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The Ford Endura

Automotive eye candy: Driving the Ford Endura through the Crown Range to Wanaka

The chance to drive the new Ford Endura range around Queenstown earlier this month was a great opportunity to put the five-seater, twin turbo, 2 L performance diesel through its paces on some great terrain.

The Ford Endura

Winding through the Crown Range to Wanaka, I got a real feel for how smooth the new generation platform will run in New Zealand conditions.
Called the ‘Edge’ in the northern hemisphere, the Endura is an SUV that can provide the power and torque needed for a great drive and will fill an important space in the Ford product range.
Refined and spacious, yet with a very capable boot space, I could see a strong resemblance to the Landover Discovery Sport in both looks and performance, with a price tag starting at $73,990.
The high profile of the bonnet and the 20-inch rims make for appealing eye candy but with an 154kW/450Nm engine and electronic stability program (ESP) that made cornering and drive through very pleasurable on such a challenging drive, it’s much more than just a good looker.
I was going to try it on the rough gravel road to Cardona ski field but was way laid at the Cardona Distillery, a must see when in Otago, testing the orange liqueur, vodka and gin. The silver-lining of this hold up was that I got the opportunity to find out what the passenger experience is like while my companion on the trip drove back.
Key features include leather trim and seating, Apple CarPlay, eight-inch colour touch screen, heated seats – great for those cold Queenstown mornings – and with a great satellite navigation system in such a quiet cabin, you hardly heard the drive. Overall the experience was brilliant; a worthy addition to the Ford line-up and a great option for someone looking for a quality SUV.

2018 Ford Mustang

A pop culture icon: 2018 Ford Mustang review

Last year’s Cup Week I was selected by Hertz as an Ambassador for the 2017 Ford Mustang. It was a great insight into the passion Ford owners have for the iconic motor vehicle. All week questions fired at me would have me running to Ford to fill the gaps of knowledge.

2018 Ford Mustang

There’s Facebook pages dedicated to owners, fun events and drives every month and a real respect amongst owners for different versions. From 1965 to the present, the Ford Mustang is a pop culture icon. The debate over what is was named after, the horse or the P51 plane, still rages on, but in the end it’s a work of art.
This year’s model is on the way and I can’t say I’m not excited to get back in the hot seat. Ford’s legendary 5.0-litre V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked, with more power and the ability to rev higher than any Mustang GT before.
The 2018 Mustang GT has 33kW more power than its predecessor, delivering a peak of 339kW – around 450 horsepower – as standard. This power increase has been achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine.
The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 also packs 556Nm of torque, while the EcoBoost delivers 224kW with 441Nm torque. This made an impressive combination as I took last year’s model around Ruapuna. It’s a stable performer on handling, cornering and steering. This year’s model is out soon. Keep an eye out, you’ll notice it.