The story behind the HSV W427

IT’S A decade since HSV pulled the covers off its VE HSV W427. First revealed at the Melbourne Motor Show in 2008, the W427 show car was painted in Panorama Silver as a nod to HSV’s first effort, the 1988 ...

Darren Blackman's Blaze Blue XB GT hardtop

THE starter motor churns and the big Clevo bustles into life before settling into a melodious fast idle. I kick my heels so as not to drag dirt into the XB GT Falcon’s pristine interior and plant my arse in ...

355-powered EJ Holden wagon

We’ve worked closely with Mick McCrudden at Brunswick’s Glenlyon Motors for almost ten years now. Mick has helped up out with many of our project cars over the years and it is always a treat to visit the shop and ...


Packing 574 HP, this glistening, heavily modified two-door Holden FJ is the jewel in Pro Customs’ crown This article on Pro Customs’ FJ was originally published in the May 2017 issue of Street Machine MAN, this FJ is the bomb!” ...

5 full-size SUVs you can buy for R500,000

Haval H6 2.0T Premium Mahindra XUV500 2.2CRDe W10 Kia Sportage 1.6GDI Ignite Subaru Forester 2.0i – R496,000 Chery Tiggo 8 Pro 1.6TGDI 290T Distinctive – R496,900 It’s becoming more and more difficult to find an affordable, full-size SUV in ...


From a tough 429-cube big-block to a bulletproof rear end, this Ford Falcon XY ute means business from top to toe This article on Sam’s XY ute was originally published in the April./May 1992 issue of Street Machine SAM GAUCI ...

F1 Hungarian GP 2022 race report: 5 things we learnt at the Hungaroring

1. Ferrari fumble 2. Mercedes makes a step 3. Alpine loses Alonso 4. Red Bull cleans up 5. Life without Flexi-floors ► A look at the 2022 Hungarian GP► Ferrari falters while Red Bull maximises points► Mercedes gets its first 1-2 on pure pace ...

Peter Brock's 1979 Repco Round-Australia Trial Holden VB Commodore

Back in 1979, Peter Brock and a tough-as-teak VB helped crate the Commodore legend This article was originally published in issue six of Street Machine Commodores. Believe it or not, this beaten-up old car is one of the most heroic ...

Dangers of driving an always-online car

A new threat How big the issue is What is being done As modern cars become increasingly reliant on digital networks, new safety and security risks like hackers and malware will prove to be a major threat. This is ...

Vortech-blown, Boss-powered XY Falcon

Steve Santos’s blown, Boss-powered Ford XY Falcon was built swiftly to get driven, hot hidden This article on Steve Santos’s XY Falcon was originally published in the January 2018 issue of Street Machine Lots of cruising. Those three words will ...

How much you’ll save with August’s drop in petrol prices

What you’ll save Ford Ranger – Save R80.40 Isuzu D-Max – Save R76.48 Nissan NP200 – Save R66 Toyota Urban Cruiser – Save R62.84 VW Polo Vivo – Save R59.10 Renault Kiger – Save R52.20 VW Polo hatch – ...

Readers' Rockets: 1966 Fairlane, LX Torana, HZ Holden, Fox-body Mustang, plus more

Karl Miegel 1966 Ford Fairlane Stephen Borg 1968 Ford Mustang Luke Nagy Holden LX Torana Craig Marty HZ Holden Ash Dalton HJ Holden ute Byron Judd Holden VF Sandman tribute Karl Miegel1966 Ford Fairlane “Here’s my 1966 US Fairlane, ...

Best-selling cars in South Africa

The cars 1. Toyota Urban Cruiser – 1,854 units 2. Ford Ranger – 1,838 units 3. VW Polo Vivo – 1,820 units 4. Isuzu D-Max – 1,602 units 5. Suzuki Swift – 1,521 units 6. Toyota Starlet – 1,264 ...

Big Banger HDT Group C tribute

They don’t get much more desirable than Mark Barnett’s HDT VB Group C replica This article on Mark’s VB Commodore was originally published in the June 2009 issue of Street Machine IT’S difficult to see the link between a Brock ...

Lamborghini in no rush to adopt electric cars

Record Sales Moving Targets Lamborghini will spend more than $1.8 billion (R30 billion) to build hybrid versions of its rowdy Italian SUV and powerful supercars by 2024. But the proposed hybrids are likely to be paltry compared to the ...

Here's Every Automaker's CPO Program

A guide to all certified pre-owned vehicle programs from Acura to Volvo.

An Interview With Rider Bridget McCutchen, Soon To Circle The Globe

She's probably getting ready to ride around the world as you read this.

Car parts you may need to replace

Brake pads and discs Shock absorbers Starter motor Every vehicle with a petrol or diesel engine has certain moving parts that must eventually be replaced, no matter the brand, size, shape, or price. MotorHappy, an insurance comparison company in ...

New Kia Sonet Turbo vs top-of-the-line Renault Duster – What you get for R400,000

Stylish vs rugged Petrol vs diesel Kia Sonet EX+ Renault Duster Intens Kia has introduced a turbocharged engine option for its Sonet crossover which promises to bring better performance and improved fuel consumption over the naturally-aspirated models. In addition ...

South Africa will soon get an electric BMW motorcycle

CE 04 specs Global availability BMW CE 04 At the recent launch of the electric BMW i4 and iX3, the automaker made a fleeting announcement that an electric BMW-branded motorcycle will also land in local showrooms “soon”. This was ...

More details leaked ahead of the launch of the new Maruti Suzuki Alto

Prior to its unveiling on August 18, a leaked document disclosed some more important information regarding the 2022 Maruti Alto K10. The upcoming compact hatchback will be exclusively available with a 1-litre K10C petrol engine and will slot between the ...

My Life & Cars – Julian Thomson, Automotive designer

Starting out sketching cars in his schoolbooks, Julian Thomson has gone on to work on many an iconic automotive shape – and has owned his fare share too

Turbocharged 406ci LS combo - Mill of the Month

Charlie Sant might only be a pup, but he’s already built a kick-arse street car in his HK Kingswood (Young Gun, SM, Sep ’18) and now has an even spicier project on the go. His HSV-styled VN will be more ...

Driving the Mille Miglia in a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Is Like Freebasing Italy

Editor-in-chief Tony Quiroga recounts one very special drive that left him wanting more.

A brief history of the Nissan Z in Australia

First Generation: Datsun S30 240Z and 260Z – 1969-1978 Second Generation: Datsun S130 280ZX – 1978-1983 Third Generation: Nissan Z31 300ZX – 1983-1989 Fourth Generation: Nissan Z32 300ZX – 1990-1996 Fifth Generation: Nissan Z33 350Z – 2002-2009 Sixth Generation: ...

How Lotus helped develop the Hope track bike winning medals at 2022 Commonwealth Games

► Lotus takes to two wheels again► Hope/Lotus track bike on podium at #B2022► Lotus Engineering developed front end If you’ve been glued to the Commonwealth Games for the past week, you might’ve noticed a striking bike in action at ...

VW car finance now more affordable

How it works What it costs VW South Africa (VWSA) has “restructured” its EasyFinance deals to now be a guaranteed future value (GFV) product, said the company. The GFV is the minimum future value of your vehicle after a ...

Six top workshop hacks

1. Hang it up 2. Fully primed 3. Pitch perfect 4. Simple siphon 6. Future planning Quick tips: If you weren’t lucky enough to have been raised in a hands-on gearhead family, tearing into your first project car can ...

Driven to Extinction: Lamborghini Aventador

How times flies when you’re busy being a scissor- doored supercar poster-child stuck up on bedroom walls, or stuck crawling through Rodeo Drive traffic. The Aventador, however, was a clean-sheet design, four years in development, with a mission statement ...

Most affordable people carriers in South Africa

Renault Triber – R197,400 Suzuki Ertiga – R254,900 Toyota Rumion – R260,600 Mitsubishi Xpander – R311,995 VW Caddy Kombi – R413,100 Multi-purpose vehicles, or MPVs, provide a wide range of utility for everyday motoring activities such as shuttling the ...

Keeway Vieste 300 - First Ride

Design and Features: Ride and Handling: Scooters have always been seen as the more convenient approach to getting around town as compared to geared motorcycles, and over the course of time out here in India we’ve seen them evolve ...

Retro: The Renault Dauphine Gordini, France's rallying cry

Known as The Sorceror for his engine tuning prowess, Gordini’s relationship with Renault would later become the foundation for Renault Sport. 4CV on the gear Rear-biased swinger Renault caused a stir when its third (and current) generation Twingo made ...

Ford experiments with car charging robots

How it works Where it works Ford is developing robotic charging stations that will allow motorists to recharge their electric vehicles (EVs) without exiting the car. Alternatively, drivers may be able to pull up to the station and leave ...

Teen's Perspective Photos Bring Model Cars to Life in New Book

Anthony Schmidt's second book, Shifting Perspective, is set to ship by the end of the year.

Fully-sustainable petrol could be here as soon as 2026

2 billion cars on the road How it’s made Why not electric Fully sustainable fuels could be available for the majority of road-going passenger vehicles around the globe as early as 2026, thanks to Formula 1 (F1). F1 plans ...

