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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 out of date!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 (actually event that's more or less out of date now too..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*

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!


If you spot me, don't forget to gimme a flash and a wave!!!

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2017 Aston Martin DB11 - first spy pictures

The Aston Martin DB9 successor will be powered by a twin turbocharged V12 motor
Aston's DB9 replacement will get a twin-turbo AMG V12 engine, as the first mules have been spotted testing

These are reportedly the first pictures of Aston Martin's DB9 replacement testing - dubbed the Aston Martin DB11 by insiders.

The new model, which is due to go on sale in 2017, has been spotted at the Nürburgring. Despite being heavily disguised under camouflage, the basic shape of the DB9 successor is apparent, with an abrupt rear end and a low roofline.

Our source's interior shot also confirms this DB11 prototype is powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 engine, with the labelled switches clearly visible at the bottom of the instrument panel.

The DB9 replacement will be built around an all-new bonded aluminium platform and is also set to be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine designed and built by Mercedes-AMG.

Mercedes-AMG will not provide a bespoke version for Aston. Instead, off-the-shelf engines will be modified to sound, respond and feel like an Aston Martin engine. Spy photographers have reported a particularly loud sound coming from this early test mule.

Modifications would extend to bespoke engine management and exhaust systems and possibly revised turbo boost pressures but no internal mechanical changes. 

Even if no more power is liberated, the base 503bhp tune of the new V8 is close to the 510bhp of the existing 5.9-litre V12, but it comes with 479lb ft at just 1750rpm, compared to 457lb ft at 5500rpm for the current unit.

Installed in a car claimed by an insider to be ?dramatically? lighter, performance will improve. Economy and emissions figures are also set to be 20 per cent better than those of the current DB9.

The motor will be mated to Mercedes? new nine-speed automatic transmission. In the meantime, the existing DB9 will use the old six-speed ZF unit rather than be upgraded to a new ZF eight-speed unit.

Aston Martin executives have already admitted the new car might not carry the DB9 name. Speaking to Autocar last year, Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman said: "It?ll definitely be a DB, but what number will follow that is yet to be decided.?

Reichman also hasn't ruled out simply reusing the existing name ? an idea some senior Aston executives are known to be keen on.

The car is unlikely to carry the DB10 name, with that designation going to the car which will accompany James Bond on his 24th big screen adventure, Spectre. The styling of the DB10 is understood to closely preview that of the DB9 replacement. Instead, the name DB11 has now emerged as a possible nameplate for the new Aston.

Reichman said the shape of the new car would be more than an evolution of the current model. ?There?ll be a little more revolution in it,? he said. ?It will be unmistakably an Aston and a DB at that, but it will look fresh and modern.?

Read more about the Aston Martin DB10

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Volkswagen plans new SUV assault on US market

The CrossBlue Coupé will follow the CrossBlue SUV into production in the US
Five-strong line-up of new SUVs will look to address flagging sales in the US market

Volkswagen has started work on a line-up of five new SUVs aimed directly at the US market.

The plans for the SUVs, most of which will end up for sale in global markets, were revealed to Autocar by VW board member and technical chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser at the recent New York show.

Neusser, who is responsible for ?brand and development?, said VW would build three new mainstream SUVs and at least two ?coupé versions? of those same models.

The move comes on the back of another bad year for the VW brand in the US as it tries to make headway in America?s booming new car market. Last year VW sales in the US fell by around 10% to just under 367,000 units, despite the ?US market being up by 6%.

The company now believes that it has a future product in the pipeline that will appeal to a US market that is shifting rapidly to crossovers and SUVs.

Neusser said he had travelled to meet US dealers last year, bringing a number of future VW production models with him. It was at that meeting that the dealers laid out their request for as many new SUV models as possible.

Work on the production version of the five-metre-long, seven-seat CrossBlue SUV, which will be built at VW?s new factory in Tennessee, is already under way. A sportier version, previewed by the CrossBlue Coupé, is also in development.

Both cars will be built on the longest version of the new MQB platform, making them around 250mm longer than the new Passat Estate and longer even than the new Skoda Superb. The CrossBlue would, however, be positioned below the next-generation Touareg.

The CrossBlue is expected to appear later next year. There is no news yet on whether it will be offered for sale in Europe, although importing it from the US would be entirely feasible. Both Mercedes-Benz and ?BMW build big SUVs at their southern US plants and export them worldwide.

