Saturday, June 23, 2012

Happy 1st Anniversary, SKYACTIV Technology!

In June 2011, Mazda Motor Corporation sold the very first car that comes with SKYACTIV Technology, which is essentially a facelifted version of the third-generation Demio. We celebrate the 1st anniversary Mazda's SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, which promises the best fuel economy without sacrificing performance. Let's have a brief moment to take a look at the Mazda SKYACTIV models but first...

What is SKYACTIV Technology?
Part of Mazda's vision to create a perfect harmony between ecology of the hybrid car and the performance of the gasoline-powered car, the term SKYACTIV was born. The SKYACTIV technology provides driving pleasure and outstanding eco-friendly and safely performance to customers with the fuel efficient engines, efficient transmissions, and "lighter and rigid" platforms. To learn more about SKYACTIV, visit http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/skyactiv/

SKYACTIV No. 1: Demio

2012 Mazda Demio

The new 2012 Mazda Demio is the first Mazda to be equipped with the all new P3-VPS (1.3-litre SKYACTIV-G) engine. The new SKYACTIV-G engine is the next generation of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine that is the first to attain the world's highest petrol engine compression ratio of 14.0:1, 15% increase of fuel efficiency and torque, and a 4-2-1 exhaust system, cavity pistons, multihole injectors and some of the technology that makes SKYACTIV "Only the sky is the limit" after all. The Mazda Demio 13-SKYACTIV provides 84ps/5400rpm of power, 11.4kg-m/4000rpm of torque, and the fuel economy of 30km/L (10-15 mode). With that, the new Mazda Demio SKYACTIV is the reigning "king" of fuel efficiency, dethroning the 27.0km/L cars like the fifth-generation Daihatsu Move and the third-generation Suzuki MR Wagon!

Good to know that Mazda's i-stop feature found on the second-generation Axela/3 and the third-generation Mazda Premacy/5 is included at the Mazda Demio/2 13-SKYACTIV model. With i-stop equipped, it will automatically shut-off the P3-VPS (1.3L DOHC SKYACTIV-G) engine when stopped at the red light. Also included is the CVT for enhanced fuel efficiency, good for those who want to take a long Japanese trip this summer.

SKYACTIV No. 2: Axela

2012 Mazda Axela

Marked as the 2nd Mazda to be equipped with SKYACTIV Technology, the Mazda Axela 20-SKYACTIV comes with the new PE-VPS (2.0L 4-cylinder DOHC 16-Valve SKYACTIV-G) direct injection engine that provides the best compression ratio, 4-2-1 exhaust system for the excellent knock-resistant technology, and combustion improvement. If the PE-VPS engine wasn't enough, a new SKYACTIV-DRIVE was equipped and this one has all the advantages of a conventional step CVT, Dual Clutch, and Step Automatic Transmission. The new SKYACTIV-DRIVE is the ultimate automatic transmission developed exclusively to the Mazda Axela SKYACTIV variants, which provides good fuel economy at both low and high speeds, easy start up (Launch feel), easy start up on hill (Creep), direct feel, and smooth shifting (Shifting Quality). This new transmission is "ideal for global market" like a region-free Playstation 3 if you know what I mean. With this region-free SKYACTIV-DRIVE, the fuel economy of the Mazda Axela SKYACTIV is good for 20.0km/L based on Japan's 10-15 mode scale and 17.6km/L based on Japan's JC08 mode scale. This has bound to be the best SKYACTIV-powered model ever made and it also comes with the exclusive i-DM (intelligent Drive Master) which provides real time information and some advices before you get off the Axela SKYACTIV.

SKYACTIV No. 3: CX-5

2013 Mazda CX-5

SKYACTIV Technology promises optimized fuel economy and uncompromising performance, so that's why the Mazda CX-5 has the best of both worlds. First, the 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-G i-stop engine (PE-VPS) engine produces 155PS of power and 196Nm of torque. This is equipped on the 20C and 20S 2WD variants and it provides them 16km/L of fuel economy, making it more efficient than its key rival, the Mitsubishi RVR. For the first time in Mazda history and it's available only on the CX-5 XD (Cross-D) variants is the brand-new 2.2 liter SKYACTIV-D i-stop (SH-VPTS) Common Rail diesel engine that produces 175PS of power and 420Nm of torque. It promises a record-breaking fuel economy of 18.6km/L. Depending on the variant, the new CX-5 comes with an improved 4WD for all round driving with fuel economy of 15.6km/L for the 2.0L petrol variant and 18.0km/L for the 2.2L diesel engine. Most variants do come with the 6-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission that has good fuel economy, easy start up, direct feel, and smooth shifting, ideal for the world market.

The Mazda CX-5 is the first Mazda to come with the all new Smart City Brake Support that uses a laser sensor to detect a vehicle or obstacle in front and automatically reduces the extent of the brake rotor travel to quicken braking operation. If the driver fails to brake, SCBS automatically activates the brakes and reduces the engine output at the same time. It's like what the Volvo S60 and the Subaru Impreza Sport/G4 does.

To sum up then: The Demio is the first SKYACTIV model from Mazda. The Axela is the first Mazda model to have the SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission. And the Mazda CX-5 is a full-fledged SKYACTIV vehicle that has everything SKYACTIV; SKYACTIV-D, SKYACTIV-G, SKYACTIV-DRIVE, SKYACTIV-BODY, and SKYACTIV-CHASSIS. Mazda's SKYACTIV Technology evolved the internal combustion engine, provide enjoyment, reduced weight, sportscar-like shift feel, world-class level of crash safety performance, and everything that made it great. Of course, most fuel efficient cars have taken away fun-loving performance especially is some have a little ECO buttons. For SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, they defied the limits; fun-to-drive characteristics with better fuel economy. Here in the Philippines, the only Mazda model we have with SKYACTIV Technology is the CX-5 but it puzzled me that as we all know, direct-injected cars won't work in the Philippines because our fuel is very dirty and it may cause knocks. Seems that they didn't care about the risk learned from an old GDi Pajero back in the 1990's.

Anyway, it's a MANY HAPPY RETURNS for Mazda's SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY but if I have to choose which of these three Mazda SKYACTIV vehicles is my type, I would probably go for the Mazda CX-5 because this is the first model to have everything SKYACTIV and the first model to adopt the KODO -Soul In Motion- design philosophy. It looks like the Minagi concept car a couple of moments ago and overall, I like it. I really wish I wanna have one of those.

"More Malt For Energy"

On the June 22, 2012 episode of Bubble Gang

- If you're gay, then how come you're a bit different? This guy pretends that his gay after peeking some girls' melons and her man got angry at him.

- Knight gags

- Pickup Lines!!!

1) Engineer ka ba? Kasi gusto kita pakasalan ENGINEER future!

2) Pag nilayuan mo ako, parang resulta ng laban ni Pacquiao at Bradley. Kasi di ko matanggap.

3) Di na ko naniniwala na LIFE IS SHORT, kasi pag nakikita kita, humahaba ang buhay ko!

4) Hindi na importante sa akin ang front view mo, back view mo, o side view mo. KASI KAHIT ANONG VIEW, I LOVE YOU!!!

5) Para kang isang sikreto. Kasi mahirap kang mapagkatiwala sa iba.

6) Pag kaharap kita, nawawala ako sa sarili! NAWAWALA AKO SA SARILI!

7) Asin ka ba? Kasi I LOVE YOU ALAT!

8) Sino ba ang hindi nababaliw sa kagandahan mo? Malay ko. Yung nga tanong ko sa yo!

- Bubble Gang does Milo by spoofing this commercial as HILO. More malt for energy. 

- Mr. Assimo at the church

- What awaits them after they climbed the top of the mountain? Serious consequences of course...

- Brod Pete and friends are there again to answer questions on ANG BAGONG DATING DOON!

1) Dennis Trillo asks "Meron po bang nasusulat tungkol sa na-in love sa alien?" From 1-2-3 of the book of I WILL SURVIVE; "First I was afraid, I was petrified, Kept thinking I could never leave without you by my side. And saw your back from outer space" Oh wait...this is different topic...

2) Brod Pete says that P-Noy was involved on the Pacquiao-Bradley fight because he thinks that he messed up with the scores. He thinks Bradley is from Grace Lee. Get it? Brad-Lee!

3) Antonio Aquitania asks "Meron po bang nasusulat tungkol sa pinakamasarap, yung da best sa pagluluto?" Ang Dating Doon says that "ang pinakaimportanteng sangkap sa pagluluto ay LOVE". From a song from Adele; "There's a fire starting in my heart, reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark, we could have it all, rolling in the deep, you had my heart inside your hand, and you played it to the bit, throw your soul to every open door, count your blessings to find what you're looking for"

4) A Twit from someone keeps asking the same question. Guess what words were a bit wrong? Here;

 a) ALL CAPS - right but what about small caps? Small caps is wrong. No such thing as a small capital letter.

b) W - Nope, not double-u, double-v. Get it? Because it has two V's.

c) tuck-in - No such thing as tuck out. If you tucked your clothes in, how can you tuck your clothes out?

- This little boy's dream is to be a villain of some sort...

- IyoTube in Paparazzi

The Majestic Tale of the Mad Viper

Viper GTS ACR


Viper SRT10

Viper Competition Coupe

Viper SRT10 ACR

This whole Viper Week reminded me to look back at the history of the Dodge Viper and I have been given a week to sample the old Vipers right before I have the chance to try out the all new 2013 Viper GTS on Forza Motorsport 4. Well, I just did, I drove everything from Viper GTS ACR to Viper SRT-10 ACR. I have different tastes on those different generations and it appears I have learned a lot about the Viper legacy so now....

What machine is this?

It's coming!

...Now it's here. It's ready to go to work and show everyone who's the big boss. Venomous, slithering, and now ready for action. Everybody please welcome, 2013 SRT VIPER GTS!

Meet the 2013 SRT Viper GTS

The all new 2013 SRT Viper is yours to collect, race, customize, or explore in Autovista as a free DLC.

2013 SRT Viper GTS at the Top Gear Test Track

2013 SRT Viper GTS at the Top Gear Test Track

After hiatus, the return of the Viper no longer bears the Dodge Viper name but it was called SRT Viper when it was premiered at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. It was evolved to incorporate superior craftsmanship, a host of new technologies and ergonimic improvements while respecting its visceral legacy of performance.

8.4L V10 OHV engne

The new SRT Viper comes with the same 8.4L V10 OHV engine from the previous Dodge Viper SRT-10 but now it churns out 640HP of power and 600lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission with a shorter throw shifter, close gear ratio, and shorter final drive ratio of 3.07. With a triple-digit weight loss, the power-to-weight ratio is better than the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Stryker

1992-2003 Vipers have the logo called the "Sneaky Pete". 2003-2010 Vipers have the logo called "Fangs". For the new SRT Viper, it introduces a new Viper logo that looks intimidating to many and they called it "Stryker". What's it all about the new Stryker logo on the 2013 SRT Viper?

Designed by Vince Galante, the new "Stryker" logo is the third since Viper was launched in 1991 as a 1992 model, following earlier logos "Sneaky Pete" and "Fangs." This new logo provides a venomous detail that makes it a befitting take on a sports car that packs aggression and anger. Sadly however, this new Stryker logo took the idea from the logo of FLYING LIZARD MOTORSPORTS.

Excuse me but, you got our logo! Give it back!

Oops...Looks like we're facing an issue here. Despite that, there's something wicked about the Stryker logo. If the speedo reached through the red line, the Stryker logo shows up, and trust me on this, this is a warning sign that you have to change gear.

Stryker at the instrumental panel!

How cool was that? If you're scared about this Stryker logo coming out on your speedo, your best bet is to change gear before this shows up. My gosh, that logo was a complete nightmare, scaring kids of all ages. If you're not brave, then don't drive this car. We know that you're getting scared on this...scary looking Stryker logo.

2013 SRT Viper GTS' interior

Did I say scary? That new Viper emblem was in that steering wheel. If you're scared, then best to cover it with duct tape. He he he he.... But no, I'm brave enough to see that new Viper logo so it's fine for me. I like this new logo because it has some character on it. Anyway, on the interior, what you expect is handcrafted with some artisan spirit. For the Viper GTS model, all surfaces are fully leather skinned, and standard accent colors are applied to the seats, doors, center console and stitching. As for the seating, high-performance racing seats from Sabelt feature a lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability.

The question of power to weight ratio is too inevitable. SRT says that 2013 Viper GTS has better power to weight ratio than the Lamborghini Aventador and the Corvette ZR1 but when you put the 2013 Viper against the Aventador, that's hopeless. However, we'll be focusing on the ZR1. As always, the rivalry between Viper and Corvette is a civil war that proves which of these two deserved to be "king of American sports cars". When the Viper was gone, the Corvette shines through as the undisputed king of American sports cars. Now that the Viper is back, this would be what happened when the ZR1 is pitted against the 2013 Viper...

See who stacks up now?

See who stacks up now? Does the Corvette stacks up against the new Viper? Nope! The Viper stacks up! Meet your new king! The 2013 Viper is now the KING OF AMERICAN SPORTS CARS! What SRT made is a masterpiece, not only it made a car that has better power to weight ratio than the ZR1, they made a car that promises nothing but humiliation against General Motors! Once again, General Motors will always be the losers. Anyway, enough bragging rights and for a bit of a downfall....

