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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 out of date!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 (actually event that's more or less out of date now too..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 Range Rover Velar - first official pictures of new SUV
2017 Range Rover Velar confirmed to sit between Evoque and Sport Porsche Macan rival is Land Rover?s most road-biased model and will sit between the Evoque and Sport; on sale this year

The Range Rover Velar has been confirmed by Land Rover as the latest addition to its line-up, with the brand revealing the first image of the model.

It will sit between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the brand?s line-up and introduce an all-new interior design language for the firm.

As the fourth model in the line-up, the mid-sized SUV is described by Range Rover as ?filling the white space between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport?. It is a vital price point for Range Rover, plugging the gap between the £40,000 Evoque and £80,000 Sport and challenging important rivals such as the Porsche Macan and BMW X6.

The first image of the Velar shows a familiar design language, as seen on the existing Range Rover models, but with far smoother lines than previously. Whereas current models have numerous angular lines at the rear end, the Velar has a continuous sweep from the sides to the rear of the bodywork, creating a sleek, sporty silhouette.

A circling line of chrome further accentuates this continuation and the relatively small rear window further enhances the coupé-like styling, making the model less boxy than the current Range Rovers.

A panoramic sunroof also suggests an airy cabin and a glimpse of the infotainment system, showing two screens ? one wide and central and one behind the wheel ? closely reflects the interior shown on Jaguar?s all-electric I-Pace SUV seen at the LA motor show in November last year.

Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern said: ?We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand.?

The Velar is set to be the most on-road-focused model yet produced by Land Rover. The company has described it as ?refined for every occasion and terrain? and said it ?uses unique sustainable materials and advanced engineering to continue Land Rover?s drive to go Above and Beyond?, referring to the company?s advertising tagline.

The name ?Velar? comes from the original Range Rover prototypes from 1969. It was used by development engineers to hide the identity of the 26 pre-production Range Rovers and is derived from the Latin ?velaris?, meaning to veil or cover.

Autocar has previously reported that the five-seater will be closely related to the Jaguar F-Pace, with which it shares Jaguar Land Rover?s IQ platform. All Velars will have four-wheel drive and be built alongside the Range Rover Sport and F-Pace in the aluminium body and assembly plant in Solihull, West Midlands.

It will be launched with the Ford-built V6s currently used in the range but they will be replaced later by Ingenium in-line six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid based on the 295bhp four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is also expected.

The model extends the ?Luxury? pillar of Land Rover?s three-pronged vehicle strategy, alongside the other Range Rover models. The ?Leisure? pillar includes the Discovery and Discovery Sport and the ?Dual-purpose? pillar will remain dormant until the next Defender arrives in 2019

Jaguar I-Pace's cockpit sets template for Jaguars and Land Rovers

Based on the official image in this story, the cockpit design seen in the Jaguar I-Pace will be closely replicated in the Velar.

The I-Pace, which is a template for the future of Jaguar Land Rover interiors, uses three display screens. The primary interface is a 12.0in TFT touchscreen, while infotainment and climate functions are adjusted on a secondary 5.5in screen controlled by two rotary dials. Instrumentation is presented on a configurable 12.0in virtual cluster augmented by a colour head-up display.

The system has been built in-house and is based on the same technology used in the InControl Touch Pro system. Other existing tech, including wi-fi hotspots and the ability to use apps from a connected smartphone or tablet, will also feature in the Velar.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 heads trio of special models
GT C Roadster Edition 50

Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50
AMG has revealed three new limited volume edition models; set to make public debut at Geneva motor show in March

The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50 is one of three new limited-edition models from the performance division set for imminent production.

Set to make an appearance at the Geneva motor show in early March, the line-up also includes the C63 Cabriolet and C63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition as well as the C43 4Matic Coupe and C43 4Matic Cabriolet Night Edition.

All feature unique colour and trim combinations along with individual design touches and an extended range of standard equipment over their standard siblings.

The rear-wheel drive GT C Roadster Edition 50, like the earlier GT C Edition 50, will be produced in a limited run of 500 in celebration of AMG?s 50thanniversary.

It comes with the standard GT C Roadster?s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine, delivering 549bhp, and can be ordered in one of two unique paint finishes: grey magno or design cashmere white. The new soft top also receives darkened chromed exterior elements as well as darkened forged alloy wheels.

Inside, there is a combination of black and silver leather for the seats and centre console together with touches from AMG?s existing Interior Night Package, with the steering wheel spokes, shift paddles and door sill panels in black. The contrasting colour theme is continued with silver seat belts and black chrome trim elements.  The head rests are also embossed with the words ?GT Edition 50?.

The rear-wheel drive C63 Cabriolet and C63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition are even more exclusive, with AMG confirming plans for a limited run of no more than 150.

Retaining the standard C63?s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 with either 460bhp or 503bhp, the open top duo feature a fabric hood in blue ? a colour that is also found within the front bumper, wheel caps on the standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels and within the rear diffuser. Two exterior paint finishes are offered: design cashmere white magno and design selenite grey magno.

The third of AMG?s new limited volume edition models, the four-wheel drive C43 4Matic Coupe and C43 4Matic Cabriolet Night Edition, are distinguished by a number of altered exterior elements, including a black diamond themed grille as well as black trim strips on the front splitter, side sills and rear valence panel. They also receive standard matt black 19-inch alloy wheels with high-gloss rim flanges.

The C43 4Matic Coupe and C43 4Matic Cabriolet Night Edition are both powered by AMG?s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine producing the same 362bhp as the standard C43 4Matic Coupe and Cabriolet.

The three new AMG Edition models can be ordered from 6 March, 2017. The C63 Cabriolet and C63 S Cabriolet Ocean Blue Edition, as well as the C43 4Matic Coupe and C43 4Maric Cabriolet Night Edition are planned for delivery in June, with the GT C Roadster Edition 50 set to follow in July. No prices have yet been announced. 

2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon revealed ahead of Geneva
2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon revealed ahead of Geneva Estate version of Hyundai?s five-door hatch comes with a choice of three petrol and one diesel engine

The 2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

The estate version of Hyundai?s five-door i30 is a rival to the Ford Focus estate and Volkswagen Golf estate. It enters the market with one of the most spacious cabins in its class.


With the rear seats up, it can swallow 602 litres of luggage and with them down that number grows to 1650 litres. This beats the Focus and Golf estates by 134 and 30 litres respectively. It?s also 309 litres more than the five-door hatch offers.

The i30 Wagon has been designed with a slanting roof to create a coupé-like silhouette. The car?s nose remains unchanged from its hatch sibling but the rear, which extends back an extra 245mm, gets a slightly different design with the number plate located on the tailgate as opposed to the bumper.

Inside, the dashboard and seats are identical to the hatch, meaning there?s either a 5in or 8in touchscreen, which comes available with Apple Carplay, Android Auto connectivity, as well as optional wireless charging for smartphones and Bluetooth.


Powering the estate will be a choice of four turbocharged engines. The entry unit is a 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder petrol that produces 118bhp and above this is a 1.4-litre four-pot that produces 138bhp.

The diesel line-up consists of three versions of the same 1.6-litre unit that produce 94bhp, 108bhp or 131bhp.


Hyundai claims that the i30 Wagon comes with the most driver assist safety programmes in its class. It gets adaptive cruise control that can brake or accelerate the vehicle at speeds of up to 112mph, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist technology.

There?s also rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection and Hyundai?s first driver attention monitoring system, which alerts the driver to take a break if lane crossing is noticed.

Cars with optional full LED headlights get high beam assist technology to dip and raise beams around oncoming traffic too.

The i30 Wagon?s structure is more rigid due to 53% of it being made of advanced high-strength steel. Hyundai has sharpened the new i30?s steering by 10% in a bid to make the car more responsive, and the car?s development was focused in Europe with high-speed testing taking place on the Nürburgring.

Price and on sale date

Sales for the i30 five-door hatch kick-off in March. The Wagon will likely follow later in the year, with prices expected to start close to £2000 higher than the hatch, which will sell from £16,995.

New Ford Fiesta ST to be revealed this Friday
2017 Ford Fiesta ST New video reveals first images of 2017 Ford Fiesta ST; full reveal due February 24

The next-generation Ford Fiesta ST will be revealed on Friday, an official video from the car maker has confirmed.

On sale in 2018, the car isn?t dramatically different in looks to the new Fiesta, but does show extra bodykit, new alloy wheels and a large rear wing.

The video shows a five-door version, confirming that the front-wheel-drive car will follow the trend of the current model by offering both three-door and five-door versions.

While the current ST uses a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, it is likely the new model will adopt the 1.5-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder unit announced in the Fiesta. Existing power of 197bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.9sec is also expected to improve. Fuel economy will also drop from the 148g/km CO2 of its predecessor.

Rivalling the Peugeot 208 GTi, Renault Clio Sport and upcoming Toyota Yaris GRMN, which is due at Geneva motor show, the Fiesta ST is expected to cost slightly more than the outgoing model, priced from £18,145.

The standard Ford Fiesta was revealed in November last year, and includes a Fiesta Active model which addresses the current crossover trend with SUV styling.


Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 MultiAir Super 2017 review
Alfa Romeo Giulia Petrol Giulia will be a niche choice for buyers, but it's an excellent one if you won't do enough miles to justify a diesel We've already been impressed with the Alfa Romeo Giulia abroad. Faced with the steepest of challenges - that of taking on the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class at their own game, Alfa has shown that its new Giulia is capable of running with the very best when it comes to the way it drives. Of course, for D-segment saloons the big market is company car drivers, which means diesel power. And sure enough, that's where Alfa expects 80% of Giulia sales to go. Still, for the predicted 20% who choose petrol, and for those who shy away from the full-fat 503bhp Quadrifoglio version, this 197bhp option is the only remaining choice - for now at least, because a warm 276bhp petrol Veloce model is coming in April.While this Giulia misses out on some of the visual frills of the Quadrifoglio - including that car's auto-extending front splitter and bonnet vents - it is nonetheless an aggressive-looking machine. Certainly, it's got the individuality which someone who's spent years drifting between the German premium brands might be looking for, that is, if they can't be persuaded by the Jaguar XE first.On paper, too, this petrol version of the Giulia would seem to be a good bet, especially if you won't be doing the high mileage needed to justify a diesel. CO2 emissions are rated at a modest 138g/km (only slightly behind the 134g/km of BMW's 320i SE) - equating to 24% BIK in 2016/17 - while fuel economy of just under 48mpg shouldn't see you visiting the pumps too often.Our car, like the vast majority of Giulias in the UK, is in Super specification. One up from entry-level Giulia trim, it gets you 17in alloys, part-leather seats, and paddle shifts for its automatic gearbox - because remember, the Giulia will only be available in automatic form in this country.


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