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  • DRIVEN: L462 Land Rover Discovery – all-round ability

    Change is inevitable, and modernisation tailored to fulfill current trends – and wants of a buying public – necessary to ensure the continued success of a nameplate. Such is the case with the Land Rover Discovery, in its current form a very different beast than what it was when it first came to be.

    The first Disco of the early ‘90s was a response to emerging SUV competitors from the East, a stripped down variation of the Range Rover and engineered to be cost-effective as such, cobbled together with a variety of parts from other Rover Group offerings of that time.

    The ability to seat seven through optional jump seats at the rear may have given it added dimensionality, but what set it on the road to success was its character – its rough-edged, workhorse-like leanings had plenty of appeal, as sales showed. The second-gen continued the pattern, and while the third and fourth iterations became subsequently more polished, the general ethos remained.

    Enter version number five, and it’s a whole new take on an old name. The new seven-seater represents a departure on so many fronts from the earlier representations of the type it’s more revolution than evolution, engineering and intent-wise, as a drive in it – over a variety of terrain types – in the United States revealed.

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  • February 2018 week four fuel price – all down again

    As Chinese New Year festivities continue, so does that of weekly fuel prices – there’s more cheer in store for motorists for a second week running following the 10 to 12 sen drop last week in petrol and diesel pump prices.

    From tomorrow, February 22, the price of RON 95 petrol will be RM2.17 per litre (down six sen from RM2.23 per litre last week), while RON 97 will be priced at RM2.43 per litre for the coming week (down seven sen from RM2.50 per litre last week).

    As for diesel, Euro 2M will retail for RM2.13 per litre at the pump (down six sen from RM2.19 last week), while Euro 5 diesel, which commands a 10 sen premium over regular diesel, will be priced at RM2.23 (previously, RM2.29 per litre). These prices will be in effect until February 28, when the next fuel price adjustment will be announced.

    This week’s fuel price announcement is the 48th since the weekly system took effect at the end of March 2017. The current price of RON 95 petrol is 13 sen lower (from RM2.30 per litre) than at the start of the programme, while RON 97 is down 17 sen (from RM2.60). Diesel, meanwhile, is seven sen lower than it was then (from RM2.20 per litre).

  • Nissan Leaf receives five-star JNCAP safety rating

    The new Nissan Leaf has received a five-star safety rating from the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP), scoring an impressive 94.8 out of 100 points in the occupant protection test, and 67.82 points for pedestrian safety.

    Among the safety features that contributed to the results include six airbags, seats with enforced headrests and back frames, and seat belts with pre-tensioners and load-limiting capabilities for the front and rear outboard seating positions.

    The Leaf also passed the JNCAP electric shock protection test, which gauges how well electric vehicles protect occupants from electric shock in a collision. The Leaf’s protective battery case and high-voltage cutoff device, which activates in a collision, are among the failsafes put in place. The vehicle’s layout and body structure also ensures occupants are shielded from high-voltage parts.

    Malaysians can look forward to the arrival of the Leaf at this year’s Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 18), with pre-sales events set to follow after that. Pricing has yet to be provided, and it remains to be seen if it will be a CKD or CBU model.

    To recap, the new Leaf features significant gains in performance and range over the first-gen model, with the electric motor now producing 38% more power and 26% more torque at 110 kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm respectively. A higher-capacity 40 kWh lithium-ion battery also increases its operating range on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) to 378 km from the 195 km of the original (later, 250 km).

    GALLERY: Nissan Leaf at Nissan Futures symposium, Singapore

  • Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin confirmed for 2018 MotoGP

    Local racer Hafizh Syahrin, better known to fans as “Pescao 55″, will be the first Malaysian to compete in the 2018 MotoGP season with satellite team Monster Yamaha Tech 3, after a successful winter test in Buriram, Thailand. He joins twice Moto 2 champion Johann Zarco in the French team.

    Hafizh will be riding the Yamaha YZR-M1, and posted a time just 1.7 seconds off the fastest laptime set by Dani Pedrosa of Repsol Honda Team. 23-year old Hafizh, who comes from Ampang, was previously slated to compete in Moto 2 with SIC Racing Team, but left suddenly, only to land the position vacated by Jonas Folger, who pulled out of the 2018 MotoGP season due to injury.

    “I’m incredibly delighted after receiving the good news that I will ride with Monster Yamaha Tech3 in 2018,” said Hafizh. “Following three very interesting and great days of testing in Buriram, where I learned a lot, I want to thank my crew again, especially Nico and Maxime, but also Johann and Laurent for their advices. In just a short time, I really learned to fully control a MotoGP bike, which is still unbelievable for me,” he said.

    “I’m really happy to announce that Hafizh Syahrin will be the second Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider alongside Johann Zarco,” said Tech 3 team manager Herve Poncharal. “It has been a long process to find somebody, who could be the one,” he continued.

    “We had to convince all the people around us, that Hafizh is going to be a good MotoGP rider. Therefore, we had to give him a tough task during the three days of testing in Buriram. In the end, he did a tremendous job, he fulfilled the mission. Yamaha was more than happy with his performance and the whole Tech3 team was delighted,” said Poncharal.

