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topCar May 2015

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drivers wanted

THE GERMANS ARE turning up the heat across the performance car world right now, setting tongues wagging and hearts racing in every street from Milnerton to Maranello. As usual, TopCar is the first in South Africa to bring you the latest drives and verdicts on the most exciting performance machines making headlines the world over. We start with an exclusive drive in the most performance-orientated Porsche Cayman yet, the GT4. Remember those prototypes lapping the infamous Nürburgring? Well it’s here, complete with 911 engine, manual gearbox and fixed rear wing. Best of all, you can buy one now. We then give you all the in-depth information on Audi’s incredible new R8 fresh from its debut in Geneva. The first R8 was a game-changer for the four rings right up there with…

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this is why we love bentley (and the accountants don’t)

IT’S TOUGH AT the top. The pace of change in the car industry is such that it’s no longer enough to have a successful rule-changing model such as the Continental making the cash registers of Crewe ring loud with luxury lucre. If you stand still in this game, you’ll lose both market share and profit. Hence Bentley unveiling the striking new EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car at the recent Geneva motor show. It’s our first official look at the baby Bentley sports car we first revealed two years ago and shows that VW’s luxury arm is hellbent on staying ahead of rivals both external (BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla) and internal (that’s you, expansionist Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini). The Speed 6 is a two-door coupe with a dramatically refreshed wardrobe to signal change…

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it’s still a mad,mad world

SWEDISH SUPERCAR maker Koenigsegg’s latest effort is called the Regera, a word that translates as ‘to reign’. With a total power output in the region of 1.11 megawatts (thereby making it a ‘megacar’), it’s propelled by an 820kW twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 supplemented by a further 522kW from three electric motors – one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft. It claims the title of world’s most powerful production car. But that isn’t even the mad part. No. The mad part is the gearbox: there isn’t one. Instead the Regera uses a single-speed direct drive all the way from 0-400kph, a journey it makes in under 20sec. Unimpressed? Try 150-250kph in 3.2sec. Or how the hydraulics that control the active aero and suspension also remotely operate the boot, bonnet and…

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five race series to follow in 2015

1 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP WHY WATCH? These are the best drivers in the world ‘GOOD DRIVERS,’ rally hero Walter Röhrl once said, ‘have dead flies on the side windows.’ Decimating the world’s insect population this year are the likes of reigning champ Sébastien Ogier and ex-F1 star Robert Kubica, who continues to combine terrifying pace with an equally terrifying tendency to crash. Legend Sébastien Loeb still can’t resist returning for the occasional outing for Citroën, trading fastest times with Ogier’s VW Polo WRC at the season-opening Monte before clouting a rock in a rare error – even the best get it wrong sometimes. WHO TO WATCH: Elfyn Evans and Kris Meeke are the British hopes WHERE TO WATCH: SuperSport 2 INDYCAR WHY WATCH? Racing doesn’t get much closer than this WANT VARIETY? IndyCar has it. Not from…

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lexus really goes to town

LEXUS RECKONS that in a future world filled with autonomous automobiles (still TBC, obviously), driving could become the ultimate luxury. That this is clearly nonsense is illustrated by the concept it’s chosen to associate with the assertion: not some kind of fancy sports car but this funny looking tiddler right here. It’s called the LF-SA, and it’s a concept city car. The Fiat 500 maaaybe worried. Or possibly it won’t. The extraordinarily brutal styling starts with a giant rendition of the Lexus ‘spindle’ grille, and gets wilder from there. At just 3.4m long, 1.7m wide and 1.4m high it’s shorter but squatter than an Aygo, and all-round bigger than the iQ; inside, 2+2 seating places an emphasis on the driver with a fixed seat and adjustable wheel and pedals, in recognition…

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3 series goes three-pot!

THE NEXT BMW 3 Series will be the most efficient yet, with at least two plug-in hybrid models and a miserly three-cylinder engine promising to dip below the 100g/km CO2 emissions threshold. The new car, codenamed G20, will also major on improved dynamics, better quality materials and enhanced safety in a bid to reclaim ground lost to the sea-changed Mercedes C-Class. The hybrid options will be a 1.5-litre with a 60kW e-motor good for a 48km range, and a 2.0-litre with a 90kW motor offering 80 EV km. The more conventional modular four- and six-pot engines will still account for the bulk of sales, however. The next M3/M4 will adopt electronic turbos and water injection, inspired by the forthcoming current-generation M4 GTS. The dynamic brief is to fuse cushy ride with sportier…