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  • F92 BMW M8 Coupe, F93 M8 Gran Coupe launched in Malaysia – 600 hp and 750 Nm, priced from RM1.45 mil

    BMW Malaysia has officially launched the F92 BMW M8 Coupe and F93 M8 Gran Coupé in the country. Both cars were introduced alongside the F97 X3 M and F98 X4 M (both in Competition spec), to make it a four M model debut earlier this evening.

    Both body-style M8s are powered by the same S63 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 as seen on the F90 M5, and this offers 600 hp at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm of torque between 1,800 and 5,600 rpm. Power is delivered to an M xDrive all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic settings. Also to be found on both cars is an Active M Differential.

    The M xDrive system splits torque distribution between the front and rear wheels depending on the conditions and chosen setting. As standard, it has a rear bias, but 4WD Sport mode pushes even more torque to the rear axle, and there’s a 2WD mode as well. The latter, only available with the stability control off, provides full rear-wheel drive engagement for those looking for more excitement.

    Performance-wise, both the M8 Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.3 seconds, despite the four-door GC being an extra 95 kg heavier. Top speed is electronically-limited to 250 km/h, but there’s always an optional M Driver’s Package that can be specified, which brings the maximum speed to 305 km/h.

    Both cars feature a similar suspension, which consists of adaptive dampers and a double wishbone front/five-link rear axle layout, the rear equipped with M-specific forged links. The M8 Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe come equipped with lighter M Compound brakes with blue calipers as standard, and are also fitted with the M-specific integrated brake system, which combines brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions in one compact module.

    Exterior M cues include M-specific twin-spar door mirrors, flared aluminium wings with M gills, a M rear spoiler as well as a M-specific M8 rear diffuser and a M-specific exhaust system with twin tailpipes and chrome trims.

    Additionally, both cars come with a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim, and ride on double-spoke style 810 M Bicolour 20-inch M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres.

    Inside, the cars comes standard with full Merino leather upholstery, and highlights include M Sport seats with an integrated, illuminated M8 logo as well a full-leather dashboard and door trim panels. There’s also a red starter button and a new electronic gearlever, embossed and featuring M colour stitching and a cut-out with “waterfall” lighting.

    Kit includes a BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which consists of an all-digital 12.3 inch instrument cluster, a high-resolution 10.25 inch control display and a full-colour head-up display with additional M-specific display presentations.

    Elsewhere, convenience features include an automatic tailgate and a soft-close function for doors as well as the brand’s Digital Key for one less item to tote about, although you’ll need a compatible Samsung smartphone for that.

    Meanwhile, driver assist items available under the BMW Personal CoPilot system include the Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus, which offer lane keeping assistant with side collision protection, lane change assistant, crossing-traffic warning and a reversing assistant, among others.

    Seven exterior colours are available for both the M8 Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe, namely Alpine White, Brands Hatch Grey, Marina Bay Blue, Motegi Red, Black Sapphire, Donington Grey and Barcelona Blue. Meanwhile, the Merino leather upholstery can be specified in either black or Silverstone.

    Finally, pricing for both cars. The BMW M8 Coupe is priced at RM1,452,960, while the M8 Gran Coupe goes for RM1,455,145, both on-the-road without insurance and with SST exemption in place. They come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and a free scheduled service programme.

    As you’d expect at this level, BMW Individual tailoring is available as a cost option for both cars, allowing them to be personalised for a mere snip. At point of launch, the company is presenting an exclusive M8 Coupe with a BMW Individual Frozen Bluestone exterior – which is the launch example – for an extra RM30,000. It’s limited to just this unit, so you’ll be unique.

    GALLERY: F92 BMW M8 Coupe


    GALLERY: F93 BMW M8 Gran Coupe

     
  • 2020 F97 BMW X3 M, F98 X4 M Competition launched in Malaysia – 3.0L inline-6, 510 hp, 600 Nm; fr RM887k

    Just weeks after launching the BMW M135i xDrive, BMW Malaysia played host to yet another event, this time introducing four fire-breathing M models to the Malaysian market. Launched alongside the M8 Coupé and M8 Gran Coupé are the F97 X3 M and F98 X4 M, both in Competition trims. The X3 M is priced at RM886,551.58, while the X4 M goes for RM904,276.60. Both prices are after 50% SST reduction.

