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Spe­cial Lambo

Dear TopGear,

What can you tell us about Lam­borgh­ini’s up­com­ing Aven­ta­dor SVJ? I hear it’s go­ing to be quite spe­cial.

– Ham­dan Az­man, Kuan­tan

Hi Ham­dan, At time of writ­ing, we know as much as you do. We know that it has de­throned the Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a Nur­bur­gring pro­duc­tion lap record of 6:44.97, so it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be one of the fastest and most pow­er­ful su­per­cars to roll out of Sant’Agata. Ex­pect the pow­er­train to be an evo­lu­tion of the one pow­er­ing the Aven­ta­dor SV, with con­firmed new fea­tures be­ing the ALA 2.0 ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics sys­tem and re­vised damp­ing and steer­ing re­sponse. We’re pretty stoked to see the real deal too!

Tax Hol­i­day

Dear TopGear,

Many car­mak­ers have said that the ze­ror­i­sa­tion of GST has de­pleted their stocks, but hardly any­one is launch­ing a new car within these three months be­fore SST is rein­tro­duced. Why not take this as an op­por­tu­nity to launch more mod­els and make more money?

– Leonard Tai, Ipoh

Hi Leonard, Many years of hard work goes into launch­ing a new car, be it in terms of its spec­i­fi­ca­tion, mar­ket­ing and pric­ing. There have been a few niche mod­els and lux­ury cars which were in­tro­duced within this pe­riod but launch­ing a high-vol­ume prod­uct would be a headache given the lim­ited time­frame for the tax hol­i­day as well as lim­i­ta­tions that might im­pede de­liv­ery. The ad­just­ment of prices once SST is rein­tro­duced is an­other headache al­to­gether that might cause more con­fu­sion amongst cus­tomers than good. Taxes af­fect car­mak­ers on a pro­duc­tion level as well, so this ‘dry spell’ isn’t en­tirely sur­pris­ing given the pa­ram­e­ters.

Why bother driv­ing?

Dear TopGear,

Read­ing last month’s cover story about the Honda Civic Type R and BMW S1000RR made me re­alise some­thing – bikes are ac­tu­ally quite cheap in Malaysia. If you ask me, the BMW S1000RR is on par with

McLaren or Fer­rari in the mo­tor­bike in­dus­try. It is one of the fastest su­per­bikes in the world right now. But in terms of price it’s cheaper than a reg­u­lar Honda Civic, not even the Type R. If I want to ex­pe­ri­ence speed and per­for­mance, I’ll just buy a bike. Don’t you agree?

– Joe Rizal, Kuala Lumpur

Hi Joe, While it’s true that the BMW S1000RR’s po­si­tion in the two-wheeled scene as a high-per­for­mance of­fer­ing is akin to a McLaren’s or a Fer­rari’s in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor, you must also con­sider that bikes are much cheaper to man­u­fac­ture than cars. Sure, the taxes are slightly dif­fer­ent for mo­tor­bikes. But on a grander scale of things, there are many things a car – reg­u­lar or high per­for­mance – can do that a mo­tor­cy­cle can’t.

That said, we do recog­nise the BMW S1000RR’s mas­sive tal­ents as a track­ready ma­chine, which is why we paired it with a sports car as iconic as the Honda Civic Type R in the first place. We did want to re­mind read­ers that if you know how to han­dle a high-pow­ered two-wheeler, you can achieve sim­i­lar if not greater thrills for less. Just re­mem­ber to take note of the gulf in safety. With lit­tle but your gear to pro­tect you in the event of an ac­ci­dent, rid­ing on a bike comes with greater risks. In any case, it’s al­ways good to en­joy driv­ing or rid­ing but be sure to do so safely.

DeLorean or Bat­mo­bile?

Dear TopGear,

What do you think is the most iconic movie car of all time? I per­son­ally love the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Fu­ture.

– Praveen J, Shah Alam

Hi Praveen, In­ter­est­ing you should ask. We might have some­thing that speaks to the movie buff in you in our next is­sue, so please keep your eyes peeled for it.

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