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  • Honda offering free 32-point inspection for all marques

    Honda Malaysia is offering free 32-point vehicle inspections that are open to cars from all brands. This is in conjunction with the festive season of Gawai and Ka’amatan celebrated in Sabah and Sarawak. Honda cars that are affected by the Takata airbag inflator recall can also have replacement work done at the four locations.

    The Honda Road Safety Campaign will be at Kota Kinabalu (Petron Ulam South, Jalan Lintas and Petron KM25 Jalan Tuaran) and Kuching (E-Mart Matang and Giant Stutong) from today till Sunday, May 28. Opening hours are from 8am to 6pm. Inspections will take 10 to 15 minutes per car, and the points of inspection are listed below.

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    Every inspection also comes with a goodie bag that will have some snacks and drinks. Take this opportunity to ensure that your car is in good condition before heading back to the hometown. Drive safe.

     
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  • Honda’s LoveCubSnap site brings Cub lovers together

    The ubiquitous Honda Cub, or kapchai, is where many bikers first cut their riding teeth. With Honda projecting sales of the Honda Cub – first sold in 1958 – to reach a total of 100 million units in 2017, it has put together a project to gather Cub owners and lovers worldwide together.

    A website – click here – has been created to allow for Honda Cub owners from around the world to post pictures of themselves with their Cubs of any generation. There are some simple rules to participate in the website, first by joining up, then uploading and properly sizing your photograph according to the guidelines.

    There are no prizes, save for the satisfaction of participation and being part of the global Cub family. Except for the North and South poles, there is unlikely to be anywhere in the world you cannot find a Honda Cub.

    In Malaysia, the Honda EX5 Dream Fi is the culmination of 50 years of kapchais, with its air-cooled, single-cylinder 109.1 cc engine. Fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi, the EX5 Dream puts out a claimed 8.35 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm.

    The standard model Honda EX5 Dream Fi – with spoked wheels and tubed tyres – is sold in Malaysia at RM4,715.94 for kickstart, and RM4,959.74 for electric start. There is also a 2017 Honda EX5 Dream Limited Edition which retails at RM4,874.94.

     
  • Proton’s R3 division winding down – lack of funds

    Amidst the Proton-Geely foreign strategic partnership confirmation and news on the plans and future of the Malaysian carmaker with a new partner onboard, there’s a small section of the company that’s currently feeling sentimental. R3, Proton’s motorsports division will be shuttered, and personnel, both past and present, have been posting their tributes and farewell notes on social media.

    The timing of R3’s winding down coincides with the Proton-Geely deal, which also sees the Chinese carmaker take majority stake in Lotus. This leads to the easy assumption that the developments are related. That’s not true, and it’s merely a coincidence, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    According to the source, the plan to wind down R3 isn’t a shock decision and has been on the cards for some time. Unsurprisingly, it’s due to the lack of budget, and the slowing down of Proton sales of late has made it impossible for R3 to keep doing what it does, which as its name suggests, is Race, Rally and Research.

    The source added that Proton needs to channel funds towards its core operations, and the company’s current situation means that R3 is no longer a priority. R3 will close its doors at the end of May, and its staff will be reassigned. The division’s future will only be discussed when Geely comes onboard. Perhaps when the company’s health has been restored, R3 can someday rise from the ashes – who knows?

     
  • AD: Subaru WRX STI promo – 300 PS, 6MT, RM239k!

    Get ready to experience true freedom and exhilaration with the Subaru WRX STI, now available at an irresistible price of RM239,000 (on-the-road, without insurance). That gets you a 300 PS sports sedan with a six-speed manual transmission for ultimate performance and control.

    The Subaru WRX STI, now at selected Subaru showrooms, has a 2.5 litre turbocharged Boxer engine with 300 PS at 6,000 rpm and 407 Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Power goes to all four wheels through Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Active Torque Vectoring, and it can cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 5.2 seconds, on to a top speed of 255 km/h.

    The RM239k promo price is valid for unregistered 2016 showroom display units, with very limited units available. It’s a massive saving over the full price of RM315k, so best be quick if you’re interested!

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  • VIDEO: Volvo S60 Polestar clinched Nurburgring lap record for road-legal four-door car…secretly

    When a carmaker breaks a lap record at the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife circuit, it is usually followed by a huge hoopla to trumpet the accomplishment, complete with a barrage of videos and press releases. What Volvo did was keep it a secret – for an entire year.

    The story goes that after the conclusion of the WTCC Race of Germany at the Nürburgring last year, the works Polestar Cyan Racing team stayed on to conduct a secret test with a Volvo S60 Polestar. The team wanted to see how far it could push the road car from a performance perspective, and incorporated its two decades of racing knowledge into the car you see here.

    Although not originally part of the plan, the team inadvertently broke the then lap record for road-legal four-door cars, with a time of 7 minutes 51.11 seconds. In typical Swedish fashion, the feat was kept under wraps until just days before the 2017 race, because of the important lessons learnt from the test – which will be fed back to both the WTCC race cars and future Polestar road cars.

    As you can see, the car used to set the time has been modified, with the visible changes being a vented bonnet as well as blistered wheel arches and bumpers to fit the wider track – so this isn’t exactly the S60 Polestar you can buy from the dealer. Still, it’s quite some achievement, eclipsed only by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio last year.

    The standard S60 Polestar features a 2.0 litre Drive-E turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder engine that develops 367 hp and 420 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – resulting in a 0-100 km/h time of just 4.7 seconds. To keep all that performance in check, there are stiffer springs, Öhlins dampers and 371 mm slotted brake discs.

     
  • MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi in hospital

    Multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is undergoing observation in a Rimini, Italy, hospital with chest and abdominal injuries sustained after a crash during training at the Crossodromo Cavallara, located 50 km from Rossi’s home town of Tavullia. Rossi was riding motocross when the incident occured.

    A Yamaha Racing statement confirmed that Rossi did not suffer any fractures and there is no evidence of serious trauma. However, Rossi remains under medical observation, with an official update expected at noon European time today.

    Rossi has not ridden motocross since 2010, when an accident that damaged his tendons and ligaments put an end to his championship season. He has since preferred training with flat track racing, most usually at the VR46 Moto Ranch in Tavullia, where the VR46 Academy is held each year.

     
  • BMW reportedly cancels the i5, focus on iNEXT instead

    A report by BMWBlog claims the BMW i5 has been cancelled. Instead, the company will focus on electrifying models in the regular BMW line-up like the X3 and 4 Series Gran Coupe, as well as new fully electric MINI vehicles.

    Rumours of a model that slots in between the i3 and the i8 have been going on for some time now, with leaked patent images further supporting that possibility. However, should the i5 project truly be binned, the i8 Spyder will be the only new addition to the BMW i range.

    Nonetheless, the BMW i division will be busy developing its iNEXT model range, which is expected to go on sale in 2021. Built on modular architectures, these models are expected to offer autonomous driving capabilities and further improve upon BMW’s electrification expertise.

    “The all-electric MINI and the all-electric BMW X3 will mark the beginning of the second wave of electrification for the BMW Group, benefitting from the ongoing technological progress we are making in this area,” said BMW CEO Harald Krueger.

    GALLERY: BMW i5 patent images

     
  • Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the most powerful road Jag ever – 600 PS 5.0 V8, 300-unit Collectors’ Edition

    Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has announced what it calls the most powerful, agile and extreme performance road legal Jaguar ever – the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which will “offer supercar performance and dynamics in a sedan.”

    The XE SV Project 8 will become the second Collectors’ Edition vehicle from SVO, following the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 in 2014. No more than 300 cars, all hand-assembled at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry, will be created for sale worldwide.

    Under this compact beast’s hood is the most highly tuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine, pushing out 600 PS. Full specifications will be revealed soon ahead of its world dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in in the UK on June 30. It has been developed at the Nurburgring, as these pics and video of the prototype show.

    For now, Autocar says that the mega saloon is all-wheel drive and uses a modified version of the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Jaguar’s above claims would mean that the mad XE will be faster than the F-Type SVR, so expect 0-100 km/h below 3.5 seconds and top speed in excess of 320 km/h.

    “The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar. The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable,” said John Edwards, MD of JLR’s performance arm.

    “Our clients worldwide were thrilled by the F-Type Project 7. The new XE SV Project 8 takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level – it is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors. The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that,” he added.

     
  • VIDEO: Hyundai Kona previewed in several videos

    Hyundai has yet to reveal the all-new Kona, and to ensure it retains the attention of the public, its South Korean division has released a slew of videos featuring the upcoming compact SUV.

    Unfortunately, you won’t get to see the Kona in its entirety here, but we’ve already seen the vehicle ahead of its planned debut thanks to previous spyshots by autoweek.nl. From the looks of it, the design of the Kona is no doubt funky, and certainly a standout from Hyundai’s other models.

    In other videos, Hyundai attempts to explain (in Korean) how the Kona will “break the mould” in the SUV segment, as well as take us on a trip to Hawaii. If you didn’t already know, the SUV gets is name from the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii, reflecting the island’s energetic image and unique lifestyle.

    When it makes its debut, the Kona will compete against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Toyota C-HR and Mazda CX-3. It should be underpinned by the same platform as the Creta (and i20), with a range of diesel and petrol engines available.






     
  • New BMW M4 GT4 race car goes on sale, faces Nurburgring 24 Hours test this weekend

    The BMW M4 GT4 race car goes on sale having completed over 20,000 km of tests, multiple hours in the wind tunnel, extensive application runs for fine-tuning purposes, and successful test outings under race conditions. Launched at an exclusive customer event at the Nurburgring this week, the M4 GT4 will cost 169,000 euros plus VAT.

    “We are looking forward to seeing the car enjoy success in the hands of our customer teams from 2018. We are offering our customers a sophisticated and reliable GT4 car, which incorporates all of BMW Motorsport’s expertise, coupled with the strong basis provided by the BMW M4 Coupe. The development of the BMW M4 GT4 focussed on mileage, cost efficiency and ease of maintenance,” said BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt.

    BMW used proven production technology and innovative developments from its top customer race car, the M6 GT3. The engine and transmission, including control electronics, were adopted from the road-going M4 Coupe, while the carbon bonnet comes from the limited edition M4 GTS. The M4 GT4 adds on carbon-fibre doors, motorsport-specific front splitters and rear wings, and a racing exhaust system. The seat, brakes and pedal box make use of solutions that are also used in the M6 GT3.

    One thing that’s new is the engine control software. The M4 GT4 is the first BMW Motorsport car to be fitted with power sticks, which can be pre-programmed for different engine performance levels. Thanks to the system, which has been approved by the SRO Motorsports Group and is well protected against manipulation, Plug-and-Play gives customers the ability to react quickly and flexibly to changes to the ‘Balance of Performance’ in various races.

    In recent months, the M4 GT4 has been tested by many BMW works drivers and customer racing drivers at various racetracks, with different tyres and in a wide range of conditions. The purpose of this was to adapt all the technical applications, such as the DSC stability system and ABS, to meet the demands of motor racing in as high detail as possible. The car has already proven its reliability and performance in races on the Nurburgring and at the 24 Hours of Dubai.

    The outing at this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours is the next test in the development of the M4 GT4. Dirk Adorf, BMW Motorsport Junior Ricky Collard and Jörg Weidinger, test and development engineer at BMW M and himself a very successful participant in the BMW Sports Trophy for many years, will use the endurance classic to gain more valuable knowledge about the new car. They will race alongside British motor hack Jethro Bovingdon in the M4 GT4 media car.


    GALLERY: BMW M4 CS

     
 

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