FERRARI UNVEILS ONE-OFF SUPERCAR
Fast Lane: Ferrari unveils one-off supercar Ferrari SP38. PHOTO: FERRARI

FERRARI UNVEILS ONE-OFF SUPERCAR

Behold the Ferrari SP38, the latest from Ferrari's One-Off programme. Sharing the chassis and running gear of the twin-turbo 488 GTB, the unique car is made for track and tarmac. Compared with the 488, the visual mass of the SP38 appears concentrated over the rear wheels as its wedge design sharply stretches towards the front.

Specific inset headlights were designed to be as thin as possible, with daytime-running LEDs relocated to add character and functionality to a slim bumper lip reminiscent of the 308 GTB. The dynamic styling continues over the engine cover, which sheds its rear glass and is treated as a flip-up assembly in carbon-fibre with shutlines slashing the flanks in a nod to the F40.

FIRST VOLVO WITHOUT A DIESEL VARIANT

The new Volvo S60 saloon - to be launched later this year - will be the first Volvo without a diesel variant, highlighting Volvo Cars' commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. All new Volvo models launched from next year will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or full electric vehicle.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE PATENTS SEE SHARP RISE

PatSnap, a provider of research and development analytics, has released its Electric Vehicle (EV) Intellectual Property Report 2018.

The report found a sharp rise in global EV innovation over the past 10 years and predicts that there will be an expected 7,500 patent applications this year - rising to 8,500 in 2020.

Nearly two-thirds of EV patent families have a first-filing in the United States (44 per cent) or China (19 per cent). The top five EV patenting companies are Hyundai, Toyota, Kia Motors, Hitachi and General Motors.

ROOMIER AND LONGER LEXUS RX350L

Lexus agent Borneo Motors has brought in the RX350L (above) - its first seven-seater Lexus. Powered by a 289bhp 3.5-litre V6 paired with an eight-speed autobox, the stretched RX offers more room and versatility.

If the third row of seats is folded down, a cavernous cargo area can be realised.

The RX350L measures 5,000mm long and 1,700mm tall, making it 110mm longer and 10mm taller than the standard RX. Width and wheelbase remain identical. The car looks sleeker because of its extended length. Priced at $299,800, it is actually less expensive than the $322,800 RX350 (Luxury).

KIA UNVEILS MILD HYBRID

Sportage Kia's Sportage will be the first model to have a mild hybrid powertrain. Its 2-litre turbodiesel is paired with a 42-volt electrical system to allow for emission-free coasting. The new variant is "fully compliant with future emissions standards".

Kia will launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five full-electric vehicles and, in 2020, a new fuel-cell electric vehicle.

A CLEANER AND MORE EFFICIENT AUDI

Audi has added the Q2 1.4TFSI with cylinder deactivation to its line-up here to meet a new emission ruling, which comes into effect from July. The feature, which deactivates two of its four engine cylinders during light load conditions, helps make the car more efficient and cleaner.

At $157,883, the Q2 is $10,000 costlier than its one-litre three-cylinder sibling and is an alternative to those who want more oomph, but do not want to spend too much.