We're still salty about not getting the wondrous Alpine A110 mid-engine sports car in America. Count us extra jealous today, though, because Alpine just revealed a hotted-up A110S variant with more performance and new styling.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder gets a 40-horsepower boost to 288. Torque remains the same at 236 pound-feet. Acceleration to 62 mph happens in just 4.4 seconds, which is one tenth of a second quicker than before. The extra power comes from increased boost pressure, and peak power is reached 400 rpm higher in the rev range at 6,400 rpm. Power is still sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In an age when many people determine expertise and authority by a blue check next to a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account, the idea of a true expert at his or her craft has been somewhat washed out. It is no longer an expectation, it's a rarity, and Lexus is honoring those who show true dedication to the art and science of practice. On March 19, Lexus will release a documentary about reaching takumi status, the highest level an artisan in Japan can attain by putting in 60,000 hours of work.
Lexus first debuted this documentary, "Takumi – A 60,000-Hour Story on the Survival of Human Craft," at the DOC NYC film festival in New York. The film, which Lexus calls a character-driven study, has two forms. The feature version will debut on Amazon Prime and other streaming services, but that's technically a cut from the full-length 60,000-hour version. Yes, 60,000 hours, that's not a typo. The elongated cut will feature loops and repetitions of various skills as a way to imitate and display what it takes to become a takumi craftsman.
Toyota has opted to not make a 2019 version of its slow-selling Yaris Liftback in the U.S., appearing to end the run of what had been the brand's most affordable car. CarsDirect first reported the news
Whether you call it "discontinuing" the model depends on who's talking. "It's not that we're discontinuing the Liftback for 2019," spokeswoman Nancy Hubbell told Autoblog, but she said that for now Toyota will simply focus on selling remaining 2018s. She also confirmed CarsDirect's report that Toyota will have an announcement about a 2020 Yaris in April at the New York Auto Show.
Perfume's song "Tiny Baby" has been picked up as the image song for the Japanese-dubbed version of Illumination Entertainment's latest film 'The Grinch.'
Toho Towa, the movie's distributing company, explained the reason for selecting one of Perfume's song for the film, "We were asked to suggest an artist who represents Japan to sing the image song, so we suggested Perfume, who is active worldwide and has a large fanbase in Europe and America."
UVERworld will be in charge of the theme song for the Japanese-dubbed version of the upcoming Marvel movie 'Venom' to hit theaters on November 2.
UVERworld wrote the song "GOOD and EVIL" for the movie. TAKUYA∞ (Vo), who claims to be a big fan of Marvel, commented, "I was super happy when this was decided." On "GOOD and EVIL," he said, "To stay close to the movie's worldview, we wrote a dark song with a sense of speed and the strength to rise to the top."
Utada Hikaru will release an analog version of her latest album "Hatsukoi" on November 7.
"Hatsukoi" has been seeing favorable sales both physically and digitally after its release on June 27. The analog version, which will be released in response to fans' requests, will be a limited edition item with mastering done by Bernie Grundman Mastering Hollywood's Chris Bellman. This is the singer's first analog version of an album since "DEEP RIVER" in 2002.
Earlier this week Capcom announced that Resident Evil 7 would be arriving on the Nintendo Switch. However this isn't the version that you would expect, instead it is the "Cloud Version" which is basically the same game but streamed from a server, meaning that all the processing load is taken off the Switch.
However the game's initial launch seems to be only in Japan, but as noted by Twitter user @eigotaku, there is an English language option in the game which seems to suggest that the game could launch outside of Japan eventually. Typically games released in Japan are in Japanese, which is why even if you have access to the Japanese eShop, you might still have a hard time trying to understand what's going during the dialog and menu.