Saturday, March 5, 2011

Gran Turismo 5 meets "The Fastest Corvette Than Ever"

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in Tokyo

Dubbed as "THE FASTEST CORVETTE THAN EVER", the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is not just the fastest of the Corvette range, but it claims to be the fastest American-built car built by General Motors. With the Supercharged LS9 6.2L V8 OHV engine that releases a mind-numbing 638 horsepower, I'm impressed to say that the ZR-1 is the ultimate Corvette ever made, with a high price tag.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in Madrid

In Gran Turismo 5, I even got to taste the fastest Corvette ever made at the cost of 184,800 Credits and the required A-Spec/B-Spec Level of 15!

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Red Bull Hangar-7

Since Gran Turismo PSP, released in late 2009, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 (C6) is the main character car because it was shown in the cover. In Gran Turismo 5, it's up to you to decide the fate of the legendary ZR-1. You can tune it to the max, take a picture in replays or even in Photo Travel (since this is a Premium Tier Car), customize the ZR-1's exterior, or better yet, perform a Racing Modification out of this! Most GT5 players who owned the ZR-1 love its Racing Modification because it resembles more like an LM Race Car.

Corvette ZR1 Racing Modification rests in Gion, Kyoto

My maxed out ZR1 has a power output of 840HP, 1226kg weight, and Performance Points of 625 while my own maxed out ZR1 RM receives a max power output of 831HP, weight of 1100kg (which is lighter than the original pre-RM ZR1), and Performance Points of 688. It's up to you to configure the settings of both the ZR1 and the ZR1 RM that best suits your personal preferences.

Blitzing through the highway at midnight!

You don't have to ask me why I paint the ZR1 RM's exterior in Black because Black is much more suitable for my Corvette ZR1 and it gives this American beast a sinister look that made it more scary to look at. I am very pleased about driving "THE FASTEST CORVETTE THAN EVER", which is the Corvette ZR1 (C6) '09 model. It's a wonderful GT5 car I can try since GTPSP and its RM (Racing Modification) model made it more like a formidable LM Race Car.

Corvette ZR1 runs deep

Just like what the description said "if the Corvette is the king of American sports car, then the ZR1 is the king of Corvettes" because the Corvette ZR1 is THE FASTEST CORVETTE THAN EVER. I'm very happy to drive this one on this game because it's one of my favorite high-performance cars offered.

New Dodge Charger

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Dodge Charger interior

The latest generation of the Dodge Charger sedan is just the upgraded version of the blockbuster sedan that carried the legendary muscle car name. Despite most fans think that this was just a big minor change, the company claims that this is its full model change, meaning that the blockbuster Charger sedan reaches its latest generation.

The new Dodge Charger received a killer look on the front and a bold new rear lamps on the back that has a DODGE emblem spelled it out. Although the design was heavily based on the original Charger muscle car, the sedan form and FR layout made this a fun-loving sports sedan made to ease out of the boredom. On the inside, the new Charger is heavily redesigned. The new Charger is packed with even more conveniences suited for the aggressive driver such as Uconnect, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 6 premium speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and more features offered on this ferocious beast.

Just like with other Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler models, the Dodge Charger is offered with the new Pentastar V6 3.6L engine aside from the legendary 5.7L HEMI V8 engine. This new V6 engine on the new Charger is capable of releasing 292 HP of power and the fuel economy of 27 MPG highway. The 370 HP 5.7L HEMI V8 engine equipped on the Charger comes with the new Fuel Saver Technology, similar to Honda's VCM (Variable Cylinder Management) technology. This technology allows the V8 engine to run on four cylinders, maximizing its fuel efficiency for the long and winding road.

My thoughts about the Charger:

This sports sedan is a captcha, made for thrill-seeking humans and not for robots. We don't lie, that was from the television ads. The new Charger is the leader of the human resistance and its available for real test drives.

