K20 Honda Civic Si – Both Worlds

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What Matt Galiano wanted for his Honda Civic Si wasn’t entirely unreasonable: To have a nine-second street car that I could pull in to a car drop and show jaws with. That’s what he wanted, and that’s what so many others have tried to attain with little to exhibit for it. That’s mostly because making a front-wheel-drive Civic capable of speeds over 150mph inside the quarter-mile is tough enough. The process with the right combination of show-winning paint and polished bits makes all of this even more challenging.

A nine-second show car isn’t exactly what Galiano’s always had in mind, because it turnsthough and out. A daily driver is what he was looking for in late 2012 when he picked up the inoperable Civic Si. It didn’t run, [but] it had been a super easy fix, Galiano says. I intended on using it for any daily driver-just to put some wheels into it, clean up the engine bay, put a whole new paint job on it and drive it. That’s what he told himself anyways. Meanwhile, Galiano was only denying and prolonging what he probably knew all along: The more I assumed about it, the greater I wanted to construct a car for takingshortly after getting the only twin-cam, B-series Honda Civic ever offered in the US operational. Galiano’s Civic Si was parked for good and completely torn apart, awaiting its rebirth, by the starting of the following year. I began building it with the aim of it still having the capability to be driven on the street, he says. It was almost complete then I decided to really make it a full-blown drag race car.

It was the second and final time Galiano would change his mind. From here on out, the Civic would be a dedicated track car. It had been also should be completed in the same year. I set a goal personally to finish it last year and tried everything possible to achieve that, Galiano says of the tight deadline. It started with ridding the 2-door of its B16A2 engine which had been exclusive to the Si and then-model del Sols. Instead, the RSX’s K20A2 was dropped into place by using Hasport mounts and a seventh-generation Civic Si’s transmission. Greater than 800 horsepower comes by way of a Precision turbo that blows from the fully reworked long block that’s been fortified with ductile iron sleeves and forged internals. Externally, the fuel system has been beefed up with 2,000cc injectors and a number of pumps from Bosch, which are controlled by AEM’s Series 2 standalone engine management system.

Despite his successfully melding the often at-odds worlds of drag racing beaters and show queens in to a single package, Galiano admittedly hasn’t been a Honda fan. I grew up building and driving older Camaros, and I’ve loved them ever since, he says, prefacing his buying of a later-model Chevy sports coupe in 2010. But the fifth-generation Camaro didn’t fill the ’60s-era muscle car void he’d hoped it would. [It] just didn’t have the same seem like I thought it would, Galiano says as he compares the decades-spanning differences in between thesuch things as the 15-inch Work Meister S1 wheels stuffed inside a pair of Mickey Thompson ETs up front. It also allowed him to prepare the chassis for nine-second duty, like incorporating the 10-point rollcage that was expertly fitted within the coupe by nearby Diamond Fab.

I needed to build this to show people some of the work I can do at my shop. And I wanted the best of both worlds, Galiano says, of how he managed balancing the car’s opposing drag versus show theme. The recipe for Galiano’s Si is nearly complete. It’s prepared to drop jaws; now all it needs would be to hit the track.

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Getting that Luxury Vehicle You Thought You Could Never Get

We simple folks love to taste luxury. It’s tough, we don’t always get to offer the nice things which others have, others with money. It’s a tough life being poor or at least middle-class. We’re always comparing ourselves to others, those with more, those who have everything fed to them using a silver spoon. We could stick our thumbs in your cry and mouths about it. Alternatively, we can find ways to taste luxury in ways that we may not think are obtainable but actually are. The best way to find luxury is at your vehicle, as a long of mid-level car companies are generating cars that happen to be actually quite nice inside and out, and still have the better reasonable price. Here are a few options of cars that may not seem luxurious but actually do feel fairly luxurious.

Nissan Altima

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When you haven’t seen the Altima in a few years, you may be thinking you’re going insane seeing this car for this list. It used to be just a boring middle in the road sedan. But the good folks at Nissan have really turned the heat up in their designs lately and possess made the Altima an automobile that should not be mocked. Look into the Altima at Nissan Ontario and you’ll see what exactly we’re discussing. It’s got leather interior as an option, and it’s fast and smooth. it handles such as a dream and is a real pleaser to the eye. Don’t think so? Look at metronissanredlands.com and you’ll see that the Altima looks more like some kind of Infiniti or another luxury car. You’ll impress your friends and your pocketbook.

Chrysler 300

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The people on the American side of automotive manufacturing are recognized for making clunkers that last a few years and after that die inside a sea of malfunctions and shoddy craftsmanship. It’s funny that Ford and other companies herald their cars as “”built Ford tough”” when everyone knows these american cars are a big fat joke with no punch line. But to every rule there is an exception, and the new 300 from your Chrysler line is actually a beautiful car that is very luxurious. You will never believe you’re in a car built on American soil while you spin round the curves inside a beast so lovely and nice that you’ll think you’re dreaming. Take one for a spin and you’ll see.

