Let’s say you are seeking a no-compromise track toy, and actually have the financial means to pay for one. What car can you actually buy in Singapore today that fits the bill?
Well, there really aren’t that many out-and-out performance cars that have been designed from the ground-up to provide its driver a raw and unfiltered visceral experience from behind the wheel. At least, not for sale locally.Until now.
What Is A BAC Mono R?
It is a limited run version of an already exclusive car. Only 40 examples of the Mono R will ever be made, and key changes over the standard Mono include the addition of even more power, and also added lightness.
The unit featured has been tastefully optioned to NB Auto’s specifications, and you’ll even find a merlion motif embroidered on the headrest as a nod to NB’s Singaporean roots.A 2.5-litre four-banger resides underneath the skin of the Mono R. This motor started out in life as a Ford Duratec unit, but has had a healthy dose of go-fast bits added to it. Most of the items needed for combustion have been swapped out for higher-rated components, such as a new billet crank, as well as forged pistons and connecting rods. The end result is a motor that develops 343bhp, and that revs to a stratospheric 9,000rpm.
These ponies are then sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.For the “added lightness” bit of the equation, BAC created graphene-infused carbon composite panels, and even fitted lighter brake machinery. In fact, a total of 44 bespoke carbon parts have been made to create a more aggressive stance. Optimisations have also been made throughout the car, and the result is an overall weight of just 555 kilograms.To put this into context, the current Mono weighs 580 kilograms. No heavyweight by any means, but certainly heftier than its R sibling. As a result, the Mono R has a power-to-weight ratio of about 612bhp/ton, which allows for a century sprint timing of 2.5 seconds.
So How Much Does All This Performance Cost?
Taking into account all the performance the Mono R offers, it is a relative bargain at an estimated S$300,000. But there’s a caveat to this (obviously!). This price does not include COE, or any of the additional paperwork and/or taxes needed to put this vehicle on the road, as it is not road-legal at the moment.Good news if you’re Malaysian though - it is registrable further up North!
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