Fast Lane: Latest Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T

Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T.
Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T.PHOTO: HONDA
Bullet Speedster.
Bullet Speedster.PHOTO: BRISTOL
Volkswagen Beetle Dune.
Volkswagen Beetle Dune.PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
BMW i Vision Future Interaction.
BMW i Vision Future Interaction.PHOTO: BMW
Ford Kuga.

Latest Honda Civic 1.6 and 1.5T

Honda's latest Civic looks far more promising than its predecessor, which was introduced here barely four years ago.

The car is available as a sedan, with either a 1.6-litre 125bhp normally aspirated or a 1.5-litre 173bhp turbocharged engine. Both are paired with a continuously variable transmission.

The 1.5T not only offers more performance, it looks sportier too. It has LED headlamps and tail-lamps, 17-inch wheels (16 for the 1.6), and a rear spoiler.

Both come with start button, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, paddle shifters, electronic parking brake and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity.

The 1.6 is $110,999, while the 1.5T is $127,999.

Bristol Bullet Speedster with right-hand drive

The Bullet Speedster, from revived British marque Bristol, will make its public debut at the Salon Prive from Sept 1 to 3. And unlike most exotic cars, it is available in right-hand- drive.

With a bold and beautiful body made of carbon-fibre composites, the Bullet is launched on the 70th anniversary of Bristol Cars. Equipped with a 4.8-litre V8, the topless two-seater should accomplish the century sprint in under 5 seconds, and a top speed of 248kmh.

Volkswagen Beetle gets a reboot

Volkswagen has refreshed its beloved Beetle, with changes that include a more sculpted body and a revamped interior. The car is available in coupe and cabriolet forms and, with the new Beetle Dune as the latest addition.

In the new range, the Beetle R-Line replaces the previous Sport trim level. The R-Line will be available with VW's 2-litre 150bhp turbodiesel, mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Sneak peek of BMW's brave new world

If you want to have a peek at the driverless world, head down to Performance Motors' Alexandra Road showroom this weekend. On display is the BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car, which was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas in January.

Based on the upcoming i8 convertible, the exhibit portrays a future where the car is a personal assistant on wheels. Visitors can don virtual-reality goggles and headsets to experience what it will be like in such a car.

Ford Kuga with more attitude

Ford has expanded its ST-Line cars to include the Kuga crossover. Changes include an upper grille finished in high-gloss Ebony Black, honeycomb design for the lower front grille and mesh finish for the fog lamp bezels.

Front skid plate, side-skirts and a rear skid plate are some of the other features. The Kuga comes with a choice of 18- or 19-inch alloys. Its chassis sits 10mm closer to the tarmac, with thicker anti-roll bars and stiffer suspension to enhance cornering abilities.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe