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  • 2021 Kawasaki Z H2 SE gets electronic suspension

    After a year of being on the market, Kawasaki has introduced an upgraded version of its supercharged hyper naked motorcycle, the Z H2 SE. The 2021 Kawasaki Z H2 SE now comes upgrades to the suspension and braking systems.

    For the suspension, the Z H2 SE receives Showa Skyhook semi-active electronic suspension, comprising of a Showa SFF-CA fork and Showa BFRC monoshock with Kawasaki Unitrak rising rate suspension at the back. Aside from being adjustable according the ride modes, the suspension also self-adjusts during riding for more comfort.

    In the braking department, Brembo Stylema Monobloc callipers along with a Brembo master cylinder are matched to twin 320 mm discs in front. Rear braking stays the same with 260 mm diameter brake disc and single-piston calliper.

    Aside from those performance enhancements, mechanicals on the Z H2 SE remain indexical to the base model Z H2. This includes the supercharged, inline-four-cylinder, DOHC, 998 cc engine that produces 200 hp at 11,000 rpm and 137 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm mated to a six-speed gearbox.

    In terms of the Z H2 SE’s electronics suite, the installed inertial measurement unit control (IMU) controls the Kawasaki Intelligent Brake System (KIBS) and Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC). Also part of the IMU’s arsenal is cruise control, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF) and three riding modes.

    Information on the Z H2 SE is displayed via a TFT-LCD screen that also connects to the rider’s smartphone. A quick shifter is standard fitment and LED lighting is used throughout, with the Z H2 SE’s weight claimed to be 240 kg.

  • 2021 Honda City Hatchback makes world debut in Thailand – Ultra Seats; 1.0L VTEC Turbo; from RM81k

    The new Honda City Hatchback has made its global debut in Thailand, almost exactly a year since the sedan version was launched on November 25, 2019. The shortened City has been heavily rumoured ever since patent images of the model surfaced earlier in February, with Honda Thailand only confirming its arrival earlier this month.

    For Thailand, the City Hatchback is offered in just three variants, one less than the sedan version. The base option is the S+ that is priced at 599,000 baht (RM80,776), followed by the mid-spec SV at 675,000 baht (RM91,025) and the range-topping RS at 749,000 baht (RM101,011). These prices are higher than the City sedan range, which starts at 579,500 baht (RM78,152) and peaks at 739,000 baht (RM99,662).

    No surprises when it comes to styling, as the City Hatchback gets the same front end as its sedan sibling, with an identical design for the headlamps, grille, bonnet and bumper. This continues down the vehicle’s sides, as the prominent character line running above the door handles and linking the front and rear lighting clusters remain visible.

    Moving towards the rear, the differences between the two body styles are immediately apparent (for obvious reasons). For starters, the roofline of the hatchback goes on for longer to meet a roof spoiler, which is placed above the tailgate with a steeply-raked rear window. This also sees the C-pillars take on a more upright stance, allowing space for the fuel door to be placed higher above the side character line.

    As for the rear end, the City Hatchback gets its own taillight design that is reminiscent of those on the W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, with a lighting signature similar to what you find on the sedan. Beyond that, the rear bumper features a recessed lip and much slimmer reflectors at its edges.

    Dimension-wise, the hatchback measures 4,345 mm long (4,349 mm for the RS variant), making it 208 mm shorter than the sedan, while the height is up 21 mm to 1,488 mm. No change in width and wheelbase, which remain at 1,748 mm and 2,589 mm respectively.

    On the inside, the City Hatchback is pretty much the same as its sedan sibling, with an eight-inch touchscreen Advanced Touch head unit integrated into the dashboard (RS variant only), along with large air vents. Meanwhile, the centre stack houses the controls for the air-conditioning system, a power outlet, USB ports and a small storage cubby.

    Further down, the centre console is where you’ll find two cupholders and gear lever, followed by the handbrake and more storage areas, including one under the armrest (SV and RS variants only). In front of the driver, there’s still analogue gauges with a multi-info display (MID) between then, and the steering wheel is the same with on-wheel controls.

    It isn’t just a carbon copy though, as Honda says hatchback offers more legroom than the sedan and it even comes with Ultra Seats, allowing for four rear seat arrangements – utility, long, tall and refresh modes, as the company explains.

    Under the bonnet, the City Hatchback sports the same 1.0 litre (998 cc) VTEC Turbo three-cylinder as the sedan, delivering 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. The mill, which works with E20 gasahol, is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels.

