Fast Lane: All-wheel-drive for new Clubmans

Cooper SD Clubman All4.
Cooper SD Clubman All4. PHOTOS: MINI, DS

All-wheel-drive for new Clubmans

Mini will show off its newly developed all-wheel-drive in the Cooper S Clubman and Cooper SD Clubman All4. The electrohydraulic system is said to be relatively light and more efficient than other four-wheel systems. Up till now, the only all-wheel-drive Mini has been the Countryman.

The Cooper S Clubman All4 is powered by a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 192bhp. It is mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The Cooper SD Clubman All4 features a 190bhp turbodiesel engine with 400Nm of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic.


Soft-top Mini JCW

Mini has rolled out a soft-top version of its range-topping John Cooper Works. The Mini JCW Convertible (above) is sizzling with 231bhp and 320Nm from a revised 2-litre turbocharged engine.

It hits 100kmh in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 240kmh. Stopping power comes from four-piston Brembo brakes. The car is fitted with JCW sports seats that will hold the occupants in place as the open-top gets up to its high-speed jinks.


New DS models launched

The new DS 3 (above) and DS 3 Cabrio are the latest models to be unveiled by DS Automobiles – a premium arm of Citroen.

With revised front ends and personalisation possibilities, the two cars form an expanding DS range that includes the striking DS.

The cars are equipped with the latest 1-litre and 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engines producing up to 130bhp. A Performance version makes an impressive 208bhp.


Laser lighting in BMW bikes

BMW Motorrad has unveiled laser lighting for its motorcycles and a helmet with head-up display. The BMW K1600 GTL concept bike is fitted with the new illumination that promises a longer throw.

The head-up display helmet will allow the rider instant access to road information.

Both technologies will be available in production models a couple of years from now.


An electric BMW sedan?

An ultimate electric sedan? BMW is said to be working on such a car, reported UK car publication Car.

Dubbed i6, the four-door is slated to be ready by 2020. It will have a new battery that will allow it to have a range of 480km on a single charge – more than double what its current battery-powered i3 tall hatch is capable of.

Car reported that BMW honchos have just signed off on the project. The Bavarian manufacturer is also working on variations of the i8 hybrid sports car, with a convertible and a souped-up variant not long in the pipeline.

In Singapore, BMW remains the only brand that is offering electric models in its showrooms.


Upgrades for more power

The BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible will soon be available with a Competition Package from BMW M GmbH. The cars will have upgrades to help them handle a 19bhp increase in power to 450bhp.

The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe with optional seven-speed M double-clutch transmission will sprint from rest to 100kmh in four seconds, while the M4 Convertible clocks it in 4.3 seconds (all 0.1 second quicker than non-Competition pack equivalents).


Nissan tops crossover sales

Nissan has once again secured pole sales position for crossovers and light commercial vehicles among authorised agents. The brand sold 2,859 crossovers last year, followed by Subaru’s 1,507 and Mitsubishi’s 809. The most popular model was the Qashqai.

In the light commercial vehicle segment, it sold 3,317 vehicles, versus 2,396 by Toyota and 467 by Mitsubishi.


Singapore Motorshow attendance up

More than 58,000 people visited the Singapore Motorshow 2016 which ended last weekend. The figure pipped last year’s 52,000, said organiser Motor Traders Association of Singapore.


Samsung battery lasts 600km

Samsung has unveiled a high density battery that will enable an electric car to clock up to 600km on a single charge. The South Korean conglomerate, under unit Samsung SDI, will start producing the battery in 2020. The new battery is also packed more neatly and will not intrude into cabin or boot space.


Automotive revenue to grow beyond car sales and services

Driven by shared mobility, connectivity services and feature upgrades, new business models could expand automotive revenue pools by about 30 per cent or US$1.5 trillion (S$2.2 trillion) by 2030. According to international consultants McKinsey, the automotive revenue pool will significantly increase and diversify towards on-demand mobility services and data-driven services, resulting in a substantial revenue growth from the current US$5.2 trillion from traditional car sales and aftermarket services.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - CTFAST23'. Print Edition | Subscribe