If outright performance is what you are looking for in 2018, then check out these 5 cars that are bound to scratch your performance itch…
There’s a wide range of new product headed for South Africa, including some potent machinery that will satisfy the needs of buyers looking to light up the tar. Here are 5 performance cars to look out for this year…
Aston Martin Vantage
An all-new Aston Martin Vantage is expected to make an appearance this year and it looks phenomenal. It will be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 375 kW and 685 Nm of torque. An 8-speed ZF transmission will propel the Vantage from zero to 100 kph in about 3.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 313 kph. Its date of arrival in South Africa is yet to be confirmed, but it’s definitely a car to look out for in 2018.
The highly anticipated BMW M5 is due to arrive in South Africa in March 2018. Enthusiasts can look forward to a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 441 kW and 750 Nm of torque that will, for the first time in the M5, power all four wheels using an 8-speed automatic transmission. The driver can, however, choose to direct power to the rear wheels exclusively too…
The new M5 will reportedly decimate the zero to 100 kph sprint in 3.4 seconds before tapping out at its electronically limited top speed of 250 kph. There will be an M Driver’s Package on offer that will increase the top speed to 305 kph...
Honda Civic Type R
The new Honda Civic Type R has arrived in South Africa and it is better than ever! It's 16 kg lighter than the model it replaces and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with no less than 228 kW and 400 Nm of torque with an enhanced 6-speed manual transmission directing power to the front wheels. The Civic Type R is claimed to take 5.7 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 kph before reaching a top speed of 272 kph. The Civic Type R is priced at R627 900.
Read our launch review of the new Honda Civic Type R now!
Watch the new Honda Civic Type R driving on the Nurburgring below!
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
The fastest and most powerful road-legal 911 to date, the 911 GT2 RS will make landfall in South Africa early in 2018. It’s by far the fastest car on this list and will use a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine that develops a mammoth 515 kW and 750 Nm of torque that will allow the Porsche to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in an eye-watering 2.8 seconds before reaching its top speed at 340 kph using a 7-speed PDK transmission. The 911 GT2 RS is expected to arrive locally in limited numbers.
Renault Megane RS
The new Renault Megane RS is expected to arrive in mid-2018 and it’s bound to thrill hot-hatch enthusiasts with its new turbocharged 1.8-litre engine with peak outputs of 205 kW and 390 Nm of torque. The Megane RS Sport and Cup versions are expected to arrive first with the more powerful Megane RS Trophy following later in 2018 or 2019. Buyers will, for the first time, have the choice between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed EDC transmission. The Megane RS is said to be capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 kph in 5.8 seconds.
We drove the new Renault Megane RS in Spain recently! Read all about it now!