Category: Performance/Super Sports Cars

The refined Z4 and M5 join BMW Malaysia’s dynamic line-up

At the onset of the 2012 Malaysian Open WTA Tournament, BMW Malaysia, the official Title sponsors of the Malaysian Open, presented the new Z4 and refined M5 Peformance Sedan for the Malaysian market. When it comes to roadsters, BMW has been at the pinnacle for a number of years, rivalling the likes of world renowned roadsters such as the Porsche Cayman, the Mercedes-Benz SLK and Mazda Miata or MX-5. The 2nd-generation Z4 variant was the segment leader for consecutive years in 2009 and 2010  It all began with the Z3 way back in 1996, which was inspired by the James Bond... Read More

Porsche premieres at Geneva Motor show

  At the 2012 Geneva Motor show from 8 – 18 March, Porsche will be presenting a world premiere and two European premieres: the new Boxster 2013, Panamera GTS and 911 Carrera Cabriolet. The latest Boxster variant now comes in a lighter form, which is very much attributed to a lightweight body and redesigned chassis. Porsche’s popular roadster, other than the Cayman, is now even more road-worthy and appeasing to the eyes with its shorter overhangs, larger wheelbase, wider track and bigger wheels. Needless to say, these attributes contribute to better driving dynamics and at the same time, yield... Read More

BMW premieres the Concept M135i at Geneva Motorshow

BMW is set to premiere the Concept M 135i featuring a six-cylinder engine at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show from 8 – 18 March. The top-of-the-line 1 Series is the first M Performance vehicle to include a straight six-cylinder petrol engine In exterior looks, the M135i resembles much of the motifs of the previous edition: a three-door compact variant, elongated shoulder lines and muscular front & rear contours, all uniquely M Performance. Through BMW’s prominence on the racetracks, the M135i takes up some new implementations from BMW race cars such as; modified suspension technology and refined aerodynamic characteristics.A... Read More

Updated Ferrari California debuts at 82nd Geneva Motor show

Ferrari wlll debut the updated version of the California at the 82nd Geneva Motor show from 8 – 18 March. The new California now comes with 30kg weight reduction thanks to a light technology chassis construction and aluminium fabrication techniques. In addition, the car has an added power output of up to 490hp and 505Nm of maximum torque. This is the results of new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping, while the torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine’s rev range. These enhancements have improved the Ferrari’s California’s performance, reducing its 0-100 km/acceleration time to... Read More

Porsche M’sia (SDAP) reveals its new icon and identity: 911 Carrera & Carrera S

Sime Darby Auto Performance last Friday revealed its new iconic and Porsche identity in the form of the all new 911 Carrera and Carrera S. The 911 offers up to 16 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions combined with greater everyday practicality, courtesy of its new lightweight body, further drive-train efficiencies and new suspension systems. Expect improvised driving dynamics thanks to the completely revamped suspension, featuring numerous redeveloped components from the previous edition. The wheelbase is now longer, and combined with wider track width at the front, it gives way to a more sure-footed tracking and roll stability at... Read More

Desirable roadster and four-door Coupe: SLK200 & CLS350

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s two other ‘niche’ variants the SLK200 roadster and CLS350 deserve more than short overviews. The next generation Mercedes-Benz roadster and latest 4-door Coupe also come in AMG trims and advance into true aficionados’ desired cars – the SLK 55 AMG (above left) and CLS 63 AMG. The 3rd generation SLK has a markedly bolder and striking exterior, and at the same time, delivers adequate performance and an open-air driving experience. This succinct roadster first arrived to the scene in 1996 and immediately got the motoring media abuzz with the vario-roof, which transformed the wide-open roadster into a... Read More

Mercedes-Benz M’sia flaunts ‘Niche’ variants: C180, SLK200 & CLS350

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) today presented three of the latest ‘Niche’ variants – the C180 Coupe, SLK200 roadster and the top-of-the-line CLS350. All three variants are offered with the AMG Sports package as per customers’ requests. The C-Class Coupe, in either 180, 250 and 350 BlueEfficiency versions, inherits all the splendor of last year’s new C-Class. However, the C350 is only valid for special requests. With the Coupe variant, the C-Class has taken an expressive, two door and svelte coupe design. At the front, the radiator grille shares similar ‘double-louvre’ styling as the Sedan variant, however the bumper protrudes slightly... Read More

Chevrolet continues the Corvette legacy with 60th anniversary edition

Chevrolet yesterday unveiled the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition – the fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette’s history – as well as a 60th Anniversary Package that will be available on all 2013 Corvette models. The 60th Anniversary Package and 427 Convertible will make their public debut at the Barrett Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on 21 Jan, and will arrive at U.S. Chevrolet dealers early this summer. This latest 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history. Its heart is the 7.0L LS7... Read More

Sisma Auto adds new Jaguar XF series to existing line-up

Following last July’s introduction of the Jaguar diesel variants: the XFS 3.0 and XJL, Sisma Auto today added the updated XF range to its existing Jaguar line-up as part of its continuing expansion plans in the premium and luxury segment.   The 2012 XF range comes in three variants; XF 3.0 petrol, XF 3.0 diesel S and the superlative XFR 5.0 Supercharged.  We’ll look at the XF 3.0 petrol and diesel S in greater details, the two popular XFs share a muscular front fascia and sculpted engine hood, with bi-Xenon headlights and crystal white LEDs. The side is defined... Read More

Ferrari’s newest 599XX debuts at Bologna Motor show

The newest Ferrari variant – 599XX – was the highlight of the Bologna Motor Show – a major auto showcase in Italian automotive circles. The 599XX has been adorned with an enhanced performance package and technical features for track-based research and development program for the 2012-2013 seasons, possibly as a replacing race variant to the 458 Italia in Ferrari’s popular one-make ‘Challenge’ series . Already the fruit of the very finest Ferrari road car and Formula 1-derived technology, the 599XX now features improved chassis dynamics thanks to an active aerodynamic package integrated with the vehicles’ electronic control systems, and... Read More

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