Leaping salami, Batman, is this the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor Limited Edition?
Fast lane - Limited Edition Grand Cherokee, Porsche Recall, New McLaren Supercar Built to wow: the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor Limited Edition (above); a full-scale model of the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo is displayed in Paris this week; and the revamped Honda CR-V has arrived in showrooms here. -- PHOTO: JEEP


Leaping salami, Batman, is this the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor Limited Edition?

That's right, Robin, it is powered by a new 461bhp 6.4-litre V8 that takes it to 100kmh in just five seconds, and a top speed of almost 260kmh. It has an eight-speed gearbox, on-demand all-wheel-drive, anti-lock SRT performance disc brakes and active damping suspension.

It rides on five-spoke 20-inch Goliath wheels. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever complement the exclusive Black Laguna leather and Radar Red suede seats with unique red stitching, luxury front and rear mats and chrome pedals.

Onboard features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with integrated 3-D navigation, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free technology. There is cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, 825-watt Harman-Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and three sub-woofers, power tailgate, and rear light bar.

Gee, Batman, you know so much.

Enough flattery, Robin - back to the Batcave. We need to do a few mods on the Batmobile.


Driving gamers can look forward to the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo - a result of the collective imagination of designers and engineers developing the 21st Century Alpine. The wild ride is due to appear soon in Gran Turismo 6.

A full-scale model of the car is displayed at the Festival Automobile International in Paris this week. The launch of the game marks another celebration in the marque's 60th anniversary.

Meanwhile, Renault reiterated this week that a new Alpine sports model is on track for production next year.


Telematics expert Tracker has been chosen by British moped and scooter insurance broker Lexham Insurance to support its launch of policies that peg premiums to user behaviour.

Tracker's advanced technology calculates a Driving Score based on the policyholder's driving behaviour which is monitored every second, including speed, braking and cornering.

At the start of the policy, an assumption is made about the customer's likely driving performance, and then reviewed at renewal with premiums adjusted up or down if required.

Tracker's Crash Detection technology also alerts insurers of low-speed collisions within 30 seconds of an incident - providing Lexham's panel of insurers with information on minor crashes which may have otherwise gone undisclosed.


Porsche is recalling 13,500 Cayennes and Panamera to fix a fuel seal flaw that could allow fuel to evaporate. Bloomberg reported that the German manufacturer is conducting the exercise for cars with 3-litre V6 engines.

The programme, which affects hybrid variants as well, covers cars built from March 2011 to May 2012. The recall is part of a bigger exercise involving other Volkswagen Group-owned brands, namely Audi and Volkswagen.

In total, 93,500 vehicles worldwide will be called back to fix the seal problem. Models are those with 3-litre V6 power plants and include the Audi A6, A7, Q7, S4 and S5; and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, reported the Wall Street Journal.


McLaren will launch the 675LT at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The model is a street-legal supercar that joins the existing 650S and Asia-only 625C to form the newly named McLaren Super Series.

In line with the convention begun with the 650S, the number 675 denotes the power produced by the 675LT's engine in PS (which translates to 666bhp), which makes it the most powerful offering in the Super Series.

It will be offered in only coupe form when deliveries start later this year. The LT refers to McLaren's "Longtail" nameplate, which made a name for itself in the 1997 season.


Honda's revamped CR-V is here. The version on sale is a two-wheel-drive powered by a 2.4-litre engine mated to a five-speed autobox. It is priced at $165,999.

But Honda has a somewhat more interesting variant for Europe - a turbodiesel with a nine-speed transmission that is supposed to offer the best power-to- consumption ratio of any engine on sale today.


Nissan has once again emerged as the most popular choice among light goods vehicle buyers.

According to Motor Traders Association data, the brand sold 2,922 of these vehicles - ahead of Toyota's 2,028 and Mitsubishi's 536. It has held the pole position since 2010.