    Final testing for the MotoGP teams happens in Qatar on March 1. The 2018 MotoGP World Championship season begins at the Losail Circuit in Qatar on March 16.

  • SsangYong teases e-SIV electric SUV – Geneva debut

    SsangYong has released teasers for a C-segment electric SUV concept that will make its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The e-SIV points to SsangYong’s future direction for mobility, new technologies and product development, according to its maker.

    The e-SIV – which stands for Electronic Smart Interface Vehicle – is a strategic model for the brand, and illustrates its approach towards future electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving, the Korean 4×4 specialist says. “The e-SIV will be central in helping to shape the next-generation of SsangYong SUVs and EVs,” it adds.

    The e-SIV is based on the design selected for SsangYong’s next generation C-segment SUV. It’s 4,460 mm long and 1,870 mm wide, with a 2,675 mm wheelbase. That’s slightly larger than a current-generation Honda CR-V but smaller than the marque’s latest Rexton, which is a seven-seater SUV.

    Not much details on the EV bits, other than that the motor is a 140 kW unit and features fast charging of up to 80% in 50 minutes. SsangYong mentions top speed of 150 km/h and a range of up to 450 km. This is the company’s fifth electric car concept after the KEV1 in 2010, KEV2 (2011), e-XIV (2012), and Tivoli EV-R from Geneva 2015.

  • 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag – only available online

    Taking a slightly different road is the 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag, which follows the Tesla scheme of online purchasing with a base price of 6,990 euro, ex-Italy (RM33,635). This special Scrambler Sixty2, only available online, comes with a dedicated colour scheme of Midnight Black and a different seat.

    Also included in the specifications list is mudguard and handlebar in the same Midnight Black with orange Scrambler logo. The seat unit is taken from the Scrambler Desert Sled and is claimed to be very comfortable.

    Currently available in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, the buying process for the Scrambler Hashtag begins with the purchase of a 500 euro (RM2,400) voucher from the dedicated website. The buyer then heads to the Ducati dealer named in the voucher, and finalises the balance payment and delivery date.

    Additionally, successful purchasers of the Scrambler Hashtag are given a 20% bonus on original Sixty2 accessories as well as the Ducati Scrambler clothing and lifestyle range. Deliveries for the 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag are expected to begin in mid-March.

    The Sixty2 is the smallest machine in Ducati’s Scrambler range, with its V-twin power plant putting out 41 hp at 8,750 rpm, with torque rated at 34.6 Nm at 8,000 rpm. In Malaysia, the Scrambler Sixty2 retails at RM49,999, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

  • GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Harrier 2.0T Luxury in Malaysia

    We now bring you a full gallery of the 2018 Toyota Harrier 2.0T Luxury, the range-topping variant of the SUV which is also available in base 2.0T Premium guise. This one is priced at RM259,900 on-the-road without insurance, making it RM21,900 more than the base variant.

    The Harrier is powered by an 8AR-FTS 2.0 litre turbo engine (same as the Lexus NX) that produces 231 PS from 5,200 to 5,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,650 and 4,000 rpm. The mill is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, with drive being sent to the front wheels.

    Standard exterior equipment on both variants include LED headlights with sequential turn signals, LED fog lamps, LED daytime running lights and LED cornering lamps. There’s also a set of 18-inch dual-tone, five-spoke turbine design alloy wheels shod with 235/55 profile tyres and keyless entry as well. Extra items exclusive to the Luxury are a panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate and rain-sensing wipers.

    Moving inside, the Luxury one ups the Premium with its Nappa leather upholstery (instead of Ultrasuede), a NanoE air purifying system, electrochromic rearview mirror and illuminated scuff plates. The Luxury also gets ventilated and power-adjustable front seats – eight-way driver side with memory function and four-way passenger side.

    A dual-zone climate control system, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, power-adjustable steering column and keyless start are standard on both variants.

    Safety-wise, all variants of the Harrier are equipped with similar kit, including seven airbags, VSC, traction control, hill start assist, ABS with EBD and brake assist, an electronic parking brake with brake hold function and parking sensors.

    The SUV also gets the Toyota Safety Sense suite including Pre-crash System (autonomous emergency braking), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Adaptive High-beam System (AHS).

    Once again, the Harrier 2.0T Luxury goes for RM259,900, which is inclusive of a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty. Buyers will get to choose from four exterior colours for both variants – White Pearl Crystal Shine, Sparkling Black Pearl Crystal Shine, Dark Blue Mica Metallic and Silver Metallic – with the first two requiring an additional RM848.

    There are also a few optional accessories that can be added on, with the first being an upgrade to a DVD-AVN infotainment system with navigation for RM1,272. The other option is to install a tonneau cover in the boot for RM1,590.

  • 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – road-legal racer reloaded

    The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is out. This is the second and final GT3 RS that will be based on the current 991 platform, which is set to be replaced by a 992 generation later this year. What a bow out for the ultimate motorsports Porsche for the road.

