Who can deny the addictive sounds of a performance-orientated V6 or V8 petrol engine? The increasingly sonorous melody of petroleum burning at 7 000rpm as at least 300kW of power is unleashed from the engine. Wow, if there had been a visual for "ear to ear smile" in the dictionary, this would surely have been it.
These moments have been ensuring petrolheads' happiness for decades on end. And even when downsizing took greater flight and the automotive world began the gradual move away from big capacity engines, it wasn't enough to kill off the V6 and V8 just yet. Globally, there is still a demand for vehicles powered by these engines, even in South Africa.
But South Africans were dealt a massive shock at the start of December 2021 when the fuel price surpassed the R20/litre mark for the first time in history. 95 Unleaded, for instance, now costs R20.29 inland versus the R14.86 in January 2021.