ALFA ROMEO GIULIA
Four years after the Alfa 159 was removed from the local price list, its belated successor is finally on its way here, with a July launch on the cards. The rear-drive Italian sports saloon will come in three turbocharged flavours – 2-litre 4-cylinder with either 200bhp or 280bhp, and 2.9-litre V6 with a whopping 505bhp, both with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Drivers of sporty German notchbacks will be driven to distraction by this new-age Alfa.
Towkays who want a limousine with a lot more zing now have two to think about, both based on the current long-wheelbase BMW 7 Series. One is the Alpina B7, which has a bi-turbo 4.4-litre V8 that produces 608bhp and 800Nm, and takes the car from zero to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and brings it to a top speed of 330km/h. The other super 7 is BMW’s own M760Li, powered by a turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 with 600bhp, 800Nm and all-wheel-drive. Both the B7 and M760Li are available at Munich Automobiles.
AUDI RS3 SEDAN
One of the most powerful pocket rockets yet will come to Singapore by June this year. The RS3 Sedan is more than just the RS3 Sportback with a “backside”, because its 2.5-litre turbo 5-cylinder packs even more punch – 400bhp and 480Nm, pushed to a quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system through a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The compact notchback is capable of 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds.