New car review

Brabus C Class

Published by on Apr 3rd, 2007, No Comments


BRABUS is world-renowned for its powerful yet stylish make overs of the Mercedes Benz brand. So it was big news this week when Brabus introduced the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class exclusive sport program for the new sedan. Highlights of the product lineup were the BRABUS 4.0 displacement engine with 332 hp / 244 kW for the V6 petrol models, an elegant aerodynamic-enhancement program, light-alloy 20-inch wheels, plus numerous individual interior options. BRABUS also enjoys a great reputation worldwide for exclusive interior design: For the new C-Class the company-own upholstery shop handcrafts exclusive interiors from especially soft and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather. The BRABUS program also includes a wide array of individual accessories for the interior. The lineup ranges from an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel to aluminum foot pedals and 330- km/h speedometer to stainless-steel door sills with illuminated BRABUS logo to precious- wood and carbon-fiber trim sets.

Mercedes Benz CL65 AMG

Published by on Mar 26th, 2007, 2 Comments

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Mercedes Benz will unveil its sledgehammer CL65 AMG coupe at this year’s AutoRAI show in Amsterdam this week. Powered by a 6.0L V12 developing 612hp and an earth-moving 1,000Nm of torque, the new CL model is guaranteed to be a real crowd puller and may even manage to lure away some of BMW’s ‘M’ faithful.

The 0-100km/h should take less than 4.5 seconds, while top speed is an estimated 300km/h although it’s unconfirmed whether the 250km/h speed limiter will be installed. Besides the addition of the mammoth engine, AMG engineers have also modified the car’s aerodynamic package and suspension including adjustments to the Active Body Control System.

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Renault's Pocket Rocket

Published by on Mar 13th, 2007, No Comments

So there I was, happily cruising down a nice straight road in the Megane Sport when the dealer leaned over and said “Put your foot flat down”. I obliged and the car didnt do anything. Weird. All I heard was a muttering of “turbo lag” from next to me but then slowly and surely the rev counter started to climb. Suddenly the turbo reached full boost at 3000rpm and all hell broke loose. I was slammed into my seat and before I knew it, I had hit 150km/h. Now thats turbo power for you!


Brabus M-Class

Published by on Mar 8th, 2007, No Comments


BRABUS has taken the wraps off of a special M-Class that goes one step beyond the comparatively staid models offered by Mercedes-Benz. Though based on the range-topping ML63, all that you see on what BRABUS calls the Widestar Concept is available for any model in the range. The transformation begins with new body kit pieces that add a healthy does of aggression to the M-Class, but don’t go overboard with cartoonish proportions. The design is highlighted by the extra wide fender flares that give the Widestar its name and also make room for large 23-inch BRABUS Monoblock E wheels. The German tuner also provides new front and rear fascias that look different but equally as good as the stock fascias. We especially like how the body kit is colored in a matte grey finish that contrasts with the glossy black finish of the vehicle underneath.

Of course, all of that eye candy only serves to back up what BRABUS does best, which is tune Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The Widestar is fitted with the company’s B63 S performance kit that adds freer flowing air filters, new engine management software and other detail-oriented performance upgrades to boost power from 510 hp to 550 hp. Likewise, BRABUS upgraded the brakes to scrub off all that extra speed. Up front the stock brake system is replaced with mighty 12-piston calipers, while the rears make do with six pots, all clamping down on larger discs.

Audi A3 Review

Published by on Mar 2nd, 2007, No Comments

Audi A3 review – When one thinks of the Gulf War back in 1991, images of the infamous “Stealth” aircraft come to mind. These aircraft were able to penetrate heavily defended airspace in the world without any resistance. They are faster than most other aircraft in the sky and are apparently very easy to fly. The same could be said for Audi’s offering into the hot hatchback segment of the market. The hot hatchback models of recent times offer different styling and wheels to stand out from the slower models and add to the appeal of being young and tough. The BMW and Alfas for instance, offer twin chrome exhausts and different alloy wheels. The Audi looks very similar to the normal 2 litre petrol and diesel variants apart from the subtle 3.2 on the rear. (more…)

Goose Goes Aussie (Reviewing the Opel/Vauxhall/Holden Monaro)

Published by on Feb 12th, 2007, No Comments

For some time now Charl has been nagging me to put something on the car blog. I’ve said yes for sure and the all time question has been which car will I be ranting about? Would it be my all time favourite car the Nissan Skyline (R33 not that crap R34)… or about the EVO IX? I had a grey import for a short term and it was a great car. Well sorry to shock you all, but as your in-house drift god I have an even better choice.

Some of you may be shocked to hear its not even a Japanese Car. Its Australian.

Introducing the Monaro (from Opel (in South Africa), Vauxhall (in the UK) and Holden (in Australia).

Vauxhall ummed and arghhed over its release here in the UK, mainly due to the really crap response UK buyers gave other V8 engine imports (Corvette for example), however it finally made it here and like a geek in nightclub who spots a sexy lady, I have always had my eye on it but never made a move towards it. Until Now.


Audi S3: Review

Published by on Feb 9th, 2007, 13 Comments

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Dynamism, sportiness and sophistication – the Audi A3 holds an outstanding position in the premium compact class. Now its top-of-the-range version is ready to go, the new Audi S3 boasting 265 bhp and quattro permanent four-wheel drive. With its sparkling performance it pursues the ideal of pure driving pleasure coupled simultaneously with excellent everyday practicality – like all Audi S models.

The S3 redefines the standards of its class – at the level of a sports car. The sprint to 60 mph is accomplished in 5.5 seconds, and acceleration is only halted on reaching 155 mph. Aggressively hard-hitting, free-revving and with a sonorous acoustic profile, the powerful two-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder unit with FSI petrol direct injection proves to be a smooth, high-performance engine.

The S3 redefines the standards of its class – at the level of a sports car. The sprint to 60 mph is accomplished in 5.5 seconds, and acceleration is only halted on reaching 155 mph. Aggressively hard-hitting, free-revving and with a sonorous acoustic profile, the powerful two-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder unit with FSI petrol direct injection proves to be a smooth, high-performance engine.


Brabus SV12 S Biturbo Roadster

Published by on Feb 6th, 2007, No Comments

The Mercedes SL-Class is set to continue its long success story after the latest product update. The Brabus engineers and designers have left no stone unturned to make the roadster even sportier and more exclusive. Equipped with the Brabus SV12 S Biturbo twelve-cylinder twin-turbo engine that delivers 730 bhp, the SL 600 turns into the world’s most powerful roadster. 0 – 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 124 mph after just 10.9 seconds speak to its prowess as does its top speed electronically limited to 217 mph.
More power by increasing displacement is one of the core philosophies behind the Brabus SV12 S Biturbo engine. The displacement of the twelve-cylinder three-valve engine is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters with the help of a billet steel crankshaft, larger cylinder bore, special pistons and piston rods. The conversion also includes re-machining the cylinder heads and fitting them with special camshafts.

The peripherals of the twin-turbo engine also play a large role in the engine’s power yield. The Brabus engineers have also developed a completely new turbocharging system with two larger turbochargers and more efficient intercoolers. Metal catalysts with low back pressure let the Brabus SV12 S Biturbo displacement engine breathe more freely.