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topCar February 2016

Topcar provides unmissable coverage of the wide world of cars in a monthly magazine loaded with beautiful images, in-depth analysis and unbiased opinion by a passionate team of experts.

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Media 24 Ltd
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burn baby, burn

I WON’T LIE, I almost didn’t write a welcome note this month. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I was anticipating being elected as our country’s next Minister of Finance since we just went through three in one week (at last count), and I figure I’m as qualified as at least one of them. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as capable of commenting on politics as I am doing an eight-page feature on crocheting a onesie or baking a tart, but since we at TopCar have a duty to You-The-Consumer, I can’t ignore the fact that we live in a tortured economy with a free-falling rand and subsequently an exchange rate, not to mention interest rate, set to cripple us all. This will…

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all-new s90: stylish, smart and not another 5 series

Fusion front end S90 face borrows heavily from XC90 and 2013’s Concept Coupe, but also riffs on P1800 with a concave grille. Thor’s hammer LED running lights bring the bling Wagon will roll V90 estate due 2016, which will delight the wagon-mad. Expect rakish 21st-century back end rather than trad Volvo wardrobe-on-wheels Lounge cool Textured plastic banished in favour of hide, timber, glass and a touchscreen to fall in love with (big, clever menus, works if you’re wearing gloves) Polestar to follow XC90 chassis should make for accomplished ride and handling. Steering said to be nicely taut and direct. Hot Polestar verison will bring the sport BY 2020 VOLVO hopes to have established itself as a true premium alternative, but the success of XC90 – positive response to interior and exterior design, far higher than predicted take-up of…

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that establishment in full…

BMW 5 SERIES: Will borrow much from the tech powerhouse 7 Series, including strategic use of carbon, gesture control and a raft of autopilot driver assistance systems. JAGUAR XF: We wish the styling was a little braver but at least the body’s wrought in lightweight aluminium and the Jag drives like a dream. AUDI A6: Last updated in 2014 and still a contender on refinement if not driving thrills. If the new A6 in 2017 steers like the new A4, we’re in. MERCEDES E-CLASS: V6 engines are out – in come straight-sixes, plug-in diesels and a sub-100g/km CO2 downsized four with 91kW.…

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first look: merc e-class

STEP INSIDE the new 2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class and it’s hard to tell whether you’re sitting in a motor show concept or a smaller version of the S-Class limousine. Headline features include a huge, floating widescreen-display and more LED lights than the Builder’s Warehouse Christmas aisle. We’ve been at the home of Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart to see what we can expect from the 2016 saloon. Futuristic, multi-layered E-Class dashboard The new E’s dashboard wraps around from door to door and frames the new widescreen display, which is backlit by LED strips to give a modernist, floating effect. There are no traditional bulbs used in the interior at all and the LED ambient lighting can be customised with a choice of 64 colours. Pick the optional Burmester 3D stereo and its front door tweeters…

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clubsport porsches

Race-ready riot Cayman GT4 Clubsport (2015) Love the Cayman GT4 but hate manual gearboxes? Here’s the solution. Unfortunately, you’ll also need a trailer and a lot of track time to enjoy the Clubsport’s dual-clutch auto – it’s aimed at recreational racers and isn’t road legal. 1300kg, 283kW, GT3 Cup suspension. Derek Bell’s company car on steroids 924 GTS Clubsport (1981) Legendary racer Derek Bell famously owns a 924 GTS, given to him by Porsche when they were new. But much as the GTS was a limited-run 183kW evolution of the 157kW 924 Carrera GT, 15 GTS Clubsports were also produced, complete with race-spec bodywork, roll cage and 209kW. Rave-era refugee 968 Clubsport (1993-1995) The 968 Clubsport was remarkable – not least because it cost less than the standard car, despite 100kg weight reduction, bigger wheels and lowered suspension.…

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pug of war! your guide to dakar 2016

1 FINISHING IS A RESULT, WINNING A BONUS Much may have changed, not least the continents on which it’s run (security fears prompted a switch to South America in 2009) but the Dakar is still hard as nails, breaking weak machinery and minds with impunity. This year’s epic will run over 4717 off-road kilometres and last a full two weeks (3-16 January). Starting in Rosario and finishing in Buenos Aries, Argentina, this year’s stages will have everything: treacherous mountain tracks, suspension-crunching boulder fields and towering sand dunes. The stages get tougher as the event progresses, forcing teams to pace themselves. 2 REMEMBER SEBASTIAN LOEB? HE’S IN IT Fresh from being dropped from Citroen’s WTCC effort, all eyes will be on nine-time WRC champ Loeb as he jumps into a Peugeot and gets back to doing…

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