Indeed, Volkswagen has just been granted permission to significantly extend its Chattanooga factory, adding 130,000sq ft as part of a £600 million investment, according to local press reports.

Next in the new VW SUV range will be a replacement for the Tiguan based on the long-wheelbase Golf platform. Neusser said the new car will be long enough to accommodate three rows of seats and is expected to begin production late next year. Unlike the five-seat Tiguan, however, this larger model is unlikely to be sold in Europe.

A more sportily styled version of the new Tiguan is also planned, with both cars set to be exported from VW?s plant in Puebla, Mexico.

The third SUV model line was described by Neusser as the ?Polo SUV?, which indicates that it will be part of the new Polo family due in spring next year. This will be a key model for VW in the European market.

While the likely styling of the new baby SUV was previewed by the Taigun concept, there will be two significant differences. Firstly, the Taigun concept was just 3.86m long, because it was based on the Up city car, and secondly it had a three-door body.

The production Taigun will be a five-door model (the three-door Polo body is being dropped on the next-generation model) and around 4.1m long, making it a direct competitor for the successful Nissan Juke.

Other product actions planned to shore up VW in the US will include a major overhaul for the US-market Passat later this year.

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Volvo expands Drive-E engine line-up

Volvo's Drive-E engine family has been rolled out to more models
V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70 and XC70 benefit from more efficient Drive-E engines as part of MY16 changes

Volvo has announced sweeping changes to its V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70 and XC70 model ranges for the 2016 model year. The changes bring Volvo?s four-cylinder Drive-E engine range to its full front-wheel drive model range.

Built to a maximum capacity of 2.0-litres, the four-cylinder Drive-E engines use a combination of turbocharging, supercharging and electrification. In its most powerful form, the Drive-E powertrain is capable of producing 286bhp.

Joining the D5 and D4 Drive-E engines launched in 2014 are new units, badged T2, T3, D2 and D3 - they produce 120bhp, 150bhp, 118bhp and 148bhp respectively. In the V40, the new powertrains mean all diesel models come with CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km, with 94g/km emitted in D2 form alongside a claimed 78.5mpg.

In the petrol V40, the new 1.5-litre T2 and T3 engines - both linked to an automatic transmission - can return 51.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 129g/km. The two diesel options are also available in the V40 Cross Country.

The D2 and D3 diesel engines also appear in the S60, bringing CO2 emissions of as low as 99g/km and fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg. Petrol-powered S60 models, meanwhile, benefit from the T3 engine in both manual and automatic forms.

The V60 Hybrid has been renamed D6 Twin Engine - in line with the recently-launched XC90 T8 Twin Engine - and features a range-topping power output of 286bhp, as well as CO2 emissions of 48g/km and fuel economy of 155mpg. 

The larger XC60 retains its current five-cylinder D4 and D5 all-wheel drive engine options, but also get a more powerful D4 option, which now produces 187bhp.

Volvo?s new D3 engine also appears in the V70, where it returns up to 68.9mpg, while in the larger XC70 the D4 and D5 engine options both benefit from improved emissions.

As well as the new and improved engine choices, other changes including new paint and wheel options also feature as part of the MY16 changes.

In a statement, Volvo said: ?This roll-out of the Drive-E powertrain family, Volvo?s in-house designed and built engines and gearboxes, marks a further step in its technological independence and also ends Volvo?s reliance on engines sourced from other manufacturers.?

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2016 Nissan Juke to target new tech and quality

The facelifted Nissan Juke was seen at the Geneva motor show last year
Nissan?s next Juke will focus on improving its technology and perceived quality, and is expected to go on sale late next year

Nissan will focus more on technology and interior quality than radical exterior restyling when it brings the second generation of its Juke baby crossover into showrooms late next year.

The Juke is largely credited with creating the burgeoning small crossover segment and has already had a subtle mid-life facelift that brought more safety kit, a new small turbocharged petrol engine and a wider range of personalisation options.

However, the existing car sits on the Renault-Nissan Alliance?s relatively elderly B0 platform and it faces ever stiffening competition as more manufacturers enter this area of the market. The Volkswagen Group, for instance, is expected to start launching its first small crossovers within the next 18 months.

The new Juke will switch to the CMF-B underpinnings also destined for the next Nissan Micra and next Renault Clio. This architecture brings improvements in production efficiency that will allow Nissan to ramp up the existing rate of 150,000 cars per year at its Sunderland plant.

