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A Kahn’s Orkney Grey RS250 Evoque 24
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Automotive News, Autostyle on 05 24th, 2013


With its performance-oriented design, special Orkney Grey paintwork and unique interior trim, the successful RS250 model is made by the highly skilled, experienced specialists at A.Kahn Design.

The vehicle features, front and rear bumper replacements with integrated vents, front bumper mesh in matte black and silver, front bumper centre section graphic and 3D mesh inserts (front), front grille with 3D mesh, side vent inserts in copper, door entry sill plates in stainless steel, LED daytime running lights for front bumper vents, lower boot lid spoiler, floating roof stripe, privacy tinted glass, side sill trim in gloss black and brake calipers finished in Vesuvius orange.

The exclusive Orkney Grey colour is composed of a particularly concentrated glistening effect. The structure of this paintwork includes a layer of transparent and highly reflective particles with matching 9.5 x 22” RS600 wheels in matte pearl grey.

The interior is upholstered with Alcantara & Vesuvius orange detail and includes a diamond gear selector, diamond quilted glove box with contrast stitching and four door armrests (diamond quilted).

Additional interior detail includes a centre dashboard trim in Alcantara with contrast stitching, dashboard stitching, vented foot pedals in aluminium, quilted and perforated dashboard, transmission tunnel in Alcantara with contrast stitching and floor mats of high quality heavy duty carpet.

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Introducing the A. Kahn Land Rover Defender winter edition 1
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Autostyle, Uncategorized on 02 1st, 2013

The winter weather confronts the Northern hemisphere, particularly in the UK, with rather tough driving conditions. However, help is at hand – even in the most treacherous of conditions!

An absolute colossus in rugged terrain and uncompromisingly chameleon-esque in nature, the Kahn wide body Defender will bring out the steel-edged, fearless drive-anywhere person in you; it feels almost unstoppable with excellent ground clearance, grip levels and good axle articulation.

Don’t be deceived by the well-groomed silhouette either as this archetypal off-roader certainly lives up to its legendary status.

Refinement is much enhanced over previous Defenders thanks to an excellent styling package. This includes an aggressive looking wide track arch kit which consists of lightweight extended wide wheel wings with integrated vents, stainless steel front grille with embossed Kahn feature, vented headlight surrounds, side vents with mesh, bonnet vents with mesh, clear rear light lenses, clear side repeaters, clear front light lenses, crosshair headlights and Kahn prototype wing blades.

The Kahn prototype tailgate badge and Kahn oval tailgate badge ensures drivers attain a great deal of motoring supremacy.

The Kahn Defender also scores profoundly with its luxurious cabin, there’s enough space in there to place all your belongings and then-some

Now to the interior. It includes a red Kahn rev counter, red Kahn Churchill time clock, black piano wood centre dash surround, red seat belts, aluminum machined pedals, front and rear racing seats in black quilted nappa leather with Harris Tweed Inserts and silver contrast stitching. The centre glove box of black quilted nappa leather and grey alcantara, instrument binnacle in grey alcantara and the dashboard in black nappa leather and grey alcantara all have red and silver contrast stitching. The roof lining and sun visors in grey alcantara with Harris Tweed inserts also feature red contrast stitching.


Qatar Red Bull Rally Team takes lead 11
Posted by CarBlog Staff in 4X4, Automotive News, Event Coverage, Popular on 01 11th, 2013

The Qatar Red Bull Rally Team has managed to maintain a triumphant lead, following a heated four days of action in the initial stages of the 2013 Dakar Rally.

This year’s event, which will see car, bike, quad and lorry drivers tackle 8,500 kilometres of roads, tracks and harsh desert terrain in South America, has got off to a blistering start. And Red Bull’s team have been consistent frontrunners thus far.

After days of technical scruitineering and a visit from Peruvian president Ollanta Humala, the race got underway on January 5th and Red Bull’s Carlos Sainz was quick to make his mark on the track. The Spaniard clocked the fastest time of the 13km opening stage on the outskirts of Pisco with 7 minutes 40 seconds.

“This first stage was like a little taste of what we can expect in the coming days. Nevertheless it was good to start the Dakar by winning the first stage because it gives the whole team confidence,” he said.

