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Audi TT RS '40 Years of Quattro' revealed with rally-inspired design - Carmag South Africa
Audi Sport has put together this limited-edition TT RS to celebrate 40 years of the quattro badge. Just 40 units will be produced...
Audi Sport has put together this limited-edition TT RS to celebrate 40 years of the Quattro badge. Dubbed the Audi TT RS 40 Years Edition, the newcomer pays tribute to the brand’s success in the 1987 Pikes Peak Rally in which Walter Röhrl piloted an Audi Sport Quattro S1 to victory. Using this icon as an inspiration, the TT RS features Alpine white paint with decals on the bonnet, flanks, roof and boot, all inspired by the livery used on the high-powered rally car. The bonnet gains a central air vent finished in gloss carbon, complemented by an aero kit consisting of gloss-black flics, a front splitter, side skirts, a fixed rear wing, spoiler side sections and a diffuser. The Ingolstadt-based firm says this package improves uplift on the front axle to 9 kg, with around downforce at the rear coming in at 5 kg at top speed. Further visual enhancements include large “quattro” branding on the doors, a pair of partially matte rear-quarter windows with “40 years of Quattro” logos and side sills painted in black. The side-sill inserts, door mirror covers and Audi rings are finished in gloss black. On the front axle, you'll find a set of ventilated and perforated steel discs with red-painted callipers together with a set of 20-inch alloy wheels finished in white. In the cabin, the TT RS has been kitted out with black Alcantara on the door trims and sports steering wheel. Black leather upholstery with white contrast stitching is used on the centre armrest, door armrests and centre console. Heritage stripes on the Alpine white inlay are used to match the exterior livery. Black floor mats with white piping and contrast stitching are finished off with an embroidered "RS" logo. The RS sport seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather for the sides and black Alcantara with a honeycomb pattern in white (featuring “40 years of Quattro” embroidered at the shoulders) down the centre. Optionally, the rear bench can be replaced with a strut cross-brace made of carbon-fibre. This reduces the weight by around 16 kg and improves torsional rigidity. With this model being limited to just 40 units specific to the German market, a consecutively numbered badge on the S-tronic gear selector knob depicts each model’s build number. As for power, the turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder mill is unchanged, with outputs of 294 kW and 480 N.m of torque.
Here's how much the refreshed Mercedes-AMG E63 S costs in South Africa - Carmag South Africa
Mercedes-Benz South Africa has released local pricing for the refreshed Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Here's how much you'll pay for the facelifted super-saloon...
Mercedes-Benz South Africa has released local pricing for the refreshed Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan. So, how much will it cost you? Well, pricing for the facelifted E63 S 4Matic+ starts at R2 436 440, which makes it some R228 616 more expensive than the likewise refreshed BMW M5 Competition. Revealed in June 2020, Affalterbach’s updated super-saloon sticks with its twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8, which delivers an unchanged 450 kW and 850 N.m to all four corners via a nine-speed automatic transmission. As before, this results in a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,4 seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 300 km/h. What has changed? Well, in addition to the exterior styling updates, the facelifted E63 S gains Mercedes-Benz’s “widescreen cockpit” arrangement comprising a pair of 12,25-inch displays, along with a new AMG Performance steering wheel with “haptic sensing aids” and the latest MBUX infotainment system featuring AMG-specific functions. Furthermore, Mercedes-AMG says the “comfort characteristics” of the suspension have been “tangibly increased” thanks to retuning and revised elastokinematics. Due to a special spring-and-damper setup and the adaptive damping system, Benz claims the new three-chamber air suspension system now combines “exemplary driving dynamics” with high levels of refinement and comfort.
New Land Rover Defender 110 handed a bold makeover... - Carmag South Africa
The Chelsea Truck Company has added gone to work on the Land Rover Defender 110, with the result being the Vesuvius Edition you see here.
The Chelsea Truck Company has added gone to work on the Land Rover Defender 110, with the result being the Vesuvius Edition you see here. The package include a striking visual makeover, both inside and out. While Santorini Black is the main colour, the Vesuvius Edition also gains a chunky orange stripe that runs from the bottom edge of the front bumper up and over the bonnet. This theme is further enhanced by a front vented grille detailed in gloss black and a custom front vented spoiler. Rounding off the exterior makeover is a set of 22-inch Kahn RS forged alloy wheels finished in black and wrapped in Cooper multi-terrain tyres. Refinements to the cabin have been designed to match the exterior theme. Inside, you’ll find a new set of seats that has been upholstered in premium black leather. Naturally, the company has also fitted an array of Volcanic orange accents. Each part is available individually, however, the full package will set you back some £66 999 (which translates to around R1,45 million).