Not only the new Dodge Charger is a best bet for the thrill-seekers, even law enforcers love the way this Charger fits as a cop car. With the Chrysler 300 is fit for gangsters, the Dodge Charger is fit for law enforcement. Think of it like good and evil come clashing each other across all nations.

I gotta admit that this latest Charger gets even more badder than its predecessor and its FR layout still retains to make it more exciting for American car fans worldwide. Unfortunately for us, it's going to take some time for CATS Motors to bring the new Charger soon, just like what happened to Nissan Motor Philippines when they bring the Teana.

Intelligent, sharp, bold, powerful, and intensive. These are some of the words that best describes this latest Charger. One thing left, you may want to find some ramps and reattempt the best moments from the Duke boys and the General Lee as seen on the Dukes of Hazzard. I would glad this car still got the heart of the General Lee and I might end up saying YEE-HAW!

Photo: Chrysler Group, LLC.

"Sarap maging matangkad! Iba talaga pag Curefoods!"

Happened on the March 4 episode of Bubble Gang;

- What if you stole something from the burning building and the guard caught you off guard? That was the Bubble Gags on that episode

- This guy's proving that make-up is too gay for a man like him

- Bureche deals with the picture of Justin Bibbo that Cheche obtained from Justin Bibbo, especially the apple.

Bureche's holding a picture...

...of Justin Bibbo

Bureche thrown the apple to Cheche, then she ripped Justin Bibbo's pic. Suddenly, a text message showed up and it says that this picture has a dedication written by Justin just for Bureche. You should have think twice, Bureche...

- What would you do if you trade your best friend to someone else?

- Bubble Gang does Purefoods Star Hotdog! They spoofed the commercial of Purefoods Star Hotdog as Curefoods Pa-Star Hotdog! MMM! Sarap maging matangkad! Iba talaga pag Curefoods! LOL

Bubble Gang does Purefoods Star Hotdog!

- Court hearing on the rape case from plaintiff Ms. Madlangpuri. The court hearing gets even more eccentric and even more messy. The verdict? He'll text it. XD

- Does a pharmacy sells poison?

- Exorcism against an evil spirit, the hard way...

- The nurses took aim at Dr. Tsansing for revenge

- It's annoying to see people using a high-tech tablet as a phone and camera, pretending to shy away but getting attracted to food, and female chaperons with different hairstyles and make-up for the wedding. Good thing, there's Bonggang Bonggang Bongbong to rid these annoying stuff on Sumbong Sumbong kay Bonggang Bongbong!

- Moymoy Palaboy and Roadfill in Toni Basil's Mickey!

Ohtistic Aerobics again...

(YAWN), what just happened on the March 4 episode of Lokomoko U?

- Another week of exercise with the OA girls on another Ohtistic Aerobics!

- Barangay Hall gags

- A puppet joins the senate hearing in the sketch called "Puppet Hearing"

- Time to "time travel" back to the stone age folks, because there was another B.C. Bisihan episode! We learned how cavemen invented the door. Face it cavemen, even with the door closed, snakes can come in! HA! HA! HA!

- The kinds of fishes invaded "Dula-Dulaan" in another round of Bata Bata Tayo'y Tumula!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Alpha Bert satisfied our appetite!



Another Alpha Bert adventure happened on the March 4 episode of Banana Split. When a woman noticed someone who ate everything, she has nothing left to eat. NOTHING LEFT TO EAT? Alpha Bert's here to feed you!

It's a record. Not just one but two words featured on this Alpha Bert episode! The first word is APA, then add the letter T and it's TAPA!, then another word is ICE CREAM and remove the word CREAM and add the letter R to the ICE word and it's RICE! TAPA and RICE! Two words in one day! Alpha Bert satisfied her appetite!

What happened on my blouse!

