Posts Tagged ‘coupe’

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Review

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The most recent Honda study suggest that customers that favor coupes over sedans seem to be mostly seduced by the image and style, feeling that the absent second set of doors pushed the idea that the driver and car have a sporty identity. While that’s not always the case, the vibrant character of the new Civic coupe justifies the sporty part of the suggestion. I mean just looking at it makes it really hard not to believe that this shape won’t be what first attracts its buyer.

Check it out …

Honda Civic Coupe 2016

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe’s sheet metal alone is even sexier than the sedan’s, with more sculpting, neater dimensions, and wheels that fill the wheel wells right to the very edge of the fenders.

Now what the coupe does share is the sedan’s 106.3-inch wheelbase, which is a sizable 3.1-inch stretch as opposed to the previous generation. However, at 176.9 inches, this new coupe is about an inch shorter than its predecessor, 1.8 inches wider at 70.8 inches, and a drop (0.1 inches) lower at 54.9 inches. Additionally, it has much wider tracks: 60.9 inches at the front and 61.5 rear. Although the overall length has shortened, the overhangs have reduced even more, and matched with the new sedan, the coupe falls 5.4 inches shorter. The rest is a coupe that looks compact in a sporty way.

Power Over Weight

While it would make sense that smaller dimensions and widespread use of high-strength and ultra-high strength steel in the body shell should equate to reduced mass, the official provisions are a little foggy on this score. Honda’s registered curb weights for the older coupe vary from 2754 to 2916 pounds. Depending on the trim level, the 2016 coupes will weigh anywhere from 2735 and 2896 pounds, as per Honda. As usual, equipment and new safety requirements seem to have trounced any attempts at genuine weightloss.

Nonetheless, the new coupe seems to have a performance edge over the previous generation, which is due to its new engines—a naturally aspirated 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder (in LX and LX-P models) and a 174-hp 1.5-liter turbo four (EX-T, EX-L, and Touring). 

US-Market Pricing

Just like several other components of the ongoing Honda Civic saga, pricing is still unclear until at least mid-March 2016 when this model goes on sale. There is some speculation on pricing, but that’s tricky to predict because of the upgraded trim levels. There are currently five culminating in the new Touring model. Then again this much is certain: The new 2016 Honda Civic coupe makes the retiring version as easily forgettable as last year’s curling-tournament results. While the body of the Civic coupe is quite sporty in its appearance, the sportiness goes above and beyond the appearance.


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Audi TT

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

We’ve been talking a lot entry-level sports coupes recently here on Integrity Exports, primarily the recently facelifted Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S. So, it seemed fitting today for us to do an auction find focused on one of the most popular sports coupes on the road – the Audi TT.

2013 Audi TT

Part coupe, part hot hatch, the Audi TT is impossible to ignore. This particular auction find is a 2013 Audi TT 1.8 TFSI, the base model for the TT lineup. But, don’t let its position in the trim line fool you – AutoExpress says the 1.8 TFSI is “the best TT in the range.” It’s starting price is the same as the Toyota GT 86 in most markets, and it gives you an arguably more premium sports car experience.

Starting outside, the TT has a distinct design among other coupes. It almost resembles a hatchback with its bulbous rear-end and all-around curvy aesthetic. Audi designed the fourth-gen TT specifically with the shooting-brake body style in mind, and we’d say they succeeded in applying the silhouette to the coupe form. This model is in a classic piano black with chrome accents around the grille.

2013 Audi TT rear

Under the hood, the 1.8 TFSI name tells you that this TT runs on a four-cylinder 1.8L EA888 Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection engine (which tells you where the ‘TFSI’ comes from). The car outputs a solid 160 horsepower which can propel the TT from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. Fuel economy is 30 mpg, which makes this one of the cleanest non-hybrid coupes under $50K.

The interior is where this 2013 Audi TT really shines. Audi has used nothing but premium materials inside the cabin, and the overall layout is spacious and comfortable thanks to the higher-than-normal roofline. The styling is exactly what you’d expect from a European sports car – minimalist and classy. It has a simple dashboard with a stunning color LCD nav system just below the air vents, positioned at the same level as the steering wheel for easy reach.

2013 Audi TT interior

Speaking of, even the baseline 1.8 TFSI TT comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission, as you can see in the image above. The rear seats can be folded down for additional trunk space, which is probably how they’ll be used for 9 out of 10 TT drivers.

According to KBB’s review of the 2013 Audi TT, you’ll like this car because of it offers a “fine balance of performance and style – especially style. If it catches your eye, there’s really nothing else quite like it.”

If you’d like more details on this particular model, you can get a translation of the auction sheet below:

2013 Audi TT auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior A, first registered November 2013, two wheel drive, 1.8T FSI model, FAT, AAC, official dealer right-hand drive import, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, airbag, ABS, original navigation system, original TV, official dealer right-hand drive import, 2014 model, first time in auction, minor scratches, marks as per map”


The Toyota GT86 Is Getting a Little Brother

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

2014 Toyota GT86

Last week, we got our first look at the facelifted 2016 Toyota GT86 sports coupe. This weekend, we learned that this isn’t the only piece of GT86/FR-S related news Toyota’s been hiding… Apparently, Toyota is currently developing a compact sports car that would slot below their joint venture coupe.

The news comes from Australian automotive blog Motoring, who apparently first heard the news from “a source close to Toyota”. They say that the new compact sports car will be a two-door rear-wheel-drive coupe that will have a starting price of about $20,000. It will run on a 132 horsepower 1.5L petrol engine and come in under 1,000 kg.

Toyota Sports 800

Motoring also says that the car will compete with the new Mazda MX-5, but let’s be real… Given Toyota and Mazda’s recently expanded partnership, we all know that this is going to be a Miata-based vehicle. In fact, we’d say there’s a decent chance it will be built on the same platform and use a SkyActiv-inspired engine too. The rumor right now is that the engine will be a modified direct-injection version of the 1.5L four-cylinder Toyota uses in some international Corolla models (2NR-FKE), but we’re not convinced.

Even if the new sub-GT86 coupe is largely built on Mazda components, the car will still be inspired by an old Toyota model. Toyota’s source said, “The new coupe’s exterior look was inspired by the Toyota Sports 800 (pictured above) of 1965, but reinterpreted for the 21st Century.” The source also said that the new coupe is codenamed 69DZ, if that tells you anything. Aesthetically, it’ll be based on the Toyota 86 Cb Concept from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show (below).

2013 Toyota 86 Cb Concept

The new baby coupe will serve as an entry-level offer to Toyota sports car lineup. Other rumors say that Toyota plans to develop another larger coupe that will slot above the GT86/FR-S, which would give them three solid sports car offers. As the cheapest of the bunch, the 69DZ will have a heavy emphasis on fun, agile driving, and not as much on interior quality. We hope that Toyota opts for a simple two-seat coupe for the superior cabin space, but empirical evidence points to a cramped 2+2 seating arrangement.

That being said, Toyota is taking extreme measures to make sure the mini-86 kicks butt on the road… Apparently they’ve enlisted the help of World Rally Championship racer Tommi Makinen to test and develop the new sports coupe. With that kind of real on-track experience behind the project, we sincerely hope that this new sports car will go from prototype to production before the end of the year. It’s certainly possible; Motoring’s source said, “Designers have a final prototype that could very well go into production as is.”

Here’s to hoping!


Sixth-Generation Chevrolet Camaro Finally Unveiled

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Okay, we know it’s not every day that we cover non-Japanese cars here on the Integrity Exports blog. But, this is a special occasion. After several months of buildup, Chevy has finally unveiled the all-new sixth-generation Camaro which will go on sale in the US by the end of the year, and everywhere else in Q1 of ’16.

First things first, you can see that Chevrolet has kept the classic Camaro image of the last few model years almost fully intact. The new car still looks very much like the Camaro you’d see on dealership floors today. However, Chevrolet has logged a solid 350 hours of windtunnel tweaking to hone the old Camaro into a sleeker, more aerodynamic machine.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro rear

Also, even though you wouldn’t be able to tell from the design, Chevy managed to trim a full 200 lbs. off the Camaro, which makes it noticeably more agile AND improves fuel economy up to 30mpg. They did that by making the car a tiny bit shorter and narrower, and it also rides a bit lower to the ground.  And you can’t see it, but the underpinnings are reportedly 28% more rigid too.

Mark Reuss, GM’s executive VP of product development, expanded on the car’s design by saying, “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains the iconic design cues and offers even more performance.”

What exactly does he mean by ‘more performance’?

