Top 20 New Asian Cars for 2008

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  1. #1 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Nissan GT-R

    This is going to be one helluva fast car

    By the R&T Staff • Photo Illustration by Larson
    October 2007


    While mum is still the word from Nissan regarding its upcoming supercar, the GT-R, we have been able to dig up some key bits of information confirming our notion that this is going to be one helluva fast car. The all-new 2+2 will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 rumored to produce more than 450 bhp. Power will be transferred to all four wheels via a slick new semiautomatic gearbox.

    With a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Porsche 911 Turbo, expect the GT-R to run to 60 mph in about 4 seconds. That it will compete directly against the 911 Turbo should come as no surprise, especially when pre-production prototypes of the Nissan have been spotted testing all over the world with the Porsche in tow. The asking price for the quasi-exotic will be in the neighborhood of $70,000, and the production version of the car will make its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. The on-sale date in the U.S. will be in the spring of 2008.


    >>> www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=12&article_id=5839
     
  2. #2 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

    The new Evo should be just as sharp as past models, but with a bit more civility.

    By the R&T Staff • Photo Illustration by Larson
    October 2007


    Mitsubishi has reinvented the wheel with the all-new 2008 Lancer Evolution. Dubbed the Evo X (ten), the king of the sport-compacts will become slightly more mainstream for 2008 as it grows in overall size. Although this may sound like sacrilege to current Evo fans, fret not because the new car will have more power from its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 — roughly 300 bhp — and will come equipped with a long list of new technology-packed features, including S-AWC (super all-wheel control), AYC (active yaw control) and ACD (active center differential).

    There's also a new twin-clutch automatic gearbox that promises rapid and smooth sequential shifting via paddles behind the steering wheel. Therefore, the new Evo should be just as sharp as past models, but with a bit more civility. Also, from what we've seen from the Prototype X, which served as the styling basis for the new Evo, it will be a very good-looking car. The cover comes off the 2008 Lancer Evolution X at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, and we should see it in dealerships early next year for about $32,000.


    >>> www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=5845
     
  3. #3 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Subaru Impreza WRX STI

    The 5-door you see here will be the one and only body style for the new STI.

    By the R&T Staff • Photo Illustration by Larson
    October 2007


    When the all-new Impreza WRX STI goes on sale in the U.S. in January, it will look decidedly different from the car we're used to. That's right; the 5-door you see here will be the one and only body style for the new STI.

    Whether you like the new styling or not, there is no doubt the incredible performance of the previous all-wheel-drive rally replica will be upheld. Actually, it should be even better. The STI will use the same turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-4, but power will be bumped from the current 300 bhp to about 320, with torque taking a corresponding hike to 320 lb.-ft. Couple the extra power to a 6-speed manual transmission (no automatic or twin-clutch system will be offered) and a 50-lb.-lighter curb weight, and the performance should be thrilling. The STI will also feature Subaru's SI-Drive, which allows for three different throttle mappings at the twist of a knob.

    Although the 103.1-in. wheelbase on the new STI will be slightly longer than before, the car will actually be shorter by several inches overall. Visually, the STI will be quite distinct from the new WRX, with much wider fenders, side skirts and a larger rear wing and underbody diffuser. Figure on $35,000.

    >>> www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=5846
     
  4. #4 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Lexus IS-F

    Lexus tells us its all-new IS-F sports sedan will make more than 400 bhp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque from a 5.0-liter V-8.

    By the R&T Staff • Photos by Marc Urbano
    October 2007

    Add Lexus to the hard-core sports sedan mix, along with the Audi RS 4, BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Lexus tells us its all-new IS-F sports sedan will make more than 400 bhp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque from a 5.0-liter V-8.

    An 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, with computer-controlled throttle-blipping on downshifts, will put the power to the road via the rear wheels, launching the car from 0–60 mph in less than 4.9 seconds, according to the manufacturer. Brembo brakes — 14.2-in. cross-drilled front rotors with 6-piston calipers and 13.6-in. rears with 2-piston calipers — are housed inside 19-in. BBS alloy wheels.

    The IS-F will also have a new 3-mode version of Lexus' VDIM stability system, including a Sport mode that allows for more aggressive driving and a full Off mode for ultimate fun on a racetrack.

    Visually, the IS-F will be set apart by its larger hood and lower intake to accommodate the new V-8, as well as wider front fenders, a rear spoiler and quad tailpipes. Inside, the car has special sport seats.

    While Lexus is already claiming the IS-F wasn't designed "to be a competitor to other performance sports sedans," we're certainly going to treat it as such.

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  5. #5 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Honda Accord Coupe

    The coupe version of the Accord is a much sportier animal than its sedan counterpart.

    By the R&T Staff
    October 2007


    Although they share the same name, the coupe version of the Accord is a much sportier animal than its sedan counterpart. Part of the 2-door's unique spirit comes from its styling — it has a more powerful grille, sleeker nose and more menacing slit-like headlamps. The other part emerges from sheer size — the coupe rides on a tidier 107.9-in. wheelbase (2.3 in. shorter than the 4-door) and has an overall length of 190.9 in. compared with the sedan's 194.3 in.

    Engines are shared; the base model uses a 2.4-liter four making 200 bhp and is available with a choice of 5-speed manual or automatic, while the high-performance version boasts a 3.5-liter V-6 with 273 bhp on tap. Unlike in the sedan, this engine is available with an optional 6-speed manual as well as the standard 5-speed automatic. With the manual, the V-6 dispenses with cylinder deactivation, fattening up the torque curve on its way to the 250 lb.-ft. peak at 5000 rpm. When coupled with the 18-in. wheel and tire package, the V-6 Coupe raises the fun-to-drive quotient of Accord to new levels.

    >>> www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=5853
     
  6. #6 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Infiniti G37 Coupe

    A vastly improved, more upscale luxury sports coupe.

    By the R&T Staff • Photos by Marc Urbano
    October 2007


    Infiniti's G coupe, a more refined 2+2 cousin of the Nissan 350Z, has long been appreciated for its conservative yet pleasing shape. And with the all-new G37, that familiar silhouette is further enhanced with interesting new details like more narrowly slanted "cat's eye" headlights — a theme echoed in the taillights as well — and pronounced haunches above the rear wheels.

    Powering the rear-drive G is an all-new 330-bhp 3.7-liter aluminum-block V-6, the first engine to feature Infiniti's Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL), a system that alters both lift and timing of the intake valves. This allows the new 4-cam, 24-valve engine to provide better fuel economy than the less powerful V-6 of the last-generation G35.

    A vastly improved, more upscale cabin, a 5-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted magnesium paddle shifters, standard 19-in. 10-spoke alloy wheels, 14-in. front brake rotors and optional four-wheel steering round out this thoughtfully reworked luxury sports coupe.

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  7. #7 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Honda S2000 CR

    Honda's S2000 roadster has been nothing but good fun.

    By the R&T Staff
    October 2007


    Introduced in 1999 as a 2000 model, Honda's S2000 roadster has been nothing but good fun, thanks to its excellent handling and 50/50 weight balance, but especially because of its sprightly 237-bhp, 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine that sings all the way up to its impressive 8000-rpm redline. But its performance improves this fall with the introduction of the CR, or "Club Racer," version.

    While the drivetrain remains untouched, the suspension gets stiffer springs, shocks and anti-roll bars and the steering has been made slightly more aggressive; and seriously sticky Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires are added to the mix. The soft top is gone; a thick body brace takes its place in the stowage compartment, with a lightweight removable aluminum hardtop keeping the elements at bay. Aero changes include a redesigned front spoiler and large rear wing to reduce lift, while black seats with yellow stitching and nice faux carbon-fiber trim round out the interior. And the hard-core set can opt to delete the air conditioning and stereo for additional weight savings.

    Annual production is set at only 1500 units and a Honda spokesperson says the S2000 CR will come in at well under $40,000.

    >>> www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=5865
     
  8. #8 ajzahn, Aug 22, 2007
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    Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Nissan Nismo 350Z

    And with an asking price of just $37,450, all 1500 should be spoken for relatively quickly.

    By the R&T Staff
    October 2007

    While we have seen Nismo versions of Nissan's 350Z before (in S-Tune and R-Tune trim), the 2008 Nismo 350Z is different. This isn't a car equipped with a "parts package," but a complete, turn-key car offered by Nissan through its dealerships and backed by the company's full warranty.

    The car even looks significantly different from the stock 350Z because of a new front fascia that stretches overall length by nearly 4 in. The most dramatic view of the Nismo 350Z is from the rear, highlighted by a wild new wing and an underbody diffuser that make the car look like a GT racing machine. The suspension has been tuned by Nismo, using its racing parts.

    Unfortunately, no major modifications were made to the 3.5-liter V-6, so the car isn't any faster in a straight line than the stock version. The Nismo 350Z will be limited to 1500 models in the U.S., each coming with a plaque displaying serial and build numbers. And with an asking price of just $37,450, all 1500 should be spoken for relatively quickly.

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  9. Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Honda S2000 CR

    Stop spamming.
     
  10. Top 20 New Asian Cars for 2008

    which one would you take?
    why?
     
  11. Top 20 New Asian Cars for 2008

    GT-R
    IS-F

    EVO X (even though I hate the new design)

    I don't care about the rest




    EDIT: I guess the new S2000 CR is pretty cool too.
     
  12. Top 20 New Asian Cars for 2008

    GTR, Evo X
     
  13. Top 20 New Asian Cars for 2008

    GTR
    Nismo Z
    IS-F
     
  14. Top 20 New Asian Cars for 2008

    GTR, certainly. Although I love the Evo/IS-F/G37 as well.
     
  15. Top 20 New Cars for 2008: Honda Accord Coupe

    It actually has torque? To be honest, especially after reading about the 200hp 2.4 NA four, I expected the V6 to have like 150ft lb at 8000rpm or something.
     
  16. none, my next car will be used.
     
  17. GT-R or IS-F, even though I'd usually say "SUBIE" without a second thought the Nissan and the Lexus are by far the awesomest, and the Subie made the mistake of a hatch-back
     
  18. post pictures!!
     
  19. GT-R and LA-F is all that matters.
     
  20. the accord looks good.
     
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  22. GT-R/Evo

    The Nismo 350Z looks pretty #$%#in hot though.
     

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