Grand Tourers


PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 September, 2005, 12:00am

The Hong Kong Automobile Association celebrated 88 years of roadside service on September 10 with an open day at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. All kinds of cars and bikes were up for an event that included demonstrations of roadside service, a collection of classic cars and bikes, a bouncy castle and a lineup of fasties such as the Aston Martin DB9 and the only Lotus 340R kit car in town. We congratulate the HKAA on another superbly run, well-attended event.

BMW Concessionaires (HK) (tel: 2714 5271) was quick to open the bonnet of the Bavarian marque's most powerful road car, the M5 (right), at its motor show at Ocean Terminal, on September 10. Costing $1.48 million in Hong Kong, the new M5 looks sportier than the standard 5-Series range, with four signature 'M' tailpipes, modified front and rear aprons and side sills, wider arches for 19-inch wheels, and a cooling air duct on the front wings.

The fourth-generation M5 produces more than 25 per cent more power than its predecessor, the marque says, thanks to a light aluminium chassis and the 2005 Engine of the Year, a normally aspirated 507-brake-horsepowered five-litre V10 power plant capable of 0 to 99.2km/h in 4.7 seconds, 198.4km/h in 15 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 248km/h.

Peugeot dealer AutoFrance Hong Kong (tel: 3118 1828) is offering the 2006 307 Coupe Cabriolet (below) for $323,800, says spokesman Calvin Lam. The earliest delivery to the customer

is late this month, he says.

'With a new face and stylish updates, the 307CC enables you to invite three friends to share a coupe with a dynamic character, and the chance to transform it into an elegant cabriolet,' Lam says. We agree. The 307CC looks fine for runs to Disneyland, if you keep the roof up in this fug.