Sainz was not content to rest on his laurels, however, and overcame navigational problems to secure victory in day two of the event. His Red Bull teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah was similarly troubled and a lost waypoint in the desert cost him and co-driver Lucas Cruz valuable minutes.

Day three of Dakar 2013 saw Al-Attiyah – who was victorious in the 2011 rally – come back with a vengeance, securing his first stage win of this year’s rally and his 15th special overall. However, the Peruvian desert proved too much for teammate Sainz’s vehicle after it succumbed to electrical problems and a puncture between Pisco and Nazca.


Two-time World Rally Championship winner Sainz was plagued by technical problems on day four, losing out on hours of time after a fuel problem left him stuck in the sand. Al-Attiyah was unafraid to pick up the slack, however, and managed to achieve his second consecutive stage win.

Commenting on the victory, the Qatari driver hailed the remarkable technical performance of Team Red Bull’s vehicles.

“Both of our Buggies have won stages at this Dakar and I think that is a remarkable achievement considering we have only had the car built for five months. The great thing is that I can feel my Buggy getting stronger and stronger as the race goes on,” he said.

The Qatar Red Bull Rally Team has certainly got off to a strong start in Dakar 2013, but the race is still anyone’s game. Competitors have barely scratched the surface of the gruelling course and will be eagerly awaiting the finish line in Santiago, Chile on January 19th.

Dakar 2013 marks the 34th running of the popular event and racing commenced on January 5th. Competitors in four classes – car, bike, quad and truck – will compete over 8,500 kilometres of roads, tracks and dunes – starting in Lima, Peru and finishing in Santiago, Chile on January 19th.

About the author: Tom Galland works for online marketing company Custard on behalf of Red Bull. He has specialist knowledge about the automobile industry and his favourite car of all time is the 1969 Ford Mustang.

A. Kahn’s RS250 Evoque Vesuvius Edition 7
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Modified car Talk, Uncategorized on 12 7th, 2012

Having been modified by A. Kahn Designs, this Range Rover Evoque is transformed into something unique – the RS250 Evoque Vesuvius Edition.

The black body contrasting against the “Vesuvius” matte orange roof and bonnet stripe complete with the Kahn lettering on the bonnet’s leading edge, ensures that this vehicle attracts attention with its bespoke and luxury status.

Enhancements include a front bumper replacement with integrated vents complete with 3D mesh inserts, front bumper grille inner in matte black, side vent surrounds in matte black, LED day time running lights for the front bumper vents, painted bonnet stripe, rear bumper replacement with integrated vents, brake calipers finished in Vesuvius orange, front bumper mesh in matte black, front headlight detail in copper, side vent inserts in copper, front bumper replacement fog lamps, wheel arch trims and side sills in body colour, front bumper centre section graphic in matte black, front grille outer section in body colour, painted floating roof and side sill trim in body colour.

Centered round a radical design and interconnected in order to coalesce design and engineering expression is the  cross hair exhaust system.

Inside is the vehicle’s ‘bespoke touch’, with front and rear seats in black leather with alcantara and Vesuvius orange detail, transmission tunnel in alcantara with contrast stitching, centre dashboard trim in leather with contrast stitching, four door armrests – diamond quilted with orange stitching, four door panel tops in quilted and perforated leather with orange stitching, centre dashboard trim in alcantara with contrast stitching, diamond quilted centre glove box with contrast stitching, diamond gear selector, door entry sill plates in stainless steel, floor mats – high quality heavy duty carpet, vented foot pedals in machined aluminum along with a speedo and rev counter in Vesuvius orange.

Kahn wheels sit perfectly, on any vehicle, conveying the essence of the vehicle’s identity. Created using state of the art manufacturing and materials technology, the Kahn RS wheels are available in 9.5 x 22 and fit all original centre caps.


A. Kahn’s 2013 Range Rover Sport Mille Miglia Edition 30
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Autostyle, Modified car Talk on 11 30th, 2012

Credited with making Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche famous, the spirit and magic of the legendary Mille Miglia car race has been given the ultimate tribute by A. Kahn Designs who recently presented the The Defender Concept 17 Wide Body.

Sporting a uniquely Italian look, the Rosso Mondiale Mille Miglia edition was designed to fascinate and give fans a nostalgic reminder of what was one of the most famous road races in the world.

