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Lewis Hamilton Seals Fifth F1 World Title

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Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth Formula 1 title at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday night, with two races to spare.

Despite finishing fourth in Sunday’s race, it was good enough to see the British driver claim the world championship to draw level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the Formula 1 record books, with Max Verstappen victorious.

The 33-year-old Briton’s only remaining championship rival, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, needed a victory to keep his hopes alive, but could only finish second.

Hamilton’s success also sees him just two titles shy of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.

He added his 2018 crown to his championship wins in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

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Volkswagen Arteon (2018): What you need to know about the newcomer

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The striking Volkswagen Arteon has landed in South Africa and we have specifications and pricing for this model. Here’s what you need to know about the newcomer.

Volkswagen calls its new Arteon, which replaces the outgoing Passat CC, a 5-door grand tourer, which pitches the newcomer against the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A5 Sportback and a slew of other business class sedans, including the upcoming Kia Stinger.

Built on Volkswagen’s lauded Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the Arteon boasts a wheelbase of 2 841 mm, is 1 871 mm wide and 1 427 mm tall. The range comprises 4-cylinder engines only, with one turbodiesel and one turbopetrol motor, both of which are mated with a Volkswagen (DSG) dual-clutch transmission.

The 2.0 TDI DSG is available in Elegance and R-line trim lines. Its 2.0-litre turbodiesel has peak outputs of 130 kW and 350 Nm, with power going to the front wheels via a 6-speed DSG. It’ll be the most frugal of the motors, with a claimed consumption figure of just 5.6 L/100 km.

The petrol engine, meanwhile, is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, which delivers 206 kW/350 Nm and is mated with a 7-speed DSG. The motor powers the top-of-the-range all-wheel-driven Arteon derivative that is claimed to complete the 0-100 kph sprint in 5.6 seconds before going on to a limited top speed of 250 kph. It’s a little thirstier than its diesel sibling at 7.3 L/100 km.

Elegance-spec

Exterior:

  • Chrome wing mirror caps
  • LED tail lights with dynamic indicator light function
  • 18-inch ‘Muscat’ alloy wheels
  • Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Chrome strips on side windows
  • LED tail lights
  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Alloy wheels (from 18-inch)
  • Keyless Go locking system

Interior:

  • Aluminium pedals
  • Instruments, dashboard and door panels with individualised look and trim in brushed aluminium
  • Contrast stitching on seat covers and floor mats
  • Seat covers in Nappa leather
  • Stainless steel door tread plates, front and rear
  • Composition Media infotainment system, including eight loudspeakers, AUX-IN and USB (Apple-compatible)
  • 3-zone electronically controlled air conditioning system
  • Multifunction steering wheel in leather (with shift paddles on DSG models)
  • Driver Alert System
  • Progressive steering

R-Line spec

Exterior

  • ‘C’-signature of the front air intakes in high-gloss black
  • 19-inch ‘Montevideo’ alloy wheels
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Unique R-Line bumpers
  • Continuous chrome trim strip on lower-bodywork
  • Chrome-plated exhaust system tailpipes
  • Black boot lid spoiler
  • Privacy glass
  • Power folding mirrors

Interior

  • Leather sports multi-function steering wheel in R-Line design
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Roof liner in ‘Titanium Black’
  • Stainless steel door tread plates front and rear with R-Line logo on front plates
  • Nappa Leather/Carbon Style seats with R-Line logo
  • Front seat heating

Volkswagen Arteon Price in South Africa

The new Arteon comes standard with a 5-year/90 000 km maintenance plan, 3-year/120 000 km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000 km.   

2.0 TDI 130 kW Elegance DSG R599 900
2.0 TDI 130 kW R-Line DSG R649 900
2.0 TSI 206 kW R-Line 4MOTION DSG  R699 900

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FIRST LOOK: Here’s the rundown on the new Audi A6

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Stop us if you’ve seen this one before. In case you missed the news on the latest Audi A8 and A7, though, here’s the rundown on the new A6.

As you’ve already guessed, the least expensive of Audi’s medium and large sedan triumvirate borrows, as always, heavily from the long-tail A7 and coddling A8 luxury sedans. At the front, it’s identical to the A7 and mostly the same from the side, save the roofline. The rear end is the A6’s calling card, clearly related to the other two but uniquely executed.

The interior is like the nose, identical to its near-twin, the A7. Its showpiece is the latest Audi MMI touch response system featuring a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen at the top of the dash and an 8.6-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback below that controls the climate and accepts text inputs drawn with a finger. A fully loaded car with both the optional 10.1-inch screen and navigation also includes the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauges and a full-color head-up display.

Driving-related tech features include everything from active safety systems to driver aides such as adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assistance and Audi’s Parking Pilot/Garage Pilot, which allows you to pull the car into or out of a garage or parking space from outside the car with an app on your phone. As with the A7, the A8’s Level 3 autonomous driving technology is not on offer.

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The theme continues unabated beneath the hood, where again like the A7, the only likely engine for the U.S. market is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with a 48-volt belt alternator starter mild-hybrid system. Adding an electric motor/generator to the serpentine belt allows for quicker, smoother automatic engine start/stop as well as regenerative braking, torque fill when the engine isn’t making full power, and the ability to coast with the engine off between 34 and 99 mph. When auto-stopped, which can happen when the car drops below 14 mph coasting to a stop, the engine automatically restarts when the car ahead moves.

That engine is connected exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a variant of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive, which decouples the rear axle when not needed to save gas. A rear-wheel steering system is optional and improves both agility and the turning radius.

As the wheels are driven and turned, they’re corralled by independent suspension all around with one of four spring and shock combinations: springs and fixed dampers, springs and electronically adjustable dampers, air suspension and electronically adjustable dampers, and a sport suspension with stiffer springs and fixed dampers.

Slightly larger on the outside, noticeably larger on the inside, and fully revamped, the A6 will go on sale in Europe in June with U.S. sales likely to follow by the end of the year.

2019 Audi A6
BASE PRICE ZAR587,441.40 (est)
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
ENGINE 3.0L/340-hp/369-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto
CURB WEIGHT 4,000 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE 114.7 in (est)
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 194.5 x 74.3 x 57.4 in
0-60 MPH 5.3 sec (MT est)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON Not yet rated
ON SALE IN U.S. Winter 2018

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BMW unleashes exclusive M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow

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The BMW M2 Black Edition will be available from April 2018 – only 20 units are planned for SA.

With worldwide sales of more than 12,000 units, the BMW M2 was the most successful model from the BMW M GmbH in 2017 – Huge popularity prompts the development of an edition model once more underscoring the compact high-performance sports car’s dynamics.

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The exclusive BMW M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow emphasises the compact high-powered sports car’s performance characteristics with precisely harmonized design features. The edition model will be available from April 2018.

The BMW M2 fascinates with precise handling and compelling forward thrust.

The car’s 272 kW straight six-cylinder engine, classic rear-wheel drive and suspension technology developed and tuned on the basis of many years of motor racing expertise, has aroused worldwide enthusiasm amongst sport drivers.

With the optional 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic, the BMW M2 sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds.

Within a very short time, the BMW M2 has become a bestseller, whilst also capturing new target groups. With more than 12,000 units sold worldwide during its first full production year, the BMW M2 advanced to become BMW M’s most successful model in 2017.

The BMW M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow boasts selected design features that further accentuate the top athlete’s powerful appearance. The edition model is exclusively available in the exterior colour Sapphire Black metallic.

Furthermore, 19-inch, black matt forged light alloys with a Y-spoke design and mixed tyres impressively underline the compact coupe’s looks.

These features are complemented by exterior mirrors in a carbon finish, the decorative grille for the M kidney and trim bars for the side panels in high-gloss black.

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With a rear diffuser in a carbon finish and black-chrome trims for the typical M double tailpipes, which are likewise integrated on both sides into the rear apron, the BMW M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow sets additional race-inspired accents.

The BMW M2 Black Edition will be available from April 2018.

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