Archive for April, 2010

NEWS: Did anyone see the smouldering Ferrari F430 on Wednesday?

What would Burning Rubber be without some of the precious burnt rubber of the Ferrari F430? Although stomp has a good collection of other cars burning around Singapore, none melted the belly blubber of our citizens as much as news of the burning Ferrari on Stamford Road on Wednesday afternoon. Cheers to multiple orgasms this week.

The unfortunate yellow F430 couldn’t have found a more iconic spot to burn – right in the middle of town opposite SMU (finally the Picanto owners in SMU get to laugh).

The public-turned-paparazzi soon flooded online portals and media with pictures and videos (at the end of the article in three different angles) of close to a million dollars going up in smoke, feeding on the buzz over lunchtime. What? No one complained of pollution just because it’s expensive smoke? That’s unfair! Yes, Chow Yun Fatt, I know this is Singapore, but still… Read more…

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BREAKING NEWS: Porsche releases worldwide recall for their Panamera!

First Toyota made headlines with world-wide recalls over faulty accelerator pedals.

Perhaps the sight of Akio Toyoda in tears during his public apology tightened the crotches of other automotive CEOs. Honda followed with its recall of the Fit model over “possible fire through excessive liquid contact of the master power window switch”. Although it sounds absurd, the Japanese certainly know how to maintain their quality standards – although it fed the media’s immense hunger over recalls and safety issues at that time.

However, little did we expect Porshe to turn up in the “i-think-i-should-recall” category of car makers – especially when it’s the first supercar brand to initiate the recalling of all its roughly 11,300 Panameras ever built. Unlike Honda which recalled cars based on some unlikely scenarios that breached car safety – Porshe’s Panamera has a good reason to take some of the meat searing that Toyota went through. But we’re never going to see Martin Winterkorn (CEO of Porshe SE and Volkswagen) cry over this. Read more…

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LAUNCH: Audi R8 V10 Spyder

April 27, 2010 2 comments

With the Audi Fashion Festival 2010 kicking off, the German brand has taken the chance to pair up their recent car launches with the highly-anticipated event.

First it was the TT RS.

Now they’ve unveiled the Audi R8 Spyder, the long awaited model that completes the R8 line, at a muted down press-only reveal today afternoon.

Perched on an elevated circular stage and covered in a colour I can only describe as “an-oil-effect-on-aluminium-foil” (if someone knows what it’s called, please do enlighten us under comments), we were treated to another gem of an advertisement for the Spyder from the boys at Audi before three (really hot) models participating in the Audi Fashion Festival Red Carpet event tonight pulled the cover off the car. Read more…

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Beijing Auto Show Coverage: Volkswagen finally releases details and pictures of their brand new Phaeton limousine

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

The understated limousine that was the brainchild of then chairman of the VW Group, Ferdinand Piëch, has finally seen a freshen up for the year 2010!

So it’s really not a full replacement model but rather a facelift. But unlike other lame attempts at these facelifts, the limo actually gets quite a bit of kit added to it both inside and out.

Come to think about it, we’re lucky there’s a handful of people in Singapore who were brave enough to break away from the pack and invest their money in something understated. Something not a ‘at-least-three-at-any-traffic-light’ Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Read more…

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Beijing Auto Show Coverage: Introducing the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV China Limited Edition

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Limited to only ten cars worldwide, the car, as beautiful as it is, seems to be another one of those meaningless limited editions designed to attract rich old men shopping around for a bragging accessory more than anything else.

What’s more, not only does the car come with it’s own numerical serial number plate attached on the inside, it also has the name of its owner on it – instantly stamping its seal of self-indulgence.

Now with the car having its own special edition for the Chinese market, it makes it the second (it should be accurate…we haven’t been keeping count though) supercar brand to do so – first being Ferrari with that Great Wall of China design it had on a 612 last year. Not the best looking edition but hey, what do we know right? Read more…

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April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Just when you thought you were having a wretched week….we’re pretty sure what you’ve got aching your neck isn’t half as bad as what the driver of this car must be feeling.

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BREAKING NEWS: Singapore’s very first Ford Focus RS unit has already been delivered!

April 19, 2010 2 comments

And it’s in blue!

Early on Friday morning, those who follow us on Twitter (follow us!! @burning_rubber) thought I was pulling your leg when I said I saw an RS blow off a road-hogging Hyundai Sonata taxi near the Tanglin area.

To clear all doubt, I made a coupla calls (sent one text over facebook) to someone within Ford and….

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