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  • 2018 Porsche Cayenne makes regional debut in M’sia

    The third-generation Porsche Cayenne has made its regional debut Malaysia after it was first previewed here back in January this year. As reported then, there will be two variants for customers to choose from, the base Cayenne and the more powerful Cayenne S.

    The base Cayenne is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine that serves up 335 hp (340 PS) at 5,300 to 6,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 1,340 to 5,300 rpm. Meanwhile, the Cayenne S gets a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 rated at 434 hp (440 PS) at 5,700 to 6,600 rpm and 550 Nm at 1,800 to 5,500 rpm.

    Both variants have their engines paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission and an active all-wheel drive system. The latter is linked to a Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system with variable front/rear torque distribution.

    Performance-wise, the Cayenne will do 0-100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 245 km/h. The more powerful S variant will complete the same sprint slightly quicker at 5.2 seconds, and has a higher top speed of 265 km/h.

    Cars equipped with the Sport Chrono Package will have 0.3 seconds slashed from their respective century sprint times. The optional package also includes a PSM Sport mode and Sport Response button, which optimises the Cayenne for ultra-high responsiveness for 20 seconds.

    On the handling side of things, both variants feature fully independent aluminium multi-links on both axles. The base Cayenne is fitted with four-piston calipers at the front and two-piston units at the rear, whereas the Cayenne S gets six-piston front and four-piston rear units instead. The more powerful of the two also has larger discs at the front (390 mm versus 350 mm).

    Other handling-related bits include Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). There’s also Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Active Aerodynamics and optional Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB), the last coming with ten-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

    While the Cayenne is formidable on track, it still offers some degree of off-road capabilities as well. There are five off-road modes available, along with a ground clearance of 240 mm, ramp angle of over 21 degrees and a fording depth of 525 mm.

    In terms of equipment, the Cayenne comes with the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, which places two seven-inch displays beside the analogue tachometer in the instrument cluster. Also present is the latest Porsche Communication Management infotainment system that is linked to a 12.3-inch touchscreen display.

    Other items include LED headlamps, Direct Touch Control interface on the centre console, leather upholstery, power seats and Park Assist. For now, we’ve been told the base Cayenne will have an estimated price of RM790k, while the Cayenne S goes for RM940k, also estimated, both with taxes paid. Official prices will be revealed at a later date.

    GALLERY: 2018 Porsche Cayenne preview in Malaysia

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  • F90 BMW M5 Malaysian spec sheet leaked – RM1 mil!

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    Earlier this month, BMW Malaysia teased the arrival of the new F90 BMW M5 on its official Facebook page with a short video, pretty much confirming the super sedan’s local introduction. Now, we get to take a look at the latest M5’s spec sheet, courtesy of reader Peter Ambrose.

    First up, the oily bits. Under the bonnet rests a 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 600 hp and 750 Nm. It’s paired with a ZF-made eight-speed M Steptronic automatic with Drivelogic, sending power to all four wheels through the M xDrive system. It’s the first ever M5 to feature all-wheel drive, and it’s fitted with an Active M Differential.

    Key performance figures include a century sprint time of 3.4 seconds (that’s supercar territory, mind you) and an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Unfortunately, the optional M Driver’s Package, which ups the V-max threshold to 305 km/h, is not listed in the spec sheet.

    Instead, the available add-ons are the RM30,000 M Performance Package (M Carbon Engine Cover, M Seat Belts and M Sport Exhaust System), RM15,000 Advanced Safety Pack (Driving Assistant Plus) and RM55,000 Premium Entertainment Pack, which equips the car with Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and rear-seat entertainment professional. The fourth and final option is a RM95,000 M Carbon Ceramic Brakes package.

    In bone stock trim, the F90 M5 carries an estimated sticker price of RM1 million (the F10 BMW M5 was sold for RM902k). With all the options accounted for, the figure hovers just under RM1.2 million. That’s still close to 30% cheaper than what the Thais pay for, and based on this spec sheet, it’s not too shabbily equipped as well.

