VIDEO: TMJ’s purple LaFerrari starts up, plus TPJ’s Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe

Recent photos of the stunning purple LaFerrari belonging to the Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim caused a stir on social media yesterday. Now, a video has surfaced that gives us a clearer look at the crown prince’s new hybrid hypercar.

Spotted at the Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, the LaFerrari, one of only 499 that will ever be built, is clad in a unique deep metallic purple – a stark change from the traditional crimson Rosso Corsa – matched to black wheels. Although we can’t see the interior of the car, we’re fairly certain that TMJ will have added a few choice personalised touches as part of Ferrari’s Tailor-Made programme.

In the video, the prince does start up the 789 hp/700 Nm 6.3 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine, here mated to the Hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System (HY-KERS) with a 163 hp electric motor – bringing total output to an insane 950 hp and 900 Nm – along with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

However, the muted engine note hints little of the performance lurking underneath, especially when you consider the LaFerrari is capable of sprinting to 100 km/h in under 3.0 seconds, 200 km/h in under 7.0 seconds, 300 km/h in 15 seconds and a top speed of over 350 km/h.

Also present in the video is a Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Coupé – distinguished by the chrome mesh grille and polished multispoke alloy wheels – belonging to the crown prince’s brother, Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman. The big Stuttgart two-door may not be quite as ostentatious as the LaFerrari, but with a twin-turbo 6.0 litre V12, it still kicks out a massive 630 hp, along with a towering 1,000 Nm of twist.

GALLERY: LaFerrari at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Johnny on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Just wondering, do they have to pay all the ‘normal’ taxes like we always do?

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    • Why JPJ allow such plates? they should be normal plates.

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    • Babun on Jan 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      He is citizen of Malaysia, taxes payer.

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    • alldisc on Jan 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Normally bought thru Singapore. And brought straight into johor, and into the istana.

      You wanna say no to that? Definitely no tax paid. And cheaper as well.

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    • mr1031 on Jan 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      i thought kerabat don’t need to pay taxes..or should they?

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  • Ini mesti kron…. aik… it is TMJ, so jangan persoal.

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  • Jarred on Jan 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    After that, have to make way for police escort for convoi of supercars. People go berserk over politicians escort but not royalties.

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    • achupudek rascal on Jan 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Because most people understand what the D stands for in PDRM.

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  • Putera Insaf on Jan 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Ramai lagi anak2 yatim, OKU perlu bantuan kat Johor nie. X patut bazir Tengku..

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    • alaa, lepas tu akan ada org cakp; negeri ni ada jabatan ini, jabatan itu, utk jaga kebajikan rakyatnya.

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  • stasta on Jan 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Johor royalty recently sold off Johor land to foreigners and pocketed 4 billion. if anyone else sold off Malaysian land for private profit it would be considered treason.

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