Month: October 2018

McLaren Speedtail: Fastest McLaren ever made.

McLaren Speedtail is McLaren’s first Hyper-GT.

The hype has been building. McLaren teased us all with limited information and obscure images of the McLaren Speedtail but today, everything was dropped. Well almost everything. The McLaren Speedtail is the first Hyper-GT model by the brand. They say it is the ” ultimate McLaren road car with extreme performance”.

McLaren Speedtail

Just like the McLaren F1, the Speedtail features a central driving position with two seats either side. Encapsulating these seats is a teardrop styled cabin, built on a bespoke Monocage carbon fibre structure. Elegance has been created through reduction. Every body panel is carbon fibre and designed to reduce drag. It’s features like these that result in the Speedtail having the lowest drag coefficient of any road going McLaren vehicle. Interestingly, Speedtail is narrower than the P1 but over half a metre longer to more resemble the teardrop shape.

The Speedtail is beautiful in some senses and weird in others. From the front, sleek, sharp lines and narrow lights posses real beauty. The rear is also pretty astonishing, however, the side profile is quite unusual, and the wheel covers kind of throw me off. There is doubting though that this is one special vehicle.

McLaren Speedtail

Powertrain & Performance

The details on Speedtail’s powertrain have yet to be released. We do know that it has a dry weight of 1430kg and produces 1036bhp, that’s 772Kw. It may sound like a lot, but it’s still shy of Bugatti’s Cheron (1,479bhp) and the Koenigsegg’s Agera RS (1,341bhp).

0-300km/h time is reached in just 12.8 seconds. To put this into perspective, the McLaren p1 accomplished this feat in 16.5 seconds. There was talk that the Speedtail would reach 300mph (482 km/h). It doesn’t but still achieves a grand top speed of 250mph (403km/h). Still, this makes the Speedtail the fastest McLaren ever built, beating the Mclaren F1 by 7 mph. McLaren partnered with Pirelli to design and produce a bespoke P-ZERO tyre to make speeds like this possible.

Something that you will instantly notice is the carbon fibre front-wheel static aero covers. These are used to reduce drag and work by remaining in a fixed position as the wheels rotate.  keeping the air ‘attached’ to the vehicle and allowing it to flow onwards the door blades and rear of the vehicle. McLaren explains in detail how the wheel covers work with other aerodynamic elements.

” The static wheel covers work in conjunction with multiple ducts and air paths to reduce turbulent air within the wheelarches. As air passes out of the LTRs, for instance, it is vented into the front wheelarches. From there – together with heat energy generated by the lightweight, carbon ceramic braking system – the air is channeled through the ducts in the fixed front wheel aero cover in a consistent flow pattern. Pressure within the wheelarches is also reduced via the lower door vents, which draw the turbulent air created by the rotating front wheels out of the arches and drive it smoothly along the sides of the McLaren Speedtail “

Similar to the Audi e-tron, the Speedtail doesn’t feature any wing mirrors. Instead, two discreet high-def cameras glide out of the side doors when the ignition is activated. Why? Simple, mirrors create plenty of air turbulence that isn’t wanted when you are trying to reach 400km/h.

McLaren Speedtail

Central Driving Position

The driving position of the Speedtail is in the centre of the cockpit. McLaren tell us this provides a perfectly balanced view of out of the windscreen. Access to the main central seat is made easy by directional leather which makes it easy to ‘slide in’ . Once seated, a state-of-the-art control system is at the drivers disposal. High def displays and touch screens remove nearly every button found in a traditional car. Above the drivers head are panels and dials which control windows, engine start/stop, the Active Dynamics Panel and also engage Velocity mode. This cabin blows me away and looks more like something you would find in a spaceship, not a car.

Velocity Mode

Velocity mode has been specifically developed for the Speedtail. To reach 403km/h, this mode needs to be engaged.  It optimises the powertrain for high-speed running, whilst also adjusting the angles of rear ailerons. Further, the Speedtail is lowered by 35mm and electronic mirrors are retracted to improve aerodynamical performance.

Pricing and customisation

Due to the fact that only 106 models will be made, McLaren has been able to push vehicle personalisation into unchartered territory. McLaren’s vision was to create the ultimate in bespoke vehicle design. From using specially selected Scandinavian hides which undergoes a five-week tanning process in vegetable oils. To customers being able to select unique stitch patterns in whichever colour they wish and bespoke decorative forms can be created within the leather through digital quilting. We don’t need to go into too much detail here, but know that every Speedtail will be unique. This is expected though, especially for a price tag of at least £1.75 million. ( R27,261,000 at the time of writing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volkswagen T-Cross: VW’s first ever small SUV.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross.

Meet the Volkswagen T-Cross, VW’S first ever small SUV aimed at urban life and living.  Based on the MQB platform, the T-Cross is much more compact than the Tiguan. From the first images we have seen the T-Cross looks fun and funky. While I’m not a fan of the rear, it has a fairly cute overall appeal. T-Cross is shorter than the T-Roc, making it better for city living. Its 4-metre length still provides enough space for 5 people, with the rear row of seats being able to slide 14cm to provide more leg room or more luggage space.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Four engine options are available, three petrol and one diesel. The two 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines generate 70 kW and 85 kW. T The top of the range model features a 1.5 TSI four-cylinder petrol motor producing 100kW. The singular diesel offering comes in form of a 1.6 TDI four-cylinder engine producing 70 kW. While the T-Cross is a small SUV, I worry that the two 1.0 TSI engine options won’t provide enough meat and leave the T-Cross feeling a little sluggish. Time will tell in this regard.

Volkswagen T-Cross Interior

Standard tech on the T-Cross comes in truckloads.  Safety systems such as Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring, City Emergency Braking System, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert are all standard. The Driver Alert System, adaptive cruise control and park assist are all optional extras. VW say the T-Cross has the ” highest level of networking and connectivity with the outside world”. We don’t exactly know what that means as yet. What we do know is the T-Cross comes with 4 USB ports. You can never have enough USB ports.

Production of the T-cross will take place in Navarra at VW’s Spanish Volkswagen. BY 2019, Volkswagen is set to invest some one billion euros there to assist the strong growth in the market of compact SUVs, with a 10% increase in job creation.

Volkswagen T-Cross in South Africa

The good news is that the T-Cross will be coming to South Africa in 2019. We don’t have pricing yet but we think the T-Cross will have a great appeal if the pricing is right. T-Cross will add to VW’s ever expanding range of SUVs. Whilst it varies around the world, in South Africa we now have Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faster, Sharper and More Performance: 2019 Audi R8

2019 Audi R8

Updated 2019 Audi R8

It’s safe to say that the Audi R8 is one of the prettiest cars on the road. It’s only ever improved as every new model and facelift has been released to the world. This stands true with the 2019 Audi R8 released just today. The updated V10 R8 is also now much closer to its motorsport siblings,  the R8 LMS GT3 and R8 LMS GT4, as it shares over 50% of parts from these track-bred machines.

Updated Audi R8

Design

One will instantly notice a much-improved design of the 2019 Audi R8, sharper lines and harsher edges give the updated R8 an even sportier and aggressive look. It looks nimble, fast and ruthless. In my personal opinion, it looks fantastic and is a great evolution from the previous model.

Updated Audi R8 front

Three exterior packages are available for customers of the new R8. These engine variant dependant packages add various highlights to the splitters and diffusers. If desired, the Audi badge can be specced in gloss black. There are also new paint colours in the range, Kemora Gray and Ascari Blue. 19″ wheels are standard, with ultralight 20″ rims available as an option.

Updated Audi R8 Interior

Engines

The 2019 Audi R8 still features the glorious 5.2-litre V10 motor, but now with more power. The standard model now produces 419kW and 550N.m, an increase of 22kW and 10Nm. The Audi R8 V10 performance model has a different tune, with 456kW and 580N.m on tap. This power increase results in a 0-100 km/h time of 3.1 seconds.

Updated Audi R8 Rear

Suspension

The suspension on the 2019 R8 has also undergone updates. The electromechanical power steering and optional dynamic steering has been tuned to provide more stability and precision when cornering. Depending on engine choice, three additional drive programs have been added to the drive select system. These modes are dry, wet and snow.

Updated Audi R8 V10

2019Audi R8 Pricing and Availability in South Africa.

Overall,  the 2019 R8 offers a better all-round package. It looks better and produces more power, so what’s not to love? The new models will go on sale throughout Europe in early 2019, we don’t know when they will arrive in South Africa just yet. let’s hope for later next year.

 

Audi Brand Experience Singapore

Audi Brand Experience

Audi Brand Experience Singapore 

If you asked me to describe the future of motoring in just a few sentences, EV and Autonomous driving would be my words of choice. Incidentally, these are two areas in the automotive industry in which Audi are spending plenty of time, research and money.

Audi invited us to the Audi Brand Experience, hosted in the fantastic city of Singapore, to get a closer look at new Audi products coming in the near future and those a little further away. You may not have noticed it, but it’s been a quiet year for Audi South Africa with little in the way of new product to the SA market. This is due to a bottleneck at manufacturer plants caused by new WLTP testing (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure). Also the unfortunate fact is that SA is currently not a key market.

However, 2019 will bring a wide range of new Audi product with facelifted A1 and Q3 models on their way, along with A6, A7, A8, Q8 and the highly anticipated, e-tron – Audi’s first all-electric vehicle.

Audi Brand Experience

 

Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

As we arrived at the Audi Brand Experience, a wide range of current and future Audi vehicle’s were on display, and before the live show and presentation, we had the chance to browse the selection.   As a bunch of petrol heads naturally would, we migrated to the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo. Originally created for the actual game, this futuristic beauty was brought to life. Featuring 3 electric motors and 1-speed drive, the e-tron Gran Turismo produces 600kW (815bhp) and 990 Nm of torque. This results in a 0-100km/h time of 2.5 seconds.

Audi e-tron vision gran turismo

Audi AICON

Another eye-catcher was the Audi AICON. A level 5 autonomous, completely electric concept car. With futuristic front and rear lighting, as well as a smooth bubble design with large doors opening into a cabin that more resembles a German home. This was definitely one of those “distant future” kind of vehicles. Even so, it was remarkably striking and I found myself staring probably a little too much. Those lovely swivel seats were so inviting, however to make it into the cabin I would of needed to take on the very, let’s say strict, German lady who seemed to be playing the role of engineer and security – I didn’t fancy my chances.

Audi AICON Rear

Audi AICON Inside

2019 Vehicles

The live show presented to us vehicles throughout the Audi range. More importantly, new sedan models – A6, A7 ,A8 and then Q8, E-Tron and Elaine. Audi SA have not predicted too many sales for the new sedans, they have never been huge sellers in SA and many drivers are moving towards the SUV market. Still, the new models looked great from both inside and out.

The A7’s running day lights really caught my eye and I thought they looked pretty special. We also tested out the Magic Carpet Contol System in the A8. A system which scans the road ahead for bumps/ uneven surfaces and adjusts the suspension on each wheel independently. We tried and tested this out on a raised platform, this wasn’t just a gimmick, it really did work and the results were fantastic. The A8 is also level 3 semi-autonomous, which none of the A8’s direct competitors have yet managed.

Audi Q8

To really get a sense  of a vehicles size and presence, sometimes you need to get up close and personal. This was the case for me with regards to the Audi Q8. Strong, sporty and substantial are words I would use to describe Audi’s flagship SUV. I’ve seen plenty of images before, but it looked so much better in the flesh. Strong, sharp lines will really give it presence on the road, whilst the interior features Audi’s new tech with upper and lower screens located in the centre console for control of vehicle functions. There seemed to be plenty of space all round as well.

I have a feeling the Q8 will do extremely well in South Africa as it has been doing overseas. We can expect the Audi Q8 to arrive in South Africa around quarter 2.  There will be two engines available. The Q8 55, which is a 3.0 V6 TFSI and will produce 250 kW. Whilst the Q8 45  is the 3.0 TDI variant producing 183 kW.

Audi Q8

Time to get electric  

If you didn’t know, you probably wouldn’t notice the e-tron was an all electric vehicle.  Audi have decided to keep the design very similar to its current design language across the Q range. It’s much bigger and has more presence than I anticipated after seeing images. In terms of size, it’s bigger than the Q5 but smaller than the Q7.  The closed front grille emphasises it’s electric nature whilst the full-length rear light bar also gives it some uniqueness in the range.  A car like the e-tron justifies its own article, you can continue reading here:

Audi Elaine

If you asked to describe what Elaine is, I would say it’s the halfway point between the e-tron and the AICON. It’s Sports Activity Coupe’s nature and cool styling gives off a fun and funky ora. Elaine is also fully electric and focuses on adapting itself to the drivers’ behavioural patterns and reliving the driver of as many inputs as possible. She’s Level 4 autonomous which means unlike the AICON, it still has a steering wheel. I hope if or when Elaine makes it into production, Audi stick as closey as possible to the design and awesome use of LED lighting.