Then, Ate Etang read a letter from a fired kasambahay regarding stains on her amo's blouse. Could stains be any worse? Ate Etang's advice is this; if you can't remove the stains from the blouse, go to Baclaran and buy three blouses that is three for 100 pesos. Replacement is much more better than removing stains the hard way.

コナミの3つのBEMANIゲームと超電磁砲(レールガン)の2つのOPテーマ - 100のヴィ学

Dance Dance Revolution X2

jubeat knit


Three of Konami's BEMANI arcade games such as "Dance Dance Revolution X2", "jubeat knit", and "REFLEC BEAT" are the most enjoyable arcade games for the young guys and gals who are hanging out on most arcade game centers just for fun. Those three were highly addictive not just the tense gameplays but also the songs played. The question is, what those three Konami arcade games had in common? One simple answer:

Those three featured two Opening Theme songs from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun!

only my railgun


Hmm...That was interesting. Three of Konami's BEMANI arcade games featured these opening theme songs from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. Dance Dance Revolution X2 and jubeat knit featured "only my railgun" by fripSide and REFLEC BEAT featured "LEVEL5-judgelight-" that was also sung by "fripSide" as well! Unbelievable, no wonder I got hooked on Railgun because these two Railgun opening theme songs were featured in these Konami arcade games.

Unbelievable! That's what I get from getting hooked on this anime series, which is the spin-off from To Aru Majutsu no Index.

If I'm back and if I check in most arcade game centers, especially Festival Supermall's X-Site, I would go try these arcade games and choose that Railgun song!

That was my 100のヴィ学 about how the heck these three Konami arcade games featured songs from Kagaku no Railgun.

Anyone checked it out?

Audi RS3 Sportback

2012 Audi RS3 Sportback
An absurdly late arrival in the Audi A3 range is the high-performance version of the A3 Sportback that is even more better than the S3 Sportback. The Audi RS3 Sportback is the latest addition to the Audi RS lineup, which consists of incredibly high-performance Audi vehicles offered such is the TT RS and RS5.

With the fire-breathing 2.5L 20V engine, the RS3 accumulates a mind-numbing power output of 340 PS/5400-6500 RPM and the torque output of 450Nm/1600-5300 RPM. Overall, the RS3 Sportback's top speed reaches to about 250km/h and it reaches 0-100km in just 4.6 seconds. The standard transmission for the RS3 Sportback is a 7-speed S Tronic transmission that allows the driver to switch either in Auto mode or in the enjoyable Manual mode.

My thoughts about the RS3 Sportback:
Is the arrival of Audi's spellbinding RS3 Sportback a little too late? In my highest expectations, I think Audi brought this hot hatch a little too late because of their hectic schedules.

Despite that, I think that the RS3 Sportback is one major major fun-to-drive hatchback because of its high-performance 2.5L TFSi engine, S tronic transmission, quattro technology, and everything that most European car addicts want to be tempted by the seductive power of the RS3 Sportback.

Once you step inside, you maybe undergo several WTF (what the fudge) moments when you take it for a spin.

Photo: Audi AG

And Cruze CRDi has landed...

2011 GM Korea Chevrolet Cruze

What a stroke of luck for those who are waiting for the diesel-fed Cruze to arrive in the Philippines for a long time. It seems that TCCCI has finally launched the Chevrolet Cruze 2.0L Diesel variant and this is what we've been waiting for!


Lucky for you, GM Korea sold this variant and we happy to see the Korean-made Cruze come equipped with this diesel engine, packed with 150 PS of power output (eh? the Korean-spec Cruze Diesel packs about 163 PS of power) and it's mated with a six-speed AT.

Pricing starts to a modest 1,288,000 Philippine Pesos, which is a not bad pricing, and best to hurry up because of its limited availability. First come first serve!!!

Sportage R GDi Turbo!

2012 Kia Sportage R T-GDi

Kia's smart crossover, the Sportage R, received the much awaited GDi turbo variant for the South Korean market. This is some kind of an aggressive expansion to its lineup.


