This review is long overdue, and I apologize in advance to Goodyear Malaysia. You see, some months back, I received a set of Goodyear Eagle EfficientGrip tyres which were put to test on my regular daily driver, a Civic FD1. My daily commute is a lengthy one, averaging 100-120km on a regular weekday. Given Goodyear’s claim of EfficientGrip being their quietest tyre, it was interesting to see just how they would perform.
Some would say the Cayenne GTS suffers from middle child syndrome. It’s not difficult to imagine why; the car slots in neatly, in almost every aspect, between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo siblings. Although the GTS looks very much like its Turbo brethren – flared wheel arches, big-intake front bumper, high gloss black trim, darkened LED taillights, quad exhaust pipes; it is closer related to the S model mechanically. And whilst most people wouldn’t be able to tell the GTS apart from the Turbo, sharp eyed readers will note the car’s matte black exhaust tips, and slightly different rear spoiler.
When Ferrari first announced the 612 Scaglietti’s replacement, I must admit I was a little miffed. The 612 Scaglietti wasn’t the slinkiest of cars, but when I saw press images of the FF (Ferrari Four – four seats, four wheel drive), I was taken aback by the successor’s shooting brake concept. While its looks will no doubt divide opinion, you’ve got to admit that Ferrari has discovered a niche within a niche – just have a look at Mercedes and Jaguar who’ve both come up with their respective shooting brakes variants.
The Boxster story is one that quite fascinates me; when Porsche launched the Boxster over a decade ago back in 1996, many thought that the car was meant to compete against roadsters from other marques – BMW’s Z3 and Mercedes’ SLK. Porsche instead had other much more serious intents, and designed the Boxster to be a low-cost, profitable sports car that could surpass the 911 in terms of sales. It was inspired by the 911, clearly, and even shared some common components. As the junior sports car in the line-up, Porsche hoped that it could attract a bigger market and bring an increase in sales. The Boxster did exactly that, even hauling the company out from financial red.
Right after the excitement of Zerotohundred‘s very own TTA#3, we headed back to Sepang, having been invited by Audi for their Driving Experience 2012. The event spanned four days with participation strictly invite-only, spread between Audi’s customers and select members of the media. And laid out on track for us to test were some of Ingolstadt’s finest: a fleet of S6, S7, and S8 along with an R8GT, R8GT Spider and TT-RS pace cars.
Aesthetically, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Gallardo LP560. For me, it lacked the sort of clean, classic lines of the older Gallardo, nor did it have the menacing presence of the Superleggera LP570. Lamborghini doesn’t offer the option for body trim upgrades either, so it was just too bad if you didn’t like the way it looked. Fortunately, several special editions were commissioned and Malaysia was one of the privileged few markets to receive their own version back in May earlier this year.
When word got out that Toyota would revive the legendary 86, the motoring world was abuzz with anticipation. As journalists around the world got behind the wheel of the new 86, they all proclaimed it to be worthy of its name, that it was one of the best handling cars in the world, with a purity unmatched by any other car. So when ‘(00) allowed me some drive time behind the 86, you can imagine I was pretty stoked.
Power, Beauty, Soul – that is the tagline used for all things Aston, but we’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that the words should be rearranged to Beauty, Power, Soul. There’s no real need to explain why: just look at the Rapide and you’ll figure it out. And whilst beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I believe few would dispute the Rapide’s striking design lines.
When I received the keys for the Polo TSI, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. In unconventional fashion, I test drove the Polo GTI before the less powerful TSI variant and if I have to be honest, was prepared to be disappointed. In truth, I need not have worried. After all, I’ve never really driven a disappointing VW before…
The face-lifted B8 A4 was launched earlier this year in April, with significant visual enhancements and efficiency gains, but with price still intact: starting from RM235k for the base model. I’m going to jump straight to the conclusion here, but I have to say this – the 1.8T A4, despite being ‘just’ an entry-level model, is a very competent package. Allow me to elaborate…