2016 Chevrolet Camaro engines

Looking to stay competitive with the Camaro’s arch nemesis – the Ford Mustang – Chevrolet will offer three different engines in 2016 and onward. First, the baseline trim will ship with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine (pictured right) with 275 horsepower. Then, the mid-range model will come with a 3.6L V6 outputting 335 horses (pictured middle). The top-of-the-line Camaro SS gets an updated version of the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 V8 – 6.2L of raw combustion power that outputs a blistering 455 hp.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS interior

The SS also gets some big ol’ Brembo brakes. All plants come with driver’s choice of a six-speed manual with a Magnetic Ride Control system to help match rev speed during downshifting, or with an eight-speed Hydra-matic automatic transmission (complete with paddle shifters).

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2002 Chevrolet Camaro

2002 Chevrolet Camaro

It’s not every day that you’ll find a decent Chevrolet Camaro up for auction in Japan, but today is our lucky day. What we have here is a 2002 model that’s in surprisingly good shape. This is probably one of the most nostalgic sports cars that you will still occasionally see on the road, which speaks well of the older Camaro’s longevity.

2002 Chevrolet Camaro rear

As a 2002MY, this Camaro would’ve been the last model in the fourth-generation before Chevy halted production of their sport coupe between 2002 and 2010, making this an extra special model.

2002 Chevrolet Camaro interior

For more information, get a full rundown of the specs from the auction sheet translation below:

2002 Chevrolet Camaro auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered July 2002, Camaro model, FAT, AC, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbag, Yanase official dealer left-hand drive import, 2002 model, rust on suspension parts, light scratches on roof, other marks as per map”


2016 Scion FR-S Gets Upgraded Interior & Tech.

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

After Scion added two new cars to their lineup for the first time in years at the 2015 New York Auto Show, we’ve been anxiously waiting to see what the youth-targeted marque would do with their most iconic vehicle for the 2016 model year. Today, Scion released official details for their 2016 Scion FR-S sports coupe.

2016 Scion FR-S

Let’s start with the exterior. No body modifications have been made to the FR-S for 2016, but Scion will offer the coupe in two new colors – Ablaze Red (pictured) or Oceanic Blue. Remember, the coupe has only been on the market since 2013; Toyota hasn’t yet seen fit to make any body modifications to either their 86 or FR-S offerings in any market. The powertrain will stay the same too – it’s a 2.0L four-cylinder with 200 hp.

2016 Scion FR-S interior

The interior is where things start getting really exciting. Scion wanted to improve the premium feel of the coupe’s cabin, so they made a number of interior upgrades. They’ve added new silver accents throughout the center console and dashboard, along with the steering wheel and door grips. Scion has also added in a higher quality audio system as the standard option, along with a crisp 7-inch touchscreen and voice recognition technology.

2016 Scion FR-S rear

Scion also says that they’ve added a rear-view backup camera to the coupe for “added safety, comfort and convenience.” Of course, we all know that this is 2015… Backup cameras are required now. Still, we appreciate the sentiment.

With all the new technology, it’s no surprise that the 2016 model year will get a slight price increase of $405. That means the six-speed manual now starts at $25,305. The six-speed sequential automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters starts at $26,405. And don’t forget the $770 destination fee.

2016 Scion FR-S profile

Honestly, even after the changes to the 2016MY coming in June, the Scion FR-S is headed for a rough year. First-quarter sales were down almost 30% from last year, and it’s hard to believe that a higher price tag is going to positively affect sales, even with a better interior.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota 86 G

2012 Toyota 86

Since the cars are still so new, you won’t find very many GT86 or BRZ coupes up for auction in Japan (the FR-S is a US-only name). But, we managed to dig up this beautiful blazing red 86 G in superb condition.

2012 Toyota 86 rear

Interestingly, the base trim Toyota 86 (as it’s called in Japan) is the RC package, which is a barebones vehicle meant for racing. It’s only once you move to the G trim (the car you see here) that you get all the interior components like air-conditioning, leather upholstery with red stitching, plus the LCD touchscreen display. You also get those slick 16-inch alloys you can see in the images above.

2012 Toyota 86 interior

As we said, this 2012 Toyota 86 auction find is in great shape with a B-grade interior and exterior, and an overall rating of 4.5. For more details, get a full translation of the specs below the auction sheet.