Acura TSX

2013 Acura TSX SE.

2013 Acura TSX SE.

Acura is well-called a more expensive Honda, with virtually all the parts on the car being Honda parts, and so they only think you’re purchasing really is the A instead of the H on the emblem. Everyone understands you’re throwing your money away for nothing. That said, the TSX is a superb car and also feels luxurious in a way that other cars only try to match. It’s got a 201 HP engine and that kind of power will make you feel like the king you happen to be not.

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580hp Fiat 500 – Lamborghini V12 Powered

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It’s impossible! ” argued father Gianfranco Dini and son Leonardo, but once again, Gianfranco wished to show his over-enthusiastic offspring who possessed the mechanical know-how in the family.including the Murcielago AWD system can’t keep the four wheels under control

The young Dini’s mistake was to suggest to his father-a master founder and mechanic of the legendary Oemmedi Meccanica-that he should shoehorn a Porsche 911 flat-six motor in to the rear of the 1970s Fiat 500. The problem had been issued, and in true father/son rivalry, there was no backing down.

The exchange took place more than a decade ago, and the Porsche-engined Cinquecento has since been parked. But because the old saying “Madness is hereditary; you get it from your children” runs particularly deep in this particular family, not because it didn’t work.You see, after building the Frankenstein Fiat/Porsche 500 and thus upholding his honor as a red-blooded Italian male, Signore Dini succumbed to your madness of his own making: he began work on a second car. This time, he eschewed the “foreign” motor for your flat-plane-crank V8 from a Ferrari 308, installed transversely from thetell you it’s loud in there!

The Ferrari-engined Cinquecento had recently been eclipsed by an even madder creation, as soon as we found Oemmedi Meccanica’s workshop on the outskirts of Tuscany.

It was apparent that while the gray, Porsche-engined machine didn’t look too radical from the outside, the black, Ferrari-engined version definitely had the overtones of any pumped-up racer, as we walked the line within a corner of the workshop.Everything we weren’t ready for was the car at the far end in the line. The sheer scale of the changes that this poor, unsuspecting 40-year-old Fiat 500 endured in the creation of Signore Dini’s latest work left us speechless.

It was immediately obvious the physical size of a 580hp Lamborghini Murcielago motor stuffed into the rear of the car had required a radical rethink of its structure and external appearance. This is, without any exaggeration, an incrediblyIt was actually the result of a bet,” Dini Senior confirmed. “Some smartass in Northern Italy, who knew about my two previous cars, suggested I put a 6.2L Lamborghini V12 into a Cinquecento. Ten years ago, I’d have laughed them back, but after my knowledge of the other two cars, it had been a challenge I accepted with relish,” he explained.

It wasn’t easy, obviously, but 2 yrs and 3,000 man-hours later, the Lambocento was rolled into the Italian sunshine.

The rev counter was carved into the steering wheel, but the 400-km/h speedo is center-mounted.

12-into-500

Since the Fiat 500 was inherently too short and narrow to the Lamborghini drivetrain, the specification called for both the wheelbase and track being significantly extended. The result: an automobile nearly twice as wide as the original Fiat, with the hub centers in the huge Murcielago wheels now practically where front and rear bumpers would sit on a stock 500.

A tailored space frame chassis was fabricated. It incorporated a subframe cradle to mount the engine and transmission. Significant torsional reinforcement originated from the steel bulkheads front and reara relatively easy task compared to the V12…

The relevant parts of the ’71 Fiat 500 monocoque-in effect the sidepanels and roof, and its pillars-were welded towards the new chassis and all the newest body parts, for example the huge wheel arches, were fabricated from steel.

The entire dashboard and center console were also fabricated from steel plate and covered in leather, further reinforcing the scuttle, as Gianfranco is allergic to plastic. Even the door mirrors are handmade from steel.

There was absolutely no way the car couldcarries a flat bottom for aerodynamics, with cutouts to aid ventilation of the finned sump and gearbox, plus an air diffuser at the rear under the stainless Lamborghini exhaust silencer.

The double wishbone suspension uses modified coilovers all round and an anti-roll bar at either end. The rear units are inclined 45 degrees and mounted to pickup points on the rear subframe, as the fronts are inclined at about 10 degrees and theirwill be the Murcielago’s 355mm rotors all-around with four-piston calipers and in many cases the working ABS system. There’s also a giant Lamborghini master cylinder up front, trying out almost half the spaceIf several of it falls more on the practical side than the stylish, details like the electrically opening engine cover and retractable rear spoiler add to the car’s overall finesse, and you can’t help but admire the attention to detail, even.

Driving

Opening the entrance, you drop into the custom bucket seat and can immediately tell Gianfranco is a wheelman: Every instrument, including the frighteningly optimistic 250-mph speedometer, is located on the console, while the large, yellow rev counter is positioned in an opening carved in to the MOMO steering wheel.

The redline starts at 7,500 rpm, although with the Lambocento’s power-to-weight ratio of around 600 hp/ton, you’d have to be extremely brave or stupid to wind out of the motor in each of the six ratios, similar to the Murcielago.

A bog-stock Fiat 500 isn’t a spacious car, and being placed in the tiny cabin with the Lamborghini V12 in the plexiglass case behind your mind is like sharing the bomb bay of any B-17 by using adoors and roof, and pillars are about all that remains of the original 500.

The sound of the engine is deafening yet spine-tingling at the same time. The din is tremendous but sends waves of delight passing through every cell in your body. The Lambocento melds heaven and hell into an infernal machine.

Paddle shifters? That would be too easy. No, this is a driver’s car, so you have a heavy clutch along with a proper gearstick to row, the old-fashioned way, before you can scare yourself silly.

The massive wave of V12 torque throws the automobile down the road; you instinctively short-shift into Second, and then Third out of both wisdom and fear. Even at the mere 4,000 rpm, the car-which carries 1,544 pounds less dead weight than the Murcielago-gives the impression that its 335/30 ZR18 Pirelli tires are attempting to either rotate on their wheels or melt the asphalt. This is stark-naked insanity in itsThe problem is the driver not the car,” Gianfranco shrugged, though “The rate potential is there. I’ve never dared to open it up all the way, even though “It reaches 187 mph so easily!”

We burn rubber with the Oemmedi Meccanica compound, imagining what it would be like to drive the car at Imola or Mugello. On target, it would be open season on Ferraris. You could probably pass them on opposite lock with all four tires smoking.

Unfortunately, our courage faltered between the workshop sheds, where the road surface is as crumbly as an old Parmigiano.

At sane speeds, we have a chance to see the reaction of other drivers to this particular mutant Bambino Mostro, as being the locals have nicknamed it… At a stop sign, other cars visit a stop, their drivers staring in shock and awe. When we pull away, eyeballs follow, their brains still paralyzed. This may be his daily driver if Batman were Italian.a lot of good offers from Russia, America, Japan and China and the Middle East. He’s unclear he desires to be separated from the machine he created with blood, sweat, and tears. He considers the Bambino Mostro element of his family.

“A small production run of similar cars is a possibility,” he told us. The years of developing the Frankenstein Fiats have resulted in a formula for creating miniature monsters. “We have a special double-frame platform that’s stable enough to withstand insane power. It’s also dimensionally flexible so that we can fit any engine into the Cinquecento.

“Even a Bugatti Veyron W16? ” we asked in parting. “As soon as somebody brings me one, I’ll fit it! “” he said using a laugh. “You want to bet, we considered him in surprise before Gianfranco uttered the immortal words?

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1994 Porsche 993 Carrera 2 – Victoria’s Secret

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The things you have what follows is a German car, owned by a Filipino, modified by a Japanese tuner and powered by a piece of America. By now the names Akira and RWB Nakai are symbolic of some of the most gangster Porsche 911s out there. The subculture that Nakai-san created spread like wildfire throughout the world, and since a year ago has reached the Philippines. We must warn you though; this story will either get you excited or flat-out piss you off!

Nakai-san names all of his Porsche creations and it’s not simply some random name either, as the chief designer. For instance, we all know Chaihona was named after his favorite vodka bar in Russia, Stella Artois must be no-brainer, Pandora One, Rotana, Battle Knight, the list goes so on… But for the first RWB from the Philippines, this purple beauty is simply named Victoria. To completely understand this name you have to know concerning the owner, Ian King. Aside from being a car guy, he owns his very own garage called Car Porn Racing and is particularly the third-generation owner of his family motel business called Victoria Court-people can sign in for a few nights or a few hoursWhen he first started his shop, most of his clientele consisted of BMW guys. It wasn’t until his friend PV Valdez sparked his fascination with the RWB’s sexy and wide styling. As fate would have it, fellow Filipino and official Rauh-Welt US distributor Mark Arcenal proposed that Ian meet Nakai-san at SEMA 2012. Upon their meeting, Ian didn’t even own a Porsche for Nakai to work on. But 3 months later, Nakai found himself in Manila with Ian’s newly purchased 993 Carrera 2.

Many diehard Porsche owners are known for being purists and would cringe at the sight of their babies going under the knife. But for people like Ian, cutting the factory body to create way for the handmade oversized RWB fenders and the aggressive bumpers is the way to go. If that’s inadequate eye candy to get you excited, the original Amaranth Violet paint coupled with a set of Work Meister wheels will certainly result in an uncontrollable discharge of bodily fluids.However, let’s focus on one of the most controversial aspects of this build-the engine. Victoria is powered by a 5.7-liter LS1. Do you want to know why I went V8? Ian says, I had a couple of motors-SR20s RB25, RB26-and I blew everything. I blew the SR motor three times and both the RB26 and RB25 once each. In those days Ian gave up sold and drifting all his projects to buy an E39 M5. It had been love at first drive for he and him never looked back. His appreciation for V8s grew as he could drive his car to the track, push it to the limit and at the end of the day drive it home. Ian continues to say, V8s are simple, reliable and can make tons of power. Hence the LS1 one was transplanted in by using a Renegade Hybrids swap kit. Currently, Victoria is pushing 340hp with minor mods that include a Varex X-pipe and custom headers. Ian plans on swapping the current motor for a far more powerful LS3 motor-good for 525hp.

Is already mated using a manual Porsche G50 transmission combined with a Spec clutch and a Carbonetic limited-slip, even though originally Ian’s Porsche had an automatic transmission. Saying that Ian is passionate about the LS motor might be an understatement. He also includes a Corvette as well as anConsidered that was the only controversial point about this Porsche? You better think again! You’re looking at the first RWB-fitted 911 to perform on air. Sure there are tons of people divided on the topic of air and static, but remember where Ian is located. Think about worst roads you’ve driven in The United States. Multiply that by ten and you have the roads from the Philippines! Victoria is equipped with Airrex struts that are controlled via Accuair’s TMP1 I-Level system, which allows Ian to control ride height on his iPhone. I’m here to prove that my car can make it everywhere, he tells us, though A lot of people bash the air suspension. I bring it to the supermarket, to the mall, anywhere. I won’t crack anything and won’t leave my bumper behind.

We all know some of you might want to chuck this magazine across the room just before you do, let’s remember what Nakai-san said in recent interview. There is no such thing as ‘ugly’ cars. Before even touching it, most of us like various things. In fact Ian told Nakai-san all of his plans for that car. Nakai knew concerning the LS as well as the air ride. He simply responded, RWB is a type of self-expression.

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Getting that Luxury Vehicle You Thought You Could Never Get

We simple folks love to taste luxury. It’s tough, we don’t always get to offer the nice things which others have, others with money. It’s a tough life being poor or at least middle-class. We’re always comparing ourselves to others, those with more, those who have everything fed to them using a silver spoon. We could stick our thumbs in your cry and mouths about it. Alternatively, we can find ways to taste luxury in ways that we may not think are obtainable but actually are. The best way to find luxury is at your vehicle, as a long of mid-level car companies are generating cars that happen to be actually quite nice inside and out, and still have the better reasonable price. Here are a few options of cars that may not seem luxurious but actually do feel fairly luxurious.

Nissan Altima

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When you haven’t seen the Altima in a few years, you may be thinking you’re going insane seeing this car for this list. It used to be just a boring middle in the road sedan. But the good folks at Nissan have really turned the heat up in their designs lately and possess made the Altima an automobile that should not be mocked. Look into the Altima at Nissan Ontario and you’ll see what exactly we’re discussing. It’s got leather interior as an option, and it’s fast and smooth. it handles such as a dream and is a real pleaser to the eye. Don’t think so? Look at metronissanredlands.com and you’ll see that the Altima looks more like some kind of Infiniti or another luxury car. You’ll impress your friends and your pocketbook.

Chrysler 300

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The people on the American side of automotive manufacturing are recognized for making clunkers that last a few years and after that die inside a sea of malfunctions and shoddy craftsmanship. It’s funny that Ford and other companies herald their cars as “built Ford tough” when everyone knows these american cars are a big fat joke with no punch line. But to every rule there is an exception, and the new 300 from your Chrysler line is actually a beautiful car that is very luxurious. You will never believe you’re in a car built on American soil while you spin round the curves inside a beast so lovely and nice that you’ll think you’re dreaming. Take one for a spin and you’ll see.

Acura TSX

2013 Acura TSX SE.

2013 Acura TSX SE.

Acura is well-called a more expensive Honda, with virtually all the parts on the car being Honda parts, and so they only think you’re purchasing really is the A instead of the H on the emblem. Everyone understands you’re throwing your money away for nothing. That said, the TSX is a superb car and also feels luxurious in a way that other cars only try to match. It’s got a 201 HP engine and that kind of power will make you feel like the king you happen to be not.

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2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT – $100,000 Performer Tested at Nürburgring

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Pros Fabulous noise | G3571 engaging chassis | Feel of specialness | Long throttle travel to mete out the power

– Cons Gear lever position not great in manual car | Interior switchgear not intuitive to use | More powerful Jaguar F-Type R Coupé is the same price
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Highlights Sports suspension | Lightweight alloy wheels | Unique decals and appearance | Sub-$100,000 price point | Engaging chassis dynamics | Sublime metallic V8 engine noise

Technology Naturally aspirated, 4.7-liter V8 petrol engine with 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque | Limited-slip F3574differential on rear axle | Option of seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission with short final drive

Electronics Three-mode traction and stability control system | Sport button for throttle response and exhaust bypass valve | Dynamic stability control, anti-lock brakes, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist
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Car nuts with $100,000 burning a hole in their bank accounts have a lot to think about; they’re spoiled for choice. That range of options was considerably bolstered recently by the arrival of the sublime Jaguar F-Type R Coupé. Aston Martin, previously insulated from competition with Jaguar by their Ford parents, suddenly finds itself with a rather tasty rival, at a tantalizing price point. A replacement for the Vantage lineup is on the way—and likely to be AMG-powered—but it’s still some time off, so Aston’s immediate plan is to offer a version of the V8 Vantage that includes all the best bits of the car in a unique-looking and racing-inspired package, all for under the magic $100,000 mark.

