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June 13, 2017

Subaru adds 2 STI models for ’18

Subaru of America will add two limited-run variants under its STI performance line for 2018.

The 2018 WRX STI Type RA builds on the WRX STI’s 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine by adding a cold-air intake and high-flow performance exhaust, improving horsepower to an estimated 310, Subaru said.

The RA designation, standing for “record attempt,” is a nod to past Subaru performance models. The automaker hopes to set a speed record this summer with a race model dubbed the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special.

As an appearance upgrade, the Type RA adds a carbon fiber roof panel, a carbon fiber pedestal wing and 19-inch forged alloy wheels. It uses a Cherry Blossom Red accent [...]

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June 6, 2017

Lamborghini breaks another record

Just weeks after beating the all-time fastest lap around the Nurburgring for a production car, Italian supercar company Lamborghini has announced the best sales results in its 54-year history.

Standard production Lamborghinis may well cost between $180,000 and $500,000 and take over a month to hand assemble, yet the company has managed to sell 3,457 cars over the past calendar year — a 7% increase on 2015’s total and an all-time record.

Some 2,353 V10-engined Huracán models were snapped up in 2016 and 1,104 examples of its much bigger, much rarer and much more expensive V12 brother, the Aventador, also found new homes.

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May 30, 2017

Mercedes-Benz SA embraces VR technology

Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA) visual effects and animation agency, Sinister Studio, has created a number of virtual reality campaigns – including four test-drive videos – to profile the cars’ features in ways not previously possible. The first video showcases the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé and the second the new E-Class.

The third campaign sees the Mercedes-AMG C 63 being tested at high speed at the Kyalami racetrack. Again, computer graphics and 360-degree film combined to create a fantastical experience. The producers later superimposed Lewis Hamilton, F1 racing driver, into the test drive. The success of this approach is reportedly [...]

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March 30, 2017

Ford recalls Ford Fiesta ST models

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2017/03/29/Ford-recalls-Ford-Fiesta-ST-models1

Days after Ford SA CEO Jeffery Nemeth was summoned to the vehicle manufacturer’s headquarters in the US‚ the multinational has recalled 1 078 Ford Fiesta ST models in South Africa.

The safety recall affects models manufactured between September 2012 and December 2014.

“In the affected vehicles‚ a lack of coolant circulation could cause an engine to overheat‚ resulting in a crack in the cylinder head. A cracked cylinder head can result in a pressurised oil leak. Oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface increases the risk of a fire in the engine compartment‚” [...]

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