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Car 2021 Race Schedule
AREA: Sakhir LAP: 5 412 m/15 corners RACE DISTANCE: 308 238 m/57 laps LAP RECORD: Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren – 2005) 1 min 31,447 sec 2020 WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2 hr 59 min 47,515 sec 2020 POLE: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1 min 27,264
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New For 2021
• Pre-season testing cut to just three days prior to a record 23 races, with Saudi Arabia and Holland new to the calendar. Three triple headers follow the summer break. • Both Friday practice sessions cut from 90 to 60 minutes. • Introduction of a $1
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EDITOR Ray Leathern ASSOCIATE EDITOR Gareth Dean WEB EDITOR Ryan Bubear ROAD-TEST ENGINEER Peter Palm FEATURES WRITER Wilhelm Lutjeharms JOURNALIST Nikesh Kooverjee JUNIOR JOURNALIST Marius Boonzaier ADMINISTRATION CO-ORDINATOR Malika Johnson
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Ford Ranger Thunder 2,0 Bit 4x4 10 At
9 178 km 9,86 L/100 km + fantastic on the open road - engine might be (incorrectly) seen as too small by some It has been a busy month for our Ford Ranger Thunder. As its odometer surpassed 14 000 km (not all the mileage done by CAR), I booked
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The Best Of The Best
01 Budget car (
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Volkswagen Caravelle 2,0BiTDI Highline DSG 4Motion T6.1
Price: R1 149 400 Engine: 2,0-litre, 4-cyl, twinturbodiesel Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch Power: 146 kW @ 3 800-4 500 r/min Torque: 450 N.m @ 1 400-2 400 r/min 0-100 km/h: 9,8 seconds* Top speed: 198 km/h* Fuel consumption: 8,20 L/100 km* CO2: 21
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A Cool Thing
Price: R115 000 (excl. VAT) Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer and German sportscar manufacturer Porsche have announced a new alliance that celebrates their common motorsport DNA. The first in a series of ventures is a new watch: the TAG Heuer Carre
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Warranty And Service Plan
• Four-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty • Three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance • Five-year/ unlimited km corrosion warranty • Six-year/90 000 km service plan covering six services – at 15 000km or annually. • One-year/50 000km warr
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11 Performance Car
Criteria: Thrills and speed. That’s it. Doesn’t matter the price, engine size, body shape or performance. If it excites us – and we’ve driven it – it’s in with a shot. That’s everything from hot hatches to sportscars and top-echelon supercars. 1st W
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Match-up
Crowned 2018’s World Car of the Year, the XC40 puts no foot wrong. The stylish Swede’s sublime interior build, composed ride and standard maintenance plan award it top spot.  price: R618 500 cyl/capac: 3/1 477 cm3 power: 110 kW/5 500 r/min torque: 26
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The Excellent Vehicles The Corolla Quest Had To Beat
A previous Top 12 champ, the A3 has had an incredible run and remains one of the premium segment’s best, even in its run-out year. Due for replacement in Q4. Inside and out, the svelte Mazda is a masterclass in understated excellence. An expansive r
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My Favourite Moment
That first drive in a long-term test car as CAR editor; that’s got to be the moment. This Corolla Hatch was the first “perk” of the new job; a real you’vearrived moment, I suppose. And it continued to live up to that feel-good factor for the next thr
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07 Premium Midsize Suv/crossover
Criteria: Vehicles in this category sit above the midsize SUVs in terms of price and exclusivity. They are premium cars from aspirational brands and, as such, major in sophistication, comfort, connectivity and class. 3rd WIN Models: 4 Price range
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Hardcore Hilux
The standard Hilux’s 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged oil-burner, producing 150 kW and 500 N.m, and six-speed self-shifter remain unchanged. However, thanks to re-gearing the front and rear differentials, Arctic Trucks maintains torque and drivab
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Match-up
Yet another competent small Suzuki, with a healthy dose of character mixed in. Generously equipped, though features only two airbags and, like others here, stability control is absent.  price: R289 900 cyl/capac: 4/1 462 cm3 power: 77 kW/6 000 r/min
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Hyundai Creta 1,5 Executive Ivt
