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  • SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo concept unveiled


    Let’s just clear one thing out of the way – the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo is so fast that the “driver” has to don a G-suit for his/her protection. Well, one variant of the Tomahawk, at least. Unveiled recently, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo is the latest addition to the stable of virtual race machines presented by numerous carmakers as part of the Vision Gran Turismo campaign.

    Available exclusively for Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3, the SRT Tomahawk Vision Gran Turismo comes in three different flavours – a regular variant is followed by a racing version, dubbed the GTS-R. At the very top of the range sits an unhinged X model, said to employ “experimental” technology.

    The out-of-this-world creation was penned by Paul Hoste, a newbie designer at FCA, who “grew up” with the fabled franchise. Looking like a car from the year 2035 (the brief was to design a car from said year), the front of the Tomahawk features a plethora of aesthetic cues designed to convey “an aggressive, almost menacing character” while the rear employs “angular graphics and an asymmetric look to the fenders.”


    Ultra-light graphene “skins” are used primarily in the construction of all of transparent elements, including the cockpit and engine cover. The Tomahawk also features active aerodynamics in the form of panels mounted on the front and rear fenders – said panels are pneumatically-assisted and work to form the optimal balance of downforce required for braking and acceleration.

    A single-seater layout is touted by SRT. Inside, the driver (pilot?) receives vital information regarding the car’s operations via a “clear digital overlay”, projected onto the car’s graphene-based windscreen. The rear of the car is dominated by streamlined LED tail lamps and five exhaust outlets integrated into the rear diffuser.

    In the starter variant, performance comes courtesy of a mid-mounted 7.0 litre 144-degree V10 engine producing a total of 792 hp – said power gets sent to the rear wheels. The “pneumatically-driven” front wheels, on the other hand, contribute 215 hp for a tally of 1,007 hp. Using a composite chassis for the lowest weight possible, the base Tomahawk is capable of a top speed of 250 mph (402 km/h).


    Moving on to the racing GTS-R version, said model employs a more aggressive setup for a total of 1,450 hp (1,137 from the engine and 313 hp from the front wheels). Significant dieting results in a kerb weight of just 662 kg – the lightest of any variant. As a result, top speed is quoted to be “in excess of 300 mph (483 km/h).”

    Finally, the “experimental” X variant stays true to its namesake by cranking up the rev limit of said V10 to 14,500 rpm, resulting in a power output of 2,168 hp. The pneumatically-driven front wheels now contribute a further 422 hp – total power output is rated at 2,590 hp. With a maximum velocity of 404 mph (650 km/h), the dare devil behind the wheel will be required to don earlier mentioned G-suit due to the extreme conditions.

  • Hyundai Creta compact SUV confirmed – HR-V, CX-3 fighter debuts in 2015 for India, goes global soon after


    Hyundai ix25 Concept.

    Looks like Hyundai wants a slice of the success cake currently getting wolfed down by the Honda HR-V – not surprising when you consider that said model has chalked up more than 13,000 bookings in Malaysia since its launch in February 2015. The latest South Korean entrant to the hotly-contested B-segment SUV genre was recently confirmed and will arrive in India in the second half of 2015.

    Christened the Hyundai Creta, as a nod to the Greek island of Crete, said compact SUV will be based on the Hyundai ix25. Following its Indian debut later this year, the Hyundai Creta will be launched for global consumption – word on the vine indicates that emerging Asian markets are more likely to receive the Creta, though. Under the skin, expect the Creta to employ a similar drivetrain setup as the ix25.

    As such, a 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre petrol engine will be offered, mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The smaller engine pumps out a total of 123 hp and 151 Nm of torque while the 2.0 litre mill displaces 158 hp and 192 Nm of twist – the latter variant can be paired to an all-wheel drive setup.

    For the Indian market, a 1.4 litre diesel mill from the Hyundai Verna (Accent) could feature alongside the petrol powerplants. “The Creta has been designed and developed in Korea while our engineers in Hyderabad and Chennai have played an important role in customising it for the Indian conditions,” said Hyundai Motor India senior VP of sales and marketing, Rakesh Srivastava, to the Press Trust of India.

    Should the Hyundai Creta make it to Malaysia, it will go head to head with the aforementioned Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport and Peugeot 2008. Let the games begin!

    GALLERY: Hyundai ix25 Concept

    GALLERY: Production-spec Hyundai ix25 leaked

  • Lykan Hypersport added to Abu Dhabi’s police fleet

    lykan abu dhabi

    In a definite show of one-upmanship, the Abu Dhabi police force has recently added the limited-run Lykan Hypersport into its fleet of cop cars.

    The latest acquisition intensifies the ‘war’ going on between the Abu Dhabi and the Dubai police force, which of course has been making the news with its exotic and impressive police fleet vehicles, including a 700 hp and 960 Nm Brabus B63S-700 Widestar as well as the Lamborghini Aventador.

    Now, Abu Dhabi’s boys in blue (or blue-grey, if you will) has come up trumps with this one, considering that the Hypersport used by the force is one of of only seven units available.

    The Lykan Hypersport from Lebanese company W Motors, which comes with a US$3.4 million (RM12.5 million) price tag – is powered by a 3.7 litre twin turbo flat-six that was developed by RUF. The mill punches out 759 hp and a neck-breaking 1,000 Nm of twist, which is transferred to the wheels by a six-speed sequential gearbox. It gets up from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 395 km/h.

    The car was recently featured in Fast and Furious 7. In the film, the supercar – which features diamond-coated LED headlights – was destroyed after going through three buildings. Before you collapse from a heart attack, keep in mind that a total of six replicas were made for that logic-defying scene.

  • Kia Sorento – 5-star ANCAP rating, near perfect score

    Kia Sorento Drive Jordan 21

    Not only has the new Kia Sorento been awarded five stars in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the big SUV has achieved one of the highest ANCAP scores ever – 36.62 out of 37 in the more stringent 2015 criteria.

    The third-gen Sorento aced the side impact and pole tests with perfect scores, with all impact zones on test dummies in front-offset and whiplash tests ranging between good and acceptable. Where were points lost? The chest region and the lower leg area in the frontal offset test, with 3.75 and 3.87 out of 4, respectively.

    The Sorento’s good safety performance is not unprecedented for a Korean car. Last October, the Hyundai Genesis achieved the highest score in the 21-year history of the ANCAP with 36.88 points against 2014 criteria. The tests get tougher every year.

    Kia Sorento ANCAP-05

    “ANCAP requirements continually increase, encouraging manufacturers to provide consumers with safer cars. ANCAP has been raising this bar annually since 2011. Consumers should continue to look for cars which have been awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating. In addition, ANCAP also publishes the Rating Year for each car it rates. This important reference indicates the standards against which a vehicle has been assessed,” explains ANCAP CEO Nicholas Clarke.

    The new Kia Sorento will launch in Australia this week, and is set to make its Malaysian debut either this month or in July, we have been told. The second-gen Sorento, while handsome, was only available with a petrol engine in Malaysia. Let’s hope that the diesel makes it here this time around.

    Third-generation Kia Sorento

  • F48 BMW X1 unveiled – more space, more dynamic


    Six years on and more than 730,000 examples later, time is called on the E84 BMW X1 as its replacement arrives on the scene. Munich has taken the wraps off the new F48 BMW X1, which will begin selling from October.

    The general overview of the small SAV remains pretty much the same, but the automaker says there are significant and palpable changes underneath that new skin. The second-gen offering is taller, has more in the way of interior space and gets all new chassis-technology to offer noticeably enhanced ride comfort. Front-wheel drive also gets plonked on.

    Measuring in at 4,439 mm long, 1,821 mm wide and 1,598 mm tall, the new X1 is taller by 53 mm than its predecessor, and this has helped increase the spaciousness of the interior, the automaker says.


    Knee room in the rear has increased by 37 mm in standard specification and by up to 66 mm if the car is kitted with the optional adjustable rear seat, while the 505 litre boot capacity is 85 litres larger than that of the old X1. Folding down the standard-fitted 40:20:40 rear seat – which can also be specified in angle-adjustable form as an option – increases load capacity to as much as 1,550 litres.

    The seating position has also been raised in the new car – occupants sit 36 mm higher in the front and 64 mm higher in the rear compared to in the E84, and increased headroom, shoulder room and elbow room available to all occupants is also touted.

