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5 ‘90s Japanese Heroes You Can Get Your Hands on in Singapore!

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We look at ‘90s Japanese dream cars and tell you which of your fan favourites are within your grasp…

Living in Singapore, it isn’t uncommon to see Japanese cars on the streets and in our workshops! Japanese car manufacturers have always had a special place in our hearts; especially so for ‘90s kids, with their futuristic, sleek and engaging automobile design.  Today, we revisit the ‘90s and point out the iconic Japanese dream cars from the era that you CAN still own…

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Mazda MX5 Miata NB 1998

Debuting at the tail end of the ‘90s, the Mazda Miata 1998 is an excellent choice for beginners to drift in! A classic Japanese take on the iconic drop-top Italian sports automobile, its NB designation refers to the second generation of the MX5 model. This update received improvements over the original which included a power output hike!

 

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Honda S2000

The decade’s tail end saw the introduction of perhaps the purist driver’s car – the Honda S2000. Its formidable 2.0-litre engine is known for its front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout – realising a perfect 50-50 front and rear weight distribution. It also required frequent revving to ensure that the Honda-specific VTEC system would kick in, making the S2000 a pure performance car not meant for the weak hearted!

 

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Mitsubishi Evolution VI

Rally race fans have plenty to rejoice, with ‘90s icon Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series releasing 6 generations of models during the decade! The Evo VI has the same 2.0-litre turbocharged 4G63T that was present in the ‘92 Evo I, but it is now stronger than ever. This sixth incarnation also features arguably its most noteworthy variation – the Tommi Makinen Edition, named after the Finnish rally legend after his fourth World Rally Championship victory!

 

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Mazda RX-7 FD3

Arguably the best looking car of its time, the sleek lines and gorgeous curves of the RX-7 ensures its timeless beauty. Beauty complements brawn though – the 1.3-litre twin-rotor engine has won over many fans for its distinct rev-up roar. With its equal front-rear weight distribution, low centre of gravity and competitive weight, it is no surprise that the RX-7 is considered among the all-time greats, no matter the decade!

 

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Honda Civic EK 9 Type R

Made for your day-to-day travelling needs, the Honda Civic was originally built to be a small and durable machine. The EK9 Type R variation also went on to become one of the world’s most popular hatchbacks! With a 1.6-litre engine that produced 182 bhp, the Civic also featured a hand-ported engine and a helical limited-slip differential which was remarkable for such a lightweight automobile.

Torque 5 Event Spotlight: The Cars @ EXPO

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Local motoring enthusiasts rejoice as the upcoming The Cars @ Expo show this weekend is the one-stop event which has something for everyone.

So, why should you head down to Singapore’s one-stop destination car show? Taking place at Singapore Expo Halls 4 & 5, The Cars @ Expo can boast housing over 40 different exhibitors- including the who’s who of the automobile industry. Organised by sgCarMart and SPH, the two-day event, which happens Saturday, 27 October to Sunday, 28 October, is open from 10am to 8pm daily and admission is FREE for all!

 

Everything you need, under one roof

Whether you are hunting for a new set of wheels or just keeping up to date with the latest car releases, The Cars @ Expo show has you sorted. The event will assemble a buffet of car distributors, pre-owned car dealers and accessories merchants all under one roof. The exciting line-up features industry titans such as Cycle & Carriage, Stamford Tyres and Maka GPS just to name a few. Besides, one of the biggest hassles of car shopping in Singapore has always been making the tiresome journey around the island in order to get a feel of the latest models from the major automobile brands, so why waste your precious time when you can have them all in the same place at the same time?

 

Freebies galore

If there is anything we Singaporeans love, it is freebies! And The Cars @ Expo show promises to deliver that in spades. On top of exclusive offers and deals provided by the individual exhibitors, the event is also giving out goodies to all visitors who spent at least $100! So gearheads, do not miss out on the chance to enjoy a free 3-month Torque magazine subscription together with a limited edition event keychain. And if you do decide on a new car at the show, you will also be driving away with a $50 Esso Petrol Voucher and event golf umbrella to boot!

 

Meet your favourite celebrity DJs

There is no doubt that the cars are the real stars at The Cars @ Expo, but they will be supported by a ensemble cast of local celebrity DJs! Providing their familiar brand of humour to the event, everybody’s favourite morning radio duo Glenn Ong and the Flying Dutchman will be down on Saturday, October 27 between 2 to 4pm to entertain the crowds and share experiences of their love for automobiles with you. The ONE FM 91.3 presenters will also be giving away shopping vouchers on the day, so if you are eyeing that new stereo to match your sweet sweet ride, take part in the many fun and games with your fellow gearheads!

The Cars @ Expo show will be held at Singapore Expo Halls 4 & 5. It will run from 10am to 8pm daily this Sat and Sun and admission is free.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Dashboard Camera for Your Car

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Dashboard cameras or dashcams are pretty much becoming a norm amongst car owners these days. According to the Singapore Police Force, there has been an increase of 1.9% for traffic accidents and 12.5% for fatal accidents for the first quarter of this year, as compared to the past year. With the increase of road traffic accidents, getting a dashcam for your vehicle would not be a bad idea as it adds an extra layer of security and assurance, in the case of witnessing or getting involved in a traffic accident (crosses fingers).

Contrary to popular belief, getting a dashcam installed is not as expensive as you think. Prices start from as low as $110 and can go up to $500 with higher end features such as, ‘surveillance mode’, integrated smartphone app and GPS.

If you’re not convinced why you would need a dashcam in your car, here’s why you should have one installed now!

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So You Want My Trade: Car Mechanic

In the job world, there will never be a shortage of demand for skilled workers: be it a handyman, plumber, chef, crane operator, bus captain, electrician, or a car mechanic. For some, becoming a mechanic could be their childhood dream – filled with nostalgic memories of watching their family members working on cars, thus dreamed of pursuing the trade. Some may have been inspired by watching movies, Fast and Furious or Formula 1 mechanics at work, that portrayed fabulous mechanics. Others may just be mechanically-inclined, love hands-on jobs, or curious about how engines work. Hence, we tasked ourselves to unravel the reasons to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

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4 Tips to Prevent Car Breakdowns & Help Assistance

When you’re driving and your car decides to give you a flat tire or flash all kinds of warning lights on the dashboard or getting involved in a car accident (yikes), it’s never good news and one should be prepared to face the worst. As much as we wouldn’t want it to happen, facing a breakdown is inevitable and is part and parcel for most car owners.

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22 Points Checklist

torque 5 22 points checklist

**Infographic depicts additional pointers that are being reviewed during a car maintenance check!

We always pride ourselves in giving every car, the best care. For car owners who like to know more about what Torque 5 car maintenance services enhances of, do take a look at our checklist below:

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Top 3 Most Common Causes for Vehicle Breakdowns in Singapore

Every driver who owns and has driven a car for a least 3-5 years would have experienced an unfortunate breakdown. No one wishes for their car to breakdown, it’s a nerve wracking situation to be in, especially if your breakdown is the cause of an accident involving others.

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Is your mechanic scamming you?

Taking care of your car is important for safety, efficiency and its longevity. As newer cars these days are becoming more complex with high-tech gadgetry and onboard computers, you shouldn’t ever force yourself into fixing a problem if you don’t know exactly what’s wrong. When in doubt, take your car to a mechanic with proper training and tools to have it checked out to see what’s going on and save the frustration.

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