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  • Hennessey Goliath 6×6 – 705 hp, six-wheeled monster

    Hennessey Performance (HPE), the purveyor of vehicles with more than two axles, has unveiled its latest creation – the Goliath 6×6. Based on the latest iteration of the Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck in Trail Boss Z71 guise, the Goliath joins the Ford Raptor-based VelociRaptor 6×6 in the company’s six-wheeler line-up.

    As with most models from HPE, the 6.2 litre that makes 420 hp and 624 Nm of torque when stock has been given a number of upgrades. These include the company’s HPE700 Supercharged package comprising a 2.9 litre supercharger system producing seven psi of boost, along with a stainless steel exhaust system.

    The end result is 705 hp and 915 Nm, with the company claiming the Goliath will complete the 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) sprint in the mid four second range, despite the 6×6 conversion. There’s also an optional 808 hp stroker motor upgrade if you need more shove, bringing the all-important figure to 808 hp.

    Aside from the engine and 6×6 conversion, there’s also a new rear suspension system, an eight-inch lift kit, custom flatbed, 20-inch wheels wrapped with 37-inch off-road tyres, unique decals and graphics, a new roll bar, LED lights and new Hennessey bumpers.

    The base price for this wheeled colossus is US$375,000 (RM1,553,175), and that includes the truck that will be transformed as well as a three-year/57,936 km (36,000 mile) warranty. The company says it will make just 24 examples of the Goliath and it will be available for export to international markets.

  • Nissan Note e-Power Nismo S – sporty range extender

    The Nissan Note e-Power Nismo that was wheeled out in December 2016 had plenty of performance goodies, but no added performance from the range-extended electric vehicle. That has now been addressed by the Nissan Note e-Power Nismo S, which went on sale in Japan yesterday.

    With custom tuning for its inverter and vehicle control module, increased electrical output and an improved reduction drive, Nissan was able to squeeze out 134 hp/320 Nm for the Nismo S.

    That’s 25% more than the standard powertrain, which consists of a 109 PS/254 Nm electric motor and 79 PS/103 Nm 1.2 litre HR12DE three-cylinder engine. The ICE acts purely as a generator (it’s not connected to the wheels) and there’s no plug-in function.

    Besides the extra power, the Nismo S gets special emblems at both ends and LED headlamps. All else is as per the Nismo, including the custom structural enhancements (front/rear cross bar and front/rear suspension member stay), unique suspension and beefed up front stabiliser.

    The Nismo and Nismo S ride on Yokohama tyres and 16-inch wheels. Other goodies include a bigger exhaust pipe (85 mm), aluminium pedals and footrest (latter with Nismo logo), special EPS tuning and an aggressive front bumper. Inside, the sporty Note boasts a unique fine vision meter (with Nismo logo), special suede-covered sport seats (with Nismo logo and red stitching) and matching door trim.

    Last week, a JDM Note e-Power was spotted on the NKVE wearing trade plates. It could be Edaran Tan Chong Motor testing the hybrid five-door hatch or just a random grey import with temporary plates.

    GALLERY: Nissan Note e-Power

  • 2019 KTM off-road bikes updated, from RM38,500

    After the last round of major model updates in 2016, off-road racing specialists KTM have thoroughly revised and updated its motocross and enduro motorcycle range for 2019, with 11 new models making it to Malaysia. Starting with the 250 cc off-road range, the competition only 2019 KTM 250 SX-F is priced at RM38,500, with the two-stroke KTM 250 EXC TPI enduro going for RM39,000.

    Further up the range is the 2019 KTM 250 EXC TPI Six Days – in 2018 the ISDE Six Days competition was held in Chile – which goes for RM42,500. The enduro model EXC-F comes in two flavours, base at RM44,000 and the Six Days version at RM48,000.

    There are two two-stroke 300 cc enduro models in KTM’s 2019 range, the 300 EXC TPI at RM44,000 and the 300 EXC TPI Six Days at RM48,000, similarly priced to the four-stroke 250 EXC-F bikes. In the 350 category are the 2019 KTM 350 EXC-F at RM45,000 and 350 EXC-F Six Days at RM49,500.

    Topping out the KTM Malaysia off-road range in 2019 are the KTM 450 EXC-F at RM46,000 and the KTM 450 EXC-F Six Days at RM50,500. All 2019 KTM motorcycles officially imported into Malaysia by authorised distributor Eurotech are now on display in KTM Malaysia dealer showrooms.

