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Porsche Taycan GTS Debuts in Los Angeles – Now With Sport Turismo Wagon Body; up to 504 Km Range WLTP




The Porsche Taycan line-up grows by one more version and bodystyle with the debut of the Taycan GTS at the Los Angeles Auto Show, along with the Sport Turismo body; visually a more road-focused version of the Cross Turismo, without the black bodywork cladding and the 20-30 mm gain in ride height.

Long-roof practicality comes to the Sport Turismo bodystyle as on the Cross Turismo, albeit without that car’s off-roading vehicle design cues. The more accommodating bodyshell brings 45 mm more rear occupant headroom compared to that in the fastback Taycan, with a luggage capacity of up to 1,212 litres in the back and 84 litres in the front.

The Taycan GTS can be optionally specified with a Sunshine Control-equipped panoramic roof, which employs electrically switchable liquid crystal film to change the opacity of the glass from clear to matte; this shields occupants from glare without darkening the interior, says Porsche. The roof can be darkened in nine segments, a world first, and in different, predefined patterns that can be narrow or wide.

The exterior receives the established GTS visual norm of black trim detailing, such as on the front apron, window trim, exterior mirror bases as well as in the cabin with black Race-Tex upholstery that is matched with brushed aluminium interior trim pack finished in a black anodised finish.

Like other models in the Porsche stable with the GTS suffix, the Taycan GTS is positioned between the 4S and Turbo/Turbo S variants, and in the case of the Taycan, an added benefit of even more efficiency with the fastback bodystyle being the first Taycan to surpass a WLTP-rated range of 500 km, with 504 km of range to be exact from the 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus specification.

As in AWD Taycan convention, the front and rear axle motors use single- and two-speed transmission respectively, and bring maximums of 598 PS and 850 Nm of torque in Launch Control mode for both bodystyles of the Taycan GTS, while regularly available power peaks at 517 PS, says Porsche.

Charging the Taycan GTS can be via DC fast charging at a maximum capacity of 270 kW, at which rate it can replenish 100 km of battery range in 4.75 minutes, or from 5-80% state of charge in 22.5 minutes. DC charging at 50 kW will yield 100 km of additional range in 26 minutes, or from 5-80% state of charge in 93 minutes. A full, zero to 100% charge through AC at 11 kW takes nine hours.

Both the fastback Taycan GTS and long-roof Sport Turismo do the sprint benchmarks of 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12 seconds and the standing quarter mile (400 m) in 11.8 seconds, and a top speed of 250 km/h. The Taycan GTS fastback has an unladen weight of 2,295 kg, while the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo weighs 2,310 kg.

Suspension layouts are double wishbones in front and multi-links at the back. The established driver-focused billing of the GTS nameplate carries on into the Taycan, where the models get GTS-specific adaptive three-chamber air suspension and PASM adaptive damping systems, as well as an optional rear-wheel steering setup that has been made even sportier. The Porsche Electric Sport Sound synthesis also gets the GTS treatment, modified to yield a richer sound.

Rolling stock for both fastback and long-roofed versions of the Taycan GTS are 20-inch alloys shod in tyres measuring 245/45 in front and 285/40 at the back, housing brakes that are six-piston monobloc calipers on 390 mm cast-iron discs in front, and four-piston monobloc calipers on 358 mm cast-iron discs at the back.

The standard 20-inch wheel set is of the Taycan Turbo S Aero Design, while the optional 21-inch set is the new RS Spyder design.

Both bodystyles will arrive at dealers in Europe in the northern hemisphere spring of 2022. Pricing for the Porsche Taycan GTS and Taycan GTS Sport Turismo start from 131,834 euros (RM622,982) and 132,786 euros (RM627,481) respectively in Germany.


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DBKL Teliti Beberapa Kawasan Lain Di Sekitar Ibu Kota Sebagai Lokasi Bebas Kenderaan Seperti Jalan TAR




DBKL teliti beberapa kawasan lain di sekitar ibu kota sebagai lokasi bebas kenderaan seperti Jalan TAR

Susulan kejayaan penutupan Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) pada setiap Ahad sejak 28 Ogos lalu, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) sedang meneliti beberapa kawasan lain di ibu kota untuk dijadikan sebagai lokasi bebas kenderaan.

Antara lokasi yang dilihat berpotensi untuk mewujudkan kawasan pejalan kaki di tengah bandar adalah di sekitar Bukit Bintang, menurut Timbalan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.

“Selepas Jalan TAR, kita bercadang untuk melaksanakannya di sekitar Hotel Federal kerana kawasan itu ialah lokasi tumpuan pejalan kaki. Bagaimanapun, kita masih dalam sesi libat urus dengan pihak berkepentingan serta orang awam dan sekiranya berjaya, perkara itu akan diumumkan nanti,” katanya seperti yang dilaporkan Bernama.

Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah pula berkata pihaknya menerima maklum balas positif daripada semua pihak termasuk peniaga dan orang awam berhubung penutupan Jalan TAR pada setiap Ahad.

“Oleh itu, kita merancang untuk membawa lebih banyak program dan aktiviti untuk menjadikan tempat itu lebih meriah. Perkara ini bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah untuk dilaksanakan, jadi kita perlu mendapatkan maklum balas orang ramai bagi menyelesaikan sebarang masalah yang mungkin timbul selepas itu,” katanya.

