Lets talk about cars/motorsports:

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[up][up]Yeah, I'll have to check that out.

The Silvia is a nice car, but I've come to prefer the KA 24 DE over the SR 20 DET because the iron block is a bit sturdier than the aluminum one that was used for the SR 20. There's a small KA turbo crowd going around, and with older Skyline parts getting somewhat cheaper, more people are doing RB swaps, too. Tam, did your country get the Silvia, or was that a Japan-only release? I can't remember.

Deboss, what kind of car do you drive?
152 TamH706th Oct 2012 11:02:11 AM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
We got the Silvia, I saw some over here with UK reg numbers.
153 Greenmantle6th Oct 2012 02:54:34 PM from Greater Wessex , Relationship Status: I know
Phantom of the Spey
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They probably were "Grey Imports", like a lot of JDM-type cars...
"It's been a long, hard road but you must carry on"
154 TamH706th Oct 2012 09:28:03 PM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
[up]Yeah that's more than likely right. And since they were right-hand drive anyway, it is hard to tell without cracking open the bonnet and hunting for the VIN.
155 Greenmantle6th Oct 2012 10:32:01 PM from Greater Wessex , Relationship Status: I know
Phantom of the Spey
One can tell, especially from the rear number plate style (Japan has US-style plates, you see), and obviously the type of vehicle in general.
"It's been a long, hard road but you must carry on"
156 TamH707th Oct 2012 01:02:24 AM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
I dunno, I saw at least one Silvia with a British numberplate pair.
157 Greenmantle7th Oct 2012 02:51:25 AM from Greater Wessex , Relationship Status: I know
Phantom of the Spey
* Sigh*

I mean the shape of the number plates — they're not the usual British size and shape...
"It's been a long, hard road but you must carry on"
158 Joesolo26th Nov 2012 06:20:01 PM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
I like our(USA) plates. each state has it's own variant, it's a bit of entertainment on the road on long rides. Plus, vanity plates are fun. I dont have one, but I plan on getting a blue mini-cooper one of these days(read, in a decade or so when i'm done with college and working) and trying for some variation of "Tardis" for the plate. [lol]

edited 26th Nov '12 6:20:41 PM by Joesolo

RIP Leonard Nimoy. We've lost a great man. LLAP.
159 QuestionMarc27th Nov 2012 07:12:53 AM from Down-town Canada , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
[up] Quebec's plates are weird, there's this quote (Je me souviens (I remember)) that I'm not convinced that's a fitting motto for the province. - Shrugs -

In other news, I just realized that I made 5000 kilometers with my car since I acquired it 1 and a half year ago. Yay!

That's since I got her, she has 70000 kilometers overall, and apparently will last twice as long.

That's what I heard anyway.
Just enough pride.
160 TamH7018th Jan 2013 12:24:24 PM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
So what about that new Corvette then? Chevrolet seems to think it deserved the "Stingray" monicker, but it looks a bit flabby to me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21009682

And as usual Americans seem to get really crappy horsepower out of the engine, even accounting for the crippling American emissions regulations. Any European car designer who got 450 HP out of a 6.2 litre engine would get sacked. tongue

As seen here: http://www.edmunds.com/mercedes-benz/sls-amg/2012/features-specs.html

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/08/new-york-mercedes-benz-e63-amg-says-ich-bin-ein-monster/

161 Achaemenid18th Jan 2013 01:09:09 PM from Tsarskoye Selo , Relationship Status: Every rose has its thorn
Liberator
How about we post our favorite cars ever? No arguing, just reasons:

Here's mine: The good old Peugeot 406 estate. Me dad had one of these. Same color. A real workhorse. Nice design, still looks fresh today, despite already being a couple of shapes old when we got ours. Reliability a bit of an issue - the cambelt snapped once, and our holiday once ended with a lift courtesy of the Automobile Association (not that one). Still, practical as all hell - once drove from Cape Wrath to Rome in a single drive (assisted by two ferries and broken only by a four hour rest). RIP.

edited 18th Jan '13 1:10:55 PM by Achaemenid

162 Balmung18th Jan 2013 01:59:58 PM from Omaha, Nebraska , Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
TsunderAI
That self-driving car that Google made. I don't like driving.
163 TamH7018th Jan 2013 02:10:01 PM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
Land Rover Defender Series 3. Sturdy as hell and could actually do the whole offroading thing. Unlike most of the modern Chelsea Tractors.
164 Nohbody18th Jan 2013 04:19:48 PM from Somewhere in Dixie , Relationship Status: Mu
Just zis guy
Shelby (RIP) Cobra, particularly the original 289. Yeah, there are later cars that do better (even just sticking to Cobras), but I just like the thought of a relatively light, "tossable" car that doesn't absolutely need gobs of horsepower to get going. If someone could bottle the 1st generation Miata in a package not 2 decades old I'd consider selling organs to buy one.

