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Porsche Cayenne now in Hybrid

February 24, 2010 |

Autocar’s got the final scoop on the Porsche Cayenne including some pictures and official specs.

Facts first: The Cayenne will now be available in five variants – Cayenne, Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo and believe it or … Read More

Leaked Details of the Lexus CT 200h

February 23, 2010 |

Above is one of the first pictures of the Lexus CT 200h, a new addition to Lexus’s “h” hybrid series, courtesy of a leaked brochure ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the Geneva motor show.

The … Read More

Videos from RPM TV Episode 108 Added

February 22, 2010 |

The videos from the RPM TV show (Episode 108) have been added under the Video Clips section.

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Leaked Audi RS5 Photos (Updated)

February 21, 2010 |

Audi will probably only release official (that is non-leaked) photos and details for the RS5 at the Geneva Motor Show, but then again it is always more fun to speculate and scrutinise a handful of photos, which is exactly what I’m going to do.

Yes, as was expected, a RS5 version of the A5 will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and you can expect the usual RS fittings inside and out. Bigger wheels, bigger brakes, more aggressive front-end styling and carbon/red inlays for the cabin.

The biggest mystery is the engine. You would expect the RS5 to sit in between the RS4 and RS6 in terms of power, but the 4.2 V8 in the RS4 has basically reached the end of its life and the V10 in the RS6 doesn’t really fit into Audi’s engine downscaling policy (as seen in the 3.0 supercharged S4).

I think that the engine choice made in the RS5 will set the tone for the next generation of RS cars and I suspect we can expect some form of forced induction V6 similar to the S4, but with substantially more power.

Lastly, and take this as cutting-edge speculation, the photos of the interior (shown below) show an automatic gear selection interface but without the “S” for Sport mode, regularly found in the R-Tronic variants. To me this means that the RS5 will run a S-Tronic gearbox (DSG) which could mean that the engine is not as powerful as we all think,  or that Audi has finally been able to increase the durability of the DSG gearbox in high-torque cars.

Expect the RS5 to hit our shores in September or October.

Update: Well the official specs are out and here they are:

  • 331 kW high revving V8 engine
  • 10.8 Litres per 100km
  • Newly-developed center differential for quattro drivetrain
  • Seven-speed S-Tronic Gearbox

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Citroën Racing gets on the DS3 bandwagon

February 21, 2010 |

 

Just when we thought that the Citroën DS3, just launched in Europe and due in South Africa by mid-year, was targeting a lifestyle audience, along comes Citroën racing with a 150 kW special edition version that … Read More

Opel puts up brave Geneva face

February 18, 2010 |

General Motors is hoping to put its embattled German subsidiary Opel in a more positive light at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of a brand-new concept car.

To be badged the Flextreme GT/E, the … Read More

Suzuki’s SX4 gets facelift and All-Wheel Drive

February 18, 2010 |

Arguably one of South Africa’s most underrated hatchbacks has undergone a significant facelift. The Suzuki SX4, dubbed a ‘lifestyle hatchback’ by its makers, gets a revised engine, optional all-wheel drive, and a cleaner, more chiselled appearance.

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Fresher look for Lotus Elise

February 17, 2010 |

Lotus will use the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show as the venue for the unveiling of its 2011 model year Elise roadster.

The Elise has been the mainstay sports car in the Lotus line-up for more than a decade now, and while the MY2010 changes reflect an update, rather than a completely new car, they signify the first major cosmetic reworking since the current, Series 2 version was launched in 2000.

The two-seater roadster gets a reworked clamshell at the front, with cleaner detailing and smoother air intakes, as well as slightly more aggressive overall styling. The headlights are new, too, and feature LED daytime running lights. The changes result in a 4 percent reduction in drag.
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New Poll Added, and Pothole Poll Added

February 17, 2010 |

 

Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll on potholes. Seems that 44.7% of readers have indeed suffered some form of damage from potholes and driving around town, it’s no wonder.

This week’s poll asks if … Read More

M3 Competition harks back to E46 CSL

February 16, 2010 |

BMW has released details of a new M3 Coupé variant. Dubbed the M3 Competition, the new version gets a recalibrated electronic damper control system with a new Sport setting, which promises an even stiffer ride, resulting in … Read More