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Mazda Adds AWD To The CX-30 In Top-Spec Form
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Mazda Adds AWD To The CX-30 In Top-Spec Form

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We’re barely a few months since the newest Mazda crossover made its Malaysian debut, but Bermaz Motor has already seen fit to introduce a mild revision with the addition of a new all-wheel drive variant.

The CX-30 2.0G High AWD now sits atop the CX-30 hierarchy, priced at RM176,059 (OTR without insurance), making it around RM3,000 dearer than the previous top spec 1.8D High. As it’s name denotes, there’s a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine under the bonnet producing 162hp and 213Nm.

The four-cylinder unit is familiar to anyone versed in their Mazda powertrains, unchanged from other CX-30 variants in the local range and mated to a 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

One could argue that front-wheel drive is more than enough to handle the naturally aspirated four-cylinder’s output in any situation and that AWD might be a little unnecessary for an urban-friendly crossover, but regardless the newly added CX-30 variant uses Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system.

The driveline remains predominantly front-driven but a control module is continually measuring surface conditions and ambient readings to dynamically alter how much torque is sent to the rear axle and also works in tandem with G-Vectoring Control Plus for a more sure-footed drive.

Of course, being the only AWD variant in the range, you’re out of luck if all-paw grip is a top priority yet your budget doesn’t stretch as far as this newly introduced range topper.

In terms of equipment, the 2.0G High AWD is specified identically to the 2.0G High, which means goodies such as full LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system all come as standard.

There’s also leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a head-up display (Active Driving Display), as well as Mazda’s i-Activsense suite that includes numerous safety and convenience features such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, front and rear Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departures Warning, and Radar Cruise Control.

Now, Mazda has also taken the opportunity to update the entry-level 2.0G variant of the CX-30 with keyless entry and a proximity-based automatic locking function. As a result, the new base price of the Mazda crossover has risen by RM2,700 to RM145,759.

Of course, all variants come with Mazda’s 5-Year warranty which includes 5 years of free maintenance, inclusive of labour, parts and lubricants.

This Kancil “Cabriolet” is the Coolest Car You’ll See Today, and it's on Sale
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This Kancil “Cabriolet” is the Coolest Car You’ll See Today, and it's on Sale

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The Facebook Marketplace is a very interesting place. The things you will find listed sometimes is nothing short of mind blowing.

With things ranging between gelas A&W terpakai to horses for sale, the marketplace never fails to surprise, and today is no exception.

What we have here is a very heavily modified Kancil “cabriolet” which was put up for sale by Muhamad Kamarul without a roof, and that’s not all - The car is fitted with Daihatsu Mira body parts and dashboard, a Japan-spec Kelisa engine, after-market wheels, as well as a pimped out interior.

As cool as it looks, the car is not roadworthy because of the chopped roof. In fact, the owner has mentioned in the post that the car is only sesuai untuk jalan di kampung, or to be used for parts, which explains why it is only being sold for RM 2,000.

Whatever it is, the owner certainly deserves credit for the amount of creativity and effort that has gone into this Kancil Cabriolet. Very cool, indeed.

Have you seen a cooler Kancil? Let us know below!

Where to Install Two New Tires on Your Vehicle
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Where to Install Two New Tires on Your Vehicle

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Tyres, the little rubber doughnut that has a contact patch the size of your palm to keep your big, heavy, complicated and powerful machine to the road. But yet, even when you look at it in this perspective, many still overlook the importance of tyre know-how, so we thought we would look at one of the most important aspects of it, as it happens daily anywhere in the world.

There's this common scenario where vehicle owners would need to replace a pair of tyres instead of all four. Of course, for best efficiency, all four must be replaced, but in the real world where money is a consideration, two is better than zero. 

The reason for this change in pair is because the tyres on your car wear at different rates. The front tyres always wear faster than the rear. They wear 2.5 times faster than the rear according to Toyotires as they are responsible for steering. 

So, in most cases, the front tyres would need changing first, but the question is, do you slap on new tyres to the front, or move the used tyres from the rear to the front and put the new tyres on the back? According to Goodyear tyres, the answer should always be REAR.

"When tires are replaced in pairs, the new tires should always be installed on the rear axle, and the partially worn tires should be moved to the front. Driving with new tires on the rear axle can help the vehicle to maintain control on wet roads because the tires with deeper treads are more likely to resist hydroplaning."

"When front tires have less tread than the tires on the rear axle, the vehicle is generally considered easier to control, since sliding would likely be the result of understeer – which is easier for the driver to control by decreasing throttle. If worn tires are placed on the rear axle and a slide occurs, it's likely the result of oversteer (where the rear of the vehicle continues to move straight ahead). Oversteering is generally harder to recover from and decreasing throttle may actually amplify the negative effects of the oversteer."

It's common for tyre shops to recommend this practice to you but if they do not, insist they put the new tyres on the rear because now you know why it is best to do so.  

Ferrari Unleashes the 812 GTS and F8 Spider in Malaysia
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Ferrari Unleashes the 812 GTS and F8 Spider in Malaysia

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Naza Italia, official importer and distributor of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, has taken the wraps off two new models yesterday – the 812 GTS and the F8 Spider.

The more exciting model out of the two is of course 812 GTS, which is essentially the convertible version of the 812 Superfast.

The big news with the 812 GTS is that the car’s rear section has been completely redesigned, to make way for the retractable hard top and its stowage compartment.

