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Sports Sedans

Hybrid gets an overhaul

The Lexus GS mid-range executive saloons are popular on airport or cross-border runs. The new GS hybrid version, the GS450h, updates the comfort and may cut the cost of driving on business.

Friday, 15 June, 2012, 12:00am

Winning formula

The BMW M5 has always offered the comfort of a prestigious luxury saloon and the exhilaration of a sports car. When it was first launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1989, the BMW M5 was the fastest production sedan in the world, and proved so popular that the Bavarian marque launched more versions in 1989, 1998 and the popular five-litre, 500hp E60 version in 2005.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Porsche takes bold step towards family market

Only the more dedicated petrolheads know of the Carrera Panamericana - the 3,300-kilometre road race from the north to the south of Mexico that ran in the 1950s and was billed as one of the most gripping events of its kind.

16 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Mi generation

When Alfa Romeo decides to make a hot hatch based on its stunning 8C Competizione special, there's good reason to get excited.

1 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Luxe Lotus gets waahs in Wan Chai

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Energetic soul singer Craig David shows HK he was born to do it

Craig David sure knows how to keep himself busy. After flying in on Sunday evening, the British soul singer had a very hectic schedule for himself on Monday.

8 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Porsche presents new Panamera

Porsche will present its new Panamera at Auto Shanghai 2009 in April, says Mabel Wong of Porsche Centre Hong Kong. 'The unique, four-door Gran Turismo will be making its world debut on April 19, prior to entering the market in late summer,' she says.

10 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Lexus GS300

What drives it? A 248bhp, three-litre, four-cam, 24-valve V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission.

How fast is it? It hits 100km/h in 7.2 seconds and tops out at 240km/h.

How safe is it? The VDIM system manages the ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, dynamic stability and traction control, and hill-start assist control systems.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Comfort zone

Recently launched in Hong Kong, Lexus' prestige cruiser has been given a sharp update for 2008.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Practical Passion

A love of sports cars is rarely compatible with the demands of everyday life. But this is all about to change with the evolution of the four-door coupe.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


What drives it? A 2,290cc, 220 brake-horsepowered, four-cylinder, turbo engine with a Sentronic five- speed automatic gearbox; front-wheel drive on 171/2-inch wheels.

How fast is it? Tops at 225km/h and sprints to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds.

How safe is it? Saloon version won a five- star NCAP test rating.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am


What drives it? A 659cc, 12-valve, three-cylinder, Mivec Intercooler engine with electronically controlled multi-point fuel injection and a four-speed automatic gearbox. MacPherson-strut suspension on the front and three-link De DionRack-and-pinion steering. Ventilated disk brakes on the front, drums on the rear, with 145/65R15 tyres on the front and 175/65R15s on the back.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: IS 250 Deluxe

What drives it? 208 brake-horsepower from 2,500cc, V6 engine, six-speed automatic gearbox with a paddle shift, front engine, rear drive on 17-inch alloy wheels discs brakes all round, vented

in front

How fast is it? 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds

How safe is it? 10 airbags (including for your knees - a Lexus first), lots of electronic safety devices

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Storm signal

THE HONG KONG Observatory has just raised the No3 signal for the first typhoon of the year. So, kudos for the representative from Lexus dealer Crown Motors, who braved the storm to deliver its new IS 250 to my doorstep.

The saloon is a lean, muscular looker, with a new nose and shoulders drawn back over the rear axle on fat, 17-inch Bridgestone tyres.

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


What drives it? A 4.2-litre V8 with a six-speed duo-select automatic gearbox, independent front and rear suspension with double-wishbone geometry and anti- dive and anti-squat features, four cross-drilled ventilating discs, 11-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am