Fast Lane

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door
Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door
BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe
BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe
Viziv Tourer
Viziv Tourer
Mission E Cross Turismo
Mission E Cross Turismo PHOTOS: BMW, JAGUAR, MERCEDES-BENZ, PORSCHE, RANGE ROVER, SUBARU, TECHRULES
Jaguar I-Pace crossover.
Jaguar I-Pace crossover.
Mercedes-AMG C43
Mercedes-AMG C43
Range Rover SV Coupe
Range Rover SV Coupe
Ren RS hybrid supercar
Ren RS hybrid supercar

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door - a family car with speed

Car manufacturers have been making saloons that pass off as coupes for some years now. Daimler now has one too. A four-door variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT, a direct rival to Porsche's iconic 911, it promises more space and yet more power.

With a fastback layout, the AMG GT 4-door Coupe offers versatility to those who want a sports car and the practicality of a family carrier. The car is powered by a 4-litre biturbo V8 familiar to the GT range, as well as a wallet-friendlier 3-litre turbocharged inline-six.


Tyreplus lands in Singapore

Tyreplus, one of the world's largest automotive care specialists with more than 2,000 stores in 17 countries, has opened its first outlet in Singapore. Located at Wave9 at Woodlands Industrial Park, the outlet offers a range of premium, mid-range and budget-car services, from tyre-changing and repairs to wheel alignment and alloy wheel maintenance.


BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe, styling for the future

BMW has unveiled a Concept M8 Gran Coupe, reinforcing the 8-series as the new flagship. Mr Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice-president of BMW Group Design, says: "The BMW 8-series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance. The Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new 8-series."


Subaru unveils Viziv Tourer

Five years after it unveiled the Viziv concept, Subaru gives us the Viziv Tourer concept. The name Viziv is coined from "Vision for Innovation". The four-seater tourer concept measures 4,775mm long, 1,930mm wide and 1,435mm tall, making it a fairly low-slung wagon. Its wheelbase of 2,730mm gives it adequate room. The car rides on 20-inch wheels.


Porsche debuts Mission E Cross Turismo

Even before its Mission E electric coupe is launched, Porsche has unveiled the Mission E Cross Turismo, a battery-powered crossover. The all-wheel-drive offers a flexible interior, which will accommodate sports equipment such as surfboards and bicycles. The production-ready four-seater measures 4.95m long and 1.99m wide.

Like the coupe, it runs on an 800-volt fast-charging architecture. It can also be charged by induction. It accelerates to 100kmh in under 3.5 seconds and 200kmh in less than 12 seconds. Adaptive air suspension increases the ground clearance by up to 50mm, giving it some offroad capability.


Jaguar I-Pace crossover with fast-charging system

Jaguar has unleashed its electric I-Pace crossover. Powered by twin Jaguar-designed motors with a combined 400hp and 696Nm, the exhaust-free Jag hits 100kmh in about 4.7 seconds. Its 90kWh lithium-ion battery delivers up to 478km on a full charge.

Plugged into a quick charger, the battery will have 80 per cent of charge in 85 minutes and 17 per cent charge in 30 minutes.

The car's aluminium architecture is Jaguar's most rigid body structure, with 50:50 weight distribution between front and rear axles. Like Teslas, it comes with over-the-air updates. The car needs to be serviced only once in two years and the battery comes with an eight-year warranty.


Mercedes-AMG C43 heats up

The facelifted Mercedes-AMG C43 sports a twin-blade grille, a powerfully sculpted front apron and new rear apron with round twin tailpipes. Its 3-litre V6 biturbo engine now delivers 390hp (+23hp). Paired with a nine-speed autobox, and rear-biased all-wheel drive, the engine propels the C43 saloon to 100kmh in 4.7 seconds and the Estate in 4.8 seconds. The top speed for both is capped at 248kmh.


Only 999 Range Rover SV Coupe units available

Land Rover has created the world's first full-size luxury sport utility vehicle coupe. The two-door Range Rover SV Coupe has 565hp and 700Nm from a 5-litre supercharged V8. It is touted as the fastest full-size Range Rover, with a century sprint of about five seconds and a top speed of 266kmh. Only 999 units will be made.


Lightweight Ren RS hybrid supercar

China's Techrules has unveiled the final production design of its Ren RS hybrid supercar. The single-seater is a lightweight track variant of the Techrules Ren supercar, which was first previewed at last year's Geneva Motor Show. The Ren RS features the China-based company's ground-breaking turbine-recharging electric vehicle (Trev) system.

The series' hybrid powertrain uses an advanced micro-turbine technology that has an ultra-low environmental impact. Techrules has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's national rail company China Railway Rolling-stock Corporation (CRRC) - the world's largest supplier of rail transit equipment. They will jointly develop the Trev technology further, for use in CRRC's autonomous rapid transit - a rail-less on-road train system that marries the capacity of an MRT train and the flexibility of buses.


A Bentley hybrid with a designer dock 

Looking for a luxe barge that will not dry up an oil well? Behold the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid. The car's V6 powertrain is supplemented by an electric motor. Its lithium-ion battery will recharge in 21/2 hours via a stylish Philippe Starck wall-mounted charger and the car offers a pure electric range of 50km on a full charge.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe