Hot Import Nights coming to the Meadowlands Expo Center

This Labor Day Weekend, Hot Import Nights is coming to New Jersey at the Meadowlands Expo Center. On Saturday, be prepared to see some great looking cars, models, and vendor booths showing off their products. This will be my first time attending this event. I am every excited to see Paul Walker’s Mitsubishi EVO VII in person.

Paul Walker EVO VII
Paul Walker EVO VII

There will also be over fifty exotic cars showcased by D2 Forged Wheels.  It should be a great day for photos unless you’re stuck trying to take a picture of a car and people constantly getting in the shot.

Miss HIN Dannie Riel, Trinity Dang, and other models will be there to kick off the event. If you’re in New York tonight, check out SKY Room and get a chance to meet them in person before the show tomorrow.

HIN Sky Room
HIN Sky Room

When I’m taking a break from the event and photgraphy, I’ll be hanging out at the 3MG booth if you want to say hi.

If you haven’t picked up tickets yet for Hot Import Nights, you can still order online here and enter promo code “3MG”.

If you’re fortunate enough to go, I would suggest bringing out the family and kids. They will enjoy themselves as well. I would love to read your experience and any photos that you took. Feel free to comment in the Reply section. Hope to see everyone there.

 

– Harry

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The All New WRX S4 and Type S STI

With the official launch today, Subaru has announced the all new WRX S4 and the Type S STI which build upon the platform of the 2015 WRX by adding some hefty horsepower and a few unique touches to further differentiate them.

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2015-subaru-wrx-s4-japanese-spec

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first is the WRX S4, whose turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at  about 300 horsepower and 295 torque. That is a significant increase over the 268hp and 258tq found in the WRX sold here in the United States. You may be thinking that its a great time to trade in your car but note that this is only available with Subaru’s Sport Lineartronic CVT.

Symmetrical all-wheel drive remains standard and is joined by Subaru’s EyeSight electronic safety aids as well as some body and chassis enhancements to help achieve the four values of the S4:

  • Sports performance
  • Safety performance
  • Smart driving
  • Sophisticated feel
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2015-subaru-wrx-s4-japanese-spec3

 

From the limited amount of pictures of the S4, the appearance differences are fairly minor compared to its US counterpart. The grille and lower air dam get completely filled in with silver mesh, and it has a somewhat different 18-inch wheel design. 

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2015-subaru-wrx-s4-japanese-spec2

2015 Subaru WRX STI Type S (Japanese spec)2015 Subaru WRX STI Type S (Japanese spec)

The second model released today by Subaru for the Japanese market is a new version of the more potent WRX STI. This model, dubbed the WRX STI Type S, also a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat four, is rated at 305 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, our version of the WRX STI has the same power rating but only 290 lb-ft of torque. The transmission however, remains a six-speed manual. Compared to the previous unit fitted to the WRX STI, the new one debuting in the WRX STI Type S was given better feedback with gears that lock solidly in place for a sportier shift feel. You would think having the new engine would boast more horse power and torque. With numbers so close to each other, why would you pick the STI over the WRX S4?

Like the WRX S4, the WRX STI Type S’s exterior benefits from new front fender ducts and side sills. The car also gets LED headlights and new 18-inch alloys said to be more rigid and lighter than those on the regular WRX STI. The seats are designed with superior holding ability and the headrests were also embossed with STI logos. Though we’re unlikely to see the cars offered locally, some of their enhancements are likely to be transferred to U.S.-spec cars. Even here in the U.S., the steering rack from the 2015 STI can be installed on the GR/GV model with some minor modifications. Click here for more details.If you like more details on these two new models, click the official subaru page of Japan.http://www.subaru.jp/wrx/s4/Below is a video in japanese of the WRX S4 in action with some feedback.

 

What do you think? Post your comments in the reply section and let me know if we should be jealous of our counterparts.

 

– Harry

www.blackbearsti.com