Reinventing legendary icons tends to feelings run high. Think of Mercedes G, Porsche 911 and – in particular – the short wheel-based Land Rover Defender 90. Do you prefer the new or old one? Or what about a new old one?
In Südafrika steht Porsche-Girl synonym für die temperamentvolle, groβgewachsene Michelle mit ihrer dunkelblonden, gelockten Mähne. In ihrer Womancave, im Erdgeschoβ einer ehemaligen Textilfabrik in Kapstadts einstigem Industrie- und seit kurzem Trendviertel, finden sich gut 20 mobile Meisterstücke aus Zuffenhausen – und ein südafrikanischer Formel 1-Wagen aus dem Jahr 1959 mit Porsche-Technik.
Die Geschichte des Asara-Weinguts geht zurück bis auf das Jahr 1691, als die Farm erstmals schriftlich erwähnt wurde. Ursprünglich hieβ das Gut Verdun, weil der erfolgreiche Anbau von Reben im einstigen Buschland für die ehemaligen Besitzer einer gewonnenen Schlacht glich.
The angriest Englishman, I have encountered in a long time. The sound of it’s 5.0-l. V8 beating heart is primal and awe-inspiring at the same time. What makes this particular Range Rover Sport SVR so special, is the fact, that is one of 27 custom-made and hand-finished specimens, ordered in England by Land Rover South Africa.
You are young, successful, love fast cars, just got your first child and obviously ‘sold’ the RS4 Avant as a family car. And that could be a problem. Imagine forgetting about the toddler in the baby seat and driving the Quattro in a species-appropriate way. You will never get the puke smell out the interior. Or the stains out of the beautifully red-stitched leather sport seats.
The RSQ8 is Audi’s biggest and heaviest RS model ever. But is this light-footed heavy athlete still an RS?
Come on. Is that for real? A mighty SUV with supercar performance? A bi-turbo V8 with 600hp. Audi, I acknowledge your E-tron electrification activities, but this is Sparta. More than 5m long and almost 2.2m wide, weighing 2.4 tons.
This is the Keith Richards among cars. Still rolling over stones after having been produced for more than four decades. GQ motoring ed Dieter Losskarn felt invincible, while spending time in the best 4×4 in the world, the legendary cultural icon G.
This Porsche is very close to my heart. I always loved the mid-engine Boxster, celebrating its 25th birthday this year. I picked up the Spyder on a beautiful, wind still and sunny Cape winter day and took it across the sublime tarmac of Franschhoek pass and later on my home run Clarence Drive.
If the Transporter movies would have been filmed now, Jason Statham alias Frank Martin would have gone for this S7 – and not the A8 W12.
In Europe the hot version of the executive sedan A7, is only available as a turbo-diesel, with a 48 Volts mild hybrid system. We are more lucky in South Africa, with this 331kW 3.0-l. turbo-charged V6 option.
Where to begin? Introduced in 2006 and loosely based on the Lambo Gallardo, this naturally aspirated R8 is actually an everyday driving car, despite its eye-watering performance. The facelifted 2021 model has a significantly more aggressive appearance, than its predecessors. Optional laser lights add to this.
As soon as Mercedes models have a ‘G’ in their name, they can officially be taken off the beaten track. I picked two vehicles out of the GL range: the nimble GLC 63 S AMG and the mighty GLS 580. But I made only one of them dirty.
Land Rover took their time to develop a new Defender. In 2016 the last of the legendary 110s came of the production line. In the rugged terrain of the Cederberg mountains I found out, whether the new one is a worthy successor to the icon created in 1949.
Which Porsche? – Porsche 911 Turbo S – Cayenne GTS – Cayman GT4
Which is your favourite Porsche model? Would you go for the iconic 911 in its most famous Turbo S version, the sporty SUV Cayenne GTS or the pure-bred, naturally aspirated Cayman GT4? I experienced all three of them. And chose another one as my favorite.
Porsche convincingly succeeded in not betraying their heritage of gorgeous fossil-fuel-burning dream cars. They just opened a new chapter. With an electrifying masterpiece, coming out of their brand-new 700 million Euro production facility in Zuffenhausen. I had a convincing drive in the top-of-the-range Taycan Turbo S.
What do you do, when you love your Bentley Continental GT so much, that you want to take it with you on the annual bush trip? Well, why not approach this small company in the hamlet of Sutherland, South Africa’s coldest town. What comes out of there is even cooler. Glamotion Limited turns your Continental into an Inter-Continental. I went for a conti-mental spin.
Mild Horse – Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Convertible
How bad does it feel to have a four-cylinder engine in an American V8 legend? LossKARn found out. Topless.
Onlookers are gathering in the vicinity of the Mustang’s exhaust end pipes in anticipation of the glorious V8 soundtrack. But once again, I will have to disappoint them.
Weaponized Vorsprung – Lamborghini Urus & Huracán Evo
The platforms and powerplants are used across the entire Volkswagen family, from Audi Q8 via Porsche Cayenne to Bentley Bentayga. But the Italian job is the most impressive so far. I spent some quality time with the Urus – the world’s first super sport utility vehicle – and the Huracán Evo – an aerodynamical masterpiece.
The boxy design is more than four decades old, it has military origins and is a relic of hybrid- and electric car-free times gone by. No wonder that it has reached cult status and enjoys thousands of dedicated fans worldwide. Last year Mercedes-Benz replaced the oldest vehicle in their range by a more civilized version. G wagon fans all over the world dreaded this moment.