Upgraded (150 kW) Toyota Hilux: official details for SA released! - Carmag South Africa
We’ve already brought you pricing and initial details of the refreshed Toyota Hilux, but now Toyota South Africa Motors has released extra information.
We’ve already brought you pricing and initial details of the refreshed Toyota Hilux, but now Toyota South Africa Motors has released extra information on the updated version of its best-selling bakkie. As we pointed out in that scoop story, the Hilux line-up has been revised (“in keeping with evolving market trends”, says Toyota). The S and SR models retain the outgoing model's front end, while the SRX variants have been replaced by Raider derivatives, complete with the new face revealed back in June 2020. Raider models fitted with the 110 kW/400 N.m 2,4 GD-6 powertrain feature four-bulb Halogen headlamps, while the 2,8 GD-6 Raider models upgrade to bi-LED headlamps and LED indicators. Both feature 17-inch alloy wheels in a dark-grey metallic finish and wrapped in 265/65 R17 rubber. Legend models (which effectively replace the Legend 50 derivatives) each feature a trapezoidal grille plus a bonnet protector and skidplate, along with dark-plated headlamp inserts and a centred chrome inlay flanking the Toyota insignia. A set of two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels with darkened centre caps and shod in 265/60 R18 rubber is included. There’s also an optional “Legend RS” accessory package (for Hilux Legend 2,8 GD-6 4x4 models) which adds a motorised roller shutter, a graphite-coloured sports bar, rubberised bedliner, an assisted tailgate (with a central-locking function) and dust-defence kit. While Toyota SA Motors doesn't say how much the kit costs, our earlier information shows a figure of R85 500. Inside, Raider models gain a new instrument cluster design. Legend variants, meanwhile, receive model-specific accents on the instrument cluster, interior trim panels, switchgear and gear lever. Blue door illumination, perforated leather upholstery and black roof lining are also included. Both Raider and Legend variants have upgraded to a fresh 8,0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Nine exterior colours are on offer, including new Oxide Bronze and Pearl White hues. Attitude Black, meanwhile, is exclusively available on the Hilux Legend 2,8 GD-6 4x4. As we’ve already pointed out, the 2,8-litre turbodiesel engine has had its peak outputs hiked to 150 kW and 500 N.m in automatic form (though manual models remain at 420 N.m). The Japanese firm furthermore says it has improved this powertrain's fuel economy by “adopting a larger turbocharger and a new common-rail injection system”. Interestingly, the 2,4 GD-6 4x4 model can now tow up to 3,5 tonnes, matching the 2,8 GD-6 4x4’s figure. Toyota also claims to have “improved ride comfort without compromising off-road performance and durability” thanks to new spring rates, shock absorbers and suspension bushes. It says the result is “more agile handling” and better ride comfort, “particularly when unladen”. What else has changed? Well, the base S model now features an emergency brake signal function while the SR grade gains a limited-slip differential and variable flow control power steering. Legend 4x4 models, meanwhile, boast the Toyota Safety Sense system as standard, which includes a pre-collision system, lane-departure alert and adaptive cruise control. As before, all Hilux models ship with a three-year/100 000 km warranty and a nine-service/90 000 km service plan. Check out range pricing below… Pricing: Toyota Hilux Chassis Cab 2,0 VVTi: R288 000Toyota Hilux Chassis Cab 2,4 GD: R325 600Toyota Hilux Chassis Cab 2,4 GD-6 4x4: R465 200 Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,0 VVTi S: R291 100Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,0 VVTi S AC: R299 800Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,7 VVTi RB S: R386 700Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD S: R328 400Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD S AC: R337 200Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB SR: R414 500Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB Raider: R447 800Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB Raider AT: R466 100Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD-6 4x4 SR: R482 000Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD-6 4x4 Raider: R520 700Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,8 GD-6 RB Raider AT: R532 300Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,4 GD-6 4x4 Raider AT: R540 900Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Raider AT: R602 400 Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB Raider: R460 000Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB Raider AT: R478 200Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend: R550 000Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend AT: R574 900Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend: R622 000Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend AT: R647 300 Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,7 VVTi RB S: R440 000Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB SR: R476 900Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB Raider: R505 200Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,4 GD-6 RB Raider AT: R521 200Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,4 GD-6 4x4 SR: R549 200Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,4 GD-6 4x4 Raider: R583 700Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,4 GD-6 4x4 Raider AT: R609 500Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend: R620 500Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 RB Raider AT: R631 900Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend AT: R696 200Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Raider AT: R706 400Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend: R733 500Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4,0 V6 4x4 Legend AT: R765 200Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend AT: R765 600Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend RS: R819 000Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend RS AT: R851 100
Forbidden fruit: Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch handed dynamic tweaks - Carmag South Africa
The Ford Fiesta ST is not offered in South Africa. But the brand has released a fresh ST Edition variant in Europe, complete with adjustable suspension.
As you likely already know, the latest Ford Fiesta ST is not offered in South Africa. And now the Blue Oval brand has released a fresh ST Edition variant in Europe, complete with adjustable coilover suspension. Jealous? Back in July 2018, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa confirmed to CARmag.co.za the Fiesta ST would “unfortunately not be coming to SA”, with the company citing “fuel quality” concerns. Now Ford in Europe has revealed its new Fiesta ST Edition, with production for the continent capped at 500 units, all in the three-door body style. What sets the ST Edition apart from the standard ST? Well, it gains adjustable suspension for what Ford describes as “ultimate road and track performance”, along with a smattering of model-specific styling updates. There’s a new Azura Blue exterior finish plus gloss-black detailing for elements such as the rear diffuser, spoiler and “ST” badges, as well as a set of lightweight 18-inch alloys (with each wheel saving almost 2 kg). Inside, you’ll find fresh carbon fibre-effect detailing, blue stitching and a new Ford Performance steering wheel. But perhaps the most signigicant upgrade is the fitment of a Ford Performance adjustable coilover suspension system that the company says “enables customisation of cornering, road-holding and ride-height characteristics for true performance driving enthusiasts”. Ford claims the Fiesta ST Edition has been “fine-tuned to optimise balance and control through corners and offers the flexibility for drivers to further tailor suspension setting to their specific driving style or environment”. The two-way adjustable coilover suspension setup features twin-tube stainless-steel damper housings and powder-coated springs finished in Ford Performance Blue. Ride height is lowered by up to 15 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear. Twelve bump settings (the degree of upward damper movement allowed as the wheel contacts a bump in the road) and 16 rebound settings are on offer. A Quaife limited-slip differential furthermore ships standard. As a reminder, power comes from a turbocharged 1,5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine sending 147 kW and 290 N.m to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. That’s enough, says Ford, for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 6,5 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h.
Refreshed BMW 5 Series (including M550i): prices for SA confirmed… - Carmag South Africa
While we published pricing for the facelifted 5 Series range as long ago as August 2020, BMW Group South Africa has now released official details.
While we published pricing for the facelifted 5 Series range as long ago as August 2020, BMW Group South Africa has now released official details. Interestingly, the prices have increased slightly since we first spotted the refreshed 5 Series, including the new M550i xDrive variant and the range-topping M5 Competition, on BMW’s local configurator. The line-up will comprise three variants at launch, plus the aforementioned M5 Competition. As a reminder, the 530d and 540i have been removed from the local mix. The range kicks off with the 520d, now priced from R935 996. As a reminder, this derivative’s 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine offers an unchanged 140 kW and 400 N.m to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Next up is the 530i, which now starts at R938 342 and is powered by a turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine offering 185 kW and 350 N.m to the rear axle, likewise through an eight-speed auto. The M550i xDrive joins the range from R1 432 238, with its twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 petrol engine sending 390 kW and 750 N.m to all four corners (the rear-biased all-wheel-drive system works with an M Sport differential) via an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW says that’s enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3,8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The M550i xDrive furthermore features a range of model-specific design cues, including the M Sport package, a bootlid spoiler and a "Cerium Grey" metallic finish for the side-mirror caps, grille surround, inlays in the front air intakes and model lettering. Finally, the updated M5 Competition now kicks off at R2 207 824 and again employs a twin-turbo 4,4litre V8 engine, sending an unchanged 460 kW and 750 N.m to all four corners via an eightspeed automatic transmission. As you’d expect, it’s just as quick as before, hitting 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 3,3 seconds and reaching the 200 km/h mark in a claimed 10,8 seconds. Thanks to the fitment of the M Driver’s Package, top speed is still a heady 305 km/h.
BMW 5 Series LCI gets custom parts from AC Schnitzer - Carmag South Africa
The recently updated BMW 5 Series has been handed a number of custom parts from AC Schnitzer.
The recently updated BMW 5 Series has been handed a number of custom parts from AC Schnitzer. The modest catalogue includes changes to the exterior design, suspension and interior. It aims to highlight the executive sedan’s sporting genes without compromising usability. For the exterior, AC Schnitzer provides an aerodynamic kit which caters to models fitted with or without the M Performance kit when it leaves the factory. Should the 5 Series have said kit applied, AC Schnitzer can add a set of side skirts, a rear diffuser and spoiler for the boot and roof. Cars without the M Performance kit can only have the spoilers installed. Wrapping up the exterior design is a set of 20-inch AC1 forged alloy wheels which can be finished in anthracite or a dual-tone silver and gun metal grey. For a different look, the AC3 design is available in a number of finishes as well. Accentuating the stance of the 5 Series is a suspension spring kit which lowers the ride by 10 mm if an M Sport suspension has been specified. Without this, the kit brings the ride down by 35 mm. There are no modifications to make the 5 Series louder but a set of chrome or gloss black exhaust tailpipes are available for visual purposes. Interior fixtures are rather minimal with a set of paddle shifters for Steptronic Sport variants, a key holder, aluminium pedal sets and a branded cover for the iDrive system touch controller.
