory device directly from the ste-

your boat is doing on the water. All the usual

reo or with the LCD stereo remote. And that’s

suspects make an appearance including ta-

not all, standard on all Sea-Doo sport boats is

chometer, speedometer, hour meter, compass,

the D-SEA-BEL sound reduction system, this

depth finder and many more. Also enhancing

patented sound reduction system combines a

your experience with the Challenger is a three-

series of resonators, acoustical foam and vibra-

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To end, whether it’s maniac performance or unmatched comfort that attracts you, you’ll find both in excess on the Challenger 210, a revolutionary in the jet boat field if I’ve ever seen one.

Johan Keyter

SPECIFICATIONS Model: Sea-Doo 210 Challenger SE Test Engine: Rotax 4-TEC twin 215 hp Length: 20 ft. 6 in. (6.25 m) Beam: 8 ft. 6 in. (2.59 m) Seating Capacity: 10 Fuel Capacity: 166 litres 0-plane: 4.2 seconds Top Speed: N/A Price: R590 000

Apply online at www.wesbank.co.za


SO EASY TO OWN

Evinrude ® E-TEC™ engines are exceptionally easy to own, by design. There’s no dealer-scheduled maintenance for three years or 300 boating hours. No break-in period is required. And you’ll never have to change the oil, ever.

Evinrude E-TEC. More time on the water.

ENJOY YOUR PLAYTIME ON THE WATER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS Discover GTI SE models features and get your ticket to a perfect day • Legendary Rotax ® 4-TEC™ engine • Superior fuel efficiency • Exceptional handling and performance hull design

THE WORLD IS OUR PLAYGROUND. From water to on- and off-road fun, BRP’s passion for adventure fuels the innovations that deliver the ultimate experience in powersports. Because your free time should always be your best time.

For your nearest BRP dealer contact CMH Recreational Products JHB (011) 462 4390 or CPT (021) 511 0220 visit www.brpsa.co.za BRP Evinrude Seasoo 5/5 050310


Launched Yamaha Super Ténére

See The World There is a certain type of person that loves to explore their surroundings and if that type of person is a biker too, they will need a very special type of machine. The Super Ténére will take you beyond paved roads, into the mountains or to all the far away places that you dream of.

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he brief that designers got, when

beyond the beaten track with spoked wheels,

also translates into a connection between the

tasked with designing the Super

generous ground clearance and hardy engine

throttle and the rear wheel that feels linear and

Ténére was to create the most ad-

protection. The entire design was tuned to keep

direct, the end result being extra precision and

vanced adventure travel machine, a

the bikes mass low and central for perfect bal-

increased confidence.

motorcycle tailor made for transcontinental ex-

ance and light, agile handling at speed. A three mode traction control system lets each

peditions, offering comfort, reliability, exhilaration and effortless progress over every conceiv-

It also packs the technology to go beyond the

rider choose the perfect balance of safety,

able terrain.

normal braking point with intelligent Unified

speed and fun. It can also be turned off when

Brake system with ABS stopping power.

it’s time for some rear wheel steering on a loose surface.

The kind of bike also had to be incredibly versatile therefore finding the right balance of priori-

The heart of the Super Ténére is a liquid cooled,

ties between four main types of riding, including

four stroke, DOHC, inline two cylinder, four

In addition to the traction control features, the

off-road adventure, long range touring, corner

valve, fuel injected, twin spark engine. Displac-

Super Ténére features switchable Yamaha D-

carving and urban commuting, was crucial.

ing 1 199 cc, it delivers a grunty 82 kW (110

MODE engine mapping, from S (Sport) mode,

hp) at 7 250 rpm for quick acceleration and a

which delivers instant throttle response for high

The result is a bike that is said to be a true go-

broad spread of torque for effortless cruising

performance riding, to a more relaxed T (Tour-

anywhere adventure machine, built tough to go

and overtaking. The 270 degree crankshaft

ing mode that delivers smooth, easy power. It

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is one of many ways the Super Ténére adapts to accommodate different riding styles and conditions. As with several of Yamaha’s other recent highperformance motorcycles, the Super Ténére uses the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCCT) system. Throttle openings are measured electronically, around every 1 / 1000th of a second and the YCC-T system makes a series of high speed calculations to determine the optimal throttle valve opening and control the volume of intake air. In the chassis department every effort has been made to keep the wheelbase short for agility and the weight low and central to keep the bike feeling light and flickable whatever the conditions. But it is also built tough, with a frame made from high-tensile steel pipe which was chosen over aluminium because it holds up better under the demands that off-road adventure riding can place on a large bike. The Super Ténére is also fitted with integrated side engine protectors and a standard engine guard, while the rear subframe is reinforced to cope with potential stresses of off-road fall impacts while carrying large side panniers. Its large 23 litre tank delivers serious touring range, with a seat adjustable between 845 mm and 870 mm and an adjustable screen that lets you set your riding position and wind protection for maximum comfort, it should be as comfortable as your couch at home. Front suspension is handled by a pair of upside down telescopic forks running 43 mm inner tubes. The forks are adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping. The rear suspension features a monoshock adjustable for rebound damping and preload, these adjustments can be made without the need for any tools. The Super Ténére is shaft driven to reduce maintenance across a wide range of riding conditions. But the best part about this bike is most certainly the price, in standard guise it will retail for R129 999, which is serious value for money and this will really help it kick dust in the eyes of competitors. As a first edition special one will be able to buy the bike for R138 999, fitted with left and right aluminium side cases, a headlight protector, aluminium engine skid plate and a unique first edition sticker.

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Launched MV Agusta F4 1000R

Rarity Creates Demand Traditionally something that enjoys a certain rarity has a high value. Gold and diamonds are rare, hence their high value, so does the same thing apply to bikes? Comparatively MV Agusta has been a bit quiet in recent years, but this year they’re hitting the ground running and going out to stake a place for themselves in the South African bike market.

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rguably the most exciting addition

absolute reference for the supersport category

The gearbox is extractable as is the case in the

to the range is the new MV Agusta

with its advanced technical solutions and its ex-

most valuable racing motorcycles and the new

F4, a bike designed and developed

traordinary performance.

mechanical slipper clutch ensures an optimal control of the engine brake when downshifting.

with a single goal in mind, to be the

best. The new F4 aims to combine high perfor-

The four cylinder engine, with its 16 radial valves

mance and class leading handling with striking

contains so many advancements that it is con-

But just from a glance you can see that this

styling, and it seems that they’ve succeeded.

sidered a completely new engine. As a matter

bike is both gorgeous and probably exception-

of fact the only thing that is retained from the

ally fast. But the real beauty of the F4 is under

From the day it was unveiled the F4 has been

old engine is the values of bore and stroke (76

the skin, it’s in the effort and supreme attention

judged as one of the most beautiful motor-

x 55 mm). Now there really has been a huge

to detail that has been put into this machine.

cycles in the world, it defines beauty in a su-

number of changes made to this engine, and

Every single component has been studied down

per bike from the first to the last curve of the

explaining even a quarter of them will prove

to the finest detail and has been redesigned

bodywork. No mass produced street motorcycle

beyond my capability and beyond your interest,

with the aim of gaining a perfect ultra-solid,

can boast as many accolades as the MV Agusta

so let’s go for a quick crash course. The already

lightweight and perfectly balanced motorcycle,

F4, which is the absolute reference for perfor-

excellent performance of the four cylinder MV

and that’s exactly what they’ve created.

mance, speed and raw beauty. The F4 is the

engine has been improved again and this new

synthesis of Italian craftsmanship, no compro-

engine supplies a maximum power output of

mised design principles and the application of

137 kW (186.3 hp) at 12 900 rpm.

The MV Agusta F4100R can be yours for R225 000.

the most technologically advanced materials in a single motorcycle.

The profound development that it was subject to ensures exceptional performance as well as

Now this all sounds very impressive, but before

a perfect marriage of throttle control and rear

we sink deeper into the void of Italian clichés

wheel traction. The crankshaft has been rede-

let’s take a serious look at what this bike can

signed and the inertia has been increased by

do. The engine, chassis and the swingarm are

50 percent compared to the previous engine.

all brand new. The reengineered design has re-

The characteristics which have made the four

sulted in a motorcycle that is 4 cm narrower

cylinder MV over the years a point of refer-

and has a chassis that offers increased torsion-

ence in the field remain untouched. The four

al rigidity while at the same time reducing the

radial valves for each cylinder contribute to the

overall weight by 10 kilograms. The F4 is the

optimal structure of the combustion chamber.

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Launched Kawasaki Z1000

Urban Warrior Zed Some people like their motorcycles naked. Where a superbike or sports tourer is usually decked out with all-encompassing plastic body panels that make it virtually impossible to see the engine and other mechanical bits beneath, a naked bike lays everything out there for your admiration.

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he riding position is also more com-

riding position.

