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Lamborghini Unveils the Sian Roadster – Brand’s Most Powerful Convertible Ever

Lamborghini has just taken the wraps off Sián Roadster – a limited edition, open-top hybrid super sports car engineered around Lamborghini’s iconic V12 engine with a few cool hybrid features.

While key features on the exterior include the iconic periscopio line inspired by the first Countach, long sculptured contours and characteristic aero wings, a low front with integrated carbon fiber splitter, as well as the brand’s iconic Y-shape headlights.

According to Lamborghini, airflow is directed through the front splitters and through the front bonnet, through the side air intakes and outlets and over the rear spoiler, with no loss of aerodynamic efficiency from the roadster’s roofless design.  

And then we have the active cooling vanes on the rear which use unique materials-science technology patented by Lamborghini.

The vanes, which are triggered by the reaction of smart-material elements to the temperature generated by the exhaust system, cause them to rotate and provide an elegant and lightweight cooling solution.

The extreme and strong rear of the car incorporates Lamborghini’s evocative hexagon design, including six hexagonal taillights inspired by the Countach. The rear wing is integrated within the profile and extends out only during the driving to enhance the performance. 

The Sián Roadster’s hybrid system provides the highest power possible via the lightest solution, combining the V12 engine with a new powertrain. A 48-volt e-motor, delivering 34 hp, is incorporated into the gearbox to provide immediate response and improved performance. The e-motor also supports low-speed manoeuvers such as reversing and parking with electric power.

Located in the bulkhead between cockpit and engine, the Sian Roadster’s electric system with the supercapacitor and e-motor, which weighs only 34 kg, is actually a world-first technology that is capable of storing ten times the power of a lithium-ion battery.

The system also ensures perfect weight distribution. Three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery producing the same power, the powertrain delivers a remarkable weight-to-power ratio of 1.0 kg/hp.

This advanced technology, combined with the V12 engine, kicks out a total output of 819 hp and reaches a top speed of over 350 km/h. 0 to 100 time stands at an impressive 2.9 seconds.

The Lamborghini Sián Roadster also incorporates a highly sophisticated regenerative braking system, which fully charges the Sián’s energy storage system every time the vehicle brakes.

The innovative system also delivers instant acceleration in low gears, with improved traction force provided by the combination of V12 engine and hybrid system.

That being said, only 19 units of the Sian Roadster were produced and unfortunately, all of them were sold even before the world knew it existed.

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Aston Martin Recreates DB5 from Goldfinger, Complete with all the Gadgets

Aston Martin has just successfully recreated the legendary DB5 we saw in the 1964 James Bond movie, Goldfinger. 

Known as the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation program, 25 units of the gadget-laden DB5 identical to the one in the movie will be created under the initiative.

Created in association with Bond filmmaker EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen in the film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars include an array of functioning devices created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould.

The gadgets include:

Exterior:

  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)

Interior:

  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation

All the Goldfinger edition cars are being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.

The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels cloaking an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure.

Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp.

This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.

Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent – James Bond – who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

That being said, the first deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers have commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020. 

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Mercedes-Benz Launches New Insurance and Takaful Plans for Customers

Mercedes-Benz Protection, under Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia (MBSM), has introduced two new insurance and takaful solutions to provide Mercedes-Benz owners with greater peace of mind.

The solutions are a first-of-its-kind in the premium motor insurance and takaful category, and amongst other things, offer a temporary Mercedes-Benz replacement vehicle benefit for up to 20-days per period of insurance if the insured car is in an authorised Mercedes-Benz workshop for accident repair.

There are also new benefits which include a nationwide limitless towing distance, reimbursement of car key replacement costs, and an all driver cover which does not require a prior driver name submission to the insurer.

Under the improved insurance and takaful packages, vehicles will be covered for basic loss or damage such as damage resulting from accidental collision, burglary, housebreaking, theft and attempted theft, or any malicious acts, and liability to third parties, with additional protection for impact damage caused by falling trees due to convulsions of nature.

Other new features of Star Protect and Star Protect Plus include coverage for all drivers of a car, both individually-owned and company-owned, even if a driver’s name is not stated during the insurance submission process.

