Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has expressed his gratitude to the Jordanian government for its efforts to secure the release of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was held by militants in Syria for more than 3 years.
Kono met Saturday with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, on the sidelines of an international conference in Bahrain.
The Toyota C-HR is a somewhat above average crossover with nifty styling, but nobody would ever call it exciting due to its sluggish 144-horsepower four-cylinder that can't be coupled with anything but a CVT. So, for the high-performance C-HR R-Tuned you see above, built by Dan Garder Spec (DG-Spec), they ditched the stock engine and transmission for something new, and added plenty of other upgrades to make a truly exhilarating machine.
Under the hood is a powertrain that's actually on the old side. It's a 2AZ-FE engine and Toyota E-Series 5-speed manual transmission, both of which have been used in multiple Toyotas and the original Scion tC. The 2.4-liter engine isn't stock, with forged internals, a titanium and Inconel valvetrain, and a Garrett turbocharger setup producing 23 psi. The transmission isn't quite stock either, as it features an OS Giken limited-slip differential. The end result is a little 600-horsepower monster, which is as much as the Nissan Juke-R 2.0, and more horsepower than the first version of the Juke-R. Toyota also claims this powertrain will rocket the little crossover to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.