The factory did everything in

the instrument cluster, allowing the rider to

fortable on a naked bike, with higher

its power to avoid visible welds and the ap-

incline it to where visibility is best. The petal

handlebars

machine

pearance of the new chassis is crisp and clean.

discs and four-pot front and single-piston / sin-

easier to handle around town. All the

The rear sub-frame, previously two steel pieces

gle disc rear brakes are also equipped with ABS

major manufacturers now offer such machines,

welded to the main frame, is now a three-piece

for 2010. The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 retails for

and Kawasaki’s new Z1000 is one of the best.

aluminium die-cast section that saves weight

R119 995, complete with a two year unlimited

and also renders plastic side-covers unneces-

distance warranty.

making

the

Although the styling of the 2010 Z1000 is not

sary. This tidy arrangement allows the width

unlike that of the outgoing model, the motor-

under the seat to be narrower, and makes it

cycle really is an entirely new machine with a

easier for the rider to reach the ground.

brand new engine and frame. The fuel-injected in-line four cylinder motor uses bore and stroke

The front and rear suspension of the Z1000 are

dimensions of 77 X 56 mm to arrive at a dis-

brand new for 2010, with chunkier 41 mm in-

placement of 1 043 cc for improved midrange

verted forks, which are now fully adjustable, up

grunt.

front and a new Horizontal Back Link system at the rear.

The new engine is not only more powerful than the old, but also noticeably smoother

This locates the now horizontal shock absorber

and quicker-revving from 7 000 rpm upwards.

far enough from the engine to allow it to be

Power is now 103 kW (138 hp) at 9 600 rpm,

unaffected by heat, as well as contributing to

and a maximum of 110 Nm torque is on hand

mass centralisation.

from 7 800 rpm. The rear shock is rebound and preload adjustThe aluminium frame of the 2010 Kawasaki

able, while the front forks now offer stepless

Z1000 is also entirely new, and the factory says

compression and rebound damping adjustabil-

it is 30 percent more rigid than that of the older

ity, as well as being adjustable for preload.

model as well as almost 4 kilograms lighter. Instrumentation of the Kawasaki Z1000 has The engine is used as a stressed member, and

gone fully digital for 2010, and the bike is un-

a new fuel tank and sub frame allow for a slim

usual in that it offers three-way positioning of

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Feature Vespa Models

As Good As Ever

The Vespa has evolved from a single model scooter manufactured in 1946, to stylish modern urban transportation. Through the years all Vespas have remained true to their heritage of being stylish, robust, cheap to maintain and extremely fuel efficient. We take a look at some of the models that are available these days.

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rom the same company that designed

Vespa GTS 250i.e. – a performance of

The GTS 250i.e. is also a enthusiastic starter

aircraft and trains came the world’s

power and safety

that won’t lag behind in the blocks after the lights turn green. Its 250 cc engine in the clas-

first and the most loved two-wheeler on the road, the Vespa. This highly in-

Vespa’s first 250 cc scooter is a real performer.

sic wasp shape body is an uncompromising

novative answer to a broad range of transpor-

At 120 km/h you might expect a roller-coaster

fusion of breathtaking performance, technical

tation challenges epitomises organic design in

ride, but the strong and robust monocoque

superiority and Vespa beauty.

layout, comfort and safety and has become an

chassis will provide you with Vespa’s trademark

icon of freedom and mobility.

feeling of safety.

The originality of Vespa’s form lies in the syn-

The classic Vespa chassis is all-metal which

thesis of stylish looks, innovation, hi-technolo-

lows for reduced emissions and fuel consump-

provides ultimate protection for the rider’s legs

gy and superior production processes. With all

tion as well as progressive acceleration and re-

and ensures a safe and comfortable ride.

sponsive handling.

successful examples of Italian industrial design,

Secure and safe braking is also ensured by the

The exhaust, cylinder and piston have been de-

unchanged in the original qualities that made

hydraulic disc brakes that enable effortless,

signed to provide a smoother and quieter ride

it – then and now – one of the most important

powerful and highly responsive braking across

that suits the stylishly racy GTS and supremely

design icons of our time.

all driving conditions.

enhanced performance.

system with three-way catalytic converter, al-

this, it’s no wonder Vespa is one of the most

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Advanced technology of the electronic injection


