Saturday, July 6, 2013

Third Generation Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

Well, what we have here is an Acura MDX except that now, it's been regenerated to a completely different look and for the all new, third-generation model, I can easily confuse it to its little brother, the RDX. How confusing is the new model? Well, beginning to the design department, and at first glance, it really looks like an Acura RDX enlarged by some kind of "growth ray" or something and on the back, the rear lamps were designed to look like the ones as seen on the RLX flagship model and then there's Acura's new signature Jewel Eye headlamps which is kinda irritating for those who had Trypophobia.

If you don't know what that is, it's about fear of clustered holes. It's not classified yet but once you see one, you'll feeling nauseous, your skin crawls, your stomach turns, and you might be skipping lunch today. That's exactly what it feels like when you take a peek over the Jewel Eye headlamps. Ooohh.... I really don't want to peek over these headlamps in case I had the bad case of trypophobia!

2014 Acura MDX
Whatever that is, this new MDX is not suitable for those who had trypophobia because of its jewel eye headlamps and whoever has a fear of that kind should consider not to look at one or they'll be skipping lunch for today. However, don't be fooled thinking that this feels more of a regular crossover rather than a luxury crossover because from what Acura said, the new model is now lighter from the previous models' 4,548 - 4,588lbs to 4,025-4,103lbs (FWD) and 4,255-4,322lbs for the SH-AWD model.

Just how did Acura manage to drop such weight? Well, what Acura done to this new model is by making it rigid and using high-strength steel. Previous incarnations rely on an existing Global Light Truck Platform but for this new model, it's an all-original one and it's made from scratch rather than reusing that existing platform because what Acura said in the development of the new MDX, they had enough of that. Yep. They have had it and decided to make the new model out of a new platform rather than relying on the old platform.

The use of a new original platform really makes the MDX, Acura's best-selling crossover in America, made even more distinguishable and when equipped with the SH-AWD system, this is even much better than the front-wheel drive model because with the SH-AWD, it kinda feels like the old Honda Legend in so many ways except this is a crossover with the right kind of drivetrain. This is quite a recommendation here because a new MDX with the SH-AWD layout should be more forgiving and more civilized. Sadly though, there is a "but"...

The old 3.7L V6 has now been thrown away and went back to a 3.5L V6 engine but now with added gasoline direct injection. It develops 290HP of power, 10 less than the old one but because it's lighter than the old model, 0-60mph takes under seven seconds, while mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. For fuel consumption, well, thanks to its weight loss, the EPA estimated MPG is now 27MPG highway on the SH-AWD model and 28MPG highway on the front-wheel drive model.

I once checked the previous MDX a couple of years ago and when it went through our Car Town garage since last year, I carefully examined about why the MDX is all about practicality and convenience, making it a state-of-the-art Togetherness. For this new model, it's still has the state-of-the-art togetherness even in its newly regenerated look.

2014 Acura MDX interior

2014 Acura MDX interior

But all this newly regenerated look do come with the price, it's available for 42,290 US Dollars but when you go through the packages list, and whichever package you chose, you can expect a host of additional features to choose from such as:

  • Acura Navigation System
  • Voice Recognition & Song by Voice
  • AcuraLink with Real-Time Traffic
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • ELS Studio Premium Audio System
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio & HD Radio
  • Rear-door Smart Entry
  • GPS-linked Temperature Control
  • 19-inch wheels & Puddle lights
  • Acura DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES)
  • 9-inch overhead screen
  • Front center console 110-volt power outlet
  • Wireless headphones and remote
  • Rear-door window shades
  • Tri-level heated 2nd-row outboard seats
  • Ceiling-mounted center speaker
  • Perforated Milano leather-trimmed 1st & 2nd row seats
  • 6-level heated & ventilated front seats
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) w/ Low Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Remote Engine Start
  • RES with 16.2-inch overhead screen and HDMI input
  • Two ceiling-mounted center speakers
  • Auto-dimming side mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
Well, for starters, when you have over 60 grand on your wallet, you can go for the MDX with Advance and Entertainment Packages because of the dual-screen rear monitor where two screens are in one monitor rather than separated from the seats so kids can enjoy two movies in one monitor. What I don't want to expect is to have one little 10 year-older watching a kids cartoon while an unruly 18-year-old teenage girl watching a horror movie on one side. Ooohh...that's going to be a hassle and that poor kid can't concentrate watching his favorite cartoon while super gory horror movie on one side is on the mix. He he he....

And there we are, the all new 2014 RDX may have a terribly confusing looks and the headlamps not suitable for those with Trypophobia as well as the front-wheel drive's frustration but with the reduced weight, the forgiving SH-AWD, and the dual-screen rear monitor which is part of a package that costs you under 60 grand, it's really not that bad.

Available Colors: White Diamond Pearl, Silver Moon, Graphite Luster Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Fathom Blue Pearl, Forest Mist Metallic, and Dark Cherry Pearl.

Photo: Acura


On the July 5, 2013 episode of Bubble Gang:

- "Kasalanan mo 'to" gags

- Mr. Assimo playing Pinoy Henyo

- Old man's can't sleep in his room. Perhaps, he needs a honeymoon...

- Due to new television regulations, use of bad words especially the word "ulol" is not recommended. Hmmm....

- Bubble Gang does Nescafe Classic by spoofing this commercial as RESCAFE CLASSIC. Nangingibabaw.

Bubble Gang does Nescafe

- Mga Baklang Sisiw...

- Let's give a hand...for the hand that keeps him company!

- Pickup Lines with Push Back, Dahon, and Boy Basag!

- This man gets startled easily...

- This woman's watching too much drama...and her linguistics are getting formal as we thought.

What's in our Car Town garage today? (July 6, 2013)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

1993 RWB Ramintra 993R

RWB's 993 body kit provides an even more aggressive look for the 993-spec 911 coupe. Although it's even more of a monster on track days, it's still a swagger on the streets. For optional extras, the 993R from RWB includes a RWB suspension package courtesy of KW and Aragosta, a CHAMPION WING, Hakama side big rockers, fender wing, canard, and a reflector.

1993 RWB Ramintra 993R

1958 Subaru 360

Fuji Heavy Industries used to make aircraft out of their Nakajima Aircraft Company but they decided to join the automotive industry starting with their first ever Subaru ever made, the 360. Powered by the 356cc engine, which was the standard kei car displacement in the 50's, that produces about 16HP of power and it was positioned at the back.

1958 Subaru 360

1960 Fiat Nuova 500 D

The D model of the Nuova 500 looks more similar to the original Nuova but it was powered by a 499cc engine developing 17hp of power and it comes with the roof where in the standard D model, the roof doesn't fold back as far as the roof while it has an optional "transformable" roof on the Nuova. Surprisingly, it comes with suicide doors for added uniqueness.

1960 Fiat Nuova 500 D

The final BMW M3 E92 Coupe...

The final M3 E92

July 2013 marks the end of the production of the BMW M3 E92 Coupe and yes, this is the last ever M3 coupe they'll ever made and this is the last ever M model to be naturally aspirated. Yes, this is the last M3 Coupe they'll ever made ever since the announcement that BMW's new naming scheme will had sedans bearing odd numbers while 2-door coupes bearing even numbers.

Yes, there will be a new M3 next year except now, it's a 4-door model based on the F30 3-Series while the replacement for this will be based on the all new 4-Series Coupe and they'll come sometime in the not too distant future.

A quick history lesson about the M3 Coupes:


The story of the BMW M3 begins in the E30 model. The first BMW M3 comes with the S14B23 2.3L engine, which was based on various BMW parts: basic block layout from the M10 4-cylinder (found in the 2002 and 320 series) overbored and reinforced to similar specifications of the BMW M88 inline-6.

Richard Hammond drove this as well as the E34 M5 while James May is in the BMW M1 in Season 3 Episode 2 of Top Gear when they were at the Isle of Man.


Based on the E36 3-Series model, this M3 comes with a 3.0L straight-6 engine that generates 280HP of power. During its lifespan, this model spawned not just a coupe but a cabriolet and a 4-door saloon respectively and when production of this generation ended in 1999, 46,525 coupés, 12,114 Cabriolets and 12,603 saloons were produced.

Most of the E36 M3 models were made at BMW's Regensburg plant while detuned right hand drive models where assembled in Pretoria, South Africa.

There were six special-edition models of the E36 M3 produced: the M3 Euro-Spec (Canadian Edition), M3 LTW, M3 GT, M3 GT-R, M3-R, and the Imola Individual (often referred to as the GT2) (the last of the E36s). There's also an M3 Anniversary Edition for the Australian market in 1999.

Car & Driver said that the E36 M3 is one of the best handling cars of the 90's because of its benign handling and balance and popular among circuit racers and track enthusiasts.


Launched in 2000, the E46 M3 comes with the 3.2L DOHC straight-6 engine and it was based on the E46 3-Series that underwent a full model change in 1998. This 3.2L I6 engine churns out 338HP of power and 269ft-lb of torque. Initially, this generation was mated with a Getrag 6-speed MT but later, BMW added an SMG II, the company's double clutch semi-automatic transmission.

"The suspension must always be faster than the engine", this is the motto BMW followed in developing the E46 M3 and the suspension was returned to compensate for the added power of the M3.


The E92 M3 is measured about 4620mm long, 1805mm wide and 1425mm high, and rode on a 2760mm wheelbase. For the E92 M3, there was an unsuspecting twist because the engine that powers it was a 4.0L V8 engine that develops 414HP of power. Also, BMW managed to trim down the M3's weight a little by installing new components such as a high-strength carbon fiber roof, and aluminum for the suspension parts, resulting to a lean 1630kg of weight.

The E92 M3 comes with a 7-speed M DCT drive logic, Variable M differential lock, and M dynamic mode. The M Drive in the dynamic mode is a device that provides combined control of suspension, dampers, DSC, Traction Control, engine output, and power steering response.

In Series 10 finale of Top Gear, Richard Hammond drove the M3 E92 while Jeremy Clarkson's in the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and James May's in an Audi RS4 at the Ascari Race Resort in Spain. Judging to the point that the M3 is quicker than the C63 and the RS4 when handed to the Stig round the Ascari track, the E92 M3 exceeded the danger limit of Jeremy Clarkson's COCK-O-METER. At the end of Series 10, when presenters swapped cars, Jeremy Clarkson dressed himself as a typical BMW driver before driving Hammond's M3.

In Series 11 opener of Top Gear, after the One Gallon Mile Race, which proven to be a stupid idea, Jeremy Clarkson drives the BMW M3 against the Toyota Prius, 10 laps at the Top Gear Test Track, but instead of racing, Jeremy figures out the M3's fuel consumption. After 10 laps, the Toyota Prius did 17.2MPG while the M3 did 19.4MPG.

In Jeremy Clarkson's 2009 DVD, Duel, the E92 M3 was known to be one of the best drifting cars but it failed at the Apple at the Apex, Apple at the Exit test. This is the car when Clarkson motivates Anthony Davidson to drift...


Threats from North Korea - A Week in Review (July 6, 2013)

And now, the week in review of what's what at the Korean peninsula...

July 1, 2013

- In Brunei, the venue of this year's ASEAN Regional Forum, China says the now-stalled six-party denuclearization talks - involving the US, China, Japan, Russian, North Korea, and South Korea, are important to create a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.

- South Korean foreign minister Yoon Byung-sae held his first one-on-one talks with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, on the sidelines of this year's ASEAN Regional Forum.

July 2, 2013

- In Brunei, the venue of this year's ASEAN Regional Forum, a North Korean representative spoke up about his nation's nuclear program.

- North Korea is pushing ahead with its diplomatic efforts to keep China and Russia, its allies, on its side following the bilateral summit between President Park and Chinese president Xi Jinping last week.

July 3, 2013

-South Korea and North Korea are back on its hotline channels.

- One day after a landmark vote that gave lawmakers the right to review a full transcript of the 2007 inter-Korean summit, lawmakers begun the local procedures.

July 4, 2013

- South and North Korea agreed to hold working-level talks this weekend on reopening the Kaesong complex that was suspended for nearly three months.

- North Korea's nuclear issue was at the top of the agenda during the 2-plus-2 talks between South Korea and Australia

July 5, 2013

- South Korea's ruling and opposition parties expressed their hopes that both North and South Korea would reach an agreement at their weekend working-level talks to repoen the shuttered Kaesong complex in North Korea.

- South Korean president Park Geun-hye's plan for regional development is finally picking up steam. More than 160 project will be implemented to fulfill her 106 detailed pledges for 15 regional districts in Korea.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Despicable Me 2

Anyway, moving because as I'm sure you know, the whole family's gone yellow fever over Gru's minions because the hit 2010 animated cartoon film, Desipcable Me, returns but is it any better than the previous installment? It's just one of the things that make me go hmmm...

Despicable Me 2
Gru and his adorable but super funny minions are back and so are the three orphaned girls he's taking care of. In the first installment, Despicable Me is the brainchild of the then-new animation studio Illumination Entertainment which situates it in a world where villainy is the norm. It centers more on aged baddie named Gru (played by former The Office lead actor Steve Carell), who wants to steal the moon in order to get his popularity back from his rival villain but when the three orphaned girls showed up, Gru's life never been more harder than imagined.

Today, we're not talking about the first one. Let's talk about the sequel every kid in the block's talking about and while some say that the sequel's going to be better than the first one, I'm not sure what it is. Anyway, for the sequel, Gru, a former super villain, tries to live a normal life with his three little girls while starting his new business selling jams and jellies when suddenly, the Anti-Villain League recruits Gru for a mission: to take down a new enemy threatened for world domination. For a now-hero Gru, he's not alone because he's been paired up with an agent from the Anti-Villain League named Lucy Wilde (played by Kristen Wiig from Bridesmaids).

Now, about that new character Lucy. I'm kinda confused about her...probably because of her ginger hair! Am I...the only one who thinks that Lucy's hairstyle from Despicable Me 2 kinda look like Donna Noble's from The Unicorn and the Wasp episode of Doctor Who?

Anyway, never mind about that but about that film. Although it is a sequel that picks up where the original one lefts off, it's still lack more of the fancies when it comes to the storyline. It feels a bit mediocre than being too despicable for a sequel like that. It doesn't feel more of a sequel but rather like mixing up both the right and wrong ingredients which sometimes, it's tasty while sometimes isn't. No offence but I think the storyline will get me bored right until you get to the best parts and when the best parts kicks in, that's when the true "Despicable Me" science kicks in but that doesn't last for long.

But still, even though it feels a bit too "regular" for a sequel of a 2010 animated family fun film, it's still packs the same goodness from the first part. I still have Gru, the three little girls, and all of the minions that is oh so fun and cute, you just really wish you wanna spend time with those cute, yellowy, minions! HOW CUTE! I just wanna hug one!

So, there we are. Despicable Me 2. Even though the storyline lacks something from the original, it's still one of the best family fun films you and your family can enjoy for the whole summer. "When the world needed a hero, they called a villain." Enjoy it while you can!

Nash Aguas, IHAW NA!

Former bulilit and now one of the new cast of Luv U, Nash Aguas, is the guest of the day on the July 4, 2013's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment. Getting to know more about Nash Aguas never gets too old for this...

Meanwhile, more funny pics in ETO NA POST such as a taxi driven by aswang, oversighted taxi, Johnny Deep, ALINDOG funeral service, and a stamp of former president Arroyo's too short for her head.

Let's Do The News! (July 5, 2013)

(cheers and applause)

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive
JC: Science abuse. That's what that is... Science abuse!

JM: Hmmm...So you were saying that the electric-powered SLS is nowhere near as good as its petrol-powered model even though it's 4 times more expensive?

JC: Yeah but there's still more about this. You know the fact that how did it set the fastest Nurburgring lap time for such a category like this?

JM: Uh...yeah. And the thing is though that even it's faster than the Audi R8 e-tron, which is an electric car Audi will never make one, that's quite staggering.

JC: Also, because it has more torque on it, even when you put it gently, it's still has a fair hint of Science Abuse on it and...oh! Just let science do the work.

(audience laughing)

JM: Like what? Eating its shoes off?

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, could we do the news now?

RH: Right, the news. If you're in Paris, France, then you're enjoying 2013's Japan Expo right now while when you're in the USA, Los Angeles to be precise, then you're enjoying Anime Expo 2013. Either way, they both run until Sunday, July 7. If you're in Japan Expo, which is in Paris, France, then you're be meeting up with some of the big-time guests such as the blokes behind the Final Fantasy series, J-Pop girl group °C-ute, Shoji Kawamori...


JM: Wait...Shoji Kawamori? You mean the man responsible for mech designs and some of the finest works such as Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and the Animatrix?

RH: Yes. Yes he is. Anyway, back on the guest list. There's Fist of the North Star creator Tetsuo Hara who will be celebrating the series' 30th anniversary on Japan Expo, which sounds wonderful.

JC: Okay. What about on the Los Angeles side that is Anime Expo 2013?

JM: Guest list on the AX 2013 in LA? Let's's a lot. There's the famous otaku named Danny Choo, there's Noizi Ito who was responsible for the illustration of the Shakugan no Shana series, famed Filipina cosplayer Alodia...


JM:...there's the J-rock band Porno, that's a whole lot of guests, including voice actors and dubbers! I can't believe this is getting even more star-studded than having a barbecue party with our new reasonably priced car, the Vauxhall Astra!

(audience laughing)

JC: Speaking of which, either which of the convention you were, there's always be geeks cosplaying as their favorites and you know what time it is?

(audience saying "Adventure Time!")

JC: Adventure Time? No. It's "Who's Cosplaying Time!"

(audience laughing)

RH: "Who's Cosplaying Time?"

JC: Yes. "Who's Cosplaying Time". And I had the list of what would geeks dress as in case of conventions so...

JM: Who's going to be...

JC: Hold on...I'm readying the list...

(audience laughing)

JC: Still readying...


JC: Aha! There it is! Let'! 

RH: What is it...

JC: I'm seeing someone who's visiting this year's convention...dressing as one of the Adventure Time characters...

(audience laughing)

JC: You know. In most conventions, you might encounter geeks dressing as one of their favorite Adventure Time characters such as Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Ice King, Marceline, BMO, and the rest. Can't believe that this super hilarious cartoon for all ages really attracted a mass audience.

JM: Yeah and oh! Did you see Monday's episode where Finn, Jake, and PB went to Wizard City? Aw man, I can't believe that PB's getting even more attractive than ever. In fact, look at her...


JC: That's one mean princess! Mama mia! Can't believe those who saw this episode got hooked over Princess Bubblegum's body-fit outfit she wore.

JM: Yeah. She looks more attractive on that outfit Hey, did they get the memo to dress as PB in this kind of outfit?

JC: (whispers) I don't know, James...

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, more from the list. I am, because Attack on Titan is pretty much with us right now, I'm seeing geeks dressed as members of the Scouting Legion as well as the Titans from the show.

JM: Well it's a good thing they're not as large as the ones as seen on the show or it's going to be quite a horrible feat. Maybe those who got hooked on AOT are doing some weird stuff.

RH: Stuff that the Titans are going to devour hopeless people. Let's just say...those people pretending to be hopeless people are in the background while a Titan cosplayer standing in the foreground pretending to "eat" them while photographers going to snapshot them so by forced perspective, it looks like a 50-foot Titan going to eat people.

(audience laughing)

RH: It's like a picture thinking that you're lifting up the Hollywood sign. General camera tricks, man. Anyway, what's next on your "Who's Cosplaying Time" list, Jezza?

JC:'s see...hmmm...hmmm...Vampire Knight...Persona...Bleach....Minecraft...Doctor Who...

JM: Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Pause here. To Doctor Who. Well, since everyone got the...

JC: Blah blah blah...Season 7...blah blah blah...souffle girl...Got it. Also, the new look for The Eleventh Doctor, that's covered. Okay, to continue...Hmmm...

RH: Oh! Oh! What about Wreck-it Ralph? I mean I seen people dressed either as Wreck It Ralph, Fix It Felix, Vanellope, and the other Sugar Rush racers from the movie. Although I'm kinda puzzled about that Vanellope character...Hmmm...Does she kinda look like Agnes from Despicable Me?

(audience laughing)

RH: I mean, look at their faces. They look exactly the same. Can't believe that last year's Wreck It Ralph took the idea of making the Vanellope character out of Despicable Me's Agnes, if you know what I mean...

(audience laughing)

JC: Thanks, Richard. I'll consider that on the list. Anyway...Let's see...hmmm...X-MEN...Power Rangers...Tales of...Resident Evil...Metal Gear...DEADPOOL? Who would rather want to go in the convention as the maniacal "Merc with a Mouth"?!

(audience laughing)

JM: Beats me...I don't know who's dressing as Deadpool...

RH: Me neither...

JC: Oh well...Let's move on...hmmm...hmmm...The Avengers...Spiderman...the agents of SHIELD...Madoka Magica...SAO...

RH: Wait! Wait! Disney's The Lone Ranger! The one with Johnny Depp and Arnie Hammer on it. What if...there could be nerds dressed as Lone Ranger and his Native American partner-in-crime Tonto from the latest Disney movie?

JC: Possibly...Let's see who's who...hmmm...

JM: What about the Jaegers? I'm sensing people who got stoked for Pacific Rim wanted to be as either the giant fighting robots known as the Jaegers or the monsters known as

(audience laughing)

JC: Yes. James. There's going to be Jaegers, there's going to be nerds dressed as...

RH: Oh oh! Gravity Falls! You know it's your favorite. I'm sensing geeks who loved this show going to dress as either Dipper Pines, Mabel Pines, Grunkle Stan, Soos, Wendy Corduroy, and the others.

JC: Hammond! (annoyed grunt) Guess this list's too much for that but I hope everyone got that memo. (blows raspberry)

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, times up for us and that's the end of the news.

RH: Yeah and oh! I'm sensing....more boys, kids to teen, dressing as Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians!


RH: Ooops....

(audience laughing)

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

You know why did Mercedes-Benz's AMG division developed an electric-powered supercar in the form of the SLS AMG? Is it because they're wanted to be as "regular" as "Regular Show"? Or maybe because they are in tune with the times?

I'm afraid not because what lurks behind the electric-powered SLS AMG is enough power and torque from its four electric motors. When all four motors kicked in, 751HP of power and 738lb-ft of torque is more than enough to say, that electric car's got more than the limited edition SLS AMG Black and (!) the old SL65 Black Series, which is known to be AMG's finest. This cross-eyed curiosity is not the kind of supercar you can expect parking in a casino at Monte Carlo. No. What AMG done for the all new SLS AMG Electric Drive is Science Abuse because by abusing all of its eco-car peripherals, the power figures, the torque figures, and all of AMG know-hows, this electric powered sportscar, mated with only one gear (same as the Tesla), can do 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, which is .4 seconds slower than the SLS AMG Black and annoyingly quicker than the Aston Martin Vanquish.

Of course, to keep it environmentally-friendly and for the concern of other road users, the top speed is limited to a federalized limit of 155mph because anything more than that and the battery and power inverters get all kibosh.

These four electric motors equipped in all four wheels are rather pretty clever because even though it weighs 45kg each, they achieve a maximum individual speed of 13,000 rpm and in each case drive the 4 wheels selectively via a axially-arranged transmission design. The suspension system is now multi-link rather than double-wishbones. The aluminum spaceframe chassis has been tweaked. Blah blah blah blah....

Also, the pricing starts at around 416,500 Euros, which is four times more than its petrol equivalent but it's less than the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and overall, that's more fun to have than a big bulky Phantom Coupe.

That's all so fun but the fun doesn't last for long because first of all, there's the noise. Because this is an all-electric sportscar, it sounds like you're in an airline taking off and that's even more disturbing than listening to space-age music, which is creepy. The petrol-powered SLS sounds like an American car. Fast, simple, and quite cheap. It even sounds like one. Here, on the Electric Drive version, it isn't. Let's not forget that it's four times more than its petrol equivalent and it's still a lot more creepy to drive because of its electric motors that sounds like an Airbus taking off and an approaching Candace will positively spot you and then running to mom, saying that you had an over seven hundred horsepower supercar and then it disappears before mom's showed up.

The fun fact about the SLS Electric Drive that it lapped round the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 56 seconds, that's the fastest production EV car ever to lap round the green hell, faster than the Audi electric sportscar that it won't be produced until further notice. That's quite shockingly indeed but even with the fun fact, it's still not worth it to have an electric supercar abused by science and I'm sorry, I'd be sticking back to the petrol equivalent.

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Let's Do The News! (July 4, 2013)

River's Diary

Right, what's the news today you spoiler-laden TARDIS journal?

- You think that the Mastretta sports car is the only Mexican sports car around? Think again because there's another Mexican supercar coming and we're not pulling out the whole Top Gear "tortilla" jibe for this one because this is even more than that. Behold, the 2015 Vuhl 05.

2015 Vuhl 05

- Did you know that the 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia is going to have a crossover model? Aside from the 4-door saloon, 5-door liftback, and the Sport Tourer, a new crossover model, called the Country Tourer, was known to be the answer to the Subaru Outback and the Peugeot 508 RXH. It will make a world premiere at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer

2014 Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
- Yeahuh! Japan-based D3Publisher's US arm is going to have another Adventure Time video game and for the first time, a video game adaptation of Cartoon Network's bland but super-funny program, Regular Show. This fall, "Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!" is the name of the second Adventure Time video game and for the first time, it will be available on the Wii U, XBOX 360, PS3, PC, and 3DS. Also, Mordecai and Rigby In 8-Bit Land is the name of the first ever Regular Show game for the Nintendo 3DS where our favorite goofballs, Mordecai and Rigby, as well as the others, are on the game. Best games in the this moment in time? YEAHUH!

- Ryoko Shiraishi, the voice actress behind Hayate Ayasaki on the Hayate no Gotoku anime series, gets a divorce.

- Did you know that Bumblebee can also be the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on next year's Transformers 4 film?


- John Barrowman, better known to you as Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and its Torchwood spinoff, got legally married to Scott Gill, his civil partner 7 years ago, in accordance with the US Supreme Court. Yep. It's same-sex marriage, folks. Your Captain Jack Harkness got married to a man...

- TODAY, we stand for the Fourth Amendment and against NSA Spying. SIGN THE PETITION

Hayate the combat butler Cuties ENDING & Heroine OST 1

Hayate the combat butler Cuties
ENDING & Heroine OST 1
Cuties, or to fully call it Hayate no Gotoku Cuties, is, like Can't Take My Eyes Off You earlier, a stand-alone story of the Hayate no Gotoku series but this series has a twist; Every episode, all of your favorite characters are introduced and in the final episode...well, we're not going to spoil what's what or we're ruining the surprise. Anyway, the first volume of the soundtrack has arrived and what you get here is the music from the first half of the Cuties show. The first half, I said it, features 13 tracks, Tracks 01~06 are Ending Themes of the show whole Tracks 07~13 were composed by Wataru Maeguchi. This covers Hayate Ayasaki (CV. Ryoko Shiraishi), Nagi Sanzenin (CV. Rie Kugimiya), Sakuya Aizawa (CV. Kana Ueda), Isumi Saginomiya  (CV. Miyu Matsuki), Hinagiku Katsura (CV. Shizuka Ito), and Izumi Segawa (CV. Sayuri Yahagi).


01 ヒロインはここにいる! (TV-EDIT)
02 アスタリスク (TV-EDIT)
03 急がばスマイル! (TV-EDIT)
04 まんまるかくれんぼ (TV-EDIT)
05 ダイキライは恋の始まり (TV-EDIT)
06 ナ・ノ・キ・ス (TV-EDIT)
07 特技は不幸~Cuties 綾崎ハヤテのテーマ~
08 有閑お嬢様~Cuties 三千院ナギのテーマ~
09 少女と犬による行進曲~Cuties 天王州アテネのテーマ~
10 和服のおっとりお嬢様~Cuties 鷺ノ宮伊澄のテーマ~
11 ナニワのちゃっかり娘~Cuties 愛沢咲夜のテーマ~
12 私の名前は桂ヒナギク~Cuties 桂ヒナギクのテーマ~
13 放課後の委員長さん~Cuties 瀬川泉のテーマ~

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Madam Auring, IHAW NA!

Celebrity psychic, Madam Auring, was the guest of the July 2, 2013's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment and oh...there's no need to explain what's what because she knows all about it. He he he...

Meanwhile, Alex gave us top three tips on what to do when you forgot to set the phone in Silent Mode in LAUGH THREE...

1) Let's pretend that it wasn't your phone and then hide yours...

2) Pretend that you're fighting with your BF

3) Dance 'till you got embarrassed!

Special edition Nissan Note Aero Style

Nissan Note Aero Style

A special edition Nissan Note "Aero Style" was offered for the Japanese market and this special edition Note will be available this July 19 for 1,445,850 to 1,704,150 Japanese Yen.

For this special model, it receives a piano-like front grille, special front bumper, special rear bumper, side sills, 15-inch aluminum wheels painted in dark metallic, and a 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The special model is based on the X/X DIG-S/X FOUR models on the NIssan Note. X model comes with the HR12DE, X DIG-S comes with the supercharged HR12DDR engine, and the X FOUR comes with four-wheel drive.


