The Range Rover Sport SVR has lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds, making it the fastest production SUV around the Nürburgring. The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver testing a standard production example of the potent new performance flagship.
The new SVR, which made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June returned to the Nürburgring this month to continue an exhaustive testing schedule. The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by an updated version of Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which has been tuned to deliver 550PS – a 40PS increase over the existing V8 Supercharged derivative.
Tan Chong Motor Sales announced its light commercial vehicles (LCV) and passenger vehicles (PV) sales results for the first half of 2014, based on the latest figures released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
1) Nissan is now the 3rd Overall Best Selling Brand
Combining its LCV and PV sales figures, Nissan advances to 3rd overall* best-selling brand in the 1st half of 2014, with a 7% jump in market share to 13%.
The all-new third-generation Kia Sorento will be unveiled in Korea next month, featuring bold, swept-back exterior styling.
The new model boasts a lower roofline, higher beltline, more muscular stance, rounded shoulders at the rear and deeply sculpted body surfaces. Together with a larger, more upright grille, these design changes raise the visual sophistication of Kia’s best-selling SUV.
The population of off peak cars in Singapore has fallen from the 50,040 in December 2010, to the 40,438 this June. This can be attributed to the rising COE prices, which makes it illogical to own an off-peak car. The scheme will have to be revised should the government want it to remain relevant and attractive to car buyers.
Right now, should you purchase an off peak car, you’ll get $17,000 of the retail price, along with a $500 discount on road tax. These cars are only allowed to be used before 7:00 am and after 7:00 pm on weekdays. To drive at any other time, motorists would have to purchase an electronic day license that will set them back $20.
ERP rates at 4 gantries along the MCE and ECP will be lowered from the 4th of August. This comes after LTA’s latest quarterly review of traffic conditions on the 29th of July. For motorists that pass through the 2 gantries along the ECP, both KPE and City-bound, fees will only be charged after 8 am. Currently, commuters have to pay $1 from 7.30 am onwards.
The two gantries on the west-bound MCE, before the Maxwell Road exit and on the slip road to Marina Coastal Drive, will have a $1 reduction in rate from 8.30am to 9am. At present, motorists will have to pay $3 per gantry.
From the 4th of August, new ERP gantries along the AYE will begin operation, in a bid to control traffic flow from between Jurong Town Hall Road and North Buona Vista Road. Those that utilise the expressway from after Jurong Town Hall, on Clementi Ave 6 and Clementi Ave 2 slip roads will have to fork out S$2 between 7.30am and 9am, and S$1 between 6pm and 7pm.
The 2014 World Car of the Year adds the potential for zero emissions motoring to its reputation as the new A3 Sportback e-tron becomes the first plug-in hybrid to join the Audi range. The spacious five-door compact hatchback combines a conventional 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver impressive performance, exceptional efficiency and, equally crucially, complete freedom from range limitation. The first e-trons will arrive with customers in early 2015.
The modified 1.4-litre TFSI unit, in this application featuring a peak power output of 150PS, is linked by a clutch to a 75kw electric motor, which is integrated into a specially developed six-speed S tronic transmission sending power to the front wheels. Combined, the two power units generate 204PS of system power and 350Nm of system torque, good for a 0-62mph sprint of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 137mph. According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid cars, the A3 Sportback-based e-tron is capable of covering up to 176.6mpg with CO2 emissions of just 37g/km. With the combination of electric motor and combustion engine, an overall operating range of up to 584 miles is possible.
McLaren will use its presence at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to showcase its ultimate track focused model, the McLaren P1 GTR, in design concept form.
Conceived after requests from buyers of the road legal McLaren P1 for a track focused edition of their car, and available for purchase only to this group as a fully comprehensive programme to include driving events, training and vehicle support, the McLaren P1 GTR will go into production in June 2015 when the 375th and final example of the road car has been completed.
Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix last Sunday! He was joined by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton on the podium. The race started with Hamilton starting from the pitlane, and his teammate, Nico Rosberg on pole. All hopes for a decent finish for Hamilton seemed to have gone up in smoke when his Mercedes veered off track in turn 2 on the first lap. However, Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson crashed after he touched the astro turf on the apex of turn 3. It was a massive shunt, which brought out the safety car.
Rosberg, Vettel, Massa and Bottas were caught out, for they have crossed the pit entry line and were unable to pit. The rest of the field behind did. The extra lap demoted the 4 drivers right back in the pack. What’s more, Rosberg suffered from brake overheating issues throughout the safety car period, and after the safety car pulled in (it was extended after Romain Grosjean crashed at the same corner) his smoldering brakes proved ineffective at passing the Toro Rosso of Jean Eric Vergne.