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  • 2019 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition launched – 765 units available worldwide

    Rumors of a full-fairing version of the Triumph 765 circulating for a while are now laid to rest with the launch of the 2019 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition. To be produced in a limited run of 765 units worldwide, the Daytona Moto2 765 capitalises on Triumph’s involvement with the Moto2 world championship as engine supplier.

    Taking the inline-triple from the Triumph 765 naked sports, the Daytona 765 produces 128 hp at 12,250 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 9,750 rpm – up from the 765’s 121 hp and 77 Nm. Mated to a six-speed gearbox equipped with up-and-down quickshifter, the Daytona Moto2 is an officially licensed motorcycle from Dorna Sports, organisers of the MotoGP championship, the first ever.

    Inside the engine, internal components derived from Triumph Moto2 power plant include titanium inlet valves, stronger pistons, MotoGP™-spec DLC coated gudgeon pins, new cam profiles, new intake trumpets, modified con rods, intake port, crank and barrels, and an increased compression ratio – 12.9:1 from 12.6:1.

    As befits a race-derived machine, the Daytona 765 comes with a single-piece cockpit and carbon-fibre-fairing painted in a combination of Carbon Black, Graphite Grey and Aluminium Silver. The use of carbon-fibre extends to the rear unit, front mudguard, hugger, upper chain guard and race-spec lower chain guard.

    While Triumph did not release any weight number for the Daytona Moto2 – the standard 765 has a claimed dry weight of 166 kg – more weight is saved by using a clear anodised finish versus powder coating. Brembo’s Stylema brake callipers are used on the front wheel and suspension is done by Ohlins with 43 mm diameter NIX30 front forks and TTX36 rear shock, fully-adjustable.

    Inside the cockpit, a full-colour TFT-LCD screen features a Moto2 branded start up screen and a machined billet aluminium top yoke has the bike’s edition number laser etched. The ride-by-wire throttle comes with five ride modes – Rain, Road, Rider Configurable, Sport and Track and a lap timer is included in the display.

  • Mercedes-Benz Malaysia rolls out 100,000th car from Pekan plant, celebrates 15 years at expanded facility

    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has reached the six-figure mark at its assembly plant in Pekan, Pahang, with a Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic sedan becoming the 100,000th car to roll out the production facility. 2019 also marks the 15th anniversary of the assembly plant.

    The line-up of products that emerge from Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s local production plant consists of 13 variants from five model lines including the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class sedans, GLC and GLC Coupe SUVs, as well as two Mercedes-AMG models, the C 43 and the GLC 43.

    A sum of RM300 million has been invested into the 339,000 sq m facility on 895,000 sq m of land since 2004, including the recently added plant extension with technology upgrades, which is set to be fully equipped and commence operations in two weeks. The facility has also commenced assembly of the left-hand drive C 180 Avantgarde sedan for the Philippines.

    “As we set to expand our production volumes, we have undertaken technological upgrades at our plant to enhance our ability to cater to a more robust production portfolio and contribute towards an increased market share of Mercedes-Benz vehicles locally and regionally, said president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Claus Weidner.

    The decision to commence export of left-hand drive cars to a market such as the Philippines was more feasible than establishing a manufacturing plant in the country, Weidner said. The company is also watching with interest the National Automotive Policy, which is expected to be reviewed in September.

    GALLERY: W205 Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic facelift in Malaysia


  • Subaru XV to get EyeSight with facelifted model in MY

    With the Subaru Outback and Forester now equipped with EyeSight in Malaysia, what of the XV then? Well, this question was posed to Glenn Tan, managing director of Tan Chong International, at a group interview session after the launch of the fifth-generation Forester, and he confirmed that the crossover will be the next model to get the suite of safety and driver assistance systems.

    However, Tan said that EyeSight will only be introduced with the XV facelift when it is launched in our country, but there was no indication of when this will happen. The second-generation XV was first unveiled globally at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and has yet to be given a mid-cycle update.

