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Dating a Ferrari 296 GTS in Italy, Experiencing the New Paradigm of Super Vehicles

 The opportunity to try out an open-roofed Ferrari in its home country is worth missing. After chatting and undergoing unification with him. Two words were uncovered: radical and innovation-laden. Changing the paradigm that supercars should always refer to large engine cubications and engine configurations up to 12 cylinders. But with the times, regulations and electrification trends. The manufacturer racked his brains, formulating to produce the best, yet compact-engined cars. And so, came the Ferrari 296 GTS as an answer.

Dating a Ferrari 296 GTS in Italy, Experiencing the New Paradigm of Super Vehicles

Just so you know, GTS is an acronym for Gran Turismo Spider. Above the frame sits a 3-liter engine plus induction turbo, configured with the latest V6, 120 degrees. It seems small, but make no mistake. The power released is more violent than the conventional Ferrari model, the 812 Superfast (800 PS and 718 Nm). Let's compare it with the data below.

  • Engine V6 – 120° turbo dry sump
  • Overall displacement 2,992 cm3
  • Compression ratio 9.4:1
  • High voltage battery capacity 7.45 kWh
  • Bore and stroke 88 mm x 82 mm
  • Max. power output ICE* 663 PS
  • Max. power output hybrid system 830 PS at 8.000 rpm
  • Max. torque 740 Nm at 6,250 rpm
  • Max. revs 8,500 rpm

 It can be seen that, in hybrid mode, the 296 GTS is able to put out a total power of 830 PS. According to Maranello, it provides a level of performance that was previously unthinkable, innovative, unique and exhilarating. It's not just about a strong pacemaker, it's capable of beating beyond 812 Superfast. But Ferrari wants to underscore the tradition and transformation of Maranello's latest eco-friendly engine. CO2 output based on WLTP, is only 149 g/km.

during testing in Italy. There are at least five things that are the basic factors in providing driving pleasure:

1. Lateral. The 296 GTS provides good steering circumference response. Communication between the steering wheel and the tires is perfectly intertwined. This certainly supports fun handling.

2. Longitudinal: The V6 – 120° turbo dry engine provides agile acceleration. Just imagine, shiny from 0-100 km / h is only 2.9 seconds.

3. Gear Shifting. The shifting time feels very fast. The sensation of surfing is even more delicious through the coherence of gears with the movement of teeth.

4. Braking. Braking 296 GTS is very optimal. To sigh the rate from 200-0 km/h is only about 107 meters. The stopping distance on dry roads is significantly shortened by the ABS EVO system. It also includes integration with 6w-CDS sensors. Ensuring that the braking force is more stable when invited to shoot tight.

5. Sound. The roar of the engine when the RPM is high is also round. No less than the naturally aspirated model.

Then interestingly, it can be used in eDrive mode. The car can reach speeds of up to 135 km / h without the use of ICE. Then it can cover a distance of 25 km. Enjin will support electric motors when you need more driving performance. The transition between electric and hybrid driving modes is set very smoothly. None other than to guarantee smooth and constant acceleration. As well as providing manpower as early as possible. For complete test drive results, presented in another article.

The Latest Chevrolet Trax Looks More Dashing and Modern

 Disappearing from the Indonesian market, the Chevrolet Trax does not mean it stops being offered. Most recently, Chevrolet showed a refresh of the Trax, which is slated to go on sale in the fall of next year.

This latest Trax is completely changed, both in terms of design and features. Chevrolet will offer the Trax in five variants namely LS, 1RS, LT, 2RS and Activ. Each offers a design and trim approach tailored to the needs of consumers. In addition, the latest Trax looks more modern and burly and equipped with a variety of new technologies.

The Latest Chevrolet Trax Looks More Dashing and Modern

Invisibly, the appearance is reminiscent of some modern SUV products that are already present. But this design with bold lines makes the Trax look more attractive. Especially with the Chevy bowtie design in the iconic center. This design is also slightly inspired by the design of his older brother, the Blazers. Chevrolet revealed that the latest Trax is made lower than the previous model. The shoulders look big to put forward the tough figure of a modern SUV.

Regarding the interior, trax comes with a more spacious cabin size. Chevrolet revealed the latest model is 12 percent more luggage space than the old one. This is because the wheel axis is longer with the dimensions of the vehicle body being longer and wider. The interior design of the latest Trax makes the cabin space also feel more spacious. The use of different interior material textures in each trim creates an airy cabin feel.