The retractable hard top, which opens in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h, does not impinge upon the interior dimensions, thus maintaining the donor car’s roomy cockpit.

Powering the 812 GTS is the same 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine as the Superfast, which produces 800 PS and 718 Nm, paired with an F1 DCT seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Thanks to the powertrain, the 812 GTS does the century sprint in just under 3 seconds and clocks a top speed of 340 km/h, making it the most powerful Ferrari convertible ever.

The F8 Spider on the other hand, which was designed in parallel with the F8 Tributo berlinetta, is here to replace the 488 Spider.

Weighing 20 kg lighter than its predecessor, the F8 Spider is significantly more aerodynamically efficient too, and features the latest version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control system.

Power comes courtesy of the same twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 engine as its coupe sibling, which makes 711 hp and 770 Nm of torque. In terms of performance, the F8 Spider does the century run in 2.9 seconds, and is able to clock a top speed of 325 km/h.

The F8 Spider’s engine also inherits highly efficient weight-reduction solutions from the 488 Pista which have cut the power unit’s weight by 18 kg compared to that of the 488 Spider.

On the exterior, the entire front end has been redesigned to highlight the extensive aerodynamic modifications made to this area of the car. The clearest example is the new, more compact, horizontal LED headlights.

The rear spoiler has also been entirely redesigned. It is now larger and wraps around the tail lights, visually lowering the car’s centre of gravity and allowing a return to the classic twin light cluster and body-coloured tail, another styling cue from the early 8-cylinder berlinettas like the very first in the legendary series, the 308 GTB.

The retractable hard top takes just 14 seconds to deploy, and can be closed or opened while the car is on the move up to 45 km/h.

Inside, the F8 Spider’s cockpit retains the classic, driver-oriented look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined berlinettas. A concept that creates a symbiotic relationship between driver and car, very much as happens in F1, with all controls mounted on the new generation steering wheel. The sporty seats are also new.

The dash incorporates an aluminium sail panel supporting the central satellite and continuing into the dash itself. Also to create a sense of visual lightness, a sliver of carbon fibre divides the upper and lower parts, streamlining the whole look. This section also incorporates the optional 7” touchscreen passenger-side display and the dash is completed by the classic instrument cluster with its central rev-counter.

That being said, the Ferrari F12 GTS and the Ferrari F8 Spider are priced at RM 1.54 million and RM 1.18 million respectively. Both cars are available for private viewing in Malaysia from now until the 31st of May. To make an appointment or for further details, contact the Ferrari Malaysia Showroom.

It is also worth mentioning that both the F12 GTS and F8 Spider come with Ferrari’s extended seven-year maintenance programme. Available across the entire Ferrari range, the programme covers all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life.

This scheduled maintenance is an exclusive service that allows clients the certainty that their car is being kept at peak performance and safety over the years. This service is also available to owners buying pre-owned Ferraris.

Honda NSX: The Samurai From The Land Of The Rising Sun
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Honda NSX: The Samurai From The Land Of The Rising Sun

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Ahhh, the first-generation Honda NSX, the 30-year-old Japanese car that is blessed by one of the greatest if not the greatest race car driver, Ayrton Senna and a sports car that can be considered somewhat a unicorn amongst its JDM peers due to its naturally aspirated engine when the rest of the pack were swooshing turbochargers. 

Truth be told, the Honda NSX never really considered the other JDM sports cars as its competitor. It had bigger aspirations as it wanted to go face to face with the most elegant sports car from Europe, Ferrari. Honda wanted to build a sports car that would elapse the Ferrari when it came down to performance and wanted to be better than Ferrari when it came to reliability. They also wanted to sell this particular car at a fraction of the price of a Ferrari, and amazingly they did it.

The outcome was a Honda NSX, a name that evolved from NS-X, which stood for New Sportscar Unknown World. You can see why Honda called it an unknown world because they wanted to offer a package better than a Ferrari but at a much lower price. Where do you get that? At Honda's Unknown World of course. 

The NSX didn't really change much throughout its production years of 1990-2005, it is a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, all-aluminium body sportscar. It was equipped with a 3.2-litre longitudinal V6 that produced 276hp. The Honda engine actually exceeded the V8 engineered engine from Ferrari at the time of its introduction, and although the horsepower matched the other Japanese sports cars, it was not as torquey as its JDM peers due to it being naturally aspirated.

It was also a very different experience compared with other JDM sportscars. Whilst the other JDM sportscars were like performance addicts that went wherever it was pointed, the Honda NSX was a car that got you to places fast and in comfort. Other JDM sportscars were impressively great on the track and B-roads but they could never compete with the NSX when it came to usability. The NSX could cruise comfortably without giving its passengers a spike in your BPM. It was more Ferrari like, exhilarating but with comfort in mind too. 

It was also great at low speeds which made it usable daily. The transition from that to monster when the throttle is fully open and induction noise comes alive is something you can only experience in a NSX. When the driver lets it rip, the NSX goes all the way up to that glorious 8,000rpm with power never really missing throughout that rev range. 

But enough of reading about it, cause the true image of the NSX can now be seen and heard through the wonders of high definition video and audio. So enjoy this little sex video that we put together. Or did we mean to say NSX video, what's the difference, they're both the same!

 


Where Did The PDRM Civics Go?

Where Did The PDRM Civics Go?

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Photo Credits: Muhammad Afiq, Mohd Asnor, Mohd FirdausIn the last few months there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the replacement vehicles for the ...
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