Ashraaq Wahab

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Ashraaq has always been fascinated by things that go. He's intensely passionate about cars and trains, and has a keen interest in aviation too. He dabbled in the marine sector for a bit but found ships to be too slow. He's happiest when behind the wheel of a vehicle on a test drive for a feature. Coming from a Marketing and Management background, automotive journalism and writing has been a satisfying career shift for him. Ashraaq's also a collector of model cars and trains, dabbles in vintage hi-fi (particularly vinyl and CD) and is perpetually on a 'see-food' diet.

Author's Latest Articles

Cars

2022 Proton Saga

On 9th July 1985, the first Proton Saga entered the Malaysian car market. The brainchild of Dr. Mahathir Mohamed, then-Minister of Trade and Industry, he envisioned a national automaker for Malaysia, and Proton was born. The Saga was its first product, based on the 1983 Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore, and ...

Cars

2018 Audi A5 Coupe

Audi’s been banging out the A5 since 2007, as part of their range-plugging drive. In fact, as of 2022, you can buy an Audi from A1 to A8, save for A2, but I’m sure they will plug that in time to come. The A5 was introduced as a compact executive car, for those who wanted a more stylish A4, as we...

Cars

1999 Peugeot 406 Coupe

At first glance, you might wonder what’s so special about a 406 Coupe. Yes, Peugeot made a 406 sedan and estate too and yes, we have a fair bit of sedans running around in Sri Lanka. So it seems natural that there’d be a coupe variant of this European mid-sizer. Here’s what you need to know ab...

Cars

MR2 that eats Porsches for breakfast!

The Toyota MR2 has been on Shirendra Lawrence’s bucket list ever since he saw the model brand-new in UK while pursuing his higher studies. At the time, this two-seat mid-engined Japanese thing represented a futuristic yet attainable option in the UK. However, as a student struggling on a budget, a...

Past Blast

1946 MG TC

British automaker MG is over 100 years old. Founded in 1920 by Cecil Kimber to make two-seat sports cars, the company has come a long way and is currently owned by China’s SAIC Motor Corporation Limited and venturing into electric mobility for the 21st century. Let’s take a trip down memory lane...

Cars

2000 Mitsubishi Verada

If you were a pre-teen kid around the turn of the millennium, like me, you would have noticed quite a bit of Mitsubishi advertising in Sri Lanka, courtesy United Motors. Leaf through the newspapers and ads for the New Lancer (CK-series at the time) popped up. Turn on the TV at prime-time and you cou...

Cars

1970 Ford Cortina 1600GT

Cars produced by Ford of Britain and Ford of America were like chalk and cheese – and still remain somewhat to this day. Whilst North American Fords tend to be larger, with beefier engines and less of a focus on fuel economy, those in Britain and Europe would be smaller, to fit appropriately on th...

Cars

1976 Toyota Publica

When Toyota introduced the Publica in 1960, I’m sure the Japanese automaker never thought that it would become a future classic, as well as restomod platform. The Publica was the Japanese giant’s smallest car at the time, and was made as a sedan, station wagon, coupe, convertible, and pickup, al...

Gadgets and Tech

Marsriva KP3 Smart Mini DC UPS

We’ve been living with power cuts for several months now. Whenever the power goes out, our lifeline to cyberspace is severely strangled as well. Mobile signals drop, and data transfer rates plummet. Even those with the relatively speedy and stable SLT Fiber connections (like me) are affected, as t...

Rumblings

How we tested new cars (while they were still able to be brought into the country) in just two hours!

Wearing the tag of road tester, car tester, new car tester, car journo, auto hack, you name it, is one that is looked upon with admiration by many. It's a career path I took five and a half years ago, and haven't looked back since. When asked what I do for a living, simply stating the line "I get pa...

MoTorque

Panel Discussion on the current fuel quality scenario

Sri Lanka is currently facing a fuel crisis, and in addition to long queues, there are also questions arising about the quality of fuel that is dispensed. We talk to three experts from the automotive engineering field in this timely and relevant panel discussion, and they provide a wealth of informa...

Cars

1956 Jaguar Mark VII M

Jaguar’s long line-up of full-size British luxury sedans saw the Mark VII serve between 1950 and 1956 as the brand’s pinnacle four-door offering. Interestingly, Bentley already had a Mark VI model on the market, so Jaguar simply skipped from Mark V to Mark VII, and coming in at a smidge under 5 ...

MoTorque

Test Drive of the Toyota Alphard

(May 2019) The Toyota Alphard is one of those lesser-known luxury passenger carriers in Sri Lanka, although it is hugely popular in countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. Check out our video review of it in which we demonstrate the many creature comforts and features....

Past Blast

1954 Triumph TR2

In 1953, the Standard Motor Company, purveyors of the Triumph brand at the time released their latest two-door two-seater roadster. Christened the TR2, it was built to replace the ageing Triumph Roadster. Interestingly, the boss of Standard at the time, Sir John Black initially tried to acquire the ...

Cars

2018 Honda Civic 1.0T SR

(JANUARY 2019) During my time with Motor, I have driven three variants of the current generation Honda Civic. The streak started with a lovely blue 1.5 Turbo RS (Aussie version, mate). A few months on, I met this car again – only this time it had been caressed gently by the hands of Honda tuning g...