Excellent racetrack performance and raw masculinity sum up the function and form of BMW’s latest ace.
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The subcompact car category has just received its shakedown in the form of BMW’s new M2 Coupe. Numbers first: The two-door, four-seater hits the 100kmh mark in 4.2 seconds, courtesy of the 3-litre, 365bhp six-cylinder engine.
But speed’s a given. It’s the outstanding handling that has set the motoring world abuzz. It poured on launch day in Singapore, but the stunt driver was drifting around a safety cone faster than a tumble dryer spins. And he was driving backwards.
Full marks in the looks department, too – this car’s hunched and muscled physique says: “You’re in my way”. If assertiveness is a valued trait, make a spot in the garage for this one.
Performance Motors, 303 Alexandra Road. Tel: 6319-0100
TRAVEL IN STYLE
The “Rolls-Royce of luggage” is now a literal expression. The British automobile manufacturer has rolled out a luggage line based on the Wraith, complete with the self-righting RR badge that’s a hallmark of the car’s rims.
The customisable six-piece collection will set one back about $60,000 for a carbon-fibre build, genuine leather, and the work of artisans who wear white gloves throughout the entire production process.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, 29 Leng Kee Road. Tel: 6475-3113
WATCH SOME MAGIC
What use is a smartwatch if it can’t control the air-conditioning in the car? Bentley’s remedied that with a custom app for the Apple Watch, enabling any Bentayga owner to also move the seats or control entertainment systems with a few flicks and taps. No, you can’t drive with it, yet.
Available through the Apple App Store.