Real Estate Veteran Sammi Lim Tells Us Why She Loves the New Porsche 911 Speedster
Real estate is in my blood, declares Sammi Lim. After 15 years in the property business, the plucky 36-year-old has earned herself plaudits from industry colleagues for her consistently excellent performance, convincing her to step out of her comfort zone to establish her own real estate agency, Brilliance Capital, in June this year. As the firm’s executive director, she will work with companies, institutions, family offices and high-net-worth individuals to strategise, diversify and manage their real estate investments.
The decision to take the entrepreneurial plunge didn’t come easy for Lim. But spurred on by the words of encouragement by her group of regular clients, she decided to “set her own path and destiny”. She explains, “Setting up my own agency empowers me to provide an even higher degree of personalised service for my clients, with me applying my belief of ‘never doing the same thing twice’ to every project.”
While Lim looks forward to the new challenges ahead, she is aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way people live and work for the foreseeable future. “Groundbreaking trends in the real estate industry will emerge as part of our new normal,” she says, stressing the need for businesses to pivot, transform and reinvent. “We always need to think about our next move and consider what we can do to improve and outdo ourselves. The global landscape is changing so rapidly, and if we stubbornly stick to outdated plans because we fear change, then the business will not be sustainable.”
This progressive outlook stems from her being an optimist but a realist at the same time. “I hold a positive attitude in whatever I do,” she says, likening this dynamism to what she sees in Porsche cars. “There is always that element of confidence and passion about Porsche sports cars. The brand’s aesthetic and the curves of its cars greatly appeal to me.”
And it’s not just the German marque’s qualities and philosophy that speak to her; the practical aspects of the car also matter a lot. Being a Porsche owner herself, Lim—who is photographed with the new 911 Speedster for this story—agrees that cars by the storied brand are trustworthy. “I have always wanted a car that is easy to maintain and timeless. Porsche ticked all the boxes for a ride that satisfies both my practical and aesthetic requirements.”
3 outstanding features of the new Porsche 911 Speedster, which is limited to 1,948 units worldwide
While most Porsche cars are head-turners, the new Porsche 911 Speedster instantly catches the eye with the aerodynamic streamliners on its convertible top compartment lid. This unique design touch adds to the sportiness of the ride and further optimises the aerodynamics of the car. Technically, it is a challenge to manufacture—the largest and most complex component used on a road model is actually crafted out of one single piece of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.
Nod to the past
Porsche is offering an optional Heritage Design package, which incorporates reinterpreted classic details from the 1950s and ’60s into the new 911 Speedster. The package includes elements such as an interior colour scheme in black and cognac; “spears” paintwork in white for the front fascia; and “Lollipop” motor sport decals for the doors and front lid.
Power from within
At the heart of the new 911 Speedster is the naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine with four-litre displacement that can hit a peak power of 510 PS (Pferdestrke) achieved at 8,400 rpm. (The maximum engine speed is 9,000 rpm.) The car completes the century sprint in merely four seconds and hits a top speed of 310 km/h. Equipped with high-pressure fuel injectors with optimised spray pattern as well as a modified intake system with individual throttle valves, the engine’s performance is further enhanced from the ones used in previous 911 GT3 cars. The 911 Speedster only comes with a manual six‑speed sports transmission, which elevates the driving experience.
- PhotographyDarren Gabriel Leow
- StylingJoey Tan