M for ‘Motorsport’, M for ‘Madness’ as well, as it would appear in the case of the new G82/G80-generation M4 coupe and M3 sedan. Those vertical kidney grilles (separated and de-chromed here) are going to invite opinions even when you normally wouldn't have one, so expect them to feature in social media conversations for weeks to come.
But don’t let that noise drown out what is supposed to be the fiercest M3 and M4 yet; the vital stats are 480hp and 550Nm from an uprated S58 twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline-6 in ‘standard’ specifications, and 510hp and 650Nm in Competition trim; mated to either a 6-speed manual (with rev matching) or an 8-speed automatic (goodbye, DCT). Idle to 100km/h takes 4.2 and 3.9 seconds for the standard and Competition variants respectively, with top speed capped at 250km/h or 290km/h when spec-ed with the M Driver’s package.
The new M3 and M4 cars also see BMW taking liberties with the exterior and interior equipment and colour combos that can only be described as bold; those optional M carbon fibre bucket seats must be the most extreme yet seen in a BMW, and they complement the vibrant Sao Paolo yellow hue seen here on the M4. Initial deliveries will commence in March next year with M XDrive all-wheel drive option available on the Competition models by the middle of 2021. #BMW #M4 #M3 #G80 #G82... See MoreSee Less
Not only is the new Porsche Taycan – available in three variants – consummately the fastest BEV available through official channels, but it is also the fastest charging electric vehicle in Malaysia, by a considerable margin. Unlike other EVs which runs on 400V electric system voltage (including Tesla models), the Taycan is built on an 800V architecture which allows them to be charged at higher rates, up to 270kW.
This charging capability was put on show during the Taycan’s launch at Sime Darby Auto Performance’s (SDAP) new RM15 million flagship showroom at Ara Damansara, Selangor, where a Taycan Turbo was being juiced up by a 175kW DC charger – the fastest of its kind in the country, the handful of others being capable of only 50kW. Identical 175kW DC chargers have also been installed at SDAP’s two other Porsche centres at Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
SDAP says the ‘high performance’ DC charger can fully replenish a spent Taycan in 36 minutes, in that we assume it means the ‘base’ Taycan 4S which starts at RM725,000 with a net battery capacity of 71kWh (79.2kWh gross). Other Taycan variants are the Turbo at RM999,000 and the top-of-the-line Turbo S at RM1,195,000.
If the prices appear more ‘affordable’ than what you’d expect, do note that new and fully-imported BEVs in Malaysia ‘enjoy’ a flat 10% excise duty (as opposed to what is typically 105% for a Panamera or 911). Import duties and sales tax do apply however, though the latter is reduced by 50% till the end of the year. #Porsche #Taycan #SDAP ... See MoreSee Less
Nissan has talked up a strong retro game for it forthcoming seventh-generation Z car, it’s a timely reminder to fans that despite the corporate upheavals of recent past, the Yokohama-based carmaker is slowly but surely rediscovering what made Nissan special in the past. Judging from the Z Proto development car shown by CEO Makoto Uchida, it looks spectacular and can’t come soon enough (probably by 2022), which is ironic given that the go-ahead for the project was probably made when Hiroto Saikawa and Carlos Ghosn were still at the helm.
First of all, no prices were announced at the media preview of the Proton X50 at Tanjung Malim, not even estimated ones. For that, you'll have to wait till next month. But what has been confirmed is the name, X50 (no surprises there) and that it would be available in four variants -- all powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder, with the range topping model getting direct injection and the highest output of 177hp and 255Nm (the remainder at 150hp/226Nm). The Flagship variant (that's what it is called) also gets a dual-tone exterior, Level 2 autonomous drive and a panoramic sunroof. You can place a booking starting tomorrow, but just how much are you willing to pay for the X50? #protonx50... See MoreSee Less
Due to delays brought on by Covid-19 and also through sheer coincidence, Malaysian car buyers with between RM80,000 to RM120,000 to spend are going to be spoiled for choice with no less than six new B-segment entrants -- three crossovers, two sedans and one MPV -- all vying for their attention at the same time. Here's a quick rundown of all six of them. #protonx50#KiaSeltos#HyundaiKona#NissanAlmera#hondacity#mitsubishixpander... See MoreSee Less
It was supposed to be the occasion to celebrate the team's 1,000th Formula 1 race, but Scuderia Ferrari will instead start this weekend's Tuscan GP at the Mugello circuit in its weakest form in recent memory, with a race car that's simply not competitive and a team in the doldrums after a double DNF at Monza less than a week ago. The only 'good' news to have emerged is that one of its drivers -- four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has finally secured employment at Aston Martin to race in 2021 (and beyond) after Ferrari told him that his services were no longer needed at Maranello. Let's hope the special livery will bring some luck to the team with the prancing horse emblem. #ferrari#TuscanGP#mugello... See MoreSee Less
The Mitsubishi Xpander is a rare success story for Mitsubishi Motors in parts of ASEAN, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines (though less so in Thailand). Three years after its regional debut, the 7-seat compact MPV will finally go on sale in Malaysia as a locally assembled model, powered by a 105hp/141Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder mated to a 4-speed auto. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia is currently 'teasing' the Xpander at the Midvalley mall from today till 13th September, you can also learn more about the MPV by checking out Mitsubishi Indonesia's web page: bit.ly/2R32kXQ. ... See MoreSee Less
Often chided for its less-than-flattering looks, the all-new, second-generation Nissan Almera is here to set the record straight. Nissan's latest B-segment sedan isn't just sharper looking from every angle, but it's also driven by an entirely new powertrain -- a turbocharged 100hp/152Nm 1.0-litre 3-cylinder mated to a CVT. Like the exterior, the cabin has also been extensively reworked and given a comprehensive dose of technology, conveniences and perceived quality.
The same can be said of the active safety specs, with all three variants receiving forward collision warning and braking as standard, with blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, around view monitor and moving object detection included in the range-topping VLT model. Estimated prices for the all-new Almera will range from RM80,000 to below RM100,000.
The public can experience first hand and place a booking for the all-new Nissan Almera at selected showrooms across the country this weekend from 5th to 6th September, and also from 11th to 13th September, with retail sales and deliveries expected in October. For more on the Nissan Almera: almeraturbo.com.my/#Nissan#Almera#ETCM... See MoreSee Less