CAR April 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.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 号


from the editor

Greetings CAR readers. It’s the April issue and that can mean only one thing: it’s time to award our Top 12 Best Buys for 2021. Yes, it’s been a trying year for the motor trade with the country’s new-car sales down 29,1% to a two-decade low on the back of coronavirus restrictions and its associated difficulties. However, to borrow a well-worn cricketing phrase: “Form is temporary and class is permanent”, and we know the bright, talented and supremely motivated people of this business are too good to be kept down for long. Now more than ever is the time to stick together and work with manufacturers to get our industry back on its feet and firing on all cylinders. Awarding our best new and used buys is a start and as…

era of e-tron

MODEL: Audi e-tron GT quattro POWER: 350 kW* TORQUE: 630 N.m 0-100 KM/H: 4,1 seconds TOP SPEED: 245 km/h *390 kW on overboost MODEL: Audi RS e-tron GT POWER: 440 kW* TORQUE: 830 N.m 0-100 KM/H: 3,3 seconds TOP SPEED: 250 km/h *475 kW on overboost SCULPTED BY THE WIND Billed as a dynamic work of art, Audi states the e-tron GT looks like it was sculpted by the wind. And it was; the e-tron GT was designed in close collaboration between Audi’s aerodynamic engineers. The painstakingly sculpted bodywork measures 4 990 mm long, 1 960 mm wide and 1 410 mm tall, lending the firm’s flagship EV a drag coefficient of just 0,24. Active aerodynamics include adjustable air inlets sited behind the single-frame grille and below the headlamps, and there’s a two-way adjustable rear spoiler which extends at speed. Three-chamber…

let’s twist again

Inspired by the iconic R5 hatchback produced from the early 1970s to the late ’90s, Renault announced that the 5 Prototype looks to reconnect with and draw inspiration from the cult model of old, “to find the spirit of those glorious times”. Similarly, the French firm believes the 5 Prototype demonstrates how Renault will democratise the EV in Europe with a reinterpretation of one of the most popular and essential cars of its era while retaining the R5’s fun and mischievous character, featuring a design similar to that of the original but with modern-day technology at its core. “The design of the Renault 5 Prototype is based on the R5, a cult model of our heritage. This prototype embodies modernity, a vehicle relevant to its time: urban, electric and attractive.”– Gilles…

clubbed to death

Boasting an upgraded version of BMW’s brawny 4,4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, the hard-hitting M5 CS has been revealed as the most powerful car in the German firm’s M portfolio to date. According to BMW, the M5 CS is set apart from its standard and Competition-badged siblings by not only an increase in power output, but from mechanical adjustments and various weight-saving measures. Myriad items, such as the bonnet, front splitter, rear spoiler and diffuser are moulded from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). BMW maintains it has retuned the fore and aft bearing springs and refined the performance sedan’s damper control to suit the lighter body. Increasing performance potential, the M5 CS’s 20-inch Gold Bronze alloys are wrapped in mixed-size Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres, measuring 275/35 front and 285/35 R20 rear. Reining…

hardcore hilux

The standard Hilux’s 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged oil-burner, producing 150 kW and 500 N.m, and six-speed self-shifter remain unchanged. However, thanks to re-gearing the front and rear differentials, Arctic Trucks maintains torque and drivability has been improved. In addition to these upgrades, the Hilux Arctic Trucks AT35 sets itself apart further still from the bakkie upon which it is based with a re-engineered frame, inner arches and bodywork. The hardcore Hilux is equipped with Arctic Trucks’ Bilstein performance suspension, featuring front springs and dampers, anti-roll bar adjustment and rear dampers with extended shackles. This setup produces an additional 40 mm and 20 mm front and rear suspension lift. Enhancing its off-road capabilities, the AT45’s 17-inch Arctic Trucks alloy wheels have been fitted with 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain rubber. A two-inch receiver hitch…

electric entry point

140 kW Power 375 N.m Torque 8,9 sec 0-100 km/h 160 km/h Top speed 486 km Electric range Revealed in EQA250 guise, the first all-electric compact crossover from Mercedes-Benz is equipped with an asynchronous electric motor driving the front wheels via a fixed-ratio transmission. Plugged into an “appropriate” charging station, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer reveals the two-deck 66,5 kWh battery pack can be replenished with a maximum output of 100 kW. This means the battery unit can be recharged to 80% in around 30 minutes. Look inside and you’ll notice the cabin is reminiscent of the GLA. However, the EQA is fitted with rose gold-coloured trim and, as this is an EV, electric-specific display elements, shown either on the seven-inch cluster or Mercedes’ MBUX widescreen. Additional variants, including a 200 kW all-wheel drive with a second electric motor on the rear…