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  • A simple can of soda can make your Merc S Class semi-autonomous: here’s how

    We love a good car hack here at Motorburn. We think it shows a pretty impressive level of ingenuity to take a look at a piece of emerging technology and think “I could do the same thing with a roll of duct tape, some LED bulbs and a soldering iron”. Sometimes though the hacks aren’t quite so complex. Take your average Mercedes S Class for instance. It turns out all you need to make it semi-autonomous is a load of tape and a (full) can of soda. It might sound bizarre, until you think about it for a moment....

  • This Pagani Zonda Tricolore purrs, pounces like an excited kitten [video]

    Let’s enjoy petrol cars while they’re with us. The Pagani Zonda has had a famed decade-long life filled with super speed runs and wacky aesthetics, but it’s time as the alternative Italian supercar king is slowly coming to an end. The Tricolore, however, was the marque’s last hoorah for this legendary name and is still setting speedtraps and racer’s heart’s alight. Built back in 2010 to honour the Italian National Aerobatics Team, and armed with a 670 horsepower Mercedes-AMG V12 engine, the Tricolore accelerates to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and on to 200km/h in a further 5.2. But all these statistics...

  • Renault Clio IV review: high fives for the French!

    High five Renault, because in July this year 1 567 Renaults found new homes in South Africa, according to the new passenger vehicles sales complied by NAAMSA. The bulk of those sales are made up by the budget beating new Sandero and the rugged Duster SUV (417 and 421). The big surprise though is that Renault sold 425 new Clios IVs in the same period. High five indeed…or should that be high four? Having driven the Sandero and Sandero Stepway back-to-back recently (with a Duster on the way soon) and coming away mightily impressed by interior quality, stand spec, the...

  • Polaris’ Slingshot proves that three wheels are more fun than four

    It’s difficult to describe exactly what Polaris has built here. Some say it’s a roadster, others a trike. Allusions are even made to Ariel’s Atom, presumably without all wheels properly attached. Frankly, we’re not quite sure. The booming company is known for its snowmobiles and ATVs, but it’s latest machine, dubbed the Slingshot, is as adept at tracing tarmac as a go-kart. Straight out of Minnesota, the Polaris Slingshot is a roadster-cum-trike-cum-excite bike and, allegedly, a surfboard too. According to one poetic reaction comment in the promo video, driving the vehicle is like “surfing asphalt.” Such a puzzling notion is perhaps...

  • Toytastic: Lego Batman Tumbler, Hot Wheels Darth Vader ‘vette are totally awesome

    So, you think you’re the world’s biggest Star Wars fan? Well, you ain’t got this piece of awesome. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to buy a scale version of it from Hot Wheels from their new Star Wars collection, which goes on sale later this year, but not this one. It’s life size! Wheeled out (not sorry) just in time (literally, it was built in seven weeks by PCW Brands) for Comic-Con 2014 which opens tomorrow in San Diego, USA. The guys at Car And Driver have revealed a few exclusive details via a phone interview with creators and Darth...

  • These are the 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction

    For most of us, the purchase of a motor vehicle comes pre-packed with a hefty expectation of rampant depreciation. Drive that shiny new car off the showroom floor and its value starts to fall faster than a poorly co-ordinated fat kid from a particularly tall tree. But there are a few vehicles out there that do, in fact, serve as worthwhile investments. Yes, these rare automobiles rapidly gain value as they age, and when they do finally go to auction, they end up smashing their reserves and sometimes fetching completely ludicrous sums of cash. Of course, even these record...

  • Is this the best Ferrari-inspired simulator wheel ever? [video]

    Simulators are cool, but they’ll never provide drivers with the authentic atmosphere and fear, for that matter, present in a real racing car. That doesn’t mean people don’t try though. This particular simulator user has modified his steering wheel to look exactly like Ferrari’s authentic kit. The device in question was a Thrustmaster T500RS once upon a time, and as you may know, the product out-of-the-box is incredibly bland and uninspiring. While Formula 1 steering wheels and indeed, cars, become more complex, simulator steering wheels seem dated and stuck in the past, not providing drivers with anywhere near the augmented...

  • BMW wants to conquer you with its 2 Series Active Tourer [Gallery]

    BMW has claimed that the 2 Series Active Tourer (pictured) will have a 75% conquest rate – in other words 75% of sales will come from buyers new to the brand, or coming from other brands, which is kind of obvious really unless perhaps you’re new to cars, period. It’s also obvious why really, because when you look at it – the 2 Series Active Tourer – it’s more than possible that those looking to buy one won’t even realise they’re looking at a BMW. Is this a good thing? For BMW probably yes, which has a penchant for plugging...

  • Could the car as we know it be dead by 2035?

    If the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is to be believed the very details which make a car, a car, will be removed by 2035, spelling potential ruin for the petrolhead and anyone with a drivers licence who enjoys any sort of motoring independence (a core desire of owning a car yes?) The survey which included more than 200 researchers, academicians, practitioners, university students, society members, and government agencies in the field of autonomous vehicles revealed that the aforementioned experts believe that mass-produced cars will not have steering wheels, accelerator/brake pedals, hooters, or rear-view mirrors by 2035. Worryingly...

  • 7 reasons the Smart Fourtwo and Forfour might actually stand a chance this time around

    Mercedes Benz recently unveiled new versions of the Smart Fourtwo and Forfour city cars. Except this wasn’t just another case of iteration, one model following the next. Instead it was more completely rebooting a marque that promised a lot early on but which has failed to deliver in the past few years. Sure all the ingredients that made Smart seem so appealing are all still there — the size, the funky colours and tiny engines — but the Smart Fortwo of today is a very different vehicle to the one which had its last big overhaul as far back...

  • Peugeot SA goes to some seriously dark places to advertise its 5 year maintenace plan

    We wish look, feel and performance were the only factors that mattered when it comes to buying a new car. It’s not though. There are a whole host of other things you have to consider, like after sale service, warranties and how much it will cost to insure the damn thing. In order to advertise the fact that Peugeot South Africa is offering a five year maintenance plan for free with all new purchases — meaning that all your services and replacement parts are covered (only excluding tyres, fuel and top up oil) — the company has gone to...

  • Could Quant’s E-Sportlimousine hit German roads in the near future?

    Outlandish concept cars are not conspicuous by the absence from international motorshows, in either design or engine technology. While good in theory these concepts don’t always (almost never) translate into identical road going versions – those are almost always pared down in both style and drivetrain application, well illustrated by Ryan Bubear’s piece on concept-to-production cars that got lost in translation. Geneva International Motorshow debuted a slew of radical concept cars, one of them being (take a deep breath) the Quant E-Sportlimousine With NanoFLOWCELL® Drivetrain Concept. I left that little Copyright symbol in for good reason because the...

  • Watch the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup tackle Pike’s Peak in 4k

    Ah, 4K TVs — is this not the pinnacle of mans achievements? If you’re not a familiar 4K or UltraHD (yup, your 1080p is outdated), like the name suggests its HD on steroids, with a minimum screen resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. Kind of makes your new Full HD Samsung sitting in your lounge a bit of low tech with its puny 1920×1080 pixels. Keen to upgrade? That’ll be roughly R60k for a 55 inch Samsung Ultra HD TV. Anyway, like all new TV tech if you’re lucky enough to have one, good luck finding content with the requisite super-high resolution format,...

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