3 new luxury cars from BMW, Lexus and Maserati to try out
Upgrades galore in the auto world.
The stocky and humped form of
the BMW i3 compact electric car
didn’t go down well with the public
in its 2015 launch, but its reliability
and solid performance as an all-
electric workhorse won back plenty
of affection. BMW intends to remedy
the car’s appearance slightly with
the 2018 i3s variant, slapping a more
aggressive style on the bumpers and
lowering the ride height by 1cm. A new
sports mode is estimated to improve
top-end performance by up to 40 per
cent for zippier sprints.
PML Singapore, Sime Darby
Performance Centre, 303 Alexandra
Road. Tel: 6319-0100
POWER ABOUT TOWN
Maserati’s four-door saloon, the Quattroporte, returns for a sixth encore which
sees the majestic limousine boasting nearly unrivalled spaciousness and
charming Italian finery, while retaining the driver experience.
Don’t let the 5.2m-long chassis fool you. The 2,979cc, 24-valve twin turbo V6
gives the Quattroporte plenty of kick, and it’s low-slung frame and wheelbase
gives it plenty of manoeuvrability. Just be careful to avoid dings on the wide
exterior while scooting around town.
Tridente Automobili, 30 Leng Kee Road. Tel: 6472-2236
COMING INTO E’S OWN
It may be news to most that Mercedes
is finally releasing an E-Class Coupe,
simply because there have been
predecessors which filled that niche
functionally, sans the nomenclature.
The German automaker is going
big with a 4.86m-long and 1.86m-wide
chassis affording rear seat passengers
comfort (and dignity) after clambering
through the front. A nine-speed
automatic twin turbo V6 pushes this
elegantly designed ride to 100 in a
decent 5.6 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz Centre, 301 Alexandra Road. Tel: 6298-1818