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September 8, 2019

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The BMW Elite M Card is here

Malaysian BMW M performance vehicles are in for treat as BMW Malaysia introduced the BMW Elite M Card program this week. Essentially, this is the BMW Privileges Elite Card program redux specifically for M peformance car owners. “Combining our passion for high performance and our priority to our customers, it is only apt to provide BMW M owners with M-specific...

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THE LAMBORGHINI SIÁN IS THE MOST POWERFUL LAMBO EVER, AND IT'S A HYBRID

Lamborghini took the wraps off the Sián a few days ahead of the Frankfurt motor show, unveiling its most powerful car ever and the first to feature a hybrid powertrain fed by a supercapacitor. The Sián pairs the 785-hp 6.5-liter V12 borrowed from the Aventador with a 48-volt mild hybrid that squeezes out an extra 34 hp for a total...

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Bugatti Breaks 300 MPH

After years of wondering if Bugatti would remove the 261 mph limiter from the Chiron and attempt to hit 300 mph, the French manufacturer finally did it. And then some. On August 2nd, Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace took a Chiron to 304.77 mph at Volkswagen's Ehra Lessein proving ground in Germany, according to Top Gear. But the Chiron that...

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2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S: Electric-car battery tech, specs, and pricing

The word “Turbo” has a long history at Porsche, and so the 2020 Taycan will “carry the sub-brand into the full electric world,” according to product-line chief Stefan Weckbach. No matter how odd that choice is—and we think it’s pretty bizarre—the first two models are both fast, but holding with longstanding tradition, the Turbo S is faster than the Turbo....

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Toyota will build all-new Vios, Yaris on this new platform

The Toyota Vios and the Yaris are among the automaker's best-sellers, but the two aren't exactly the newest in the market. Yes, both were significantly re-skinned about a year ago, but the chassis is getting on a bit. In fact, the platform is already about six years old. But that's about to change soon as Toyota has unveiled their upcoming...

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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS: A Preview Of Stuttgart’s Model S And Taycan Fighter

Mercedes-Benz is on a roll with their electrified EQ sub-brand. They’ve already launched the EQV and EQC with 10 more models yet to come. However, one model of particular interest is its flagship EV, called the EQS. Think of it as the S-Class of EVs. So, what can we expect in terms of design, underpinnings, and performance? Let’s take a...

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VW and eClassics to offer classic Beetle EV kits

Volkswagen is partnering with eClassics to build electric conversions of the iconic VW Beetle, breathing even more life into an already-popular enthusiast platform and opening the doors to a whole new group of tinkerers. The foundation for the electric conversion is the production powertrain from Volkswagen's e-Up. The 14-module battery pack, with a total capacity of 38.6 kwh, is built...

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Ford Teases 2020 Electric Mustang Crossover In New Video

Ford is showcasing the upcoming 2020 electric Mustang-inspired crossover in their latest video series. Now that Ford is officially teasing the electric crossover they plan to base on the best-selling Mustang sports car, it might be time for them to actually give it a name. We’ve got both Mach 1 and Mach E as possible contenders, with the Mustang faithful...

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Ford Transit Big Nugget Camper Van Is Bonkers

Attention campers: Ford has gone big and rolled out an all-new concept caravan called the Transit Big Nugget. It's a near-production study shown first at the 2019 Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany. The bigger Nugget will go on sale next year, when it will join the littler Nugget and Nugget Plus as options for van-based holidays. The latest addition to...

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Record-breaking car hits 175mph… with no driver

The Roborace Robocar is officially the world’s fastest autonomous vehicle. It has been certified by Guinness World Records after two back-to-back speed runs were performed at Elvington Airfield. So how fast is the world’s fastest driverless car? To be exact, 175.49mph. This is, however, the first such vehicle to set a record, so there was no ‘record’ to beat. Instead,...

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Elon Musk Says He Is Sending a Tesla Model S to the Nurburgring

Although Musk did not specifically say so, this is an apparent response to Porsche's recent announcement of a pre-production Taycan Turbo S's impressive 7:42 lap time around Germany's fast and gnarly 12.9-mile racetrack. Porsche has a long history at the 'Ring developing cars and posting fast laps at the one-time Formula 1 track, including recently posting the outright lap record...

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The Pagani Imola Is Extreme in All the Right Ways

Pagani isn’t the biggest supercar brand in the world. It’s not even the most popular one. But when it comes to producing extreme and hardcore limited edition models, the Italian supercar brand takes a back seat to absolutely no one. Case in point: the five-piece Pagani Huayra Imola. It’s named after the famous Italian race track that has hosted countless...

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Fantastic Electrics: These Are the Mega-EVs of the Near Future

These are the most exciting and over-the-top visions of the near future from brands your grandparents may have known and loved, like Pininfarina, Hispano-Suiza, and Aston Martin’s Lagonda, and new outfits you’re soon to become more familiar with, like Qiantu and Rivian. And with trucks, SUVs, sedans, and supercars represented, it turns out the electrified future is likely to look...

