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  • GALLERY: BMW M4 CS – order books open in Europe

    BMW has released an updated photo gallery of its M4 CS, which was unveiled last month in Shanghai. The automaker has also announced that the order books have opened for it – European customers will have to fork out €116,900 (RM557,500) for the model, which sits between the regulation M4 and M4 GTS.

    The variant is powered by the same 3.0 litre twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder unit found on the standard M4, but bumps output to 460 hp at 6,250 rpm and 600 Nm at 4,000-5,380 rpm, 40 hp short of the 500 hp M4 GTS.

    A seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic delivers power to the rear wheels, and the car is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and an electronically-limited 280 km/h top speed.

    Model-specific design cues for the M4 CS come in the form of a new front splitter made from exposed carbon fibre and an exposed carbon-fibre Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid, and the car borrows the rear diffuser from the M4 GTS.

    The handling components on the M4 CS are carried over from the M4 in its Competition Package guise, including the Adaptive M suspension, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system (includes M Dynamic Mode), Active M Differential and fade-resistant M compound brakes (four-piston callipers at the front and two-piston callipers at the rear).

    Inside, the trim strips and door sill provide the variant with dedicated identifiers, and it also gets two new exterior colours that are exclusive to it, these being San Marino Blue Metallic and Lime Rock Grey Metallic. Word has it that production will be limited to 3,000 units, to give the model a certain exclusivity, though that’s a sight more than the 700 examples assigned for the M4 GTS.

     
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  • Police, JPJ will soon screen Uber, Grab drivers – SPAD

    Triggered by the recent case of a 26-year old woman who suffered a miscarriage a week after being robbed at knifepoint by an Uber driver, the authorities are putting more scrutiny on app-based ride hailing operators Uber and Grab. Soon, the vetting of drivers will be done by the authorities, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said.

    Currently, the screening of drivers is done by Uber and Grab themselves, but that task will be handed over to agencies like the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and police, according to SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar in a report by The Star.

    “It is of utmost urgency as there have been various incidents and we are getting more and more reports. We are very concerned and want the laws to be passed in Parliament as soon as possible,” he told the daily.

    “They told us that they have a good screening system in place with background checks done with the police and JPJ. Obviously, this has not been followed accordingly,” said Syed Hamid, who was “very upset” over the incident.

    The SPAD chief said that under the proposed amendments to the Land Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987, the commission would be able to ask Uber and Grab for their driver database.

    “We will then cross-check the drivers’ backgrounds with the police and JPJ before they are given their drivers’ badges. There may be some delay in the process due to bureaucracy, but it must be done to ensure passenger safety,” he said.

    The proposed amendments were tabled for first reading in Parliament back in March, and the process will continue in the house’s upcoming July sitting.

    Earlier, minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said that when the ride hailing regulations are passed by Parliament, Uber and Grab will have to be responsible for practising a high level of safety and service standards. “A robbery happened despite the driver having his details recorded, so we want to take into account that when the bill is approved what safety features need to be tightened with the service operator,” she said.

     
  • FIRST DRIVE: G30 BMW 530i M Sport video review

    The latest G30 BMW 5 Series was launched in Malaysia just two months ago, in a single fully-imported (CBU) 530i M Sport guise. It’s priced at RM398,800, pitting it squarely against the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (RM349k-RM459k), Volvo S90/V90 (RM389k-RM459k) and Audi A6 (RM328k-RM488k).

    In the video above, you’ll find our thoughts and opinions on the G30 530i – how it compares to its predecessor (F10) and class rivals in terms of driving dynamics, comfort, interior features, quality and space. It’s an improvement over the F10 in most, but not all departments. Watch the clip to find out the details.

    It’s a rather lengthy review – we’re trying out a new approach for simple, quick to produce yet informative video reviews, so do let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section below.

    You can also browse the G30 BMW 530i M Sport’s full specifications and equipment, and compare them against its rivals on CarBase.my.

     
  • BMW i3S Performance to join facelifted i3 line-up

    BMW is set to unveil the facelifted i3 range at the coming Frankfurt Motor Show, and it will be joined by the i3 Performance which, as the name implies, is expected to bring additional straight-line punch to the compact electric car’s performance. It is expected to gain 20 bhp over the standard car’s 168 hp, for a new peak of 188 hp, according to an Autocar report.

    The slight gain in sprinting ability comes without cost to available driving range, which is said to remain at 300 km with the 94 Ah battery, according to BMW. That is the same as the current BMW i3 which was updated last year with the 94 Ah battery, which, in turn, takes less time to charge compared to the previous 60 Ah model despite the added capacity.

    The upcoming i3 Performance’s chassis also gains revisions to go with the added oomph, which include a 40 mm-wider front track and a 10 mm-lower ride height compared with the standard, updated i3. The Autocar report also added that the i3’s dynamic stability control system has been revised to endow the car with added traction in wet conditions.

