• (Photo: Adrian Wong)

    Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at CherylTay.sg and on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (cheryltay11).

    He has to fork out S$12,000 on insurance a year alone, takes his car out only at night and has to avoid steep slopes and certain shopping malls like the plague.

    But Mr C, who is the proud owner of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia and prefers not to be named, wouldn't have it any other way.

    Among other costly inconveniences, Mr C -- who is a business owner in his 30s -- spends about $200 once a week for a full tank of 98-octane fuel. He also spends about $4,000 a year on road tax and only goes to a trusted reputable Ferrari workshop for servicing.

    However, what may surprise you is that he sends his costly million-dollar ride to the typical $7 car wash at the petrol station and has no qualms parking at HDB lots -- in fact, he said he's never encountered any problems with

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  • Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at CherylTay.sg. and on Facebook, Twitter orInstagram (cheryltay11).

    Fancy gourmet coffee, a drinks bar, luxury massage chairs and even complimentary dinner at your convenience? No, we're not talking about airport VIP lounges -- we're talking car showrooms in Singappore.

    That's right. Major car distributors in Singapore are pulling out the stops in their effort to go the extra mile for their customers.

    Lexus owners can now select their choice of breakfast when sending their cars in at the relatively new Lexus Boutique that was part of Borneo Motors' S$15 million-dollar showroom renovation project (including Toyota World) along Leng Kee Road.

    Gourmet coffee brew or massage chairs at the hospitality areas are just some of the other creature comforts available to make the customer feel like a king.

    This is all part of the upgrade that

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  • Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at www.cheryl-tay.com.


    It may not be the latest model or a brand new car, but the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 that I had in my possession for 24 hours drew so much attention on and off the streets.

    This may not be the latest or newest Lamborghini, but it still attracted a lot of attention (Photo: Adrian Wong)

    With the generosity of newly-launched exclusive supercar membership club Gran Superdrive, I got to experience owning a supercar for day -- just like one of their members.

    Regardless of where I drove -- be it in town, down the business district or in the heartlands -- I attracted so much attention from both fellow motorists and pedestrians.

    While waiting at the stoplights, drivers in the next car looked over, and passers-by on the sidewalks point at the car and turn their heads as I drive by.

    People in general recognise that it is a Lamborghini, never mind that it is not the most expensive model.

    When I got out of the car to hand it over

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  • Henry Goh, founder of Gran Superdrive, hopes to foster a strong community through this supercar membership club

    It might seem like another supercar rental business, but Gran Superdrive is actually a supercar membership club -- the first of its kind in Singapore.

    It launched Saturday with a fleet of 12 supercars including the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Maserati -- members of Gran Superdrive will have access to these cars for their usage.

    This is the widest and youngest fleet of high-performance cars in Singapore available for rental.

    But not just anyone can rent these babies. Membership fees start from S$10,000, with maximum bonus credits worth 60 per cent of this fee.

    For example, a $100,000 (VIP tier) membership will entitle the member to $160,000 of credits which he can use to take out the supercars.

    Rental rates for these supercars will be discounted -- members can hire a Lamborghini for a day at just $2,500, which is $300 to $500 cheaper compared to other exotic car rental companies.

    Besides getting access to these supercars, members will also get invites to exclusive weekly

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  • The car park of the Wearnes Automotive showroom at resembled a high-end luxury car motor show on the evening of the exclusive McLaren P1 preview earlier this month.

    Supercar owners in Singapore turn up for the exclusive preview of the McLaren P1 (Photo: Benjamin Teng)

    Supercar owners in Singapore turn up for the exclusive preview of the McLaren P1 (Photo: Benjamin Teng)

    The new P1 supercar had been specially flown into Singapore for its Southeast Asian debut for just three days – from 5 to 7 July – for a private showcase to explore further interest, as Singapore’s quota was already spoken for.

    Limited to only 375 units in the world, the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 P1 is capable of generating 903bhp from its IPAS (Instant Power Assist System) petrol-electric powertrain.

    The McLaren P1 was in Singapore for just three days. (Photo: McLaren)

    Wearnes Automotive is the distributor for McLaren, Bentley, Infiniti, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover and Renault in Singapore.

    Supercars of brands like McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini lined the Wearnes car park, including the exotic one-and-only Koenigsegg Agera S that has a price tag of S$5.3 million.

    Just last month, the

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  • Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums for small cars and commercial goods vehicles rose Wednesday from the previous bidding two weeks ago, but fell for big cars and those in the open category.

    The premium for commercial goods vehicles rose 7 per cent to reach S$65,036 – its highest level this year.

    Premiums for buying cars below 1,600cc inched up 1.2 per cent from the previous S$73,100 to the current S$73,989.

    This increase in premium for small cars comes despite an announcement from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) that there will be a 14 per cent increase in car COEs between August 2013 to January 2014 from the February to July period this year.

    The COE prices for cars above 1,600cc fell 0.9 per cent to S$76,389 while that of the open category – usually for the purchase of big cars – fell 0.3 per cent to S$76,802.

    The premium for motorcycles returned to S$1,712 despite a drop two weeks ago.

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  • Kazunori Yamauchi never expected the Gran Turismo to be as big as it is today. (Photo: Sony Computer Entertainment)

    When he designed the first Gran Turismo racing simulation video game, Kazunori Yamauchi had no idea that it would become as big as it is today.

    As of end of March 2013, the global sales of the Gran Turismo over the last 15 years have exceeded 70 million units, and it is the best-selling Sony PlayStation franchise ever.

    “When I first created the game 15 years ago, I didn’t think it would become this big – not at all. Tracing back to 1992, it took us five years to develop the Gran Turismo 1 and at that time I thought to myself that I would be satisfied if it became successful worldwide. I never thought it would continue this long to this day,” said 45-year-old Yamauchi-san, the president of Polyphony Digital Inc. and the creator of Gran Turismo.

    Making an appearance at the 15th anniversary event of the Gran Turismo held at the Silverstone circuit, Yamauchi-san officially announced the upcoming sixth version of the Gran Turismo 6 (GT6) for PlayStation 3.

    The GT6 is set for release in

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  • Meet Japanese race queens Toshimi and Leah

    Toshimi Takahashi says the toughest thing about her job as a race queen is having to bear the cold during winter assignments. (Photo: www.Cheryl-Tay.com)Toshimi Takahashi says the toughest thing about her job as a race queen is having to bear the cold during winter assignments. (Photo: www.Cheryl-Tay.com)

    Toshimi Takahashi said she could only speak a little Mandarin when I first spoke to her. However, as the conversation went along, I concluded that her Mandarin is more fluent and accurate than mine.

    The 25-year-old China-born Japanese was one of the 10 J Girls flown in specially for the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore. Her sweet face and cheerful disposition is infectious, which explains why she was one of the most popular of the group.

    She loves her job a lot, but there is just one gripe she has – having to pose in the same midriff baring outfits during winter assignments.

    “I can take heat and being in the sun is fine. However, it is during the winter where we have to bear with it as we are wearing so little. We have to keep our smiles on although we feel like crying inside!” said Toshimi.

    Taking a lot of pride in her work as a model, Toshimi often spends time reviewing photos taken of her so she can improve on her smiles and her poses. Not seeing herself as a race queen past the age of

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  • Debby, Milky and Alyshia from Taiwan danced for the crowds at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore (Photo: www.Cheryl-Tay.com)Debby, Milky and Alyshia from Taiwan danced for the crowds at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore (Photo: www.Cheryl-Tay.com)

    You could practically see eyes popping out of heads when the Taiwanese models took the stage and performed a dance number for the crowd that gathered at the stage way before their stipulated performance time.

    Part of the professional Lava Girls dance group, three of them were in Singapore for the inaugural Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore exhibition. Working as race queens and dancers for Westlake Performance Tyres, Milky, Debby and Alyshia drew lots of stares over the weekend with their ample bosoms and skin-tight neon green outfits.

    A pretty face matched with those curves spells trouble in many ways and Milky recounted how she once got molested on the job.

    She was giving out gifts to visitors at a booth and was touched on the leg twice by this man who wanted to get the free gift. After she gave the gift the second time and turned away, that same man grabbed her hard on the butt.

    Her eyes flashed anger as she recalled how she turned back around and paused for five seconds, just staring at

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  • MAS lifts current car loan curbs for 60 days for some used cars (Yahoo! photo)MAS lifts current car loan curbs for 60 days for some used cars (Yahoo! photo)

    Relief at last for second-hand car dealers.

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will lift current restrictions on car loans for a period of 60 days for used cars that were part of car dealers’ inventory before the new curbs were introduced on 25 February.

    As dealers have up to seven days to register used cars under the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) Temporary Transfer Scheme (TTS), used cars registered as of 4 March will be eligible for this concession. MAS estimates this pool comprises less than 7,000 cars.

    In a statement on Friday, MAS says the move takes into account the distinct conditions in the used car market currently.

    It says that the inventory of used cars acquired by dealers at relatively high in-built Certificate of Entitlement (COE) values before the introduction of the financing restrictions has made it particularly challenging for them to adjust to the new market conditions.

    MAS adds that demand has also fallen more sharply in the used car market compared to

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