Toyota will finally resurrect the Supra in 2018

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HYPEBEAST/DesignBoom (by T.S. Fox):

Originally released as a Celica offshoot with 2000GT roots back in 1978, the Supra grew to become one of Toyota’s most beloved vehicles before it was unceremoniously discontinued back in 2002. Thankfully, Toyota righted that wrong in 2014, taking to the Detroit Auto Show to showcase the FT-1 — a Calty Design Research-crafted spiritual successor of sorts to the old fastback coupe and one that fans hoped signaled a sign of things to come for the much loved front-engine, rear-wheel drive setup. Now it looks like those Supra hopes may become a reality: Toyota has confirmed that it’s resurrecting the car for a return in just a few short years.

Said to build upon the aforementioned FT-1, the brand new Supra will be positioned above the 86 in the manufacturer’s lineup and will likely be decidedly more complex, powerful and high-tech than the rebadged Scion FR-S. And if the FT-1′s design language is any indication, the new and improved Supra will come with an aggressive, track-inspired exterior marked by airflow management systems and aerodynamic curves; it may even employ the FT-1′s sleek retractable rear wing for added downforce.

Stay tuned for updates on the Supra’s welcome return and mark your calendars: the fan-favorite Toyota returns to the road in 2018.

A very rare Lamborghini Sesto Elemento turns up in Hong Kong

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Getting your hands on a Lamborghini in general is no easy feat for most. Getting your hands on a Lamborghini that’s a one in 20 is near impossible. However this mission was a possibility for one lucky buyer in Hong Kong who managed to cop the very rare Lamborghini Sesto Elemento — a car originally conceptualized in 2011.

The car comes with a set of impressive specs, as to be expected from both the maker and its limited production run. The Sesto Elemento is encased in a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, making the automobile something of a solid structure to say the least. The Sesto Elemento also boasts advanced glass-ceramic matrix tailpipes, as well a carbon-ceramic breaking system which adds to the overall ultra-lightness of the car that totals only 2,202 pounds.

As for power, this Lambo comes strong with a 5.2 liter V10 engine that’s naturally aspirated, and houses an impressive-for-its-weight 562 HP and 398 pound-feet of torque.

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Nissan builds an origami car to celebrate the fifth birthday of its Juke crossover

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RocketNews 24 (by Casey Baseel):

It’s been five years since Nissan launched its compact Juke SUV/crossover, and the company is celebrating with a very special fifth anniversary edition: a full-size origami model.

Oftentimes, auto manufacturers will mark the round-number birthdays of their best-sellers with a special paint color or extra badging. Nissan, though, instead enlisted English origami artist Owen Gildersleeve to make a paper Juke to commemorate the milestone.

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Unfortunately, this special car is a one-off, so you won’t find one waiting in the inventory lot of your local Nissan dealer. But if we ever find ourselves in the market for a Juke, and if Nissan is offering “origami” as a factory option at that time, we’ll be tempted to check that box when placing our order.

Owen Gildersleeve website

Toyota’s Tonka-inspired 4Runner concept truck

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A Toyota 4Runner has received aftermarket modifications courtesy of Funrise Toy Corporation, manufacturer of Tonka toys.

Currently on display at SEMA, the playful concept is a life-sized re-creation of the famed children’s line of toys. The inspired concept is wrapped in Tonka decals, using colors signature to the company. Helping to ensure that the vehicle performs as menacingly as it looks is a heavily modified suspension that lifts it by 10 inches. Other features include 20-inch Ultra Motorsports Type 250 Colossus wheels, a reinforced undercarriage, a 4.0-liter V6 engine that puts out 270 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque, and Bulletproof Suspensions-built bumpers, side steps and ladders.

Visit the Toyota display booth at the 2015 SEMA show to see the 4Runner concept up close.

Subaru’s WRX STI S207, Japan-only and limited to just 400 units

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Japanese Subaru fans are in for a treat as the manufacturer has unveiled a special limited edition take on its WRX STI. Dubbed the WRX STI S207, the Japanese exclusive boasts a bevy of updates — the headline of which is a 2.0-liter turbo boxer engine.

Thanks to a new ECU and twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger, the new engine now offers 318 lb-ft of torque while a performance muffler and exhaust pipe have been added. Other tweaks include Bilstein front struts, rear dampers, and coil springs, as well as a mesh front grille, larger front under-spoiler, metallic side sill moldings, a new rear bumper, a Brembo braking system and an 11:1 steering-gear ratio. The design even employs a completely reworked instrument panel, engine switch, shift knob, and heated Recaro bucket seats while the Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque have been tuned specifically for the model.

Limited to just 400 units, the WRX STI S207 will soon be available in “Crystal Black Silica,” “Crystal White Pearl,” “WR Blue Pearl” and “NBR Challenge Package Yellow.”

Mazda unveils the beautiful RX VISION Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show

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Mazda’s RX family could be welcoming a new member soon, as the Japanese auto marque has just debuted an RX-VISION Concept at the t. Bearing a striking aesthetic resemblance to Mazda’s acclaimed RX-7, the VISION’s elongated bonnet and squat rear are hallmarks that represent “a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car” according to Mazda.

However there is no word yet on Mazda’s plans to slate the RX-Vision Concept for mass production.

Toyota’s S-FR entry-level sportscar concept makes its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show

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Toyota has steadily built a reputation for producing reliable cars at an affordable price and judging by this early preview, its latest entry-level sportscar concept seems to be no exception. Set to premier at the end of the month at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the S-FR is a lightweight model that provides an agile and responsive drive at a fairly low cost.
Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, a simple interior outfitted with all the essentials, and a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, there was a rumor that a cheaper alternative to the GT86 was in the works and this new concept could very well be on the market by 2018.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Tokyo Motor Show.
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Lexus creates a fully drivable “origami inspired” cardboard car

To celebrate the skills of its craftspeople, Lexus has created a full-size, drivable cardboard replica of its IS sedan using 1,700 sheets of precision-cut cardboard. Each 10mm thick, the cardboard sheets had to be glued together by hand in sequence with a water-based wood glue, taking 10 minutes to set every time.

The project was carried out by LaserCut Works and Scales and Models using a digital 3D model of the sedan provided by Lexus, and took a total of three months to assemble. The cardboard replica was then mounted atop a steel and aluminum frame with an attached electric motor, thus allowing the car to be driven.

Flying car unveiled at China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin

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Shanghaiist (by Daniel Cunningham):

Weighing in at about 100kg with retractable propellor arms and a streamlined body, the “Fighting Gazelle” is the answer to Chinese Sci-fi fans’ dreams. The flying car was unveiled last week at the 5-day China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin, which this year showcased 50 new helicopters.

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is developing the car to deal with rough terrain, and especially stretches of road with obstructions. Hong Xiao, the head of the helicopter office in the AVIC, told CCTV: “While you are driving to where the road is broken, or facing a gully, you can press a button to lift the car. It will then fly over the obstacles and reach the other side of the road.” He added that the propellor arms retract to return the vehicle into car-mode.

The current 100kg model isn’t a vehicle for transporting people, the makers are still working on a heavier version capable of doing so. Like a drone, it has passed unmanned flight tests and future models are intended for military usage. They may even go into commercial production.

Hong says, “Our next plan is to make one weighing around two to three tons in two years time.”

Japanese engineer invents the world’s first ‘Car That Fits in Your Bag’

Next Shark (by Laura Dang):

Japanese engineer Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors have developed a small portable transporter that Saito claims to be the world’s first “car in a bag.” The thin WalkCar transporter, which can fit in a backpack, is made from aluminium and weighs between 4.4 to 6.6 pounds, depending on its use for indoor or outdoor purposes.

Saito, 26, and his team recently showcased the lithium battery-powered device that resembles a skateboard and is about the size of a laptop computer, reports Reuters. Its maximum speed is 6.2 miles per hour with a distance of 7.4 miles when fully charged after three hours.