Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC

October 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s not only Ferrari and Porsche that can offer keen customers highly-priced race-spec versions of their performance production models. Nissan wants a piece of the pie and has just released a new 370Z NISMO RC that is now available for customer orders.

Based on the street-legal 370Z, the NISMO RC has been taken to the extreme with major weight-saving measures dropping off all luxuries. The result is a car that’s around 180kg lighter and tips the scales at just 1,339kg.

The Nissan 370Z NISMO RC also features NISMO race exhaust, NISMO tuned ECM, high capacity NISMO clutch, flywheel, engine oil, transmission and differential coolers and a Recaro racing seat with 6-point racing harness. A Sparco racing steering wheel and a carbon fibre control stack are also part of the RC package.

The 3.7-litre V6 motor has been tweaked to produce slightly more than the stock unit at 264kW of power and 373Nm of torque. Continue reading “Nissan selling track-ready 370Z NISMO RC” »

Mazda Europe builds special edition ‘Karai’ MX-5

July 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mazda knows the current generation MX-5 is a tidy piece of kit and what better way to prove it than with another special edition. Mazda’s European division has handled the mods on this latest limited MX-5 naming its creation the ‘Karai’ which apparently means ‘sharp’ in Japanese.

The Karai is based on the MX-5 Roadster coupe, meaning it’s equipped with a retractable hardtop. Its defining paint work is a lime-green hue named “Metal Green Metallic” on the body and a gloss black finish for the metal top, exterior mirrors, and various trim. Packing out the wheel guards are 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels cloaked in low profile performance rubber.

In the Karai cabin there’s a pair of black leather Recaro sport seats, aluminum pedals and leather steering wheel with white stitching also feature. Mazda has painted all the interior trim pieces that are usually finished in silver, with a gloss black. Continue reading “Mazda Europe builds special edition ‘Karai’ MX-5” »

Land Rover adds luxury to Defender with Fire & Ice editions

June 10th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Land Rover defender fire ed both

Few vehicles are more Spartan than the Land Rover Defender. While most of the world’s tough-guy off-roaders — Toyota Land Cruiser, Mercedes G-Wagen, Hummer H2 — have become luxury machines, the Defender battles on as the final bastion of bare-bones four wheel driving. Still using a similar body-on-frame design from 1948, the Defender remains hand-assembled. Now it seems Land Rover are finally listening to calls for a luxury version of the Defender.

Two new limited-production editions of the Defender are now available. Named the Fire & Ice editions they come packed with all the features Land Rover could fit in: Recaro buckets, leather and Alcantara trim, diamond-turned alloys, colour-coded head- and tail- lights, glass sunroof panel, running boards and more. The Fire edition comes in a special Vesuvius Orange metallic paint, the Ice edition in Alaska white, both complimented by black accents. All that kit drives the price of the special Land Rover up to €68,400. Just 850 examples of the exclusive Defenders will be made.

Mitsubishi releases Evolution X FQ-330 SST

May 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi Evo X fq

Mitsubishi is at it again with a new even higher-spec version of its current EVO X hero model. Made for the European market the Mitsubishi Evolution X FQ-330 SST pumps power up to 242kW at 6,500rpm and churns torque up to 437Nm at a comfortably mid-range 3,500rpm. That’s enough to shoot the beastie to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds, thanks in part to the smooth and quick SST twin-clutch transmission.

The FQ-330 SST joins the FQ-300 SST, rated at 217kW and 407Nm and good for 4.7 seconds to 100kph. Both are governed electronically at 250km/h max speed. For existing FQ-300 SST owners, the car can be upgraded to FQ-330 spec via a ‘power upgrade pack.’

All the extra power in the FQ-330 comes from an improved intake and exhaust and an ECU remap. The replacement intake goes further than the filter element and housing, but includes a new intercooler piping kit and a racing suction pipe. The exhaust is upgraded from the downpipe through the tailpipe, including new high-flow catalytic converters.

Other key features of the FQ-330 SST include Mitsubishi’s special S-AWC AWD system, 18in Enkei alloys, Brembo brakes, Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks, Recaros and satellite navigation. If all this still isn’t enough, never fear, there is rumours of a FQ-400 in development.

The Mitsubishi Evolution X FQ-330 SST has just gone on sale in the UK.