    Standard items include 20-inch M light alloy wheels (275/35 up front, 285/35 for the rear), BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim, M-specific full exterior body kit, carbon-fibre roof, M5 exhaust with flap control, M Compound brakes with blue callipers, adaptive M suspension and the all-important BMW Display Key.

    Inside, it gets anthracite headlining, Aluminium Carbon trimmings with Dark Chrome highlights, Merino leather seats, M-specific digital instrument cluster, M leather steering wheel and M gear shifter. Also on are electric rear roller sun shades, four-zone climate control, red push-start button and contactless tailgate opening (comfort access system).

    For entertainment, the standard M5 gets a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system that’s hooked to a 600 watt digital amplifier. The infotainment screen is the same high-definition 10.25-inch unit with BMW Gesture Control, GPS navigation and BMW ConnectedDrive services.

    Safety-wise, there’s Dynamic Stability Control, Automatic Stability Control, M Dynamic Mode, Dynamic Brake Control and Cornering Brake Control. This comes on top of the usual array of active/passive safety systems, including active cruise control.

    Liking what you see so far? Find out what we think of the M5 on our drive in Portugal. The Bimmer will go head to head against the W213 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+, which was launched here in September last year and priced from RM998,888. Between the BMW and Merc-AMG, which will you pick?

    GALLERY: F90 BMW M5 review in Portugal

  • 2018 Sur-Ron “White Ghost” e-bike – below RM11,700

    Electric motorcycles, or e-bikes, are coming out in the market faster than lightning, with most major manufacturers having one or two in the design or production pipeline, not including current major players Energica, Zero and Brammo. A new player in the field is Sur-Ron, from China, with its current offering, the “White Ghost”.

    Claimed to come with a sub USD 3,000 (RM11,700) price tag, the White Ghost is designed for short urban trips. Carrying a 10 kilowatt electric motor that is the equivalent of 13.4 hp, this e-bike has a 100 km/h top speed powered by a 4.2-kilowatt hour, 60-volt battery that takes three hours to go to full charge.

    Power is transmitted through a two-speed, dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox, apparently a first for a China made e-bike. Suspension is with upside-down telescopic fork in front with a monoshock in the rear, and ABS is standard equipment.

    This is enough to carry the White Ghost to a distance of 100 km, depending on which of the three riding modes is selected. The first two modes – Economy and Sport – are self-explanatory while the third mode, “Turbo”, boosts power by 20% for 20 seconds to allow for over taking or riding uphill.

    Several modern conveniences are included in design of the White Ghost, including a storage space where the fuel tank would be for a normal motorcycle. Also included is full LED lighting all-round, with the headlight being a two-element projector light unit flanked by two DRLs, which Sur-Ron calls “Soul-Eye”.

    At the back, the brake lights and indicators are integrated, changing colour and flashing as necessary. On the inside of the fairing, green LEDs add “atmosphere lighting” to the White Ghost, combined with cornering lights that come on as the rider leans the e-bike.

    Activating the White Ghost is with a keyless fob, which also includes a vehicle location feature and functions as a flashlight. The 2018 Sur-Ron White Ghost is currently under-going type approval and homologation in China for export sales.

  • Perodua sales scam – automaker urges buyers to be cautious when making vehicle purchase transactions

    Perodua is urging the public to be cautious when making vehicle purchase transactions involving its vehicle models in order to avoid becoming victims of a scam.

    The announcement by the company was made following the recent arrest of a suspect in connection with a scam involving the sale of Perodua cars. The man apparently posed as a Perodua sales representative to ‘sell’ Perodua vehicles on a popular online marketplace portal, and walked away with tens of thousands of ringgit from unsuspecting victims.

    Perodua Sales MD Datuk Dr Zahari Husin said the company as well as affected parties have lodged a police report on the matter and the automaker is extending its full cooperation to the relevant authorities.

