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Porsche Taycan GTS Debuts in Los Angeles – Now With Sport Turismo Wagon Body; up to 504 Km Range WLTP

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The Porsche Taycan line-up grows by one more version and bodystyle with the debut of the Taycan GTS at the Los Angeles Auto Show, along with the Sport Turismo body; visually a more road-focused version of the Cross Turismo, without the black bodywork cladding and the 20-30 mm gain in ride height.

Long-roof practicality comes to the Sport Turismo bodystyle as on the Cross Turismo, albeit without that car’s off-roading vehicle design cues. The more accommodating bodyshell brings 45 mm more rear occupant headroom compared to that in the fastback Taycan, with a luggage capacity of up to 1,212 litres in the back and 84 litres in the front.

The Taycan GTS can be optionally specified with a Sunshine Control-equipped panoramic roof, which employs electrically switchable liquid crystal film to change the opacity of the glass from clear to matte; this shields occupants from glare without darkening the interior, says Porsche. The roof can be darkened in nine segments, a world first, and in different, predefined patterns that can be narrow or wide.



The exterior receives the established GTS visual norm of black trim detailing, such as on the front apron, window trim, exterior mirror bases as well as in the cabin with black Race-Tex upholstery that is matched with brushed aluminium interior trim pack finished in a black anodised finish.

Like other models in the Porsche stable with the GTS suffix, the Taycan GTS is positioned between the 4S and Turbo/Turbo S variants, and in the case of the Taycan, an added benefit of even more efficiency with the fastback bodystyle being the first Taycan to surpass a WLTP-rated range of 500 km, with 504 km of range to be exact from the 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus specification.

As in AWD Taycan convention, the front and rear axle motors use single- and two-speed transmission respectively, and bring maximums of 598 PS and 850 Nm of torque in Launch Control mode for both bodystyles of the Taycan GTS, while regularly available power peaks at 517 PS, says Porsche.



Charging the Taycan GTS can be via DC fast charging at a maximum capacity of 270 kW, at which rate it can replenish 100 km of battery range in 4.75 minutes, or from 5-80% state of charge in 22.5 minutes. DC charging at 50 kW will yield 100 km of additional range in 26 minutes, or from 5-80% state of charge in 93 minutes. A full, zero to 100% charge through AC at 11 kW takes nine hours.

Both the fastback Taycan GTS and long-roof Sport Turismo do the sprint benchmarks of 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12 seconds and the standing quarter mile (400 m) in 11.8 seconds, and a top speed of 250 km/h. The Taycan GTS fastback has an unladen weight of 2,295 kg, while the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo weighs 2,310 kg.

Suspension layouts are double wishbones in front and multi-links at the back. The established driver-focused billing of the GTS nameplate carries on into the Taycan, where the models get GTS-specific adaptive three-chamber air suspension and PASM adaptive damping systems, as well as an optional rear-wheel steering setup that has been made even sportier. The Porsche Electric Sport Sound synthesis also gets the GTS treatment, modified to yield a richer sound.

Rolling stock for both fastback and long-roofed versions of the Taycan GTS are 20-inch alloys shod in tyres measuring 245/45 in front and 285/40 at the back, housing brakes that are six-piston monobloc calipers on 390 mm cast-iron discs in front, and four-piston monobloc calipers on 358 mm cast-iron discs at the back.

The standard 20-inch wheel set is of the Taycan Turbo S Aero Design, while the optional 21-inch set is the new RS Spyder design.

Both bodystyles will arrive at dealers in Europe in the northern hemisphere spring of 2022. Pricing for the Porsche Taycan GTS and Taycan GTS Sport Turismo start from 131,834 euros (RM622,982) and 132,786 euros (RM627,481) respectively in Germany.


















































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AD: Double Your Joy With Amazing Prizes Including a BMW G310R With a New BMW From Millennium Welt!

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Congratulations, you made it to the end of the year! There has been no shortage of challenges, but you have managed to face them, and now is the time that you reward yourself. Nothing else says success quite like a new BMW, and Millennium Welt is sweetening the deal with its year-end sales campaign.

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2022 Mazda BT-50 Pick-up Truck and MX-30 EV or CX-30 CKD Coming to Malaysia Soon – Preview on Nov 29

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Mazda distributor Bermaz has released a teaser of two upcoming models, which it will preview on November 29. The sole image only shows silhouettes of the new cars, but we can see that they are an SUV of some kind as well as a pick-up truck.

The identity of the pick-up is pretty obvious, because Mazda makes only one – it’s the new BT-50, based on the latest Isuzu D-Max. It has a unique exterior design but shares the same cabin and mechanicals as its sibling, including the 150 PS 1.9 litre and 190 PS 3.0 litre turbodiesel engines and six-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.

It’s the unknown SUV that’s a little harder to discern. The shape appears to belong to the CX-30 at first glance (Bermaz is working on CKD local assembly for the car, after all), but look closely at the rear end and you’ll see a tiny bump reminiscent of a round taillight – exactly like the ones on the MX-30.

This makes sense, given that the electric vehicle was due to be launched before the CKD CX-30, alongside the BT-50. In fact, the MX-30 was supposed to have arrived in Malaysia more than a year ago in October 2020, but the timeline has obviously been shifted, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


More recently, a Maybank Investment Bank research article reiterated that the MX-30 will be coming, subject to Mazda’s approval and the government’s EV policy (which has since been revealed). It also confirmed that the car will be introduced in fully electric form, rather than the mild hybrid model also available in certain markets. To recap, the MX-30 EV is powered by a 145 PS front motor, juiced by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver range of 200 km on the WLTP cycle.

Don’t discount the CKD CX-30, however – last we checked, production of the crossover was due to start in December ahead of the 2022 on-sale date. Expect the car to be offered with the same range of engines – a 164 PS 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G petrol four-cylinder and a 116 PS 1.8 litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel.

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Selangor Aiming to Install 10,000 EV Charging Stations by 2025 – First 1,000 Units Expected to Be Ready in 2022

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The Selangor state government has announced it is aiming to install 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state by 2025, with the first 1,000 stations expected to be ready next year, according to the Selangor Journal.

The ambitious plan was outlined by Selangor MB Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari earlier today. Speaking at the tabling of the 2022 Selangor Budget at the state legislative assembly, he said the state is looking to pioneer EV usage, and the development of a charging infrastructure would help expand that scope in faster fashion.

Amirudin said that the state government and private parties would collaborate on the project, which will involve an investment value of RM10 million. It was not detailed what type of chargers would be utilised or what rates, if any, consumers would be expected to pay for charging.

He did however say that incentives would be provided to businesses and industries that invest in EV infrastructure projects, and there would be no public parking charges imposed on EVs next year. “The incentives include a reduction of business fees and assessment tax. Apart from that, parking fees which come under the jurisdiction of the local authorities will also be waived for EV users in 2022,” he explained.

The state’s plan to develop an EV charging infrastructure sounds timely, given the upcoming EV push announced by the government during Budget 2022. In the outlined plan, EVs are set to be completely exempt from import duty, excise duty, sales tax as well as road tax for a period of two years, starting from January 1, 2022.

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