Ledakan adrenalin dan impak maksima. Antara barisan ayat yang paling digemari apabila menggambarkan prestasi sesebuah jentera. Sebelum terlibat di dalam industri auto pada tahun 2011, dia sekadar gemar melihat sport rim tetapi kini lebih suka menerokai kehebatan sesebuah jentera itu.

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Singapore Hikes ERP Toll Rates to Ease Congestion




Singapore hikes ERP toll rates to ease congestion

Motorists who frequently drive into Singapore, do take note. Rates for electronic road pricing (ERP) in Singapore will increase by SGD$1 (RM3.22) at five expressway locations as a result of traffic build-up at various stretches of expressways in August, the city-state’s land transport authority (LTA).

The increase of rates apply to the ERP gantry on the AYE before Alexandra towards the city centre (8:30am – 9am), the set of three gantries on the AYE after Jurong Town Hall towards the city centre (5:30pm – 6pm), the set of four gantries on the southbound CTE after Braddell Road and the PIE slip road towards the southbound CTE (8:30am – 9am), two gantries on the PIE at Kallang Bahru and the slip road into Bendeemer (8:30am – 9am), and two gantries on the northbound CTE after PIE (7:30pm – 8pm).

The highest rates will be at the southbound CTE gantries, which will charge motorists SGD$4 (RM12.90) at the stipulated time between 8:30am and 9am. Before this, ERP rates were last revised in July, according to Channel News Asia.

Rates for other, previously unannounced ERP gantries and timeslots remain unchanged, according to the Singapore LTA. “With these adjustments, the number of locations and timeslots charged is still significantly lower than the number charged pre-Covid,” it said.

The land transport authority of the city-state said that it will continue to monitor traffic speeds and congestion levels closely, and determine if the electronic road pricing rates need to be adjusted further, according to the report.

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Huawei AITO M5 EV for China – 80 KWh Battery, up to 620 Km Range; Single- or Dual-motor; From RM186k




Huawei AITO M5 EV for China – 80 kWh battery, up to 620 km range; single- or dual-motor; from RM186k

Huawei has presented its first pure electric vehicle in the form of the Wenjie M5 EV, which will be sold through the company’s AITO sub-brand. The new model is essentially an all-electric version of the Wenjie M5 that made its debut last December, which itself is a modified and restyled version of the SF5 that Huawei co-developed with California-based EV maker Seres.

The AITO line-up previously featured just two models, the Wenjie M5 and the Wenjie M7, the latter being a large SUV that made its debut in July this year. Both are range-extended EVs with a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine acting as a generator to charge a 40-kWh ternary lithium-ion battery that powers single- or dual-motor setups.

Unlike its siblings, the Wenjie M5 EV does without the internal combustion engine entirely and gets a more substantial battery with an energy capacity of 80 kWh. Built on Huawei’s DriveONE platform, the base Standard Edition gets a rear-mounted electric motor rated at 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 360 Nm of torque, which is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.1 seconds.

The Standard Edition retails at 288,600 yuan (RM186,429) after subsidies, and is joined by the Performance Edition priced at 319,800 yuan (RM206,530). The premium nets you a dual-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain that is made up of a front electric motor with 224 PS (221 hp or 165 kW) and 315 Nm, while the rear motor serves up 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 360 Nm.

The added grunt means a reduced century sprint time of just 4.5 seconds, although this comes at the expense of range as the Performance Edition will do 552 km on a full charge – following the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC) – while the Standard Edition can muster 620 km. Huawei’s Dynamic Adaptive Torque System (DATS) is included with both powertrains.

According to the company, both variants of the M5 EV will take 10.5 hours to get from a 10-90% state of charge (SOC) with an AC charger with a power output of 7 kW. There’s also support for DC fast charging that will get the battery from a 30-80% SOC in just 30 minutes with a charger capable of 100 kW. China uses the GB/T connector for AC and DC charging, which looks similar to the European Type 2, but with but with different pin configurations and signalling.

In terms of dimensions, the M5 EV is slightly longer than the range extended M5 with a length of 4,785 mm (+15 mm). It also has a slightly lower height of 1,620 mm (-5 mm) but retains the same width (1,930 mm) and wheelbase (2,880 mm).

As for styling, the M5 EV’s front grille is largely closed off since it doesn’t have an engine, and the vertical LED strips on the M5 are replaced with air curtains instead. Beyond these changes, the rest of the vehicle looks pretty much identical to its range-extended stablemate.

The interior is largely the same too, although the M5 EV gets a wireless charger capable of charging two phone simultaneously on the centre console. Other tech items include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the latter powered by Harmony OS with plenty of connected features.

Equipment-wise, both variants come standard with a panoramic sunroof, LED exterior lighting, a 128-colour interior ambient lighting system, automatic climate control with a PM2.5 air filter, Nappa leather upholstery, a NFC card key, a 19-speaker sound system, six airbags and a full complement of safety and driver assistance systems (AEB, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane keep warning and assist). Wheels measures 19 inches on the base option and 20 inches on the range-topper.

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