2015 McLaren 650S – Exotic Redefined »

In only a couple of years, McLaren has created an exotic that raises the bar on the competition.

F1 For the Road – The Ferrari F50 »

It’s not often one gets handed the keys to a million dollar car. Well in this case, about 1.6 million, but who’s counting.

Performance Redefined: Nissan GTR »

The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.

Life Lessons, Courtesy of Mercedes »

Before we start, I need to apologize for being late. Partly due to real life getting in the way, but mostly due to the fact that I struggled to write this.

Canadian JDM Invasion – Honda Integra Type-R »

This week, I had a chance to check out NRGie’s 1996 Honda Integra Type-R. While GTRs have dominated the JDM imports, the ITR is a bit of a hidden gem out of Japan.

April 2nd, 2015


Mitsubishi just revealed the 2016 Outlander which has received a few visual changes as part of a mid cycle refresh. The changes are quite subtle and unless you’re familiar with the Outlander, you probably wouldn’t even notice anything was changed.

The most obvious change is the revised front bumper that smooths out some of the more aggressive chiseled elements under the headlights. On the sides, the front fascia now bulges out slightly. Together with a modified grille featuring beefier slats the new front end design which Mitsubishi calls “Dynamic Shield” gives the Outlander the appearance of a wider stance. The look was inspired from the bumper side protection seen on generations of the Montero providing unique protection for both people and car. Down the side, the lower part of the doors get some new garnish giving the Outlander a more rugged look.

Inside is a redesigned steering wheel, seats and trim, and rear folding seats. The revised 2016 Outlander will go on sale this summer. Check out some pictures of the changes on the 2016 Outlander after the break.

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April 2nd, 2015


Until today, I didn’t know that Toyota and Mazda had any type of co-operative relationship. Introducing the Toyota Yaris sedan (in Canada) / Scion iA (in USA) / Mazda 2 sedan (elsewhere).

It is supposed to start in the $16K range in the US for the Scion version. I’d expect just under $19K in Canada.

A 1.5L 4-cylinder 106hp engine motivates the Yaris and is connected to a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto.

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April 2nd, 2015


Have you ever longed for a more practical version of the Golf R? Perhaps you have a small family and needed more space but wanted the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system? Well, VW has announced that the Golf SportWagen AllTrack that we wrote about from the Paris Motor Show will indeed be coming to North America next year as a 2017 model.

The AllTrack all-wheel-drive model takes the regular Golf SportWagen and adds about an inch of additional ground clearance, wheelarch moldings like the Audi AllRoad, revised front and rear bumpers and flared side sills that offer additional body protection. Oh, and of course it also gets the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system that utilizes the latest generation HALDEX-5 coupling that allows the vehicle to operate as a FWD for better fuel economy until the system detects a loss of traction when it can send up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels.

There is no information on what engines will be available on the AllTrack but if I were to hazard a guess the 1.8 TSI is a safe bet, but perhaps they’ll borrow the 2.0L from the GTI. We’ll know more closer to the release date which is still only as specific as “sometime next year”.

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April 2nd, 2015


Hybrids are infecting the rest of the Toyota Line. Today, in New York, Toyota unveiled the latest RAV4. The Rav4 got a bit of a polishing with new LED headlights, tail lights and bumper treatments. Other improvements include a new cup holder that accommodates your favourite mug with handles and paddle shifters on the new SE trim level.

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April 2nd, 2015


It seems North Americans don’t get it. Wagons are better. It’s something that Europeans know and thus you see many more wagons than SUVs on the other side of the Atlantic. Here in New York, we got our first live look at the production Scion iM that is a rebadged Toyota Auris which is based on the Corolla.

It is a 5 door with a hatch in the back. It’s expected to come in under $20K USD, so expect it to be around $25K in Canada. The iM comes with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a CVTi-S with “7-step shifting.”

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April 2nd, 2015


The 2016 Nissan Maxima made its world debut this morning here in at the Jacob Javits Convention Center at the New York Auto Show to a fairly large crowd. Chairman and CEO of Nissan Carlos Ghosn introduced the new Maxima and also announced that the Sentra and Altima will receive their updates later this year joining the Titan update which was revealed in Detroit and the Maxima we’re looking at today.

The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima features a laminated windshield and front side windows as well as Bose noise cancelling technology to provide a quieter cabin. For those that prefer to hear more noise, namely the engine, the new Drive mode selector when switched to “Sport” will amplify the engine noise into the cabin. Outside of any active ducting, I’m going to guess this is just simulated engine notes coming out of the stereo or a dedicated speaker as opposed to the actual sounds the engine is making. I guess this choice is better than other vehicles that employ active engine noise speakers that are running full time in the cabin.

Styling wise, Nissan was able to stick pretty much completely to the Sport Sedan Concept they brought last year to this very same New York Auto Show. Even the floating roof concept was brought over with the blacked out C-pillar which I totally expected would be left out of the production version. Out front the v-motion front grille is centered between a pair of updated boomerang shaped LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. LED foglights can be found in the lower corners of the front fascia. Out back, the LED taillights feature a “4DSC” logo which is what Nissan refers to the Maxima as, a “4-Door Sports Car”. Down the length of the car at the top of the doors is a chrome trim that connects with the bottom of the blacked out c-pillar detail. The blacked out c-pillar detail creates an illusion of a disconnected roof, unless you decide to go with a black Maxima as Nissan has chosen to go with black on the c-pillar on all colors, even black.