Audi Elaine

 

Overview

All in all, our Audi brand experience in Singapore was fantastic.  As petrol heads, it’s pretty difficult not to enjoy a car show, however it’s great to get up-close and personal and experience future product coming in 2019. The show also gave us a much deeper insight into how important Audi is taking EV, there statement after all is “ Electric has gone Audi”. While many brands are dabbling in electric and hybrid, Audi are committing to a future cause. They are not only looking at the near future, but also the distant future and are putting the work in now to be leaders in this field.

Audi e-tron: Audi’s first production electric vehicle.

Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron is coming to South Africa.

You’ve probably heard about the Audi e-tron, if you haven’t, it’s not the name of a spaceship, or your best friends dog. Rather it’s Audi’s production ready, first EV vehicle. There has been big press around this vehicle over the past few weeks, with international press already driving the vehicle. We headed with Audi South Africa to Singapore for the Audi Brand Experience. Here we had a chance to get up close and personal with many of the new vehicles coming to SA in 2019- Including the e-tron.

Audi e-tron

Design and size

Surprisingly to many, the e-tron’s design doesn’t fledge far away from the design language of current Q models. It’s bold, features sharp lines and a new rear light setup similar to that of the Q8. One will instantly notice the closed-off grille, which is one of a few unique design features which allow you to recognise it as an electric Audi. e-tron is a meaty SUV and is similar in size when compared to the Q8, whilst being slightly smaller than the Q7. There is no mistaking that in the flesh this is one pretty vehicle.

Audi e-tron

Range

Times are changing, and soon, we will live in a time when you will no longer ask the guy next to you at the traffic lights how much power his vehicles produces but rather, “ How’s your range?” Yes the most asked and debated question when it comes to electric vehicles. Range, range, range.

Picture this, your heading to Durban from the concrete jungle for a long weekend of sun, surf and sand. You jump in your vehicle, setup the perfect playlist, buy snacks for bae, or the kids, or both, and head off down the N3 in wake of the coast. After an early start to beat the traffic, you’re now ready for the classic South African road trip meal – Wimpy. After a short but satisfying 30-minute stop in Harrismith, you jump back into your vehicle and finish off an easy run to Durban.  Sound like a dream? Not at all, this is a trip many have completed. Now imagine doing that in an electric vehicle, no I’m not delusional, e-tron makes it possible.

The e-tron’s range is impressive, 425km’s to be exact. Whilst you may be doing quick math and realising that roughly 200km’s less than you’d need for a trip like the above, you’re missing one very important factor- a 150kW fast charge system.  In just 30 minutes or the amount of time it takes you to finish a Dagwood sandwich and supreme size chocolate milkshake, your Audi e-tron will be charged to at least 80% capacity.  Range anxiety will no longer become a factor. Furthermore, these charging facilities are due to be installed in Harrismith, and eventually all around the country. Making trips like this a reality.

Normal but not so normal

There is a stereotype when it comes to EV vehicles because various concept cars have shown them to be these futuristic tech-laden machines. In reality, the e-tron is very normal. For the most part, it follows Audi’s design language and looks like an Audi. It features Audi’s new cockpit which features an upper and lower screen in the centre console. This is much like the Q8 and other new models going forward. It also has more space in the rear thanks to the removal of the transmission tunnel. All in all, it’s very normal, and I really like that about the Audi e-tron.

Audi e-tron rear

Having said this, when you look closely it may be less normal than you think. There are some very cool pieces of tech in this vehicle and one of them is Audi’s side mirrors or lack of them. The Audi e-tron doesn’t feature standard wing mirrors. Rather virtual mirrors in the form of a slim bar which features a live camera. This image is then displayed on the inside of each door. It’s a world first and helps massively with efficiency and well, looks damn cool. There are other world firsts as well, such as the electrohydraulic brake control system which in conjunction with the electric motors, provides braking while also regenerating the electric battery. So while from the exterior it looks pretty normal, there is plenty of fancy tech working hard under the body.

Audi e-tron back

Audi e-tron pricing in South Africa and Arrival

 Audi e-tron is planned for arrival in South Africa during Q3 of 2019. We have no pricing at this stage, however, the vehicle will retail for 80,000 euros in Germany. We don’t know what the currency will be doing next year, but this does give us a rough estimation.

Learn more and register your interest here.

5 highlights of the new Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo

The Porsche Panamera has gone from strength to strength since its introduction in 2011. Now Porsche has introduced two new models into the second gen range, the Panamera GTS and Panamera Sport Turismo.  Here are 5 things you need to know.

V8 Powerplant

A 4.0 V8 biturbo powerplant is at the heart of the new GTS models, with outs of 338kW(460hp) and 620Nm.  This is an increase of over 15Kw and 100Nm over the previous model, with the sports exhaust system adding to the whole experience. With the standard Sport Chrono package and Porsche’s PTM all-wheel drive system, the Panamera will sprint to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds.

Porsche Panamera GTS Engine

 

Three-chamber air suspension

The Panamera GTS models now come standard with three-chamber air suspension. This system provides comfort when needed but also performance when desired.  If find yourself on an open stretch of twisty road,  the GTS’s lower sports chassis and sportier Active Suspension Management is said to provide great driving dynamics. Something that can’t be said for every saloon.

Porsche Panamera GTS

GTS Styling

Black highlights have now been included on the new Panamera GTS models. These can be found on the front, rear and other areas of the car. These highlights fall under the Sport Design package, which also includes 20″ wheels for the exterior, and black Alcantara set off anodised aluminium trim on the inside. Porsche’s GTS models have always given that little extra in stealthy styling.

Porsche Panamera GTS Styling

New Head-up display

Latest technologies are available on the Panamera GTS models, such as the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, adaptive cruise control and optional ear steering. However,  new to the entire Panamera range a head-up display which can be configured to the driver’s preferences.

 Porsche Panamera GTS Interior

First ever Panamera GTS Sport Turismo

The new GTS Sport Turismo is a first for Porsche and is even more suited for everyday driving with a 4+1 seating configuration. Let’s also not forget the larger boot lid, loading sill and a bigger luggage compartment.  Those long weekends away with the family can now be enjoyed even more, and there may even be room for a set of golf clubs as well.

Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo

 

Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo pricing in South Africa

Pricing for the Porsche Panamera GTS is currently TBA. However, the GTS Sport Turismo starts at ZAR 2,148,000 with a 5-year Driveplan, 0r ZAR 2,098,000 with a 3-year Driveplan.

Learn More here: https://www.porsche.com/middle-east/_capetown_/models/panamera/panamera-gts-models/

 

5 things you need to know about the new BMW X7

BMW X7 front

First-ever BMW X7

We all knew it was coming, and now it has arrived. The first-ever BMW X7, featuring the biggest kidney grille on any BMW ever, fact. Here are five things, other than that, that you need to know:

BMW X7 rear

 

Seating for 7

For the first time, this BMW X model features a third row of seats, making seating for 7 people standard. All seats are electronically adjustable with USB ports all-round. If desired, the 2nd row of seats can be specced as two individual seats for more luxury and comfort. The BMW X7 is taking direct aim at the Mercedes-Benz GLS – a formidable competitor.

BMW X7 Interior

Big, Bold design 

The design and styling fo the X7 can only be described as bold, it’s obvious that BMW wanted this vehicle to stand out and show prominence.  Even so, the finished product might not appeal to everyone. Large, front kidney grilles in chrome dominate the front end. Compared to the BMW X5, the X7 is over 200mm’s longer, 60mm’s higher and has a wheelbase increase of 130mm’s.

BMW X7 front

Technology

BMW has not held back on the technology front. Led headlights are standard, whilst laserlight headlights, which increase long beam range from 300m t0 600m, are optional. Inside the cabin, you will also find the third-generation Head up display which is larger and provides more information, while Live Cockpit Professional, which features two 12.3 inch displays is also standard.  BMW’s latest Intelligent Personal Assistant which activates in-car experiences is also included, along with BMW’s driver assistance and semi-autonomous systems. Like music? Bowers & Wilkins 3D surround system with 20 speakers and 1,500-watt is available. While you are enjoying deep beats, you can be comforted that your Coffee will be kept hot and your passenger’s Coke will remain cool thanks to the hot/cold cup holders.

BMW X7 lighting

BMW X7 Engine Options

The BMW X7 is paired with 4 engines variants. The xDrive40i, xDrive50i, xDriveX30d( 195kW and 620NM and M50d (294kW and 760NM). Interestingly only the two diesel engines will be available in South Africa, from March 2019. BMW SA has confirmed they will consider introducing a petrol variant at a later stage.

The off-Road package which enables modes such asxSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow driving modes at the touch of a button is also available as an option.

BMW X7 Side

Model Lines

BMW X7 will be available with two packages – Design Pure Excellence and M Sport with the latter providing a much more sportier appeal in design with the M Aero package,  and performance with M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes and noise provided by the M Sport exhaust system. If you’re into chrome, the Design Pure Excellence package will be the option you may prefer with more chrome options and an increased feel of elegance rather than sportiness.

BMW X7 lines

Porsche 911 Carrera T Driven Review

Porsche 911 Carrera T

The new Porsche 911 Carrera T is a car you shouldn’t drive…  

 Why would you not want to drive a semi-stripped version of the current generation turbocharged 911? Let me explain. The purpose of the original Porsche 911 Carrera T was meant to provide an authentic entry level experience for the enthusiastic driver. The “T” stands for “Touring”, which invites you to make like Rihanna and simply “shut up and drive”. This formula is one that worked then and hopefully will work now. During the inception of the original 911 T, the drivers of that time were hairy chested individuals who enjoyed teetering with death. Now, however, we enjoy our creature comforts. So much so, a standard 911 is so good at hiding the fact that it’s a sports car, you can easily forget that it is, when you’re stuck in traffic. Your rear-end stays comfortable after the long drive and your back doesn’t complain whatsoever. If specified with the PDK gearbox, the changes happen so smoothly, your white dress shirt will remain stain free.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

These are all good things, as the purpose of a 911 is a car that’s meant to be used every day. And you can. Merely turning a knob, however, can change the characteristics of your “daily drive”, to become a proper sports car that makes all the right noises and gives you “all the feels”. What Porsche has done from an engineering perspective is phenomenal. You can feel that there’s a lot happening behind the scenes to ensure that you feel like a hero, all the time. Add 305 section rear tires to the mix and you’ve got a grippy, chicane ready weapon – ready to pounce.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

The 911 Carrera T is less. But is it more?

On paper, a 911 with less power, less sound deadening and thinner glass may not sound too appealing. Yes, it’s more affordable, but in a relative sense. Once you’re spending over R1m on a car, it becomes less about price and more about what you want. What does a 911 T driver want? In the Porsche 911 Carrera T, you don’t get rear seats, unless you ask for them. You get 272kW and a manual gearbox as standard. This “basic” setup is what makes it stand out. Once you get going, you notice that It’s louder inside and the 7-speed manual gearbox with close ratios means that you’ll miss a gear occasionally until you get used to the shifts. As silly as you feel when it happens, it reminds you that you’re driving.  You’re in control. It’s the relationship between car and driver that makes it special. It’s a rawer experience compared to other cars in its league, including other 911 variants which can sometimes feel “too perfect”. Once you acclimatize to the vehicle and you start pushing it more, you start bonding with it in a way you don’t in a more “polished” competitor. It encourages you to do what any enthusiast wants to do, drive it like you’re not allowed to.

For that reason, you shouldn’t drive the 911 T…not unless you have the ability to go back to the people of Porsche and say, “when can I pick mine up?” It’s a car that you’ll want to own, which is most journalist’s nightmare – because many of us don’t have the budget to add a 911 in our garage. It’s that good.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

Sports cars tend to become tiresome after some time because the mindset you have whilst driving one is that of mischief. Hence why they make for the perfect weekend toys. After spending a week in a 911 GTS not too long ago, I was not tired. I could jump in the next day and brave peak hour Sandton traffic in it. After a day in the manual 911 T, I was ready for bed. Having a flat 6 screaming at me all day and making sure my coordination is on top form took a lot out of me. That being said, I couldn’t be happier.

