Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster – the third open-top
In Cars, International News, Mercedes-Benz / By Anthony Lim / 15 May 2018 4:08 pm / 1 comment
Mercedes-AMG has announced another addition to its GT family – the AMG GT S Roadster becomes the third open-top, two-door variant in the line-up, sitting in between the GT Roadster and GT C Roadster. It also brings the number of GT offerings from Affalterbach to 12, the range consisting of four two-door coupes, three roadsters, two customer sports racing cars and three four-door coupes.
Like its siblings, the GT S Roadster features AMG’s handbuilt 4.0 litre V8 biturbo M178 mill, and output is identical to that on the GT S coupe. Revised in an 2017 update, the unit offers 515 hp (or 522 PS) at 6,250 rpm and 670 Nm at 1,900 to 5,000 rpm in this application. Paired with a seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT 7G transmission, performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.8 seconds and a 308 km/h top speed.
Standard equipment includes an AMG performance exhaust system, Airpanel active air management system, AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping and 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch at the rear). Also on, LED high performance headlights and an electronically-controlled locking differential at the rear axle.
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Inside, the GT S Roadster comes with sports seats in black Artico man-made leather/Dinamica microfibre and an AMG Silver Chrome Interior package as standard – the latter dresses up the centre console surround, air vent bezels and trim strips in the door armrests in silver chrome. As for the three-layer fabric roof, it’s available in a choice of three colours – black, beige or red.
As usual, plenty of customisation options for the car, and for trim the list includes an exterior carbon-fibre package, nappa leather upholstery in a variety of colours, AMG Performance seats and an Airscarf neck-level heating system.
Mechanical options meanwhile include an AMG Dynamic Plus package, which adds on dynamic engine and transmission mounts and a firmer and specifically-tuned suspension. An AMG rear axle steering can also be selected with the package. Also available on the options list is an AMG high performance ceramic braking system.
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Porsche 911 GT3 R – better aero, safety; now with AC
In Cars, International News, Porsche / By Danny Tan / 15 May 2018 3:33 pm / 0 comments
This is the Porsche 911 GT3 R, Zuffenhausen’s new GT3 series customer race car for 2019, based on the 911 GT3 RS production car that was revealed earlier this year. Porsche set out to achieve three main goals with the 911 GT3 R – efficient aerodynamics, further optimised safety as well as lowering the cost of servicing and spare parts.
The body design of the GT3 RS features aluminium-steel composite construction that has proven to be the ideal basis for the race car. But here, the roof, front hood and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear lid and interior trim are made of carbon-fibre composite material (CFRP). All windows are polycarbonate pieces.
Powering the 911 GT3 R is a 4.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat-six that’s largely identical to the production car’s engine. Direct fuel injection, which operates at pressures up to 200 bar, as well as VVT adjustments of the intake and exhaust camshafts ensure efficient use of fuel. Compared to its predecessor, the water-cooled boxer (550 hp without restrictors) offers significantly better driveability and a broader usable rev range, Porsche says. Engine response is more precise due to six throttle butterflies.
Power from the rear-mounted engine is transferred to the 310 mm rear wheels via a sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox with an electronic shift actuator. As in GT road cars, the driver changes gears via steering shift paddles. The clutch is electro-hydraulically controlled, which eliminates the need for the clutch pedal and assists quick race starts.
In the aero department, the distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front fairings increase downforce at the front axle. Measuring 1,900 mm in width by 400 mm in depth, the giant rear wing lends aerodynamic balance. The tyre circumference at the front axle has grown from 650 to 680 mm. In tandem with the new double wishbone suspension, this improves braking performance and consistency over the duration of the race.
Speaking of brakes, the stoppers underwent further mods and now offer increased stiffness and more precise control of the ABS. In front, you’ll find six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers combined with ventilated and grooved steel 390 mm discs. At the back are four-piston callipers and 370 mm discs.