About that, the Sportage R GDi Turbo is packed with the turbocharged Theta II 2.0-litre Gasoline Direct Injection engine. This turbocharged GDi engine packs up to about 261 horsepower and the fuel economy to a frugal 11.2km/L (T-GDi 2WD variants). It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Ms. Ginia Domingo, please add this to your queue of upcoming Kia models in the Philippines! For those who didn't know who's Ms. Ginia Domingo, she's the new head of Columbian Autocar Corporation, the official Kia distributor in the Philippines! I hope she got my memo and hopefully she get it right about bringing the latest Sportage to the Philippine market soon!

Hold that up, the Evo's not dead...yet

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

Yesterday, I read the internet articles saying that Mitsubishi plans to kill the Evo for good. Now, when I wake up, I read something interesting;

And according to the Twitter from Mitsubishi Motors:

Production of the current Lancer Evolution continues as planned. 
As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package & architecture.

MMC has kept the Lancer Evolution sedan evolving as the brand's highest performing model in the global market. However, as the market's needs and demands change, MMC is considering not advancing the Lancer Evolution concept in the same way as before, but to find a different direction for the Lancer Evolution model to evolve. The new direction, the technologies involved, and corresponding products will be disclosed in due course.

There you have it folks. The Mitsubishi Evo's not yet to be called "La Ocean Deep", but if the times demand it, the Mitsubishi Evo will end up being not the Evo of the yesteryears. As always, the Lancer Evolution is "our spirit, our evolution", it will keep on evolving into more exciting ways or something different....

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hyundai Accent Wit

2012 Hyundai Accent Wit
Since November 2010, Hyundai launched the fourth-generation Hyundai Accent (known as the Verna or Solaris) targeted for guys, providing this compact sedan a new concept term "Guy's License".

Now, in March 2011, the 4th generation Accent is now offered not just in the much-awaited 1.6L VGT diesel engine variant, but it marks the addition of the 5-door variant called the Accent Wit.

The Accent Wit offers the same "Guys License" concept of the sedan now in the spaciousness of its hatchback body. The Hyundai Accent Wit targets the likeliness of the Toyota Vitz, Honda Fit/Jazz, and the Suzuki Swift.

Not only the Accent Wit hatchback offered in the new 1.6L Common Rail Diesel VGT engine, but also in a 1.4L VVT and the high-performance 1.6L GDi engine (sourced from the Hyundai Avante MD). The entry level Accent Wit 1.4L variant may come in a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto while the diesel variant may come in a 4-speed auto or the -gasp- 6-speed manual transmission. The Accent Wit GDi variant only comes in the standard 6-speed automatic.

You may already know about the stats of the Accent's 1.4L VVT and the 1.6L GDi engine, but since the 4th-gen Accent now comes with the 1.6L VGT diesel engine, allow me to tell you the scoop of the Accent's latest offering. The 1.6L VGT diesel engine offered on the 4th Generation Hyundai Accent (now with the Wit hatchback) has a power output of 128HP/4000RPM and the torque output of 26.5kg-m/2750RPM. The fuel economy of this engine can accommodate up to 23.5km/L on the Accent Wit VGT 6MT variant.

My thoughts about the Accent Wit:
The kind of 4th-generation Accent we want is now here and not only the Guys Only Accent comes with the new 1.6L CRDi-VGT engine, but also comes with the fun-to-drive Accent Wit hatchback! If only HARI would bring the diesel-powered Accent and the Accent Wit hatchback to the Philippines soon, we might enjoy more out of this latest offering!

Come on Hyundai Asia Resources, we are waiting to have the CRDi-VGT variant of the "Guys License" Accent but not just that, bring us the Accent Wit hatchback complete with the 1.6L CRDi-VGT engine and 6MT! Come to think of it, I really want to have this diesel-fed hatchback version of the Accent because with diesel and 6MT combined in the Accent's latest addition, this could be the fun to drive Korean hatchback ever, scaring away both the Toyota Vitz, Honda Fit, and the Suzuki Swift. Consider this a GUY'S SPECIAL.

Photo: Hyundai Motor Company

Kuya Jobert shows off his guitar skills

Tough luck finding the perfect tone, eh?

In "Damoobs ni Kuya Jobert" on the March 3 episode of Banana Split, RR Enriquez showed up her picked-up guitar to Kuya Jobert and Kuya Jobert's teaching her how to use the guitar. It seems Kuya Jobert shows off his guitar talents in front of us but the search for the perfect guitar tone ended up in breaking the guitar. LOL

Pokwang as Mommy Dionesia Poohkyaw

Looks like Pokwang's reprising her spoof on Manny Pacquiao's mom, Mommy Dionesia, on some sketch called Mommy Dionesia in Love. It seems that the mom of Manny Poohkyaw falls in love with some driver. While at the car, the driver told Mommy Dionesia Poohkyaw that he's looking for some present for his girlfriend. Too bad for Mommy D to find her true love.

Who's That Girl? (2011 Philippine Film)

Who's That Girl?

Year: 2011

Filmmaker: Star Cinema

Cast: Luis Manzano
Anne Curtis
Eugene Domingo
Dina Bonnevie
John "Sweet" Lapus
Candy Pangilinan
DJ Durano
Dennis Padilla

Who's that girl? Who is Elizabeth Pedrosa? First off, she's one pretty woman every male indulged on her. Upon the funeral of John Edugue's father, one secret revealed that his deceased father had a "number two" or "kabit", which is none other than Elizabeth Pedrosa! The twist occurred and its up to John Edugue to take back what comes around for his mother, Mrs. Edugue, and of course, you'll know where you'll find me!

What's going on? Will John risk everything against the pretty woman who ruined his family? Oh you'll see.

Who's That Girl is a perfect balance between humor and romance. It stars Anne Curtis (Showtime, Green Rose) as Elizabeth Pedrosa, Luis Manzano (Laugh Out Loud) as John Edugue, and Eugene Domingo (Comedy Bar) as John Edugue's mom. You'll know where you'll find them! Other stars include John Lapus, Candy Pangilinan, DJ Durrano, Dennis Padilla, Dino Imperial, Abby Bautista and Maki Billiones are here to ham it out and poke fun on this hilarious comedy-romance film that deals with something what we don't know is something that they know is what something that we know is something what they don't know is everything we know is everything they don't know. In other words, MALING AKALA!

Storyline seems to be okay but it needs to be more balanced in order to please the viewers and whatever the heck it is, it looks fun to see such a rollercoaster ride of one playboy chasing the woman who ruined his family. What a twist...

Ending the Ten-Tou tradition that Subaru started 53 years ago...

Some breaking news for Japanese kei car fans;

I read some article at some Japanese website that Fuji Heavy Industries, maker of Subaru vehicles, decided to stop producing "kei cars"of their own, as a matter of fact, the only Subaru-made kei car, the Stella, will end production on April 2011!

2007 Subaru Stella Custom

This move is planned due to a partnership between Toyota Motor Corporation and Fuji Heavy Industries that they promised for the "Toyobaru coupe"project. As Subaru no longer creates their own "kei cars", instead they sourced it from Toyota-owned Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. Earlier, Toyota plans to sell their own OEM versions of some Daihatsu kei cars this Autumn. It seems it's like a random process but partnership takes a lot of process to get things straight. Now, the Subaru kei car lineup are now consisting of Daihatsu-made vehicles such as the Dias Wagon (based on the Atrai Wagon), Lucra (based on the Tanto Exe), and the second generation Pleo (based on the Daihatsu Mira).

I guess the kei car business is a tough job for the biggest Japanese car manufacturers. Only Daihatsu, Suzuki, and Mitsubishi creates their own kei cars. Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, and soon Toyota, sourced these kei car makers for OEMs.The partnership makes them no longer being "Ärch Rivals" and they are sharing.

