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CAR January 2019

CAR is Southern Africa’s leading automotive-interest magazine – and has been since 1957. It’s aimed at petrol-heads of all ages looking for, expert reviews, road tests, driving impressions of the latest models available and great motoring content from the country’s leading motoring journalists.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

As much as the CAR team is enthusiastic to drive every new vehicle launched in our market, when the January issue comes round, sensibility is traded for giddy excitement as we unleash the year’s best performance cars on some of the greatest routes in a country teeming with sensational mountain passes and heady (often deliciously deserted) country roads. This year, we returned to our home province of the Western Cape and our familiar stomping ground: Clarence Drive to Hemel-en-Aarde and onwards through the interior to Gydo Pass before indulging in giggle-inducing drag races on an airfield outside Saldanha. As is custom, our line-up was eclectic, spanning anything from a little supercharged Japanese hot hatch to a British aristocrat, with a sprinkling of German and Asian muscle cars sandwiched in between. The Performance…

1 min
winning letter

ATOS ASPIRATIONS With the imminent launch of the new Hyundai Atos, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. In 2006, my mother purchased her first car: a brand-new, blue Atos. What an awesome little vehicle it turned out to be; small in stature but with a big heart. Our Atos took us to Durban and Mozambique, where it bravely overcame Maputo’s harsh roads. It was reliable, economical and robust. They are sought after in the second-hand market; much like the VW Citi Golf and Toyota Tazz. The Atos was also the car I learnt to drive in and in which I proudly took my girlfriend on a date. Sadly, our Atos was written off in 2012 due to an unforgiving hailstorm. My mother, impressed with Hyundai’s service, then bought an i10. Although the i10 is…

1 min

Congratulations to ROGER MAGALHAES, who wins a hamper of an aviator-inspired, lightweight SOLO Altitude backpack (R1 499) and a stylish SOLO Ludlo tablet sling (R699) that can accommodate an 11-inch tablet SOLO Established in 2008, SOLO is committed to shaking up an old industry. The brand’s goal is to keep you moving in style with cool, thoughtfully designed bags and tablet cases. Since ’08, the streets of New York have provided SOLO with endless inspiration. Every design has a unique style, sparked by the sights and sounds of the city. While New York is a place SOLO calls home, that dynamic spirit translates everywhere. See www.gammatek.co.za for more info.…

6 min
over to you...

Please include your physical address and telephone number. Diverse ideas and opinions are welcome, but publication of your letter doesn’t necessarily mean we agree. Please stick to a maximum of 300 words. CAR reserves the right to edit and shorten letters owing to space constraints. TO CVT OR NOT TO CVT? I fully understand the misgivings enthusiasts have towards sports vehicles using a constantly variable transmission (CVT). Surely this must be a mismatch of transmission and performance for any sportscar? Manual motoring is driving in its purest form; however, looking at the top-end sportscars, manual transmissions are seemingly a dying breed, which to some extent invalidates this argument. I was shocked to realise this, as I consider myself a motoring purist, too. There are still some great manual gearboxes available; take the one…

1 min
fast back

McLAREN SPEEDTAIL Price: $2,24 million (±R36 million) Engine: 4,0-litre, V8, twinturbo-petrol + electric motor Power: 772 kW 0-300 km/h: 12,8 sec Top speed: 403 km/h Kerb weight (dry): 1 430 kg LONG before the Bugatti Veyron held sway as the fastest production car in the world, it was the McLaren F1 which pretty much personified performance-car hyperbole. Now, the Woking firm has heralded a return to high-speed motoring supremacy with the striking Speedtail. An unofficial homage to the FIA GT Championship homologation special, the Speedtail looks set to put McLaren back on the high-speed performance map. ALL-OUT AERODYNAMICS While it is monumentally powerful, the Speedtail relies as much on drag-cheating tech as it does on brute force to slice through the air to its 403 km/h top speed, including: • Teardrop-shaped, lightweight carbon-fibre composite…

1 min
it hits 300 km/h in 12,8 seconds. a p1 needs a further 3,7 seconds

THREE’S COMPANY Echoing the F1’s cabin layout, the Speedtail’s driver is centrally seated with two no-doubt-terrified passengers slightly mounted back to either side. In addition to an array of TFT screens for performance and information displays (and side views), ceiling-mounted gear selectors and electro-chromatic glass roof panels are among the highlights. JUST THE BEGINNING The Speedtail is the first step in McLaren’s £1,2 billion Track25 business plan. • Eighteen new models and derivatives by 2025. • All McLaren sports and supercars to be 100% hybrid by 2025. • New Ultimate Series car. • Research into “augmented” driving experience and fast-charging technology. • Production to reach 6 000 mid-engined cars per annum.…