Monday, November 28, 2011

Toyota FT-86 details and photos

Toyota UK has released official photos and specs on the company's highly anticipated RWD sport coupe which will officially be named the GT 86 in Europe and just the 86 in Japan.

Power will come in the form of a direct injected 2.0L Subaru Boxer 4cyl producing 197HP/151TQ routed through either a 6 speed manual or automatic to the rear wheels.  Seventeen inch wheels are standard and the car will have a nice 53:47 weight distribution.

The official unveiling will come later this week at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Friday, November 18, 2011

2011 LA Auto Show

Checking out some coverage of the 2011 LA Auto Show and I've come up with what I think are the top cars from the show.

2013 Mustang Shelby GT500

Power!  How does 650HP/600TQ from a 5.8L supercharged V8 sound?  The most powerful Mustang ever is set to take it to the Camaro ZL1 with a top speed of around 200mph.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Tuned suspension, special exterior and interior styling, and an extra 59HP and 72TQ over the standard Fiat 500 should make the Abarth a fun little pocket rocket.

2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

The fastest Jaguar convertible ever has a 550HP/502TQ supercharged 5.0L V8 that will blast the big cat from 0 to 60 in just 4.2 seconds.  Just 25 will be available in the U.S. at a price of $138,875 and they have all been sold already.

Subaru BRZ STI Concept

Giving us the best look yet at what the production version of Subaru's end of the joint venture with Toyota to build a cheap light RWD coupe, the BRZ STI looks great.  It's got some add-ons that will not be on the standard production model but may be on a special model somewhere down the road.

Ford Fiesta ST Concept

Ford showed off this special version of the Fiesta that is powered by a 1.6L Ecoboost 4cyl engine producing 180HP/177TQ thanks to some additional boost.  Combined with the Fiesta's light weight, it should make for a very fun ride.  If Ford brings it to the U.S.

Jaguar C-X16 Concept

Jaguar's C-X16 Concept is supposed to be a modern interpretation of the legendary E-Type.  With some updates to the concept, the car looks to be moving closer to production.  If it does make it to production it will possibly sport a supercharged 3.0L V6 combined with an electric motor assist built into the 8 speed transmission which will be good for a combined 468HP/505TQ.  That should propel the coupe to 60 in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 186mph.  On top of that, it's simply beautiful.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2013 Shelby Mustang coming to take on the Camaro ZL1

Ford has revealed the details on the upcoming 2013 Shelby GT500 and they are clearly setting their sights on the 580HP Camaro ZL1.  The new Shelby will feature a supercharged 5.8L V8 producing 650HP/600TQ which is 100HP/90TQ more than the previous model.  Top speed for the Shelby will be very close to a solid axle muscle car the weighs almost 3,900lbs!

The muscle car wars have reached DEFCON 1.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hyundai updates the Genesis Coupe

Hyundai's very popular Genesis coupe is scheduled for an update and facelift which will debut at January's Detroit Auto Show.  Last week Hyundai released photos of the updates to the exterior which are highlighted by a Veloster like front facia and some new wheels.  Many have wondered what mechanical changes to expect and Hyundai has finally let the cat out of the bag.

Under the hood, the 2.0L turbo 4cyl gets a bump up to 271HP/275TQ (up from 210HP/223TQ) thanks to a larger intercooler and new turbocharger.  The big news is that the coupe now can be had with the same new direct injection 3.8L V6 that is found in the Genesis sedan.  In the Genesis coupe the V6 produces 345HP/295TQ which are increases of 39HP and 29TQ over the previous V6.  Some had hoped for Hyundai to squeeze the 5.0L V8 from the hotrod Genesis sedan into the coupe but that doesn't appear to be in the cards just yet.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Audi strikes the next blow in the death of the manual transmission

The death of the traditional manual transmission continues it's slow but steady pace as recent reports indicate that Audi will no longer offer a manual transmission option on S4 and S5 models being sold in Europe.

Strangely, they will continue to offer the three pedal setup on U.S. bound cars, for the immediate future.  Given the extra expense to the company in producing a manual setup for what is an ever shrinking market of enthusiasts, it seems that the U.S. will probably get the same treatment in the near future.