It also offers considerable savings through economies of scale, which will free up money for Nissan to invest in the Juke?s weakest point: the perceived quality of its cabin.?Customers tell us that the Juke still looks fresh,? a senior Nissan source told Autocar. ?So we don?t think the exterior styling really needs a major update. The gains will come through more efficient engines, better refinement and improvements in key areas of the interior.?

However, a bold concept car that pushes the Juke?s design further is expected in the next year to gauge public reaction.

The increased commonality with the Micra is likely to mean that the next Juke will get 1.0-litre three-cylinder engines for the first time.

The two models will go their separate ways on performance models, though. There?s likely to be another Juke Nismo but not a Micra Nismo.

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2015 Ford Mustang - prices, specs and performance figures
2015 Ford Mustang gets public debut in Detroit

The new Mustang made its public debut at the Detroit motor show
The first right-hand-drive Ford Mustang will start at £28,995 and is available to order now, and can reach 62mph in 4.8 seconds

The 2015 Ford Mustang is capable of reaching 62mph in 4.8 seconds, the company has confirmed. Releasing performance data on the new model for the first time, Ford also confirmed the 2.3-litre EcoBoost-powered Mustang reaches the same speed in 5.8 seconds.

The new Mustang, which is available to order now and is priced from £28,995, is scheduled for UK deliveries in October.

The all-new car is the first Mustang to be offered in right-hand-drive form, and will come with a choice of two engines. The entry-level model comes with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that develops 310bhp and 320lb ft.

Mustang buyers also have a choice of a 412bhp, 386lb ft 5.0-litre V8-equipped model, which costs from £32,995.

There is also the option of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes. The automatic gearbox adds £1500 to the price.

The 5.0-litre V8 will be upgraded to 500bhp within 18 months of the car going on sale. The V8 emits 299g/km of CO2 and can return up to 20.9mpg, while the EcoBoost option emits 179g/km of CO2 and returns up to 35.3mpg. US markets will also get a 3.7-litre V6 option.

The pricing means the new Mustang substantially undercuts perofmance rivals such as the Nissan 370ZBMW 4 Series and Audi A5.

Read our first drive of the 2015 Ford Mustang

Ford has launched the new Mustang in both convertible and 'Fastback' bodystyles. The convertible body style is around £1500 more expensive than the equivalent Fastback.

Standard kit in the UK includes 19in alloys wheels, a performance brake package, xenon headlights, LED tail-lights and a rear diffuser. Inside it gets dual-zone climate control and Fords latest Sync2 infotainment system with an 8.0in screen and nine speakers.

There are 10 colours to choose from, including yellow and orange hues that are bespoke to the Mustang, while the options list includes climate control and upgraded seats.

Click here to see our history of the Ford Mustang gallery

The new Ford Mustang made its public debut at the Detroit motor show in 2014. It is the latest global model developed under the ?One Ford? plan, but Ford claims that the character has not been altered as a result. ?We didn?t decide to do a global Mustang,? said programme boss Dave Pericak. ?We decided to take the Mustang global. Everything we do is to make a Mustang, and then take it global with homologation. We didn?t change the recipe.? 

According to Pericak, the fact that the hugely successful outgoing model was the conceptual starting point is partial proof of that, even if ?the only commonality is the wheelbase - every sheet metal panel is different and only two fasteners are retained?.

Most significantly, the new Mustang now has independent rear suspension, a move that comes 30 years after most manufacturers jettisoned live rear axles. The change in set-up greatly improves ride quality, while the front suspension has also been redesigned to help make the car suitable for a global audience.

Even so, Ford has admitted it is looking at improving the low-speed ride comfort of its new Mustang ahead of its 2015 European launch. 

Autocar test-drove the Mustang in Los Angeles in 2014. It received praise for its performance and high speed handling but there was criticism of its low-speed ride, which was rated as being short of the compliance needed for UK roads.?As soon as we play with the low-speed damping we risk harming the car?s handling,? said global engineering chief Raj Nair. ?Even so, we?re about to begin testing and there are some things we can do.?

An initial run of 500 Mustangs was offered for sale across 20 European countries during a special promotion at the 2014 UEFA European Championship final. During the match - held between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid - the cars, including 130 right-hand-drive cars for United Kingdom, were offered for sale and sold out in less than 30 seconds. In total, more than 9900 buyers tried to buy the cars.

To date, more than 2200 Mustangs have been pre-ordered by European buyers, with 1200 of those comiong from the UK.

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