651 km 5,91 L/100 km + roomy cabin; impressive early consumption - peculiar styling from certain angles; unusable roof rails Remember Hyundai’s original Creta? I certainly do. I spent 12 months getting to know the turbodiesel variant before it
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The Excellent Vehicles The Pajero Sport Had To Beat
SA’s popular big SUV didn’t quite receive the comprehensive makeover we were expecting in 2020. That said, there is always Toyota’s healthy dealership network. An excellent bakkie-based SUV, the latest Everest has benefited from new, improved drivet
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car F1 Guide 2021
www.mercedesamgf1.com MercedesAMGF1 CHASSIS: W12 POWER UNIT: Mercedes HEADQUARTERS: Brackley, England FIRST GP: France, 1954 FIRST GP VICTORY: France, 1954 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS: 9 (1954, 1955, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) CO
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Match-up
It might be the entry-level version but the new Defender is both capable on- and off-road and offers a host of (expensive) options. Ride quality trumps that of its competitors.  price: R1 158 942 cyl/capac: 4/1 999 cm3 power: 177 kW/4 000 r/min torqu
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Claws Out
Price: R479 900 Engine: 1,2-litre, 3-cylinder, turbopetrol Transmission: 6-speed automatic Power: 96 kW @ 5 500 r/min Torque: 230 N.m @ 1 750 r/min 0-100 km/h: 9,10 seconds* Top speed: 198 km/h* Fuel consumption: 6,50 L/100 km* CO2 : 148 g/km* Rivals
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What It Took To Make The April Issue
04 cars tested (plus two long-termers) 16 additional cars driven 11 321 kilometres covered 4 699 litres of utility space measured 7 707 kilograms of vehicles weighed 40 100-0 km/h braking tests 16 0-100 km/h sprint tests 2 876 ki
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06 Premium Midsize Car
Criteria: Once again, one of the broader categories, this one encompasses the German Big Three and their respective offshoots, plus cars from other European and Asian manufacturers. Anything below A6, 5 Series and E-Class in terms of size and price.
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Mahindra Xuv300 Diesel W8 Manual
3 308 km 7,78 L/100 km + generous standard equipment; easy manoeuvrability - distracting voice prompts when reversing In to month three with our Mahindra, and although town driving has increased its fuel consumption, the XUV300’s odometer indi
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Mail
Email: car@ramsaymedia.co.za Mail: CAR, PO Box 180, Howard Place, 7450 Please include your physical address and telephone number. Diverse ideas and opinions are welcome but publication of your letter doesn’t necessarily mean we agree. Please stick to
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car TOP 12 BEST BUYS 2021 USED CARS
The criteria Vehicles not older than three years The context Using the same categories as our Top 12 Best Buys awards on page 38, these are the used vehicles we reckon will make great buys in 2021, especially if your budget dictates a tightening of t
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Clubbed To Death
Boasting an upgraded version of BMW’s brawny 4,4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, the hard-hitting M5 CS has been revealed as the most powerful car in the German firm’s M portfolio to date. According to BMW, the M5 CS is set apart from its standard and Co
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9 Luxury Car
Criteria: Executive and grand saloons – as well as luxury coupés and cabriolets – compete in this category. Technology, comfort, safety and luxury are crucial qualities, with price a secondary concern. 1st WIN Models: 5 Price range: R1 849 630-R3
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Match-up
Yes, the price is steep but the G400d is a unique offroader with three diff locks and a solid rear axle. It’s also one of the most affordable premium SUVs on the market.  price: R2 892 840 cyl/capac: 6/2 925 cm3 power: 243 kW/3 600-4 200 r/min torque
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10 Luxury Suv/crossover
Criteria: Like the luxury saloons and two-doors, these vehicles reign supreme in terms of comfort, quality and capability. This category starts with the Q7/X5/GLE and their rivals and soars to the Bentayga and Urus. 1st WIN Models: 37 Price range
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The Excellent Vehicles The Polo Vivo Had To Beat
Every bit as sophisticated as the Audi A1, yet substantially cheaper, the Polo is spacious, refined and upmarket … but then again, so is the Polo Vivo at a lower price point. Bar their badge, and respective aftersales bits, the Starlet and Baleno ar
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