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What are you doing for your winter vacation this year? We’ve got a great idea – test drive the new Porsche 911 first-hand through extreme conditions in some of the most exotic locales from across the world.
The Porsche Driving Experience’s new winter training courses will take beginners and expert drivers through their paces on South African coastal roads all the way to the snow fields of northern Finland. Just like the Camp4 Canada courses in Quebec, participants, with the guidance of skilled instructors, can ramp up their driving skills in the Porsche 911 while working on their driving style.
For the Finland route, you’ll take on icy but controlled conditions through three progressive proficiency levels – Precision, Performance and Master. On the South African Porsche tour, you’ll drive from Cape Town and make your way through the Garden Route and the inland game reserves – this is truly a unique experience with an amazing car, and it’s sure to be a winter vacation you won’t soon forget.
Head over to the Porsche Driving Experience website to learn more and check out all of the courses available.
At the Johannesburg International Motor Show in South Africa, Toyota introduced their latest 5-door hatch in TRD supercharged form. The Auris TRD will feature a supercharged 1.6L with 178-hp and 149 lb-ft of torque, up 48-hp and 31 lb-ft from the standard model and looks to be launched sometime in November.
Even though the Auris is not sold in North America, the Auris has become fairly popular in other markets as the successor of the popular Corolla. The TRD variant is poised to replace the SportX in South Africa, with TRD also adding a sportier suspension and a body kit in addition to the supercharger.
No pricing was announced for the Auris TRD.
Have you ever wondered how many kids you could fit in your car before you would get arrested? Of course you haven’t. Then again, neither did a South African man who, in retrospect, probably should have.
The unnamed man (lucky for him) was arrested near Cape Town, driving with 17 children in a Mazda hatchback sedan – we’re assuming it’s a 6 hatch. Aged two to five, three of them were riding up front with the 20-year old driver, while the remaining 14 were piled into the back – making the most of the hatchback’s extensive cargo room with the rear seats folded flat. Not surprisingly, the car’s 14 child cargo capacity was absent from the dealer pamphlets
The “gentleman” in question was arrested, and not just for overloading his vehicle. As it turns out, he was also driving with a suspended license and his car was deemed unfit to be on the road.
An Ogilvy Cape Town South African Volkswagen Golf R advertisement is encouraging the reader to ingest the advertisement(see picture above). The ”Eat the road. Seriously, eat it” ad is made of “glutinous rice flour, water, salt, propylene glycol, FD&C colour and glycerin.”
The idea behind this ad is giving people a test drive in their mouth. This takes perfume testers found in magazines to another level. Hopefully it is obvious that you should simply read this ad instead of eating it for lunch, however it will be interesting to see how many people are hungry while reading this ad and decide to look over their shoulders to make sure the coast is clear.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]
Now you can add supercar manufacturer to their resume. Behold the Perana Z-One, a Zagato styled, Corvette powered beauty that has just gone into production.
The concept was first unveiled a few years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, but many thought the project would not have the traction to move forward. But they have.
This stunning coupe, which will be produced in a limited number of 999-units, has just hit the production line, and the company plans to have the Z-One flaunt its stuff at many public events, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed in U.K.
This $114,000 coupe does come with an impressive list of equipment, which include air-con, touch-screen infotainment system, sat-nav and Recaro seats.
As mentioned before, it uses a GM sourced LS3 engine that displaces 6.2-liters and produces 442-hp. Mated to a six-speed ZF-transmission, Perana predicts a 0-60 mph run to take less than 4-seconds. Thankfully it also has Brembo brakes, so it will stop as well as it goes.
It should handle well too, since Lee Noble was involved in the chassis set-up, and he does know a thing or two about good handling cars.
No word yet if North American buyers will be able to park a Perana Z-One in their garage, but we really hope so.
It’s a cliche for enthusiasts to complain about the complexity and weight of modern cars, which are inevitably devoid of “soul” and pine for the spartan, shoddily engineered cars of their youth.
John Voelcker, Senior Editor at Green Car Reports (and the polar opposite of the typical car snob mentioned above) managed to snag a test drive in the kind of oddity that would make said car snobs drool, by snagging a test drive in a Volkswagen CitiGolf. For the uninitiated, the CitiGolf is a first generation Golf/Rabbit that’s been given the bare minimum number of upgrades to make it palatable for the 21st century. There is an airbag (yes, that’s singular, not plural) an upgraded interior and just enough power and passive safety features to upgrade it from “deathtrap” status to “I would buy one for myself but not my kids”.
Voelcker isn’t some “100-octane-in-my-veins” gearhead/self-deluded racer type, and he provides a fair, objective review of this car, reaching the conclusion that it’s fun, but he wouldn’t want to own one personally, as its too crude and unsafe for North American roads. The article is definitely worth your time, if only for the chance get a fairly neutral take on a topic that has been the victim of hype for a significant amount of time.
[Source: Green Car Reports]
Hot on the heels of Kia’s awesome advertisement for their Soul compact car, Hyundai‘s South African arm has just launched a new spot for the Tuscon crossover (known as the ix35 in South Africa) taking off the wildly popular TV series Top Gear.
The spot, features a mock driving show called “Top Deer”, and features dead-on voice impressions of hosts James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond (represented by a turtle, wildebeest and hamster respectively), the familiar Top Gear episode format and typical cinematography. The ad, along with its companion segment, (where their hired gun race driver “The Stag” tests his mettle against the car) manages to take a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the BBC hit, which hasn’t always been so kind to Korean cars.
We have no idea how Hyundai is perceived in South Africa, but the cheeky ads are sure to resonate in a country gripped with the festive spirit of the World Cup and a booming new middle-class eager to buy brand new cars.
Hit the jump to see both Hyundai ads