    In terms of equipment, the S+ comes with projector headlamps, a chromium front grille, 15-inch alloy wheels, a black interior, fabric seat upholstery, manual air-conditioning, keyless entry and engine start, an idling stop system, a standard head unit with four speakers and Bluetooth, four airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, ABS, EBD and Isofix child seat anchors.

    The SV adds on side mirror indicators, leather seats, single-zone automatic air-conditioning, white illumination for the MID, a centre console storage box, the aforementioned eight-inch Advanced Touch system and a multi-angle rear-view camera.

    The most expensive RS stands out in the line-up with its black front grille, shark fin antenna, tailgate spoiler, door handles, side mirror caps, rear diffuser element and fog lamp garnish. It also gets exclusive 16-inch wheels, combination suede/fabric/leather seats, paddle shifters, cruise control, red illumination for the MID, two more power outlets for rear passengers, a rear arm rest, eight speakers, Honda Connect telematics and two more airbags for a total of six.

    The City Hatchback will be available in six colours in Thailand, including Ignite Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Meteoroid Grey Metallic, Sonic Grey Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White. There’s also a range of Modulo accessories offered, with items such as rear spoiler garnish, decorative fender gills, red and blue wheel stickers, door handle protectors and a boot tray.

    So, what do you think of the City Hatchback? Do you prefer it to the sedan? There have been rumours suggesting that the fourth-gen Jazz won’t be coming to our shores, as its place will be taken by the City Hatchback instead. A prudent move? Sound off in the comments below.


  • 2021 GWM Cannon launched in Australia – better equipped than Hilux & Ranger, but much cheaper!

    Great Wall Motors has launched its all-new Cannon (loosely translated from its Chinese name Pao) pick-up truck in Australia, offering more equipment and technology than the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max, but at a fraction of their price.

    To kick things off, there are three variants available, starting with the entry-level Cannon at AUD$33,990 (RM102k). Above that is the mid-grade Cannon-L at AUD$37,990 (RM114k), and the top Cannon-X (pictured) goes for AUD$40,990 (RM123k). These are introductory drive-away prices that, on paper, match some of its more affordably-priced rivals, but the narrative changes once we go through the spec list.

    On the outside, the Cannon gets dual projector LED headlights with cornering function, LED DRLs, halogen fog lights, side steps, power adjustable door mirrors, body-coloured bumpers and wheel arches, shark fin antenna, and 18-inch wheels as standard.

    The mid-spec Cannon-L gains sports bars, a nicer dual-tone 18-inch wheels, spring-loaded tailgate, spray-coated cargo bed, cargo ladder, chrome exterior trims, roof rails, and electric folding wing mirrors. Most of these are shared with the Cannon-X, too.

    Keyless entry with push-start is standard across the board, as are the nine-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and three USB ports (two in front, one at the back).

    More expensive models get genuine leather seats (Cannon and Cannon-L get faux leather seats), 360-degree surround view camera, six-way power adjustable seats, front parking sensors, electrochromic rear view mirror, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and wireless smartphone charging tray.

    The top Cannon-X gets a seven-inch multi-info display that’s sandwiched between the two analogue gauges, whereas the Cannon and Cannon-L get a more basic 3.5-inch display. The Cannon-X also features voice recognition function, four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, and power assisted steering modes.

    For safety, all models get seven airbags (plus a centre airbag between the front seats), forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and speed alert, collision automatic unlock and fuel cut, hill start assist, and hill descent control. Nice, right?

    It’s pretty kitted out. Apparently, these features are only available on competing models priced way above the AUD$60,000 price point (RM180k), so the GWM Cannon represents immense value. To add to that, all variants get four disc brakes and electric parking brake as standard.

    Where it fall slightly short of the usual suspects is its powertrain. The Cannon is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, producing 163 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The engine features a variable geometry turbocharger, an upgraded air intake throttle, and camshaft. The purported towing capacity is 3,000 kg, but official documents seem to show a 2,250-kg cap. Average fuel consumption is rated at 9.4 litres per 100 km.

    The good news is, an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is standard. Automatic gearboxes are typically a cost option in this price point, but the Cannon comes complete with paddle shifters and a switchable four-wheel drive system, plus a rear differential lock. Each purchase is covered with a seven-year unlimited mileage warranty with five years roadside assistance.

    By the way, the GWM Cannon measures 5,410 mm in length, 1,934 mm in height, 1,886 mm in width and has a wheelbase of 3,230 mm. Ground clearance is rated at 194 mm, and its water wading depth is 500 mm. Approach and departure angles are 27 and 25 degrees respectively, with a rampover angle of 21.1 degrees. The front suspension uses a double wishbone design, while the rear gets a leaf spring setup. So, thoughts?

