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This week's top motoring stories: Readers' letters, sexy convertibles, and half-tonne bakkies

2020-06-28 17:00

Charlen Raymond

Lexus LC 500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible (MotorPress)

• South Africa unlikely to get half-tonne bakkies (again)

• Lexus reveals new LC 500 Convertible

• 5 youngest F1 race winners in history

It's been a busy week in the automotive world, with several stories making headlines.

Here are five of the best-read stories on Wheels24 this week.

1. EXPLAINER | Why we can't get half-tonne bakkies in South Africa anymore

For the last month or so, readers have been making their voices with regards to half-tonne bakkies. The common theme among correspondences is that automakers should consider bringing half-tonners back to South Africa and that the NP200 can only see to needs up to a certain point.

Wheels24 correspondent, Lance Branquinho, tried shedding some light on the matter and why South Africa will not be on the receiving end of half-tonne bakkies. At least for now.

Click here to read the original article.

Renault Duster Oroch

Renault Duster Oroch (Renault Media)

2. Drag race | BMW M340i vs Mercedes-AMG G63 v Audi RSQ3 vs VW T-Roc R

Recently, Wheels24 drove the BMW M340i xDrive. Overall, it is an impressive car that astounds on several levels. Earlier in June, Volkswagen revealed its new T-Roc for the South African market, but the R version will (hopefully) join the range at a later stage.

These two vehicles came up against unlikely rivals for a drag race, and the results might shock you.

Click here to watch the video.

BMW M340i xDrive

2020 BMW M340i xDrive (Wheels24 / Charlen Raymond)

3. LETTER | Why Mitsubishi Triton sales are struggling to gain traction in SA

The Mitsubishi Triton is a really good bakkie, but it fails to generate the type of sales success many believe it should be getting. However, in Australia, a market like ours, the Triton is a top-selling bakkie and often racks up more than 3000 units per month. That's Hilux territory in SA!

Branquinho delves into the possible reason why the Triton struggles to sell locally, but Wheels24 reader Michael Mottram believes there is another cause for the poor sales. Have a look and let us know if you agree with him.

Click here to read the original article.

Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme

2020 Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme (QuickPic)

4. Lexus' new LC 500 Convertible could be the most beautiful open-top car yet

The Lexus LC 500 Coupé is a beautiful car. Ever since it came to market a short while ago, it was a leader and an epitome of beautiful car designs. The convertible aims to take things a bit further. Revealed this past Friday (26 June), Lexus SA says the car will arrive locally in 2021, after initially being penned in for an August launch pre-Covid-19.

The car is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine and produces 351kW and 540Nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Click here to read the original article.

Lexus LC 500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible (MotorPress)

5. SEE | Verstappen, Vettel, Leclerc... 5 youngest race winners in F1 history

Formula 1 is a sport that requires drivers to have nerves of steel. And, if you want to be taken seriously as a race winner, you have to prove your worth where it matters. This often comes later in a driver's racing career, but some manage to sign a victory to their names very early on in their careers.

From Charles Leclerc to Fernando Alonso, we list the five youngest race winners in F1 history. The last entry might come as a surprise…

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Charles Leclerc (Getty Images)

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