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In the U.S., it’s called the V8 Vantage GT, though it’s closely related to the Euro-spec model, designated N430. That’s “”N”” for Nürburgring and 430hp maximum power. While the GT package is ostensibly a styling and equipment update, with a moderate suite of mechanical changes, the association with the legendary race circuit in Germany is a lot more than just a marketing man’s idea. This is reinforced as we arrive into the Aston Martin Nürburgring Test Centre to pick up our test cars, just a mile or so from the infamous track (on which the 24-hour race will begin in just eight hours), and home to many of Aston’s engineers. Now, most European automakers use the Nordschleife (“North Loop” in English—the old circuit at the Nürburgring is also referred to as the Green Hell) to develop their road cars to some degree, but Aston Martin has carved out a cozier relationship than most with the place over the past few years, thanks mainly to its involvement with the annual 24-hour race.
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And the duration of the race is about all this event has in common with the Le Mans endurance classic, held the weekend before. Wander around the car parks at Le Mans and you’ll find rare hyper-cars and classic icons aplenty, big contingents of foreign race fans, and clean and tidy RVs. Do the same at the Ring and it’s a little different. For starters, because the track covers such a vast area of forest, there’s a lot less crowding in any one place, and it’s clear that most of the spectators are German. Not only that, but they appear to have camped out nearly a week in advance, eschewing the comforts of a modern RV for ramshackle constructions. The sole purpose of these impressive homemade buildings is to get a better view of the track, while staying dry. And drinking beer. Lots of beer. We were warned by Nürburgring veterans to be careful in the woods late at night, as the locals go “a bit feral,” and though we saw no trouble, the loud music, haphazard dancing, and large fire creations we witnessed made the event feel more like an illegal house party than an international auto race.
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But the racing is deadly serious. Not only do drivers and machines have to endure a full 24 hours of lapping the treacherous near-16-mile course; few other races in the world feature such a diverse range of machinery with such wild speed differentials. There are more than 200 cars at the start, and we witnessed everything from old Volkswagen Golfs and BMW 3 Series to the top-lining GT3 racers, such as the Audi R8, BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Porsche 911, and a single Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
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Getting to the finish line is not just about reliability, but also staying out of trouble. The GT3 cars are constantly dealing with slower traffic, and there’s as much a variance in driver skill as there is in the machinery on track. The result is plenty of collisions, some big, some less so. Few cars finish the race without some scar to show for it. Into this cauldron, Aston Martin likes to sprinkle a few of its models, as it has done for several years. This year, its single GT3 entry—the distinctively Bilstein liveried blue-and-yellow V12 Vantage—managed a creditable Fifth place overall, though all of its racers finished, and that includes a close-to-production V12 Vantage and two V8 Vantage N430s.
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The special-edition road car with its two-tone color scheme doesn’t seem so incongruous now, does it? We prefer the look of the Euro-spec car that does without the less than attractive white “”GT”” stripes, though U.S. buyers can choose to do without them and indeed can order a car without contrasting colors, too. Still, there are five choices of finish where the contrasting hue is applied to the nose, door mirror casings, rear diffuser, and the roof rails that lead into the windscreen pillars. The iconic green and yellow option isn’t for the shy, retiring type, but it feels special. Complementing the paintwork is a dark theme for other detailing, plus simply stunning graphite painted forged alloy wheels. Those are lightweight items, too, removing overall mass and unsprung weight for the suspension to deal with.

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Aston fits the V8 Vantage S’s sports suspension to the GT, too, with refreshingly simple fixed-rate damping. And it’s very well judged, endowing the Vantage with incredible individual wheel control, even over some seriously pockmarked German blacktop. The tires rarely lose contact with the road, and when they do, it’s only for a split second and it doesn’t ruffle the Aston’s feathers in the least. This unrelenting composure is one of the defining characteristics of this model’s chassis. Yet despite how easy it is to drive this car quickly, it makes the driver feel part of the action. The quick-rack steering is assisted by a hydraulic pump rather than the latest generation of (feedback-sapping) electric motor systems, which is a big help, and there’s clear telegraphing to the driver as to how much grip is left underneath.

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1150hp SVM Nissan Qashqai R – GT-R Powered SUV

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Remember when Nissan proudly paraded the Juke R all over the world? Of course one does-the automobile was a phenomenon and the car junkies loved it. We did, despite its questionable looks. But that’s the advantage of the tuning world. There’s always someone prepared to go a little bit further, a little bit madder. U.K. tuner Severn Valley Motorsport (SVM) was responsible, briefly, for the world’s fastest GT-R nicknamed The Hulk just last year. Having seen the commotion Nissan’s Juke R made and realizing the possibility to promote his business, SVM boss Kevan Kemp ambitiously walked in to a Nissan showroom armed with a tape measure-the Qashqai R was bornUnder the hood can be a GT-R motor bored to 4.1 liters and boosted to make 1150hp. Is it real life?

It seems like theinnocent and everyday, small SUV until you peak within the hood. There lies SVM’s most aggressive tuning package for the GT-R-a flex fuel setup that canability to drive the beast and remember planting the throttle expecting fireworks. What I got was Veyron-baiting performance and also the sinister roar of a twin-turbocharged V6 as all four wheels scrabbled hopelessly for grip through the first three gears.

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The SVM Qashqai R hits 62mph in 2.7 seconds, 124mph in 7.5 seconds and on a friendly warm-up, it stormed the quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds, hitting 144mph! Aerodynamics alone can keep it outside the company GT-R’s record-setting 216mph top speed, but not by much.by using a G-meter showing.

