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Good Bye McLaren, Hello HWA

Published by on Aug 21st, 2007, 3 Comments

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Mercedes-Benz is to launch an all-new mid-engined supercar called the SLC, to rival the Audi R8 and this was further confirmed after spy photographers caught a mule disguised as a longer wheel based Dodge Viper, in some Californian canyon country side recently.

This super-coupe will be developed by AMG and tweaked and tuned by HWA (Hans Werner Aufrecht), which will also build the car for Mercedes at its facilities in Affalterbach. HWA was the motorsport division of AMG prior to Mercedes-Benz taking a major stake in AMG, and has since been independent. It has been running the team for Mercedes in the DTM German Touring Car Championships and it is quite successful. HWA is also now tipped to take over from McLaren as Mercedes’ new partner in the development of upcoming top-end supercars. HWA does have some serious credentials in motorsport as they have a large history with AMG. HWA also have been creating cars for FIA GT1 motor sport as well. Back in 1999, DaimlerChrysler acquired AMG, renaming it to Mercedes AMG GmbH. In doing so, they effectively separated HWA from AMG developments. This left the 170+ employee firm with independence over its products. Such freedom has let HWA produce phenomenal cars such as the the very limited edition CLK GTR roadster in 1999.

McLaren, on the other hand, looks likely to develop a new supercar of its own as well, funded by profit from its successful Formula One enterprise and billed as a natural successor to the Gordon Murray-designed McLaren F1.

Speed and Sound issue 72

Published by on Aug 19th, 2007, 3 Comments

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Issue 72 of the Speed and Sound is due to hit shelves in your area soon.

This month we bring you the build of the Castrol Edge Auto Makeover Subaru STI, a vehicle that has been touched in just about every aspect imaginable. Traveling far and wide, it’s seen some top notch work.

Hailing from the fair Cape is a VW Jetta Mk4 that will surprise you. It’s a track based car but if you were to ditch the signage, you’d have a supercar killer of note.

We drive the new E92 BMW M3 and tell you exactly what we think about BMW’s latest benchmark.

Johan gives us a Mazda Rustler with a twist. No more front-wheel-drive antics for this gent, he painstakingly converted his bakkie to a rear-wheel-drive and fitted a Mazda motor… I won’t say what Mazda motor; you’ll have to see for yourself!

In the sound section we bring you an Audi TT with lots of attitude and attention to detail.

The Toyota Yaris is gaining popularity each day, and now the modifiers have latched on and Faheem is no different. Keeping it simple, he’s created something to be proud of.

Neeresh gives you the theory run down on building a wall while I show you some of the hottest, most innovative products to hit the streets in my technical features.

We bring you drag racing action from Swaziland and all the regulars you’ve learnt to love… this one’s a keeper!

Running of the bulls

Published by on Aug 19th, 2007, No Comments

In order to promote their supped up Gallardo who’s V10 has been enhanced with a pair of turbos pushing output to 709 Hp, Heffner-Performance, a Florida based tuner, put the small Lambo against its bigger bro, the 580 Hp Murcielago. Apparently you needn’t be a rocket scientist to guess who wins…

Audi RS4 advertisement

Published by on Aug 19th, 2007, No Comments

Ok, we admit it took us a second or two to make ends meet in this Audi RS4 ad… In case you’re wondering it’s the speed cam pointing towards the garage.

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Carblog visits Cape Town's exotic car dealerships

Published by on Aug 17th, 2007, 6 Comments

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As many “petrolheads” would know, one of the most exciting realms of the motoring world is that of exotics. Thorough-bred sports cars are a good subject on which to spend a weekend afternoon – at least, for those amongst us devoted enough to the boundless thrills of touching, viewing and indeed, driving these beasts. With that in mind, our staffer, known to readers as SLD, spent last Saturday afternoon visiting Cape Town’s exotics dealerships.

The car shown above is the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, and the picture was taken at Bloomsbury. (more…)

BMW M5 Touring

Published by on Aug 17th, 2007, No Comments

Our friends over at Auto Motor & Sport Sweden have passed along this great video review of the new BMW M5 Touring. Though the review was originally in Swedish, they’ve subtitled it for everyone to see. Make sure you turn up the volume knob on your speakers to hear the scintillating sound of the 5.0L V10.
Click ahead for the video.

Porsche 911 GT2 – officially announced

Published by on Aug 14th, 2007, 8 Comments

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Porsche has finally announced the new 911 GT2, after both the brochure and official pictures were leaked. The 911 GT2 “vintage 997″ will be shown to the public at the Frankfurt auto show in september and will be “the most powerful 911 so far homologated for road use”.

The 911 GT2 will share its underpinnings with the 911 Turbo, but it will feature larger air intakes at the front, a larger rear wing and a souped up engine, with 50 ps more than the standard Turbo: power output will be 530 ps at 6,500 rpm, maximum torque will be 680 Nm between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. (more…)

Nissan Skyline GT-R

Published by on Aug 14th, 2007, 5 Comments

nissan_skyline_gt_r_01.jpgNissan engineers are working hard on putting the finishing touches to the new Nissan Skyline GT-R, which will debut at the next Tokyo auto show (october 24th). While we wait for official photos, the japanese magazines Response.jp and Holiday Auto have some very interesting information regarding the price and the engine of this new super-car from Nissan.

According to Holiday Auto, the engine will be called VR38, part of a new family of extremely light engines, built with extensive use of aluminium, titanium and magnesium. The VR family will be very different from the VQ family of V6 engines, used in a good portion of Nissan/Infiniti coupes and sedans.

The VR38 engine will be a V6 with a 3.8-liters capacity, with two variable geometry turbines with a pressure of 1.47 bar. Valvelift and timing will be variable, thanks to the new Nissan system called VVEL.

Power output will be 480 ps at 6,800 rpm, but the VR38 engine will have more than 90% of top power still available between 6,800 and 7,500 rpm (redline at 7,600 rpm). Torque will be impressively linear: 580 Nm constant between 1,700 and 5,600 rpm.

The GT-R will be based on a Premium Midship platform, which has a weight distribution of 50/50 on the front and rear axles. The 4WD system and the weight distribution is a good premise for the road handling characteristics of the GT-R.

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