McLaren reveals 765LT is faster than initially claimed - Carmag South Africa
When revealed in March of this year, McLaren claimed that it’s new special edition Super Series product, the 765LT, would reach 0-200 km/h in 7,2 seconds.
Upon its official unveailing in March of this year, McLaren claimed its new special edition Super Series product, the 765LT, would reach 0-200 km/h in 7,2 seconds and achieve a quarter-mile time of 10,3 seconds. Having re-tested customer production cars, the British marque has realised that it’s actually faster than initially thought. Powered by a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 pushing 563 kW and 800 N.m of torque to the rear via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, McLaren has come to learn that the 765LT will hit 0-200 km/h in 7,0 seconds (0,2 seconds faster than initially claimed) and clear a quarter-mile in 9,9 seconds (0,4 seconds faster). The 0-100 km/h time of 2,8 seconds remains unchanged. The first few cars of the limited 765-unit production run have been specified by McLaren Special Operations and delivered to their respective customers. Included in this batch are cars equipped with the Strata theme; boasting a unique “art in motion” graphic paint scheme inspired by a city skyline and finished in a three-colour scheme requiring 390 hours of hand painting and detailing. Colours included here are Azores Orange for the base, contrasted by Memphis Red and Cherry Black. These are accentuated by Volcano Red for the front brake callipers and Azores Orange for the rear. The interior hosts an array of colour-coded trims such as orange seat perforation and a push-to-drink system in Memphis Red. Another theme revealed by MSO, is based oN a 3D honeycomb scheme, labelled as “GEOHEX”. This features a combination of Tarmac Black and Tokyo Cyan with visual carbon fibre components and matching interior trimmings.
Leaked! New BMW M3 and M4 emerge online ahead of schedule... - Carmag South Africa
Images of the new BMW M3 and M4 have emerged online just a day ahead of the official scheduled reveal. Check them out here...
Images of the new BMW M3 and M4 have emerged online just a day ahead of the official scheduled reveal of the high-performance twins. The four leaked images were posted on Instagram by Canada-based @carswithoutlimits. The first photograph shows front three-quarter angles of both the G80-generation M3 and G82-generation M4, in their respective launch colours (Isle of Man Green and Sao Paulo Yellow). The second image depicts the sedan and coupé’s rear ends, while the third and fourth gives us a closer look at the face of the new models. And, yes, both feature the controversial kidney grille design seen in earlier spy shots. While the Munich-based firm will no doubt drop the juicy technical details after the official unveiling, we already know the “standard” models will be offered with a twin-turbo 3,0-litre straight-six petrol engine delivering 353 kW via a six-speed manual gearbox. The Competition derivatives, meanwhile, will make 375 kW (just like the X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition) and feature an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. These models will initially be offered in rear-wheel-drive form and, at a later date, also in conjunction with BMW M’s latest all-wheel-drive system.
VW Golf GTI rival? New BMW 128ti confirmed as front-driven hot hatch! - Carmag South Africa
BMW has confirmed it is entering the front-driven hot hatch space, with its upcoming 128ti set to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI.
BMW has confirmed it is entering the front-driven hot hatch space, with its upcoming 128ti set to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI. The Munich-based firm says the new model is in its “final test phase”, with a special focus on “dynamic handling characteristics”. Interestingly, it doesn't appear to be classed as an M Performance variant. Set to hit the market as early as November 2020, the 128ti will slot into the 1 Series range below the all-paw M135i xDrive (which takes on the Golf R). Like that model, the newcomer will employ BMW’s turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, although here it will be detuned from the M135i’s 225 kW to some 195 kW. With an eight-speed automatic transmission the only gearbox on offer, the German company says the obligatory sprint from zero to 100 km/h will take 6,1 seconds (some 1,3 seconds slower than the all-wheel-drive M135i). The 128ti will be around 80 kg lighter than the M135i. BMW says the suspension and steering systems were “specifically tuned to offer extremely sporty and driver-oriented” dynamics, while a Torsen limited-slip differential will be included, too. The standard M sport suspension will include a 10 mm drop in ride height.