Friday, July 25, 2014

Brunei Map Not GPS

Last month I drove down to Miri, Sarawak with my Jeep for a family weekend trip.  As you know, my car does come with a GPS but only problem is it doesn't has a Brunei map content.  Yes is a very funny joke from Jeep/Chrysler Group.  I hope Jeep/Chrysler will have this problem sort out soon, even with the latest software update recently the map of Brunei is still not shown.

As you can see from below,  that is the map of Miri from the Jeep GPS.  How is it our neighbouring city has their own map and we do not!

I can also check on all sort of GPS information as shown below

While on our way back near the Brunei border I took a quick picture of the Jeep GPS. The yellow patch is Brunei and you can see where the Miri map ends.

Jeep/Chrysler group if you are reading this please get the new patch or update to have Brunei map included!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Porsche 911 Turbo (964) Flat Nose - Update*

Remember last year I posted a rare Porsche 911 (930) Flat Nose?  Today I came across yet another Flat Nose variant!  This is the Porsche 911 Turbo from the 964 model, yeap the same model from Hollywood Blockbuster "Bad Boys" movie driven by Will Smith that do not have a cup holder!  What intrigue me is this particular black 964 belong to the same 930 Flat Nose owner!  And the most shocking part these cars belong to my friend! Truly took me by surprise! I was told these two rides were auctioned off from the Amedeo car yard sales a few years ago.

UPDATED* - Just found out this one if one of 76 Porsche Exclusive with optioned "Slant Nose" or flat nose.  It cost about USD$60,000 for this option on top of the car price of USD$90,000 back in the days.  Damn, the whole car costs about USD$150,000!!! Of the 76 total produced, 39 were allocated to USA, 10 to Japan and the remainig 27 to the rest of the world!!!

"Whale" tail!

Wood grain steering wheel is not my kind of taste but I won't complaint if I ever get my hands on one of these rare beauty! Although I like the red interior contrasting the black dash and door trims!

The modern Porsche 911 Turbo (997.2), one of my favorite!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Day I Test Drove The New MINI Cooper S (F56)

MINI Cooper S (F56)

Yesterday I was filled with free times so I took a drive to MINI Showroom to test drive the new MINI Cooper S that was launched not too long ago.  As usual my friendly salesperson, Virginia, was there to sort out the test drive for me.   I was planning to "thoroughly test" the car but was cut short due to the pouring sky after I received the key. So I just drove the car around the showroom area for no more then 10mins in a sensible manner.

MINI being MINI and having owned one, one would expect the usual from this new model.  However, I got a few key points to point out.  Firstly is how quiet the new 198hp turbo-charged 2.0 4 bangers is, not exactly MINI way. Second is how responsive the throttle is, an instant light tap on the pedal and you can feel the car ready to take you to the twilight zone. Third,  turbo lag is almost non-existent.  Fourth, even thought I didn't do much performance test, the gearbox was certainly a big step-up as it shift-up/down way way faster and smoother compare to the previous Gen!  Lastly, the exhaust note is intoxicating,  I was driving below 3000rpm and below 80km/hr and the exhaust note is pumping out loud pop which is very notable inside the car.  In previous Gen owner would have to activate sport button to hear the "pop" note around 3000rpm range. 

S model is fitted with LED DRL, Bi-Xenon, LED Fog lamps and LED Tail lamps!

S model comes standard with JCW Steering wheel, Pedal shifter, a large color LCD Central screen (upgradable to even larger 23cm LCD!"

JCW Steering Wheel, nice!

Sadly, the tacho meter is no longer located at the center console like previous two Gen's.  It is now relocated next to the speedo.  The fuel gauge is located on the right side.  The speedo also house a small color LCD for car information

S model comes standard with Full leather interior with Alcantara insert! Sadly MINI still hasn't consider putting electronic seats in their range!!!!!!

MINI Cooper (F56)
The Blue and White is the MINI Cooper.  A step down from Cooper S.  It is still fitted with turbo-charged 3 cylinders engine but only 1.5.  It is cheaper by $10k.  Being cheaper also means less equipment.  It doesn't come with LCD infortainment, no Pedal shifter, less leather and of course a less powerful engine.

A different front bumper as compared to S

Oh it also doesn't come with any LED for both front and rear lamps

See the tiny screen in the center console? Yeah, those are non-colored screen. LOL. Color screen is an option below S range.

Semi Clothed/Leathere

And lastly the best H2O I ever tasted

The bright orange S model is priced at BND64,000++ showroom, exlcusive of insurance. The standard S is actually quite equipped but of course you can personalize your own MINI by adding more accesories and equipment.  Draw back on that would be waiting period and price hike.  Nothing is free! If S is out of your budget maybe you can consider the non-S model or wait for MINI One that will be introduce to Brunei very soon.  That is another $10k cheaper then non-S model but is fitted with puny 1.3 3 cyclinders turbo-charged!