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  • G80 BMW M3, G82 M4 images leaked ahead of debut

    The gradual trickle feed of spy photos as well as official teaser images has given us a pretty good idea of what the soon-to-arrive 2021 BMW M3 and M4 sedan and coupe will look like, and it appears here that a few official pictures have leaked into public view from the CarsWithoutLimits Instagram feed, just ahead of the M Division duo’s debut.

    In addition to the latest grille design that takes after that of the G22 4 Series Coupe that was launched in June, the performance sedan and coupe are pictured here wearing their new respective hero colours, Isle of Man Green and Sao Paulo Yellow.

    In typial M3/M4 fashion, the frontal treatment of the sedan mimics that of the coupe, albeit with every so slightly more visual width for the latter. The M4 here is given the sportier look with gloss black alloys, while the M3 offers more conventional brightwork when seen in profile, from what appears to be a similar wheel design.

    At their rear ends, both get quad exhaust pipes housed in similar rear bumper diffuser assemblies, while the breather vent sculpting on the M4 reaches higher up the bodywork, and closer to the tail lamps. There isn’t any bootlid badging on the M3 save for the BMW roundel, though the coupe does wear what appears to be a blacked out M4 badge, which could denote the Competition variant that will debut at the models’ launch.

    Also seen here are darkened roofs on both cars pictured, which are likely to be the carbon-fibre roofs that have been a staple of M Division weight reduction and mass centralisation for a few model generations now.

    Previously confirmed is the S58 3.0 litre twin-turbo inline-six engine, that will output 480 PS in standard form, or 510 PS an 650 Nm of torque in the Competition variant. This higher-output version will be mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while M xDrive all-wheel-drive with switchable RWD mode is to come later on in the lifecycle.

    As intimated previously, there will also be a six-speed manual for the purists, and this will come as standard on a base, rear-wheel-drive version of the M3 and M4. Further bodystyles to come will be the M4 Convertible that is set to arrive next year, followed by the first-ever production M3 Touring, which is slated to arrive in two years’ time. Meanwhile, stay tuned for the arrival of the 2021 BMW M3 and BMW M4 very soon.

    GALLERY: G80 BMW M3 in camouflage

    GALLERY: G82 BMW M4 in camouflage

  • Rikeguard window film launched in Malaysia – world’s first antiviral/antimicrobial solar film, priced fr RM4,000

    Jasa Sarjana and Riken Technos have launched the Rikeguard series of films, which they claim is the world’s first antimicrobial solar and security window film. How does it work, you ask?

    Well, the film uses a proprietary, positively charged antiviral agent that attracts negatively charged viruses and bacteria. The companies claim that the Rikeguard film’s antiviral agent is able to disintegrate the “protective casing” of the microbes, thus neutralising them upon contact.

    A Japanese organisation that specialises in manufacturing and testing antiviral/antibacterial agents, Society of International Sustaining Growth for Antimicrobial Articles (SIAA), has even certified that Rikeguard possesses 99.99% effectiveness against viruses and bacteria. Apparently, this is 100 times more effective than the base SIAA requirements, thus meeting the highest international standards.

    In Japan, the Rikeguard films (particularly the Rivex Rikeguard variant) are used by Coca-Cola Japan for its 30,000 vending machines. Japan Rail also uses Rivex on key consumer touchpoints, such as its ticketing machines, touchscreen monitors, tablet devices, and information display screens.

    For those considering this brand of window film, Jasa Sarjana said the Rivex Rikeguard series of films will be available in Malaysia from October 2020. The installation cost starts from RM4,000 for passenger vehicles. The films are manufactured in Japan, and the antimicrobial properties are said to work throughout the warranty period.


  • Proton X50 fuel consumption figures revealed – FC is 6.4L/100 km for 1.5 TGDi, 6.5L/100 km for 1.5T

    Here’s some additional info on the Proton X50. The carmaker has released fuel consumption figures for the soon-to-be-launched model, which will be available here with two engines – a 1.5 litre turbocharged and direct-injected three-cylinder engine (1.5 TGDi) and a port-injected version of the turbo triple (1.5T).

