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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 out of date!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 (actually event that's more or less out of date now too..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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Audi starts testing next-generation A5 coupe
Audi starts early testing on next-generation A5 coupe New engines and styling for second-gen A5, which will take on rivals from Mercedes and BMW when it goes on sale in 2016

This is our first look at Audi's next-generation A5 coupé, which will launch one year after the all-new A4 saloon comes to market in late 2015.

While this early test mule wears bodywork from the current car, it is understood to be testing chassis components for the new model. Like the new A4, the next A5 will be based on Volkswagen Group's second-generation MLB platform.

Engines for the new model should also be shared with the A4. That means a range of longitudinally-mounted 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0-litre TFSI units will feature alongside 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels.

At least some of the petrol options will also get cylinder shut-down technology, with CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km also probable from one or more models - both moves are part of an increased drive for efficiency from Audi.

A plug-in hybrid model is also planned, using the same 1.4-litre, 148bhp petrol-electric powertrain as the A3 e-tron. A diesel-electric option is also in development. Like the A4, transmission options should include six-speed manual and nine-speed automatics. Both front- and four-wheel drive variants will be offered.

The A5 coupé is set to be one of a number of new variants to be launched following the 2015 A4 saloon, with successors to the current A5 cabriolet and Sportback models likely to appear after.

Inside, Audi will likely continue to use its more recent cabin architecture, and the new A5 could come equipped with the same all-digital instrument cluster and infotainment interface as the third-generation TT. Expect a heads-up display to be offered, too.

Rivals for the new A5 include BMW's 4-series and VW's CC, as well as the Mercedes-Benz C-class coupé. The original car was launched in 2007, with updates in 2011 and 2013.

As with the current car, expect a new go-faster RS5 version to arrive soon after the standard A5 goes on sale in 2016.

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Best car deals: Kia Sportage, Audi A3, Ford Fiesta ST, Honda Jazz
Best car deals: Kia Sportage, Audi A3, Ford Fiesta ST, Honda Jazz The best new car deals and new car leasing deals for this week, including offers on the Kia Sportage, Audi A3, Ford Fiesta ST, Honda Jazz and Vauxhall Ampera

If you?re in the market for a new car, or after the best new-car leasing deal, you can save thousands of pounds with a little research. Here are the picks of what our deals experts have found this week.

Best new car deals

Once our firm favourite in the crossover class, Kia's Sportage was recently updated for the 2014 model year. An offer we found from Nationwide Cars gets you the 2.0-litre CRDi KX-4 model for £25,175 ? a saving of more than £4500 from the list price.

Audi's A3 outclasses the rest of the premium hatchback field in most respects, with its upmarket interior and efficient engine range. We found an interesting offer from Orange Wheels, for the 1.4-litre TFSI Sport model with S Tronic transmission. The price tag of £20,886 represents a saving of £2250 off the list price.

Best new car leasing deals

We came away from our long-term test in a Ford Fiesta ST full of praise for this powerful and nimble hot hatchback. A current offer from Cort Vehicle Contracts gets you the car for £162 per month on a two-year contract. There's a deposit of £1465 to pay and an annual mileage limit of 10,000.

Honda has already started testing on the next-generation Jazz ahead of a planned market launch next year. Until then, retail prices on the current model continue to be favourable. That's why you can pick up a 1.2-litre i-VTEC model from Riverdale Leasing for £159 per month at the moment. There's an initial payment of £956 and the standard 10,000-mile annual limit applies.

Deal of the week

We're currently living with a Vauxhall Ampera on our long-term test fleet, and the plug-in hybrid is proving useful for avoiding London's Congestion Charge zone. It's usually available from £28,750 ? including the government's £5000 EV grant ? but a deal we spotted from Pentagon drops that price to just £22,600. That's a saving of more than £6000. 

Can you find a better deal? Let us know in the comments section below, and see more deals here

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BMW 3-series facelift spotted ahead of 2015 launch
BMW 3-series facelift spotted ahead of 2015 launch Engine and styling upgrades in line for BMW's mid-size benchmark, which is due to go on sale next year

Prototypes of refreshed BMW 3-series have hit public roads in Germany for a round of durability tests ahead of a planned unveiling next year.

One key change is a new range of turbocharged three-cylinder diesel and petrol engines in place of today?s turbocharged four-cylinder powerplants.

The compact 1.5-litre units, codenamed B37 and B38 and already confirmed for BMW?s new 2-series Active Tourer, supplant the existing 2.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines in the 316d and 316i models.

They bring a reduction in kerb weight, improved crash protection and fuel savings that BMW officials put at up to 10 per cent in combination with the German car maker?s latest suite of Efficient Dynamics features.

Although the new engines are fitted transversely in the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer, they are mounted in a traditional longitudinal position in the facelifted 3-series and provide drive to the rear wheels.

The diesel delivers 114bhp at 4000rpm and 199lb ft at 1750rpm ? the same power but 7lb ft more than the engine that it replaces.

In entry-level form, the petrol unit provides 134bhp at 4500rpm and 162lb ft at 1250rpm ? the same as the four-pot that it succeeds.

A more powerful variant of the three-cylinder petrol engine, with 228bhp at 5800rpm and 236lb ft at 3700rpm, has also been confirmed by BMW but it is unclear whether it will get an airing in the 3-series.

Spied on the streets of Munich, the facelifted saloon and Touring versions of the fifth-generation 3-series receive a series of subtle exterior styling tweaks. These include a new front bumper and lightly altered headlights shaped to accentuate the car?s width by providing added horizontal emphasis.