    At the heart of these SUVs is the S58 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engine, which has its roots traced to the F80 M3 and F82 M4‘s celebrated S55 engine. However, the S58 features a new 3D-printed cylinder head core, which makes it lighter and has better cooling thanks to integrated ducts.

    Before things get too technical, note the Competition’s six-potter produces 510 hp and 600 Nm of torque, the latter available in full between 2,600 to 5,950 rpm. Together with an eight-speed M Steptronic torque converter automatic gearbox and intelligent M xDrive all-wheel drive, both cars will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.

    Top speed is electronically capped at 250 km/h, and the average fuel consumption is rated at 10.6 litres per 100 km. Just as a comparison, the non-Competition X3 M and X4 M get 480 hp and take 4.2 seconds to complete the century sprint.

    Their direct rivals are none other than the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and GLC 63 S Coupé, which both share the same 4.0 litre V8 engine that offers 510 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The AMG SUVs are slightly quicker, doing the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.8 seconds.

    Now, the X3 M and X4 M gets higher 350-bar pressure for the fuel injection system, and gets a closed-deck design, a forged crankshaft, wire-arc sprayed iron cylinder wall coatings, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double VANOS variable camshaft timing and an indirect intercooler.

    For drivers, there are three Drivelogic modes to choose from – Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus, each offering incrementally quicker shift times. Also included as standard are the Active M Differential (with rear-wheel bias in Sport mode), and speed-sensitive and variable-ratio M Servotronic electric power steering.

    For suspension, both cars feature improved elastokinematic qualities for more precise wheel location and directional stability, with custom-made swivel bearings, torque arms and wishbones at the front. There’s also special elastomer bearings and increased front camber, while the rear receives a stiffer camber arm, M-specific rubber mounts and stiffer anti-roll bars.

    Adaptive dampers with bespoke tuning are standard, as is M Compound Brakes. The latter comprises huge 395 mm discs at the front and 370 mm units at the back, clamped by four-piston front calipers and single piston rear calipers.

    Both cars are dressed to match their performance, featuring deeper air dams with larger intakes, M’s trademark dual-bar grille slats, aerodynamic wing mirrors, a rear spoiler and a diffuser integrating the M Sport quad exhaust tips (finished in black chrome). Tying it all together are body-coloured mouldings.

    Standard features include adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assistant, full LED tail lights, and huge 21-inch bicolour M light alloy wheels shod with high-performance tyres. Exterior colour options include Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Donington Grey (on the X3 M), Phytonic Blue, Sophisto Grey, and the new Toronto Red (seen here on the X4 M).

    Inside, the M sports steering wheel with twin red M Drive buttons is standard, and the push-start button is also finished in red. Behind the steering wheel are shift paddles and the M-specific digital instrument display. The 10.25-inch centre display is hooked up to a 600-watt, nine-channel 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and it also supports Apple CarPlay.

    Also on are Merino leather M Sport seats (available in black, Sakhir Orange or Adelaide Grey) with active seat ventilation, lumbar support and illuminated M badge, redesigned M gear selector, carbon-fibre inlays, BMW M decorative seams, M seat belts, M foot pedals, and knee pads.

    Rear passengers now get adjustable seatbacks and sunblinds, too. Boot space for the X3 M is 550 litres, while the X4 M offers 525 litres. With the seats down, those numbers balloon to 1,600 litres and 1,430 litres respectively.

    Lastly, for safety, both cars are equipped with Driving Assistant Plus and Parking Assistant Plus. These include forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, active cruise control, and parking assistant with surround view camera. Also included are BMW Gesture Control and the ConnectedDrive suite of services.

    Again, to recap, the X3 M Competition retails for RM887k, while the X4 M Competition goes for RM904k. With the BMW Balloon Financing Plan, these cars can be owned from RM10,118.00 (based on 80% loan for a five-year tenure) a month.

    Included in the price is the full BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience, which comprises a five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programme, BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline, BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App, BMW Privileges Card, and BMW Service Online.

