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  • McLaren 765LT Spider debuts with 765 PS and 800 Nm – limited to 765 units; 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds

    This is the new McLaren 765LT Spider, which is essentially the convertible version of the 765LT coupe that the Woking-based carmaker unveiled last March. Just like the fixed-roof model, only 765 units of the 765LT Spider will be produced, with each one carrying a starting price tag of 310,500 British pounds (around RM1.8 million).

    The party piece here is the electrically operated, one-piece roof, which is made from carbon-fibre and can be lowered or raised using dedicated buttons on the centre console. According to McLaren, the process can be done at speeds of up to 50 km/h and takes 11 seconds to complete.

    The company adds that the roof mechanism (consisting of eight electric motors) is described as being among the world’s quickest and quietest, with occupants said to experience a sound no louder than 60 dBA during operation. This is twice as quiet when compared to what was used for the previous 675LT Spider.

    To add to passenger comfort, there’s also a high-density foam core between the panel and the internal headlining. This, along with the lack of a central seal that previously ran side-to-side across the roof panel, reduces noise and creates more headroom.

    McLaren also notes the roof’s extended length allows the tops of the A-pillars to be pushed further forward by 80 mm to enhance the sense of space, while making ingress and egress easier with larger door openings. The roof also plays an integral role in the car’s structure, creating a full carbon-fibre shell when closed.

    Thanks to the well-engineered MonoCage II-S carbon-fibre monocoque, there’s no need for additional bracing to ensure the structure provides the same strength and stiffness as the coupe. As a result, the addition of the retractable roof and accompanying operating mechanism makes the 765LT Spider 49 kg heavier than the coupe, while being 80 kg lighter than a 720S Spider.

    Drivers will also be able to lower the rear window if they want to hear the noise provided by the M840T 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 more clearly. The outputs are identical to the coupe, with the mill providing 765 PS (755 hp) at 7,500 rpm and 800 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    Drive goes to the rear wheels via a seven-speed Sequential Shift Gearbox (SSG), allowing for a zero to 100 km/h time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h – these are identical to the coupe. The rest of the package is the same too, including adaptive dampers, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II), Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres, 20-inch forged wheels and carbon-ceramic brake discs with six-piston front and four-piston rear forged aluminium calipers.

    The aerodynamic carbon-fibre bodywork is also shared with the coupe, from the front splitter, new front bumper lower door blades and side skirts, to the wraparound rear bumper and active rear wing. All other lightweight parts like the titanium exhaust system with quad tailpipes and a lithium-ion battery are also carried over.

    This weight-saving initiative extends to the interior, which, again, is nearly identical to the coupe. Inside, you’ll find carbon-fibre-shelled seats trimmed in Alcantara, with the latter material also appearing on the steering wheel, dashboard and doors. Elsewhere, the door pockets are replaced by nets, while carbon-fibre is used for many key structures including the central tunnel.

    As with the coupe, the floor carpet, air-conditioning system and audio system are also removed, although the latter two can be specified back in at no extra cost. Other available options include the seats from the Senna, a front axle lifter, a 360-degree, with McLaren Special Operations on hand to attend to the further customisation demands from customers. These include the Clubsport Pack and the LT Black Pack for a more track-focused spec or a stealthier look, along with whatever the wallet allows.

  • Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors extends mid-year service campaign to August 31 – up to 25% discount on parts

    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has announced an extension to its mid-year service campaign to August 31, to cater to customers who were previously locked down under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO). The campaign was originally set to end on July 31.

    “Some of our customers have missed out on the campaign privileges due to the lockdown as they could not travel beyond 10 km from where they live, and could not send in their car for service. Therefore, we are extending the campaign period so that more can benefit from it,” said Low Yuan Lung, MD of HSDM.

    To recap, HSDM’s mid-year service campaign offers a discount of 15% on selected parts and 10% on labour charges. Hyundai Loyalty Card holders get even more – 25% discount on selected parts and 15% on labour charges. Parts that are on the discounted list include gaskets, oil filters, air filters and spark plugs, among other things.

    The Hyundai Loyalty Card is automatically given to all new customers, but existing owners can apply for free. Privileges include exclusive monthly promotions, such as a 20% discount on Klima Fresh and BlueChem products. Members can expect more privileges in the future, such as birthday month discounts on after-sales service, discounts on Hyundai merchandise and a higher trade-in value when they purchase a new Hyundai.


  • 2022 Hyundai Custo shown in official teaser images

    Images of the Hyundai Custo MPV have been released on the automaker’s official Weibo social media account, following the MPV’s exterior having been leaked in documents for the ministry of industry and information technology (MIIT) in China following its approval for sale in the country.