To improve pit stop performance, the 120 litre FT3 safety fuel cell can now be refilled from the left or right depending on the circuit layout.
For improved safety, the doors and side windows can be removed. The new racing seat – now bolted at six points – affords pilots even better protection in the event of a crash. In combination with the adjustable pedal box, the driver’s centre of gravity is optimised and that offers increased safety. In addition, the driver’s door gets carbon-fibre Kevlar aluminium construction with energy-absorbing plastic foam.
The racing 911’s cockpit has been redesigned, and for the first time, there’s air-conditioning. The AC has direct connection to the seat and driver’s helmet, which Porsche says will help pilots maintain concentration and constant performance. The new Porsche 911 GT3 R can be ordered now for 459,000 euros (RM2.17 million) before taxes, with deliveries starting from December 2018.
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GALLERY: Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, new C27 v old C26
In Cars, Local News, New vs Old Gallery, Nissan / By Jonathan Lee / 15 May 2018 1:51 pm / 15 comments
The Nissan Serena S-Hybrid has been a modest sales success for Nissan, and the new fifth-generation C27 hopes to continue finding favour with large families, with competitive pricing and a bunch of new features. As it happens, we’ve got a comprehensive photo gallery of the new car right next to the previous C26 to lay bare all the changes between the two generations.
Let’s start with the most important information of all, pricing. Offered in locally-assembled (CKD) form and in the same two variants as before, the new Serena is priced at RM135,500 for the Highway Star variant and RM147,500 for the Premium Highway Star, on-the-road without insurance. That means that the new models are between RM2,500 and RM4,500 more expensive, which isn’t too bad considering the extra kit on board.
Although the new car’s slab-sided body appears to be an evolution of its predecessor, put both together and you can really see the design differences. While the old car sports a face that apes the larger Elgrand, the new one has a more striking maw, with dual-tier LED headlights that are reminiscent of the Toyota Vellfire. There’s also a V-motion front grille, a more aggressive front bumper design and rectangular fog lights.
The upswept beltline along the side remains, but on the new car it’s complemented by a downwards-sweeping character line that adds some pizzazz to the styling. The blacked-out D-pillars and shorter tail lights give the new Serena a trendy “floating roof” look, emphasised here by the two-tone colour scheme on this range-topping Premium Highway Star. The variant’s 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels are the same as before.
No such luck finding carryover components on the inside, as the new Serena has a thoroughly modernised cabin, with its floating centre console and flat-bottomed, three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel. What’s more, while the old car’s dashboard was made with hard-wearing hard plastics, the new one gets plusher soft-touch materials with real stitching.
Then there’s the level of technology on board, starting with the digital instrument cluster – now featuring a seven-inch full-colour multi-info display that shows the rev counter, trip computer information as well as the around view monitor with Intelligent Moving Object Detection (i-MOD). There’s also a new Clarion head unit with a 6.75-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
One big change is the move from eight seats to seven, with second-row captain’s chairs with armrests. Local distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor says that this increases the feeling of luxury, but it also means that the outgoing model’s second-row centre seat, which could be folded and slid forwards to double as a storage console in front, is now gone.
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New C27 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid (left) versus old C26 (right)
On the plus side, the first- and second-row seats feature Zero Gravity technology for improved comfort, and there are also seven USB ports all around the car – one in each of the front dashboard storage bins, one on the head unit and two each for the second and third rows. The third row can now be slid forwards and back for either increased legroom or a larger boot.
Access is improved though a new hands-free opening function for the twin power-sliding doors, operated using a kicking motion under the doors, while opening and closing buttons have also been fitted for the third row. A split-opening tailgate provides easier access to the boot in tight spaces.
An increase in space is claimed for the new Serena, with interior length extended by 180 mm, while height and width has been increased by 20 mm and 65 mm respectively. This is despite the exterior dimensions remaining largely identical, measuring 4,770 mm long and 1,865 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,860 mm also retained. Only the width of the car has been changed, growing a measly five millimetres to 1,740 mm.
