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The issue for the Lexus LC500 Convertible isn’t how it looks (pretty fantastic), or how it’s made (impeccably, as usual), or maybe not even how it performs – a 470hp/540Nm naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 powers it from 0-100km/h in 4.9s, but at an eye-watering RM1.35 million a pop, does it have the brand cachet to mix it up with the big boys?

It wasn’t that long ago that Mercedes-Benz Malaysia retailed the exquisite S560 Cabriolet at ‘just’ RM1.31 million, and that twin-turbo V8-powered soft-top is one size larger and comes with usable rear seats at that, and if Porsche ever decides to offer the new 992-generation 911 Cabriolet in Malaysia, it should be priced around the ballpark as well.

While the LC500 Convertible may be the answer to a question nobody’s asking, its rarity will no doubt fuel the vanity of those who yearn to stand out and be different, especially when the top can be dropped in 15 seconds to show off its well-heeled occupants. If you are keen to be the elusive few, place a booking today and Lexus Malaysia should be able to deliver one to you by February next year. #Lexus #LC500Convertible
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Petrol heads with modest means must have breathed a collective sigh of relief when the 'all-new' BRZ was confirmed by Subaru yesterday, after fears that there wouldn't be a second coming of the BRZ, or its twin the Toyota GT86.

While marketing types call it 'all-new', the 2021 BRZ is essentially a 'big minor change' where the base is carried over from the previous car, but with significant updates inside and out. In the case of the BRZ, expected to hit North American showrooms in the third quarter of 2021, the headline news is a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine (worthy of 228hp and 250Nm) replacing the 200hp/205Nm of the previous 2.0-litre flat-four.

The short-stroke 2.4-litre has a rev limit of 7500rpm (peak power at 7000rpm), just don't ask if it has a turbo. As before, there's a choice of either manual or automatic transmission, both with six forward ratios, along with a standard fit limited slip differential. No performance figures were shared but the new BRZ should be marginally quicker than before with a possible sub 7.0-second achievement for the 0-100km/h benchmark.

While dimensions have largely remained the same, Subaru claims that the body structure of the BRZ has been stiffened significantly (up to 60%) but more interesting is how much more aggressive the new BRZ looks compared to its predecessor. In fact, it does come across looking like a baby Lexus RC coupe. Well, the stage is set for the new GT86 then. #Subaru #brz
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Exterior styling on point. Interior doesn't look like a place one would want to spend lots of time in tho.

That’s a decent effort in the styling department.

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The 11th generation Honda Civic has been revealed and it does appear that Honda has chosen a more restrained approach to the styling of its best-selling C-segment sedan compared to the last generation car, looking all grown up and refined. The all-new Civic is expected to go on sale in the North American market in spring next year. How? Has the new look kicked in for you? #Honda #civic ... See MoreSee Less

Described as a once-in-a-century transformation, it’s ironic how premium German manufacturers seem to arrive at similar solutions to lead their all-electric portfolios. Audi has the e-tron, Mercedes-Benz the EQC, and by this time next year BMW will offer the all-new iX, on top of the new X3-based iX3 which will go on sale soon.

Nothing wrong in giving what consumers want and adopting a body-style that suits the requirements of an EV, but after a slick pre-reveal campaign centred on changing perceptions, the end product is, for all intents and purposes, a conventional-looking SUV, as the Vision iNext concept had promised.

While the cabin is refreshing and looks really cosy, the monolithic theme of the iX’s exterior is underwhelming to say the least. The smoothed-over body lines are clearly beneficial to aerodynamic efficiency (at an impressive 0.25cd) but they also sap the iX of any defining character, leaving those oversized ‘kidneys’ and slim lighting equipment as the focal points.

More promising are the technical specifications – a range of over 600km (WLTP cycle) from a 100kWh battery pack, dual electric motors with a combined output of over 500hp, able to propel the iX from idle to 100km/h in less than 5.0 seconds, and DC rapid charging up to 200kW. Of course, the iX is expected to come with the highest levels of automated driving and digital connectivity in a BMW when it hits the road in 2021. #BMW #iX #NEXTGen
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Instead of engaging in another pointless argument with strangers over social media, why not sit back and revel in this record run on the Nordschleife posted by the 639hp/900Nm Mercedes-AMG GT63 4MATIC+. If the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 soundtrack doesn't rouse you, the deft inputs by AMG development test driver Demian Schaffert surely would as he manhandles the two-tonne executive four-door on less-than-ideal track conditions. The lap time of 7:27.80 pipped the best time previously held by the Porsche Panamera Turbo S by two seconds. #mercedesamg #gt63s #nordschleife[Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,5 l/100 km | CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 286 g/km | Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+]* Subscribe to the channel so you get notifi... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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HELLO. NO NEED TO SCAN.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has confirmed that it is not mandatory to scan the MySejahtera QR code or leave any personal details when refuelling at the pumps, and this includes customers who are making payments at the cash register (from the forecourt), as long as they have not entered the enclosed areas of the premises such as the convenience store, surau and lavatory areas. All clear?

(Do note that while isnt mandatory to scan when refuelling, it is always a good practice to do so as a precaution.) #MySejahtera

HELLO. NO NEED TO SCAN.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has confirmed that it is not mandatory to scan the MySejahtera QR code or leave any personal details when refuelling at the pumps, and this includes customers who are making payments at the cash register (from the forecourt), as long as they have not entered the enclosed areas of the premises such as the convenience store, surau and lavatory areas. All clear?

(Do note that while isn't mandatory to scan when refuelling, it is always a good practice to do so as a precaution.) #MySejahtera
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Allianz Malaysia has updated its fleet of EVs in Malaysia with two units of Nissan Leaf, as part of the companys green agenda to reduce its carbon footprint in business logistics. Both cars are leased from Edaran Tan Chong Motor on a three-year basis and are earmarked for the use of Allianz Malaysia staff. The second-generation Nissan Leaf has a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack and offers up to 270km of range per full charge based on the WLTP test cycle (or 311km on the NEDC cycle). To learn more about the Leaf and to find out whether youre ready for EV, read this: https://bit.ly/3eEW2c4.

Allianz Malaysia has updated its fleet of EVs in Malaysia with two units of Nissan Leaf, as part of the company's green agenda to reduce its carbon footprint in business logistics. Both cars are leased from Edaran Tan Chong Motor on a three-year basis and are earmarked for the use of Allianz Malaysia staff. The second-generation Nissan Leaf has a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack and offers up to 270km of range per full charge based on the WLTP test cycle (or 311km on the NEDC cycle). To learn more about the Leaf and to find out whether you're ready for EV, read this: bit.ly/3eEW2c4. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Future is here

Staff: quite a hassle to find parking in Sentral development, now have to find a spot with EV charging facility.

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