This week, an array of car manufacturers, including a legendary South African racing driver and a tuning company, made news headlines. Here’s what you need to know about this week in motoring news…

1. Giniel de Villiers launches GDV Racing Toyota Hilux

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Giniel de Villiers with the custom Hilux.

Giniel de Villiers and 4×4 Mega World made news headlines, with the SA racing driver and off-road specialist revealing a trio of customisation packages for the Toyota Hilux. “The idea with the GDV Racing Toyota Hilux is to offer enthusiasts the opportunity to live their passion,” said De Villiers.

Three packages are on offer, with the first being a decal-only kit. The second option upgrades to a stainless steel nudge bar and roll bar, ARB intensity lights and Takla seat covers. The top-tier package features 17-inch Dirty Life alloy wheels, shod in 265/70 S/T Cooper Max rubber, and an adjustable Old Man Emu BP51 suspension system. The latter set-up offers an increase in ground clearance of 50 mm. 

“The GDV Racing kits can be fitted to either new double-cab bakkies or to cars that have been on the road for some time,” said Brunner. “We are treating this as a limited edition, however, so prospective buyers should make contact with us sooner rather than later.”

2. BMW reveals SA pricing for upcoming iX 

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The iX’s drag coefficient is rated at 0.25.

BMW South Africa has unveiled pricing for the iX, which is scheduled to land on SA shores next year. The local iX line-up will comprise a duo of derivatives, the iX xDrive 40 and range-topping iX xDrive 50. See pricing and specification here.

3. Volkswagen teases new-generation Amarok

The new Amarok will boast a “completely new” interior and exterior appearance.

Volkswagen has released teaser sketches of the new Amarok, with the Wolfsburg firm saying the latest version of its premium bakkie will boast not only a “completely new” interior and exterior appearance but will also offer “even more” extensive equipment that has not been seen before in the double-cab bakkie segment.

4. Arctic Trucks hands Toyota Land Cruiser 300 off-road kit

The Arctic Trucks LC300 rides on 17-inch alloys.

Tuning company Arctic Trucks have revealed an off-road package for the Toyota Land Cruiser 300. Among others, the additional fitment includes “reinforced” rear shock absorbers, and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in pneumatic rubber.

5. Porsche reveals Vision Gran Turismo for Gran Turismo 7 video game

The Vision Gran Turismo will feature in the new Gran Turismo video game.

Porsche has whipped the (virtual) covers off the Vision Gran Turismo. Created with Japanese video game development studio Polyphony Digital Inc for the seventh iteration of the popular Gran Turismo game series, which will be launched on 4 March 2022 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, the Vision Gran Turismo is a “virtual racing car of the future”.