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Updated Mazda BT-50

Mazda’s goal when they first introduced the BT-50 was to supply with South Africa with a lifestyle vehicle, which would appeal to business users but also a wider range of customers, those such as families and adventurers.

This is where the Bakkie market has changed over recent years, they are not only designed with the primary function of a workhorse vehicle. Bakkies today are more stylish, with more features and technology to appeal to a wider audience, the surfers, climbers, hikers of this world Or the camping family who ventures off to various places of our beautiful country.

In light of this,  Mazda has released the updated BT-50, and it’s aimed at the recreational type of buyer.

Exterior

As with most updated vehicles, the updated BT-50 has a sportier look and feel, the major changes to the Mazda include the front end, side steps, rear lights and 17” Aluminium wheels.

Personally, I’m not yet a big fan of the rear end, and we all know how important that this. My biggest grind is with the rear lights, I do not like the design and style, but maybe it will grow on me.

Interior

Technology is the biggest change here with the BT-50, on the base SLX Model options such as Bluetooth, steering wheel controls and cruise control has been added.  The SLE Models have even greater technology enhancements with options such as a rear-view camera, auto dimming mirror, electric seat adjustment, dual zone aircon, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers and parking sensors added to the standard list. The top of the range SLE models adds features such as Load Adaptive Control, Hill Launch, Decent Control, Trailer Sway and Rollover Mitigation.

Drivetrain 

The 2.2l Mazda engines in this range produce 110KW (147BHP) and 375Nm of Torque. If this is not enough, you can opt for the 3.2L engine with provides 147kw (196BHP) and 470Nm of torque.

Models

All models come with  3-year unlimited KM warranty, 3 – year service plan and 3-year roadside assistance.

BT-50 DBL 2.2L 6MT 4X2 HR SLX 441,600

BT-50 DBL 2.2L 6MT 4X2 HR SLE 477,700

BT-50 DBL 2.2L 6AT 4X2 HR SLE 497,700

BT-50 DBL 3.2L 6MT 4X4 HR SLE 541,700

BT-50 DBL 3.2L 6AT 4X4 HR SLE  555,700

For a full spec list, visit here:  http://www.mazda.co.za/cars/mazda-bt50-facelift/

Porsche’s acquired taste is back

Let’s be honest, for many a Porsche is on their bucket list of cars to own. As a result this has caused people to work hard in order to reach this goal. Reaching this goal usually takes time, unless you’re one of those IT geniuses who develops an app and sells it for millions after a year. If not and you go through the “usual” route to find monetary success, chances are you’ll be closer to middle aged when you can afford a new Porsche. The problem with that is that by the time you’re financially able to buy the car, you may have little things called children. Those things take up space, so your dream of owning a 911 can quickly be dashed. Do you then settle for a Cayenne? Possibly, but there is another option,  the Panamera.

When the Panamera first launched, people didn’t know what to do with themselves. Their facial expressions resembled those of people who had just eaten caviar for the first time, or Bovril. The majority of people thought the car was hideous. That being said, the cars sold very well around the world. Perhaps the looks grew on us? Personally we feel any large car will look terrible if it’s not specified correctly. A basic Panamera with small wheels is not a thing of beauty. Throw in some large wheels to fill the arches and the GTS package styling, then you’ve got something that looks great. Why are we telling you this though? Well the acquired taste is back, and it’s bigger and better. 30mm longer and 5mm wider to be exact.

Aesthetically the car has the same overall shape as before but it’s become sleeker. There is a kink in the rear that separates the boot from the overall body, making it seem less station wagon-like. The design lines are sharper and more defined and much more modern altogether. The headlights remind us of the the Porsche 918 Spyder, with the rear looking more like the current 911 range. Nine models are available ranging from the base Panamera to the the Panamera Turbo Executive. The entry point Panamera features a 3.0 litre Turbocharged V6 (243kW/450Nm), with the S  variant featuring a 2.9 litre Twin-Turbo V6 (324kW/550Nm). The big boy Turbo Executive will give you a 4.0 litre Twin Turbo engine producing 404kW and a whopping  770Nm. All models have an Executive variant which is 15cm longer, making it the Panamera you get chauffeured in should you feel inclined.

The new Panamera has one of the nicest interiors in its segment. With the correct options ticked, you can have a tech-fest in the car that combines class and sportiness. For instance there is a rear touch-screen that will control the 4-Zone climate control. You have the option of Bose or Burmester sound systems and you can have the sporty 911-esque seats too, as well as rear entertainment. As we mentioned, choosing the right exterior options on your Panamera is a must. Small wheels are no no, whereas the larger wheels are a big yes. The car also has a James Bond like rear wing that presents itself at speed. As it lifts, it has two pieces that become one, instantly making you look cooler than your non Panamera driving friends.

Like caviar, the Panamera will always be that love/hate car. Which is good because you don’t want anyone to feel “meh” about your vehicle, so those who don’t like it can jump. Porsche doesn’t really care we can imagine, as long as people are buying, they’re happy. This new Panamera is bound to be a bigger success than the previous model because it looks much better and it’s a Porsche after all. It’s a bucket list car remember?

Mercedes-Benz Straight Six Engines Are Back

In days gone by, Mercedes-Benz were the last word in refinement. Silky smooth straight sixes were the order of the day and while slightly less practical to package than a V6 motor of equivalent capacity, the inherent benefits of a straight six over a V6 made it worth the long bonnet. Because people hate long bonnets.

It would seem, however, that BMW are the only big manufacturer to produce straight six motors these days. Ford Australia did for a while, but they don’t exist anymore and neither do TVR…

This is strange because while a V6 motor makes packaging a breeze thanks to its compact dimensions, it becomes very complicated due to the inherent vibration issues caused by two banks of cylinders with yaw moments on different axis. Balancing shafts can easily cancel out these vibrations but this means that more inertial mass is required to spin the engine – ie: you need more power.

The great news, then, is that Mercedes-Benz are back on the straight-six train as announced towards the end of 2016 and the new M256 promises to be a powerhouse of note. A part of their new range of modular engines, the new six will arrive alongside petrol and diesel straight-fours, straight-sixes and a petrol V8. They all have identical bore spacing and interfaces to vehicle which cuts production costs.

Back to the M256, it features a host of new technology, most notable of which is the Inline Starter Generator or ‘ISG’. The ISG is a 15kW electric motor which drives the crankshaft, starts the internal combustion engine when start/stop is enabled, recovers energy during coasting and braking and acts as a generator for the 12v electrical system. It can also reduce the load on the engine which aids performance and economy.

It is also part of the 48v electrical system which comprises an electric air-conditioning compressor, electric auxiliary compressor and electric water pump which means there is no need for a belt-driven accessory drive. This means that engine length is reduced which, as I have already mentioned, causes packaging issues with the straight-six motor.

Another brilliant up-side to the whole electrification thing is that the 48v compressor is essentially a supercharger which doesn’t have a parasitic effect on the combustion engine. So at low RPM’s, the compressor kicks in and provides boost up until the big exhaust driven turbo kicks in. Expect figures of around 304 kW (407bhp) and 501 N.m and remarkable efficiency, we hope.

Expect to see this exciting new motor in the updated Mercedes-Benz S-Class before trickling down into the rest of the Mercedes-Benz stable.

The New Abarth 595 is here!

The Abarth 500’s have always been rapid cars. Mainly due to the very little weight and peaky 1.4 turbo motors. A while back, a good friend of mine owned one of these, complete with a tuning box to add a little more spice. We have no trouble sticking to the rear end of the Audi A6 – 3.0 Quattro. That little car was immense, it flew in 2nd and 3rd, sadly the tuning box had to be removed as it very nearly destroyed the turbo.

The new Abarth 595 is here, and with power produced by the Competizione, it really won’t need any sort of tuning box to upset the bigger boys.  Everything you need to know about the new 595 is below.

Performance

The new Abarth will feature three engine specifications. All Engines will remain 1400cc T-Jet and have the option of a manual or sequential transmission.

Abarth 595 : 106Kw  (142bhp) – 206Nm

Abarth 595 Turismo: 121kW (162bhp) – 230Nm

Abarth 595 Competizione: 132Kw (176bhp) – 250Nm

The latter in the range has the optional Performance Pack available, which features a mechanical limited-slip differential, 17” Supersport wheels, carbon fibre shell seats with a leather/Alcantara trimming and an aluminium carved 595 badge on the roof. That’s a strange one.

Exterior:

The new Abarth 595 will be available in 15 exterior colours, with the option of bi-colour schemes, mirror covers and decal sets.  Further to this, you have the option to choose from eleven alloy wheel choices, in either 16” or 17”.

The Abarth 595 also features new front and rear light clusters and LED running lights.

Interior:

A black fabric interior is standard on all models. with the option of seven trim levels, including leather and Alcantara options.  Also as standard is Air- Conditioning, electric windows, 7” Display with advanced sport mode, Bluetooth integration and steering wheel controls.

Also, an optional extra on the 595 Turismo and Competizione is the BeatsAudio system, which first featured on the VW Polo Beats. This system has a total output of 440 watts and will surely be an impressive system in the small 595.

 

Pricing

Abarth 595 – R299,950

Abarth 595 Cabrio – R339,950

Abarth 595 Turismo – R369,950

Abarth 595 Turismo Cabrio – R409,950

Abarth 595 Competizione – R443,950

Abarth 595 Competizione Cabrio – R483,950

The Volvo evolution continues: S90 is here

I guess we didn’t really know what to expect from the new Volvo S90. On pictures, it looked a bit underwhelming, pretty but nothing to ride home about. You can imagine then what went through my mind when I saw the car in the flesh because it completely took me by surprise. The car has a stately presence that can’t be captured on paper properly as it looks much smaller, but in reality, it’s a big lady. So much so that Volvo felt it appropriate to have us chauffeured in the cars from the airport to the launch destination in Franschhoek. Being only 5ft7 I can sit at the back of most sedans with ease. What I can’t do in most sedans is stretch my legs, something I was able to do in the Volvo S90. So far so good as this car is going to compete with the likes of BMW’s new 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz’ E Class.

Aesthetically the S90 shares similar features to the XC90, in fact it’s almost a sedan version of the SUV.  Many commented that the rear of the vehicle was the acquired taste of the design but I feel the retro taillights suit the overall look. It’s looks somewhat concept car-like but not overly caricatured. The interior design again shares a great deal with the XC90 as well. The central tablet controls various functions such as entertainment, safety, air-conditioning and much more. Overall trim is of a very high quality featuring real leather and very little plastic, making you feel comfortable as a car of this size deserves to have the best in terms of trim levels. A few minutes in the car will make any driver realise that the Swedes pulled out all the stops with this car, which should make the German’s nervous.

This nervousness shouldn’t be about sales figures as the reality is that we live in brand conscious South Africa. This means that brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW will always have the majority market share in certain segments. Rather the nervousness should be because there is a rise in not being mainstream. In certain cities like Johannesburg, every second car is a BMW or Merc so for those looking to be different, the new Volvo’s offer an appealing package. The playing fields are being levelled and driving the new S90 confirmed this. Sitting in the S90 gives a feeling confidence and the dynamic attributes to match. The 4WD systems on the cars also allowed us to exploit Franschhoek pass with ease, too much ease at that. In fact, the S90’s chassis is the most impressive aspect of the cars’ driving experience. The derivatives offered on launch were the T6 featuring 235kW Drive E engine and the D5 with Power Pulse with 173kW, so there was no shortage of power where that is concerned.

Being a Volvo, safety always come first so even though the cars produce a healthy amount of power, it’s delivered very safely. This makes any driver capable of driving the car fast as it doesn’t evoke any fear behind the wheel. The focus is not on speed, though, it’s on refinement, technology and innovation. The biggest innovation for me was the newest iteration of Pilot Assist. An individual can now drive in semi-autonomous mode up until 130km/h depending on the road condition. Steering inputs, braking and acceleration are all controlled by the car whilst you simply place your hands on the steering wheel. Other features such as pedestrian detection, cyclist detection and even animal detection are just some of the safety features of the car. To list everything would turn this write up to a spec list and we’re not here to do that. We’re here to tell you that this Volvo is probably one of the best we’ve driven since the new XC90 which has won many accolades. There is very little you can fault on the car, it’s really a job well done by the Swedes.

Pricing on the car starts at R678 500 which is also a reasonable range considering what you’re getting. That price of course is minus things like Bowers & Wilken sound system and you’ll pay more depending on what package you choose. There is the choice of the standard Momentum, Inscription and R-Design packages. We had Inscription’s at our disposal and some were specified with some rather appealing features which added to the good looks. Again though if you want it, you must pay for it.

Overall, I personally feel that the S90 is a car that can coexist with its rivals, as it’s a niche offering. Niche brands such as these are great because they offer exclusivity. They answer the question that many motorists have, that of “do I have to have what everyone else has?” What the car has done is match the rivals in terms of comfort, luxury and even dynamics. It’s the executive sedan for the elusive, those that don’t want to be like everybody else. For those looking to purchase one, Volvo’s new guaranteed future value scheme will give you piece of mind as this alleviates the perception of bad trade in values. So this entire package becomes even more appealing. The S90 experience is one that proves that things don’t always have to stay the same. It proved that the big three don’t always have to be on top. Now it’s only a matter of seeing how the South African market responds to this car. We wish it well.

 

 

The Latest Porsche 911’S receive the GTS touch.

The first ever Porsche Carrera GTS  was born in 1964, when Baron Antonio Pucci and Colin Davis won the famous Targa Florio race, spending over seven hours driving at the absolute limit. To win a race like this, a car needed to have the performance characteristics to succeed, but also the safety and comfort features for a driver to concentrate under such an environment.

Today, the GTS or Grand Turismo Sport Porsche, now represents a sportier driving experience. The GTS variant provides a more aggressive look and racier trimmings with an increase in power.

A few days ago, Porsche announced the latest GTS models to the 911 range. The Carrera, Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet variants as well as the Targa 4, all have the privilege of the donning GTS badge.

What is the Difference?

All GTS models will feature more power, 355 kW or 450 BHP to be precise. This is 22kW/30BHP more than the 911 Carrera S. Along with the increase in horsepower, the car also has an increase in torque, with the GTS providing an extra 48Nm, bringing the total to 526Nm. This extra power enables GTS models to hit 100kph in under 3.5 seconds with PDK.

Further to this, PASM – Porsche Active Suspension System in standard on all GTS models. Apart from the performance benefits, PASM also lowers the ride height by 10mm to add to the GTS’ extra sportiness.

Exterior

A GTS model would not be complete without the exterior elements. A black front-end spoiler lip, tinted rear taillights, rear grille strips in Satin Black and Gloss Black and different rear exhaust tips, separate a GTS model from the other 911 variants in the range. That’s not all; a GTS model also features 20 inch Black Satin Wheels, Sport Design mirrors and black GTS badges to complete the aesthetic appearance. On Targa models, the Targa bar is also finished Black Satin for the first time. It is also worth noting that the rear spoiler on GTS models now extends further, to provide aerodynamic benefits.

The attention to detail on the new GTS models go way beyond than before. A light or dark trim strip is present between the taillights to differentiate between rear wheel drive or all wheel drive models.  Rear wheel drive variants feature the dark strip and all wheel drive has the light strip.

Interior

On the GTS, sports seats are standard with a combination of Alcantara and leather. This follows through with the rest of the interior, as the steering wheel is also finished in Alcantara, along with the gear lever and armrest. Anodised black brushed aluminium also plays a role in the interior design. Standard on the GTS is the Sport Chrono Package, with the stopwatch present on the middle of dashboard of the GTS’ interior.

Overall

In our opinion, the new 911 GTS variants look fantastic. The additional black elements are subtle, and the vehicle looks very sleek and clean in its appearance. As subtle as these changes may be, they give the model an extra edge over the other 911 models. The same follows through with the changes on the interior, it’s subtle, classy and beautifully finished off with a deep red tachometer. The “average joe” may look at this car and not realise what variant of 911 this is, but this car is not for the “average joe”. It’s understated as most Porche’s are, but for those aficionados who know what this model is about, they will understand what the GTS represents and will be able to pick it out from the rest of the range. Those who own the standard 911 may consider contacting their dealers soon before many models hit the streets, because as the old adage goes “jealousy makes you nasty”.

Pricing on a 911 GTS is as follows:

911 CARRERA GTS: R1.695.000

911CARRERA GTS CABRIOLET: R1.842.000

911 CARRERA 4 GTS: R1.820.000

911 CARRERA 4 GTS CABRIOLET: R1.966.000

911 TARGA 4 GTS: R1.966.000

 

 

Updates To The Ford Mustang

Nearly one month into 2017 and it would seem that Ford is off to a hot start. Having been around in South Africa for all of about 5 minutes, the Ford Mustang is already receiving its mid-life update and along with its rather sad new face comes a host of technologies and three new colours.

One of the highlights of the updated Mustang is its new 12-inch LCD instrument cluster. Offering various personalisation options and three separate views, it’ll surely appeal to the younger generation of Mustang owner as opposed to the older, die-hard fans. A vast array of driver-assist technology can now be had with your ‘Stang with features such as lane-keep assist, driver alert and pre-collision assist, making your prancing horse all the more aware of what’s going on around it.

If you hate the current Mustang’s speaker delivered engine note then you’ll be pleased to know that “a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range” has somehow made a comeback. The engine note can be “adjusted” which makes no sense and an all-new active valve exhaust is optional on the Mustang GT, which does.

Ford SYNC stays and will probably work just as Ford SYNC always has and FordPass is now available which allows owners to start, unlock, lock and locate their vehicles at the swish of a smartphone.

MagneRide adaptive suspension can now be had with the Performance Package and improvements to the lateral stiffness and stabiliser bars along with new shock absorbers across the range improve handling.

To match the improved handling, the 5.0-litre V8 motor has been reworked and delivers more power and is more fuel-efficient thanks to Ford’s new dual-fuel high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection which delivers meaty low-end torque and high-rpm power. The 2.3 Ecoboost 4-pot puts out a little more torque thanks to some fettling of the overboost function.

The V8 Stang’s 6-speed manual has been completely redesigned, making use of a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel which increases torque capability and delivers more efficient modulation of the clutch. Automatic Mustangs now come with too many gears so while you’re trying to find the reason why you bought an automatic Mustang, at least the gearbox has enough time to decide which of its 10 ratios it feels like using.

New interior trims and finishes and slightly better build quality should give the Mustang a slightly more upmarket feel than before and if that’s not enough for you, it has a new key with a different looking horse on it. Innovation, you know.

The new Mustang goes on sale in Trumpland in fall, whenever that is, but judging by how long we had to wait for the last one, America might have a new president by the time it arrives in South Africa.

All New Mitshubishi Triton.

I only have great memories of the Mitsubishi Triton. A while back, when living in the UK as a 17-year-old motorsport student, my father owned one. In England, the model is known as the L200. Ours was the Raging Bull Edition; it featured bright red paint, lots of chrome and Raging Bull embroidery on the door panels and seats.

My driving progressed quite a bit during the process of my father owning that vehicle. I went from learning to drive, to “ drifting “ it around roundabouts ( traffic Circles) with my college mates in the back during lunch time.  Take “drift” with a pinch of salt, although the rear would come loose when RWD was selected. This shenanigans stopped after the front wheels went sliding with the rear on one occasion, lamp-posts became too close for comfort that day. We came very close to losing it, but never did.

Why am I telling you this story? Well, Mitsubishi has recently released a newly designed Triton, and reading up on the specs threw me back to 2009. The all new Triton features visual changes from all angles and although I like the updated tailgate, the front end of the Triton has yet to appeal to me, maybe this will change with time.

Tech and Interior

The new Triton comes with a nice standard spec list, which includes features such as Touch Screen Infotainment and Keyless Stop/Start system. Further to this, you can accept cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, reverse camera and leather interior. These are nice, but for the price of the new Triton, its expected as other manufactures operating in the same market offer the same.

Mitsubishi have aimed to give more space to the interior cabin by extending it by 20mm and improving shoulder room in the front and rear. Further to this they have also incorporated a higher density foam to increase seat comfort on long distance drives.

Drivetrain

The changes don’t stop there; a new 2.4 MIVEC Diesel engine has been introduced, producing 133kw and 430Nm. Mitsubishi states that the engine weights 30kg less thanks to features such as an all aluminium block. It also provides much less vibration due to new mounting points. They also state that an upgraded turbocharger provides faster spooling and in conjunction with a lower compression ratio, aids a more responsive torque delivery.

Power delivery will be provided through either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, with the choice of 4WD or 2WD (Drift mode). For the 4WD, power is delivered as a 40:60 split rather than the conventional 50:50 method. This apparently has many benefits, especially on gravel, which will be interesting to test.

The new Triton also has an improved power steering system, providing 3.8 turns of the wheel lock to lock, compared to the 4.3 turns of the previous model.

 

Models and Price

Fancy one? Four double cab models in 4×2 and 4×4 variants are available immediately, with either a manual or automatic gearbox. Other models will be available at a later date.  Prices are as follows:

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×2 (man) – R479 900

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×2 (auto) – R499 900

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×4 (man) – R539 900

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-D 4×4 (auto) – R559 900

Have you heard of the KIA Stinger?

KIA isn’t the first brand which comes to mind when discussing performance cars and that’s probably due to the fact that their most sporty offering up until mid-January was the Koup. It’s lovely, but you won’t be taking on any 440i’s or Golf GTI’s anytime soon – it’s just not that sort of car. Desirability, I feel is something that KIA’s of old lacked, but as I mentioned in my review of the new Sportage, KIA are on a roll at the moment and very soon, KIA’s will become poster cars. Mark my words.

So it came as no surprise to me, then, when KIA unveiled the Stinger – an all-new model for them, set to take the fight straight to the BMW 4 Series GranCoupe, Audi A5 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz CLS at a stretch. It’s big, bigger than all of those. It’s even longer than a Lexus GS and that’s…long.

The design team have certainly done their bit here – the Stinger is swoopy and swishy in all the right places and has a rakish stance, much like I’d expect its target market to have. These young, wealthy, vehicle-conscious and stylish beings will be pleased with the interior, too, which looks a lot like a Mercedes-Benz CLA…but who cares really? The whole thing oozes desirability but the deal-breaker with any snazzy Coupe sedan is the way it performs. You can’t have a car that looks like Heidi Klum but runs like Oprah.

Albert Biermann, ex-Vice President of Engineering at BMW M, has settled in nicely with the Koreans and his work has apparently resulted in a car that is properly good to drive. MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension are designed to let the driver know what’s happening and for the first time in a KIA, ride-damping and vehicle handling can be changed by the driver thanks to an electronically adjustable suspension – Dynamic Stability Damping Control. It has five modes which is a lot of modes, but judging by the engine line-up, we suspect the best on will be the fast one.

Still under development, the powertrains have to live up to the rest of the grand-tourer, too, so it comes as no surprise that they are both rather pokey. 190kW and 350Nm from a 2.0-litre turbo four and 272kW and 510Nm from KIA’s 3.3 Litre twin-turbo V6 Lambda II motor give you stonking performance – 5.1 seconds to 100km/h and a top speed of 270km/h. Vented Brembos are standard on the 3.3-litre model featuring 4-piston callipers up front and dual pistons at the rear.

The gearbox is fancy too and is an 8-speeder which makes use of aviation technology in the form of a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber which helps reduce torsional vibrations through the drivetrain. The Stinger can be had as either an AWD or rear-wheel drive, the rear-wheel drive model coming with a proper mechanical limited-slip differential.

A vast array of safety features are available too, as expected in this segment, and a heads-up display, wireless phone charger, adaptive cruise control and optional Harman/Kardon sound system will keep the tech-weirdos happy.

There’s no word yet on local availability but should there be enough interest, don’t expect to see it on our roads before 2018.

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Mercedes E63 S – Most Powerful E-Class Ever Produced.

Mercedes have just announced that the E63 S 4Matic+ is now available to order. This E-class doesn’t quite fit the stereotype, though, for one simple reason, its the most powerful E-Class ever produced.  The typical old man’s car comments go out of the window when you set your eyes on the E63, and it doesn’t just look the part either.

The E63 S provides 450Kw ( 585bhp) and a generous 850Nm of torque from a 4L V8 with twin-scroll turbochargers, which are situated inside the V. This design helps make the engine more compact, increases efficiency and turbo response.  All this power will launch to you 100kph in 3.4 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited to 250kph. This can be increased to 300kph with the AMG Drivers Package.

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What’s New?

The E63 features a 9-speed sports transmission(AMG SPEEDSHIFT MC), as well as a new 4-wheel drive system and updates to the chassis and differentials. The E63 also features a drift mode in which the vehicle becomes 100% rear wheel drive when certain modes are selected. Dynamic engine mounts come standard on this model, these engine mounts adjust their stiffness in relation to driving conditions.

When cruising or in comfort mode, the E63 benefits from Cylinder Deactivation in which the engine uses only four cylinders instead of all eight to help with fuel economy and emissions. This system had helped the E63 S set a new best when compared with its competitors at 8.9L/100km.

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The Race Start system has been improved. When in Sport, Sport + or Dynamic driving modes, holding the brake with the left foot and applying the accelerator with the right will activate Race Start/Launch Control – This is a much easier setup than in previous models.

The AMG Studio is also available for those who would like more personalization with their vehicle. For example, there is a Night package, different wheel packages and two carbon fibre packages for the exterior.

The intelligent driving system has also been updated and includes a concierge service in which you can find out weather information, If your stocks are performing well( If they are, you are more likely to be driving an S-Class) Route recommendations and  reservation making for sporting and cultural activities.

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Overall, I like the new look of the E-Class and the E63 More so, Mercedes have put a lot of time and effort into redesigning and improving the technology inside this car. On paper, it looks good. My favourite feature? Drift Mode.

Price and Delivery

The E63 S starts at R1 868 400, and we can expect to start seeing these on South African road’s in the 2nd quarter of this year.

 

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