Top drives to take you into the New Year – and su­per fast

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Bazaar - By Evanna Ramly.

A leader in high per­for­mance sedans, the BMW M5 ex­udes so­phis­ti­ca­tion and top per­for­mance through its dy­namic look, phe­nom­e­nal power, and un­ri­valled han­dling pre­ci­sion. De­sign hall­marks re­main, amped up with larger air in­lets, flared wheel arches, and aero­dy­namic side sills. Strik­ing fea­tures in­clude the re­designed kid­ney grille, with slates that cite the Dou­ble-spoke de­sign of the M light al­loy wheels, and thin LED light strips on the tail lights to blaze your style at night. But, it’s the 4.4 litre BMW V8 en­gine with M Twin­Power Turbo tech­nol­ogy that re­ally brings this car to life. Just imag­ine what you can do with the two Twin­Scroll tur­bocharg­ers, High Pre­ci­sion In­jec­tion di­rect in­jec­tion, Val­vetronic, and Dou­ble-VANOS. Priced at RM901,800 (RM986,800 for the Com­pe­ti­tion Pack­age) on the road, with­out insurance.­


“Ev­ery as­pect of the new IS has been en­gi­neered with a re­newed fo­cus on sport­ing per­for­mance, ag­ile han­dling, ac­cu­rate re­sponse to driver in­put, and highly com­mu­nica­tive feed­back,” said Datuk Is­met Suki, pres­i­dent of UMW Toy­ota Mo­tor. Un­der the hood, a 2.5litre V6 en­gine pro­vides 205hp at 6,400rpm and 252Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. Six-speed elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled trans­mis­sion of­fers se­quen­tial man­ual-shift­ing mode with rev matched down­shifts in Sport mode to re­ally sex up your drive. Priced from RM269,900 to RM333,000 for the IS 250 in­clud­ing the F-SPORT ( RM383,000 for the IS 300 hy­brid) on the road, with­out insurance.


What’s not to love about the new Mercedes E- Class? Sharply de­signed, its cul­ti­vated and el­e­gantly sporty look plants it firmly in 2014, as en­hanced com­fort and high- qual­ity ap­point­ments give mod­ern mean­ing to the mar­que’s sig­na­ture driv­ing plea­sure. Aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing, the Avant­garde range boasts flow­ing lines from bon­net to bumper, a repo­si­tioned trim that visu­ally length­ens the car, sump­tu­ous in­te­ri­ors of black ash wood, a re­vamped cen­tre con­sole as well as a new mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel. Stan­dard fea­tures with MercedesBenz, the Col­li­sion Preven­tion As­sist, At­ten­tion As­sist, and Ac­tive Park­ing As­sist con­tinue to make driv­ing a breeze even for a novice. Then there’s the BlueDirect petrol en­gine, en­gi­neered for op­ti­mum ef­fi­ciency and an eco-friendly fuel con­sump­tion of 5.8litres per 100km.

All that with at least 300Nm of torque at 1,200 – 4,000rpm and the 7G-Tronic Plus au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that will have you tear­ing up the streets in no time. The Mercedes- Benz E200 Avant­garde is priced at RM366,888, and the E250 Avant­garde at RM405,888, both on the road, with­out insurance. www.mercedes-


Lexus IS 250 F-Sport

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