    GALLERY: F97 BMW X3 M Competition

    GALLERY: F98 BMW X4 M Competition

     

  • Mitsubishi Xpander arriving in M’sia as facelift model

    The Mitsubishi Xpander that is set to arrive in Malaysia later this year will be the facelifted version, and though it has been some wait compared to other markets in the region – its global premiere in Indonesia was in 2017 – coming to the Malaysian market in facelift guise should somewhat make up for its belated introduction here.

    The latest iteration means that the Xpander will get LED headlamps, among other updates to identify the forthcoming MPV as a facelifted model. Receiving the facelifted model also means that the vehicle’s durability and reliability is already well established, and there has also been time for a wider selection of accessories to have been developed.

    Arriving relatively late to the party also has the added benefit of ensuring that any early teething issues have been ironed out; for instance, the fuel pump recall that applied to other markets will have been taken care off by the time it debuts in Malaysia.

    Mitsubishi’s entrant will rival the Honda BR-V and the Perodua Aruz when it arrives, and compared with its Japanese brand rival, the Xpander is the larger of the two, with a wheelbase 113 mm than that of the BR-V. The Mitsubishi capitalises on its larger dimensions with a larger boot, and its rear seats can be folded flat for better use of its load space.

    Most likely to power the facelifted Xpander for Malaysia will be the 4A91 1.5 litre NA inline-four cylinder petrol engine that produces 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. In Indonesia, the Xpander gets a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, sending drive to the front wheels. We are most likely to receive the automatic for Malaysia.

    In terms of pricing, the MPV is expected to be tagged between RM80,000 and RM90,000, given Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s track record of undercutting its competition. For more in detail, watch our man Hafriz Shah check out the things to look forward to in the facelifted Mitsubishi Xpander, in the video below.

    GALLERY: Mitsubishi Xpander facelift in Indonesia

     
  • AD: Mercedes-Benz EaseProtect Financing – unbeatable value and full protection of ownership

    The past few months have been tough going for the economy, though more recently there has been a gradual return towards normality. For some, this means that a new vehicle purchase is back on the cards, and for those who looking to finance a new Mercedes-Benz, there have been two options: the traditional hire-purchase bank loan, and Agility Financing from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

    There is now a third way. Enter EaseProtect Financing, which builds upon the opportunity to lower your monthly instalments commitment with Agility Financing, and adds another layer of security and protection by packaging comprehensive motor insurance along with a tyres and rims replacement service in the first year of ownership. Handy, given the state of most roads in Malaysia.

    The additional benefits in EaseProtect Financing do add a little to the monthly payments compared to Agility Financing, however these offer added value along with the peace of mind of extra coverage should anything untoward happen to your Mercedes-Benz.

    For example, an A 200 hatchback financed for three years on EaseProtect Financing will incur a monthly sum of around RM2,980, or RM200 more than the same model on Agility Financing. Either way, these financing method are significantly more accessible than traditional bank loans, which has been estimated at nearly RM5,000 a month.

    For a larger car such as the E 200, the monthly commitment over three years with EaseProtect is around RM4,580, or almost RM2,500 cheaper a month compared to the same car financed on a regular car loan. Suffice to say, financing your car through Mercedes-Benz offers savings of thousands, rather than mere hundreds.

    What’s more, the EaseProtect scheme also packages comprehensive motor insurance under Mercedes-Benz Financial’s own Star Protect Plus plan which guarantees that any repairs required for your car will use only genuine Mercedes-Benz parts to bring it back as its maker intended. Naturally, all breakdown and towing services are covered by this programme.

    The core advantages of Agility and EaseProtect Financing include the guaranteed future value of your Mercedes-Benz at the end of its financing tenure with the programmes, which offer added peace of mind that is especially relevant in these times of greater uncertainty – if the economy goes completely haywire and the market for used vehicles dries up, Mercedes-Benz Financial’s Guaranteed Future Value ensure that your car’s value at the end of its term will remain exactly as agreed upon, and not one bit less.

    The EaseProtect and Agility packages also come with Mobility Plus, a guarantee of a replacement car for you if your own is in the workshop for more than 48 hours. No ifs or buts; there will be a replacement car made available to you in that situation, and will also be a current Mercedes-Benz.

    Convinced yet? Many already are, as more than 50% of all new Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles in Malaysia are financed by Mercedes-Benz Financial, and most of these customers return to the programme after their first stint for more of the ownership experience.

     
  • VIDEO: 2020 Honda City RS i-MMD hybrid ad takes a swipe at Toyota Vios, Camry and Perodua Bezza

    Honda Malaysia is certainly not short on bravado. First, it made the bombshell announcement that Malaysia will be the first country in the world to offer the new City with the Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. The company has swiftly followed it up with a bold (or crass, depending on whether you’re a competitor) new advertisement for the car, which is being compared with some big names in the video.

    Not only did Honda show the City off against its main rival, the Toyota Vios, but it also spent much of the running time pitting the hybrid model head-to-head against a car two segments up – the Camry. The City is seen effortlessly overtaking the D-segment sedan on both the highway and at low speeds, despite the Camry driver ejecting his passengers in a desperate attempt to make the car lighter and faster.

    Later on, the City goes up Fraser’s Hill, making a mid-corner pass on a Perodua Bezza along the way. It arrives at a cafe at the top with time to spare, comfortably beating the Camry. So why is Honda making such obvious namechecks of its competition? Because, it says, the City has more torque than any of them, at 253 Nm.

    By comparison, the Bezza has 121 Nm, the Vios has 140 Nm and even the Camry “only” has 235 Nm. In the comparison table below, it even made a mention (in all but name) of the forthcoming Nissan Almera, which makes 152 Nm from its 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

    So how does the City produce that figure? The i-MMD system relies on two electric motors, one of them being a starter/generator integrated with the 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle i-VTEC engine. On its own, the latter produces 98 PS from 5,600 to 6,400 rpm and 127 Nm from 4,500 to 5,000 rpm.

    But the engine is only there mainly as a generator, either charging a lithium-ion battery or juicing the second electric motor. Most of the time, it’s this second motor that drives the car – it makes 80 kW (109 PS) and the headline 253 Nm of torque. This gives the City one of the main benefits of a fully-electric vehicle, namely instant torque when accelerating from a standstill.

    Removing the internal combustion engine from the equation of moving the car also means that acceleration is more linear, with a smoother transfer of torque – or at least, that’s what Honda claims. It also removes the need of a planetary gearset (an electronic continuously variable transmission, as most hybrid carmakers call it), making the whole system more compact and refined compared to other hybrid systems.

    The engine is connected to the wheels, however – a single-speed transmission and a lock-up clutch allow it to provide motive power at higher speeds, where it is at its most efficient. Understanding how the i-MMD system works is key to understanding how the magic 253 Nm is derived from, and why it’s not the walkover victory over the Camry that Honda Malaysia makes it out to be.

    Of course, the City will feel much more sprightly coming off the line because all that torque comes in from zero revs. However, the performance of an electric motor tapers significantly the faster you go, so that surge of torque won’t be quite so pronounced once you actually get going.

    In any case, the Camry still has a significant 74 PS power advantage at 184 PS, so even with a lot less weight to carry, the City is not exactly going to run away from the Toyota in a drag race. Honda has yet to provide performance figures, but the Jazz e:HEV – which uses the same powertrain – has a claimed zero-to-100 km/h acceleration time of 9.4 seconds.

    Toyota has also not given a sprint time for the latest Camry, but the previous-generation car – which used the same 2.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine and six-speed automatic gearbox – was quoted at 9.7 seconds from zero to 100 km/h. The new one has slightly torquier and more powerful but is also heavier, so it should even out. The City will probably still be quicker, yes, but perhaps not appreciably so.

    This slim advantage fizzles out at higher speeds, where the City locks out the electric motor and runs only on the petrol engine, with less power and far lower torque. This deficit is most apparent when looking at the top speeds – the old Camry could run on to 210 km/h, whereas the new Jazz hybrid is out of puff at 174 km/h.

    Before you come at us in the comments, yes, we know that looking at the bald figures isn’t the best way to assess performance, and that the electric motor will mean that the City will feel a little bit punchier in most driving conditions. And this article certainly takes nothing away from the incredibly clever i-MMD powertrain, which looks to deliver good performance and frugal fuel economy.

    And yes, it’s commendable that the City can even be compared on the same page as a far more expensive car, and it should be much quicker than its similarly-priced rivals. But maybe you should think first the next time you say your City can “smoke” a D-segment car.