    For 2019, major improvements have been made to the handling prowess of KTM’s off-roaders, as well as weight reduction. Of note on the 250 SX-F is a 40 mm longer sub-frame for safety on jumps and a 5 mm longer swingarm to improve straight line stability.

    The 250 SX-F also gets a steel diaphragm (DS) clutch which takes the place of traditional clutch springs. This allows for a weight reduction of 190 grammes in engine weight as well as three levels of clutch engagement.

    Able to be registered for on-road use, KTM’s EXC enduro range ranges from 250 cc to 450 cc, with the 300 EXC two-stroke and 350 EXC four-stroke slotting neatly in the middle. For the 300 EXC, its two-stroke engine uses twin injectors in the transfer ports, and 2-T lubricant is carried in the frame backbone, eliminating the need for pre-mix, and delivered via an electronically controlled oil pump.

    Suspension on the EXC range is from WP Suspension, with the fully-adjustable XPLOR 48 fork and XPLOR PDS monoshock. Optional for all EXC models is traction control, which can be controlled on-the-fly, and is standard fitment on the Six Days versions of the EXC.

    Distinguished by its KTM Racing Orange frame, the Six Days EXC is set apart from the base model by the inclusion of radiator fans for all four-stroke models, floating front brake disc and solid rear brake disc along with a SuperSprox two-piece rear sprocket. The Six Days logo is found all over the EXC Six-Days, naturally, along with an anodised orange billet aluminium upper and lower triple clamp.

    GALLERY: 2019 KTM 250 SX-F

    GALLERY: 2019 KTM 300 EXC TPI Six Days
    GALLERY: 2019 KTM 350 EXC-F Six Days

  • Geely MPV gets teased – is this the next Proton Exora?

    Geely is gearing up to unveil its first MPV and has released a few teaser images of the model, which was previewed in concept form at Auto Shanghai 2017. The MPV is known internally as the VF11 and is said to be a replacement for the Emgrand EV8 and possibly the next-gen Proton Exora (still a rumour for now).

    Anyway, the cues seen in these shots are almost identical to what we’ve seen in previously leaked photos, starting with the brand’s trademark “expanding cosmos” grille. The headlamps flanking the centrepiece appear to be LED-type units with slender light bars leading towards the middle, while the wide lower intake features recessed sections to house LED light bars.

    In profile, the concept’s “floating roof” look has successfully made it onto the production model, although the ultra-slim side mirrors and reverse-hinged rear doors are now more conventional in nature, as you’d expect.

    As for the rear, the concept’s signature lighting in the taillights has been carried over, although the clusters themselves have been reshaped. Additionally, they now wrap around a chrome trim piece linking them, with the Geely lettering on it.

    Barring official details from Geely, the MPV is said to measure 4,706 mm, width of 1,909 mm, height of 1,664 mm and a wheelbase of 2,805 mm. In comparison, that’s 114 mm longer than the Exora’s 4,592 mm overall length and 436 mm more than the Perodua Alza (4,270 mm).

    Reported powertrains include regular petrol-powered, plug-in hybrid, and full electric options. The first two employ a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit making up to 177 hp with/without an electric motor, and will be available at market launch. Meanwhile, the full electric version is said to join the line-up later in the year.

    GALLERY: Geely VF11 leaked photos

    GALLERY: Geely MPV Concept at Auto Shanghai 2017

  • 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport receives 2.0L Ingenium petrol engine in Malaysia – RM379,800

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has introduced the updated Land Rover Discovery Sport, which now comes equipped with the brand’s Ingenium petrol engine. The Si4 model is priced at RM379,800 (excluding road tax, registration and insurance) and comes with the Land Rover Care programme – five-year/150,000 km warranty, five-year/65,000 km servicing and three-year roadside assistance.

    The mill in question is a 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder unit that makes 240 PS at 5,500 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 1,250 rpm, which is mated to a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) and four-wheel drive system. The latter is linked to the car’s Terrain Response system, allowing drivers to swap to different drive modes depending on the surface they are driving over.

    In terms of performance, the Disco Sport will take 7.6 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km/h, the top speed is pegged at 200 km/h, while the combined fuel consumption is claimed to be 8 l/100 km. For the Malaysian market, the SUV is offered as a five-seater as standard but you can opt for a 5+2 seating configuration if you want – the latter has a 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds.

