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New rides: The Rolls-Royce 2018 Phantom, Lexus’ groundbreaking LC

Bold decisions define this looker from British marque Rolls-Royce, while this new Lexus boasts the makings of the next innovative supercar.

LUXURY RENEWED

Rolls-Royce Phantom 2018

Rolls-Royce’s anticipated update to the venerable Phantom series will involve some state-of-the-art technology making it aboard the 2018 edition. Think satellite-aided transmission, overdue digital instrumentation, and the next iteration of air suspension mechanisms that tick millions of times each second just so you can recline in the plush rear seats, blissfully ignorant of the minuscule bumps present even on well-paved roads. To facilitate this, the most powerful headlights in the consumer market have been paired with a road-scanning camera so the car can brace itself for any undulation.

But what aficionados will notice most is the drastic, sweeping changes to the dashboard and instrument panel. In their place is now a slab of toughened glass which houses a massive 31.4cm high-resolution display. The strip on the passenger side is reserved for showcasing art – a curious choice explained by director of design Giles Taylor.

Rolls-Royce Phantom 2018 - interior

“In the 18th century, miniatures were highly fashionable and valuable items of art that allowed their owners to carry images of their loved one with them wherever they travelled. Now, our clients will be able to do the same.” One owner put a 3D-printed, gold-plated map of his DNA on display. That’s one way to make sure a luxurious cocoon is all about you. 29 Leng Kee Road. Tel: 6475-3113.

RIVAL IN THE MARKET

Lexus LC

The spiritual successor to the ground-breaking 2010 Lexus LFA supercar has landed in the form of the Lexus LC. The large, luxurious coupe comes in two variants, one with a naturally aspirated V8 engine ready to set your adrenalin glands pumping with a 0-100 of 4.7sec, and the other, a hybrid affair tailored for fuel economy and pleasant cruising.

Both sport the same outlandish Lexus aesthetic: that dominant and spindled front grille, a lean mid-waist and an astoundingly wide rear track that makes the exotic coupe appear even more intimidating.

On the inside, expect the standard Lexus bevy of switches and buttons, and a much improved Remote Touch Interface that allows you to interact with the screen and satnav. Opt for the Sport and Sport+ models should you want to enjoy alcantara-clad seats with plenty of legroom. Is this the sporty competitor the BMW 6 Series needed? We certainly think so. 33 Leng Kee Road. Tel: 6631-1388.

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