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Six interesting facts about the DeLorean DMC-12.

Six interesting facts about the car from Back to the future.

1. The name of the car “DeLorean” is the last name of John DeLorean who owned the company that manufactured the car, DeLorean Motor Company.

2. Although DMC is an American company, the DeLorean DMC-12 was manufactured in Northern Ireland due to the fact that Northern Ireland Development Agency offered the company £100 Million toward the development of the car.

3. The DeLorean DMC-12 uses a 2.85-litre V6 engine by Peugeot-Renault-Volvo but it was originally intended to use a Wankel rotary motor.

4. All DeLorean DMC-12’s use a four wheel drive system and were said to handle very well.

5. The DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt whilst John DeLorean was charged with drug trafficking when the company was already experiencing financial troubles. Even though the charges were dropped, the scandal created bad press for the businessman and it was too late to revive the business’ reputation.

6. After the insolvency of the DeLorean Motor Company, there was an abundance of parts left over from the business, so a Texas-based company acquired the rights to the name DMC and all the parts. The new DMC now sells restored DeLorean DMC 12’s with original vin numbers on them. These cars are available on an order basis to clients.

BMW M2: It’s revealed and it’s hardcore.

BMW’s M2 has been revealed: Here’s the breakdown.

Specs:

  • 3.0 Litre Twin Powered Turbo
  • 272 kW/ 465 Nm (500 Nm overboost)
  • 0-100 km/h: 4.4 Seconds (manual) 4.2 Seconds (7 Speed DCT)

Overview:

The new BMW M2 is the successor of the legendary 1M Coupe launched a few years ago by BMW. This car has one aim, the aim to please. The 1M lived up to that aim by offering 250 kW version of the N54 Twin Turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six engine. The new M2 uses the Twin Scroll N55 engine that has been enhanced by M Gmbh to produce more power and torque.

Looks:

The M2 has new design cues to make it stand out from its little brother the M235i. Large air intakes at the front, new front and rear bumpers, four exhaust pipes and M3/M4 wheels make the car have a stance that is more aggressive and intimidating than any other 2 Series. Inside the interior looks very similar to the M235i but with subtle changes that differentiate the car between the M235i and itself.

Verdict:

The M2 comes just in time to join the fight between the updated Mercedes A45, and Audi’s RS3. Even though the car is not a hatchback, the previous 1M was pitted against the RS3 and it was an interesting fight. The M2 brings an undeniable presence to the playing field, its RWD set up may make it the most fun out of the three. Let the games begin.

Fresh and French: The updated Peugeot 208.

What’s new in Peugeot’s 208?

The French are a nation known for style and elegance, something that is translated into their clothes and even their cars. Peugeot is an example of this, with designs that are always interesting, bold and different. These designs often times go one way or another, either terribly good or terribly bad. I’m glad to say though that the design found in the new version of the 208 is the former, it’s refreshingly different from all its competitors and as a result makes the car stand out. This is especially the case in the GT Line version of the 208, which features sporty little bits that make the car seem like it would be a bit of fun behind the wheel. Without looking at any figures, it’s safe to say that the outgoing 208 is a car that one doesn’t battle to see on the road, nor are the streets flooded with them. Like any French vehicle in South Africa, it is a car that will be generally bought by those who have a place in their hearts for French cars, most of which have a unique quirkiness to them that make us like them.  So what is new in this updated version of the 208?

Exterior and Interior:

The exterior of the car has been changed, with new lights and new bumpers giving the car a new look, which is a good look. Daytime running lights are featured at the top of the headlights and chrome bits add a premium look to the front bumper. The rear looks almost identical to the previous model but slight bumper changes have been done at the vehicles backside too. Again, looks on the GT Line model are the ones that make you say “nice” whereas the Active model is the more plane Jane in appeal. Peugeot offers a selection of twelve different paintwork options on the car, which is a very extensive offer. A cool option that is part of that wide array of colours is the textured paint option which is a matte type of paintwork offered in silver of grey.

