Thursday, 19 January 2012

Proton Exora 1.6L Campro CFE Turbo Engine


As what can we see nowdays, Proton and Perodua are very competitive to launch their new product. Just after Perodua launch it Perodua Myvi Lagi Best Lagi Power with 1.5L engine, Proton one step ahead with their latest model; Proton Exora Bold and  Exora Prime. With this variant, there will be no more complaint of this MPV of being underpowered.
CFE Turbo Engine with 0.75bar
Because of the critics, Proton has come up with a more powerful Campro 1.6L CFE bolted on with BorgWarner KP39 Low Inertia turbo charger unit.  Besides that, this engine also undergone many changes such as a lower compression ratio, new water jacket and new con-rod as well as crank shaft. This CFE (Charged Fuel Efficiency) engine gets an additional 0.75bar of boost over the atmospheric pressure after 2000rpm, which result in 13 more horsepower and 205Nm of torque from 2,000-4,000rpm compare to previous CPS engine, resulting in 138hp at 5,000rpm which is comparable with 2.0L engine. With the CVT transmission and new VVT setting, we can fell the torquey at lower rpm, together with smooth power delivery.  As what was mention by the writer of Car Bikers Trucks (CBT) Hezeri Samsuri article's on 8 Jan 2012 said, they were able to push the speedo up to 190km/h with seven occupants on a private road.

Interior Exora Prime
 Because of the increase in the power, Proton will never take for granted about the safety and handling. twin SRS airbag, pre-tensioner seat-belt, ABS as well as EBD. Proton also has improved it suspension and brakes, as a proove the wider tyres installed is 205/55/R16. The fuel consumpation remain in acceptable range that is 8.3L/100km in 90km/h a litte bit higher than normal Campro CPS considering the amount of extra power you get from the CFE engine. But fuel usage can be as low as 7.8L/100km if you drive gently with the accelerator.
While the interior, proton also has change the seat cover with the darker shade of plastics and higher  grade of leather, DVD player and air-con vents for all rows. The higher specced Prime will get a six-seater layout which the second row gets a pair of seat, LCD monitor on the back of both front seat, and reverse camera in  which the image from the rear camera can be seen through the rear-view mirror.

LCD screen behind front seat rear passanger. In the picture (Right) is Exora Bold middle row seat, while Exora Prime only 2 seater, Design as captain seat.
 So, if you can't wait to drive and owned this MPV, go to the nearest Proton showroom. But if you want more stylish appearance of your Exora, maybe you need to wait 3-6month before proton launch its Exora CFE facelift models, but I just say "Maybe". There is a possibility that the 1.6 Campro CFE turbo engine to be fitted into Persona and Satria Neo engine bay, and the Proton new-born-to-be model that was  only known as P3-21A code, in which the design was taken from the concept car "Tuah" shown during the KL International Motor Show 2010.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Tips: Driving in Rainy Days

Most of the accident usually happen during the rainy days. Sometimes the small thing or small mistakes may cause us to lost thousand of dollars and even lost of life. Here are some tips before and during driving in the rain or wet roads.

  • Check the tire tread, make sure in good condition.  Bald tire can cause we loose control of the vehicle especially during cornering or through the waterlogged road surface.
  • Change wiper blade if the wiper cannot wipes water at the windscreen neatly. 
  • Check the windscreen wiper sprayer water tank. Very important to help the wiper wipes the windscreen especially when tailgating other car while the rain stop but the road still wet.
  • Also recommended to apply a liquid that allows water to flow smoothly through the car windscreen such as "Rain Act" that makes clear vision during bad weather. 
  • Never tailgating the car in front too close. Keep a safe distance for braking in event of an emergency. Remember that braking (emergency brake) on the wet road need extra distance to stop compared to dry road.
  • Switch ON small light if the rain is not heavy but the weather is getting dark. Turn the head lamp on if the rain getting heavy to tell the incoming car about your appearance. There is a case that the driver assume that there was no car from the incoming side during heavy rain and visibility turn almost 50%, but when he overtake, Suddenly there was a car appear in front of him without switch on the head lamp. Both of the car badly wreck.
  • Morale of the store above, never overtake unless you are very sure it is save to overtake.
  • Be careful when driving through the waterlogged road, there maybe a potholes. If can, avoid it.
  • Be careful when approaching the frequently floods area.
  • Pay full attention to your driving, if can, avoid using your cellphone and changing CD's for music.
  • Switch your wiper speed according to the rain condition for more visibility. The more faster your wiper move, mean that there is a need to slow down your vehicle.

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