Sometimes it pays to scratch beneath the surface as it's easy to dismiss the all-new XV as another 'me too' compact crossover, but Subaru never takes the easy route when it comes to engineering. Unlike front-wheel drive only or on-demand type all-wheel drive systems (which only starts working when wheels slip) found on other crossovers, the XV's 'Symmetrical AWD' system judicially channels torque to all four wheels all the time to optimise traction on every type of surface. And then it has a flat-four 'boxer' engine (itself a rarity) that's longitudinally mounted for lower centre of gravity and a more 'direct' transfer of power to the AWD system. Another mechanical feature worthy of highlighting in the new XV is its fully-independent double wishbone rear suspension, a feature that's unlikely to be found in vehicles priced below RM120,000. The second generation Subaru XV is already in showrooms, with deliveries starting in January 2018. ... See MoreSee Less
Mercedes-Benz offers five different C-Class coupes in Malaysia, are they the stuff of dreams?
Stefano Domenicali on the Lamborghini Urus An individual synonymous with the prancing horse taking the stump for arch-rival Lamborghini is akin to Bill Gates showing at Macworld to deliver the keynote address. While stranger things have happened in the auto industry, it feels odd to watch former Scuderia Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali (and now CEO of Lamborghini) talk about 'the point of no return' for Lamborghini at the launch of the Urus super SUV. Domenicali also revealed a target to double sales volume in the next two years. Lamborghini sold approximately 3,500 cars in 2016, while Ferrari recorded more than 8,000 units over the same period. #LamborghiniUrus #SinceWhenSupercarsNeededCornyHashtags ... See MoreSee Less
New JCW begs for a good spank, and won't bite you in the arse either.
Technically, the Urus isn't Lamborghini's first ever SUV (that would be the LM002 from the 1980s), but it is the first SSUV, or Super Sport Utility Vehicle (why didn't anyone think of that?) to roll out of its Sant’Agata plant. The bald numbers then: 650hp/850Nm from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200km/h in 12.8 seconds, and a top speed of 305km/h. The Urus has all-wheel drive, torque vectoring, air suspension, active roll stabilisation, four-wheel steering and weighs 2.2 tonnes. Wow...but why does it look like a grown-up Toyota C-HR from the side? #LamborghiniUrus ... See MoreSee Less
New BMW i8 Roadster & Coupe Three years after the launch of the i8 Coupe, BMW has unveiled a soft-top convertible to go with its fixed roof sibling. The i8 Roadster can go topless in 15 seconds and is arguably the prettier of the two when the roof is electrically stowed away, revealing a new rear deck punctuated by the two dramatic 'flying buttresses'. It's interesting to note that the Roadster is only 60kg heavier (1,670kg) compared to the Coupe (1,610kg), hence the former is just a touch slower to reach 100km/h from idle against the latter (4.6s vs. 4.4s). The rest of the car receives expected mid-life tech updates (e.g. touchscreen iDrive) and minor cosmetic enhancements, but the main improvements lie in the enlarged battery capacity (from 7.1kWh to 11.6kWh; up by over 60%), increased motor output (+12hp to 143hp) and longer electric-only range from 37km to 55km (+49%) for the Coupe, with the Roadster getting 53km from a full charge. Nicely done. #BMWi8 ... See MoreSee Less
The New Mercedes-Benz CLS Mercedes-Benz is calling the third-generation CLS the 'pioneer of our new design language'. Are they headed in the right direction? Watch and decide. #MercedesBenzCLS ... See MoreSee Less
Red Bull really gives you wings! In honour of the original wingsuit flyer Patrick de Gayardon, the Frenchman who lost his life plying his passion for skydiving back in 1998, fellow countrymen Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet (otherwise known as Soul Flyers) attempted the first ever freefall from the Swiss Alps into an aircraft recently, and promptly flew into the history books of unimaginable aerial stunts. In preparation for the dizzying feat, the Soul Flyers made over 100 test flights in sunny Spain before leaping off the ice-capped summit of Jungfrau at 4,158 metres (over 13,500 feet) and sailing into the single-engine Pilatus Porter light plane moments later. The stunt had to be completed within 2 minutes and 45 seconds, spanning a vertical freefall of 3,200 metres. The Soul Flyers narrowly failed in their first attempt (watch the video till the end), but the second attempt was sweet. #SoulFlyers #RedBull ... See MoreSee Less
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It's about time INFINITI offered some competition to the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Enter the all-new QX50. Unlike the current model which is decidedly left field, the new QX50 is based on a new FWD-biased platform (AWD is available as well) with a transversely mounted engine. Speaking of engines, the QX50 will also feature the world's first, mass-produced variable compression engine - a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit capable of 268hp and 380Nm, mated to a CVT 'box. INFINITI claims 6.3 seconds for the 0-100km/h benchmark for the AWD variant, and 6.7 seconds for the FWD, along with a top speed of 230km/h. The QX50 is earmarked as a 2019 model, though expect it to be launched at key markets such as North America and China by the middle of next year.#InfinitiQX50 ... See MoreSee Less
Are car sales moving online too? MINI started the ball rolling with the Clubman Sterling Edition and now Volkswagen is making 12 units of its limited edition Beetle available online through e-commerce specialist, Lazada. The catch? It's priced at RM112,112 -- a reduction of 18% off the recommended retail price of RM136,888 (a RM25,000 savings). The Beetle is powered by a 105hp/175Nm 1.2-litre TSI four-cylinder mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission. Note that the special sale only begins on 12th December 2017 and ends on the 14th. Would you purchase a car online? Click here for more details (goo.gl/zv1MFP). #VWBeetle ... See MoreSee Less