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  •   Andy Everett reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    What a year it has been! / #Mazda / #Volvo-S60 / #Volvo /

    Turbulent times in the economy, a great number of buy downs and many vehicle launches. To say the automotive industry has been busy would be an understatement. It’s been manic. That being said, we still managed to have some fun this month. We’ve gone against the grain with our cover feature as the #McLaren-570S is not a budget car, but according to #McLaren neither is it a supercar, even though it resembles one. Rather it is McLaren’s entry into the sport car category, to play with the likes of Porsche .

    Staying on the performance segment, we visited an old friend with a new engine, the #Volvo-S60-Polestar . This car has been downsized in terms of displacement but offers more power. If practicality is more up your alley though, you’ll enjoy our piece on the #Mazda-CX-5 , a family car with amazing looks.

    On the tech front, we have an interesting yet humorous review on the new DJI Mavic drone. For the luxury lovers we’ve driven the #Jaguar-XF which offers great and unique attributes and then to top it off, we have the #Volvo-XC90-Excellence which is the crème de la crème of the range.

    Overall, it’s been quite the ride and we’d love to thank you for the amazing support we’ve received on our website and YouTube channel. For those of you that will be going on holiday, travel safely. For those staying in, get a lot of rest and get ready for more automotive and lifestyle content from TheMotorist team!

    Happy reading Motorists.
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  •   Andy Everett reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    / #Volvo-XC90-Excellence / By John Whittle / #2016 #Volvo-XC90-T8 / #Volvo-XC90 / #Volvo-XC90-II / #Volvo / #Volvo-XC90-T8-Excellence

    Of late, the term ‘Swede Speed’ has been used more than Oral B in a nunnery but let’s not forget what the polar-neck brigade are best at…Swede tweed.

    Ever since conception in 1915 as a ball bearing manufacturer, Volvo has become a by word for left of field design and superb quality. In 1927, the first Volvo rolled out of the factory in Gothenburg and straight into a wall of bricks. Not really, but if you were to ask anyone what Volvo is known for, they’d say safety, comfort and Swedish design.

    Safe and suave, then, are the reasons we like Volvos and while the general consensus is that Volvo’s are for yummy mummies, anyone who can look past that perception will know that it’s difficult to find a more rounded motor car. If you’re not getting my ball bearing puns by now then that’s your own fault.

    The Volvo XC90 when launched in 2002 was an instant success because it blended all the things people like about Volvos with seating for 7 and a shocking GM 4-speed gearbox. And despite the aforementioned gearbox being very woeful, the original XC90 is still in production today in China because it’s that good! It’s also very old, though, which is why the rest of the world grew bored of the XC90 with sales dwindling for a few years before the new XC90 rolled in.

    And boy did the XC90 roll all over its competitors, sweeping up countless awards internationally, one of which was South Africa’s prestigious Wesbank Car of The Year 2016. Well-priced, impressive looks and great standard spec are all things that we at TheMotorist love about the XC90 and following its local success, Volvo Car South Africa think it’s time for the Range Rover to roll over…

    The Volvo XC90 Excellence is now available in South Africa and you’ll be pleased to know that they have been inundated with an order. Yes, just one. Volvo promises one of the most luxurious models in the brand’s 89 year history and they’re probably right. It’s kitted out with everything bar a toaster and a swimming pool and is offered exclusively with the T8 Twin Engine powertrain.

    Snazzy kit includes ‘distinctive cup holders’ which feature heating and cooling, individual and fully adjustable, heated, cooled and massaging rear seats with footrests and little tables in the backs of the front seats. Special champagne flutes are also thrown in and are fashioned from the same Orrefors glass as the gear knob – something which I’ve always wanted in a car.

    Power comes from a 235 kW, 400 Nm supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Drive-E petrol engine and is fed to the front wheels through an 8-speed transmission. The rear wheels are connected to a 65 kW, 240 Nm electric motor which allows for all-wheel drive should you feel the need to go off-roading in your lounge. Total output is an impressive 300 kW and 640 Nm which will be sure to propel you and your gear knob flutes with grace and pace to 100km/h in a brisk 5.9 seconds! All this while returning a claimed fuel consumption of 2.5l/100km.

    As with any Volvo, a vast array of safety features comes as standard. ABS, EBD, BAS and HAS are some of the three-lettered delights thrown in for nothing and it’ll even drive itself up to 130km/h. The City Safety autonomous emergency braking system also caters for large animals and all isn’t lost should they be riding a bicycle in front of your moving Volvo. The XC90 is so safe, in fact, that it received a 97% score in its Euro NCAP crash test for adult occupants and 87% for child occupants – best in its class.

    Below you will find a list of all the features on the XC90 which pretty much matches the spec of a Range Rover L Supercharged SVAutobiography, yours for a cool R3.6 Million.

    So what does all of this Swedishness cost, you ask?

    Oh, R1.5 Million.

    “Volvo’s are for yummy mummies”
    “It’s kitted out with everything bar a toaster and a swimming pool...” ‏ — at Johannesburg, South Africa
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