From hard to soft and slick to ribbed, you are never short of tyre choices when shopping for a new set. While tyres vary in size and performance between manufacturers, there’s one brand that has had a foothold in producing race winning performance tyres for more than half a century.
The requirements for road tyres and race tyres vary dramatically in their requirements. While race tyres are meant to maintain performance integrity for just a couple of laps, road tyres have to maintain their performance over two or three years which amounts to a distance of 20,000 to 30,000kms.
Volkswagen unveiled one of the sportiest all-round cars in the compact class: the Golf R Estate. This new car fuses the high performance, driveability and comfort of the Golf R hatchback, which was launched in March this year, with the spacious boot of the Golf Estate; this is the first time that the Golf R has been developed in an estate body style.
Like the hatchback, the Golf R Estate is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine which develops 300 PS from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm. Maximum torque of 380 Nm is available from just 1,800 rpm right up to 5,500 rpm and is channelled via a standard 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) to the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Distribution of the power across all four wheels guarantees maximum traction, performance and active safety.
Mazda revealed the all-new Mazda CX-3 to the world in a special event on the eve of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new crossover SUV is the fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles to feature the full suite of the company’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology along with a stylish KODO – Soul of Motion design. With the global market launch set for Japan in spring 2015, the CX-3 is set to become a core member of Mazda’s model line-up.
All models will have a choice of three engines: the petrol SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre in two power versions and the new SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre clean diesel. Six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic and SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions will be offered either in front-wheel drive format or with Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel drive system.
Lewis Hamilton is the 2014 F1 World Champion! After a relatively unremarkable qualifying, he had to settle for P2 on the grid. His W05 proved better and more reliable than Rosberg’s, and he had an absolutely rapid start which saw him pull out a sizeable gap after just 1 corner.
Further down the field, a few drivers have had the odd contact. Magnussen and Hulkenburg were busy racing each other, so much so that Magnussen had to leave the track to avoid a crash. The stewards awarded a 5 second stop-go penalty for Hulkenburg for the move. Magnussen then had a second collision with the oversteering Sauber of Sutil, which damaged his front suspension. By this point, the hard charging Red Bulls of Vettel and Ricciardo have already made up numerous places; starting from the pit lane, the Bulls were running 17th and 18th after the first lap.
Hamilton continued to pull away from Rosberg, whilst Massa was closing down on the German as well. Eventually, Rosberg radioed in and reported a significant loss in power, which was caused by an MGU-K failure. 160 bhp down, he was quickly caught and overtaken by Massa, before his Williams teammate did exactly the same. As both Red Bulls started on the Primes, they were able to interfere with the race, with both Vettel and Ricciardo passing the strickened W05 of Rosberg.
Commuters will be able to anticipate a dramatic improvement in train services. This is a result of plans to shorten waiting times during peak hours, whilst ensuring the aged system remains reliable in a bid to reduce disruptions from as early as next year, when LTA will complete an ongoing review and announce higher operating standards for the service providers.
We can expect a fleet of new trains, numerous extensions to existing lines and the completion of all new ones; expect 83 new trains to be gradually introduced to the various MRT lines.
From the 1st of December 2014, prices of the lower grade RON95 petrol will no longer be subsidised. New prices will be determined by a managed float. This is good news for motorists, as according to domestic trade and consumer affairs minister Hasan Malek, the new pricing system should mean that RON95 petrol should be slightly lower than the current fixed price of RM2.30 (SGD$0.90) per litre.
The ruling will also allow the petrol prices to better follow the global trend. This scheme has proven successful with the higher grade petrol RON97 so far, a scheme that was put in place in July 2010.
Let me say that when I drove the current X3, I was blown away. Not only did it haul a decent amount, its dynamic abilities are far beyond what its body type and dimensions suggest. For the most part, it felt like a hopped up 3-series with the same dynamic prowess as one would expect of BMW’s best selling sedan but in a mid-size SUV.
The marketing boys in Munich must’ve seen its potential enough to apply the X6 formula to it. Applying a flamboyant roofline and calling it a Sport Activity Vehicle. In hopes that it would generate the same success as the X6 did.
The current X3 looks the part of a proper brutish mid-sized SUV that mixes equal parts elegance and broad shouldered toughness. But what the design chaps hoped for t...
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