EPIC DRIVE: Bukit Putus

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2015

The last time where an A6 was pitted against a Cayman and a Tiguan on the stretch of Klawang, it was on the hottest summers where the grip of tarmacs was assuring. In this venture of taking on the legendary Bukit Putus, we went through sunshine, rain then the sun once more to find out what’s what. The year is now nearing the end where downpours are fashionable and the VW swapped for a Carrera S in the equation, the outcome couldn’t have been more different.

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The Cayman was fuelled with no other than juice rhyming with hell derived from the prancing horse’s formula one team. Scissor-ed out the roof liner that decided to come off on this day instead of any other day. Had its Bridgestones overly inflated to 31 and 33 PSI respectively to the front and back to keep understeer at bay based on little to no scientific research. There I was being competitive in an already exciting road trip that was about to take off.

Launching at about 4,000 rpm would get you off just about fine in the 987, any more would add seconds to your run. There were dry leaves lingered along BP which lefts our cars struggled for traction. There was a deadly turn as I entered a corner at speeds higher than I should have where a crash was almost inevitable. Fortunately, my stars were aligned to make the greatest save of the year by directing the steering to the right simultaneously generous on throttle countering the loss of control.

The A6 is just so far out of its comfort zone on such roads suffering from body roll and buckets of understeer although being in dynamic mode. On narrow strips of Bukit Putus, the A6 had to use up both lanes to iron out kinks in the corners. Having the traction control tuned to its mildest setting, tackling this route required more effort over the two breed of cars due to having a larger steering ratio which requires more turning behind the wheel. Despite that, it had more traction in situations of such (being front driven) made keeping up with the Cayman easier.

While at BP, another thing to be aware or let’s not be aware of is monkeys. There were also a good four spots that's good photography throughout the hill climb. Since Putus was a little short lived, it was pure coincidence that the N32 happened to be nearby so we headed its direction to cement our findings. Kuala Klawang was every bit as good as we remembered but Bukit Putus presented us with terrifying surprises which is no bad thing.

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As for the Carrera, life was easy with no drama in order to keep up with the other two cars. To my surprise, there was neither tyre squeals nor hint of oversteer throughout the playing chase. I’m sure it has an athlete of a chassis that goes together with clever locking differential on the job where some, including myself, may argue that the car was doing it all which robs the driving experience. Despite that, we cannot deny the fact that the other two could only dream of breaking away from the 991 in those conditions.

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Our findings were that Bukit Putus was a tight technical run while N32, Klawang (for us, at least) still is king. The existence of such roads is the reason that keeps us motivated in search of more driving roads. At the end of the day, it got me wishing I had gotten the S model which is not only more powerful but louder or a 911 for the full Porsche effect. Then again, after having a Carrera would leave you wanting for a GT3 or even an RS model.

Bukit Putus (Route 361)

Length: 6.5 kilometers

Address: 70400 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

GPS: 2.728697, 102.063100

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