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April 2nd, 2015


Chevy’s entry into the minicar segment, the Chevrolet Spark, gets an all new redesigned model this year. The new Spark is longer and lower, resulting in a much sleeker look compared to it’s predecessor while maintaining the same headroom. As a bonus, the changes result in lower aerodynamic drag, bringing in gains in efficiency.

An all new engine powers the new spark. The 98hp 1.4L Ecotec is coupled to a manual or optional CVT transmission, delivering 40mph when coupled to the latter drivetrain package. To aid in urban driving situations, rear view camera comes standard, and a huge list of active safety features are available as an option. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, as well as self parking features round out the safety and convenience list in this little minicar. Good thing, because optional Wi-Fi connectivity might keep you a little distracted.

Check out our photos below from the GM unveil here at the New York International Auto Show.

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April 2nd, 2015


Here at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen is showing off four Beetle concepts that not only play homage to the Beetle’s past but also provides a preview of what may be coming down the line. Two of the concepts are coupes and two are convertibles and VW has said it is gauging the public’s reaction to determine which of these concepts will make it to production. The next-generation Beetle, which will be moving to the MQB platform which underpins the Golf will probably arrive as a MY2018 Beetle. My guess is one, or possibly all of these concepts will be used to push the last remaining current generation Beetles out the door before the arrival of the next generation.

Some customers in China and abroad have requested that the factory offer a pink color option, and that color is being tested in the Pink Color Edition concept. Painted in pink metallic with grey accents on the mirrors and side mouldings this pink Beetle caters to the trendy, style-concious individual that wants to make a statement with their car.

The Beetle Convertible Denim concept car has what I initially thought was a denim soft top, but it turns out it is just a textured fabric that resembles denim. It is painted in a stonewashed Blue metallic paint and also has grey accents like the Pink Color Edition concept. Moving inside denim-like pockets adorn the backs and sides of the seats. The inner seat surfaces are upholstered in a light blue fabric while the outer surfaces are lined with blue leatherette and the piping is trimmed in white. Various other interior trims and panels are adorned in blue fabric and white stitching and details.


While the Denim Beetle concept had a nice cool tone to it the other Beetle convertible concept, the Beetle Convertible Wave has a fiery Habanero Orange metallic paint job offset with chrome side mirrors. The seat inserts are in a classic houndstooth pattern that are a throwback to the 50′s and 60′s fashion scene. A wooden dashpad inspired by a traditional surfboard complement the design of the seats.

The last Beetle featured is the R-Line concept. The R-Line concept is finished in a Oryx White Pearl paint with an aggressive looking front bumper featuring enlarged air vents and a glossy black lower front lip that extends down the sides and fender of the car. The side mirrors and rear diffuser are also finished in a glossy black paint job. The dashpad, door inserts and steering wheel feature splashs of carbon fiber because race car. In fact, the Beetle R-Line concept is more than half an inch wider than the standard production car.

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April 2nd, 2015


The highly anticipated Ford Focus RS hot hatch makes it’s North American public debut here at the New York International Auto Show, and it’s a stunner in person. 315 horsepower, torque vectoring AWD, and Brembo brakes will guarantee tons of excitement in this segment with the likes of the Subaru STi and VW Golf R.

The Focus RS, powered by a 2.3L Ecoboost engine, manages it’s torque through a clever AWD system that’s unique to the car. Multiple drive modes defines how the torque is managed to each wheel. A maximum rear torque split of 70% gives the Focus RS a rear wheel drive handling bias. The torque vectoring computers perform calculations 100 times per second, and pre-emptively sends torque to the outer rear wheel to aid in turn-in, greatly reducing understeer, an arch nemesis in normal AWD applications. The party trick here is the drift mode, where the traction control and torque vectoring systems allows the driver to initiate and hold high rear slip angle drifts without intervention. Truly awesome.

At the track, the Focus RS aims to outpace everything in it’s class. Stiffer springs, and 2 mode dampers lets the driver tweak the setup to individual demands required at varying race tracks. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are standard, and for the ultimate in grip, Michelin Pilot Cup 2 R compound tires can be spec’d out on the order sheet. The only thing missing is a dual clutch transmission, as the Focus RS is only available in a six-speed transmission.

Check out our live shots after the jump.

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April 2nd, 2015


A car for the 1% of the 1%. Only 24 will be built. They cost $2.3 Million USD.

Here’s what you need to know.

  • FIA certified for racing.
  • Lots of Carbon
  • CCBs
  • 7L V12
  • 800hp
  • 6-speed sequential gearbox
  • Sophisticated suspension
  • Driver controlled ABS and traction control

Each owner is offered an opportunity to learn how to race cars. The programme will use high-end AM cars such as the One-77 and the GT4 race car. The racing programme is only intended to have the Vulcan race other Vulcans.

The show car had no interior, so I don’t know if there is a seat in the car for Kato.

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