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Nissan GT-R V-Spec

The ‘V-Spec’ model is a definite addition to the 2008 GT-R line up, coming 12 months after the initial basic GT-R release at the Tokyo Motor Show this October.

Subaru Impreza STi

A 320ps and 42.3kg/m 2.0L engine is to power the forthcoming STi version of the new Impreza with a new 6 speed manual transmisson to go head to head with Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution X at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Honda 2+2 Compact Sports

Early reports suggest Honda will release a 2+2 coupe with an SH-AWD driveline and Hybrid 1.3L turbo engine by January 2010. Drawing on inspiration from the second generation EF6 CR-X of 1987, Honda wants a compact sportscar in its lineup to champion the Hybrid performance vehicle category.

New Subaru Impreza goes on sale in Japan

The 3rd generation Subaru Impreza was released domestically today, but only as a hatchback, with the sedan to follow soon after. The ‘WRX’ name has also been dropped from the line up, replaced by ‘S-GT’.

Acura ‘S5000’ the Honda NSX replacement?

Could this test mule spotted at the Nürburgring be the long awaited NSX replacement? Video and photos taken by KGP Photography show a heavily disguised V10 engined test car rumoured to have a ‘front engine, rear wheel drive’ configuration…

Mazdaspeed Roadster M’z Tune

The current RX-8 and Atenza M’z Tune special edition models of the Mazdaspeed line up will soon be joined by a Roadster model. Mazda E&T are responsible for the M’z Tune edition models, giving further individuality to the Mazdaspeed badged cars.

2008 Honda S2000 CR

Honda has announced that the prototype S2000 CR would join the regular S2000 model line up in the Autumn of 2008 in the United States, ahead of a Japanese domestic release soon after. 

Lexus LS460 Pre-crash Safety System

Lexus LS460 incorporates the latest preventive safety technology and in doing so has achieved the mantle of ‘the safest car in the world’ title. Boasting collision safety technology and pre-crash safety technology that so far hasn’t made it’s way into a production car until now.

2006 Infiniti G35

Say what you will about it, but Skyline 350GT/Infiniti G35 is definately in the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS350 class now…

2008 Nissan GT-R News

Back in July 2003, ‘Holiday Auto’ magazine (Japan) reported the existence of a 1:5th scale clay model of the Next GT-R in which various aerodynamic aids and styling were being trialed… then we heard nothing. Since then a myriad of CG images – by GT-R fans and Nissan alike – have been conjured up, all …

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