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No turbo, but Subaru BRZ STI confirmed for America04/20/2015
TOKYO -- Subaru aims to further boost profits on booming U.S. sales by expanding its STI performance line.
To fuel interest in the tuner packages and special editions, Subaru debuted an STI Performance Concept car this month at the New York auto show. It not only showcases STI's potential but foreshadows an STI edition of the BRZ sporty coupe due in America.
Subaru Tecnica International has been around since 1988. But Subaru now aims to step up marketing of its offerings to build performance cred as part of parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.'s 2020 business goal of enhancing overall brand value.
"The United States is the highest priority for STI," STI President Yoshio Hirakawa said here. "We'd like to create a car that drivers can control like their own legs so they can push the car to the limit."
McLaren 540C hits the Shanghai auto show04/20/2015
McLaren is continuing its steady stream of new sports cars with the 540C coupe, just launched at the Shanghai auto show. The 540C joins the 570S in the company's Sports Series, the most affordable cars in McLaren's lineup, positioned below the Super Series and Ultimate.
The 540C shares the company’s basic 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with almost everything else in its stable. In this application, it makes 532 hp (540 PS) at 7,500 rpm and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque at 3,500 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The setup is good for a 3.5-second sprint to 62 mph, 10.5-second sprint to 124 mph and a top speed of 199 mph.
Like the 570S, the 540C uses the company’s MonoCell II chassis, which McLaren says has been modified with a focus on day-to-day usability. Dry weight is measured at 2,890 pounds; McLaren says that’s almost 330 pounds lighter than the car’s closest competitor.
What we drove the week of April 13, 201504/20/2015
We review hundreds of cars, trucks and SUVs every year here at Autoweek. With volume like that, it's easy for some interesting vehicles to slip through the cracks. We don't want you to miss a review of your dream car, so here's a summary of all the cars we tested last week.
2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe long-term update04/20/2015
Our long-term Jaguar F-Type R coupe is special. We’ve never known a modern car to be as broadly appealing as this one. It’s beautiful and everyone knows it—people aren’t shy with praise for it. We took it up to Rare Bird Brew Pub in Traverse City, Mich., for a party and spent much of the night starting that barking, burbling supercharged V8, letting people sit in the leather seats and watching them snap photos.
Where lots of sports cars, especially high-performance versions, can be overstyled, the F-Type R is beautifully restrained. That may be part of why it appeals to such a wide range of people. It’s pretty but not showy. Of the sports/performance cars that are said to be styled in homage to their forebears, the F-Type is the most successful. It doesn’t insult the E-Type by aping it entirely or mock it by having come to dwarf it over the years. This car calls the E-Type to mind. Ian Callum and his team noticed the small, wonderful details of the that car and, with the F-Type, named them.