    Equipment-wise, the Disco Sport gets the InControl Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and 10-speaker, 380-watt Meridian sound system. It also comes with a five-inch colour TFT instrument cluster display, seven airbags, 12-way powered seats with memory function, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, navigation function, xenon headlamps with LED DRLs, automatic headlamps and wipers, powered tailgate, plus 19-inch ‘Style 521’ alloy wheels.

    Customers will have a number of options to select from, starting with three interior colour combinations – Ebony/Ebony, Cirrus/Lunar and Almond/Ebony. Optional wheels include the same 19-inch ‘Style 521’ units done up in gloss black, as well as a larger 20-inch ‘Style 511’ set. Eight exterior colour options are offered too – Fuji White, Yulong White, Indus Silver, Scotia Grey, Corris Grey, Firenze Red, Loire Blue and Santorini Black.

  • Perodua opens RM2m body, paint centre in Kota Bharu

    Perodua has opened a body and paint (B&P) centre in Kota Bharu to cater to the needs of its East Coast customers. The new RM2 million centre, its 66th, is owned and operated by long-time Perodua dealer Nasrom Sdn Bhd.

    “We acknowledge and appreciate the investment by Nasrom as well as their commitment towards the needs of our valued customers. In addition to enhancing convenience for our customers, this new facility also symbolises our commitment to grow the local automotive ecosystem. This is part and parcel of Perodua’s responsibility as a national car company,” said Perodua Sales MD Datuk Dr Zahari Husin.

    Occupying an area of 17,000 sq.ft. the new B&P facility is capable of mending up to 1,080 cars per annum. The facility is located at Lot 12972 & 12973, Kg Padang Kala, Peringat District, Kota Bharu. A Perodua dealer since 1994, Nasrom also operates a 1S (sales) outlet and a 2S (service and spare parts) outlet in Kelantan, both in Kubang Kerian.

    Of the 66 Perodua B&P centres nationwide, seven serve the East Coast. The facilities are in Kuala Terengganu, Kemaman, Kuantan, Jerantut and Kota Bharu.

  • New Volvo V60 Cross Country debuts – off-road wagon

    The all-new Volvo V60 made its global debut earlier this year, and it is now being followed up with a Cross Country version. This is the Volvo V60 Cross Country, a mid-sized wagon that has been imbued with some degree of off-road capability, similar to its larger sibling, the V90 Cross Country.

    From a styling perspective, the V60 CC differs from a normal V60 most noticeably by its 75 mm taller ride height. Volvo says the ride height is complemented by a specially developed chassis and suspension that allows it to go off the beaten track.

    The V60 CC also sports plenty of black plastic cladding in the lower sections of its body in order to further emphasis its ruggedness. Beyond these cues, the raised wagon is almost identical to the standard model, including the interior that features the Sensus Connect infotainment system, Adaptive Digital Display instrument panel and 529 litres of cargo volume (including under floor storage).

    “With the new V60 Cross Country, we take our Swedish family estate from one natural habitat to another. We invented the Cross Country segment over 20 years ago and with this car, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

    Engine options include a T5 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol that makes 247 hp (250 PS) and 350 Nm, and a D4 2.0 litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel with 188 hp (190 PS) and 400 Nm. However, only European customers will have a choice between the two; the US market only gets the T5 that is tuned to 250 hp and 350 Nm.

    All engines are mated to an Aisin-sourced AW TG-81 SC eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive comes as standard. A special Off-Road driving mode is included as well, and can be selected via the tablet-like touchscreen or cylindrical drive mode selector. The V60 CC’s engine line-up will be expanded to include mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains later on.

    Being based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the V60 CC gets the usual array of safety and driver assistance systems. These include Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control, City Safety with Autobrake and Pilot Assist.

    Much like its other stablemates, the new Volvo is available through its Care by Volvo subscription service, allowing you access to the car via a monthly flat-fee subscription instead of a lease or flat-out purchase (traditional form of ownership).

  • Toyota GT86 GR teased in Spain, heading to Europe

    It emerged last week that Toyota has trademarked the Yaris and 86 GR names for use in European markets, hinting of an impending launch in the continent. Now, Toyota in Spain has released a teaser for a “GT86 by Toyota Gazoo Racing” with the caption “It’s all a matter of passion for speed.”

    Taking its name from Toyota’s Gazoo Racing racing division, the GR brand adds a number of performance parts that go beyond the GR Sport’s basic bodykit and suspension upgrades. In Japan, the 86 GR receives 17-inch Rays alloys, Recaro seats, a Torsen limited-slip differential and Brembo brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear callipers.

