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Hit the road in a Electric Vintage Porsche 911

Speed down the roads in a classic 1970s model equipped with modern electric insides. Boasting regenerative breaking, a max speed of 125 mph, and top-notch climate control and audio, these new/old 911s are currently produced in exclusive number.


Embodying the iconic body of an old Porsche 911, these cars are a step into the future. Voitures Extravert, a Dutch company, is turning the vintage Porches into electric vehicles with their project ‘quintessenza’.

The original model is stripped down and rebuilt with safety and performance in mind, along with top notch climate control and audio. The process is an exhaustive one, so production numbers are kept small.


  • Optimized 50-50 weight balance
  • Carrera 3.2 running gear
  • Brake assistance & regenerative braking
  • Ventilated disk brakes
  • Adjustable dampers


  • Batteries: 400 km range
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: < 6 sec
  • Max speed: 200 kmh

Priced at €300,000 (approx. 485,000 SGD), these cars are currently available in the EU, Switzerland, and North America. 12 more are up for reservations at €50,000 (approx. 81,000 SGD) reservations, arriving in 2019. Monthly production is targeted to increase to 3 in 2020.

Silverstone Auctions: Ferrari Sale 2018

1982 Ferrari 512 BBi sold by Silverstone Auctions in 2017

Silverstone Auctions to host the Ferrari-only sale in 2018

The specialist auction house, Silverstone Auctions will host a Ferrari-only event at the famous Silverstone circuit on May 18, ahead of its May Sale the following day that Silverstone Auctions holds every year.

While the Ferrari-only sale is a brand new auction for the 2018 calendar, Nick Whale, the managing director of Silverstone Auctions mentioned that they are certain that the event will be “very well received by both vendors and collectors alike.”

Silverstone Auctions will be partnering the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain, one of the most expert and respected international car clubs in the world to offer esteemed guests “the very finest and collectible Ferraris” in the Silverstone Auctions car collection.

Ferrari 550 Maranello “World Speed Record” edition sold by Silverstone Auctions in 2017

The first of the auction house’s sales for 2018 will be held at the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show at Stoneleigh Park in UK. A limited number of best of breed cars will go on sale during the classic and sports car sale event on February 23-25.

Following, the auction house will be hosting a dedicated competition car-only sale on July 19, just ahead of a two-day classic and sports car sale to be conducted on July 21 and 22.

For Porsche fans, look forward to the Silverstone Auctions which will be hosting a dedicated Porsche sale in September in conjunction with the Porsche Club GB, at the prestigious Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire in the UK.

TimeWalker: Montblanc Singapore Celebrates The Spirit of Racing

The author with his race companion Vanessa Liok of Porsche Club Singapore

Born after 1977 and before 83, I’m part of a generation of Singaporeans who oddly embraces the vagaries and extreme spectrums of technology. Equally passionate with mechanical watches and smart devices, Xennials, the group of individuals who are sandwiched between the oft derided millennials and the long suffering generation X often enjoy the nostalgia of heritage while celebrating modern advances and creature comforts. Thus, when the new Montblanc TimeWalker collection debuted at SIHH 2017, I was a little more than enthused about the retro styling coupled with the material technology of futuristic ceramics. Thus, when Montblanc Singapore wanted to evoke the glory days of vintage automobile racing and the history of chronograph specialist Minerva with a Rally Race, I was metaphorically chomping at the bit (horse-racing providing the impetus for ever increasing precision timing devices).

Montblanc established a racing atmosphere at Fullerton Bay Hotel’s LANTERN. Of great popularity, a nostalgic throwback to our childhoods courtesy of a toy magnetic race car track.

Montblanc Singapore Celebrates The Spirit of Racing with Timewalker Grand Prix

A convoy of 46 Porsches (10 of them were specially stickered to resemble vintage rally
racing cars) from Porsche Club Singapore raced off from The Fullerton Bay Hotel and embarked on the TimeWalker Grand Prix, an island wide treasure hunt which was supposed to take 2 hours but thanks to my speedy race partner, Vanessa Liok from Porsche Club Singapore, we completed the Timewalker Rally in slightly more than an hour even after taking into account the many Montblanc Timewalker challenges (where we answered trivia questions regarding the collection and “skits” for social media)  at various locations around Singapore such as Keppel Bay, Dempsey Hill, HortPark and Sentosa Cove.

A Montblanc Grand Prix rally point where Timewalker trivia challenges were given to the rally racers.

Some of the social media skits and challenges used by Montblanc Singapore to disseminate awareness of the new Timewalker collection on social media

As exhausted rally racers returned to the Fullerton Bay Hotel for a brief reprieve, Montblanc’s VIP customers and Porsche Club Singapore co-partners could look forward to an evening of precision chronographs and imbibing cocktails at the picturesque Lantern bar. But before we could escape the relentless late afternoon sun, we glimpsed the arrival of ultra-rare vintage Porsches including the 356 Speedster, a one of a kind RUF 993 CTS 2 (993 Turbo) in
Speed Yellow, a 930 Slopenose, 1 of 2 originals from Stuttgart, and a 911E in Slate Grey
paying homage to Steve McQueen, a parade of automotive heritage.

Montblanc Singapore had managed to infuse Lantern with an atmosphere of racing with a slot car game, chequered flags and trophies and something from my Xennial childhood, a toy racing car track where we raced toy cars on magnetic rails via remote.

New Montblanc TimeWalker Collection & SGD Prices

Against this vibrant backdrop of heritage mechanical watchmaking and well engineered performance machines, Montblanc introduced their latest TimeWalker Collection combining the heritage of the legendary Minerva timing instruments with the finest technology and a vintage-themed racing style.

Backed by the legitimacy of  Minerva, a leading specialist in the fabrication of professional timing instruments since their founding in Villeret in 1858, the Montblanc TimeWalker Collection symbolizes the spirit of racing and harks back to these heritage timing instruments by offering a line of new professional watches for the modern performer
The Manufacture developed stopwatches that could measure 1/5th of a second as early as 1911, rapidly increasing to 1/10th of a second. In this innovative spirit, in 1916, the Minerva Manufacture was one of the first to produce a high-frequency movement that could measure 1/100th of a second, a development that was further technically improved in 1936, putting Minerva on the map as the specialist of professional watches and stopwatches and today, Montblanc continues the legacy of professional timekeeping through the aptly named TimeWalker collection.

The new Montblanc TimeWalker collection represents a strong contemporary expression of the ever evolving art of classical watchmaking. Today, these mechanical throwbacks to pre-industry are dressed in high tech material combinations like black ceramic, satinated steel, titanium and rubber. These timepieces were on display inside glass cases set around the cocktail area while a Montblanc watchmaker worked at his bench offered guests and watch aficionados a closer look at the technicity of the new Timewalker watches.

