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  • Tokyo 2019: Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept debuts

    Lexus has unveiled the LF-30 Electrified Concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, which forms part of the company’s “Lexus Electrified” vision. The show car is certainly striking to look at, and that’s before we get into the technologies the Japanese carmaker crammed into it.

    Subtle isn’t the right word to describe the concept’s design, which the company says “embodies the vision of Lexus’ electrification.” It’s a very aggressive look, with a mix of sharp angles and contours around a large cabin, which is possible thanks to the low positioning of the battery as well as the in-wheel electric motors, of which there are four. Signature cues like the spindle grille are present as well, while gullwing doors and aVoltaic Sky finish that employs a metal-infused coating technique add to the visual drama.

    Breaking out the spec sheet, the LF-30 isn’t a small vehicle either, despite what the images suggest. The concept measures 5,090 mm long, 1,995 mm wide, 1,600 mm tall, and the roomy cabin is justified by its 3,200 mm wheelbase.

    With everything put together, the EV weights 2,400 kg, and is propelled by the aforementioned in-wheel e-motors that provide 536 hp (400 kW) and 700 Nm of torque. Performance-wise, the vehicle will get from a rest to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and tops out at 200 km/h.

    The battery is just as substantial, with capacity of 110 kWh, and Lexus claims a WLTP-certified cruising range of 500 km. Wireless charging technology is used to recharge the battery, and the company claims a charging speed of up to 150 kW.

    Another driving-related technology present here is Lexus Advanced Posture Control, which regulates the output from the electric motors to ensure the vehicle’s posture isn’t disruptive to occupants, in a similar fashion to Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system.

    The Tazuna-themed interior is just as mesmerising as the exterior, and while the vehicle has autonomous driving capabilities, the concept still comes with a steering wheel. A wraparound cockpit places functions like the navigation, infotainment and drive mode systems within easy reach, while the passenger has access to a separate display with gesture control support.

    In other areas, there’s a Mark Levinson audio system, while overhead is a gesture controlled SkyGate display window that features augmented reality to display various types of information, such as a realistic star-filled sky, user-favourite videos and even navigation. As this is a Lexus, premium, sustainable materials are used, including Yakisugi (charred cedar) and recycled metals.

    Lexus also touts an onboard AI that deals with energy management as well as providing occupants with a more personalised experience when inside the vehicle. There’s also the Lexus Airporter drone support vehicle, which is capable of carrying out certain tasks like independently transporting baggage from a household doorstep to the vehicle’s luggage area.

     
  • Tokyo 2019: Mazda MX-30 – brand’s first EV debuts with 141 hp, 264 Nm, 209 km EV range, suicide doors!

    This is the Mazda MX-30, and it is the company’s first, mass-production electric vehicle as well as the third addition to its new-generation model line-up, which currently includes the latest Mazda 3 and CX-30.

    In terms of dimensions, the MX-30 is almost the same size as the CX-30, measuring 4,395 mm long, 1,795 mm wide, 1,570 mm tall, and with a wheelbase spanning 2,655 mm. The EV actually sits on the same SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture used for the Mazda 3 and CX-30, albeit with increased ring structures around the battery and floor for increased stiffness. The underfloor-mounted lithium-ion battery is also the reason why the EV is 30 mm taller than the CX-30.

    Mazda refers to its EV powertrain as e-SkyActiv, and on the MX-30, consists of an electric motor driving the front wheels rated at 141 hp (105 kW) and 264 Nm of torque. The EV also gets an enhanced version of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system dubbed e-GVC Plus, which “leverages the torque characteristics of the electric motor to optimise the front-rear load shift under an even wider range of usage scenario.”

    The 35.5 kWh battery powering the e-motor uses prismatic cells and supports both AC and DC charging, with the former capable of accepting a maximum input of 6.6 kW via a Type 2 connection. Meanwhile, DC charging is accomplished via a CCS connection, and with a 50-kW input, a depleted battery can reach an 80% state of charge in around 30 to 40 minutes.

    According to a report by Autocar UK, the MX-30 has an EV range of around 209 km, which might be less than some rivals, but Mazda says this exceeds 50-km average daily drive of European customers. If range anxiety is still a concern, a range-extender variant featuring a rotary engine will arrive later on.

    We now arrive at what will likely be the most controversial aspect of the MX-30, its design. Notable cues on the vehicle’s face include a recessed grille that creates a chasm on the front end, with the headlamps tucked within. Further down, the lower apron sports a vertical bar to divide the intake into two, with slim fog lamps occupying the corners.

    With the electric motor taking up less room at the front, the EV sports a low and rather long bonnet at the front, which leads to a coupe-esque roofline that is gently raked towards the rear. A two-tone paintjob and an off-coloured trim bearing the Mazda script help to highlight this design element even further, while black body cladding over 18-inch wheels reinforces the crossover look.

    One of the most interesting aspects from this view are the MX-30’s doors, which hark back to the rear suicide doors on the RX-8. The company call these “freestyle doors,” and access to the rear is only possible by first opening the front doors.

    Looking at the rear of the vehicle, we find circular taillights that are reminiscent of those found on the CX-30, albeit with shorter trailing “tails” that cut into the shapely tailgate. These meet with up with additional trim pieces that originate from the C-pillar, which form a “hoop” over the rear window with the tailgate spoiler. Being an EV, there are no exhaust outlets here, with the lower section of the bumper largely featureless aside from the reflectors and reverse cameras.

    Inside, the MX-30 features a floating centre console – likely due to the positioning of the battery – that houses the Commander Control interface for the Mazda Connect infotainment system as well as a stubby gear lever. You’ll also spot a seven-inch touchscreen display to control the car’s climate controls, which is a first for the brand.

    This is placed just below the centre air vents and start button, with the top dash largely devoid of items aside from a sunken space for the infotainment display. Other items include a steering wheel that is similar to those used in current Mazda models, and a digital instrument cluster.

    If you see cork trim in certain parts of the cabin, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Dubbed as Heritage Cork, the material is made from cork left over from the production of bottle stops, and is one of the company’s initiatives to be kinder to the environment, with a vegan alternative to leather being another for the MX-30.

    Sales of the EV will start in the United Kingdom in 2021, with pricing said to be below 30,000 British pounds, inclusive of incentives offered there.


     
  • Tokyo 2019: Nissan Ariya Concept officially debuts

    The Nissan Ariya Concept has made its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which marks the start of a new era for the company as it seeks to redefine its philosophy and introduce a new design direction.

    Built on an all-new electric platform, the Ariya features a dual-motor drive configuration for all-wheel drive, although the company did not disclose detailed specifications of the powertrain, merely noting that CHAdeMO DC quick charging is supported.

    However, it stated that layout provides “excellent cornering performance and traction on slippery surfaces,” with knowledge gained from the development of the GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS torque split and Patrol’s Intelligent 4×4 systems.

    When it came to styling the Ariya, Nissan followed the theme of “Timeless Japanese Futurism,” and created a rather attractive-looking crossover, finished here in Suisei Blue. The front is highlighted by a covered and patterned front grille, which is emphasised by light guides for a more contemporary take on the company’s V-motion signature.

    Above this “front shield” are ultra-slim, four-element LED headlamps that are linked by black trim to create a more seamless look, while vertical slits are found on the corners of the bumper, acting as inlets. Meanwhile, the lower apron accommodates a wide intake that is marked out by silver trim located just above it, and wide front fenders add to the visual presence.

    In profile, the Ariya sports 21-inch five-spoke aluminium wheels and a low, swooping roofline that leads into a steeply-raked C-pillars and a top-mounted spoiler. Things get a lot more angular at the rear, as the prominent haunches and tailgate form a sharp wedge that features a one-piece light blade that runs across the vehicle’s width.

    There are no exhaust pipes here given the use of an EV powertrain, so the bottom of the bumper gets a lip instead. For those who are curious about the size of the EV, the Ariya measures 4,600 mm long, 1,920 mm wide (excluding the door mirrors) and 1,630 mm tall – the company didn’t provide numbers for the wheelbase.

