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 …

New (338 kW) BMW M2 revealed … and SA launch date confirmed! 

This week, BMW dominated the global (and local) motoring news headlines. The car in question responsible for this is, of course, the new-generation M2, arguably one of this year’s most highly anticipated cars. The Bavarian brand’s box-fresh sports car continues the firm’s tradition of “ultra-sporty” models with compact dimensions. 

BMW says the new latest iteration builds on the success of its forebear. The new M2’s M3/M4-derived 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six produces 338 kW and 550 Nm of torque for claimed 0-100 km/h sprint times of 4.1 seconds (eight-speed automatic version) and 4.3 seconds (six-speed manual gearbox). Yes, you read right; the new model will be available with a manual cog swapper. Purists rejoice! 

In addition, BMW South Africa has announced when the new M2 will make its local debut, with the company confirming it will be available here from the second quarter of 2023. 

Farewell F-Type: Jaguar unveils the F-Type 75

Last week, Audi made the motoring news headlines, announcing the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD, the company’s final goodbye to its mid-engined supercar. This week, Jaguar announced it is saying farewell to the F-Type, with the British marque revealing the F-Type 75 models. Jaguar SA has confirmed that these models will make their way to local shores in January 2023. 

The celebratory models feature unique exterior and interior design elements. Starting with the former, the F-Type 75 models’ “super-slim” LED headlamps feature Pixel technology as standard. The 75 models ride on model-specific 20-inch wheels finished in gloss black. 

The interior features the firm’s 12.3-inch configurable digital driver’s display and touchscreen infotainment. Performance seats are standard. The pews are upholstered in Windsor leather.

Available in coupé and convertible body styles, the F-Type 75 is equipped with Jaguar’s sonorous supercharged V8, available in different states of tune. The 5.0-litre engine produces 331 kW and 580 Nm of torque in the F-Type 75 and 423 kW and 700 Nm in the F-Type R 75.

BMW SA announces local launch date for updated Z4

BMW South Africa has announced when the updated Z4 will make its way to SA shores, with the local arm of the German automaker confirming it will arrive here in the second quarter of 2023. However, the final (local) specification for the refreshed model is yet to be announced. 

Mercedes-AMG unwraps the A45 S Street Style Edition

With the reveal of the updated A-Class, Mercedes-AMG has announced the A45 S Street Style Edition, a “very special” version of the German marque’s hyper hatchback available for a limited time. The German marque says, “The AMG Street Style Edition impresses with extrovert and exclusive equipment elements.” 

The Street Style Edition features mountain grey magno base paint and edition-specific foiling with a colour gradient in black/anthracite matte. Fluorescent orange accents are present. Merc says these items emphasise the elements of the Aerodynamics Package. This model rides on newly designed 19-inch matte black wheels. The brake callipers are finished in red. 

As a reminder, the A45 S is powered by Affalterbach’s 310 kW/500 Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Benz claims the hyper hatch sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 3.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 270 km/h. 

BAIC Beijing X55 heading to SA

BAIC has announced that the Beijing X55 is heading to South Africa, with the “innovation-driven” compact SUV scheduled to make its way here towards the end of the year. The Chinese manufacturer says the “avant-garde”-styled Beijing X55 is characterised by electrification, intelligence, connectivity and sharing. The firm also says the crossover offers “excellent” power, “advanced” technologies and the “latest generation” of the BIAC Group’s BMFA platform. 

The Beijing X55 has a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine coupled with a dual-clutch transmission. The engine produces 130 kW and 305 Nm of torque. BAIC claims a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 7.8 seconds. The average fuel consumption figure is a claimed 7.2 L/100 km.

Audi celebrates a decade of the RS Q3 with edition 10 years model

Remember the TT RS iconic edition Audi revealed last week? Well, this week, the firm made the motoring news headlines by revealing yet another special-edition model, the RS Q3 edition 10 years. 

Limited to only 555 examples worldwide, the special-edition package is available on the RS Q3 in SUV- and Sportback-styled body shapes. These models are available with two “expressive” exterior paint colours. These are Dew Silver matte and Chronos Grey metallic. Another “exclusive” addition to the package is black 21-inch light alloy wheels. The exterior also features numerous black or glossy black trim bits.

The cabin features new RS bucket seats. The pews are trimmed in a combination of leather and the German marque’s Dinamica upholstery. Infotainment is taken care of by Audi’s 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen system, here with a carbon look.

Polestar 3 revealed as ‘SUV for the electric age’

Billed as an SUV for the electric age, Polestar has finally whipped the covers off the Polestar 3. The firm’s first electric performance SUV has a (rear-biased) dual electric motor arrangement. The standard model produces 360 kW and 840 Nm of torque. Specifying the optional Performance Pack increases outputs to 380 kW and 910 Nm. The (targeted) 0-100 km/h sprint time is five seconds. The electric motors are coupled to a 111 kWh (nominal capacity) 400 V lithium-ion battery pack, allowing for an electric range of “up to” 610 km.