    Designed to accommodate a six- or seven-seater layout, the Custo shares design cues from the latest Tucson, sharing that SUV’s “Parametric Dynamics” look on its grille. The official teaser images reveal that the grille of the Custo will have daytime running lights integrated into them, albeit the MPV featuring a more distinct headlamp section than the Tucson’s, which mimic the DRLs.

    Viewed in profile, the nature of an MPV shape means there isn’t much wiggle room to deviate from the presumed design brief of providing as much interior space as possible, though the Custo manages to alleviate the typical slab-sidedness with the well-placed, sharp crease lines for a more sculpted look.

    Not visible through the shadows here but revealed in the earlier official documents is the skid plate-style at the front lower edge of the front bumper, along with black cladding around the wheel arches as well as around the lower edges of the front and rear bumpers and door sills.

    The Custo has also previously been revealed to feature powered sliding doors for convenience, while its wheels are offered in two designs. Here, the MPV’s tailgate appears to wear a body-coloured central panel, which is one of two choices revealed in the Chinese official documents; the other is a black panel option.

    The C-shaped tail lamps are joined by a central light bar, forming an arrangement that somewhat appears to be like that on the Sonata, but flipped.

    An earlier finding by CarNewsChina reported that the Hyundai Custo measures 4,950 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,734 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3,055 mm. By comparison, the Hyundai Staria MPV measures 5,253 mm long, 1,997 mm wide and 1,990 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3,273 mm, though that is considerably larger in order to accommodate 11 seats.

    In terms of powertrain, the China-market MPV will be offered with a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 170 hp, and a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine turning out 236 hp.

    GALLERY: 2022 Hyundai Custo in Chinese official documents

  • Tesla Cybertruck production likely postponed to 2022

    It looks like the launch of the controversial Tesla Cybertruck may be pushed back, with production potentially set to begin in 2022, Electrek reports. In its shareholders letter, Tesla stated that it is making “progress” towards production of the fully electric pick-up truck, but never officially confirmed when it will begin.

    “We are also making progress on the industrialisation of Cybertruck, which is currently planned for Austin production subsequent to Model Y,” the statement reads. The Model Y production line is currently under construction, though it’s unclear when it will be operational.

    The Cybertruck was originally meant to go on sale by the end of this year, after making its debut back in 2019. So far, reports seem to suggest that the Cybertruck production line at the Texas Gigafactory remains largely empty, which led some media outlets to speculate the high probability of a postponement.

    During a recent earnings call, Tesla was asked if it could “confirm” that production is still planned for this year, but Tesla couldn’t do it. Instead, its vice president of vehicle engineering, Lars Moravy responded: “Cybertruck is at a stage where we finished basic engineering of the architecture of the vehicle.”

    “With the Cybertruck, we are redefining how a vehicle is being made. As Elon said, it carries much of the structural pack and large casting design of the Model Y being built in Berlin and Austin. Obviously, those take priority over the Cybertruck, but we are moving into the beta phases of Cybertruck later this year and we will be looking to ramp up production at Giga Texas after Model Y is up and running,” he explained, stopping short of confirming the production delay.

    CEO Elon Musk was also asked about whether or not he expects challenges in bringing the Cybertruck to production. He believes the Cybertruck might be Tesla’s best product yet, but also the most difficult to manufacture. Earlier in January, Musk said: “If we’re lucky we’ll be able to do a few deliveries towards the end of this year, however we expect volume production to begin in 2022.”

    GALLERY: Tesla Cybertruck

  • SsangYong teases Jeep-like X200 – next Korando?

    Beleaguered South Korean carmaker SsangYong has released sketches of its second forthcoming model, codenamed the X200. The car follows in the footsteps of the J100 announced last month, a mid-sized electric SUV with rugged looks.

    If anything, the X200 looks even more off-road-ready, sporting a boxy, chunky look that is a little reminiscent of the Jeep Wrangler. There are round headlights flanking a slotted grille (not seven slots, thankfully), blocky fender flares, squared-off wheel arches and upright front and rear windscreens.

    Despite looking like a lawsuit waiting to happen, SsangYong does actually have a strong basis for this design, having started out in life building Jeeps under licence, badging them as the Korando. The second-generation model retained those looks even after moving onto a shortened Musso platform, with that car’s influence visible in the fenders and slim front indicators of the X200.

    Both the J100 and X200 feature the company’s new “Powered by Toughness” design philosophy, which SsangYong says underlines the “Korean Can Do” message of the Korando product line. This leads us to believe that the X200 could become the next-generation Korando, although the current model is still fairly new, having only been introduced two years ago.

