Porsche 911 GT2 RS: An animal unleashed

Porsche 911 GT2 RS: An animal unleashed

The Porsche GT2 RS is like a wild animal that, at your peril, can be unleashed at the turn of a key. Miles Downard assesses its merits.It’s not often I drive a car that scares the living daylights out of me, but just over a week ago that all changed when I jumped behind the wheel of the outgoing Por

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Rugged charm: Renault Duster TechRoad 1.5 dCi 4×2 EDC

Rugged charm: Renault Duster TechRoad 1.5 dCi 4×2 EDC

"The average driver will be able to manage anything from 5.2 L onwards with ease. This translates to a potential 1 000 km + on a single tank of diesel."The Duster has proven to be a crowd-puller for Renault. The compact SUV has proven widely popular with local consumers, with both the first and seco

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Maserati reveals exotic MC20 supercar

Maserati reveals exotic MC20 supercar

Italian luxury carmaker Maserati has revealed their latest supercar, the MC20. The mid-engined two-seater takes Maserati back to its roots, harking back to the MC12 of the mid-2000s.If you wanted a sporting, two-door Maserati, the now discontinued GranTurismo was your only option. Despite a melliflu

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Looking sharp: Merc’s swoopy CLS receives styling refresh

Looking sharp: Merc’s swoopy CLS receives styling refresh

Merc’s slinky four-door coupé has received a raft of styling updates, bringing the stylish luxury car in line with the Three-Pointed Star’s other offerings. It’s not just aesthetic revisions, though. The interior has also been the beneficiary of some tweaks – a new steering wheel design, extended le

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Budget-friendly load luggers for large families

Budget-friendly load luggers for large families

We take a look at four budget-friendly family cars capable of carrying seven people - and keeping your wallet intact.The SUV has replaced the traditional saloon car as the transport of choice for families across South Africa. While SUVs and their booted compatriots suit the needs of most families, t

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Land Rover Defender 110 P400 X: Modern yet supremely utilitarian

Land Rover Defender 110 P400 X: Modern yet supremely utilitarian

Miles Downard spends some time off the beaten track with the new Land Rover Defender P400 X. Here's what he thought of the big Brit.Few cars create quite the stir that this one did when it broke cover on the internet in 2020. Land Rover had essentially been making the Defender since its very beginni

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Audi RS Q8: SUV King of the Nürburgring

Audi RS Q8: SUV King of the Nürburgring

Ingolstadt's SUV Coupé has been breathed upon by the RS division. The 441 kW Audi RS Q8 is the fastest SUV to lap the Nürburgring in Germany.When BMW launched their controversial X6 in late 2007, many scratched their heads in confusion. “Why on earth would anybody want an SUV coupé?,” they asked. Th

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Toyota Starlet 1.4 Xs AT: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Toyota Starlet 1.4 Xs AT: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

The interior of the Toyota Starlet feels suitably solid. You won't find plush, soft-touch materials but everything feels nicely put together.Starlet – a relatively unknown name here in South Africa. Overseas – and particularly in Japan – the Starlet is somewhat of a cult classic. Last produced in 19

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Lexus IS300h: Japanese elegance taking the fight to the Germans

Lexus IS300h: Japanese elegance taking the fight to the Germans

Lexus has released a refreshed IS derivative. Does it have what it takes to challenge SA's favourites, the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class?Known for fastidious attention to detail and high levels of refinement, Lexus has introduced their revised premium midsize saloon, the IS. Lexus’ smallest offe

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Bavarian brawlers: BMW M3 and M4 now available in SA

Bavarian brawlers: BMW M3 and M4 now available in SA

For 35 years, the BMW M3 has ruled the sports sedan roost. The much-anticipated G80 - and it's two-door sibling, the M4 - are now in SA.For 35 years, the M3 badge has been synonymous with high-performance BMWs. It’s been known as the benchmark for sport saloons. There have been many challengers and

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24 hours with the BMW X6M Competition

24 hours with the BMW X6M Competition

What can you learn about a BMW X6M Competition in 24 hours? BizNews Motoring editor Miles Downard tried to find out. Here are his thoughts.The norm in this industry is for a journalist to be given the keys to a vehicle for testing purposes and about a week later, give or take, the car goes back with

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Mercedes-Benz GLC300d and GLE450: A bag of tricks

Mercedes-Benz GLC300d and GLE450: A bag of tricks

The new Mercedes GLC and GLE fit in the middle of the company's SUV range. As Miles discovered, they're nice vehicles with one fatal flaw.Mercedes-Benz launched some new SUVs recently, all prefixed with the letters GL (Apart from the legendary G-Wagon, of course). I had the opportunity to sample the

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Paddock diary: Confidence gets the better of me in the season opener

Paddock diary: Confidence gets the better of me in the season opener

Thursday, 18h00 – Packing, my worst nightmareI rushed home from the office knowing I had a lot to get done before nightfall. Load and hook up the trailer, pack the car and get all my ducks in a row – something I’m not very good at. True as Bob, I left my camping chairs at home. Next time I’m doing a

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Ford Ranger FX4: travelling wild on the Wild Coast

Ford Ranger FX4: travelling wild on the Wild Coast

BizNews motoring editor Miles Downard heads down to South Africa's Wild Coast to experience the new Ford Ranger FX4.The current Ranger is now well-established and so the mid-life variations are starting to roll out. Not long ago, we sampled the Ranger Thunder and XL Sport. Now it was time for the ne

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The underdogs: six excellent – yet overlooked – cars on the local market

The underdogs: six excellent – yet overlooked – cars on the local market

They're often overlooked - which is a pity. These six underdogs are exceptionally accomplished and offer good value to SA consumers.There are plenty of new cars for sale in SA that represent exceptional value for money, bundled into a competent package. They get showered with praise, and rightly so.

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Audi S6 TFSI quattro: The ultimate sleeper

Audi S6 TFSI quattro: The ultimate sleeper

The Audi S6 TFSI is an unassuming, elegant and subtle luxury car that can give a few Porsche's a run for their money, writes Jarryd Neves.Currently in its fifth generation, Audi’s S6 is what most people go to when they desire an unassuming (but potently fast) mid-sized executive sedan. First introdu

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BMW 730Ld: Fit for kings and captains of industry

BMW 730Ld: Fit for kings and captains of industry

Wondrous air suspension soaks up bumps and obliterates undulations. The 730Ld simply dismisses potholes as conspiracies, writes Jarryd Neves.Imposing, isn’t it?BMW’s grand saloon has an undeniable presence. From the oversized kidney grille that dominates the front end, to the sheer dimensions of the

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Stylish Swede: Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design

Stylish Swede: Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design

We get to grips with the stylish Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design. The compact, stylish and well-equipped range-topper retails for R786,850.Many people associate the Volvo brand with staid, sensible estate cars. Large and boxy family haulers that can withstand most attacks this side of a missile strike. This

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Kia Picanto X-Line 1.2 Manual: Grown up fun

Kia Picanto X-Line 1.2 Manual: Grown up fun

William Kelly slides behind the wheel of the Kia Picanto X-Line - Kia's answer to the hugely popular budget crossover craze.By William KellyWhen I was young, the thought of being a journalist was far from my mind. But the love of cars, however, was not. I am less of a youngster now, but the thought

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BMW 320i: All the car you’ll ever need?

BMW 320i: All the car you’ll ever need?

What do you think the best car in the world is? Before you put your hand up and say it’s a Lamborghini or Rolls-Royce, let me stop you. The best car in the world would need to appeal to numerous people on various levels. So while an Aventador is a wonderfully rapid and extravagantly styled thing, it

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Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A competent contender in the compact SUV segment

Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A competent contender in the compact SUV segment

The Suzuki Vitara Brezza is now available in South Africa. Two trim levels are available, GL and GLX. Pricing starts at a reasonable R244,900.By Jarryd NevesSuzuki’s compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza, is now available in South Africa.According to Suzuki, the Vitara Brezza is their global best seller –

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Four budget beating hatchbacks for the cost conscious consumer

Four budget beating hatchbacks for the cost conscious consumer

Many South Africans are having to downsize their vehicles. These A-segment budget hatchbacks won't break the bank - or sacrifice comfort.By Jarryd NevesThe cost of living has become prohibitively expensive for the average South African consumer. Groceries, fuel and daily necessities are starting to

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Audi RS4 & RS5: Subtle nip and tuck for Ingolstadt’s BMW M3 rival

Audi RS4 & RS5: Subtle nip and tuck for Ingolstadt’s BMW M3 rival

Audi has given its RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupé and Sportback performance models a facelift, with new design elements and an upgraded interior.Audi SA has released details on the facelifted RS5 and RS4 Avant performance cars.Both retain the melodious 2,9-litre V6 engine (also used in the S6), producing 331

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So you’ve won the lottery? These dream cars should fit the bill

So you’ve won the lottery? These dream cars should fit the bill

Imagine you've won the lottery. Serious things taken care of, it's time to treat yourself. We look at eight dream cars worthy of your winnings.By Jarryd NevesIt can’t be.You look again, bewildered by what you’re seeing. Yes, the numbers on your lottery ticket match those on the TV. Suddenly, you’re

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