Through dusty Death Valley in a BMW soft-top prototype

Extreme heat and dust test the soft top Electronic circuits subjected to 50C air Long-distance drives from mountains to sea MUNICH, Germany –  BMW has put its 8 Series convertible through intensive trials and test drives involving Las Vegas and Death Valley in the USA. The results, the automaker says, provided important information about the functional…

Toyota’s 86 sportster range drops to one model

Hotshot coupe gets motorsport tweaks Bigger brakes from House of Brembo New touchscreen; performance shocks JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – It was conceptualised as a driver’s car from the onset but believes its Toyota 86 is still singular in its combination of handling prowess, driver-focused dynamics and analogue drive feel. However, the the 86’s dynamic competencies have…

First pics: Ferrari launches special 488 Pista Spider

50th drop-top from the Maranello marque Benchmark for Ferrari for spider performance 540kW and ‘constantly increasing torque’ MARANELLO, Italy – The Prancing Horse brand’s new Special Series model, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, has been unveiled at annual Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California. The car is the 50th drop-top model from Ferrari and…

Bond’s DB5 lives! Aston Martin to build 25 big-bucks copies

Aston Martin and Eon to create 25 Goldfinger DB5 cars Working gadgets to be developed for inclusion Cars to be assembled at original home of the DB5 GAYDON, England –  The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a collaboration by automaker Aston Martin and Eon Productions, maker of the ‘James Bond’ films. Following the successful…

BMW seeking driving heaven on the Nordschleife hell run

BMW sends Threes to hell for testing Optimising ride comfort, dynamic performance ‘More potential for maximum transverse dynamics’ WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – The next generation of BMW’s 3 Series sedan has just completed ”crucial” final stages of suspension and chassis development testing ahead of production. The automaker said there was only one possible location…

Proudly SA! East London’s latest C-Class = S-Class luxury

East London hub for global C-Class production 11 new models – including supercar Big Daddy Sedan, Coupe and Cabriolet in latest line-up PRETORIA, South Africa – Mercedes-Benz SA has launched the latest version of its Made-in-SA C-Class on the South African market This the latest iteration of the range has, MB-SA says, a wealth of…

Lexus LFA show car all lined-up for Spa track parade

Lines and waves to depict no stopping” Focus not on shape but on patterns LFA Art Car joined 2018 Spa track parade JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Automaker Lexus as unveiedl a uniquely-painted LFA to celebrate the debut of its RC F GT3 contender in the 24 Hours of Spa endurance race. ”The reveal will also mark…

Family reunion: Supra Generation 5 howls up The Hill

World first – five generations of Supra reunion UK Supramenists get access to A90 Supra prototype Sport car shown by chief engineer Tetsuya Tada LONDON, England – A small group of UK Toyota Supra owners are among the first in the world to get close up and personal with the prototype next version of the…

Next BMW Z4: Green light for ‘pure driving pleasure’

‘Particularly important’ test stage at Miramas Next comes camouflage drives on autobahns Major focus is the new suspension system MUNICH, Germany – Long bonnet, short overhangs, low centre of gravity, soft top: despite the camouflage, the two-seater doing laps at the BMW test centre in Miramas in the south of France was instantly recognisable as…

Two decades on and Aston Martin to build 14 V600s classics

Spirit of 1998 V8 Aston Martin Vantage V600 breathes again  Seven coupes, seven roadsters, in limited run V12 engine – 450kW with seven-speed manual gearbox GAYDON, England – The legendary Aston Martin Vantage V600 has been reborn as a customer-commissioned and limited run of an all-new Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600s, inspired and influenced by the…

Taking the Arteon of VW autos to another level

Top-end 206kW 2.0 TSI makes 100 in 5.6sec Innovative technology, driving aids, debuted Wheelbase extended to make ‘excellent space’ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – VWSA now has a supply of the latest version of the brand luxury-range Arteon sedan which it describes as ”a premium VW model with the the design of a sport car and…

Lexus ES: Generation 7 promises ‘new era of performance’

New dynamic capabilities, emotional design K platform = excellent rigidity, design freedom Longer shell means more rear legroojm AFTER SIX six generations of success in the mid-sized sedan category this the seventh-generation Lexus ES., its maker says, is ”forging a new and more ambitious path”. The car has an all-new chassis that allows more dynamic…