Thursday News Roundup 2019 #28 - Your News Wrap Up For The Week


 18 Jul, 2019

BMW X7 Bakkie

We've trawled the internet for the latest motoring news so that you don't need to. Enjoy!


  • Ford's Puma is making a comeback
  • Nissan Navara is about to get a massive 2019 update
  • SA bound FWD BMW 1 Series is yours for R480,897.50 (118i) and R705,451.50 (M135i)
  • Meanwhile the AMG A35 can be had for R754,946.00, sans options
  • Also coming to South Africa, the Bloodhound supersonic 800kph run attempt

The 2020 Nismo GT-R has us salivating

Fifty years after its inception, Nissan have given us this – the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo.

It gets a wealth of racing upgrades for maximum performance on top of what was already a hugely capable supercar.

The 2020 GT-R NISMO has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car. Pursuing driving pleasure is the most important concept behind GT-R, and the new NISMO's performance suggest it is a car that belongs on the racetrack - but is also at home on the open road - Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R

We too like to pursue driving pleasure (now where have we heard that before?) so are glad that this is version is meant for carving up tracks with its 441kW 3.8-litre V6. Special then, and that will reflect in its price tag as the most expensive GT-R yet.

While we love what we see, we can’t help hoping this is the final distillation of the R35. Call us spoiled, but it’s been a long time coming and we want an all new Godzilla next, Nissan.

Cat meet pigeons, the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R is unleashed

Here it is, the many times Ring Slayer - the New Renault Megane RS Trophy-R, seen here benefiting from a whopping weight reduction of 130kg.

That’s in comparison to the standard Trophy version sans options. At just 1,306 kg, representing a power to weight ratio of 170kW/per ton compared to 153kW/per ton for the Trophy, even though they both share the same 220kW turbocharged 1.8-litre engine.

As a result, the 0-100kph sprint now takes just 5.4 blistering seconds. That’s three-tenths faster than the Trophy and for a front wheel hot hatch, simply remarkable. Oh, and it will lap the Nürburgring in 7min40.1sec. You were wondering.

BMW have built a bakkie out of their X7 SUV

We’re sorry. We just thought you should know.

Meet the BMW X7 Pick-up Concept and look, we’re not saying it’s hideous. Actually, we are – and dear BMW fans, please don’t take offence, we just think you deserve better.

It’s in fact a one-off – combining the familiar drive technology of the 250kW BMW X7 xDrive40i with the innovative vehicle concept of a five-seater luxury pick-up. Presumably one beaten with an ugly stick by a group of BMW interns.

I am pleased about the synergies between BMW Group Vocational Training, Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology, allowing these young talents to prove their abilities with such an extraordinary project - Milagros Caiña-Andree, Member of the Board for Human Resources of the BMW AG.

I’m sorry but as far as concepts go, we prefer the next BMW.

The BMW Vision M NEXT

We literally meant NEXT, as in BMW Vision M NEXT.

Its slippery form gives a preview of what the electrified future of the BMW M cars will eventually become – and with 441kW on hand to convince us of the fact. Choose between four electrically driven wheels or the purist’s choice, rear-wheel drive, powered electrically or via a turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine. 

There’s a lot going on here and we could bore you with the details but how about a film about the BMW Vision M NEXT scored by the legendary Hans Zimmer instead? Watch here:

Check out this fresh metal…

A few snaps of three more exciting new cars on the horizon.

The new Audi Q7 looks like it’s been hewn from granite

South Africa needs the Kia XCeed

The New Opel Corsa is a thing of beauty