    Shown on a slide at the City Preview event of the X50 for invited guests, the Proton X50’s claimed fuel consumption figures are 6.4 litres per 100 km (15.6 km/l) for 1.5 TGDi Flagship and 6.5 litres per 100 km (15.4 km/l) for the non-direct-injection 1.5T engine that powers the three other variants – Standard, Executive and Premium.

    No mention of the cycle used for the claimed FC, but it should be a combined cycle similar to the X70’s Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) EEV-rated figure of 7.6 litres per 100 km (13.2 km/l). The larger and heavier CKD X70 is powered by a 1.8 litre TGDi engine, so it makes sense that the X50 is more fuel efficient.

    The event also saw Proton confirm the power and torque figures we published last week, which is 150 PS/226 Nm for the port-injected 1.5T and 177 PS/255 Nm for the direct-injection 1.5 TGDi Flagship. Both engines send drive to the front wheels through a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission also seen in the CKD X70.

    We’ve already covered the X50 extensively from the media preview that happened last week, and you can check it out here. Below are the spec-by-spec differences that we know so far. Bear in mind though that the images you see here are of the top Flagship variant – Proton has yet to reveal the other variants in the metal.

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Standard
    Gets as standard:

    • 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder MPI engine
    • Around 150 PS and 226 Nm of torque
    • Seven-speed (wet) dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual mode (no paddle shifters)
    • Four airbags (front and side)
    • LED headlamps and DRLs
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Quad exhaust pipes
    • Full carbon fibre-print bodykit
    • Fabric seats
    • Rear air con vents
    • Digital instrument cluster
    • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
    • Reverse camera
    • Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Executive
    Adds on:

    • Six airbags (front, side, curtain)
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Automatic headlamps
    • Front fog lamps
    • Leatherette seats

    2020 Proton X50 1.5T Premium
    Adds on:

    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake callipers
    • Powered driver’s seat
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit
    • 360-degree camera

    2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship
    Adds on:

    • 1.5 litre turbocharged direct injection three-cylinder engine
    • 177 PS and 255 Nm of torque
    • Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
    • Dual-tone exterior (black roof and pillars)
    • Panoramic sunroof

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 colour options

    GALLERY: 2020 Proton X50 official images

  • X247 Mercedes-AMG GLB35 4Matic officially launched in Malaysia – 306 PS; 0-100 km/h in 5.2s; from RM363k

    The launch of the X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB range in Malaysia also saw the introduction of an AMG variant, which is the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4Matic. Priced at RM363,137 on-the-road without insurance and factoring in the current sales tax relief, this is the most powerful version of the GLB you can buy, but there is a catch.

    Unlike the GLB 200 and GLB 250, the GLB 35 does not come with third-row seating, so the maximum number of occupants is five instead of seven. So, if you absolutely must have seven seats in your GLB, look to the non-AMG variants instead.

    If power is more of a concern over seating, you’ll be glad to know that the GLB 35 delivers 306 PS (302 hp) from 5,800 to 6,100 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. This comes from an uprated M260 2.0 litre four-cylinder, which is mated to a eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT dual-clutch transmission – like in the new A 45 S – and an AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

    Performance-wise, the SUV will sprint from a rest to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The GLB 35 also comes with AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension and 20-inch AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels as standard.

    Stopping power comes from all-round ventilated and perforated brake discs, with those at the front measuring 350 mm and gripped by four-piston fixed calipers, while the rear gets 330 mm discs and single-piston floating calipers.

    The higher price point also nets you Multibeam LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, which aren’t present on the other GLB variants. An AMG Line exterior package is standard too, with the GLB 35 sporting a Panamericana front grille and round exhaust tips to differentiate itself as a performance model.

    Moving inside, the GLB 35 shares some items with the GLB 250, including a Nappa leather steering wheel, carbon-structure trim, Artico leather/Dinamica microfibre upholstery (with red topstitching), AMG floor mats and sports seats, but with the addition of designo red seat belts.

    The standard list of equipment consists of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system with two 10.25-inch screens and AMG-specific displays, Thermotronic dual-zone climate control with rear vents, powered front seats with memory function, ambient lighting, LTE module for Mercedes me connected services, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with a Burmester surround sound system.