This vehicle started off as a 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE and is now adorned with a styling package consisting of a carbon tailgate trim, RS vented front wheel arches with integrated front air dams, LED daytime running lights for front wheel arch vents, extended front lower lip spoiler, exhaust side vents, front grille with 3d mesh, four door tops in quilted and perforated red leather with matching stitching, instrument binnacle in quilted red leather, RS vented rear wheel arches with integrated rear air dams, door handles in body colour, Kahn enamel wing shields and tailgate logo, brake calipers in red and privacy tinted glass.

The bespoke touch includes an interior facia trim (8 pieces), vented foot pedals in machined aluminum, diamond gear selector, clock bezel surround finished with Swarovski diamonds, Kahn illuminated door entry sill plates in stainless steel, Kahn Speedo & rev counter facia in red, Kahn time clock in red, centre glove box in red quilted leather with contrast stitching and front and rear seats in quilted and perforated red leather with ivory inserts and contrast stitching.

Created using state-of-the art manufacturing and materials technology, the 9.5 X 22” (front) & 11×22” (rear concaved) RS 600 wheels are finished in the colour of of each customer’s choice and fit all original centre caps.

View more pictures in the gallery below:

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Review: The New Mercedes Benz GL 63 AMG 16
Posted by CarBlog Staff in 4X4, New car review on 10 16th, 2012

Written by: Neil Hilden

As you have probably guessed, the new Mercedes Benz GL 63 AMG comes with all the luxury and comfort that you would expect from this German car. And it doesn’t disappoint. The new Mercedes Benz GL 63 AMG fully carries on the Mercedes tradition in that it offers the best performance oriented all-wheel-drive experience. The AMG comes with top of the line features and equipment that embraces innovation and superb attention to detail, providing a perfect mix of luxury and comfort.

The new Mercedes Benz interior is a breathtaking work of art with high quality leather upholstered seats. The new AMG is the big daddy compared to those archaic and somehow absurdly powerful off-roaders. Then a look under the hood presents to you the source of the power.

5.5 Liter Engine for Super Performance

The new Mercedes Benz GL63 AMG is equipped with a 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8 power plant which gives crazy levels of torque and power. The average output is a massive 410kW, which roughly translates to 557hp and a maximum torque of 760nm. It goes without saying that this is one of the top performing vehicles of the 21st century.

The electronically refined engine offers the best performance, easily reaching top speeds of 250 kilometers per hour. The AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in just 4.9 seconds, which is extremely fast by any standards. But if you are tempted to conclude that this is a fuel guzzler, relax.

More MPG and Less Carbon

The GL63 AMG consumes a paltry 12.3 litres for every 100 kilometers covered. This translates to about 288 grams of CO2 per kilometer. This efficiency can be attributed to the powerful AMG eight-cylinder engine which has an advanced power package including spray-guided direct injection fuel injectors. Other contributing factors include the twin-turbo charging, water and air intercooler, variable camshaft and an all-aluminium design with four-valve cylinders. If you can think of heaven in a car, this is it.

All-Wheel Drive Car

All the four wheels of the new Mercedes Benz receive power through the AMG Speed shift coupled with 7G-Tronic. The system features an automatic double-declutching motion and transmission which provides amazing speed variability for this seven-speed machine. The all-time four-wheel-drive machine receives the 557 horsepower courtesy of a seven-speed GL63 AMG gearbox at a 40:60 ratio front to back.

With its keenness to promoting the GL63 AMG sporting bent, Mercedes inculcated an active curve system to this amazing car in order to reduce body roll when negotiating corners at high speeds. This in turn offers better handling and increases stability. Its robustly fashioned rear axle offers precise steering capabilities, making it easy to drive through mazes at ‘crazy normal’ speeds, its 2500 KGs notwithstanding.

It features a high-performance braking system that makes it possible to brake within very short distances; thanks to the perforated all-round brake discs.

A Striking Price Tag for a Striking Car

As one of the high-riding S-Class vehicles, the GL 63 AMG comes with all the goodies you’d expect in such a car: colour TFT screen, electrically adjusted leather seats and tail gate, 360 rear view camera, among others. On price; you have to hold your breath. This strikingly designed vehicle will definitely carry a striking price tag.

About the author: Neil Hilden, a freelance writer, contributed this guest post on behalf of Wish.co.uk. He is also an automotive enthusiast with his articles mainly appearing on auto blogs.

