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BMW Concept 8-Series
If you’re wondering whether the BMW Concept 8-Series is the design catalyst for future models, ponder no more as the first few sentences of the press release makes it very clear, “The study car will serve as a taster of a forthcoming BMW model – the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch in 2018 and part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history.” The Concept 8-Series does lend credence to the rumoured design of the next generation 3-Series – slender headlamps and tail-lamps, larger and wider kidney grilles that are set lower and within a unified frame, along with a heavily sculptured side profile. It’s about time BMW, and it can’t come soon enough.
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With 242hp and 350Nm from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and an asking price of under RM180,000, the new Kia Optima GT may have just vaulted itself to the top of the ‘best-bang-for-the-buck’ D-segment sedan shortlist. It’s quite an achievement this; ample performance (0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds; 240km/h) mixed with premium features that include panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloys, LED headlamps, powered front sports seats, leather upholstery, steering shift paddles, wireless phone charging and six airbags. While the Optima GT is ‘all new’, Kia designers have surprisingly taken a more restrained and business-like approach with the styling of the fourth-generation model, so you’ll have to know your Optimas well to tell the new from the old at a glance.

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With 242hp and 350Nm from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and an asking price of under RM180,000, the new Kia Optima GT may have just vaulted itself to the top of the ‘best-bang-for-the-buck’ D-segment sedan shortlist. It’s quite an achievement this; ample performance (0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds; 240km/h) mixed with premium features that include panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloys, LED headlamps, powered front sports seats, leather upholstery, steering shift paddles, wireless phone charging and six airbags. While the Optima GT is ‘all new’, Kia designers have surprisingly taken a more restrained and business-like approach with the styling of the fourth-generation model, so you’ll have to know your Optimas well to tell the new from the old at a glance.
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Too many Malaysians lose their lives on the road every year. It's particularly heartbreaking when it concerns lives of young individuals with bright futures ahead of them. Last week, I was invited as a guest alongside five-time Malaysian rally champion and friend YS Khong to a budding talk show mooted by AutoBuzz.my to share our humble views on this matter. Let me qualify by saying that we aren't accident investigators, and that we can only interpret the tragic event based on footage captured on CCTV and by bystanders. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims -- Denis Wong. ... See MoreSee Less

In Torque Show #002 we have 5-time Malaysian Rally Champion YS Khong, who is also the Editor at Autoworld.com and Motoring Correspondent for themalaymailonli...

We still aren’t sure what the oxymoronic wordplay of ‘progress is intense’ really means, so why not decide for yourselves if the tagline reflects the product. Two new variants of the Audi A4 -- 2.0 TSFI Quattro and 1.4 TSFI -- will be present at the Setia Alam Convention Centre this weekend, the first leg of the Audi A4 IntenCity roadshow. If for some reasons the test drives dont turn out to be quite as intense as hoped for, you may work up a sweat by taking part in the physical challenges set up on location, or by not standing under a shade, such is the intense heat wave we are currently experiencing. To sign up, go to: https://goo.gl/82Mc9A

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We still aren’t sure what the oxymoronic wordplay of ‘progress is intense’ really means, so why not decide for yourselves if the tagline reflects the product. Two new variants of the Audi A4 -- 2.0 TSFI Quattro and 1.4 TSFI -- will be present at the Setia Alam Convention Centre this weekend, the first leg of the Audi A4 IntenCity roadshow. If for some reasons the test drives don't turn out to be quite as intense as hoped for, you may work up a sweat by taking part in the physical challenges set up on location, or by not standing under a shade, such is the intense heat wave we are currently experiencing. To sign up, go to: goo.gl/82Mc9A
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The Mercedes-AMG GTS launch control in action
No rubber burnt with race start mode on the Mercedes-AMG GTS. #mbde #AMG50Years

(A demonstration on how launch control technology can make any driver look far more capable than they are; to activate, left foot firmly on the brake pedal, pull back both shift paddles at the same time, pull right paddle to confirm 'Race Start' mode, floor the throttle [the revs will hold at 4,000rpm] and let go of the brakes. Easy.)
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At RM308,000, you’d be hard pressed to find another luxury coupe that looks as breathtaking as the all-new Infiniti Q60. While it is mechanically based on the Q50 sedan, the Q60 stands on its own in terms of design concept. It sits wider and lower compared to its four-door sibling, and is tuned for a sportier drive, as a two-door coupe should.

The only engine option as of now is a Mercedes-Benz sourced 2.0-litre turbo-charged four cylinder rated at 211hp/350Nm, mated to a seven-speed automatic channelling drive to its rear wheels; good for a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds. The Q60 coupe comes standard with LED headlamps, 19-inch lightweight alloys with run-flat tyres, 13-speaker Bose premium audio system, sports seats and a dual touchscreen infotainment system.

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At RM308,000, you’d be hard pressed to find another luxury coupe that looks as breathtaking as the all-new Infiniti Q60. While it is mechanically based on the Q50 sedan, the Q60 stands on its own in terms of design concept. It sits wider and lower compared to its four-door sibling, and is tuned for a sportier drive, as a two-door coupe should.

The only engine option as of now is a Mercedes-Benz sourced 2.0-litre turbo-charged four cylinder rated at 211hp/350Nm, mated to a seven-speed automatic channelling drive to its rear wheels; good for a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds. The Q60 coupe comes standard with LED headlamps, 19-inch lightweight alloys with run-flat tyres, 13-speaker Bose premium audio system, sports seats and a dual touchscreen infotainment system.
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Volvo design: Pushing the right buttons?

Are we ready to say goodbye to buttons and knobs?

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Signs of life at Proton