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Japanese Car Auction Find – 1998 Mazda Miata (NB)

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, June 4th, 2015

1998 Mazda Miata

Earlier this week, we looked at a compilation of first-drive reviews for the all-new fourth-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Critical opinions ranged from “It’s better in every way,” to, “the car’s only competitor is the death of fun.”

Today, we thought it would be fun to look back at one of the older Miata models from decades past – a 1998 Mazda Miata NB.

This would’ve been the first model year in the second-generation of Mazda’s iconic roadster. We love the fact that the auction find here is in the classic forest green… This is the color most closely associated with the second-generation Miata, production code NB. Although the new Miata is designed as in homage to the original first-generation model, in our opinion its looks are closest to that of these second-gen models… If nothing else because the new Miata lacks the first-gen’s hallmark retractable headlights.

1998 Mazda Miata rear

Mazda made a surprising number of updates for the second-generation Miata, even if the most noticeable is the change in headlights due to safety regulations. For example, the Miata NB featured superior aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.36. This didn’t actually result in much of a performance increase though since the new Miata gained about 150 lbs and kept the same 1.8L turbocharged engine that Mazda added as an option to the Miata in ‘94.

However, that doesn’t mean that the mechanics weren’t without improvements…

For example, this would’ve been the first car to use Mazda’s original Variable Intake Control System. The engine was also slightly tuned up to output 140 horsepower instead of 131. The engine also featured a higher compression ratio, and several of the parts were changed out for superior alternatives. Mazda also fitted the NB Miata with new wheels, better tires and bigger brakes, including the addition of anti-lock brakes.

1998 Mazda Miata interior

Even though it was relatively small, all of these mechanical upgrades DID have a real-world, on-the-road impact for this generation’s performance… The new NB raced from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.8 seconds, more than a half-second faster than the NA. It also has a fully unlocked top speed of 130 mph, unlike the first-gen Eunos models in Japan and Europe which were artificially capped at 112 mph.

All in all, this 1998 Mazda Miata roadster is a car brimming with history. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

1998 Mazda Miata auction sheet

“Interior C, first registered January 1998, VS version, FAT, AC, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, leather, stone chips in front window, interior grime, power windows not working, canvas top torn, wheels scratches, engine oil leak, worn and dented underneath vehicle, scratches and dents and wrinkles, spare wheel missing, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 29th, 2015

A few days ago we got our first peek at what the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser may end up looking like. After reading some of the feedback from our own readers and others around the web, it turns out that not many folks like the new look that they’re seeing in the facelifted Land Cruiser. Personally, we’d be more excited if Toyota gave some love to their retro off-roader, the FJ Cruiser. Here’s a 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser for reference:

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

The current FJ Cruiser has been on the market for almost 10 years now with only one minor update for the 2011 model year. But, it still stands out as one of the most eye-catching cars on the road (and off the road, as the case may be). It would make perfect sense for Toyota to upgrade the FJ Cruiser, since they just recently came out with a new version of their Hilux pickup, whose platform the FJ Cruiser is built on.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is rugged and retro, and this 2013 model year is no exception. You can see that this car looks to have received some aftermarket treatment… The tires are Mud Grippers Extreme Terrain truck tires, and the grille and rear tire cover both look to have received some extra chrome. Beyond that, you’ll have to get more details via the auction sheet translation at the bottom of this post.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser rear

Under the hood, this Toyota FJ Cruiser runs on a 4.0L V6 engine paired up with a six speed automatic transmission and AWD. The engine outputs 260 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. The car boasts almost 10 inches of ground clearance, which is enough to make it a true off-road vehicle. For those of you familiar with off-road lingo, you can get a steep 34-degree approach and 30-degree departure with that ground clearance, and the SUV is capable of driving in up to 28 inches of water and can tow a full 5,000 lbs.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser interior

Inside, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is a tad sparse (you could call it utilitarian), but it still keeps the same retro styling as the exterior. The quirky colorful nature of the FJ Cruiser is maintained in the cabin with color inserts such as the bright orange one you can see in the image above.

I probably don’t need to tell you that this 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Japanese car auction find is in above-average condition. It’s got an overall rating of 4.5 with a B-grade interior… So about what you’d expect from a 2013MY. For more information, keep reading below the auction sheet.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered October 2013, Color Package model, FAT, AC, service book, four-wheel-drive, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, digital TV, reversing rearview camera, A-TRAC, right-hand drive, Bristic Jester 20 inch 9J alloy wheels, Fuel Mud Gripper 33 x 12.5R 20, Pro Comp 3 inch raised suspension kit and 4 x shock absorbers, Eagle Eye colourless indicators and front turn signals, chrome parts, grill cover, hood trim, rear mounted spare tyre cover has matching paint, driver’s seat wrinkled and worn, interior has area of grime, scratches and light scratches, front windshield has stone scratches, other marks as per map”


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”


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”


Toyota GT86 to Get Facelift in 2016

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 15th, 2015

2014 Toyota GT86

It was only a few days ago when we heard about Scion’s plans to upgrade to their FR-S sports coupe for the 2016 model year. Now, it sounds like the rest of the world outside of the US will also be enjoying a new version of Toyota’s budget-friendly compact coupe, but it may come in the middle of 2016 instead of later this year, but it’ll still be a 2016MY either way.

The Toyota GT86, along with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, was originally launched back in 2012. So, 2016 would be the perfect year for a mid-cycle refresh. According to Australian automotive blog, Motoring, a Toyota insider has said to “look to some major body panel redesign.” But not too major… “It won’t be too radical because the 86 is made on the same assembly line is the Subaru BRZ, so the restyling process must be carried out within set parameters,” the insider warranted.

Keep in mind, Subaru is the only one of the three brands that has yet to announce any mid-cycle changes to their version of the joint-venture sports coupe. We expect that they will eventually have a mid-cycle refresh of their own, but perhaps they will wait until the end of 2016 for the 2017MY so that Toyota’s coupes can have their time in the spotlight.

2014 Toyota GT86 rear

Either way, the 2016 Toyota GT86 will likely feature a revised, sportier front-end design. This will likely include a fresh new hood design, restyled headlights or DRLs, a larger grille and possibly new color options. The rear could get a new taillight arrangement and a resculpted bumper, along with a “more aesthetic yet aggressive rear diffuser,” according to Motoring’s source. In addition, they say the distance between the exhaust pipes will be extended to the rear corners in order to create a wider-feeling stance.

Under the hood, we’re told that, “Engineers have focused on friction reduction engineering and a more efficient intake manifold design that will boost power and torque by around 5%, while improving fuel efficiency by up to 7%.” A 5% increase over the current car’s 197 horsepower would put us at about 207 horsepower… Just enough of a boost to be noticeable. Meanwhile, the 86’s chassis may also see some improvements, such as the addition of custom Sachs dampers and a stiffer rear-end subframe, which should help that extra 10 horsepower feel a whole lot more fun to drive.

Either way, we’re expecting the refresh to come in April of 2016, since it was April 2012 when the Toyota 86 originally launched in Japan.


Nissan GT-R Gold Edition Pics and Next-Gen R36 News

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 8th, 2015

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 1

We already knew that Nissan’s been selling a limited edition of their 2016 Nissan GTR to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Today, we get a whole bunch of awesome on-road pictures of the 45th Anniversary Edition model. Automotive eye-candy, here we come!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 3

The limited run Anniversary Edition GT-R will be built on the Premium (base) trim of Nissan’s supercar.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 4

Only 45 units of the gold GT-R will be built – one for each year of the car’s existence. You can have one for yourself for a meager $102,770, which is just $1,000 more than the Premium model!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 6

As we’ve said before, there’s nothing different about the 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition other than the fact that it’s gold (technically it’s the same “Silica Brass” that was used on the 2001 Skyline R34 Type GT-R). It runs on the same 3.8L twin-turbo V6 that’s in the regular GT-R, which isn’t to say it’s an unimpressive engine… It outputs 542 horsies and 463 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition  interior

Inside, the golden theme continues with a special gold VIN plaque to serve as a constant reminder of the car’s limited production.

Next-Gen GT-R to Get LMP1 Engine

The other piece of GT-R-related news we have for you is about to the engine that may be used in the next-generation Nissan GT-R, which will be the R36. According to an interview between Ben Bowlby, who serves as the technical director for GT-R LM Nismo, and Top Gear, the 3.0L V6 engine currently being used in the GT-R LMP1 racer could be an early iteration of a road-going variant.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 2

“The 3.0L V6 is sort of god-child of the true, road-going GT-R,” Bowlby informed. “It’s a direct injection engine, and the combustion technology, and integration of turbo and intake system within the head design, is all very interesting and highly applicable to the road.”

He went on to explain that many high-performance racing engines are too short-lived to apply to commercial vehicles; they rev high and burn out too quickly. However, the engine in the current GT-R racer revs at the same 6,500 rpm that you’d expect on an off-track car.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 5

Either way, we’ve still got a few more years until the R36 GT-R makes its debut. Most recent rumors place it at the end of 2018 as a 2019MY, but it’s too early to lock in a firm schedule.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium

2012 Nissan GT-R

Need something to compare the Nissan GT-R Gold Edition to? Or maybe you just need a reminder that really cool cars like the Nissan GT-R can easily be found in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database…

2012 Nissan GT-R rear

Either way, this 2012 GT-R is one of about twenty GT-R / Skyline models currently up for auction in Japan. You can see that it’s in superb condition with barely a single scratch on its gunmetal-colored exterior.

2012 Nissan GT-R interior

It’s got an A-rated interior and an overall auction rating of 5, so this is definitely one worth bookmarking. If you want to know more, you can get a detailed specs translation below the auction sheet.

2012 Nissan GT-R auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered February 2012, DBA emissions code, Premium Edition, 4WD, AT, AAC, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, original HDD navigation system, digital TV, original 20 inch alloy wheels, LED hyper day lights, Bose sound system, one owner, first time in auction, original indoor cover, original Brembo calipers, half-leather seats, GT-R jack, seat heater, rear view reversing camera, intelligent key, lock nut, wheels scratched, ceiling lining has minor grime, minor scratches and minor dents front windscreen stone scratches, scraped under front bumper, 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”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Yesterday we got the great news that Mitsubishi has definite plans to revive the Evo nameplate. They didn’t say when, but high-level execs have all but guaranteed that the next Evo will be a high-performance hybrid crossover. That means it’s the end of an era for Mitsubishi’s budget-friendly sports sedan. Today we’re paying homage to the old Evo with a pristine auction find from just a few years back – a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR Premium package.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

As a 2010 model year, this Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would have been manufactured in the prime of the car’s 10th generation of production. Otherwise known as the Lancer Evolution X, these models were built on a newly designed lightweight 2.0L turbocharged inline-four GEMA engine. The engine is made entirely from aluminum, but still offers a great kick with 296 horsepower available under the hood. With the lightweight design, this Lancer Evo is one of the few sub-300 hp cars that can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

As an Evo with the GSR Premium package, this Lancer’s engine would’ve been mated to a 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission system with magnesium paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. This car also would’ve been the first car to use Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, with stopping power provided by Brembo ventilated brake discs.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR rear

The exterior is iconic – exactly what most people associate with the Lancer Evo name. It’s got that wide-open trapezoidal maw, a trio of hood vents, a blood red paintjob and a huge rear spoiler to define this car as a performance model. And those stylish treads you see in the pictures above are 245/40R18 Yokohama ADCAN A13C tires mounted with Enkie 12-spoke alloys with extra-high rigidity.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR interior

Moving inside the car, this 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo has a surprisingly robust interior for being manufactured during the automotive recession. In the image here, it’s easy to make out the sculpted leather bucket seats with white stitching and the chrome accents around the cabin that match the magnesium paddle shifters. You also can’t miss that beautiful 7-inch LCD with built-in navigation through the Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) and a sizeable 30Gb on-board hard drive. And you can rock out with a booming Rockford Fosgate audio system for your favorite tunes.

At the time of this writing, there are less than 10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions up for auction in Japan. The one you see here is the best-looking one of the bunch with an overall rating of 4.5. To learn more about this Japanese car auction find, you can get a full translation of the auction spec sheet below:

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered May 2010, GSR Premium, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original BBS 18 inch AWs, Ralliart adjustable suspension, Fujitsubo muffler, Monster CPU and piping, AM rear diffuser, original HDD navigation system, Recaro black leather seats, optional lip spoiler, optional trunk lid spoiler, HID lights, smart key, Rockford Fosgate sound system, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, scratches and dents, lower left side step cover A3, scraped under front bumper, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Earlier this week, we got really excited about the new Honda S660 Kei car that’s making its debut in Japan even as we speak. The Kei sports car is a rare thing with barely a handful on the market today. That spurt of reminiscing got us thinking about some of our old favorites from years past. Behold today’s Japanese car auction find – a 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino:

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino

This classic Japanese roadster is an extremely agile piece of machinery, weighing in at barely 725 kg, or 1,598 pounds. There were only about 28,000 Suzuki Cappuccinos ever produced during its single-generation existence from 1991 to 1997, and there are only two of those models currently up for auction in Japan (at the time of this writing). This one is from 1992, so only the second year of production.

Since the Suzuki Cappuccino was made to fit Japan’s strict key car regulations, the powertrain is very small – a three-cylinder 660cc engine that outputs 63 horsepower. Doesn’t sound very much, does it? But, because of the roadster’s extremely light curb weight, it can still pull off a 0 to 60 mph time of just 8 seconds.

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino rear

The Suzuki Cappuccino has earned cult status for a couple key features that distinguish it from many other roadsters of the time.

First, it has an extremely impressive rev range. Peak power output doesn’t come until 6,400 rpm, and the car redlines at 8,500 rpm. Suzuki did an extremely impressive job of delivering sports car performance in such a small, low-power roadster. It has powerful brakes and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution when both seats are occupied. It’s known to have extremely responsive steering and that 660cc engine is paired to a smooth-as-butter five-speed transmission.

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino interior

The other really cool feature in the Suzuki cappuccino is its customizable three-part roof. It doesn’t have the fancy automatic retraction of today’s convertibles, but it makes up for it by offering four modes of configuration. You can have a hardtop coupe with all panels in place, a T-top by removing the two side panels, a targa top by removing the middle bar, or a full open-top cabriolet by removing the roll bar and rear window.

This 1992 Suzuki cappuccino is particularly well-kept. Only a few minor dings mar the car’s exterior, and the odometer has a mere 13,020 km on it. If you’d like to learn more, keep reading below for a full translation of the auction sheet:

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino auction sheet

“Grade 4, interior B, first registered 1992 (month not stated), 5-speed manual gearbox, power windows, one owner, 13020KM, black seats, AM steering wheel, original 14 inch alloy wheels, service book, fuel pump replaced, possibly has artifical leather seats, steering wheel worn, seats worn, paint marks and rust underneath vehicle, scratches and dents, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Honda S660 Concept Edition Commemorates JDM Launch

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

2015 Honda S660

Honda has been on a sporty spree throughout 2015. Following in the footsteps of the new NSX and the Honda Civic Type R, their latest addition to the lineup is the Honda S660 roadster. After a full two years of buildup, Honda is finally ready to release the production version of their new two-seat roadster in Japan. To commemorate the car’s release, they’ve revealed a limited edition Honda S660 Concept Edition, pictured below:

2015 Honda S660 Concept Edition

2015 Honda S660 Concept Edition

The S660 officially launches later this week on April 2. As the name implies, this is a 660cc mid-engine roadster, and one of the smallest roadsters currently in production by any automaker anywhere. The turbocharged 660cc engine has three cylinders and outputs a meager-sounding 63 horsepower and 104 Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, power is sent to the rear wheels only with a six-speed manual transmission (the first-ever kei car to offer such a transmission) or a seven-speed CVT. If you opt for the automatic, you’ll get paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel with available Sports Mode driving – definitely a worthy upgrade.

2015 Honda S660 interior

Although the numbers sound low, remember that this is technically classified as a kei car in Japan. That means that there are legal limitations to the power the vehicle can output in order to offer its drivers the financial benefits that come with driving such an efficient car. And, ever since the S660 Prototype made its debut all the way back in 2013, Honda has put special care into achieving a low center of gravity and perfect 45:55 weight distribution for “excellent cornering”.

The other new feature that Honda has incorporated into the S660 is their Agile Handling Assist electronic control system. Basically, this system monitors the movement of the roadster’s body throughout turns and alters brake torque in accordance with optimized performance.

S660 Concept Edition plaque

Fittingly, Honda plans to sell 660 units of the Honda S660 Concept Edition roadster. The special edition models get a Premium Star White Pearl paint job, contrasting leather-wrapped seats with red stitching, and of course the obvious Bordeaux red top instead of the normal black one. The Concept Edition is meant to showcase how little the Honda S660 has changed since the original concept back in 2013. Apparently they’ve been very deliberate about keeping the concept’s same look and feel intact for the production roadster.

Unfortunately, the Honda S660 is currently earmarked for Japan-only production. However, rumor has it that Honda will manufacture a more powerful international model with either a 1.0L or 2.0L turbocharged engine, fittingly named the Honda S1000 or S2000. Who knows, maybe we will see a preview for the model in New York? We’re not counting on it, but it would sure be a nice surprise.