Road Test: Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi XLT 3
Posted by Minnaar Pieters in 3.2 TDCi 4x4, 4X4, Ford, New car review, Popular, ranger on 10 3rd, 2012

When you first look at the Ford Ranger, it is quite a daunting machine. The sheer size of the thing makes you wonder what it would be like to use in everyday life. But this Ford is not alone – other bakkies in SA are also starting to stretch in size. South Africa is currently being flooded with great new choices in the bakkie market, and the new Ford Ranger might just make the most compelling argument of the bunch. While the VW Amarok was the big new entry in the last few years, the new Ranger is the bakkie that will be trying to persuade the Hilux faithful.

We spent the week with the new high end 3.2 litre TDCi XLT model, and the new Ranger did not disappoint.


The Ranger is a very good looking bakkie, and it displays a lot bigger than its competitors. But at 2,16 metres wide, it really is quite a broad fella. Measuring 5,27 metres long, I did have some trouble finding parking spots where the Ranger did not stick out a bit though. But the Ranger uses this size well, and the cabin is the first place where you notice some of the extra space.

Inside the Ranger is roomy, and it is not difficult to find a comfortable seating position. You sit higher than most other bakkies, but you quickly get used it. It should be pointed out that the steering wheel is not reach adjustable, which we found somewhat strange. Typically rear passengers in a double cab get a raw deal, but the Ranger is a lot more roomy in terms of rear legroom compared to its competitors.

We especially enjoyed all the little cubbies and spaces to store personal items – the Ranger also has a cooled space in between the front passenger seats, and the cup holders are nice and deep. We reckon the Ranger will be a great vehicle for long road trips. The dash is made from pretty hard textured plastic, which will probably wear well, and we did not notice a single rattle coming from it despite the vehicle having 18,000km on the clock.

The XLT model tested arrives with a whole range of extra features, and I was especially impressed by the audio system. Not only in sound quality, but also in terms of how easily it connected to phones, and then used A2DP Bluetooth to play your music stored without any fuss. Buttons on the steering wheel make it easy to quickly change tracks and answer calls as needed. There is also a voice control system, which worked well enough – simple commands like “Set radio to 567 AM” worked, but it did have some trouble with my South African accent in some instances.

You will also find USB connectivity for iPods and flash drives, and AUX in if you prefer analog input.

The XLT is the highest end “workhorse” model available with 4×4 and an auto box. There is also a Wildtrak model which has some extras for those who want a more “mean looking” bakkie, but is only available with a manual gearbox and 4×2. The Wildtrak model is also equipped with items like rain sensing wipers and climate control.


The new Ranger is based on a completely new platform, that will be shared in all its world markets, and its clear Ford really put a lot of effort into the design thereof.  The car feels incredibly solid driving around town, on highways and dirt roads. It is particularly noticeable how well the Ranger handles turns – it has almost no roll in the body, even when we took a fast drive up Helshoogte pass in Stellenbosch. The Ranger just simply grips all the way, which is probably helped by the nice fat tyres.

The Ranger clearly has its opposition in its visor as a worker’s machine, and the Ranger shows this with a very strong 3350kg towing capacity (750kg unbraked), as well as a 80cm wade depth, which is still unmatched amongst its competitors. Ford also put a lot of emphasis on safety – the Ranger arrives with a whole host of confusing acronyms to improve handling like traction control, trailer sway control, adaptive load control and roll over “mitigation”.  The inside is surrounded by airbags – in fact the driver even has a knee airbag. All of these safety features means that the Ford Ranger has a 5 star EuroNCAP safety rating, which is still unmatched by other bakkies.

Despite its massive wheelbase, the Ranger is remarkably easy to handle, and is surprisingly easy to use for day to day driving, even in the city. But we also took it for some mild off road driving on one Stellenbosch farm, and the Ranger really showed its mettle especially on a very muddy trail between the vineyards. Switching to 4 wheel drive or low range 4 wheel drive is as easy as turning a switch, and then the magic happens.

We also tested the hill descent control, and it worked especially well on some of the very muddy sections. Subtle buzzing noises are heard every now and then as it tries to find traction, but it does the job.

But on the open road that big 3.2 litre diesel can really gallop when needed. With 147kw on tap and 470Nm of torgue from only 1500rpm, overtaking was an absolute breeze. The 6 speed automatic gearbox made it a very comfortable car to drive, but its kickdowns when pushed were quick and without drama. The Ranger 3.2 TDCi will hit 100km/h in a claimed 9,5 seconds.

While the Ranger weighs 2,2 tons, it never felt heavy with that big engine. At first we were hesitant to drive it too hard, but we quickly noticed that the 5 cylinder 3.2 litre Diesel is pretty fuel efficient despite the vehicle’s massive weight. After the week we averaged 10,4 litres per 100km, which included some highway driving, but a lot of city driving as well. One thing we also liked was how well “calm” the cruise control was – when clicking the button to resume a previous set speed, the acceleration was never harsh like with some other cars. You can see Ford put some effort into making the cruise control a good tool to save fuel.

The Ford Ranger comes with a 5 year, 90 000km service plan and a 4 years, 120 000km warranty which only sweetens the deal compared to some other bakkies in South Africa.

Conclusions / Recommendations:

The Ranger 3.2 TDCi was an absolute gem to drive – the engine has more than enough power, the chassis seems incredibly tough, and it is easily the most comfortable bakkie in South Africa. While our test vehicle’s metallic blue colour looks great in photos, we would opt for something more practical, because the blue paint really does show every little scratch from everyday use.

After a week we were sad to see the Ranger go – while imposing at first, it quickly became a treat, and that lovely engine made every trip fun. If we were Toyota we would be very worried – the Ranger is sure to sway away some loyals to the Ford camp, provided Ford can keep up with the demand.

Model tested: Ranger 3.2 TDCi XLT 6 Speed Auto 4×4

Engine Specs: 147Kw / 470Nm

Options fitted: None, Standard XLT Spec

List Retail Price: R456,760

Featured Car of the week: The 2013 Ford Escape 4
Posted by CarBlog Staff in 4X4, Car of the week on 07 4th, 2012

If you own a car, you know that it is important that it can take you to any of the places you want to venture, but what is more valuable is that it can take you there safely! Road safety has always and will continue to be an important concern to every motorist around the world.

In this article, we will talk about the automotive safety features of the latest luxurious SUV released by Ford – the all new 2013 Escape.

2013 Ford Escape Overview:

Let us take a good look at the Escape by taking a look at its different features while leaving the safety features for later.

Size: The Escape is about 14.84 feet long; having a height of around 6 feet high and a width of about 5.53.

Engine: There is a new concept EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder turbo charged engine under the Escape’s hood and an iVCT version. There are 3 variants for the engine, a 1.6 litre EcoBoost 178 BHP engine, a high power 2.0 litre EcoBoost 240 BHP engine, and finally a 2.5 litre iVCT 168 BHP engine.

Aesthetics: The Escape veers away from a rugged and tough design and employs a sleek, stylish look which resembles the platform of the 2012 Ford Focus.

Comfort: The new Escape has slightly more room particularly in the rear seat for extra comfort. The seat design is much slimmer and lighter, and employs an articulated back to help relieve back pain for passengers.

Price: The Escape has a variety of prices at $23,295, $25,895, $28,695, and the luxury Titanium model at $31,195.

Luxury: The luxuriousness of the Escape model is found in its Titanium. It is equipped with 19’’ luster nickel painted alloy wheels. Seats in the Titanium are leather-trimmed, with HID headlamps and reverse sensing system. There are many other luxury features offered by the Ford Escape.

Technology: A new innovation for the Escape is the hands-free rear lift gate concept. The key of the car has a built in key fob that is detectable by the car; a sensor will detect the passenger’s presence and will automatically open the left gate. A new high-tech feature is the MyFord Touch, this offers a touch screen UI for features like entertainment and drive safety functionality and performance settings.

2013 Ford Escape Safety Features:

The Escape has the new Torque Vectoring Control and Curve control that allows for more control and speed regulation when a driver encounters a corner at a particularly high speed. The body includes a high strength steel construction and smarter airbags that are accompanied by a system called the Personal Safety System that also controls the seatbelts during a collision for added protection. The safety features will prove themselves after crash tests will be conducted. Let us look more closely into each safety feature.

Anti-lock brakes: This safety feature is commonly known as ABS. The system automatically senses when the tyres stop rotating under extreme pressure, and will control the brake pressure to allow the tyres to continue to rotate, therefore minimizing skid and maximizing turn ability and control.

Stability control: Stability control automatically senses the car’s handling limits, and when it exceeds this, it will reduce engine power and/or apply the brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle, hence promoting more stability.

Front-impact airbags: Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger have been specifically designed to protect the head during a frontal collision.

Airbags: The Escape has 3 sets of Airbags, which are located on the sides, on the knee level, and as a set of over head airbags. All sets will ensure protection upon impact.

Pretensioners: Seatbelt pretensioners are designed to automatically tighten seatbelts to place the passengers in the optimal and safe seating position during a collision.

Security system: The car won’t start unless an original manufacturer key is used.

The Verdict on the Escape’s Safety Functions:

There is no doubt that the Escape is very heavily equipped with a number of reliable safety features. Both the car and the passenger will be protected in certain conditions like slippery roads or a collision. MyFord Touch is a revolutionary feature that paves the way for a hands free control experience, resulting in more safety and versatility. With its reasonable price, the 2013 Escape would be a clever buy!


About the author:  Alexis Thompson, 26, is a former Mountain Backpacker and car enthusiast. Follow her escapades on Twitter.

Audi unveils the 2012 SQ5 18
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Automotive News, Popular on 06 18th, 2012

Audi has unveiled the first of its sporty production SUVs in the shape of the diesel-powered SQ5.

The new SUV is the first TDI-powered “S” model in the history of the Audi brand. The 3.0-litre BiTDI engine powering the SQ5 TDI produces a 230kW and 650Nm of torque between 1450 and 2800rpm. The SUV can reach 0 -100km/h in 5.1 seconds.

The body is lowered by 30mm due to sport suspension. The standard 20-inch wheels (or 21-inch optional), feature a five parallel-spoke design and are fitted with 255/45 tyres.

Other exterior features include flared air intakes, silver exterior mirrors, painted brake callipers and quad exhausts.

As the for interior, it sports a predominantly black finish with lunar silver as an available option for the headlining. The power-adjustable sport seats are leather-upholstered as standard, with brushed aluminium inlays with a variety of colours to choose from. S badging also adorns the dials, seats and sills, steering wheel and start button.

Watch the trailer for the SQ5 TDI below:

Source: iafrica.com

Land Rover Freelander 2 Spy Shots 30
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Autostyle on 05 30th, 2012

Land Rover is preparing a face-lift for the Freelander, originally launched in 2006 and spy shots taken in the Midlands reveal what to expect.

The new facelift, due imminently, is designed to give the vehicle some of the glamour of the Evoque and extend its life cycle while the company focuses on bigger and more pricier upcoming models.

As for the exterior changes, the front end of the Freelander is noticeably different: the now-chrome-ringed grille is smaller and positioned higher up, in line with the revised headlamps. The interior on the other hand has gone through a more drastic redesign with a once plastic looking cabin now featuring more of the Evoque style.

The new Freelander will also feature new gadgets including the latest in MP3 and Bluetooth compatibility.

View the spy shots in the gallery below:


Source: Car Magazine

Bentley to Enter 2013 Dakar Rally 18
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Automotive News, Popular, Uncategorized on 05 18th, 2012

According to a recent report by Car Magazine, Bentley will enter the 2013 Dakar Rally to promote its upcoming crossover.

The report says that Bentley will be buying back VW’s Race Touaregs, previously sold to private racing teams, and will update the SUV racers into modified versions of the EXP 9 F concept in order to have them ready for the 2013 competition.

Although the EXP 9 F was only just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and is likely a few years away from production, both the Bentley and its platform-sharing Lamborghini Urus SUV are “crucial to their respective brand’s future fortunes and both are production certainties”.

Like the Race Touaregs, the Bentley versions would be bare-bone off-roaders although it is likely that they could have a body shell that more closely resembles the production model.

Source: World Car Fans

2014 Porsche Macan Spy Shots 16
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Automotive News, Popular, Uncategorized on 05 16th, 2012

Here are a few spy shots of Porsche’s 2014 Macan snapped by Motor Authority.

