Mercedes-AMG E63 S at your doorstep

Mercedes-AMG E63 S at your doorstep

Good news for all Mercedes lovers now is the time to get your dream car. The Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ is due to arrive in South Africa in July 2017. Order books for the potent new model are now available to order through showrooms in South Africa. The AMG Performance 4 Matic+ all-wheel drive is a completely new development combining various drive configurations in one. The E63 S 4Matic+ achieves a new peak power of 450kW. This makes the V8 the most powerful engine to have ever been installed in an E-Class. Mercedes acknowledges the AMG cylinder management intelligent cylinder shut-off system which increased the efficiency of the engine significantly. This E63 S will feature four-wheel drive for the first time in the car’s lineage. As Mercedes says: “This new executive sedan achieves a new best value in its class.” The enormous power is transferred to the tar through all-wheel drive, said to be a completely new development that combines the advantages of various drive configurations: torque distribution to the two axles is, the automaker says, fully variable for the first time. The new generation of the E63 S 4Matic+, Mercedes-AMG aims to take the driving limits of the performance sedan to a completely new level. The vehicle’s beating heart is a powerful 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. Merc says torque distribution on the front and rear axles are fully variable for the first time, providing optimum traction in all conditions. The automaker also claims that this setup ensures optimum traction, whatever the road conditions. By accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, the new executive sedan is also...
Exciting Cars Coming to South Africa in 2017

Exciting Cars Coming to South Africa in 2017

2017 promises to be an exciting year for the South African new vehicle market. Take a look at what’s coming your way: Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Stelvio looks credible, it shares power plants with the forthcoming Giulia sedan and the range kicks off with a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine. The headline act in the range in the Quadrifoglio model which boasts the same twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 as the sedan and that will be taking the fight straight to the Porsche Macan, upcoming Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Audi SQ5. The cabin is not too dissimilar to that of the Giulia sedan. There’s a tidy 7-inch display screen nestled between the rev counter and speedometer, the latter going all the way to 320 kph in the Quadrifoglio derivative. The standard Stelvio has a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the fascia, while the Ti and Quadrifoglio have the expanded 8.8-inch unit. It will reach the first customers in the middle of 2017. Also to come: Alfa Romeo Giulia Audi Audi R8 Spyder V10 The Spyder version will arrive in South Africa around the second quarter of 2017 and although it will initially only be offered with the 397 kW/540 Nm 5.2-litre V10, which is mated with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and revs sonorously to its 7 800 rev limit. The new R8 Spyder V10 is 14 mm shorter, but 36 mm wider than its predecessor and has a dry weight of 1 612 kg courtesy of its Audi Space Frame (ASF), which combines aluminum components (79.6%) with structurally integrated carbon-fibre reinforced polymer. According to Audi, the R8 Spyder V10...
Cross between Rambo and Jiminy Cricket.

Cross between Rambo and Jiminy Cricket.

Suzuki’s Kei Car Jimny 4×4 The Jimny’s compact boxy frame is both rigid and retro looking in design. First introduced in 1970 – it is one of Suzuki’s ultimate success stories. The Jimny still possesses some of its military intended features or antics – tough, versatile and capable of tackling any off-road situation. In the same way you cannot choose your parents, a car cannot choose its engine – because if the Jimny had a choice or a voice, he would want a bigger engine. With its 63kw, 1.3L, i4 engine – and low on power. It comes as no surprise that the Jimny is a boring car to drive on the road. A mere 110nm of torque, the analoque  4-speed auto-transmission sufficiently gets the power down but after a while, the driving experience becomes a rendition of the Little Engine That Could – retitled as The little Jimny That Could. While still happily plodding along in and around suburbia. I would suggest opting for the manual version, which is also R18K cheaper than the R274 900 automatic variant. Nonetheless, its place of happiness is muddy terrain, sand, and gravel inclines, provided for at a nearby abandoned construction site. After all that is why it comes standard with a low range transfer box and a locking-differential – so it is not a soft roader and it is not for softies. Slightly longer than a Fiat 500, it is capable of doing almost anything a long wheelbase 4×4 can do and features a wading depth of 650mm. The Jimny is quite lofty: a 190mm ground clearance, 1600mm width and a...
How to buy a second hand car in South Africa

How to buy a second hand car in South Africa

While more consumers are considering buying used vehicles they must be savvy when making these purchases as they come with more risk. We have compiled the ultimate guide on how to smartly buy a used car: For true peace of mind, deal with a franchised car dealer or an AA Quality Assured car dealer If you can stretch your budget, look at a low mileage demo model from a reputable dealer; these cars are usually well priced, almost new, and have often been well looked after. When test driving, check handling, brakes, and look for any signs of mechanical problems such as overheating. Check the interior for any obvious faults such as ripped material or leather. The wear on the rubber of the brake, clutch and accelerator should be consistent with the age of the car Turn off the radio while you test drive, check that there are no extra-ordinary knocking or rumbling sounds when you start it up Check that the battery terminals are clear of any build-up Check for smoke from the exhaust – this may mean some sort of engine damage Check that the body colour is even throughout the car, a change (even slight) may mean replacement body work has been done, and may indicate that the car was involved in a crash Look for overspray on the inside of body panels, this may also indicate body work has been done Check that the tyres are in a good condition, and if not, that replacements are both available and reasonably priced. Replacement tyres may be expensive, check prices beforehand to ensure that, if necessary, your...
Ford Kuga’s Engine Fires Ignite a PR Inferno For The Blue Oval

Ford Kuga’s Engine Fires Ignite a PR Inferno For The Blue Oval

Ford Motor Co faces a barrage of criticism for how they have handled the 1.6L, EcoBoost, Kuga recall. Considering the mayhem and shock this has caused for both victims and current Kuga owners. Ford burn at the stake – but not anytime soon. As one individual on social media stated, “Doubt it, South Africans easily forget. All it’ll take is just a few Black Friday type discounts and people will start buying Fords again and should they not burst out into flames, trust will be restored.” Investigations uncovered the cause of the fire: according to Ford, “the engine fires necessitating the recall are due to overheating, which causes a crack in the cylinder head, which causes an oil leak. This can lead to fires.” It seems unusual that models between the years 2012 – 2014 have developed a sudden tendency to self-immolate. Prior claims lodged with insurance companies by other Kuga owners, whose vehicles also caught fire; these cases did not make front-page news – but Ford Motor Co was aware of them. Adding insult to injury, Ford’s list of engine fire related recalls date back to 2012: issuing a recall on the Ford Escape, (the Kuga’s USA and European equivalent), 2011 – 2012 models, due to engine fires caused by a fuel leak within proximity to an ignition source. In 2013: a 140 000 Escape SUV’s were recalled due to cylinder heads overheating. In 2016: another recall, this time on its 2010 to 2012 vehicles – due to a fuel leak in an ignition component – similar to the recall in 2012. Fire does not discriminate; just ask...
10 Ways you may be unintentionally damaging your car

10 Ways you may be unintentionally damaging your car

Fixing a car can be costly, and the mental anguish of knowing that it’s all your fault makes it even more of a burden. These are 10 things you may be doing that are damaging your car: Oil changes Oil degrades, and the reduction in oil level is due to the thinner high-quality oil getting burned or just seeping out of the engine; the sludge, grime and metal particles build up in the residue. So topping up is not the same as changing the oil. The oil level is dangerously low in over 70 per cent of cars – check your oil levels today. Riding your brakes on a downhill While riding your brakes down a steep incline may make you feel safer, you may end up with no brakes at all – brake failure – due to continuously grinding your brake pads. To avoid this scenario, rather gear down to control your speed. Not slowing down for speed bumps or potholes This will absolutely destroy the life of your shocks and can lead to other damage to the car’s undercarriage. Not giving your car enough time to warm up Oil doesn’t lubricate nearly as well when it is cold, and all those parts in the engine are designed to operate within a certain temperature range. However new cars warm up much faster but one should still wait at least a minute before starting up and driving off. Stopping and starting suddenly Avoid slamming your brakes unnecessarily. Not only does doing so increase your fuel consumption but it can also cause your brake pads and rotors to deteriorate. Ignoring...