Friday, October 02, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Undoubtedly, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is enjoying one of its strongest years yet this 2015, and it looks like there’s no end in sight just yet, with the spotting of this new bad boy. It’s the Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe, spied once again on Malaysian roads (thanks, Fadlul Fikry and T Kana Raj!), following itsfirst local sighting at Publika just over a month ago.
Once again, we believe grey importers are most likely responsible for these units captured here, given that MBM has been open about a particular focus on what it calls its “Dream Cars” for the rest of 2015, while its market charge with SUVs has been confirmed only to begin next year instead. And even then, standard models are expected first, not AMG (or in this case, AMG Sport) ones.
Either way, MBM will at some point in the future be looking to introduce this BMW X6-fighter sometime in 2016, alongside the regular GLE-Class (BMW X5 rival, previously badged the ML), and the smaller GLC-Class (BMW X3 rival) as well.
What you’re looking at here is the top GLE Coupe model, the GLE 450 AMG Coupe. It’s the first ofMercedes-AMG’s new high performance range that’s positioned jusAMG GLE 63 Coupe. Think BMW M Performance and Audi S ranges, as opposed to the full fat M andRS models.
t under the full-on AMG models, such as thePowering this coupe-styled SUV is a 3.0 litre biturbo V6 engine that develops 367 hp at 5,500 to 6,000 rpm, and 520 Nm at 1,800 to 4,000 rpm. It’s equipped with the brand’s new 9G-Tronic nine-speed torque converter automatic transmission and a performance-oriented 4Matic all-wheel drive system that can split power between the front and rear wheels at a 40:60 bias.
Visually, the car is equipped with the AMG Sport bodykit, while passengers and drivers alike will be able to benefit from an Airmatic air suspension with variable ADS Plus damping, sports seats, and an extra Sport+ mode in the Dynamic Select system.
Tuners, you just can’t stop them – another German tuning house, Wimmer Rennsporttechnik, has come up with its reinterpretation of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate. It’s not as over-the-top a job as one expects, with performance updates consisting of a retuned ECU and a sports exhaust.
Dress-up bits on the estate, which is finished in a metallic red shade, is made up of black 19-inch BBS type CH rims, wrapped with sports tyres. The car’s original suspension, meanwhile, has been swapped out for KW coilovers. Underneath, the C 63 S receives a stainless steel catback sports exhaust system in a Y-shape
Performance-wise, no aftermarket parts have been fitted to the engine itself, but Wimmer-tuned C 63 Estate features an optimised ECU module, which bumps output on the 4.0 litre V8 twin-turbo AMG engine from the original 510 hp to a more potent 640 hp.
The company doesn’t mention how fast the modified C 63 S will achieve the century sprint, but as a reference, the “standard” C 63 S Estate completes the run in 4.1 seconds, so this one should dip well under the four-second mark. What do you think of the treatment the estate has been given?
Over in Australia, Ford is calling back a number of its third-gen Focus over an issue with the car’s front drive halfshaft. The campaign involves 4,277 units of the pre-facelift C346 built between May 21, 2013 and January 24, 2014.
In the affected cars, Ford said that it is possible that the front drive shafts fitted on these vehicles may not meet specification and could fail during initial acceleration from standstill. The automaker says that should failure occur, the car will be rendered immobile and could pose an accident hazard to both the driver and other road users.
Ford Australia said that affected owners will be contacted to arrange replacement, and advised that until the safety recall is complete, owners should avoid aggressive acceleration from standstill.
News reports indicate that the recall is part of a larger service programme exercise being carried out for 10,000 Focus models over the issue, with the remaining number having already been having had repair and replacement work done.
The pre-facelift C346 Focus sold in both the Australian (from 2012-on) and local market is assembled in Thailand, so it would be logical for MY cars to be affected as well, and they are – it turns out the shaft replacement programme also involves Malaysian market vehicles.
Ford’s ASEAN regional office in Thailand confirmed with paultan.org that 1,243 Focus vehicles in Malaysia are similarly affected, but added that an owner-notified customer satisfaction programme to replace the front drive shafts had been underway for some time, and was ongoing.
The company said Malaysian Ford dealers have been contacting remaining affected customers to schedule appointments to carry out the front drive shaft replacement work, which of course is carried out at no expense to the owner.
source from Paultan.org