Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The new Lamborghini Urus

Automobili Lamborghini recently launched the Lamborghini Urus, which they claim is the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle. I don't really agree as there are already a few offerings from other brands in this new niche in the luxury segment including the Porsche Cayenne, the Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque.

Anyway, the Urus offers luxurious space for up to five occupants and a fantastic driving experience with six different driving modes + the EGO mode available via ‘Tamburo’ driving dynamics selector.

It is powered by a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine with 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque. The Urus can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed 305 km/h. The vehicle has a 4WD system with active torque vectoring and four-wheel steering.

As for safety, it features carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilization.

The peaked mound of the bonnet is reminiscent of the Miura and Aventador, and accented by diagonal hood lines. Large air intakes sporting the hexagonal theme are linked by a low-level front spoiler. The front lights are sleek, slim and very sporty, set in a horizontal position and with LED headlights in the familiar Lamborghini Y shape.

The Y-shaped front air intakes, also a feature of the LM002, are detailed with the Italian flag, emphasizing the origins of the model.

With a low roofline and frameless windows, the Urus has a sharply-inclined windshield and strongly-angled rear windows with glass-on-glass replacing the C-pillar. The hexagonal wheel arches borrows deign details from the LM002 and Countachat, housing large 21" to 23" wheels. The rear diffuser is inspired by Lamborghini race cars, with integrated double round exhaust pipes.

As for the interior, the driver and passengers are all afforded a low but extremely comfortable super sports car seat position. Oriented around the driver, the slim Y design of the dashboard, is inspired by the LM002 as well as by current Lamborghini super sports cars. The Lamborghini hexagonal theme echoes throughout the interior, in elements such as air vents and door handles, and even in items such as the cup holders and air bag modules. A multi-function, three-spoke steering wheel incorporates a vibration damper to enhance comfort in all driving conditions. Multifunction switches are intuitively located on the steering wheel to control the Lamborghini Infotainment System (LIS), including car set-up, media, telephone and navigation.

The standard front DNA memory sport seats are fully electric, heated and 12-way adjustable. More luxurious, 18-way fully-electric front seats are available as an option, including features such as ventilation and massage. The rear bench seat comes as standard with a movable and folding seat back and ISOFIX fixings. The rear bench seat can be lowered to substantially extend the trunk space from 616 liters to 1.596 liters.

A fully-digital TFT display shows the Urus' main information in an animated 3D representation and is customizable by the driver.

Just in case you are wondering, the name Urus is derived from the Urus bulls also known as Aurochs. They are one of the large, wild ancestors of domestic cattle.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New BMW M2 Coupé launched in Malaysia

BMW Group Malaysia has just launched the New BMW M2 Coupé in Malaysia. According to their press release, this car is the only rear wheel drive premium performance car in its class.

This performance compact premium sports coupe from the BMW Group’s famed M Division, has a  more aggressive stance in its exterior outlook, with a newly designed front and rear section. It has already won awards - it recently took home the much coveted Sports Auto Award for the second time.

Apart from the modified front apron with large air inlets, the sporty coupé features new bi-LED headlights in place of xenon units found on its predecessor.

At the rear, the New BMW M2 Coupé accentuates its pronounced appearance with M-specific twin exhaust tailpipes and newly designed all-LED tailights.

Also introduced for the first time are 19-inch aluminium wheels in M twin-spoke design.

Inside, redesigned and illuminated is the new M-specific black instrument panel with contrast stitching which features the new infotainment system with live tiles and touch screen capabilities.  Apple Car Play is now available for the New BMW M2 Coupé via the BMW ConnectedDrive Store. Aside from an M leather ‘Walknappa’ steering wheel with M Drive buttons and interior trim finishes in high-gloss carbon fibre.

