Crawford Performance Builds Lifted Subaru Crosstrek

Crawford Performance builds lifted Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru's idea of updating the Crosstrek is dropping a bigger, 2.5-liter flat-four engine in the engine bay. American tuner Crawford Performance has other plans for the city-friendly crossover. It turned the model into an off-roader enhanced with a lift kit, skid plates, and extra lights reminiscent of Subaru's rallying past, among other add-ons.

California-based Crawford Performance knows what it takes to improve a Subaru. It's one of the companies responsible for the Crosstrek Baja Racer introduced in 2019, and it's the only aftermarket parts manufacturer ever factory-backed by Subaru. The suspension lift it developed for the second-generation Crosstrek adds 2 inches of ground clearance to the front axle and an extra inch and a half to the rear. For context, the Crosstrek sits 8.7 inches off the ground when it rolls off the assembly line, so the lift alone raises it above the 10-inch mark.

2021 Acura Tlx Revealed: Here Are Details On Performance, Tech, Style

2021 Acura TLX revealed: Here are details on performance, tech, style

We've been given our first official glimpse into the brand-new 2021 Acura TLX sedan, and so far we like what we see. It's clear that Acura wants to be considered a brand that focuses on performance, boosting power with two turbocharged engine options and the return of the Type S variant after a decade-long absence.

Acura stuck close to the well-received Type S concept when styling the new TLX, which means the sedan boasts crisp lines, aggressively creased sheetmetal and a low, wide stance. An angular grille is flanked by Acura's Jewel Eye headlights and Chicane LED running lights to create an expressive face, and similarly shaped taillights at the back end finish off a cohesive design. An A-Spec sport package adds darkened elements along with a unique set of 19-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.

2020 Mazda Mx-5 Miata Rf Road Test | Automatic Transmission, Performance, Roof

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Road Test | Automatic transmission, performance, roof

Somewhere in Hiroshima, a parade of nearly finished Miatas glides along a track waiting to receive their beating hearts, the powertrains that'll let them ply their road-carving talents the world over. One – let's call him Fred – is eager to begin his new life as a 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata, bringing joy to his future owner and just generally being awesome, even if the RF power targa-ish roof that's already been applied to him is a tad dweeby. Visions of hairpins and power slides and expertly executed heal-toe downshifts dance in his head … and then it happens. He is given the one thing every new Miata dreads: an automatic transmission. Poor guy.

This will not, entirely at least, be yet another diatribe in the ongoing Quixotic campaign to Save the Manuals(!). Automatic transmissions can be quite good and even beneficial in sports cars, especially on the track where removing the need to operate a clutch and expertly execute those heal-toe downshifts lets you better focus on the steering, what the chassis is doing and just going faster. That the computers can shift quicker than you can is another obvious advantage.

Japan Evaluates Performance Of Antibody Test Kits

Japan evaluates performance of antibody test kits

The Japanese government is moving a step closer to the introduction of antibody tests that would identify people who have been infected with the new coronavirus.

Health minister Kato Katsunobu said on Friday his ministry has begun checking the performance of several test kits that could be used to see the existence of coronavirus antibodies in blood samples.

2020 Lexus Gs F Review | Performance, 0-60, Exhaust Noise, Video

2020 Lexus GS F Review | Performance, 0-60, exhaust noise, video

You don't hear much about the 2020 Lexus GS F. It's been out for a while now, the model having debuted for 2016 and the base GS sedan stretching all the way back to 2012. That's an awful lot of time for the automotive world to whiz by, especially in the upper echelon of performance sedans. Packing 467 horsepower is suddenly weak sauce when rivals have crested the 600-hp plateau. The fact that Lexus still hasn't convinced the automotive enthusiast community at large that it actually makes compelling performance machines certainly doesn't help. 

To be perfectly honest, I have avoided testing the GS F for several years now. "Who's going to buy that?" I've pondered, considering all of the above plus its $85,000 price tag. Nevertheless, I've got more time on my hands these days to test more cars and a Lexus Flare Yellow paint job is impossible to ignore, so hey, why not?

2020 Lexus Ux 200 F-sport Drivers' Notes | Interior, Design, Performance

2020 Lexus UX 200 F-Sport Drivers' Notes | Interior, design, performance

The 2020 Lexus UX 200 is moving into its second year on the market, and we decided it was time to take a spin in the F Sport model. Similar to other F Sport models from Lexus, this one amps up the handling and styling, but retains the same powertrain as the base vehicle. That means we're working with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, which is then paired with a CVT. With a 3,307-pound curb weight, this Lexus crossover/hatchback isn't going to win many drag races in this segment. Lexus tried to improve the driving dynamics in other ways, though.

