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Till Death Do Us Part


know this is a morbid subject, and hardly appropriate for what will be your lead into the festive season, but the reality is that comfortably over 1 000 people are going to lose their lives on our roads this month instead of opening Christmas presents. Worse than this is the grim fact around the same number of people die each and every month, and our Department of Transport and law enforcement officers only seem to make an effort during this time and Easter. Even then, having a multitude of speed traps all over the national roads seems to be the only real effort made.

And we all know that this is great way for the coffers to be filled with money while hundreds of hard working souls that only wanted to get home after a hard year of toil, are killed in busses and taxis that plunge off secondary roads.

the rest, who can no longer be bothered to obey any road rules, like stopping at stop signs or red traffic lights, and you know you are playing a deadly game of Russian roulette when you take to our roads.

Forget taking a strong stance against the one million or so people who operate unroadworthy and unlicensed cars on our roads, or tracking down the more than a million drivers whom have no licenses to start with either.

So take it easy, keep your eyes open and expected the unexpected and we will chat again at the end of the year once you are hopefully well into a well deserved break.

And then add to this the number of people who are going to drink substantially and drive, to

Mark Jones



Honda CR-Z Wins Car of the Year Japan 2010-2011


he CR-Z, a hybrid vehicle, has been awarded the Car of the Year Japan 2010-2011 by the Japan Car of the Year Executive Committee. The sporty CR-Z hybrid brings together a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and Honda’s original Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system into a progressive and dynamic design that fuses agile, exhilarating driving with outstanding fuel efficiency of 4 litres / 100 kilometres. Through the 31 years of Japan Car of the Year history, Honda has won the award 11 times, outnumbering any other manufacturers. Last year, when the organiser celebrated their 30th anniversary, Honda Fit (Jazz) 2001 year model was awarded the special award “Best 3rd Decade Car.” Indeed, since the year 2000, Honda has won Japan Car of the Year six times. This proves the advanced technology and trend setting concept and design of Honda products.

“We are very proud that the CR-Z has been selected from the strong contenders of new models as the Car of the Year Japan 2010 2011. This award shows that the public has accepted Honda’s aspiration to supply exceptional environmental performance in a fun to drive hybrid car at an affordable price, as well as Honda’s desire to spread the joy of owning and driving a car. We also believe that this award for the CR-Z reflects the true value of the combined efforts of our business partners and the many others who supported CR-Z development and production. Going forward, Honda intends to bring more joy to an even larger number of customers.”

Renault Engines Secure F1 Consructors Title

The Honda CR-Z has been announced as a Car of the Year Finalist by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists for 2011. The winner of the 2011 WesBank / SAGMJ Car the Year will be revealed in March 2011.


enault celebrated Formula 1 constructors’ championship success following Red Bull Racing’s one-two finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix. This success marks the ninth Formula 1 constructors’ championship success powered by Renault engines, and the seventh world championship won by a customer team. Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, who attended the race at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit, commented: “I would like to congratulate Red Bull Racing, and our engineers at ViryChâtillon, on their victory in the 2010 Constructors’ Championship. For the team at Viry, this marks their third world championship in six years, and it is a concrete proof of the quality of the Renault engine. This success with our partner team proves the worth of our policy of equitable engine supply, and further reinforces the decision announced this weekend to strengthen Renault’s involvement in the sport, as a supplier of engines and world-class technology.”



Renault Sandero 1.4 Authentique SA’s Most Affordable Car


he Renault Sandero 1.4 Authentique has been independently named South Africa’s most affordable car in the 2010 Kinsey Report. Now in its 20th year, the annual survey carries considerable clout in the South African automotive sector and is regarded as the country’s definitive parts pricing survey. In the highly contested under R120 000 entry level passenger car category, the locally manufactured Sandero 1.4 Authentique hatchback was pitted against eight competitor models and proven to be well ahead on parts pricing.

“It is our policy to endeavour to ensure that Renault’s parts pricing strategy remains as transparent as our vehicles’ selling prices and these results clearly show that a vehicle cannot be judged on price tag alone,” says Tim Marriott, Vice President of Quality and Service at Renault South Africa. “Fair and affordable cost of ownership is key and fundamental to the long-term satisfaction of our customers.” Launched in March 2009, local production of the Sandero model line-up marked Renault’s return to local manufacture for the first time in over three decades.

The Iconic Sports Sedan Now More Efficient Than Ever


he BMW 3 Series Sedan already offers South African drivers the best possible balance between performance and economy, thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics. However, with the incorporation of additional BMW EfficientDynamics technologies into the vehicles, the BMW 320d, 323i, 325i and 330i (320i from January 2011) are now even more efficient than ever before. Consequently, the addition of these EfficientDynamics technologies further improves CO2 emissions, reducing the Carbon Emissions Tax payable on these vehicles.

With the cost of three comprehensive baskets of consumable and replacement parts combined and calculated as a percentage of Sandero’s selling price, the sturdy and stylish hatchback romped home at a modest and acceptable 29.15 percent - a particularly positive performance when compared to the vehicle whose overall parts basket totalled 50.14 percent of its price.

1 Millionth Range Rover Produced

Whilst all six cylinder BMW 3 Series models have featured the on-demand operation of engine ancillary units (map controlled water and oil pumps) since launch in 2005, many other BMW EfficientDynamics measures have not been implemented in South Africa on the BMW 3 Series up until now. Now all BMW 3 Series Sedan models, except the BMW 335i and the BMW 330d, will feature Brake Energy Regeneration, along with an automatic coupler for the climate control compressor and map-controlled oil pumps (only on six cylinder models) as standard in order to save additional fuel. In addition, the BMW 320d with manual transmission will also be equipped with a gear-shift point indicator, which shows the driver the optimal point to shift gear for maximum economy. The end result is an overall fuel consumption figure, in the EU cycle, which decreases from 5.4 litres per 100 km to just 4.7 litres per 100 km. At the same time, CO2 emissions are reduced from 140 g/km to just 125 g/km.


and Rover is celebrating the production of its one millionth Range Rover by donating the vehicle to Help for Heroes. The landmark one millionth vehicle, a Range Rover Autobiography in ultimate black, has been built at the Solihull manufacturing plant, where three generations of the Range Rover have been built since June 1970. Land Rover employees joined Alan Volkaerts, Solihull Manufacturing Director and Land Rover’s Managing Director Phil Popham to celebrate the milestone event in Range Rover’s fortieth year. The one millionth Range Rover was driven by Phil Popham to London to deliver the car to Help for Heroes. He was followed from Solihull to London by a convoy of heritage Range Rovers, driven by their enthusiastic owners. The handover took place on the Top Gear Live set at Earls Court in London where Jeremy Clarkson – who is a Help for Heroes patron took delivery of the one millionth Range Rover on behalf of the charity. “Land Rover is very proud to support the Help for Heroes charity by donating the one millionth Range Rover.

The vehicle will be auctioned later this year and should raise valuable funds for the practical and direct provision of aid for wounded service people and their families,” said Phil Popham, MD Jaguar Land Rover.

This is possible in a vehicle with a maximum power output of 135 kW and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 7.5 seconds, which speaks volumes for the effectiveness of BMW EfficientDynamics. These changes in the BMW 3 Series range are also carried over in the BMW 3 Series coupe and convertible range to similar effect.

“Everyone involved in Land Rover - from the management, to the employees at Solihull, to the original Range Rover team - will be happy we’re able to mark this landmark occasion in such a way after the forty years of producing this iconic vehicle.” The Range Rover being donated is the highestspecification model available, the Range Rover Vogue, valued in excess of £85,000. Estimates suggest it will raise over £100,000 for charity when auctioned later this year. One of the most significant vehicles in the history of motoring, the Range Rover was the world’s first vehicle as good on-road as offroad. It remains Land Rover’s flagship model, peerlessly blending comfort, luxury, design, technology and versatility in one highly-accomplished package.




t the launch of the all new S60, Volvo described this car as the most thrilling, sporty and dynamic Volvo ever built, which is quite a statement for a company that has always been at the forefront of vehicle safety technology. But the truth is these are some of the best Volvos I have ever driven, the chassis and suspension is well sorted to deliver a balanced yet sporty character that compliments the performance engines well. Handling ability is further boosted by a new system called Corner Traction Control, that works when turning by braking the inner wheel and feeding more power to the outer wheel. During its first year of production, the all new Volvo S60 will be available with a variety of diesel and petrol engines, which will culminate in eight derivatives by the middle of next year. The 3.0T (T6) petrol engine has been improved further to now produce 224 kW and 440 Nm. Maximum torque is achieved from just 1 500 rpm and remains available throughout the rev range, promoting fast acceleration and smooth progress on the road. Fuel consumption has been cut to 10.2 litres / 100 kilometres on the combined cycle. Power is transferred to the wheels via Volvos’s second generation, six speed automatic Geartronic transmission. New valves and lower friction mean faster gearchanges than before. AWD

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is standard on the 3.0T. The new four cylinder 2.0 GTDi engine produces a generous 149 kW with 300 Nm of torque available from 1 750 rpm. Volvo say this model can accelerate to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds with the meanual gearbox and 8.2 seconds with the automatic. Top speed is rated at 235 and 230 km/h. New in house developed turbocharged technology, direct injection and twin variable camshafts produce a unique combination of low fuel consumption, low emissions and a high and broad performance range. This model is said to use just 7.9 litres / 100 kilometres. The engine range also includes two five cylinder turbodiesels. The D5 high performance engine with twin turbos produces 151 kW and 420 Nm. For this engine Volvo claim that it will only use 5.9 litres / 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.

The newly developed two litre D3 will produce 118 kW and 400 Nm. This is essentially the same engine as the current 2.4D but cylinder capacity has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption The inside of the all new S60 is a nice place to travel in. Volvo designers have added excitement, contrast and playfulness to the rational simplicity of the Scandinavian design. Of course the all new Volvo S60 is packed with high tech solutions that actively help the driver avoid accidents. The Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is a world first. This radar and camera based system can detect pedestrians in front of the car, warn if anyone walks out into its path and then automatically activate the cars full braking power if the driver fails to respond in time.

More Urban Prowess For Lexus LX570


aving conquered Africa in true Lexus refinement, the LX570’s impressive off-road credentials have been toned slightly towards more urban presence with the availability of an Aero Package. The flagship Lexus off-roader has carved a sizeable niche for itself near the top of the executive Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market thanks to its distinct product offering of eight seats, some of the best off-road capability on the market, and the luxury Lexus has become synonymous for. Based on the sound underpinnings of some of the best off road technology available in the market today, Lexus has treated the LX570 to the very best of what the luxury Japanese brand has to offer. The resultant huge demand for the vehicle has outstripped supply as the market has identified with its ability to go anywhere in consummate luxury. The LX570 boasts permanent four wheel drive with low range and a TORSEN limited slip and locking centre differential. With four wheel Active Height Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), the high mount, independent double-wishbone front suspension allows for nine inches of total front wheel travel for outstanding articulation over rough roads and obstacles and 225 millimetres of ground clearance. The LX570 Aero includes an aerodynamic body kit featuring revised front and rear spoilers and 20 inch alloy wheels shod with Dunlop 285/50



R20 tyres. “Clearly on-road biased, the LX570 Aero will provide an enhanced presence around town for those who require the space of a luxury SUV, but don’t necessarily go serious offroading too often,” says Kevin Flynn, General Manager, Lexus SA. “Those intent on using the full capabilities of the LX570 will still be able to command one of the greatest off-roading vehicles in the world in standard 18-inch configuration.” Inside, the LX570 is just as inviting with ample space for up to eight passengers and their cargo. The LX570’s 5.7 litre V8 delivers the punch

and towing power demanded in this segment. The powerplant produces 270 kW at 5 600 rpm and peak torque of 530Nm at 3 600 rpm. The V8 is mated to a six speed automatic transmission designed to handle high torque while performing with Lexus quietness and smoothness. A sequential shift mode allows the driver to select gears manually. Even at very low speeds, such as trail driving, the transmission operates smoothly and imperceptibly. The standard LX570 costs R1 110 700, and the LX570 Aero R1136 300.

Yaris Zen



here is a serious case of badge engineering going on among the three big manufacturers, with the Volkswagen Polo Vivo and Ford Figo and now the Yaris Zen all fighting for the volume rich budget segment. The new entrant, to be called the Yaris Zen, will add to and expand the market reach of the popular Yaris. The vehicle is the product of an extensive programme to better understand buyers’ preferences and requirements in this highly competitive segment. Toyota has also significantly added to the Yaris product range with the introduction of the Yaris Zen. The new range of Yaris models will now be known as Zen1 and Zen3, with the number bearing resemblance to the 1.0 litre or 1.3 litre capacity of the engine. The name change also links to a significant rationalisation of the product line, which now offers 10 Yaris Zen models and one remaining model from the traditional Yaris line-up. With an entry level price of only R126 300, the Yaris Zen’s price is surely the first aspect of the new vehicle that attracts attention. The entry level Yaris Zen1 will be equipped with the well known 998 cc three cylinder engine. Power from this engine is comparable to various competing 1.3 litre engines, with a torque figure of 93 Nm at 3 600 rpm and power output of 51 kW at 6 000 rpm. The highly popular 1.3 litre engine is rated at 63 kW at 6 000 rpm and 121 Nm at 4 400 rpm. The Zen1 and various Zen3 models are equipped with a five speed manual gearbox. Two Zen3

Plus models, one in each body shape, will be offered with Toyota’s smooth shifting four speed automatic gearbox. All versions of the Yaris Zen are equipped with two airbags, a full compliment of five point seat belts, electric power steering that is tilt adjustable and ABS brakes with EBD and BAS. Zen3 models boast electric windows and power mirrors, while Plus models list Bluetooth cell phone preparation, an audio socket and a greater number of speakers for the audio system as standard. Toyota South Africa Motors will, in line with customer feedback and market structure, continue

Big Torque From The Outback


ubaru puts in a long awaited appearance in the diesel market with the launch of the rugged new Outback 2.0D.

In Subaru’s case it really does mean a single vehicle which is able to offer the best of both worlds.

The 2.0 litre common-rail turbodiesel is the first horizontally opposed compression ignition powerplant designed specifically for passenger car use, and the inherent smoothness and vibration-damping properties of the layout give it a distinct advantage over conventional in-line or V-type configurations.

On tarmac it is a fuel-efficient, comfortable, practical and very safe family vehicle; yet when the conditions deteriorate its elevated ride height and sophisticated underpinnings allow it to effortlessly continue to offer its occupants those same qualities.

The Outback 2.0D, and the new powerplant has certainly been worth waiting for: it is rated at 110 kW at 3 600 rpm and an impressive 350 Nm from just 1 800 rpm. The upshot of this is a CO2 rating of just 167 grams per kilometre and overall fuel consumption of just 6.3 litres / 100 kilometre.

The Outback 2.0D is priced at R399 000 and appointed to offer a balance of comfort and practicality. The price specification point makes the Outback 2.0D very competitive against more conventional two-wheel-drive wagons, equipped as it is with a virtual full house list of comfort and convenience features.

with a rationalised Yaris model range to complement the Yaris Zen range. One hatchback model, badged as the Toyota Yaris T3 Plus, will be available and will also get a full complement of airbags, increasing from a driver and passenger airbag to include knee, curtain and side airbags as well. Visually the Yaris T3 Plus will also be fitted with larger 185/60 profile tyres on 15 inch alloy wheels and will now come standard with front fog lights. The retail price will only increase by R1 900 to R173 600. All Yaris Zen models will be sold with a four year or 60 000 kilometre service plan and three year / 100 000 kilometre warranty as standard.

Mercedes-Benz R-Class


he new R-class enhances the merits of this unique vehicle category even further. In addition to the fresh exterior, the 2010 model also impresses with a number of interior features, including the economy of space similar to that of the S-class. A degree of variability is achieved with a choice of standard or long wheelbase, rear wheel drive (standard) or 4MATIC permanent all wheel drive (LWB) and high performance yet economical engines. The models available include a R 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, R 300 with the standard wheelbase and the R 500 4MATIC in Long wheelbase configuration. The V6 diesel engine boasts 140 kW and 440 Nm. The V6 petrol variant boasts 170 kW and 300 Nm. Both the V6 petrol and diesel versions. The R500 V8 petrol engine produces 285 kW and 530 Nm and is also available in a long wheelbase variant.




Koleos Range Expanded With Auto

enault South Africa has added a fourth model to its Koleos range of sports utility vehicles. The Koleos 2.0 dCi Dynamique Premium Automatic 4x4 combines the proven urge and frugal consumption of the marque’s dCi turbodiesel powertrain with the convenience of a latestgeneration six speed automatic gearbox. In addition, the newcomer features Renault’s advanced, intelligent all-wheel drive system with Trajectory Control. The system seamlessly splits torque between the front and rear axles, depending on traction requirements, allowing instant grip and dynamic, sure footed handling on and off the road. The new six speed automatic gearbox featuring swift, smooth gear shifts is coupled to a new version of the 2.0 dCi turbodiesel engine. The four cylinder unit is fitted with common rail direct diesel injection and a diesel particulate filter, and is Euro 5 compliant.

The engine has a rated maximum power output of 110 kW at 4 000 rpm, while the torque peak of 320 Nm is reached at 2 000 rpm. As a result, performance is brisk, with the new Koleos reaching a claimed top speed of 173 km/h. The dCi unit’s efficiency also ensures impressively frugal fuel consumption and low CO2 exhaust emissions. Renault claim that on the combined cycle it will only consume 7.9 litres / 100 kilometres, with a CO2 emissions rating of 197 grams / kilometre. The newcomer’s Dynamique Premium specification allows for a comprehensive array

of standard equipment. The list includes cruise control, an Arkamys 3D sound system incorporating six loudspeakers and Bluetooth connectivity, an integrated TOM TOM satellite navigation system, and a hands-free keycard. Also standard is bi-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable driver seat, and a full complement of active and passive safety features, which have earned the Koleos a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Standard under the Renault Confiance banner, all Koleos models are supported by a comprehensive after sales customer support package that

includes a five year / 150 000 kilometre warranty and a five year / 100 000 kilometre service plan. Pricing 2.5 Dynamique Man 4x2 R314 900 2.5 Dynamique Premium CVT 4x4 R399 900 2.0 dCi Dynamique Premium Man 4x4 R419 900 2.0 dCi Dynamique Premium Auto 4x4 R439 900

Sprinter Adds Flair To Corolla


oyota South Africa Motors has reintroduced the sporty Sprinter name to the recently upgraded Toyota Corolla line-up. Available immediately will be two Toyota Corolla Sprinter models, with the choice of 1.6 litre or punchy 2.0 litre petrol engines. Both versions will be clearly differentiated thanks to a number of visual changes and Sprinter badges that hark back to the original Corolla Sprinter models. The new Corolla Sprinter models expand further on the recent range-wide visual and specification upgrade of the Corolla range. The Sprinter model is based on the Advanced specification model level, but receives darkened 16” alloy wheels, front fog lights, a rear spoiler and chrome exhaust pipe piece. Toyota has also introduced a new colour, Blue Metallic, as a unique and differentiating colour option only available to Corolla Sprinter owners. All other colour options will also be available on the Sprinter. As with the exterior the Sprinter models gets the Advanced interior specification level as standard. This means electric windows, radio with CD player, iPod connection and Bluetooth integration, a leather-clad thick rimmed steering wheel with steering controls for audio and Bluetooth, multi-function Optitron information display with sporty white illumination and a full compliment of front, side, curtain and driver’s side knee airbags.


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Corolla Sprinter owners can also expect leather seats with Alcantara inserts, full automatic climate control and anti-smash and grab treatment for the side windows. Rounding off the interior treatment are unique Corolla scuff plates on the door sills.

The Corolla Sprinter 1.6 retails at R235 400 and the 2.0 version with VSC will cost R251 100. Both models are sold with a full 90 000 kilometres / five year ToyotaCare service plan and a comprehensive three year / 100 000 km warranty, with roadside assistance.


Chevrolet Volt

Amped Up For The Future! Whether you like it or not, China with its around 1.3 billion inhabitants is driving the world economy forward at a furious pace. They are set to sell 17 million vehicles locally this year, and although I can’t see where they will be driven thanks to the existing congestion in the cities, this is still only a fraction of what is to come in terms of future vehicle sales for this world powerhouse.


eneral Motors sales in China is also on track to pass GM sales in the United States of America this year, so perhaps it was apt then that we travelled here and not to the USA to be given some insight into GM’s Sustainable Mobility 2030 plan and drive some of the products that make up the backbone of this initiative. I am only going to touch on the two vehicles, the Chevrolet Equinox and the EN-V that I believe we will probably never see in South Africa, and then get into the one we could see on our roads, and that is the Chevrolet Volt. First, the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle as it is officially known is a zero-gas (petrol), zero-emissions vehicle that uses hydrogen to make the electricity that propels the vehicle and can run up to 320 kilometre using electricity on a single hydrogen charge. Performance for an SUV is not too bad either with a claimed 0-100 km/h in 12 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. Great in theory but in SA, I can’t see hydrogen plants and pumps being installed all over the show to support this technology. We can’t even get clean fossil fuel to run our existing cars! The EN-V on the other hand is a concept for the future and the name stands for Electric Networked-Vehicle. So as we have always said, if you are not computer savvy in the future, you won’t even be able to drive your car. This is the future people. What the EN-V is, is basically a modified Segway, that runs on electricity, communicates with other EN-Vs and ensures that you can do stuff like program an address in and let the car do all the work while not colliding with anything and watch some TV and check your email at the same time. Seen all this weird futuristic stuff in movies? Well it is a whole lot closer to reality than you think and GM is right up front when it comes to this technology. This is all good, but what is here and right now is the Chevrolet Volt. It is about to be launched as a production model in the USA, with right hand drive and the Australian market on the cards already, this is the car that must come to SA. Right up front the Volt looks better than any other ‘green’ car we have back home. This alone means that you can do your bit for the environment without trying to make a big bland over the top statement like you do in the others and as such I can see more people considering this ‘green’ option as a result. I have included the Toyota Prius and will do the same with Honda’s CR-Z, but it must be noted that these cars are petrol / electric hybrids and the wheels can and are driven by both and as such you need to constantly put petrol in your hybrid if you want to use it and charge the battery too. In layman’s terms, they are petrol cars that get assistance from an electric motor in order to improve performance and fuel consumption. The Volt on the other hand has a 1.4 litre petrol engine and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, but both of these are only used to power the 111 kW electric drive unit and it is this unit that drives the wheels. Neither the petrol engine nor



the battery can or is used to drive the wheels, they merely power the electric drive unit and this does the work of propelling the car. You have a 40 to 80 kilometre (driving style dependent) electrical urban range which is what the Volt consumes first. Then once this is depleted, and you have not been able to charge your car again, which is done from a wall socket like your cell phone within four hours at around the same price it costs you to run your fridge for this time, the car then seamlessly switches over to the petrol motor to power the drive unit. This in turn gives you an extended range that can see you travel over 500 kilometres. So if you live near the office or are running around the shops on the weekend, you would have no need for petrol as the car will not go into gasoline mode until it is out of electricity.

Exceed this limit like on a trip to the coast and the car can run on petrol for as long as you like without the need for electricity.

It also delivers them in a variety of interior colours lighting and trim options unlike any offered before on a Chevrolet sedan.

I really think this is the best of both worlds, you don’t have to constantly find electricity like on a pure electric car; you are also not completely dependent on petrol like with a hybrid.

Watch this space, because I think if there is sufficient demand and GMSA can get the pricing right and put the Chevrolet in the R378 100 Prius, R299 900 CR-Z ballpark then they might have a strong argument to take GM worldwide and get this car on our roads sooner than you think.

This is the right now way of the future as the Volt is certainly punchy and can get to 100 km/h in around 9 seconds and is said to do 160 km/h at top which is more than enough performance for a car that can run at zero emissions.

Mark Jones

Of course inside, the Volt offers the space, comfort, convenience and safety features and a drive that customers expect in a premium fivedoor sedan – including state of the art communication interfaces with the likes of your Smartphone, climate control, storage compartments and 40/40 rear-folding seats.





Launched BMW X3

3rd Time a Charm The aspect of the new BMW X3 that impressed me most was the new eight speed auto gearbox. It is possible that other highlights would have revealed themselves given different circumstances, and when it is released in South Africa next month we will let you know.


, however, was driving BMW’s mid-size SUV in Atlanta, Georgia and a US State Trooper is a fearsome thing, I was determined not meet one under the wrong circumstances. There are currently two engine variants, the BMW X3 xDrive20d with a four-cylinder diesel engine and the BMW X3 xDrive35i. A BMW X3 xDrive30d Automatic will be launched in July next year. It was the straight-six 225kW petrol engine X3 xDrive35i derivative that we drove. It is matched as standard to the eight-speed box that so impressed. The whole drivetrain is silky smooth and allowed the luxurious appointments to be enjoyed to the full. With 400 Nm of torque available the gearbox appeared unfazed by anything we demanded of it and slipped between cogs unno-



ticed. BMW claim a 0 – 100 km/h acceleration time of 5.7 seconds, which is an indication of just how unpleasant an encounter with a State Trooper could have been. Top speed is a Alcatraz taunting 245 km/h, with the only hope for leniency being the 8.8 litres per 100km, fuel consumption and 204 g/km CO² emission. The four cylinder diesel in the new BMW X3 xDrive20d has a maximum output of 135 kW and torque of 380 Nm. Claimed fuel consumption is 5.6 litres per 100 km. This is still good for an 8.5 second 0-100 km/h time and a top speed of 210 km/h. Although a six - speed manual gearbox is standard, the eight - speed auto is an option. Also as an option, the new BMW X3 xDrive35i comes with a sports automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The automatic transmission is combined for the first time with an Auto Start Stop function. When stopping at road junctions or in a traffic jam, the engine is automatically switched off. The Auto Start Stop function is also a standard feature in the X3 xDrive20d with manual gearbox. However manual versions will not be launched locally this year. Other concessions to the environmental lobby are brake energy regeneration, EPS Electric Power Steering, demand-controlled ancillary components, lightweight construction and tyres with reduced rolling resistance. Obviously the new BMW X3 comes with permanent four-wheel drive technology, the X in BMW xDrive. This four wheel drive technology is probably more significant in this guise as safety rather than off-road technology. The electronically controlled system ensures variable distribution

of torque between the front and rear axles. The control system, which is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), counteracts oversteer or understeer. Even during steady cornering, a higher degree of torque is transferred to the rear wheels. With optional Performance Control, the vehicle’s handling can be enhanced even further. Targeted braking of the rear wheel nearest the inside of the bend coupled with a simultaneous increase in engine output improves steering. The functional range of DSC includes, inter alia, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X) and Hill Descent Control for controlled downhill driving. The new BMW X3 also features completely redeveloped suspension technology. The combination is a double-joint spring-strut axle at the front and a five-link rear axle offers in conjunction with a triple strut mount for both axles. A sports-oriented suspension is available as an option. The track is 92 millimetres wider than its predecessor’s and the wheelbase is stretched by 15 millimetres. Servotronic speed-dependent power steering is incorporated in all versions of the BMW X3 model for the first time. Optional variable sports steering reduces the degree of steering movement necessary to turn the front wheels and provides BMW typical directional stability when the vehicle is being driven straight ahead. A further option is Dynamic Damper control, where electronically controlled dampers adapt to road conditions and the driver’s style of driving. The new BMW X3 can be equipped with Headup Display, Adaptive Cornering Headlights, High-beam Assistant and reversing camera including Top View.



This utilises two additional cameras in the side mirrors. The overall image generated according to the recorded vehicle data and its environment is displayed on the control monitor, showing the vehicle and its environment from a bird’s eye view. With a volume of between 550 and 1600 litres, the luggage compartment is very functional, mostly because the rear seat backrest can be split at a ratio of 40 : 20 : 40 and the three segments can be folded down either individually or together. Both the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPod touch can be controlled via the iDrive menu. It is also possible to display e-mail messages via Bluetooth using the latest additions to the existing office functions. Owners of a BlackBerry smartphone can also gain access to the mobile phone’s e-mail directory via the iDrive system inside their BMW. Messages can be shown on the control display and read out via the optional voice output. The message is clear, BMW are taking the medium size SUV market very seriously and believe that a high-end offering is the way to go. Pricing BMW X3 xDrive20d Automatic: R463 000 (Standard) and R499 300 (Exclusive – with additional options) BMW X3 xDrive35i Automatic: R598 000 (Standard) and R629 600 (Exclusive – with additional options)

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Renault Sandero Stepway

Stepping Up

Renault South Africa has added an exciting and innovative variant to its established and increasingly popular Sandero hatchback range.


he Sandero stepway is a SUV style crossover in the entry level AB sector and links the values of the Sandero, namely style versatility and aspirational appeal of a sporty to create a SUV compact crossover.

front and rear skid plates and a chrome tipped exhaust tailpipe. It also boasts 20 mm raised suspension (now 175 mm) and shorter gearing to improve its off road driving ability. The alloy wheels are fitted with wide footprint tyres to ensure ample traction and good ride comfort.

The Sandero Stepway targets sophisticated urban customers seeking a vehicle with an assertive, distinctive look. Its unique exterior traits are linked to interior trim and detailing that also reflects the youthful, go-anywhere character of the newcomer.

Additional distinguishing features include more pronounced wheel arches, a black radiator grille with satin chrome finished accents and blackmasked headlights. The satin chrome finishes

This vehicle adds a compelling lifestyle element to the already established Sandero virtues and offers local buyers a unique alternative to more conventional vehicles in the budget sector. Renault are hoping that the Sandero flagship will further entrench the Renault brand in SA by reaching an even more diverse customer base than before and the Sandero is expected to boost Sandero sales allowing the marquee to capture a significant share of the AB entry-level passenger car segment. Like the Sandero, the Stepway is based on Renault’s B0 platform, which was designed as a multi faceted basis for a wide range of products with different body styles and engines to meet varying customer needs. The newcomers unique urban warrior appearance is epitomised by its raised ground clearance, 16 inch wheels, integrated front fog lamps, SUV style roof rails,



have also been extended to the exterior mirrors, roof rails, skid plates, door sills and door handles. As a result, the Stepway design is both expressive and assertive, with the contoured headlights integrating neatly with the familiar Renault grille. The side profile is characterised by an inverted wave shaped body, while the rear view adds a dynamic element to the robust styling. The raised driving position allows

a commanding view of the Stepway’s surroundings, on paved and gravel surfaces, while also contributing to the crossovers unique character and driving experience. Practical qualities include a spacious wellequipped cabin with an impressive list of standard features. The five door offers generous interior space and comfort. This is further accentuated by the above average width, length and wheelbase, all of which come close to C-segment standards. The large doors and generous shoulder room at the rear allow for three adults to be accommodated in comfort. The vast 320 litre luggage capacity rivals B-segment hatchback contenders and is accessed via a wide opening tailgate.

It is mated to a five speed manual gearbox with ratios to make the most of the power and torque on offer. The eight valve unit produces 64 kW at 5 500 rpm and 128 Nm at 3 000 rpm. Renault claim that this enables it to get to 100 km/h in 11.5 seconds on to its top speed of 175 km/h. Fuel consumption is 7.2 litres per 100 kilometre on the combined cycle according to Renault. The best thing about the Stepway is its price, R149 900 which includes a three year, 45 000 kilometre service plan and a five year / 150 000 kilometre warranty.

Reuben van Niekerk

The split rear bench seat can be folded down to increase luggage space to 1 200 litres. In the luxury and convenience department the Stepway boasts power steering, a trip computer, air conditioning, selective remote central locking, electric front windows, a four speaker sound system with MP3 and iPod connectivity and a height adjustable driver’s seat. Taking care of safety is an efficient braking system comprising vented front discs and drums controlled by the latest Bosch ABS system, which incorporates EBD and EBA. Further safety measures include a collapsible steering column, dual front airbags, inertia reel seatbelts and front and rear head restraints. The Renault B0 platform offers stable handling characteristics matched to sure footed confidence regardless of driving conditions. The suspension links a proven, MacPherson strut based suspension to a rugged rear torsion beam. The Stepway is powered by a 1 598 cc four cylinder engine renowned for its torquey nature.




Renault Range

Testament To Performance In its second annual running, the Knysna Hillclimb has gained huge popularity amongst fans and drivers alike. This was mostly thanks to Renault stepping in as the main sponsor and using the event to launch their newest line of hot hatches.


ecently I was fortunate enough to join Renault at the Knysna Hillclimb, making way for the new line of Renault cars being launched, namely the new Clio RS 20th Special Edition, Megane RS Sport and RS CUP. Immediately after laying eyes on these beautiful cars, I was ready to get going and see what they were capable of. I started out in the Megane RS Sport saving the Megane RS CUP for later. We had a 250 kilometre route from George to the luxurious Simola Golf Estate in Knysna, taking us through some of the most amazing roads in South Africa. As soon as I got into looking Megane I was functional and practical in the right place and home.

the astoundingly good greeted with a sporty, interior. Everything was made me feel right at

A prominent new feature of the Mégane RS is the Renault Sport Dynamic Management threemode ESP system, which allows the driver to choose the degree of electronic aid required in different situations, in three stages. This includes the default ‘On’ mode, ‘Sport’ for less intrusive ESP action, and ‘Off’ for ultimate driver control. All this was sitting on 18 inch alloy wheels coupled with four piston Brembo brakes. I pressed the start button and the car came alive with a soothing purr. Pulling away from the stop street, I was immediately amazed by the Megane’s raw power and acceleration. Plus it sounded brilliant thanks to its new generation 2.0 litre turbocharged engine capable of producing 184 kW and 340 Nm of torque. Although based on the powerplant employed in the previous Mégane F1 Team R26, the 16 valve engine has been extensively revised. The new Megane is miles ahead of its predecessor the Megane “Shake It”. Well, the previous Megane only had the power to impulse a minor shake thanks to lots of space and granny like driving, but the new Megane really made you shake as you went screaming down the road. The key differences include the use of a twinscroll turbocharger for enhanced response at low revs, together with the application of continuously variable valve timing and revised fuel injection mapping; this made the Megane very responsive and agile. The unbelievable and twisty roads proved no problem for the new Megane as it handled every corner like the previous one, with elegance. The Megane RS Sport is very impressive and unique. It offers something for everyone, from moms looking to get shopping done in style, to hardcore drivers looking to get the best bang for their buck. Next was the amazingly good looking Clio RS 20th Special Edition. Even though the new Clio is any teenagers dream, leaving the Megane RS Sport filled me with a feeling of sadness. As I climbed in I kept on hoping the Clio RS introduced similar driving pleasure. Let me tell you, it didn’t fail to impress. The Clio RS 20th Special Edition is Renault’s testament to driving excellence, showing how



far they have come and celebrating 20 years of Clio. I ventured onwards in the little Clio looking to see if it holds true to its reputation for being amazing around corners. After the first corner the Clio exceeded my expectations by a long shot, proving it still had the go kart like handling which it is famous for. But this little beast did more than stick around the corners, it was quick off the line too, thanks to its 2 litre RS motor which they claim is capable of taking you from 0-100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and can attain a top speed of 225 km/h. If that doesn’t make you happy you can rest assure knowing you get all this amazing performance at a combined fuel consumption cycle of just 8.2 litres / 100 kilometres. But fuel consumption is the last thing on your mind once you indulge in the Clio’s exceptional handling. Now it was time for the car I was looking forward to driving the most, the Megane RS CUP. The Megane RS Sport was already an amazing car but Renault saw it fit to even further improve the already mind blowing Megane. The Cup sat on stunning 19 inch flow formed Speedline wheels coupled with nice big red Brembo brakes and a CUP chassis. Opening the car up you were greeted with a pair of beautiful Recaro racing seats. The entertainment system is replaced by the Renault Sport Monitor. It displays a useful array of real-time data, such as power, torque and turbo pressure, transverse and longitudinal acceleration, as well as a stopwatch with a lap timer, and key performance data such as 0-100 km/h, 400-metre and 1 kilometre standing start times. The RS Monitor also enables the driver to modify the accelerator pedal mapping. A choice of five settings is available with the ‘Sport’ mode selected: linear, normal, snow,



sport and extreme. The CUP chassis, with its limited slip differential raises the bar to new heights, and is aimed at enthusiasts who enjoy distinctly sporty driving, as well as those that participate in track days. Compared to the Sport chassis, the anti-roll stiffness is increased by a further 13 percent, thanks to a thicker anti roll bar in front, matched to a 7 percent stiffer set-up at the rear. The dampers are speciďŹ c to the CUP too, and overall anti roll stiffness increases by 15 percent over the Sport chassis. We got the opportunity to put the Megane RS CUP up against some supercars in the Knysna Hillclimb over the weekend, and it made some very fast, very impractical and very expensive cars look silly by posting incredible times. I set the fastest Megane RS CUP time by getting it up the hill in 52.3 seconds. Compared to Geoff Mortimer‘s time of 44.6 seconds in a souped up Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9 you can see just how incredible the Megane RS CUP is.

Eddy Alberts




Land Rover Freelander

Fresh Freelander

Land Rover is upgrading the 2011 Freelander 2 with an upgraded 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine, sharper exterior looks and a smarter cabin.


The 140 kW SD4 is available with a revised six speed automatic gearbox. This second generation Asin Warner automatic transmission helps improve efficiency and emissions with a number of improvements.

Both varaitions of the engine have a new variable geometry turbocharger and were recalibrated from scratch to deliver the new levels of performance. This turbo is now watercooled, enabling it to run at a higher temperature thus enabling higher levels of emissions, power and torque.

The torque convertor lock-up works over a wider range improving comfort, fuel economy and driveability. The calibration of the transmission has been revised by Land Rover engineers to reduce torque converter slip. It retains Land Rover’s Terrain Response features, CommandShift and adaptive shifting for an effortless driving experience.

oth quieter and more refined, the 2.2 litre turbo diesel is available with either a 110 kW TD4 engine or a 140 kW SD4 varient. In both derivatives the engine offers 420 Nm of torque, an improvement of 20 Nm.

A new Intelligent Power management System (IPMS) provides smart charging of the battery by recovering kinetic energy when the vehicle is slowing, rather than consuming fuel by charging when the vehicle is accelerating. The TD4 is available with an updated manual transmission with improved Stop/Start capability as standard. The Stop/Start technology has been improved by reducing the time that it takes to restart the engine by 22 percent and being able to operate in more extreme temperature conditions. It is still the only SUV to be fitted with a system like this.



Land Rover claim that the 110 kW will sip only 6.2 litres / 100 kilometre while the 140 kW will only use slightly more, at 7.0 litres / 100 kilometres. The many functions of Terrain response are underpinned by the high levels of body stiffness which provide the best foundation for excellent ride and handling characteristics as well as off road performance. The exterior is updated to fit in with other models and this includes a new front bumper and grille, new alloy wheels and colour options, giving the

2011 Freelander a fresh and distinctive look. The new front bumper assembly incorporates new front fog lamp bezels. The halogen projector headlamps are new as are the rear tail lamps which now have a clear inner lens and a black lens surround for greater definition. The tailgate handle is finished in body colour and the full width signature strip is finished in Noble. Other body coloured parts include door handles, headlamp washer jets and door mirrors. On the SD4 the lower side panels and rear bumper are also fully painted. Another small but significant change is to the Land Rover logo, which changes colour for 2011 from gold on green to a more contemporary bright silver on green. New wheel designs are available in both the 18 inch and 19 inch designs depending on the model chosen. Being a Land Rover, the Freelander is fitted with the Terrain response as well as Hill Descent Control systems as standard. This allows the vehicle to handle off road conditions in a safe controlled manner, no matter what the level of skill of the driver. The systems are easy to

operate and give the Freelander the pedigree that has come to be expected from Land rover vehicles. Inside there are two new contemporary seat styles, a stylish cloth trim, covered with new Resolve fabric and Napoli leather. Manual seats are available for the Td4 and a 6/4 way electric adjustment for the SD4 automatic. Inside a revised instrument cluster ensures a cleaner more refined look. There is also a new interior fascia, which can be finished in either Silver, Black and Chestnut colours. There are seven airbags, two curtain, two front, two thorax and a drivers knee bag as standard. The transverse engine mounting not only frees up interior space but offers impressive crash performance, helping the Freelander 2 achieve a 5 star Euro NCAP rating for adult occupant protection. The Freelander is still a great choice for a towing vehicle with a limit of 2 000 kilograms. There are a total of five model variations available with pricing ranging from R384 995 for the TD4 110 kW Manual 4WD to R489 995 for the SD4 140 kW Auto 4WD.

Reuben van Niekerk




LupiniPower Chevrolet Lumina UTE SS

Subtly Supercharged Cast your mind back to the late 80’s and 90’s in South Africa, and you might remember the name LupiniPower. Well, if you don’t they went off the tuning scene for a number of years and are now back in business.


o announce their return to what is a very different game to what it was 20 years ago, they let us take one of their first development vehicles, a supercharged Chevrolet Lumina UTE, for a spin. And by spin I mean you could leave big sticky black lines wherever you go. Of course, you would expect nothing less from a UTE that is claimed to make 400 kW and 785 Nm. Running a Magnussen supercharger, free flow exhaust, bigger brakes, 20 inch TSW alloys on Bridgestone rubber and a fettled front suspension forms the heart of this upgrade from LupiniPower. Make no mistake; the ride is now very firm, perhaps too firm for some. But the level of grip offered from the massive rubber and the LupiniPower TractionBar was impressive. Considering the power and torque claims, I expected to be fighting a fire-breathing monster down the test strip. But after a bit of controlled wheel spin, things settled down and the UTE blasted off towards the one kilometre mark in slightly disappointing fashion. But chatting to owner Michele Lupini he explained this is a very mild upgrade that has been built to run on any grade of octane fuel, and still survive daily abuse. After that, I had a better understanding of the whole project, and the numbers I was seeing



on my VBOX test equipment. For the record the 0-100 km/h dash was done and dusted in 5.24 seconds (6.67 standard), the quartermile 13.63 seconds (14.92) at 169.19 km/h (158.80) and the one kilometre mark was crossed in 24.44 seconds (26.48) at 220.32 km/h (207.79). Top speed went up from a limited standard speed of 241.92 km/h to 280.25 km/h flat out, which are all substantial improvements.

Where this UTE really shines is in the drivability stakes. Overtaking is done in a flash, and thanks to the bigger brakes stopping a Lumina of any kind is no longer a white knuckle affair. Taking some of this shine back was the UTE’s thirst for fuel. The Lupini boys claim it is better than standard, but even on the open road I could not get near their claimed figures. But hey, who buys a V8 UTE and expects to win economy runs with the vehicle. This UTE

is made to enjoy, so enjoy it! I am an out and out horsepower junkie who owns a 400 kW BMW, and would have wanted this upgrade to be more aggressive – especially since one is being asked to part with R639 900. This is around R200K over and above the price of a standard UTE, but does include a new vehicle and a full five year LupiniPlan warranty. To learn more about contact Michele Lupini on 082 550 6405 or . You can also visit This SuperUte is the first step in the LupiniPower return to the market.

Mark Jones


The company is set to expand its performance options through various car brands and models. The performance development and production expertise is available to car makers, dealers or the man in street looking for something a little special from specific models.

Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: Top Speed: Price:


Chevrolet UTE SS 6.0 litre V8 Naturally Aspirated 270 kW @ 5 700 rpm 530 Nm @ 4 400 rpm 6.67 seconds 14.92 seconds @ 158.80 km/h 26.48 seconds @ 207.79 km/h 241.92 km/h @ 5 400 rpm in 5th gear (Clock 246 km/h) R413 700

Model: Engine: Power: Torque: 0-100: ¼ Mile: 1 KM: Top Speed: Price:

Lupini Lupini Chevrolet UTE SS 6.0 litre V8 Supercharged 400 kW @ 5 600 rpm 785 Nm @ 3 400 rpm 5.24 seconds 13.63 seconds @ 169.19 km/h 24.44 seconds @ 220.32 km/h 280.25 km/h @ 4 300 rpm in 6th gear (Clock 283 km/h) R639 900




Subaru WRX STI

Street Fighter Subaru’s WRX has always been my number one pick when it came to cruising around the suburbs looking for far more fancied cars to pick on. But then a year or two ago, Subaru decided that the potential buyers of their cars would like a completely softened up WRX and one without a boot.


hat a mistake, the softer more narrow versions were still pretty good, but they had lost that in your face attitude and drive that I believe the brand is so well known and respected for. Thankfully, for their 2011 model year update, this has gone and all changed again, and in your face scoobies are back. Enter the R499 000 Mr, Sir WRX STI. I say this because it is claimed to be the fastest WRX STI ever, and although in strict straight line stuff, the old hatch was almost two whole tenths of a second quicker to 100 km/h in our test program, this is the quickest STI from point A to B end of story. Add to this Subaru’s legendary Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and a potent 2.5 litre turbocharged horizontally-opposed boxer engine, and then you too will understand why this sedan can claim to be unbeaten around the daunting Northern loop of the Nurburgring and probably the streets of Sandton too. I also credit a lot of this back to the fact that for 2011 the WRX and the STI have undergone some suspension and chassis tweaks in the form of increased diameter anti-roll bars, stiffer springs, and harder subframe bushes right down to cast aluminium lower control arms. For the number crunchers, although the 221 kW / 407 Nm 2.5 litre DOHC is mostly unchanged,



it is still good enough to get this sedan to 100 km/h in 5.63 seconds, a ¼ mile in 13.83 and run out of steam at 254.91 km/h on top.