What's in our Car Town garage today? (July 3, 2013)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Of course, the Chrysler 300 is known to be the ideal car for the bling-bling culture because of its gangster looks suitable for the swaggers of all kinds and for the high-performance version developed by SRT, the premium sedan with a touch of swag never made even more sinister, especially when its powered by a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine that produces 465HP of power.

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

2012 McLaren MP4-12C

The MP4-12C is McLaren's high-performance supercar that embodies every technological aspects learned from McLaren's Formula One experiences and it is known to be one of the most intelligent supercars ever made, capable of being a track weapon in its own right. Although, it carries one of the smallest V8s ever made, it's armed with turbochargers and it develops 592HP of power and 600Nm of torque. It went round the Top Gear Test Track in around 1:16.2.

2012 McLaren MP4-12C

2014 Lamborghini Veneno

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and for its 50th anniversary offering, Lamborghini unveiled the horrifyingly insane Veneno hypercar at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and if by the word horrifying, it's noted on the design as well as the biblically huge rear wing that makes the Veneno look like a devil car. The 50th anniversary special machine uses some of the components from the Aventador but its 6.5L V12 engine produces 750HP of power, making it one of the most powerful Lamborghinis ever made and with 355kph top speed, it's the fastest as well. Only three units of the Veneno will be made, each costing three million euros and shorty before its announcement, all three units had been sold out.

2014 Lamborghini Veneno

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bayani Agbayani, IHAW NA!

Bayani Agbayani, one of the all time comedian greats, was the guest of July 1, 2013's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment. In here, Bayani talks more about his humble beginnings, his daily life, and more from his mouth. We even see him do the Otso-Otso in case anyone forgot that one...

WRX STI tS TYPE RA revealed

Subaru WRX STi tS TYPE RA NBR Challenge Package

It seems that the current generation WRX STi is approaching to the end and a brand new replacement is coming next year but before that, here comes the curtain call for the current WRX STi. Say hello to the WRX STi's farewell machine, the WRX STi tS TYPE RA.

Exclusively for the Japanese market and limited to 300 units, the tS TYPE RA uses the WRX STi 4-door GVB as its basis and for this swan song, the new tS comes with special badges on the grille and on the back, STi emblem side garnish colored in black, and black side view mirrors. What's more, the TYPE RA features a host of upgraded suspension treatments, the use of Potenza RE070 tires, Vehicle Dynamics Control, LSD,  close-ratio 6-speed gearbox, and other upgrades for this swan song.

There's also a special NBR CHALLENGE PACAKGE which comes with 18-inch BBS forged aluminum rims, carbon rear wing, NBR CHALLENGE Decal, and optional RECARO seats.

You can still expect the same 308PS 2.0L boxer turbo engine that powers it.

Exclusive to the TYPE RA is the special Tangerine Orange Pearl exterior color in addition to the Satin White Pearl and WR Blue Mica.

Prices start at 4,410,000 Japanese Yen up to 5,082,000 Yen for the NBR Package with RECARO seats.



Let's Do The News! (July 2, 2013)

River's Diary

Right, what's the news today you spoiler-laden TARDIS journal?

Sebastien Loeb and 208 T16 are kings of Pikes Peak

Peugeot 208 T16
You might think that the French car would be impossible enough to master Pikes Peak but you were wrong. Rally driver Sebastien Loeb, driving the Peugeot 208 T16, became the first ever competitor to go on the 8-minute mark, thanks to the fact that it set a record-breaking 8m 13.878s, that's more than last year's record set by Rhys Millen in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe!


TVR to return in 2015 with a 2-car lineup?

TVR Sagaris

Last month, a British industrialist named Les Edgar bought the TVR rights from a Russian businessman, Now, the man behind the revival is part of a three-man executive board says that they're readying its return in 2015 with a two-car lineup.


Audi to launch new Matrix LED Headlamps on the A8 facelift

Matrix LED Headlamp
Audi will be launching the world's first Matrix LED Headlamps on the upcoming Audi A8 facelift at the end of the year. This new generation of headlamps was shown at the Consumer Electronics Showcase earlier this year and the new Matrix LED Headlamps works by splitting up the LED high-beam headlights into numerous individual, small diodes working in conjunction with lenses or reflectors connected in series. For the Audi A8 facelift, there are 25 high-beam light-emitting diodes in each headlight, arranged in groups of five per reflector.

More on that later...


PSAs from Top Gear Korea Season 4

In case you haven't noticed, Top Gear Korea, currently on its 4th season on XTM, uploaded some of its PSAs or Public Service Announcements about road safety. It was in the episode where the hosts are making PSAs and yes, there's one that involves crashing a Rolls-Royce.

Here's the TGK4 PSA compilation targeting against illegal street racing, distracted driving, and driver drowsiness...

Here's TGK4's PSA targeting against "Texting While Driving" as directed by Denny Ahn.

And here's TGK4's PSA targeting against "Drunk Driving" as directed by Kim Jin Pyo. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Leopaul's Heaven and Hell: WHY I HATE THE 2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY... (Part Two)

Another reason why I hate the C7 Corvette

Anyway, this is part two of my very special Heaven and Hell topic about why I hate the all new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray and yes, it's the car that gave me great pain and loss, the same feeling when in Japan, when PS3 iM@S2 players were shocked that the Punkish Gothic (パンキッシュゴシック、パンゴシ), as seen on the XBOX 360 version, was no longer there because NBGi's been busy putting too much PS3-exclusive outfits such as Dressy Alice, Rainy Suzuran, Random Color Beauty, Digital Spacecraft, Cutie Insect, Weeping Wisteria, Burning Performer, Stratos Butterfly, Full bloom Yukata Dress, Starlight Agent, My Baby's Breath, Corduroy Country, Circuit Architect, Prima Concerto♪, Cardigan Schooler, Traditional Maid, Bright Eaglet, Exotic China, POP Raindrop, Grand Prix Queen, and Million Dreams. 

