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CAR February 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

Three cars had me considering my fantasy garage this month. Two are retro off-roaders (although they’re both brand-new) sporting pukka low-range transfer cases and comforting internal-combustion engines. The third one is a vision (quite literally) of future motoring where we’ll be swivelling our driver’s seats to chat to fellow passengers while the vehicle’s on the move, or drawing instructions for the car on its seat upholstery. While the BMW Vision iNext’s gadgetry might sound fantastical, its principles aren’t. When the production iNext launches in two years, it will boast at least level three autonomous driving capability and, BMW says, a realistic 700 km driving range. It will form the basis of the German marque’s electrification strategy and, as such, promises to be as accomplished as its gestation has been long. I was…

1 min
winning letter

INSURANCE RIP-OFF I’ve been part of the motor trade for the past 15 years and something which really bothers me is the greed of the insurance companies. In the old days, when a car was costly to repair after an accident, the car was literally written off, including on the paperwork side, meaning someone who bought the car to repair it had to reintroduce the vehicle on the system and the paperwork showed “rebuilt/built-up” or, in today’s terms, a code three. This protected buyers from a practice that is now very common. As you most likely know, code three cars could not be financed and, to a degree, not insured for the full market value. It is a known fact rebuilds are worth far less than normal code two/used status cars at…

1 min

Congratulations to RIAAN VAN WYK, 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.…

5 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. VEHICLE SAFETY RATINGS The Carte Blanche segment on 25 November 2018 regarding vehicle crash-safety ratings was a real eye-opener; most South African motorists and prospective vehicle buyers are uninformed about vehicle safety standards. It was stated by the Automobile Association and global NCAP that the SABS national regulator safety ratings are well below that of international standards. May I suggest CAR lists the Global NCAP ratings in CAR Guide as well as in the specifications of the road tests conducted in the magazine. I know it is not…

1 min

ELECTRICAL POWER Separate (permanently excited synchronous) electric motors develop 434 kW; good for 0-100 km/h in just 3,5 seconds, with the needle breasting the 200 km/h mark 8,5 seconds later. For all that power and pace, though, the GT’s top speed is limited to 240 km/h. ELECTRICAL GRID The GT’s 90+ kWh lithium-ion battery array not only serves up eye-widening pace, but it’s also capable of powering the four-seater concept to an operating range in excess of 400 km on the new WLTP cycle. According to Audi, both conventional cable and wireless-induction charging are supported by the GT. FAST FACTS Power: 434 kW Torque: 900 N.m est 0-100 km/h: 3,5 sec 0-200 km/h: 12,0 sec Top speed: 240 km/h Range: ±400 km Length: 4 960 mm Width: 1 960 mm Height: 1 380 mm Wheelbase:…

2 min
version 2.0 eta: june

EVOLUTIONARY LOOKS At a glance, you’d be hard pressed to spot any major differences between the new code-992 version of the 911 and its predecessor but, having ventured into SUV and hatchback/Sport Turismo territories, Porsche is adamant this model isn’t about to break with tradition. A set of wider wheelarches and a broader blade for the variable-position rear spoiler lend the car a more defined look. Barring the front and rear sections, the 992’s skin is now fashioned from aluminium. THE 992’s SKIN IS NOW MADE MOSTLY OF ALUMINIUM CARRERA S Price: R1 708 000 Power: 331 kW 0-100 km/h: 3,5 sec Top speed: 308 km/h CARRERA 4S Price: R1 797 000 Power: 331 kW 0-100 km/h: 3,5 sec Top speed: 308 km/h SOLID FOUNDATIONS The S and 4S share the same wide body and, underneath, the firm’s Sport chassis sees the ride height…