For a snip under RM300,000, the Hyundai i30 N is available in Malaysia now, limited to 20 units and sold exclusively through Lazada. As to why certain car brands consider a mass market e-commerce platform which sells everything under the sun a suitable avenue to peddle specialised models such as the i30 N eludes us, particularly when the booking fee isn’t refundable.
For the 20 purveyors of Korea’s spiciest hot hatch yet, they will be getting a car developed by the N performance division which counts former head of BMW M, Albert Biermann as its R&D chief. Since its global launch in 2017, the i30 N has been celebrated as a proper rival to hot hatch royalties such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R, Renault Megane RS, even the Honda Civic Type R.
There’s only one grade of the I30 N to choose from – the fully decked out N Performance variant painted in signature Performance Blue, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder to the tune of 250hp and 353Nm (378Nm with overboost). You’ll need to know how to operate a clutch pedal and swap gears at the same time as the transmission of choice is a 6-speed manual which transfers drive to the front wheels.
The i30 N will do 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds and maxes out at 250km/h; not the swiftest of hot hatches in a straight line but carving up corners for fun is, according to Hyundai. There’s a plethora of tech to facilitate that; including selectable electronically controlled dampers, electronic LSD, five drive modes, rev matching, exhaust system with variable valve control, launch control, 19in alloys with sticky Pirelli P-Zero rubber and red N-rated braking system.
If you are able to navigate the complex sales process successfully – use Lazada’s app to chup (book) the car by paying a RM1,000 booking fee (starts 2nd December), pay the balance of the reservation fee (another RM1,000) between 12th to 14th December (Lazada’s grand year end sale period), wait for a Hyundai representative to call, elect a dealer you’d like to buy from, apply for loan (if required) and thereafter complete the purchase, you would then get to take part in an exclusive track day session in Korea. #Hyundai#i30N
Is this the all-new, fifth generation Honda City expected to be unveiled shortly in Bangkok, Thailand? You'd just have to watch its world premiere to confirm if the image is accurate: youtu.be/7EGGwIhOWsA#HondaCity... See MoreSee Less
Some say the front looks like a marriage between McLaren and an Aston Martin, and the rear a tribute to the Mercedes-AMG GT, but we think the new Ferrari Roma is a proper successor to the 456 of the 1990s (google and ye shall see). The Roma is powered by a 620hp/760Nm 3.9-litre V8 (of the F8 Tributo and Portofino fame), mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch 'box sourced from the SF90 Stradale; 0-100km/h is done in 3.4 seconds. And of course, you can bring along three other mates if you choose to do so, and you'll want to because the interior shows off a new architecture, which is rare in Ferrari's case. Next up, the Ferrari Juventus? #ferrari#roma... See MoreSee Less
Not sure about the design. Take out the Ferrari logo and it could be a Peugeot. The 456 Modificato with the gated shift is my favourite Ferrari 2+2, and the Maserati 3200GT Assetto Corsa while I am at it.
There are shades of 456 in the shape and details but it's not a true 4-seater GT like that car and it successors the 612 Scaglietti, FF and of course GTC4. More like a Carrera with rear seats for hobbits.
Still. It's a refreshing new look for Ferrari and that interior looks really naice.
Ah... Yes..now that it's been mentioned... The marketing colors for the 456 were shades of blue too!
When a four-door sedan looks this good, it makes you wonder why you'd want an SUV. Kia has released some early images of the new generation K5 (or Optima in some markets), in anticipation of the fastback's actual launch in home market Korea next month; the boldness and sense of adventure of the design is simply refreshing. #kia#K5#optima... See MoreSee Less
Few brands have the luxury of making cars that are primarily focused on fun and not much else; Mini is one of them, which is an irony given that Sir Alec Issigonis’ original creation was borne out of the need for a no frills, frugal runabout brought on by an oil crisis.
Since an MPV is unlikely, the Clubman of BMW’s Mini is probably the British brand’s most pragmatic offering with its spacious interior, useful cargo area and a pair of side-hinged doors at the back, thus rendering it a six-door hatchback, though some say it’s an estate.
Whichever the case, it would appear the Clubman is here to stay, the second-generation model undergone a facelift and really does look sharper inside and out, uplifted by Mini Yours accessories, more connectivity options and of course, those Union Jack LED tail-lamps. Mechanically, the Clubman in Cooper S guise now comes with a new 7-speed dual-clutch auto mated to a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, it transfers drive to the front wheels.
Output is rated at 192hp and 280Nm, good for a 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 228km/h, nothing much to brag about but for RM298,888, nothing expresses originality better than the Clubman Cooper S either.
To beat the Golf R, you’ll need to stump up a bit more (actually quite a bit more) for either the Clubman or the Countryman John Cooper Works 306hp. They are powered by a reworked 2.0-litre which now churns out a serious amount of venom – 306hp and 450Nm, and that is sent to all four wheels; 0-100km/h in the Clubman JCW is a searing 4.9 seconds, and 5.1 seconds for slightly heavier Countryman JCW. Both are generously kitted out and their price tags reflect that too at RM358,888 and RM378,888 respectively. #MiniMalaysia #Clubman #Countryman #JCW ... See MoreSee Less
"Get in there Lewis...champion of the world!". Hamilton nudges ahead of Fangio with his sixth drivers' title and is just one shy of Michael Schumacher.A title-deciding day in Texas... For more F1® videos, visit http://www.Formula1.com Like F1® on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Formula1/ Follow F1® on Tw... ... See MoreSee Less
Two years in the making, the hardest part was probably getting all the teams to agree to a meaningful change in the sport, in order to make racing appealing to fans. In a nutshell, this is what's going to happen to Formula 1 in 2021:
1. For the first time ever, the sport will have a cost cap governing the development of the race car. This move should on paper give rise to a more level playing field and allow less wealthy teams to close the performance gap. Enforcement will be the biggest challenge here.
2. New regulations governing bodywork and aerodynamics; apart from altering how F1 cars look, the aero on cars will be simplified with more parts to be standardised -- the main gist here is to facilitate closer track action and overtaking. You can bet your house that the cleverest aerodynamicists are already looking for loopholes.
3. Fewer updates will be allowed in a season; teams can still improve the cars, but the opportunities will be limited. Cost benefits aside, this is also a double edge sword. What if a team makes a fundamental mistake in pre-season development, will they ever be able to make up for lost ground during the season?
4. No change to the powertrain; the 1.6-litre turbo hybrid V6 engines will remain. No mention on whether they will sound racier.
5. Race weekends will be more condensed, more opportunities for fresh talent to emerge as well. #formula1
F1 The revolution is just around the corner. Here's everything you need to know about F1 in 2021... ... See MoreSee Less
If the name MX-30 didn't surprise you, those suicide doors most definitely would have. This is Mazda's first attempt at mass producing EVs, they've taken their time but it's better to be a bit late than getting it wrong altogether.
The range of 200km per charge from its 35.5kWh battery is relatively conservative, the same goes for the 140hp/265Nm output from the e-SkyActiv drivetrain, powering just the front wheels.
The styling is still unmistakably Kodo-inspired, but there are more than enough differentiation not to mistake it for anything from the current range. The suicide doors on the RX-8, or 'Freestyle doors' as Mazda calls them on the MX-30, make a return, and while the interior is derived from the new generation Mazda 3, there are new bits (such as the 'floating' centre console, new 'sustainable' materials, etc) within the cabin that are unique to the MX-30.
By 2025, Volvo hopes that half of all the cars it sells will be fully electric, it plans to achieve that by launching one new EV model in each of the next five years. Well, the first one to lead that charge is the XC40 Recharge – which, as its name suggests, isn’t an energy drink but an all-electric version of the XC40 SUV.
Change of grille and some new alloys aside, there’s little to visually separate the all-electric XC40 from one powered by a combustion engine because the magic happens underneath the shell. If the specs look similar to the Polestar 2 – 408hp, 660Nm, 78kWh battery capacity, AWD with a motor at each axle and a healthy range of over 400km per charge (based on WLTP), they aren’t a coincidence as both vehicles are based on the same flexible CMA platform and should be priced around the €50,000 mark.
EV novelties on the XC40 Recharge include a front trunk, or ‘frunk’ that offers 31 litres of space that makes up somewhat for the reduced rear cargo space (from 460-litre to 413-litre) due to a higher floor, and a one-pedal driving operation similar to Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal feature which relies on the clever manipulation of regenerative braking to slow the vehicle down without using the brakes. #Volvo #XC40Recharge... See MoreSee Less