    GALLERY: 2021 Great Wall Pao

  • 2021 Nissan Note unveiled, only e-Power for third-gen

    Nissan has unveiled the third-generation Nissan Note in Japan, where it will go on sale from December 23. The Note – Nissan’s best-selling model in its home market – will now come exclusively with the company’s e-Power electrified powertrain. Yup, no standard petrol variants.

    “In 2016, the Note e-Power became a hot seller as soon as it started sales in Japan. With this all-new Note, we want to bring the joy of e-Power to even more customers. Once you experience e-Power, you will instantly discover why it has been well received by customers. It offers linear and exhilarating acceleration that is unique to 100% electric motor drive, but without the restraint of battery charge. This is the power of e-Power,” said Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta.

    Nissan rolled out e-Power, a unique hybrid system where the ICE never powers the wheels, with the facelifted second-gen Note in late 2016. This year, the Japanese carmaker rolled out the Kicks e-Power in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia; so far, they’ve sold 430k e-Power cars, and next up for the powertrain is Europe and China.

    The new Note comes with a second-generation e-Power system that has been “extensively redesigned and redeveloped” with “more power, a higher-quality driving experience and improved efficiency”. There’s a new electric motor and inverter. E-motor torque has been increased by 10% and output by 6% (previous-gen had 109 PS/254 Nm), and the control tech has been tuned to achieve smoother acceleration and even lower cabin noise.

    The new inverter is 40% smaller and 30% lighter. The petrol engine used to generate electrical energy is more efficient, and has increased power and better fuel economy. No engine spec mention (the old one used a 1.2L HR12DE with 79 PS/103 Nm), but Nissan says that the ICE now operates at a lower RPM and is engaged less often during a typical drive. Coupled with enhanced insulation in the vehicle body, customers will get “quietness that’s a class above typical compact cars”.

    Speaking of that, here’s a unique feature billed as a world first. In the new Note, electrical energy generation is controlled according to road conditions. When road noise increases due to surface conditions and vehicle speed, the engine switches on to charge the e-Power battery pack. This reduces the need for the engine to operate under otherwise quieter conditions. This means that you’ll notice the engine less.

    In Japan, every model has an AWD option, and the Note range will feature a “truly electric all-wheel drive model” with dual electric motors in the front and rear. The AWD variant will be revealed next month. In another first for Nissan, 1,470 MPa ultra-high tensile steel has been adopted in new Note’s chassis, contributing to both weight reduction and improved safety performance.

    With what’s under the skin covered, let’s wow at the new Note’s design, which is a huge departure from the outgoing high-roofed mini MPV. Penned according to Nissan’s latest Timeless Japanese Futurism design concept, the simple yet modern and “distinctive Japanese approach” sets the Note apart from most compact cars.

    Nissan’s signature V-motion grille forms a strong V-line under the slim headlamps. Character lines extend from the front, carving the side profile and transitioning through the horizontal rear lamps. Yokohama says that the front grille pattern draws from traditional Japanese design, and the “eyes” are four in-line LED projectors.

    The wheels are 16-inch items with an inner design reminiscent of a sword blade. There’s also a two-tone body with a “floating roof” and the rear end has Nissan spelled out. Nice and clean, and looking like a mini version of the Ariya electric SUV that was revealed in July. The Ariya, the new Z car and now this – Nissan is becoming desirable again!

    There will be 13 body colour options, including the Vivid Blue you see here and a new Opera Mauve tone specially created for the new Note.

    The minimalist dashboard features an instrument panel screen and a touchscreen head unit that’s linked in an interesting way – they’re not on the same level. The high centre console is positioned for easy access to the downsized electronic shift lever and there’s plenty of space below the flyover. Of course, there’s wireless charging.

    Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats and large armrests offer enhanced comfort, and the carmaker claims that rear space “far exceeds” segment norms, and the seatbacks recline as well.

    In the safety department, besides the now-normal driver assist tech, Nissan’s ProPilot with Navi-link syncs the active cruise control with the navigation system on highways, detecting speed limit signs to automatically adjust speed. It also uses navi data to assess the angle of upcoming bends and decelerate the car accordingly.

    In Japan, the new Nissan Note will be sold in three grades – S, F and X – priced from 2,029,500 yen (RM79,469) to 2,186,800 yen (RM85,628).

