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The future is here: Porsche Electric 911, and a green light for driverless cars

MISSION: ELECTRIC

Porsche

The first all-electric Porsche, christened the Mission E, has been put into production with an estimated due date in 2020. Expect a pick-up of 0-100kmh in 3.5 seconds and a purported charging time of less than 15 minutes for a “three-quarter tank”. There’s also a good chance the development of this model will result in a spin-off in the form of an electric 911, according to Porsche’s 911 product director, Erhard Mossle.

AUTO PILOT PROGRAMME

 

VWAuto

The United States government will sink close to $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the growth of the driverless car movement, marking the first big nod of approval to the technology. The money will be funnelled towards creating regulations and setting up the infrastructure required for a nation of autonomous vehicles. The main goals of such a move? To encourage “saving time, saving lives and saving fuel”, according to US Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SPEEDSTER

 

Lexus

Lexus’ newest entrant to the performance sports sedan market, the GS F, takes the DNA of its earlier RC Fs and puts it into a stable chassis with a four-door setup. So score one for the kids. The 5-litre, 467 horsepower V8 workhorse sports a spacious interior and a bold design on its front grille and wheel spokes, and has retained the fun factor of the “active sound control” system, where the throatiest notes from the engine are piped into the cabin via speakers. The last one is for you, dads. 33 Leng Kee Road.