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CAR March 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
where is car’s

Top 12 Best Buys feature, you may ask. A staple of the March issue since the inception of the awards nearly two decades ago, this year it migrates to next month’s issue to coincide with an exciting announcement about the expansion of CAR’s footprint further into digital and print platforms. But more on that in April… Back to this issue, in which we cast a spotlight on a brace of rejuvenated icons. Like the Porsche 911 has come to define the sportscar segment (we drive the 992-generation on page 36), so too has Toyota’s RAV4 been credited with originating the lifestyle midsize-SUV market. If you’ll excuse a spot of nostalgia, I vividly recall the day back in 1996 when my father arrived home in a brand-new, dark-green, three-door RAV4. We were…

1 min
winning letter

GENESIS OF A PETROLHEAD To some, cars are merely a mode of transport, while others derive endless pleasure from owning and driving them. At 88 years, I firmly belong to the latter category. My first car, at the age of four, was a bright-red pedal car. We lived in Johannesburg and, when an opportunity arose, I slipped out of the front gate and headed for Zoo Lake. Alas, a police van picked me up and took me home. My car was confiscated and I was given a damn good hiding. When I was nine, my father bought a 1939 Plymouth. I was thrilled! In 1952, I accompanied him on a trip from Stellenbosch to Johannesburg and monitored the vehicles encountered. The total was 47 on the entire trip, which included Plymouths, Mercurys,…

1 min

Reader Allan Heydorn wins a SNüG wireless charging powerbank and Body Glove Mini-Bluetooth earbuds, valued at R799 and R999 respectively SNüG No more irritation with tangled cables or trying to plug in your charger and finding that tiny charging port on your device. With this powerbank, you are able to charge two smartphones simultaneously via USB. It can reload a battery up to four times by simply placing your device on top of the powerbank. Body Glove These Mini-Bluetooth earbuds are sweat-proof and there are no wires to hook or get tangled while you go about your day. Products supplied by Gammatek and available from Vodacom, 4U, Chatz, Telkom, Incredible Connection, Takealot.com, Technomobi.co.za, Loot.co.za and shopandship.co.za…

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. SUPRA EXCITING TIMES A legend returns. Globally, all petrolheads are buzzing with excitement. It will be a name on everyone’s lips for some time to come: the Toyota Supra. With agile and rewarding handling, you will definitely experience a cheek-numbing grin when you thrash about in tight bends and sweeping corners (this will come in handy when dodging South African potholes and unco-ordinated taxi drivers). Toyota displays the classic setup of a front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, so you can still live out your Fast & Furious dream…

2 min

01 X-RATED The Supra first wore the Toyota Celica XX badge before adopting the Supra name. 02 GUIDED MISSILE In 1981, the XX introduced the first production-car navigation computer. 03 STAR CAR The Supra has appeared in 78 movies, including the Fast & Furious franchise. 04 168 kW The power difference between the first and present Supras. 05 STAPLE ‘SIX From its launch in 1978, the Supra has always utilised an inline-six engine. BAVARIAN BUSHIDO The Supra was co-developed with BMW and shares much of its mechanicals with the German firm’s Z4 roadster, including its 3,0-litre inline-six and 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engines, both mated with a ZF-sourced eight-speed auto transmission. SIMPLY FAST Toyota has adopted a simple approach to drivetrainmanagement, with the preset modes limited to just normal and sport, each with unique mapping for the transmission, steering, engine noise and dampers. A…

1 min
road track and … ice?

Headlining Lexus’ facelifted RC F is a limited-production Track Edition model featuring a stiffened suspension setup, 19-inch BBS rims hiding ceramic Brembo brakes, a titanium exhaust system and a naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 tuned to send 352 kW and 535 N.m aft via an eight-speed auto ‘box. Lexus remains tight-lipped regarding performance, only stating that the 0-96 km/h sprint takes less than four seconds.…