    Recap the previous-gen Note and its e-Power system that was passed over by Tan Chong. What do you think of this new Note next to the also-fresh fourth-gen Honda Jazz which by the way, will not reach our shores this time around.

    GALLERY: 2021 Nissan Note e-Power

    GALLERY: Previous-generation Nissan Note e-Power

  • DBKL parking payment – Touch ‘n Go eWallet returns

    Touch ‘n Go eWallet users will now be able to pay for Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) parking again, with the app having being reinstated as one of the means of payment for roadside parking. In late September, the city council had announced it was migrating from roadside parking machines to mobile app-based systems from October 1.

    In the switch, which was made under short notice, DBKL dropped established parking apps such as Touch ‘n Go eWallet, JomParking and Boost from its list of approved platforms for cashless payment for roadside parking, naming only four mobile app platforms – EZ Smart Park, Flexiparking, Wilayah Parking and MCash – as the only payment solution providers.

    In the case of JomParking, the move left approximately 330,000 users registered with its app stranded. Following an outcry, DBKL reinstated the mobile app for use in areas under the purview of DBKL on October 7. As of earlier this week, Touch ‘n Go has also been returned to the fold. There is however still no sign of Boost.

    While apps such as JomParking use tokens as currency in its own e-wallet, purchased via GrabPay, payment via Touch ‘n Go eWallet is made directly, deducted via the balance from the digital wallet.

  • SPYSHOTS: W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class strips camo

    The next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class will likely be unveiled sooner rather than later and these spyshots show that the W206 is almost ready for its reveal. The prototype you see here is practically finished on the outside and only carries camouflage on the front and back.

    Most evident in the photos is how similar the proportions and basic silhouette will be to the current model. As on the latest S-Class, the shoulder line has been minimised and moved further up to the window line, although the smaller model won’t get the cool retractable door handles of its larger sibling. We can also see that the bonnet of this Avantgarde model has twin bumps that are no longer limited to AMG models.

    Of course, we’ve already seen the entire front end thanks to an earlier leak, showing a face that takes after the S-Class and the facelifted E-Class. There’s a much wider six-point grille, trapezoidal headlights and a bone-shaped full-width air intake above a centre inlet. Meanwhile, the rear end is expected to come with triangular taillights that were first seen on the CLS, albeit with the number plate recess on the boot lid.

    Past spyshots have shown that the interior will also be very different compared to the current W205. Like the S-Class, there will be a freestanding instrument display and an infotainment touchscreen on a waterfall-like centre console, with air vents placed on top of the dashboard. The C-Class will get discrete climate controls, however, although it remains to be seen if a larger portrait touchscreen (which should integrate the climate controls if it were offered) will be available as an option.

    In an interview with Australia’s CarsGuide, Mercedes boss Ola Källenius said that the C-Class will be a “small S-Class”, so it should get much (if not all) of the new features. This will likely include the latest driver assistance systems, with Level 3 semi-autonomous driving already promised for the S-Class in the second half of 2021. The new augmented reality head-up display and 3D instrument display could also appear.

    As for the engines, expect the C-Class to be offered with a full four-cylinder lineup for the first time. Not only should it get the W213 facelift‘s new M254 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine and a similarly-sized OM654 turbodiesel (both with a 48-volt mild hybrid system), but even the full-fat AMG C 63 will be a four-pot instead of a V8, making do with the A 45’s M139 2.0 litre mill augmented by hybrid technology.

    We should be less than a year away from the W206’s introduction – Källenius said that the new C-Class’ introduction will be nine months behind the S-Class’, which would put it somewhere in June. Check out the renders by resident Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin to see what the car will look like.

  • Full vehicle capacity allowed for travel between green zones, police permit only needed if crossing red zone

    Malaysia has of late consistently recorded high Covid-19 numbers, but if you look beyond the headline figure, the hotspots are concentrated. Indeed, the conditional movement control order (CMCO) was recently lifted for Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu.

    The travel and tourism industry is the sector worst hit by Covid-19 and movement restrictions, and the tourism, arts and culture ministry (Motac) has come up with a “green travel bubble” plan to revive domestic tourism. Malaysians are now encouraged to cuti-cuti Malaysia, if you’re in a green zone, that is. So those in the Klang Valley will have to stay put for awhile more.

    Yesterday, the National Security Council (MKN) shared the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the domestic travel bubble, which allows people to travel from a green zone to other green zones without needing police permission. However, if you will be crossing a non-green zone to get to your destination, police permission is required.