    He said the scam involved the sale of new Perodua vehicles as well as Perodua pre-owned vehicles (POV). He advised the public to not make payments to individual accounts, as the standard operating procedure is to make payments directly to Perodua Sales or its authorised dealers. He added that all customers must insist on original receipts when making any payments.

    “We would also like to inform the public that at present, genuine Perodua-certified POV cars are only available for sale at our Perodua Kuala Lumpur outlet, which is located along Jalan Pahang,” he said.

    Perodua POV officially opened for business in October 2017, offering affordable pre-loved Perodua vehicles up to seven years old that have been 165-point-checked and refurbished by Perodua themselves. The cars come with up to 18 months’ extended warranty for the engine and transmission.

  • Proton’s quality improvement programme continues – automaker says it will continue with new initiatives

    Since the tie-up with Geely was announced, Proton has been undergoing a quality improvement programme using an assessment system based on Volvo’s global scoring criteria. The national automaker says that since the start of the programme, gains have been made on this front.

    In December 2017, an audit was performed by Geely and showed a remarkable threefold improvement. The company says that with further improvements being gradually introduced, it is confident of achieving an improved score in an upcoming audit to be carried out later this month.

    Aside from quality, which has seen specific models and areas targeted for improvement, new initiatives have also been introduced for sales and marketing, and continue to be carried out. It added that testing for its first SUV, which will be based on the Geely Boyue, is gathering pace towards the vehicle’s launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

    Proton also said that its February 2018 sales were equivalent to a 9.6% share of the overall Malaysian automotive market. The majority of sales was accounted for by the Saga, Persona, Exora and Iriz.

    The latter is the focus of the My Style, My Drive campaign it is introducing this month at all its sales galleries nationwide. Customers are invited to rediscover the compact hatchback through a test drive to appreciate new features introduced to the car in last year’s update.

  • Valentino Rossi signs with Yamaha for two more years

    Seven-time MotoGP world champion – nine times world champion in total – Valentino Rossi has signed for two more years with Yamaha, extending his tenure with the factory team to 2020. 39-year old Rossi will enter his 13th season with Yamaha, ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail circuit this March 16, riding the Yamaha YZR-M1.

    During his time with Yamaha, Rossi garnered 56 first places, 43 second places and 35 third places, across a total of 206 races, with 365 Grand Prix starts across all classes. Moreover, out of Yamaha’s 500 Grand Prix victories, Rossi posted 55 wins, representing a single rider contribution of 11% to the total.

    By 2020, Rossi will have been racing for 25 seasons, coming off last year’s season of six podium places, with a single victory in Netherlands, and a fifth place in the 2017 MotoGP championship standings. Rossi owns the VR46 Racing Team, and has dropped hints that he will enter the team in MotoGP after his retirement.

  • Grab partners with KTM – to provide convenient “first and last mile connectivity” service for passengers

    Grab Malaysia and Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTMB) have signed a memorandum to provide a convenient “first and last mile connectivity” service for passengers on the country’s main rail network. According to theSundaily, Grab Malaysia country head Sean Goh said the partnership is about providing first and last mile connectivity for KTM passengers.

    According to KTM CEO Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin, the partnership with Grab, which dates back to about a year ago, will provide an excellent transportation option for KTMB commuters. “The last mile is important for commuters which we call connectivity, and Grab provides an alternative option for the commuters.”

    “Apart from establishing a network with local authorities, bus and taxi operators, Grab also provides the middle connectivity between our stations to public transport users,” he told the press at a conference.

    The partnership will also see Grab providing discounted rides to and from the KTM Kuala Lumpur railway station for the upcoming KTMB Skypark Link Run on April 15. This is in conjunction with the opening of a new KTM station called the Terminal Skypark, as well as a new train service, the Skypark Link.

    The Skypark Link – scheduled to begin operations in May 2018 – is a train service that will cater for passengers who require transportation to the Subang-Skypark Terminal.

