CAR Januray 2021

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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tech adviser’s choice

OIL ADDITIVES I remember a time when oil additives were very popular and regularly advertised. A certain brand was running an infomercial campaign on television where the product added so much extra protection and lubrication that the engine oil was drained from the engine and the vehicle could still be driven for a considerable distance. To make things worse, even sand was thrown into the engine and it kept running! Why do I not see as many additives advertised anymore and is it a good idea to invest in some of these products because our local fuel quality cannot be trusted? DAVID GREYLING Centurion We remember those ads! Seeing is not always believing, as any engine running without oil with sand on the moving parts would certainly sustain terminal damage. The reason why…

r you ready?

Debuting a newly developed 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, equipped with selective wheel torque-split not only between the fore and aft axles, but between individual rear wheels, the new halo Golf now features – in addition to its standard driving modes – a Special and Drift mode, selected via a steering wheel-mounted R button. Special, says Volkswagen, was developed at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, while Drift is intended to be explored within the safe confines of a racetrack. Yeah, right … On the outside, model-specific bumpers and DRLs distinguish the R from its GTI sibling. A two-part roof-mounted rear spoiler enhances aerodynamics. Other bespoke items include Nappa leather seats and sport steering wheel with blue contrast stitching. Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit and 10-inch Discover Pro touchscreen infotainment system are also present and correct. BMW M135i xDRIVE Engine:…

winning letter

SAFETY FIRST I’m sure many of us petrolheads read through the specifications which take up many pages at the back of each issue of CAR and are proud that we remember so many of the specifications and prices. This dubious delight aside, there is one glaring omission that puzzles me every time. Why don’t you publish the NCAP or equivalent safety rating of the cars sold in this country? Some manufacturers use our lack of emphasis on safety to sell cars in South Africa with much lower safety ratings than those they sell in “developed” countries – without airbags, ABS, ESC – under the pretence that local regulations don’t require such necessities (they probably don’t). Institutions such as the AA and magazines like CAR should be at the forefront of pressuring…

car guide

Notes • The PRICES shown are the latest available at the time of going to press. Our deadline occurred on 19 November 2020. Readers should check with a dealer before making a decision. • The HP payment calculations are based on a 10% deposit, current prime interest rate and a 60-month repayment period with no residual at the end. • Under ENGINE we list the number of cylinders and the cubic capacity in cm3 . Here, V = V-shaped engine layout; H = horizontally-opposed engine layout; The absence of an initial symbol implies an in-line engine layout. • FUEL SUPPLY abbreviations are P = petrol-engined; D = diesel-engined; T = turbocharged, a compressor driven by exhaust gases; S = supercharged, a compressor driven by the engine; P/H = petrol-hybrid and E = electric. • POWER…

jaguar xj-s (1983-’96)

Model: Jaguar XJ-S HE 0 to 100 km/h: 9,2 seconds Top speed: 218 km/h Fuel index: 13,0 L/100 km Price: R64 300 CAR test: January 1983 (also January 1989) The XJ-S predecessor’s design was almost impossible to improve upon. It took a while to gel with Jaguar fans but it happened and production lasted for 20 years. The first generation was not officially imported into South Africa but the second version with the high-efficiency engine started arriving in 1983. PACKAGING This car is large. The designers must have decided, above all else, that superseding models should always be larger than their predecessors. Although, this does have the benefit of four seats instead of two. The bonnet is as long as the E-Type’s, but then it needs to be, to house the V12 mill…

maximum attack

It was a truly magical sight for a CAR Performance Shootout: the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 sat in the pits as road test engineer Peter Palm strapped Vbox data-logging equipment into its passenger seat for a hot lap. It's the first time since John Bentley and his team lapped a 911 GT3 RS around a makeshift course at Upington Airport in 2008 that a contender from Zuffenhausen has graced us with its presence on track. The big question was whether this lightweight machine could claim a time worthy of its GT4 moniker. Some of the more powerful competitors would be tough to beat. Thankfully the conditions at Killarney Raceway were near perfect. Overcast with a slight 19 km/h northerly wind; temperatures had stabilised at 22 degrees Celsius, ideal conditions for fast…