    GALLERY: Honda City RS 1.0 VTEC Turbo in Thailand

     
  • August 2020 week three fuel price – all go up; RON 95 to RM1.68, RON 97 to RM1.98, diesel is up to RM1.82

    Another Friday, which means it’s time for the usual weekly fuel price update. No cheer this week, as there is an increase in the retail price of all fuels for the coming August 15 to 21 week.

    The ministry of finance has announced that the price of Euro 4M RON 95 petrol has been increased by five sen to RM1.68 per litre (RM1.63 per litre last week). The same goes for RON 97, which will cost five sen more per litre for the coming week, at RM1.98 per litre (RM1.93, previous week).

    As for Euro 2M diesel, the fuel sees a three sen increase to RM1.82 per litre (RM1.79 last week). This means that Euro 5 diesel, which costs 10 sen more than Euro 2M diesel, will be priced at RM1.92 per litre.

    These prices will remain in effect until August 21, when the next fuel price update is announced. This is the 32nd edition of the weekly fuel pricing format for 2020 and the 84th edition in total for the format, which runs from Saturday until the following Friday.

     
  • Daimler agrees to nearly US$3b worth of settlements to close US diesel emissions cases with gov’t, owners

    Yup, dieselgate isn’t just Volkswagen and it isn’t dead yet. But it soon might be, as Daimler has reached agreements that will cost it nearly US$3 billion (RM12.6 billion) to settle civil investigations by United States regulators and lawsuits from American vehicle owners.

    This should once and for all end the inconvenience for the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, which like the Volkswagen Group, was accused of using tricky software to cheat diesel emissions tests.

    According to Reuters, the settlements in principle address civil and environmental claims tied to 250,000 diesel passenger cars and vans in the US and include claims from the country’s Environmental Protection Agency, Justice Department, California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General’s Office.

    Daimler expects the costs of the settlements with US authorities to total $1.5 billion, while $700 million will be for settlement with owners. There will also be “further expenses of a mid three-digit-million euro amount to fulfil requirements of the settlements.”

    A CARB spokesman confirmed that the settlement “will reach $1.5 billion and affects 250,000 vehicles nationwide.” The Californian agency said it would disclose more details after binding consent decrees with the US government agencies are filed with a US district court. This is anticipated to happen mid next month.

    The German carmaker said it expects an impact on its free cash flow over the next three years as a result of this expensive settlement, with the main impact within the next 12 months.

    As for the status of the investigations, Daimler previously said that it was the subject of a Justice Department criminal probe on the matter, but the status of that investigation was not mentioned in yesterday’s announcement. In September 2019, Daimler was fined 870 million euros by German prosecutors for breaking diesel emission regulations, and the carmaker did not contest the verdict, so the fire at home has been doused.

    Dieselgate is synonymous with VW and it all started with the Wolfsburg carmaker, which in 2015 admitted to installing secret software on 580,000 US vehicles that allowed them to pass tests, but emit up to 40 times the legally allowable emissions. In total, VW agreed to pay more than $25 billion in the US for claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers.

    Also, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles last year reached a settlement worth about $800 million to resolve claims by regulators and owners that it used illegal software. FCA still faces an ongoing criminal probe.

     
  • NAP 2020 – review of some elements necessary due to economic disruption caused by Covid-19, says MARii

    Last month, it was reported that the government was in the midst of reviewing the action plan for the National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP 2020) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had changed the current economic landscape.

    According to Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari, while the policy and its general outlines remain in place, a review of some elements and aspects have been necessary as a result of the disruption, which has affected the automotive industry in terms of investment, production and sales.

    “We are reviewing the impact the pandemic has had on the industry. The policy was finalised before Covid-19, so when you look at it now, there are some elements that can be improved in order to help industry players recover faster. The government is looking at ways to incentivise automotive players given the current scenario, which is affecting not only the auto industry,” he said.

    He said that review also covered incentives defined in NAP 2020, for which “improvements have been done and are now undergoing the approval process.” With regards to customised incentives, Madani said that discussions have been carried out with industry players, and some adjustments will come about. “An announcement will be made very soon pertaining to that matter,” he hinted.

    In July, minister of international trade and industry Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said that the restructuring exercise will also see the government intensifying its efforts to attract more investments in high-technology segments and environmentally-friendly vehicles as well as in the development of a local skilled-workforce.

     
  • Child dies of heatstroke in locked car – always check, before you lock up and leave your parked vehicle

    The tragedy of heatstroke has struck again, this time in Sungai Petani, Kedah where a four-year-old was inadvertently left in a parked car and died as a result. The four-year-old girl’s father, a factory lorry driver had left to work in the morning, and only realised the oversight when he returned to his car at 6.20pm that evening, the New Straits Times reported.

    The father drove the victim’s sibling to SMK Teluk Bayu before driving to work in Sungai Lalang, and had forgotten about the four-year-old in the rear seat as she was sleeping. The victim was supposed to be taken to her grandmother’s house in Kampung Bukit, Sungai Pasir, said Kuala Muda district police chief assistant commander Adzli Abu Shah in a statement.

    Only as the father was about to head home for the evening, he discovered his daughter lying unconscious in the rear seat, and though he quickly called for help, she was later confirmed by paramedics to have died, the assistant commander said. The deceased was taken to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for post-mortem.

    Even as we all try to keep on top of our busy lives, safety needs to remain paramount, and it is crucial that with children in tow, the parent or guardian does their best to remember. One way to help keep the little ones at the top of mind is to place an essential item in the rear seats near the child so that the driver has to go around to retrieve it before leaving the vehicle.

    A video uploaded in 2015 (above) by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demonstrated just how dangerous heatstroke can be. Professional athlete, NFL player Tyrann Mathieu lasted just eight minutes before having to escape a car under direct sunlight, at which point its interior was measured at 48.9 degrees Celsius.

    A child’s body heats up much more quickly than an adults – think of how small ice cubes melt more quickly than much larger ones – which means they are far more susceptible to the dangers of heatstroke compared to adults. Fifteen minutes in a heated car interior could cause life-threatening brain or kidney injuries, and when the child’s body temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius, internal organs shut down, and at 41.6 degrees Celsius, death could occur.

    Tragic as they are, these losses of life are avoidable. Always check for loved ones in your vehicle, before you lock up and leave for any duration.

     
  • Porsche reveals new exhaust for Cayenne GTS Coupé

    Porsche has unveiled a brand new, in-house developed twin-branch exhaust system for the Cayenne GTS Coupé, featuring two centrally located oval exits that offer a more sonorous sound signature.

    This new exhaust system is the brainchild of Jörg Winkel (Porsche’s former head of acoustics who is now retired) who started developing it four years ago, but getting it done wasn’t without its challenges.

    Development was tricky, because Porsche wanted the exhaust note to be unapologetically heard upon starting up, under heavy load and at higher engine speeds. But it also must be audibly experienced at low engine speeds, all while meeting country-specific requirements on noise emissions.

    According to Porsche’s acoustics division, the new exhaust system produces a throatier sound, thanks to the special internal structure of the silencer. Its exhaust tracts from the V8’s two cylinder banks are separated to remove unwanted damping, and it is routed over the centre silencer through to the rear silencer.

    SUV-engines periphery team lead Markus Sitzler said: “When the exhaust flap is closed, at low revs, the exhaust gas flow follows the bypass. In essence, it travels along an additional loop through a chamber of the main silencer with a perforated inner bottom before it returns to the main tract and is then discharged to the outside.”

    This means the new GTS soundtrack is quieter under full load, but the bassy tones remain rich. To maximise the experience, engineers deliberately reduced the amount of insulation in the rear passenger compartment, which Porsche said “enhances” the entire sound experience with no compromise of comfort.

    Sitzler said: “Like all exhaust systems from Porsche, the sound of the in-house development is 100% genuine – highly emotive with sonorous burbling on the overrun. The simplicity of the pipe layout as well as the material and weight saving – this is an approach we will definitely keep pursuing.”

    Rico Löscher, Specialist for Complete Vehicle – Product Line SUV said the new exhaust system reminded him of racing cars. “The sound reminds me of high-revving naturally aspirated engines. It doesn’t sound like a muscle man, it sounds more like a fit athlete.”

    Following its debut in the Cayenne GTS Coupé, the new twin-branch sports exhaust system will also be introduced for the Cayenne Turbo Coupé and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé.

     
 

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Last Updated 15 Aug 2020