2012 Toyota 86 auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered October 2012, G model, 6-speed manual, AC, Kenwood SD navigation system with digital TV, rear view reversing camera, keyless entry, original 16 inch AWs, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, one owner, seats worn, front windscreen scratched, interior grime, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”


New Honda S2000 or CR-Z to Sit Between S660 & NSX

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 1st, 2015

Pikes Peak Honda CR-Z

Honda has been perhaps the most exciting Japanese automaker to follow in 2015. First it was the news of the S1000, a ‘hot’ version of the turbocharged S660 roadster kei car that’s currently available in Japan. Then it was the new Civic Type-R. Then it was the Acura NSX Concept which previewed a new hybrid supercar that’s likely to make its production debut at the beginning of next year.

Now, according to Motoring, we’ve learned that Honda plans to introduce not one, but possibly TWO more sports cars in the near future. The first will be a successor to the S2000 that got axed back in ’09. The second will be a performance-tuned CR-Z. Both cars could sit between the S660 / S1000 and the NSX as mid-level sports cars. They’ll be bigger and faster than the kei car roadster, but much more attainable than the six-figure supercar.

Let’s start with the S2000. According to the report, the new S2000 would feature a mid-engine hybrid layout that’s similar to the one showcased in the NSX. Motoring’s Honda informant says that their engineers “are currently evaluating a detuned version of the Civic Type-R’s 2.0L turbo.” He went on to say that a more efficient 1.5L turbo is on the table, and that he believes that such a car could output a minimum of 300hp with a price tag somewhere in the mid $60k. This would put the car in prime position to take on the likes of the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK, BMW Z4 and even Nissan’s Fairlady Z.

As for the CR-Z, details are even sparser. Motoring’s insider offered barely two sentences about the possibility of the compact coupe’s return: “We still need to evaluate exactly where a new CR-Z would fit into our sports car hierarchy … We are looking at the potential of electric 4WD [like] the Pikes Peak CR-Z.” However, he went on to say that, “The powers that be in our R&D section are leaning strongly towards channeling development funds away from the CR-Z and into an S2000 successor.”

Either way, the good news is that another sports car is definitely on the table for Honda. We just don’t know exactly which one it’ll be. And, we should make it clear that neither car is anywhere close to production. Honda’s first priority is boosting sales of their high-volume models in two primary markets – the US and China. They believe that a focus on those markets is the key to higher profits, which would then allow them to devote research and development into lower-volume models like a new CR-Z coupe or S2000 roadster.


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Alfa Romeo Brera

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Earlier this week we learned that the Fiat group would be releasing their version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata as the revived Fiat 124 Spider. Prior to that announcement, we had expected that the Italian automaker would opt to release their version of the Japanese roadster as an Alfa Romeo model. Turns out that only fully Italian-sourced cars can be sold under the Alfa Romeo name. So, today we’re looking at a 2010 Alfa Romeo Brera Japanese car auction find:

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera

For those unfamiliar with last decade’s Alfa Romeo lineup, the Brera is essentially the bigger coupe brother to the Alfa Romeo Spider (which is a roadster). Only 21,786 total units of the Brera were built throughout the car’s production, which lasted from 2005 to 2010. As a 2010 model year, this would have been the last year the Brera was available.

The Alfa Romeo Brera is an extra-relevant auction find this week because the concept, the production model and all its updates were shown first at the Geneva Motor Show… The concept in 2002, the production model in 2005, and the upgrades in 2008 and ’09.

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera rear

Looking at the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, you can see that this is specifically an Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 JTS Q4 model. Since this is a pre-2008 update model, the ‘3.2 JTS’ means we’re looking at a 3.2L engine that outputs 256 horsepower at 6200 rpm, and 237 lb-ft of torque at 3800 rpm. Top speed is rated at 149 mph (244 km/h) and 0 to 60 time is 7.2 seconds.

The 2008 update for the Brera also introduced Alfa Romeo’s e-Q2 limited slip differential to all models, and integrated aluminum parts to reduce the curb weight of the car.

Alfa Romeo Brera

Unfortunately, this particular auction find only offers us a couple small images of the design. Fortunately, we’ve found some larger manufacturer-sourced images to give you a better idea of just how sleek and, well, Italian-looking (there’s no other way to describe it) the Brera looks on the road. You can see the classic downward triangle with Alfa’s sigil at the top, the triple headlight design and the smooth, minimalist body lines that define the overall tone of the Italian automaker’s former flagship coupe.