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Next Porsche Cayman could be electric

A senior figure at Porsche says the next generation of the brand's 718 Cayman entry-level sports car could be fully electric. Speaking to our sister title Auto Express at the launch of the Porsche Taycan electric four-door, the company's deputy chairman Lutz Meschke said: "In the sports-car segment we have to think about a pure electric car. An [electric] 911...

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Volkswagen Received More Than 30,000 Reservations For ID.3 1ST

Volkswagen announced that it finally reached its goal of 30,000 reservations for the 1ST launch edition of the ID.3. The target was to collect 30,000 by the world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show and exactly that's what was accomplished, although many said in May that VW set a low target. The first 10,000 were pre-booked in 24 hours. According...

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Prototype Toyota 2000GT Headlines Classic Car Auction In Tokyo

As cool as it is to daydream about buying rare cars at domestic auctions, sometimes it's more exciting to see what types of automotive forbidden fruit are being auctioned off in other countries. Take this weekend's BH Auction in Tokyo, example. While this is a small auction – just 22 lots – what it lacks in size it more than...

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Koenigsegg Confident Jesko Will Go Faster Than 300 MPH

Friends, let’s take a moment to fully comprehend the awesome times in which we live. A few days prior to this article, a tweaked Bugatti Chiron went 304.7 mph. It wasn’t without controversy, as the Chiron was technically a one-off, near-production prototype and the speed was achieved in just one direction. Official speed record attempts require runs in opposite directions,...

2019 - ALPINE A110 RALLY
Alpine readies rally-spec A110 for international competition

Underpinned by the same lightweight aluminium chassis as the track-oriented GT4 and Cup variants, the A110 Rally has been developed with the help of Signatech, which also runs Alpine’s sports car programme. The machine packs more than 296bhp from an uprated version of the standard A110’s 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Further performance modifications come in the form of three-way hydraulic...

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Hennessey GT500 Venom 1200 – the 1200bhp Mustang

Hennessey Performance is no stranger to pumping more power into cars that almost certainly don’t need it, and it’s playing its usual game with the new Shelby GT500. Three uplifted power levels are available to choose from, ranging from a measly 850bhp all the way up to a mind-boggling 1200bhp. The engineers at Ford Performance took parts from the current...

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Chevrolet Trailblazer Returns For 2020 With Three-Cylinder Turbo Engine

That’s 164 PS and 240 Nm in metric, delivered at 5,600 and between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. As for the wrong stuff, the EcoTec engine is a three-cylinder turbo and a CVT comes standard. Customers can also opt for the nine-speed automatic from the Hydra-Matic family, a gearbox that Ford kindly refused in favor of an eight-speed automatic transmission in...

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2021 Subaru WRX STI will arrive next fall with a 315-hp new engine: report

The fourth-generation WRX has been kicking around since 2014, so it’s not too shocking to hear that Subaru is planning the next one for the not-so-distant future. According to reporting by Japan’s Best Car, the fifth-gen WRX will arrive next fall, riding on a new platform and using a new engine. The launch of the next-gen sedan comes alongside remakes...

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Hyundai Develops New Wearable Robot To Help In Manufacturing Process

Hyundai Motor Group has developed new Vest EXoskeleton (VEX), a wearable robot created to assist industrial workers who spend long hours working in overhead environments. The VEX enhances productivity and reduces fatigue of industrial workers by imitating the movement of human joints to boost load support and mobility. The wearable vest the polycentric axis - combining multiple pivot points with...

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2020 Honda Civic Si gets updated looks, performance tweaks

The perky Honda Civic Si is getting a handful of tweaks for the 2020 model year, including some nip-and-tuck styling updates and a shorter final-drive ratio for better performance. In the design department, the 2020 Civic Si sedan and coupe get only minor updates to keep the styling fresh. Up front, the grille has been tweaked and new body-colored accents...

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The Cupra Tavascan Is Another SUV From Seat's Sporty Sub-Brand

If you were hoping the latest definitely-not-a-Seat product from Cupra was going to be something other than a high-riding SUV, we’re going to have to disappoint you. Following on from the Cupra Ateca and the Formentor concept, the now independent-ish Spanish brand has revealed this - the Tavascan. It’s quite clearly not a fast estate, hot hatchback or stylish coupe....

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KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - RM259,999 Toyota Alphard 2.5 SC Alpine Roof Unreg 2016

@ Unreg 2016 @ Local AP @ Low mile @ SC Spec @ Sunroof and moon roof @ Four electronic seat @ Leather seat @ Alpine Full Screen & Roof monitor @ Pearl white @ Twin Power door @ Power boot @ 18' Sport rims

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