Now that the new Viper ditches the Dodge name, it appears that the 2013 Viper won't be in Dodge dealerships so what dealerships will carry on the new 2013 SRT Viper for its late 2012 sale? Some say, Chrysler Group LLC will challenge all dealerships with a series of tests. Those series of tests will prove that a certain dealership will be declared an SRT specialist dealership and that specialist dealership will feature the 2013 SRT Viper in their showrooms.

Which reminds me, I checked around Forza Motorsport 4 about the 2013 SRT Viper and there could only be one thing...That's all it could happen! Viper is now a stand-alone brand of Chrysler Group LLC! Even though this is SRT's first halo car, the fate can't be changed! Anyway, enough about that and figuring out how fast the 2013 Viper round the track and of course, hand it over to our tamed racing driver...




Our SRT Viper did it in 1:19.129, which means that this American sports car is a hypercar! It's a hypercar. If an exotic did below the 1:20 mark at the Top Gear Test Track, it's declared a hypercar and this SRT Viper just did! I'm amazed that this new SRT Viper really works. It's faster than the previous Dodge Viper SRT-10 but it's a few seconds slower than the old SRT-10 ACR. What an improvement. Triple-digit weight loss, improved V10 OHV engine, improved aerodynamics, this new Viper is just an astonishing masterpiece and this is surely became the KING of American sport cars, not the Corvette!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Let's Do The News! (June 22, 2012)

(Audience applause)

Oh that was too close! That was really close for Oklahoma City Thunder! Can't believe that Miami Heat became the champion!

I should be feeling smug about that.

What?

They have failed to beat my fave but I have to say, both of these times are incredible.

Yeah Captain Slow, they're really incredible. Both Oklahoma City and Miami are like two sides of the square. They're highly incredible I should say. Oklahoma City Thunder may be incredible but Miami Heat's BURNING UP for the win. It's like Fire beats Electricity.

Uh-huh, but we couldn't just forget about this moment so to all of Miami Heat, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and coach Erik Spoelstra, can we just say CONGRATULATIONS for winning the NBA FINALS after 5 games and 4-1 against Oklahoma City Thunder.

CONGRATULATIONS, MIAMI HEAT!!!


YEAH! CONGRATULATIONS MIAMI HEAT! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! As for coach Spoelstra, who turns out to be a big fan of Manny Pacquiao, can we just say that you really get what you deserved. You are now the BEST HEAD COACH of this season!


(audience applause)

That reminds me the time when the big boys of Miami Heat planned for something if they win the Finals. It's like "Hey! If we win, let's sing WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS on Kevin Durant's face!"

(audience laughing)

Well, they did! And they're going to humiliate Kevin Durant! How lucky was that for the head honchos of Miami Heat? They'll going to celebrate Oklahoma City's humiliation at the basketball court!

Oh and one more thing, imagine that, if Boy Pick Up does a pickup line to Lebron James, it will be like this...

Boy Pick Up meets Lebron James

(audience laughing)

He's right. Seems that we can smell the champion! CHAMPION!!! Lebron James smell like a CHAMPION...detergent!

(audience laughing)

Or for the better...CHAMPION CIGARETTES!!!

(audience laughing)

Now anyway, enough smug right now. Enough smug about Miami Heat's win and let's move on, but again CONGRATULATIONS TO MIAMI HEAT for winning the championship! Now, sad news okay, you may have heard that one of our classic Doctor Who actresses, whose name is Caroline John, was passed away. Very sad but yes.

Rest in pieces Caroline John. You're still one of our all time Doctor Who greats for being a companion of The Doctor during the time Jon Pertwee was the third incarnation in the 70's.

Yeah, rest in pieces...Let's put this sadness behind us and now this...

2013 SRT Viper

Do you see this? The 2013 SRT Viper?

Yeah. We're almost here...

Almost here...

Right. We're almost here. Tomorrow, we'll be getting this on Forza Motorsport 4 and we'll drive this car round the Top Gear Test Track. If you got it on the game, feel free by twitting this experience with this hashtag #firstSRTViper because we want this one to be TRENDING TOPIC WORLDWIDE.

I should point out that this hashtag is going to be something else because at the Barrett-Jackson auction tomorrow, SRT Viper #1 that came out from the production line will be auctioned off and proceeds will go to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.


Yeah right. But still we want the hashtag #firstSRTViper to be trending because...this is the first time we'll be driving the all new 2013 SRT Viper on Forza Motorsport 4 tomorrow. ARE YOU READY?

I'M READY!!!!

(audience laughing)

Good luck with that! Hey now, Scion FR-S, what the American of Toyota 86, in case you want to know how does the FR-S' limited slip differential works, here's a clip:



Uh, something's bug me....As you may know that last year, when the TOYOTA 86 premiered at the Tokyo Motor Show, Gran Turismo 5 did featured it on an update but rest assured, SONY has the rights of the TOYOTA 86 (Scion FR-S) and always will be. Please, SONY HAS THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO THE TOYOTA 86/SCION FR-S. Have you seen the NHK World article about the Toyota 86?

Yeah, and there was the part that Toyota will soon be making a feature that records the TOYOTA 86/SCION FR-S' progress on the Playstation, which serves the point. Speaking of which, this is the last time to try out the soon-to-be-on-GT5 Twin Ring Motegi at the GT Academy 2012 because it will be gone this week. As in, GT Academy 2012 is over in 2 days. Better have your last taste of Motegi-ness.

That's right. Uh...it is weird that why did Twin Ring Motegi is not featured on Gran Turismo 5. You know there is a Gran Turismo Cafe on the Twin Ring Motegi. Feels like that the Japanese race track has been betrayed by a Japanese racing video game, which is somewhat ironic.

There was a Gran Turismo Cafe at Twin Ring Motegi? Oh....


Gosh, they should be really featuring the Twin Ring Motegi on GT5 soon and also new cars. What I'm really wish to see were those SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY models from Mazda or even the Ferrari FF or the new Swift Sport or the Vitz RS or something else...It would be like...Dressy Alice...

(audience laughing)

...Rainy Suzuran...Random Color Beauty...Digital Spacecraft....

(audience laughing)

....March’s Usagi Ears...Wonderland Key....Fairytale Flower Breath....

(audience laughing)

...Colorful Caterpillar...Fairy’s Pointed Ears...Fairy’s Charming Wings...Fairy’s Magical Wand....and Fairy’s Magical Shoes...

