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Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Welcome - Daryl Loy ED­I­TOR

I was just at the most crowded Kia show­room I’ve ever seen. Lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor Naza Kia was cel­e­brat­ing the ar­rival of the Stinger GT, which was quite the mile­stone. As the most pow­er­ful car in Kia’s line-up to date, the Stinger GT is nat­u­rally the Korean mar­que’s prici­est of­fer­ing in Malaysia. But the shoul­der-to-shoul­der ex­pe­ri­ence at the launch party sug­gested there are more minds open to the idea of a RM300k Kia than most would have pre­dicted.

A cou­ple of weeks ear­lier, I was at the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit to wit­ness 10 units of Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS be­ing de­liv­ered to their own­ers all at once. That’s over RM30mil worth of cars in a sin­gle pad­dock, not count­ing a big­ger group of Porsches that turned up for the high-oc­tane spec­ta­cle.

It wasn’t very long ago when we were in the same place wel­com­ing the first AMG mod­els to be lo­cally as­sem­bled in Malaysia, the C43 and GLC43 4Matic (see Page 144). Malaysia and Thai­land are the only two coun­tries out­side Ger­many to as­sem­ble AMG mod­els – it’s be­cause the ap­petite for old-school per­for­mance in this re­gion is real. Not con­vinced? Mercedes-Benz Malaysia sold 88 AMGs in June alone. That’s roughly one new AMG for every 20 new Mercs sold in a month.

Ob­vi­ously, the thrill of driv­ing is still some­thing most Malaysians hold dear to their hearts. So, to cel­e­brate our love for all things fast and im­prac­ti­cal, we’ve paired the Honda Civic Type R with the ridicu­lously quick BMW S1000RR for an R-rated cover story from Page 68 you prob­a­bly never saw com­ing.

Like the Stinger GT, the RM300k Civic Type R is es­sen­tially an over­priced prod­uct ex­pected to please the masses. At least that’s what the lay­man sees. But Honda has in­vested many decades into giv­ing the Type R brand its own sport­ing iden­tity, one that’s highly revered in cer­tain mo­tor­ing cir­cles. And we’re sure the Kore­ans (let’s keep our fin­gers crossed for Hyundai’s N sub-brand) can per­form sim­i­larly in due time. AMG and M weren’t in­vented overnight any­way.

As things stand, the fu­ture looks bright for these flag­bear­ers of good old, petrol-driven thrills. But the fu­ture is also elec­tric and clean in the eyes of many. Our high-oc­tane an­tics are bal­anced by the work of our UK col­leagues, who shine the light on some of the in­dus­try’s most promis­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles in ex­is­tence and un­der de­vel­op­ment to­day.

For­give us if this looks like a re­peat of the ‘saints ver­sus sin­ners’ is­sue we pub­lished in May, but the au­to­mo­tive scene is on a tech­no­log­i­cal tightrope now. We just want to con­tinue en­joy­ing the joys of driv­ing which­ever way the pole may sway.

En­joy the is­sue.

BMW S10000RR VS Honda Civic Type R

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