If you're a true car buff, there's no better place to be than an international motorshow if you want to check out some cool, never-before-seen rides.
That's when car brands from all around the world will try and outdo each other by unveiling and previewing their upcoming models. If you managed to attract the crowd, you win.
Thanks to Subaru Malaysia, we got a chance to check out the 2019 Singapore Motorshow.
The Singapore Motorshow took place on 10 to 13 January at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, and it was a chaotic affair (but the good kind lah
During those three days, carmakers such as BMW, Porsche, Jaguar and Volvo took the opportunity to unveil their new cars (like the brand new Range Rover Evoque), provide a first look at upcoming new models (like the highly-anticipated Mazda 3 and the new BMW 3 Series) and even showcase their futuristic concept cars (like Subaru's VIZIV Concept).
There were tonnes of things to see and do at the Motorshow, and if you, like us, have never been to an international motorshow before (we know, noobs, right?), it can get pretty overwhelming.
Every five minutes, a voice will boom from the speakers to alert us about upcoming launches by so-and-so car brands, and we would have to rush to the respective booths to find out what car they will be launching.
It seriously felt like we were in an episode of 'Running Man' - but with more people and more distractions (read: motorshow models).
Side note: we were also given a chance to witness the launch and test drive Subaru's new hybrid SUV, the Subaru Forester e-Boxer. Click here
to read more.
But fret not; we managed to check out all the cool rides parked inside the exhibition centre, and here are some of the coolest things we saw that we believe are worthy of your eyeballs:
#1 The facelifted Mazda 3
The new facelifted Mazda 3, in our opinion, has to be one of the most highly-anticipated launches of 2019. And visitors to the 2019 Singapore Motorshow were given an extremely rare treat when Mazda debuted the model at the event.
This was only the second time the Mazda 3 was ever seen in the wild, after its debut at the Los Angeles Motorshow in November.
The highlight of the new Mazda 3 has got to be its redesigned front end, which features a curved bonnet and a gorgeous front grille-headlamp section that are heavily-based on the brand's award-winning Kai concept.
Under the hood, the Mazda 3 is said to boast Mazda's next gen SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture
and SkyActiv engines
Here's the ultimate sad news: there's no news on when the Mazda 3 will be available in the region, let alone Malaysia. So, it's all see but cannot touch at the moment. Sigh.
#2 Peugeot 508 Fastback
The new 508 Fastback from French carmaker Peugeot is arguably one of the sexiest cars to be unveiled at the Motorshow. Everywhere you look -- the front, the back, the inside, the bottom -- the 508 Fastback is one really sexy car.
The sharp lines and radical design of the Peugeot 508 Fastback was reportedly inspired the Peugeot Instinct concept. The 508 Fastback comes in two engine variants (PureTech 180 and 225) based on a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
What really captured our attention, though, has got to be its sleek, futuristic interior. The 508 Fastback features the company's latest Peugeot i-Cockpit
, highlighted by its racing-style steering wheel, a 12.3-inch heads-up display and a 10-inch touch screen infotainment unit. There's no way we're leaving the car if (that's a very, very, very big if) we managed to buy one.
Speaking of buying one, the Peugeot 508 Fastback will reportedly be launched in Malaysia at the end of 2019, which means that you guys have more or less 11 months to save up.
#3 Subaru VIZIV Concept Tourer
If there was one car that stole the show, it has to be Subaru's futuristic VIZIV Concept Tourer. The sleek beauty was first unveiled at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show back in March 2018, and Subaru surprised everyone by flying the car over for the weekend.
The VIZIV Concept Tourer plays homage to the brand's 'Dynamic x Solid' design language, hence its more aggresive and sleeker exterior that even Tony Stark would approve. The car runs on Subaru's famed Boxer engine
and uses its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
The concept car will also feature the brand's state-of-the-art EyeSight
technology, a suite of advanced driver assist systems.
We know what you're going to ask next, and the answer is no, it's not for sale at the moment. Like its name suggests, the VIZIV Concept Tourer is still pretty much a concept right now, but it's been reported
that Subaru is trying to get it on the road by 2020. Better start saving now if you want one in your garage.
#4 BMW Baby Racers
Good news, guys; you can now train your kids to be snobbish BMW drivers with these BMW Baby Racers. It comes in two colours: white with BMW's iconic M3 stripes and classy black with (probably not) leather seats.
We absolutely love its clean, minimalistic interior. There's no unnecessary features like a radio, a rear-view mirror and most importantly, turn signals (because BMW drivers don't use it anyway) to distract your toddler from crashing into your shin and running over your toes.
Under the hood, the BMW Baby Racers will help you save a lot of money on fuel because it runs on two legs (ala 'The Flintstones') and is capable of going 0-100km/h in 4.2 years
#5 Alpine A110
Of all the exhibitors at the Motorshow, the Alpine booth is the most down-to-earth one. They occupy one small corner booth, with minimal branding and just one car on display, like a Malay nasi lemak
stall at a Chinese kopitiam
, you could say. But that one car on display is gorgeous af!
Despite its small, toy-like appearance, the Alpine A110 was designed to rival the Porsche Cayman. It packs quite a bit under the hood too: it runs on a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine
with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
And because the A110 weighs only 1,080kg, you can be sure that it will fly like a little pocket rocket when you step on the accelerator. The A110 is capable of doing 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds
and hitting a top speed of 250 km/h
. Small but powerful, so don't play play.
We're not sure if it will be available in Malaysia, but the Alpine A110 will reportedly go on sale in Singapore later this year for SGD285,000 (RM863,708.59)
. Small but expensive, so can't play play.
#6 Honda Africa Twin (AKA 'Baja Hitam' bike)
If you ever wanted to dress up like everyone's favourite early 90s superhero Kamen Rider (also known as Baja Hitam
to us Malaysians), you need to get an Africa Twin from Honda to complete your look.
The Honda Africa Twin features a 998 cc parallel-twin engine layout
and a standard six-speed manual gearbox or Honda’s exclusive automatic six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The Africa Twin is the perfect bike to bring off road, as it boasts a 21-inch front wheel and a 18-inch rear wheel and a Throttle By Wire (TBW) system
that features four individual riding modes.
The pricing for the Africa Twin starts from RM76,399
for the base model. If you're thinking of getting a Toyota Vios, why not use your money to get this bike instead? Not only will you be able to skip traffic jams, you'll get to piss off your neighbours in the morning too.
#7 Homemade Batmobile
We're saving the best for last. This, ladies and gents, is hands down the best car we saw at the 2019 Singapore Motorshow! We didn't manage to get a picture, but this cardboard Batmobile comes with working brake lights at the back. Father of the Year award for his dad, please.
Oh, this is not for sale. We know, because we asked.