GMSA is commemorating the success of its recent 72-Hour Challenge with the Isuzu KB72, a special edition of the KB 250 LE Double Cab.

The challenge was an attempt to better established time and distance records, set in 2003, for diesel powered bakkies - and fundamental to that success was fel-efficiency.

The bakkies would have to be driven flat out for 72 hours and the more time they spent in the pits refuelling the less they'd have to rack up distance on the track.

It's now a matter of record (motoring.co.za's then editor Les Stephenson was there) that the KB300 diesel covered 12 243.38km in the 72-hour period at an average speed of 170.047km/h - a significant improvement on the previous records of 11 520.664km and 160.009km/h held by a 2.7-litre petrol-engined bakkie.

But the big surprise was that the KB250 bettered the existing three-litre diesel records by 470km and 5km/h and also came close to beating the 2.7-litre petrol records.

And that's worth celebrating, hence the KB72.

It comes in either two or all-wheel drive with 16" alloy rims and 245/70 tyres, a body-colour front bumper, wheel-arch mouldings and door mouldings, and aluminium running boards.

PRICES

KB72 Double Cab 4X2 - R314 500.

KB72 Double Cab 4X4 - R358 500.