    The J100 is due to go on sale next year, and while there is no official timeframe for the X200’s reveal, we expect it to debut soon after. There is also no mention of what will power the car, but it will likely be offered with at least some kind of electrification.

    SsangYong is fighting its way back from last year’s bankruptcy, which happened after owner Mahindra ceased investments in the company amid its own declining sales. It is now aiming to attract a new investor that will commit to continuous future investment by creating “an environment that leads to a successful [merger and acquisition].”

  • Create your own leather seat upholstery design with DK SCHWEIZER – premium Italian hide, from RM1,400!

    You’ve all heard the saying – a new strap makes an old watch feel new again. For cars, the same euphoria derives from the fitment of new wheels, or a new coat of paint. But what if we told you that you can make the interior of your car feel completely brand new without breaking the bank?

    With DK SCHWEIZER, worrying about prohibitively high reupholstery costs is truly a thing of the past. Can you imagine having your timeworn fabric seats get upgraded with exquisite Nappa leather upholstery, complete in the colours of your choice, plus contrast stitching? You would have, at the very least, considered rewrapping the scuffed up leather on your steering wheel, no?

    With over 20 years of experience in the OEM supply market, DK SCHWEIZER is one of the finest leather seat upholsterers in the region. It uses only the highest quality leather imported from elite South American and Italian tanneries, after which they are all subject to stringent and rigorous quality control processes. These are done locally to ensure long-lasting durability.

    Its facility in Puchong is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including robots and computerised airbag sewing machines that are certified by TUV Rheinland Group for deployment compliance. Besides helping create a highly efficient, low carbon production process with minimal wastage, this refined process is also designed deliberately to meet the vast majority of customer demands.

    How varied, you ask? Well, DK SCHWEIZER’s database comprises over 10,000 seat pattern templates, covering thousands of models from national and non-national makes. Special commissions and custom designs can also be arranged, and since you’re dealing directly with the DK SCHWEIZER (IATF and ISO-compliant!), there is no middleman markup involved.

    For a limited time only, the current promotional pricing for a custom full leather reupholstery starts from RM1,400 for the front two seats, or RM2,200 for a four- or five-seater model. This also includes door trims, console box and installation. Both packages come with a standard three-year warranty that covers manufacturing or installation defects. Other upholstery materials such as Nappa leather and PVC microfibre are available as well.

    What about the lead time? Well, the turnover period is between two to four weeks, depending on design complexity and material of choice. The good news is, you get to keep using your car, and the installation process only requires a few hours.

    Now, they say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so check out the photos below to see just how well made these custom upholsteries actually are. You may click here for more info, and be sure to sign up to enjoy the latest promos by DK SCHWEIZER.

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  • Aston Martin to release special ‘JDT Edition’ cars for TMJ’s Johor Darul Ta’zim Malaysian football club

    Malaysian football club Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) announced that it has struck a partnership with Aston Martin Racing Asia. The partnership “further emphasises the Southern Tigers as a leading football brand in Southeast Asia,” the club says. JDT is known as the Johor Southern Tigers.

    JDT says that the partnership with the British carmaker’s racing outfit is not only “very valuable monetarily” to the club, “but is also a deep-rooted relationship that is going to develop opportunities for JDT, Johor and Aston Martin Racing in various areas over the coming years”.

    The club bills its latest deal as “champions in respective fields teaming up”. JDT are the reigning seven times consecutive Malaysia Super League winners since 2014, while Aston Martin Racing won the LMGTE Pro class at the 2020 Le Mans endurance race.

    Interestingly, the statement by Johor said that Aston Martin in UK has agreed to release ‘JDT Edition’ themed cars, where profit from sales will be shared by the football club and the carmaker.

    The images accompanying the announcement show JDT players posing with a range of Astons, but don’t confuse them for the planned JDT Edition – the cars seen here are likely to be from the private collection of the Johor royal family, which is known to love their cars. Cars aside, next season’s jersey would look great with Aston onboard!

    For now, let’s enjoy the sight of these sexy coupes below. That blue DBS…

  • AD: Enjoy affordable prices when servicing your cars with Sime Darby Auto Selection – promo until Aug 31!

    As car owners, finding a reliable service centre is like a gamble. Half the time, you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, and of course, there is always the risk of being duped.

    With a trusted establishment such as Sime Darby Auto Selection, you truly need not worry. If you own a car that is no longer covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, the Sime Darby Auto Selection service centre is the place to go.

    In fact, from now until August 31, 2021, customers who send their cars to the Sime Darby Auto Selection service centre get to enjoy high value service packages at affordable prices! For example, local car owners are only required to pay RM188 for a high quality 4-litre semi-synthetic engine oil.