The interior is clean and modern with the Touchscreen infotainment unit being well placed for the driver and passenger to fiddle with. That was the idea behind the I-Cockpit design, that of being more driver orientated in terms of ergonomics. The car offers good space for those who will be either driving the car or being driven in it. Visually the car also seems larger than its competitors, although we left our tape measure at home so we couldn’t compare.

Engines:

The 208’s engines have been updated. The car now features a 1.2 litre normally aspirated engine producing 60 kW and 118 Nm which is moderate but what is impressive is the fuel economy figure of 4.3 litres/100km, which is diesel territory. Of course, it being naturally aspirated, the 1.2 will not have the torque that many types of diesel have, if torque is what you’re looking for, then the engine in the GT Line is what you need. That engine has the same output, that of 1.2 litres but it has a small turbocharger which ups the power to 80 kW and 205 Nm, a significant jump in torque. That being said, both engines should do just fine for city and open road driving while giving you great fuel economy. To top it off, an automatic version is now available for those longing to give their left foot a break.

Verdict:

As mentioned before, the Peugeot 208 offers unique styling cues which are refreshing to look at, especially since many cars are starting to look somewhat similar. The GT Line is a real looker for those looking for something really stylish to drive. The engines are good at what they do and efficient at the same time, and the whole range is competitively priced compared to its rivals. So if you want something well sized and practical to drive that’s not like everybody else, you wouldn’t be making a bad choice if you got yourself a 208. Plus all Active and GT Line models come standard with a full maintenance plan for five years or 60 000kms.

Prices:

208 Pop Art                                                                 R159 900

208 Active 1.2 PureTech                                             R209 900

208 GT Line 1.2 PureTech Turbo                               R269 900

208 GT Line 1.2 PureTech Turbo Auto                      R289 900

Nostalgia rims: Enkei Wheels

Wheel Wednesday: Enkei Performance wheels.

If you’re part of a younger generation you will remember the joy one had when you could customise things in your car in the game Gran-Turismo. The second generation of the game gave users the option to change the wheels on their car, a function that promoted many real brands of that time. One of the brands you could fit on your virtual car, was a brand called Enkei. This has been and still is a world renown brand for after-market performance wheels.

Now that those who played Gran Turismo 2 are at an age to be racing real cars now, it’s good to know that they can fit those rims in their real cars. The Enkei range is diverse but all the wheels have the same objective, being lightweight and strong. The brand supply wheels for many disciplines in racing, including Formula 1 too, as the supplier for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ F1 cars since 1995.

Enkei wheels are made of Aluminium for different types of racing and Magnesium for their F1 wheels. Their wheels can be seen in various colours too such as grey, black and white. Enkei wheels are also available for larger cars such as SUV’s and Bakkie’s, so even if you’re not going to be racing, your car can still look good. Like the game Gran Turismo itself, the brand Enkei has been delivering high quality products for years. Whether you’ve been racing with these wheels in real life or in a game, getting a set of these can make for quite a nostalgic purchase. Happy Wheel Wednesday Motorists.

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Not just a pretty face: Jaguar’s new F-Pace

Tech-Tuesday: Jaguar’s new F-Pace.

The Jaguar F-Type is a car that many people love, from its looks, to its appeal and its sweet sounding engines. The problem with a car like the Jaguar F-Type is that it can be a tad limiting if you little creatures called children. These cute creatures tend to not allow many to enjoy certain luxuries such as sports cars. So Jaguar have decided to create a solution to those seeking the class and sophistication of an F-Type but require some rear seats and a raised suspension. Enter the new F-Pace, a beautiful 4×4 by Jaguar. Not only does this car look very good, it has some brains on it too.

