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  • Top trumps! BMW M2 Coupe vs Audi RS 3 Sportback vs Mercedes-AMG A 45

    The new BMW M2 – the Munich automaker’s keenly anticipated follow-up to the madcap 1M Coupe – has now well and truly arrived. Yes, the brand’s entry-level M model – which borrows a few bits and bobs from its bigger brother, the M4 – has touched down in South Africa to turn its rear tyres into smoke and set the cat amongst the compact performance pigeons. Question is, how does it stack up against the very latest versions of its most direct rivals from the other Germans? That’s right, we’re talking about the Audi RS 3 Sportback and the Mercedes-AMG...

  • Volvo wants to put 1m electric cars, hybrids on the road by 2025

    Volvo has a pretty ambitious set of goals for the next few years. The most well-known of those is its bid to ensure that, by 2020, no one dies in one of its cars. But it now seems that it also has serious plans for the electric car space. According to a press release sent to Motorburn, the Swedish automaker hopes to have one-million electric and hybrid cars on the road by 2025. It hopes to achieve this by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and by releasing its first dedicated all-electric car...

  • Merc’s yacht concept looks better than any car you’ve ever seen

    If you're a car maker and you want to remind people that you're all about luxury, it's hard to beat building your own yacht. Bugatti did it in 2015, and now Mercedes Benz has come to the party. Launched in Nice earlier this week, the "Arrow460–Granturismo" is a 706 kW (960 hp) piece of ocean-going beauty. Nick-named "Silver Arrow of the Seas", Merc says the yacht combines the performance of Mercedes-Benz sports cars with unique innovations from the boat industry. The yacht can accommodate up to 10 persons and includes large side windows that are retractable, and the windscreen...

  • Ford Fusion 1.5L EcoBoost: sensibility with a sting in the tail

    A few weeks ago, on this very site, I revealed that I wasn't a fan of automatics. The car I reviewed in that article, the Volvo XC90 failed to convert me. But after a week with the Ford Fusion, I'm starting to think I could live without a clutch pedal. Of course there's plenty of other stuff to say about the latest Fusion, a car which was only launched in South Africa in 2015 -- some three years after it made its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2012. And we'll get to all the...

  • Rosberg takes yet another win in China: the motorsport roundup

    It was a weekend littered with crashes, errant body work and awkward debriefs (we imagine) especially in the Formula 1 paddock, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and the World Superbikes at Assen. But perhaps the most drama of all came way of the opening round of the World Endurance Championship. We have that, and news from MotoGP. And on that note... MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo to switch to Ducati in 2017 It's done. Lorenzo will move to Ducati in 2017 leaving Rossi at Yamaha and Dovizioso or Iannone without a ride. The Spaniard won three World Riders' Championships at the Japanese outfit, but has...

  • Check out these motorsport mishaps, crashes from the weekend

    Between Formula 1, the World Endurance Championship, NASCAR and IndyCar, there was plenty of motorsport action on offer this weekend. But did you miss out on any crashes or mishaps? Well, there was a crazy Porsche crash in WEC, a NASCAR hit a fan and there were a few more mishaps -- check out the videos below.          

  • Apple Car being tested in secret Berlin lab – report

    Thanks to numerous reports, we know that Apple is hard at work on its first car, but we now have more details on the project courtesy of a German website. According to Faz.net, the Cupertino company has a small, secretive lab in the middle of Berlin which is devoted to the automotive project. The report further claims that there are between 15 and 20 people working at the lab, with backgrounds in engineering, sales, software and hardware. It also adds that the Apple Car is expected to be released in 2019 or 2020. In a rather interesting twist, the report mentions that Apple has...

  • Best Formula 1 driver ever? Maths may have found a solution

    Is it the car or the driver? This is the question that has vexed F1 pundits for decades. A new study by a University of Sheffield scientist may have the answer though. The statistical study by Dr Andrew Bell used "random coefficent models" to rank the best F1 drivers of all time based on talent rather than the team. The number-crunching found that five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio was the greatest F1 driver of the lot, followed by four-time world champion Alain Prost and double champion Fernando Alonso. This contrasts with the record books, which places seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher as...

  • Aston Martin and Red Bull’s hypercar: 3 reasons it could be truly glorious

    A British luxury car-maker and an energy drink brand from Austria. When it comes to hypercar collaborations, that doesn’t sound anything like a match made in heaven, does it? Well, the two are indeed teaming up to build what they describe as a “ground-breaking” new hypercar. Indeed, the odd couple says its upcoming creation will “represent the ultimate blend of cutting-edge F1 technology with Aston Martin’s signature sports-car design”. Of course, these days, Red Bull is more than a mere peddler of caffeine-infused beverages. The 32-year-old brand has numerous business interests, and has made a particular habit of purchasing and rebranding...

  • Renault joins the estate resurgence with Talisman

    This seems pretty neat. Renault has announced the launch of a new estate, providing further evidence that the form factor may be coming back into fashion. The will stand alongside the model’s saloon version that was revealed on July 6 2015. And according to Renault, this new large estate car delivers the same technological features as the saloon, along with extra load-carrying ability. Despite that extra carrying capacity, Renault says the Talisman is pretty frugal. According to the French automaker, its fuel consumption is as low as 3.5l/100km. "The TALISMAN Estate is a natural extension of the model’s saloon version,"...

  • 3 motorsport championships that every geek should watch

    "Argh, motorsport? It's just cars going in circles." It's a response that enthusiasts almost inevitably hear when the topic is brought up. But there are tons of various motorsport disciplines out there, and while they might not be for everyone, these are the disciplines that might just convert fellow geek friends. Formula 1 It's supposed to be "the pinnacle of motorsport" but if you ignore the blatant mismanagement and heavy-handed copyright police, Formula 1 makes a good case for just that. The cars switched from 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6L V6 turbo Hybrid engines for the 2014 season onwards, and they're as nippy as ever. The teams...

  • Kyle Busch wins yet another NASCAR Sprint Cup race: the motorsport roundup

    This week in motorsport saw Formula 1 making news, even though there was no event at all. Kyle Busch showed just why he won last season's Sprint Cup championship. And MotoGP riders give lessons in how not to ride a bike at all (apart from Marquez). All this and more in this week's motorsport roundup. NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kyle Busch just can't stop winning Defending Champion Kyle Busch took his second race victory in eight days as he lead the field across the line at the Texas Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, with Joey Logano rounding up the podium. And yes,...

  • Tesla Model 3 vs Chevrolet Bolt: here’s what we know so far

    Yes, the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 has finally been revealed. And what an astounding reception it has received, with nearly 300 000 interested parties putting down deposits in the first three days alone. But, despite absolutely dominating the automotive headlines – and it really has – the Model 3 won’t be the first available relatively affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle with a range exceeding 320km. Indeed, the folks over at General Motors say that the new Chevrolet Bolt (not be confused with the Volt hybrid) will be available at dealerships in the United States before the end of 2016. The Model 3,...

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