New BMW 2-series Coupe goes back to basics

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BMW’s new 2-series Coupe is made for dynamic performance, boasting a sophisticated chassis originally developed for the 4-series Coupe.

This made-in-Mexico hottie is slated for a market launch early next year.

The first variant will be the M240i xDrive Coupe, a 374hp inline-six all-wheel-drive, followed by inline-four rear-wheel-drives. The car is longer and wider than its predecessor (with a longer wheelbase), but is lower.

Singapore will get the 2-litre 220i in the first quarter of next year, with an expected price of between $205,000 and $215,000. The M240i may follow.

Sounds like a recipe for fun.

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New Ferrari is topless and quicker

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The Ferrari Portofino M is here. The topless version is priced at $898,000 before the certificate of entitlement and options.

It is powered by the same 3,855cc turbo V8 found in the coupe, but tuned to make 20hp more at 620hp. Torque remains unchanged at 760Nm.

For the first time, the convertible is quicker than the coupe, with a century sprint of 3.45 seconds (versus the Portofino’s 3.5 seconds).

New Lotus is AMG-powered

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Lotus has unveiled its latest model, the Emira.

Developed on a new platform, the car has two engine choices – a new-to-Lotus 2-litre turbocharged from Mercedes-AMG, and a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 from the Exige and the Evora. It will be available with manual, automatic or dual-clutch transmission.

The car is expected to hit 100kmh in under 4.5 seconds and reach a top velocity of 290kmh. It is expected to arrive in the second quarter of next year and will be priced around $400,000 before the certificate of entitlement.

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Aventador’s swansong

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Automobili Lamborghini’s Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is the final variant of the flagship model before it is retired. It is available in coupe and roadster forms, and only 350 coupes and 250 roadsters will be made.

With 780hp available from 8,500rpm, the all-wheel-drive coupe is 25kg lighter than the Aventador S and delivers the same weight-to-power ratio as the Aventador SVJ. It accelerates from 0 to 100kmh in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 355kmh.

Biggest hybrid car

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Bentley’s Flying Spur is now available as a hybrid.

Its 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 is paired with an electric motor to make 536bhp and 750Nm of torque. Out of a total driving range of more than 700km, 40km or so can be done in electric mode.

Subtle exterior badging and additional hybrid information presented via the car’s head-up display, infotainment screen and instrument cluster serve as reminders that this is the biggest hybrid passenger car around.

This article was originally published in The Straits Times.

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