Archive: October 2006

18 October
BMW 335i Coupe

By Greg Pearce

I find it most contrary that while BMW’s nemesis is abandoning force-fed engines in favour of normal aspiration that the blue-and-white propeller should bolt a pair of turbines to its glorious three-litre straight six.

Adding to the surely unintended contrariness is that BMW has not been an exponent of turbocharging for more than two decades.

Whatever the reasoning behind Munich’s decision, the company that has given us such classics as the M3, the 325iS and the 330d is now giving extra boost to its 3 Series with the unveiling of the orgeous coupé example in South Africa

The result is exquisite, though the fully imported 335i and its more demure sister, the 325i, at R488 000 and R342 500 respectively will remain the preserve of the diehard “coop” lover.

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10 October
rAge Expo 2006!

“rAge. Coca Cola Dome. Be there!”

Thats the words uttered to me before I got handed my Press Passes to this event. I looked down at these 2 red swing tags, with a bold PRESS written all over it.

“Err, ok” I stammer. Being a Capetonian, I dont know what this ‘rAge’ is all about. I pop onto their website quickly to check out what its all about.

“The ultimate computer, gaming and technology expo! Now with 60% more floor space!”

“Thats great”, I think to myself. But is it going to be any good? I’ve been to several Computer things in Cape Town, and while they were informative, and nice to go to on a boring Saturday afternoon. But was this to be something extraordinary? Seeing as I AM in Jozi, where everything is surposed to be bigger and better.

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10 October
Top gear episode – Caravan Trip

07 October
Astra OPC – The superboss reborn

Opel’s “reborn” Superboss, the two-litre, turbocharged, 177kW Astra OPC Coupe is creating a storm with Opel lovers nationwide.

High-Performance Compact Sports Car with Great Looks:

- 177 kW/240 hp 2.0-liter turbo engine with 320 Nm torque
- IDSPlus with CDC electronic damping control as standard
- Zero – 100 km/h acceleration in 6.4 seconds, top speed 244 km/h

A fast start for a fast car: “Astra High Performance Concept” was the name of the attention-getting study Opel presented at the 2004 Paris Motor Show to demonstrate how an OPC version of the three-door Astra GTC could look. Only six months later, the production version of the sporty top-of-the-line model made its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2005. The new Opel Astra OPC can be ordered as from September.

The Astra OPC’s driving dynamics keep the promise made by its eye-catching looks. With acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 244 km/h, its driving performance rivals that of a sports car. More info

07 October
ROAD Project 1 Competition Update

RP1 competition car under construction

What an interesting week we have had here at the Road magazine HQ! All the seriously early mornings are starting to catch up on us tho!
Last week ended off with a visit to Kai from FK Lighting. Kai was, as usual very helpful, and eager to help us. He took us through their premises in Midrand and showed us some of their latest products. One of their additions happened to be the new angel eyes for VW Golf MK1. Kai passed us a pair for RP1 along with some crystal rear tail lights as well as some MK3 Golf front spotlights.

Angel Eye Headlights

Crystal Taillights

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02 October
Zoopedup GP 'fun' run

The Zoopedup GP car club had a ‘fun’ run this past Sunday to Gold Reef City. For all the images please visit the Zoopedup forums here

If you wish to be informed of Zoopedup events sms ‘ZOOPEDUP’ to 083 351 7917

02 October
Roush 427R Mustang


The number 427 has been intertwined in the Ford product line for many years, both as a car model and one of the most powerful and legendary engines in their line. It is only natural that ROUSH, as perhaps the best Ford engine builder in the country, is the company to reintroduce the number to the automotive lexicon using modern engine technology.

Based on the acclaimed ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang, this version is slightly less in content but includes 100 percent of the fun factor. The 427R horsepower package is highlighted by the intercooled ROUSHcharger* system which adds 115 horsepower and 65 lb-ft of torque to the base Ford 4.6L, 3-valve V8 powertrain system. The additional power upgrade comes via a ROUSH-engineered ECM calibration which has been specially-tuned to work in harmony with the different exhaust system used on the vehicle.

Further adding to the style and performance of the 2007 ROUSH 427R is a four-piece aerobody kit which includes a stylized front fascia, front chin spoiler, hood scoop and rear wing and ROUSH 18-inch cast chrome wheels with high-performance tires and the special 427R striping kit.


02 October
Decrease your insurance 15 tips

15 Ways to lower your car insurance quote

1.Shop around

The difference in price between various companies can be significant. What one company may consider a high risk factor another company may not view as so important. Insurance companies arrive at a price for your car insurance by adding or discounting money after each answer you give to the questions they ask you. Each company has its own rules as to what they consider should increase or decrease your premium. By shopping around you get a better list of prices to compare.

2.Buy a lower group car

One of the important factors that insurance companies take into account is of course your vehicle. There are thousands of different cars on the road so companies divide them up into groups. Generally speaking the higher the group rating for your vehicle, the higher your premium will be. Some companies may also combine your driving experience with the vehicle group to get a better idea of how high the risk is. This is one of the reasons why young drivers should consider buying a lower group car if they want to lower their insurance cost.

3.Consider Third Party Only cover

A Third Party Only insurance policy is the minimum amount of cover legally required – it is also the cheapest. Generally speaking you should consider opting for this type of policy if your vehicle is of low value. In the unfortunate event of having an accident, any damage to a third party vehicle will be covered but any damage to your vehicle is not. However, if your vehicle is of little value then you may not be too concerned. It may not be worth paying extra for a Fully Comprehensive policy in these circumstances.
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