The plan is that the latest Trax will be equipped with Chevy Safety Assist, a kind of ADAS consisting of six safety and comfort features for the driver. There's an 8-inch and 11-inch informative head unit option, depending on the trim, which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connection capabilities as standard.

Other standard features are the presence of LED headlights, a choice of 17-inch, 18-inch or 19-inch rims, disc braking on all four wheels and the Active Noise Cancellation feature for driving comfort. There is still a start stop button, automatic climate control, wireless phone charging, and cruise control that is adaptive at the highest trim.

In addition, there are still several features such as electric parking brakes, cupholders in various corners of the cabin, front seats with heating features also on the steering wheel and rearview mirrors. Remote start features, USB to second-row charging ports, electric seat settings and a sunroof are some additional features that make the driver comfortable.

The safety technology is quite complete. As mentioned, Chevy Safety Assist is the main star. Its features include automatic emergency braking, front pedestarian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision aler, intellibeam Auto high beam control and following distance indicator. In some variants, there are additional adaptive cruise control, lane change alerts with side blind zone alerts, rear cross traffic alerts and rear park assist.

Chevrolet plans to give the Trax a 1.2L turbo engine in line three cylinders. The engine produces 137 hp and 219 Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The use of turbo technology is considered in accordance with the needs of power and maneuvering in various urban conditions.

Chevrolet Trax is planned to be sold starting at 21,495 US dollars or around Rp. 330 million. Will it arrive in Indonesia? It seems that the strategy of selling SUVs has been abandoned by Chevrolet for the Southeast Asian market. In Thailand this brand offers more Double Cabin products and light trucks as one of the transportation for businesses. However, we just pray that the public and GM fans in Indonesia can have the opportunity to have this latest model. 

Honda CB750 Hornet Officially Revealed, Check Out the Specifications

 Honda officially revealed the latest CB750 Hornet. This mid-range naked model is claimed to have a class-leading power-to-weight ratio. Although not as radical as the design sketches and scattered teasers, the new Hornet is still sharp and modern in terms of style. The unit was listed at Intermot 2022 in Cologne, Germany and was exhibited in concept status, nothing more.

Honda CB750 Hornet Officially Revealed, Check Out the Specifications

The CB750 Hornet was designed by Honda's R&D team in Rome. This unit takes elements from the Hornet model that once triumphed in the era of the 90s. The design of the fuel tank is inspired by the shape of the wasp wings. Although the initial concept and sketches are more similar to the KTM Duke, the effect looks calm in the finished product.

As previously revealed, the new Hornet is powered by a 755 cc Parallel-Twin 8-valve Unicam engine. It has a 270-degree combustion sequence and the resulting sound character mimics the V-Twin engine. The manufacturer claims a peak output of 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm. That figure is equivalent to the power of the CB650R Inline-Four. But the CB750 Hornet comes in at a lighter weight, about 26 pounds (11.7 kg). The claimed wet weight is 419 pounds (190 kg). While the peak torque is 75 Nm at 7,250 rpm.

The engine is combined with an assist and slipper clutch and a six-speed manual transmission. The CB750's Throttle-by-Wire system offers three driving modes (plus a user custom mode), a three-level traction control system, wheelie control and engine braking control. To help reduce weight, the prime mover also serves as a balance shaft.

The chassis wears an all-new steel diamond model designed to provide optimum rigidity while contributing to a relatively light weight. The front wheels are suspended by a 41 mm Showa SFF-BP inverted fork that offers a 5.1-inch main range. The rear wheels are attached to the Pro-Link's swingarm with an adjustable monoshock and provide 5.9-inch travel.

The front wheels feature a 296 mm dual disc clamped by Nissin radial-mounted four-piston calipers. While the task of braking the rear wheels is handled by a single-piston caliper with a disk of 240 mm.

Two-channel ABS comes as standard, just like the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. When traveling at speeds above 35 mph (40 km/h), the ESS turns on taillights that warn other road users of sudden stops.

The cockpit section has a full-color 5-inch TFT display instrument panel. It offers a choice of four display types. There are speedometers and tachometers, fuel gauges, gear indicators and other data related to electronics.

Hornet is also equipped with a Honda Smartphone Voice Control system to enable voice management of phone calls, messages, music and navigation. The system works with a headset mounted on the helmet and is connected via Bluetooth with Android and iOS phones.

Other features include a USB type-C port, a seat height of 31.3 inches (840 mm), and an automatic turn signal. Honda also offers a number of accessories that can be purchased a la carte, or in three packages. The Sport Pack includes a quickshifter, fly screen, rear seat cover and an upgraded footrest. The Style Pack has an end bar, handlebar top clamp, tank bearings, wheel stripes, and impact protection. The Touring package adds a pannier, a tank bag, and a chair bag.

The 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet comes in four color options. Pearl Glare White and Graphite Black come with a Metallic Red Flame frame and a matching anodized red fork. Matte Iridium Grey Metallic and Mat Goldfinch Yellow options use a black frame and chrome fork tubes.

Unfortunately, the Hornet has only been confirmed for Europe so far. For the price it is said to vary by country. But generally it is around US$ 7,800 (Rp120 million).

New Ducati Panigale V4 R Officially Launched

 Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati officially launched the latest version of the Panigale V4 R sports bike on October 14, 2022. In this updated model, the bike comes with better power and stability than the previous model.

Citing ducati Global's official website, the project for the birth of the Panigale V4 R is a manufacturer's venture to offer the top portfolio of sports bikes with racing specifications but legal to use on the road. As is known, the R version of the Panigale V4 uses a more rigid chassis, more powerful engine calibration, the use of Ohlins suspension, and a brake package from Brembo.

New Ducati Panigale V4 R Officially Launched

In terms of appearance, we can see that the shape of the latest Panigale V4 R is not much different from the previous model. He is still equipped with an additional aero wing or winglet on the side of the fairing. This component is similar to that used by Alvaro Bautista, the Ducati rider in the WSBK.

However, when compared to the dimensions of the previous winglet, in this latest model, the wing component looks slimmer. While the vents at the bottom of the fairing were also updated to comply with WSBK standards.

The most significant revision is in the kitchen runway sector, the manufacturer says that in this new version the Panigale V4 R can output a maximum power of up to 218 hp at 15,500 rpm with a redline of 16,500 rpm. If you still feel lacking, just replace it with a racing exhaust and new fuel developed by Ducati, then the power will soar to 240.5 hp.

The secret to the rhino power produced by the latest Ducati Panigale V4 R is thanks to the use of a con-rod titanium gun-driller and piston components that carry Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) such as in Formula 1 and MotoGP racing bikes. The inertial force of the piston is also claimed to be reduced thanks to the geometry of the new piston, this has an impact on reducing weight by up to 2 percent from the previous concoction.

To control the power generated, this bike is equipped with 2 new riding modes, namely Full and Low. Full mode will take full power and torque off the motor, while Low mode will dampen the power to 160 horsepower and make the Panigale V4 R more benign to ride on the road.

Improvements were also made to the Engine Brake Control system, now using the Evo 2 generation which allows gear transmission adjustment to be adjusted to engine braking at level 3. Furthermore, the Quick Shifter alert is also optimized so that the gearshift is smoother when the gas is fully opened.

Revisions to the suspension area were also made, in front it was still using ohlins NPX25-30 but now the travel is increased to 5 mm. In addition, changes in the pivot position of the swingarm have an impact on the rear height of the motor which rises to 2 cm. The revision is claimed to raise the Center of Gravity (CoG) point so that the bike is more stable at high speeds either on straights or corners.

All New Honda HR-V and BR-V Receive ASEAN NCAP Highest Rating Award

 Two Honda products made in Indonesia achieved the highest score of ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia). The All New Honda HR-V and All New Honda BR-V were rewarded with the highest safety ratings from the automotive product testing agency. The award presentation was carried out by representatives of NCAP & MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research), last October 15, 2022 in Nusa Dua, Bali.

All New Honda HR-V and BR-V Receive ASEAN NCAP Highest Rating Award

For those who don't know what ASEAN NCAP is. This is an assessment program for automotive products, especially new cars in the Southeast Asian region. The program aims to evaluate vehicle safety standards, increase consumer awareness and drive the market for safer vehicles in the Southeast Asian region. The crash test conducted is a form of collaboration between ASEAN NCAP and the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI). Usually testing is carried out after mass production of the model begins.

Testing there are several stages. The first frontal offset impact test was carried out using a crash test doll in the driver's and front passenger's seat and two child dolls on the Child Restraint System (CRS) in the back seat. The collision test speed is 64 km/h when it hits a collision barrier that uses aluminum and can be destroyed. Next is the Side Impact test. This is done by installing a crash test doll in the driver's seat and two child dolls on the CRS in the back seat. The Moving Deformable Barrier (MDB) approached the situationally tested car at a speed of 50 km/h.