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New seven-seat layout (above) versus old car’s eight seats (below)
As standard, the new Serena comes with front and rear fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, single-zone auto climate control and new digital rear air-con controls. Safety wise, there are now six airbags instead of two, joining the existing ABS with EBD and brake assist and stability control. There’s also a new Intelligent Driver Alertness (i-DA) feature.
The Premium Highway Star variant adds the aforementioned 16-inch alloys, door visors, combination leather upholstery in either black or two-tone Truffle Brown and Chestnut, a 10.1-inch roof-mounted LCD rear display, a Tech-On tray mat on the second-row picnic table for holding tablets or other devices, an LED interior room light and V-Kool 4Mil security film tinting.
Powering the new car is a carryover MR20DD 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, now making slightly more power at 150 PS at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 4,400 rpm. It’s fitted with a new dual-arm tensioner to reduce tension on the arm belt and improve fuel efficiency, and is mated to an Xtronic CVT.
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New Serens’s split-opening tailgate makes it easier to load smaller items in tight parking spaces
Working alongside it is a 2.6 PS/48 Nm ECO electric motor that replaces the starter motor, controls the Idling Stop System and and energy regeneration. The motor also offers acceleration assistance to the MPV, providing a 50 Nm torque boost for up to one second when moving away from a standstill. As for fuel consumption, Nissan claims the Serena is good for 14.2 kilometres per litre on the European NEDC cycle.
While the new Serena rides on the same platform as before, it comes with a few upgrades to improve refinement, ride and handling, such as a sound-absorbing wheelhouse liner, a speed-sensitive electric power steering system with a quicker ratio, stiffer front and rear suspension mountings, as well as high-performance valves in the dampers for a more stable and comfortable ride.
So what do you think of the new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid – is it a good improvement over the previous model? To help you make up your mind, you can watch our in-depth walk-around video of the new car below, and browse full specifications and equipment on CarBase.my.
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After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.
Rizaziz on May 15, 2018 at 2:05 pm
Previous Serena gooder becoz 8 seats.
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New Government – Clean and Honest on May 15, 2018 at 3:07 pm
Loos good. Let us hope prices come down once the Pakatan Government settles down in a few months time and they honour their 30% car price reduction promise.
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Driver or Typist on May 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm
Did they make such a promise or did I miss it?
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deal breaker on May 15, 2018 at 8:24 pm
The gear stick is too long like old Datsun 120Y really a deal breaker
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john on May 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm
If by end of their 100 days (95 now) and this dun materialise, can we demand referendum for a new election maybe?
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YB Albert on May 15, 2018 at 7:56 pm
Car prices ,will not be reduced.Excise duties on cars over rm 10 B .needed for treasury.Our national debt is close to A TRILLION RM.
instead, the rakyat should trim spending.
When the buying of new cars are reduced,prices will have to drop,to clear stock overhang.
Just wait for the GSt thing to zerorise.Cant u guys wait 3 months?
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NewNews on May 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm
Is there any other interesting news beside Serena?
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Jagjit Singh on May 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm
Soon Alphard also will be cheaper cause AP will be abolished. All the AP abangs all now in shock and they know, their business will close down soon…..oh wai!
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john on May 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm
AP Queen is BACK.
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Jagjit Singh on May 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm
News is news. Let us be happy Paul Tan gives his site free and we don’t have to pay for it……oh wai!
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Cendol on May 15, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Venus Williams maybe?
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panjang on May 15, 2018 at 2:23 pm
New G v old G. Better New G
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Ah Kow on May 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm
Has been waiting long for this car but unfortunate come with 6+1 seaters without the magic seat. WTF
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c26 on May 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm
The seventh passenger can still sit on floor between captain seats, only if he has anirexuc body
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bread seller on May 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm
This is more like a van than mpv coz it is narrow and high. Sometimes looks like bezza