RPM TV Ep 378: Mini Countryman, Porsche Panamera, Fiat Abarth 124 Spider, Isuzu KB300DT LX DC
It’s been a longer than usual break over the festive season, but the good news is that RPM TV is back on SuperSport with another 13-episode series filled to the brim with motoring news, new model launches, road impressions, road tests, motorsport features – and more.
This week we travel to the UK to drive Mini’s biggest car ever: the bold, SUV-like Mini
Countryman. It comes in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions, and the All4 version should be able to cope with mild off-road terrain. But is it still a Mini?
Next, we join the international launch of the second-generation Porsche Panamera in Cape Town, and find ourselves giving it stick up and down some Western Cape passes in what is a big, heavy car – but one that can set the tar alight. Meet the Panamera Turbo 4 Executive.
Meanwhile, Fiat has dusted off another historic badge in the form of the Abarth 124 Spider. It’s closely related to the Mazda MX5, but looks bigger and feels more composed, with a welcome dash of Italian brio, too. But is it worth the considerable price premium?
Our Isuzu KB300DT LE Double Cab 4×4 meets up with an updated model that retains the same underpinnings, but adds fresher looks to the package. And in our news coverage, we preview the Volvo S90 sedan, and a new baby SUV from GM, the Opel Crossland X.
Due to live sport, RPM premieres an hour later than usual, at 21h30 on SuperSport 8 on Wednesday 22 February. As last-minute changes to the broadcast schedule are frequent, please check the latest transmission schedule under ‘Motorsport’ on the SuperSport website’s ‘TV’ section, or the DStv Electronic Programme Guide.
If you have a PVR decoder, set it to record the entire RPM TV series, and never miss an episode! You can now also catch us on Catch Up!
Here’s the full broadcast schedule: