Toyota has announced that it will put a good amount of third-generation and fourth-generation Supra parts back into production.
At a recent Supra event in Japan, Gazoo Racing company President Shigeki Tomoyama revealed the news which will make many fans happy. However, the company did not specify which parts will be put back into production.
“We can not answer about specific parts at this time, but we will make every effort to meet the expectations of owners,” Tomoyama said.
The program is called the ‘GR Heritage Parts Project’ and is similar to a program launched by Nissan and Mazda. Nissan has been making various better-known weaker parts for its R32, R33 and R34 generation Skyline GT-R for a couple of years already while Mazda has recently begun offering new parts for the first-generation MX-5.
Whether you are a driver or not, chances are you recognise Shell. And it isn't just due to Shell's extensive involvement in motorsports, or its association with arguably the greatest car manufacturer in the world - Ferrari. It is instead, due to Shell's quality fuel, service, and the convenience which Shell stations provide to the everyday Singaporean. Let's have a look at why we all love Shell stations here.
Innovation partner of Scuderia Ferrari
Shell has been involved with various motorsport teams for the longest of time, the most notable one being the technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team. Its relationship is also a unique one. In 2015, Shell and Scuderia Ferrari extended their relationship to an Innovation Partnership. Since 1947, when the first Ferrari road car was produced, every single vehicle that rolled out of Ferrari's Maranello factory has been powered and protected by Shell fuels and lubricants.
This partnership does not stop here. Shell works with Scuderia Ferrari to improve its products which will in turn improve the race team's performance on track. These technology advancements are then translated from track to road, benefitting everyday users of Shell's premium quality fuels. Scuderia Ferrari race drivers gain an edge over the competition with Shell. Thus, you too can benefit from using Shell fuels.
Not just for the cars - recharge yourself while you refuel
Majority of Shell stations in Singapore are open 24 hours (with the exception of Shell Woodlands Mandai and Tuas), giving drivers the convenience of refuelling at any time of the day. While refuelling, you can also browse through a wide selection of food and drinks. You can pick up a range of delicious freshly baked pastries and drinks to keep you energised on your journey at Deli by Shell, which is available at certain Shell stations.
Perhaps the most interesting petrol stations in Singapore will be the Shell stations located at Tampines Ave 2 and Hougang Ave 3. These are the only petrol stations here with a 24-hour McDonald's outlet that also includes a drive-thru. Feeling the hunger pangs while commuting at any hour of the day? Why not check out these two unique Shell station, we are sure you'll love it.
All under one roof
We've established that a Shell station is the perfect place to refuel both you and your car, but what if your car needs a little something more? Fret not, many Shell stations also feature car wash and Autoserv workshops, providing a one-stop servicing experience apart from the wide range of services you get to enjoy at Shell stations. With 22 Shell Autoserv outlets located in Shell stations in Singapore, you can get your car repaired and serviced with ease. Shell Autoserv outlets use Shell Helix Ultra engine oil which provides the best engine protection and performance. With your car's maintenance in good hands, you can keep driving on with no worries.
Continuous innovation - New Shell fuels with Dynaflex Technology
Dynaflex Technology is the latest breakthrough formulation by Shell. Dynaflex Technology took five years of research and development and has been tested over three million kilometres, on more than 250 cars. The result is the most advanced Shell fuels that meet the harsh demands of modern cars. It is able to reduce wasted energy in the engine while cleaning and protecting it, allowing greater engine efficiency to be achieved.
Reaping the benefits of this cutting edge fuel is easy. You can simply proceed to any Shell station and fuel up your car with the new Shell fuels with Dynaflex technology. The new Shell FuelSave 98 and 95 with Dynaflex Technology contains 20% more friction-reducing molecules than before, instantly forming a shield that protects against friction and dirt.
Meanwhile the new Shell V-Power high-performance fuel with boosted Dynaflex technology contains three times more cleaning and friction reducing molecules than Shell FuelSave petrol, to help remove up to 80% of performance-robbing deposits! If you are driving a diesel-powered vehicle, you can benefit from the new Shell FuelSave Diesel with Dynaflex Technology as well. It contains new dirt busting molecules for a clean and efficient engine while protecting against dirt build-up through a new deposit control additive.
Last week, we published a post where we reported that two thirds of the Toyota 86s sold in US were automatics. However, Mazda begs to differ with some stats of their own and give the manual transmission supporters some hope.
U.S. publication Autoblog spoke to Mazda PR program manager Tim Olson and was told that a staggering 76% of the MX-5 buyers in America selected the manual transmission option, leaving the rest with the six-speed automatic. Being the purer car, the sales data was based on the soft-top version of the car from July 2018.
As for the MX-5 RF, 52% of the sales in the past 12 months were made up of stick shift cars while the remaining 48% sold have the automatic gearbox.
While the above numbers do proof that driving enthusiasts are still voting with their money for manual gearboxes, it is weird to find Toyota reporting that only 33% of its 86 buyers opt for the self-shifting option.
Jeremy Clarkson, one of the hosts in The Grand Tour, has revealed that the team wanted to do a road trip in Middle East be backed out over safety concerns.
The outspoken host wrote this in his Sunday Times column that the team was considering a trip from Saudi Arabia across to Cairo, Egypt but decided against it.
“This would be an epic journey, except it would mean crossing the Sinai peninsula and, thanks to Isis, the chances of us all arriving on the other side with heads were slim,” he revealed.
As seen on British publication Express, The Grand Tour looked into Thailand’s Andaman Islands but decided against filming there due to the presence of a violent tribe on one of the islands. It also added on that a trip to Australia would not be possible because it wouldn’t be interesting enough to fans and media scrutiny in the country could make organizing such a trip difficult.
There is no official news on when the The Grand Tour’s fourth season will premiere and the new season will focused exclusively on specials where the trio will be doing road trips in different parts of the world.
It seems like the new BMW 8 Series GranCoupe is almost ready for its debut as spy photographers spot an almost undisguised example on a trailer.
As the replacement for the old 6 Series GranCoupe, the new GranCoupe is a looker in our eyes. In fact, we might go as far as saying this is the best-looking four door BMW has produced in recent years.
As reported by Carscoops, the interior will likely the be same as the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible and feature the unique crystal gear selector and the latest Live Cockpit system.
The car will also likely use the same engines found in the rest of the 8-Series models. We might see the 840i and M850i that produces 335bhp and 523bhp respectively.
The M8 GranCoupe will follow naturally after that with more than 600bhp and it is said that BMW’s new Setup option will also allow the driver to alter the amount of pressure on the brake pedal required to slow the car.
Good news for future GR Supra owners, Toyota has released new TRD parts for your car. However, the majority of its parts are meant for its aerodynamics.
First seen on the TRD GR Supra Performance Line Concept, the parts include the front carbon fibre spoiler that is supposed to reduce lift at high speed and lowers the ride height by 14mm. The side skirts do the same and makes the car lower as compared to stock by 4mm.
We aren't so sure about the side door garnish which was designed to smoothly direct airflow to the rear end of the Supra. It makes the coupe look less sleek with it on in our opinion.
Moving to the rear, the carbon fibre diffuser reduces ride height by 24mm, aiming to produce downforce in conjunction with the new boot spoiler.
The forged aluminum wheels are new too and are 19-inch in size.
These parts are only available in Japan for now and unfortunately, there are no performance parts that would increase its power output yet.
Despite a few manufacturers keeping the manual gearbox alive by still offering it in their cars, it is inevitable that days of the manual gearboxes are numbered.
In a report published by Carbuzz, Toyota U.S. recorded its Corolla having a take-up rate of less than 1 percent for the manual option. This meant that out of the 280,000 Corollas sold in the US during 2018, less than 2,800 of them were ordered with a manual gearbox. This is despite Toyota offering its more sporty hatchback with a new six-speed gearbox.
Meanwhile, only 5 percent of buyers for its Yaris chose the manual 'box, prompting the company to not offer the its upcoming Yaris with a manual option at all.
You would expect its driver-focused 86 to do better when it comes to the amount of buyers going for the manual option but the truth is only 33 percent of 86s sold last year were manuals.
With these numbers in mind, it is not difficult to see why it is increasingly difficult for automakers to justify a manual option in their models.
During its recent Annual General Meeting, Volkswagen teased us with a digital the interior of the new Golf but now spy photographers can show us the real thing.
As published by Carscoops, the Golf's interior is very different from today's model. Adopting a minimalist interior like most of the newer cars today, the dash features two large screen, one as the instrumental cluster and one for the infotainment system. A third smaller screen seemed to have been placed in between the aircon vents to display the climate control's status.
Elsewhere, we can see a new steering wheel and new door panels with aluminum trim.
The new car is set to be revealed in October and according to the German company, the car will once again “set the benchmark in the compact class.” In particular, they said the car will have class-leading comfort and connectivity as well as good fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. They will be available with mild- and plug-in hybrid variants and the plug-in hybrid models will be able to travel up to 80 km on electricity alone.
With the blessing of his family, a documentary about Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher's racing career is set to open at the end of this year.
As reported by Motorsport Magazine, the film will showcase Schumacher's Formula 1 journey starting from Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari to Mercedes-Benz. It has been 25 years since the legend claimed the first of his seven Formula 1 championship title.
Fans will be thrilled to hear that the documentary could include the footage of the racing driver at home with his family since his near-fatal ski accident in late 2013. It could also feature footage from his recent 50th birthday celebrations in Mallorca and will include interviews from wife Corinna and father Rolf along with children Gina-Maria and Mick.
Produced by German production company B 14 Film, a trailer of the documentary film is expected to be shown during this month’s Cannes Film Festival.
“Michael’s outstanding career deserves to be celebrated 25 years after he achieved his first of seven world championship titles,” Schumacher family spokesperson Sabine Kehm said. “We are happy this film will be in the hands of such ambitious and sensitive professionals.”
With more and more brands abandoning the manual gearbox, the amount of drivers being able to drive cars equipped one also lessens day by day. With that in mind, Volkswagen USA thinks that its latest Jetta GLI, when optioned with a manual gearbox, would easily deter thieves.
In its latest commercial for the sports sedan, it portrayed the aforementioned idea in just that way. However, while it was cheeky of them to come out with this advertisement, they did put a small line at the end of the video saying, “Legally we have to tell you that you should always lock your car, so you should lock your car." to make sure viewers should only take it as a joke.
It is unknown whether the latest Jetta GLI will make it to our sunny shores.
Thanks to its Chinese owner Geely, Lotus now has the resources to expand and is looking to add 200 new engineers to its workforce as part of its plan to increase production.
As reported by The Telegraph, the British sports car company plans to triple production to 5,000 cars a year and will also open an engineering center in the Midlands.
It will also be launching a hypercar dubbed ‘Type 130’ that will be unveiled later this year. The hypercar will have an output of around 1000bhp and will be powered by an all-electric powertrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering.
Back in 2017, Geely bought over Lotus as part of a £100 million (S$177 million) deal and its boss, billionaire Li Shufu aims to turn Lotus around and make it a credible rival to the world’s best supercar makers.
In his latest video for his Chris Harris Drives series, Harris tries to convince us that the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe is very much an underrated GT car.
We kind of agree with the him as the large luxury coupe often gets overshadowed by the its rivals from Porsche, Bentley and the likes. That being said, he reckons that the big mercedes is nowhere inferior to them as it provides him the perfect combination of speed and comfort.
Interestingly, Harris drove a pre-facelift model in his video that is using the older 5.5-litre V8 engine vs the newer 4.0-litre unit found in many current AMGs. We guess it doesn't matter much as both engines are absolute gems.
Good news for fans of Mazda. The Japanese company has announced that it is working a new family of straight-six Skyactiv-X engines for its premium models.
Mazda made the announcement during an investor conference and said that the engines will come in both petrol and diesel variants. This comes as a surprise as this is Mazda's first foray into having a straight-six engine in its line up.
The new engines will make use of the brand’s Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology that will be seen in the new Mazda 3 and also be compatible with mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies.
The company didn’t provide a timeline for the powertrains just yet, nor did it discuss what kind of models will use it.
Moving forward, it is safe to assume that this move will see Mazda try to move up into the premium market with larger models running both rear and all-wheel drive drivetrains.
Porsche has been testing for quite some time now the new GT4 version of the 718 Cayman. And it appears that there will be more six-cylinder models coming to the mid-engine Boxster and Cayman range.
According to Carscoops, Porsche has been spotted at the 'Ring with a 718 Boxster and Cayman and they sounded different from the four-cylinder turbocharged units present in the current 718 lineup.
Other than the upcoming track-focused GT4, Porsche might be installing the same 4.0-liter flat-six unit from the 911 GT3 into “Touring” versions of the Spyder and GT4 models respectively.
Porsche has worked hard and managed to make the naturally aspirated flat-six compliant with the latest Euro 6d emission regulations without sacrificing power. Reports have suggested that the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder will put out around 425bhp while the Touring models will get it with around 380bhp.
What comes to mind when you think of Croatia? To tell you the truth, up until a couple of years ago, not very much. Recently, with the immense popularity of the Game Of Thrones (GOT) TV series, Croatia has become a tourist hotspot thanks to the fact that many scenes were shot in Croatia.
However, a lot of those locations are in Dubrovnik, the capital of the country. I am in Split, the second largest city in Croatia, as part of the global media presentation of the brand new Skoda Scala. Yes, there is one touristy GOT filming location in the city centre, but beyond that I'm not quite sure what to expect from this city.
Heading into the downtown area, my first thought is that Split has a hint of the French Riviera, especially with the Adriatic Sea framed by dramatic mountain ranges and fronted by several marinas packed with yachts.
As I sit on the balcony and watch the sun set as we wind down our first day here, I'm also struck by the tranquil serenity of the place. There's a certain romantic appeal about the town that I can certainly appreciate.
However, the sheen of romance and prosperity is punctured the next morning as we head out of the downtown area to test drive the Skoda Scala. Pristine beachside roads lined with palm trees give way to run down houses and deeply industrial factories in a blink of an eye.
Just 30km out, the roads transform once more. Cluttered city highways give way to quiet mountain roads.
And yet, these windy and empty mountain roads prove to be great fun, allowing me to drive the Scala unencumbered by traffic. Of course, the beautiful backdrop accentuates the sense of freedom.
As we tumble our way through a valley and back towards the coast, I'm somewhat amazed by the distinct variation in terrain and personality of Croatia. Within the space of a 100km or so, with urban, rural, and mountainous roads, it feels like I have traveled through three countries.
With our drive done, we headed into the old town part of the city the next morning, where the 1,714-year old Diocletian Palace is located. Once more, the conflation of old and new is clear, with modern shops and restaurants nestled in the facade of Roman architecture.
As our tour guide takes us on a walking tour around the palace grounds (or what remains of it), it dawns on me that while we romanticise about the beauty of these old structures, the architecture of the place is bred out of deep necessity and practicality rather than vanity. You can see the various periods of architecture, built atop the previous one, telling the story of the place - a story of change, development and advancement.
It seems a fitting conclusion to my three-day stint in Croatia with the new Scala. With the Scala, Skoda is building on its reputation of delivering smart, practical solutions to its customers, while also looking ahead as it adopts a new and more distinct design language. The car too offers high-tech modern equipment and solutions without compromising the key qualities that customers demand - practicality, ease-of-use and affordability.
Sitting on my balcony watching the sun set across the horizon of the Adriatic Sea, it’s hard not to be struck by the beauty of Croatia. Framed by expensive yachts docked in the harbour immediately in front of me, the 1,714-year old Diocletian Palace to my west, and dramatic mountain ranges at my 6 o’clock, I’m also immediately struck by the surprisingly multi-faceted nature of Split, Croatia.
The Scala feels the same way. While undoubtedly traditional in certain regards, it manages to surprise by taking those traditional elements and putting its own modern spin on it. And so I end my trip glad that I've been pleasantly surprised throughout. Sipping on my (rather lovely) local craft beer, I smile at the thought that Croatia is more than just a GOT filming location. It's got plenty of life and personality all of its own. Na zdravi!
Suzuki has released a new limited edition model of its Swift Sport for the people living in the Netherlands with quite a few upgrades.
For those who don't ride, the name Katana is one of the company’s most iconic motorcycles launched in 1981, which also happened to make a return for 2019. Paying tribute to the Suzuki Katana motorcycle, the warm hatch is only available in Premium Silver Metallic and Super Black Pearl. Other than the decals and graphics shown in the photos, it is cool to note that each car will have a serial number near its c-pillar too.
Moving on to the more interesting upgrades, the car gets black OZ 18-inch wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, grey bumper trims and side skirts with a carbon fiber look. It also receives a lowered adjustable suspension, a strut bar, and an upgraded exhaust system. Unfortunately, there is no mention any increase in horsepower.
Inside, a thicker sports steering wheel with a Katana badge and partial leather seats with embroidered Katana lettering provide some of the larger change. Owners might also be able to spoil several other Katana symbols around the car's floor mats and trimmings.
Only 30 units will be built and the car will only be available in The Netherlands.
The new Porsche 911 has arrived and British YouTube channel, Carwow has managed to gather the new 992 and its rivals together for a drag race.
As per most of its races that it does, the cars will go through a quarter mile race, followed by a rolling race and a braking test from 112km/h.
With a zero to hundred sprint time of 3.4 seconds for the new Porsche, the near entry-level 911 Carrera 4S is no slouch. Despite having only 443bhp vs its much more powerful rivals like the 611bhp Audi R8 Performance, the race is closer than you think.
Watch how well the Porsche did in the video below!
Chris Harris goes classic mini racing in his latest series of Chris Harris Drives video. If you love racing, you probably would want to have a go in the car too.
With 60 old school Minis gathered in Goodwood for the celebration of the model’s 60th anniversary, Harris got to remind himself how fun it was to drive the Minis as racing cars.
These specially prepped cars had 125bhp and could rev over 8,000rpm. While the power output doesn't sound like much, it only weighs 620kg and with the help of a limited-slip differential and many modern components, the Minis can average an impressive 150km/h around the track.
According to Cars Guide, Hyundai is actively developing an all-wheel drive version of the i30 N hot hatch.
As confirmed by Hyundai Australia public relations manager Guido Schenken, the brand had already planned for an all-wheel drive version of the hot hatch once the car was given the green light for production.
Adding on, the head of Hyundai N Albert Biermann, has previously said that all-wheel drive was likely to prove to be a future focus for the manufacturer.
That said, it is not clear when an all-wheel drive Hyundai i30 N model would go on sale nor do we know the all-wheel drive drivetrain will be seen in this generation of the i30 N or future ones.
With an all-wheel drive system, Hyundai would be able to give its hot hatch more power with the additional traction, thereby allowing the i30 N to do battle with the hatches like the 345bhp Ford Focus RS.
BMW's all new 1 Series hatchback has been shot in action many times by spy photographers and they can now reveal how it looks like inside.
This is the first 1 Series to use a front-wheel drive platform and from the photos shown here, the car seems to be M135i xDrive with its souped-up body kit and blue brake callipers.
Thanks to Carscoops, we can now see how the car looks inside too. Drawing inspiration from the latest 3 Series, the dashboard is clearly driver-focused and features a digital instrument cluster. It remains to be seen whether variants lower down in the range might be equipped with an analogue instrument cluster instead.
Unfortunately we can't yet tell the switch to a front-wheel/all-wheel drive drivetrain has given the car more interior space than its predecessor. Hopefully, the new entry-level BMW will get a larger boot space too.
The all new BMW 1 Series is expected to be launched later this year, likely at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
Porsche Classic has reissued more than 700 original driver’s manuals starting from the 356 all the way to the 996 generation 911.
Said to be available at all dealerships worldwide, anyone who wants to get these manuals can also purchase it on their Porsche Classic online store.
The documents released in the reprint includes a selection of extensive technical information, settings and practical tips, ranging from the radio unit to paint data and engine numbers. Owners of these manual can also get facts and figures of the car's dimensions, tolerances, settings for the engine and chassis, with all identification details and their position illustrated and described in detail.
The reprinted booklet range also includes more than 100 warranty and maintenance booklets, as well as vehicle wallets that are true to the original.
According to Porsche, they started digitizing their archive a few years ago as the original booklets get worn or misplaced. Each reprint matches the original version in terms of printing, look and quality.
As one of the most demanding track in the world, Toyota replicated the part of the Nuburgring in Japan to help its engineers develop its cars.
Built at the mountainous region of Shimoyama, the track is part of the company’s new research and development center and the track measures 5.3 km long and has an elevation change of 75 metres. In comparison, the Nordschliefe is 25.7km long and has an elevation change of 303 metres.
According to Toyota, the test track includes a “wide range of curves and cambers to simulate a variety of European roads.” The company said they did this to help their engineers to develop vehicles with dynamic characteristics that will make them fun to drive and appeal to European preferences.
Other than the track, the massive 1,600 acre proving ground also compromises of a technical center that houses development facilities, a high-speed test course and other speciality courses.
The whole facility will be completed in March 2024. When it fully opens, the centre will employee approximately 3,300 people and about 90% of them will be directly involved in vehicle development, testing and evaluation.
Volkswagen latest all-electric vehicle ID.3, has got off to a good start in terms of interest. The company has collected more than 10,000 orders only 24 hours after becoming available for pre-booking in Europe.
This comes as a pleasant surprise as only 30,000 units of the ID.3 1ST launch edition version are available. Would-be owners are required to put in a €1,000 (S$1,529) refundable deposit for the car that has a driving range of up to 420km and is priced from under €40,000 ( S$61,120). Those who managed to get the launch edition of the ID.3 will also get free recharging for the first year up to a maximum of 2,000 kWh.
According to Volkswagen, the company’s IT systems are sometimes “unable to handle the large number of users accessing the system at the same time." as interest for the car was higher than expected. The company is aware of the interruptions in the registration process and is working hard to solve the issue.
Production of the electric vehicle will start at the end of 2019 and the first vehicles will reach customers in mid-2020.
Want the fastest production wagon in world? Alpina has the answer for you with its new B5 Bi-Turbo Touring's 322km/h top speed.
As an alternative to BMW's M range of vehicles, Alpina has always offered models with similar performance but combines it with greater comfort. And despite us saying comfort, rest be assured that there is still plenty of performance on offer thanks to the Touring's twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine that pushes out 608bhp and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Similar to the M5, power is sent to all four wheels and the Alpina is capable of sending up to 90 per cent of torque to the rear wheels if needed. This enables the car to sprint to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and onwards to its 322km/h top speed, also allowing it to go past the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R as shown in the cheeky video.
The Mitsubishi Pajero is set to be discontinued after being on sale for more than 37 years Japan.
Production will cease come August and Mitsubishi has launched a Final Edition which is limited to 700 units as a celebratory model.
Based on the Pajero Exceed, the Final Edition features add-ons like a sunroof and roof rails. Ticking the box for the Final Edition Accessory Package would then add a rear spoiler, a spare tire cover and mud flaps with Pajero badging.
Inside, things remain pretty much the same other than a new illuminated “Final Edition” sill plates.
The SUV is powered by a 3.2-litre four cylinder diesel engine that produces 187bhp and 441 Nm of torque. It is connected to a five-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system with a locking rear differential.
While the Japanese will not be getting anymore Pajeros soon, the car will still be made available in a handful of markets like Australia and the Middle East.