    The 4.0 litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine has been massaged to put out 20 hp more for 520 hp at 8,250 rpm. The same engine in the previous GT3 RS and current standard GT3 is rated at 500 hp. The gains are from new intake and exhaust systems, as well as tweaks to the engine management. The flat-six, which revs to 9,000 rpm, is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic gearbox. Like before, there’s no manual option.

    The GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, which is a tenth faster than the car it replaces. Top speed is up slightly from 310 to 312 km/h.

    Autocar reports that the engine actually develops more power than is claimed and could have been homologated at 530 hp, but Porsche decided to err on the side of caution, quoting Porsche GT boss Andreas Preuninger. In race spec, if allowed to run without air restrictors, the flat-six could make more than 600 hp.

    Motorsport technology for the chassis include ball joints on all arms (for greater precision over conventional elastokinematic bearings), 20-inch lightweight wheels with newly developed 265/35 tyres on the front (enhances agility and steering behaviour) and 21-inch wheels with 325/30 tyres at the rear axle. The rear axle steering has been recalbrated.

    The UK mag adds that the new GT3 RS has the same spring rates front and rear as the turbocharged GT2 RS, launched in July 2017. At the front, the spring rates are double that on the current 911 GT3 and previous GT3 RS, and the rear spring rate is up by 40%.

    The GT3 RS looks every inch a race car, thanks to the wide body and classic rigid rear wing. Inside, you’ll find full bucket seats made of carbon, lightweight door panels with storage nets and opening loops, reduced sound absorption and the new lightweight rear lid. The front wings and bonnet are in carbon, and the roof is made of magnesium.

    Owners can take the diet one step further with the optional Weissach package, which features additional carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior (CF roof), as well as optional magnesium wheels. In its lightest configuration, this pack reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS down to 1,430 kg.

    As with all current GT models, the Clubsport package is also available at no extra cost. The package includes a roll-over bar, a manual fire extinguisher, preparation for a battery disconnect switch and a six-point belt.

    Wing aside, one can tell new from old by reprofiled front and rear bumpers with new vertical air flow guides within the outer ducts (front) and larger air extraction ducts (rear). Order books for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS are open now. It will be launched in Germany from mid-April.

  • Lamborghini launches spring-summer 2018 collection

    Lamborghini has announced the arrival of its spring-summer 2018 fashion collection for men, women, children and babies. That’s right, and the best part is you don’t even have to own the car to be eligible to purchase any one of these items.

    Be warned, though. They don’t come cheap, relatively speaking. For menswear, the cheapest item in the automaker’s online store starts at US$56 (RM218) for a baseball cap. A plain tee shirt with the bull crest starts from US$72 (RM280), and it goes all the way up to the priciest item on the list – a US$1,228 (RM4,782) leather jacket. There are items like the US$948 (RM3,691) parka jacket and a US$694 (RM2,702) blazer, including a unique Lamborghini-Mizuno running shoes that cost US$401 (RM1,561).

    For the ladies, the selection is a little smaller, beginning with the basic US$ 75 (RM292) tee to the US$373 (RM1,452) down’s jacket. Over in the kids section, it starts with a range of US$62 (RM241) tee shirts to the US$158 (RM615) track suits.

    To see how Lamborghini thinks you should match the outfits with its cars, watch the video below. In it are two season-appropriate cars – the 602 hp/560 Nm Huracan Spyder and the 740 hp/690 Nm Aventador S. Both models are sold in Malaysia and priced from RM1.35 million and RM1.8 million respectively.

    What do you guys think of Lamborghini’s new collection? As for me, I think I’ll stick with Uniqlo.

  • Porsche drops all diesel models from line-up – report

    Diesel is on its way out thanks to the global emissions scandal that has engulfed several automakers, not least brands under the Volkswagen Group umbrella. Porsche has reportedly ended production of all diesel models throughout its product range, thus discontinuing two of its last diesel models, the Macan S Diesel and the Panamera 4S Diesel, according to Autocar.

    This follows the German automaker’s decision to introduce the latest iteration of the Cayenne SUV without a diesel version in its line-up, and its smaller diesel sibling, the Macan S Diesel has been dropped as buyer demands moves towards petrol and hybrid powertrain-equipped models.

    The same reason was cited for the discontinuation of the Panamera 4S Diesel, which accounted for just 15% of the Panamera’s 11,000 sales globally in 2017. Petrol models made up 35%, while the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid accounted for 50% of the year’s total.

    The current lack of diesel models does not mean that Porsche has decided to stop sales of diesel models permanently, a source told Autocar. Company CEO Oliver Blume did however relay to the publication that “diesel is not so important for Porsche,” saying that diesel sales are concentrated in its native Europe, and make up only 15% of global sales.

    The focus on electric powertrains will culminate in the debut of the Mission E which is slated for next year, while the next-generation Porsche 911 is tipped to give rise to a hybrid model in 2019 as well.

    GALLERY: Porsche Cayenne S Diesel

    GALLERY: Porsche Mission E spyshots


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