    On the safety and assistance front, you get a reverse camera, blind spot assist, remote engine start, Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, Pre-Safe, active brake assist, hands-free access, Keyless-Go, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Easy-Pack tailgate. One feature that isn’t present on the non-AMG GLBs, but is found on the GLB 35, is active lane keeping assist.

  • X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV launched in Malaysia – seven-seat GLB200, GLB250 4Matic; from RM269k

    The X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB has finally made its launch debut in Malaysia, with the model joining the local compact car range that includes the A-Class, A-Class Sedan, CLA and B-Class. The GLB, which is built on the MFA2 (Modular Front Architecture) architecture, was first revealed globally back in June last year to occupy the space between the GLA and GLC in the company’s SUV line-up.

    For our market, the GLB comes in two seven-seat variants – the GLB 200 Progressive Line and GLB 250 4Matic AMG Line – with a third option being an AMG model in the form of the GLB 35 4Matic, which we covered in a separate post.

    Pricing-wise, the GLB 200 retails at RM269,118, while the GLB 250 goes for RM318,009. These prices are on-the-road without insurance and take into account the current sales tax relief that is ongoing until the end of the year. By comparison, the GLC range currently starts from RM286,379 for the base GLC 200, while the GLC 300 is RM333,157. A four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is included in the purchase price.

    So, why would you pick the GLB over the GLC? Well, aside from the slightly lower prices, the GLB provides seating for up to seven people (spread across three rows) unlike the five-seat GLC, so it provides an alternative to those who need to ferry more people but don’t want to splurge on a GLE or GLS, which are also seven-seaters.

    Despite being parked under the compact car range, the GLB is a rather sizeable vehicle. At 4,634 mm long, 1,834 mm wide, 1,663 mm (seven-seater) tall, and with a 2,829 mm wheelbase, the GLB is closer to the GLC in terms of size. For comparison, the GLC is 4,656 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, 1,639 mm tall and has a 2,873 mm wheelbase.

    The overall design emphasises practicality, with a boxy design that features a rather flat roofline leading to a large tailgate around back. Others cues include an upright front-end with rectangular-shaped headlamps and a six-point grille, the former being different from the sleek designs found on the GLB’s stablemates. Also distinct is the slight kink on the window line, which isn’t evident on the current GLA, GLC, GLE or GLS.

    The GLB 200 comes with the Progressive Line trim package, which includes a dual-slat front grille and skid plate at front, along with chrome side door mouldings and surround for the dual exhaust finishers. Meanwhile, the GLB 250 gets the AMG Line treatment, adopting a more aggressive front bumper with faux side inlets and a wider lower intake.

    Like the GLB 200, it too gets chrome applications on the sides and back, but the grille at the front is a single-slat unit with the brand’s well-known diamond-pinned insert, while the rear apron sports a prominent diffuser element.

    Both variants get LED High Performance headlamps and aluminium roof rails as standard, but with differing alloy wheel sets – 18-inch five-spokes for the GLB 200 and 19-inch AMG five-twin-spokes for the GLB 250. The colour palette consists of eight options, including Polar White, Iridium Silver, Denim Blue, Galaxy Blue, Digital White, Cosmos Black, Mountain Grey and designo Patagonia Red.

    On the inside, the GLB’s dashboard adopts a similar layout to other Mercedes-Benz compact cars, with circular air vents and the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system prominently displayed. The latter consists of two 10.25-inch displays, and can be controlled via the central touchscreen, steering wheel controls, touchpad or voice recognition.

    This is standard on the GLB 200 and GLB 250, as is an LTE module that enables Mercedes me connected services, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, powered front seats with memory function, a powered tailgate, along with Thermotronic dual-zone climate control with rear vents.

    As for safety and assistance items, both variants come with a reverse camera, Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, Pre-Safe, active brake assist, hands-free access, Keyless-Go, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Easy-Pack tailgate.

    Variant-specific kit on the GLB 200 includes spiral-look trim elements, a leather steering wheel, comfort seats, velour floor mats and black Artico man-made leather upholstery. The GLB 250 naturally gets more goodies, including carbon-structure trim, a Nappa leather steering wheel, sports seats, Artico leather/Dinamica microfibre upholstery (with red topstitching), ambient lighting, AMG floor mats, blind spot assist and a remote engine start function.