SVM bored out the block to 4.1-liter and uprated the turbochargers to the own SVM Stage QR GT1150 units. These Garrett GT3071 core assemblies come with GT30 Inconnel 84mm-trim turbines (until recently, Inconnel was aerospace engineering). The block also has forged rods and pistons, crank, and just about everything else is cooled and upgraded via an anodized Radium twin breather system.

SVM nissan qashqai r steering wheelThe V6 just about fits the Q, but with any swap, the most significant headaches was included with the electronics. Convincing a two- door coupe to mate with a four-door SUV isn’t easy; the number of doors alone sent the central locking system haywire and gave the engineers nightmares.

The end result is staggering, though it took ten months to build the first SVM Quashqai R. It’s no straight-line superhero, either. There was a method to the madness of deciding on the Qashqai, although projects like this often handle like broken shopping carts. This is simply not a drivetrain transplant; the complete floorpan of your GT-R fits into the Qashqai’s frame. In reality, there was 20cm to spare, so a slight extension for the layout was all it took. The standard layout and suspension geometry are certainly notreliable advice the grip and cornering speeds-thanks to KW coilovers, Eibach sways and Michelin tires, as well as the stopping power from the carbon ceramic discs-go well beyond a stock GT-R.

SVM went to the nth degree at each turn. Through the 80mm high-flow intake pipes to the perfectly finished stainless-steel exhaust, through the commitment to cooling at every available point in the engine bay. Saying this is the ultimate Q car is difficult to argue. All rationality about money, why SVM did this in the first place and whether the world really wants a super SUV that costs £275,000 (approximately $462K USD) is out the window once you plant your foot. It’s near Bugatti Veyron status in a crossover that normally drives for thewith plenty of headroom, a panoramic glass roof, a very high seating position and the chance to stretch your legs in front of the Recaro seats.

Qash Prize

Nissan’s Qashqai is the latest niche crossover in Europe, which is enthusiastic about niche crossovers.

Call it a junior SUV, call it a way of life hatchback, call it what you want. It is, in essence, a rather normal midrange model for normal, midrange people. There may be nothing about the Qashqai that screams wild intent, as it doesn’t.

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The Qashqai is not difficult listening. It’s the affordable, beige minivan of Europe, a car for folks who don’t care about cars.

You might have it in vanilla 1.2-liter, front-wheel drive or maybe the full fat 1.6-liter four-wheel drive. The Qashqai is not a serious off-road proposition, even though seriously. It’s a town car having a high driving position and a slight attitude, and the worst off-road obstacle it should have to tackle is actually a muddy field.

Of course, Severn Valley Motorsport’s Qashqai is nothing like the standard car. It’s a world away from obtaining the kids from soccer practice, the kind of things most Qashqai owners be concerned about. This is SUV is for whooping ass.

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Great Reasons to Avoid The Temptation of Salvage Title Cars

Picture the scene – you’ve just discovered the car of your dreams at a price you can actually afford. The most up-to-date model BMW is for sale at thousands of bucks lower than all the rest. It’s got low mileage and a spotless interior – is this your lucky day or what?

Only one small detail may possibly put a damper on things – an asterisk which indicates that it has a salvage title. The owner does his best to guarantee you that it’s just cosmetic nothing and damage structurally wrong together with the car. The car is by far cheaper than anything else you’ve seen so what do you do? In case you take your chances or walk away?

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What does it actually mean, even though it may seem like a good deal to get your hands on an auto which is priced substantially lower than all the rest?

Salvage Title Cars

Exactly what are salvage title cars – what does it genuinely mean? Weather damaged or stolen and the repairs on the car would might cost more than the motor is worth then the insurance company will consider so that it is written off and take possession from it if a car has been in an accident. Insurance carriers then sell on these cars to salvage yards / rebuilders. The salvage title is actually a warning to the future buyers that the car has been declared a total loss by an insurance company. But what does it matter? Of approximately 2.5 million cars which are salvage titled each year around 1.5 million of them find yourself back on the roads, a number that has grown dramatically over the last few years. But it might not be quite as simple as you first thought.

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Insurance and Finance Problems

You could find that you cannot find any finance deals on a salvage title car or have the capacity to fully insure it either. There are not many motor insurance companies which are likely to give full comprehensive and collision cover for a car which has experienced a salvage title. One dilemma is that it’s so difficult to place a value on them. For this reason it may also be very difficult to secure a finance package with a salvage title car. If you would like buy one you will probably need to pay cash for it.

Safety Matters

This is probably the best reason of all to avoid a salvage damaged car. Some of these cars are literally dangerous. Many vehicle rebuilders are tempted to cut corners skimping on structural, airbags and alignment issues.

Resale Value

A salvage title car will always be worth considerably less than a “”normal”” car which is not involved in an accident. This makes them incredibly difficult to value and can be very hard to sell on afterwards. You will find a very small pool of potential customers who are willing to take a risk on a salvage title car.

There are also many problems with fraud when it comes to unscrupulous sellers selling on salvage cars without having the knowledge of the purchaser. There are loop holes within the law from state to state which means that a vehicle which has salvage title in just one state is probably not the same in another.

