CAR December 2020

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.

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from the editor

Greetings CAR readers. Now that my first CAR magazine (November 2020) is a distant reflection in the rear-view mirror, I guess it’s time to settle into something approaching the “new normal” for CAR in December. Chatting to this month’s featured columnist Alexander Parker – whose new book, 50 People Who F**ked Up South Africa: The Lost Decade, you have to read – he wanted to explore South Africa’s shifting middle class and what impact that has had on the nation’s buying patterns over the last decade. I’ll let him elaborate further on page 50 but, essentially, SUVs and crossovers (be they full-size or compact) are where the market is at right now. That’s why we’ve gone all-in on leisure-lifestyle vehicles this month. There’s a fierce face-off between Land Rover and Jeep…

insight maniacal ms

IN ITS ELEMENT Interlinked bracing elements increase longitudinal and torsional rigidity for enhanced driving dynamics. CUE THE GRILLE That controversial M-specific frameless kidney grille, flanked with large air intakes, feeds air to the turbochargers, providing necessary cooling for the engine. Sited to the side of the lower bumper, subtle aero flicks aid high-speed stability. ALL-PAW M Come 2021, Competition models will be available with BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive for enhanced traction. REINFORCED ROOF As standard, the M3 and M4 come equipped with a lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, replete with aerodynamically optimised fins. IN SUSPENSE Both feature Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers and Servotronic steering as standard. M-specific modifications have been made to the fore and aft axles. TWINTURBO TWINS Boasting a twinturbo inline-six engine, the Bavarian twins direct power to their rear axles via either a…

prancing tribute

Inspired by the Maranello manufacturer’s racing heritage, a hint of science fiction and modern architecture references, Ferrari’s latest coach-built one-off took a little over two years to complete. According to Ferrari, the idea was to develop a futuristic yet timeless design. “The Omologata had to ooze street presence while maintaining a pure and formal design language,” said Ferrari. Based on the 812 Superfast’s architecture, the only parts carried over from the donor supercar were the windscreen and headlamps. The Omologata’s all-aluminium bodywork features bespoke styling elements such as three horizontal slats instead of a rear window; a heavily revised rear end with quad exhaust outlets; and a prominent rear spoiler which enhances aerodynamics and accentuates the supercar’s stance. Sited behind the Omologata’s flattened oval grille is Ferrari’s atmospheric 6,5-litre V12, producing…

zed’s not dead

“The Z Proto should travel between the decades, including the future. It is not a concept or study. It is a statement that a new Z is coming. Period. – Alfonso Albaisa, head of design, Nissan”…

second identity

A “global car”, the ID.4 will be manufactured in five plants across three continents. Underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, the ID.4 measures 4 584 mm bow to stern, 1 852 mm wide and 2 771 mm between axles. Ground clearance is rated at 210 mm. A high-voltage, 77 kWh battery pack sends power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. Simple yet intelligent The cabin design is minimalistic; the ID.4 ditches nearly all physical dials in favour of touch-enabled items. Various functions can also be operated via Volkswagen’s “Hello ID” voice control system. A digital instrument cluster and 12-inch infotainment display features Discover Pro Navigation. Sited below the latter is a three-zone climate control system. An augmented reality head-up display which blends on-screen graphics with…

coupé-style q5

Measuring 4 690 mm nose to tail, Audi’s latest coupé-styled SUV, the Q5 Sportback, is 7 mm longer than the standard model. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker says the in-vogue Q5 offers customers family-friendly utility while appealing to those wanting the expressive design of a purebred sportscar. Audi claims the Q5 Sportback’s luggage compartment can swallow up to 510 litres. As is the case with the facelifted Q5, the cabin features a 12,3-inch virtual cockpit instrument display and 10,1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with screen-mirroring functionality and dual-zone climate control operated via tactile dials. Beneath the bonnet, power will come from similar engine options as the Q5, while Audi has confirmed an SQ5 Sportback will join the range in the European market.…