Fast Lane: Elvis' BMW restored

Elvis' BMW restored.
Elvis' BMW restored. PHOTOS: BMW, VOLKSWAGEN AG, SUZUKI, LAMBORGHINI

Elvis' BMW restored

BMW has restored a long-lost 507 roadster, which was once the pride and joy of Elvis Presley. The King of Rock 'n' Roll drove it when he was doing military service in Germany in the late 1950s. It soon dropped out of sight before resurfacing recently.

BMW Group Classic took two years to restore the roadster to its original condition and the car will be exhibited on Aug 21 at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

The BMW 507 is powered by a 150bhp aluminium V8.


Volkswagen as Cat A MPV

Volkswagen is launching a passenger variant of the Caddy as a Category A multi-purpose vehicle. It is available in two body lengths: Caddy with a 2,682mm wheelbase; and Caddy Maxi (above) with a 3,006mm wheelbase. The Maxi is 4,700mm longer. The third row of seats on both variants is removable.

Both are powered by a 1.4TSI engine producing 125bhp and 220Nm, and paired with a seven- speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The Caddy has a top speed of 183kmh and accelerates from zero to 100kmh in 10.9 seconds (Caddy Maxi: 11.3 seconds).


Suzuki Ignis to debut at Paris Motor Show

Suzuki's new Ignis is positioned as a compact crossover. To be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next month, the car will come with various powertrains, including a hybrid.

Suzuki will also display a facelifted version of its SX4 S-Cross, which will have a 1-litre or 1.4-litre turbocharged direct injection engine.

Suzuki agent Champion Motors targets the Ignis to arrive in the fourth quarter and the new engines to be rolled out from the first quarter next year.


Special Lambo to mark founder's 100th birthday

Behold the Lamborghini Centenario, built to commemorate the 100th birthday of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. All of the only 20 examples of the coupe that will be produced have been sold (one to a Singapore collector).

The car combines a lightweight carbon-fibre tub and the most powerful V12 engine in the company's history with 759bhp, giving it a zero to 100kmh sprint time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 348kmh.


Range Rover at its most powerful

Range Rover will introduce the new SVAutobiography Dynamic variant next year. Positioned as the most powerful, dynamic and luxurious production Range Rover to date, the car is powered by a 550bhp supercharged V8. It takes about 5.3 seconds to reach 100kmh.

It will come with a host of driver assistance programmes, including the Driver Condition Monitor, which analyses data such as steering inputs and road speed, as well as takes account time of day to warn against driver fatigue.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe