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CAR February 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. As is so often the case after our big Performance Shootout in December and January, the February issue tends to be a bit of a hodge-podge … like Christmas leftovers for Boxing Day lunch. Manufacturers shut down for the holidays – as do we – and new-car launches and test drives are in short supply. Even factoring this into our planning for the month, an orchestrated and pleasing thread began to appear as we knuckled down to work. Page 42’s Epic Drive features two closely matched Jaguar Land Rover products (and one down-to-earth Mazda to keep them honest). The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner in the comparative test on page 58 are near impossible to split. There’s the BMW X50i and X5 M Competition group test on…

2 min
new chapter

Penned by Jowyn Wong, the designer responsible for the Apollo IE and De Tomaso P72, Naran Automotive says its hyper-coupé looks brutal yet beautiful; “a true embodiment of art on wheels”. The handcrafted carbon-composite bodywork is wrapped around a set of 22-inch hybrid-carbon alloys, housing carbon-ceramic discs originally developed for 24-hour endurance racing. The Naran’s bespoke double-wishbone suspension arrangement features adjustable anti-roll bars and camber and toe adjustments, which allow a driver to alter the four-seater’s dynamics to suit their driving style for whichever track they’re on. A GT3 racing-derived cooling system feeds air into a twinturbo 5,0-litre V8 petrol engine. Developed with German firm Racing Dynamics, the front mid-mounted engine produces 781 kW and 1 036 N.m of torque. Power can be relayed to either all four corners or –…

2 min
intelligent x

1. FIFTH-GENERATION E DRIVE Two electric motors and high-voltage, 100 kWh battery produces 370 kW. BMW claims a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5,0 seconds. The Bavarian automaker says the iX is capable of travelling up to 600 km on a full charge. 2. DIGITAL GRILLE Flanking the slim LED headlamps, the iX’s prominent vertical kidney grille acts as a multifunction intelligence panel. Housing an array of camera and radar technologies for the advanced driver-assistance system, BMW says it paves the way for autonomous driving. 3. PURPOSEFUL PROPORTIONS The iX’s dimensions are comparable to that of the X5 in length and width (4 922 mm and 2 004 mm respectively), while the sloping roofline nearly matches the height of the X6. 4. AERO OPTIMISED An aerodynamically optimised underbody section and rear end, including these Air Performance wheels…

1 min
go-anywhere sorento

Custom-built by Californian firm LGE-CTE Motorsports, the Kia Sorento Yosemite Edition (seen here) and Zion Edition are based on the North American X-Line model, which features increased ride height and a more advanced all-wheel-drive system. Dressed in a matte Pine Green finish, the Yosemite is “conceived for high-elevation adventuring and mountain living” says the Korean carmaker. Developed for “stomping dunes”, the Zion (applicably finished in gloss Desert Sand body colour) is dubbed as a desert-escape vehicle. Whereas the Zion is equipped with a full-length cargo top, the Yosemite boasts a roof rack and roof-mounted LED lights. Both models feature skid plates and brush guards, bespoke fender flares and 20-inch alloy wheels, which are fitted with 32-inch all-terrain rubber.…

1 min
alfresco supercar

The Project S1 Spyder is endowed with a Chevrolet Corvette-sourced 6,2-litre V8 petrol engine. The mid-mounted, naturally aspirated engine sends 522 kW and 969 N.m of torque exclusively to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Ares Design claims the roofless supercar is capable of reaching the three-figure marker in a mere 2,7 seconds. Ensuring the occupants remain undisturbed from the wind when travelling at speed, advanced aerodynamic deflectors sited in front of the cockpit direct airflow over their heads and into the intakes sited behind the headrests. Handcrafted in Nappa leather and Alcantara trim, the interior is tastefully divided in two by the centre console which is fitted with a vertical touchscreen. Only 24 units of the Project S1 Spyder will be produced.…

1 min
a cool thing

Peccary Leather Driving Gloves by The Outlierman Price: €430 (±R7 850) These Peccary leather driving gloves offer charismatic style and rare craftsmanship. Made in Italy, the limited-edition gloves are renowned for their unique strength and softness. The distinctive woven design is crafted by hand using a traditional technique, known only by a few skilled craftsmen. The result is a product that is of exclusive quality and versatile charm. • Comes packaged in a luxury carry case • Hand-woven Peccary and Nappa leather • Available in seven different colours…