The Vespa’s natural riding position and ergonomics have always made the Vespa comfortable and the seat on the GTS has a new shape and material for an even better ride. Your pillion will also be surprised at how comfortable a second derriere fits. A rear luggage rack comes standard, and the under seat storage opens with the press of a button making those spontaneous trips out of town convenient and hard to resist. The Vespa GTS 300 Super – super by name, super by nature Super power, sportiness and performance, makes the new Vespa GTS 300 Super the ultimate machine. The top of the range Vespa GTS 300 Super embodies all the style, convenience, performance and safety you’ve come to trust from the Vespa brand. This jaunty new sports model combines the unique, classic Vespa style with a distinctly modern personality to give the clean Vespa lines a decidedly rugged look. On the right side panel there’s an eye-catching grille with horizontal slots – an obvious reference to certain macho sporty models of the past. The new two-tone alloy wheel rims also recall the removable rims of past models again highlighting the sportiness of the gutsy 145th model in Vespa history. With an ultra-modern 300 cc four valve liquidcooled engine – it is the greatest capacity Vespa engine ever produced – the GTS 300 Super punches from a standing start with athletic vigour. With electronic injection this two-wheeler has incredible flexibility and exuberance. The GTS 300 Super follows a great line of sporty performance in Vespa history.

front mudguard just like the first Vespas, while

gular headlight of the seventies icon are fused

the size and surface resemble the modern styl-

with the hi-tech power of the naughties.

Vespa GTV 250 – a celebration of 60 years

ing.

of excellence

metal tube. On the handlebar it sports a round

The fuel injected, four stroke, single cylin-

speedometer with both analogue and digital

der engine provides ample motivation, while

The GTV 250 epitomizes classic style and state

displays. The genuine leather saddle with visi-

the twist and go CVT gearbox makes zipping

of the art design. It is retro yet modern while

ble stitching is split in two, one part for the rider

through the traffic easy. The engine is aircooled

paying tribute to the original Vespa.

and one for the passenger. The 250 cc engine is

which means that there is less mechanical parts

a modern four-stroke, four-valve, liquid-cooled

to worry about. The engine produces 12.1 hp at

This exceptional model was created to go down

unit with remarkable performance across all

8 000 rpm and will only use around 2.5 litres

in history as one of the best-known and best-

driving conditions.

/ 100 km.

The handlebar is a simple, retro, visible

selling scooters. It celebrates 60 years of the most legendary two-wheeler of all time by re-

This model is also the lightest in the range

Hip to be square

making it even more manoeuvrable into those

viewing and reinterpreting the trademark design of Vespa’s origins. The Vespa GTV 250 is

The original sportiness and energy of the seven-

fun to ride. It offers smooth and cost-effective

ties Vespas has been recaptured in the Vespa S.

running. The headlamp is positioned on the

The minimalist design, clean lines and rectan

tight gaps in the traffic.

Vespa South Africa www.aquarian.co.za

08610 83772

Johannerburg Tel: (011) 465 0512

Cape Town Tel: (021) 425 7944

Pretoria Tel: (012) 348 8323

Durban Tel: (079) 511 2279

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Event Africa Bike Week 2010

Africa Bike Week 2010 Last year at the inaugural Africa Bike Week I happened to be down in the area with my family, I saw some bikes, but I didn’t really pay any attention. This year I rode down to the event on a Harley-Davidson, paid attention and was blown away by what I experienced.


T

o say that 2010 was bigger than last year would be like saying alcohol is a healthy breakfast, or lunch or dinner. Of course that didn’t stop me from

indulging in the ‘Full Double Jack and Coke Breakfast’ special that could be had for only R25 at one of the conveniently situated local cafes a mere hangover away from the sanity of my hotel room. I promise I never went near my bike afterwards though, like a good little boy you would think, but the truth is I lost my master key and immobiliser fob before I even arrived in Margate on Friday night. I thought that I might have to stay there forever or alternatively put my hiking boots on, but the Harley guys being as organised as they were, ensured that walking home was not an option and reprogrammed me a new fob and found me a spare key in time for the mass ride on the Sunday. And a mass ride it was, over 10 000 HarleyDavidson motorcycles and other brand riders along with 79 500 enthusiasts, 39 500 more than last year converged on Margate and the surrounding areas. The event is renowned for being the biggest Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride out in South Africa and provides a platform for all the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members to meet and interact with riders as well as other H.O.G members from all over the country. Meet and interact we certainly did, I rode down with Steve Fischer, the Steves Auto Clinic main man, and a group of his Harley buddies from the Vaal Triangle. A little known fact is that although he heads up the country’s leading aftermarket automotive group in SA, he cut his tuning teeth many years ago on motorcycles and the passion has never left. So while during the week you can find him wrestling with high performance cars, it is on the weekends he gets away from it all on his Harley. The ride down was relaxed and the many, many bikers we encountered on the road and at the various rest areas served as a great indicator of what was to come in Margate. Once down and taking full advantage of my ‘self imposed’ ban on riding, I took to exploring the vast number of regalia and Harley specific stalls dotted along the beachfront while nobly fighting off dehydration in the process. In fact there was so much Harley-Davidson product around, you could literally choose a demo bike, go for a cruise, come back see one of the many dealers represented at the weekend and purchase the bike you wanted there and then. This must have worked very well because by the end of the long weekend, most the display bikes I saw had ‘sold’ stickers on them.