    Elsewhere in the updated i3 range, the chassis and powertrain remain as before, where the 168 hp motor and 94 Ah battery is carried over. Detail changes on the i3’s exterior will mark out the update, with revised bumpers front and rear, updated lights, new wheel designs, and a wider palette of colours, with optional two-tone schemes.

    Inside, the updated i3 will also receive a new range of trim, along with an updated iDrive infotainment system with the “latest software and interface developments” as launched in the 5 Series and other, recently facelifted BMWs – might that include gesture control?

    GALLERY: BMW i3 facelift spyshots

    GALLERY: 2017 BMW i3 94 Ah

     
  • Sarawak CM explains LRT plans to federal government

    Sarawak will soon have Light Rail Transit (LRT) services if chief minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has his way. The CM has explained to the minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri plans to develop LRT in the state, Bernama reports.

    Nancy, the minister responsible for the Public Land Transport Commission (SPAD) and Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) for Sarawak and Sabah, paid a courtesy call to the CM in Kuching yesterday to provide information on her position and portfolio, primarily those concerning Sarawak, in terms of public transport. Sarawak’s LRT plans was among matters discussed in the almost one hour meeting.

    “We have listened to the chief minister’s explanation on LRT in the state, and I need to know what the goal is, and how I can help as a federal minister,” she told reporters at the state capital’s Wisma Bapa Malaysia.

    In March, Abang Johari said the state government would formulate long-term plans that included the introduction of LRT services that would link Kuching, Samarahan and Serian, adding the journey would take 30 minutes.

     
  • Mercedes-AMG GT3 Edition 50 – a collector’s item

    Mercedes-AMG has announced the AMG GT3 Edition 50, a limited edition offering targeted at racing-enthusiast car collectors. It’s based on the GT3 racer, but has been given a striking paint finish and loaded up with additional kit, and build is set to be capped to five examples.

    Matte is the order of the day for the exterior ‘real black’ finish, which the automaker says is the first outing ever on an AMG vehicle. There’s also no shortage of carbon-fibre – the front and rear diffusers, the rear aerofoil including the end plates, the flics at the front, the air intakes, the radiator grille and the side skirts are made of the stuff, and all are finished in matte.

    The Edition 50 also gets AMG logos on the disc band and rear aerofoil, and there’s a silver-framed “50 Years of Driving Performance” logo – in fine-grain carbon-fibre, naturally – to be found on the doors of the car. An open Performance exhaust system also finds its way on, and the restrictor has been removed to offer improved performance.

    The interior continues on with the theme. The roll cage and the visible parts of the floor assembly follow the exterior paint scheme, while the dashboard, sills, door panels, vent pipe and centre console are styled in matte black carbon-fibre.

    Contrast comes from silver-coloured six-point seat belts and a racing steering wheel spider finished in silver, and additional AMG logos and a special Edition 50 numbered plaque provide extra detailing.

    Inside, the “50 Years” logo make its way on to the seat belts, and there’s even a car cover sporting the logo to remind owners what’s underneath when covered. The five who get the car will also get an Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes?AMG” watch from IWC Schaffhausen, customised in the style of the vehicle.

     
  • Renault Megane RS previewed at Monaco GP – manual and twin-clutch EDC options, Frankfurt debut

    The new Renault Megane RS made its first public appearance over the weekend at the Formula 1 Monaco GP, driven around the city circuit by Renault F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg. It wasn’t his first time behind the wheel of the upcoming hot hatch.

    “I got an opportunity to test the new Megane RS during its development and I was hooked first time out by the excellence of its chassis. Renault Sport has done a tremendous job on its performance credentials. It was a huge pleasure to drive it around the legendary street track at Monaco today!” he said.

    “We aim to make new Megane RS the new compact sports car benchmark,” said Renault Sport Cars’ MD Patrice Ratti. The hot hatch, now with five doors instead of three, will have an automatic option (Renault’s EDC dual-clutch transmission) for the first time alongside a six-speed manual.

    Renault Sport has confirmed that the production car will be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales scheduled to begin in Europe in the first quarter of 2018.

    This batch of pics from Monaco doesn’t reveal much, but it’s clear that Renault’s rival to the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R won’t be as wild and lairy in appearance. “Our brand is not about aggressivity. We try to have a powerful product but rather simple with sensual shapes. That’s what we tried to make with the next RS, which is actually harder than going aggressive I think. To find the right balance is harder but I think we have done it,” brand design boss Stéphane Janin told Autocar.

    The fourth-gen Megane‘s distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights are present, cradling what should be LED headlamps. The LED fog lamps arranged in RS’ chequered flag pattern is a unique touch. We can also see the big wheels and big Brembo brakes, but Renault did not include even one shot of the hot Megane’s rear end. We’ve seen one undisguised image of its backside before, though.

    Compared to the existing Megane GT – which is tuned by the French company’s sports division but not a full-fledged RS car – the Megane RS features a large central exhaust outlet with twin pipes inside (the GT has two exhaust outlets, one at each end). The trapezoid hole is housed in a sizeable rear diffuser and a chunkier rear bumper with two vertical vents on the edges. The tailgate spoiler has a central ridge.

