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  • Karongsa makes RM5.2b offer for 100% stake in PLUS

    New suitors have surfaced for highway concessionaire PLUS Malaysia Berhad, now with Tan Sri Halim Saad and Datuk Wong Gian Kui the latest in line with an offer for RM5.2 billion, The Star reports.

    Halim had previously made a bid for PLUS, in which he wrote to works minister Baru Bian via Karongsa Private Capital Sdn Bhd to propose the setting up of a highway trust company for the takeover of all tolled roads in Malaysia, the daily reported.

    “I intend to undertake this offer with Wong, a prominent businessman, who currently sits on the board of Insas Bhd, Inari Amertron Bhd, Ho Hup Construction Co Bhd, SYF Resources Bhd and Yi-Lai Bhd,” Halim wrote in a letter dated October 11 sighted by StarBiz. Addressed to the works minister, both Halim and Wong said the offer was to buy the entire equity stake of PMB, or 51% of the equity held by Khazanah Nasional Bhd, according to the report.

    The RM5.2 billion offer appeared to be for the 100% stake in the highway concessionaire, and the post-takeover PLUS will offer a 25% discount on toll rates with the concession period remaining as before, to end in December 2038, said Halim.

    Halim and Wong, via Karongsa Private Capital will be the fifth interested party for the takover of PLUS, The Star reported, following a RM3 billion cash offer from Widad Business Group Sdn Bhd for the purchase of equity portions of UEM and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

    It was during Halim’s tenure as head of UEM Group and Renong Group when the company secured a RM3.4 billion contract to build PLUS, The Star reported, and Halim now returns in a new capacity in his latest bid for the highway concessionaire.

    The Malaysian government is also considering the possibility of taking over PLUS itself, though it is also open to all proposals from the private sector, finance minister Lim Guan Eng said earlier this week. Meanwhile, Maju Holdings also offered a revised proposal for its bid to acquire PLUS at an enterprise value of RM34.9 billion, which includes debt outstanding to bond holders, as well as an offer to reduce tolls by 25% to 36%.

    Earlier this month, a RM3 billion offer came from Malaysian-led, Hong Kong-based RRJ Capital for the acquisition of PLUS, though this was also followed shortly thereafter by a response from Khazanah Nasional stating that it has no plans to sell PLUS, and that all offers from local and foreign entities had been rejected.

     
  • Hyundai Veloster Grappler Concept revealed for SEMA

    When you think of a rugged off-road machine, a pick-up truck normally comes to mind. However, Hyundai has other ideas, and for this year’s SEMA Show, it will unveil this, the Veloster Grappler Concept.

    As you can see, the Grappler means business, as it comes with custom front and rear brush guards, skid plates, a Seibon carbon-fibre vented bonnet, a significantly increased ride height and Method Racing wheels shod with oversized all-terrain tyres.

    The concept also sports a roof-mounted Thule utility basket for extra cargo capabilities, and holds a removable Goal Zero solar panel, a Baja Design high-output lighting system and other utility lights. While the mechanicals remain unchanged, Hyundai fitted a Borla catback exhaust system to increase the car’s “visceral audible resonance.”

    While there are no shots of the interior, the Grappler features an integrated roll bar and mounting points for a full-size spare wheel and tyre. The car also comes equipped with traction mats, a utility shovel, a Goal Zero portable power station, roadside assistance kit, first aid kit, Napier outdoor dome tent, Scosche Mounts, Goal Zero crush lights and Recaro seats.

    Other items include a custom switch panel to control the car’s lighting systems and a range of Hyundai accessories – sport pedals, sport shifter, all-weather mats, ambient footwell lighting and cargo blocks.

     
  • PACE 2019: Range Rover Velar from RM538k with free auto-deploy steps, CarPlay, Android Auto worth RM23k

    We’re amping up the deals for the paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2019, co-sponsored by Michelin and TyrePlus. The ultimate sales-driven car expo focusing on premium vehicles is happening in just two weeks, at the Setia City Convention Centre on November 2 and 3, 2019, and if you’ve been having your eye on the Range Rover Velar, then we’ve got some goodies in store for you!

    This stylish luxury SUV – so stylish, in fact, that it won the 2018 World Car Design of the Year award – can be yours from as low as RM537,787. And that’s not all: you’ll also receive complimentary auto-deployable side steps worth RM20,000 for more dignified entry and egress, as well as optimum connectivity with complimentary Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality worth RM3,000.

    Land Rover is just one of the prestigious brands at the event, including Audi, BMW, Bufori, Harley-Davidson, Jaguar, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo. At PACE, you’ll be able to drive and purchase your dream car or bike – new or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered. Not only will you enjoy irresistible year-end promos from these brands, you’ll even be able to mingle with us, the writers!

    And that’s not all – you’ll also enjoy attractive offers from paultan.org on top of the aforementioned promos. For a start, the first 150 new car customers will receive a combined RM2,450 voucher*, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher, a RM680 premium Babel Fit gym membership voucher, a RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    We’re also giving away a combined RM1,270 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car orders, inclusive of the RM770 3M tinting voucher and the RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg – there will also be a lucky draw for those with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans), with 10 units of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699* up for grabs, as well as a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*!

    Co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    For over ten years, TyrePlus has been in operation in over 22 countries, maintaining vehicles to the highest standards. Their professional tyre and car service centres offer quality services, including routine oil changes, battery changes, brake system inspections, brake replacements, and vehicle servicing – that all add up to a well-running, long-lasting vehicle. TyrePlus Malaysia currently runs 60 outlets nationwide.

    Our inaugural PACE last year was a runaway success, with 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold over two days – 180 units being brand new cars and 34 from the pre-owned selection. One lucky car buyer was also named the lucky draw grand prize winner, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here to find out everything you need to know about PACE. Are you excited yet? We know we are, and we can’t wait to see you there!

    *For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Renault, valid for the Renault Koleos and Renault Megane RS only. For Subaru, valid for all models except the Subaru XV. For Mazda, valid for all models except the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 1.5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 2.0 Mid 2WD and Mazda BT-50. Not valid for Harley-Davidson bikes.

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  • PACE 2019 – get the Volkswagen Tiguan and Passat with a RM4,000 cash rebate, from RM1,579/month

    The paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) – co-sponsored by Michelin and TyrePlus – returns this year, and is set to take place from November 2-3, 2019 at the Setia City Convention Centre. If you’ve had your heart set on purchasing a Volkswagen Tiguan or Passat, there’s no better time to take the leap, as there will be special deals for both models at the event.

    Starting with the Tiguan, the SUV in 1.4 TSI Highline guise is being offered with a RM4,000 rebate from RM165,990, and in terms of financing on a 90% loan, this works out to a monthly instalment of RM1,579 a month. For those who prefer a Volkswagen sedan, the Passat 2.0 TSI Highline is also available with a RM4,000 rebate from RM195,390. Factor in a 90% loan financing plan, and you’re looking at a monthly instalment of RM1,865 a month.

    Both the Tiguan and Passat are equipped with LED headlamps and taillights, a 12.3-inch Active Info Display, an eight-inch Discover Media infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as a triple-zone climate control system. A six-speed wet dual-clutch DSG transmission is standard, and is mated to a 1.4 litre turbo engine in the Tiguan (150 PS and 250 Nm) and a 2.0 litre unit in the Passat (220 PS and 350 Nm).

    Volkswagen is one of several premium makes that will be taking part in PACE 2019, with others being Audi, BMW, Bufori, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo. At PACE, you’ll be able to drive and purchase your dream car – new or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered. Not only will you be able to enjoy irresistible year-end promos from brands present at the show, you’ll even be able to chat with us, the writers!

    For a start, the first 150 new car customers will receive a combined RM2,450 voucher*, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher, a RM680 premium Babel Fit gym membership voucher, a RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    We’re also giving away a combined RM1,270 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car orders, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher and RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    That’s not all, as there will also be a lucky draw for those with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans), with 10 units of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699* up for grabs, as well as a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*!

    Co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    TyrePlus Malaysia currently operates 60 outlets across the country, and TyrePlus has been in operation in over 22 countries for over ten years. Their professional tyre and car services offer quality work including routine oil changes, battery changes, brake system inspections, brake replacements, and vehicle servicing – that all add up to a well-running, long-lasting vehicle.

    The inaugural PACE last year proved to be a resounding success, with 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold over two days – 180 brand new units and 34 from the pre-owned selection. One lucky buyer was also named the grand prize winner of the lucky draw, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here for more details on PACE, and we’ll be announcing more promotions from participating brands closer to the event, so stay tuned. We’re only a few weeks from PACE, and we can’t wait to see you there!

    *For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Renault, valid for the Renault Koleos and Renault Megane RS only. For Subaru, valid for all models except the Subaru XV. For Mazda, valid for all models except the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 1.5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 2.0 Mid 2WD and Mazda BT-50. Not valid for Harley-Davidson bikes.

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  • Toyota production-ready low-speed EV for Tokyo debut

    Adding to its list of debuts for the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has announced it will be introducing a production-ready ultra-compact electric vehicle ahead of a planned commercial launch next year. This tiny, two-seater tyke of a car is aimed at providing environmentally-friendly short-distance transportation.

    Designed for those who make regular short trips, such as the elderly, newly-licensed drivers and local businesses, the as-yet-unnamed car is meant for low-speed commutes, with a quoted top speed of 60 km/h. It has a range of around 100 km and what Toyota claims is an “extremely short” turning radius.

    With squished proportions, two doors and wheels pushed to the far corners, the car takes the form of an even more compact smart fortwo, sporting quirky design details like a blacked out front fascia, broad headlights, a large hexagonal grille, squared-off wheel arches and vertical tail lights. The side windows feature a small openable section, just like a McLaren F1.

    Toyota sees further possible applications for the car, such as in municipalities looking to create safe, unrestricted and eco-friendly transportation options in urban and mountainous communities. The company says it has already engaged around 100 corporate and government partners to explore future transportation models that include EVs, and is conducting discussions with others.

    This new EV will be part of a new business model to promote a wider adoption of battery electric vehicles. This will cover every step of a battery’s life to maximise its value, from its manufacturing, through its sale, resale or reuse, right up to its recycling.

    Toyota says it will focus on expanding its leasing initiatives to recapture used batteries for evaluation. They can then be reused in pre-owned vehicles, as service parts or even for non-automotive applications. The company is also developing peripheral services for EVs, such as charging stations and insurance.

    Alongside the aforementioned small EV, Toyota will also showcase a concept version meant for businesses. This sleeker, all-black model again has a two-seat interior that can be configured either for manual or autonomous driving, the latter allowing occupants to either work or relax.

     
  • Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia year-end promo – up to RM12,000 cash rebate or low interest rate from 0.88%

    Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is offering customers cash rebates of up to RM12,000 or interest rates from as low as 0.88% (applicable with Maybank or Public Bank hire purchase only) for selected Mitsubishi models and variants. This is part of the company’s year-end promotion, which is valid from now until December 31, 2019.

    Starting with the Triton pick-up truck, the base VGT MT can be had with a RM4,000 cash rebate, while the automatic version (VGT AT) is being offered with a RM8,000 rebate.

    Higher in the Triton line-up, the VGT MT Premium and VGT AT Premium are available with interest rates from as low as 0.88%, or as an alternative, MMM is offering a RM10,000 rebate for the VGT MT Premium, and RM4,000 rebate for the VGT AT Premium.

    Lastly, the range-topping VGT Adventure X, which was recently updated, also gets the low interest rate deal, but customers can opt for a RM4,000 cash rebate if they prefer.

    The promotion extends to include the Outlander, with the 2.0L variant being offered with a RM4,000 rebate, while the 2.4L comes with a RM2,000 rebate – both also get a two-year free maintenance package on top. Also on offer is the ASX, with those who purchase the 4WD model entitled to receive a RM12,000 rebate, or RM8,000 rebate if they go with the 2WD model.

    All Triton variants come with a five-year/200,000-km warranty, while the Outlander and ASX get a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty instead.

     
  • F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Parts

    BMW recently unveiled the new F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, and if you wished it looked a bit more aggressive, the German carmaker is offering a range of M Performance Parts to customers.

    Developed by BMW’s M division, the options list includes a rear spoiler in high-gloss black that not only adds visual presence, but also helps to reduce lift at higher speeds. Also available is a set of stainless steel exhaust finishers, which feature titanium outer pipes encased in carbon-fibre.

    For the front portion of the vehicle, there’s the M front ornamental grille that is similar to the one on the range-topping M235i xDrive, albeit in a high-gloss black finish, as well as carbon-fibre exterior mirror caps.

    BMW also offers a few wheel sets, starting with two 18-inch M Performance options – Y-Spoke Styling 554 M and Double-Spoke 556 M Bicolour – along with 19-inch M Performance Double Spoke Styling 555 M alloys. Those who require more stopping performance can opt for the M Performance brake system, which feature larger and lighter brake discs coupled to red-painted calipers.

    On the inside, there’s the M Performance steering wheel with Alcantara-wrapped grip areas, a red centre marking and carbon-fibre trim. The standard chrome shift paddles can also be swapped out for carbon-fibre ones on automatic variants, while dedicated floor mats with M Performance inscription are also available.

    If you still need more M-related items, BMW offers the M Performance slide set for the LED door projectors, which the company says allows you to “project your clear commitment to sporty driving onto the asphalt.” The company even goes as far as to offer a key holder made of Alcantara with carbon-fibre inserts and branded tyre bags, the latter said to “make storing and transporting the wheels a clean and safe affair.”

     
  • Mercedes-AMG GT C facelift launched – fr. RM1.56 mil

    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) today unveiled the facelifted Mercedes-AMG GT in the country, the car making its local debut in two variant forms, the AMG GT R and the GT C coupe, the latter replacing the pre-facelift that was only introduced last year. Both models were announced last November as part of the update for the entire two-door C190 GT family, which sees minor changes being introduced to the exterior and revisions to interior equipment.

    For the exterior, new items include redesigned LED headlights that now flank the Panamericana grille, and the new unit features a three-chamber reflector system as well as a tri-functional, arched light guide, the latter taking on the function of daytime running light, navigation light and turn signals. The rear LED tail lights have also bee reworked, now enhanced to appear even deeper set, with a darker background for the clusters.

    The GT C’s rear apron has also been revised with a new black diffuser insert, and the tailpipe trim now helps differentiate the variants in the GT line-up – while the regular GT is fitted with round units, the GT C (and GT S) feature trapezoidal-shaped outlets.

    The equipment list includes 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG cross-spoke forged wheels, red-painted brake calipers, an AMG Performance exhaust system and a panoramic sunroof.

    Inside, the two-door GT range is now equipped with the 12.3-inch instrument cluster from the GT 4-Door coupe, and this offers an entirely new screen design, with a choice of three AMG-specific display styles, these being Classic, Sporty or Supersport. The last mode offers additional AMG-specific information, including a prompt to shift up in manual transmission mode.

    There’s also a new 10.25-inch centre infotainment display, which now presents an improved visual presentation of functions related to driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems, and the the centre console now gets new coloured TFT touch function buttons.

    Additionally, the AMG performance steering wheel with Touch Control as seen on the GT 4-Door – and C 63 – makes its way on here as a standard fit item. For the GT C, the steering wheel is finished in a combination of black nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre.

    Other interior bits include AMG Performance seats and nappa leather/Dinamica upholstery, AMG matte carbon-fibre trim, an Exclusive trim package, red seat belts, COMAND Online infotainment system with Apple CarPlay support and a Burmester surround sound system.

    Elsewhere, an AMG Track Pace data logger is now a standard addition to COMAND Online in all GT models. With it, more than 80 vehicle-specific sets of data are recorded ten times per second, along with lap and sector times so track enthusiasts will be able to analyse their performance on track.

    There are no changes to the powertrain and output – on the GT C, the M178 AMG 4.0 litre biturbo engine continues to deliver 550 hp (557 PS) at 5,750 to 6,750 rpm and 680 Nm from 2,100 to 5,500 rpm. Paired with an AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed transaxle dual-clutch transmission, the GT C takes 3.7 seconds to do the 0-100 km/h dash and gets to a 317 km/h top speed.

    As before, the AMG Dynamic Select programmes offers a choice of six drive modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Race and Individual), but there’s a new AMG Dynamics programme working in tandem with the primary drive modes. The automaker says that the system – which has four different modes (Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master) – better manages the ESP (electronic stability programme) to distribute power and manage steering characteristics.

    Like the GT R, safety and driver-assistance kit on the GT C includes Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Parktronic parking assist and front/reverse cameras. The recommended retail price for the Mercedes-AMG GT C is RM1,558,888, on-the-road without insurance.

     
  • Nissan X-Trail Hybrid subscription price slashed to RM1,800 per month on 3-year contract – RM700 less

    Last month, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) expanded its Leaf subscription service to include the X-Trail Hybrid as well, offering a monthly payment of RM2,500 per month on a three-year contract. Well, a cursory browse through the official Nissan Malaysia website revealed that the company has now slashed that price down to RM1,800 per month – a whole RM700 cheaper than before.

    This 28% reduction means you’ll pay way less over three years, the total amount dropping from RM100,452 to just RM75,252. The two-month security deposit has also been reduced to RM3,600 per month, meaning the subscriber needs to pay less than RM10,000 upfront to use the car, at RM9,900 inclusive of insurance.

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    As before, ETCM continues to tout benefits that include free maintenance, full warranty coverage within the contract period and zero depreciation headache, although the subscriber would still need to fork out money for insurance, road tax and the replacement of wear and tear items.

    As the company points out in its handy infographics, these numbers are now competitive even compared to a seven-year hire purchase loan. With an interest rate of 2.8%, a loanee would not only have to pay more upfront (RM17,388 for a 10% downpayment), but they would also have a higher monthly instalment (RM2,093) and would need to pay for servicing and maintenance for the third year.

