Fast Lane: Latest Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T

Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T.
Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T.PHOTO: HONDA
Bullet Speedster.
Bullet Speedster.PHOTO: BRISTOL
Volkswagen Beetle Dune.
Volkswagen Beetle Dune.PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
BMW i Vision Future Interaction.
BMW i Vision Future Interaction.PHOTO: BMW
Ford Kuga.
Ford Kuga.PHOTO: FORD

Latest Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T

Honda's latest Civic looks far more promising than its predecessor, which was introduced here barely four years ago.

The car is available as a sedan, with either a 1.6-litre 125bhp normally aspirated or a 1.5-litre 173bhp turbocharged engine. Both are paired with a continuously variable transmission.

The 1.5T not only offers more performance, it looks sportier too. It has LED headlamps and tail-lamps, 17-inch wheels (16 for the 1.6), and a rear spoiler.

Both come with start button, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, paddle shifters, electronic parking brake and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity.

The 1.6 is $110,999, while the 1.5T is $127,999.


Bristol Bullet Speedster with right-hand drive

The Bullet Speedster, from revived British marque Bristol, will make its public debut at the Salon Prive from Sept 1 to 3. And unlike most exotic cars, it is available in right-hand- drive.

With a bold and beautiful body made of carbon-fibre composites, the Bullet is launched on the 70th anniversary of Bristol Cars. Equipped with a 4.8-litre V8, the topless two-seater should accomplish the century sprint in under 5 seconds, and a top speed of 248kmh.


Volkswagen Beetle gets a reboot

Volkswagen has refreshed its beloved Beetle, with changes that include a more sculpted body and a revamped interior. The car is available in coupe and cabriolet forms and, with the new Beetle Dune as the latest addition.

In the new range, the Beetle R-Line replaces the previous Sport trim level. The R-Line will be available with VW's 2-litre 150bhp turbodiesel, mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.


Sneak peek of BMW's brave new world

If you want to have a peek at the driverless world, head down to Performance Motors' Alexandra Road showroom this weekend. On display is the BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car, which was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas in January.

Based on the upcoming i8 convertible, the exhibit portrays a future where the car is a personal assistant on wheels. Visitors can don virtual-reality goggles and headsets to experience what it will be like in such a car.


Ford Kuga with more attitude

Ford has expanded its ST-Line cars to include the Kuga crossover. Changes include an upper grille finished in high-gloss Ebony Black, honeycomb design for the lower front grille and mesh finish for the fog lamp bezels.

Front skid plate, side-skirts and a rear skid plate are some of the other features. The Kuga comes with a choice of 18- or 19-inch alloys. Its chassis sits 10mm closer to the tarmac, with thicker anti-roll bars and stiffer suspension to enhance cornering abilities.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe