PORSCHE PANAMERA GTS
“BACK IN THE DAY”, as my children call it, my commanding officer throttled me for taking tinned food on a two week patrol.
The looks…how many weeks do you have to consider this? One of the most talked about design aspects since the initial launch. My take is that the front is stunning and 911-ish plus some botox.
MERCEDES BENZ 250 CDI BLUE EFFICIENCY
YOU ARE Absolutely unique. Just like every other person on the planet.
And while we tend to be dedicated followers of fashion - well in an ex-Zimbo sort of way - we also treasure our points of difference.
Like a cartoon I enjoy of the Pope throwing darts in the local pub and one of the regulars complaining "It's his one of the boys but not quite one of the boys attitude that gets to me!"
And it's that search for a subtle identity that was part of the success story when the four door CLS coupe was launched almost a decade ago.
Sure you were giving up a bit of space in the cabin and trunk but you could still drop off your kids at school with style and a few envious glances.
But now you could be getting admiring looks for another reason. In fact you should get a personal letter of thanks from Al Gore with every purchase of the new four cylinder diesel CLS 250 CDI Blue Efficiency.
Never has saving the planet looked this good! And felt so good. Although some of the more prim motoring hacks claim that the suspension is "squishy" and the seat springs and the car springs don't match!
I felt very comfortable along the hills and dales of Magaliesberg and despite some robust driving returned figures of 7.1. Now that's greener than green and I reckon you would get close to 5 on a sedate trip to Durbs.
But there are times when you feel that the 2,2 litre engine is straining at the leash and you can forget about those nifty overtaking manoeuvres.
At R700k on the nail it is a great buy. But you will have to get your adrenalin boost from driving through Hillbrow with the windows open and I would insist on that letter from Big Al.
IN A BLINK…2 143cc, 5.2l/100km, 7.5 sec, 1785kg, R700 000