How it’s made:

The Jaguar F-Pace is built using Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, this ensures that the car is as light as is can be so it can sting like a bee. How bad is its sting? 280 kW produced by a V6 Supercharged engine makes the F-Pace sprint to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds. Not bad for a 4×4 right? The fact that Aluminium is used means that the F-Pace is quite rigid too, making it more dynamic in its handling characteristics.

Technology:

Like most modern day premium cars, the new F-Pace will allow drivers to change the responsiveness of the car and the feel of the steering wheel through the Configurable Dynamics system. Damping is also adjustable, allowing the car to stiffen up or soften up depending of the situation. A notable dynamic feature of the new F-Pace is that it uses the same AWD system found in the F-Type AWD. This system is bias to the rear wheels but will send torque to the front wheels when needed. This is great as it is a fact that rear wheel drive cars feature a distinct driving feel on and off the limit so the F-Pace enjoys the best of both worlds.

Like the Discovery Sport Dynamic featured recently, the F-Pace will make use of All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). This feature basically works as off-road cruise control which allows the car to modulate throttle and breaking on its own from a speed of  3.6 km/h to 30 km/h. The car will also feature a heads up display unit and a great infotainment system similar to that found in current Jaguars. The coolest technology in the new F- Pace will be the Activity Key, a James Bond type of device that allows you to control the car via a wristband. Yes a wristband! Let’s say you’re going mountain biking or surfing, you can lock the normal key in the car and it will disable it allowing the wristband to be the main key. Once you’re back from your activity, simply place the wristband close to the “J” in a Jaguar and voila the car will unlock. If you don’t think that’s cool then you need to watch more science fiction movies.

Verdict:

The new Jaguar F-Pace looks like an F-Type, has the same engine as an F-Type, has a lot of great features and can seat five people comfortably. All this in an AWD 4×4 package. Need we say more? Happy Technology Tuesday Motorists.

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Back To The Future: The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage

Modded Monday: BMW’s 3.0 CSL Hommage.

BMW has an interesting pedigree when it comes to motor racing. In the early 1970’s a car called the 3.0 CSL was created purely for that reason, that of touring car racing. This car featured a bold design, bright colours and light weight construction method suited for racing. The car was fitted first with a 3.0l engine and then a slightly larger 3.1l and finally a very special 3.5l in line six cylinder engine producing over 150 kW. Due to the cars distinct look, it earned the nickname “Batmobile” because of its aero package, a name easy to understand when looking at the large bumpers and spoilers fitted on the car.

The 3.0 CSL won championships such as the European Touring Car Championship and Le Mans, making it a legend of its time. As a result BMW have decided to pay homage to the car by creating a very unique modern day rendition of the car, appropriately named the 3.0 CSL Hommage. The car debuted in May 2015 and recently an “R” version of the concept has been revealed, featuring the legendary racing colours of BMW. Looking at both cars, one can see the design cues from the original car that have been modernised for a new era. The design is a love-hate one, with some loving the distinct looks and some finding the car a bit too retro for their liking. We think the 3.0 CSL’s Hommage’s design is striking and rather beautiful too, especially when kitted in the racing colours. The car is truly something special, with a futuristic interior that works with a helmet visor that populates data to the drivers visor. That alone is why we want BMW to make this car, hopefully we will get see this project come into production.

The engine ticking in the 3.0 CSL is also an inline-six engine paired with an eBoost hybrid system similar to that in BMW’s “I” products. This means that the car produces instant responsiveness and power. The car is obviously a concept but BMW’s seriousness to the project seems like we could see something similar to this in the future. If this were to happen, this would be amazing for BMW lovers and historic racing lovers around the world. Happy Modded Monday Motorists.

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Good things come to those who wait: The new Audi Q7

Thought Thursday: Audi’s new Q7 is finally here.

