Koenigsegg Agera RS Beats Bugatti Chiron in 0-400-0 km/h

Just a few weeks ago Bugatti set a record for the fastest 0-400-0 km/h time. This week Bugatti had to pass its crown to the Koenigsegg Agera RS. One may have thought that the Regera hypercar didn’t need any improvements. But Koenigsegg felt otherwise and released the Aero Package on the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Prior to the debut of the new aerodynamic package for the Regera at Pebble Beach in August, the Swedish manufacturer has been relatively quiet. However, Koenigsegg re-appeared in style: On October 2nd the company posted this to Instagram: “Agera RS pre-delivery shake run. Beautiful autumn day... Long [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:51:09+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Sports Cars|

0-400-0 km/h in under 42s for Bugatti Chiron

Making the record books for the “fastest in the world” is not anything new to Bugatti. In the last week Bugatti Chiron made news for going from 0 km/h to 400 km/h and then back to 0 km/h in record time. Before I get into the record made by the Chiron, let’s just take a minute to process some numbers. Believe me, you’re going to need it. So here’s what $2.7 million (R35,7 mil) can get you: a W16 6-cylinder engine with four turbochargers spurting out +1000 hp and 1600 Nm of torque, all cocooned into a hand-built ultra-luxurious shell. [...]

By | 2017-09-27T14:03:15+00:00 September 25th, 2017|News, Sports Cars|

Ferrari wins International Engine of the Year – Again!

The Ferrari engine scoops the International Engine of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The winning engine was the Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that powers the 488 Spider, and 488 GTB. This engine is also used in the California T and GTC4Lusso T, but with a slightly smaller displacement. Ferrari also took awards for the Performance Engine class and the 3- to 4-litre displacement category. Ferrari's 3.9-litre fought against Porsche’s 3.0-litre flat-six from the 911 range. Audi’s 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder, found in the RS3 and TT RS, was also in the category. Other competitors included the Porsche 2.0-litre [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:43:18+00:00 June 28th, 2017|News, Sports Cars|

LaFerrari seized after trying to be smuggled into SA

If you ever thought of smuggling a supercar, perhaps a LaFerrari, into the country, you might want to rethink that idea… An unnamed Ferrari owner brought a Ferrari LaFerrari into the country back in 2014. He, however, failed to follow the correct import procedures and pay the costs involved with the customs duty and VAT. The car was then put into a bonded warehouse by SARS and been there since. The 708 kW hybrid hypercar has been waiting three years for its owner to pay up and take it home. Last month, the SA tax officials caught a R13.8 million Ferrari [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:03:41+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Hybrids, Sports Cars|

Aston Martin DB11 – Class for Cash

Aston Martin DB11 on its way to SA The irresistible new Aston Martin DB11 is on its way to SA, hopefully towards the end of September.   First turbocharged production car in the DB11 Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016, the DB11 (predecessor to the DB9) had cameras flashing and blood pumping. Powered by a growling V12 engine, it’s Aston Martin’s first turbocharged series-production car. Aston Martin says that the DB11 is their most powerful and efficient DB production model in their history. It’s also their most significant model introduction since the DB9. Twin TuboCharged 5.2L [...]

By | 2017-09-12T21:46:52+00:00 September 3rd, 2016|Sports Cars|

Nissan GT-R at the SA Festival of Motoring

Nissan’s insane new Nissan GT-R is at the SA Festival of Motoring. Speed freaks take note! The Nissan GT-R has face-melting power with launch control? A brutish 3.8-litre V8 engine? 408 kW and 632 Nm of torque? Power to all four wheels via a rear-mounted engine? Yes please! As you perhaps know, the Johannesburg International Motor Show (previously known as JIMS) is now the SA Festival of Motoring, affectionately known as ‘Grand Fest Auto’. Naamsa (the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa) have teamed up with international trade fair giant Frankfurt Messe, to stage this event which will be [...]

By | 2017-09-12T21:46:12+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Sports Cars|

Shelby

The Pinnacle of Mustang Passion Read my blog post about My Ultimate Car Showroom. You will notice that one of my favourite cars is the 1968 Ford Mustang. With a V8 engine, of course. So imagine my delight when I found out that Shelby was coming to SA. The common misconception is that Shelby is a car manufacturer, but that’s not what they do. They merely take existing Ford models, and modify them with performance equipment - and voila. In other words, a Ford Mustang becomes a Ford Mustang Shelby. So after you’ve bought your Ford Mustang 2.3 litre EcoBoost, for example, you [...]

By | 2017-09-12T21:37:46+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Sports Cars|