The end of Evo?

Mitsubsihi Lancer Evolution X GSR

I read the bad news on Autoblog earlier that Mitsubishi Motors plans to pull the plug of the ever-favorite Lancer Evolution series in order to focus more on just "boring" eco-cars.


Mitsubishi said that the Lancer Evolution X will be the last of the Lancer Evolution history. Why would they decide that they would kill the Evo? We love the Mitsubishi Evo no matter what generation may be, even Evo III, Evo IV, Evo V, Evo VI, even the Evo VII, VIII, and IX.

Is it now "La Ocean Deep"? for the Mitsubishi Evo? Since the Evo X launched in late 2007 along with the 3rd-generation Subaru WRX STi, we enjoy watching these "Arch Rivals" clashing each other until 2010 marks Subaru's return of the WRX STi 4-door, resulting into two WRX STi bodies. I guess the Mitsubishi Evo's officially La Ocean Deep.

With Mitsubishi exited WRC, scaled down Ralliart operations, now killed the LanEvo franchise, what now? No more fun-to-drive Mitsubishi? That's just a lame excuse.

If Mitsubishi plans to revive it in the future, would it be another hybrid sports car that will end up being as boring as the CR-Z?

Question was, is the JDM culture diminishing?

Kia K5 and Forte GDi Hatchback in Athena

With Athena: Goddess of War ended in SBS a few weeks ago, and waiting for to be aired in some countries including Japan, Hong Kong, USA, or even the Philippines (we want to see it on our TV sets soon!), it might be best for me to remember that Kia Motors collaborated with Athena for some collaboration TV commercials. Kia K5 (known worldwide as the new Optima) and the Forte GDi hatchback were shown on these special commercials, even they were featured on the coolest TV drama.

If both of these Kia models (the K5 and the Forte Hatchback) and the TV drama arrived in the Philippines soon, we can all enjoy those action-packed moments!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How Bumblebee got his groove in GT5

Since the fifth-generation Camaro arrived in 2009, most Chevrolet enthusiasts took advantage of its newly found popularity, thanks for being the Autobot Bumblebee in two Transformers movies. With that added popularity, looks like Bumblebee's joining the ranks as one of the Premium Tier cars in Gran Turismo 5.

Bumblebee blitzes through Tsukuba

Bumblebee's midnight run

From the engine startup noise, the performance, the FR layout, the cockpit design, everything how I like the 5th-Gen Camaro on GT5 is just brilliant. It seems that Bumblebee's getting a hang of it on his new challenge as the GT5 Premium Tier car. On my gameplay, I got three Camaro SS '10 models. The first that I bought, I tricked it out with some Racing Modification (some Premium Tier cars can perform that upgrade), the second one I painted it with something "light green" to make it more similar to the real life Camaro wearing Synergy Green, and the third one, well, I bought it in Bumblebee color: Rally Yellow Black Stripe.

Race-ready Camaro for racing needs

What's this? Synergy Green?!

Bumblebee in Kyoto

A fully-tuned Camaro has a power output of 651 or 652 HP, weight of 1323kg, and 583 Performance Points. (Results may vary by your personal preference)

Bumblebee's damoobs

Fancy looking, huh?

Its been an honor taking a joyride with Bumblebee on Gran Turismo 5. I'm impressed to sew how it responds and how it behaves. I guess some of the GT5 addicts listed the Camaro SS '10 model as one of their "Favorites" because of its Hollywood popularity of this vehicle.

Chevy runs deep
I love to have fun playing with Bumblebee from Tsukuba, Monza, Madrid, Suzuka, all the way through Nurburgring on GT5. It's a good thing I love this modern muscle!

Looks like Nissan's Infiniti marque goes "S. Vettel"-ish

Thanks to the European presence of Nissan's Infiniti marque, it seems this luxury brand signed up with Red Bull F1 racing team as their sponsor!


How's that for the luxury marque gone "S. Vettel" kind of thing upon signing up with Red Bull F1 racing team as their new sponsor? Never been as sweet as a huge can of Red Bull energy drink!

Good luck on their new partnership!

Orlando vs. Fuzion

GM Korea Chevrolet Orlando

Mitsubishi Fuzion

Well, two crossover wagons can play that game. Both GM Korea's Chevrolet Orlando and Mitsubishi's Fuzion (known in Chinese-speaking countries as the Zinger) truly have in common; SUV ruggedness, minivan space, and sedan driving comfort. Just imagine, if The Covenant Car Company Inc. decided to bring the new Chevrolet Orlando (made in Korea by GM Korea) to the Philippines soon, what would the Mitsubishi Fuzion react?

First things first; in terms of height, the Mitsubishi Fuzion has the height of 1800/1805mm while the Chevrolet Orlando has 1635mm. I guess the GM Korea Chevrolet Orlando is about 20% shorter than the Fuzion, but if you check both of these MPVs' wheelbases, the Orlando wins. The Orlando's wheelbase is about 2760mm while the Fuzion's wheelbase is 2720mm. That's enough wheelbase and legroom for other people to fit inside the Korean-American Active Life Vehicle.

Both the Orlando and the Fuzion can seat up to seven people but thanks to its long wheelbase, I believe that the Orlando is best to fit inside. Accessing the third row seat is made simple by folding the seats from the 2nd row. Both the Orlando and the Fuzion truly have in common.

In terms of performance; the Orlando stacks up against the Fuzion. Why? Because the Orlando's 2.0L Turbo Diesel engine packs a punching 165 PS while the Fuzion's 2.4L 16-Valve Petrol engine packs just about 136 PS. With the Fuzion offered in just 4-speed AT, the Orlando has an additional two gears, making a total for the 6-speed Automatic transmission. The Orlando's also offered in the manual transmission, making it a fun-to-drive MPV like no other.

I strongly believed that the Chevrolet Orlando is the best pick against the Mitsubishi Fuzion despite both of these shared the same experiences; having the ruggedness of an SUV, spaciousness of a minivan, and sedan riding comfort. I guess the Mitsubishi Fuzion will wave the white flag, surrendering to the Chevrolet Orlando.

Let's hope that TCCCI will bring the Korean-made Orlando soon if they have that chance.


2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

So the legends are real; the new age exotic from Lamborghini, the Aventador, exists! 



Previously known as the Jota (next time, don't do some spy shots because names are getting an issue here, just like what happened to some Alfa Romeo the press named it Milano, but the brand calls it Giulietta. I hope the motoring press learned a lesson about spy shots and name guessing. Leave the name guessing to the car companies themselves, OK?), the new Aventador is a massive bull packed with a bullish V12 engine releasing a majestic 700HP of power output and a top speed of 350kph! 

This is the next BEST THING from Lamborghini since the Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murcielago, and the Gallardo! Who's in?

An edge closer to become reality

2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept

Back in the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled the FT-86 Concept car. The design study follows what will the next Toyota sports car would look like. Of course, due to closer ties between Toyota and Gran Turismo, this concept car was featured in Gran Turismo 5 either a prize car or purchasable car. The FT-86 concept marks the partnership between Toyota Motor Corporation and Fuji Heavy Industries (maker of Subaru vehicles) and it was slated for production early next year.

In the 81st International Motor Show at Geneva, Switzerland,Toyota Motor Corporation beefs up the FT-86 even further with the introduction of the second chapter of the FT-86 concept car called the "FT-86 II Concept", a design study that is almost there to become reality.

2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept

In celebration of its Geneva debut, Gran Turismo TV pulled the wraps for the concept movie seeing how the FT 86-II behaves in the world of Gran Turismo. That was the coolest image movie I've ever saw.

