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Ferrari 458 Speciale Launched at Ferrari Racing Days 2014

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Last weekend, Sepang International Circuit – Kuala Lumpur hosted its first ever Ferrari Racing Days 2014 in South East Asia region. The race event for Ferrari owners and fans took place over three (3) days from February 21-23rd.

This is the biggest owner events organized by Ferrari Far East, Ferrari Racing Days provides various track activities and entertainment that allows hundreds of Ferrari owners and fans to gather and experience 1 weekend the world of Ferrari. The event will also feature the first round of the Ferrari APAC Challenge 2014.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host the first-ever Ferrari Racing Days in Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit.  This is a unique event that will see the biggest collection of Ferrari’s that Malaysia has ever seen. We are so excited to not only host our valued Ferrari owners at this event but we also look forward to welcoming thousands of Ferrari fans and lovers of motorsport and share with us the passion, excitement and glamour that only the world of Ferrari can offer.” Says Managing Director of Ferrari Far East, Giuseppe Cattaneo.

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Among the many programmes during the weekend, Ferrari owners will get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their own splendid cars to see how they measure up in a few on-track sessions.  In addition to the view of the Pits, there will also be a display of the latest complete Ferrari line-up and some impressive models of Ferrari’s that have helped create the history of the Prancing Horse, like the Enzo, 550 Barchetta and the 430 Scuderia16M. 

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Alongside the Ferrari Racing Days event, Naza Italia had also introduced the Ferrari 458 Speciale. This powerful beauty will be priced at RM1,238,000 before import and excise duty. Full pricing will be announced by Naza Italia at a later date.

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The Ferrari 458 Speciale is an all new hardcore version of Ferrari’s 458 series joining the 458 Italia and 458 Spider in the line up. The 458 Speciale made its first debut in Frankfurt in 2013 and it is now introduced to us Malaysians in Sepang. The 458 Speciale takes 0-100km/h in 3 seconds while 0-200km/h in just 9.1 seconds. Powering the 458 Speciale is the 605PS, 4.5 litre V8 engine with direct injection.

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View below gallery for pictures on the event and the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari Racing Days 2014 Event

Lexus will unveil RC Coupe F Sport at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will unveil the F Sport variant of its RC Coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
 

First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the RC is a standalone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan. Based on the GS platform, it differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS model lines.  The F Sport variant of the RC 350 offers visual and dynamic upgrades over the standard model.

Visual upgrades include unique interior and exterior styling package, including body kit, wheels, interior instruments, seating and other touches. The F Sport’s dynamic upgrades take the form of exclusively tuned front and rear suspension hardware, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system (incorporating dynamic rear steering), providing drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.

2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Readily identified by a model-specific ‘F’ mesh grille design, the front of F Sport models features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.  The F Sport model range combines model-specific badging with a unique 19″ F Sport alloy wheel design featuring a machine-finished outer 10-spoke layer offset over an inner 10-spoke layer finished in a dark metallic paint.

Three exterior colours – White Nova, orange and Flame Blue. The RC F Sport also adopts an LFA-style instrument cluster with moveable centre ring, and an F Sport steering wheel and premium shift knob. The F Sport-exclusive interior design is completed by Wedge Metal ornamentation and an F Sport-exclusive Dark Rose interior colour.

2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Lexus Engineers have carefully tuned the RC F Sport to offer greater dynamic performance. Kicking off the dynamic upgrades for the F Sport model is the adoption of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

Teamed to drive mode select, AVS responds to driver inputs, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions to automatically and independently adjust the performance of the suspension at all four corners to maximise dynamic performance.

When the vehicle’s Sport+ drive mode is selected, AVS is set to SPORT and allows the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input via a firmer suspension setting and revised power steering assistance.

The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F Sport are complemented by the four-wheel steering benefits of the LDH system. This leading-edge technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), Electric Power Steering and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). 

The system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels by monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.

The Lexus unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system coordinates LDH, the Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension. The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. 

The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds to assist manoeuvrability and in the same direction at higher speeds to provide stability. The Lexus Dynamic Handling system coordinates all of the above and optimises dynamic and safety systems to suit vehicle speed and driving style.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

RC 350

Length / mm

4,695

Height / mm

1, 395

Width / mm

1,840

Wheelbase / mm

2, 730

Seating capacity persons

4

Driven wheels

Rear-wheel drive

Engine type

2 GR-FSE

Cylinders

V6

Engine output / kW/rpm

234/6,400

Torque / Nm/rpm

380/4,800

Transmission

8AT

Suspension

Front: Double Wishbone

Rear: Multilink

 

Photo Gallery: 2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Lexus RC F GT3 concept unveiled for 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will debut a racing version of its RC F performance coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

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The RC F GT3 concept has been developed to meet GT3 international racing standards. Weighing just 1,250 kg, the RC F GT3 features a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine, producing a maximum power output approaching 400 kilowatts. 

Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015, with vehicle testing commencing this year. GT3-compliant vehicles are an attractive option for race events globally and are eligible for numerous events, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept major specifications

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Height (mm)

Weight (kg)

Wheelbase (mm)

Engine

Power

4,705

2,000

1,270

1,250

2,730

V8 gasoline engine

Approx 397kW

 

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F GT3 concept

Honda City 2014 Malaysia Previewed with Details

With surprise, Honda Malaysia gave the media preview of the brand New Honda City 2014 yesterday and will be display in public areas for public view as a move of pre-launch.

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There will be 4 variants for the first batch of official launch which is S, S+, E and the top of the specs V.  Analyzing the Honda City on the display we suspect this could be the Honda City E Spec as Honda Malaysia did not mention what variant is this. Under the hood the Engine used will be the same 1.5L i-vtec engine which produces about 120 hp @ 6600 rpm and 145Nm of torque but pair with a new CVT gear box which replaces the 5 speed gear box.

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The new Honda City adapted the new Honda Jazz design to up trend the modern yet stylish design. The bigger openings of front lower bumper and the uplift headlamp gives new Honda City a more aggressive front fascia. However, Honda was able to maintain the previous generation spacious frame thus, the shape of the Honda City look familiar. Honda Malaysia also mention that there will be new CKD hybrid models coming up later this year. We see a possibility of CKD Honda City Hybrid.

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Like the title, Honda Malaysia was only given the media a preview of the the brand new Honda City & we are not able to unlock the car. Luckily our photographers were able to take some shots for our readers to view what would be actual production model. The flat type of centre dashboard reminds us the interior styling of VW Golf MK7. The Honda City will be equipped with tons of upgraded goodies, there will be an ECON mode, push start button, 6 air bags , smart entry , shark fin antenna and 8 speaker with 7 inch display for the In Car Entertainment system. Again, these equipment will varies from models.

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The new Honda City is available for booking and Honda Malaysia only indicated the pricing will be announced later next month & it will be affordable. Judging from the photos, there should be a few colours available including Black & Blue. The 2014 Honda City Malaysia  version, will be display for public viewing in the following location and dates. If you eager to see the new Honda City before it hits the show room, do not miss this.

More details will be update as we awaits the official launch date. 

No. Location Date
1 Paradigm Mall – Selangor 21 – 23 February 2014
2 The Curve – Selangor 24 – 26 February 2014
3 East Coast  Mall – Penang 27 February – 2 March 2014
4 KSL City – Johor 4 -6 March 2014
5 Tesco Ipoh Garden – Perak 7 – 9 March 2014
6 Queensbay Mall – Penang 10 – 12 March 2014

Gallery : Honda City 2014 Malaysia

Mitsubishi Motors MEGA Save Offers in Malaysia

Head over to any authorized Mitsubishi Motors showroom today to enjoy mega savings from Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia including cash rebates up to RM11,000, free maintenance program up to 2 years, low interest rate scheme for Mirage models and FREE gifts for selected variants!

Mitsubishi MEGA Save

From today until a limited period only, customers who book and register any Triton and Pajero Sport models will be entitled for 2-years free maintenance and cash rebates from RM1,000 to RM9,000.

Customers who book any Attrage models will be entitled for 1-year free maintenance and RM1,000 cash rebate.

Customers who book the Mirage models will be entitled for 1-year free maintenance and choose to enjoy either cash rebates from RM1,500 to RM4,000 or 0.03% low financing scheme.

Customers who book the Lancer GT or Lancer Sportback enjoy 2-year free maintenance plus cash rebates from RM2,000 to RM8,000.

Also, customers who book the newly launched 2014 ASX will enjoy with 2-years free maintenance. First 300 new 2014 ASX customers who register this vehicle will be rewarded with a Special Leather Case. 

Mitsubishi’s 2-years free maintenance package offers free maintenance on parts lubricants and labour costs. The program also offers new Mitsubishi owners a hassle-free drive and peace of mind. Some of the free maintenance parts that are included are engine oil, fuel filters, air cleaner, brake fluid, coolant, differential oil and transmission oil (based on the recommended scheduled service).