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I did a couple laps on our top secret dirt road and found that guiding the FJ40 around deep ruts was easy, even though I didn’t have the best view of the terrain in front of me. The beauty of a narrow, boxy vehicle such as this is that you have a clear idea of where the wheels are in relation to obstacles and how much room you have to work around them. On top of that, if you really wanted to get a good look at tire position all you’d need to do is stick your head out the window, or even better, prepare in advance by taking the doors off.
Before I began the monumental rescue operation, I had to first disassemble the system into its individual components. Unlike stock exhausts, which only have three parts (header, mid pipe, and silencer), this Yoshimura unit consisted of eight individual pieces. Each one was thoroughly fused together thanks to a decade of moisture-capturing neglect. I completely drenched every pipe connection with rust penetrant and let it sit for a few hours.
The Honda Civic sedan is available with two engines—both of which are significantly quicker than the Corolla’s sole engine offering. With the base 158-hp, 138 lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter I-4, the Civic sedan accelerated to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds in Motor Trend testing. The Civic’s available 174-hp, 162 lb-ft turbocharged 1.5-liter turbo-four did the deed in just 7.2 seconds. In comparison, the Corolla’s 132-hp, 128 lb-ft 1.8-liter I-4 could only muster a 9.8-second acceleration run to 60 mph. Although all three engines are offered with a manual transmission, all our testing was done with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) option.
Drifting isn’t going away anytime soon, but it is losing popularity among young people in Japan. Sure, people of all ages love to watch, but the chances of us finding a driver at Nikko under the age of 40 was slim to none. It’s an alarming revelation but something that guys like Ueno realize and are still hoping will change. He goes on to tell us that he hasn’t stopped finding the most satisfaction from drifting and being able to enjoy the cars he’s built. The spec on this hachiroku isn’t overly complicated, highlighted by an ITB’d 20v 4A-GE, custom coilovers, and Watanabe wheels, but it works and has worked since he built it six years ago. While his AE86 is conditioned for frequent abuse and has logged many hours on the track, it’s also very clean and free of any major dents or scratches. It’s things like this that we can really appreciate. There’s a high level of integrity with each car that slides around Nikko circuit. In fact, it’s almost like a man-machine relationship for some, like Ueno. “Drifting a car is like a jet fighter and not an airliner. Damage and tire black mark in the body makes for a more genuine atmosphere. I love my car. My car feels my love maybe. When you’re in love with your car, you’ll feel a special aura.” Very deep, and something the majority of the younger generation will probably never understand in Japan, at least until their phones die.
So, there isn’t a lot of wiggle room under the bonnet, and the same could be said for the suspension department. “Most people want the car lowered, which is a mistake,” Kevin explains, adding: “The car is already hitting the bump rubbers even on the standard ride height. If you did need to do the suspension, go for Bilstein shock absorbers – the B6s – but that’s all I’d do. If you lower that car, you will destroy its handling and its ride.” You have been warned…
Savvy customers who are aware of these high charges, and who have bought much cheaper stand-alone excess reimbursement policies from insurers, still find themselves being manipulated into paying up for the rental outlet’s insurance. They are told their own insurance does not provide adequate cover, and that they will be on their own if they have an accident or their car breaks down. If that doesn’t work, the agent’s next ruse is to claim that the credit card handed over as security for the €1,200 deposit has been declined. The only solution, the agent will claim, is for the customer to buy their top-up cover after all. Readers who contact their bank in such situations have found that the charge was never presented. Funny that.
Most of the Chariot’s body panels were clear – including the roof and its dome-shaped “gun hatch”. Both a roof rack for luggage and roof mounted “solar batteries” were accessible by exterior fixed ladders on either side of the vehicle. It had dual headlights and dual auxiliary area lights beneath the front and rear bumpers. The roof also had swivel-mounted, interior controllable spotlights located near each front corner, with a small parabolic antenna mounted between them. The Chariot had six bucket seats (three rows of two seats) for passengers. The interior featured retractable metallised fabric curtains for privacy, a seismograph, a scanner with infrared capability, a radio transceiver, a public address system, and a rifle rack that held four laser rifles vertically near the inside of the left rear corner body panel (“Island in the Sky”).”
Once connected, you’ll be able to see real-time data in various charts with almost no latency by tapping “Dashboards” and selecting one of the options at the bottom. Outside of this particular area, several other reports and features can be accessed, most of which are free during the evaluation period. Unfortunately, reading engine codes does require purchasing the full version, so if this is your primary concern and you don’t want to spend extra money, use the Piston app for this capability.
it will not be an easier task for suzuki to beat the heat in Pakistan automotive market with any sedan variant as past experiences were a major failure from the likes of baleno to kizashi with reason being anything but reliability. but at the same time, suzuki has also made its mark in the past with evergreen Margalla and specially the 1.3 Glx variant. Despite of the fact that suzuki maintenace is cheap, paying off 1.7 mil to 1.9 mil for a car demands some serious quality and driving pleasure. In my opinion, competing with Honda city and Corolla Gli 1.3 auto will take Ciaz to its testing limits keeping in mind the statistical data regarding sales of honda city and corolla in last couple of years. so it will be really interesting to see how Pakistani market will respond to suzuki ciaz keeping.