As well as the mild exterior revisions, BMW has made efforts to improve the interior of the 3-series with higher-grade materials and new multimedia features.

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Infiniti reveals long-wheelbase version of the Q50
Infiniti reveals long-wheelbase version of the Q50 Stretched saloon destined exclusively for the Chinese market has an extra 48mm in its wheelbase for extra rear legroom

Infiniti has unveiled a long-wheelbase version of its Q50 saloon aimed exclusively at the Chinese market.

The Infiniti Q50L has an extra 48mm added to the 2850mm wheelbase of the standard Q50, with most of the space given over to providing extra room for rear passengers. The car's overall length is 4852mm compared to the standard Q50's 4790mm.

The Q50L is powered by a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which produces 208bhp and 258lb ft. It has a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Infiniti?s steer-by-wire system ? Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) ? is also featured.

Five trim levels will be offered ? Comfort, Elegant, Sports, Luxury and Luxury Sports.

The Q50L will have its first public airing at the Chengdu motor show in China at the end of August, with deliveries commencing in November.

The Q50L is the first domestically produced Infiniti model for the important Chinese market. While the standard-wheelbase Q50 will continue being imported to the Chinese mainland market from the Tochigi factory in Japan, production of the Q50L will take place at the Xiangyang factory in Hubei province, which is set to become the fourth assembly plant for Infiniti vehicles globally.

Infiniti has enjoyed healthy growth in China, with 14,000 vehicles delivered in the first six months of 2014, representing year-on-year growth of 130 per cent.

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What's the most elderly car model on sale in the UK?
What's the oldest car on sale in the UK? Some models of car change beyond recognition during their lives, but others remain true to their roots for many years

Which are the oldest cars on sale in the UK today? It's a question that?s not quite as easy to answer as you might think.

That's because there are an awful lot of models that have been wearing the same name for decades, the Mini, Porsche 911, Land Rover Defender and Caterham Seven among them. 

So I?m going to get a bit arbitrary here, and eliminate various models for being too different from their first editions to count. Dropping the Mini is easy, because it?s philosophically so different from the 1959 original.

The same goes for the VW Beetle. The Range Rover and Porsche 911 come closer to qualifying because the look and intent of both models is the same as it was when they were born.

But there isn?t a curve or component on either car that?s the same as it was when each of these was new, despite both being instantly recognisable. So they?re out.

The Land Rover Defender has changed substantially over the decades too, but it?s visually, conceptually and philosophically close to the original, and the pick-up version even shares a component with the 1948 version.

But the Defender is definitely not the oldest new car on sale today. That accolade belongs to the Morgan 4/4, which was born in 1936. Although many parts of this car have also changed, not least the drivetrain, the whole point of this car is that it is much the same as the 1936 original.

Tantalisingly, the 4/4 has only 22 years to go before it becomes the first car to have remained in production for a century. The 4/4?s Plus four sibling is a little less creaky for being launched as recently as 1938, while the positively youthful Morgan Plus 8 made its debut only 48 years ago in 1968.

Other oldies? There?s the Lotus Elise, which despite its facelift is the much same car underneath, making it 18 years old. It?s ancestor the Caterham Seven dates back to 1973 in brand terms, but the model itself, the Lotus Seven, was born in 1957.

Surprisingly, the conceptually similar Ariel Atom is now a decade behind, and the soon-to-be replaced Mazda MX-5 isn?t far behind at nine. And at the other end of the scale the Bugatti Veyron is ten.

Like sports cars, the four-wheel drive market is a haven for the wrinkling. The Mercedes G-class is now in its 35th year, the Suzuki Jimny has had its 16th anniversary, the about-to-be-replaced Volvo XC90 is 11 and the Mitsubishi Shogun is eight. Which is one year less than the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, whose exquisite styling hides its nine years well. 

Also scoring double-digit lives are the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the VW Caravelle. But toughening regulations and the imperative to renew have cleared many of the once-perennial oldies during the first part of this century, the original Mini among them. 

So, here?s our table of age. And its tail includes a few mainstream models in urgent need of replacement:

Morgan 4/4 ? launched 1936, age 78

Morgan Plus 4 ? launched 1938, age 76

Land Rover Defender ? launched 1948, age 66 

Lotus/Caterham Seven ? launched 1957/73, age 57/41

Morgan Plus 8 ? launched 1968, age 46

Mercedes G-class ? launched 1979, age 35

Lotus Elise ? launched 1996, age 18

Suzuki Jimny ? launched 1998, age 16

Rolls-Royce Phantom ? launched 2003, age 11

Volvo XC90 - launched 2003, age 11 

Volkswagen Caravelle - launched 2003, age 11

Ariel Atom ? launched 2004, age 10

Aston Martin V8 Vantage ? launched 2005, age 9

Fiat Punto ? launched 2005, age 9

Mazda MX-5 ? launched 2005, age 9

Bugatti Veyron ? launched 2005, age 9

Mitsubishi Shogun ? launched 2006, age 8

Volvo S80 ? launched 2006, age 8 

Vauxhall Corsa ? launched 2006. age 8

Volkswagen Eos ? launched 2006, age 8

Ford Mondeo ? launched 2007, age 7

Fiat Bravo ? launched 2007, age 7

Fiat 500 ? launched 2007, age 7

Skoda Fabia ? launched 2007, age 7

Audi A4 ? launched 2007, age 7

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