Rennsport Reunion 7, a significant event celebrating Porsche’s racing heritage, is currently taking place in California. To mark this occasion, Porsche has unveiled a special and extraordinary automobile – the Porsche 911 GT3 R Rennsport.
This model, while not street-legal or compliant with GT3 competition standards, is a, well we call it a monster and remarkable machine designed for the track.
The 911 GT3 R Rennsport is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.2-litre flat-six engine, borrowed from the GT3 race car. However, it’s not built to GT3-class specifications, allowing it to produce a formidable 611hp. The engine is tuned to run E25 fuel and features bespoke pistons, camshafts, and a higher compression ratio. It’s a powerhouse capable of reaching an impressive 9,400 RPM.
Back in March of this year, Kia revealed its 2024 EV9 model and it is packed with tons of features including level-three autonomy and clever aerodynamics that reduce drag and thus increase range.
Kia America made an announcement regarding the upcoming 2024 Kia EV9, their premier three-row SUV electric vehicle (EV). This new model, positioned as the brand’s flagship in the EV segment, will begin at a competitive base price of $54,900 (RM258,469). The introductory variant, the EV9 Light RWD, boasts essential features, including DC fast-charging capability, ample seating for up to seven passengers, and SynTex leather-trimmed seats.
Moreover, it rides on 19-inch alloy wheels and offers an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat equipped with heating and ventilation. The heart of the EV9 lies in its seamless permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, delivering a robust performance with 215hp and 349Nm of torque.
BMW created a buzz in March by announcing the commencement of production for the second-generation X2 by year-end. Recently, a teaser video has offered the first official glimpse of this crossover coupe, internally known as “U10,” displaying its sleek and unique design compared to the X1.
The video highlights the X2’s elegant profile, underscoring its prominently sloped roofline, a distinctive characteristic of this model. The upcoming X2 is noticeably larger than its forerunner, aligning with the size growth seen in the latest X1. Given the new X1’s length of 177.2 inches, a similar dimension can be anticipated for the X2.
BMW’s expansion into the electric vehicle realm has seen the introduction of two new combustion engine variants integrated with eDrive 48-volt mild hybrid technology: the 530e and 550e xDrive. These variants mark a strategic fusion of traditional combustion engines with BMW’s cutting-edge eDrive technology.
In the case of the 530e sedan, a potent combination of a four-cylinder petrol engine and BMW’s eDrive technology delivers a robust 299hp. Impressively, this amalgamation provides an electric range extending up to 103km, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to eco-friendly options without compromising power.
On the other hand, the 550e xDrive sedan boasts a formidable in-line six-cylinder engine, generating a substantial 489hp. Even in its electric-only mode, this model can achieve an impressive range of up to 90km, showcasing BMW’s dedication to providing diverse options within the hybrid spectrum.
Integral to these plug-in hybrids is the eDrive system, integrating an electric motor within an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. This innovative setup enables exceptional fuel efficiency, aligning with BMW’s dedication to sustainability and reduced emissions.
To enhance the overall balance and storage capacity of the 5 Series, the lithium-ion battery, with an impressive usable energy content of up to 19.4 kWh, is strategically positioned within the car’s underbody. This placement optimises weight distribution and enhances the driving experience.
Moreover, the battery’s convenience is further emphasised by its rapid charging capability, allowing a full charge in approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. Additionally, adaptive recuperation technology enables the recovery of energy while driving, enhancing overall efficiency.
Both the 530e and 550e xDrive models boast a range of standard equipment, including distinctive 19-inch light alloy wheels and BMW’s IconicSounds Electric. The latter feature adds an acoustic dimension to the electric driving experience, providing feedback matching accelerator pedal movements and elevating the overall driving experience.
These models are part of BMW’s eighth-generation 5 Series platform, reflecting the brand’s holistic approach to mobility solutions that encompass both traditional combustion engines and a dynamic shift towards electrification, as evidenced by the all-electric i5 introduced earlier this year.
Rolls-Royce has unveiled a special edition of the Phantom called “Phantom Inspired by Cinque Terre,” drawing inspiration from the Italian Riviera and its wines. This distinctive Phantom features a Ligurian blue exterior with Navy Blue and Jasmine double coachlines, adorned with clusters of grapes on the vehicle’s sides.
Inside, the interior showcases a combination of Grace White and Navy Blue leather with Jasmine trim, mirroring the theme of winemaking. The grape motif is intricately embroidered on the rear doors, demanding 9,215 stitches for each cluster. It is also carefully inlaid on the tray tables, which integrate stainless steel and gold plating. The custom Starlight headliner displays an embroidered map of Italy, crafted with an impressive 14,338 individual stitches.