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I know that there is a saying that goes some-

So besides the fun and good natured mayhem

thing along the lines of, “If you have to ask,

that ensured, there were numerous other posi-

you won’t get it.” Never have I seen this dem-

tives, like the money that we spent in the area

onstrated so effectively like I did at Bike Week.

in terms of retail, tourism and accommodation

Everybody, and I mean everybody, was living

thanks to this event.

the loud and proud Harley lifestyle and having an absolute ball at the same time.

Having bumped into my old friends Quentin Law (President), Carlos de Jesus (Sergeant at

This in my opinion is the biggest trick about un-

Arms) and the rest of the stand up guys and

derstanding the whole Harley concept. My R325

girls of Iron Order MCC and sharing a good few

000 Electra Glide Ultra Limited comes with just

laughs with them about the old days, I decided

about anything you could think to want on tour-

to hook a tow with them home. All too soon

ing motorcycle.

though it had come to an end and it was time to behave and pretend that we all fit into the

There is a punchy 1 690 cc engine mated to

corporate world.

a six speed Cruise Drive transmission for gobbling up the long road in a very relaxed fashion

I can tell you though, next year I will be back

to start with. You also get a Harman-Kardon

at Africa Bike Week, hopefully on a Harley-Da-

Advanced Audio System with intercom and ABS

vidson again, if not, I will walk, it is that good

with cruise control as standard. And of course,

and must be experienced firsthand to fully un-

a ton of luggage space is thrown into the mix

derstand!

too. Due to the outstanding number of 2010 custom But are their bikes the fastest and smoothest

entries, it has been announced that the 2011

on the road? Not a chance. They aren’t even

prize will exceed all expectations. The winner

cheap, but the experience you get when riding

for the “Free Style Custom” category will be

one is what it is all about. So if you want to fly

whisked away, along with their prize winning

along at over 200 km/h and go scraping foot

bike, to Sturgis in America to compete in the

pegs in corners at track days, then these bikes

AMD Championship, to represent South African

are not for you.

Bike Building against the rest of the world.

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Motorsport National Superbike Racing

Living on the Edge Part 2 You have to focus on what lines you are using through each corner and be willing to learn from the rider in front of you. Remember that you have to keep an open mind and sometimes try things you are not a 100 percent sure of for the sake of progress.

B

ut you can be the best rider in the

suspension settings and gear ratios. When ar-

want it to go? Do I have enough traction when

world, if you haven’t got the right

riving at a track for the first time you have to be

exiting the corner? And am I running too wide

bike set-up you are simply wasting

on a good base set-up.

and going off-track?

your time. Your base set-up consists of previous setting

Which is fun for the most part, but often ends in

This involves a couple of main categories like

you found worked for you on tracks you have

tears. The goal is to let the bike do most of the

suspension, tyres, gear ratio and general bike

been to.

work. You’re only along for the ride...

settings. Let’s start with the most important of them all, suspension.

Go out the first session and feel what the bike is doing. Feel? What do you mean feel? Well

Most riders’ greatest fear is trying to under-

going quick around any given track requires a

stand how to set the bike up using all the com-

skill that can only develop by spending a lot of

plicated settings and adjustments that suspen-

time in the saddle.

sion consists of. All true racers know there’s no such thing as a magical set-up. The bike might

This means going around and around and try-

be good at some places but not quite perfect

ing different settings. You can’t simply walk up

at others.

to a quick rider and ask him what preload he’s running on his rear shock.

And what might suit other racers might not suit you due to their riding style, weight and prefer-

He will simply lie to you in an effort to keep

ences. You always find yourself in a little bit of

you behind him. You have to know what the

a trade-off. Either you have great cornering but

bike is doing in order to give good feedback to

little traction, or the other way around.

your mechanic. Good feedback equals quicker lap times.

The best thing is to find a happy-medium. Some tracks require more feel in the front-end and

The most important thing is to focus on what

some you need to be able to get on the throttle

the bike is doing corner-entry, mid-corner and

as soon as possible. But how do I achieve what

corner-exit. Is the bike turning-in with little ef-

seems to be impossible? Firstly you have to

fort? Or do I have to force the bike to turn? Is

understand that every track requires different

the bike getting to the apex and going where I

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ISSUE 62

Eddy Alberts



Car and Leisure Issue 62