Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206 NBR Challenge Package

Tokyo, November 24, 2011 – Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI) is pleased to announce the launch of the SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI “S206”, special performance edition. The model will go on sale today through Subaru dealerships in Japan.
Based on the 4-door SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI, S206 is the newest model in STI’s 'S' series. This series dons the crown of STI tuned cars with advanced driving performance and exclusively-made items in both interior and exterior designs. As with former STI models such as S204 and R205, S206 is founded on the IMPREZA WRX STI line.
In addition, “NBR CHALLENGE PACKAGE” model will be released to commemorate the class win at 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race held in June, with the addition of a carbon roof and original dry carbon rear spoiler. The exterior design incorporates racing car motifs and has an enhanced sporty feel.
S206’s body and engine were tuned to perform as expected of STI’s best model. The body employs exclusive Bilstein shock absorbers, STI coil springs, a flexible tower bar (front), and a flexible draw stiffener (front). While improving straight-driving performance, motion is steadied when going into corners so that precise and quick turning is possible. Plus, “Michelin Pilot Super Sport” tires provide refined driving comfort in combination with “BBS” 19-inch aluminum wheels made only for this model.
In the exclusively-made engine, the weight balance between piston, connecting rod, and crankshaft is optimized to enhance the rev feel. Along with a ball bearing turbocharger, ECU (Engine Control Unit) with STI tuning, and a sports muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust - all of which were designed for this model - the engine can deliver 235kW (320PS) in maximum output and 431N.m (44kg.m) in maximum torque. The accelerator response is heightened and low to mid range torque increased, thereby offering better driveability.
On the outside, the lower front spoiler and front fender outlet grille, both designed for this model, and the trunk spoiler are among its distinctive features. The newly-made front grille and side garnishes were also employed for aerodynamics improvement and a high grade appearance.
In the interior are exclusively-made items such as a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, 'RECARO' racing bucket seats, and seatbelts. Together they create a refined appearance and feel, appropriate for this flagship model.

Major equipment of Subaru Impreza S206


STI tuned Bilstein upside down strut and STI coil springs for front suspension
STI tuned Bilstein damper and STI coil springs for rear suspension
S206 BBS designed 19-inch x 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (silver)
Michelin Pilot Super Sports 245/35ZR19(93Y) tires
Brembo 6-pot silver colored brake caliper with STI logo and 18-inch 2piece type drilled disk rotors for front brake
Brembo 4-pot silver colored brake caliper with STI logo and 18-inch drilled disk rotors for rear brake
STI designed flexible front strut tower brace
STI designed flexible draw stiffener, front
STI designed flexible support, rear
STI designed support, front kit
STI designed lateral rink with pillow ball bush (front inside, rear inside)
S206 engine balanced with STI
STI designed S206 ECU (Engine Control Unit)
S206 twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger
STI designed S206 sport muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust
Large intercooler with S206 logo
STI designed strengthened silicon intake duct
STI designed air cleaner element
S206 multi mode VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control)


S206 RECARO designed front bucket seat
S206 seat fabric, ALCANTARA® with black punching / red base, leather seat support (dark gray) with silver stitch
S206 door trim & centered arm rest (black ALCANTARA® with silver stitch)
S206 dark red colored seat belt
S206 silver side sill plate with S206 logo (front)
S206 leather lapped steering wheel with STI logo and silver stitch
STI designed leather shift knob with STI logo and leather shift boot
S206 leather side brake boot
STI designed push engine start switch (red with STI logo)
S206 serial number plate (console, engine compartment)


S206 large front under spoiler
S206 front fender outlet grille
Aluminum front hood
STI designed trunk lip spoiler
S206 badges on front grille and rear gate
STI designed side garnish with STI logo (black metallic)


S206 dry carbon rear spoiler (2 angle adjustable with S206 logo)
BBS designed 19-inch x 8 1/2J cast aluminum wheels (black)
S206 Nürburgring Challenge sticker (rear)
S206 red side sill plate with S206 logo (front)

Story by Subaru Tecnica International Inc.

Monday, November 21, 2011

S60 Turbo from Volvo

The S60 T4 is priced at RM220,000, while the T5 costs RM255,000 OTR without insurance.

