Evos and GT-Rs, Ferraris and Lamborghinis; we gave them a lot of spotlight before and now it is time for the customs to take the stage and enjoy the limelight. After its brief introduction at Publika last year, Art of Speed is back to rock 2013 and this time are they bigger, better, and definitely louder. With Citta Mall’s massive outdoor parking lot being their playground for 8 – 9 June, the scene was littered with a great mix of American cars, Custom Retro Japanese rides and lowly-slung road-sweepers!
Some weeks back, we were at the South of France where we drove the mk7 Golf GTI. By now, you probably know that there are two stages of tune – the GTI (220PS/350Nm) and the GTI Performance (230PS/350Nm). Apart from the slight difference in power, the GTI Performance also gains larger brakes on all four corners, with the GTI calipers being the only noticeable hint. VW claims the mk7 Golf GTI is their fastest, most powerful, most efficient and most dynamic GTI ever, and we put these claims to the test.
Volkswagen takes the stage once more at the World Rally Championship as Jari-Matti Latvala secures his first WRC win with the German automaker at the Acropolis Rally in Greece last weekend, joined by Citroen’s Dani Sordo and M-Sport Ford’s Thierry Neuville on the podium. Giving out an outstanding performance to stand out from the other competitors, this is the Polo R’s fourth win in just six rounds.
After 40 years and 3 generations, the infamous Volkswagen Scirocco has finally reached its production milestone. The millionth mark. Despite going out of production for almost 20 years, the badge revived in 2008 with the 3rd generation Scirocco that we all know and love.
Since the release of the new VW Golf Mk7, it has won 2 very highly accredited car awards. The World Car of the Year & European Car of the Year award. So, with the GTI officially launching very soon, the Golf fans has started the gossip about the upcoming Golf R Mk7.
Pictures, courtesy of VWVortex.com forums shows that Volkswagen has already started the development of the Mk7 R, with predictions of a tentative release date in late 2014. The car will be based on the Mk7′s MQB construction chassis, tagged along with an AllWheelDrive system which will probably be similar to the Mk6 R’s Haldex AWD system. Standardising from the Mk4 R32, we can expect a 3 and 5 door configuration and also a DSG transmission with a manual option as well. Read the rest of this entry »
We last wrote about the Golf 7 some days back, at the Malaysian debut of the car. The big question on everyone’s mind at the time was its price – how much would the Golf 7 cost? Most were expecting a slight increment, so when it was finally revealed to us media folks that the price would remain at RM158k, you can imagine some of us were mildly surprised. Price aside, we’ve just gotten back from the drive to Penang, and can share some of the first impressions we’ve gained over the short trip.
Earlier tonight, Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) finally unveiled the seventh iteration of the Golf to the Malaysian public. In typical VW fashion, the launch was a well-planned event at an airplane hangar, with performances to entertain the crowd of both guests and media folk. Many of you would have no doubt already seen pics of the new Golf, but we’ve got to say that the new car looks much better in person than it does in pictures; more chiseled and angular than its predecessor.
GTI fans rejoice! Whilst we wait patiently for VGM to start selling the Mk7 Golf TSI locally (and this should be relatively soon), we’ve already been waiting for Volkswagen to let loose more details about the Mk7 Golf GTI. Well, that time is now because Volkswagen has said it will introduce the Mk7 Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 7-17th 2013). There’s a twist this time, because the new GTI will be offered in two flavours: a standard 220PS or a GTI Performance with 230PS and a front axle differential lock.
Although it has only been the first outing for the all-new Volkswagen Polo R WRC, all eyes and attention are now glued to them as this new rally machine manages to secure an impressive second place at the opening round of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo.
When the Toyota 86 was unveiled, it literally swept the headlines from all corners of the world. Everyone was waiting for it, and wanting to get a ride in it. And although a lot of the critiques were pointing out the lack of power from the 2.0 Subaru boxer unit, it was not that much of a major issue as the handling was simply superb. With that, we could probably assume that the 86 is going to win Japan’s 2012 Car of the Year award hands down.