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..:: My 2001 UK Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica

NOTE: This page is SSSOOOOoooo... out of date! Had the car just over a year now, and it looks quite different to the pictures on this page.. Also had a few changes under the skin! Soon I'll report on what all has been done to the car.. Not much left to do now.. It's been one hell of a project at a fraction of the cost it would normally be if I had a garage do all the work! Stay tuned! For a sneek peak check out the Lochindorb gallery! (actually event that's more or less out of date now too.. Someone please give me a kick up the ar*e!)

       

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UK Spec Standard 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX Finished in Red Mica 40,000 miles!

Sourced from Sunnyhill Motors in Turrif, Nov 2006.

Black privacy glass fitted which looks sweet against the Red Mica body! Really can't miss it when you see it on the road!

No plans for any modifications at the moment but I'm sure it wont be too long.... :o)
(23/03/07) Nope hasn't taken long at all.. Few cosmetic tweaks here and there since I bought the car, Mud flaps, front grills, fog lamp covers, grill inserts and some vinyl graphics. But the proper modding has started. Front & Rear aluminium top strut braces fitted wont have much affect at the moment unless used in conjunction with other suspension upgrades..

Soon to have the prodrive 3rd decat pipe fitted along with a Prodrive WRSport backbox (ooh burble) can't wait!

Other semi-planned mods are to the suspension. A set of Prodrive/Eibach springs would be nice, stiffer drop links, possibly new Anti-Roll bars. After that getting the suspension geometry reconfigured is a must. May got for the rally Group N settings as opposed to Prodrive configurations which tends to give uneven tyre wear. Only other change would be ECUTek remap for the ECU once the decat and backbox are fitted which would hopefully give bhp a kick up to around 265bhp from 215bhp, and a drop in 0-60 from 5.9sec to 4.8sec (as if it isn't fast enough). The possibilities for modifying truly are endless with these cars. But my pockets aren't that deep *sigh*

21/04/07
Finally got the 3rd cat delete pipe installed today thanks to Wallace Performance in aberdeen for removing the origonal cat pipe which was held in place by very dodgy workmanship!

 

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2016 Kia Sportage spotted ahead of Frankfurt debut
Next-generation Kia Sportage moves upmarket to fight Nissan Qashqai and Honda CR-V, with KX3-inspired styling and premium cabin

The next-generation Kia Sportage has again been spotted testing prior to its global debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with these latest pictures showing the car's redesigned front end.

New air intakes can be seen in the car's front bumper, a signficiant departure from the current car's styling. It's already known the new Sportage will take styling inspiration from 2014's KX3 concept.  

Other styling features include Kia's large 'Tiger Nose' grille, while the car's headlights also appear to have been redesigned. At the rear, the Sportage gets new tail light designs and is expected to receive a re-profiled rear bumper.

Kia's SUV will move upmarket to fight rivals including the Nissan QashqaiHonda CR-V and Ford Kuga, with the most obvious area of improvement being its cabin. These spy images show the car's cockpit for the first time, revealing its redesigned centre console. Kia is also expected to fit a larger central infotainment screen, as well as using more high-quality materials inside - thus addressing one of our main criticisms of the current Sportage.

Under the bonnet, Kia has only confirmed that a new powertrain will be offered in the Sportage. This is unlikely to be a plug-in hybrid model, but could allude to either a pure EV version (along the lines of the Soul EV) or to a downsized three-cylinder motor. Elsewhere, expect the current 1.6-litre petrol and 1.7 and 2.0-litre diesel options to be refined, increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions.

The new Kia Sportage is scheduled to come to market early in 2016. Ahead of the new model going on sale, Kia has released a special run-out model, dubbed the Axis edition.

On sale this month and limited to just 1200 units, the Axis edition is priced from £20,995 and is geared toward business buyers, offering "many of the features of a high-grade Sportage for a mid-range price." Features of the Axis edition include LED lighting, a black leather interior and heated seats.

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2015 Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 190 4x4 DSG review
Wagon version of Skoda's cut-price limo is relaxing to drive, vast inside and great value, provided you avoid the range-topper Even Skoda?s own executives, proud as they rightly are of the previous Superb, admit that it was no beauty. So this new version seems to have solved the biggest problem already, delivering crisp, modern lines over pleasing proportions. Box ticked in that respect, then.As you?d expect, this estate version of the Superb takes its ethos of big space and practicality for a reasonable cost even more seriously than the hatch. A vast load bay offers a capacity of 660 litres with the rear seats up ? more even than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon ? and is filled with useful touches such as spring-loaded rear seatbacks that topple flat with the pull of a lever in the boot and a boot floor that can be raised or lowered one-handed. So far, so ?simply clever?.There's a good range of familiar motors to choose from in the Superb, but we're testing the venerable 2.0 TDI in its 187bhp output; the only engine in the Superb that can be had with the Haldex on-demand four-wheel drive and a DSG automatic gearbox. 