5 cars to look out for at the 67th Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) 2017

It’s that time of the year again. Some of the world’s biggest carmakers gather to show off their latest accomplishments and automotive innovations at the International Motor Show (IAA) at Frankfurt, Germany. From September 14 to 24, the annual auto industry show will host bigwigs like Ferrari and Bentley, as well as homegrown brands such as Porsche, Volkswagen and Audi.

The 67th edition of the IAA will also be shining a spotlight on cleaner cars of the future, following the “dieselgate” scandal at last year’s show. In response to the criticism surrounding harmful emissions from diesel and petrol engines, automakers around the world have been shifting their focus to electric and automated vehicles, many of which will be unveiled at the IAA.

Nevertheless, the trade show will still feature good old automobiles that meet all the requirements of a traditionalist: excellent craftsmanship, ingenious functionality and beautiful design. Here is a round-up of cars to look out for at one of the industry’s biggest events of the year.

Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari will be celebrating its 70th year anniversary with a bang that comes in the form of the Ferrari Portofino. The 2+2 convertible, which succeeds the longtime fan favourite Ferrari California, boasts a twin-turbo V8 engine capable of unleashing an impressive 600hp. According to the Italian carmaker, the Ferrari Portofino is also able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. With its retractable hardtop and gorgeous Rosso Portofino coat, the Ferrari Portofino will undeniably be one of the most powerful — and stylish — supercars on display.

Bentley Continental GT

You know what they say: the third time’s the charm. And it certainly is for Bentley’s third-generation Continental GT, the latest incarnation of the British brand’s Grand Tourer. The all-new Continental GT has been revamped with a heavily revised 12-cylinder engine that outputs an impressive 626bhp. With the makeover, the car can now go from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, and accelerate to a 333km/h (207mph) top speed. The successor to Bentley’s most popular car also boasts sleeker exterior lines and a range of cutting-edge driver aids, which will no doubt be a source of fascination for visitors later this week.

Porsche Cayenne

One of the major contenders from Germany itself is Porsche, which will be unveiling its third-generation Cayenne SUV. For a while, fans had only a rendering of the new car to go by. However, those who make the trip to Frankfurt will get to see for themselves exactly what Porsche has in store for them: an impressive Cayenne that is now longer and wider, yet lower and lighter. The SUV will also feature a range of technologies from its seminal 911, including rear-wheel steering to boost handling and poise — even off the road.

Audi A8

Guests at the biennial Frankfurt show will get to say hello to Audi’s all-new flagship vehicle: the A8 luxury sedan. The A8 has already been at the vanguard of motoring technology for some time now. The new model that was unveiled to the international press back in July, however, promises to be the first production car with a Level 3 autonomy. The all-round high-tech beast will be premiered alongside its sportier little brother, the A7 four-door coupé.


Besides a range of SUVs and other concepts, BMW will also finally reveal its new M5 super sedan. Set to be one of the highlights for this year’s show, the 600bhp supersaloon is the company’s first vehicle to come with all-wheel-drive as a standard. The new M5 also breaks a previously long-held tradition of BMW’s with its 190mph top speed. That puts the car miles ahead of the company’s past production cars, which were electronically restricted to 155mph.

6 Beautiful Classic Cars to Watch at Singapore Rendezvous

James May, motoring journalist, former co-presenter of Top Gear and current presenter at Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour once opined that, “if classic cars were any good, they’d still be made.” He was of course, being facetious. Obviously modern technologies make contemporary cars faster, more comfortable, cleaner, safer and more economical but like a fine mechanical watch, it is the provenance, heritage and rarified design of a bygone era which gives many classic cars the elegant shapes and flowing lines hardly found on modern automobiles.

6 Classic cars to watch at Singapore Rendezvous 2017 from 5th to 8th October

Thankfully, the upcoming high luxury lifestyle event, Singapore Rendezvous 2017, running from October 5th to the 8th, will satisfy your lust for these retrotastic vintage cars. There will be at least 30 vintage cars on display, here are at least 6 beautiful classic cars to watch at Singapore Rendezvous.


Catch this 1954 Mercedes Adenaur 300b in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

Catch this 1954 Mercedes Adenauer 300b in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

1954 Mercedes Adenauer 300b

With 123 bhp, the 300 series Mercedes Adenauer with 2,975 cc straight-six engine with twin Solex carburettors and four-speed manual transmission marked a very important line of vehicles for Mercedes-Benz. They were the first Mercedes-Benzes produced by the company after World War II. The four-door versions of the car adapted the name “Adenauer” because six custom examples of the 300 saw use by the chancellor of Germany at the time, Konrad Adenauer. Often used by politicians, captains of industry, and other wealthy individuals, this classic 1954 Mercedes Adenauer 300b symbolised success and it is recognised in classic car circles as one of the earliest examples of status symbols.

Catch this 1960 Mercedes 190SL cabriolet in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

Catch this 1960 Mercedes 190SL cabriolet in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL cabriolet

Introduced at the 1954 New York Motor Show as a more affordable and practical alternative to the famed Mercedes Benz 300SL, the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL cabriolet was an iconic roadster which was produced from 1955 to 1963, reflecting the popularity of that classic car. It might have be positioned as a smaller version of its illustrious big brother but it packed plenty of its technical refinements – earning a reputation amongst classic car enthusiasts as a sporting roadster. Only a fraction of the 26,000 production run are in existence today – this iconic two-seat roadster with signature styling still sets the bar for other Mercedes-Benz convertibles.


Catch this 1963 Mercedes 220 cabriolet in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

Catch this 1963 Mercedes 220 cabriolet in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

1963 Mercedes 220SE cabriolet

Originally debuted at the 1959 Frankfurt Motor Show, this 1963 Mercedes 220SE cabriolet was one of four new models which shared the same uni-construction bodyshell and all wheel independent suspension. The classic car is longer than its predecessors, featuring  wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, wider rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps. Capable of hitting a century sprint in 14 seconds, it launched originally in coupe models with cabriolets appearing in 1961, this time, losing the tail fins of the saloon. For the era, the 220SE was considered to be among the more modern looking classic cars and these models were more luxuriously dressed as well – as a standard – it came with a rev-counter, leather upholstery and four-speed automatic transmission. It was the perfect summer car.

Catch this Mercedes-AMG E36 in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

Catch this Mercedes-AMG E36 in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

1996 Mercedes W124 E36 AMG cabriolet

Just how rare is a 1996 Mercedes W124 E36 AMG cabriolet? Really really rare. Fewer than 200 E36 AMGs were ever made and of those, only 14 were right hand drive soft tops. Equipped with a a 272hp, 284lb ft 3.6-litre straight six engine, this classic W124 E36 AMG completes its century sprint in 7.2 seconds. Springs and dampers were also firmer and AMG opted for the proven 4-speed auto instead of the standard ‘electronically regulated’ 5-speed.

Catch the only Fiat 130 coupe in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

Catch the only Fiat 130 coupe in Singapore on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017


The only Fiat 130 Coupe in Singapore

Produced by the Italian car manufacturer from 1969 to 1977, the Fiat 130 coupe is a large six cylinder executive car produced on the same platform of the four door saloon. Designed by Paolo Martin of Pininfarina, this only Fiat 130 Coupe in Singapore features a unique interior (also adopted in the saloon when it was upgraded to the 130B version which also featured the Coupé’s enlarged 3235 cc V6). Interestingly, it also featured a button-operated mechanism allowing the driver to open the passenger-side door.

Catch the Porsche 356 coupe on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

Catch the Porsche 356 coupe on show among the many classic cars at Singapore Rendezvous 2017

Porsche 356 coupe

The Porsche 356 was Porsche’s first production automobile. Such was the popularity of the nimble, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door, sports car available in hardtop coupé and open configurations that production of the 356 continued until April 1965, even after its replacement, the Porsche 911 debuted in 1963. Initially, it was little noticed by a small number of auto racing enthusiasts and the first few 356s sold primarily in Austria and Germany. By the early 1950s, the Porsche 356 had gained some renown on both sides of the Atlantic for its aerodynamics, handling, and excellent build quality. Today, only half of the 76,000 classic car model Porsche 356 coupes exist today.

You can see these beautiful classic cars at the upcoming Singapore Rendezvous from October 5th to the 8th. Images of the classic car models featured here are representative and may not reflect actual colours and fittings as the cars are still being shipping to Singapore.

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Porsche’s all-new Cayenne to debut on August 29

If the above teaser video doesn’t make you anticipate Porsche’s latest offering, perhaps you should read on. As revealed by the German sports car maker last Friday, the all-new, third-generation Cayenne is set to launch on Tuesday, August 29. Judging from the rendering below, the 2018 Cayenne may not differ much from its predecessor in terms of exterior design, but there’s definitely more than meets the eye. After all, this is Porsche we’re talking about.

The 2018 Cayenne SUV promises a revolutionary leap in performance, if what CarScoops has reported is anything to go by. On Tuesday, you can expect a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 with 330 horsepower, as well as a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 with 440 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid unit will also be an additional option.

For those who can afford to wait, the SUV will also be on display at the upcoming Frankfurt Motorshow, which opens to the public from September 14 to 24.

First unveiled in 2002, the release of the Cayenne was a huge gamble for Porsche, which for 70 years prior had been defined by its range of track-bred, lightweight sports cars. Regardless, the company pushed through with its decision — and it paid off.

Not only did the Cayenne set the standards of SUVs for other luxury car brands, it went on to replace Porsche’s 911 as the driving force behind year upon year of record sales at the company. In 2016, Porsche sold a staggering 237,778 cars, 70,000 of which were Cayennes. The car has even gone on to break world records. The Cayenne is unfaltering proof that when Porsche sets out to do something, it sets out to do it best.

Miami luxury real estate market sees increasing demand from foreign investors

Property developer Gil Dezer owns 29 cars. And he plans to admire some of them from his couch in a swank Miami high-rise building, with the ocean in the background. Yes, Dezer is planning to park the cars IN his apartment.

Miami’s 60-floor Porsche Design Tower—the first of its kind in the world—has glass-enclosed elevators that bring sports cars up to the plush homes of their owners. The residential skyscraper, which has 132 units and opened in March, is the latest of several super-luxury buildings dotting the Miami coastline.

But what if you don’t own a Porsche? “Why wouldn’t you have a Porsche?” asked the 42-year-old Dezer, who developed the project at the request of the German automaker. Of course, if you paid between $5.5 million and $33 million for your apartment, chances are you own a Porsche.

The tower, which was designed by the Sieger Suarez architectural firm, is located on Sunny Isles Beach, a barrier island off Miami. The apartments include balcony pools, all with a glorious view of Miami Bay, high above the pristine sands. But the building’s signature feature is of course the three $40 million “Dezervators”—named for the developer—that lift the vehicles of the billionaire tenants into their living rooms.

“If you love your car and you see it as a piece of art … this is the kind of place you’re going to want,” said Dezer, who also played a role in the rise of Trump Palace and Trump Royale on Sunny Isles. “Instead of hanging your art on the wall, you have your art right behind your glass divider in your living room.”

How about a private island?

Tennis courts, saunas, gyms—those amenities are banal by Miami standards. In the southern Florida city’s uber-luxurious market, “Dezervators” are the kind of thing needed to impress the super-rich.

From the balconies of Porsche Design Tower, you can see the twin 16-story towers of Prive, also designed by Sieger Suarez. The complex is located on a private island connected to the mainland by a members-only bridge.

How much will it cost? A cool $2-8 million.

At The Grove at Grand Bay, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, two 20-story glass towers twist up into the sky with views over the waters of Coconut Grove. The towers have rooftop pools—and a pet spa.

All about flash

“Generally if you’re going to do anything wild and crazy, Miami’s the place to do it,” Dezer said. “This was a test bed for us, and the market here was always very good for new things.”

Florida has a history of zany investments. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, clever developers seduced millionaires with exotic proposals to invest in the mosquito-ridden swamp area. Some of the earliest Florida developments were made by people like oil and railway magnate Henry Flagler, and railroad millionaire Henry Plant.

They entered the Sunshine State’s real estate and tourism market “by trying to attract as many of their fellow millionaires that they could,” said Craig Pittman, author of “Oh, Florida!” a book about the state’s eccentricities.

Since then, Miami has been defined by the flashy and ostentatious, people “who want to say, ‘Yes, I have a lot of money, and look at all of my possessions’,” Pittman told AFP. He added: “Miami really is all about flash. The nickname is Magic City. You can’t get much flashier than that.”

A prime pop culture example is the 1983 movie “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino as a Cuban immigrant who becomes a millionaire drug lord. The film “was all about the ostentatious use of ill-gotten wealth, and what happens to you when you do that,” Pittman said. “People don’t see that as a cautionary tale. They see that as something to emulate.”

Miami’s not-so-secret secret is that it is a safe haven for foreign investments — sometimes shady foreign money. In early May, federal police in Brazil launched a money laundering probe linked to the real estate market in Miami. The investigation was named “Operation Miami Connection.”

Safe investments

More than half—54 percent—of Miami foreign real estate buyers come from Latin America, according to the National Association of Realtors. Another 18 percent are Europeans and 13 percent Canadians.

A closer look at the figures show that Canadians were the top buyers of luxury apartments in 2016, followed by Venezuelans and Brazilians. “When people feel like they want to put money into a secure investment, they think of the luxury apartment market in Miami and Miami Beach,” said John Stuart, a professor at Florida International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts.

The South Florida real estate market lost steam in 2016 due to the US presidential campaign, but experts predict it will stabilize this year. “Pricing is adjusting to reflect more supply on the market,” said Antoine Charvet, corporate communications director at Integra Realty Resources.

But for Dezer, the Miami luxury market is in a world of its own, immune to market ups and downs. For Charvet, South Florida is “the French Riviera of the eastern United States, and Miami is Monaco.”

Audi news: The luxury German car brand to update popular models like the A8 and A7 by 2020

On Thursday at its AGM in Neckarsulm, Germany, Audi laid out its ambitious plans for the future including bringing autonomous cars and electric vehicles to market before decade’s end and overhauling five of its most popular models before the end of 2018. “We are rejuvenating our model portfolio enormously,” said company chairman Rupert Stadler of Audi‘s product roadmap. And the refresh will start in July in Barcelona with the official unveiling of its flagship A8 luxury sedan, a car that is going to have to compete with the technological cutting edge that is the latest BMW 7 Series and the effortless comfort and active safety of the Mercedes S Class, itself just seriously overhauled for 2017.

Still, the company is hugely confident that the A8 will have the desired impact. “We will show the world everything that defines Vorsprung durch Technik and our brand,” said Stadler. The A8 will be followed by a new A7 fastback later in the year, most likely at the Frankfurt Autoshow in September.

In terms of electrification, Audi is collaborating with Porsche on drive train and architecture and aims to bring three plug-in battery electric cars to market by 2020 under the e-tron banner. Once established the company intends to start offering electrified versions of its core model range as predicted demand for electric cars increases.

And it is insatiable demand that is driving Audi to add more models to its already comprehensive SUV range. “We will expand our successful Q family by 2019 with two new concepts—the Audi Q8 and the Audi Q4,” said Stadler. The former will compete directly with the Range Rover and BMW X7 while the latter is expected to be very similar to the Porsche Macan and therefore challenge the Mercedes GLC Coupé.

During the shareholder meeting, Audi also outlined its plans for autonomous vehicle technology, now that it has been given ultimate responsibility for developing self-driving cars for the entire Volkswagen Group.

Its ultimate short-term goal is to get a self-driving system ready for market that can handle busy urban environments—a much more complex demand than highway cruising—and to roll it out to a number of compact city cars by 2021.

Luxury sportscar maker celebrates millionth Porsche 911 production

After 54 years of continued production, the vehicle that redefined what a sportscar should be is marking yet another milestone on its iconic journey. Even in the world of the automobile, terms like legend and icon may be used far too frequently, but in the case of the Porsche 911, all superlatives are completely justified. Just recently, Porsche unveiled its millionth 911, commemorating the brand’s legacy and dedication to its work.

For over a half-century the 911 has constantly pushed the envelope in terms of performance, handling and reliability. It is the most successful car in autosport history, having won more races in more events than any other model (the 911 accounts for over half of Porsche’s entire 30,000 race wins to date) and, thanks to choosing a path of evolution over revolution in terms of outward appearance at least, despite its comparative rarity on the road, it is one of the world’s few universally recognizable cars.

“We have continued to enhance the technology of the 911, refining and perfecting the sports car,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, “that’s why it remains a state-of-the-art and technically innovative vehicle.”

However, it offers that technology in a way that the brand’s dedicated legion of fans will accept and that, more than any other reason, is why it has managed to stay relevant even as competition increases from the likes of Mercedes and McLaren. “54 years ago, I was able to take my first trips [in a 911] over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road with my father,” said Dr Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “The feeling of being in a 911 is just as enjoyable now as it was then. That’s because the 911 has ensured that the core values of our brand are as visionary today as they were in the first Porsche 356/1 from 1948.”

The loyalty that the 911 stirs up in owners, along with the fact that unlike Italian automotive exotica, Porsches are built to last, is also why over 70% of all 911s ever built are still on the road today. In other words, the number of 911s currently in use is equal to the total amount of cars ever built by Aston Martin in its 103-year history.

The millionth 911 will not be offered for sale. Instead it will be going to the company’s museum, but not before it is goes on a global road trip over the course of the year where it will hit the Scottish Highlands, lap the Nurburgring and take in the US and China.

World’s fastest production SUVs: Bentley Bentagaya, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S top the list for 2017

As Fast and Furious makes its way to the top of the box office, SUVs are doing the same in the motoring world. Car manufacturer Jeep races to the summit of the performance off-roader market with its new 707hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk alongside strong contenders. Here’s a look at its stats and at the cars, it’s had to overtake to get to the top.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

A full-sized SUV with a 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 good for 707hp and 645 lb ft. (875Nm) of torque. When that’s sent to all four wheels it results in a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180mph (though Jeep is quick to point out the speedometer actually goes up to 200mph).

Bentley Bentayga

It might be a high-sided limousine with wooden cabin trim that can only be sourced by artisans abseiling down a cliff face, but it also has a six-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine under its immense hood. That outputs 608hp, 900Nm of torque and gives the 2440kg car a 0-100km/h time of four seconds. However, Bentley claims the Bentayga can hit 187mph.

Tesla Model X

Spec Tesla‘s first SUV with the 100kWh Dual Motor Performance D package and it will beat just about anything powered by fossil fuels off the line. Thanks to instantaneous electric motors running the show, this seven-seater has 967Nm of torque on tap and can go from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds. However, it only outputs 603hp and its top speed is just 150mph (250km/h).

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

The only full-size SUV in this list to actually come from an out-and-out sportscar maker is also one of the slowest. Even with a 4.8-liter, 570hp turbocharged V8 under its hood, the Cayenne can only manage a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds. However, thanks to 800Nm of torque, it can hit a very impressive 176mph (283km/h).

Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

The fastest and most exclusive series production Range Rover in the company’s history. Just like the Bentley its cabin is a place of zen-like tranquillity and business-class luxury. However, it is one of the world’s most formidable genuine off-road vehicles and, thanks to a 550hp supercharged V8 is also the most powerful one Land Rover has ever built. It serves up 680Nm of torque and covers the 0-100km/h dash in 5.4 seconds; its top speed is capped at 155mph (250km/h).

