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  • Umno MP admits to Facebook photos of Karpal in death
    Umno MP admits to Facebook photos of Karpal in death

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Under-fire Umno lawmaker Datuk Nawawi Ahmad admitted today to uploading photos of slain DAP leader, Karpal Singh on the Internet using his smartphone. The Langkawi MP... …

  • We love you, Tiger of Jelutong, grandchildren bid Karpal farewell
    We love you, Tiger of Jelutong, grandchildren bid Karpal farewell

    The late Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh was given a moving tribute and farewell by his grandchildren tonight, who vowed to take up the mantle of Tiger of Jelutong. The 11 grandchildren, aged between 1½ years and 11, showed the media a poster which they had made together. "Singh is King. We love you, Tiger of Jelutong. We will miss you. Jangan... …

  • ‘I’ll be the next Tiger of Jelutong’, says Karpal’s eldest grandson
    ‘I’ll be the next Tiger of Jelutong’, says Karpal’s eldest grandson

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — In a sign that Karpal Singh’s legacy will not be forgotten, his eldest grandson pledged today to become as fearless and dedicated a lawyer his late grandfather once was.... …

  • More seats will check gerrymandering, says opposition
    More seats will check gerrymandering, says opposition

    While Pakatan Rakyat supports the creation of more parliamentary seats in the next redelineation exercise as a means to check malapportionment, academics and non-governmental organisations have warned that it will not necessarily improve the quality of elected representatives. PAS election director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli said the opposition pact... …

  • Learner drivers can take test in auto cars from June – Bernama

    The Road Transport Department (RTD) will allow learner drivers to be tested in automatic transmission vehicles starting in June. Deputy director-general of RTD Datuk Yusoff Ayob said there had been delays in implementing the move because of technical problems involving the printing of the driving education curriculum. "The printing of the... …

  • In Karpal, slain Beng Hock’s kin saw a beacon of hope
    In Karpal, slain Beng Hock’s kin saw a beacon of hope

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The house at Number 144A Jalan Utama has seen a ceaseless stream of visitors since morning. They came from all walks of life, mostly in groups, sometimes alone to offer... …

Maserati unveiled the all-new Quattroporte at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday.  The sixth-generation Quattroporte may be more high tech but it stays true to its Maserati roots of powerful engines and large cabin luxury sports saloons.

The new Quattroporte is larger, weighs less, is more luxurious but more practical than the globally acclaimed car it replaces. It is also as fast as most two-door supercars with its 307km/h top speed.

The newly-developed direct-injection engines come in 3.8-litre V8 and 3.0-litre V6 variants, both of which are twin-turbocharged. They were designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at its Maranello plant. All versions come with ZF's latest eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Maserati Quattroporte: setting the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and luxury saloon …

The 530 bhp V8 may be the fastest four-door Maserati ever built but it is also the most powerful and the most fuel efficient with fuel consumption and emissions reduced by 20% compared to the outgoing Quattroporte. Reaching 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds easily, at its top speed of 307 km/h, it's 20 km/h faster than the existing Quattroporte Sport GT S and also capable of delivering 200 Nm more torque.

The V6 twin turbo Q4 All-Wheel Drive delivers similar performance with a top speed of 285 km/h. Unfortunately V6 Q4 models will be left hand drive only. The right hand drive markets will only have the V8 and V6 rear-wheel drives.

The “Q4” system is one of many firsts in the new Quattroporte. It's a system capable of redistributing the torque instantly from full rear wheel drive at higher speeds to a perfectly balanced 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed.

The wheelbase has been extended creating increased leg and shoulder room and boot space. The V8 also weight almost 100kg less than its predecessor.

While somethings change, somethings stay the same – the Quattroporte retains its traditionally exquisite handling thanks to its near 50:50 weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.

Also retained is the traditional hand-crafted interior though the cabin now boasts more space with four- and five-seat layouts. Traditional doesn't mean antiquated with state-of-the-art features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, adjustable pedals, reverse cameras and the optional 15-speaker, 1280 Watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi.

Back in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports saloon. Today in 2013, it still sets the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and luxury saloon comfort.

Prices start from £108,125 for the V8 and £80,070 for the V6. Delivery of the first units  begin in the summer.

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  • Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user The Malaysian Insider
    Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user

    A Barisan Nasional MP whose Facebook posting poking fun at the death of Karpal Singh shocked Malaysians has again insulted the late DAP leader, this time comparing him to a hostile figure in Islamic history who fought against Prophet Muhammad. Facebook user Shamsul Kamal Ariffin Mohd Nasir, 42, told The Malaysian Insider that Langkawi MP,... …

  • Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police The Malaysian Insider
    Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police

    Initial investigations have revealed that Karpal Singh’s Toyota Alphard crashed into a five-ton lorry in the accident yesterday that claimed his life and that of his assistant, Perak police said today. State police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani also dismissed rumours and speculation that the accident was caused by the lorry crashing... …

  • Interfaith group ‘worried’ that ex-judge can have such ‘racist’ views The Malay Mail Online
    Interfaith group ‘worried’ that ex-judge can have such ‘racist’ views

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — An interfaith group expressed shock today at the “racist” views of a former high-ranking judge who had called the presence of large Hindu and Buddhist statues in the... …