Fast Lane: Volvo reveals S90

Volvo S90.
Volvo S90.PHOTOS: VOLVO, AUDI, PORSCHE, MAZDA, CHEVROLET, LIONEL SEAH

Volvo reveals S90

Volvo has released more details of its new S90 flagship sedan. Sizewise, the car is in between the Mercedes-Benz E- and S-class cars, measuring just shy of 5m and with a wheelbase a tad shorter than 3m.

It will have a semi-autonomous function called Pilot Assist. This gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car within lane markings at up to 130kmh. Unlike other similar systems, it does not need to follow a car in front. The S90 comes with a T8 plug-in petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and is slated to arrive in Singapore by the end of next year.


New Bugatti named Chiron

The next Bugatti is to be called Chiron, after Louis Chiron, a racing driver who won virtually all the major grands prix for the brand in the 1920s and 1930s.

The world premiere of the new supercar from France is planned for the Geneva Motor Show next year. It will be the most powerful, fastest, luxurious and exclusive production sports car, says Bugatti. The Chiron is already being shown to selected customers and more than 100 orders have been received, Bugatti says. It is available only in left-hand-drive.


Porsche opens service centre for classic cars

The world's first Porsche Classic Centre has opened in the Netherlands. It offers services for Porsches of all ages. The sale and service centre will be followed by 100 others to be set up around the world by 2018. More than 70 per cent of the vehicles produced by Porsche are still on the road.


Audi's A6 allroad quattro sport

Audi's Sport trim version of the A6 allroad quattro (left) wears 19-inch alloys, all-LED headlights, dynamic rear LED turn signals, electrically adjustable front sport seats and privacy glass. It is powered by a range of three turbodiesel V6 engines producing 218bhp, 272bhp and 320bhp. The car comes with different drive modes, with the air suspension automatically lowering the car by 15mm at speeds above 118kmh. When more ground clearance is required, a lift mode raises the ride height by 10mm.


More powerful 911 Turbo

Porsche's refreshed 911 Turbo (left) and 911 Turbo S boast 20bhp more power, a sharper design and broader everyday usability.

Available in both Coupe and Convertible, they share a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six. The 911 Turbo now makes 540bhp, while the Turbo S develops 580bhp. The engines have a "dynamic boost function" to further raise engine responsiveness when the driver is in a hurry.

The 911 Turbo S Coupe sprints to 100kmh in 2.9 seconds and attains a top speed of 328kmh. The 911 Turbo hits 100kmh in 3 seconds and has a top speed of 317kmh.


Mazda unveils CX-9

Mazda pulled the wraps off its new CX-9 (left) at the just concluded LA Auto show. This secondgeneration seven-seater Mazda crossover ditches its Ford-derived 3.7-litre V6 for a more efficient SkyActiv 2.5-litre turbo inline-four.

It is the first engine to have variable exhaust pressure to deliver smoother throttle response, minimise turbo lag and improve fuel efficiency. Although the new engine develops 23bhp less power than the outgoing V6, it gains 53Nm more torque, twisting out a healthy 420Nm in all and at just 2,000rpm.

It will give Honda's Odyssey a serious run for its money when it arrives by early 2017.


Chevy Volt a plug-in hybrid

Chevrolet's second-generation Volt (left) is positioned as a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid, rather than an electric car with a range extender. It has an electric range of 85km and a total range of 675km.

With the new carbon rebate scheme, it might be a good fit in Singapore. Unfortunately, there is no news about a right-hand-drive variant.


Christopher Tan and Lionel Seah

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - CTFAST05'. Print Edition | Subscribe