The towing assistance will also see a comprehensive plan upgrade which includes unlimited towing distance for breakdown and accident with one-way toll charges of up to RM30 included.

Under the towing plan, customer can utilize the flood towing for up to six occurrences, 24-hour minor roadside repairs and free assistance in arranging value-added benefits that offer accommodation, taxi transportation, and cross-border towing services. Customers will only have to pay for the value-added benefits if used.

The packages also offer owners car key replacement, compensation for loss of possessions as a result of window snatch theft, flood relief allowance for damage due to flood, and personal accident coverage for the driver and up to four (4) passengers.

If the car is in an authorised Mercedes-Benz workshop for accident repair, Mercedes-Benz Protection will provide customers with a temporary Mercedes-Benz car for up to 20 days per period of insurance.

Star Protect Plus will come with an additional four (4) Tyre and four (4) Rim coverage to ensure protection at every turn. This provides protection for accidental damage caused by road debris or curbing which can adversely impact the resale value of a car, as well as optimum vehicle performance. 

The Star Protect and Star Protect Plus insurance and takaful solutions are available at all leading and authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

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Nissan X-Trail Gets Impul Treatment – From RM140k

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) has introduced a new “Tuned by Impul” cosmetic enhancement package for the Nissan X-Trail.

The package comprises an aerokit with Dual Tone front and rear aero bumper spoilers, Gloss Black V-Motion Grille Cladding, Side Skirts, Split Mounted Rear Spoilers, as well as 18-inch Impul Aura SX-50 rims with Continental ContiMaxContact MC6 tyres.

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Complementing the exterior additions is the IMPUL Sports Spring, as well as interior enhancements such as the new Maroon Nappa Leather upholstery on the seats, dashboard, knee pads, and armrest.

Priced at RM11,000, the new Nissan X-trail Tuned by IMPUL package is available in 4 variants with prices as mentioned below:

Current owners of the Nissan X-Trail who are interested may also opt for selected Impul accessories as mentioned below:

The new Nissan X-Trail Tuned by IMPUL package is factory fitted and the vehicle comes standard with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty, whereas the accessories come with 3 years or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first).

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Auto Bavaria Tebrau 4S Centre Opening Next Week

BMW Group Malaysia just announced that Auto Bavaria Tebrau, the newest full-suite Sales, Services, Spare Parts and Systems (4S) dealership for BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI, and BMW Premium Selection (BPS), will officially open its doors for business next week on 15th July 2020.

The new dealership offers a built-up space of 63,000 square feet, capable of displaying up to 24 vehicles from all the brands mentioned above.

Manned by over 80 staffs, the dealership also features a Customer Lounge, an Isetta Bar, a BMW Lifestyle & Accessories display area, as well as a Handover Area with RATC (reception at the car) Service. 

In case you’re wondering, Auto Bavaria Tebrau is located at 3B, Jalan Persiaran Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

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Mitsubishi and NIOSH to Provide Safety Driving Training

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Malaysia.

The MoU signed by both parties until June 2021 will see a partnership between both companies to develop Safety and Defensive Driving (SDD) training programs, and to share technical knowledge and skills for product development.

The training programs are designed to identify hazards and take control measures while driving, as well as to acquire proper driving skills and techniques specially designed for MMM corporate customers while engaging with Mitsubishi cars at their workplace. 

It is also a program recognized by Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Malaysia.

MMM is also hopeful that through this partnership, more health and safety programs will be developed in accordance with the National Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) policy aimed at protecting workers in a safe and conducive work environment.

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Honda Civic Retains No.1 Spot in C-Segment

Honda Malaysia has announced that the new Civic, which was officially launched in February this year, remains No.1 in the C-Segment with a captured market share of 70%.

To-date, the new Civic is currently the 3rd best-selling model in Honda Malaysia’s overall sales. While the Central region contributed 44% to the total sales, 17% came from the Southern region, followed by 15% from the Northern region.

The White Orchid Pearl colour appears to be the favourite among customers, representing 42% of the overall sales for the New Civic.

According to Honda Malaysia, the new Civic is receiving positive response from the market with a total of more than 6,500 bookings as of June 2020.

It is also worth mentioning here that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) took delivery of 425 units of the Civic 1.8S last month to be used as patrol vehicles.

That being said, the delivery timeline for the new Civic is one month waiting period and stocks are available to meet customers demand.

The New Civic’s price list after the sales tax exemption is as mentioned below:

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All-New BMW R18 is Open for Booking – Only 18 Units, RM156k

Following the launch of the all-new S1000 XR, BMW Motorrad Malaysia also teased the arrival of the all-new R18 cruiser on the company’s online booking platform.

Limited to only 18 units in Malaysia, the All-New BMW R 18 large capacity classic boxer features the First Edition logo with pin stripe design on gloss black paint, complemented by chrome handle bars, shifter lever, handle end caps, cylinder head covers and crank covers, as well as air intake.

The “luxurious cruiser” as BMW Motorrad calls it, offers a full LED headlight, as well as LED rear and brake lights. The high-quality ‘Machined’ engine housing cover made of milled aluminium, created in collaboration with Roland Sands Design, features an attractive colour contrast between black and silver.

Powering the R18 is the biggest displacement boxer engine BMW has ever built. The air/oil-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts placed above the drive shaft bears a capacity of 1,802 cc capable of a maximum torque of 158 Nm at 3000 rpm and maximum speed of 180km/h.

The R 18 is also equipped with electronic intake pipe fuel injection with twin-spark ignition. Fuel consumption of the new cruiser is 5.6 litres per 100km of travel.

Emission control is offered via a regulated three-way catalytic converter, while the alternator is a 600W permanent magnet generator paired with a maintenance-free 12 V/26 Ah battery.

Power is transmitted to the new cruiser via a single-disk dry clutch with a 6-gear shifting claw transmission in a separate transmission housing.

In terms of suspension, the new cruiser comes with a double-cradle steel frame with screwed-on under beams. The front suspension is offered via the classic telescopic fork with fork sleeves and cantilever suspension strut with travel-dependent damping. In the rear is the steel swinging fork with central shock strut.

A 300mm twin disk brake with 4-piston fixed callipers in front is also standard to the All-New BMW R 18, with single disk brakes in the rear.

The BMW Motorrad Integral Anti-Lock Braking System (partially integral) is also available to prevent wheel lock in hard braking situations. The new cruiser is also equipped with the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and features three riding modes: Rock, Roll and Rain.

The All-New BMW R 18 is also fitted with a specifically designed circular instrument with multifunctional display. The circular instrument features an analogue speedometer display for a classic style. As with other BMW Motorrad models, the Keyless Ride system also replaces the conventional ignition steering lock in the all-new BMW R 18.

The new cruiser now features the reverse gear and lockable fuel filter cap as standard. To further personalise the all-new BMW R 18, owners also have the option to accessorise with a variety of wheel seats, handlebars, valve covers, engine breast plate, luggage range as well as the engine protection bar, amongst other optional accessories.

Priced at RM156,600, the all-new BMW R 18 First Edition will be available from October 2020. However, advance online reservation is now open.

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All-New BMW S1000 XR Launched – RM121,500

BMW Motorrad Malaysia recently introduced the All-New BMW S 1000 XR, with a number of significant updates.

Featuring a new layout for the main frame, the S 1000 XR is now 10 kg lighter than the outgoing model, and comes with redesigned fuel tank flanks and body parts in the seat area which provides better support and an improved knee grip.

The “ergonomic triangle” between the handlebar, seat surface, and footrests have also been redesigned in order to offer the rider a more comfortable and relaxed riding position.

Standard offerings include an integrated Pannier Holder, a toll card compartment as well as storage compartment underneath the seat. The new variant also comes with optional features that have now been made standard, including the main centre stand, hand protection guard as well as heated grips.

The All-New BMW S 1000 XR also comes equipped with turn indicators and rear light unit, where the headlight features the latest LED technology with two symmetrically arranged LED units each for low beam, high beam and parking light.

In addition, there are the adaptive cornering lights that have been designed with precision to enhance illumination of the road at night when cornering. For enhanced recognition of the vehicle during the day, the Headlight Pro DRL (Daytime Riding Light) is integrated as a standard feature into the bike.

Power comes courtesy of a newly developed in-line four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 999 cc,and an increased maximum output of 165 hp and 114 Nm of torque, which enables the bike to hit a top speed of 200km/h.

Compared to the predecessor model, the 4th, 5th and 6th gear now have longer ratios in order to reduce noise, fuel consumption and engine speed level.

In addition to a smoother and self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, the All-New BMW S 1000 XR now features the electrically controlled engine drag torque control (MSR) to prevent the rear wheel from slipping as a result of an abrupt throttling or downshifting.

Four riding modes are available as standard – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro, and for the first time, the Dynamic Pro mode can be fully configured to offer a wide range of setting options.

Further complementing the whole package is the latest generation Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and DTC Wheelie function which can be configured separately.

In enhancing safety measures when braking in banking position, the ABS Pro provides a fortified degree of performance and safety to provide extreme riding pleasure. The All-New BMW S 1000 XR also includes the Hill Start Control Pro as standard to offer support on steep inclines.

The All-New BMW S 1000 XR is also equipped with the latest generation of BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), providing a dynamic riding experience with a distinctive level of riding comfort.

Dynamic ESA Pro is available with two damping modes of Road and Dynamic, along with the automatic load compensation. The new variant also features the dynamic brake assistant DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) to provide support to the rider during braking manoeuvres. For more convenience, the new variant also features an integrated Keyless Ride function.

The completely redeveloped instrument panel of the all-new BMW S 1000 XR displays an extended range of information on a large 6.5-inch TFT screen, excellent for optimum visibility even in difficult lighting conditions.

The Pure Ride screen has all the information required for regular riding on the road including vehicle status overview, while the Core screen displays banking position, braking and traction control. A practical arrow navigation system with app is also included as standard.

Offered in two colours – Ice Grey and Racing Red, the all-new BMW S 1000 XR is priced at RM121,500.

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We Don’t Know How to Feel About the New Bentley Bentayga’s Rear

After “handcrafting” and selling more than 20,000 units, Bentley has announced the introduction of the new Bentayga, which now comes with a fresh design, the latest on-board technology, and an even more cosseting cabin.

Inspired by the brand’s new design language that was introduced in the third-generation Continental GT and all-new Flying Spur, the Bentayga now comes with a more upright, larger, assertive matrix grille.

Also new is the intelligent LED matrix headlamp technology includes the signature Bentley design inspired by cut crystal glassware, a more aggressive front bumper, and heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers introduced for the first time, with 22 washer jets in each arm.

At the rear, the new Bentayga has undergone a major transformation, with a total redesign of the rear surfaces including a new full-width tailgate with new encapsulated lamps, while the licence plate has been moved down into the bumper for a cleaner appearance. The rear track width has also grown by 20 mm.

Inside, among the major changes include a new centre fascia and steering wheel, new door trims and all-new seats – now available with ventilation in the rear of the five-seat cabin option.

Passengers in the rear also enjoy significantly more space, with legroom increased by up to 100 mm depending on configuration.

A next generation infotainment system is integrated seamlessly into the handcrafted, Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard design and features a 10.9-inch display screen with edge-to-edge graphics.

The latest hardware and software bring all-new navigation with satellite maps, online search and other features. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard for the first time, alongside the existing wired system, along with Android Auto (market dependant).

Rear seat occupants benefit from the introduction of a new, larger touchscreen remote control tablet, similar to that introduced in the all-new Flying Spur.

Connectivity around the car has been significantly improved as well, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard. The new Bentayga is now provided with an embedded SIM, as with the latest Continental GT models, meaning My Bentley connected car features no longer require customers to provide their own data connection.

My Bentley in-car and remote services are also a continually developing range of services available to customers through a dedicated app, available both on Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms.

The luxurious interior can be further enhanced with the application of dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim for the first time in a Bentley, as well as two straight-grained veneers new to Bentayga: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut.

Mulliner Driving Specification adds a new quilting design, and micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats.

According to Bentley, the new Bentayga will initially be launched in a V8 guise offering supercar performance balanced with everyday usability, with the plug-in Hybrid and W12-powered Speed versions to follow this year. The V8’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol engine develops an impressive 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque.

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