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Video: Top Gear Checks Out The Lamborghini Reventon

Published by on Nov 6th, 2007, 1 Comment

Top Gear’s hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond spend some time (1.41 min to be exact) in this clip talking about the $1.5 million Lamborghini Reventon (pics and details here). A little bit of British humor, but unfortunately, no thrills here boyz. To be produced in just 20 examples, the Murcielago LP640 based Reventon comes equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 unit delivering 650 Hp.

Audi Metroproject Quattro

Published by on Nov 6th, 2007, 1 Comment

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Audi officially revealed the new Audi Metroproject Quattro, a design study for the forthcoming Audi A1 as the German auto maker ventures into the sub-compact segment.

The Audi Metroproject Quattro is powered 1.4 liter TFSI engine that produces a total of 150 horsepower mated with a S-tronic Direct Shift Gearbox. Working as a hybrid, a 41 horsepower electric motor sits in the back allowing for a fuel-economy range of 48 mpg. This could mean that the A1 will most likely come with a hybrid variant in its lineup.

The Audi A1 is expected to come in four different variants including a three-door hatchback, a five-door and a coupe and convertible. Power is expected to come from a 1.2 liter engine that will produce up to 170 horsepower. Production on the Audi A1 is scheduled for 2009. Pictures and video after the jump (more…)

Novated lease financing

Published by on Nov 5th, 2007, 1 Comment

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A novated lease has become an increasingly popular form of vehicle financing over recent years. A novated lease combines many features of more traditional forms of vehicle finance to deliver some attractive benefits for both employers and employees.

A novated Lease is an agreement between your employer, yourself (the employee) and the financier, where the obligation to meet the repayments under the finance lease is with the employer.

With a novated lease agreement, you own the vehicle and have the right to take it with you should you change jobs and, structured correctly, there may be tax advantages with your remuneration package.

As with other leasing structures, repayments with a novated lease are flexible and amounts depend on the term, interest rate, amount borrowed and the residual payment.

Log onto Private Fleet now and apply for your novated lease

Mansory kitted Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Published by on Nov 2nd, 2007, 2 Comments

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German tuner Mansory has developed a range of carbon-fiber accessories and performance upgrades designed specifically for the gorgeous Vantage V8. Having already established itself as a specialist in the modification of high-end British cars with previous projects such as the Rolls Royce Phantom Conquistador and Le MANSory Conti GTC, Mansory was now primed to release a new package for one the UK’s favorites. More images after the jump (more…)

Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 GT officially launched

Published by on Nov 2nd, 2007, No Comments

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A new version of the Mercedes-McLaren has been developed by British motorsports company RML Group for a handful of privateer teams who hope to compete in a new club racing series. The car was solely designed for the track and has no approval for on-road use but that hasn’t stopped 21 individuals paying the estimated €1 million price tag for the privilege of owning one of the hottest race cars on the planet.

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The Mercedes McLaren SLR 722 GT has a top speed of 315 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. Compared to the series-production version, the SLR 722 GT has been uniquely and comprehensively re-engineered by RML, especially with respect to the suspension, braking system, aerodynamics, interior and exhaust system. More than 400 components were redesigned. The key data of this edition limited to 21 two-seaters – kerb weight 1390 kilograms, maximum output 500 kW/680 ps at 1.75 bar boost,and maximum torque of 830 Newton metres to guarantee maximum racetrack performance.

Speed and Sound Nov

Published by on Nov 2nd, 2007, 1 Comment

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Once again, South Africa’s leading performance magazine brings you the hottest content our neck of the continent has to offer. Jam packed with hot rides, informative technicals and all the best event coverage. This is a keeper.

If the cover car doesn’t grab your attention, you should seriously seek some medical attention – it’s obvious that you are in fact dead. Check out the colossal 10 page feature on this awesome Nissan 350Z from premium show car builder, Duppie Du Plessis. No part of this supercharged, nitrous fed monster has been left untouched. Carbon fiber body panels and intense airbrushing are only the beginning of this car.

The Manta Ray is a Corolla with a difference. With Lambo doors and a custom body kit, this cool Toyota is a true enthusiast’s ride.

We show you where the Hannes Minnaar legacy is headed as we bring you the full story on his son, Michael’s, monster Toyota. Running a 3SGTE motor, this cab has already run low 11’s and it’s only seen a few events.

Elton Scullard from the Cape shows us his mighty N/A VW Golf and it’s plain to see why he’s one of our sponsored representatives in the Western Province.

The Sound section brings you a monster Hummer with an insane install and a Prado that has more screens than Hi-Fi Corp.

In the technicals we show you how to install a flame thrower and dismiss the rumours regarding octane additives.

We bring you event coverage from Sport Compact round 5, the first North vs South event this year and all the action from the Ultimate Street Car Challenge. Check out Chris and I battle it out on the track in the Celebrity Blacklist where we were pitted against some other local lifestyle magazines.

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We found it! The much acclaimed and spoken about Jamex Polo had made its way between our pages. Slightly re-worked, and heavily restored, it looks better than ever.

Blue Motion is subtle but sweet. This Polo Classic has received all the necessary touches without losing sight of the goal posts. It also packs an award winning sound install that has to be seen.

An über neat Mk2 2.0 turbo also graces our pages and is on worth noting. This car makes serious power!

We take you through the fitment of a performance exhaust to the Golf 5 GTi and launch our first installment of Project: Euro. Keep an eye on our pages in the next few issues as we show you how to transform your Mk1 into a Euro special with simple over-the counter mods.

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Test driving the new Subaru WRX Sti

Published by on Oct 30th, 2007, 5 Comments

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I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited by Subaru to test drive the new Subaru WRX STI tomorrow in Durban, KZN. Subaru motor group are flying me out from Cape Town to Durbs for the day. I will be joined by car journalists from other motor publications for the launch of the new car in South Africa. I should be back tomorrow evening (Wednesday) and will publish my review then! For now induldge in some of these photos of the scoobie at the Toyto auto show.
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Zoopedup Wheel day at Tiger Wheel and Tyre

Published by on Oct 29th, 2007, 1 Comment

benefits_grafik.jpgTSW and Yokohama, will be hosting a wheel day for Zoopedup. something thats Neva been done before, they’ll be doing Free Alignment checks, Free nitrogen and balancing checks and Giving Free Aliment and balancing away to Randomly Selected cars on the day!

Yokohama and TSW Will be giving away prizes and a SET of 17″ Rims and Tyres will be Given away! Yes 17′s! Guys Please Bring your friends and family and have a look at what this Fantastic Branch has to offer everyone!

Zoopedup Combo specials and Zoopedup Special Deals Will be running for Saturday! So if you need new tyres or have been saving up for a set of rims Come down to TWT on Saturday and get a Price to fit the tyres/rims!

Come view their NEW Range of alloys thats just arrived!

Date:
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Time:
9:30am – 1:30pm
Location:
Tiger Wheel and Tyre
Street:
33 Bree Street
City/Town:
Cape town

Facebook event group here

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