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Nov 302011
 

Toyota’s in the fun to drive market with their new 200 horsepower reer wheel drive sport machine. In Japnan the car will be called the ‘Toyota 86′, in Europe it’s the GT 86′ and  in USA it’s the ‘Scion FR-S’. 5 years in development, Toyota banking it will look like more of a performance machine.

- Top speed of 142 MPH, 0-62 in 6 seconds.

- Targeted at a low price for a college student budget.

- Fun to drive with a low center of gravity

- Easy to customize and tune (if thats your thing)

“We decided to use as few computer controls as possible. We wanted to go back to  basics.”

This is a joint venture with Subaru who debutes their own new design the ‘BRZ’. The design is based on the Corolla which rolled out in the 1980′s.

The new Toyota 86 gets a 2.0-liter four cylinder, DOHC boxer engine  from  Subaru equipped with Toyota’s D-4S fuel injection system. It comes  mated to  either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission,  while delivering  200 horsepower and topping out at 7,000 RPM.

The fuel injection system has twin injectors for both direct and port  injection. It  is a no-frills, utilitarian look focusing on old-school dials and  switches  — with the meter cluster built around the tachometer. The 86 seats four with very cramped rear leg room. But the back seats  fold down  to provide space for luggage or — as Toyota pitches it –  racing tires and  tool kits.
The car enters production next spring, and goes on sale next year in the  United States. Sticker price near $26,000. Hmmm… wonder if thats the student price.

 

 Posted by at 9:46 pm
Nov 242011
 

What is a Strut?

Struts serve multiple purposes because different components are integrated into  one assembly. While the vehicle is moving, its spring supports the vehicle’s weight  to allow it to adapt to road irregularities. Also while traveling, the internal  shock absorber dampens the spring movement as it rebounds and compresses. Struts  affect vehicle control (steering, braking and wheel alignment) and riding  comfort by providing structural support to the suspension, according to  monroe.com.

Worn Struts

Signs of worn struts will give you an indication that they need service or  replacing; these signs include excessive bouncing, bottoming out, cupping wear  on the tires,  rocking back and forth and nose-diving or drifting while breaking. Generally, as  a rule the coil springs replaced at the same time that the struts are changed or  replaced.

Maintenance

A qualified service technician should inspect and check your vehicle’s  suspension system on a regular basis. The struts should  be checked at least once a year usually at the same time the wheels are aligned.  Wear on the strut carriage is gradual and incremental losses are not noticeably  apparent in handling and control. A yearly inspection of the vehicle may catch  problems before they become severe enough to require the costly replacement of  the struts.

 

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Nov 182011
 

Since discontinuing the S2000 in 2009 Honda’s been planning a new small sportscar with a mid-mounted gas/electric hybrid motor with weight saving construction. It looks like it’s the new S2000 with a possible release date somewhere in 2015. Honda’s only remaining model, introduced in 2011 is the CR-Z.

Basically the idea of a mid-engine 2-seat Honda convertible that nods to environmental pressures while promising the sportiest drive in its price class. And though there’s no telling what the price will be, guessing it won’t be too far upstream of the recently discontinued S2000, which stickered between $35,000 and $38,000 in its last season.

Patents have just been filed and there is no complete information but what is know is this:

1)4-cylinder gasoline engine (probably use next generation on Hybrid Drive) somewhat larger than 1.5-liter Insight/CR-Z unit.

2)About 160 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Transmissions should logically duplicate the CR-Z’s 6-speed manual and continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaves much like an automatic.

3)As on other hybrid Hondas, the new S2000 should have electric power steering and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and an integrated antiskid system with traction control. It’s a pretty safe bet that the 2015 Honda S2000 will sport a specific cockpit design, including instrumentation less oriented to “eco” driving than the CR-Z setup.

The Honda 2015 S2000 convertible will be a cool car to see,

 

 

 Posted by at 9:11 am