Fast lane: $50 petrol vouchers for TheCars@Expo visitors

BMW’s seventh-generation 5-series
BMW’s seventh-generation 5-seriesPHOTO: BMW
Micro Commuter
Micro CommuterPHOTO: HONDA
Mini plug-in hybrid model
Mini plug-in hybrid modelPHOTO: MINI
M4 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) Champion Edition
M4 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) Champion EditionPHOTO: BMW
“Santa-Fast” Santa Fe
“Santa-Fast” Santa FePHOTO: HYUNDAI
Porsche Centre Singapore launched the 718 Cayman on Thursday, with Porsche brand ambassador and world No. 1 women’s tennis player Angelique Kerber (above) gracing the event.
Porsche Centre Singapore launched the 718 Cayman on Thursday, with Porsche brand ambassador and world No. 1 women’s tennis player Angelique Kerber (above) gracing the event.PHOTO: PORSCHE

$50 petrol vouchers for TheCars@Expo visitors

Singapore Press Holdings' TheCars@Expo will be held on Oct 29 and 30 at Singapore Expo Halls 4 and 5, from 10am to 8pm. Admission is free.

Visitors will get $50 in petrol vouchers (while stocks last) and those who spend at least $100 will get a three-month complimentary digital subscription to Torque magazine.

There will be 22 new car brands, nine pre-owned car dealers and eight accessories exhibitors at the exhibition. In total, 250 cars will be on display.


Connect with BMW

BMW Connected is now available in Singapore. The wired concept offers users "a seamless services experience covering all aspects of personal mobility".

Easily integrated with an iPhone or Apple Watch, BMW Connected focuses on journey management for the vehicle and features digital products and services designed to simplify the day-to-day planning of driving routes and appointments.


New BMW 5-series is larger but lighter

Behold BMW's seventh-generation 5-series, which will be launched next year. With evolutionary changes in styling, the executive saloon is a tad larger but up to 100kg lighter than its predecessor.

New features include more hand- gesture controls, wireless CarPlay, remote parking and scented air-conditioner. Engines include a 2-litre 530i with 252bhp and 350Nm, which powers to 100kmh in 6.2 seconds. Then, there is a 3-litre straight-six 540i with 340bhp and 450Nm, which reaches 100kmh in 4.8 seconds.

Besides being lighter, it is sleeker, with a drag coefficient of as low as 0.22.


Women are angrier drivers, according to survey

Women are angrier than men behind the wheel, according to a survey carried out by Hyundai Motor UK. The poll of 1,000 drivers in the United Kingdom reveals women are, on average, 12 per cent angrier than men when they are on the road.

Behavioural psychologist Patrick Fagan also found people had two dominant emotions while driving - happiness (linked to a sense of freedom when driving) and anger (when drivers feel out of control). Women, the study found, reacted more severely to what they perceived to be bad behaviour on the road.


Honda makes 3D-printed micro-electric car

Honda has teamed up with 3D-printing start-up Kabuku Inc to make a micro-electric vehicle. The Micro Commuter will be used by Japanese confectionery maker Toshimaya to deliver its famous Hato sable (dove-shaped shortbread).

The vehicle uses a chassis constructed from Honda's rigid but lightweight pipe frame structure, and 3D-printing techniques were used to create the exterior panels and luggage space. The Micro Commuter has a range of about 80km.


Mini plug-in hybrid coming soon

Mini will soon launch its first plug-in hybrid model. The charging socket for its high-voltage battery is integrated with the car's left-side scuttle, just above the wheel arch. The rpm counter in the instrument cluster on the steering column has been replaced with a power display. In Save Battery mode, the combustion engine powers the car as well as charges the battery.


New BMW M4 mimics racing cars

BMW is launching the BMW M4 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) Champion Edition. The new edition boasts top-class motor racing technology in its drive and suspension as well as a specific design that mimics the DTM racing cars built by BMW Motorsport. It delivers 500bhp and 600Nm of torque, enabling the car to hit 100kmh in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 305kmh.


Hyundai to go wild at trade event

Hyundai is showing some outrageous concepts next month at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, an automotive speciality products trade event in Las Vegas, United States. One of which is the "Santa-Fast" Santa Fe, a 1,040bhp rear-wheel- drive Santa Fe. Built jointly with US engineering outfit Bisimoto, the Santa-Fast is powered by a flex-fuel turbocharged 3.8-litre Lambda V6. Do not expect it to be on the road anytime soon.


Porsche 718 Cayman is here

Porsche Centre Singapore launched the 718 Cayman on Thursday, with Porsche brand ambassador and world No. 1 women's tennis player Angelique Kerber gracing the event.

The 2-litre 718 Cayman delivers 300bhp, while the sportier S model develops 350bhp from a 2.5-litre engine. They clock a century sprint of 4.7 and 4.2 seconds respectively, and a top speed of 275kmh and 285kmh.

The price of the Cayman starts at $253,988 while that of the Cayman S starts at $311,788, both excluding COE.


Ford Mustang Convertible similar to coupe

Ford's Mustang Convertible is here. The topless version of the American icon is a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo - similar to the coupe version reviewed here two months ago. It clocks a 5.5-second century sprint, has a 250kmh top speed and consumes 9.8 litres per 100km - again, just like its coupe twin. The Mustang Convertible is $276,888.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe