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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.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Greetings CAR readers. Welcome to another legendary Performance Shootout. The 13th consecutive Performance Shootout since John Bentley took his team to Upington airfield and laid out a makeshift racetrack for Sarel van der Merwe in 2008. Moreover, CAR has run a performance issue every January from as long ago as the 1960s. It’s an honour and privilege to add my name to that list. As is so often the case with what has become something of an institution in South African motoring, the question was: how do we move the format along creatively and continue to push the boundaries, but still hold onto what makes Shootout special? In the planning phase of this year’s event – against the backdrop of much COVID-19 uncertainty – we knew its success hinged on the…

2 min
pure-blooded bug

“The Bolide answers the question, what if Bugatti built a track-focused hypercar that met all the FIA’s safety requirements … Driving the Bolide is like riding on a cannonball.” - Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti Based on the Chiron, the Bolide is endowed with the most powerful iteration of Molsheim’s W16 petrol engine which, in this application, now boasts two pairs of uprated turbochargers. When fed 110 octane racing fuel, the optimised motor produces a scarcely believable 1 361 kW and 1 850 N.m of torque (the latter available from a mere 2 000 r/min). The top speed, claims Bugatti, is “well above 500 km/h”; getting to the quintuple-tonne marker from standstill in 20,16 seconds; while 0-100 km/h takes just 2,17 seconds. According to computer simulations, the Bolide is capable of…

2 min
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:…

4 min
porsche unseen showcase

No one colours inside the lines better than Porsche, right? More than five decades of carefully massaged 911s taught us that. The epitome of evolution over revolution, few carmakers have been as traditionally risk-averse. Sure, we saw the occasional concept cars: the bonkers Panamericana and beautiful Boxster, and low-volume supercars: 959 and Carrera GT. But when it came to expanding the model line-up, cars such as the 914, 924, 944 and 928 failed to gain similar generational momentum. As a result, we used to joke that a designer at Porsche had the easiest job in the world. Every five years or so they’d go into the Weissach studio, tweak the 911’s iconic lines – add an inch to both wheelbase and wheel size, increase windscreen angle one degree, change the…

2 min
electric hum(mer)

“I’ll be back”, was the iconic catchphrase from Arnold Schwarzenegger in the science fiction film The Terminator. Now, the military vehicle made famous by the Austrian actor has made its return … as an all-electric super-bakkie, boasting three electric motors, a unique e4WD drive system and four-wheel steering featuring a CrabWalk function, which allows for diagonal driving. In addition, Ultravision tech – comprising underbody cameras – and Extract Mode – which raises the ride height by 149 mm – aids the Hummer EV when traversing extreme off-road situations. Allowing plenty of light into the cabin, the (removable) roof panels are transparent. The interior features a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and 13-inch touch-enabled infotainment display which relays music through a 14-speaker Bose sound system. 746* kW 15 591* N.m 3,0 seconds 0-96 km/h >563 km* electric…

1 min
a cool thing

1962 Ferrari 268 SP front end Price: £18 500 (±R378 000) If you truly appreciate Ferrari’s rich motorsport history, this flawless 1:1 scale replica of a 268 SP is a must-have in your memorabilia collection. This unique model celebrates the timeless appeal of a historic racing car with its powerful 2,7-litre V8 engine. Authenticity is ensured as it is made in Italy from the highest quality materials. • Certificate of authenticity signed by the Scuderia Ferrari team principal • Available with stand • Approximately 20 kg including stand. • Composed with 100% aluminium…