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Tha Harsh Truth

If you plan on having a salvage car and driving it before the wheels fall off (which may not be lengthy) then it could be a way of saving just a little money. Or else you are well advised to make use of reputable dealers like www.ocfiat.com so you understand specifically what you are buying. Check out the offers at fiat dealership Los Angeles for a great start.

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Abt Sportsline Volkswagen GTI – $43k Dark Edition

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Time truly does fly when you’re having fun, and it’s hard to believe the legendary Golf GTI is now in their seventh iteration, set to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016.

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The GTI timeline can also read similar to a description of the way cars generally have evolved to address safety and emissions legislation, as well as the demands of increasingly sophisticated buyers with increasingly more lifestyle-led requirements. So where the original weighed just 1,852 pounds, its successor tips the scales at 3,020 pounds-a 39 percent increase. Not simply is the new Golf physically much larger but, as with all modern cars, it’s also laden with safety and conveniencetorque and power but with better economy and lower emissions is actually a modern trick enabled by electronics. Some rudimentary electronics in early GTIs controlled the ignition, but the ECU of today’s average family car is far more powerful than the room-sized super-computers that sent man to the moon in the 1960s. Directing anything from direct fuel injection, ignition curves, and active suspension damping, a number of these microchips are employed in a closed-loop system. What this means is having to know exactly what happens whenever parameters of merely one aspect are altered due toAudi and VW (the previous at official DTM race team level), and so it’s one of the few aftermarket tuning houses with direct access to information through the factory development department. Abt’s enhanced outputs are relatively restrained and take longevity into account-along with OE and Abt full vehicle warranties, because of this close co-operation. In this way, Abt upgrades for the GTI are an almost classic case of conservative tuning.

2015 VW GTI dark controlstwice the horsepower and more than double the torque of the original GTI of 1976, whose 1,588cc SOHC engine made 110 hp and 103 lb-ft. With the Performance Pack, the GTI hits 220 hp between 4,6 and 700,200 rpm (torque remains the same). This delivers a brisk zero-to-62-mph period of 6.4 seconds, as well as auses a remapped ECU to match the factory R version now produces 300 hp between 5,000 and 6,200 rpm, with a lusty 310 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 4,600 rpm. This 30 percent increase in power and 20 percent increase in torque was engineered while heeding factory guidance on safe tolerances for mechanical components, particularly the DSG transmission.

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Having said that, these hikes are sufficient to make a sufficient difference to the way the car drives that belies the stopwatch numbers. So, even though the zero-to-62-mph sprint is reduced to 5.8 seconds and top speed goes up to 160.3 mph, the real gains in everyday driving happen to be in the low and middle ranges, where that extra torque brings improved driveability.torque and power curves of the stock versus tuned cars, it’s immediately apparent that the outputs of the Abt-tuned motor mirror the standard curves, just in a higher level. Some tuners ramp up the torque of the lower rev range in particular (which can be easy related to a forced induction motor), but this puts extra load around the drivetrain. Maintaining the factory characteristics gives more of everything at a given engine speed, but with the level of smooth and seamless delivery for which GTI is renowned.It is possible to fit a high-efficiency replacement and even reduce boost pressure to achieve the same outputs with less thermal stress, though all this is achieved with the standard intercooler. But this would are more expensive. Of course, a customer could accomplish this as an individual modification. Though, the conversion kit is fully type-approved by the German TÜV authorities like a dealer-fitted bolt-on with carbon dioxide emissions of 149 g/km being identical to the typical car, as it stands.

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Driving Abt’s GTI on country roads and also at higher speeds along the local autobahn, the ability and torque increases lead to an even more enjoyable experience. Any additional punch for overtaking or simply just joining the autobahn is incredibly useful. And thanks to a clever factory electronic differential, this extra clout does not induce any of the wheelspin or torque steer histrionics that afflict so many front-drive cars.

Ah, front-wheel drive. Unlike the factory Golf R (whose 300hp power output this car mirrors), the Abt car lacks the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. And that’s why it’s .8 of your second slower to 62 mph. Ultimately, there’s no substitute for putting big horsepower through each of the wheels for perfect traction off the line.

In its ECU re-mapping, Abt also takes variable fuel quality into account. So those who live in a country where it is hot and/or has poor fuel quality, the sensors will retard the ignition timing to protect the engine. At least the motor will be safe, though of course, power output will likely be reduced commensurately.

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Applied to an ordinary GTI, this is a great conversion, but Abt Sportsline will not hide its proverbial light under a bushel, so it decided to do something different for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where this particular car made its international debut.

The special theme this is actually the Dark Edition, a limited edition of 50 cars featuring metallic black paintwork with color-coded 9×20-inch ET40 wheels wearing 235/30 Continental SportContact 3 tires, sports suspension, Abt Sportsline aero kit, plus the 300hp power upgrade with a four-exit sports exhaust system.

Abt’s proprietary aerodynamic styling kit consists of grille, front spoiler, headlight covers, side skirts, rear valance insert, rear hatch roof spoiler, carbon-look mirror caps, darkened taillights, and Abt decal set. Contrasting red accents may also be applied to highlight the shapes of the aero wheels and kit.