Luxury car reviews: Test-driving the relaunched Porsche 718 Boxster S in Singapore

When Porsche first introduced the 718, the year was 1957 and Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States, Elvis made his last appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and George Town, Penang became a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We would only see the car for six years, but its name lives on. Now the technical wizards at Porsche are at it again and have decided to reintroduce the legend.

The 718 isn’t technically a new model per se, but it is the new name for the Boxster and Cayman models. I have had the opportunity to drive the 718 Boxster S in the warm sunny days of Singapore and the Boxster through the cold winter nights of England. They may carry the same name and familiar smile, but they are very different animals to drive.

Like with the 911, Porsche has decided to downsize its engines and implement turbo-charging pretty much across the board. The new 718 comes in a 2.0 L (300 hp) and 2.5 L (350 hp) turbo-charged guise and this is the first time in many decades that Porsche has featured a four-cylinder engine in one of their cars. Inside, the quality is as good as ever, featuring luxurious leather and high-quality trimmings. There’s plenty of room for both occupants so the feeling of claustrophobia never sets in, even with the top up. The car is packed with tech too, including the new Apple Play functionality, a digital LCD instrument dial and numerous driving aids. The cabin is spacious and one of the best features about the Boxster’s layout is its front and rear boots. This makes the car extremely practical for a two-seater and great for road trips. During my time in the Boxster in England, I drove more than 600 miles with three suitcases, two duffle bags and a backpack.

718 Boxster und 718 Boxster S

There are two transmission options available: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, though only the latter is available in Singapore. The Boxster S I drove featured the optional Sports Chrono Package which gives a few settings for boosting the performance. The shifts are blisteringly quick by any measure and setting up launch control is incredibly easy if you want to get the ultimate acceleration. Change a few traction and shift settings, plant your foot, the car holds revs briefly and then launches you into the horizon. You would have never thought this type of acceleration was possible in a 4-cylinder vehicle. The claimed 4.2 seconds to 100 km/h is easily attainable.

The Boxster featured a 6-speed manual which as you would expect, is a completely different driving experience. From the outside with the sports exhaust fitted, only a real enthusiast would be able to tell the small tweaks that separate the regular Boxster from the S, but as you climb in and drop the clutch you’ll notice a significant difference. The car is not quite as potent off the line, with a claimed 0 to 100km/h time of 5.1 seconds. In exchange, however, you get the pleasure of taking it to its full potential more often. You also get increased fuel economy and just as much fun through the twisty bits. It’s like having your favourite cake and finding out it has zero calories. You can eat it all day long, instead of picking at it, worrying about the unhealthy side-effects.

Driving the Boxster across the U.K. was captivating. Its efficiency, character and comfort, means you can push and push and it just begs for more. Never wavering, not once, regardless of whether you are cruising down the motorway or enjoying winding country lanes on one of Britain’s infamous B-Roads. My drive took me from south of London in Crawley, up through Central London then north on the A1 all the way to the East Midlands and the city of Lincoln. At one point I had spent more than six hours in the car and the fact that I wasn’t exhausted, tells you everything you need to know about how this Porsche performs. Throughout my journey, I battled rain, wind, fog and an angry estate home owner telling me to get off his driveway. Yet the car remained composed and whatever was thrown at us, we tackled with ease.

The 718 is the Gisele Bündchen of the roadster world. Beautifully exotic, yet still very German. And as I cruised into Lincoln, onlooker’s jaws dropped. However, I did have the top down in December, so on hindsight, they may have thought I was not quite right upstairs. Objectively, it really is a gorgeous roadster regardless of whether it’s got its top up or down and there’s not really anything on the road today that comes close to matching it for performance, looks and overall usability.

Porsche has gone back to its roots with the 718, bringing the best of the past and transfusing it with the present. It oozes charisma and delivers everything you ask of it. The only sad part of the experience was having to return the keys.

For more information, visit Porsche.

This article was first published in Palace 18.

Classic car collectors in 2017 favour modern Porsches and McLarens at Amelia Island

A 1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype surrounded by other Porsches | © Christopher Head

A 1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype surrounded by other Porsches at the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2017 sale at Place Vauban in February this year. | © Christopher Head

At Amelia Island, concours-condition collectible cars were paraded and auction prices for modern classic cars were further adjusted. Collectors showed that they could well be falling out of love with 1960s Ferraris in favour of modern Porsches and even McLarens.

RM Sotheby’s auction of 150 lots ranging from vintage Bugattis to modern Bentleys generated $70.9 million in sales.

“Not only was it our best ever Amelia Island performance, but the highest tally in Amelia Island auction history,” said Gord Duff, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s. “The calibre of entries our team secured for this year’s event was second-to-none.” The star of its show was a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet that went under the hammer for $7.7 million.

And, even though some 19 cars in total managed to attract winning bids in excess of $1 million, a host of vehicles that were expected to send the room into a frenzy failed to meet their estimate, including two Ferraris a 1961 250GT SWB ($9-$10million) and a 1950 166 MM Barchetta by Touring (pre-sale estimate of $8-$10 million).

All of which suggests that interest in the bluest of blue-chip Ferraris is on the wane, or at least that everyone with the interest and money to invest in such a machine already has one in his or her collection. As a result premium collectors are looking to other Italian marques mid-1960s Alfa Romeos, Lancias and Maseratis all performed well at all Amelia Island auctions this year — or they’re looking to ‘modern classics’ or essentially new cars with extremely limited production runs.

For example, a 1995 Ferrari F50 once owned by boxer Mike Tyson secured a $2.64 million winning bid making it the second most expensive car sold by RM Sotheby’s; and a 2012 Bugatti Veyron fetched $1.65 million and a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 went for $1.375 million.

At the Gooding & Co Ameila island auction, a 2012 McLaren P1 fetched a never-before achieved $2.392 million but the cars in the biggest demand were of the Porsche variety.

A row of Porsches at the RM Sotheby's Paris 2017 sale at Place Vauban in February this year. | © Christopher Head

A row of Porsches at the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2017 sale at Place Vauban in February this year. | © Christopher Head

The star of its sale of more than $30 million was a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion which went for a phenomenal $5.665 million.

“We achieved strong results for a number of exceptional cars, especially from the Porsche marque, exemplified by the world record price achieved for the GT1 Strassenversion,” said Gooding & Company president David Gooding. “In spite of the 13 world record prices set, we are definitely seeing a market shift, which is healthy for the marketplace as a whole.”

The sale also set new records for the 964-generation Porsche 911 with a Turbo S Leichtbau ($1.54 million),  the 2011 997 GT3 RS 4.0 ($748,000), and the 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS ($561,000).

And while the trend for Porsches seems to be getting into full swing, attention is also shifting to other marques with a track connection. There is a surge of interest in late 1940s to mid-1960s Aston Martins, the Jaguar E-Type is continuing to get strong prices and the Amelia Island auctions also set a record for Mazda. A 1989 Mazda 767B that raced at Le Mans fetched $1.75 million.

The next major classic car auction will be on the banks of Lake Como during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 27 before the season reaches its zenith with Monterey motoring week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this August.

Top 5 fastest production cars: From the Lamborghini to Porsche, which cars boast speed around the lap?

We’re all astonished by the recent smashing of the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record by the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. This amazing lap time means that Lamborghini now holds the title for the fastest performance car, shaking up the circuit’s all-time leader board in the process. So with that in mind, this is how the all-time top five fastest production cars look with Lamborghini newly installed at the summit.

1. Lamborghini Huracán Performante: six minutes, 52.01 seconds

Although the car is expected to be much lighter and have a more aggressive aerodynamics package, we won’t know exactly how the latest Huracán achieved this phenomenal time. To put it into perspective, only five cars in history (two of which were single-seat, open top road-legal racecars) have ever achieved a sub-seven-minute lap of the 20.6km circuit.

2. Porsche 918 Spyder: six minutes, 57.0 seconds

When the hybrid hypercar set its time in 2013 it was the first proper car to complete the course in less than seven minutes and, considering the technological complexity of the Porsche — electric motors filling in for turbo-lag, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering — many believed that the time would never be beaten

3. Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce: six minutes, 59.73 seconds

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Proving that a normally aspirated V12 engine sitting in a carbon fiber frame can still cut it with the best of cutting-edge automotive tech, the company’s then flagship model was driven to a sub-seven-minute time by Marco Mapelli who, incidentally was also behind the wheel of the Huracán for its record-braking lap.

4. NextEV Nio EP9: seven minutes, 5.12 seconds

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When the Nio EP9 set its time in 2016 it became the world’s fastest electric supercar. In recent weeks the company has also set a record for the fastest ever lap of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Race in Texas as a piloted car and as a driverless car.

5. Nissan GT-R Nismo: seven minutes, 8.68 seconds

The most affordable car on the list, Godzilla, as it’s nicknamed, may only have a twin-turbo V6 engine but it also has four-wheel drive and a host of cutting-edge technological driver aids to ensure that no matter how hard it’s pushed, it never comes unstuck. This time was set in 2015 in what is now the outgoing model and Nissan is expected to head back to the track this year to ensure the new version picks up where this one left off. But will its techicians be able to shave 12 seconds off its lap time?

Honorable mentions

The Mercedes-AMG GT-R: It comes in sixth place but, with a time of seven minutes, 10.92 seconds, set in January, it can claim to be the world’s fastest rear-wheel-drive car.

Radical SR8LM: If lap times are all that’s important, nothing has ever bettered the six-minute, 48-second lap set by this little racing car in 2009. However, that turn of speed will mean making a host of sacrifices such as living without doors, a passenger seat, storage space or even a roof.

New luxury supercar launches: Porsche 911 GT3 offers higher performance at the Geneva Motor Show 2017

Supercar manufacturer Porsche is on a roll! Having unveiled their new 911 GT3 on Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, the track-focused sportscar now boasts a 500hp flat-six engine sitting over its rear axle. This boasts a truly linear performance as the company has managed to crank up the power without turning to turbocharging. The company offers a manual gearbox function along with this addition.

It will ensure that the 1430kg car will go from 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 318km/h while being able to rev to a remarkable 9000rpm red-line between gear changes. The car will come with Porsche‘s seven-speed dual clutch paddle shift transmission as standard, but due to customer demand, the option of a six-speed manual is also available. Go for that option and the 0-100km/h time climbs to 3.9 seconds, however, its top speed goes up to 320km/h.

Regardless of transmission choice, the car will come with rear wheel steering as standard, a lower ride height (it sits 25mm closer to the ground than the Carrera S for example), model-specific aerodynamics, dynamic engine mounts, a rear differential lock and no rear seats.

However, that doesn’t mean that the interior is completely Spartan. The infotainment package that on other 911 models comes with turn-by-turn navigation is present here and optimised for racing. The Porsche Track Precision app ensures that keen drivers can record lap times, analyse data and look for areas for improvement.

And there are three choices of driver and passenger seat: hardcore carbon fiber and plastic racing bucket seats, for those that want the most extreme experience; fully electrically adjustable seats with added lateral support and bolsters for those that put a premium on comfort; and a hybrid option that offers manual rather than electronic adjustment and integrated thorax airbags.

The 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 will cost from €152,416 in Europe. Prices for the US will be confirmed shortly.

Luxury car auctions: Classic car collectors favour modern day editions from Mercedes, Ferrari and Aston Martin

The collectible classic car industry has long been one that gets your heart pumping. With the prospect of collecting an item so elusive you’re one of the few ‘lucky ones’ to obtain, classic car connoisseurs are known for their deep passion in the industry. Despite talk of bubbles, and of Ferrari fatigue, the classic car market is in extremely good health as 2016 becomes 2017. Yet, we ask ourselves what makes a car collectible? The very definition of what makes a car collectable or desirable is changing faster than a classic Ferrari’s 0-100km/h time.

On the whole the market has remained very strong,” begins RM Sotheby’s Peter Haynes. “Probably the thing that came out of 2016 most clearly is a shift towards what the industry is calling the modern classic.” By modern, Haynes says that interest in automotive exotica from the late 80s and 90s is now huge. “It’s really hard to account for this change unless what we’re seeing is the beginning of a sustained shift in the market — the passing of one generation and a new generation of buyers coming in,” he says.

As a rule, collectors that buy with their heart rather than as an alternative to a hedge fund, will be drawn to those cars that have a personal, emotional significance.

“People are buying the cars they want to buy,” explains Robert Johnson, director of Classic and Sports Finance, a company that helps collectors track down and pay for exotic cars, whether at auction or through dealers. “It’s a case of what do I really want? What do I aspire to and what was on my bedroom wall as a kid?”

And in the 80s and 90s, bedroom walls were covered in pictures of the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 959 and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Over the past 12 months, prices for all of these models, and their successors have started climbing. At the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale on February 7, a 1988 Porsche 959 Sport went for a world record €1.96 million, but a 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet attracted a winning bid of €1.34 million.

And the auction houses are now changing the mix of lots on offer to cater for this changing taste. “A few years ago, it was very rare to find an auction house selling a new car,” points out Haynes.

Yet at this year’s Paris sale, some of the biggest lots were also the newest. A 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series went for €470,000, a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO for €450,000, a 2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato fetched €750,400 and a 2016 Porsche 911R went for €515,200. These prices point to a second growing trend in the collector car space. The investors that would normally be buying up mid-1960s Ferraris are now looking to rare modern cars instead.

“A lot of people are now sniffing these cars out rather than going to classic car auctions,” points out Haynes. And at the moment there is no shortage of choice. McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini have all unveiled extremely rare, extremely expensive models over the past 12 months, from the Ferrari J50, to the aforementioned Porsche 911 R and the Lamborghini Centenario.

But in each case, the entire run has sold out before the first example has been built. “People are going to start clambering over each other to buy them,” says Haynes, who believes the cars will be stored for resale and never driven.

However, it could also be good news for everyone else. Some of the most desirable traditional classics, could soon be within more collectors’ reach. A 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal sold for just €78,400 at the Paris sale, a Maserati Bora for just €179,200 and a 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT L Series for €448,000 — that’s less than a 2016 Porsche or a 2012 Aston Martin.

Collectible car auction: Porsche reved up their engine at Place Vauban in Paris, France

The finesse of German engineering has created Porsches that are phenomenal fun to drive. However, they have never performed phenomenally well at auctions. Although the technology helps them get around a track quickly, it also ensures that they do not disintegrate into rust. As a result, 86% of all 911s ever built are still on the road. Porsches simply aren’t as elusive as their counterparts, and that’s why the marque has yet to reach the same classic car heights as Ferrari or Aston Martin.

However, all of that is changing. Of the 76 automotive lots included in last week’s sale at Place Vauban in Paris‘s well-heeled seventh arrondissement, 26 were Porsches — the oldest a 1955 356 Pre-A 1600 Speedster and the newest, a 2016 911R with just delivery mileage on the clock. But regardless of age, all of the Porsches up for auction generated huge bidding battles and set records in the process.

An ultra-rare 1988 Porsche 959 Sport went under the hammer for a world record figure of €1,960,000. A prototype convertible 901 from 1964 (the year before Peugeot forced Porsche to rename the car the 911 because of potential copyright infringement) secured a winning bid of €649,600. And the aforementioned speedster also achieved a €369,600 sale price.

However, the big surprises came when essentially modern cars form Stuttgart were offered. A 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3.6 fetched €901,600; a 2010 911 GT3 RSR went for €470.400 (two times its estimate); and a 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet for a phenomenal €1,344,000.

Even a 2016 911R — which six months ago was bought from Porsche for €150,000 — sold for €515,200. “Clearly, Porsche is still the star marque in the ascendance,” said Peter Wallman, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s Europe, referencing the company’s recent London sale last September where a collection of perfectly preserved Porsche 911s went for huge sums.

“That sale was a game changer for Porsche,” explains RM Sotheby’s spokesperson Peter Hynes “Those cars went for what can only be described as ‘crazy money,’ the likes of which the market had never seen before.”

Wednesday’s results suggest that the London sale was no flash in the pan and that demand for Porsche is about to hit a peak. And we won’t have to wait long to see if this trend is set to continue. At Amelia Island, on March 10-11 there will be a further 22 Porsches going up for auction.

Porsche 718 Boxster S: Driving Dream

The Porsche 718 Boxster is no longer the entry level sports car at Porsche, that title now goes to the new 718 Cayman. Since its launch in the late ‘90s, the car has grown tremendously. It is wider, longer and lower than its predecessors. In fact, the only part of the car that remained similar in size is the engine. In keeping with Porsche’s current trend of downsizing engines and turbo-charging, the new 718 comes in a 2.0 L (300 hp) and 2.5 L (350 hp) turbo-charged guise. This is the first time in many decades that Porsche has featured a 4-cylinder engine in one of their cars.

So what is it like? Well I picked up a Porsche 718 Boxster S from Porsche Singapore and I can attest that aesthetically, it is one of the prettiest roadsters on sale today. Over the few days that I had the car, I had a number of people approach me with praises of the car’s good looks, especially with the top down. I wasn’t surprised — it has got that old-school, wide, mid-engine charm that gets you excited and makes you want to drive it constantly.

I remember the Boxster commercial I saw when the car originally came out; it really stuck with me, considering I was only about 14-years-old then. A guy awakes from a coma after several decades, goes out to the garage and hops into his classic 550 Spyder. As he’s driving along, a Boxster overtakes him and both drivers are completely amazed at what they’ve seen. If the commercial was released today with the new car and the 550 owner driving the original Boxster, the reaction would still be the same.Porsche GT Silver 718 Boxster S

Inside, it is typical Porsche, with a similar set-up to the new 991, minus a few switches and instrument gauges. The quality is as good as ever and the car is packed with tech, including the new Apple Play functionality. The cabin is spacious and one of the best features about the 718 Boxster’s layout is its front and rear boots. This makes the car extremely practical for a two-seater and great for road trips.

My car was fitted with the latest PDK dual clutch transmission and the Sports Chrono Package. Saying that shifts are quick would be an understatement by any measurement. Setting up launch control is a breeze as well if you want to get the ultimate acceleration. Change a few traction and shift settings, plant your foot, the car holds revs briefly and then launches you forward at speeds you never thought possible in a 4-cylinder vehicle. The claimed 4.2 seconds to 100 km/h is easily believable. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went quicker.

However, to get the most out of the vehicle in normal driving situations, you really need to have it in the right gear; I did notice more turbo lag than in the 991 and although not terrible by any means – the engine crackles and pops on downshifts, forcing me to keep speeding up and slowing down to the “delight” of my passenger and the car in front – the note isn’t as aural as the previous Boxster.Porsche GT Silver 718 Boxster S

As with previous Boxsters though, the handling is spot on. There is not another car on the market in this category that handles corners with the same finesse as this one does. The chassis and aero set-up are perfect whether you’re on a back road in Singapore or at a race track in Germany. There’s a hell lot of grip and the steering is very communicative so you can feel what the car is going to do next.

So here is the big question, would I buy one? The SGD316,588 starting price is a lot to ask for a four-cylinder engine. However, this is Singapore and that is a great price for a car that really beats all its nearest competitors in the 300k range. The 718 Boxster S is a great looking and performing car, along with the pedigree of one of the sports car greats. The original Boxster really turned things around for Porsche and made them the brand they are today. The new 718 clearly re-emphasizes the importance this car plays in the line-up and builds on the qualities of the original.