    For Japanese car owners, it’s RM288 for 4.5 litres of semi-synthetic engine oil, and included in the price is a complete wheel alignment, tyre balancing and car wash. Continental car owners, on the other hand, can enjoy the very affordable price of RM388 for 6 litres of semi-synthetic engine oil that is also inclusive of wheel alignment, tyre balancing and car wash. Incredible, right?

    But wait, that’s not all. There are two special air-conditioning service packages available as well! The regular package (RM250 nett) includes evaporator cleaning, new cabin filter, plus a complimentary general vehicle check.

    The premium package (RM500 nett) gets the same treatment as the above, but adds on ozone treatment and full air-conditioning disinfection. You also get a full vehicle general health check and windscreen washer fluid topped up for free! What’s more, there’s a 30% discount on interior sterilisation package (add-on, separate from the package) for your consideration.

    Last but not least, brake service. This costs just RM75 nett, and includes brake fluid flushing, brake disc and brake pad cleaning (all four corners), and general brake system inspection. So, what are you waiting for? Click here to book your slot online right away, or call 03-5021 0888 for more info.

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  • 2022 Subaru WRX set to debut in NY on August 19

    Subaru has confirmed that the 2022 WRX will make its world debut at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on August 19. To go along with the announcement, the Japanese automaker also provided a few more teasers that give us a better look at the performance sedan.

    In a video posted on a dedicated page, we can briefly see the new WRX in orange kicking up a lot of dust in the desert, while the sounds of a boxer engine can be heard as well. The company isn’t revealing everything just yet, but we do get to see some details.

    Pause the video at the 28-second mark and you’ll spot taillights that are vaguely reminiscent of those on the latest BRZ. This is more visible in another video posted by the company, where we see a a kicked-up boot lid, angular taillight clusters, and what seems to be a light strip running across the width of the trunk through the Subaru badge.

    Some of these cues are also seen on the Viziv Performance Concept that the company revealed during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, along with black body cladding and wheels. Other things seen in the videos include two tailpipes of what should be a set of four, while a previous teaser showed off a larger grille and bonnet scoop as well.

    These design elements serve to distinguish the WRX from the regular Impreza, much like the outgoing generation, although one commonality will be the Subaru Global Platform. The architecture has been used for all new models from Subaru, including the fifth-generation Impreza (and its XV/Crosstrek version), the seventh-gen Legacy, the fifth-gen Forester, the sixth-gen Outback, the second-gen Levorg and the Ascent.

    The new WRX is expected to adopt the FA24F 2.4 litre turbocharged flat-four engine used in the Ascent, Outback and Legacy. In those bread-and-butter models, the mill serves up 260 hp and 376 Nm of torque, but the WRX will likely get a power bump.

    A six-speed manual and CVT are possible transmission pairings, while Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system will be standard. Moving forward, expect a higher-performance WRX STI model to make its debut with even more power.

    A WRX variant has been offered for the Impreza from the first- to fourth-gen. However, with the fifth-gen Impreza, the company decided that the WRX line-up would be split from the sedan/hatchback model, giving us the first-gen WRX internally codenamed VA.

    We’ll have to wait for this year’s NYIAS to see the second-gen WRX in full, but it looks like this year’s show will be a great time for performance car fans, as the new Nissan Z sports car will also be making its debut slightly earlier on August 17.

    GALLERY: Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

  • 2021 Red Bull Romaniacs – five days of hard off-road

    Kicking off today in Sibiu, Romania, the 2021 Red Bull Romaniacs will see competitors tackle five days of hard off-road racing. Climbing features strongly in this 18th edition of the fourth round of the FIM Hard Enduro world championship, dubbed “Vertical Madness Reloaded” for 2021.

    Coming off his second place finish in the previous Hard Enduro round in Abestone, Italy, two-time Romaniac winner Manuel Lettenbichler is confident of making it three-in-a-row this year. “I’ve won it two times now and so there is a little bit of pressure to make it three, but my plan is to try and ignore that, go out there, have fun, and do my best. Anything can happen at Romaniacs, but if all goes well, I should be pretty close,” said Lettenbichler.

    Riding a KTM 300 EXC TPI, Lettenbichler and other Romaniacs will face a gruelling five-stage race, including a marathon second stage. At the end of day two’s long stage, competitors will camp out and in authentic rallye fashion, have no outside help from their team or anyone else during the bivouac.

    Racers are thus required to ride a tactical race, conserving both themselves and their machines across two days of racing, after which they will be reunited with their teams at the end of stage three. “I’m super excited that we get to go to Romaniacs this year. I’d say it’s the hardest race of the year, but it’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m really looking forward to racing in the mountains again, the terrain there is tough, but really good fun,” Lettenbichler said.


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