    There’s also a wider body to match the wider tracks, from the looks of it. We’ve previously seen Renault Sport testing the RS in a GT body, and the mule’s wheels were protruding from the stock body. Of course, there’s also the signature RS “liquid yellow” body paint.

    According to reports, the next Megane RS will get four-wheel steering, a 2.0 litre turbo engine with over 300 hp (the previous one topped out at 275 hp and 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds) and front-wheel drive. The Civic Type R is the current record holder of the Nurburgring FWD record with a time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds, and Renault Sport will surely want to top that.


     
  • Merc-AMG Project One drivetrain – four electric motors

    After a round of teasers, the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar project has been partially sighted – its underpinnings have been showcased just prior to this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race. Project One is about as close as one gets to a current, road-legal Formula 1 car, as it uses powertrain derived from the company’s 2015 F1 racer, also powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 engine with electric drive.

    Where the power unit on the W06 F1 racer it is based on revs to 13,500 rpm and idles at 4,000 rpm, the one in the road-going Project One car is pegged back to 11,000 rpm. The road-going car will also use more traditional construction for its engine, while different pistons, crankshaft and electrical systems for a thermal efficiency of 43%, Mercedes-AMG told Road&Track.

    The internal combustion engine is mated to two electric motors – a 107 hp unit is charged with keeping the turbocharger spooled up on boost at all times, and another 161 hp motor is installed on the crankshaft.

    Up in front, a pair of 120 hp motors drive the front axle in pure EV mode, with a projected range of around 24 km. It all comes together for a total system output of over 1,000 hp, and like the F1 car, both engine and gearbox will be a structural part of Project One’s chassis.

    Currently, Mercedes-AMG only have a drivetrain and a chassis mule, and the company intends to commence real-world testing as soon as possible, said Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers. Once production starts, the company aims to produce the resulting Project One road car at a rate of one per day, until the final unit is delivered by end 2020. All of the projected 275 units have been spoken for.

     
  • SPIED: Audi Q8 with frameless windows, Android OS

    Here’s the upcoming Audi Q8 doing development laps on the Nurburgring. The Q8, which will be a more rakish and sportier version of the box-like Q7, is set to debut next year. We’ve already seen two Q8 concepts this year – the first one from Detroit and a Q8 Sport from Geneva – and they’re good previews of what to expect from Ingolstadt.

    The camouflaged test mule here does not reveal much, but our persistent carparazzi managed to get shots of the prototype with its doors open, showing off its frameless windows. A traditional coupe touch for the big SUV coupe, which will measure over five metres long. Also, we get a glimpse of the Q8’s interior.

    Now, if the production Q8 will get a bespoke dashboard that sets it apart from the Q7, this is not it. The Q8 mule is making do with the SQ7’s interior for now, with that model name obvious on the instrument panel.

    However, we see some display screens – one on the dash top and another below the air con vents – tacked on for testing. The lower panel is displaying the climate page in these pics, and there’s a strip of touch panel buttons below it, which includes functions such as Audi drive select.

    Further south is a row of physical buttons to activate active safety systems, sandwiched by a push start button and a physical knob for volume control. This module has never been seen in an Audi before and the Q8 Concept’s centre stack has two screens. Audi will be using Google’s Android OS for its future in-car infotainment system, and this could be a first peek at it.


    GALLERY: Audi Q8 sport concept

     
  • SPAD in discussions with Uber to find appropriate measures in ensuring the safety of passengers

    The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is in discussions with transportation network company (TNC) Uber to find the best measures to ensure the safety and comfort of the ride-hailing service’s users, Bernama reports.

    According to minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, the department had taken note of the recent robbery case involving an Uber driver although it is classified as a criminal case by the police.

    “We are not washing it off our hands as SPAD is acting on the issue. Today, they (SPAD) have a meeting with Uber and I will meet with the Uber representatives tomorrow to discuss what more can be done,” she said.

    “Presently, Uber has not been licensed or regulated, therefore we are unable to take legal action. Action can only be taken by the police as it is a criminal case and also because we and Uber currently have no links,” she added.

    Nancy said this to reporters in response questions regarding the case of an Uber driver robbing a woman passenger in Puchong on May 21. She said that the government will fine-tune what needs to be done to ensure the safety and comfort of users.

    She explained that when the ride-hailing regulations are passed by Parliament (expected at the next sitting in July), all TNCs will have to be responsible for practising a high level of safety and service standards. All ride-hailing operators must register with SPAD under the proposed amendments to the Land Public Transport Act 2010.

    “A robbery happened despite the driver having his details recorded, so we want to take into account that when the bill is approved what safety features need to be tightened with the service operator,” she said.

    Earlier, SPAD said via a statement that it will not hesitate to impose punitive measures against ride-hailing service operators or their drivers besides seizing their vehicles if they are to violate the law.

     
 

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