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2023 KTM 890 Adventure Updated – Revised Suspension, Upgraded Ergonomics, “Demo” Mode

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2023 KTM 890 Adventure updated – revised suspension, upgraded ergonomics, “Demo” mode

Upgraded and revised for next year’s riding season is the 2023 KTM 890 Adventure middleweight adventure-tourer. Touted as a go anywhere, do anything in all riding conditions motorcycle, the 890 Adventure is now more rider friendly.

This comes in the form of upgraded ergonomics, where the standard seat height of 860 mm can be lowered to 840 mm, with 825 mm seat height is available with the optional Rally low saddle. A further 25 mm lower height is possible using the optional lowering kit while the two-piece seat itself is reworked for more ride comfort across long travel distances.

Revisions have also been made to the suspension, with the 43 mm diameter WP upside-down front fork now featuring rebound and compression damping adjusters on each fork leg. Meanwhile, in the rear, a re-tuned WP Apex monoshock gives 200 mm of suspension travel, rebound damping adjuster and a hand adjuster for the spring preload.

These are combined with the standard equipment Pirelli Scorpion STR tyres fitted to the 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels. For more protection when the going gets rough, a new wrap around aluminium engine guard is fitted while additional protection for the rider comes in the form of a new taller, steeper windshield taken from the KTM 450 Rally Replica.

Inside the cockpit a new 5-inch TFT-LCD display features improved functionality with each function illustrated by an infographic of the motorcycle to directly show the rider the relevant adjustment. The optional Rally display mode gives a high-contrast, minimal interface that is ideal for use in extreme locations and conditions with rear wheel slip adjustable using the cruise control buttons.

A feature on the 890 Adventure is the ‘Demo’ mode, which allows you to access all functions available including the quickshifter and cruise control for the first 1,500 kilometres. After experiencing the features, the rider can decide on purchase.

Bluetooth connectivity is also optional, allowing the rider to use KTMconnect app and the TFT-LCD screen for turn-by-turn navigation, playing music, and managing incoming calls. A new feature is the call-out function which allows the rider to store 10 numbers, and to call a number out of the last 10 calls in their phone.

Power remains the same from the KTM LC8 two-cylinder mill with a claimed output of 105 hp and 100 Nm. The 890 Adventure also comes with a 20-litre fuel tank that wraps around the sides of the engine, lowering the centre of gravity.

Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he’s a slow rider.

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 – EV Price Increased to RM297k, up RM10k; Max Claimed Range Now 496 Km

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 – EV price increased to RM297k, up RM10k; max claimed range now 496 km

The Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 AMG Line has seen a small price increase, taking the RRP to RM296,888 on-the-road without insurance. This is RM10k more than the SST-added price of RM286,888, announced in July 2022 following the end of sales tax exemption for cars. Note that this is not a new-for-2023 price; RM296,888 has been in place since September 2022.

The H243 EQA 250 AMG Line was launched back in March 2022 as Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s first full electric offering. Then, with 50% sales tax exemption for CBU imported cars, it retailed for RM278,201. Since then, MBM has introduced the EQB, EQC, EQE and EQS flagship.

No changes to the EQA’s spec and features list, but the max claimed range is now 496 km on the WLTP cycle, which is a fair bit more than the original 429 km on a single charge. Is this realistic and is it possible to even get close to the claimed range? We tried it out – watch our video review of the EQA.

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Merc’s junior EV is powered by a front-mounted electric motor with 190 PS and 375 Nm of torque, good for a 0-100 km/h time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. Powering the motor is a 66.5 kWh liquid-cooled, 420-volt lithium-ion battery.

The battery can be fully recharged in five hours and 45 minutes via the AC way (11 kW, Type 2), while DC fast charging at up to 100 kW with an appropriate charger can get the pack from a 10% to 80% state of charge (SoC) in 32 minutes.

Once again, watch the review for our take on the EQA’s charging performance. That, and the specs generally, are rather underwhelming versus the electric competition, but the EQA is nevertheless a good drive according to Hafriz Shah.

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Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Max Gets Spec Update in Malaysia – No More Solar Roof, Gains Heads-up Display?

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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Max gets spec update in Malaysia – no more solar roof, gains heads-up display?

A new batch of Hyundai Ioniq 5 Max was sighted at Hyundai Ara Damansara this week by a Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV club member. A visual inspection of the car reveals a few differences compared to the 2022 cars.

We know this is the Max spec because of the alloy wheel design that can be seen in the corner of the image, it’s the Max’s 20 inch design as opposed to the smaller 19 inch wheels of the Lite and Plus.

There are two differences with this car compared to the launch spec Max – firstly there is no longer a solar roof. Secondly, the car seems to have gained a heads-up display feature – you can see the HUD projector on the dashboard in front of the driver seat.

There are a few other updates to the Ioniq 5 that could possibly be on this car, or not. One would be a larger 77.4 kWh battery, which an updated Ioniq 5 gets in some countries. This would bring the Ioniq 5’s battery size up to match the Kia EV6.

The other possible change would be Smart Frequency Dampers (SFP) that “improve the response of front and rear axle suspensions to increase ride comfort”. Like Mercedes-Benz’s “Agility Control” dampers, they are regulated automatically instead of being able to be adjusted by the driver.

We will update accordingly if there’s any official announcement from Hyundai Sime-Darby Motor on the Ioniq 5 Max’s specs, as well as if there are any changes to the Lite and Plus specs.

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Mitsubishi Has Exported 5 Mil Vehicles From Thailand

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Mitsubishi Motors recently announced that it had passed the milestone of exporting five million vehicles from Thailand, and a ceremony was done at Laem Chabang port as the milestone batch of cars were loaded on the Monoceros Leader ship.

Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh), MMC’s local production and sales company, currently has three production plants and one engine plant in Laem Chabang in the Chonburi province. It is Mitsubishi Motors’ largest production base outside of Japan. In 2015, Mitsubishi opened an R&D proving ground in Thailand, the first such facility outside of its home country.

“Thailand is one of our most important bases, and its importance will continue to increase in the future. Reaching an export volume of five million vehicles is a step to the continuous growth and expansion of production volume in Thailand,” said Takao Kato, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors.

“We will continue to focus on Thailand as the main region that drives our activities in ASEAN countries, which are the foundation of our business. At the same time, we will contribute to the development of the automobile industry in Thailand,” he added.

MMC established a sales company in Thailand in 1961 and started production in the kingdom in 1964. In 1988, the company became the first automotive manufacturer to start exporting from Thailand. Today, MMTh exports vehicles to over 120 countries across the globe, and in 2021, approximately 90% of the 340,000 vehicles (including knockdown units for CKD elsewhere) produced in Thailand were for export.

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