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de­tails of the model last month, it re­ported that the P15 will have 588kW, which beats the 542kW of the P1. But the P1 had an elec­tric mo­tor which boosted the out­put to 673kW in to­tal. There will be no elec­tric mo­tor in the nextgen­er­a­tion P1, but our sources have told us the en­gine be­neath all that down­force­cre­at­ing body­work will pro­duce 671kW on its own.

We are quite sure that McLaren will find an ex­tra 3kW to give it more to­tal power. What we also know is that, un­like the first P1, McLaren will make the new model in right­hand drive and that con­firmed or­ders have al­ready been placed for four to come to SA.

M3 OF SUVS?

Still with per­for­mance — al­beit fur­ther down the scale — de­tails are emerg­ing of the new BMW X3 M. It is ex­pected to use more car­bon fi­bre re­in­forced plas­tic to re­duce over­all weight and make the most of the per­for­mance that will prob­a­bly come from the en­gine in the ex­ist­ing M3 and M4.

Our sources say the X3 M will also have a much wider, more ag­gres­sive-look­ing body than the M40i M model.

It will re­tain the xDrive all­wheel-drive lay­out but with a rear-bi­ased con­fig­u­ra­tion to pro­vide a more BMW sports car-like drive.

BRAND VALUE

Volk­swa­gen and Toy­ota may slug it out for the ti­tle of the world’s big­gest car maker, but the Ja­panese mar­que has trounced the Ger­man one for brand value.

In a study of the world’s most valu­able brands by US con­sul­tancy In­ter­brand, Toy­ota had the most valu­able brand of all the world’s car mak­ers, with a cited value of more than $50bn to rank sev­enth over­all.

De­spite be­ing the world’s sec­ond largest-sell­ing car maker be­hind the Volk­swa­gen Group, Toy­ota’s brand value dropped 6% in the Best Global Brands 2017 list.

Toy­ota’s de­cline in brand value al­lowed South Korea’s Sam­sung, which has an au­to­mo­tive link with bat­ter­ies for bat­tery-elec­tric and hy­brid cars, to leapfrog into sixth place over­all, at $56.2bn.

Toy­ota’s arch-ri­val Volk­swa­gen grew its brand value by a sin­gle per­cent­age point, creep­ing to a lowly rank­ing of 40th over­all, and ninth among car mak­ers, with a brand value of $11.5bn.

The rank­ing showed lit­tle re­la­tion­ship be­tween brand value and sales vol­umes, or even profit per share, with Mercedes-Benz listed as the sec­ond-ranked car brand ($48bn, after a 10% im­prove­ment over its 2016 brand value). BMW chased Mercedes to be third among all car-mak­ing brands, with its $42bn value.

As strong as Toy­ota’s brand value was judged to be, it paled be­hind the world’s strong­est brand, Ap­ple ($184bn), sec­ond-ranked Google ($142bn) and Mi­crosoft ($80bn). The strong­est non­tech brand was the fourthranked Coca-Cola ($70bn), then Ama­zon ($65bn).

Sources say that be­neath this cam­ou­flage, the McLaren P1;s 3.8l twin-turbo en­gine is ca­pa­ble of 671kW and the model will be avail­able in right-hand drive.

BMW is busy de­vel­op­ing a gen­uine M ver­sion of the up­com­ing new X3, which will be lighter and nip­pier.

Ex­pect the cur­rent Range Rover Evoque to be re­placed in the sec­ond half of 2018.

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