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New logo used since April 2019 shown. Old logo (2018 - April 2019) here.

Established in Malaysia in 2018, Drivers.com* is an independent auto news site that focuses mostly on new releases and other auto-related news. We also provide coverage to major auto shows, such as Geneva and IAA. The news site also reviews automobiles, in no fixed dates.

* Don’t click the link m8.

Current Cars Reviews List:

Country of Origin Make Model Date Creator of Vehicle Reviewer Status
Japan Tanaka Akuma V8S MK3 2nd October @Aaron.W Me Live
Japan Tanaka Akuma V8R MK3 " @Aaron.W Me Live

Seriously, thanks for @CorsicaUnknown, @On3CherryShake, @Aaron.W and @vmo for help to make Drivers.com better. We will not reveal any writers behind any of these people however, for some reasons.


North American International Auto Show 2019
Auto Shanghai 2019
Community Redesign Centre (CRC)
Tokyo Motor Show 2019
Once More (Unto the Breach) [FINAL RESULTS]
2019 New York International Auto Show
Once More (Unto the Breach) [FINAL RESULTS]
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Be sure to check out our latest news report of this year’s NAIAS, only on Drivers.com!


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Our latest highlights for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show is here!


Martin-Wagner Auto GmbH - The Pursuit of Joy (Deprecated)
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Newsflash

First of all, sorry for the missing coverage for this year’s Geneva Auto Show, as the reporter was badly injured on a car crash on a small trip to Bern. His condition is now stable, but he’s still unable to work as of today.

(or in irl terms, uni was starting now and i’m a bit busy for doing uni things)

Also, here’s the live coverage of this year’s NYIAS, by our reporter Carol Lee!

Finally, we’re are happy to announce that we’re going to start our first-ever automobile review! This time, we got our hands on the all-new Tanaka Akuma, and the reviews will be starting this April!
(thanks for @Aaron.W for the car file!)

Stay tuned for the latest news about cars, only on Drivers.com!


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Newsflash

Firstly, Our representative Abdullah Muhammad, has done the official pre-show coverage for the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2019!

And nextly, due to the bugs happened on the Automation body for the review car, heavy schoolwork and the fact that I’m pretty sick recently I have decided to postpone the reviews for the car to next Saturday (13 April). Sorry for the inconvenience I have made.

Finally…nvm, I have nothing to say ATM right now. Enjoy a happy Wednesday, my dudes. (Or Tuesday, depending where you are)


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The show’s has started, and everyone is here! Here at Drivers.com we’re giving everyone live coverage for the NYIAS '19 by Carol Lee herself!

Also, we’re happily announce that from today on, Drivers.com will be using a new, improved logo from this day on. Here’s it. The new logo is used as an effort for modernizing the website and the company as a whole.

More updates will be coming soon!


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Entries closed.

OP

Announcement:

Until now, Drivers.com is solely run and maintained by one person, aka. myself for news, motor show coverages and the upcoming reviews. It’s not like I am not trying to maintain, but loads of personal stuff, as well as I have other things to do in Automation and of course, IRL.

Not anymore. After a long time deciding and probably some suggestions from other users, I have decided that Drivers.com is now volunteering fellow forum members to expand the scope and efficiency of the review thread!

Requirements:

It’s recommended (not required) to be a forum member for more than 3 months,
Decent skills in reviewing, blogging or anything about writing is also recommended.
In fact, if you’re interested in a kind of these things, and you’re familiar on how the site work, you’re welcome!

How to join:
PM me, or send a request on my Discord. You should post a fictional name for the request too (for show coverage and reviews). Bios for the fictional character are not required, but if you have one, you’re welcome too.

Submissions end on 1st May 2019.
I will need at most 3 people to help me for the show coverage and reviews. I may need more if there’s a bunch of good people to help me.


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Interested in reviewing cars? Want to rate or criticize other people’s works? Missed the first wave of registrations? You found the right place, fellas! The second wave of Drivers.com forum member search is now here!

Requirements

It’s recommended (not required) to be a forum member for more than 3 months,
Decent skills in reviewing, blogging or anything about writing is also recommended.
In fact, if you’re interested in a kind of these things, and you’re familiar on how the site work, you’re welcome!

How to join

PM me, or send a request on my Discord (BannedByAndroid#8899). You should post a fictional name for the request too (for show coverage and reviews)*. Bios for the fictional character are not required, but if you have one, you’re welcome too.

*Because privacy issues

Submissions end on 6th September 2019 12th September 2019. I will only search for at most one people this time. I will then decide who will be going to join our family.

NOTE: Deadline extended due to several reasons. Also dropped the limit to one because I approved someone.


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Note:

  1. This is a live review. Content will be updated regularly and may change over time until it’s finalized.
  2. And sorry for the hiatus I have made you all wait. I was pretty busy on IRL stuff, as well as other things here and everywhere else. Don’t worry, a late post is better than none. And I swear I didn’t forget about the review.
  3. Reviews are only used for references for comparison, and only represent the writer’s view. No flamewars, just suggestions or corrections.

Small details about Carol Lee herself (you can skip it and just jump in to the review)

You may know her on the car shows this year, yes, there she is, the lead editor of Drivers.com. Born in Malaysia, 27-year old Carol Lee is a professional automobile journalist as well as a grid girl and model that sometimes can be seen on many major races. She’s one of the founders of Drivers.com. A fanatic of Ursulas she currently owns a 2014 Ursula F3 300T sedan as her daily driver. Although she’s pretty talented and outspoken she isn’t the kind of girl to talk about her dreams, since she’s more of a realist herself.



Picture of her current vehicle, an 2014 Ursula F3 300T sedan (Thanks for @Aaron.W for the original design, I just changed the colour, engine tuning and other stuff on the car to make it look much better.)

Vehicle History:
(2013 - 2018) 2005 Permata Aspire 1.4 ES (Sold in 2018)
(2016 - present) 2014 Ursula F3 300T (2016 - present)



2020 Tanaka Akuma - Blazing for the Third Time


Tanaka’s latest Akuma is finally here, but the question remains, it is the halo car of the Osaka-based firm actually the halo car that everyone wanted?

Carol Lee (@Carol_Lee), 2nd October 2019




Osaka, Japan

This is Carol Lee from Drivers.com speaking, and welcome to our first ever review! If it isn’t, how am I have ended up at Tanaka’s test track in Osaka, Japan’s third largest city?

The reason why we’re here is we’re going to review the latest Akuma supercar. Yes, I’m not trying to make a bad joke here. The Akuma is still alive and kicking, and in it’s third generation, Tanaka’s prime halo car is seeking for a offense against it’s competition. So, will it be an explosion of thrill like it’s predecessors? Let’s find out.

Let’s get back to the main point. Before we start making this review, lets tell a little history of the Akuma itself. The original Akuma was launched in 2003 as the halo vehicle of Tanaka. It was pretty much a blast when it was launched. The original Akuma is really a great supercar, with excellent handling and enough performance to beat even the Italians and the Germans at the time.


Exterior

Just this year in Geneva, they decided to release a new one for the third time. The new production Tanaka Akuma, shown here, is much more bolder, aggressive and sometimes frightening than it’s predecessor as well. This can be seen from the front of the car, with LED strips tracing the sides of both the headlamps and the side vents. The rear is pretty much daunting as well, with the company clearly going for a sharper look for the car itself. Both of the exhaust pipes of the vehicle are placed on top, and there’s a spoiler, with a V8S model incorporates a smaller wing than it’s much powerful V8R brother.

And If I’m going to be really honest, I’m not really a fan of the over aggressive looks of most Tanakas these days. As much I liked most of their cars their styling are pretty much OTT recently, and sadly this generation of the Akuma is pretty easy prey for other people IRL. I miss the old days of sleeker, muted Tanakas. But hey, it’s still much, much better than the pre-production version that we saw on the show, and that is a plus for it.


Handling and Drivetrain

Inside, this mid-engined AWD supercar has a carbon-fiber chassis, which is pretty much the same as the last generation. But wait, we haven’t finished yet. The all-wheel drive supercars comes with an improved chassis and of course, pushrod suspensions on all sides. This does actually improves handling on paper, but without an engine a bare chassis isn’t going to win races.