As impressive in a straight line as it is through the twisty stuff! The more eagle eyed of you out there would have noticed the wider body,

substantially more aggressive frontal treatment with a larger and lower air intake, along with the obligatory tall boot spoiler that is not for show but better aerodynamic downforce. Ironically the most significant aerodynamic updates can’t be seen, but I can tell you that the underbody is smoothed to channel the air rapidly to the diffuser and thus aid the car’s windcheating ability. Moving back inside the STI, to a place that has not always been the best, but that has improved substantially over the years, you get all that a motoring enthusiast and a normal spoilt for luxury owner could want. You get a thick-rimmed leather steering wheel, easy to hand gear lever, awesome leather Recaro seats and grippy aluminium pedals with multiple rubber buttons. Just as you get satellite controls for the sound system, the Bluetooth, a standard USB slot in addition to the existing Auxiliary / iPod jack, keyless start and smart access, along with the expected aircon and electric everything else. In wrapping up, there was a time when I thought Subaru had totally lost the plot, but I can report that all is good again and the WRX STI should be right at the top of your shopping list if you want a car that will wake your senses up faster than a psychotic samurai in your sleeping bag at band camp.

Mark Jones

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

Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2.5 litre Turbocharged 221 kW @ 6 000 rpm 407 Nm @ 4 000 rpm 5.63 seconds 13.83 seconds @ 160.71 km/h 25.49 seconds @ 203.92 km/h 254.91 km/h @ 5 750 rpm in 6th gear (Clock 260 km/h) R 499 000




Peugeot 308 GTi

A Peugeot With Punch I can still clearly remember when I had my first drive in a Peugeot GTi. My best friend was lucky enough to receive a 206 GTi as his first car. Myself and all my mates loved his car. I would often call “shotgun driving” because of the sporty and fun drive, not forgetting all the stares you got from his funky ride.


ow a newcomer revives the nameplate last seen on the 206 GTi. This newcomer in question is the Peugeot 308 GTi, which extends the 308 range with an all-new flagship model. When I first heard that we were receiving the 308 GTi, I immediately thought “Hot Hatch”. Would it be a new front wheel drive machine ready to tear up the tar? I can say that my thoughts were wrong. It was never going to compete with the likes of a Golf 6 GTI, Focus ST or Opel OPC on the performance front, but it would excel in other regions. I started coming to grips with the reasoning for this car, after driving it home on the first day we received it. It was not built to be the fastest hatch, nor was it built for flying around a track. The main purpose of this vehicle is to bring comfort and pleasure to the driver. This car has basically been designed to use the essentials required, and make the most out of them. Peugeot have gone the smart route with their latest GTi.

Styling characteristics include a low sportier front bumper. Fog lights have been creatively and neatly carved into the sides of the front bumper, which synchronise with the sharp outlines of the headlights and grill. The 308 GTi has a deep rear apron, which is equipped with an integrated diffuser finished in pearl black.



Twin chromed exhaust pipes beef up the looks, accompanied by a sporty rear roof spoiler and 18 inch wheels. As you can see, most of these facade descriptions are minor details that make a whole lot of difference compared to a standard 308. The interior is a big talking point. For

some reason it took me 15 minutes to get comfortable, and I was still adjusting the steering column and seats all the way home. Apart from the seating adjustment, the interior is very spacious. The windows are large and with all the space it feels somewhat like a small MPV. Inte-

glass roof with a motorised blind. The glass covers the whole length of the roof. It does get quite warm, but this is instantly sorted out by an electronic switch to close the blind. Front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, rain sensors, auto-activating headlights, and multi-speaker CD sound system with USB and auxiliary ports all come as standard. The best part about the cruise control and radio is that the switchgear that operates them sits in the perfect position on either side of your steering wheel. Safety, like convenience is Peugeot’s main focus. The 308 GTi boasts a five-star score in the Euro NCAP safety ratings with six airbags, ESP, EBD and EBA. The brakes have been upgraded and now sport 340 mm front and 290 millimetres rear brake discs. Speed freaks usually just add more power to cars, but forget about stopping the vehicle. Peugeot rather think about doing things in the right order. rior styling elements include aluminium detailing on the footrest, gearshift knob and the leather trimmed steering wheel. The centre console fascia is finished with piano black inserts.

The Peugeot 308 GTi does pack a punch, but only when comparing it to other 1.6 litre engines. It produces 147 kW at 5 800 rpm and 275 Nm at 1 700 rpm. That is quite a bit of power generated from the 1.6 turbocharged powerplant.

Be very careful when touching your gearlever after your car has been standing in the sun. The Aluminium gets so hot that it’s impossible to touch. A full house of luxuries include a Cielo

The engine is refined and probably suits the rest of the vehicle perfectly. It’s not too fast to get you in any sort of trouble, but it still has some drive when you need it. Acceleration time

to 100 km/h was 8.1 seconds and the GTi recorded a true top speed of 233 km/h. An interesting fact about the speedometer is that it is almost 100 percent true and correct. Usually vehicles are about 10 to 15 km/h out. The GTi powerplant kept on impressing me. It achieved a combined fuel economy figure of 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres. What more do you need from a convenient, nippy and well rounded off package? Recommended retail price of the Peugeot 308 GTi is R293 335 including CO2 emissions tax. The price includes a five year / 90 000 kilometre service plan, and a three year / 100 000 kilometre warranty.

Conrad Botha

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

Peugeot 308 GTi 1.6 litre Turbocharged 147 kW @ 5 800 rpm 275 Nm @ 1 700 rpm 8.10 seconds 15.85 seconds @ 145.63 km/h 28.65 seconds @ 186.20 km/h 233.77 km/h @ 6 450 rpm in 6th gear (Clock 234 km/h) R 293 335




Akrapovic Exhausts

Akrapovic Car Exhausts Now In SA Akrapovic exhausts have been a popular choice of motorcyclists for some time now as they have always offered a great sound, awesome quality and good performance gains. Now all this technology has been used to produce some of the worlds most beautiful car exhausts and they are set to go on sale in South Africa courtesy of the guys at Langston Motorsport.


gor Akrapovic’s daring vision of industry supremacy was based on his ingenuity to add cutting edge technical skills and a desire for perfection to the experience gained on the racetrack as a competitor. The excellence of the brand was also corroborated by the fact that in the late 1990s all Japanese teams in the World Superbike Championship used exhaust systems that bore the Akrapovic logo. The turn of the millennium was also a milestone for the company as it gained visibility and became a reference name for top performance exhaust systems. The company also made inroads into other segments of the four stroke internal combustion world, last but not least in high performance automotive industry. Three basic materials are used for creating exhaust systems: the highest grade titanium, stainless steel, and pre impregnated ultra light carbon fibre with high tensile strength and extreme temperature resistance. The titanium compound is a unique formula manufactured under an exclusive contract by a Japanese supplier. It is therefore much stronger and durable than regular titanium on the free market. The titanium used by Akrapovic is stronger and 40 percent lighter than stainless steel. Because Akrapovic want



to stay flexible and independent of outside suppliers and maintain 100 percent control over quality, they design and manufacture exhaust systems entirely in house. This also allows them to create exhaust tubes to their own specifications, resulting in maximum performance. The R&D department is the heart of the com-

pany. The skilled and highly motivated team use state of the art equipment, including three dynamometers, a 3D scanner and a 3D printer that allows the rapid creation of full size prototypes from ABS plastic. Akrapovic works with numerous factory teams and is present in nearly all motorcycle racing categories. The company boasts a total of 57

FIM World Championship titles and the list of individual victories in car racing is growing.

will boost the cars power and torque which in turn increases the driveability of the vehicle.

The Akrapovic exhaust systems for road use meet the most stringent norms for exhaust gas emissions and noise. But they did not stop there as their new manufacturing facility houses a state of the art laboratory, allowing them to meet the conditions for type approval and certificates.

The fitment of a full system also has a weight saving benefit, as much as 26 kilograms on certain models, over a standard exhaust. On the road the lighter weight means a better handling, quicker accelerating car.

Attention to detail is visible in every single Akrapovic product. They use hydroformed conical header tubes for optimal exhaust gas flow. Because inner sleeves, flanges, and header tubes are independent, using floating couplings connected with just a couple of springs, the assembly is quick, while reduced vibrations also put less stress on the material. Systems that use interference crossover tubes or additional chambers have additional reinforcement in order to reduce the possibility of cracking. Using CNC machined sleeve joints, attached together with silicon shielded springs, the highest possible level of compactness of the entire system and constant contact between the tubes is achieved.

Akrapovic Slip On systems do not require any ECU remapping but for some Evolution systems, which are in fact not developed for street usage, it is recommendable to remap the ECU in order to avoid Check Engine Light and increase performance even more. Akrapovic Evolution systems (with the exception of certain racing applications) either retain the original catalysts or replace them with higher flowing versions. These premium brand, high performance catalysts allow them to achieve maximum performance while at

the same time being respectful to the environment. Akrapovic systems are built to the highest quality standards that match or exceed car manufacturer standards although it would be adviseable to check how it would affect your car’s warranty. For absolute peace of mind Akrapovic have total confidence in their exhausts to the point of issueing a policy statement that with your purchase comes the Akrapovic 2 year warranty policy. Including coverage of any engine damage that may directly occur from using a street legal Akrapovic exhaust system. www. For more information or dealer enquiries contact Langston Motorsport on 011 805 5559.

Reuben van Niekerk

The interior of the muffler is made using a sandwich construction of stainless steel mesh and stainless steel wool to ensure longevity of the muffler packing interior that guarantees maximum engine performance. Another special feature of Akrapovic workmanship is TIG welding, which is the only way to guarantee the stiffness, durability, and smoothness of the welds. Akrapovic exhausts are available for a wide range of performance cars such as the Audi S5 and TTS, BMW 335i, M3, M6 and X6, Ferrari 458 Italia, Mercedes-Benz C-63 AMG, MINI Cooper S, Nissan 370Z and GT-R, Porsche 911 models and the Panamera. Other models include the Renault Clio III RS200 and Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI. Adding this exhaust system





Jeep Partners With Call of Duty: Black Ops


n conjunction with the partnership, the Jeep brand also announced that it will produce a limited-edition 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition. “This buzz model represents the Jeep brand’s partnership with Activision. The world’s most capable and iconic vehicle – the Jeep Wrangler – with one of the world’s most popular entertainment experiences. We are investigating bringing a number of these Wrangler units to South Africa so that we may expose the Jeep brand and its legendary capability to an entirely new group of consumers” – Guy Franken, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Chrysler South Africa. The 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition is based on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model and features dark Rubicon wheels in a high-gloss Mineral Gray. The vehicle’s exterior color is black and features Call of Duty: Black Ops graphics on the roof and front quarter panels. The vehicle also features taillamp guards and a fuel-filler door from Mopar. Inspired by Call of Duty: Black Ops, the new limited-edition Wrangler delivers legendary Jeep capability, aggressive 32 inch off road tyres, live axles with locking differentials in the front and rear, and a two speed transfer case. The partnership delivers a natural fit including an in game integration into both the epic single player storyline of Call of Duty: Black Ops and the title’s much anticipated multiplayer experience.

The Spare Wheel Tiedown


ften when travelling to the more remote parts of Africa one wants to take an extra tyre or tyre and rim which in some cases can turn out to be problematic if your vehicle does not have an additional aftermarket spare wheel holder. Understanding customer needs is critical and the chaps at SecureTech do just that, they know that this requirement could be an annual or bi-annual trip beyond our borders so they set out to develop a simple, practical solution –the spare wheel tie down. And it’s cost effective on top of that!

The beauty of the device is that it can be moved around on one’s roof rack without the need to drill extra holes or attach mounting points. From a security perspective it can be ordered

New Jurgens Camplite Trailer


ovember sees the arrival of the new Jurgens LT 675 CAMPLite trailer which has been designed with adventurous couples and families in mind, who are looking for a convenient camping experience. The luggage trailer, which has a length of 1.83 metres and a GVM of 750 kilograms, features a strengthened roof to carry a trailer tent. In addition, the lid features strengthened gas struts to make it easy to lift, five hinges and the tailgate opens to make access to the contents a breeze too.

There are two rear retractable corner steadies and two open slot corner steady holders in the


A Sport is an existing mature and well known business and has been running for 17 years by Lionel Lewis and his wife Annalie.

It was the first 4wd shop in Pretoria. Their aim is to keep serving their regular clientele and cater for the needs of customers and their unique out door and general 4x4 interests. The business was born out of their passion for the great outdoors as well as the vehicles that



If required longer load straps can be ordered to fit up to 33 inch tyres. In addition the tie down can also be used to secure any other oval or round load such as a skottel braai.

Three straps with three bar adjusters joined by a centre ring secure the tyre to a roof rack, the device is finally tensioned by a ratchet and you are ready to go.

Camping enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the payload is 420 kilograms, the tare is 330 kilograms and the axle has been increased to 900 kilograms. Another great idea is found in the three corner steadies, which make the CAMPLite LT675 completely stable when extended.

Our 4x4 Expert

with a length of plastic encapsulated hardened chain. The tie down can handle a full range of tyre sizes and in the case of smaller tyres will even be able to secure more than one.

will get you there. In starting our dedicated 4x4 section we will be drawing on the many years of 4x4 driving experience on all type of terrain that Lionel has. He also has a wide range of reference in terms of having driven and worked on most 4x4 vehicles available in the marketplace today. Lionels motto is “A 4x4 is a tool in the toolbox of life ”We will also be using the various 4x4 courses at both the Pretoria shop and head office to give us repeatability in our testing regiment.

front. The unit is supplied with brakes, is ecoated, has an independent rubber suspension and a heap of extra accessories, which include roof racks, slide-out tray (optional) and a super trailer tent that is light in weight and easy to open and close. The tent is in a blue-and-grey ripstop material, which is rugged and durable. Other extras include a patio awning and wall set, and a multi room. There is also an off-side patio awning complete with wall set. Available from all Campworld Dealers nationally, at an approximate price of R27 950 (incl VAT).


Hilux 4x4’s Set New World Record

Hilux 4x4

What started off as an informal discussion between Toyota South Africa, the 4 Wheel Drive Club of the Western Cape (4WDC-WC) and Hilux 4x4 owners earlier this year ended in a new World Record for the largest number of Hilux 4x4 bakkies in one place on the eve of the club’s annual 4x4 Fun Day.


total of 495 Hilux 4x4’s came together on Saturday 30 October in the Atlantis dunes north of Cape Town to celebrate South Africa’s rich Hilux heritage and this legendary bakkie’s forty years of sales dominance in the country. Hilux owners from across the Western Cape, with a few adventurous participants from other parts of Southern Africa, arrived with Hilux bakkies of all ages. Amongst the participants were a few notable Hilux bakkies, including first generation Hilux 4x4’s, the legendary Hilux in which Toyota set the first and fastest 72 hour endurance record and several versions of the proudly South African built 44 inch and 38 inch Arctic Truck Hilux bakkies that will soon start their tour of duty on Antarctica. One of these Arctic Hilux bakkies was handed to its new owners on the day, a contingent of the Indian National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, who will use the vehicle for their research and exploration in this unforgiving territory. The hand over was done to a team under the leadership of mr Mridal Kumar, the Indian Consul-General in Cape Town. Also in atten-

dance were a large number of Hilux Legend 40 versions of all body shapes. The Legend 40 was introduced by Toyota South Africa to celebrate the Hilux’ forty years in South Africa. As all available units of this limited edition bakkie were sold before the first production run ended, it was decided to extend production on Legend 40 by a couple of months.

presenter and African adventurer. Attendees were further entertained by the reigning offroad champion Duncan Vos in the Castrol Hilux Special Production off road racing bakkie and a number of lucky entrants experienced a dune drive at speed. The Hilux record attempt was monitored and approved by a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.

“We were heartened by the number of participants that joined us on the day,” says Len von Graevenitz, Vice President: Sales and Dealer Network at Toyota South Africa Motors. “The response to our call to action is clear evidence of the special bond between the Hilux and their owners.

The End

We will continue to nurture this bond through our comprehensive local dealer network, local development and our unwavering attention to quality, our technical support throughout Africa and by supporting the strong resale value that the Hilux offers.” The fun day was supported by several 4x4 legends, including Gerhard Groenewald of the Klipbokkop 4x4 Academy, Johan Badenhorst of the well known Voetspore expeditions, André de Villiers of Safari Centre and the Safari 4x4 Roetes TV programme and Andrew St. Pierre-White, television producer and




Nissan Navara 3.0dCi AT

Upping The Game The moment you climb inside the Navara and turn the key you know that there is something different going on here.



his engine doesn’t sound like a diesel at all, it is superbly smooth and quiet. This is Nissan leading into the future with an awesome new engine. Let me

Each year Nissan produces more than a million V6 engines for fitment in vehicles such as the Murano, 370Z and petrol Navara and Pathfinder models. Nissan’s V6 masterpieces have been consistently ranked among the Ten Best Engines of the world for the last 14 years. For example the twin-turbo 3.8 litre V6 fitted to the Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s most performance orientated powertrains. Now the brand new V9X V6 diesel engine employs this same technology in a technologically advanced, high displacement multi valve V-configuration powertrain to deliver the same high levels of performance and driving pleasure. This is no old school turbo diesel with vibration deadening shafts designed to help mask its ordinarily noisy nature. It is a completely reengineered powerplant that ensures new levels of smoothness and driving pleasure. The key element of the V6, with an unusual vee angle of 65 degrees, is the material chosen for the engine block, namely Compacted Graphite Iron. It was chosen as it delivers all the strengths of cast iron but without the significant weight penalty.

improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. The result is strong low end performance with comfortably refined delivery and exemplary throttle response. In addition, the engine helps provide strong towing performance, with a 3 000 kilograms limit for a braked trailer. The exterior of the Navara is lifted by the bold, chrome-gilted new grille design and a smoother, better integrated bumper. The bonnet is also new and helps contribute to a lower drag co-efficient. Inside, the vehicle has been made more appealing thanks to the use of higher quality materials and new switchgear on the centre console, which also houses the optional high-tech Nissan Premium Connect infotainment system that comes standard with a high quality Bose entertainment system. In the drivers seat the Navara offers good views all round even out the rear and the large side mirrors ensure that you always know what is going on behind you. From pull off there is a slight bit of turbo lag, but Lionel believes this is a bit of a safety feature and ensures the large amount of power is delivered in a smooth fashion from pull away. Gear changes through the seven speed automatic gearbox are also super smooth on both the upshift and downshift.

is very good for a normal driver but Lionel believes it is only safe up to a limit in the hands of a very experienced driver. However the Navara feels extremely safe on a dirt road, handling the loose surface and corrugations in its stride, even at speeds that should never be done on the dirt. It does this with minimal effort and no need to fight the steering like on some older 4x4’s. We also put Michahn Booyens, LA Sports marketing guru, behind the wheel. She immediately commented that the steering feels good and that the handling is a step above the rest. To her the vehicle felt safe and predictable over all surfaces and even in collision avoidance situations. She also said that the vehicle is so easy and effortless to drive that the whole family can drive it, from mommy on the school run to daddy who takes the family 4x4ing over weekends. The added power gives one the confidence to overtake when one would normally sit and suffer behind slower traffic and it handles bad roads and pot holes well. Occupant safety is comprehensive and includes front and side airbags for both front passengers and curtain airbags. Safety systems include ABS, EBD and Brake Assist.

Class leading torque and highly competitive power outputs are achieved thanks to the fitment of a single large turbocharger.

It is also the first time that a seven speed automatic gearbox has been found in this sector. The low down torque of this Navara is some of the best out of all the vehicles we have tested. The gauges are classy and easy to read, they are not hidden behind the steering wheel in any way and are plain and simple in their design.

We then put the Navara on our 4x4 test track. First of all the selection of the different 4x4 programmes was as straightforward as it could possibly be. There was no need to thumb through the owners manual or try and decipher the instructions in the sun visor to figure this one out. Some much more expensive machinery could learn from this.

This makes the Navara the first one ton LCV to be fitted with a V6 turbo diesel under its muscular bonnet. This engine delivers 170 kW at 3 750 rpm and 550 Nm from 1 750 rpm as well as

The traction control does well to keep the Navara in a straight line on loose surfaces, even when severely provoked it did its job to keep all the wheels heading in the right direction. This

This simple 4x4 system will help normal drivers to stay out of trouble and it makes off roading effortless for experienced 4x4ers. Over the first obstacle the side steps compromised the



ground clearance of the Navara and this needs to be taken into consideration when off roading, but can easily be fixed by the guys at LA Sport. The problem is that overall the standard Navara has great 4x4 ability and it is just this one area where it is compromised. Something that we found surprising at first was that the Navara is not fitted with a diff lock, however the well sorted traction control system made up for this quite well. Even on the rocky climbing obstacle that is intended to put diff locks through their paces, the Navara sailed up as long as you kept momentum. The Navara handled the sand in its stride, the traction control was even clever enough to not cut the power when it was needed for the

wheels to spin a bit. We also felt that the Navara was slightly compromised in terms of its turning circle when in low range, but this could be due to the fact that it is slightly longer than some of its competitors, the advantage of this being more space in the cabin. On the hill climb obstacle the Navara held its ground in Drive and didn’t roll back after a failed attempt. The Navara also doesn’t have the luxury of descent control, but neither do any of its direct competitors. But we found that the Navara can descend in a controlled manner without it, whether in normal drive or in manual mode, which we felt worked the best. Overall the Navara really impressed everybody who drove it, and this engine is certainly the one to beat in the segment. It is time for the other manufacturers to play catch up.

Tested by Lionel Lewis words by Reuben van Niekerk

LIONEL’S RATING Vehicle: Interior: Exterior: On road driving: Dirt road driving: 4 x 4 driving: Overall ability Articulation Climbing Descents Sand driving Rocky terrain Water crossing Ground clearance Value for money: Engine performance: Gearbox Performance: Easy of use: 4x4 Worthy:

Nissan Navara 3.0dCi 4x4 AT 8/10 7/10 8/10 8/10 8/10 8/10 8/10 7/10 8/10 8/10 8/10 6/10 6/10 9/10 8/10 9/10 78%

SPECIFICATIONS Nissan Navara 3.0dCi 4x4 AT 3.0litre, V6 turbo diesel 170 kW @ 3 750 rpm 550 Nm @ 1 750 rpm Seven speed automatic A frame arm, double wishbone and spring dampers Suspension rear: Semi Floating Leaf Spring Ground clearance: 230 mm Approach/ Departure angles: 30/24 degrees Electronic systems: Vehicle Dynamic Control 2WD, 4WD HI and 4WD LO 4x4 systems: R508 400 Price: Model: Engine: Power: Torque: Transmission: Suspension front:

Shopping Cart - TJM Bullbar - TJM XGS 4wd Suspension - TJM Ox Recovery Winch - TJM Airtech Snorkel - LAS Cool Fridge - LAS Pro Spacer - LAS Pro Tyre Repair kit - Spotlights - Roofrack - Seatcovers

Available from any LA Sport Branch ISSUE 66



Isuzu KB Range

Living on The Wild Side

General Motors South Africa has been behind some of the best selling motorcars to hit South African shores, namely the Chevy Spark now Chevy Corsa Utility, but none as legendary as the Isuzu range, offering die hard capability and unsurpassed reliability.


eneral Motors decided to remind us all just how capable the Isuzu range is by flying a couple of journalists to Port Elizabeth to put the Isuzu’s through their paces in the beautiful Lalibela Game Reserve. Upon exiting the PE airport we were greeted by an array of GM cars, everything from a Spark to a Lumina. We all then departed on our 250 kilometre journey which took us through some very interesting spots like the Settlers Museum in Grahamstown in an effort to shed some light on the Eastern Capes rich heritage.

enough it was owned by a fifth generation dairy farmer and his wife. The breathtaking gardens surrounding the guesthouse immediately introduced a sense of harmony as we enjoyed a glass of ice cold homemade lemonade.

I jumped in the Cruze because as per usual the best cars were taken, namely the Lumina and Lumina UTE. But I soon grew fond of the Cruze as we spent some quality time together on some amazing stretches of road you can only find in PE.

Departing from the Settlers Museum I found myself in the superb little re-labelled Corsa Utility, a class leader in the half-tonne segment. Driving it reminded me why it’s such a well known little bakkie, it’s simply perfect for most everyday loads and is the ideal work horse for private business owners in need of something reliable and good looking whilst offering the right loading capacity for their needs. We arrived at the lovely Lalibela Game Reserve

By lunch time we found ourselves at an idyllic bed and breakfast tucked away in the unspoiled farmland off the beaten track. Amazingly



Now it’s my turn in the Lumina UTE and not surprisingly enough I enjoyed every second, especially driving through Grahamstown, being admired by students as I drove past in a loud roar of V8 power. The Lumina loved hugging the corners and flying down the straights, everything you would expect from this legendary vehicle.

and was immediately greeted by superb wildlife as we saw the hippos play around in the dam. It had a true bush feel and vibe you can only find in this part of the world. After signing our indemnity forms protecting the game reserve in case we get eaten by a lion, we ventured to our designated camps to check out our rooms and freshen up, but no one told us we would be staying in such a pristine wildlife hotspot as we could see various wild animals from the comfort of our room’s balcony. After watching the sunset next to a roaring campfire, we returned to our rooms for some well deserved rest because the next morning we would be tackling some hairy terrain in the more than capable Isuzus KB Extended CAB and KB Double CAB. There was no time for breakfast as we immediately hit the trail, looking forward to what GM and the game rangers had planned for us. We arrived at the start of the trail not knowing what to expect, after some quick instructions on how

to activate the various drive-train modes and to touch on some key safety aspects we buckledup and went on our way. I rose to the occasion and jumped behind the wheel and hoped for the best. Not having much 4x4 experience I mostly relied on the Isuzu and the help of the fellow drivers in the car. The first obstacle was a huge downhill with ruts, loose rocks and tree branches. As I started our decent, I wasn’t really sure what to do, but I soon found out the Isuzu takes care of all the details, I simply had to steer it in the right direction. Thus far I was very impressed with the Isuzu’s off road capabilities and knew there wasn’t much out there it couldn’t handle, and then we were greeted by an uphill straight out of a horror movie. But this seemingly untameable uphill soon bowed down to the power of the Isuzu as we reached the top without breaking a sweat. The next part of our journey took us thru some more tricky terrain as we had to navigate our way through tight bends, rocky sections, ruts and the occasional rock sticking out in the middle of the road. Throughout our entire journey we were surrounded by amazing scenery and pristine off-road terrain. After completing the breathtaking route we retired back to camp for some much needed breakfast. The Lalibela Game Reserve was the perfect location for our day of Isuzu testing and reminded us all of just how much adventure South Africa has to offer. I really enjoyed the Isuzu and all of the other GM cars I got to drive. Hopefully there’s a new Isuzu lurking on the horizon, but the current one is more than capable of handling almost anything you throw at it and promises to supply you with true hardcore working capabilities in a neat, good looking and rugged package.

Eddy Alberts




Trailer Towing Towing Tips

While some people are lucky enough to have waterfront or oceanfront property, the rest of the boating community is typically stuck transporting their boats - often for many kilometers - which usually means wheeling out the trailer and hitting the road.


ut towing a boat, like all types of towing, needs to be undertaken with care. Seasoned pros might make it look simple, but if you’ve ever seen a rookie on the road, chances are you’ve changed lanes and given them a wide berth when possible to avoid the swaying trailer swinging behind them. There are lots of ways to make a trailer trip safer, like learning how to brake while towing, how to turn while towing, how to back up towed vehicles and how to avoid jackknifing. When it comes to towing a boat, like many other types of loads, the most important safety precautions you can exercise actually take place before you even stick the key in the ignition. For example, you want to make sure your vehicle can handle the size boat you bought, and this involves a number of calculations and measurements. Then you need to make sure the boat itself is ready to ride, along with the trailer it will travel on. Finally, special care is needed during the packing process, because one poorly placed piece of payload can have your trailer swinging across three lanes of traffic - or worse. We’ll take a closer look at some of the major trouble spots that should be checked before any trailer trips to the beach with your boat, and some tips for packing as well.



First things first, the vehicle that’s going to be used to tow the boat needs to be checked out from top to bottom to make sure that it’s able and ready for the trip. There are several things you’ll want to ask yourself and several calculations you’ll want to make before you start throwing the fishing gear into the back and loading up the kids.

One primary consideration is the tow vehicle’s total towing capacity. The maximum weight capacity your vehicle can tow - and just as importantly, the recommended capacity it can tow - is usually something you can find out from the vehicle manufacturer or the owner’s manual. Next, determine whether the tow vehicle can handle the weight of the

boat by getting the dry weight of the boat from the owner’s manual. Then, slap on another several hundred kilograms for all the fuel and gear you’ll probably be hauling along, too. There are a number of components of the tow vehicle that’ll be under considerably increased strain while you’re towing, and this needs to be taken into account. Make sure the tow vehicle’s engine, cooling system, brakes, suspension, tyres, transmission and other components are all up to the job. Don’t underestimate the importance of having your hitch system checked out by a professional. He or she might recommend additional equipment like a weight distribution system or a sway control device, and he or she can tell you how much of a load the system can handle and make sure it’s in good working order. Knowing how much total weight your hitch can haul - and how much of the trailer’s weight it needs to be bearing itself - is critical for a safe and stable tow. If those numbers and systems all check out, the next recommended step is to perform a rundown of your vehicles. A checklist is a good way to go; it helps make sure no important steps slip your mind. There are a number of items that are crucial to examine before every trip. On the towing vehicle, the brakes, tyres and wheel bearings should all be checked for wear and tear and operational soundness. Make sure the mirrors are large enough to give a full view of the rear of the trailer - you don’t want any surprises back there. Next, we’ll take a closer look at your boat’s trailer, checking to make sure everything’s shipshape before we head out to open water. Once the vehicle check is out of the way, there are a number of components that need to be looked at on the trailer. One place to start is the electrical system. Have someone stand behind the boat trailer and verify that all the signals are working. Brake lights, blinkers, running lights and brakes should all be checked - along with the connector between the tow vehicle and the trailer where the wiring passes. Corrosion can be a problem, and the wiring can chafe and short-circuit if not routed in properly. If the trailer has multiple axles, noticing a flat tyre can be a challenge. A good whack with your tyre iron can let you know they’re inflated, and a quick feel after driving a bit is a good way to tell if one is running hot. Since a flat tyre can lead to a fire, nothing beats actually hunkering down and manually checking the pressure of each tyre with a pressure gauge to verify their soundness. This should be done before every trip. Check all the lug nuts and bolts on your hitch and trailer; they can loosen over time through regular driving conditions or rust if they get wet too often. Another issue people towing trailers - especially boat trailers - often encounter is problems with the wheel bearings. Wheel bearings warm up during a drive, so if you plunge them into cool water they have a tendency to suck in water as the air inside them cools and



shrinks. The outcome is often rust, although spring-loaded pressurised bearing caps can help prevent this from occurring. Bearings can also need a tune-up and some fresh grease if they’re running hot. Many trailers are set up with their own brakes, which mirror the activity of the tow vehicle’s movement and brakes. One popular type - surge breaks - work automatically. As the tow vehicle slows, the surge brakes kick into action because of the change in forward velocity. Also good are electric brakes, which are hooked up through the connector and sense any pressure on the brake pedal. Especially for heavier loads (and unless you’re towing a dinky little rowboat, you probably have what constitutes a heavier load) these types of trailer brakes can be essential. So make sure everything is functioning as it should be before you head out. Safety chains are attached and secured in a crisscross pattern between the trailer and the tow vehicle to securely hold the trailer in place if some portion of the hitch should fail. You won’t be able to finish out your trip using just the safety chains, but you should be able to safely come to a stop to check out the problem. Breakaway switches are also important components and are often required depending on the weight of the trailer. They work a lot like the emergency clip on a treadmill actually - if for some reason the tow vehicle and the trailer come apart, the breakaway switch triggers the trailer brakes to come to a stop. For boat towing, a primary concern is that the mainframe of the trailer can support the boat evenly, and that the



boat fits snuggly and securely into its cradle. Hull rollers and pads need to be in good shape so they don’t scratch the boat. An appropriate number of straps and ties need to be checked, adjusted and fastened properly so the boat is fully lashed down. Your checklist is checked for the bakkie and the boat, and eager travelers have been piling up their luggage in the driveway. But chucking everything in willy-nilly would be about the worst mistake you could make at this point. Unfortunately, you still have a quite a chore ahead of you - packing the boat so the weight is distributed evenly. When you get to the point where the vehicles are all checked out, you can focus your attention on loading. The two main rules of thumb for loading a trailer are: keep the weight of the load balanced both front to back and side to side, and maintain a low centre of gravity. Because of this, loading boats can be a little different from loading regular trailers - you have fewer options for where to place the weight since a lot of the heavy items are in predetermined locations, like the motors and engines. This is another reason why boats must be supported evenly by the trailer; it helps distribute the weight of the hull, engine and equipment in a safer fashion. And the most important safety aspect? Patience. Please take care, and have a wonderful season.

Miles Cook

MARINE New Inland Home For Yamaha Announced


fter much thought and planning the new home for Yamaha, to be known as Bidvest’s World of Yamaha, will be ready for occupation in December 2010 with the official opening scheduled for March 2011.

ties motivated the search for a new home for Yamaha, the biggest advantage provided by the new site is to offer Yamaha customers a more personal relationship with the Yamaha brand by giving them better and broader access to the products Yamaha has in its extensive range.

Situated in Marlboro, Sandton alongside the M1 freeway and neighbouring another Bidvest company, Burchmores, Bidvest’s World of Yamaha will become the domain of all Yamaha divisions located in Gauteng, including music, audio visual, power products, motorcycles and intelligent machinery.

Said Ian Pears, Managing Director of Yamaha Distributors South Africa: “We are truly excited about this new venture. Being owned by Bidvest, it made economic and strategic sense to utilise Bidvest Properties and their expertise in finding and developing a unique and custom designed commercial property, in our quest for a common home for all of the Yamaha divisions.

The marine division will have a stronger regional presence at the new premises although the marketing head office will remain in KZN together with accounting and finance and the national distribution centre for Yamaha motor products and parts. The fantastic new building which is currently under construction will be handed over to Yamaha on 15 December 2010, and over and above housing the inland marketing and administrative offices for Yamaha, will also feature a 200 seat theatre, coffee bar, and a full retail store offering the entire range of Yamaha branded clothing and accessories. Although the desire to consolidate all Gauteng based business units as well as the need for administrative offices and warehousing facili-

The opportunity to expose the greater buying public to all facets of the Yamaha product offer is an even bigger and more exciting motivation to this move. Bidvest’s World of Yamaha will be positioned to introduce and welcome customers to the Yamaha experience. We will have a comprehensive retail centre offering the full range of Yamaha branded clothing and accessories, as well as specifically designed sound rooms for the testing of our musical instrument range and audio equipment. And the new theatre will be able to offer not only product launches, music evenings and conferencing for our various divisions, but will be on offer for hire to external customers and partners as well.”


SA Marine Engineer Makes Her Country Proud


arine Engineer Kelly Klaasen has won the 2010 South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Seafarer of the Year Award. The award aims to recognise the valuable contribution seafarers make to everyday life. Kelly, who made Safmarine history in July this year when she was appointed the company’s first female engineer, said she was extremely happy and surprised to have won, considering the calibre of her fellow nominees, which include Safmarine’s first female Master, Captain Louise Angel and Chief Engineer Rob Lawson. Kelly, who is currently serving as Fourth Engineer onboard the Safmarine Bayete, was on the European coast at the time of the award. Commenting on her win, Safmarine’s Africa Region Executive, Jonathan Horn, said: “We are immensely proud that a Safmariner has been chosen as the winner of this prestigious maritime industry award. “Having a former head girl of Simon’s Town High School and a graduate of the school’s Maritime Studies Programme selected as the winner, supports Safmarine’s decision to pioneer the Maritime Studies Programme at this school more than 15 years ago.” The Maritime Studies Programme prepares young South Africans for a career in the maritime industry by providing them with practical skills while they are still at school. Kelly’s day-to-day responsibilities on board the vessel include the usual watch-keeping responsibilities in the engine room as well as working with the ship’s fuel system, pumps and purifiers. Getting her hands dirty is all part of a day’s work as she assists in maintaining the vessel’s air compressors, cooler systems, the chemical treatment of water, sludge and bunker transfers and the overhauling of engines. Klaasen, who is passionate about the sea and sailing, says she hopes to qualify in 2020 as Safmarine’s first female Chief Engineer. –

Boating World Imports Rinker Boats


oating World is the importer of Rinker boats which are manufactured in America. This is exciting news for boaters looking for a new range of quality craft available in different sizes from 21– 40 footers. Managing director Derrick Levy says these new boats will fill a gap in the market for value for money without compromising on quality and potential buyers will be amazed at this new range.




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VMAX SHO Series Four Stroke Outboard “VF250”

Yamaha Outboard Wins Award The VMAX SHO series VF250 Four stroke outboard motor manufactured by Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. for bass boats (US market export model) has received the Innovation Award IBEX 2010 international marine trade show organised by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in Louisville, Kentucky.


his award not only recognised the outstanding performance, advanced technology and environmental friendliness of the VF250 but also the pioneering efforts of Yamaha Motor to develop a four stroke model for the bass boat category that until now has been dominated by two stroke models. All this has won high praise for the new VF250 in the advanced US marine market. The VF250 is the top model of the VMAX SHO series of four stroke outboards designed and engineered specifically for freshwater bass fishing boats, a category where anglers expect engines to power their boats at speeds in excess of 100 km/h. The power unit is a newly developed V6 engine with a displacement of 4 169 cc with the industries first large-bore sleeveless cylinder manufactured with advanced thermal spray technology to increase displacement while also reducing weight and improving heat and abrasion resistance. Furthermore, the adoption of a variable camshaft timing system, ECM (Engine Control Module) for comprehensive running control and other technology has dramatically improved combustion efficiency, thus achieving outstanding power and torque with excellent fuel economy at the same time. The VF250 was praised as a revolutionary four stroke



engine with the exceptional speed performance demanded in the bass boat category while achieving lightness comparable to or exceeding that of the existing two stroke models and maintaining the inherent four stroke strengths of environmental friendliness, fuel economy and quietness. The IBEX Innovation Award is judged and awarded each year at of the IBEX (The International Boat Builders Exhibition & Conference) marine trade show organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). This year, awards were presented in 13 categories, including Boatbuilding Methods & Materials, Mechanical Systems, Inboard Engines, Outboard Engines and the Environmental Award. The award selections are made by a judging committee of technical experts from Boating Writers International (BWI). The judging criteria are that the products show innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured, provide benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer and that they have good practicality and cost-effectiveness.

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SeaDoo Speedster 150

Thrills and Spills The popularity of the Personal Water Craft (PWC) industry has grown immensely over the past decade, with thousands of families discovering the fun and joy a jetski can provide. These new buyers in the industry have also discovered the seating limitations of a PWC. A regular family with 2 to 4 kids simply cannot spend days aboard the water with a three seater PWC. A jetboat offers that family the ability for everyone to enjoy the day out, without having to buy two separate watercraft.


n open design — similar to the bowrider concept — the SeaDoo 150 Speedster is aimed squarely at the family / social boat market. With a sportsboat hull, comfortable and safe seating for four people, and a 255 hp four - stroke engine strapped inside coupled to a Sea-Doo jet unit, this boat is all about fun and excitement. With a hull length of 4.67 metre, a beam of 2.16 metre and a hull weight of 659 kilogram, this compact sportsboat is easy to handle on and off the trailer. As with all SeaDoo products, the 150 Speedster has a first-class finish. Its aggressive styling is attractive and by design, it provides plenty of storage and space for its users. The craft is fitted as standard with a retractable skipole, bow and stern cleats, navigation lights, handholds wherever you look and some very comfortable seating. The test boat was also fitted with the optional folding aluminium wakeboard tower, which also doubles as the mounting point for a bimini to provide some shelter from the summer sun. With a side console dedicated as the helm and a bench seat with contoured seating for three, the



helm position suits this kind of sportsboat theme. The dashboard comprises a top tier which houses the digital information centre to the top, while the lower tier features the centre steering wheel, key switch, start / stop button, a 12 V outlet to the left of the wheel and switch panel to the right. The information centre has a tachometer to the left, digital 19 - function information display to the centre including a depthsounder and speedometer to the right. This display is easy to read at all speeds and is easy to use. The helm seating position is very comfortable and contoured to lock you in as securely as possible. When seated, the separate gear and throttle controls fall easily to hand, and working them while throwing the boat around at high speeds is surprisingly comfortable. The fourth passenger is provided with a rear facing observer’s seat on the portside of the boat toward the bow. A CD player / stereo is also fitted within a waterproof housing in the helm console and combined with two whopping waterproof speakers mounted within the rear bench seat, will keep the tunes pumping out of this baby to keep you amused when the engine is not pushing the hull to it’s

limits. The big open layout is ideally suited to the uses this boat will encounter. It allows seating for the maximum capacity of four people and provides ample storage including an underfloor storage locker, a storage pod in front of the passenger pod seat, two storage compartments in front of the helm station, and a large storage area suitable for lifejackets and the like, under the rear sunbed / lounge. Utilising the same tried and proven engine as in some of SeaDoo’s other watercraft range, the 255 hp supercharged intercooled Rotax 4-TEC engine is purely designed for high-performance



range in any social boaters book. If its thrills and spills you’re after in a boat, and you have a family to entertain, the SeaDoo 150 Speedster could be the answer for you. Power aplenty, true sportsboat performance, ease of use and handling are all attributes this package will provide. All there is left to do now is discuss my new idea of boat ownership with the wife. Wish me luck!


craft — in this package it exceeds all expectations. The 1494 cc engine is cooled by an external intercooler, ensuring peak operating conditions.

The 150 Speedster provides a true sportsboat feel, pulling off manoeuvres other boaters can only dream about.

The 20 - degree hull beneath this rig is a thoroughbred built for performance. Throwing the boat around from full speed into a spin is an exhilarating feeling pulling G-forces akin to the latest ride at Dreamworld.

The 255 hp engine pushes this hull to a maximum speed of 99.7 kmh at full noise, pulling 7900 rpm, and is easily capable of towing water skiers and wakeboarders of all shapes and sizes.

The boat is responsive at the helm, with even the slightest movement in steering providing a direct adjustment in heading, and working the throttle during turns ends in a huge smile on your dial!



With a fuel capacity of 79.4 litres and an average estimated fuel consumption of somewhere around 12 litres, this package would have a safe range of somewhere around 5.5 hours, which at the speeds this rig is capable of, is a decent

Type: Material: Length: Beam: Draft: Deadrise: Weight:

Monohull Composite FRP 4.67 m; 5.60 m (on trailer) 2.16 m 30.5 cm 20 degrees 1000 kg (BMT)

CAPACITIES Fuel: People:

79.4lt 4

ENGINE Make/model: Type: Displacement: Rated HP: Max. RPM: Propulsion: Jet pump impeller:

Rotax 1503 4-TEC Supercharged three-cylinder four-stroke petrol 1494 cc 155 (215 & 255 optional) 7300 TO 8000 Jet pump axial flow-single stage Stainless steel

Darren Shiel


Evinrude ETec

The Two-Stroke Lives! Many years ago, Chrysler’s Joe Goulart was singing the praises of the two-stroke engine as an automotive powerplant. His dream, however, couldn’t pass muster with the EPA. As a result, the automotive two-stroke engine died. Environmental concerns dogged the recreational twostroke, as well.


fter years of doing nothing, the EPA set strict pollution limits for recreational vehicles (personal water craft, snowmobiles, etc.), which called into question the two-stroke’s continued viability. Fortunately, no one told George Broughton, director of Engineering, Boats and Outboard Engines Div. for Bombardier Recreational Products (Sturtevant, WI). He and his team created the Evinrude E-TEC family of two-strokes; engines that are clean and darn-near worry free. “The trick was to make an engine that would idle at 500 rpm and make 1 hp, and run 6,000 rpm and make 250 hp while meeting the emission standards,” says Broughton. Part of the solution

involved using a Lorentz coil. Better known as the voice coil that drives loudspeakers, a Lorentz coil is made up of a permanent magnet and coil winding, and produces a force proportional to the current applied to the coil. Which makes it perfect for devices requiring high acceleration, high frequency application, and a flat force vs. displacement output. Another big advantage is that it can push or pull, so it can be reset between injection events very quickly. “The strength and duration of the injection pulse determine fuel droplet size,” says Broughton, “which varies to meet the unique needs of an aircooled two-stroke.” At low engine speeds, small droplets offer the greatest atomization, and the

most homogenous mixture. This is sprayed over the spark plug, and ignited as a stratified charge. At high speed, larger droplets are used to cool the top of the piston. (Cooling also is helped by use of a NASA-developed alloy three times stronger than conventional alloys at temperature. Broughton’s team found it while searching the Internet.) A swirl-nozzle fuel injector with 0.046-in, tangential slots is another key to clean combustion. “It’s made through metal injection molding,” says Broughton, “and starts as a piece about three or four times bigger than the final product. Then it’s shrunk to size in an oven like a new pair of blue jeans in the dryer.” The fuel rail is pressurized to 30 psi, and the Lorentz coil amplifies this to 600



psi (1,000 psi is possible, but as yet unnecessary) under wide-open throttle conditions. The E-TEC’s electrical system is based around a magneto -- like a Model T -- for a simple reason: recreational vehicles are put into storage at the end of each season, then pulled out when the weather turns favorable. Batteries die in storage, so relying on one to drive the fuel injection system and engine controller only adds to customer frustration. “The magneto produces from 150 to 300 volts,” says Broughton, “but that is reduced to 55 volts to drive the oil and fuel pumps and the fuel injectors. It’s further reduced to 14.7 volts to charge the battery, if the boat has one. Evinrude promises an E-TEC engine will start within one revolution, something most twostroke owners will find hard to believe, especially for an engine that’s been in storage. The key is the sealed injection system. Though the fuel in the gas tank may oxidize over time, no air can enter the fuel system itself. The gas stays fresh.

if the regulations get tighter, won’t two-strokes be at a disadvantage because of their propensity to burn oil? “Oil isn’t a big player,” says Broughton, “because the amount burned is about 1% of the total intake charge, and it never mixes with the gasoline.” (The average user of a 50-hp E-TEC will go through two quarts of oil per year.)

As the flywheel starts to turn, the magneto sends a current to the engine controller, which determines where the piston is, when to inject the fuel and fire the spark plug -- all inside of one revolution.

Hydrocarbons are the predominant pollutant, a portion of which are scavenged and burned in the next combustion cycle. When emission standards tighten, Broughton will be ready with a simple reduction catalyst he terms, “1970’s technology.” Right now, the engine is clean enough to pass California’s 2008 standards.

At the end of three year’s use, and except for greasing the lower drive unit because of its constant immersion in water, Broughton insists the only item that may need service is the spark plug. “The E-TEC is designed to go three years without any dealer interaction,” he says. But what



Broughton doesn’t claim E-TEC technology might have saved the automotive two-stroke, but he does suggest Detroit’s obsession with preventing the lubricating oil from being burned during com-

bustion sent them down the wrong path. “Their concentration on retaining an oil sump, oil scraper rings, and relying on plain bearings instead of roller bearings,” he theorizes, “increased the amount of oil burned, which harmed emissions performance.” And it may be another reason why automotive two-stroke emission performance degraded over time. “The E-Tec actually gets cleaner as it progresses through the EPA test,” he says. “And we never have to worry about the potential for secondary pollution when changing the oil.” Maybe not, but try selling that to the EPA when discussing emission tradeoffs.

Christopher A. Sawyer

BRODERICK MARINE Exclusive South African dealer for AZIMUT YACHTS Contact John Broderick on: +27 (0)83 629 2835



2011 Honda CBR250R


onda’s new CBR250R will go head to head with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R in 2011, as these recently released pictures reveal.

The all-new single cylinder CBR250R makes 19.3 kW (26 hp) from the new liquid-cooled, four - stroke, four - valve single cylinder engine, and weighs 162 kilograms fully-fuelled and ready to ride, compared to the Ninja 250R’s claimed figures of 24 kW (32.2 hp) and 169 kilograms. Honda is claiming impressive fuel range for the CBR250R – the firm states that the 13 litre fuel tank gives over 346 kilometres, though the Ninja 250R has proved similarly economic. The Honda CBR250R has a steel frame with unadjustable conventional forks and a Pro-Link rear shock. A single brake disc with a threepiston Nissin calliper provides braking power. The Honda CBR250R’s styling is similar to the VFR1200F, but with sharper, sleeker lines and a HRC-inspired blue / white / red colour scheme (black is also available). Price is yet to be announced. A small accessories list comprising of a carbon look seat cowl, wheel rim stickers, tank pad, a purpose-designed tail pack and a u-lock will be offered alongside the Honda CBR250R.

2011 Aprilia RSV4 Special Edition


nly 350 RSV4 Factory APRC Special Editions will be made and we can only see a few of them making it to South African shores.

This is the closest you’ll ever get to being able to buy a full-on World Superbike spec machine as the SE is packed with the latest electronic riding aids including an eight-stage traction control system (operated from the left handle bar), three-stage launch control, three-stage wheelie control and even a quick-shifter. The new Aprilia also has a special, dual-compound 200/55 section Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa rear tyre, as well as revised engine internals and a new exhaust.

Yamaha XTZ250 Tenere and Fazer


hese first pictures have emerged for the new-for-2011 Yamaha XTZ250 Tenere, a new mini-adventure bike going on sale in Brazil, and the Fazer 250.

The baby on / off road machine makes only a fifth of the power of the Euro-market XT1200Z Super Tenere it takes it’s styling from, with a modest 15.6 kW (21 hp) from the air-cooled 250 cc single. The rest of the bike is equally basic, with a tubular steel chassis, budget suspension and low-



spec twin piston brakes. The Fazer 250 is based on the same single-cylinder engine, and has equally simple running gear, but with shorter travel suspension and smaller cast-alloy road wheels instead of the Tenere’s long-travel parts and trail tyre-equipped rims. But in familiar Yamaha fashion, the Tenere costs more than you might hope, but for a reason, it’s likely to come to South Africa early next year. The Fazer’s price is yet to be announced.

In fact, there are so many different elements of this bike to test that it will take all of our track sessions to get through them but for this first session we’ve concentrated solely on the traction control. The traction control system is far more refined than the Ducati 1198 SP and, crucially, more than the BMW S1000RR, too. Even with the traction control working it doesn’t stop you from driving off the corners. Aprilia has set the Ohlins suspension up to perfection, the tyres are super grippy, the Brembo brakes outstanding and the handling and power from the V4 engine is breathtaking.



Honda VFR800X Concept


onda is to release the new VFR800based adventure bike at the Milan bike show, and has released a final sketch hinting at how the finished bike will look.

rider / pillion seat and a decent sized fairing. Styling, although unique to this model, clearly conforms to the same design principles as the VFR1200F, with smooth, clean lines that looks to use the VFR’s dual-layer fairing design.

The new sketch gives a pretty good idea of the final bike’s styling and attitude. The VFR800 powered machine looks to use 17inch cast road bike wheels in a Tiger 1050 all-rounder package.

Honda claims: “This mid-range machine is an exciting new approach – a crossover machine that represents the best aspects of two separate biking genres.

Off-road ability clearly isn’t part of the brief, instead focussing on the touring and pillion carrying attributes traditional adventure-sport bikes are prized for. There’s a large, flat one-piece

It will have the flexibility and exciting attitude of a Naked performance machine, with the more comfortable upright riding position and design cues inspired by adventure bikes.

Triumph Daytona 675R


hese are the first official pictures of the Triumph Daytona 675R – a new highspec version of Triumph’s award winning supersport bike.

The Daytona 675R is the first Triumph ever to be equipped with Ohlins suspension as standard – the forks and shocks are both from the Swedish suspension masters. Top-spec Brembo brakes are fitted – four-piston radial-mount monobloc calipers and a radial master cylinder are standard. Carbon mudguards are fitted, and the Daytona 675R is distinguished from the standard Daytona with a new white / black paint scheme, new Triumph logos and a new version of the Daytona stickers too. The red subframe is also unique to the Daytona 675R. No specification is available at the moment – it is believed the engine is unchanged and the overall geometry is unaltered. Insiders claim pre-production bikes have been shown with a quick-shifter fitted.

Triumph Tiger 800 XC


here have been so many leaked spy pics and teaser shots of Triumph’s new Tiger 800 in both its guises that’s there’s not much left to see – but this pic is the best view yet of the whole XC version. Originally posted on the web by Greek site, the pic reveals how closely the new, off-road-orientated XC, echoes the style of its closest rival, BMW’s F800GS. This fully-loaded example is believed to be a pre-production test machine undergoing longdistance and off-road testing and was snapped in Greece en-route to Africa. The Tiger may be in production middle next year as testing seems to be going well. The Triumph has not yet experienced any technical difficulties says insiders.




Precision Cycle Chopper

Hardcore Precision Cycle Works have been building custom choppers for many years now. All that experience shows in their latest custom creation, and what you see before you is truly hardcore.


efore there were choppers, there was the bobber, meaning a motorcycle that had been “bobbed,” or relieved of excess weight by removing parts, particularly the fenders, with the intent of making it lighter and thus faster or at least making it look better in the eyes of a rider seeking a more minimalist ride. While the decreased weight and lower seat position improved handling and performance, the main reason to build such a chopper was to show off and provoke others by riding a machine that was stripped and almost nude compared to the softer-styled stock HarleyDavidsons, let alone the oversized automobiles of that time. All this still counts in the world today as custom choppers intend to set you apart from the others and establish you as a rebel, sticking it to the man. This is exactly what the guys at Precision Cycle Works, located in Michigan, have accomplished in making this piece of eye



candy, a true tribute to the passion that goes into creating a custom chopper. If you like making a statement, standing out from a crowd and showing everybody you are bad to the bone, this custom chopper is just the thing for you. With this beauty you know you own something different, a piece of art built by a well know American builder. But what sets this beast apart from the rest of the custom choppers out there? Well firstly, it’s the only motorcycle in the world I know of with a 360/30 profile rear tyre, that’s almost as wide as three standard size superbike tyres glued next to each other, and it’s quite a sight to behold. Like usual it has lots of chrome and then some more, enabling you to see it from space. It’s also very low and has no rear suspension what so ever, taking you back to the core of biking and making you feel one with the road. It’s very noisy and makes jet engines sound

like a kindergarten sing along. It’s very good looking and has hardcore biker written all over it, basically it’s exactly what you want in a custom chopper, scary, breathtaking and hardcore. Starting the beast up is enough to make little kids cry as the 2200 cc SNS motor comes alive with a roar. Driving through traffic you can actually feel people admiring you and your work of art and knowing they need to make way for you because you might just stop and kick their teeth in. Around the corners it’s certainly not a superbike but that’s not what this motorbike is about. It’s about sitting in the office on a Friday afternoon just before “chila” time, almost shaking as you start getting amped for the weekends riding, just you, your chopper and the open road with not a single care in the world, biking like it’s suppose to be. I had the opportunity to saddle up and try this custom production chopper first hand and let me

tell you it didn’t fail to impress. Starting it up gave me the chills as I pulled off hoping I make it around the first corner. It was certainly the most difficult motorcycle to pilot I have ever ridden, but surprisingly enough I got use to the very wide Titanic-like turning circle and the fact that I didn’t have any rear suspension. Before I knew it I was riding like a full-fledged chopper man, slow around the corners and fast on the straights. It’s something very different and unusual but always left me wanting more. In the hustle and bustle of everyday commuting this isn’t the ideal motorcycle you

want find yourself on, but that’s not what this motorcycle is all about is it? On the highway I could really stretch its legs thanks to its Baker six speed transmission, surprising amount of horsepower and sleek profile, and let me tell you it was pretty amazing. It felt like I owned the road and was stating my dominance by cruising past in a loud, scary flash of pristine paint and blindingly shiny chrome. Pulling in to the garage wasn’t the easiest thing I have ever done but it all added to the choppers charm, character and heritage. It’s more than simply a frame with a

huge motor bolted in, it’s about leather, sweat and hooliganism. Saddling up for a weekend of hardcore riding with your mates, going from bar to bar in the most breathtakingly hardcore way possible. Available from: CIT Motorcycles (012 342 8571) Price:

R280 000

Eddy Alberts




BMW G 650 GS

The Success Story With the new BMW G 650 GS, BMW Motorrad has added yet another attractive member to its BMW GS family. With its lean, wiry off-road stature, the new single cylinder enduro cuts a cheeky, light, and adventurous figure.


t the same time it stands out clearly from its rivals in terms of quality, equipment, and comfort. In conjunction with its relatively low weight and the low seat height, it presents an attractive means of entry to the passion of motorbiking and the fascinating world of BMW GS adventure. New edition based on a tried and tested platform with high torque and low consumption single-cylinder engine.

forth with exemplary low consumption values of, for example, only 3.2 litres per 100 km at a constant 90 km/h. In conjunction with the claw-shifted five-speed gearbox, the free reving single-cylinder engine in the new BMW G 650 GS provides for a thrilling experience, in particular on snaking country roads. Its beefy torque curves and good response also allow detours to be handled with supreme ease beyond the asphalt of roads.

The new G 650 GS has opted for a technology on a widely used basis: the popular and successful BMW F 650 GS with single-cylinder drive of many years’ standing.

Robust suspension technology for great riding pleasure on the country road and on easy terrain. The suspension of the new G 650 GS was developed primarily for running on country roads and takes the form of an agile chassis with a bridge frame of steel tubing and a bolton framework tail that has already seen excellent service on the earlier BMW F 650 GS.

This liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with double overhead camshafts has a displacement of 652 cc, delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6 500 rpm, and develops a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5 000 rpm. As an optional accessory, the vehicle is also available in a power reduction version, delivering 25 kW (34 hp) at 6 500 rpm and 47 Nm at 4 500 rpm. Thanks to electronic fuel injection, twin-spark ignition, the high geometrical compression ratio of 11.5:1, and a closed-loop catalytic converter, this tried and tested single-cylinder engine is designed for the maximum level of riding pleasure with the best possible efficiency and high environmental compatibility. It shines



Whereas the front wheel is controlled by torsionally rigid telescopic forks, the rear system takes the form of a solid dual swing arm of square steel sections in conjunction with a monoshock linked via a lever system. Besides the optimal riding stability up to the maximum speed of 170 km/h (power reduction 145 km/h) the new G 650 GS presents a thrilling performance of playful handling on the country road. Adequate spring travel ensures a high level of riding comfort and appealing

off-road qualities despite its low seat height. Powerful deceleration is provided by the brake system consisting of a single brake disc at the front and rear. The BMW Motorrad ABS, available as optional factory-fitted equipment, can be deactivated for off-road riding. Typical enduro design and colour concept in the style of the BMW GS family. The body of the new G 650 GS was completely redesigned. In particular the front section makes the singlecylinder enduro light, sporty, and dynamic. The asymmetrical headlamp and the self steering front wheel cover give the G 650 GS its look of absolute independence. A clear design of lines, the targeted use of coloured areas and all black plastic parts uphold the visual impression of a robust enduro outfit. The overall impression of sportiness is boosted further by the engine, exhaust covers, frame, swinging arm, and slide tubes, which are all black, contrasting with the plain colours of aura white and orange-red as well as the matching two-tone seats. High torque, economical single-cylinder engine for dynamic riding pleasure and great riding potential. The heart of the new BMW G 650 GS is the 652 cc single-cylinder engine with four valves, double overhead camshafts, electronic fuel injection, and twin-spark ignition, known from the BMW F 650 GS built until 2007. With a power output of 35 kW (48 hp) at 6 500 rpm and a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5 000 rpm, and this coupled with its low weight of only 192 kilograms with a full fuel tank, it is the perfect dynamic partner especially on country roads and easy terrain. Exemplary running smoothness, not self-evident in the single-cylinder segment, is ensured by a counterbalance shaft that extensively suppresses vibrations. In conjunction with a closed-loop catalytic converter and the engine controller BMS-C II, vehicles fitted with this engine and its twin-spark ignition conform to the applicable emission regulations. Further practical benefits of this technology are the ride comfort, throttle response, and remarkably low fuel consumption. Power is transmitted by a claw-shifted fivespeed gearbox. As usual for the enduro segment, the secondary drive is transferred via an O ring chain. For optimal acceleration, particularly when starting off or overtaking, the endure features a secondary ratio that with 16/47 teeth (1:2.937) is relatively short. Safe suspension handling with the ideal combination of country road and offroad qualities. For high torsional resistance and a robust quality typical of enduros, the new BMW G 650 GS has opted for a tubular bridge frame of steel sections with bolt-on framework tail. The dual swing arm is supported against the frame via a monoshock and lever deflector and is likewise made of a stable square steel section. The chassis of the new BMW G 650 GS is designed for the greatest possible agility and carefree cornering pleasure on country roads, but without sacrifice to either comfort or travelling practicality. The high degree of riding stability, steering precision, and handling inspire confidence even in first time motorbike riders. Featuring a 300 mm disc brake at the front and a 240 mm disc brake at the rear, the brake system of the new BMW G 650 GS is designed for stable and easily controllable deceleration. As



part of its optional factory-fitted equipment, the BMW G 650 GS also offers an ABS system and so even greater safety in braking manoeuvres. For off-road riding, the BMW Motorrad ABS can of course be deactivated. Since the very outset, the single-cylinder models from BMW Motorrad have been characterised by a compact design and easy handling. The rear tank with its low centre of gravity is a key contribution to the agile handling properties of the new G 650 GS. The new, particularly lean tank shape serves to improve yet again the inner leg length and therefore the ease of dismounting from the G 650 GS compared with the single cylinder F 650 GS. At the same time the leaner vehicle waist means that the rider can easily stand when manoeuvring off-road. For individual ergonomics, the new BMW G 650 GS comes with no fewer than three different seat heights. Besides the standard seat, the low slung suspension as optional factory-fitted equipment and the retrofit high seat make sure that virtually every motorbiker feels at ease on the G 650 GS. A relaxed seated position and the optimal vehicle control are provided by the new wide and ergonomically moulded handlebar. The clutch lever can be reconfigured to each rider’s individual reach. At higher speeds the standard windshield perceptibly shields the rider’s upper body from wind and directs oncoming wind over the helmet. For even greater long-haul comfort, a higher windshield is available from the range of BMW Motorrad optional accessories. This LCD display also presents additional information, such as the kilometres travelled, two trip counters and the time. For indicators, high beam, idling, fuel reserve, ABS, and engine temperature, the LEDs present a clear arrangement to the right of the round instrument. In addition, simple and safe handling is ensured by new, lean, multifunctional switches operated like conventional indicators.

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The NEW 2011 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® 883 SuperLow™ Take the legendary Sportster® motorcycle, add new suspension, revise the front end geometry and you get a brand new riding experience. This is a different kind of easy rider. The Sportster® is known to be nimble and manageable, and the new 883 SuperLowTM takes this to the next dimension. New low bucket solo seat and reshaped handlebars combine with the compact chassis for maximum manoeuvrability whilst simple clean styling gives you a timeless classic. So whether you’ve been riding for a lifetime or just a few hours, swing a leg over the SuperLowTM and be inspired to join the Harley-Davidson® family.

Visit your local dealer’s web site today to preview the NEW 883 SuperLow™ and book your free test ride experience. H-D Cape Town | H-D Clearwater | H-D Durban KZN H-D Gold Rand | H-D Johannesburg | H-D Tyger Valley © H-D 2010. Harley, Harley-Davidson and the Bar & Shield logo are among the trademarks of H-D Michigan, LLC.


BMW R 1200 R and BMW R 1200 R Classic

New Dynamic Roadsters From BMW Motorrad With the new BMW R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic, BMW Motorrad is continuing its long tradition of roadster building and presents the revised successor models to the successful R 1200 R. Both combine a modern sporty and accentuated classical motorcycle design, once again with considerably greater quality and driving dynamics for even more riding fun.


enerating higher levels of torque, the new boxer engine provides an extra boost. The new BMW R 1200 R models can deliver more on top, derived from the BMW HP2 Sport, the new boxer with 1170 cc and DOHC valve gear corresponds to the engines already installed in the BMW R 1200 GS and BMW R 1200 RT. Whereas the basic version of the BMW R 1200 R emphasises the sporty all round character with new cast light alloy wheels, the R 1200 R Classic presents wire spoke wheels for a deliberate touch of refined nostalgia. Maximised rigidity and strength is provided by the tried and tested, two part main / rear frame, which has a weight-saving structure of steel tubing designed with the engine as a load bearing element for maximum stiffness and rigidity.



The front suspension of the new BMW R 1200 R trusts in the BMW Telelever in conjunction with a new fork structure. Its high quality, technical grace and the enlarged diameter of the standpipe (from 35 to 41 mm) contribute decisively to shaping the face of the new R 1200 R. The rear suspension takes the form of the tried and tested single arm with BMW Paralever. Both the R 1200 R and the R 1200 R Classic can be fitted optionally with electronic suspension adjustment ESA. This serves to vary the spring base and the suspension’s pressure and rebound stages at the rear wheel, and the suspension’s rebound stage at the front wheel – a system that has established itself as the solution for optimised road handling and comfort. The maximum safety standard is ensured by the established

and proven brake system, which can be fitted in the factory with the optional BMW Motorrad integral ABS (in the partially integral version) and automatic stability control ASC. Whereas the R 1200 R is already considered the epitome of classical, dynamic motorcycle pleasure, in particular on country roads, the latest BMW roadster edition provides even greater riding dynamics, especially on this terrain. The new DOHC boxer engine provides a maximum torque of 119 Nm, higher than the 115 Nm of the predecessor model (at an unchanged 6000 rpm), for even greater propulsion. At the same time, there is a significant rise in torque and a distinct homogeneity of the torque curve in the lower and central speed

ranges that are especially important on twisty country roads. In addition, the maximum engine speed now raised by about 500 rpm to a present 8500 rpm presents an even wider range of utilisable speeds. The top power output is now 81 kW (110 hp) at 7750 rpm. The wish for a particularly sonorous boxer engine sound that also conforms to the legal requirements finds fulfilment in the new BMW R 1200 R models, which now present an exhaust flap actuated with an electric servomotor as well as opening and closing mechanisms. A visual highlight is presented by the new, compact rear silencer typical of roadsters, now shortened by 60 mm. Power is transmitted as before by the tried and tested six speed gearbox that had already been redesigned for the 2008 model with enlarged bearing diameters and modified shaft pitch. Featuring unchanged technology, but a new, high quality surface coating, the maintenance free cardan shaft drive was adopted for the rear wheel. Like their predecessor, the new BMW R 1200 R models are based on the tried and tested, two part frame structure that integrates the engine as a supporting element. At the same time, the steering head angle and castor are tuned to the handling and stability that a roadster needs for dynamic riding. The rear, weight-optimised section of the tubular space frame contributes to its lightweight appearance. The wheel suspensions make use of the telelever and paralever designs familiar from other boxer engine models. These afford a key contribution to the roadster’s stable riding response and agile handling. The new R 1200 R models are fitted with completely redesigned fork structures with a greater standpipe diameter for even greater stability of the front section. The turned and subsequently anodised surface of the skidpipes presents a visual impression of particularly high quality roadster technology. On twisty roads, the R 1200 R proves its great agility and, at the same time, meets all the demands a sporty touring rider has for comfort on his vehicle. And those frequently on the road with differing loads will also learn to appreciate the optional electronic suspension adjustment ESA. This serves to vary the spring base and the suspension’s pressure and rebound stages at the rear wheel, and the suspension’s rebound stage at the front wheel – a system that has established itself as the solution for optimised road handling and comfort. The maximum safety standard is ensured by the tried and tested brake system. The front brake discs have a diameter of 320 mm and the rear brake discs 265 mm. The maximum decelerations that the rider can manage with little operating effort are made possible with the optional BMW Motorrad integral ABS in the partially integral version that provides the rider with the maximum level of additional safety, in particular during emergency and hazard braking. The new BMW roadsters feature a completely revised cockpit presenting a high quality look typical of roadsters. The rider can now view at a glance the speedometer and revolution speeds on a clear arrangement of adjacent



round instruments in the classical form, which light up in orange during night rides. In addition, a display presents further details like the current gear and the time. The predecessor tubular steel handlebar has now been replaced with a tapered aluminium version. In conjunction with a redesigned fork bridge and hydraulic reservoirs with a smoked glass look, the new R 1200 R models present in these sections too a visual impression of considerably higher quality and greater roadster affinity. As standard the new BMW roadsters feature indicators with white glass covers. As optional equipment or optional accessory, LED indicators are also available for an even sportier look. The new, compact rear silencer typical of roadsters, now shortened by 60 mm, is a visual highlight. The sporty, modern claims of the basic version finds expression in the surface quality of brushed stainless steel, whereas the classical, refined R 1200 R Classic goes for high gloss chromium. Common to both models are the exhaust manifolds in chromium-plated stainless steel. Additional details of the extensive revision undergone by the boxer roadsters can be

found in the cover over the classical round headlamp and the new rear with optimised rear grab handles. The R 1200 R and the R 1200 R Classic fulfil claims as agile, dynamic roadsters with a high level of everyday and touring practicality through a fascinating mix of dynamics, comfort and a design typical of roadsters, making an almost perfect solution that is standard in the series. In addition, BMW Motorrad provides the usual extensive range of optional equipment and optional accessories for the further individualisation of these two new BMW roadster models. The basic versions of the R 1200 R and the R 1200 R Classic immediately present a stark contrast between their equipment features like the cast light alloy versus wire spoke wheels or the rear silencer in brushed versus chromium-plated stainless steel.

R 1200 R Classic in its particularly elaborate paintwork. The traditional roadster heritage is borne completely on a metallic sapphire black in conjunction with a central dynamic stripe of plain alpine white extending over the tank and front wheel cover. On the other hand, the basic version of the R 1200 R is available in one of three colour schemes: mat metallic smoky grey, metallic light grey, or metallic red apple presenting a dynamic, elegant and at the same time modern roadster interpretation. In an interplay of Nürburg silver on the wheels and drivetrain, the basic version of the R 1200 R presents its sporty, dynamic side to the best effect. Other sporty touches include the rear silencer in brushed stainless steel and the all black rear view mirrors.

The different characters are reinforced by their separate colour concepts that on the one hand underscore the sporty, dynamic all round claims of the new R 1200 R and, on the other, hone their classical, refined roadster profile.

Contrastingly, the R 1200 R Classic presents silver coloured components like Telelever, drivetrain, cylinder head covers, frame, and fork in stark contrast to the body parts. This model underscores the classical, refined look that is boosted even further by the completely chromium-plated exhaust system and the mirrors in a chromium look.

This deliberate demarcation between the two new roadster models finds expression on the

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250 Ninja Cup

Kawasaki Ninja Cup Unleashed Kawasaki’s fledgling 250 cc Ninja Cup road racing championship is set to move up to a higher plane when it joins the Pro Tour Racing Series in 2011, after putting in guest appearances in the more senior series for the last two meetings of 2010.


ichard Carmody class spokesman says, “We believe this move will result in bigger fields because many of the young riders in the 250 Ninja Cup have Dads racing in the same manufacturer’s ZX-10R Masters Cup, and clashes of dates meant that families sometimes had to choose between one series or the other”.

He rides in the ZX-10R events while his daughter, Mary-Ellen competes in the 250 cc championship. The Kawasaki 250 Ninja Cup series kicked off in 2010 as part of the Northern Regions Championships, while the ZX-10R Masters Cup is part of the Pro Tour Series, and the two often have events on the same day at different racetracks. “We expect more youngsters to be able to start racing in the smaller class now that the hurdle of clashing dates has been overcome,” says Carmody. The Ninja 250 Cup sees relatively inexperienced riders, many of them females, race identical twin cylinder Kawasaki Ninja 250R four stroke motorcycles at various tracks around South Africa. The 160 km/h bikes are close to standard with sealed engines, and to ensure close racing and low costs only a few strictly controlled modifications are allowed. An aspirant racer can buy a subsidised race-ready machine for under



R60 000 with relatively little further expense called for during a season’s racing. The class provides a useful stepping-stone for beginners or young racers who have outgrown their two - stroke 50 cc or 150 cc single-cylinder four-stroke machinery but are not yet ready to race a 250 km/h 600 cc Supersport motorcycle. The Kawasaki Ninja 250 Cup Series founder Francois de Lange says that with one meeting

to go in the 2010 season he’s happy with the way the concept has taken off, and the move from the Northern Regions Championships to the Pro Tour Series is going smoothly. “We have a major sponsor who will be granted naming rights for the 2011 line-up, and are looking forward to an even better season next year,” he says.

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