    The minimalism approach extends to the interior, with a dashboard that is largely uncluttered by buttons and switches. A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display is joined by a secondary unit that acts as a digital instrument cluster, while the climate controls are ingrained into the lower section of the dash – this is repeated for the rear passengers.

    There’s also a full-width air vent sandwiched between the screens and climate controls, with other physical controls being a single knob to interface with the infotainment screen and the start button. Nissan claims an impressive of amount of interior space due to the Ariya’s skateboard-style EV powertrain – battery under the floor – and carefully selected the materials to create an inviting living space.

    It isn’t just style and an EV powertrain being showcased here, as the Ariya also gets Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 suite of driver assistance systems that includes navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities as well as Remote Park. There’s also a range of connected services like Door to Door Navigation, a Virtual Personal Assistan and a Smart Route Planner.

     
  • Tokyo 2019: Honda Jazz – 4th-gen debuts, five variants, two-motor i-MMD hybrid system, Sensing

    Greetings from Japan, where Honda has officially unveiled its all-new Jazz at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The fourth-gen hatchback, which is sold as the Fit in Japan and the US, is scheduled to go on sale from February 2020.

    The automaker says that the new car has been developed with more “emotional value” than numerical absolutes, with comfort and engagement taking precedence. Design-wise, the new car has a softer, more-rounded look, less rakish than the third-gen GK it replaces.

    The front end features larger, less geometric headlamps that include square projectors and U-shaped LED daytime running lights within the clusters, and while the company’s Solid Wing Face grille is still around, but the design has been simplified.

    Natural, crisp lines run horizontally along the sides of the car, and sharper, more vertical shoulder lines emphasise the rear fender and wheel arches, reinforcing the car’s broader stance. The rear design of the car echoes the clean lines at the front, with a sleek new horizontal light cluster layout and discrete roof spoiler.

    Other design elements include a thinner A-pillar, which is half the width of that on the current car. This doesn’t just improve frontal visibility but also ensures a safer structure by enabling impact energy to flow to the front quarter light pillars in the event of a collision. The frontal visibility is also enhanced by relocated windshield wipers, which are now positioned to be barely visible.

    Variety is the name of the game, with the Jazz being presented in a diverse range of styles – five are available for the car, namely Basic, Home, Ness, Luxe and Crosstar, as already revealed in the leaked image set earlier in the week.

    The Basic is the entry-level model, featuring a simple and endearing design, while the Home presents the car with coordinated colours and materials, including natural looking fabric seats, a genuine leather wrapped steering wheel and Prime Smooth soft padding.

    The Ness, meanwhile, sports up the car by ramping up the colour presentation. The variant also adopts water repellent materials for the seat surfaces and soft padding on the instrument panel.

    The Crosstar is the most rugged version of the car, presenting it in a crossover fashion much like the Perodua Axia Style, but with increased ride height. Exclusive exterior design elements include a unique front grille, wheel-arch cladding and model-specific 16-inch aluminium wheels as well as integrated roof rails. Inside, the Crosstar also gets water repellent materials for the seat surfaces as well as soft padding on the instrument panel.

    The Luxe, as its moniker suggests, is the most posh of the lot. The exterior features platinum chrome plated elements and 16-inch wheels, while interior fitment includes leather seats as standard, the idea being to create an elegant and comfortable space for occupants.

    No details on specific powertrains were revealed today at the launch, but the automaker says that its new dual-motor i-MMD hybrid powertrain – which replaces the current Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) system – designed for the car is set to feature prominently, the unit very much a key element in the company’s push in its new e:HEV direction, with the car set to be the first model in Honda’s line-up in Europe to wear the new “e:HEV” powertrain badging.

    In Europe, the car will only be sold with the hybrid system, but the Jazz will be available with the usual range of petrol engines in other markets.

    Inside, new design cues include a two-spoke steering reminiscent of that from the Honda e and an instrument panel with a flat-topped design that emphasises horizontal and straight lines. The front seats are a new generation body-stabilising design, which feature mat-structure support in place of the previous spring set-up, offering less fatigue to occupants over longer drives.

    As for the rear seats, the Magic Seats continue on, with the same seat arrangements asseen previously, but the units now come with a larger and thicker seat pad to improve comfort.

    Infotainment-wise, there’s a new LCD touchscreen interface with swipe controls to browse recently used applications and media lists. Other items include a Wii hotspot as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, available via wireless connection on the Jazz for the first time.

    Safety and driver-assistance tech for the new Jazz will include a front wide view camera on top of the automaker’s Sensing suite, which will come standard on the car across the entire model range. The Jazz will also be the first model equipped with the Honda CONNECT onboard board communication module that has been developed exclusively for Honda vehicles.

    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Jazz Basic

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    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Jazz Ness

    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Jazz Crosstar

    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Jazz Luxe

     
  • DRIVEN: 2019 Volvo S60 – it’s very Swede, very sweet

    What’s with us guys and sedans? The SUV is clearly a more efficient bodystyle with minimum wasted space within a given footprint. Essentially engorged hatchbacks, the sport utility vehicle is inherently more practical (big hatch opening versus a small boot aperture, square loading bay with lots of height) and is surely the best machine for daily urban warfare, thanks to extra ground clearance and a high perch, from which you can command and conquer, or simply avoid.

    It’s a hit with the ladies and families across the world, and it’s something that Volvo knows well. The original XC90 felt like it had been around forever when it was finally replaced in 2014 – a 12-year run is rare, and its longevity was a testament to the car’s ease of use and practicality.

    The slick sequel ushered in a new era of design for Volvo, and those good looks are now standard across the family. Momentum was already there when the second-gen XC60 came onboard in 2017, followed by the all-new XC40, which completed an SUV range so strong and desirable. It is the XC family that has propelled Volvo to year after year of sales records.

    The SUV may be the hottest thing in town, but the sedan is far from finished. Now I don’t have stats to back this up, but it seems like when it comes to choosing vehicles for themselves (as opposed to picking family transport), men are by and large very much loyal to sedans. The coupe fan and hatchback diehard are outliers.

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  • PACE 2019 – Save up to RM70k when buying a pre-owned Volvo; brand new cars get VSA 5+ and more!

    When we said we’d be back with the paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) this year, we weren’t lying. This time around, PACE 2019 – co-sponsored by Michelin and TyrePlus – will be taking place on November 2 and 3, 2019, at the Setia City Convention Centre. If you’ve been wanting to enjoy unbeatable offers when buying your dream Volvo car, there really is no better time and place.

    Authorised Volvo dealer Motion Beyond will be fielding the latest range of Volvo models at the weekend event, and you can look forward to enjoy savings of up to RM70k on selected pre-owned models.

    Those looking to drive home a brand new Volvo car can also look forward to getting the complimentary five-years standard service (VSA5+), as well as one-year Volvo Car Insurance Plus for free!

    Besides Volvo, PACE 2019 will also feature some of your favourite premium car brands such as Audi, BMW, Bufori, Harley-Davidson, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Renault, Subaru, and Volkswagen. Whether you’re eyeing a brand new or pre-owned car, or even a bespoke hand-built vehicle, we’ve got you fully covered.

    What’s more, you’ll also enjoy attractive offers from paultan.org to go with the aforementioned deals! To start, the first 150 new car customers will receive a combined RM2,450 voucher*, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher, a RM680 premium Babel Fit gym membership voucher, a RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    We’re also giving away a combined RM1,270 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car orders, inclusive of the RM770 3M tinting voucher and the RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg – there will also be a lucky draw for those with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans), with 10 units of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699* up for grabs, as well as a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*!

    Co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    For over 10 years, TyrePlus has been in operation in over 22 countries, maintaining vehicles to the highest standards. Their professional tyre and car service centres offer quality services, including routine oil changes, battery changes, brake system inspections, brake replacements, and vehicle servicing – that all add up to a well-running, long-lasting vehicle. TyrePlus Malaysia currently runs 60 outlets nationwide.

