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The 2022 What Car? Car of the Year Awards have named the Mazda MX-5 the ‘Best Sports Car for Value’. Since it made its debut in 2015, the iconic sports car has won an award from What Car? every year. The award is the latest from Britain’s leading car review title, awarded to the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5.

What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford acknowledged the 132os 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine being in the perfect position for sports car value stating, “you might think you need a big bank balance to enjoy sports car thrills, but the MX-5 proves that’s not the case. Mazda has resisted the temptation to follow rivals and fit a performance-enhancing turbo, knowing that its 1.5-litre engine has more than enough power to hustle such a light car up to speed. What’s more, the MX-5’s featherweight bulk pays dividends in the handling department, making it feel perfectly suited to British B-roads.”

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The Mazda MX-5 made its debut at the 1989 Chicago Motor Show, and all four-generations of the model embodied Mazda’s famous ethos of Jinba Ittai which means, ‘car-and-driver as one’. Together with its style, fun factor, and affordability, it is not surprising that the MX-5 has become the world’s bestselling two-seater sports car.

The Mazda MX-5 is still as popular as ever. With the recently released 10-model 2022 Mazda MX-5 range with four Convertible models and six Retractable Fastback RFs.

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The model can already be ordered, and delivery of the units will start on February 2022. The 132ps 1.5-liter Convertible is offered in SE-L and Sport trim. Meanwhile, the Sport Tech and the top-of-the-line GT Sport Tech trim have the 184ps 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine. Like the convertible, the SE-L and Sport trim RF’s are equipped with the 1.5-liter engine, while the Sport Tech and GT Sport Tech will have the more powerful 2.0-liter engine. Both trim levels of the 2.0-liter RFs will also have the option to choose an automatic gearbox.

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 updates include the new Platinum Quartz Metallic finish which is the first time it is being offered for the model. All models will also be equipped with the Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) which is designed to improve stability during cornering without impacting the handling and driver engagement of the MX-5. During cornering, the KPC system applies a minute amount of brake force to the inner/unloaded rear wheel resulting in a brake force that pulls the body down and contains the body roll to give more a reassuring cornering. These are all done so subtly that the handling remains pure.

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Aside from the new KPC, the 2022 Mazda MX-5 kept the same award-winning mechanical set up that they previously had. The improved 184ps version of the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine was first introduced back in September 2018, and it had lighter pistons and con-rod, upgraded camshafts, fuel injectors, exhaust valves, throttle valve and air intake. Altogether, they improved the performance of the current fourth-generation MX-5 compared to its 160ps version which was first introduced during its launch in 2015.So now, the engine has a

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By: Reggie
Title: What Car? Awards Names Mazda MX-5 ‘Best Sports Car For Value’
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/what-car-awards-names-mazda-mx-5-best-sports-car-for-value/
Published Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 16:54:32 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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