Fast cars go purple

Power in purple: The Dodge Challenger (far left) and Charger (left), and the McLaren 570S Coupe (above).
Power in purple: The Dodge Challenger (left) and Charger (right).PHOTO: DODGE
Power in purple: The Dodge Challenger (far left) and Charger (left), and the McLaren 570S Coupe (above).
Power in purple: The McLaren 570S Coupe.PHOTO: MCLAREN
Power in purple: The Dodge Challenger (far left) and Charger (left), and the McLaren 570S Coupe (above).
The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.PHOTO: SPOFEC
Power in purple: The Dodge Challenger (far left) and Charger (left), and the McLaren 570S Coupe (above).
The Vision G Concept Coupe.PHOTO: HYUNDAI

Going purple

British supercar marque McLaren has given a 570S Coupe a uniquely formulated colour to demonstrate the bespoke-paintwork possibilities for its Sports Series range. The paint finish looks purplish, but is called Mauvine Blue.

Chrysler's Dodge division is offering a limited-edition "heritage hue", Plum Crazy, for its 2016 Challenger and Charger models. The striking paint option first hit the United States in 1970 and has been a signature colour for Dodge muscle cars since then, across several generations of motoring enthusiasts.


A vision for tomorrow

Korean brand Hyundai has revealed yet another swoopy concept vehicle, the Vision G Concept Coupe. It is meant to showcase excellent performance (powered by a 420bhp 5-litre V8) and design elegance, without going over the top. One of the car's clever features is a door that opens automatically for the driver as he approaches.


Hungrier Ghost

German automotive tuner Spofec (short for Spirit Of Ecstasy) has modified the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II limousine to create the Black One. Its deep black bodywork is adorned with aerodynamic carbon-fibre components and matte gold-coloured 22-inch alloy wheels. Alternatively, the wheels can be specified in matte black or any colour the buyer prefers. The air suspension has been tweaked too, using a control module to lower the big saloon by 40mm without affecting the "cruise-liner" ride quality.

Spofec has also souped up the 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. The standard Ghost II produces 563bhp, while the V-spec Ghost II produces 593bhp. Spofec's engine upgrade boosts those figures to 685bhp and 709bhp respectively. A sports exhaust system, lighter and louder than the original one, is part of the package.


Play ball

American carmaker Chevrolet and One World Play Project have announced their continued commitment to provide play opportunities to disadvantaged youths worldwide, through the donation and distribution of two million more One World Futbols by the end of 2018.

Both partners have already distributed 1.5 million of the ultra- durable, puncture-proof soccer balls in the past three years to an estimated 45 million youngsters in 94 countries. They include children in orphanages and schools in the most rural regions of Thailand.

David Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2015, with the headline 'FastLane'. Print Edition | Subscribe