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CAR August 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

1 min
from the editor

Automotive trends evolve at a dazzling rate and it can be a baffling exercise trying to keep up. Why, in this issue alone, we preview a Ferrari with a ferociously powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain (page 12); BMW’s radical future plans (page 30); a performance SUV from the latter which tackles corners like a hot hatch (page 46); and two bakkies powerful enough to scare many of those hatchback drivers (page 60). The automotive landscape’s dizzying interlacing of genres meant it was a welcome respite sliding behind the wheel of Mazda’s new 3 (page 68). Here’s a recognisably conventional midsize five-door that doesn’t venture outside its design envelope (ahem, crossovers). It’s handsomely styled; drives pleasantly; and seats four in comfort in a solid cabin that’s easy to use and generously specced. There’s no…

1 min

A 12-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO CAR, WORTH R539 Reader M MNGADI JR wins a 12-month subscription to CAR magazine, SA’s leading motoring title, for their emotive letter. Never stop dreaming! FOUR GREAT ADVANTAGES OF A CAR SUBSCRIPTION: 1. Stay current by never missing an issue of your favourite magazine. 2. A free digital subscription is included. 3. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery. 4. You get the magazine before it goes on sale. A subscriber already? Extend yours by a further 12 months, or give it to a friend or relative.…

1 min
winning letter

MOTORSPORT DREAMS I am a grade 10 student with a big interest in the automotive world. I really enjoy reading CAR magazine, as it teaches me things which I’m definitely not learning at school. I read stories of people asking for advice on the unfortunate situation of their car. Of course, I read the car reviews as well. Due to my family’s financial situation at this point, I am not able to buy the most recent magazine or keep up to date with the new issues. My last magazine was the December 2018 issue with the Mustang Bullitt. I find the TECH features very informative. I cut out those parts and stick them onto my wall. I love the magazine. My dream is to become involved in the motorsport industry after studying mechanical…

6 min

Email: car@ramsaymedia.co.za Mail: CAR, PO Box 180, Howard Place, 7450 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. WHAT’S NEXT? As an avid reader of CAR magazine, I often wonder what gimmick manufacturers will come up with next (waving your arms at a screen to change radio stations comes to mind). I wonder how many owners of cars less of than 10 years old can run through all the features available in their cars. My guess is none, unless it’s a basic vehicle. The dashboard of the Lamborghini 350 GT (March 2019 issue) brings joy to my…

1 min
hybrid horsepower

ELECTRIFYING POWER The SF90 Stradale employs a turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 engine with 574 kW on tap, the highest power output of any Ferrari V8 to date. The addition of three electric motors (one between the engine and the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, and two sited on the front axle) fed by a lithium-ion battery pack essentially renders the SF90 an all-wheel-drive supercar and bumps the overall power output to a LaFerrari-eclipsing 735 kW allied with 800 N.m of torque. STILL NOT HARDCORE ENOUGH Buyers will be able to choose between the standard car and more sports-oriented Assetto Fiorano specification. This package includes GT racing-derived Multimatic shock absorbers, lightweight components fashioned from materials such as carbon-fibre and titanium – resulting in a weight saving of 30 kg – and a high-downforce carbon-fibre rear…

1 min
new voyage of discovery

Having soldiered on largely unchanged for five years, the Discovery Sport has undergone a raft of updates, including electrified engines, innovative off-road tech and an overhauled platform. The three-row cabin incorporates up to 24 seating configurations and an all-new infotainment system which plays host to such innovations as the brand’s smart rear-view mirror (it transforms the surface into a video screen at the flick of a switch) and the ground view system, which projects camera imagery offering a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen. The thoroughly updated bodywork sits atop a Premium Transverse Architecture chassis that’s 13% stiffer than that of its predecessor. While other markets will see both petrol and diesel models adopt 48 V mild hybrid-assisted powerplants, South Africa will initially persevere with a 2,0-litre turbodiesel…