We've all seen it by now. It's been several years that Toyota has been teasing images of the 5th gen Supra, to be shared on the same platform as the BMW Z4. But will it live up to the hype? The Supra legacy still lives strong to this day, giving it an almost mythical status thanks to the nearly indestructible 2JZ engine. But now that Toyota will be using a BMW-sourced inline-6, will it be the same? If they were going to use the Supra name, it should be pure Toyota through-and-through. Or at least keep the engine Toyota, not shared with BMW.
It seems like it was only yesterday that the 2018 CTR was released. Dealers have been asking ridiculous mark-ups and each dealership is only getting a few. Yet despite this, I've managed to see multitudes of CTR's on the streets. I think on one single trip, I saw 3-4 CTR's in one day. Is it only me or is the CTR not that rare, despite being a halo car? Even my neighbor has one. I get the hype behind it being the first Civic Type-R on US shores, but it doesn't do it for me.
Maserati. Once a storied brand, where only the few with enough means could get their hands on one. Now owned by FCA, they decided to produce a car that is more attainable, providing an entry point into the brand and giving it more visibility. The base Ghibli, with ~330hp from a 3.0L twin turbo V6, can be had in the low $70's excluding any dealer discounts/rebates.
Just thought I'd switch it up and share my experiences on the Lexus NX200. I recently acquired one for daily use, after taking into account price, comfort, design, and driving dynamics. Right off the bat, the NX200 is eye-catching in a sea of BMW's, Audi's, and Benzes. They managed to inject just enough aggressiveness to make a crossover that might actually appeal to a younger guy instead of Dior toting female. The steering is sharp enough, but theres not a ton of feedback as one would expect. Stomping on the throttle yields torque steer galore, though its manageable.
Ugh...its *slightly* better/cleaner looking but now it reminds me of a Veloster from the front. Still not a pretty car.
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