DAYS OF THUNDER
Top drives to take you into the New Year – and super fast
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. www.bmwgroup.com
“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. www.lexus.com.my
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- benz.com.my.
Lexus IS 250 F-Sport