Singapore is incredibly fortunate to be home to some fantastic cars. We’ve seen the likes of Pagani, Koenigseggs, and all manner of exotic machines roaming about our streets. But there are a number of cars that never made it on our shores.
There are many reasons why these never made it in Singapore, some of which (truthfully) do make sense. Sky-high taxes, emissions regulations, high fuel consumptions, and many of them simply because they are left-hand drive vehicles. Admittedly, many of these cars are American made or made for the American market. We’ve rounded up a few of the best ones.
Now this is a crying shame. A track-focused Mustang with a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 with a cross-plane crank (that means better engine balance, and higher RPMs) producing 771 horsepower. It’s a bit much for our roads. But disregard the noise pollution this car generates, disregard the sheer size of that engine block. This is a fantastic machine, and it carries one of the best names in American muscle car history: Shelby.
Dodge Challenger Hellcat
The Challenger Hellcat…… What else is there to say? 717 horsepower from a screaming 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI V8. Classic muscle car proportions, nostrils in the grille. Good old American muscle on steroids. Allow us a moment.
This is a car that wouldn’t make the cut for Singapore’s roads, and I’d understand why. Performance and looks wise, it would’ve fit in with the supercar elite. However, it’s too low for Singapore’s roads, it was never made for right-hand drive markets (LHD only), and it’s just way too pretty to be abused here. But mostly because there are a very limited number of these being produced and they’re all left-hand drive.
Honda Civic Si
This is a special one. Imagine a bog-standard Civic turbo, but better. Much better. The fantastic 1.5-litre turbo four-pot has been uprated to produce 208 horsepower, it has a limited-slip differential up front, and several suspension components from the more potent Civic Type R. Best of all, it comes exclusively with a manual gearbox. Sounds promising, doesn’t it? We all wish we had it here.
The Telluride is Kia’s boldest, biggest, and roomiest SUV, seating up to 8 people in relative comfort. The boxy design of the Telluride may be a bit brash for some, but it’s a bold step in the right direction, and it’s quite a looker. Sadly, we’ll probably never see this behemoth roaming our streets anytime soon.