    The total over three years would amount to RM98,688 for the purchaser – RM23,436 more than going down the subscription route – and they would still have to continue paying for another four years. Of course, by the end of the tenure they would have a car to sell (the subscriber simply returns the car to ETCM after three years), but the car would be worth significantly less after seven years, especially a hybrid car out of warranty.

    Those who clock up high mileage will have to note that the subscription plan comes with a mileage cap, which is 60,000 km over the three-year tenure – this works out to just under 1,700 km per month on average. Any extra mileage will be charged 50 sen per km. As the car does not belong to you but ETCM, subscription cars will also have a telematics device installed.

    The X-Trail Hybrid was introduced in April as part of a wider facelift for the local range. It is powered by a 144 PS/200 Nm MR20DD 2.0 litre direct-injected naturally-aspirated engine, paired to a 41 PS/160 Nm electric motor. As one of the range-topping models, it also comes with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of driver assists, including autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. It is priced at RM159,888.

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  • C190 Mercedes-AMG GT R facelift debuts, fr. RM1.7 mil

    The facelifted Mercedes-AMG GT has made its local debut, with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) introducing the refreshed two-door sportscar earlier today at the Sepang International Circuit. Two variants will go on sale in the country, the AMG GT C and the AMG GT R, which is the car you see here.

    Both models were introduced last year when the entire two-door C190 GT family was updated. The refresh is subtle, containing only minimal revisions to the exterior and the introduction of new kit to the interior. Let’s start with the exterior.

    The design of the LED high performance headlight is new, the unit now featuring a new three-chamber reflector system as well as a tri-functional, arched light guide, which integrates the workings of daytime running light, navigation light and turn signals in one assembly.

    The rear LED lights have also been restyled, now appearing even deeper set and with a darker background for the clusters. Unlike the GT C, the GT R retains its tail end design unchanged, so there’s no revision to the centrally-positioned exhaust or layout of the diffuser, with its extra tail pipes located on the left and right of the unit.

    The GT R sits on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG Performance five twin-spoke forged wheels, and the equipment specification for the local variant includes an AMG exterior carbon-fibre package II, AMG ceramic composite braking system (with yellow calipers) and an AMG Performance exhaust system.

    Inside, you’ll find AMG bucket seats upholstered in Nappa leather/Dinamica microfibre, AMG matte carbon trim and yellow seat belts, among other things. Also to be found, a Burmester surround sound system and a COMAND Online infotainment system with Apple CarPlay support.

    As is the case with the entire two-door GT range, the GT R now comes with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as seen on the GT 4-Door coupe. The new screen design presents the driver with a choice of three AMG-specific display styles (Classic, Sporty or Supersport), with Supersport offering additional AMG-specific information in its presentation.

    Also making its way on is a new 10.25-inch centre infotainment display as well as coloured TFT touch units for the function buttons on the centre console, and there’s a new steering wheel as well – the AMG performance wheel from the GT 4-Door (and C 63) is now standard fit across the GT range, with finishing differentiating the unit. In the case of the GT R, the rim is clad entirely in Dinamica microfibre.

    The update also introduces an AMG Track Pace data logger – which is a standard element of COMAND Online – on all models in the GT range. The function, which records a multitude of vehicle-specific sets of data at a rate of 10 times per second, along with lap and sector times, will present the driver with a detailed record of their performance on track.

    As is the case with the GT C, the GT R’s engine and transmission has been left untouched, and so the M178 AMG 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 continues on with 577 hp (585 PS) at 6,250 rpm and 700 Nm from 2,100 to 5,500 rpm. Working with an AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed transaxle dual-clutch transmission, the performance is identical to the pre-facelift, with a 0-100 km/h time of 3.6 seconds and a 318 km/h top speed.

    The car’s AMG Dynamic Select programmes continues to offer a choice of six drive modes (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Race and Individual), but a new AMG Dynamics programme has been added. This better manages the ESP (electronic stability programme) to distribute power and as well as steering characteristics, and offers four different performance modes (Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master).

    In terms of safety and driver-assistance kit, the item list includes Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Parktronic parking assist and front/reverse cameras.

    The Malaysian-spec GT R comes with extra package that is standard on the GT R Pro, and this is an AMG Track Package. It adds on a roll-over protection system, a four-point safety harness for the driver and a two kg fire extinguisher. Items in the roll-over protection system include a main roll bar, a brace for mounting the harnesses, two rear braces as well as a diagonal X-brace in the rear end.

    The Mercedes-AMG GT R is priced at RM1,712,888, on-the-road without insurance, which is identical to that of the pre-facelift when that was introduced in November 2017.

     
 

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