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BMW M reveals first-ever M3 Touring

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Celebrating 50 years of M this year, BMW’s performance arm is on a roll by revealing brand-new performance models. The latest of these is the long-awaited M3 Touring, a 375 kW/650 Nm family wagon combining authentic motorsport feeling, a distinct character, and a broader spread of practical qualities. 

The first-ever M3 Touring is equipped with the firm’s familiar 3.0-litre inline-six engine. The twin-turbocharged petrol powertrain sends power and torque to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system via the German marque’s eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

The Bavarian brand claims the 1 865 kg wagon accelerates to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 3.6 seconds. The top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h. However, specifying the M Driver’s package increases the maximum speed to 280 km/h.

Like the updated 3 Series, the M estate’s cabin features a curved display, incorporating 12.3-inch information and 14.9-inch control displays. In terms of practicality, the M3 Touring offers 500 litres of luggage space. Folding down the 40:20:40-split rear bench increases loading capacity to 1 510 litres. 

BMW SA has announced that the M3 Touring is, unfortunately, not penned in for our market. But here’s hoping it joins the upcoming M4 CSL and M4 50 Jahre edition in the local line-up. 

The Jeep Gladiator finally arrives in SA

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This week, Jeep was one of the firms that dominated the SA motoring news headlines… The Gladiator has finally arrived on local shores! 

Billed as the most capable Jeep bakkie ever, the Gladiator is equipped with the company’s “proven” 3.6-litre V6 unit. The ‘Pentastar’ motor produces 206 kW and 347 Nm of torque. The engine is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is priced at R1 259 900. Pricing includes a three-year/100 000 km maintenance plan and a five-year warranty with a similar distance.

Local engine line-up and trim levels for the new Range Rover Sport revealed

Range Rover Sport motoring

Jaguar Land Rover SA has revealed the local engine line-up and specification grades for the upcoming Range Rover Sport. 

Upon local introduction “towards the end of the year”, the local engine line-up will comprise the D350, P400 and P510e. As a reminder, the D350-badged 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel churns out 258 kW. The turbocharged six-cylinder petrol unit powering the P400 produces 294 kW. The P510e variant has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces 375 kW.

Regarding local specifications, the new generation will be available with the option of five trim levels. These include Dynamic S, Dynamic SE, Dynamic HSE, First Edition, and Autobiography.

SA launch date, engines and spec for refreshed VW T-Roc confirmed

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Volkswagen SA has announced the local launch date, trim grades and engine options for the updated T-Roc. Scheduled to arrive in SA at the end of July, the refreshed T-Roc will be available with two levels of specifications and a duo of engine options. Starting with the latter, these include Design and R-Line. 

Regarding the powertrains, the T-Roc will be available with a duo of four-cylinder turbopetrol engines. The first is a 1.4-litre unit, sending 110 kW/250 Nm exclusively to the front axle. Coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 1.4 TSI motor sips 6.3 L/100 km. 

The second powertrain is VW’s 2.0 TSI. This unit produces 140 kW and 320 Nm, sent to all four corners via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. VW says this engine sips 7.3 L/100 km. 

Ferrari announces global reveal date for Purosangue SUV

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This week, Ferrari made the motoring news headlines with the announcement of the global reveal date of its first-ever SUV. The Purosangue (Italian for “thoroughbred” and “full-blooded”) will be revealed in September 2022.

Next-generation 408 revealed as ‘a new breed’ of Peugeot

Peugeot 408

Peugeot has unveiled the next-generation 408, a “first-of-its-kind” model combining a unique design with “cutting-edge” technologies. The new iteration features all the staples of the French firm’s modern design language, though revised for the 408’s sleek fastback bodywork. 

The new 408 is available with the option of two plug-in hybrid powertrains, each coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The company’s familiar 1.2-litre turbo-triple will also be on offer, equipped with a similar gearbox and not the six-speed self-shifter in some of its other models. 

Pagani unveils (1 100 Nm!) Huayra Codalunga

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Pagani has unveiled the Huayra Codalunga, a longtail model of the firm’s hyper sports car. This limited-edition variant’s rear engine cover is 360 mm longer than the Huayra coupé’s. Sited below this item is Pagani’s 6.0-litre V12 engine. The twin-turbocharged petrol unit produces 618 kW and 1 100 Nm of torque. The firm has yet to announce performance figures for the 1 280 kg hypercar. 

Priced from €7 million, a whopping R117 784 660, only five examples of the Huayra Codalunga will be made. All units have already been spoken for…