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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!
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?
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?
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.