A bit of google-fu with the words “fun roads to drive in Singapore” recently turned up four road names from a forum thread long dead and buried, from a website for local drivers of a certain marque. This badge, incidentally, has the marketing slogan “sheer driving pleasure” – so there’s good reason to trust that their testimonials are accurate.
Nevertheless, as a budding motojournalist, objectivity is key. I needed to see for myself if their recommendations made sense or not. After all, eventually, I want to do road tests of cars – but for now, a test of roads has to suffice – to find roads that, as the title suggests, deliver maximum driving pleasure.
With these qualifications in mind, I grabbed my camera, gave the “let’s go gai-gai...
Average speeds on expressways in Singapore have gone up, and figures gathered last year show that they are at a 10-year high. The average speed in 2014 was 64.1 km/h, a 2.5km/h increase from 2013, which probably suggests an increase in traffic flow. Just for reference, from 2005 to 2013, the average peak hour speed can range from 61.2km/h to 63.6km/h.
The improved speeds can be attributed to altering several major roads to improve their flow. The works include the widen of a 5.8km stretch of the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) between Adam Road and Clementi Avenue 6, which has alleviated bottlenecking problems at several exits. The widening of the CTE helped as well.
With the effective use of the ERP and construction of new roads, the peak hour average speeds on arterial roads and the CBD has been kept at 29km/h for 2 straight years, which is the highest speed since 2005.
Kia launched the all-new Sorento, a car that is set to build on its consistent appeal to a diverse range of customers. This third-generation model will again change the way people see the brand as it is better equipped, more refined, stylish and technologically advanced than ever before.
All versions of the new Sorento are powered by an EU6-compliant 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine which produces fewer harmful tailpipe emissions, is more fuel-efficient, less damaging to the environment, and which reduces running costs for personal and business owners. All have a new, permanent, intelligent all-wheel drive system and a versatile seven-seat interior. There are four trim levels, badged KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4. Depending on model, buyers will have the choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
It has been confirmed – the BBC will not renew Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear contract when it runs out at the end of the month. Many rumours have been floating around on the Internet recently, with several sources claiming that rival networks have offered the Top Gear trio contracts. It is worth noting though that these are just rumours at the moment – there has been no official confirmation from all the parties involved.
Regardless of whatever happens to the current trio, BBC has intentions to keep the show going with new hosts. It remains to be seen if Richard Hammond and James May will carry on hosting the programme without Clarkson.
The whole incident started when Clarkson allegedly punch producer Oisin Tymon on the 10th of March. He was suspended when the BBC found out about his actions, and a new contract was not offered to him following the findings from rounds of investigations.
The General Insurance Association compiled some rather interesting stastics about motor vehicle theft in 2014. Despite theft being at a 5 year low, one vehicle is still being stolen every day, with most of cases taking place in Johor, Malaysia.
341 vehicles were stolen in 2014, which is 22.7% fewer than 2013, and is the lowest figure since the GIA first started keeping track about the statistics. 68.3% of the thefts occurred in Malayisa.
SUVs appear to be the car jackers’ main target, with the bulk of the cars stolen in Singapore just for a joyride. For owners whose cars have been stolen in Malaysia, be prepared for the worst, as more often than not, the cars are either re-exported or dismantled for spares.
Nissan is set to give the Pulsar a sporting edge with the launch of a new, range-topping DIG-T 190 engine. Available with three trim grade options, the hard-hitting 190PS turbocharged petrol engine has been developed alongside a range of styling, suspension and chassis upgrades that deliver a sportier, more focussed driving experience.
The Pulsar 1.6 DIG-T Pulsar is the sportiest and most powerful engine to be offered in the range – further increasing Nissan’s appeal in the hatchback market. One of the most advanced engines in the sector, it develops maximum torque output of 240Nm from 2,000rpm (up to 4,000rpm) and delivers impressive in-gear flexibility and acceleration (0-62mph 7.7secs). Engineered to provide exceptional responses at low engine speeds, it delivers sharp performance and the agile responses that characterise Nissan’s performance offerings.
A fleet of scooters comprising 30 of the innovative BMW C evolution was delivered to the Barcelona City Hall for use by the local police. The first completely electrically powered scooter manufactured by BMW Motorrad will allow the police to move with maximum efficiency and zero em45issions.
The BMW C evolution is BMW Motorrad’s answer to zero-emissions urban mobility. With a continuous output of 11KW and a maximum output of 35 KW, the scooter is homologated to be ridden with an A1 or B licence. The BMW electric scooter combines sheer electric riding pleasure with excellent dynamic qualities as well as the advantages of a zero emission vehicle, thereby providing a whole new riding experience.