My advice to anyone looking to buy a car like this would be to consider how often they want to drive it. If you want a daily companion, get a well-specified 911 S or GTS. If you’ve got another car that you’ll use daily, get a 911 T in manual guise. You’ll be salivating every Friday because you’ll know that once you start up that Porker, it’s going to be lit.

Porsche 911 Carrera T Pricing in South Africa

3-year Driveplan : R 1,536,000

5-year Driveplan: R 1,586,000

McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT Coming Soon

McLaren Speedtail

More details on the McLaren Speedtail

McLaren’s first ever Hyper-GT model to be released on October 26th. Until then, McLaren has kept details and images pretty much under wraps. Here is what we know about the new Mclaren Speedtail:

  • A combined power output of over 1000 PS or 735 kW from a hybrid-electric powertrain.
  • Centrally mounted driving position with two seats either side, similar to the McLaren F1.
  • Top speed of over 243mph (391kph) More than any other road-going McLaren yet.
  • 106 models to be produced, with a price tag of 1.75 million pounds or R33M

For now, alls McLaren have given us is this seductive image of the long rear of the McLaren Speedtail. Stay tuned for more images and information. McLaren Speedtail  

VW Arteon 2.0 TSI 4Motion Driven Review

VW Arteon 2.0 TSI

VW Arteon 2.0 TSI

Sitting low, with a multitude of thin, sharp horizontal chrome lines across the front and focused headlights, the Arteon is one of the most striking front ends I’ve ever seen on VW. It’s an attention grabber, a stop and look twice kind of car that wouldn’t look out of place in a Transformers movie. Regular sporty sedan by day, universe-saving electromechanical robot by night – I suppose we can only dream.

Stealthy Persona

However, as striking as the Arteon is, its persona is stealthy. On the streets, one would call it a “sleeper”. Sleepers are dangerous and can be the source of much embarrassment in front of your mates or worse, bae.  You’d want to be careful if you find yourself underestimating one of these at a set of lights as the Arteon’s 0-100km/h time might be somewhat surprising. Yes, with a Golf R engine, 4motion and 206kW on tap, the Arteon will hit those magical three figures faster than a Golf GTI – 5.6 seconds to be exact.VW Arteon 2.0 TSI Rear

Sluggish?

While it does share the same architecture, you’d be wrong to think the VW Arteon 2.0 TSI is simply a “bigger” Golf R. The first couple of times I put my foot down I felt I wanted more, was the Arteon sluggish? If I had actually looked down to see how fast I was travelling I would have realised that the Arteon isn’t sluggish at all,  rather a quiet and comfortable cruiser with heaps of power and all the bells and whistles you’d expect to find in a luxury vehicle.

VW Arteon 2.0 TSI Interior

Something Different

Funny story, I’d had the Arteon on test for around 3 days when I was asked, “ What car is this?” Before I could even spit a word out, my dear wife chirped up “ It’s a Mercedes”. She’d only ever rode in the vehicle at night and never really paid much attention to the badge, so after lovingly correcting her, I asked her why she thought this. Her reasoning’s were due to the Arteon’s looks, technology and build quality. My wife is accustomed to cars of all shapes, sizes and price ranges so for me, this sums the Arteon up.

If you’ve been enticed by the likes of a 4 Series gran coupe or A5 Sportback then you should probably open your eyes and check out the VW Arteon 2.0 TSI too, because it offers something a little different while rivalling in performance and quality.

Whether the Arteon sells well in South Africa or not depends largely on how it is perceived. The owner of a Golf R or GTI doesn’t need to jump ship when they are ready to take a step out of hatchbacks and into something bigger, whether that’s a SUV or in this case, sedan. I don’t want to delve too deep into this, as my college Richard Nwamba talks more about this subject here: Take Off Your Blinkers: Volkswagen Arteon Driven. At the end of the day, a badge isn’t the be all and end all.

VW Arteon 2.0 TSI Wheel

For me, this specific Arteon offers a great all-round package. There’s no arguing that it looks fantastic, but not only that, it appeals to the guy inside of me that likes a little speed and performance as well. It can be fun when it needs too, but also a fantastic cruiser when you want it to be with plenty of kWs and comfort for the open road.

Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI Pricing in South Africa

VW Arteon 2.0 TSI – R699 900

The new Arteon comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Maintenance Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000km.