Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Best Performance Car in Malaysia 2008

Honda Civic Type R 1
1. Guess what is the best performance car in Malaysia? Among those listed by New Straits Times (NST) are Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai Coupe FX, Mazda MX-5, Peugeot 207CC, Peugeot 308GT, Renault Clio RS, Renault Megane CC, Renault Megane R26, Volkswagen Eos and Volkswagen Polo GTI. Pick your desired car before I tell you about the winner. For your information, I currently drive Used 2003 Honda Civics. Thus, you might tell me that I'm bias.

2. Truly, I'm not that bias as the judges were not me. Anyway, the NST judges ran riot with the Performance Cars, nominating a total of 17 cars split over 2 categories, while Autocar ASEAN (AA) only named the BMW M3, the Honda Civic Type R and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in the Performance Car category. The Honda’s double victory is well deserved.

Honda Civic Type R 23. To quote a line from AA, “The New Honda Civic Type R engine is a modern work of automotive art and the focus on performance is second to none. For those strengths and for having the guts to sell such an extreme product to the public, Honda deserves to be rewarded in this category.”

4. We can see from the list of nominations, that the NST team of judges had a lot of performance-oriented judges compared to AA’s panel whose opinions are more consumer oriented. No criticism to either on that count, but some of the NST panel’s nominees in segment are questionable, such as the Hyundai Coupe, 207CC, Megane CC, Eos and SLK200.

5. If you think of it, the Audi TT - the lower end versions - isn’t the last word in performance either. These cars are more show than go, though the eventual choices of the Type R and M3 were spot on.

6. After this, it is time for me to look for Used 2006 Honda Civics. Buying new Honda Civic is not an option. (I broke!) LOL

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