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All New 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Unveiled

I am not sure about what you think. However, I agreed that the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world. In each continent, Porsche having its own successful cup races.


The new edition of the 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsports version of the future 911 GT3 and as such is the first race car that is based on the 7th generation (991 series) of the sports car icon from Zuffenhausen. The 911 GT3 Cup will be run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013. The car for one-make racing made its debut on the occasion of the end of motorsport season “Night of Champions” celebration at the R&D Centre in Weissach.


The 911 GT3 Cup is always identical to the GT3 RS. So, this is how the upcoming 911 GT3 RS will look alike minus the stickers and the large rear spoiler. So, I speculate the new 911 GT3 RS will look amazing for sure!


2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup


The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-litre flat 6 cylinder engine that generating 460hp (338kW) @ 7,500rpm and mated with a 6-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport which is operated via shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy race car transmits the power to the rear axle. Precisely, it is now 10hp more than its predecessor.


The single piece race wheels with centre mount were also newly designed by Porsche Motorsport. The width of the Michelin race slicks was increased by 2cm to 27cm at the front and by 10mm at the rear axle to now measure 31cm.


2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup


A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380mm slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by 6-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The rear axle features a 4-piston version.


On the safety aspect, the newly designed safety cage protects the driver in case of a roll or a collision as does a newly developed race seat which is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders and can be adjusted individually with the help of padding. A rescue hatch in the roof provides easy access for primary medical attention and for the extrication of the driver.


2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup


“The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit,” says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard, who was significantly involved in the development of the new vehicle. “The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. Apart from that the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”


Like its predecessor the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on the same assembly line as the road legal models. At the Motorsport Centre in Weissach it receives a general set-up for the circuit and is tested by a professional race driver before delivery to the customers. Just like its predecessors, the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is only available exclusively in white.


Photo Gallery: 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Chevrolet Sonic Launched in Malaysia

Chevrolet Sonic Malaysia Launch


Chevrolet Sonic was launched recently in here Malaysia at National Aquatic Centre Bukit Jalil. Naza  Quest Sdn Bhd. brought in both the Sonic Sedan and the Sonice Hatchback. The sonic is targeted to the “Generation Y” Malaysian that is young and trendy. The Chevrolet Sonic is said to be developed with a proven global platform that delivers precision handling and performance. The Chevrolet Sonic is a B-segment car which direct competes with Toyota Vios, Mazda 2, Honda City or recently launched Nissan Almera. Naza Group aims to grab part of the pie with the Chevrolet Sonic, as the B-segment vehicles are the largest market in Malaysia.


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Both Chevrolet Sonic Sedan & Hatchback has an identical front fascia. Both feature the chrome dual-port grille at the front. As the side the obvious shape of the hatchback and sedan is noticeable  The Sonic 5-door hatch has a rear door to access the boot and fold-able rear seats if you need to transport bigger objects. The Sonic 4-door sedan will have a separate boot just like any sedan car.


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The Chevrolet Sonic features the 1.4L Ecotec DOHC 16-Valve engine that produces a humble 74hp with a 6 speed automatic gearbox.  On paper it will go from 0-100 in 12.9 seconds and it is possible to achieve 8.1 L/100km fuel efficiency. Standard safety features such as air bags, ABS & EBD are all in.


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The interior design of the Chevrolet Sonic favours me, it’s modern, simple yet futuristic. The blue luminescence interior lights reminds of the movie – Tron. The digital speedometer and rpm meter is one of its kind and never been seen in other vehicles in this segment. Noticing the interior details carefully, the futuristic ”Tron” theme is more and more recognizable.  The dashboard materials are somewhat like Chevrolet Cruze’s, in fact this Chevrolet Sonic looks and feels like a modern baby Chevrolet Cruze.

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2014 Audi RS6 Avant with 560hp Officially Revealed

A couple days ago, the lighter, more powerful and efficient new Audi RS6 Avant was unveiled officially. The new RS6 Avant sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, and top speed is 305 km/h with the dynamic plus package. The improved 4.0 TFSI engine develops 560hp (412kW) and consume an average fuel consumption of just 9.8 litres/100km.



The new Audi RS 6 Avant is a high-performance sports car for everyday use. Its character and uncompromisingly sporty tuning is the work of quattro GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI AG. The company’s RS models with their powerful engines form the dynamic spearhead of the model program. The abbreviation “RS” stands for the most powerful version of a model series, for quattro permanent all-wheel drive, for extreme handling, for an understated appearance and for full everyday utility.


The 4.0 TFSI, which debuted last year, is a perfect example of Audi’s downsizing strategy in the high-performance category. In the new Audi RS 6 Avant, the twin-turbo V8 delivers confidence-inspiring power in every driving situation from its displacement of 3,993 cc. Peak output of 560 hp is reached between 5,700 and 6,700 rpm, with a constant 700 Nm of torque available between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm.


Pulling power develops quickly due in large part to the two large twin-scroll turbochargers. They are mounted together with the intercooler in the inside V of the cylinder banks. The exhaust side of the cylinder heads is also on the inside, the intake side outside. This concept allows for a compact design and short gas paths with minimal flow losses.


The RS-specific engine management and unthrottled intake system also contribute to the 8-cylinder engine’s spontaneous response. The 4.0 TFSI delivers a sporty, full-throated sound. Switchable flaps in the exhaust system make the sound even fuller, if desired. Audi also offers an optional sport exhaust system.



In the standard configuration, top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. This is increased to 280km/h with the optional Dynamic package. With the Dynamic plus package, Audi reigns in the engine only upon reaching 305km/h. Among the factors contributing to the improved fuel efficiency are the new, standard start-stop system and innovative thermal management. Fuel consumption has been reduced by roughly 40% compared to the previous model.


