Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - ED­I­TOR DAVID TING davidt@sph.com.sg

I love pasta as much as prata. But the lo­cal de­light re­quires less dough from me and is more eas­ily avail­able in ev­ery neigh­bour­hood, so my adult belly has been filled by far more In­dian prata than Ital­ian pasta.

I love cof­fee, too, but kopi from a kopi tiam is my pre­ferred “petroleum”, in­stead of caffe from a cafe. Any­way, my favourite Ital­ianate cof­fee of all time is cap­puc­cino, thanks to its Suzuki name­sake, a sweet lit­tle road­ster I re­mem­ber fondly.

I also re­mem­ber, but not very fondly, my first and only Ital­ian car. It was a 1992 Fiat Uno Turbo Mk 2, said to be one of seven in Sin­ga­pore, with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber SBV6976E. The hot hatch got me hot un­der the col­lar when­ever the en­gine over­heated. The paint­work was as black as the ex­haust smoke. The cabin was crummy and the han­dling was shabby. De­spite these is­sues, the Uno was fun. Its tur­bocharged 1.4-litre mo­tor was or­gas­mic when on-boost, its clus­ter of in­stru­ment me­ters was mar­vel­lous and its Momo steer­ing wheel was won­der­ful.

It was a bad romance with an Ital­ian. For sto­ries of good romance with Ital­ians, please turn to pg 56 (Fer­rari 812 Superfast), pg 64 (Lamborghini Huracan Performante) and pg 68 (Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio).

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