The mere mention of the word “Toyota” incites different responses from different people. The average consumer no doubt has visions of Corollas, Camrys, and Highlanders dancing in their heads — safe, reliable, and affordable automotive appliances Toyota has become known for, designed to shuffle people from point A to B. Then there are auto enthusiasts — some Toyota lovers, others Toyota haters — who remember the days when Toyota had the Celica, MR2, and Supra on the showroom floor. That’s not to say today’s Toyota is completely devoid of exciting products, but while it’s difficult to find a set of wheels in Toyota’s massive three-brand portfolio that elevates anyone’s heart rate, they do exist. Lexus, for example, has the IS F and the LFA (yes, we know both are out of reach of the average enthusiast) and Scion has the tC (OK, maybe not a true heart-racer). It’s no secret Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is determined to bring more … [Read more...] about Top 14 Toyotas Enthusiasts Crave – Past, Present, and Future
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Are we nearing the end of the road with FM6 car list updates? The jury is still out on that question. While Turn 10’s own website alluded to this week being a “wind down” for the reveals, notable Forza community member Badned (think the Forza equivalent of our wind-whispering insider amar212) has said “we are not finished yet!” Let’s take a look then. As announced earlier, V8 Supercars are well-represented with all five manufacturers having at least one car available. Other additions include another 1981 Ford Capri turbo racer (first revealed just over one month ago), the remaining Horizon 2 Lancia lineup (two Deltas and the 037), as well as the 2010 Clio RS and 1997 Maserati Ghibli Cup – two cars that have not been seen in the series since the XBox 360 days. Ford’s second Raptor finally gets an official spot in the garage, while the oddest addition is without a doubt the Challenger Hellcat… Battletoads Edition?! If this is the … [Read more...] about Forza Motorsport 6 Garage: Is This The End?
I assure you I’ve had this particular image earmarked since last week, the fact that there just happened to be a “Lamborghini Exclusive” Seasonal Event this past Wednesday was a pure coincidence. A coincidence that almost swayed me from using this, but aren’t you glad that I decided to use it anyway? We’re coming up on the Rewind’s first year anniversary and I haven’t the foggiest idea how I’m going to handle that, which is why I’m turning to all of you: if you have any ideas for the upcoming celebration don’t be shy, drop me a private message or post whatever idea you have in the comments below. Remember, next month is poised to be full of gaming related news every which way, so it will be better to have ideas on hand now and not at the last minute. We’re quickly approaching the beginning of everything new in November and of course, Thanksgiving. I’ve been looking forward to that particular holiday since June! Of … [Read more...] about GTPlanet Weekly Rewind: My Favourite Game
The official Gran Turismo 6 car list has been revealed, featuring nearly 1,200 cars which will be appearing in the game. Note that this list is one part of the cars planned for inclusion, and is subject to change, according to Polyphony Digital’s website. The “6” indicates the car is appearing for the first time in the series. 1 Abarth 500 ’09 6 2 Abarth 1500 Biposto Bertone B.A.T 1 ’52 6 3 Abarth Grande Punto ’09 6 4 Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 T Sport ’09 6 5 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale ’11 6 6 Alpine A110 1600S ’72 6 7 Aston Martin One-77 ’11 6 8 Audi R18 TDI (Audi Sport Team Joest) ’11 6 9 Audi R18 TDI Prototype ’11 6 10 Audi R8 LMS – Team Oreca ’10 6 11 Audi R8 LMS ultra ’12 6 12 Audi R8 LMS ultra (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) ’12 6 13 Audi Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak ’87 6 14 Audi Sport quattro S1 Rally Car ’86 6 15 Autobacs Garaiya GT300 Base Model … [Read more...] about Gran Turismo 6 Official Car List
Finally, we get to see the full car list for Gran Turismo PSP. This doesn’t have all 850 vehicles- some of which will remain Polyphony Digital’s surprise – but at least it’s official. Take a look! 1 AC Cars 427 S/C ’66 2 Acura CL 3.2 Type-S ’01 3 Acura CL 3.2 Type-S ’03 4 Acura DN-X Concept ’02 5 Acura HSC Concept ’04 6 Acura INTEGRA TYPE R ’01 7 Acura NSX ’91 8 Acura NSX ’04 9 Acura NSX Coupe ’97 10 Acura RSX Type-S ’04 11 Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 TWIN SPARK ’02 12 Alfa Romeo 147 GTA ’02 13 Alfa Romeo 155 2.5 V6 TI ’93 14 Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 V6 24V ’98 15 Alfa Romeo 166 2.5 V6 24V Sportronic ’98 16 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 ’65 17 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale ’63 18 Alfa Romeo GT 3.2 V6 24V ’04 19 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 V6 24V ’01 20 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 … [Read more...] about Gran Turismo PSP Car List Revealed
Whether you have been naughty or nice this year, it’s still worth asking Father Christmas for the car you really, really want to drive. There are so many great used cars out there and many of them represent excellent value for money. Just think how much happier you will be with a sports car than, say, a pair of hand-knitted socks. And why fill a stocking with chocolate money and satsumas when a dinky little supermini would be a much better present (to yourself)? Just remember that a good used car is not just for Christmas. It will most likely keep you entertained at least until the MOT runs out. We politely suggest that you leave this web page open in a prominent position in your family home, just in case Santa doesn’t get the message. Our top 20 Christmas used cars 20 - BMW M5, the super saloon If you were sitting on Santa’s lap and he asked you what you wanted for Christmas, chances are you’d want a bit of everything. You know: supercar fast, comfy, room … [Read more...] about The top 20 used cars of Christmas
Once upon a time, there was a man who would buy old Ford Pops for a fiver, add nothing but petrol and then, when the car expired, leave it by the side of the road. The next day he’d buy another. This was one of my favourite bedtime stories my dad would tell me. I also heard tales of the 1930s Humber Super Snipe Uncle Charlie bought for £15. It was a family carrier for a few years before being broken up (its headlights and bonnet mascot ended up in our cellar). Consequently, marginal motoring has always fascinated me. The truth is that the biggest motoring expense is depreciation. I saw this first-hand when flogging new cars. What sticks in the mind is a nearly new Volkswagen Santana that was worth almost nothing in part-exchange against a new BMW 3 Series. Indeed, according to the sales training materials, my part-exchange nightmare was going to be a Saab owner with an over-inflated sense of his 900’s worth. Then in the late 1980s I went to India, where I saw … [Read more...] about 25 years of Bangernomics – how to buy and run a used car cheaply
From the July 2015 issue As the 1990s segued into the new millennium, the world was busy not ending and the world’s computers were busy not crashing—at least not more than usual. And California was getting blasted by the next big car-culture tsunami: import tuning. People with the money to tweak new cars were cranking up the boost on the factory-turbocharged engines in Mazda RX-7s and Toyota MR2s and Supras. Those without the money were hacking their Honda Civics and CR-Xs into respectable facsimiles of sports cars a couple hundred bucks at a time. Competition in L.A.’s burgeoning street-racing scene was fierce. In Southern California and a few other pockets throughout the U.S., the trend was already peaking by 2001. But when the first installment of The Fast and the Furious flicks hit the big screen that year, the giant wave crested and flooded the rest of the country with slammed, winged, and boosted Acuras, Hondas, and Mitsubishis. Even … [Read more...] about The Full Vermonty: 2015 Subaru WRX STI vs. 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
We saw some incredible car debuts when we inspected the 132 entries at the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest on Friday, then watched the top of the standings become strangely free of German machines on Saturday, and then Sunday saw the closest Class A finish since the by-a-whisker South Carolina race. It was one of the better LeMons races in what has turned out to be the best season in series history, and we’re here to show you who took home what trophies. Here we go!Team BAR(F) and their 1994 Honda Accord gradually built up a several-lap lead over the field during Sunday’s race session, but then things got interesting when the BAR(F) driver got black-flagged for a pass-under-caution violation with about 15 minutes remaining in the race. This car had won several races in the past couple of years, the most recent being the 2013 Loudon Annoying race.While the LeMons Supreme Court read the Riot Act to the miscreant BAR(F) driver, the Keystone Kops’ Volvo 242 inched back … [Read more...] about 24 Hours of LeMons New England: The Winners!
Hello TTAC! For those who wondered where I went, I’m back from my global tour with the USAF. I am back in my native West Texas, attending Texas Tech University in pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree. As a break from finals, I test drove the best selling car in the US, with a decidedly continental Captain Solo slant. Thus far, I have consumed two overpriced lattes and wandered around Lubbock for 45 minutes in an attempt to organize my thoughts and come towards an unbiased conclusion about the baffling Toyota Camry.I’m filled with competing emotions of loathing, rage, and acceptance. I loathed the way it drove, I raged at how the car failed to respond, and came to accept that Toyota did not design the Camry SE for me, but for the demographic lurking in the suburbs of sprawling cities whose main focuses are safety from anything that could harm them, and ignorance in the art of driving.Toyota designates their sporty models with the badge of “SE”, to separate … [Read more...] about Review: 2013 Toyota Camry SE V6