The Coupé is powered by a 3.0 litre M TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder engine capable of up to 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 465 Nm with a short-term maximum of 500 Nm using the overboost function. It has a lightweight M Sport suspension system – made stiffer for better dynamism while adapting damper settings to retain ride comfort. The M Servotronic steering has two response settings and suitably effective M compound brakes.

The car will be  available in Long Beach Blue, Black Sapphire, Alpine White and Mineral Grey. The interior and seat colour comes in Dakota Black Leather with Contrast Stitching in Blue in M Sport seats for the driver and passenger.

The retail price (on the road, without insurance, 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Program as well as 2 Years/ 24 Months Tyre Warranty Programme) for the New BMW M2 Coupé  is RM 535, 800.00 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM537,986.50 in East Malaysia.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Buying Continental tyres from Lazada

As I had mentioned in one of my past posts: Review of Fave offer - Lim Tayar @ SS2, I needed to change one of the tyres on my Wira. There was an offer on Continental tyres on Lazada and I did a search.

I bought a Continental Tyre CC6 175/70/13 for RM 128.00 (discounted from RM160) from a seller called Tyre Hunter. I specifically selected the seller based in Semenyih as it is near my office. I was quite interested to try out Nitrogen gas for the tyres offered by other sellers. Unfortunately the workshop near my office did not offer Nitrogen gas.

I soon received a Whatsapp message from a lady called Christine and we fixed a day for me to go to their workshop and have the tyre installed.

The workshop is called WSS Auto Accessories & Tyres Sdn Bhd in Semenyih. Unlike other workshops, they have a air-conditioned waiting room. Unfortunately no coffee or even water but there was an old vintage arcade game to keep me occupied.

Once there, I decided to get the wipers changed as well. There was a cheaper rubber version and a silicon version, which was slightly more expensive. I decided to go for the silicon wipers and the 17" cost me RM35 while the 20" one cost me RM40.

Since I was already there I also decided to have the balancing and alignment done.
The front alignment cost me RM25 while the balancing for all tyres cost RM40. I only realised later that the balancing was supposed to be free for the tyre I purchased.

All together, it cost me RM121 with GST (6%).

However, this is not the end of this story. A few days later on the weekend as I was washing my car, I suddenly realised that they had installed another brand tyre - Viking CityTech CT5, which only costs about RM88. I was quite annoyed. So I sent off a message to Christine. She profusely apologised and asked me to come over to get it changed to the correct tyres.

So, next Monday, I again drive to the workshop from my office and had the tyres changed. It only took a couple of minutes. They did not do the balancing or alignment again and I did not insist as I had to get back to my office soon.

I am not sure what happened and whether it was a honest mistake. But it should not have happened and left me with a bad impression of the workshop. 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Isuzu and Toyota top customer satisfaction in Malaysia

Based on the ratings of various auto brands in Malaysia from the J. D. Power 2017 Malaysia Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) study, Isuzu and Toyota came out on top.

Isuzu scored 5 stars (among the best) for overall satisfaction, sales initiation, dealer facility, salesperson and delivery timing. They scored 4 stars (better than most) for deal and delivery process. On the other hand, Toyota scored 5 stars for overall satisfaction, sales initiation, deals, sales person and delivery process while scoring 4 stars for dealer facility and delivery timing.

Friday, September 29, 2017

New 2018 Subaru Impreza

Subaru recently revealed the next generation Impreza at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month.

the car features their signature Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, as well as EyeSight driver assistance technology, as standard.

Built on the new Subaru Global Platform, the new Impreza has a 70% stiffer chassis, improved crash energy absorption and an even lower centre of gravity. According to the company, this is their most stable, safe and responsive Impreza yet.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

New 2019 New XC40

Volvo Cars recently launched the new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy.

With the XC40, Volvo Cars now has three new, globally available SUVs.

This is their first model on Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) which was Co-developed within Geely, their parent company.

The XC40 is their first entry in the small SUV segment. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.

Ingenious interior storage solutions includes space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.

The XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars’ plant in Ghent, Belgium in November.


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