    Our inaugural PACE last year was a runaway success, with 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold over two days – 180 units being brand new cars and 34 from the pre-owned selection. One lucky car buyer was also named the lucky draw grand prize winner, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here to find out everything you need to know about PACE. Are you excited yet? We know we are, and we can’t wait to see you there! Don’t be shy – come talk to us!

    *For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Renault, valid for the Renault Koleos and Renault Megane RS only. For Subaru, valid for all models except the Subaru XV. For Mazda, valid for all models except the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 1.5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 2.0 Mid 2WD and Mazda BT-50. Not valid for Harley-Davidson bikes.

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  • 2020 European Car of the Year candidates announced

    The list of candidates for the 2020 European Car of the Year award has been released, and it includes no less than 35 models from different segments, which will be trimmed down as we near next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March 2020.

    Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Toyota are well represented here, as the three carmakers are the only ones with four candidates each. For the Stuttgart-based company, there’s the CLA, EQC, GLB and GLS, while the latter has the Camry, Corolla, RAV4 and GR Supra. As for BMW, the latest 1 Series, Z4, X6 and X7 are all part of the 35-car list.

    Meanwhile, Renault has the Captur, Clio and Zoe vying for the crown, with all other brands being represented by either one or two models. Notable mentions include the Ferrari F8 Tributo, Ford Puma, Audi e-tron, Mazda 3 and CX-30, Nissan Juke, Range Rover Evoque, Porsche 911 and Taycan, Subaru Forester as well as the Tesla Model 3. The Volkswagen camp is represented by the T-Cross and the yet-to-be-launched Mk8 Golf, which will debut soon.

    The award in 2019 went to the Jaguar I-Pace, which managed to best the Alpine A110 after a tiebreaker, marking the first time the marque has won the award. Before that, the XC40 won in 2018, the Peugeot 3008 in 2017, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra in 2016, the Volkswagen Passat in 2015, Peugeot 308 in 2014 and the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf in 2013.

    Here’s the list of all the candidates for the 2020 European Car of the Year:

    • Audi e-tron
    • BMW 1 Series
    • BMW Z4
    • BMW X6
    • BMW X7
    • DS3 Crossback
    • Ferrari F8 Tributo
    • Ford Puma
    • Kia e-Soul
    • Mazda 3
    • Mazda CX-30
    • Mercedes-Benz CLA
    • Mercedes-Benz EQC
    • Mercedes-Benz GLB
    • Mercedes-Benz GLS
    • Nissan Juke
    • Opel/Vauxhall Corsa
    • Peugeot 208
    • Porsche 911
    • Porsche Taycan
    • Range Rover Evoque
    • Renault Captur
    • Renault Clio
    • Renault Zoe
    • Skoda Kamiq
    • Skoda Scala
    • SsangYong Korando
    • Subaru Forester
    • Tesla Model 3
    • Toyota Camry
    • Toyota Corolla
    • Toyota RAV4
    • Toyota GR Supra
    • Volkswagen Golf
    • Volkswagen T-Cross
     
  • RapidKL begins trial run with Hino Poncho minibuses

    Hino Motor Sales (Malaysia) has supplied a fleet of Poncho minibuses to RapidKL as a part of an initiative for the development of an effective intra-city bus service to enhance first and last mile connections for commuters.

    This comes as RapidKL is currently studying the feasibility of reintroducing a minibus service that was prevalent more than two decades ago, with a three-month trial run already ongoing along the T300 and T304 bus routes.

    The Hino Poncho buses will be used in another trial run – handled by Rapid Bus – that caters to the T784 LRT Taman Bahagia and T201 LRT Gombak routes, which will also run for three months from October 20, 2019 to January 20, 2020.

    In Japan, there are more than 2,000 units of the Hino Poncho operating within busy cities and narrow roads. The low-floor minibus measures seven metres in length, which is significantly less than current buses in operation that are around 10 to 12 metres long, making it more manoeuvrable.

    Featuring a vehicle height adjusting system that is capable of vehicle height lowering and raising control, the vehicle’s height can be lowered by as much as 50 mm to make it easier for ingress and egress. Additionally, the system’s raising control allows the chassis to be lifted by up to 30 mm to improve driveability on rougher roads.

    The disabled-friendly bus is capable of ferrying up to 31 passengers (including those standing) and is powered by a Euro V-compliant 5.0 litre turbodiesel engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain also uses the automaker’s Diesel Particulate Reduction (DPR) system, and can operate without additional after-treatments like AdBlue urea fluid to minimise operating and maintenance costs.

     
  • Toyota comes out top as most valuable automotive brand in Interbrand’s 2019 Best Global Brands list

    The Interbrand 2019 Best Global Brands list is now out, so it’s time once again to see how automotive brands fared when it comes to brand value. This year, 15 brands manage to make it to the top 100 list, which is one less than in 2018, with Subaru dropping off the chart.

    Once again, it is Toyota that takes the top spot among automotive brands for another year with a brand value estimated to be around US$56.246 billion, while it is seventh overall behind brands like Samsung, Coca Cola, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple.

    The Japanese carmaker isn’t the only that managed to retain its position from 2018, as Mercedes-Benz kept its spot as well – second among automotive brands and eighth overall – with a brand value of US$50.832 billion.

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    Meanwhile, BMW (US$41.440 billion) climbed up two spots become the third most valuable automotive brand (and 11th overall) in 2019. It is followed by Honda (US$24.422 billion) in fourth place (21st overall), Ford (US$14.325 billion) in fifth place (35th overall) and Hyundai (US$14.156 billion) in sixth place (36th overall).

    Further down the list, Volkswagen (US$12.921 billion) improved upon last year’s result to take the seventh spot (40th overall), with other companies under the Volkswagen Group – namely Audi (US$12.689 billion; 42th overall) and Porsche (US$11.652 billion; 50th overall) – displacing Nissan (US$11.502 billion), which settled for the tenth spot (52nd overall) instead.

    Next up, Ferrari’s fast-growing brand value shined again this year, as the Italian carmaker’s brand value of US$6.458 billion brought it up to the 11th spot (77th overall), pushing remaining brands like Kia (US$6.428 billion) and Land Rover (US$5.855 billion) down to 12th (78th overall) and 13th (85th overall) respectively. The last two remaining brands are MINI (US$5.532 billion) in 13th place (90th overall) and Harley-Davidson (US$4.793 billion) in last place (99th overall).

    Interbrand 2019 Best Global Brands (automotive only)

    To be included in Interbrand’s Best Global Brands, a company must meet several terms, where at least 30% of its revenue must come from outside of the its home region. Furthermore, the brand must have a significant presence in Asia, Europe, and North America as well as broad geographic coverage in emerging markets.

    There must also be adequate publicly available data on the brand’s financial performance, and any economic profit must be expected to be positive over the longer term, delivering a return above the brand’s cost of capital. Lastly, the brand must have a public profile and awareness across the major economies of the world.

     
  • Toyota GR Supra 3000GT Concept teased for SEMA

    For this year’s SEMA Show, Toyota is looking to once again capitalise on your nostalgia by presenting a new concept based on the latest A90 GR Supra. Called the Supra 3000GT, the show car will be prepared by Toyota Racing Development (better known as TRD), and If you hadn’t guessed by now, is heavily inspired by the Supra TRD 3000GT of the fourth-generation A80.

    Fans of the Gran Turismo racing games are probably familiar with the racing-inspired Supra, which featured a number of styling and performance enhancements. As far as we can see, the former is clearly applicable to the concept, as the video shows us some of the changes that will be present.

    These include a vented a bonnet in the same look as the original and a massive rear wing over at the back, with both being prominent features that are quite popular among those looking to modify an A80. Watch the first entry in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, and you’ll spot the hood design on Brian O’Conner’s orange Supra.

    The list of modifications is expected to be much larger, and should include some powertrain tweaks (if any), but we’ll only know more when TRD reveals all at the event. Additionally, it isn’t known if the company plans to put these parts into production like it did when it showed off the Supra TRD Performance Line Concept, which was eventually offered as GR Parts in Japan.

     
 

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