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From sedans and trucks to modified cars and sexy-looking bikes, we take a look at the top 10 heroes from the Thailand Motor Expo that deserve a mention.

07 Dec 2017


Titled 'New Age Vehicles… A Distant Dream Come True', this year's 34th Thailand International Motor Expo is expected to see approximately to 1.5 million visitors and generate some 50 million baht in circulation.

According to President of Inter-Media Consultant Co, the organiser of the expo, Kwanchai Paphatphong, 40,000 bookings of cars are expected, up by 23 percent from the previous year. Motorbikes, on the other hand, are expected to achieve only 7,000 bookings - a 12 percent drop.

These predictions could well be accurate, thanks to the wide variety of cars and trucks that were on displayed at their respective brand booths. From regular sedans and irregular trucks to modified cars and sexy-looking bikes, we take a look at the top 10 heroes from the motor expo that deserve a mention.


BMW S1000RR

The BMW S1000RR is a sport bike initially made by BMW Motorrad to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship. The S1000RR has been used by various riders at the Isle of Man TT since 2010, thanks to its 196bhp and 112Nm of torque at a twist of the wrist. Although we've never ridden one, we've heard from many enthusiasts that the S1000RR is the most well-rounded sports bike around, making it an everyday pocket rocket.

  

Chevrolet Colorado Centennial Edition

Only 100 Colorado Centennial Editions are produced for Thailand to celebrate 100 years of Chevrolet Trucks. The limited edition Colorado is powered by a 2.5-litre Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel powerplant, producing 180bhp at 3,600rom and 440Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm. Each iconic vehicle features its own vehicle build number displayed as a badge on the inside of each door, a 100-year Chevy badge, etc.

  

Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer

What a beauty this is. Drawing inspiration from London's cafe racer culture in the 50s and 60s, this bike has got a 'Black Coffee' colour scheme and other touches including mirrors mounted on the ends of the clip-on bars, number boards, a nose fairing and stubby mudguard. Still, even though Ducati claims the Scrambler Cafe Racer is more of a new model than a new edition of the Scrambler family, they share several of the same parts.


 
Hyundai RN30 Concept

Hyundai didn’t bring any 'N' production models to the motor expo, but it did bring this attention-grabbing RN30 concept. It's the latest in a line of 'N' concept cars that hints at future production models. Accompanying the RN30 concept's aggressive styling is a punchy 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot powerplant that produces 375bhp and 450Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels through a dual-clutch transmission.


 

Lexus LC500

The Lexus LC500 is part of the Japanese luxury marque's ongoing plan to develop soul-stirring vehicles. Launched in Singapore in August, the LC is reminiscent of the LFA and is designed to offer a significantly sharper, more refined driving experience, with a mighty 470bhp and 540Nm from its 5.0-litre V8. Displayed in an interesting shade of yellow, the LC definitely stole the spotlight from the likes of the Jaguar F-TYPE.


  
Mercedes-AMG GT R

This monster here is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 577bhp and 700Nm of torque to the rear wheels. The engine is mated to an AMG Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which has modified hardware and software to make the transmission even more suitable for the track. Thus, it will complete the century sprint in a dizzying 3.6 seconds flat. The GT R is the top-of-the-line model for the GT sports car range.

  

MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

Unveiled at the MINI stand was the sizzling John Cooper Works Countryman. The range-topping Countryman here sports a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that's capable of 228bhp and 350Nm of torque, allowing the 1.6-tonne MINI to zip from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 234km/h. Due to that extra performance, the car's handling needed some amendments, such as a set of firmer sport suspension with adaptive damping.

  

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

Probably the most iconic Japanese performance car ever, the 18-year old Nissan Skyline GT-R isn't just a race track hero or a tuner's favourite but also a movie star, as seen in movies like The Fast and the Furious. It's known for its immaculate handling, 2.6-litre twin-turbo RB26DETT engine and timeless styling. At the motor expo, we found one in mint condition, tuned up by suspension specialist Tein.


  
Rolls-Royce Dawn

There's just no way you can miss this one out amongst the thousands of people and hundreds of cars surrounding you at the expo, which is why it deserves a spot on our top 10 list. Powered by a humongous 6.6-litre V12 engine, the Rolls-Royce Dawn packs 563bhp and 780Nm of torque. It may not be as potent as the 624bhp Wraith, but the Dawn is the British luxury marque's most powerful drophead to date.
  


Singha Motorsport Team Thailand Ferrari 458 Italia

What's cooler than seeing a shiny new Ferrari on display? Well, unarguably, seeing a race-hardened, track-tearing Ferrari 458 Challenge car is the answer. This here is the #89 car of Singha Motorsport Team Thailand. The differences over the regular road-legal 458 include a racing cockpit, windows that only open through small slots, air-jack mounting, racing fuel filler cap, center-lock wheels, racing exhaust as well as tow hooks.
  
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