As a result the All new HR-V scored 81.38 out of 100 and was entitled to five stars in the safety level rating. All New BR-V managed to achieve a total score of 77.02 out of 100 and was entitled to the highest rating rating of five stars.

Honda products are not only this time getting a five-star rating from ASEAN NCAP. Last January, he won six awards at the crash test institute's 10th anniversary celebration. Honda earned The Most 5-Star Car 2012-20167 (Adult Occupant Protection) as well as Best Road Safety Partner for the Honda brand. The 2017-2020 Best Forward Facing Child Occupant Protection Award was also given to the Honda Accord, safety technology award for the All new Honda Civic, excelllent award-consistent 5-star for the Honda City sedan third to fifth generation and the ninth to eleventh generation Honda Civic.

Honda became the manufacturer that won the most awards from ASEAN NCAP during these 10 years. From 2012 to 2022, there have been nine Honda models tested for safety levels, namely the Honda City, Civic, CR-V, Jazz, HR-V, Brio, Brio Amaze and Accord.

The All New HR-V was introduced in Southeast Asia in November 2021. In Indonesia, it launched in March 2022 and is currently sold in nine ASEAN countries with total sales of more than 25,000 units. The All New BR-V was first launched in Indonesia in September 2021 and went on sale in January 2022. Since March 2022, it has also been exported to various countries ranging from the Caribbean Islands, Thailand and South Africa, a total of 2,671 units until last September.

Honda also provides Honda Sensing safety features on both models. This is a futuristic technology to guide the driving system by using a front wide view camera located on the windshield of the car. This feature provides awareness in driving conditions to the situation around the vehicle such as other cars, motorcycles, to pedestrians. This technology supports drivers to avoid reducing the risk of accidents. In addition, there are still Honda LaneWatch features, multi-angle rearview camera, walk away autolock, front passenger & rear seat belt reminder and rear seat reminder
 

Avenger, the First Pure Electric Car from Jeep

 The Paris Motor Show auto show officially started on Monday (10/17/2022). This biennial auto show in Paris is an event for the introduction of a variety of the latest automotive products on a global scale. One of those who took advantage of this event was Jeep which introduced the latest Avenger product. This is the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) product from the manufacturer from the United States. The design is very Jeep, burly and distinctive all-terrain vehicles, and is also offered with a variety of capabilities, functionality and technology for enthusiasts.

Avenger, the First Pure Electric Car from Jeep

The latest Jeep Avenger shows the brand's important steps as the first product of electric vehicles to be introduced in continental Europe. This demonstrates Jeep's ability to embrace the European market and we are showing it as the greatest product from Jeep to be the choice in the B-SUV segment," said Christian Meunier, CEO of Jeep in a statement.

When it comes to design, the Avenger still carries Jeep DNA in its form. The front shows the iconic 7-line grille, now changing from vertical to horizontal as a form of functionality and efficiency. A slightly bent front grille protects against impact. The large fenders showcase classic Jeep design elements and provide an aura of power and toughness

On the side, the trapezoid wheel arch provides maximum wheel motion capability for articulation. The use of 18-inch diamond cut finish rims makes the dashing impression even thicker. At the rear, there is a stop lamp with a classic "X" design like a gasoline jerry can on a classic Jeep.

Going inside, the latest Jeep Avenger offers a clean and sturdy design inspired by the Wrangler model. The dashboard design uses one horizontal line, including air conditioning air ducts and a 10.25-inch touch screen in the middle that makes it easy for both the driver and passengers. This head unit is equipped with Android Auto and Apple Carplay mobile phone connection features, as well as the Jeep Mobile App application to be able to find out the location of the vehicle, battery level, and voice commands. This dashboard is placed a bit low to show the wide viewing space as well as the large amount of storage space.

Premium leather is used in the seats as well as some details in the interior. There are ambient lights of various colors to reduce eye fatigue during night driving as well as additional comfort from the sunroof. There is a variety of storage spaces around the cabin including 380 liters of luggage with easy access to luggage.

The Avenger uses the latest drive technology that combines an electric motor with a battery. This source of power is the product of Emotors, a company resulting from the collaboration of Stellantis and Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding. Power of 400 volts helps to produce energy of 115 kW with a power production of 150 tk with a torque of 260 Nm.

