EDITORIAL – MITSUBISHI KILLS OFF THE LANCER EVOLUTION LEGACY

April 4, 2014 by  
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Can you imagine a world without the GT-R? Or perhaps a world without an STi Impreza? No, neither can I… but Mitsubishi suits and corporate management got the bright idea that the world didn’t need or want a Lancer Evolution either and so, I am sad to say that, with immediate effect, we all have to sit and watch as a beloved moniker goes from being a “King of the rally stages” to a “Queen of the kitchen”… The Lan-Evo is dead and it’s official…

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NEWS – THE FACTS ABOUT THE BRZ STi tS VERSION

August 5, 2013 by  
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No sooner had Subaru updated their STi website yesterday about the imminent release of a car wearing STi badges that the internet went berserk, with several major outlets claiming that an STi BRZ was imminent. The usual turbocharged rumours followed but I’m here with some facts from a source close to Subaru in order to clean the mess up… Read more

EVENT – SUPER GT ROUND 3 MALAYSIA 2013 – PART 2

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After a good night’s rest we got up nice and early to head on over to Sepang again on Sunday to bring you the final coverage of our 2 part coverage of  the Super GT here in Malaysia and coming early was certainly the right choice to make as Sunday is always more lively at Sepang for Super GT. We stored away our things at the media centre and grabbed our vests and headed out again for coverage and we decided to get a regular spectator’s perspective and see what they see. Read more

EDITORIAL – WHY EVERYONE SHOULD JUST SHUT UP AND TEST-DRIVE AN 86 OR BRZ

February 3, 2013 by  
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People should just quit their bitching about these cars already. Less than a year into production and all I hear is nonsense from people who know absolutely nothing about them. These people’s opinions are like ex’s; we’ve all had one and yet, most of what comes with the fallout is baseless trash talking. And the 86 and BRZ quite simply don’t deserve it… Read more

BREAKING NEWS – TOYOTA TO RELEASE 86 CONVERTIBLE

February 1, 2013 by  
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Look out Mazda. Toyota, after absolutely piling on the sales for their new sports FR platform over the last 9 months, in all corners of the world, have green lit a project that will arguably drive it toward a different segment of the market – one that likes to rock out with the top out… Read more

WORLD EXCLUSIVE – ABFLUG RELEASE TOYOTA “SPIRAL 86″ FOR TOKYO AUTO SALON 2013

December 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Shows, Japanese News, Latest Articles, TAS

7Tune is proud to announce the exclusive release for Abflug’s latest designs ahead of the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. In this brief glance at the concepts that are slated to make an appearance on the Abflug stand at the TAS in January, one design stands out head and shoulders among them all when it comes to Japanese performance car enthusiasts; the Abflug “Spiral 86″… Read more

NEWS – FROM THE FRIDAY AT THE 2012 WTAC

August 10, 2012 by  
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It’s been an intense first day at the 2012 WTAC with a bumper field laying down some serious track time in their pursuit for the main prize tomorrow. The NEMO EVO driven by local specialist, Warren Luff smashed last years record by a full 3 seconds with a searing 1:25.7 to take Friday honors but the big story comes from Japan’s Cyber Evo team who had a torrid day and didn’t even end up hitting the track… Read more

NEWS – PANSPEED RUMORED TO BE GOING TO WTAC WITH NEW CAR AND DRIVER

While it cannot be confirmed at this stage in the developments leading up the the 2012 WTAC Time Attack Challenge at Eastern Creek, sources close to Panspeed have hinted to 7Tune that the world renowned Panspeed RX-7 will not make the trip “Down Under” and neither will its driver in 2011, Sasaki san… Read more

WORLD EXCLUSIVE – RE AMEMIYA HURRICANE FD RX7 SHAKEDOWN AT FUJI SPEEDWAY

It happens more often than not that I end up in the right place at the right time. Only a few days back, I randomly bumped into Amemiya san at the same spot where we were waiting to meet people. It was an incredible coincidence but a timely one that led to this article. You see, Amemiya san told me that, after all the issues and false starts to their WTAC time attack campaign, they were finally ready to shake down the world famous Hurricane FD at Fuji Speedway. There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to witness thatRead more

NEWS SCOOP – MITSUHIRO KINOSHITA DRIVING IN 2012 WTAC WITH JUST JAP R35

One of the most popular Japanese time attack drivers for fans around the world is going “Down Under” again for the WTAC this year. I was at a dinner gathering up in Nagano for some amazing fun in the snow before my trip to Thailand the next day, which incidentally, was almost a month ago now, when Mitsuhiro Kinoshita told me about the plans… Read more

EVENTS – THE 2012 NOSTALGIC CAR SHOW PREVIEW

This was my first time at the Nostalgic Car Show after missing it the last few years for one reason or another. But boy was I glad I made the trip to this one! It was oldschool nirvana for anyone into their classics and there must have been 50 odd occasions where I was left absolutely speechless either by raw power, beautiful curves, classic or modern approaches to a build or by utter rarity. Let me show you what’s inside… Read more

EVENTS – THE TOYOTA 86 GALA FESTIVAL

February 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Drifting, Events, Japanese News, Latest Articles

Mirrors on the Ceiling, Pink Champagne on Ice… No, this is not the Eagles’ Hotel California, this is the entrance to a very exclusive, invite only ‘Toyota 86 Gala.’. When Adam first called me saying we had been invited to a very special event by Toyota, my ears perked up immediately. Following several Press Conferences, Demonstrations and Motor show Events, the new ‘Toyota 86’ is just about complete and ready to purchase. What better way to put it all together than to have another final and official 86 Launch Party. Having already seen the car back last summer at Fuji, and then again at the Tokyo Auto Salon, I just can’t get enough, so had to attend! Read more

MERCHANDISE – PREORDER YOUR RWB X 7TUNE SHIRTS TODAY

It’s been long in the making, but finally the time has come for us to release the worlds first ever 7Tune tee shirts and we are kicking it off in the hugest way possible in a collaboration tee with one of the most famous Japanese Automotive brands in the world, RAUH Welt Begriff… Read more

NEWS – SUBARU RELEASE VISION OF BRZ IN STI TRIM

November 1, 2011 by  
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Finally, Subaru have broken cover on a rendering for their sibling to the Toyota FT-86 and it’s definitely a looker. Not sure about the wing but there’s every likelihood there will be options and I have to say I personally dig the way the Scoobie is starting to take shape… Read more

SCOOP! – MORE LEAKED SCANS OF THE FR-S AND FT-86 BROCHURE

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Japanese News, Latest Articles, SCOOPS

We have obtained a tip off from 7TUNE reader Rob, to yet more leaked brochure scans; this time of the regular, “official” Toyota FT-86/FR-S versions. You’ve already seen what the interior and optional Modellista package may end up looking like but this time, we have more detailed shots of the FT-86 exterior design elements. We also added exclusive translations in English to go with the scans. Click to find out more… Read more

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