    For the domestic travel bubble, vehicles can be at full capacity, so there’s no need to limit your holiday to three per car. However, there should be “no stopping anywhere along the journey in red or yellow zones; not at R&R, not at petrol stations,” reminded Motac minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

    For those travelling in a tour group, under a travel agency registered under Motac, individual travel permissions are not needed, as this can be made in bulk by the travel agent. The cops might need MySejahtera info, proof of accommodation and travel itinerary – all of which will be submitted by the travel agent.

    “It is the complete responsibility of the travel agencies to ensure all tourists in their groups are free from Covid-19. If there happens to be a case during the travel, then the SOP from the Health Ministry will kick in,” Nancy said.

    It has been an unprecedented year for all of us, so the year end (yes, 2020 is coming to an end, where did it all go?) is a good time for a break – go travel and explore our own country, while helping out local businesses that rely on visitors. If you can.

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid facelift debuts in Europe – larger infotainment display, expanded Toyota Safety Sense

    The eighth-generation Toyota Camry has received a mid-lifecycle facelift for 2021, after the updated D-segment sedan made its debut for the North American market in July. Shown here is the Hybrid variant, which wears similar exterior kit as that on the standard version of the United States market model.

    The Camry Hybrid features a 2.5 litre hybrid powertrain which is most likely the A25A-FXS inline-four cylinder that is paired with an electric motor like the powertrain in the pre-facelift Camry Hybrid, here with a total system output of 218 hp, according to Toyota.

    Like the American market car, the Camry facelift for Europe gets a lightly redesigned front end with a more defined front intake sculpting, along with a slightly revised upper grille section. Here, the lower grille can be had in a black or dark grey finish, while the upper grille trim can be finished in chrome or silver.

    Rolling stock for the 2021 Camry comes in a choice of 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, featuring twisted V-shaped spoke design and a machined, two-tone multi spoke design respectively. At the rear end, the 2021 Camry gets a set of revised tail lamp clusters.

    Inside, the dashboard structure has been revised to accommodate a larger, nine-inch touchscreen display which is now a floating-style item – now with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration – and which now sits above the central air-conditioning vents. The dashboard’s S-curve separation of infotainment and air-conditioning controls from the gearlever remains.

    The Europe-market Camry also gets revised leather interior upholstery in either beige or black, along with a ‘leather-like’ upholstery fabric insert panels. These are complemented by two interior trim panel choices – a Black Engineered Wood trim pattern, and a Titanium Line pattern.

    Safety equipment updates on the facelifted Camry include additions to the Pre-Collision System (PCS) feature set, which now includes daytime front-to-front oncoming vehicle detection, Emergency Steering Assist (ESA) and Intersection Turn Assistance.

    The latter warns the driver if he or she turns across an intersection in front of an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane, or a pedestrian crossing the road from the opposite direction after the turn. This system can also provide automatic braking if required.

    Additional driver assistance systems include full range adaptive cruise control and road sign assist as part of the intelligent adaptive cruise control setup, which helps the car match its preset cruising speed to posted speed limits, and to work with the Curve Speed Reduction function.

    Driving through bends is also assisted by lane trace assist (LTA) which helps keep the car centred in its lane, and will apply corrective steering if the system detects a risk of lane departure.

    Improvements to LTA include more precise lane detection, shorter reactivation times after completing a lane change, increased counter-steering angle to counteract turbulence when passing big trucks, earlier notice of a curve radius, and increased steering force to keep the LTA system active at higher speeds.

    The Toyota Camry facelift gains a new colour in its exterior paint palette, Deep Metal Grey as seen here, and the Camry Hybrid goes on sale throughout western Europe this autumn.

  • 2021 Kawasaki ZX-10RR and ZX-10R shown – 203 PS

    Covers have been taken off the 2021 Kawasaki ZX-10RR and ZX-10R superbikes with a major change in bodywork. Coming in two versions, the ZX-10R is Kawasaki’s street-going superbike while the ZX-10RR, whilst still being street-legal, is racing focused with competition grade components.

    Displacing 998 cc, the ZX-10R’s engine is now Euro 5 emissions compliant but with no loss of power from the previous generation ZX-10R. The ZX-10R makes 203 PS at 13,200 rpm and 114.9 Nm of torque at 11,400 rpm, rising to 213 PS with Ram Air.