Stellantis's 54 kW battery uses NMC 811 Lithium-ion material with 17 modules and 102 cells. This battery is able to drive the vehicle up to 400 kilometers based on WLTP testing which makes it able to run as far as 550 kilometers if using urban cycle calculations. Stellantis is very proud of this battery because it has been tested for 2 million kilometers and has a compact shape and is located under the first and second row seats and in the middle of the vehicle. This battery has been protected by the bottom to be safe to carry off road activities coupled with a ground clearance of 200 mm.

Charging the Avenger is pretty straightforward. Through a power source of 100 kW Mode 4 aka fast charging, charging for three minutes can bring 30 kilometers of kendarana. For 24 minutes of charging it can charge the battery from 20 percent to 80 percent. Through the wallbox or 11 kW Mode 3 power flow, it can charge from 0 percent to 100 percent in just 5.5 hours.

Interestingly, the Avenger is not equipped with 4-wheel drive like most Jeep models. But its capabilities are guaranteed like an all-terrain vehicle. Even though it is front-drive, Jeep provides Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control features to make it easier to pass various obstacles. This Select-Terrain system has six choices of driving modes, namely Normal, Eco, Sport, Snow, Mud and Sand.

Regarding other features, the Jeep Avenger has been equipped with safety features such as lane centering, and adaptive cruise control. There are also traffic hour assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cycling recognition features, drowsy driver alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and 360 degree parking sensors with. active park assist also 180 degree rear camera with drove view.

Jeep offers the Avenger 1st edition to celebrate the presence of the bev's first product with two colors, namely Sun with Volcano Rood and Granite with Volcano roof. The 18-inch rims are also LED lighting is one of the main points of this inaugural version. Jeep also offers more than 100 accessories for customization for consumers who want to be different.

The Jeep Avenger is planned to be produced at the Tychy Plant, Poland, which has been established since 1972. This model will officially arrive in 2023 and is eyeing the B-SUV segment of continental Europe which has increased by 2.2 million units of sales. The Avenger will be positioned under the Renegade model to complement the Jeep product selection.

About to Launch, Check Out the Design of toyota Innova Zenix

 The latest generation of Toyota Innova will undoubtedly launch in Indonesia soon. From the salesperson's information, it's around November 2022. The focal point of change is innovation in all aspects. Starting from the design of the inner body, engine, to the improvement of features. A new name was prepared with zenix affixes. There is no information on whether the deer's nomenclature will be used again or not.

About to Launch, Check Out the Design of toyota Innova Zenix

From the dimensions, it is certain that the Innova Zenix is getting bigger. In comparison, the latest Toyota Kijang Innova has a length of 4,735 mm, a width of 1,830 mm, a height of 1,795 mm, a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. It is quite possible that dimensions and wheelbase are augmented. The wheelbase can be 2,850 mm to make the car more spacious, then increase comfort.

The frame construction, will switch from a ladder frame model to a monocoque, using a TNGA structure. Like other toyota new models. Regarding the design of the engine compartment, the focus of component placement is lower in an increasingly compact space. So that it can improve security and safety thanks to clearer forward visibility.

This approach also helps to lower the car's center of gravity, in an effort to improve stability. Including, improving the taste of fun to drive. With the new platform, it also creates its own challenges for Toyota designers. Of course, in creating a car with a fresh, unique, lower posture. Also interesting proportions because the construction of the chassis puts forward elements that are comfortable to drive. Undoubtedly the form of Innova Zenix like rendering is circulating on social networks. Like it or not, it's a personal taste.

Adjusting the platform, Zenix's Innova damping system will also change. In the current model, the front suspension uses a Double Wishbone with Coil Spring Stabilizer then behind the 4-Link with Coil Spring and Lateral Road. As the chassis became a monocoque, the array alternated with a MacPherson Strut at the front and a Torsion Beam at the rear wheels. The braking system already uses discs on each wheel.

The Innova Zenix Hybrid version will combine a 2.0-liter engine, an electric motor and lithium-ion battery support. The figure of power and torque is not yet known. But it is believed that there is an increase. Likewise, the conventional trim remains the same gasoline engine. But no longer use conventional 6-speed transmission. Instead it is a CVT and front drive type. Will the performance make you disappointed? Not necessarily either. Look at the Toyota Alphard trim G and X and then the Voxy using a CVT is never a problem. The distribution is the same to the front wheels. Finally, the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) and T Intouch features as telematics technology are certain to be embedded. Wait for the next update of information at OTO Media Group.