Missed this week’s motoring news? Not to worry, here’s the recap of what you need to know about the past week in motoring …

BMW SA announces local pricing for the new M4 CSL

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This week, BMW made local and global motoring news headlines. However, the first news about the German marque was the announcement of South African pricing for the new M4 CSL. Limited to only 1 000 units globally, only 15 examples of the most hardcore M4 are scheduled to make their way to our shores, each priced at R3 570 038. 

As a reminder, the CSL-badged M4’s 3.0-litre inline-six produces 405 kW and 650 Nm. Power and torque are exclusively directed to the rear wheels via the Bavarian brand’s eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission. The German marque claims these figures allow the M4 CSL to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 307 km/h.

BMW XM revealed as the most powerful M car ever

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The first standalone M model since the legendary M1, the BMW XM, is the most powerful vehicle ever produced by the German company’s performance arm. 

The XM has a 4.4-litre V8 with “cutting-edge” M TwinPower Turbo tech and an electric motor. The M Hybrid drive system produces a total power and torque output of 480 kW and 800 Nm. The Bavarian brand says these figures allow the XM to accelerate to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 4.3 seconds.

In addition, BMW SA has confirmed that the XM is heading to our shores. The firm says we can expect the XM to arrive here in the second quarter of 2023.

New Ford Everest launches in SA

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This week, the all-new Ford Everest was finally launched in South Africa. At launch, the local line-up comprises two derivatives, the Sport and range-topping Platinum variant, priced at R965 400 and R1 113 100, respectively. 

The Sport model is equipped with Ford’s familiar 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The Bi-Turbo unit produces 154 kW and 500 Nm of torque. The Sport features an electronic shift-on-the-fly part-time four-wheel-drive system. A 3.0-litre V6 powers the top-tier Platinum variant. This turbocharged powertrain produces 184 kW and 600 Nm. This derivative features a permanent all-wheel-drive set-up. Both engine options are coupled with the firm’s 10-speed automatic transmission. 

Read our launch review of the new Everest here. 

Haval H6 HEV lands in SA

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At the start of the week, the Haval H6 HEV touched down on South African shores. Priced at R669 950, the petrol-electric H6 sits at the top of the local H6 line-up. The HEV model is equipped with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 113 kW and 233 Nm of torque and a 130 kW/300 Nm electric motor for a combined output of 179 kW and 530 Nm. Haval says the H6 HEV sips only 5.2 L/100 km. The claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time is 8.5 seconds. 

Available in only Ultra Luxury guise, the H6 HEV’s interior features a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 360-degree surround-view camera system. A customisable head-up display is also included in the package, as are fully automatic parking, adaptive cruise control and a panoramic sunroof.

BMW SA announces pricing for updated 3 Series

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The fresh-faced 3 Series has finally touched down on local shores, with BMW SA announcing pricing for the facelifted model. Here’s how much you can expect to pay… 

BMW 3 Series pricing: 

  • 318i Sport Line: R767 893.60
  • 318i M Sport: R817 893.60
  • 320i Sport Line: R832 893.60
  • 320d Sport Line: R880 313
  • 320i M Sport: R882 893.60
  • 320d M Sport: R930 313
  • 330i M Sport: R953 197.20
  • M340i xDrive: R1 338 206.60
  • M340i xDrive M Sport package Pro: R1 353 206.60

Lamborghini Aventador production ends 

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Marking the end of the last, pure, naturally aspirated V12 Lamborghini, the final Aventador has rolled off the production line. Since its launch 11 years ago, the Italian automaker has sold more Aventadors than the sum of all its previous V12 models. In its fifth year, the company delivered 5 000 units, matching the number of Murciélago models produced. The 10 000th Aventador found a home in September 2020. In total, the automaker has sold 11 465 examples worldwide.

Ferrari unveils one-of-a-kind SP51

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Designed by Ferrari’s Styling Centre under the leadership of Flavio Manzoni, the SP51 is a bespoke creation based on the 812 GTS, the supercar from which the one-of-a-kind open-top (indeed, it goes without a roof) has inherited its layout, chassis and engine. As a reminder, the 6.5-litre atmospheric V12 produces 588 kW and 719 Nm of torque. 

According to the Prancing Horse brand, the SP51’s styling is powerful and harmonious thanks to its seamlessly muscular, undulating surfaces. The specially designed headlamps “give the SP51 an instantly recognisable and forceful identity all of its own”.

An “arched” theme dominates the rear end. The taillamps are sited below the spoiler. Behind the cabin are two flying buttresses visually softened by two deep carbon-fibre scoops. Between these two elements stretches a transverse, carbon-fibre wing, the profile of which folds over the buttresses.

Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition arrives in SA

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The Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition models have made their way to South Africa, with the local arm of the German marque announcing pricing and spec for the latest additions to the Cayenne range. 

Featuring three-year/100 000 km maintenance plans, the Cayenne Platinum Edition and its coupé-styled sibling are priced at R1 709 000 and R1 729 000, respectively. The Cayenne S Platinum Edition comes in at R1 859 000, with the coupé costing R1 879 000. The E-Hybrid variants are priced at R2 169 000 for the traditionally styled model and R2 189 000 for the coupé. A five-year/100 000 km maintenance plan is available on all models and will set you back an additional R50 000. 

BMW SA adds diesel X1 to local line-up

BMW X1 sDrive18d

BMW SA continued to make local motoring news headlines this week, with the firm revealing pricing for the latest derivative in its new X1 line-up. The most recent model to join the range is the sDrive 18d, priced from R813 116.60 for the xLine variant to R838 116.60 for the M Sport. 

The sDrive 18d is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 110 kW and 360 Nm of torque. Coupled with a seven-speed automated dual-clutch transmission, BMW says the diesel motor sips 5.0 L/100 km on average.

Full pricing for the new X1 range here. 

Citroën reveals new emblem and brand identity

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This week, Citroën revealed a fresh corporate brand identity and, with it, a brand-new logo, the 10th evolution of the French firm’s “deux chevrons” emblem in its history spanning more than 100 years. The brand says the new logo signals a bold, exciting, dynamic new era for the company.

The evolved emblem features “more prominent” chevrons contrasted and surrounded by a “softer” oval frame. “As we look to clarify our future focus, it was logical for us to close the loop by coming back graphically to André Citroën’s first logo, which represented the genuine promise of affordable and innovative mobility for all,” said Alexandre Revert, global brand designer of Citroën.

The “elegant” new emblem signifies the carmaker’s transition and evolution. It will debut on a “significant” family-oriented concept vehicle at the end of September 2022.