And that’s why the engine comes to take charge of the performance department. With twin-turbochargers the Earthboost Z-Series engine can generate up to 716 hp (534 kW) in it’s most potent form that can be seen in the range-topping V8R. The result is an 2.5 seconds to 100 km/h and a 344 km/h top speed. And thanks to Earthboost we somehow can see an impressive 9.1 l/100km combined fuel economy which is crazy efficient for something like this.

The V8S has the same engine, but being the entry-level model the unit on the V8S is limited to “just” 658 hp. (Which is still enough for beating most supercars OTR) However, the V8S isn’t that much inferior, with similar 0-100km/h times and just 4 km/h slower than it’s brother. This is pretty much surprising, considering the V8S is more of a GT-like car compared to the sportier V8S.

Handling of these supercars are also improved. With a stiffer body, the sophisticated E-Diff and also that pushrod suspension I mentioned before the new Akuma is much more a better handling than before. With all those tech wouldn’t say this surprising, but if it’s not happening I would be really, really worried.


Interior

Now the interior is also much, much more comfortable than the older model, Premium leather seats, aluminum trims and improved HUD on both vehicles are making this supercar more comfortable to live in. Despite all of the interior goodies and AWD the car still manages to weigh less than 1500 kgs on both trims. Impressive. Both models is equipped with 20 inch rims, with the R currently using lower profile tyres for a more sportier ride.


Drive Test

Talks aside, let’s see how the Akuma preforms on the road.

The entry-level model comes first in our testing. I was expecting a dumbed down ride with worse handling, but no. It didn’t. Not only it feels fast, agile and precise, the Akuma V8S is pretty much a blessing on the track. Even with the horsepower deficit compared to the V8R the V8S really is a superb performer here. Sure, the heavier weight might pose a problem but despite that the V8R is an excellent balance between handling and comfort.

The Akuma’s 7-speed DCT is pretty quick and adequate for a car like this. The steering feels heavier, but that’s probably because of the hydraulic power steering, as opposed to the electric ones that some cars have. But I’m genuinely surprised that Tanaka is using it since it feels more direct and involved while turning corners. And speaking of corners, the more subtle tuning didn’t stop the V8S from being a good handling machine, and with the help of the 3-stage aero, as the car feels more stable while cornering.

Whilst I’m glad that the V8S is pretty much an unexpected surprise to drive, the more powerful, more track-focused V8R should be letting me make the same sparks like the V8S. Between the more aggressive suspension, more powerful engine and anything else, I was sure that the V8R will be a much better handler compared to it’s cheaper brother. But…not quite.

The V8R feels pretty much the same compared to the V8S. Despite it’s got better handling characteristics, I just don’t really feel the same as the V8S did. Nope, it isn’t meant to be a bad thing at all, the V8R is much better around corners, more twitchy and much more engaging than the V8S, but honestly, the V8S is just as good as it’s brother, with a better interior and a lower price. And despite having more power, the car isn’t that much better to drive, and despite the (slightly) lower weight it still feels like the same as the V8S. Even with the bigger wing, which was supposed to improve cornering, didn’t really help that much either.


Verdict

After the drive, I’m feeling that the current-gen Akuma is still a great performer like it’s older generations. Even with the days of people caring more on technology than feel of driving, the Akuma still does what it was intended to be. From the better handling and raw driving feel to the advanced chassis and improved internals, the Akuma is holding onto the spot of the greats on this decade. They cared about us petrolheads, but they also know not everyone is willing to drive a car with archaic internals and subpar handlng. And it ends up being an awesome car to drive. It’s the halo car that we defenitely wanted.

Before ending this review, I’m asking myself one question: What car should I take? The V8R is great, but honestly I still think the V8S is enough for me. No need for fancy engines or aggressive aero, what I need is a good all-around performer in every case. And with the $20K difference it isn’t worth getting the more expensive V8R if you can get the cheaper V8S that does good in most cases as well.
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2020 Tanaka Akuma

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

Thanks for @Aaron.W for providing the car files and some information about the vehicle.
As always, more reviews are coming soon!
If you have a car that you want to review then send a PM to me on here or on Discord!


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You have hit the nail on the head with this first review of yours. Keep up the good work!