    The current XV, which is a locally-assembled (CKD) model, first made its launch debut here in November 2017 without EyeSight, although the system is offered with the model in other markets like the Philippines.

    During last year’s Singapore Motor Show, Tan revealed that the XV sold in Malaysia would receive EyeSight by the second half of 2019, but with the XV facelift not out yet, it’s unknown if the suggested timeline still holds true.

    So, there you have it. If you want an XV with EyeSight in Malaysia, you’ll have to wait for an undisclosed amount of time for the arrival of the facelifted model. Will you be looking forward to this?

  • SPIED: 2020 Audi RS Q8 – 4.0L V8, 650 PS & 850 Nm?

    Audi, after having just introduced the C8-generation RS6 Avant, is on the verge of launching the top-of-the-line RS Q8. The company’s sporting division, Audi Sport, has been developing the RS Q8 for some time now, and it’s believed that it will be powered by the firm’s 4.0 litre biturbo V8 petrol engine.

    Output figures are anyone’s guess at the moment, but expect it to straddle along the lines of 650 PS and 850 Nm of torque, which is what its sister model, the Lamborghini Urus, makes. That’s enough to send the Urus flying, with a century sprint time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h.

    By comparison, the new RS6 Avant makes 600 PS and 800 Nm of torque. Together with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive (the rear axle gets an adaptive sport differential), the wagon rockets from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and 0-200 km/h in 12 seconds. Suffice to say, the RS Q8 is in safe hands, so expect the unexpected.

    Like most recent big Audis, the RS Q8 should benefit from the same 48-volt mild-hybrid system, comprising a belt starter-generator providing up to 12 kW of electricity regeneration, which then gets stored in a lithium-ion battery. The system will enable coasting of up to 40 seconds to save fuel cruising, thus contributing to better fuel efficiency in general.

    On the aesthetic side of things, this particular prototype with red highlights seem to be wearing the actual production skin, so don’t expect the series model to veer too far from the one seen here. It will get the customary “muscled up” look, with beefy bumpers, huge alloy wheels, large dual oval exhaust exits, and blacked-out exterior highlights. Does the sight of the RS Q8 make your heart flutter?

  • Updated Toyota Concept-i to join Tokyo 2020 fleet

    Toyota embraced its quirky side in 2017 with the Concept-i, its vision for a future that is friendly and fun. Fast forward two years and the company has brought the outlandish show car a little closer to reality, as it readies a fleet of vehicles for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

    From the looks of it, the organic, heavily-glazed design has been retained, complete with gold detailing, faired-in rear wheels and an abundance of tessellated patterns. A few changes have been made for actual road use, however – the wheels are smaller, and there are now four conventional doors with flush door handles, wing mirrors and tiny opening windows. There are also reflectors in the rear diffuser.

    The interior has also kept many of the design cues of the concept’s pared-back cabin, such as the curved dashboard and floating centre console. Here too, there are a few tweaks like the larger, more substantial seats and a round steering wheel. Ahead of the driver is a sleek white instrument display, the contents of which are mirrored on the sizeable head-up display.

    No specifications have been revealed, but Toyota has confirmed that the new Concept-i will be a battery electric vehicle, equipped with Level 4 autonomous driving and artificial intelligence to facilitate conversation with the occupants. Toyota intends to demonstrate these features through test drives and rides on the roads surrounding Toyota’s Megaweb brand showcase centre.

    The Concept-i will serve as the operating vehicle for the Olympic torch relay and the lead vehicle for the marathon events. It will join around 3,700 other vehicles on official duty at the games, nearly 90% of which will feature some form of electrification, whether hybrid, plug-in hybrid, full electric or hydrogen fuel cell.

    These include an Accessible People Mover (APM) for last-mile transportation for people with “special mobility needs”, a functional version of the e-Palette for staff and athletes, as well as various personal mobility devices – including one that attaches to wheelchairs. Toyota will also supply around 500 units of the Mirai and the Sora fuel cell bus to supplement the approximately 850 EVs.

    All in all, Toyota aims to achieve lowest emissions of any official fleet in the Olympics, with an estimated average carbon dioxide emissions of under 80 grams per kilometre – around half the typical amount of a typical petrol- or diesel-powered fleet.

  • Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept breaks Nurburgring four-door and front-wheel-drive records with 7:20.143 lap

    Here’s a brand you don’t normally associate with the Nurburgring Nordschleife, but here it is breaking records at the famous circuit. Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar, has broken two Nurburgring lap records during development of the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept.

    That makes the sedan from the Geely-owned brand the fastest four-door car and the fastest front-wheel driven car around the 21 km track nicknamed Green Hell. It also marks the first time that a Chinese manufacturer has claimed a record on the circuit with a mass production-based car.

    The Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept did 7 minutes and 20.143 seconds, averaging 170.4 km/h, with Thed Björk, the 2017 world champion of touring car racing, behind the wheel. That’s three seconds faster than the record for four-door cars, formerly held by Jaguar, and 25 seconds faster than the front-wheel-drive record held by Renault.

    “We continued our development of the car in torrential rain and scorching sunshine on the most fearsome circuit in the world. The car is rewarding to drive no matter the conditions, be it the Nurburgring or the autobahn. The record that we achieved here is something I rank on the same level as my racing titles and a highlight in my part of transitioning development from race to road cars,” the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing driver said.

    The race engineers and drivers of Cyan Racing, the official motorsport partner to Geely Group Motorsport, have developed the 03 Cyan Concept as a road-going version of the race car run by Cyan in the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR). The people behind it is largely the same team that developed previous concept cars such as the Volvo C30 Concept and S60 Concept.

    “We continue to push past the boundaries and goals that we have set for the 03 Cyan Concept, a car that acts as a development platform for future Lynk & Co performance cars and parts. While our main purpose is development, the records that we broke are a true testament to the potential and capabilities of the Lynk & Co platform, as well as our engineering philosophy from more than two decades of motorsport and road car performance,” said Henrik Fries, head of automotive R&D at Cyan Racing.

    Sounds impressive, but you can’t buy one, for now. Development of the 03 Cyan Concept will continue throughout the 2019, with the team turning attention to winter testing in the north of Sweden as part of creating a performance car for all roads, all seasons and all conditions.

    The 7:20.143 lap record was set using the full 20.832 km circuit layout as per the official Nurburgring standard, and not the shorter 20.6 km version used by some manufacturers, the company says. For the shorter version of the circuit, the car did 7:15.123.

    Cyan Racing also holds the lap record for the fastest ever front-wheel drive race car with the 2017 title-winning Volvo S60 Cyan TC1 (Nordschleife + GP circuit in 8:34.813) as well as the previous lap record for four-door road cars with the Volvo S60 Concept in 2016 (7:51.110 on the 20,832 km circuit).

  • August 2019 week four fuel price – RON 97 up two sen

    It’s time once again for another weekly fuel update, and for the coming week, users of RON 97 petrol will have to pay more for the fuel than they did for the past two weeks.

    From tomorrow, August 24, 2019, RON 97 will be priced at RM2.51 a litre, which is an increase of two sen from last week. Meanwhile, RON 95 petrol continues to be sold at RM2.08 per litre, the maximum price consumers pay no matter how high market prices push pump prices.

    The same can be said of Euro 2M diesel, which continues to retail at RM2.18 per litre, while Euro 5 diesel – which is 10 sen more than Euro 2M diesel – is priced at RM2.28 per litre.

    The finance ministry says that according to Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) calculations, RON 95 petrol would be priced at RM2.21 per litre while diesel would be at RM2.25 per litre without the price cap in place. The government added that it will absorb an estimated RM 55.48 million in fuel subsidy costs for the period of August 24 to 30.

    These prices will remain in effect until August 30, when the next set of fuel pricing adjustments will be announced. This is the 33rd edition of the weekly fuel pricing format, which is announced every Friday.

  • Motor Image launches updated Subaru PJ showroom

    Along with the launch of the fifth-generation Subaru Forester, Motor Image also unveiled its refurbished Subaru PJ showroom that promises to deliver a more engaging and pleasant experience for customers.

    One of the main updates here is the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies, which provides a more interactive shopping experience. With AR, customers will able to view a Subaru model in different colours and trim levels by using one of several Apple iPads.

    Meanwhile, the use of a VR headset in a dedicated room allows customers to take a 360-degree view around a model, with the ability to even “enter” the vehicle. This allows customers to experience the vehicles, even if they are not display at the showroom.

    Beyond that, the showroom also features a dedicated play area for young children dubbed “Subaru Loves Children & Babies Forest,” as well as several walls displaying a range of official accessories and lifestyle merchandise.

  • Lexus to start EV model line-up with hatchback, to continue developing alternative powertrains – report

    Lexus LF-SA Geneva Live 14

    Lexus will be heading into the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show with a fully electric concept in a hatchback bodystyle, which will draw cues from the LF-SA concept of 2015, according to Autocar. This iteration of the EV concept will be revised for further production viability, the report notes.

    “We feel that our future could resemble this design,” vice president Koji Sato told the website. Forthcoming infotainment technology includes a pair of displays on both sides of the steering wheel, Autocar reported. The luxury marque has yet to disclose technical details for its EV development efforts, though it is focusing on in-wheel electric motors.

    “We expect (a setup of) four wheels operating independently will offer greater agility, stability and excitement. We will continue to pursue this exciting opportunity,” Sato said. The company is also investing greatly into the development of the powertrain in order to meets its target of releasing an electrified variant of every model it sells by 2025, according to the report.

    Lexus design chief Koichi Suga is defining the aesthetic direction of a Lexus SUV, the report said, which is likely to be in reference to the future, productionised LF-SA concept. Though the final design has yet to be signed off by Toyota chief Akio Toyoda, the Lexus signature spindle grille won’t fully depart from the aesthetic.

    Cooling is still required, said Suga, adding that the spindle grille is a necessary part of the brand identity, though at the same time customers will be expecting something more futuristic from an electric vehicle, he said. The company is also developing other alternatives to the petrol engine, the report noted.

    “Hybrid technology is our core. Our expertise in electrical control technology and battery technology can be used for other types of alternative powertrains, even fuel cells,” Suga noted of Toyota’s expertise in hybrid powertrain technology. The growth of its fuel-cell vehicles however is strongly tied to available infrastructure, with vice-president Sato saying his team is ‘never giving up on this technology’, although he stressed that Lexus can’t solve the problem alone.

    GALLERY: Lexus LF-SA concept, Geneva 2015

  • Cupra A-SUVe interior teased, to debut at Frankfurt

    SEAT’s new sub-brand Cupra has released a teaser photo of its forthcoming Cupra A-SUVe concept, revealing the crossover’s cockpit ahead of its scheduled debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show next month.

    The picture above screams sportiness, with extensive use of carbon-fibre on the door panels, side mirror caps and dashboard inserts. There’s a sleek three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with back-lit Cupra badge, drive mode and ignition buttons, as well as a fully digital instrument cluster with a large power meter and in the middle and G-meter on the left.

    The instrument panel also shows vital driving details, such as battery charge levels and interestingly, live brake temperature reading. Elsewhere, it gets conventional stalks for exterior lighting and wiper functions.

    Design-wise, Cupra says the cockpit’s overall theme is modelled after the car’s exterior lines, with emphasis on balance between performance and practicality. Curiously, the concept is also able to “switch its personality to meet the needs of whoever is cocooned inside.”

    Elsewhere, the performance crossover will reportedly ride on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. So far, no details on performance have been provided as yet, but expect some powerful electric motors to be used. Are you excited yet? Well, watch this space, because Cupra will announce a full digital unveil on September 2, before going on display at Frankfurt.


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