Cars in Action January/February 2012
PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR
What was the hottest metal on the local scene in 2011? Read about the outstanding drivers’ cars of the year and sit trackside as we choose the best of the best from 12 finalists in our Performance Car of the Year shootout.
· Making the cut for that final showdown at Zwartkops, shot in technicolor by exciting young lensman Ollie Hirtenfelder, were the VW Polo GTI, Mini Cooper S Coupé, Alfa Romeo Giulietta TBi, VW Scirocco R, Audi RS4, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, Porsche Cayman R, Jaguar XKR-S, BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and Porsche Panamera Turbo S. All is revealed in the January/February 2012 issue of Cars in Action, which will be on the shelves on December 28.
· But that’s not all folks. As usual, Cars in Action brings you a spread of news and reports from all corners of the motoring spectrum. Among the standout features are Egmont Sippel’s scoop first South African drive in Jaguar’s new XKR-S, a car that throws down the gauntlet to the power-crazy Germans.
· Then, at a more affordable level, we bring you Richard Macaskill’s first drive – straight from the world launch – of the booted version of the new, desirable, Kia Rio, which he’s sampled in its birthplace, Korea.
· Egmont also threw the BMW M3 Akrapovic sideways on numerous occasions during a week-long spell of hard, intense testing. His comments, particularly on M3 steering, make for thought-provoking reading.
· Also check out our introduction to the new Lexus IS350, as marvellously told yet again through Hirtenfelder’s powerful visuals, patterned on the iconic and daring short driving movie, C’était un rendez-vous, made back in the 1970s by famous French filmmaker Claude Lelouche.
· Among the other cars that feature in our regular test line-up are the Honda Accord 2.4 Executive, Kia Picanto 1.0 LX, Chevrolet Lumina SSV AT, Toyota FJ Cruiser and BMW X6 xDrive40d Steptronic.
· The reading experience is further enhanced by top-rate columns penned by Johnny ‘B Good’ Bentley, Egmont ‘Senna’ Sippel, Richard ‘The Gunslinger’ Macaskill and Michele ‘Mad Mick’ Lupini, as well as an analysis by historian Bentley of some iconic Porsche sports racers he encountered on a visit the company’s spectacular new museum in Zuffenhausen.
Who would be your Top 10 Formula One drivers for 2011? Sippel, one of the world’s foremost and most opinionated F1 commentators writes a full review of the season and chooses the cream of the crop in his Top 10, which, incidentally, almost mirrors the team-managers’ Top 10, which was only chosen several weeks later. Bentley and Lupini, also fervent F1 followers, join in with their own takes on a dramatic season.
Where does the power come from? South Africa’s foremost writer on automotive technical matters, Jake Venter, explains in his inimitable style how an engine generates its power, in a feature entitled Suckin’ and spinnin’. We leave it all to your imagination!