In 2023, Honda celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Honda Civic, a significant milestone for the brand. Additionally, it marked 25 years since the introduction of Honda’s iconic high-performance Type R model, which had made a lasting impact on enthusiasts and the automotive market.
To commemorate this special year, Honda introduced the new Civic Type R in September 2022. This latest iteration was unveiled as the most powerful Type R model ever produced, showcasing Honda’s dedication to performance and innovation.
Honda Malaysia has finally introduced the new Type R into the Malaysian market. Building on the foundation of the 11th generation Civic hatchback, the new Civic Type R represented a significant leap forward. It incorporated advanced technologies inspired by motorsport, enabling it to surpass the performance capabilities of even the stripped-down, lightweight versions of the previous model.
The exterior design of the new FL5 Civic Type R emphasizes unity and simplicity, showcasing uncluttered details on the front and rear bumpers. Integrated design features, like the rear doors and arches, have been specifically developed for the Type R, not only enhancing the aesthetics but also providing improved aerodynamic benefits.
The Type R’s design is optimised for aerodynamics, enhancing performance. The large lower grille, with a larger fan behind it, effectively channels airflow to the engine. This design is complemented by a subtle bonnet featuring a vent to further enhance airflow around the front end.
In addition, strategic design elements contribute to superior aerodynamics. Large aperture vents positioned behind the front wheels and a larger rear diffuser, seamlessly integrated into the under-floor and coordinated with the bodywork above, all play a role in maximising the aerodynamic efficiency of the car.
The Pilot Sport 4S tyres for the Type R were created by Honda and Michelin in partnership and have a 265/30 profile, making them 20 mm wider than earlier models. The “reverse rim” design of the 19-inch wheels these tyres are attached to efficiently reduce deformation on the inside of the wheel and improve the stability of the tyre contact patch, especially while under load.
This set of wheels and tyres results in a 12.7mm larger rear track and a front track that is 25mm wider. The new model’s body is 20mm longer and 15mm wider when the FL hatchback base and Type R-specific external design components are combined.
The Civic Type R flaunts a bold rear spoiler design, not only enhancing downforce but also minimizing air resistance due to its rearward angulation. The spoiler is mounted lower and wider compared to the previous model, providing a sleeker roofline and a broader stance. Reinforced by new aluminium die-cast mounts, this rear wing is a notable aerodynamic feature.
Beneath the vented aluminium bonnet lies a potent version of Honda’s K20C1 engine. Key performance metrics like horsepower, torque, and responsiveness have been elevated through a redesigned turbocharger, heightened air intake flow rate, and an upgraded exhaust system boasting a straight-through design and an active exhaust valve. Optimisations in the turbocharger’s turbine wheel blades, size, shape, and intake charge flow path enable efficient pressure generation in a broader range. These enhancements collectively contribute to an impressive powertrain.
A considerable update has been made to the turbocharged 2-litre 4-cylinder DOHC VTEC engine, which now produces an astounding 319PS at 6,500 rpm and a hefty 420Nm between 2,600 and 4,000 rpm. The Type R is now firmly established as one of the most powerful cars in its class thanks to this improvement.
A crisp and exciting 6-speed manual gearbox is included with the Type R. It should be noted that this gearbox has been improved, with a lighter flywheel and a new rev-match mechanism. The rev-matching technology, which is beautifully timed with downshifts, aids in corner entrance stability.
Hyper-precise gear changes are made possible by the gearbox’s fortification with high-strength parts, such as a high-rigidity lever and an improved shift gate layout. A typical helical-type limited-slip differential also effectively transmits the engine’s power to the road, improving overall performance.
The Type R provides a dynamic driving experience through selectable performance modes that allow the driver to tailor the car’s behaviour according to their preferences. These modes encompass engine, steering, suspension, and engine sound settings. The available pre-set modes include Comfort, Sport, and +R. In addition to these, a new ‘Individual Mode’ has been introduced, granting the driver the ability to customise various driving parameters to achieve a personalised and optimal driving experience.
The cabin is aesthetically pleasing and has been built with performance in mind. Along with the recognisable red seats, carpet, and trim, it also has a newly designed aluminium shift knob and a serialised Type R plate on the dashboard as distinguishing elements.
The cockpit was designed with performance driving in mind, and it has a new digital instrument cluster with crisp, easy-to-read visuals and a variety of display settings. It is notable for having a large tachometer, a display for the gear position, and a multi-information display.
The engine rpm and gear position are put at the top of a second new metre that is only available in Type R’s +R mode, giving the driver immediate access to the information they need. During performance driving, an illuminated rev indicator with a racing theme is situated above the gauge cluster to offer the driver a rapid indication of engine rpm.
A new 9-inch Colour Touchscreen, the biggest touchscreen ever in a Type R, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, is just one example of how technology has been thoughtfully incorporated into the redesigned cabin with an emphasis on the driver.
Additionally standard are a Bose Centrepoint premium sound system that was specifically designed for the Civic’s interior and wireless charging that is Qi compliant.
A newly improved Honda LogR Performance Datalogger that is exclusive to the Type R combines the onboard computer and sensors of the car with a new built-in vehicle app, eliminating the need for a smartphone. When driving on a track or other closed courses, this aids drivers in monitoring and recording a number of performance metrics in real-time.
Because to the narrower pillars, repositioned side mirrors, and lower bonnet, the driver is seated more comfortably and with better visibility than before in a new, lighter, body-stabilizing performance seat. On the track and during extended journeys, the front sports seats’ lightweight, firmly bolstered design and suede-effect material provide great support and comfort.
The most powerful car sold by Honda Malaysia is priced at RM399,900 and for 2023, there will only be 19 units available for booking. The Type R will only come in Championship White and the lucky 19 Type R owners for 2023 will be announced by Honda Malaysia.
The Novitec N-Largo S is a limited-edition widebody version created by German automotive refinement specialist Novitec for the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Limited to just three vehicles worldwide, this special edition has already been completely sold out.
The N-Largo S features a widened body, achieved through lightweight yet durable carbon-fibre components. The wider front fenders and flares at the rear axle add 14cm to the car’s width compared to the standard Ferrari 812 Superfast, enhancing its aerodynamics and visual appeal. The rear end is redesigned with an integrated rear spoiler in a striking and aerodynamically efficient ducktail design.
Porsche announced the expansion of its hybrid range for the new Cayenne luxury SUV series. The introduction of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid marks the third plug-in model in the series and is positioned between the Cayenne E-Hybrid and the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid.
Key Features and Performance
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid, positioned between the Cayenne E-Hybrid and the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid, prioritizes a harmonious mix of everyday usability and performance. This electrified model, available in both SUV and SUV Coupé body variants, integrates seamlessly into the existing powertrain range. With a revised three-litre V6 turbo engine delivering 353PS and a 176PS electric motor, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid achieves an impressive system output of 519PS and a maximum system torque of 750Nm.
The performance capabilities are substantial, allowing the Cayenne S E-Hybrid to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 263km/h. Notably, the hybrid technology enhancements result in an improved electric range and shorter charging times due to intelligent energy management.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupé, a new addition to the successful midsize series by Mercedes-AMG, exemplifies a blend of dynamic and characteristic AMG features. This model, like its SUV counterpart, is a powerful and sporty offering, appealing to customers seeking a sporty lifestyle coupled with impressive performance.
Design and Aesthetics
The GLC Coupé boasts a sporty silhouette characterized by a flowing transition towards the rear, accentuating its width and creating an impression of dynamic movement. The design elements, such as the AMG-specific radiator trim, front apron, and precise side edges, underline the sporty proportions of the vehicle. Additionally, the powerful wheel arches and the wheel options ranging from 19 to 21 inches add to the confident appearance.
The interior of it is carefully designed to provide a sporty and luxurious atmosphere. Features like AMG seats in Artico man-made leather / Microcut AMG microfibre, the AMG Performance steering wheel, and illuminated door sills with AMG lettering contribute to the overall sporty aesthetic.
Performance and Drivetrain
The heart of the GLC Coupé is the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, known as M139l, incorporating innovative technologies and high performance while maintaining efficiency. One notable feature is the electric exhaust gas turbocharger powered by a 48-volt on-board electrical system. This setup ensures a highly responsive engine across the speed range, leading to a more dynamic driving experience and improved efficiency.
Mini Malaysia has introduced the Mini Countryman Roof Art Edition, featuring a unique design by local artist Jared Lim, also known as ‘Professional Crayon’. The ‘Foliage’ design on the roof blends the essence of adventure with vibrant elements of Malaysian culture, resulting in a charming iteration of the Mini Countryman.
The artwork showcases the rich tapestry of Malaysian flowers, with the wings of the Mini logo gracefully emerging through waves and weaves of Malaysian flora. A hibiscus blossom represents the encounters and adventures that await on one’s journey. The design also encapsulates the Union Jack tail lights, a speedometer, and a compass, symbolising the adventurer’s relentless pursuit of new experiences.