The Audi Q7 is a car that has run one of the longest life cycles in its segment. With its competitors churning out new products every five years, the Audi Q7 retained its long and wide appearance for a record nine years. Interestingly in all its years, the Q7 has never looked outdated. Obviously a nip and tuck here and there over the nine years has contributed to its ever modern look. As good as the previous Q7 looked, all good things have to come to an end. Now is the time to welcome the successor, a slimmer, boxier looking version of what we’ve known for a very long time. The new Audi Q7 has arrived in South Africa and it comes with a few tricks up its sleeve.

What’s on the inside?

The new Audi Q7 has been put on a diet, losing 325 Kilograms compared to the previous model. This is due to aluminium bits in the car and a lighter chassis. The previous Q7’s formula has not changed, the car is still a seven seater, making it very practical for people with extended families. In fact the new Audi Q7 is the roomiest in its segment too. Features such as navigation, Xenon lights, reverse camera, PDC and electric tailgate are all standard on the car. With cars in this segment though, one would expect such features to be standard, something Audi knows very well. Technology and safety in the new Audi Q7 is something that has been of great importance in the development of the new car.

Features like Attention Assist, Presence Basic (The car braces the occupants through the seat belts when it detects that a collision is about the happen) and Presence City are standard on the car. If you want to take it to the next level, you can get adaptive cruise control which works with other cool features such as Traffic Jam Assist. Other optional features include Rear Cross Traffic Assist which helps when parking and Trailer Manoeuvre Assist, as well as Night Vision Assist. As you can see, depending on your needs the car can be equipped with various different types of technologies and driver assistance programs.

As usual, the new Q7 is fitted with the Quattro suspension system which uses a centre locking differential that can modulate power between the two axles. What is a very nifty option is the Four Wheel Steering option that can be added. This system allows the rear wheels to turn a few degrees whilst the car corners, allowing for a better handling experience around fast and slow corners. Systems such as these have been seen in Audi’s sister company Porsche in cars like the iconic 911 GT3.

What’s on the outside?

The exterior of the new Audi Q7 is very retro and modern. Strong features are implemented, making the car look quite masculine in its appeal. The length of the previous Q7 made it stand out and the same look remains in the new model. The car looks more striking than its predecessor though, with squares and rectangles playing a major role in its design. The car is fitted with 18 inch wheels as standard but a larger rim would do it well, adding to it’s aggressiveness. The interior is clean and well made like every other Audi. If Audi was into architecture, I’m sure their homes would always be of a contemporary design, with clean lines playing a big role, as a modern chic look is something the brand is known for.

What makes it go?

For now, new Audi Q7 buyers have one 3.0 TDI engine to choose from, the unit produces 185 kW and 600 Nm. Power may seem conservative, but the heap of torque is what counts and that’s what any large 4×4 client should worry about. Later on there will be a 2.0 TFSI available too, which is peculiar engine for a car in this segment. Then again the Volvo XC90 uses a small four cylinder engine as well and that is a very good car indeed. I’m sure in the coming few years we will see more large 4×4’s using smaller engines as the refinement of these small turbocharged engines are getting better and better. A smaller engine also means better fuel economy especially when paired off with an 8 speed automatic transmission such as is the case in the new Audi Q7. The diesel engine supplied does a claimed figure of 5.7 l/ 100km’s which is very good for a car of this size. As big as it looks, the car weighs in at just under two tons, a great achievement from Audi’s side indeed.

Verdict.

The new Audi Q7 looks like it’s off to a great start with its features and dynamic attributes. The future looks good for the slimmed out successor. At a starting price of R 924 000, it’s also priced very competitively against the likes of the BMW X5 and the Mercedes ML. Now it’s time to see how the market reacts to this new arrival. For those who have held out and still own a previous Audi Q7, now would be the time to consider upgrading. A nine year wait is a very long one, but they say good things come to those who wait.

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Models and Cars: Jodie Kidd’s obsession with cars.

Women Wednesday: Jodie Kidd.

If you’re not to clued up on the modelling world, Jodie Kidd is a world renown supermodel. Since she was fifteen she has modelled for large brands such as Chanel, Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and many many more. Besides modelling, Jodie Kidd has appeared on shows such Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Masterchef. Like many famous people, Jodie Kidd has things she likes and things she dislikes. Interestingly, one of the things Jodie Kidd really likes is cars.

Her love for cars is so strong,she has participated in events such as the Gumball 3000 and the Mille Miglia. She was even once the fastest celebrity on Top Gear’s Star in a reasonably priced car. It’s safe to say that we at TheMotorist love ladies like Jodie Kidd, this is because she goes breaks the social norms of what people think ladies should like, especially ladies in careers such as modelling. People expect models to always be these “OH EM GEE” glamour girls, little do they know that people like Jodie Kidd like getting their hands dirty under the bonnet and behind the wheel. She personally drives a Maserati, but she has declared her love for the new Jaguar F-Type too, she clearly has good taste. Check out this cool video by GoodWood of her and other celebrities at the Mille Miglia 2014.

 

2016 Wesbank COTY finalists announced.

2016 Wesbank COTY finalists.

The 2016 Wesbank COTY awards are under way and the finalists have been chosen. Next year will make for a very interesting year as there are some diverse cars in the pick. See below the finalists for the Wesbank COTY 2016.

• BMW i3
• CITROEN C4 CACTUS
• FORD FUSION
• HONDA HR-V
• JAGUAR XE
• KIA SORENTO
• LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT
• MAZDA 2 HATCH
• OPEL ADAM
• OPEL CORSA
• PEUGEOT 308
• VOLVO XC90

Apple CarPlay gives a new meaning to “Hands-Free”.

Apple CarPlay: If you can’t beat them, join them.

The amount of people using their phones while driving is ever increasing, weather it’s taking calls, sending a Whatsapp or even recording a Snapchat. This is not good but unfortunately it will never be completely stopped. Since we use our devices all the time, when we step into our cars, it has become second nature to carry on using our phones for whatever reason. Cars have also become easier to drive nowadays and in a sense require less attention from the driver, due to various driver aids. These factors make using a device while driving something more difficult stop.We have all heard the saying,“If you cant beat them, join them”. Apple has adopted this phrase with their new CarPlay feature in IOS 9. Apple say that Car-Play is a smarter and safer way to use your iPhone in the car. How so?

How does Apple CarPlay work?

Apple CarPlay takes the features you want to use while driving and puts them into your car display. Not every app is supported, but things like Maps, Phone, Messages and Music are all available in an IOS Style layout. CarPlay even allows you to use the knobs, dials and buttons in your vehicle for ease of use of the application. Siri is also available to control functions, so you don’t need to take your eyes of the road. You can even have your messages read out aloud, and you can reply using your voice.

Other available apps included in CarPlay are podcasts, audio books, Spotify and other internet radio applications. Social media apps are not currently supported, maybe they will introduce Facebook and Twitter updates through Siri at some point, but we can’t imagine Instagram ever getting compatibility. The whole point here is to help you keep your eyes on the road and since Instagram is an image based app, it’s probably not going to happen (thank goodness).

Well done to Apple for trying to come up with a solution for a problem that causes many unneeded deaths every year. Obviously the best option is to have no phone at all whilst driving but that unlikely for many. This system merges the two worlds between your phone and your infotainment system, which is better than a simple hands-free system because it stops you from looking down and engaging with your cell phone.

How to connect with Apple CarPlay?

Connection is very easy, simply plug in your iPhone to the USB port or connect via Bluetooth. Head over to “settings” – “general” and press the “CarPlay” option and voila, your car and IOS are now one flesh. So how do you know if your car is supported? See the image below to see if your vehicle is part of the supported list.  If it’s not, you may also have support if you use an Alpine, Kenwood or Pioneer after-market System.

Remember guys as handy as these systems are, the best distraction is no distraction. Situations on the road can change in a split second, so keeping your phone off and keeping your eyes where they belong is always the best option. Travel safe and Happy Tech Tuesday.

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