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Yeah, I Saw One

2009 Nissan GT-R

I started a job recently in North Scottsdale. Yeah, its that Scottsdale, and its the rich area. It is in the air park where the elite, invitation only car club is housed. The one where you pay an arm and a leg to be able to rent crazy sports cars. It is about three miles away from where Barrett Jackson is held.

Pretty much every day is an adventure in amazing cars, and this is just when I drive down the road. The first day I worked was the week of the Superbowl and everyone was out. I saw a Bentley Continental GTC, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari F430 Spyder, Audi R8, Porsche GT3 RS, and others. This was day one. Yesterday I almost got in an accident as I was driving next to and, in effect, looking at at Maserati Quattroporte. The point is that I get to see a lot of cool cars driving down the road, but today surprised me.

I was reading about the first Nissan GT-R being imported from Japan into the US, and the article was going on about being the first to own one and so on. Well that may be the case, but guess what. I saw one in Scottsdale today. It was red. It was DEFINITELY a GT-R. An R35. Unmistakable.

It was a quick look, but as I saw it and wondered, “What is that?!?” I turned my head for a brief instant while it passed by and there they were. The tell-tale round tail lights, and the rear end that always reminds me a bit of an Altima. It was for certain a GT-R.

Here is the deal. There are a few of these around town as the Nissan proving grounds are about a half-hour away (when there is no traffic) and my guess is that they are driving around some of them before they hit the road here in the US. Pretty simple, but a pretty car all the same.

This is a video that was taken of two GT-Rs in Mesa or Tempe (Southeasterly of Phoenix) by a friend of mine Brian Shaler. The quality isn’t great as it was taken by his cell phone, but apparently there are quite a few of these driving around.

Man’s Sedan – The TL-S

The Balancing Act

I’m still trying to figure out what TL stands for? It definitely is not for Totally Lame, because the Acura TL-S falls in the category of a Man’s Sedan. That’s not to say that women will not like it, but only to say that men will and do.

Acura is the Luxury division of Honda just in case you were wondering, and the TL-S is what you get when you take a Honda Accord and put it on steroids. This car balances performance, luxury and style much like a Tight Rope Acrobat at a Circus without a safety net. The whole time you’re thinking why, is that safe, or is he crazy? But the truth is when it is all said and done, Acura gets across the rope and the whole event is unforgettable.

The body is beautifully refined with smooth curves and a body lines similar to ones that you would find in a BMW. The standard TL comes equipped with a 3.2 L V-6 engine that puts out 258 HP with Honda’s clever VTEC system and is priced at $33,725 to start. Not to shabby, you know, if money was a concern.

But since I’m dreaming and I don’t like telling my wife that there is an option for less horsepower, let’s look a the TL-S. First off this comes with a few different options such as a 5-speed automatic, if your the sensible type or a 6-speed manual trans, if your the enthusiast type like me. Six gears, six times the fun, right? Both options of the TL-S are equipped with the 3.5 L V-6 engine (also equipped with VTEC) that produces a whopping 286 HP all for $38,225. The more horsepower, the better. Don’t ask why? It just always is! The price is the same with an automatic transmission or manual and there is a $200 extra option for performance tires.

Now there is one thing I don’t like about Tight Rope Walkers, well several because they work for the Circus, but one main huge reason. Spandex, tight pants, you know, tights. Well as it happens there is one thing that I am not terribly keen for on the TL-S and it just won’t be of my personality if I didn’t mention it. It is front wheel drive (cue the dramatic music). But honestly, I really don’t think that it will hinder the enjoyment of driving the car… Yeah, I’m going to leave it at that until I actually get to drive one.

To sum up, it is a great car that your girl will like. Oh, right “The Man’s Sedan”. The TL-S has the power, comfort and looks that will get your friends talking and make them jealous. It will have the similar affect of a stealth fighter by flying low and attacking quick to put the shock and shame to all guys everywhere. I humbly induct it into Man Sedan grouping, club or whatever it is.

Cars with Heritage – The Chevy Corvette

There is not a vehicle that I can think of that is more iconic then the Chevy Corvette. When I look at a Corvette I see the red, white and blue. The car symbolizes American history almost as much as the Statue of Liberty and is recognized through out the world. It is an engineering masterpiece that General Motors spares no expense on, and it is truly one of best vehicles available for the price.

I really have never met a person who didn’t know what the Corvette was or looked like. I’ve known about it since I was five years old, because my first Hot Wheels cars were a ’76 Sting Ray Corvette and an ’87 Corvette, and I loved both of those little cars.

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Behold The Power Of Cummins

It’s about time we wrote about a truck! Geeze, what kind of gig are we running here, Austin? I’ve been rolling it over in head on what truck would be worthy enough to be the first that we talk about and I could only think of one. The Dodge Ram. Particularly with the Cummins Turbo Diesel.

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The Man’s Sedan (Part 3) – The New Dodge Charger

I was feeling a little guilty about my first Man’s Sedan feature on the BMW M5, choosing a car that probably wasn’t remotely in anyone’s price range and certainly not mine. I can dream, right? After being pulled back down to Earth by Austin I decided to choose the new Dodge Charger. Continue reading →

Cars with Heritage (The Z)

There are not very many Japanese cars with as long a running production history as the Z car. It has stayed a constant even though its Mothering company changing names from Datsun to Nissan. It even manged to survive the gas crunch and the few years that was removed from the market.

The Datsun Z car was first produced in 1969 under the alias of the 240 Z. It came equipped with a straight six engine producing a whopping (I wouldn’t hold your breath for this.) 151 horsepower (HP). It was designed to be an enthusiast car with only two seats on a RWD platform. It came equipped with disk brakes and a 4-wheel independent suspension. To complete the package, Datsun made the car with refined body lines and an extra long hood to house the extremely long straight six engine making it an instant classic.

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Volvo XC60 Concept

Volvo XC60 Concept

Unveiling the XC60 Concept at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2007 was the climax of four months’ intensive work at Volvo Cars Concept Centre. The centre is Volvo Cars’ very own ‘inventors’ workshop’. It includes eight different departments. The staff working in this centre are all specialists of different kinds, and they really know their stuff. The fabrication of the XC60 Concept had about 70 staff involved in working on it.

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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - Front

Here it is. The brand new Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Like all of the WRXs before it, I have mixed opinions on the styling. I imagine in a year or two I will be completely in love with it. It has taken me at least a year to actually like the 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (I didn’t quite like the Tri-grill.). This grill looks better, but it feels similar to a Civic SI. The new 2008 Subaru reminds me of the Lexus IS300 (which I personal like better then the latest model of the IS in terms of looks) five door wagon but with a bit more flare. The wide body of the Subaru, to my surprise, flows almost seamlessly into the tail lights from the fender vents. Yes, I actually like the fender vents on the fender for a couple of reasons. One they are subtle and not flashy, and the other reason is they are functional like everything that Subaru designs into a vehicle. I can’t wait to see one up close and personal. You know, it might not take me a year to be fond of this model year.

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