One pioneering efficiency technology in the new Audi RS 6 Avant is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to intermediate loads and engine speeds, it shuts down the intake and exhaust valves of cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8. The 4.0 TFSI then runs as a 4-cylinder engine until the driver accelerates more strongly again. Efficiency in the active cylinders is increased because the operating points are displaced toward higher loads.



The 4.0 TFSI is paired with an 8-speed tiptronic featuring shortened shift times. The automatic transmission offers D and S modes. Drivers who wish to shift for themselves can use the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever, which sports a unique RS design. The lower gears of the tiptronic are tightly spaced for sporty performance, while a tall eighth gear reduces fuel consumption.


At the heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring is a self-locking center differential with an elevated locking value. An oil cooler regulates its temperature. If desired, the sport differential distributes the power steplessly between the rear wheels to further increase agility and stability.


The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes standard with 20-inch forged wheels in a 7 twin-spoke design. Three versions of 21-inch cash wheels are also available as optional.


The body plays a major role in the handling. It is roughly 20% aluminum and includes numerous components made of high-strength steel. The new Audi RS 6 Avant weighs roughly 100kg lighter than its predecessor. The improved power-to-weight ratio contributes to even better handling with improved performance coupled with reduced fuel consumption.


Numerous RS-specific design details underscore the distinctive appearance of the high-performance Avant. Most noticeable are the matte aluminum applications on the body, the high-gloss black protective grille at the front of the car, the bumpers, the fender, sill flares and the large roof spoiler. At the rear of the car, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes make a bold statement.


The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes with a generous list of standard equipment, including xenon plus headlights, LED rear lights, a tire-pressure control system, illuminated entry sills and the custom driver-information system. Also on board are the parking system plus, cruise control, three-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and the 10-speaker Audi sound system.

Toyota’s New Engine Plant for 2.5-litre AR 4 Cylinder Engine in Melbourne

Today, Toyota Australia has officially opened its new engine plant, making it the first Australian car manufacturer to produce both petrol and hybrid engines.



The engine plant is located in Altona, west of Melbourne, the plant will produce approximately 108,000 four cylinder 2.5 litre engines per year for its locally built Camry and Camry Hybrid sedans. The engines produced in Altona plant will also be exported to Thailand and Malaysia.



The event was attended by the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard; Victorian Premier, the Hon. Ted Baillieu; Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, the Hon. Greg Combet AM; Victorian Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, the Hon. Richard Dalla-Riva; Mr Seiichi Sudo, Senior Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation; and His Excellency, Mr Yoshitaka Akimoto, Ambassador of Japan.


Toyota Australia President and CEO, Mr Max Yasuda said the official opening was a proud day for the Australian car industry and testament to the company’s team members who helped secure the new engine plant investment.


“This is a great day for Toyota Australia. The official opening of the new engine plant is part of our overall mission to transform our operations and build a more sustainable business,” Mr Yasuda said.


“We are now one of only four countries in the world to produce the AR four cylinder engine and are the first Australian car manufacturer to produce petrol-electric hybrid engines.”


Mr Yasuda said the unveiling demonstrated the efforts Toyota was taking to transform its operations to ensure local car manufacturing can maintain its presence in a highly competitive marketplace.


“I am a true believer in local car making. We are working to create a new, stronger business that gives us a competitive advantage that is sustainable and profitable for the future. Building a new engine plant in Australia is at the heart of our manufacturing strategy.


“The new engine plant is a significant milestone for Toyota Australia. It enables us to maintain our workforce and further develop our technologies, skills and products so we can continue building engines and cars in Australia for many years to come.”


Mr Yasuda praised the strong desire of both the Federal and State Governments to see more advanced car making technologies introduced to Australia. Along with support from the Victorian Government, the Federal Government contributed $63 million to the commissioning of the new engine plant from its Green Car Innovation Fund.


“An ongoing partnership between local car makers, the government and suppliers is fundamental for ensuring Australian industry can compete,” Mr Yasuda said.


The new 2.5 litre engine boasts significant improvements in fuel efficiency and greater power than the previous 2.4 litre engine. In the current generation Camry this has contributed to an 11 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and a 13 per cent reduction for the Camry Hybrid.


The engine plant has been in development since October 2011. It replaces the original engine plant built in 1978, which was Toyota’s first engine manufacturing plant built outside Japan. The plant will go into full production from 14 January 2013 and produce approximately 450 engines per day.


Toyota Australia has been building cars in Australia for almost 50 years. In August 2012 it achieved one million exports sales, making it the first Australian manufacturer to do so. Later this month Toyota will also build its three millionth locally built vehicle.

Electric-powered Nissan Leaf As Eco Innovation of Year 2012

Although I have checked out this car in Tokyo back in end of 2010. Recently, the electric powered Nissan Leaf was awarded the Eco Innovation Award of the Year 2012 under NST Maybank COTY 2012 in Malaysia.




As you aware the Nissan Leaf is not yet available for sale in Malaysia, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has been running their Leaf Ambassador Programme for the last 6 months in Malaysia to build the awareness of electric vehicles and give Malaysians a chance to experience the Leaf in their daily lives for six weeks.




Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of ETCM, said “We are currently running our Leaf Pilot Programme with the objective of promoting eco green mobility. We are confident our programme will create awareness and educate the public on the importance of eco green mobility. We have just completed our first two batches of Leaf Ambassadors and their feedback on the car have been extremely encouraging”.


The Nissan Leaf was not the only Nissan recognised at the Awards. The multipurpose vehicle, Nissan Elgrand was awarded Premium MPV of the Year 2012. This fully-imported premium MPV comes equipped with premium features such as a private theatre entertainment system and an Advanced Around View Monitor parking camera which impressed the panel of judges.


Photo Gallery: ETCM’s NST MBB COTY 2012