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.