From Busan with verve

Hyundai RM16.
Hyundai RM16. PHOTO: DAVID TING
Hyundai Genesis G80.
Hyundai Genesis G80. PHOTO: DAVID TING
Kia K5 Phev.
Kia K5 Phev. PHOTO: DAVID TING
Lincoln Continental.
Lincoln Continental. PHOTO: DAVID TING
Samsung QM6.
Samsung QM6. PHOTO: DAVID TING

South Korea's Busan International Motor Show is a showcase of the latest models

HYUNDAI RM16

Described as a rolling laboratory, the RM16 (short for Racing Midship 2016) is the latest poster car for Hyundai's ramp-up of its new N performance division.

The company's first N model, to be introduced next year, is likely to be a VW Golf GTI-rivalling hot hatch based on the European Hyundai i30. It looks like a Hyundai Veloster coupe on steroids.

The RM16's turbocharged 2-litre engine and six-speed manual gearbox will go into the upcoming "i30 N" in some form, with about 260bhp to draw upon.


HYUNDAI GENESIS G80

The second model from Hyundai's six-month-old luxury sub-brand is an update of the parent brand's 3.8-litre V6 saloon.

In addition to cosmetic changes for the exterior, improved materials for the spacious cabin and more sophisticated driving aids, there is now also a G80 Sport model, powered by a turbocharged 370bhp 3.3-litre V6.

The new variant is differentiated by its aggressive mesh grille, supportive seats and more racer- like steering wheel.

The Genesis G80 will arrive in Singapore in the first quarter of next year.

A smaller saloon called the G70 will be revealed next.


KIA K5 PHEV

Kia's first plug-in hybrid electric car made its home market debut in Busan. Its features include a lithium-ion polymer battery pack, an all-electric city-driving mode with a range of up to 44km and a coasting guide that uses an in-dash icon and audible alerts to coach the driver in eco-driving.

In the car's front left fender is the charging port. A full charge can be done in under three hours via a 240-volt outlet and about three times longer via a 120-volt outlet.


LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

The flagship of Ford's upmarket marque is a surprisingly stylish full-size saloon with a newly developed twin-turbocharged 3-litre V6 that produces 400bhp and 542Nm.

The Continental's interior is impressive, with patented-design 30-way adjustable front seats which could have come from a private jet, comfortable limo-like rear seating, amenities aplenty and classy materials - including aluminium appliques and a complete leather wrap of the dashboard.


SAMSUNG QM6

Renault's new SUV will be built in Busan for export as the second- generation Koleos and for domestic sale as the Samsung QM6. It replaces the QM5 which was based on the previous Koleos.

The QM6 looks exactly like its French sibling and is similarly roomy and well-equipped.

With good ground clearance and a multi-mode all-wheel-drive system, it is ready to tackle rough terrain.

•The writer is editor of Torque, a motoring monthly published by SPH Magazines.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2016, with the headline 'From Busan with verve'. Print Edition | Subscribe