Fast Lane: Top-of-the-line 7 series

BMW M760Li.
BMW M760Li.PHOTO: BMW

Top-of-the-line 7 series

BMW has introduced the M760Li, the top-of-the-line version of the 7 Series saloon.

Its turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine produces 600bhp and 800Nm, and accelerates the limousine from a standstill to 100kmh in 3.9 seconds.

The car's top speed is 305kmh, shown on a special speedometer. All-wheel-drive comes standard, along with active roll stabilisation.

Chair that parks itself


PHOTO: NISSAN

Technology that helps a driver to park his car is not a novelty anymore, unless it is used for chairs in the office.

Activated with a clap, Nissan's Intelligent Parking Chair system uses motorised 360-degree rollers at the base of each office chair, four ceiling-mounted cameras and Wi-Fi signals to automatically move the chairs back to their parked positions at the table.

High-performance hybrid


PHOTO: LEXUS

The petrol-electric hybrid version of Lexus' flagship coupe in the works is the LC500h, equipped with the carmaker's newly developed Multi Stage Hybrid System.

The system combines a 3.5-litre V6 engine, a powerful electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, with an emphasis on acceleration and driver engagement. The high-performance hybrid car is said to clock a 0-100kmh time "well into the sub-five second range".

New Alpine in the works


PHOTO: ALPINE

Renault has revealed a prototype that previews next year's first production model from the company's reborn sports subsidiary, Alpine. The mid-engine turbo coupe "is an exciting next step in our strategy to leverage talent and technology between road and track", according to Groupe Renault chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn. The upcoming French rival to Germany's Porsche 718 Cayman will be built in the Dieppe factory that makes Renault Sport hot hatches.

Premium estate wagon


PHOTO: VOLVO

Volvo has unveiled the V90, the wagon variant of the S90 saloon. As a modern premium estate, the V90 is designed to deliver both luxury and functionality by offering the latest technologies (including semi-autonomous driving capability) and more versatile storage solutions. State-of-the-art safety features are part of the V90 package as expected.

David Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2016, with the headline 'FastLane'. Print Edition | Subscribe