How to buy a classic motorcycle in SA?

'There are a few things you need to consider,’ writes bike guru Dries Van der Walt.

Top family cars in SA

Wheels24's Janine Van der Post has gone from a 'SpeedQueen' to a supermom. Check out her list of top family cars.

Techart's awful(ly) fast Cayenne

2009-03-02 08:23
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Techart
Model Magnum
Engine 4.8l, V8 turbo
Power 500kW
Torque 900Nm
Zero To Hundred 4.2 sec
Top Speed 308km/h
German tuning firms based in close proximity to Stuttgart are notorious for the oddball nature of their products. Techart is no exception.

The Porsche specialist, based in Leonberg-Höfingen, will present its very unoriginally named Magnum at the Geneva auto show this week.

Exterior might be horrific, yet interior seating is by the finest Swiss craftsmen from Sede - very classy stuff.

Achieving the unfathomable

As a styling exercise Techart seemingly set about the Magnum’s Porsche Cayenne based styling with a single minded determination to make it even worse. Though nearly unconscionable, the boys from Leonberg-Höfingen achieved their goal with ablomp.

You could notice the oversized wheels, new front apron with large air inlets, garish fenders and sill panels and the rear apron with its hideous integrated diffuser. All these add-ons are equally odd.

The styling faux pas to make all others pale in significance are those dual driving lights mounted in the lower front air intakes – saying the AutoCAD machine malfunctioned during production is hardly an excuse.

As an engineering exercise the Magnum does have its virtues though. Techart integrates its own air suspension parameters with the standard Porsche damping system. This lowers the car’s ride height by 30mm and allows for 110mm of adjustability.

Supercar SUV

It may look hideous - slow though, it most definitely is not.

Bolting Techart’s T2.2 performance package (bigger turbo, new exhaust, high-flow cats) to the Cayenne Turbo S 4.8 V8 has boosted power to 500kW and 900Nm which is beyond all reasonable requirements. Techart also embellishes the engine bay with a carbon-fibre cylinder head cover - over both V-banks - and adds red lacquer highlights to the engine bay.

Performance from 0-100km/h is blunted by the Magnum's Cayenne derived mass, yet it’s still a very swift 4.2 seconds. From standstill to 200km/h it takes only 14.5 seconds and tops out at 308km/h.

Very aesthetically unappealing. Fully autobahn certified though.


Inside Wheels24

Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy auto – understated and smart new hatch

When it comes to the mid-size hatchback choice, there are a few default choices, a few bland ones… and some often overlooked cars. The Opel Astra hatch is an example of the latter, writes David Swanepoel. - Sponsored

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.