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All posts by Chris Wilton

  • 2016 Ford Focus RS price leaks, puts a smile on everyone’s faces

    There is a glorious gap between supercars and standard cars, where nimble, devilish, turbo-powered beasts reside. This is exactly where Ford has plopped the new Focus RS. The release price has been accidentally leaked on the Ford website where it was quickly screen-grabbed before taken down. Fortunately for prospective buyers, the 2016 RS seems to be in reach.Car and Driver reports that it will possibly cost somewhere around US$36 605, excluding the add-ons. That's not a bad price tag considering the 320 horsepower underneath the Ford's bonnet. Read more: Why the new Ford Focus RS’ Drift Mode is awesome…and incredibly important The old...

  • Toyota’s 2016 Rav4 boasts facelift, sport and hybrid counterpart

    2016 looks like it's going to be good year for the cars that take you to school in the week and off-road on the weekend. Toyota seems to own the spotlight with its latest Rav4 model -- a feisty grinning transformer, along with a hybrid version that clocks in more horsepower and mileage than any of the previous models. Turning heads with one of the few hybrid SUVs on the market, the Japanese automotive giant has even given the interior a revamp with better materials, more touch screens and a dashboard for the millennial soul. The Rav4 Hybrid will pack an Atkinson-cycle...

  • 12 items and and 6 apps that will change the way you drive

    Turn your hatchback into a home entertainment theatre, renovate your sedan into the kitchen you've always dreamed of and keep your car on speed dial for these tricky situations. There are endless add-ons for you vehicle, some plain dangerous, others pure genius but all round upgrades is a must have if you want to survive traffic in the 21st century. You should probably divide these ventures up into apps or downloads that will help you communicate and keep updated with your car. The other section is the whimsical side - where fantasy meets reality on four wheels. Let's begin on...

  • 3.5 high performance cars whose repair bills won’t bankrupt you

    When you own something that is rare or originated from a far away place, you can imagine fixing and maintaining it comes with a severe price. Imagine trying to glue back together a broken asteroid,  perhaps trying to maintain your unicorn's horn or trying to get out of taxes. So how can you own a speed demon on wheels without having to pay like you're in hell? We believe we have the equation to this problem: one ridiculous price tag, minus reasonable fuel consumption (for an anabolic vehicle), multiply by cheap parts, minus easy fixes and divide by a car...

  • The new Nissan Juke R 2.0: 5 reasons why the Juke isn’t the ugly duckling anymore

    If you have seen the Juke on your roads, you will recognise the uncomfortable feeling this insect on wheels would strike into your gut. Your eyes may start to water and there is a high chance you would wonder why this Nissan looks like it has been punched in the boot to cause an over bite for a grill. An alien has been mentioned, a frog springs to mind but generally the Juke sticks out like a sore thumb in a proctologist's office. Before you decide the Juke is beyond the point of cosmetic surgery, think again, because all...

  • 5 super yachts that put your supercar lifestyle to shame

    I have heard of buying islands or sailing the seven seas in your ridiculous megayacht but now, island-yachts are the next big thing, literally frickin' massive. I can see the headlines now, "Billionaire straps rockets to a Canary Islands and takes it. paid in cash." So how exactly do you make a yacht that doubles as an island, most of the yachts out there are engineered for years until they are ready to battle the oceans? We won't drop you in the deep end just yet. For now, look no further than the Orsos. The Orsos, isn't a yacht, but literally...

  • Samsung’s testing a ‘Safety Truck’ to help motorists

    If you have ever tried to overtake a large truck, you understand the fear and danger that follows, especially if you car's engine is a cute and cuddly 1.5 liters or less. This is all about to change. Well not your car's engine, but the danger involved with these truck encounters, thanks to Samsung. Yup, that's right, the South Korean electronics giant has flipped the switch and is now providing motorists with one of the most valuable super powers known to any childhood, x-ray vision.  Well, not exactly x-ray vision but at least the ability to see what's in-front of big-rig...

  • 5 hatchbacks that howl louder than supercars (and won’t break the bank)

    Try chaining your brain to an asteroid while you blast your heart with pure radiated love and maybe, just maybe, you'll come close to the sensation of owning a beastly hatchback. STs, GTIs, Rs, VXRs, AMGs, Abarths, GTIs, Ms and all the other chemical names for acceleration have given us the ability to sound like we are driving Neptune's trident. If you love especially loud cars in innocuous body shells, these five cars are definitely for you. Renault Megane RS Two things have come out of France, the word "Surrender" and the automaker Renault, who is now responsible for motorists being conquered by the Megane...

  • BMW dashboards: speed, petrol and now available parking

    There are a handful of things that can make a human heart sing, love is one and money could sadly be another, yet there is still that one thing that changes they way you look at your day. Good old fashioned, well located and easily accessible parking is on par with a foodgasm but doesn't need to be cooked. A company called INRIX has developed a technology called On-Street Parking which BMW will integrate it into their cars. Not as accurate as Google Earth but using a series of probability calculations, the tech colour coordinates different roads according to the general availability of parking....

  • Volvo joins the race to replace your keys with smartphone app

    Losing your car keys is painful. Your car is as useful as a blind pirate and the gap in your memory where your key's location is, reminds one of the grandest of canyons.  Volvo and the Apple Watch or  Android wear, have now teamed up to form the Volvo On-Call app. For those not-Volvo drivers out there, the On Call service was launched in 2001 and gave Volvo owners and drivers support in their darkest hour. Not when you needed a shoulder but when you needed an airbag because yours deployed when you hit a speed bump too fast (you know Volvo and...

  • This $770m gigayacht is as luxurious as boats can get

    Throw everything out, all your morals, your inhibitions, your imagination and superyachts with super cars because now Earth is the coolest planet in the system. Us mere mortals on this planet sized drop of water, have a gigayacht soaring across our oceans. Can you hear that? That is the crashing sound of every atom in your body falling in love with Double Century. 4Yacht has teamed up with international designer of note Christoper Seymour to forge only the most ridiculously colossal privately owned yacht to date. It's two football fields long, and towers 27-meters above the sea, that's 20m taller than...

  • Electro mayhem: 10 hybrid-electric vehicles worth the money this year

    If you are South African just forget about Eskom because charging a car or a smartphone seems to take a similar amount of time. Electric and hybrid powered cars are making waves and we are using those waves to make more electricity to power more cars. Big names are making splashes in the electrified motor madness, from the BMW we all love and hate, to the Tesla we dream about and the Toroidion who I have never heared of. Let's start with the top ten high voltage vehicles we should all be looking out for in our rear view mirrors this year. 10. Honda Fit...

  • GoFar takes you further with smart driving

    I need a back-seat driver blowing a whistle every time I drive like I own the road or reminding me petrol doesn't grow on trees, or help them either. Sydney-based startup GoFar has developed the technology, released it to the public and started their war on carbon emissions. The GoFar device tracks your engine's consumption and consistently relays this information to the driver, enabling them to adjust as they drive. The crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter has more than doubled its original amount and they still have six days worth of funding left. Made up of two parts, the "Ray" clips onto...

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