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8 cars we love at the Singapore Motorshow 2017

This year’s edition presents an exciting line-up of cars that aim to push the envelope of the industry.

1. Honda NSX

This is the much-anticipated supercar from the Japanese automaker. With an aim to bring “New Sports eXperience” (hence the model name), Honda has created this beauty from all aluminium, fitted with a mid-mounted V6 hybrid engine. What this produces is an exceptional 576bhp and is able to reach speeds exceeding 300km/h. This car’s many innovative technologies include the Sports Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which pairs its twin-turbo engines with a nine-speed dual clutch transmission and Direct Drive Motor for instant torque response. All these are supplemented by the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit that provides active all-wheel drive for better agility, stability, performance and response.

2. Lexus IS

The all-new Lexus IS comes with interiors thoughtfully designed to better engage the driver’s senses. Driver controls are displayed at an angle so operation follows a single line of movement while the driver’s seats have been enhanced to provide better support. The new IS also comes in the IS Turbo and IS Hybrid model variants, with the former equipped with a two-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine. The latter is fitted with the Lexus Hybrid Drive system for improved fuel consumption and carbon emissions. And for the adrenaline junkies, the Lexus IS Turbo F Sport is sure to excite with its Adaptive Variable Suspension for better suspension and steering response, while interiors sport LFA-inspired gauges and exclusive sport seats.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

This new SUV is redefining its class with its technology and design. Fitted with the modular transverse matrix, the Volkswagen Tiguan is able to deliver improved ride comfort and aerodynamics, while also being equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking. In fact, the Tiguan has passed the Euro NCAP test with flying colours, thanks to its package of safety features including seat and airbag combination, and driver assistance systems such as the active engine bonnet, which makes this SUV one of Europe’s safest cars. The Highline 280 TSI produces 150bhp and 250Nm of torque, while the R-Line (to be released later) will deliver 220bhp and 350Nm of torque.

4. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Welcome the first-ever convertible in the Range Rover family. The elegant Range Rover Evoque Convertible by Land Rover boasts a fabric roof that creates the same defined silhouette of a Range Rover when shut, but gives a chic, lifestyle spin to the car roof down. The fully automated roof stows in 18 seconds and raises in 21 seconds up to 50km/h. Even with a retractable roof, this rugged convertible still stays true to what a Range Rover is expected to be for any season. It comes with a four-cylinder engine that delivers 240bhp for impressive levels of performance and refinement, while being equipped with Land Rover’s world-class all-terrain capability, such as nine-speed automatic transmission, Terrain Response System and optional Wading Sensing and All-Terrain Progress Control.

5. Audi R8 Spyder

Audi once again steals the spotlight at this year’s Singapore Motorshow. Specially flown in just for the event is the Audi R8 Spyder, the convertible version of its beloved R8 supercar. Revealed together with the new Q2 and A5 coupe, the R8 Spyder boasts a lightweight body made from carbon fibre and aluminium. Its mid-mounted engine promises 540bhp while the car is equipped with the quattro drive with variable torque distribution. This chic ride is not yet on sale but we’re definitely anticipating its official arrival on our shores.

6. Infiniti Q60 Coupe

Not quite a new launch, but definitely one worth mentioning is the Infiniti Q60 coupe. The premium sports coupe makes its preview at the Singapore Motorshow, with its sleek lines and all-new three-litre V6 twin-turbo engine, which is available in either 300bhp or 400bhp. This is the Japanese automaker’s first sports coupe and marks its entrance in this segment. Other developments fitted into this car is the automaker’s latest version of Direct Adaptive Steering and digital suspension system.

7. Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai is making a huge step towards going green with the all-new Ioniq. This eco-friendly car comes in three versions — electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid — in a single body type, which is a world first. Available first in the Hybrid version, the alternative-fuel compact vehicle is designed with a 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine and a 43.5bhp electric motor. Both powertrains are able to deliver a maximum power of 141bhp and 147Nm of torque. The electric and plug-in hybrid variants will enter the market at a later date.

8. Mazda MX-5 RF

The long-awaited MX-5 RF by Mazda first made its global debut last year and has finally arrived in Singapore. Designed with fastback styling and smooth roofline, the roadster features a unique hardtop roof that stows compactly and efficiently in the same amount of trunk space as its soft-top sibling, and can open and close at speeds up to 10km/h at the flip of a switch. Interiors boast class and quality with its auburn-coloured Nappa leather upholstery, while driving performance is promised with its Skyactiv 2.0 gasoline engine.

Held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Singapore Motorshow 2017 will run till January 15, 2017.