Porsche Panamera Turbo Sneak Preview

The car that once set the benchmark for all four-door sports sedans is back. On November 2 the Panamera Turbo made its debut in Singapore to exciting fanfare. As part of its launch, the car was first shown to the media in a secret high security vault. A very exciting way to kick off showcasing the vehicle! It then went on to tour the city for four days, from November 3 to 6. Starting at the famous Fullerton Hotel, the car travelled to Dempsey Hill, Suntec City, ION Orchard and completed its tour at the W Hotel.

The all-new Panamera was towed by a Cayenne SUV with an entourage from Porsche Club Singapore. Tim Oh from Class 95 and Mike Kasem and Vernetta Lopez from Gold 90.5 were also in attendance at Suntec City and Porsche had their own complimentary ice cream for everyone that came to check out the sedan.porsche-panamera-turbo

So how is the new car? Having sat in it at a special press preview, the quality is vastly improved over an already well-built product. The interior features more tech, more style and more space. Basically everything in the new car is digital with LCD screens consuming most of the front cabin, save for the rev counter, which sticks with the traditional center analogue gauge. The driving position has not been compromised either. You sit low, but with lots of visibility. The rear is a much more inviting place to be in than before and features more space while still giving the feeling of being in a coupe.

A lot of traditional sports car manufacturers that go on to make sedans end up compromising on interior quality, but the Panamera feels like Porsche has been doing this for decades. The exterior styling sticks with Porsche’s philosophy of evolution over revolution. You can still easily recognise it as a Panamera, however it is a prettier car than the previous model and I believe it will appeal to more people. The new active aero spoiler is an extremely cool piece of kit as well and is probably my favourite feature on the car. The way it deploys looks like something out of Transformers.

Up front you’ll find a new 550 hp 4.0 L twin-turbo V8 in this “Turbo” model. However, like most Porsches now, expect a large portion of the range to be turbocharged. You can also expect a blisteringly quick 0 – 62 mph time of 3.8 seconds with the Sports Chrono Package installed. Emissions and fuel consumption have also been improved and the PDK transmission has been updated for faster shift times and improved performance depending on your style of driving.porsche-panamera-turbo-3

There will be three cars initially released in Singapore, the Panamera 4S, 4S Diesel and Turbo. I never thought I’d say this, but personally, I’m most excited about the new 8-cylinder 4S Diesel. The horsepower and torque figures Porsche are extracting from the engine are out of this world. There’s 422 hp and 850 Nm of torque on tap, producing a 0 – 62 mph time of 4.3 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package and a top speed of 177 mph. That makes the Panamera 4S Diesel, the fastest production diesel in the world! It will have some immense pulling power, along with a really good range on a full tank.

Stay tuned for a full review…

Porsche Panamera Executive Model LA Motor Show Debut

Set to be badged the ‘Executive’ model, the longer Porsche Panamera offers occupants 150mm more cabin space and a host of extra luxury toys. For example a panoramic roof is standard, as is adjustable air suspension for a silky ride and multi-way reclining seats for all passengers front and rear. After all, Porsche has designed the model for clients who employ a chauffeur.

In terms of options, owners will be able to specify the new car with an entertainment console that sits between the rear seats and offers 10.1-inch tablets and foldaway work tables.

Alongside the larger Panamera, Porsche will also introduce a new entry-level model with a new 330hp V6 turbocharged engine which is more powerful and yet more efficient than the V6 that called the shots in the first-generation Panamera.

When the new models debut in LA, they will bring the second-generation Panamera range up to 10 different cars based on wheelbase, engine and performance. What’s more, there’s still a possibility that the LA Auto Show will be the venue where Porsche takes it to 11 and unveils the shooting brake version of the Panamera, too.

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

We say these are highlights to look out for at the 2016 Paris Motor Show but they are more like a road map, with projected milestones. Although there is obviously going to be an amplified buzz about electric propulsion (no bookmaker would take bets against at this point), expect battery-powered cars to be present for the most part in purely conceptual form at this year’s show. This leaves plenty of opportunity for crossovers, coupés and convertibles to generate a current of excitement. Having said that, technological advances in the auto industry are hardly limited to batteries and one particular idea, about the user experience, will be making an appearance at the Paris Motor Show.

A UX Concept

As cars move from being a simple form of personal transportation to potentially being the digital hub of the connected consumer and his or her equally connected home, so too does the definition of its user experience. Its systems have to be as fun and immersive to use as the driving experience is keen.

Therefore the Lexus UX Concept is an aggressively styled crossover on the outside – one that takes the company’s current design language and projects it into the next decade – and a simple-to-use supercomputer on the inside.

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

Interior of the Lexus UX Concept

The crossover is also the starting point for Mercedes’ show car, an electrified SUV that will be able to compete with the recently launched Model X in terms of luxury, technology and range.

Crossovers for All

As exciting as these models promise to be, it will be conventionally powered, real-world production vehicles that will hog the limelight at this year’s show. And, as the SUV continues on its journey to becoming the car of choice for all motorists, no matter what their transport needs, it should come as little surprise that most of the new cars on show at this year’s event will be of the high-sided variety.

Audi will be showing off the new Q5, BMW will be unveiling the conceptual outline of the X2, a coupé version of its entry-level X1 SUV and Mercedes will be displaying the GLC Coupé AMG 43 4Matic.

There will be more mass-market crossovers on show too, including the Skoda Kodiaq, a long-wheelbase version of the VW Tiguan and the Toyota C-HR.

But the biggest off road-inspired new vehicle will be the Land Rover Discovery. It promises class leading connected technology and benchmark setting all-terrain performance. After all Land Rover is the world’s only mainstream carmaker that deals exclusively in SUV models and it is therefore under the most pressure to raise the bar.

Supercar Debuts

Meanwhile, Mercedes will be showing off the AMG GT Roadster, the convertible take on its current flagship sportscar. Taking things up a gear further will be the world debut of the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, a V8, turbocharged version of its four-seat shooting brake. There’s also a possibility that Ferrari will use this year’s show to debut the Apperta, an open top version of its Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid hypercar.

Not to be outdone, Porsche will be showcasing the Panamera, its own family sportscar in petrol and hybrid forms and potentially in shooting brake specification too.

The 2016 Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the press September 28 and 29, and the public from October 1.

Look Out for These: Paris Motor Show Highlights

Will the new 2017 Porsche Panamera be joined by a shooting break version at this year’s event?