  • AD: ‘GTR’ number plate series – tenders are now open; exclusively available through The Plates Enterprise

    There are three letters in the alphabet, which when put together, reminds the world of high performance vehicles. Those letters are ‘GTR’, and they are now part of a new number plate series being issued by Pertubuhan Suara Wanita Malaysia.

    The Plates Enterprise is the exclusive agent to this highly coveted number plate series, which range from ‘GTR 1’ to ‘GTR 1000’.

    These special plates are not attached to any particular state in Malaysia, further increasing their uniqueness. Furthermore, The Plates Enterprise will assist you should you want to interchange your old plate for a trendy ‘GTR’ one. If you prefer not to interchange with an older plate, the company will ensure a convenient process by providing a registration service instead.

    So, if you’ve been looking for the perfect plate for your Skyline GT-R, now’s the time. For instance, ‘GTR 35’ will certainly be a great finishing touch for your Nissan GT-R (R35). If you have an even more classic Skyline GT-R model like the R32, R33 or R34, there’s always ‘GTR 32’, ‘GTR 33’ and ‘GTR 34’. Naturally, these will be highly desirable plates, and should be well worth an investment, much like the rest of the series.

    If you’re interested, the tender date has already begun as of March 15, 2018, and will close on March 31. The results of the tenders will be released later on April 6. For more information and to express your interest, contact Plates Enterprise via Anson (010-372 1111) or Amber (010-216 1111).

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  • PLUS to stop issuing receipts at all its toll plazas

    Highway concessionaire PLUS has announced that it will no longer print and issue toll receipts at all its toll plazas starting from March 19. The operator said that the move is aimed at promoting smoother toll transaction and reduce congestion when users exit the highway.

    It encouraged highway users to register their PLUSMiles or Touch n’ Go cards to enable them to obtain and print e-statements for their official travel claims. Registered users will be able to access their electronic cards usage records such as transaction details and statements (including transactions for public transportation, parking services and others), card balance and expiry date.

    As for commercial and heavy vehicle operators, they can gain access to their transactions details and statement by registering cards via the PLUSTrack Program.

    “One of the main objectives of implementing the full electronic toll collection system is to promote faster and smoother transactions at the toll plaza. However, there are still some highway users who insisted on toll receipts to be printed as they pass through the toll lanes and this has contributed to slower traffic movement and longer queues,” PLUS COO Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi said.

    According to Zakaria, highway users will usually queue at the left most exit lane (multi-class lane) to obtain their toll receipts. “This contributes to congestion at these lanes and it also usually affects traffic flow on other lanes,” he explained.

  • SPYSHOTS: Range Rover Velar SVR spotted again

    A hotter version of the Range Rover Velar has been spotted by our spy photographers pounding around the Nurburgring again, following its previous sighting at the same circuit last year. Here, the Velar SVR appears to be in the same state of camouflage as it was at its last ‘Ring outing.

    Visually there is little to give away the SVR’s performance potential, or so it seems at first glance. The camouflaged mesh covers a pair of deep air scoops at either end of the bumper, bookending a similarly deepened intake in the middle.

    To recap, the upcoming, high-performance version of the Velar has been tipped to receive the supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine seen elsewhere in the Jaguar Land Rover line-up, which produces up to 567 hp and 700 Nm in the Jaguar F-Type SVR. A variation of the theme, therefore, can be expected here, and our spy photographers noted the unmistakeable noise of a V8 from the test mule.

    The closest rival for the hot Velar comes from within the Jaguar Land Rover stable, in the form of an F-Pace SVR. As for the marketplace in which it will eventually compete, the Velar SVR will go up against the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, BMW X5 M and Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

    Being a Land Rover product, the Velar SVR’s driveline can certainly be expected to have a requisite level of off-roading ability, and so its componentry shouldn’t deviate too far from existing SVR products, namely to feature an all-wheel drive setup with an eight-speed automatic drawing output from the engine, along with the marque’s Terrain Response suite of assistance systems.

    GALLERY: Range Rover Velar SVR spyshots


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