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2014 Nissan GT-R Review

November 1, 2017

Last month, Nissan unveiled the Japanese specifications for the 2014 Nissan GT-R MSRP and announced that the 2014 U.S. model year will be making its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. As we expected, the 2014 U.S.-spec GT-R will be nearly identical to the 2013 JDM-spec GT-R, but American customers will enjoy a few more updates, thus avoiding completely disappointing us.

The updates are mostly limited to minor tweaks to the engine’s internals. Despite these minor adjustments, the 2014 GT-R will carry over the same output specifications as it had in 2013. AS we all know, horsepower is only a portion of the equation. You also need to reach the peak-output rpm in an efficient manner, and this is where Nissan made most of its changes – what most people simply refer to a “throttle response.”

So, are these improvements worthy of trading in your 2013 model year for?

Updated 01/24/2012: Nissan has just released the official prices for the 2014 GT-R, which is now on sale at the dealers nationwide. Bad news is that when compared last year’s model, the 2014 model year prices have been increased by $2,770. As a result, the 2014 GT-R Premium is priced at $99,590 and the GT-R Black Edition comes in at $109,300.

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2016 Dodge Viper ACR pricing announced

Call your homeowner’s association and lock up your pets because Dodge has opened up ordering for the sure to be insane 2015 Dodge Viper price ACR.

The V10-powered, 645-hp go-kart with fangs will start at $117,895 according to a Chrysler press release. This price does not include any repairs resulting from it inevitably being driven into a lake or the 90 sets of tires you will go through in the first week of ownership.

This ACR will come with “minimal 3-speaker audio” and “manual seats,” which places the interior of the ACR just this side of a few lawn chairs and an iHome speaker. We doubt comfort and sound quality mean anything when liquefying tires and other cars on the track.

Later in the production cycle, Dodge will offer the “ACR Extreme Aero Package,” which includes an enormous wing that delivers up to 1 ton of downforce and makes the Viper look like the SRT engineers combined a Cessna with a robot snake from hell.

In addition to the big ol’ wing that is affixed to the ACR, Dodge is letting buyers customize paint colors as part of its “1 of 1” program, so you can make your Viper ACR any color you feel is most likely to frighten teens in souped-up Honda Civics at stop lights. Do you want a color that will melt your lawn the second you pull into your driveway? Dodge will let you order that color.

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2013 Toyota Yaris Trend review

The 2013 Toyota Yaris review Trend is a version of the Yaris supermini that’s designed to address criticisms of the standard car’s bland styling.

Black rear and central pillars help to create a ‘floating roof’ effect similar to that of Citroen’s DS3, plus Toyota has fitted a roof spoiler and the LED rear light clusters from the Yaris Hybrid.

The Trend also gets smart two-tone alloys, silver door mirrors and extra chrome trim.

What’s the 2013 Toyota Yaris Trend like to drive?
The Trend is available with the 1.33-litre petrol engine and receives no mechanical changes.

This means the engine feels perky enough in town and isn’t lumbered with overly long gearing, but you do have to rev it hard to make swift progress on faster roads.

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