Mercedes' answer to the Bentley Continental GT and Rolls-Royce Wraith comes in the form of the S65 AMG Coupe - a 6-litre bi-turbo V12 that packs 630bhp and 1,000Nm of torque
Fast Lane The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe can hit 100kmh in just 4.1 seconds. -- PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ

MERC'S 6-LITRE COUPE

Mercedes' answer to the Bentley Continental GT and Rolls-Royce Wraith comes in the form of the S65 AMG Coupe - a 6-litre bi-turbo V12 that packs 630bhp and 1,000Nm of torque.

The two-door reaches 100kmh in 4.1 seconds, but does so in the smoothest manner. Its AMG sports suspension has Magic Body Control that minimises tilt in a corner and braces itself for ruts and bumps before reaching each one.

The steroidal S-class coupe - the fourth Merc model to have an enormous V12 - dates back to 2003, when the CL65 AMG was unveiled. The S65 AMG produces 279g/km of CO2, and thus will incur $20,000 in carbon penalty if registered in Singapore.

NO TO PARKING RENTAL APP

An app that allows people to rent out available parking spaces to the highest bidder has been ordered to stop. The authorities in San Francisco have ordered MonkeyParking to "cease and desist" its app or face fines of US$2,500 (S$3,102) per violation. The city said it would not allow "a predatory private market for public parking spaces", according to the BBC.

NEW JAGUAR XE UNVEILING ON SEPT 8

The world premiere of the all-new Jaguar XE will be held in London on Sept 8. The replacement of the failed X-Type will have an integral link rear suspension and a double-wishbone front suspension derived from the F-Type.

It will have electric steering, and a gizmo it calls "All Surface Progress Control system", which ensures rear-wheel drive traction from standstill even in extreme conditions. It will be powered by Jaguar's new family of Ingenium engines designed, engineered and made in the UK.

With extensive use of aluminium, the XE promises to be light and responsive.

NEW VW SUV TO BE BUILT IN TENNESSEE

Volkswagen Group will build a new mid-sized SUV in its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, United States.

VW will invest about US$900 million (S$1.1 billion) in the production of the seven-seater, based on the CrossBlue concept.

It will be primarily for the American market but VW may export it to some other markets.

Apart from investing in the production of a new vehicle, the Chattanooga location is to receive a new, independent National Research & Development and Planning Centre of VW.

RECORD IN KILOMETRE PER LITRE

Three-digit records are nothing new at the Nurburgring, the go-to location when car manufacturers want to prove their latest models. But until now, these feats have always been about kilometre per hour, not kilometre per litre.

Toyota turned tradition on its head when it took its Prius Plug-in hybrid to the track recently. Its first-of- a-kind record was designed to reflect real-world conditions, including a 60kmh minimum average speed.

The car recorded 698mpg (247.1km/litre) in a lap completed in 20 minutes and 59 seconds. This far outstrips the car's official combined cycle figure of 134mpg (47.4km/litre). In fact, the Toyota used less than five tablespoons of fuel to do the job.

MOST POWERFUL ASTON MARTIN ROADSTER

Aston Martin's V12 Vantage S Roadster is its most potent open-top yet. Equipped with a 6-litre V12 churning out 565bhp and 620Nm of torque, it attains a maximum speed of 322kmh and a century sprint in 4.1 seconds.

While peak torque is attained at a relatively high 5,750rpm, 510Nm will be available from just 1,000rpm. The flat torque curve translates to strong pick-up and all-round driveability.

ZEGNA IN A MASERATI

Maserati has revealed a limited-edition Quattroporte in collaboration with luxury Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna. Just 100 examples of the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition will be built, each featuring colour schemes, materials and exclusive trims "which link the histories of the two brands".

Maserati and Zegna are embarking on a tour of four international events starting in Shanghai this month before moving to New York in September, Dubai in February next year and Milan in spring next year.