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The inaugural Prestige Motoring Awards

Resident experts and society friends recognise the industry’s best of the best releases this past year.



Made from more than 75 percent aluminium, the Jaguar XE may be a lightweight but it doesn’t compromise on driving performance. Launched in Singapore in September 2015, the sports saloon completes Jaguar’s saloon car range and sports a sleek silhouette reminiscent of the F-Type. Says Lim-Chan: “It’s an all-round performance compact sports sedan with a driver-focused character. It’s dynamic and well-balanced with good handling, making it a fun car to drive. Composed and comfortable on all road conditions — even on bumpy roads.” Concurring, Wall adds: “It’s the only offering in the premium-compact segment that’s capable of putting the frighteners on the 3 Series, the XE offers such superb balance, handling and ride that it’s an absolute joy to drive, even with a humble two-litre under the bonnet. It looks good, too, so it’s a shame the lucklustre cabin isn’t a patch on the C-Class’s or the A4’s in terms of style, quality or space — a crucial shortcoming in this segment.”

Jaguar XE 2.0 Prestige
Engine: 1,999cc in-line four turbocharged
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic with Jaguar Sequential Shift
Max power: 200bhp @ 5,500rpm
Max torque: 280Nm @ 1,750-4,000rpm
Max speed: 237km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds
Combined fuel consumption: 7.5L per 100km
CO2 emission: 179g/km
Kerb weight: 1,530kg



Audi’s executive saloon has been given a facelift, featuring a tweaked design and revamped 1.8-litre engine. Despite its small engine size, the A6 promises a more than respectable 190bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. Elegant yet sportier in looks, the facelift included changes to the Singleframe grille, headlights, bumpers and rear lights. According to Tang, the car boasts “excellent interior quality” and feels “like a technology-driven car”, with practical features such as Wifi hotspot and voice activation. “Although it’s a 1.8T, the engine is smooth. The ride quality rivals that of competitors, such as the Jaguar XF, but it is the build quality both inside and outside that ensures it stands apart,”  he adds.

Audi A6 1.8 TFSI S tronic
Engine: 1,798cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch with manual override
Max power: 190bhp @ 4,200rpm
Max torque: 320Nm @ 1,400-4,100rpm
Max speed: 233km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds
Combined fuel consumption: 5.7L per 100km
CO2 emission: 138g/km
Kerb weight: 1,570kg



Now well into its sixth decade, what is arguably the world’s most iconic sports car just gets better and better. Given a major facelift, Porsche’s beloved 911 has an all-new three-litre twin turbocharged flat-six engine that boasts 20bhp more horsepower than its existing naturally aspirated engine. The Carrera S, in particular, delivers 420bhp and reaches a top speed of 308km/h. And with a Sport Chrono Package, the coupe has been designed to complete the century sprint in under four seconds. Says Wall: “Though its flat-six engine now doesn’t rev quite so frantically, turbocharging hasn’t blunted its appeal one iota — in fact, it’s arguably now even more drivable — performance with the S version (and PDK gearbox) approaches supercar levels and the cabin is now properly luxurious.” Lim-Chan adds the car is “fast with sharp handling, though you can feel a subtle turbo lag. It’s an easy-to-manoeuvre, everyday sports car”.

Porsche 911 Carrera S
Engine: 2,981cc flat-six turbocharged
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch
Max power: 420bhp @ 6,500rpm
Max torque: 500Nm @ 1,700-5,000rpm
Max speed: 308km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds
Combined fuel consumption: 7.7L per 100km
CO2 emission: 174g/km
Kerb weight: 1,440kg




Launched in 2015, the mid-engine Ferrari 488 replaces its predecessor, the 458. The car is fitted with a robust twin-turbo V8 engine that has since won accolades including the overall International Engine of the Year Award 2016. And why not, since this supercar hits 100km/h in three seconds flat and surpasses 330km/h. According to Wall, the car is “brilliant in either coupe or Spider guise. The 488 is about as complete as a supercar gets.” He adds: “Granted, it’s not quite as thrill-inducing as McLaren’s limited-edition 675LT, but it’s probably the easier car to drive and live with — and Ferrari seems to have mastered the art of turbocharging more completely than any other manufacturer, with the possible exception of AMG. Performance and handling are scintillating, ride quality is superb and though not as pretty as the 458 it replaces, it still looks sensational.”

Ferrari 488 GTB
Engine: 3,902cc V8 90° Turbo
Transmission: Seven-speed F1 dual-clutch
Max power: 670bhp @ 8,000rpm
Max torque: 760 Nm @ 3000 rpm in VII gear
Max speed: >330km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds
Combined fuel consumption: 11.4L per 100km
CO2 emission: 260g/km
Kerb weight: 1,475kg




Crewe’s über-suv is so multitalented that one almost wonders why prospective buyers would look at anything else. With a twin-turbocharged W12 engine, 600bhp, 900Nm of torque and a top speed of over 300km/h, it’s a supercar masquerading as an SUV. “This is the benchmark car for this segment and represents a stratospheric norm for which none will come close for many years. It ticks all the right boxes for performance, comfort and driveability,” Says Ng. “It’s ferociously fast, handles surreally well, wafts like a genuine limo and has an interior of fabulous splendour. Yet it also offers oodles of room and will even — in the unlikely event you’d want to — head off road. My only caveat concerns the styling — not at all bad for such a big and bulky beast, but hardly up to the astronomical price tag,” says Wall. Tiang adds: “This hefty-looking SUV feels nothing like how it looks. Though it weighs almost the same as the Flying Spur, the Bentayga feels as light as a coupe, thanks to its quiet yet very powerful W12 engine.”

Bentley Bentayga
Engine: 5,950cc twin-turbocharged W12 TSI
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Max power: 600bhp @ 5,000-6,000rpm
Max torque: 900Nm @ 1,350-4,500rpm
Max speed: 301km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds
Combined fuel consumption: 13.1L per 100km
CO2 emission: 296g/km
Kerb weight: 2,440kg




A bestseller for Lexus, the ES model was given a facelift last year. With a more aggressive stance, the ES now sports new LED main-beam lights and fog lamps, larger spindle grille and sleeker-looking exhausts. A hybrid, the ES offers robust driving performance in an understated way. Says Tang: “As a hybrid, it is a winner. It’s not a fanciful car but it feels like a quality car. It has great mileage and carries five people in comfort. It also boasts superb build quality — definitely the top pick for a hybrid car.” Tiang adds: “This car is so
quiet, it’s easy to not notice the speedometer climbing, especially on the expressways. While there may not be anything fancy such as massage chairs or entertainment system, the car’s space, comfort and silence more than make up for it.”

Lexus ES300h Hybrid
Engine: 2,4945cc 16-valve DOHC, chain drive with VVT-i
Transmission: E-CVT
Max power: 202bhp @ 5,700rpm
Max torque: 213Nm @ 4,500rpm
Max speed: 180km/h
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds
Combined fuel consumption: 5.5L per 100km
CO2 emission: 130g/km
Kerb weight: 2,150kg


Editor at-large with Prestige Hong Kong and a journalist for 40 years, Jon Wall has been crazy about cars since his childhood in 1950s Britain. He recently celebrated senior-citizen status with a drive in a McLaren 675LT Spider.

Prestige Singapore’s resident petrol head and sub editor Alethia Tiang fell in love with driving from the very first time she took the wheel. Her need for speed  has since skyrocketed  and she firmly believes that the best way to enjoy a car is to drive it with a stick shift.

A nitrous-powered anaesthetist in private practice, Dr Adrian Ng is an ex-Kallang car park rally racer and Formula 1 pit-lane doctor  who loves his driving holidays . He’ll also tell you that there is no such thing as enough horsepower.

A motoring enthusiast before he even obtained his licence, Franklin Tang has owned and driven a large variety of cars as he believes every stage in a motoring-obsessed life requires a specific car. He has clocked in excess of 100,000km during his last eight years as a member of the Porsche Club Singapore and Ferrari Owners’ Club Singapore.

Elaine Lim-Chan’s love for cars and speed is greatly influenced by her hubby Weng, who admits his wife is now even more passionate about cars than him. Not only has she served on the committee of the Ferrari Owners’ Club Singapore for the past eight years, she also became the world’s first and only female president of a Ferrari Owners’ Club in 2015.