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Road Review: 2013 BMW F30 320i Sport Line

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One of the most hotly debated topics in motoring circles is the never-ending battle between Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW, and in particular, the “entry-level” sedan models from each of these three brands.  BMW has long held the title of the “benchmark” in the segment, and there has been many a claim that the new F30 3-Series would continue this heritage of being the best.  So, we decided to test it out for ourselves when BMW South Africa gave us a red 320i Sport Line last week.

 

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Road review: Subaru XV 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT

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Road review: Subaru XV 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT

We at TCR aren’t exactly fans of the increasingly popular crossover segment of vehicle; sure there are one or two interesting models such as the Nissan Juke, but for the most part, these vehicles are less than special off-road, and are basically nothing more than hatchbacks on stilts.  So on the rare occasion we receive something from arguably one of the greatest rally-brands in history, we take notice and a glimmer of hope stirs that it may be at least semi-capable!  That was what happened when we received a bright orange Subaru XV last week Tuesday, a sight to behold against the dreary greys, blues, and whites of the vehicles we see everyday on the roads.

 

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LaFerrari – 708kW of Hybrid Hypercar power!

For the past 2 years, rumours and speculation have been abound on the “F70”, Ferrari’s successor to the Enzo, following on with the code of the past 3 (F40, F50, F60) halo models for the brand.  In recent months, Ferrari has been leaking images thick and fast, and at long last it all culminated into a grand reveal at the 2013 edition of the Geneva Auto Show.  We present to you, the Ferrari LaFerrari… and yes, for those of you who know Italian, it does mean the new halo model’s name is the “Ferrari The Ferrari”, go figure.

 

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Driving Impressions: BMW ActiveHybrid 3 & 5

When BMW handed us the keys to an ActiveHybrid 3 last week and sent us on a drive, we already knew what to expect of the exterior and interior, having driven the superb BMW F30 328i last year. What we didn’t know about was just how electric would meet combustion … Read more

Audi Reveals the New RS6:

For nearly a decade, the Audi RS6 has been synonymous with crazy outputs from bi-turbo “V” engine setups. From the C5 (331kW, 580Nm) to the monstrous C6 (426kW, 650Nm), big numbers are what “RS6” has always been about. The only problem with the C6 was that weighing in at 2025Kg, … Read more

Driving Impression: Toyota 86

For many, many years, I have not only disliked Toyota, but somewhat despised them. For over a decade, their designs have been boring, plain, middle of the road. They haven’t dared do anything extraordinary, on the edge, or revolutionary. Their engines were consistently underpowered and under utilised. I had nearly … Read more