2024 is almost a month old, but the SA motoring industry is just starting to wake from its slumber. The motorsport season has started and the first of the new-car launch events takes place this week. As one of the leading performance/premium automotive websites in SA we are taking a closer look at the performance machines prepped to set our roads ablaze this year in our SA performance car preview 2024.
The Revuelto is Lamborghini’s first-ever performance hybrid. The range leader has a 607 kW, 6,5-litre V12 ICE and three electric motors for total system power nearing 750 kW. As you can imagine, acceleration is earth-shatteringly fast with Lamborghini claiming 2,5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h with a top speed of 350 km/h. The only setback for most of us would be its eye-watering price in the region of R13 million. Jaw-dropping looks, lightning-quick acceleration, neck-wrenching cornering, and an exhaust note that’ll make the hairs on your neck stand up – this is Lamborghini at its finest. Read more at this link.
BMW M3 Touring
Yes, you read that right. The M3 goes practical, but don’t be fooled by the station wagon silhouette. The 375 kW twin-turbo engine ensures heart-pounding performance while accommodating all your family’s needs. This beast tackles grocery shopping, the school run and racetracks with equal ferocity. The AWD ‘wagon provides the perfect balance for enthusiasts who need practicality but crave speed. Click here to learn more about the M3 Touring.
The latest iteration of the Ford Mustang is galloping into South Africa soon. The sleek new Mustang is powered by an updated version of the tried and tested 5,0-litre V8. The ‘Coyote’ motor sends its power solely to the rear axle, as per tradition. Drop-top versions are ideal for cruising coastal roads with the wind in your hair. An even more extreme ‘Dark Horse’ version is making its way here, too. The latter should make its debut around the middle of the year.
The sleek Porsche Panamera returns, meaner and faster than ever. Porsche designers have brought its appearance quite close to that of the 911. There will be a range of powertrains on offer. The top-dog Turbo E-Hybrid is a technological marvel with 500 kW of power on tap. This will propel you in luxury from rest to 100 km/h in a mind-bending 3 seconds. The third generation express saloon will appear on local Porsche showroom floors in a matter of weeks. Click here to read more including the local pricing.
Ferrari Roma Spider
The Roma Spider follows its hard-top sibling into the SA market. The 3,9-litre V8 will serenade you under the stars with 456 kW of pure Italian power. The 0-100 km/h dash takes a claimed in 3,1 seconds… Whether across breathtaking coastal roads or through its mountain passes, the Roma Spider will allow you to work on your tan at speed. Our sources at Ferrari tell us the Roma Spider will be here before summer ends. Read more about the open-top GT car at this link.
Mercedes-AMG C63 S
The highly contentious C63 comes to SA this year. The apex C-Class has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with an electric motor for a jaw-dropping 500 kW of power. The C63 has all-wheel-drive, which allows it to put down over 1 000 N.m of torque (yes, a kiloNewton). According to Mercedes, the AMG C63S can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3,4 seconds, and when equipped with the AMG Driver’s Package, it can reach a top speed of 280 km/h. Will the added mass from the hybrid drivetrain and lack of V8 histrionics turn potential buyers away or will its performance credentials usher in a new era of performance motoring for Mercedes…? Click here to read more about its innovative drivetrain.
We do enjoy the products from Woking. They have an identity and performance edge that made McLaren a serious player in this segment in a very short space of time. The latest from the British sportscar maker is a 750S. It is, for all intents and purposes, a refreshed 720S. That means it is powered by the same twin-turbocharnged 4,0-litre V8. In the newest mid-engined supercar from McLaren it pumps out just over 550 kW of power and 800 N.m of torque. More impressive is the kerb weight of just 1 277 kg. McLaren 750 S can allegedly sprint from 0–100 km/h in 2,8 seconds and to 200 km/h in just 7,2 seconds.