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The height-adjustable sports suspension is designed for Abt by KW from the company’s DDC range, specifically tailored for cars with adaptive damping like the GTI. It features a button fitted to the dash that alters settings amongComfort and Sport, and Sport Plus. In this car, it’s set up to ride 1.4 inches lower than the factory height. Abt also supplements the uprated spring and damper kit with larger-diameter antiroll bars.

The amount of compliance in Comfort mode may come as a pleasant surprise, at least on German roads, even though the coilovers and the 20-inch wheels making use of their ultra-low-profile rubber seem like the perfect recipe for a rock-hard ride. 20-inch wheels in places with less well-maintained roads certainly are a potentially expensive mix, however.like a foxhound, while still retaining a fair way of measuring comfort for that inevitable imperfections of real-world roads. The Sport Plus setting, on the other hand, might as well be called the Hockenheim setting, only doing its best work on billiard table-smooth tarmac. Overall, the Sport setting is the best compromise for a twisty road. The mixture of potent motor, quick steering, perfectly tuned suspension, and the lower mass from the MkVII (154 pounds lighter than its predecessor) delivers rapid point-to-point times with deceptive ease.

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The cabin already wears a red and black GTI plaid cloth seat trim theme in the factory, therefore the finishing touch is a set of Abt Sportsline mats in black with red piping and also the word Dark in red. Beyond that, the Abt logo is stitched in white into Alcantara-covered headrests.

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LTMW Porsche 997 GT3 – Wider is Better

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LTMW Porsche 997 GT3 – Wider is preferable

When you hate another few pages-but we can appreciate all rad cars whether Honda or Nissan, BMW or Porsche, sorry, we’re not sorry. If we were required to pick one European car that stopped us in our tracks, it was Darren Yoo’s LTMW built 2007 Porsche 997 GT3, and at this year’s SEMA show. It doesn’t take a Porsche fanatic to comprehend how sick Darren’s GT3 is, although we haven’t featured a fair share of Porsches.You might recognize the owner’s name if you’re a normal reader. Truth be told, Darren is an attention whore, always one-upping his previous builds. He doesn’t build his cars for magazine features or stardom, but his fashion sense and selection of parts are just that spot-on. He’s had a 600hp BMW 335i on the cover of the late eurotuner magazine, plus his Liberty Walk supercharged M3 was also featured here in Super Street, not forgetting his GT-R as well (now owned by Bernardo Pena, November 2014 cover). Now, his latest build entails Porsche’s flagship car-the 911, more specificallyWe like the teal paint splatter on the BBS E88s-they tie in the rollcage, rear wing, and vinyl!

When you think aftermarket widebody Porsches, you believe Rauh-Welt Begriff. Although Darren’s past two builds sported the design work of Wataru Kato of Liberty Walk, the direction of this Porsche is of a new breed. California-based company Vollkommen Design was sourced for the GT3’s exterior styling. The front is widened by 2.5 inches, as the rear gets a massive 4.5 inches wider. I wanted to take something different other than Liberty Walk, Rocket Bunny, or RWB, though darren explains, I love the Liberty Walk 997 design. Sometimes you can’t eat sushi all the time. (I beg to differ. -JT). That’s what fueled him to accomplish it even more, although darren admitted that RWB did actually inspire him, and there were a lot of people who told him not to cut the body on the GT3. It’s made entirely from carbon fiber. That’s what distinguishes the Vollkommen aero through the rest.The front side wheels measure 18×10.5 inches as well as the rears are an impressive 18×13.5 inches-the perfectcanards and splittersis Better

Inside the cabin you’ll get a nice paradox of style approaches. Much like the Mitsubishi Evolution X to the IX, the 997 is a more driver-friendly car compared to its predecessor. With the additions of any GMG six-point rollcage, Recaro Pole Position seats, Personal steering wheel, and CAE shifter, this 911 is always begging for track duties.

A GT3’s engine performance from your factory is impressive, so Darren opted not to change too much from the 3.8L flat-six. With only a Porsche Motorsports intake and a cat-less iPE exhaust, the 997 gains a little bump in power over the factory-rated 475 hp-but the sound is absolutely heavenly, especially at its 9,000-rpm redline! Darren informs us, It accelerates similar to my boosted E92 M3, but even better!We’re very envious of Darren, but we have a lot of respect for him. Born in Korea, he came to the Usa when he was 13, living off 20 dollars every day and a diet of service station hot dog combos. He worked his way to the top and has had every single crappy job you can imagine: factorydishwasher and worker, and waiter. Now self-employed, he’s living the dream and building all the cars he could only dream of having when he was actually a kid. My life wasn’t all that gravy, yo, but I worked hard and I’m grateful to meet all the cool people on my way up, he concludes. From rags to riches, Darren’s success inspires us all, and we’ll continue tois much better

Euro Talk

In the JDM world, you’ll hear people mention EK9,FC3S and EJ6, ZN6. Now before you pull-up Wikipedia, they are simply chassis codes you may commonly see in the engine bay. Porsche, it seems, is a bit different. They merely call it by Porsche’s internal classification. From the dealer, once you sign your way of life away for Porsche’s flagship car, you will be technically investing in a 911. Below are all the 911 models because of their proper generation abbreviation so that you can pretend to chat like a Porsche aficionado.

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