    2021 Kawasaki ZX-10RR

    The limited edition ZX-10RR, destined for race track duty, makes 204 PS at 14,000 rpm (214 PS with Ram Air) and 111.8 Nm of torque at 11,700 rpm. For the ZX-10RR, the higher rev limit comes from the inclusion of Pankl titanium connecting rods and pistons, saving 500 grammes over the standard ZX-10R and widening the power band.

    Foregoing the use of winglets stuck on the sides of the fairing as per current superbike design trends, Kawasaki has redesigned the front cowl of the ZX-10R, integrating the winglets. This brings the looks of the ZX-10R closer to its H2 hyperbike with a central air intake and Kawasaki says the redesigned cowl helps keep the front wheel on the ground during hard acceleration.

    2021 Kawasaki ZX-10R – Lime Green/Ebony/Blizzard White

    Transmission ratios on the six-speed gearbox are revised with the first three gears shortened to provide more acceleration in the low-to-mid range, complemented by a rear sprocket that goes from 39 teeth to 41. A quick shifter is standard equipment and power delivery is managed by software including engine braking, cornering management and launch control.

    Suspension is done by Showa, with a BFF (Balance Free Front Fork) in front and BFRC lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) monoshock at the back. No change in the ZX-10R’s braking setup, with Brembo M50 Monobloc callipers on twin 330 mm discs on the front wheel and single 250 mm disc on the rear wheel.

    2021 Kawasaki ZX-10R – Flat Ebony

    Inside the cockpit, the previous monochrome LCD display with LED tachometer is brought up-to-date with a full-colour TFT-LCD screen. A full suite of riding aids comes standard with four riding modes – Sport, Road, Rain and Rider – with electronic cruise control provided standard fit-out as well as smartphone connectivity.

    Weighing in at 207 kg, there are two colour options for the 2021 Kawasaki ZX-10R – Lime Green/Ebony/Blizzard White and Flat Ebony. For the ZX-10RR, which will have a 500 unit limited production run, only one colour option is available – Lime Green.

  • Porsche Taycan RWD slides into a new Guinness World Record – longest drift with an EV at 42.171 km

    The Porsche Taycan has managed to set a new world record for the longest drift with an electric vehicle, covering a total distance of 42.171 km. This was achieved at the seventh Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) in the world at the Hockenheimring, with instructor Dennis Retera at the wheel, and verified by Guinness World Records official Joanne Brent.

    On an irrigated, 200-metre-long drift circle, Retera managed an average speed of 46 km/h, completing 210 laps in 55 minutes, only coming to a stop when the batteries were drained. The Taycan used in the record attempt was a pre-production unit equipped with a rear-wheel drive powertrain, which is currently on sale in China, but has yet to be confirmed for European markets.

    “When the driving stability programmes are switched off, a powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively via the rear wheels,” said Retera. “Sufficient power is always available. The low centre of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. The precise design of the chassis and steering allows for perfect control at all times, even when moving sideways,” he added.

    The feat certainly wasn’t easy, as Top Gear’s Chris Harris had a go before Retera and only managed an official 18 laps. “Nevertheless, it was also very tiring for me to keep my concentration high for 210 laps, especially as the irrigated asphalt of the drift circuit does not provide the same grip everywhere. I concentrated on controlling the drift with the steering – this is more efficient than using the accelerator pedal and reduces the risk of spinning,” noted Retera.

    To ensure full compliance with Guinness World Records requirements, every aspect of the attempt was meticulously documented. Before the test, a local land surveyor measured the 80-metre diameter area of the with millimetre precision, while data from GPS and yaw rate sensors within the vehicle were recorded, as was a camera installed on the roof of the track’s control tower.

    An independent expert, Denise Ritzmann, was also on-site to confirm the standard and roadworthy condition of the Taycan on behalf of testing organisation DEKRA. “You can see at a glance whether the front wheels are pointing in a different direction to the curve. As long as this is the case, the car is drifting,” she explained.

    Aside from holding the title for the world’s longest drift with an electric vehicle, the Taycan also has records in other disciplines, including a 24-hour endurance run over 3,425 km on the high-speed track in Nardo, the fastest road-legal EV on the Nurburgring Nordschleife with a time of seven minutes and 42 seconds, and 26 sprints from a standing start to 200 km/h at the airfield in Lahr.

    If you’re curious about which internal combustion engine car holds the record for the world’s longest drift, that honour belongs to the F90 BMW M5, with Danish racing driver Johan Schwartz sliding the sports sedan to 374.17 km, beating the previous record of 165.04 km set by South African motoring journalist Jesse Adams in a Toyota GT86.


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