    The new X1 will be available in standard specification form as well as dressed in Advantage, Sport Line, xLine and M Sport packages. As standard, the interior is dressed in cloth seat surfaces in Anthracite/Black, with interior trim strips in Oxide Silver dark matte and accent strips in high-gloss Black. No shortage of outfitting options though, and these include Dakota leather trim in Black or Canberra Beige and interior trim strips in finewood matte Oak Grain and Fineline Stream.

    Standard equipment includes a 6.5-inch freestanding control display for the iDrive operating system and a six-speaker audio system. General fitment items also include front foglamps, remote-controlled central locking and keyless start, electrically-adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a leather steering wheel adjustable for height/reach and a rain sensor including automatic headlight control.

    Plenty of options, of course, and among these are an upsized 8.8-inch freestanding display monitor, a 1,200 mm by 847 mm panorama glass roof, automatic tailgate, full-LED headlights and a CD/DAB receiver and Harman Kardon HiFi system, complete with 12 loudspeakers and 360 watts of amplification.

    The options list also includes a Head-Up Display, Dynamic Damper Control and the Driving Assistant Plus system – the package comprises an Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Jam Assistant, Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function.

    At point of market launch, the new X1 will be available in two petrol and two diesel forms, each with 2.0 litre displacement and BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. These span across six model variations, the xDrive25i, xDrive 25d, xDrive20i, sDrive20i, xDrive20d and sDrive20d.

    From November on, the model range will be extended by two other variants, a 136 hp sDrive18i and a 116 hp sDrive16d, both driven by three-cylinder engines. Following in the footsteps of the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer, the X1 runs a front-wheel drive layout for the non-xDrive models, namely the sDrive20i and sDrive18d.

    Performance figures for the X1 xDrive25i are 231 hp at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm, the latter available between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm, as well as a 0-100 km/h time of 6.5 seconds. The X1 xDrive20i and sDrive20i models, meanwhile, have 192 hp at 5,000-6,000 rpm and 280 Nm on tap (from 1,250-4,600 rpm) – in the century sprint, the xDrive20i gets to that in 7.4 seconds while the sDrive20i does it in 7.7 seconds.


    As for the oil burners, the X1 xDrive25d features the most powerful four-cylinder diesel ever fitted in a BMW, and that’s good for 231 hp and 450 Nm, the last available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm, and the 0-100 km/h time for this one is 6.6 seconds.

    The quartet, along with the xDrive20d, which has 190 hp and 400 Nm for output numbers (0-100 km/h, 7.6 seconds), all feature an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as the standard gearbox fitment. The 150 hp and 330 Nm sDrive18d is the only variant to come with a six-speed manual as standard, though the sDrive18i and sDrive16d models that arrive later will also come as stick shifters in their standard guise.

    Incidentally, all model variants with the exception of the X1 sDrive18d feature an exhaust system with a twin-tailpipe design, and come fitted as standard with 17-inch light-alloy wheels – options go up to 19-inch units. Twelve exterior colours will be available, two solid and 10 metallic, and the M Sport model will get an exclusive Estoril Blue shade.

    F48 BMW X1 xDrive20d xLine

    F48 BMW X1 xDrive25i Sport Line

  • Mitsubishi Raya promo offers up to RM6k cash rebates


    Time flies, doesn’t it? Raya is just around the corner with the holy month of Ramadan starting in two weeks time, and with it comes the car promos. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is kicking things off by offering great deals including a free maintenance programme of up to five years and up to RM6,000 cash rebates for selected models.

    From now until July 31, those who book and register the Mitsubishi ASX will enjoy a five-year free maintenance programme and five-year warranty. Locally assembled in Malaysia, the crossover is available in 2WD (RM114,044) and 4WD (RM128,180) variants.

    Those in the market for a fuel efficient compact car can consider the RM63,741 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, now with cash rebates of up to RM6,000. Similarly, the Pajero Sport SUV comes with RM5,000 cash back, and the Lancer GTE RM3,000. MMM is also offering Mitsubishi genuine accessories at discounts up to 70%.

    In conjunction with Raya celebrations, MMM will be throwing an open house at all its showrooms on June 6-7 and 13-14. There will be booking and test-drive gifts, and refreshments will be served.

  • Additional bicycle lanes along MRT tracks – DBKL

    Kuala Lumpur Bicycle Path

    The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is currently mulling over the idea of building additional bicycle lanes along the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) tracks in order to encourage more individuals to pick up cycling as an alternative mode of getting from A to B. The first dedicated cycling path was opened in April 2015 and stretches for 5.5 km from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka.

