Life is a cabriolet

Visitors to the Audi A5 show at Ocean Terminal last weekend were drawn to the 333 horsepower of the S5 Coupe (HK$858,000), and dealer Premium Motors offered deals on the first 50 sales of the 211hp A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI (at HK$525,000 up).

Friday, 17 February, 2012, 12:00am

Continental shift

Hundreds of features have been improved to produce the swanky, new Bentley Continental GT, the luxury carmaker says, in what might not be the wisest admission for the reputable marque to make.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Bentley business booms

Bentley's brand continues to grow on the mainland. The marque says it sold more than 1,000 cars across the border and a record 396 in the first four months of this year, a 66 per cent improvement on the previous, best year. 'Around one in four Bentleys sold globally is now sold in China,' the marque says, citing its first worldwide dealer conference in Beijing last month.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New, bolder Beetle races ahead

The Volkswagen Beetle needed a thorough overhaul to compete with the latest urban runabouts, and the newest version is a vast improvement on its predecessor.

Launched last week in New York, Berlin and Shanghai Auto, which closed yesterday, the latest Beetle looks bolder than the New Beetle of 1998, and could have the stylish BMW Mini and Audi A1 in its sights.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Big is beautiful for HK drivers

The previous BMW 6 Series Convertible was a big, imposing and beautifully engineered drive. The models are a potential handful to park and understandably rare in compact Hong Kong, but they do turn heads and last Friday's launch of the latest versions drew the local rich in droves to the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Parade Ring at the Happy Valley racecourse.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Editor's choice - Fun

Hello Kitty

6 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Cabriolet is a breath of fresh air

After 10 years of production, the much-admired, but dated Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet is no more. The good news is that it has been replaced by the new E-Class Cabriolet, bringing the original concept of an affordable four-seat convertible Mercedes up to date.

16 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Aston's Rapide wins rave reviews

The new Rapide is Aston Martin's first four-door saloon since the Lagonda, last made in 1989. However, whereas the Lagonda was a luxury saloon, with rather controversial styling and few sporting aspirations, the Rapide is first and foremost a sports car - a four-seat supercar which has claims to be the best looking saloon in the world.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Bird's-eye view

Getting there: Cathay Pacific departs at 12.30am and 2.05pm for a 121/2 hour flight. quotes a return fare at HK$20,972. United flies non-stop to San Francisco in 12 hours and its website quotes a US$1,295 economy return. Philippine Airlines, Japan Airlines, China Airlines, Eva Air, Air Canada, Delta and Korean Air also offer one-stop services, according to

5 May 2010 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Mini Cooper Cabrios

Mini Cooper Cabrio

What drives it? A 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine with fully variable valve management that bangs out 120hp at 6,000rpm married to a six-speed automatic gearbox, riding on 16-inch wheels.

How fast is it? It sprints to 100km/h in 11.1 seconds, to a top speed of 191km/h, and boasts torque of 160Nm at 4,250rpm.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Motorsport show revs up

The Asia-Motorsport Show will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo's marshalling area in Chek Lap Kok today and tomorrow. The event promises shows of cars, souped-up machines, drift demonstrations (at 1pm and 3.10pm), and car audio systems 'that are going to blow your mind', says the organiser's website,

4 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Mini Cooper S Clubman

What drives it? A 1,598cc four-cylinder 120-brake-horsepower engine with a six-speed automatic transmission on 17-inch wheels; the basic Clubman's on 16-inchers.

How fast is it? Quick; hits 100km/h in 7.6 seconds and tops at 219km/h. The basic Clubman version sprints to 99.2km/h in 9.8 seconds and wellies to 195km/h, which is adequate here.

7 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Tycoon dips into his pocket and adds another Roller to his collection

One guy who's not worrying about subprime issues and a recession is playboy tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung. The chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings recently took delivery of the city's first two-door Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. It's the third Rolls in his collection, after a luxury Phantom he owns here and another in Macau. The car was delivered late last month.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Gleam machines

The haze was thick over the harbour last Sunday, but there were plenty of sights for sore eyes at the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong's Chater Road show. More than 80 classics were lined up outside the centres of Central, and even experts were spoiled for choice.

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Warning over cabbies' miniature mirrors

Some taxi drivers are said to be using a hidden miniature mirror to try to look up the skirts of back-seat female passengers.

22 Oct 2007 - 12:00am