Note to others, if you were going to cosplay as one of your favorite iM@s characters in one of those PS3-exclusive outfits from The iDOLM@STER 2 I've mentioned above, change of plans. Don't cosplay in one of those without the official Corvette C7 lapel pins! Either the Crossed Flags or the Stingray logo, they both cost 6.50 dollars (plus shipping and handling). I know, they're not related to the dresses but they will because both of those are to show that you're a Playstation fan. Why? Those outfits I've mentioned were PS3 exclusive, this car is a Gran Turismo exclusive (which explains a lot), they're both a Playstation-only match made in heaven (or hell). Whatever that is...

Okay, back on the topic about my new mortal automotive enemy. Let's recall about the topic about why would morons wanna buy GT6 on the PS3 rather than Forza 5 on the new X1 console. Think about what they're missing. Would morons choose the 2014 Corvette Stingray rather than the Huayra? Or an Aston Martin One-77? The Range Rover? The Koenigsegg? Gumpert Apollo? Genesis Coupe? New Vanquish? Anyway, anything that you can find on the next Forza but why would you want to go for a game in which features the most useless features rather than Forza?

You! That's right! I'm talking to you! Would you rather go for a game that doesn't have livery editor, upload replays, storefronts, or anything that Forza had? Well, let's just hypothesize for a moment but in the meantime, WHY? WHY DO YOU THINK THAT YOU WOULD RATHER CHOOSE THE SUPER WORTHLESS GRAN TURISMO 6 RATHER THAN FORZA 5? It's a good thing that they won't be putting some endurance, night racing, rally (if any), snow, weather change, and other GT-esque stuff on the next Forza Motorsport 5 and as for cars...hmmm...let's hypothesize...

There are many cars as seen on Gran Turismo that I don't want FM5 to be featured...such as kei cars (like the Beat, Copen, AZ-1, and Cappuccino), Alpine (well, just the A310 because the A110's already breaking the third wall), Autobianchi, the JZX-blah blah blah Chaser, the Tommykaira ZZ, the R92CP, the Pescarolo, the Minolta Toyota, the Garaiya, the Chaparral 2J and 2D, the Giulia TZ2, the Superbird Plymouth (hmmm...), the Lister Storm, the Gillet Vertigo, the Dome Zero, Daihatsu, anything that featured in Gran Turismo series and nothing else. If anything breaks loose, the fear of video game comparisons is really coming near and I really don't want that to happen because it freaks me out a lot. It happened since the 787B, the Scion FR-S, and the Sauber Mercedes broke loose in FM4 and that's why, I really hope that Forza Motorsport 5 should NEVER EVER EVER feature the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7. Why? Because it's a Gran Turismo exclusive and you know it. Sure, FM5 is going to feature only the previous six generations of Chevrolet Corvette because this is the best they can do thanks to the theory that the C7 Corvette's a Gran Turismo exclusive.

If that car showed up unexpected, swear to the creator that I'm going to freak myself out and I really wished that this car wouldn't exist at all. Anyway, what that took from the C7 Corvette, it's going to pay. Hmmm...what to do with it when I got my hands on the C7 Corvette?

Like any other Brainiac experiments, I am going to unleash my rage against the 2014 Corvette Stingray while wearing the not-for-PS3 Punkish Gothic (パンキッシュゴシック、パンゴシ)as an act of revenge but how? Hmmm...

Oh yeah! That's more like it! BRAINIAC STYLE! Let science do the payback for not putting the Punkish Gothic on the PS3 version of THE iDOLM@STER 2! Heh heh? Well, haters gonna hate, right?

Still, this is just a joke. I would never ever attempt to do such a thing because...that will put me under arrest. Oh well, I guess I'll conclude this topic. Even if I finish this topic, my strong-willed hatred against the 2014 Corvette Stingray will continue to linger on until my last breath and my obsession for Punkish Gothic (パンキッシュゴシック、パンゴシ)will always be in my big honkin' hole in my heart.

GOOD BYE AND BAD LUCK TO THE C7 CORVETTE. Guess how much I hate the 2014 Corvette Stingray...

Top Gear S20E01

Top Gear S20E01

A new, more mature Top Gear kicked off its 20th season and in that season, we see Jeremy Clarkson rented a Toyota Auris for a race against James May and a crew operating America's cup yacht in New Zealand. After much beatings, the race ended when James May crossed the finished line, shortly after Jeremy and his another rented Auris stuck offroad. Another loss for Clarkson. Boo-hoo...

Anyway, while gloating over Jeremy's another fail, Richard Hammond messes around the Top Gear Test Track with three brand new hot hatchbacks; the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, the 2014 Peugeot 208 GTi, and the 2014 Renaultsport Clio RS 200 EDC. When given to The Stig, the new Renault Clio 200 did it in 1:32.0, Ford Fiesta ST did it in 1:32.7, and 208 GTi did it in 1:33.2.

2013 Vauxhall Astra - the new reasonably priced car
Series 20 sees the arrival of a brand new reasonably priced car, the 2013 Vauxhall Astra Tech Line (with Lifetime Warranty...) and to kick off the arrival of the new reasonably priced car, a selection of D-list celebs such as AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Jimmy Carr, David Haye, Warwick Davis, Rachel Riley, Charles Dance from Game of Thrones, Joss Stone, and Mike Rutherford from Genesis to lap this newcomer round the track and something else...

F1 2013 British GP

Silverstone's packed up with so much tension, drama, and some thrills as British GP of the 2013 Formula One season and after much tension round the corners, Nico Rosberg from Mercedes stand tall as the winner of the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone, leaving Mark Webber from Red Bull's 2nd place and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to 3rd. It was quite a shock that leading man Sebastian Vettel ended in a DNF because of gearbox failure, while Lotus-Renault's Grosjean suffered front wing damage, Mclaren-Mercedes' Sergio Perez and STR-Ferrari's Jean-Eric Vergne facing tyre issues.


Race - Rosberg claims thrilling Silverstone victory

Nico Rosberg and Mercedes showed the depth of the progress they have made recently in tyre management by claiming a dramatic victory in the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday. 

In a race blighted by several spectacular tyre blow-outs, Rosberg held off a tremendous late charge from Red Bull’s Mark Webber to claim his second win of the season, whilst Fernando Alonso’s third place for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel’s retirement for Red Bull meant the gap at the top of the drivers’ standings closed substantially.

Rosberg’s team mate Lewis Hamilton led the race from Vettel and Rosberg in the early stages, before becoming the first driver to suffer a left-rear tyre blow-out on the Wellington Straight on the eighth lap. Two laps later and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa suffered the same failure before Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne made it a hat-trick on lap 15. McLaren’s Sergio Perez was the final driver to suffer a blow-out, this time on the 46th lap.

The first safety car of the day was deployed on the 16th lap as marshals cleared up the debris at Stowe corner caused by Vergne’s tyre incident, by which time the teams were telling their drivers to avoid using the kerbs in case they were causing the tyre trouble.

When the racing resumed on the 22nd lap Rosberg started the long haul of chipping away at Vettel’s advantage, the German having inherited the lead from Hamilton. Eventually they were only a couple of seconds apart as they started to lap traffic, but then the world champion’s car rolled to a halt just past the pit entry on the 41st lap, prompting another safety car deployment whilst Vettel’s stricken RB9 was moved off the track. 

That reshuffled things as Rosberg, Webber and Alonso all pitted. Rosberg timed it best, retaining the lead, but Webber dropped from third to fifth and Alonso from fourth to eighth. 

Now the race was on, and when the safety car went in at the end of lap 46 Webber pounced immediately on Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso for P4, then Adrian Sutil’s Force India for P3, before slamming by Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen for second on lap 49. The Finn had also wanted to pit, but Lotus had missed the chance and he was now powerless on his worn rubber.

Webber, who’d recovered brilliantly after tangling with Grosjean’s Lotus at the start, set the fastest lap on the last tour to finish 0.7s adrift of the Mercedes, but it was Rosberg’s race from the moment Vettel stopped.

Raikkonen’s slump continued as Alonso fought his way past Ricciardo, Sutil and the Lotus driver, taking Hamilton with him. The two former McLaren team mates finished 0.6s apart, as Alonso snatched a podium finish from one of Ferrari’s toughest races of the year. Like Rosberg and Vettel, who were also warned by their teams of imminent tyre problems, he was lucky, reaching the pits for fresh rubber before suffering the same fate as Massa.

The Brazilian, like Hamilton, staged a superb recovery, aided in part by the safety-car deployments, and despite floor damage, was able to climb to sixth by the end ahead of Sutil, who just kept Ricciardo at bay to the flag.

Force India’s Paul di Resta went into his home Grand Prix looking for the sort of hard-tyre run from the back that he’d enjoyed in Canada, but this one was much less straightforward. Nevertheless he managed to score an honourable ninth place from 21st on the grid, as Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg grabbed the final point ahead of the duelling Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas.

McLaren had another disappointing race; Jenson Button was in the fight for points when the second safety car went in, but slumped dramatically from seventh in line behind it to a bitterly disappointing 13th place by the finish. 

Perez had also been a contender, running sixth behind the safety car before suffering his tyre failure as the race resumed, eventually obliging McLaren to retire his MP4-28. Alonso said he missed running into the back of the McLaren by a centimetre as his tyre failed.

Esteban Gutierrez was 14th for Sauber as Charles Pic maintained Caterham’s qualifying form to head home Marussia’s Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, and team mate Giedo van der Garde.

Romain Grosjean was another to have been in the fight for points, before parking his car in the Lotus garage close to the end to join Vettel and Vergne, whose Toro Rosso had suffered damage during its tyre failure, in retirement.

The result closes up the fight for the championship. Vettel still leads on 132 points, but Alonso closes with 111 from Raikkonen on 98, then Hamilton on 89, Webber on 87 and Rosberg on 82.

In the constructors’ stakes, Red Bull have 219 to Mercedes’ 171, Ferrari’s 168, Lotus’s 124, Force India’s 59 and McLaren’s 37.


Next race: At the NURBURGRING GP CIRCUIT this July 07

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Honda received over 3600 orders for new Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Earlier this month, Honda launched the all new 9th generation Accord in the Japanese market under the new name "ACCORD HYBRID" and true to its name, it's the first to apply the newly developed SPORT HYBRID i-MMD and it's the most fuel efficient Honda hybrid model at this moment in time thanks to its 30km/L fuel economy, eclipsing its cheaper little brother, the Insight.

It is reported that since June 23, Honda received 3600 orders for the new model, making it over three times more than the 1000 unit monthly target.

What's in our Car Town garage today? (June 30, 2013)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

The four-door muscle car from Dodge, the Charger, receives a new look for the 2011 model year and this incarnation promises to be even more badass than the previous model thanks to its even more aggressive exterior design. Even though the 2011 Charger now comes with the newly developed Pentastar V6 engine, it still offer the legendary HEMI V8 engine available on the R/T model developing 370HP of power.

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

1999 Nissan Brian's Skyline GT-R (R34)

This custom machine was driven by Brian O'Connor at the start of 2Fast 2Furious, the second installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. It uses the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R as the basis for this custom machine. The Skyline has been proven to be a tuner favorite over the years thanks to its overwhelming amount of aftermarket support but the R34 is proven to be the best tuner car over the years since its debut in 1999. Although, it was appeared for a brief period of time during the opener, it's still a fan favorite.

1999 Nissan Brian's Skyline GT-R (R34)

1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R (C110)

The C110-spec Nissan Skyline was famed for calling by its nickname: the "Ken & Mary" or "Kenmeri" Skyline, thanks to its TV advertisement featuring a young couple named Ken and Mary. With such advertising success, it became a hit in the Japanese market. For its GT-R version, it was nothing more of a limited edition because even though it was launched in autumn 1972, it lasted until the spring of 1973 where the energy crisis saw many people driving in eco cars rather than sports cars. Only 197 of these units were sold through speciality shops and this was the last GT-R for 16 years until the R32 broke loose in 1989.

1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R (C110)
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