The Macan was first announced by Porsche as the name of its upcoming compact crossover SUV at the Geneva Motor Show that took place earlier this year with production expected to begin in late 2013.

On the performance side, “the Macan is expected to feature torque-sensing and torque-vectoring differentials, a wider track than the Q5, and both manual and PDK transmissions. A sport-tuned suspension with an optional adjustable ride system is also likely”.

According to Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, the sales volume estimates range from 50,000-55,000 units per year.

View the gallery of the Porsche Macan below:


2013 BMW X1 Images and Info 7
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Automotive News, Autostyle, Popular on 05 7th, 2012

With the upcoming launch of the X1 sub-compact SUV in the U.S., BMW has released a pack of 100 photos of the face lifted vehicle that will be available in multiple models with a long line of options and trim packages.

The official press release states that “The talented Sport Activity Vehicle of the premium sub-compact segment will make its US market debut armed with state-of-the-art powertrain technology, innovative features, selective design modifications and extensive interior refinements.”

The first choice one has to make with the new X1 is between the four cylinder or six cylinder engine. The two-litre, turbocharged four cylinder engine offers 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and is available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic with rear-drive (X1 sDrive28i) and all-wheel-drive (xDrive28i) also available.

The N55 inline-six cylinder delivers 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque and is available exclusively with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive.

In terms of packages, BMW will be offering two separate lines for the X1, xLine and SportLine, as well as an M Sport package.

The exterior has undergone only minor changes  and includes a new front bumper, slightly remodelled headlights and side mirrors.

The X1 also offers a number of additional features including BMW’s Servotronic steering, iDrive, Xenon headlights and LED taillights, a panoramic sunroof, a rear parking camera, and BMW Apps compatibility.

Available in authorised BMW centres, the BMW X1 will sell for a starting price of $31,545 (approximately R306, 891 at the current exchange rate).

View some of the images released by BMW in the gallery below:


Source: Auto Blog, Images: World Car Fans

Nissan releases Juke-R racing film 3
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 05 3rd, 2012

Following the announcement of a limited production run of its Juke-R supercar crossover, Nissan has also released a new video online to promote the new vehicle. The short film entitled “Desert Nemesis”, is of the Nissan Juke-R racing against a Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS AMG and Ferrari 458 Italia in the streets of Dubai with Lucas Ordonez behind the wheel.

Available on a built-to-order basis, Nissan is promising that the new Juke-Rs will be even more powerful than the original concept car. The Juke-R concept accelerated from 0-100 kph in 3.7 seconds reaching a top speed of 57kph. However, the new Juke-Rs will feature the upgraded drivetrain and chassis of the model year 2012 GT-R which packs 545 hp (406 kW / 553 PS) and 463 lb-ft (627 Nm) of torque.

Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Product Manager for the Juke, said that “The Juke-R was originally intended as a one-off concept to marry two of Nissan’s most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing – people were making offers for the original on the street!”

Nissan has already received three firm orders for the Juke-R supercars to be built, two of which have come from a high-profile member of Dubai society.

About the video, the official press release writes that “In Desert Nemesis, award-winning film director, Rob Kaplan, captured the noise and excitement generated by the muscular Juke-R and a street race against its loudest, most acclaimed adversaries.”

Watch the short film below:

Source: World Car Fans

LR Defender moderated by “Vilner” 18
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in 4X4, Automotive News, Autostyle, Modified car Talk, Popular on 04 18th, 2012

Here is the latest evidence that proves that the guys from studio “Vilner” are able to transform everything wheeled into something luxurious and even the rugged Land Rover Defender is no exception with its new facelift. The specialised Bulgarian tuning company has transformed this Land Rover into something special.

The interior of the vehicle has been covered in dark brown and black Nappa and Alcantara leather. The leather features on the doors, the dashboard, the new sport seats, the grips on the headliner and the sun visor. Alacantra even appears on the exterior covering the rear view mirror and the third brake light.

According to Vilner, the direction in which to take the floor, “was an eccentric decision” with wooden floor panels fitted to create a unique feature.

The Vilner Sound System ensures it entertains passengers –  a multimedia system with the power of 600w and the installation of 15-inch LCD screens connected to the DVD-player. In order to ensure maximum sound without disturbing other drivers on the road,  the car’s cab has been fully soundproofed.

View the gallery of the Land Rover Defender below:

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