On this episode: Audi RS 4 / Toyota Yaris / Land Rover Discovery (25th Year) / Volkswagen Jetta
Yesterday, the Philippines was the proud host of Subaru’s regional launch of the WRX STI, held at the Clark International Speedway.
Coming on the heels of this vehicle roll-off, news are now rife that the Japanese manufacturer is considering the introduction of the 2015 WRX hatch due to its predecessor’s popularity especially in the U.S. No less than WRX project general manager Masuo Takatsu shared this possibility.
In addition to the U.S., Japan and Australia also round up the company’s main targets for the hatch version. However, “such a model hasn’t been launched from day one due to limited engineering resources also to blame for the lack of an automatic transmission on the WRX STI.”
Are you ready for a five-door version of the WRX? Stay tuned for updates.
Supercar maker and F1 champion team McLaren has confirmed that the production of their “entry-level” McLaren 12C would come to an end soon as they shift their focus to the successor, the McLaren 650S. Though production comes as sudden news for some, the new car will in many ways be similar to the 12C, and then some:
McLaren also told us there’ll be a bit of a tech transfer between the two cars. “McLaren has always believed in continual development — a trait we have inherited from our racing roots. A range of developments seen on the McLaren 650S will be made available to existing 12C customers to further enhance the driving and ownership experience, and additional options introduced on the 650S will also be made available for 12C models.
Last but definitely the most crowd-drawing in this list is the Polestar C30 R-Design, Volvo’s tuned option for the C30 that puts it right where Volkswagen’s Golf GTI and Audi’s A3 tread. If you’re not familiar with Polestar, they’re a Swedish racing company and they’ve been racing Volvos since the mid nineties.
Happy Thursday, mga Kapuso! It’s two days before another high-octane Saturday, and have we got an awesome lineup of motoring tidbits for you. First stop, we’ll get your engines roaring with the Toyota FJ Cruiser, which boasts of a tough exterior design exuding power and strength. Immediately separating it from the pack, it is a beautiful machine that can get down and dirty if needed.
Next, we’ll feature an iconic car that combines beauty and beast-like qualities, making it a starrer in a number of movies and TV series — the Land Rover Defender 110. Then, we’ll take you for a ride with a legendary sports car that made Porsche what it is now — the Porsche 911. Find out just why it still continues to be touted as the greatest performance car, despite being around the block for 50 years.
Lastly, we’ll go back to the basics with Smart Driving School, the most modern and advanced driving school in town that provides highly trained professional instructors and the latest training cars at a very affordable price. Get all these, and more, only on Turbo Zone this Saturday at 10:30 AM at GMA News TV.
We will be at the Manila International Auto Show! Our booth will be at the main hall right beside KIA. If you’re a regular viewer of the show, or a frequent reader here on our site, or even just another motoring enthusiast, feel free to drop by!
We hope to post photos from this event once they’re ready. If you a photo you’d like to share with us and our readers, just leave a comment.