Fast Lane

Alfa Romeo's Giulia
Alfa Romeo's Giulia PHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, FULLERTON HERITAGE, TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC, TOYOTA MOTOR
First South-east Asian Concours d'Elegance will feature a congregation of classic cars, supercars and prototypes at The Fullerton Heritage precinct.
First South-east Asian Concours d'Elegance will feature a congregation of classic cars, supercars and prototypes at The Fullerton Heritage precinct.PHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, FULLERTON HERITAGE, TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC, TOYOTA MOTOR
TP Eco Flash
TP Eco FlashPHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, FULLERTON HERITAGE, TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC, TOYOTA MOTOR
Lexus' NX
Lexus' NXPHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, FULLERTON HERITAGE, TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC, TOYOTA MOTOR

Alfa Romeo Giulia from $179,800

The entry-level variant of Alfa Romeo's Giulia features a 2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 200hp and 330Nm, delivered through an eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. It hits 100kmh in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 235kmh. Prices start at $179,800.

The top-end Giulia Quadrifoglio is driven by a 2.9-litre biturbo V6 making 510hp and 600Nm. Inspired by Ferrari, the power unit is entirely made of aluminium. The $395,800 car goes from zero to hundred in 3.9 seconds and hits a top velocity of 307kmh.


First South-east Asian Concours d'Elegance

As part of its 90th-anniversary celebrations this year, Fullerton Hotel will stage a Fullerton Concours d'Elegance - South-east Asia's first showcase of well-maintained classic cars - from June 29 to July 1.

The event will feature a congregation of classic cars, supercars and prototypes at The Fullerton Heritage precinct. These will include a 1934 Austin Seven Ulster Special, which boasts an aluminium body with no doors; a 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II from the hotel's recently restored Rolls-Royce fleet and a Lamborghini Miura previously owned by Don Miura. He raised a breed of Spanish fighting bulls that gave their name to the Miura. Visitors will be the first in the region to see the new Ferrari Portofino.

Electric-car prototypes created by students from Nanyang Technological University will also be displayed at One Fullerton. And for the first time here, visitors can view the largest display of cars owned by Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.


Largest ever Singapore contingent at Shell Eco-marathon Asia

More than 120 student teams from 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East put their self-built energy-efficient cars to the test at In Shell's latest Eco-marathon Asia last week. Nanyang Technological University's 3D-printed car won the UrbanConcept Hydrogen category, Temasek Polytechnic's TP Eco Flash claimed first spot in the Prototype Hydrogen category and Ngee Ann Polytechnic's H2GO won the Most Innovative Hydrogen Newcomer Award.

The competition saw the largest Singapore contingent ever, with 10 futuristic cars from seven tertiary institutions competing to be the most energy-efficient in the region. Thailand's Panjavidhya Technological College clocked 2,341.1km/litre on ethanol, China's Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology clocked 511.0km/kWh on electricity, while newcomer Temasek Polytechnic clocked 404.3km/m3 on hydrogen.


Lexus NX gets a revamp

Lexus' NX has been facelifted, with various exterior and interior cosmetic changes. These include redesigned tailpipes, which are integrated with the bumper assembly, sequential turn signal lamps, fewer switches on the cockpit and a larger clock.

The car also comes with hands-free tailgate and a larger wireless phone-charging port. The car gains 10mm in length because of its reworked bumpers and grille too. Prices range from $224,800 to $244,800.


BMW i4 electric sedan confirmed for production

BMW's next all-electric model will be the i4, which will roll out from 2020. The car, to be made in Munich, will be based on the 4-series GT, promising it more space and pace than the i3 electric hatch. BMW's first electric saloon may have a range of up to 600km, a century sprint of about four seconds and a top speed of close to 200kmh.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe