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Introduction, styling

These days, many out there are labeling car designers as rather lazy as the new models they pen seem to look rather similar to an outgoing model or just a scaled down or scaled up version of an existing larger or smaller model respectively. Take the Porsche 911 for example – it’ll take a Porsche aficionado or freak to be able to immediately differentiate the new 991 gen car from the outgoing 997’s. Another example is the latest F30 BMW 3 Series – I’m pretty sure there will be many out there who will agree with me that it looks like a scaled down 5 Series, especially from the rear.

Another case in point is Audi with its latest generation A6. Many out there will say that the A6’s styling lacks imagination as depending on the angle, it loo...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 15 Nov 2011
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Introduction, styling

High COE prices these days have meant that luxury executive saloon models like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are dominating the local sales charts. BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s other German rival Audi obviously intends to eat into the 5 and E-Class’s pie with its recently launched new generation A6.

It’s a rather unenviable task for the A6 to surpass and beat the well-established 5 Series and E-Class in the local sales charts but the new generation C7 A6 certainly has the mantle to take the fight to its competitors, judging by the brief drive that we had in it in Abu Dhabi back in June.

The new A6 is now finally here and it’s all ready to enter the executive car fray to do battle with the 5 and the E-Class, well, except that th...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 10 Oct 2011
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Introduction, styling

The relaunch of the Mini brand in 2000 has proven that premium feel and quality can be replicated in a compact city car or a supermini. More than a million Minis have rolled out of the Oxford plant and found homes worldwide since 2000. With the success BMW has had with the Mini brand, it was just a matter of time before premium competitors like Audi zooms in to have a slice of the Mini’s premium compact car pie, hence the introduction of the A1.

The A1 though, is not the only stylish supermini to want a slice of the Mini’s pie in recent times. Citroen too has introduced a stylish small hatchback in the form of the DS3. By reviving the iconic and evocative DS moniker, Citroen hopes that the DS models can be considered to be premium and h...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Joe Yeo posted 15 Sep 2011
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Introduction, styling

The relaunch of the Mini brand in 2000 has proven that premium feel and quality can be replicated in a compact city car or a supermini. Almost two million Minis have rolled out of the Oxford plant and found homes worldwide since 2000. With the success BMW has had with the Mini brand, it was just a matter of time before premium competitors like Audi zooms in to have a slice of the Mini’s premium compact car pie, hence the introduction of the A1.

We’ve already discovered how convincing the A1 is when we first tested the base 122bhp model a few months back. The A1 line-up was recently joined by a more powerful 185bhp twincharged model, well, if you discard the A1’s glitzy clothes, basically makes the range topping A1 a VW Polo GTI in drag....

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 6 Aug 2011
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Introduction, styling

Although Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, it is only the second largest city in the Emirates after Dubai. In past decades though, the richer in oil reserves Abu Dhabi has been behind Dubai when it comes to joining the likes of New York and London in becoming one of the world's most outstanding cities. After all, Dubai has icons like the Burj Al Arab Hotel, the Palm and World Islands as well as the world's tallest building in its landscape. In recent times though, Abu Dhabi has upped its ante to take the limelight away from Dubai. There's now fierce competition between Abu Dhabi and Dubai to be the UAE's top dog city.

The battle in the executive car sector here in Singapore is pretty much akin to the fierce competition between Dubai ...

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Story by Raymond Lai in Abu Dhabi Photos by Audi posted 16 Jul 2011
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Introduction, styling

Back in the early seventies and early eighties, British cars were pretty much a common sight on our roads. Among the Cortinas, Allegros and Granadas was an exceptional looking car. The car I'm talking about here is the Rover SD1. The SD1 was an iconic design even though its front end styling was a copy of the brilliant Ferrari Daytona.

The silhouette or profile of Audi's new stylish number, the A7 Sportback, somehow manages to look the same as the Rover SD1's but there's where the similarities end though. Look into the styling details and the A7 is just pure Audi - the upward kink on the rear quarter window for example, is an obvious homage to the iconic 100S Coupe while the tornado line running along the flanks and the two thirds sheet...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by William Whey and Raymond Lai posted 7 Jul 2011
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Introduction, styling

The automatic or dual clutch gearbox seems to be increasingly popular among the performance car posse here. Take Porsches as an example. The majority of the Porsches here don't have a third pedal. So it's no surprise that car manufacturers are introducing two pedal versions of their sports models here.


The latest of which is the Audi TT RS. The manual transmission TT RS is a pretty quick piece of kit but it seems that the six-speed manual gearbox couldn't hit it off with the epic motor - the shift throws were too long and vague while the clutch felt like it could do with better progressiveness in the way it engages and disengages.

It was a matter of time before Audi introduced a TT RS in two pedal guise and the brand with the Four Ring...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 19 Jun 2011
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Introduction, styling

There's a popular Hokkien saying that aptly describes the original Audi TT. Translated to English, the saying roughly translates to ‘ good to see but not nice to eat'. Yes, the original TT was a stunning car to look at but to drive, well, it was just a bit to ordinary, especially for keener drivers and enthusiasts.

It was a different story when the second generation TT came along in 2006 though. Audi finally eradicated the original car's dynamic shortfalls with the new model. Right from the moment you get behind its wheel, the second generation TT feels special. The controls feel solid and well-weighted and you'll immediately sense that this car has the ability to entertain, something that can't be said of its predecessor. Almost five y...

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Story and photos by Raymond L posted 5 May 2011
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