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Nissan IDx, Kia GT4 Stinger Make Things Interesting

January 22nd, 2014
Kia GT4 Stinger concept

Kia GT4 Stinger concept

I remember the old era well. I remember when things were different, a time when the concept of having fun while driving was reserved for people with super-expensive cars or for mechanically inclined tuners who liked to turn econoboxes into home-built racers.

The idea of an inexpensive, well-engineered, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe was nothing more than a fantasy in the minds of people who remembered the Toyota Supra and Datsun 240Z.

Subaru and Toyota teamed up in recent years to grace this planet with the kind of car so many of us dreamed about: the BRZ and FR-S.

The cars have been an enormous success, which means just one thing:

There will be imitators.

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Rear-Wheel Drive and Manual Transmissions: Bye Bye, Babies

April 23rd, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

My favorite cars have rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Can anything be better for weight distribution and complete control around corners than the ultimate combination of power-delivering perfection?

I’d take that combo in any car over a hatchback with 300 hp and front-wheel drive.

Unfortunately for people like me, a pretty good case has been made that says rear-wheel drive (RWD) is heading out the door, probably even before the manual transmission bites the dust.

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Here Come the Car of the Year Awards

November 14th, 2012
Tesla Model S

The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year

Anyone can give out a Car of the Year award these days. In fact, the list of COTY awards seems to grow every year. There’s the old stalwart, the Motor Trend Car of the Year, but there’s also the North American Car and Truck of the Year, the World Car of the Year, and now the Popular Mechanics Car of the Year. Perhaps there should be an equally prestigious “tgriffith Car of the Year.”

Maybe there will be.

With such a wide variety of awards, it’s pretty hard to label the one true Car of the Year. In this era of “everyone’s a winner,” every car has some chance of winning some kind of award.

Motor Trend, though, seems to have nailed this year’s choice.

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The End of the Box? Scion Changing Direction, Saying Goodbye to xB

April 25th, 2012
Scion xB

The old look of Scion...

Some car brands have certain models that define them. For Scion, that model is the xB. No question, when people think of Scion, they think of college kids driving around in this box-shaped vehicle. The edgy brand and odd looks of the car combined to create a hit with Generation Y.

Of course, Scion sells other vehicles, too. The tC is a mostly lame attempt at a sports coupe, and the xD is, well, I can’t think of anyone who has ever liked the little hatch. The tC, at least, still sells well enough to justify its existence, but the xB and xD seem to have hit the end of the road.

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5 Great Signs That Automotive Passion Is Back

April 20th, 2012

Starting somewhere in early 2009, the auto industry lost its mojo.

I probably don’t need to go into how bleak things were, but words and phrases like “bankruptcy,” “recalls,” “rising gas prices,” and “sinking sales” dominated headlines for many of the last 36 months. There were bright spots, of course, but now that we’re well into 2012 it seems that things have finally turned the corner.

Keep reading for a few of the best most recent signs that car passion has returned.

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Cars Coming Soon: The $1 Million Toyota

April 12th, 2012
Lexus LF-LC concept

Lexus LF-LC Concept

While Toyota has no plans to build a Camry that costs a cool million, the company responsible for the remarkable Lexus LFA just might have a supercar sequel in mind.

How can the automaker top its efforts on the $375,000, 202-mph, 552-hp, 4.8-liter V10-powered scream machine? Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible without striving for Bugatti Veyron-type numbers. Which, it turns out, could be a possibility. The rumor mill is churning with “leaked information” that Toyota isn’t satisfied with the LFA’s performance and wants a car that’s faster, more powerful and priced at close to a million bucks.

This is the type of story I’d take with a hefty dose of the proverbial salt, but the thought sure is enticing. It’s also a bit more believable considering the recent efforts Toyota has made at building sporty cars. In addition to the untouchable LFA, the Scion FR-S will arrive shortly, and the Lexus LF-LC concept looks hot.

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Scion FR-S Gets Its Price, Shows Who’s Boss

March 23rd, 2012

2013 Scion FS-R

Disneyland for the price of a state fair.

Las Vegas for the cost of an Indian casino.

5th Avenue for the price of Target.

When the right value proposition is dangled in front of us, we’d be crazy not to buy. Sports-car fanatics, at least the ones on a budget, look for the most amount of fun stuffed into the least expensive package. They want a Porsche for the price of a Scion.

Which could be exactly what the new Scion FR-S delivers.

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Just 6,000 Subaru BRZ Coupes Headed to U.S., Expect Heavy Premiums

March 14th, 2012

2013 Subaru BRZ

The quest to bring home a Subaru BRZ just changed from a leisurely shopping experience into an all-out competition.

The BRZ, of course, is the result of Subaru’s partnership with Toyota that will also bring the Scion FR-S to the U.S. and the Toyota GT-86 to other parts of the world. By all accounts, the cars deliver on their promise to be affordable, fun RWD sports cars.

Car and Driver, citing correspondence with an unnamed Subaru dealer, reports that only 6,000 BRZ coupes will be imported into the U.S. for the 2013 model year. That makes sense considering Subaru’s business case for the car, which called for sales of 5,000 to 7,000 units at roughly $25,000 each to achieve profitability.

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Toyota GT-86 Specs and Images Released

November 28th, 2011

Toyota GT-86

It’s time to get excited: The long-awaited Toyota FT-86 concept, now called the GT-86 (in Europe, at least), has at last made its full reveal.

Pictured here is the final production version of the much-anticipated Toyota sports car. Fortunately, it has retained its concept-car looks and appears ready to take Toyota enthusiasts by storm. But will it capture buyers considering other options?

Perhaps comparing some specs will help clear up that question.

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Cars Coming Soon: Toyota FT-86, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ

October 27th, 2011
Scion FR-S concept

Scion FR-S Concept

Toyota is like an old man.

“Stodgy” might be a good word to describe the company’s driving dynamics lately. Yes, its rock-solid reliability reputation seems to be intact, but there’s not a lot of spunk left in the ol’ company. Its cars have gained weight. They don’t move very fast. There may be some bloat in certain places.

So what should an aging company do to reignite the feeling of youth?

Grab a bottle of wine, play some Jay Sean music and seduce a young, fun partner. That’s what Toyota did, essentially, with Subaru, and the result of the long courtship between the two is the Toyota FT-86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S triplets.

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