Alfa Romeo Brera interior

Inside, the Brera’s large rear-end allows for some serious rear passenger space. A leather interior and plenty of amenities around the cabin make for a truly pleasurable and fun-filled drive. And this find is in pretty good shape too, with an overall rating of 4.5 and a B-grade interior and exterior. Get a full translation below the auction sheet:

2007 Alfa Romeo Brera auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered December 2007, 3.2 JTS Q4 Skysound model, 4WD, 6-speed manual transmission, AAC, HDD navigation system, digital TV, official dealer LHD import, rear view reversing camera, power steering, power windows, original AWs, airbag, leather seats, model year unknown, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime and wear and tears and scratches, seats worn and torn, steering wheel worn, airbag warning light on, minor scratches and minor dents, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 30th, 2015

We’re moving a bit upscale for today’s Japanese car auction find. It’s a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, which is the original two-seat berlinetta version of the car that made its original debut a little more than five years ago at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 succeeded the Ferrari F430 Coupe, however you wouldn’t be able to see any relationship by looking at the two cars. The 458 has a much more invigorating design, and was developed specifically with technology from the firm’s experience in Formula 1 racing.

We can start by talking about what’s under the hood of this renowned Italian sports car. This 2012 458 Italia boasts a 4.5L V8 engine with direct fuel injection. It can output a rubber-burning 562 hp at the redline, and a full 398 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the car has a very efficient rev-range; Ferrari brags that you can access 80% of the car’s torque by 3,250 rpm, which is a hair over a third of the car’s 9,000 rpm redline. The 458’s engine is paired with a dual-clutch 7-speed GETRAG transmission.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia auction find

Of course, all of these specs are meaningless until you put them into real-world numbers… The Ferrari 458’s official 0 to 100 km time (aka. 0 to 62 mph) is a staggering 3.4 seconds, and its top speed is 202 mph (325 km/h).

While the engine is what gives this 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia its power, you’ll need to thank the double wishbone suspension and the perfectly symmetrical 50/50 mid-engine mount. This perfect front-rear balance and performance-tuned suspension allow for precise motion control throughout all states of movement and acceleration. When you pair that with Ferrari’s incredible traction control systems – E-Diff and F1-Trac – it’s no wonder that piloting the 458 is regarded as nothing short of an epic experience.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia interior

Looking inside the Ferrari 458 Italia, you’ll find a highly organic interior with a surprising amount of legroom for the driver and his/her passenger. This car showcases the epitome of luxury materials – fine leather seating and upholstery with subtle red accent stitching. Ferrari also kept the dashboard controls minimally complicated. Navigation and vehicle information is delivered via dual-purpose LCD screens, and many of the controls such as turn signals and wipers can be directly controlled from the steering wheel.

All in all, this 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia is an incredible Japanese car auction find. We don’t always see these newer Ferrari models hit the auction floors in Japan, simply because people really like holding onto them. So, if you’re interested, be sure to get more details for this one by reading the translation below the auction sheet:

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia auction sheet

Grade 4.5, interior B, first registered September 2012, 458 Italia model, AT, AC, service book, original alloy wheels, two wheel drive, power steering, power windows, leather, airbag, one owner, Cornes official dealer left-hand drive import, ¥3.7 million worth of option items, 2012 model, carbon fibre-look wrapping, protective film on headlights, spare remote key, seats have minor wear, marks where a mount has been on the dashboard, scratches, marks as per map


Infiniti Q60 Concept Kicks Off 2015 Detroit Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Infiniti Q60 Concept Debut

First, let’s get one thing clear: this car is guaranteed to reach production. Infiniti tells us it’ll hit dealership floors around either the end of this year or the beginning of next.

Great! With that out of the way, let’s look at the car itself.

Infiniti Q60 Concept Side-Rear view

We’d already seen a few photos of the car in previews, but with the official debut Infiniti has given us a full 60 photos of the car, both inside and out. Fitting, eh? 60 photos of the Q60; so clever. Of course, a lot of the photos are redundant, so we’ve selected the most informative of the bunch to show you here.

Infiniti Q60 Concept rear view

Looking at the exterior styling, we can see that the new Infiniti Q60, which will fill the shoes of the former Infiniti G coupe, looks exactly as good as expected. Updates to the styling include a totally new front fascia with larger front air intakes that dip up in the middle to draw your eyes into the enormous mesh grille. The car has an intricately symmetrical design, with three distinct sets of lines sculpted into the hood of the car. Infiniti has chosen to stick with a classy silver paintjob for the initial debut, although, of course, we expect several colors to be available by the time the car actually launches in 2016.