    Under the bonnet, the front-wheel drive GLB 200 is powered by a M282 engine that is also used in the A 200. The 1.33 litre turbocharged four-cylinder pushes out 163 PS (161 hp) at 5,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,620 to 4,000 rpm, with a 7G-DCT seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission mated to it. In this configuration, the zero to 100 km/h time is 9.1 seconds, while the top speed is 207 km/h.

    The GLB 250 gets a more powerful M260 2.0 litre turbo-four – also fitted to the A 250 – with 224 PS (221 hp) at 5,800 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,800 to 4,000 rpm. This is paired with an 8G-DCT eight-speed dual-clutch and the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system, enabling a century sprint time of 6.9 seconds and 236 km/h top speed.

    Comfort suspension is standard on both variants, but the GLB 250 gets the Off-Road Engineering package, which adds an additional drive mode to the Dynamic Select system, along with a Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) function and special displays in the digital instrument cluster.

    X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4Matic AMG Line

    X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB 200 Progressive Line

  • Tesla has a shot at ‘record quarter’, says Elon Musk

    As the third quarter draws near to a close, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is urging employees to consider vehicle deliveries to be their “absolute top priority.” Musk did so via an email titled “All hands on deck!,” a move he typically pulls towards the end of every quarter.

    In the email, Musk said “we have a shot at a record quarter for vehicle deliveries, but will have to rally hard to achieve it. This is the most number of vehicles per day that we’ve ever had to deliver.”

    “It’s also extremely important that we keep factory output as high as possible over the remaining 10 days. This is vital for the California market,” the 49-year-old added. Tesla’s highest ever quarterly sales record was 112,000 units, a feat it achieved in the fourth quarter of 2019, right before the coronavirus pandemic ground things to a halt.

    Tesla hopes to deliver 500,000 vehicles globally in 2020. For the first half of the year, it only managed to sell roughly 179,000 cars, which is less than half of the 367,200 units it sold in 1H 2019.

    Currently, the automaker produces the Model S, X, 3 and Y at its factory in Fremont, California. It also produces the Model 3 at the new Gigafactory in Shanghai, which are shipped to other countries in Asia. Meanwhile, production in Europe is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of the year.

  • Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package to become available with manual gearbox on all variants from late 2021

    When Ford unveiled its sixth-generation Bronco in July, it included an available Sasquatch package for those to wanted to maximise its off-roading capabilities straight out of the showroom. For those who were hoping to pair that with the involvement of its new seven-speed manual gearbox, there was initially disappointment as Ford stated that the Sasquatch Package would only come with the 10-speed automatic.

    Now, the Blue Oval has listened to feedback from the Bronco community, and has announced that the Bronco can be specified with both the Sasquatch Package and the manual transmission from late 2021.

    This means that the new seven-speed manual can be mated with 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, 315/70 off-road tyres, Dana front and rear electronically locking axles, high-clearance suspension, position-sensitive Bilstein dampers, track widths that have been increased by 50 mm and wider wheelarches.

    In addition to the choice of manual transmission, the Sasquatch Package will be available across the Bronco line-up, including the base model, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks and Badlands trim levels, while coming as standard on the Wildtrak and First Edition variants.

    Capability is always a priority, said Ford icon global director Fred Pericak, and pairing the Sasquatch Package with the seven-speed manual transmission and 4×4 system offers a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, he said. All Bronco variants get a Terrain Management System with five GOAT (Go Over Any type of Terrain) modes in the base variant and up to seven in the Black Diamond, Badlands and First Edition variants.

    Powertrain comes courtesy of two petrol engines at launch – a 2.3 litre EcoBoost inline-four with 270 hp and 420 Nm of torque, and a 2.7 litre EcoBoost V6 that produces 310 hp and 542 Nm of torque. Last week, Ford teased an even more fortified version of the Bronco undergoing tests, one which could pack an even larger EcoBoost V6 engine.

    It remains to be seen if this will be the 365 hp/515 Nm 3.0 litre unit in the Explorer, or the 450 hp/691 Nm 3.5 litre unit in the F-150 Raptor. For now though, the online configurator for the current Bronco range will go live next month, where customers can also compare pricing between different options, according to Ford.

    GALLERY: Sixth-generation Ford Bronco

  • FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-AMG A35 Edition 1 – RM367k

    The Mercedes-AMG A 45 is a desirable little pocket rocket, but prices have inched steadily upwards since its local launch in 2013. The car used to be available for under RM350,000, but the latest W177 A 45 S model now retails closer to the RM450,000 mark.

    In a move to pacify buyers that would probably be upset by this move, Affalterbach has introduced a more affordable mid-range model, the A 35. Available as both a sedan and a hatchback, it is priced at RM336,278 for the sedan and RM366,785 for the Edition 1 hatch as you see here, and it is the latter that we’ve taken for a spin in our latest video review.

    Unlike the A 45, the A 35 doesn’t get a bespoke AMG engine – its 2.0 litre M260 turbocharged four-cylinder is instead shared with the lowly A 250. But it is no less serious, with outputs of 306 PS and 400 Nm of torque, a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. It blitzes the zero-to-100 km/h sprint in just 4.7 seconds, despite being less powerful than the original A 45.

    Harnessing the extra power are the larger brakes and an uprated chassis with AMG Ride Control adaptive dampers. Aesthetically, the A 35 is differentiated from standard AMG Line models through a dual-bar grille and a large rear diffuser with twin round exhaust tips. Inside, you’ll find a redesigned centre console with dedicated buttons for the drivetrain and suspension, including a manual mode.

    The Edition 1 model throws in the Aerodynamic Package with a sizeable front splitter, front flics, a massive rear wing and a more ornate rear diffuser, along with Denim Blue paint and Tech Gold 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and side stripes. The interior is dressed with an Edition-badged AMG Performance steering wheel and AMG Performance seats upholstered in Artico faux leather and Dinamica microfibre.

    But for enthusiasts, the most pertinent question is this – is the A 35 a proper cut-price alternative to the A 45, or is it too much of a fettled A 250 to justify the price tag? You’ll just have to watch the review above to find out. As usual, you can let us know what you think in the comments after the jump.

  • Valentino Rossi gets Sepang Racing seat in 2021?

    The on again, off again, saga of whether Valentino Rossi gets a MotoGP ride with Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) has taken a new twist with a Twitter post. From a post on Datuk Razlan Razali’s Twitter account, a photo of the reception area from Rossi’s camp at the ranch on Tavullia, Italy, was accompanied by the words, “great meeting!”

    However, the post was taken down a short time after but not before we managed to get a screen capture. While it is pretty much an open secret Rossi will be moving after his first team seat was given to SRT rider Fabio Quartararo who currently sits second in the MotoGP world championship, nothing has been confirmed.

    It is expected an announcement will be made in Barcelona, ahead of the Catalunya Grand Prix and Rossi himself said as much in a video interview discussing his move. Now aged 41, fan favourite Rossi has seen his fortunes decline over the past few years, eclipsed by riders such as Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda and Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati Racing.

    Should Rossi move to SRT, and we think it quite likely as there is still another year to go in his racing contract with Yamaha, he will likely bring his racing support crew with him. From other reports, it is likely Rossi will have a one year stint in SRT before making moves to his VR46 team, currently contesting Moto2 and Moto3, and a likely entry into MotoGP.

  • X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB launching in Malaysia today at 12 pm – here’s how to witness the live launch event

    The X247 Mercedes-Benz GLB will finally be making its Malaysian debut at noon today. The good news is, those who are eyeing the seven-seater SUV can tune in to the digital launch event on our Facebook page, here, as well as on Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s Facebook page.

    To recap, the GLB is the automaker’s first compact seven-seater SUV, and it’s built on the MFA2 architecture, just like the current A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA. It can also be had as a five-seater. Based on local sightings, we can also expect the 306 PS/400 Nm AMG GLB 35 4Matic to make its debut today.

    Also expected to be introduced today are the GLB 200 with its Renault-derived M282 1.33 litre four-potter (163 PS and 250 Nm), as well as the GLB 250 4Matic with a detuned M260 mill, offering 244 PS and 350 Nm. The GLB 200 gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends drive to the front wheels, while the GLB 250 4Matic gets an 8G-DCT.

    GALLERY: X247 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4Matic

    GALLERY: X247 Mercedes-AMG GLB 250 4Matic


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