First drive in the new Range Rover in South Africa

Flattest Range Rover ever The best place to be Range Rover P530 Autobiography SWB Range Rover D350 Autobiography LWB The new Range Rover simply has no competition. It’s the zenith of luxury, utility, and design – with nothing else ...

Tesla accused of misleading customers with its Autopilot feature

Tesla was accused by a regulator of disseminating false statements about its vehicles’ “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving” features, leading customers to believe they are more advanced than they are. The California Department of Motor Vehicles said the company violated ...

Modern Classic: Volkswagen Scirocco

He ruthlessly cut costs, improved efficiencies and fought significant internal battles as he weaned the company off its dependence on the Beetle. That set the tone for an ambitious VW Australia. It was far more than a Golf in ...

Fast four-doors: High-performance sedans we can’t get enough of

Most enthusiasts I know love hot hatches. With their compact dimensions, nimble handling and flexible boots, these three-door and five-door rockets are just what the keen driver needs. A low-slung coupe might look even sexier, and could deliver nicer handling ...

Kurt Martiensen's HK Holden Premier

This article on Kurt’s Holden HK Premier was originally published in the July 2001 issue of Street Machine In front of a crowd of many thousands at the Street Machine Summernats Supercruise, Kurt Martiensen’s HK Holden Premier performed what some ...


Jason Cooke's restomod XP Falcon coupe

Sporty sedans the new Honda Civic RS competes against

China accounts for more than half of all electric vehicle sales

Best supercars 2022 – big power, big thrills

Back on the road with the Volkswagen Tiguan

Sanral’s proposed changes for e-tolls

What South Africans are ready to pay for their favourite pre-owned cars

South Africa’s top car exports

231mph Ultima GTR640 on the Isle of Man – evo Retro

Worldwide car sales projected to peak in 14 years – Here’s why

Blown 1968 Holden HK Premier

The original dune buggy is getting an electric makeover

Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid review – An electric daily driver with serious bite

Top-end Mahindra Pik-Up vs mid-range Mitsubishi Triton

Holden Monaro CV8: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Louis Younis's supercharged 1957 Chev Bel Air

Watch Brick House Builds Unload A Massive Motorcycle Parts Haul

Expression Session: slammed HR Holden

Ford Ranger Raptor Review – Bringing Baja to the streets

Rising cost of living is affecting demand for European car brands

Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo: Buyer's Guide

Hot hatches competing against the new BMW 128ti Mzansi Edition

From a Bantam to a Stormtrak – This reader’s day out with Ford

Old VW vs new VW – Expect more bang for your buck in the future

Why Hyundai Absolutely Must Build the Outstanding N Vision 74, the Greatest Concept Car in a Generation

How to design a car (part six): electric vehicle design

Expression Session: HR Holden coupe

Budget-built HJ Holden Sandman tribute

Easy car maintenance that will help you save on petrol

5 awesome electric cars you need to see

Car and Driver, July/August 2022 Issue

Interview: Pro Touring pioneer, Mark Sanders

Recoveryisode: Episode 226 of The Truck Show Podcast

Mercedes-Benz battling to keep up with luxury-car demand

Hand-built Land Rover Classic V8 Defender now available – Grab one before it’s gone

What the new BMW i4 M50 costs on a finance plan

4 Rare Survivor Mustang Barn Finds Surface in Harrisburg

V-8-Powered Datsun 510 Combines Show Car Shine With a Racecar Heart

Every 2022 Mid-Size Pickup Truck Ranked

Museo Storico Alfa Romeo: Behind the scenes at the Alfa museum

Was the 2019 Corvette ZR1 the Greatest Corvette Ever Built? A Look at Its History

Rust Valley Restorers Turns Junkyard Cars Into Daily Drivers

Ford readies up to build new Ranger in South Africa – Photos

Racer/Weed Dealer Randy Lanier Recounts His Wild Ride In "Survival of the Fastest"

Why the Bugatti Type 51 Is Weirdly Like a First-Gen Mazda RX-7

ProCharged HZ Holden One Tonner

Jarrod Wood's 1969 Ford Falcon XT

Civilians directing traffic – What it could do to your insurance claim

Crossovers you can buy for the same price as the new Hyundai Creta

Interview: Stephen 'Hot Axe' Wilson

2024 Chevrolet Camaro: Motors, Power, Price, On Sale, Rendering, and More

Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo – a lap of Silverstone on ice

Ford on track to produce 600,000 electric cars a year

New Suzuki Vitara Brezza – What to expect

This is how much it costs to fill up South Africa’s most popular cars

Trevor Cass's trophy-winning 'Starfire' EH Holden

Introducing Modobag – Mobility, Luggage And a Mobile Office Rolled Into One

George Salmas's XD Falcon - Red Rat

Porsche CEO takes over VW

New hot hatches that are faster than classic supercars