The unit in the T5 is a 2.0-litre with 240 hp and 320 Nm of torque, pretty impressive figures that trump even Volkswagen’s TSI engine in the Golf GTI. The S60 T5 does 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 230 km/h.
The T4 may be just a 1.6-litre unit, but with a turbo bolted on, it makes 180 hp and 240 Nm of twist from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. An overboost function raises max torque to 270 Nm in spurts. That should mean that it will be fast enough for most (0-100 in 9.0s top speed 225 km/h), while costing just RM90 in road tax. Combined consumption is 7.4 litres per 100 km. Both engines are mated to a six-speed Powershift gearbox, so it’s all the latest tech in one.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Land Rover M’sia launches Range Rover Evoque

KUALA LUMPUR: Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd yesterday officially launched the exciting all-new Range Rover Evoque for the Malaysian market.
The smallest, lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced, completely built-up (CBU) Evoque comes in three variants, namely the two-litre Petrol Coupe Dynamic Plus – RM393,888 (Peninsular Malaysia), RM397,388 (Sabah and Sarawak), 2.0L Petrol 5-Door Prestige – RM363,888(Peninsular Malaysia), RM367,388 (Sabah and Sarawak), 2.2L Diesel 5-Door Prestige – RM353,888 (Peninsular Malaysia), RM357,388(Sabah and Sarawak).
DISTINCTIVELY EVOQUE: Models posing with the Range Rover Evoque 2.0L Petrol Coupe Dynamic Plus during the official launch.
The 2.0L Petrol Coupe specified with the sporty Dynamic Plus design theme and the 2.0L Petrol five-door in luxurious Prestige theme are powered by a state-of-the-art new 240PS Si4 petrol engine that combines direct fuel injection, turbo-charging and twin variable valve timing for exceptional driveability and fuel efficiency.
Meanwhile, the 2.2L diesel five-door featuring the luxurious Prestige is powered by the proven 190Ps SD4 turbo diesel engine currently found in the Land Rover Freelander 2. Both the petrol and diesel engines are matched to the latest generation AW F-21 6-speed automatic transmission with a Rotary Auto Shifter.
Land Rover Malaysia managing director Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman revealed that the Evoque was one of the most important and exciting vehicles in a generation from Land Rover.
“With its cutting edge lines and sporty, dynamic profile, the Evoque is a game-changer for the Range Rover brand. It defines a completely new segment in the SUV market and is set to change mindsets. In the Evoque, we have for the first time, a breakthrough product that should appeal to those who have never considered a Land Rover, Range Rover or SUV before,” he said.
Although the Evoque had successfully turned the acclaimed LRX concept into reality by making a quantum leap in Range Rover design, both the coupe and five-door models remained true to the brand’s core values of premium luxury and formidable all-terrain performance and combined them with dynamic and sporty handling.
“The Evoque really does give you the best of everything – stunning concept car looks combined with day-to-day comfort and practicality and unmatched 4X4 capabilities,” Hazem added.
All three Evoque models came with 20” alloy wheels and a host of comfort and convenience features befitting a Range Rover. These included a breathtaking 11-speaker 380W audio system by high-end audio specialist Meridian, an
eight inch touchscreen with navigation system, a five inch full-colour TFT Driver Information display between the two instrument dials, an advanced Park Assist automated parallel parking system and powered tailgate.
Tech-savvy customers got the connectivity they demanded with a comprehensive package that included Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone use and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPods and other portable devices, he pointed out.
The Evoque’s wide and deep trunk was able to accommodate the full length of a golf bag with clubs. Carefully designed stowage areas under the load floor added extra capacity, while 60/40 folding rear seat squabs allowed the luggage capacity to be expanded quickly and easily.
For added convenience, the Range Rover Smart Key system enabled keyless entry to the vehicle. The rear tailgate was powered for ease of opening, and can also be opened remotely using the key fob, Hazem added.
For more information on the Range Rover Evoque, contact 1-300-1300-16 or visit

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Model: The CR-Z First ever 6-speed manual Hybrid

The engine response and motor assist of the CR-Z is finely tuned during SPORT mode. Acceleration is more powerful and steering feedback is tighter. This transmission ratio enhances Electric Power Steering (EPS) response for a sporty steering feel and improved performance. During SPORT mode, the light on the Illuminated Advance Sports Meter is red.

In NORMAL mode, there is optimum balance between driving performance and fuel economy. Likewise, the EPS response is balanced, smooth and agile. This mode is suitable for most driving situations.

The ECON mode prioritizes fuel economy over engine response. It reduces throttle response, optimises motor assist, controls the air conditioning economically and lengthens idle stops to maximize fuel efficiency. The Eco Assist function provides the driver with guidance on optimizing fuel efficiency.

  • Zerotohundred: 10 seconds
  • Top Speed: 200km/h
  • Engine: 1.5L 4-cylinder + 13bhp Electric Motor - IMA (Integrated Motor Assist)
  • Power: 122bhp / 6000 rpm
  • Redline: 6300rpm
  • Torque 128nm (6-speed manual) 123nm (CVT)
  • Weight: 1140kg
  • Fuel: 4L / 100km (6-speed manual) 4.4L / 100km (CVT)
  • Wheels: -
  • Tyres -
  • Price: RM115,000