(audience laughing)

Hate to say this James but you're mentioning something from a DLC of the Playstation3 version of THE IDOLM@STER 2 (laughing)

Yeah, those things are the things you can't put some vinyls on it...

Did I said something?

(audience laughing)

As a man who wants something we really don't prefer something more of a DRESSY ALICE, RAINY SUZURAN, DIGITAL SPACECRAFT, and RANDOM COLOR BEAUTY. It's like....driving a MINI COOPER S COUNTRYMAN on the streets of Tokyo, which is rather a car you want to make an IM@S itasha of...

Speaking of which, itasha....can we do some itasha based on British pop culture?

British itasha?

Nah, I'm talking about that. Never will....

(audience laughing)

Anyway, have you seen ROAD&TRACK's comparison between the Cadillac CTS-V and the BMW M5 F10? If not, here;



The verdict is simple; GM Sucks, BMW wins.

(audience laughing)

Oh really?! The BMW M5 F10 stacks out against the Cadillac CTS-V?

Indeed it is as observed on that clip! AND THAT'S THE NEWS!

In Loving Memory: Caroline John

Caroline John and Jon Pertwee


Fans of the classic Doctor Who may remember Caroline John, the actress who played Liz Shaw, one of the classic Doctor Who companions since the Jon Pertwee years. It's sad to say that this memorable actress who became The Doctor's companion in the past has passed away.

"Caroline was a brilliant actress and in her role as Liz Shaw, a tremendous co-star for Jon Pertwee in his first year as the Doctor.  She was not just a sidekick but a scientist in her own right and a match for the universe's number one know-all. The Doctor's companions should never be his assistants - they're the people who keep him on his toes, and that's what Caroline did.  From everyone at the show, our thoughts go out to Caroline’s family." said Steven Moffat, the lead writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who.

R.I.P. Caroline John, 1940 – 2012.

She'll be joining the ranks of other deceased personalities who are greatly involved in Doctor Who, especially Elisabeth Sladen who died last year but still one of the all time Doctor Who greats.


Photo: BBC Worldwide

1 Day Before SRT Viper!!!!

This is it! Tomorrow, the all new 2013 SRT Viper arrives on Forza Motorsport 4 as a Free DLC! Right now, because this is my last Viper to drive before the new model tomorrow, the Viper SRT-10 ACR makes it a perfect sendoff for this countdown.

Viper SRT-10 ACR at the Top Gear Studio

The ACR name (means American Club Racer) was introduced in 1999 but for  the 2008 model year, the ACR name was resurrected as the striped-out race-ready version of the Viper SRT-10. Upgrades include street-legal racing tires, two-piece brake rotors, adjustable suspension, and significant aerodynamic revision. There was an optional "HARDCORE PACKAGE" feature that strips away the aircon, radio, speakers, amplifier, carpet, hood pad, or tire inflator, in favor of saving weight and a lap timer.

A year later after production of the Viper ended in 2010, a 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR lapped the Nurburgring in 7:12.13.

To bid farewell of the Viper's tenure, a track-only version of the ACR, dubbed the ACR-X, was launced to compete in the Dodge Viper Cup Series. It has a 40HP increase to the V10 engine, a new set of downforce-enhancing front canards, and new materials that, along with a stripped interior, reduced weight to 3,300 lb (1,500 kg). When the ACR-X arrived at the Nurburgring, it set a lap time of 7:03.058, a full 9.072 seconds faster than the regular ACR.




So, that concludes it! Tomorrow, the SRT Viper arrives on Forza Motorsport 4. Question is, what should we do with the 2013 SRT Viper? For me, I'll drive this one round the Top Gear Test Track! If you have the SRT Viper on Forza Motorsport 4, feel free to share experiences. For the Twitter geeks, best to leave the hashtag #firstSRTViper

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Si Pidol, kritikal na siya!

I have been a long time fan of Dolphy since Home Along Da Riles. He's the legendary comedian who was been in several movies and his "Banayad Whiskey" joke is definitely one of my all time favorite Dolphy moments. Even though he's in TV5 for Pidol's Wonderland, that Dolphy tries to edge out the competition. Sadly, I read some news that the legendary Pinoy comedian is in critical stage while he was hospitalized at Makati Medical Center and his vital organs are deteriorating. How worse was it?

Eric Quizon, who was one of Dolphy's kids, said "It can happen anytime. The doctors have been very truthful to us, although walang oras pa na ibinibigay. Sa ngayon his vital signs are stable, pero it can change anytime,

It is revealed that Dolphy has COPD or chronic obs­tructive pulmonary disease. If you don't know what COPD means, it is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time. It can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

Let's offer a few minutes of silence to pray for the recovery of our dearly loved and admired Tatay Dolphy.

2 Days before SRT Viper on FM4...

We are almost there! 2 days left before the new 2013 SRT Viper arrives on Forza Motorsport 4 so for a quicker heat, it is time to take the wheel of the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, a race-spec version is a bit more GTSR Concept-ish...

Dodge Viper Competition Coupe

Although, it looks more like the Viper GTS-R Concept, this track-only version costs $129,000 and the V10 engine churns out 520HP of power.

Dodge's plan was to create a profitable, self-sustaining racing program for these cars that is similar to Porsche's. It was legal for the SCCA Speed World Challenge (later called Pirelli World Challenge) and made an appearance when the late Paul Mumford, amateur racer, defeated the factory Audi and BMW teams and most of the rivals at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 

The Competition Coupe welcomed Viper Club of America races for Viper aficionados everywhere.

This racing version of the Viper takes 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds and take you to a top speed of 193mph. Its anti-lock brakes takes 70mph to nothing in 134 feet and this has a G-force of 1.19.



Tomorrow, we'll be driving the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, making it our last Viper to drive before we move on to the main event which will be in two days; driving the SRT Viper on Forza Motorsport 4. Remember, 2 Days before SRT Viper on FM4...

Let's Do The News! (June 21, 2012)

Now, we will do the news and we'll start with this. It's a new Aston Martin and this served as the replacement of the DBS. The name of the Aston Martin that was used on the 2002 Bond movie, Die Another Day, which is the Aston Martin Vanquish is back under the new pseudonym: AM310 Vanquish.

Aston Martin Vanquish
2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

What you're looking here is a masterpiece or rather more of a muscled version of the Virage but the rear view and the interior is suspiciously similar to the ultra-expensive One-77. The 6.0L V12 engine now churns out 565bhp and 457lb ft of torque. It will go 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183mph, which is 8mph less than the old DBS. Prices start from £189,995, with first deliveries expected later this year.


Oh what's wrong? Looking all over photos of Rie Tanaka?

Yeah. Can't believe she got married...

(laughing)

Indeed she is. Her official fans club was shut down, which kinda saddened fans everywhere.