2016 Qoros SUV spotted testing
The Chinese manufacturer could launch its SUV model in Europe next year

A new Qoros SUV has been spotted testing in southern Europe for the first time ahead of a potential launch on the continent next year.

Few details have been released, but it is expected to be based on the current Qoros 3 saloon's platform.

The SUV is likely to be powered by a 154bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The spy shots suggest the SUV will be bigger than the Qoros 3 City SUV, although there's no word on whether it will be coming to the UK or not.

The manufacturer has previously said it plans to launch in the UK market, but such a move could still take a number of years.

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Star-studded Ayrton Senna charity auction raises £72,000

Sky F1's Natalie Pinkham (far left) compered the panel of F1 experts
David Coulthard, Martin Donnelly and Paddy Lowe turn out to remember the late, great Brazilian driver and raise cash for good causes

An event in honour of the late Ayrton Senna yesterday raised £72,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charities in London.

The evening, which featured a panel of Formula 1 celebrities who recounted their memories of the Brazilian legend, was organised by Hexagon Modern Classics and hosted at the company?s premises in East Finchley.

Sky F1?s Natalie Pinkham quizzed the panel, which comprised ex-racers David Coulthard and Martin Donnelly, motor racing engineers Paddy Lowe and Dave Ryan as well as Manish Pandey, who wrote and produced the award-winning biopic of Senna?s life in 2010.

Coulthard said: ?Ayrton Senna was one of those few exceptional people you are fortunate to meet in your life.?

Paddy Lowe recalled his time at Williams in the early 1990s when ?trying to beat Ayrton and McLaren was like trying to overturn the Roman Empire?.

Manish Pandey remembered a nerve-wracking meeting with Bernie Ecclestone when he was making his acclaimed film. ?We had to ask for more F1 footage but we had no more money," he recalled. "Bernie agreed.?

The auction items included Roman Grosjean race boots, signed by the Lotus F1 driver, a framed set of signed Jenson Button race boots, McLaren?s own ?Senna? book, signed by Ron Dennis, an Eddie Jordan TW Steel watch donated by Eddie Jordan, and Ferrari GTO dashboard artwork, signed by artist Emilio Saluzzi.

Also on offer was a VIP tour of the Williams F1 Grand Prix Collection and private factory tour, a collection of three montages of iconic Senna images shot by Keith Sutton, a canvas of Ayrton Senna by artist Paul Oz, a Senna replica helmet signed by Lewis Hamilton and VIP weekend paddock passes to British GP donated by Bernie Ecclestone.

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Why a used TVR is worth the risk
These British sports cars deliver a big bang for your buck. They just need TLC

Autocar is often the bearer of good news, and the really good news recently is that TVR will come roaring back into our lives. We will have to wait a couple of years, of course, which is a shame, but there are still plenty of old ones available.

That can either fill you with dread or make you super-excited. The simple truth always was that TVRs made terrible new cars and even worse used ones.

I?ll qualify that: the problem was (based on my own research) that the care and repairs were rarely up to standard once the car got an owner or two down the line. It was all a bit like Lotus of old, really, when owners did the R&D and the plastic, electric, own-built engine interface led to inexplicably frequent breakdowns.

A sorted TVR, a garage that actually understood them and an owner prepared to invest in the appropriate ramps and stamps was a recipe for a better life.

The dodgy ownership reputation always helped to keep prices on the softer side. Being plastic-bodied didn?t help matters, either. Mind you, since TVR has been resting, prices have picked up a bit.

There is Bangernomics 1970s stuff - proper TVRs in need of TLC. You can find ?wedges? from just over £2000, but they will be proper projects. For £5500 to £6000, you get S2s and S3s that should be tidy and, let?s be honest, a lot more fun than an MG B.

To get into a 1990s shape that most people recognise as a modern-era TVR, you still need to find only £7500, which buys a Chimaera that needs to be tidied around the edges. The better ones are closer to £9000 and you are on much safer ground at £12,000.

Decent Chimaeras and Griffiths for that sort of money seem like a steal. Indeed, there are Tuscans, Cerberas and Tamoras below £20k, which seems like incredible value. You will get dealer cars, too, with their own warranties, and they will be properly sorted, which makes these even more attractive and reassuring for rightly nervous buyers.

As for the later cars, they are holding their own and the rebirth of TVR might help them to rise further. Top money is about £40k and you will get a late-model T350C or Tuscan. Then again, there are dealer cars at just over £30k, so there?s a lot of elasticity in the prices.

There is a lot of elasticity in TVRs, too, and that?s why we love them, I suppose. There are no hard and fast rules for buying, owning or anything else about them. TVRs are a used force of nature, and that?s why we should be pleased that someone is going to start making more of them.

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