    “Under the elevated MRT lane, there are spaces that could be used as bicycle lanes. However, we have to discuss it with MRT Corporation Sdn Bhd, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD),” commented Kuala Lumpur mayor, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.


    Kuala Lumpur bicycle map by Cycling Kuala Lumpur. Click to enlarge.

    Additionally, under the ‘River for Life’ project initiated by DBKL, plans for more dedicated cycling paths along Sungai Bunus have been proposed. “Another track will be made possible along Sungai Bunus. The distance is yet unknown as the Urban Transportation Department is identifying possible spaces to build the lane. Safety and security should be considered,” said Talib.

    The plan aims to turn Kuala Lumpur into a cyclist-friendly city while helping to cut ever-worsening traffic congestion. Earlier, DBKL initiated its ‘Kuala Lumpur Car-free Morning’ campaign whereby several stretches of roads will be opened to cyclists on the first and third Sunday of every month, from 7.30 to 9.30 am. More recently, the Sepang International Circuit has also opened its doors to cyclists.

  • Govt to clear RM494 million AES summons backlog before starting second phase end-2015


    The government is set to start the second phase of Automated Enforcement System (AES) traffic monitoring, but before that can happen, it will resolve the small matter of 1.65 million pending court cases involving RM494 million in unpaid traffic summonses from the pilot stage, The Sun reports.

    Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi said his ministry and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) are formulating the best mechanism to resolve the outstanding cases, which were temporarily suspended on Dec 18, 2012 at the direction of the AGC for “technical” reasons.

    “In view of the concerns made by certain quarters on the law and other technicalities, the AGC has decided to look into this matter and directed that all proceedings are to be withheld until the concerns have been addressed. A decision will be made within the next few days on the above-mentioned issues,” the AGC said then, adding however that AES summonses were still valid.

    The ambiguity meant that although the 14 AES cameras continued to capture red light running and speeding offences, it was dismissed by many as a “toothless tiger” due to the above-mentioned AGC freeze. Of the 1.91 million AES summonses issued from September 2012 to April 30 this year, only 264,750 compounds amounting to RM76,647,750 have been paid.

    PJ Traffic Jam

    “The AGC is analysing all the clauses to fine tune and solve this outstanding matter before the government implements the second phase. The AGC wants to ensure that all legal matters are in place,” Aziz added.

    In the meantime, the rollout of the second phase of AES is on track, with locations proposed for the 350 cameras being finalised. The emphasis will be on capturing traffic light violations.

    Based on 2013 stats, there were 205 accidents at traffic light intersections and pedestrian crossings which resulted in 76 deaths and 129 injuries. Based on the latest Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) studies, AES cameras at traffic light junctions have reduced the light jumping rate by at four locations in KL and Perak. Full story here.

    “Now that the AES operation is fully under a government-linked company and no longer operated by the private firms, we want to beef up the enforcement because (the number of) road crashes and fatalities continue to rise. Red light running and speeding had contributed to 30% of fatal accidents in the past. The government wants to reduce the number of fatalities and deter the people from going against the rules,” the minister explained.

    “We have to take control. We want to make the roads safer for all road users. Effective enforcement is one way to reduce lost of lives on the road and the authorities are serious about reducing fatalities in line with the government’s Road Safety Plan towards 2020,” he added.

  • Sultan Iskandar Highway (Lebuhraya Mahameru) closed due to road cracks, sedimentary soil deposition


    The emergence of cracks as well as deposition of sedimentary soil along the left lane of the Sultan Iskandar Highway (formerly Lebuhraya Mahameru), in particular the portion of road just after the Jalan Damansara-Jalan Parliament turn-off, has caused the closure of said route as of 8 pm yesterday.

    Che Shaari Abdullah of the Wangsa Maju Fire and Rescue department, told Bernama that the cracks first surfaced at around 2 pm yesterday due to road repair works. “The affected section of the road about 3 metres by 4.6 metres, was a risk to road users with the road sinking and worsening cracks because of the rain this afternoon.”

    “We created a detour from Parliament to enter into the city centre for vehicles heading south,” he said. Currently, the said portion of the highway remains closed to the public as works to rectify the situation are still ongoing. “The road will reopen when it is no longer a danger to road users,” added Che.


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