Yeah and actually you know what? By tomorrow, we'd expect heavy storms coming in Japan due to Talim.

What? Tomorrow? But....but....

See here?

Typhoon Talim

Oh wait. That's Saturday but....um....that's when the iM@S 7th anniversary starts! Oh my gosh!

Yeah, can't deny it. That whole Talim could jeopardize that concert held at Yokohama Blitz...

So...what are we gonna do?

Let's just wait till further notice, okay?

Right...speaking of IM@S, there's going to be a new PSP game coming up..

(awwww)

Okay, what is it?

It's just like that old IDOLM@STER SP PSP game but it's new. It's called SHINY FESTA. It's got three versions featuring different idols per version. Idolm@ster Shiny Festa: Honey Sound will include Chihaya Kisaragi, Haruka Amami, Ritsuko Akizuki, and Azusa Miura. Idolm@ster Shiny Festa: Funky Note will feature Yayoi Takatsuki, Hibiki Ganaha, and Iori Minase as well as Ami and Mami Futami. Idolm@ster Shiny Festa: Groovy Tune will have Miki Hoshii, Yukiho Hagaiwara, Makoto Kikuchi, and Takane Shijou.


Even when they're going through the wrong direction, that IDOLM@STER franchise actually keeps on going.

Right.

Hey? You guys watched Game 4 of the NBA Finals?

Yeah, we watched it...

.....

HA HA HA!!!

What?

In your face! Miami Heat leads 3-1 against Oklahoma City Thunder! Even without Lebron James (because he got sprained), my favorite Heat guys heated up the fight and yes! This is it. Just one more for Heat and they....

Yeah right, Captain Slow, Miami Heat wins the championship. Oklahoma City Thunder, if you're reading this, please don't mess this up. Tomorrow is Game 5 and if you screw this up one more time, you're done. Miami takes the heat.

Yeah and Miami Heat (especially Wade and James, even the Filipino coach), if you're reading this, keep trying. You're getting more rewarding. You are almost a win away for the trophy! You can do this! This is a message from Captain Slow who's rooting for Miami Heat because of the Filipino coach.

(laughing)

You really pull this out, do you?

Yes. Yes I do...

(laughing)

Anyway, Bentley got even more pragmatic with their new variant of the Continental GT, it's called Speed and it comes with a host of mechanical and to a much lesser extent, styling upgrades, the most important of which are hidden under the hood. The 6.0L W12 engine gained a 49hp and 74 lb-ft increase and it will go 0-60mph in 4 seconds and top speed of 205mph.

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed


A little bit too dramatic for the Continental GT, right? For this speed increase, it is worth it but hey, we just saw the new Continental GT V8 in one episode of Top Gear and it was proven to be quicker than the Ferrari FF in the ice version of Silverstone Racing Circuit. Still, they're not good for ski vacations.

(laughing)

Yeah right. You can't bring them to your holiday ski vacation and go for the Range Rover.

Exactly. I still go for the Range Rover because it is perfect for all sorts. This is the kind of car the Top Gear cameramen are using while filming.

Now anyway, BMW 1M Coupe, it might feel stodgy, it might be old, it went out of production, but it's keeping up because this car's get tuned by Alpha-N.

Alpha-N 1M RS

What they did from this old chap is boost the power from 335hp (340PS) to 404hp (410PS) through software optimization, a new air duct as well as a specially developed exhaust system. Plus, a high-performance braking system from MAC with 380 mm large disks and 6 piston calipers, and a new set of lightweight O.Z. Superforgiata 19-inch alloy wheels shod in Michelin Cup tires size 245 up front and 265 at the back.


Kinda impress about this 1M RS machine. It's dark, it's loud, and it's more terrifying to scare away HEALTH AND SAFETY men. Also cool is when I brought in to those MS13 men, it was like hey what a nice ride! Let's go scare them! Cool, isn't it? He he he

(Laughing)

Ha ha ha...Right. Perfect if you're a TRIAD or a YAKUZA. Now anyway, let's move on to something...

Okay, Citroen are in the edge of revealing two new sedans...that are targeted for the emerging markets such as the Citroen C-ELYSEE and the new Citroen C4 L. I repeat, both of them are made for the emerging markets, especially China.

Citroen C-ELYSEE

Citroen C4 L

Yeah, both of these sedans are made for emerging markets. Too bad they won't be selling those to French people and furthermore, they're just French cars that don't speak French, just like the Peugeot 301.

As a rule, we don't cover cars sold to their home countries. Isuzu is now focused on commercial vehicles and the lineup consists of ELF, Forward, Giga, and the Como, which is essentially a Datsun van. ELF and Forward are commercial trucks and the Giga is Isuzu's bus. That's why I don't cover Isuzus because they don't made cars that not only for businesses but for private use. いすゞのトラック is the jingle of Isuzu. Official site is http://www.isuzu.co.jp/

Enough about Isuzus because to you, they are your perennial enemies because there are no Isuzus made for private use. The Isuzus you saw in Thailand, Philippines, and other countries are not Japanese. They really don't speak Japanese because they're not made in Japan.

Correct, and that is why I hate Isuzus.

Indeed it is...

Now anyway, I picked up some news that Good Smile Company, makers of Figmas, Nendos, and other figures, moved their headquarters from Matsudo City to the Tokyo Skytree Tower Complex.

(wow)

That's right. 17th floor of the Tokyo Skytree tower will be the new home of Good Smile Company. It seems that this figure maker will be taking advantage of this recently opened Tokyo Skytree, which I believed that this is Japan's biggest and trounced the Tokyo Tower once and for all, making it the new Tokyo icon of the year.

So, you're saying that Tokyo Skytree is more fun than the Tokyo Tower and now GSC is taking advantage of the Tokyo Skytree? I'm amazed. They guys really are ambitious.

They really are ambitious and soon to be successful. Right now, Good Smile Company revealed their newest entry to the Nendoroid lineup and it was Kuma from the video game turned TV anime, Persona 4.


Kuma? From Persona 4? Ha ha ha, first time ever to see this character inspired for a Nendoroid. And that's the news!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cadillac XTS

In the beginning when the Cadillac CTS was launched in 2002, this whole Art & Science philosophy was made to save Cadillac from extinction and it worked...sort of. It was made to take on the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class but when the time they made a full model change in 2007, it was graduated from entry-level to executive middle class and it was made to tackle the A6, E-Class, and the 5-Series. That category that the old CTS once were will be filled by an upcoming ATS and for the flagship...Back then there was the STS and the DTS, both of them are very luxurious but they all turned out to be a complete flop so they decided to axe them both. Cadillac's flagship model is remained blank until they come up with a new model that is off the hook...