Check out the FT-86 II Concept in action at:

Who knows, the FT-86 II Concept will be soon be featured on the next GT5 update!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Turn "amok" into "lamok" with Alpha Bert!

With all the Mental Hospital jokes offered all week on Banana Split, there was a second episode of our newest alphabetical superhero, Alpha Bert. At the beginning, a "siga" runs amok, terrorizing everyone in the neighborhood, even the woman. Good thing, Apha Bert is here. I we say "amok", he means this is the word of the day: "AMOK"

Turn AMOK into LAMOK!

Volunteered by a damsel in distress, he managed to turn "AMOK" into "LAMOK", turning the siga into a tiny mosquito.

Palm Phone Microchip!

In case you didn't know, Ryan Bang as everyone's favorite inventor, Igor Stojokovic Krystic, invents the world's first "Palm Phone Micro Chip" on Tekkie Muna! With the Palm Phone Micro Chip, communication is now in your fingertips, literally. Wow, wanna have that one but this is going to be messy...LOL

Thank goodness Banana Split called those who are hooked on the Tekkie Muna segment "Tekkie Addicts!" (^o^)

Monday, February 28, 2011

The roar of an angel beckons GT5

Lexus LFA at Fuji Speedway

Gran Turismo 5 was the second video game to feature the almighty Lexus LFA, the ultimate limited-to-500-units-worldwide dream car created by Toyota Motor Corporation. Even in Gran Turismo 5, I still experience the same LFA goodness from its rival video game I tried earlier. The only thing the LFA surprised me is the sound of the 1LR-GUE engine starting
Racing through the streets of Tokyo

I really love the sound of the LFA's 1LR-GUE engine starting up. Makes me want to listen to the start-up noise over and over again until I pass out. Anyway, questioning the LFA's true grit is a hard act to follow but in the hands of a GT5 player, it's sure is a collector's item, making it a part of his or her dream collection.

LFA vs. NSX at Suzuka

When tuned to the max, the Lexus LFA exceeds the 700 HP mark, weight is  on the 1233 kg basis, and Performance Points is 589. Well, that was from mine and results may vary. Every time when I race with my LFA, the sound of the 1LR-GUE engine sounds so crispy. On cockpit view, it tells me when will I shift. Green means it's getting closer to be shifted and red means time to shift!

Cruising through Madrid, Spain

Well said, I love the way the Lexus LFA behaves on GT5. This was one of my favorite Japanese cars to try out and enjoy any way you want. It's great to have fun enjoying "the roar of an angel" here on this game.

Kuya Jobert examines the diamond ring...

Kuya Jobert examines the diamond ring

Pokwang's taking a visit to Kuya Jobert for Damoobs. On "Damoobs ni Kuya Jobert" for the February 28 episode of Banana Split, Kuya Jobert examines the diamond ring to see if its real or fake. Aside from checking the diamond just by tapping it, he licked at the diamond. Looks like Kuya Jobert's getting some kind of "diamond obsession" because he thinks this is super salty and super delicious. Pokwang said she found it on the canal! EEEEWWWW!!! Kuya Jobert's licking some diamond found at the canal! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

Those kasambahays, housemaids, and domestic workers who watched Banana Split but before that they faced problems like this kasambahay

Troubled kasambahay

Someone's here to help and her name is "Ate Etang" in a segment called "Dear Etang"

Ate Etang

On another episode of "Dear Etang", Ate Etang read a letter from a troubled kasambahay because instead of getting a phone number of someone her "amo" told her to get his number, it's just "address number". Guess this kasambahay has no address because she got fired. Ate Etang's advice is to get the street name, zip code, and barangay name for the address. Convenient if you got fired by your "amo" for sure.


Of course, due to lack of energy at the end of Banana Split's Ang TV Patrol, we saw Melai again on this segment. Back to basics, huh?

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