South Africa’s automobile space is beaming with diverse kinds of cars. Last year, due to the pandemic, many new models couldn’t enter the market due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the early days of 2021, one would almost assume the trend will remain the same as of last year. But thank goodness, hot new car brands were able to enter the automobile space, and you are just about to find them out in this article.
Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you on the latest new car brands in South Africa.
Abarth presented its two new hot car models consisting of the Abarth Yamaha Monster and the Abarth Scorpioneoro. With only 2000 units of these models presumed to be produced and distributed worldwide, we can only expect that a limited number will get to South Africa. So, if you are an Abarth fan, don’t sleep on these models, because you can just get to your car dealer’s outlet, and realize it’s all sold out.
Abarth Yamaha Monster and the Abarth Scorpioneoro both have distinctive styling features with upgraded technologies inside. Both are powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with 121 kW and 230 Nm of torque and mated with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Alfa Romeo hits the market with its updated version of the Alfa Romeo’s Giulia. The engine and performance are as great as ever, with a 2.9-litre Biturbo V6 producing a 375 kW and 600 Nm, and the power goes to the rear wheels for the Giulia via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Alfa Romeo’s Giulia boasts of sprinting from 0-100 kph in under 4 seconds.
The interior presents an all-new infotainment system with an 8.8-inch central touchscreen display, featuring connected services and a new interface design. It’s a great car to own this year.
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Aston Martin penetrates South Africa’s auto-mobile space with its jaw-dropping, speed-monster Aston Martin Vantage Roadster. Not only is the Vantage Roadster capable of dashing from 0 to 100 kph in 3.7 seconds – its automatic soft-top is said to be able to retract fully in a “record-setting” 6.7 seconds! Responsible for this rib-cracking speed is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine to generate its forward momentum with outputs of 375 kW and 685 Nm of torque and making use of a fast-shifting 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The interior of the Vantage Roadster is welcoming and gives you a feel of home and athletic confidence. The sleek design of the exterior is enough to make you stare at it again and again. For all speed lovers, the Aston Martin should be too on your list.
Ever since the Haval Jolion landed in South Africa, it has piqued the interest of exotic car lovers. The Haval Jolion comes in five different trims, all powered by the turbocharged 1,5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine pushing 105 kW and 210 N.m of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Haval Jolion comes reloaded with exciting standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, a 3,5-inch instrument cluster, fabric seats, dual and front airbags, rear parking sensors, keyless entry with push stop/start and a 10,25-inch touchscreen infotainment system connected to four speakers.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
When you hear Ferrari, what pops to mind is speed. The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a limited edition of the model with an upgraded engine and Performance. Let’s start by telling you the Ferrari 812 Superfast is powered by an F140 GA naturally aspirated 6,5-litre V12, but instead of delivering 588 kW, it’s been cranked up to 610 kW. The rev limit has also been increased to 9 500 r/min.
Together with the increase in power, this limited edition Ferrari 812 Superfast adopts independent steering on all four wheels to extend agility and precision through the corners. To reduce excessive mass,, the 812 Superfast is made with carbon fibre throughout its construction.
KIA SONET is one of the most attractive cars you will find in the auto market this year. The exterior of the Sonet presents a smart and unique design consisting of an upright stance, squared wheel arches, roof rails, conventional headlamp placement and the “Tiger Nose” grille amongst other distinctive features.
The engine line-up comprises 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre turbo diesel and 1.0-litre turbo petrol motors. The naturally aspirated 1.2-litre unit comes mated exclusively with a 5-speed manual and delivers a lowly 61 kW, while the other engines are also available in automatic guise. The safety features of the KIA Sonet are top-notch and assure its occupants of safety and reliability.
The McLaren 765LT is one of the special cars in circulation, this is because, asides from its super-efficient engine and Performance, the 765LT has a limited production of only 765 units. To give it a lean, light and sleek appearance, carbon fibre was used extensively for the construction of McLaren’s front bumper and splitter, one-piece front floor, side skirts, rear bumper and wing, the lengthened aft diffuser and even the car’s licence-plate holder.
McLaren 765LT boasts of a sprint of 0-to-100 kph time is 2.8 seconds and 0-200 kph is said to take a mere 7.2 seconds! Powering this crazy speed and efficiency is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 generating 563 kW and 800 Nm.
Jeep introduces itself anew to its users with its rebranded Jeep Renegade. The Renegade comes optimized to give better handling and performance. The interior styling and exterior designs experience a few fascinating tweaks here and there. Powering the Renegade is a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol motor pushing out 90 kW and 190 Nm. All Jeep Renegades can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed dual-clutch transmission or nine-speed automatic.
The Renegade comes in four different trims including Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk.
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