Fast lane: Treasure hunt with Torque magazine

Volkswagen Golf.
Volkswagen Golf.PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
Toyota’s latest Sienta.
Toyota’s latest Sienta.PHOTO: TOYOTA
The new Mitsubishi ASX.
The new Mitsubishi ASX.PHOTO: MITSUBISHI
McLaren new 570S.
McLaren new 570S.PHOTO: MCLAREN

GOLF ON STEROIDS

This Volkswagen Golf  will probably fail the dope test if it were an athlete. It is powered by a 2-litre turbocharged directinjection engine found in the Golf R – but given a shot of steroids to bring its peak output to 330bhp, up from the R’s 280bhp.

Its chassis is 40cm wider than the everyday Golf, with a prominent rear carbon wing toemphasise its track readiness. Power is transmitted via a dual-clutch gearbox, which drivers can override with steering-mounted paddles.


LAND ROVER RECALL

The car-maker is recalling 65,000Range Rovers over a software glitch that involuntarily unlocks its car doors, according to the BBC. Land Rover dealer Wearnes Automotive, however, says there is no notification from the manufacturer about cars in Singapore.

The recall comes amid reports that cars with keyless access and ignition systems are targeted by thieves who have been able to clone electronic keys.


TREASURE HUNT WITH TORQUE

Fancy a day-long treasure hunt on wheels? Then sign up for the 25-hour Torque On The Move on Aug 28 and 29 – a rally to mark the 25th anniversary of local motoring magazine Torque. The fee for a team of two is $60, which comes with a goodie bag worth more than $100.

Participants go through several Torque Junctions, which they have to find based on clues. There will also be Bonus Challenges. The team with the most points wins, but every team is eligible for a lucky draw too. Sign up at www.torque.com.sg/25totm.


BOSCH’S DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS SEE BIG GROWTH

German components maker Robert Bosch sees the rapid growth of automated driving assistance systems garnering it €1 billion (S$1.5 billion) in annual sales by 2016, a senior executive told Reuters recently.

The company, which notched up group sales of €48.9 billion last year, has already said the shift towards more fuelefficient, safer cars has helped it sell more of its driver assistance systems such as radar and video sensors.

Last year, Bosch sold more than 50 million surround sensors for driver assistance systems.


BIGGER, BETTER SIENTA

Toyota’s latest Sienta may be the car that makes MPVs cool. The compact is bigger and more interesting-looking than the previous cuboid people mover. It is available as a petrolelectric hybrid or a conventional 1.5-litre, with all-wheel or front-wheel drive. It can also be configured as a five-, six- or seven-seater.

Just launched in Japan this week, it should make its way here in the next few months – either through authorised agent Borneo Motors or parallel import channels.


NEW WHEELS FOR ASX

The new Mitsubishi ASX features wider wheel arches, two-tone alloy wheels and a new three-spoke steering wheel.

It is powered by a 1.6-litre 115bhp engine mated with a continuously variable transmission.

There is also anewEuro 6-compliant 112bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 119g/km of CO2, qualifying it for a $10,000 carbon rebate.


BORNEO MOTOR’S NEW BODYCARE CENTRE

Borneo Motors has officially opened its Inchcape Bodycare Centre at 4 Pandan Crescent. The new facility is the biggest body and paint workshop owned by Borneo to date, with 60,000 sq feet of space. The $2.6-million centre boasts 73 servicing bays and can service 600 vehicles a month.


RETURN OF THE KING

Tan Chong Motor has brought back the king of pick-up trucks – the Nissan NP300 Navara. The NP300Navara is the 12th generation of Nissan’s pick-up range.

The all-new model boasts best-in-class fuel economy, improved acceleration and easier operation, a more rigid and durable frame, as well as modern yet tough and strong design.


MCLAREN 570S ARRIVES

McLaren has brought in the new 570S, a 570bhp, 600Nm lightweight racer with a power-to-weight ratio of 434bhp per tonne. The 570S accelerates from 0-100kmh in 3.2 seconds, and to 200kmh in just 9.5 seconds. Top speed is a respectable 328kmh. The 570S shares the limelight in Trans Eurokar’s new McLaren showroom in 11 Leng Kee Road with the McLaren 650S. The marque, which Trans Eurokars clinched from Wearnes, will move to a permanent home at 5 Leng Kee Road by December.


VOLVO ACQUIRES POLESTAR

Volvo Car Group has bought Swedish race-car maker Polestar, and will use the name for an expanded high-performance line to challenge the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW’s M models. According to Bloomberg, Polestar sales are set to as much as double to 1,500 cars in the medium term. The company already sells tuned versions of Volvo’s V60 wagon and S60 sedan under a cooperation deal signed in 2013.