To give you an idea of the car’s size, it’s 184.6 inches long, 73.4 inches wide and 53.9 inches tall.

Infiniti Q60 Concept dashboard

The interior of the Q60 is where things really get interesting. We have a truly luxurious cabin with quilted white leather seats, and a similar dash to what we’d already seen in the new Infiniti Q50. It also showcases Infiniti’s new InTuition system, which basically allows up to four different “driver profiles” to be programmed into the car’s memory. Infiniti describes it as a “fully customizable digital environment, which works with the vehicle’s advanced Intelligent Keys to recognize the vehicle settings for up to four different drivers, including preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation, telematics.”

Infiniti Q60 Handcrafted Perfections

On top of that, Infiniti clearly wants us to know just how much love and care went into this particular Q60, as they’ve released several photos like the one above of an engineer painstakingly stitching and assembling the car by hand.

Infiniti Q60 Concept Looking Inside

Finally, along with the car’s debut, we have confirmation that Infiniti’s new coupe will ship with the same direct-injection turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain that we’d seen in the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration. They declined to release further details than that – probably because much of the powertrain is still in development. You can get a better look at the car in the video below:

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT

2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT

Although you won’t find any Infiniti models in up for auction in Japan (outside of grey imports), Nissan actually had a Japanese-spec G coupe alternative in the generations before the one we’re currently in. First it was the Nissan Primera, and then from 2002 to 2007 it was the Nissan Skyline. As it turns out, there are several Nissan Skylines up for auction in Japan today, and the one you see here is the best of the bunch – a 2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT.

2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT rear spoiler

Noteworthy features include parallel twin-spoke alloys, a long coupe-like front fascia, and a sport-tuned 3.5L V6 petrol engine fitting of the car’s 350GT nomenclature. The engine produces a decent 280hp and is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Being over a decade old, you won’t get built-in nav. or fine leather seating, but you will get a spacious four-seat interior with plenty of storage space, a chrome-aluminum shift lever and aluminum pedals for that extra bit of flair.

2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT auction sheet

Infiniti Q60 Concept Revealed Ahead of Detroit

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

2016 Infiniti Q60 Concept Preview

Today we’re finally getting a full look at the new Infiniti Q60 Concept that will make its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show next week. As you can see, this is a slick silver two-door coupe that is reported to seat up to four passengers in a 2+2 layout. As you continue reading, you’ll learn everything we already know about this new concept, and what more we hope to learn when the curtains come off next week.

If you’ve been following the teasers that Intiniti has already given us, then you know that the Q60 will essentially be a renamed, next-generation G coupe, which has been in its current generation since 2008. However, as far as we know right now, there will not be a sedan or convertible version of the Infiniti Q60, unlike the Infiniti G series which has a number of different iterations for drivers to choose from.

Now that we have a full picture of the new Q60 coupe, it’s much easier to identify the key design elements that will make this car stand out.

Starting from the front, we have Infiniti’s new, modernized mesh grille that characterizes their other new models. The front spoiler has been simultaneously toned down and modernized from the previous G coupe – it now has a split design that dips up in the middle to channel air underneath the car’s body. The bodywork has been beautifully sculpted in a way that almost makes the car look ethereal, as if it’s one with the air around it, and you can rest assured that those chrome accents and outlines will look much better in person than they do in this teaser (not that they look bad here!).

Personally, our favorite new design elements are the bold 21-inch twin-spoke alloys that fill the heavily sculpted wheel wells, and the pseudo-panoramic roof that arcs ever so gently back from the silver A-pillar to the uniquely designed C-pillar.

As for the interior, Infiniti tells us that the Q60 Concept will aim to offer drivers a luxurious, bespoke feel with plush materials like quilted leather seating and carbon fiber accents.

Unfortunately, Infiniti is still completely tight-lipped about the Q60’s performance. We don’t know what will lie under the hood, but we do know that the G models it’ll replace can go from 0 to 60mph in 5.7 seconds, and from 0 to 100mph in 13.1, so we’re expecting a really fast, really high-performance powertrain… Perhaps the Q80 Inspiration Concept’s twin-turbo 3.0L V6, although again, nothing is confirmed. Fingers crossed that we’ll get full powertrain specs when the Q60 Concept makes its official debut next week!