Toyota Fcv-R Fuel Cell Car Review

posted on 08 Sep 2015 22:12 by taptechguy
As an avid fan of the Jaguar brand, I'm always keen to find information on their models. While the ideal would be to have a sterling TV review from Top Gear or the like, there are only so many cars they can assess. It would also not be feasible to go out and test drive all of the car models you're interested in.

Review: The design is very similar as a city car with a precision assembly quality of a Mercedes, but do not expect of luxury or comfort that became the typical of Mercedes-Benz. Fortunately, the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 90 horsepower, feels more smooth and classy when compared with its competitors. The lack of power can be covered with an ergonomic driving position and the low fuel consumption. This car is reliable and simple enough as a premium car.

Scion gave the 2011 tC a driver-centric interior with the controls angled around the driver, the center stack sharply wedged towards the driver. A large speedometer and tachometer are equally sized--wouldn't a larger, centered tachometer be cool?-- and separated by a standard tripmeter with the usual stuff. We'd prefer, however, that Scion would find a separate place for the outside air temperature rather than having to scroll through the tripmeter to find how cold or hot it is outside. (We know this Cars Performance Reviews and Test Drive was designed in California but the rest of the country has temperatures that actually change).

The sound, interestingly, is all exhaust. That's expected in an open car with no roof to contain the intake noises. But No. 1505 is special, however, in being one of the three such cars (out of a total of fewer than 50 long-wheelbase Spyder Californias made) with a cold air ram package. The V-12s normally came with either air cleaners or plain velocity stacks on the trio of twin-throat Webers. The functional hood scoop serves the underhood area in general. The cold air package, consisting of a tray around the Weber's throats sealing against the underside of the hood, dedicates the scoop to the carbs. One might think such a setup would introduce at least a little carb drone. But it doesn't.



All-new engine The engine in the 2011 tC is all-new, a 2.5-liter four set transversely under the hood. The intake and exhaust camshafts have variable valve timing, roller rocker arms for decreased friction and variable-length intake manifold for added torque without losing power on the top end. A new lightweight and sport-tuned exhaust is also part of the upgrade. Overall, the new engine is rated at 180 horsepower, and increase of 19 horses over last year's tC. Torque is up by 11 lb-ft.

I will skip the trip across and infact what happened whilst we were there since I can only remember that it smelled a tad funny and that you could have croissants with chocolate inside them!! Heaven! (I led a very sheltered life!).

One of the most important aspects of a car: safety! Look at IIHS safety ratings for your potential vehicles, and be sure to investigate the safety specifications provided by the manufacturer. Think about how many airbags you are looking for, and what crash test rating you are comfortable with (the IIHS rates vehicles as good, acceptable, marginal or poor). This also relates back to use as well - if you are planning to do a lot of highway driving you probably want a car with a high safety rating, while if you are looking for a vehicle that will mostly be used on your property, you might not be as concerned with safety. So take your safety needs into account to make choosing a car a bit easier on yourself.

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