    All these go on top of the GR Sport package for the sports car, which consist of a bodykit, Sachs dampers and a few other aesthetic and mechanical tweaks. Typically, GR and GR Sport models don’t come with any extra power – that’s reserved for the top tier GRMN versions, so expect the standard 205 PS 2.0 litre flat-four, with six-speed manual and automatic transmission options. No turbo, of course.

    GALLERY: Toyota 86 GR in Japan

  • Malaysian vehicle sales data for August 2018 by brand

    Vehicle sales in the country continued a strong showing for the third month running as a result of the government’s move to zero-rate the goods and services tax (GST) for three months before the return of the sales and services tax (SST) on September 1.

    Sales in August totalled 65,551 units, which was 4% or 2,914 units less than the 68,465 units achieved in July, but it was ahead of that managed in June when 0% GST kicked in, as consumers continued to take the opportunity to snap up vehicles during the tax holiday period.

    Here’s a quick breakdown of how most brands peformed in August. Despite the overall volume going down last month compared to July, most brands actually saw an increase in sales, save the top two. Perodua’s total numbers for the month dropped by 25.3%, while Honda saw a 15.8% decrease in sales in July. Toyota also saw a 3.7% dip in numbers for the month.

    In this case, it wasn’t for lack of demand, but a case of inventory not being able to keep up, effectively tapering off the pace. Elsewhere, things were more positive. Gainers included Proton (+17.3%), Nissan (+6.0%), Mazda (+62.3%), Isuzu (+95.4%), Mitsu (+43.7%), Subaru (+47.6%), Volkswagen (+26.8%) and Ford (+59.0%).

    In the premium segment, BMW (+22.8%) outsold Mercedes (-14.4%) for the month, while Lexus saw a 157.1% increase in sales from July. Volvo also had a good month, increasing its sales volume by 40.7%. Again, Audi’s sales figures were not available.

    Click on the chart below to view a larger version.

  • Ducati Malaysia triple launch – 2019 Ducati Panigale V4, Multistrada 1260 S, Monster 821, from RM69k

    It was a triple launch for Ducati Malaysia at the Ducati Malaysia Premiere 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, with the public showing of the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4, Multistrada 1260 S and Monster 821. Pricing for the Panigale V4 is RM129,900 for the base version, while the Panigale V4 S – had a ride on it here – goes for RM169,900, a drop from the post-GST prices of RM133,900 and RM173,900.

    Meanwhile, the update for the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S, the Bologna firm’s take on the adventure-tourer, is priced at RM129,900 in Ducati Red and RM130,900 in Grey. Famously known as the bike that saved Ducati, back in the 1990s, the Monster 821 is currently Ducati’s middleweight naked sports bike comes in two flavours, Ducati Red and Classic Yellow, priced at RM69,900 and RM70,900 respectively.

    The Panigale V4 is Ducati’s first superbike to use its production V-four engine, the 1,103 cc Stradale which produces 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. Fed by four oval throttle bodies with an equivalent diameter of 52 mm, coupled to variable length intake manifolds, the Stradale V-four’s valve movement uses Ducati’s Desmodromic mechanical valve actuation.

    Updating the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is the Multistrada 1260 S, with 158 hp at 9,500 rpm and 129.5 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm coming from its 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT V-twin. Equipped with a Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) that allows for clutchless up- and down-shifts, the Multistrada 1260 S comes with Ducati’s Skyhook Sachs electronic suspension.

    The new 1260 Testastretta mill is claimed to give more low- to mid-range torque, especially at 4,000 rpm where Ducati says the engine spends most of its time. Rider conveniences include a Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) which controls Cornering ABS, Ducati Cornering Lights and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), along with Vehicle Hold Control for uphill starts.

    Freshly updated is the Ducati Monster 821, which now comes with LED lighting all-round, a full-colour TFT-LCD screen coupled with three riding modes, power modes and Ducati Safety Pack which provides Bosch ABS and traction control. Producing 109 hp at 9,250 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm, the 821 carries on the Monster tradition of the original hooligan bike.

    All three Ducati machines – the Panigale V4, the Multistrada 1260 S and Monster 821 – are on display at authorised Ducati dealers. Every Ducati sold via authorised Malaysian distributor Next Bike and its dealers comes with the DucatiSmart Service Program, a two-year free service for parts and lubricants, or up to 30,000km, including Desmodromic service.


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