F Sport models get revised springs and more aggressive stabilizer bars in an effort to reduce roll and improve handling. Lexus says the 18-inch F Sport alloys are more rigid than the standard wheels, also aiding in the handling department. If sound is your thing, the F Sport also uses something called Active Sound Control that simulates the sound of up- and down-shifts. You know, since the UX is only available with a CVT. Both the grille and front bumper design are F Sport exclusive fittings. Same goes for the rear bumper and rear moldings, further separating itself from the regular UX 200. There are even more sporty touches on the interior. Lexus installs high bolstered sport seats it says were originally designed for full-on F models. Paddle shifters are placed behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel, too, allowing you to toggle through the simulated gear ratios. Aluminum pedals, scuff plates and an aluminum footrest all try and convince you that you're in something sporty.

2020 Honda Civic Type R Gets A Performance Upgrade: Here Are The Details

2020 Honda Civic Type R gets a performance upgrade: Here are the detailsCHICAGO — Honda surprised us with a Civic Type R update at the Tokyo Auto Salon a short time ago, but today's Chicago Auto Show was the first chance we had to get up close and personal with the refreshed hot hatch. Many of the changes are minor, but we were able to learn a lot more about what the updated Type R is bringing to the table. We walked around the car with Honda spokesperson Davis Adams to gain some insight into the design changes.


"Every car gets a mid-cycle halfway in, and also, if anything has been one of our design complaints, it's been the mesh, the fake grille. It's just changed," Adams tells us.

Acura Type S Concept Previews The Next-gen High Performance Tlx Type S

Acura Type S Concept previews the next-gen high performance TLX Type S

Acura is bringing the Type S badge back with authority. While the Acura Type S Concept is, as its name implies, a concept, it looks and sounds a lot more like a design preview for the next-gen TLX in Type S flavor. Acura says it will debut two Type S performance variants within the next two years. The first will be the TLX, and our guess would be that an RDX Type S will follow. But let's dive into what Acura has given us today. From the company: "The Type S Concept sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S." If you were hoping for a design and powertrain preview, we're sad to report that Acura is not using this opportunity to showcase the engine coming to the TLX Type S. Not all is lost when it comes to mechanical details, though. This concept rides on 285-width summer tires on all four corners, which is positively huge for an Acura sedan. Four-piston yellow Brembo brake calipers are used, shining brightly through the 21-inch wheels. Instead of the fake vents all over the Civic Type R, Acura says the venting and grille space up front is functional, allowing air to get through to the "high-performance engine and brake package." Though again, we don't know what that high-performance engine will be just yet. Just like other Acura concepts of late, this one is a real looker. Its LED lights in front and back signal a new style for Acura that it calls "Chicane." The shape doesn't resemble much of a chicane in front with the DRLs/turn indicators, but it's much more plausible for the taillights. While the headlights may look a lot like those on the NSX, Acura says this fixture is the debut of its new four-lamp "Jewel Eye" LED lamps. Instead of squares, we get rectangular eyes, and they look even cooler than before. You'll notice a bunch of elements scattered throughout that look a little bit like carbon fiber. Acura says it's forged carbon, and it's visible on the front splitter, along the front vents, side sills, wheels, rear spoiler and rear diffuser area. While not as flashy as glossy carbon fiber, it looks even better in the photos we're scrutinizing here. The stunning blue paint is also special. Acura calls it "Double Apex Blue Pearl," and it uses nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat to enhance the appearance. The hue pays homage to the blue TL Type S offered in the 2007 and 2008 model years. If you want to see it sparkle in person, it'll be shown at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Friday and at the Pebble Beach Concours on Sunday.

Dancer Miyako Yoshida Gives Final Performance

Dancer Miyako Yoshida gives final performance

Japanese ballet dancer Miyako Yoshida has wrapped up her career with a final performance in Tokyo.

Yoshida danced as a principal with Britain's Royal Ballet for 22 years. She was the first Japanese woman to reach the company's highest rank.

Upcoming Sony Rx100 Vii Could Have Af Performance On Par With The Sony A9

Upcoming Sony RX100 VII Could Have AF Performance On Par With The Sony A9

Compact cameras don’t get a lot of love these days because for the most part, the majority of our phones can actually do a pretty good job that in some cases can be better than regular compact cameras. However, as always, there are outliers, and Sony’s RX100 series of compacts are some of them.

The camera is a favorite amongst YouTubers and those who are looking for a small camera that offers up high performance, and it seems that Sony is working on a successor in the form of the Sony RX100 VII. According to a report from Camera Nokishita, they claim that one of the highlight features of the upcoming RX100 VII is that it will feature the “world’s fastest autofocus” for a camera with a 1-inch sensor.