Fast Lane: New, sexy Clio

Renault Clio.
Renault Clio.PHOTO: RENAULT
Jeep Cherokee Overland.
Jeep Cherokee Overland.PHOTO: JEEP
Elemental Rp1.
Elemental Rp1.PHOTO: ELEMENTAL
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Coupe.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Coupe.PHOTO: LAMBORGHINI
Skoda Kodiaq.
Skoda Kodiaq.PHOTO: SKODA
Maserati Quattroporte.
Maserati Quattroporte.PHOTO: MASERATI

New, sexy Clio

New, sexy Clio Renault's new Clio is possibly the sexiest version in the bestseller's 25-year history.

Besides its impossibly curvaceous shape, it gets full-LED headlamps and new engines.

To accentuate its fun factor, more engines will have the option of being paired with manual transmission.

Hands-free parking will be another option.


New fuel-cell system runs on bio-ethanol

Nissan is working on a solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) system that runs on bio-ethanol.

A world first for automotive use, the SOFC is more accessible than the current fuel-cell systems which rely on hydrogen refuelling stations.

The system is expected to have a driving range of more than 600km – better than any lithium-powered electric car today, and equivalent to most internal combustion engined models.


Top-class Jeep

Jeep will introduce a top-of-the-range model called the Cherokee Overland.

It is packed with luxury features and powered by a 2.2-litre 200bhp turbo diesel paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission in either two- or all-wheel-drive.

It hits 100kmh in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 204kmh.

New features include a shiny front grille, new body-coloured door cladding, front and rear bumpers and wheel arches, 18-inch polished aluminium wheels and bi-xenon headlamps.


Lightweight supercar

Exotic car company Elemental has completed its first creation – the Rp1, a highly advanced lightweight sports car.

The car will be fielded for the Hillclimb at next week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

The Rp1’s carbon-fibre central structure weighs just 65kg and features a feet-up driving position derived from top-tier motor racing cars.

It is powered by a choice of two turbocharged Ecoboost engines – a 180bhp 1-litre three-cylinder or a 320bhp 2-litre four-cylinder – that propel the car to 100kmh in about 3.5 and 3 seconds respectively.


Carbon covers

Carbon-fibre specialist Vitesse AuDessus has launched an extensive carbon package for the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Coupe and Roadster.

Two packages are offered – one covers the car’s lower front bumper, side skirts, mirrors and rear diffuser; and the other includes the bonnet.


Seven-seat Skoda

This is an artist’s impression of the Skoda Kodiaq, which will debut in September.

At 4.7m long, it can comfortably seat seven. It will also have the largest boot in its class.


New look Quattroporte

 Maserati has refreshed its Quattroporte sedan with a new bumper design with matte black profile in front and matte black extractor at the rear.

The front grille is more pointed and imposing, with new vertical chrome elements.

Other distinguishing details include matte black side skirts and restyled wing mirrors.

An electrically adjustable air shutter has been fitted in the front grille to optimise aerodynamism and engine temperature.


Two new Triumph models

Triumph agent Mah Pte Ltd has launched the new T120 and Thruxton models.

The Bonneville T120 is powered by a new 1,200cc high torque engine and is priced from $22,500.

The Thruxton is a cafe racer starting from $23,000.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe