Wheels Asia - - Wheels asia december 2016 -

It is ab­so­lutely, un­be­liev­ably fast, how 2016 has passed us. Pen­ning my thoughts as usual, I re­flect back, two years ago when I joined Wheels Asia. Back then, we were like any other au­to­mo­tive mag­a­zine, shar­ing con­tent re­lat­ing to the au­to­mo­tive scene. To­day, we’ve grown and de­vel­oped our core con­tent to stream­line our­selves with the govern­ment’s ini­tia­tive to push for a car-lite so­ci­ety.

Don’t get me wrong, Wheels Asia is sim­ply look­ing to har­monise the two fac­tions that have dif­fer­ing opin­ions on how the roads should be used. While our roads are still pretty much bi­ased to­wards the fact that it was solely de­vel­oped for cars, there is no deny­ing that many are tak­ing up cy­cling by the masses and are util­is­ing the two-wheeler for var­i­ous func­tions, such as for mode of trans­porta­tion and ex­er­cise.

Cy­cling will be an in­evitable is­sue that the govern­ment has to tackle; such as the de­vel­op­ment of road-shar­ing in­fra­struc­ture with cars apart from the usual Park Con­nec­tor Network (PCN). These will def­i­nitely ben­e­fit those who are look­ing to turn com­pet­i­tive and can use our is­land’s network of roads safely and ef­fi­ciently to train.

The is­sue how­ever, is en­ti­tle­ment. More than often, squab­bles on the road break out be­tween cy­clists and driv­ers for in­dis­crim­i­nate lane-hog­ging or worse, dan­ger­ous driv­ing that en­dan­gers the lives of those around them. Sin­ga­pore­ans need to learn to be more tol­er­ant, less quick to tem­per and of course, un­der­stand that cy­clists are a grow­ing trend on the road and they will be here to stay for a while.

In this fi­nal is­sue of 2016’s is­sue of Wheels Asia, we end it with a blast with the amaz­ing Audi R8, pre­vi­ously touted as an en­try level su­per car that is easy to drive and rel­a­tively in­vin­ci­ble in the hands of the right driver. We also drive its closer ri­val, the Mclaren 570S and found out that while it was bril­liant and su­perb in many as­pects, it ap­peals more for the se­ri­ous petrol head. Too lit­tle for too much money? Well, we also test drove the Volvo S90 and found Scan­di­na­vian perfection in a sedan and for the in­di­vid­ual who needs a daily drive, we found the SEAT Leon and Hyundai Tucson turbo pretty im­pres­sive.

We headed to Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit and pit­ted our mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist driv­ing skills on the cir­cuit, push­ing Porsche’s amaz­ing machines to their lim­its while guided to drive closer to the edge of perfection. Also, we fol­lowed Toy­ota be­hind the scenes and found out just how much they treasure the en­vi­ron­ment, as much as they en­joy build­ing eco-friendly cars. Of course, with Uber and GRAB pen­e­trat­ing the in­dus­try and re­defin­ing the need for pri­vate trans­port, our writ­ing duo talk about the car-lite ex­pe­ri­ence and how it is work­ing to be a real deal for ex-car own­ers.

Here’s to wish­ing our dear read­ers, a very Merry Christ­mas, and a Happy New Year.

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