2013 Cadillac XTS

Meet the new XTS, Cadillac's so-called answer to the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the Lexus LS. It was heavily influenced from the 2010 XTS Concept as seen at the 2010 North American International Auto Show and my gosh, what Cadillac made is some full-size sedan made by some nerd who has a "Ridge Racer" fixation. A luxurious interior and unmatched comfort is something that the XTS had and when you see the letter X in the XTS naming, it really means that there's no other car like it.

2013 Cadillac XTS interior

If you said a luxurious interior and unmatched comfort, yes because the Cadillac XTS deserved to have one. At nighttime, the Ambient Interior Lighting kicks in and oh my goodness, it looks good. What surprised me is the XTS has the same feature that you get from the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and this is...how they called it the SECRET CUBE, a smartly placed mobile device holder to the center control panel. I'm sure that they have iPod connectivity here on the XTS's secret compartment hidden behind the touch screen. Now that my iPod's been plugged and stored at the SECRET CUBE, it's time to listen one of my favorite BGMs from various Ridge Racer soundtracks.

It appears that most of my favorite Ridge Racer Soundtracks I'm listening got even better because the all new XTS comes with the the available 14-speaker Bose Studio Surround Sound system with two Personal speakers on the top of each front seat that delivers high quality sound experience like no other. BOSE was used on Renault, Nissan, Mazda, or even Porsche but here on the XTS, this is just something else. For a real giggle, I would be listening to some songs from the Ridge Racer 6 direct audio while driving the XTS round Los Angeles....

The new XTS is one of the new Cadillacs to feature a new kind of feature called CADILLAC USER EXPERIENCE or CUE. CUE serves as your personal assistant for the road or your own personal DJ while shooting hoops in Los Angeles. Provided by the 8-inch touch screen, CUE provides drivers some ease-free navigation, music, news, Pandora Radio, or some Bluetooth connectivity. Sounds juicy to me but wait until I get to the real part on the XTS which is known to be the instrumental panel which is reconfigurable in many ways. A RECONFIGURABLE GAUGE CLUSTER! COOL! There are various gauge settings to choose from and no matter which style, the gauge style you chose looks cool on your XTS because reconfigurable gauge cluster is cool as your bowtie and fez.

2013 Cadillac XTS

Enough bowtie and fez and let's head back for some shooting hoops in a little bit HEAVEN AND HELL. The new Cadillac XTS is powered by a 304 HP 3.6L direct-injection V6 engine that is mated with an Electronically Controlled 6T70 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. It will have an EPA estimated fuel economy of 28 MPG highway. Unlike its European and Japanese rivals which as bound to be RWD (or 4WD), the XTS is uh-oh....Front Wheel Drive. There's bound to be too much grip in here especially if the XTS comes with a suspension system you'd get from the Corvette; dual-mode Magnetic Ride Control works in tandem with cutting-edge HiPer Strut technology. If I hit the XTS on its sports setting, this car will get a bit uncomfortable but still retains its mild driving feel so you'll feel absolutely unpleasant, it's like waiting for your last minute to go to the comfort room. That is not nice for a premium sedan that is FF. If you're opted to go for the 4WD option, you'll have a Locking Rear Differential for better traction.

The XTS do come with a Brembo brakes so it can have a stopping power of a...Cadillac CTS-V Race Car you saw from the Pirelli World Challenge. As a result, the XTS will have the perfect balance of agility and composure.

The XTS comes with available colors; Graphite Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat, Silver Coast Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Sapphire Blue Metallic, Black Raven, and Black Diamond Tricoat.

My comment:

The Cadillac XTS seems to be the only premium American sedan I have ever saw that was made by some otaku who has a "Ridge Racer" fixation and the unmatched luxury that made the XTS unique but the front-wheel drive and the part where it made it uncomfortable is a bit of a drawback. It appears that the most famous celebrities are trying to get their hands on Cadillac's luxurious masterpiece but with the pricing of $48,690, it's cheaper than the Benz E350 but not as affordable as the Audi A6.

In essence then, the Cadillac XTS is a premium sedan that was made for the businessmen who loves a slam dunk and it's called M.T.T.B.

Photo: General Motors

3 Days before SRT Viper on FM4...

Attention everyone! 3 DAYS LEFT BEFORE SRT VIPER ON FORZA 4! I REPEAT!  3 DAYS LEFT BEFORE SRT VIPER ON FORZA 4! Let's make this Viper Week a bit more interesting. Yesterday, I drove the 1999 Dodge Viper ACR. Now, we're driving a different kind of Viper, which is the 2003 Viper SRT-10.

Time for Plan V...V10!

The Dodge Viper received its full model change in 2003 via Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology group. Replacing the GTS coupe and the RT/10 roadster, the Viper SRT-10 roadster comes with sharp angled bodywork, increased V10 engine displacement of 8.3L and other upgrades. It produces 500HP of power and 712Nm of torque.  The "Sneaky Pete" Viper logo from the 1992 Viper was been replaced with a new logo called "Fangs". A coupe version was introduced in the 2005 Detroit Auto Show as a 2006 model. It was featured on Jeremy Clarkson's 2006 DVD titled THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. It had a race against the BMW Z4 M and in ended in a draw.

When The Stig drove the Dodge Viper SRT-10, it lapped the Top Gear Test Track in 1.28.5, faster than the MG XPower SV.

This car served as the opening salvo when the American version of Top Gear aired on History Channel in November 2010. In the opener, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood are in the Viper SRT10, driving through Griffin Airfield, across town, and return back to Griffin Airfield, while being hunted down by a Cobra attack helicopter. They have three lives left but the Cobra helicopter exterminated the Viper SRT-10 while 1) exiting Griffin Airfield, 2) at the cementery, and 3) crossing the finish point of the Griffin Airfield.

Production of the Viper ended in 2010 but in 2012, a new Viper emerges and it will no longer be called Dodge Viper but it's called SRT VIPER...



Well, as told. We have three days left before the all new 2013 SRT Viper comes to Forza Motorsport 4 so tomorrow, how about driving the Viper Competition Coupe? It looks identical to the Viper GTS-R Concept from most video games, you know....

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Let's Do The News! (June 19, 2012)

And now we do the news! And we begin with this!

Volvo S60 Polestar Concept

What you're looking here is just another Volvo Polestar Concept model, a Volvo that has been tuned for more power, but this here is the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept. At first glance, it was based on the S60 T6 but this gets even more naughtier because this tuned 3.0L engine produces 508HP of power and take you from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed will exceed 186mph, that's for sure.


It appears to me that this tuned S60 was made to baffle down those high-performance Germans but trust me on this...NO, YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE.

(audience laughing)

So now, you're saying that Butchoy has left the Philippines but now there's a new typhoon under the international name of TALIM?

Yes it is. And everyone should be aware of that because...you know what happens.

Right but as for the kids...hmmmm....this whole class suspension is a bit of an issue for schools around the Philippines because it's kinda hard to decide if they will suspend class in an event of a typhoon.

Confused? Perhaps DepED or CHED is confused on class suspension in an event of a typhoon, that's for sure!

(laughing)

What are you talking about, chaps?

Class suspension, in an event of a typhoon. You see, there's a new typhoon coming up, everybody's readying when disaster strikes, and there's a bit of an issue about class suspension.

Really?

Yeah.

Right. But enough of that whole incoming typhoon coming. We still have to watch NBA Finals Game 4, right? Remember, Miami Heat still leads 2-1 against Oklahoma City Thunder.

Yeah, Slow, we know. We have to see Game 4 tomorrow and we REALLY hope the Oklahoma guys, even ace player Kevin Durant, will win against the Miami idiots, even the pathetic Lebron James.

(laughing)

Come on! Snap out of it. I am rooting for Miami Heat because of the coach...who is a Filipino...

Whatever pal. No matter who's who, we're rooting for Thunder guys against the Heat guys. Those favored for HEAT to win raise your hands!

(audience raising hands)

Just a few! How about Oklahoma City Thunder?

(audience raising hands)

As always! Many are favored Oklahoma to win the next game! Ha ha!

Oh geez. If Miami wins and if it keeps winning until they snagged the trophy, you'll regret it. You'll regret that you are with the most pathetic team.

(audience laughing)

Okay, if that's what you want, Captain Slow.

(audience laughing)

Audi, they've revealed the first of the S range and the SQ5 TDi was the first of its kind. The first Audi S model to come with a diesel engine. Here's the pic...

Audi SQ5


Judging from its sporty credentials, the SQ5 comes with the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 diesel delivering a frisky 308hp (313PS) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. It is mated with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.


Wait, a diesel Audi S? SQ5? Why didn't they called it Q5 S? What's next? RSQ5?!

(laughing)

Anyway, it seems that they want to catch up against BMW's new M Performance Automobiles, ones that come with powerful diesel engines. That's incredible.

Getting hotter doesn't feel to be so economical. A hotter Audi diesel model like the SQ5 really was the first of its kind because of the TDi engine. What's next? S4 TDi? S6 TDi? SQ7? S7 TDi?

Whoa there buddy. You can't push that agenda a little more harsh, I think.

Now, anyway, Kia Motors, Korean automaker, they've previewed what could be the 2013MY (US 2014MY) Kia Sorento R minor change, have a look.

Kia Sorento R facelift

Pretty much to see here. New front, new back, but details still a little bit slim for now. We don't know what specs will be but I'm sure it'll come with the 2.0L and the 2.4L R e-VGT diesel engine...sort of.


Hmmm....The Sorento R was been there since its debut in April 2009 but from the looks of it, it's getting a bit improved....Too bad we don't know what's what with the Sorento R's minor change for now...

Yeah...We don't know what's what so stay tuned for more about the Kia Sorento R minor change...

Now anyway, Alpina, famous BMW tuner, they tuned the BMW F01 7-Series minor change for their updated version of the Alpina B7. Take a look:

2013 Alpina B7

(wow)

Yep, this is the 2013 Alpina B7 which is essentially a tuned version of the 2013 BMW 7-Series so what you expect here that the 4.4L V8 engine has been tweaked with an addition of the idling stop feature. 540HP, 538lb-ft, new eight-speed automatic transmission, and 0-60 in under four seconds.


Sounds yummy to us about this tuned F01 but for the 2013 Model Year, the Alpina B7's getting a bit more mature and fresh. I like that.

Yeah, and the one thing about the 2013 B7 is they'll showcase it at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this August.

Right. Now anyway, you know that TOYOTA 86 that has been recently launched in the Philippines? That's good but what's bothering me now that the Philippines (or the rest of the world) offer some kind of an 86 variant that Japan never had; 86 AERO!

TOYOTA 86 AERO


Who's thinking of the 86 model with a big rear spoiler? Nobody sells that!

(laughing)

Wanna know what are the trim levels of the TOYOTA 86? The trim levels are; RC, G, GT, and GT-Limited. I repeat; RC, G, GT, and GT-Limited. That's it. No mention of 86 with a giant rear wing. Wanna see what's available customization parts for the TOYOTA 86?


TOYOTA 86
TOYOTA 86

TOYOTA 86

TOYOTA 86

TOYOTA 86

TOYOTA 86

Do you see a Toyota 86 with a massive rear wing on their Japanese lineup? NO! THEY DON'T HAVE ONE, OKAY?

(laughing)

He's right! There's no sign of a Toyota 86 with a giant wing on it. That was just bogus. There's no such thing as an 86 AERO on it because like what he said, the trim levels available on the Toyota 86 are RC, G, GT, and GT-Limited.

Correct! Stop looking for 86 AERO okay? No such thing existed!

(laughing)

Damn those trespassers. You know they don't have one. We only cover what's only suited. Japanese cars speak Japanese, Korean cars speak Korean, American cars speak American, and so on as long if its made from its home country.

You're right. Which reminds me. How come those Malaysian idiots still thinking about the all new 2013 Proton Preve?

Ah yes the Proton Preve...

Proton Preve

How come there are Malaysian idiots thinking about a MODIFIED PROTON PREVE?

(laughing)

Modified Proton Preve? That's blasphemous! You know that this car is recently launched and recently launched cars has absolutely NO MODIFICATIONS 'till further notice. Here's a better tip, if you are the sort of idiot and if you owned a Preve and if you go to a tuning shop, the clerk would say "Sorry we don't have modification parts for the Proton Preve for now". That's right. You can't modify a recently launched car! Get it? YOU CAN'T MODIFY A RECENTLY LAUNCHED CAR!!! Here's a Top Gear Top Tip; YOU CAN'T MODIFY A RECENTLY LAUNCHED CAR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! Best to plug my word to your brains, idiots!

(audience laughing)

I simply can't believe that why most of the people want to modify their cars. Is it because they want to break the law, outrun the cops, destroy public property, and become MOST WANTED?

At your point, yes. A guy who likes to modify a car would love to do some ILLEGAL STREET RACING by night because it's his habit. It's every criminals' habits. Being a villain all night long with a modified car. Imagine that....change gear, change gear, change gear, see a prostitute, kill a prostitute, change gear, change gear, change gear....

(Audience laughing)

Ha ha ha ha!!! Nice expression of a person who drives a modified car! Ha ha ha ha!!!!