As for the Corvette's engine, it may be that they want to differentiate the lower models from whatever they're going to name the C7's equivalent of the ZR-1 (haven't followed 'vettes all that closely, dunno offhand), and firepower is one of the traditional ways of differentiating model levels.
There are several Japanese cars that I consider ideal for different reasons. I appreciate the economics and user-friendliness of the older Honda Civics (pre Si generation). The Toyota Camry is also very reliable. Despite the problems it has, my SW 20 is a good car with a lot of potential that hasn't been realized only because my bank account won't allow it currently.

To me, the RX-7 FD 3 S is the epitome of a Japanese sports car. It has the power, handling, aesthetics, and layout that I'd stereotypically expect from a Japanese performance vehicle. The Nissan 240 SX is also a solid vehicle, and it' probably one of the easiest sports cars with which you can work without major conflicts.
166 Greenmantle19th Jan 2013 04:31:22 AM from Greater Wessex , Relationship Status: I know
Phantom of the Spey
@Tam: Land Rover Series III - the Defender name didn't come in until the introduction of the 200 tdi engine c.1991.

"It's been a long, hard road but you must carry on"
167 TamH7019th Jan 2013 08:01:14 PM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
Oh yeah, that's right. The ones I first encountered were the very last ones before the Defender came along. They had a much better looking front end.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Rover_Series#Series_III

as opposed to this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Rover_Defender
168 Greenmantle20th Jan 2013 02:49:06 AM from Greater Wessex , Relationship Status: I know
Phantom of the Spey
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Ah, you do mean the Series III. The British Army had thousands of 'em. The later, pre-Wolf, Land Rovers* are 90 and 110 models. The Wolf ones are much-modified derivatives of the Defender, and are fitted with the later 300 tdi engines.

edited 20th Jan '13 2:49:21 AM by Greenmantle

"It's been a long, hard road but you must carry on"
169 Deadbeatloser2220th Jan 2013 03:17:16 AM from le Secret♪ , Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
Heroine of Justice
Re: The Silvia:

[The S15] Silvia was only sold in Japan, Australia and New Zealand but was available as a grey import in most other countries.

Still want one though. Even though they've been out of production for over ten years.

edited 20th Jan '13 3:17:42 AM by Deadbeatloser22

Some men just want to watch the world burn. Others provide the matches.
170 Joesolo24th Jan 2013 04:48:22 PM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
the new stingray's a nice car, but it doesnt look like a stingray to me.
RIP Leonard Nimoy. We've lost a great man. LLAP.
171 QuestionMarc24th Jan 2013 05:06:23 PM from Down-town Canada , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
I could post a few cars I think look awesome, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like to drive any.

I'd turn down a Porsche just to keep driving my Ford Focus 2009. I got a crush on it, since it's my first car and all. It looks just like the one in the pic, except the mags that are different.

I would post some example of cars I love, but I can sum it up to "Any cool car that shows up when searching 'car' on Wallbase".
Just enough pride.
172 TamH7025th Jan 2013 01:51:18 AM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
That Focus looks nice. I am not sure if the British version of the car comes with a saloon/sedan body style, though they did use to make one.
173 Deadbeatloser2225th Jan 2013 02:51:00 AM from le Secret♪ , Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
Heroine of Justice
They scrapped the Focus saloon in the UK in 2009.
Some men just want to watch the world burn. Others provide the matches.
174 TamH7025th Jan 2013 03:18:19 AM from 合計虐殺 , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
[up]Oh thanks, I wasn't sure about that.
175 Greenmantle25th Jan 2013 03:35:43 AM from Greater Wessex , Relationship Status: I know
Phantom of the Spey
...and remember, until 2011 the American Ford Focus was based on the first-generation Focus. Odd that, but true.
"It's been a long, hard road but you must carry on"

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