Road Tests / Car Reviews: Toyota 86 RC 2014 review


toyota-86-rc-2014-front-quarter-lowWhen you’ve eaten the salmon terrine for the entrée and the rib eye fillet for the main, you don’t ask how many calories the crème brulee has because that’s ridiculous. Therefore I don’t care what the fuel economy of the Toyota 86 RC is because I was too busy blipping the throttle on the downshifts and leaving it in far too high a gear just so I could hear the awesome exhaust note. For the record, it was 9.5l/100km which is way more than if you drove it like a hyper-miler (in which case Toyota quotes 6.9l/100km)

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News: Honda releases Pioneer side by side range


Honda Motorcycles has released the pricing on its all new Pioneer side by side series which is now available at dealerships nationally.

The Pioneer 700-2P (two person) is priced from $18,995 excluding GST. The 700-4P which offers increased seating capacity for 4 people is priced from $20,795 excluding GST.

At the heart of the 2014 Pioneer is a liquid cooled 675cc fuel injected engine. Dual stage EFI mapping provide the Pioneer with an automatic sport or work mode. A durable automotive style transmission with a heavy-duty torque converter provides smooth shifting and exceptional engine braking says Honda. Continue reading “Honda releases Pioneer side by side range” »

News: Loose screw causes Porsche engine recall


German sports car manufacturer Porsche is recalling all 785 of its 2014 production 911 GT3 cars for a complete engine replacement due to potential fire concerns.

Two engine fires in GT3 models saw the company advise customers not to drive their new cars because of concerns about the internals of the flat-six 3.8-litre engine.

According to Porsche technicians a loosened screw joint on the connecting rod, led to the rod damaging the crank case and causing an oil leak, which then ignited. Continue reading “Loose screw causes Porsche engine recall” »

News: Lotus debut at CRC Speedshow


Following the opening of its new Auckland showroom in Newmarket, British sports car manufacturer Lotus make its CRC Speedshow debut this July.

Lotus Auckland general manager James Berry says the manufacturer’s strong ties with motor-sport meant creating a Lotus display at CRC Speedshow was a ‘no-brainer’.

“There could be few brands better suited to be at CRC Speedshow than Lotus with its unique record in motor-sport and its range of road cars that can trace both their lineage and their performance directly back to motor-sport,” says Berry. Continue reading “Lotus debut at CRC Speedshow” »

News: Topless in New York for 25 years


Mazda North American operations (MNAO) is putting plans in place to celebrate 25 years of the MX-5 at next month’s New York international auto show.

Showcasing 15 MX-5 vehicles, from show concepts to race cars to production models, New York will host the biggest birthday party yet for the two-seat roadster.

“MX-5 is the quintessential Mazda,” says MNAO president Jim O’Sullivan. Continue reading “Topless in New York for 25 years” »

News: Land Rover goes sailing with Red Bull


Already the main partner of the extreme sailing series, Land Rover is now also the official team and vehicle partner to the Red Bull team.

Land Rover has a long tradition with sailing reaching as far back as 1988 as a sponsor of Cowes Week, the home of British yacht racing.

The Red Bull extreme sailing team is skippered by Austrian Roman Hagara. Roman and his team mate and tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who have each won two Olympic gold medals in addition to multiple world, european and national championship titles. Last season the team finished third overall, their first series podium. Continue reading “Land Rover goes sailing with Red Bull” »

News: GTS Porsches due in September


Porsche has just released the more powerful and upmarket Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS models in European markets, and New Zealand customers can expect delivery in September.

Silky black gloss GTS (Gran Turismo Sport) lettering adorns the two new top of the range variants for the Boxster and Cayman range, as well as a host of refinements and features that denote their status as the new top of the line variants.

The six-cylinder boxer engines fitted in the new top of the line GTS models are based on the 3.4-litre engines from the Boxster S and Cayman S respectively. Thanks to optimised tuning these now deliver an additional 11 kW) This means the Boxster GTS now has an output of 243 kW, whilst the Cayman GTS delivers 250 kW. Continue reading “GTS Porsches due in September” »

News: More noise needed for Electric Vehicles


The European Commission wants to mandate the installation of acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS) into all new electric vehicles (EV) to make them safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and the visually impaired.

The EC says the cars are effectively silent at low speeds and people cannot hear them, so an artificial engine noise needs to be installed to make them safer in the urban environment.

A consensus has been agreed within the EC which requires vehicle manufacturers to install AVAS in new types of vehicles within four years and then to all new vehicles within six. Continue reading “More noise needed for Electric Vehicles” »