Yeah, right. I just wished that there is a law that all aftermarket parts should be banned because aftermarket parts are like the shabu, marijuana, ecstasy, or the PROHIBITED DRUGS of the motoring scene.

Yeah, I hope so because when cops saw a modified car, he would get arrested with FELONY and LIFE IMPRISONMENT. Guys who owned modified cars are considered to be FELONS or CRIMINALS.

(laughing)

Whoa, whoa, whoa! This isn't Heaven And Hell. Leave that to me, okay?

Right. Anyway, bad news. I got reports that CV Rie Tanaka (who was Maria from Hayate the Combat Butler) announced that she got married to a fellow CV named Kouichi Yamadera (Spike from Cowboy Bebop). No really! It's true! She announced that she got married!

(awwww)


You have got to be kidding me, Clarks. You have got to be kidding me! He he he

I think you have a point! Maybe she's getting married to someone and timing of course, they got married on the date that turned out to be Kouichi Yamadera's birthday.

(ooohhh)

Really?!

Yeah! What timing of course...

Hey! Hey! Guess what? THE IDOLM@STER G4U Vol. 9, the one with Yukatas and Sailor Bikinis, turns out, for the WORLD'S FIRST, it has been integrated for the PSVita's Remote Play!

(wow)

Check it out, folks and see...





AMAZING! Right?

(applause)

And that's the news!

4 Days before SRT Viper on FM4...

Looks like the countdown before SRT Viper on Forza Motorsport 4 has been started and oh, we only got 4 days left before the 2013 SRT Viper arrives on Forza Motorsport 4 so how about a little VIPER WEEK? Let's begin with this, it's a 1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR...

1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR

It started out in 1989 when the first prototype of the Dodge Viper was tested and in 1991, two pre-production models were used as Indy 500 Pace cars as the replacement for the Mitsubishi GTO-based Dodge Stealth due to complaints from the UAW and in 1992, the first Dodge Viper was born as a RT/10 Roadster.

1996 saw the arrival of the Viper GTS coupe and it comes with a double-bubble roof, the same thing you'd expect from the Peugeot RCZ, because it featured slightly raised sections above each seat to accommodate usage of helmets, a throwback to its intended purpose. It was also used as the Pace Car of the 1996 Indy 500.

In its 6 years of tenure, over ten thousand Vipers were sold and in 1999, the Viper GTS ACR debuted. The Dodge Viper GTS ACR comes with the suspension and engine upgrades for maximum performance in road racing and autocross environments. The power output of the 8.0L V10 engine was been increased to 460HP of power and 678Nm of torque thanks to the K&N air filters and smooth intake tubes. It loss 50lbs of weight by stripping the interior and removing the unnecessary items, even the radio. It is distinguished by an ACR badge and 20-inch BBS rims.



...Tomorrow, let's try out the 2003 Viper SRT-10 as part of our own VIPER WEEK, a tribute to the arrival of the 2013 SRT Viper on Forza 4 this week.

Suzuki Solio Bandit (MA15S)

This is the gauntlet thrower in question, this is the Suzuki Solio Bandit, and think of it as the evil twin of the Suzuki Solio, a car that has been popularized due to KAT-TUN's endorsement. Thanks to that, the Solio is target only to KAT-TUN fans and pretty soon if some girl has a lot of KAT-TUN posters on her bedroom, the Suzuki Solio is becoming her bedroom wall poster, you know what I'm saying? With this version, we believe that KAT-TUN's going to endorse for an upcoming ad featuring the new Suzuki Solio Bandit.

2013 Suzuki Solio Bandit

2013 Suzuki Solio Bandit

Bandit, hmmmm? That Bandit name is kinda sounds like the Suzuki Bandit bike range but wait, we're not talking because because in this blog, we don't involve bikes. Jeremy Clarkson hates bikes and so do I. We don't like bikes and if you're a bike lover who read my blog, you're pathetic, you're in the wrong blog. Anyway, it still looks like the Solio to me but on the front, it's a bit more...Indian. Imagine if Maruti Suzuki going to make one of these, it could be that car but wait, if you're an Indian who read this post, you're pathetic because Maruti Suzuki will never, and never will, sell the Solio to the Indian drivers until further notice. We're doing this for you because we did this research.

Back to the exterior well from the looks of it, the Bandit has a front mask that looks different from the standard Solio, Piano Black-painted LED headlamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, and a new front bumper that looks like a big guppy mouth that's going to swallow the whole birthday cake. Imagine if your son saw your Bandit in the middle of bedtime, your son might say...um...the Japanese of "Daddy! Daddy! There's a monster outside!!!" and you might said to your son...the Japanese of "No, that is my new Suzuki Solio Bandit, now go to bed". What do you think of that? A 5-seater minivan that will terrify your little kids? Oh yes, and some....

2013 Suzuki Solio Bandit interior

2013 Suzuki Solio Bandit interior

Inside the Solio Bandit comes with a dedicated seat upholstery stripe pattern, black door trim, anti-glare rear view mirror, and rear seats that can slide forward, backward, or recline. In Solio fashion, it can accommodate up to five people. Yep, KAT-TUN can be accommodated on the Solio Bandit's interior for sure. Speaking of which, there are various seating arrangements that can be accommodated through various situations such as cargo space or a place to rest.

The Suzuki Solio Bandit comes with theK12B (1.2-litre) DOHC 16-valve VVT engine with the power output of a frugal 91PS and the torque of 12.0kg・m. Thanks to the improved CVT, it can go up to 20.6km/L on the JC08 Mode scale but if you go for the new IDLING STOP feature, you now have 21.8km/L of fuel economy on the JC08 Mode scale. It qualifies for Japan's ECO CAR GENZEI system.

Suzuki's Solio Bandit is available in seven colors; Pearl White (Z7T), Bluish Black Pearl (ZJ3), Silky Silver Metallic (Z2S), Classy Red Pearl (ZJR), Mysterious Violet Pearl (ZED), Pearl Metallic Cashmere Blue (ZCW), and Luna Gray Pearl Metallic (ZLY).

My comment:

The Suzuki Solio Bandit may have a name derived from a bike but with a look that is a bit more Indian with a scary looking front bumper that feels like it's going to eat a 5 year old boy. Again, if you're an Indian who read this post, you're pathetic because Maruti Suzuki will never, and never will, sell the Solio to the Indian drivers until further notice. Understood? If you have complaints, post your comments below and we'll talk. Anyway, the Suzuki Solio Bandit starts at 1,683,150 Japanese Yen so it should be a bit more expensive than the standard Solio but still, it will only attract KAT-TUN fans everywhere because KAT-TUN's going to endorse with it. CHECK THE SOLIO!
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