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McLaren has fi­nally done it. It has cashed in on the name­plate it has been hold­ing onto for over two decades by rolling out what must be the finest car from Wok­ing in the fore­see­able fu­ture. And while the brand lacked of­fi­cial sales rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Malaysia at time of writ­ing, any­one who loves cars enough to spend RM10 on this mag­a­zine will know that a car named af­ter the great Ayr­ton Senna is some­thing worth a good, long read.

In this month’s cover story on Page 74, our lucky col­leagues in Europe take the McLaren Senna on a trip down mem­ory lane, trac­ing the tyre marks of the Brazil­ian For­mula One ace from Es­to­ril to Monaco – a fit­ting trib­ute to the man af­ter whom the 789bhp hy­per­car is named.

Team Malaysia didn’t have it that bad ei­ther.

This is­sue’s Drives sec­tion opens on Page 38 with a re­view of the Fer­rari GTC4Lusso T, with which Thoriq Azmi clearly had lots of fun if you’ve checked out our In­sta­gram sto­ries. We’ve fea­tured the V12 ver­sion of Fer­rari’s po­lar­is­ing four-seater on Malaysian roads be­fore, but the tur­bocharged V8 makes a strong case for be­ing the bet­ter ev­ery­day su­per­car. Thoriq’s re­view of the BMW R nineT Ur­ban G/S on Page 63 is worth a look too. Don’t worry, the bike it­self is much more el­e­gant than its name – how the BMW Mo­tor­rad board even ap­proved it is sim­ply be­yond us.

My port­fo­lio for Septem­ber seems fo­cussed on the Volk­swa­gen Group. But I’ve had the luck of the draw as well, kick­ing off with the multi-tal­ented Mk7.5 Golf R (Page 56) be­fore clos­ing with a pad­dock full of Porsches, from the diminu­tive 718 Cayman GTS to the ear-split­ting 911 GT3, on Page 134. The ex­pen­sive fleet was brought in for the Porsche Me­dia Driv­ing Academy pro­gramme and, having com­pleted it, I can proudly claim to be pro­fes­sion­ally trained to drive cars I can’t af­ford. Now that’s go­ing into my CV…

As you’re read­ing this, car­mak­ers in Malaysia should be scram­bling with the rein­tro­duc­tion of the Sales and Ser­vices Tax (SST), which ef­fec­tively re­places the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) this month. Did you pur­chase a new car dur­ing the tax hol­i­day or are you still hold­ing out for the right set of wheels, SST not­with­stand­ing? We’d cer­tainly like to hear your ex­pe­ri­ences, so please write in.

Un­til next month, drive safe and en­joy the is­sue.

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