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Although Pioneer Electronic's Road Show is geared towards educating Pioneer's dealers about the company's upcoming products along with a sound competition/build-off to demonstrate how creative automotive sound systems can actually be, it was a great place for them to bribe us with a free meal and to also give us a sneak peak at their latest series of in-dash navigation units that are going to please anyone who owns a car period, enthusiast or not. Since hands-free laws are being implemented around the country and the demand for improved technology to address these concerns becoming more popular by the minute, Pioneer offers four new touchscreen units from all price levels with varying features, including GPS and iPod integration being just a couple of their key features. Stay tuned to our 'Sound Check' section (see the lowest and highest-priced models in this month's edition) as we give you more in-depth information about these great nav systems. Source: www.pioneerelectronics.com
Get Your Gear On:Is Here
If you own any sport compact that falls in the realm of a Japanese or European import, or even a domestic, listen up: you need the all-new 2010 Ultimate Buyer's Guide. Inside you'll find a master parts list for just about anything you can bolt in or to an engine, suspension and braking enhancements, interior accessories and in-car electronics. The 2010 UBG is your one-stop book for all the parts you wish you could have or are going to want to buy for ride.
In our last update for the Castrol Syntec Top Car Challenge competition, our contestant, Cheston Chiu decided to check the compression on his 350Z's VQ, where it was later determined by Technosquare that a rebuild was in order and that any hard driving could damage the current configuration. To prep the car for the upcoming event, Cheston had the ECU reflashed by Technosquare and we also put a call in to Cosworth to pick up a new set of pistons, rings, connecting rods and a head gasket for the rebuild, ensuring a bulletproof VQ for the final throwdown. Will the new setup hold up? We'll soon find out. Don't forget, you can still log onto the Castrol Syntec Top Car Challenge microsite to vote for who you think has the ultimate car (you better vote us, and vote as much as possible!) and a chance to win $10K. If we were you, we'd do it and would've done it already.
Log onto www.superstreetonline.com to catch tons of outtakes from this month's issue, including:
* Exclusive behind-the-scene look at Ken Block's Gymkhana TWO
* All the drift action from Formula D Atlanta and New Jersey
* More detail shots from Adam Jabaay's F23-powered EF Civic
* SpoCom: all the bangin' cars and women we couldn't squeeze in here
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We know that you come to Super Street for your monthly dose of hot imports, pure performance and the hottest girls that turn our heads, but we also have some exclusive content online, including outtakes from most of our photoshoots and stories/videos you won't see anywhere else except on www.superstreetonline.com. We also have a re-vamped forum for you to stay in touch with like-minded enthusiasts and of course, check out our staff blogs for the weird and random things only the Internet can provide.
Word On The Street
Straight outta J-pan. Engrish from our man in Japan. Read if you dare.
Honda and Toyota are competing with each other to win in hybrid car market in Japan. In April, Honda produced the new Honda Insight sedan. The starting price of Insight is 1,890,000yen (about $19,000 US) - that's why Insight is the number one selling in Japanese Hybrid car market. At the same time, many people were interested in new Toyota Prius. Some people who want to buy hybrid car are waiting for new Prius because they wanted to make comparison with Insight. Before Toyota produced the new Prius, the media and Toyota sales people said new Prius would be more expensive than the old one because the body size of new Prius is bigger than old one. They said also the starting price of new Prius would be over $25,000US. In May, Toyota surprised us all and announced the starting price of Prius is 2,050,000yen (about $21,000 US), and this started the hybrid war in Japan.
Honda announced they would sell CR-Z (next generation of CRX?) hybrid next year. How about Toyota? Will Toyota sell new Corolla Levin Hybrid? After Honda announced about CR-Z hybrid, Toyota announced a new small sports car with IQ's chassis and customized suspension system and handling system with a price under $20,000 US. I care about Toyota's new Hachiroku. The competition to win younger people over is going to start soon. Honda and Toyota want to get young customers because many Japanese young people are not interested in cars. Gas price is unstable, the world economy is bad and young Japanese are only interested in computers, video games, iPods, anime or scooters. But it's not just Honda and Toyota who want younger customers but also Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and Daihatsu. I am looking forward to any Japanese car companies who want to produce new cars (sport car, please!) for young people like me. Toyota's new CEO, Mr. Akio Toyoda likes cars very much so I hope his influence will help.He takes part in Nurburgring 24 hour enduro race with the Lexus LF-A. I hope Toyota will sell new cars for tuning markets in Japan, USA and other countries. How about Honda? Civic Type-R is the only sports car in the Honda family and there is no Civic Si in Japan. The CR-Z is not enough. But I think Honda knows everything and Honda wants to sell new sports car but selling cars is not easy. I have one idea of Honda's new sports car: how about Honda Beat body (mid-ship, rear engine Japanese K-sport car from 1994) with Honda CBR1000 motor and transmission? No? I say yes!
Super Autotoyz: The Revival
The last time you probably heard about the Japanese automotive chain, Super Autobacs and the state of its two US locations, you probably didn't hear anything in the way of positive news since they closed their doors due to hardship with the economy. While we can't say that Super Autobacs will open their doors here again anytime soon, we can tell you that their original Stanton, California location is back in business with the help of GR Sales, this time as Super Autotoyz. Local residents to the greater Los Angeles region can now enjoy the same benefits the former tenants used to offer, such as quality service from their sales and mechanic staffs, along with carrying the same type of parts that enthusiasts and general consumers needs to keep their rides looking and driving like they should be.
Source: Super Autotoyz
12645 Beach Blvd.
Stanton, CA 90680
Modball For All Y'all
First came the Super Street Tour, then came the Gumball Rally - here's the next great road trip for all you modified car junkies out there: Modball USA. With two party routes starting from San Francisco and Chicago, the cross country excursion will expose participants to the country's finest offerings, including racetracks, sexy car washes and top secret events, all before you wind up at the final destination city, Las Vegas, just in time for the SEMA Show! And if you've been on anything like the Super Street Tour before, you know how crazy these road trips can become!
West Coast Are You In The House?
Hip hop fans in California should know about this slammin' concert that's about to stop into their state. The Rock The Bells Festival Series brings its last legs of their tour to Los Angeles and San Francisco on August 8 and 9 (respectively) with some of hip hop's most revered lyricists, including KRS-One, Nas and Damian Marley, The Roots and Common, to name but a few acts that will get your heads noddin'. Get there if you can.
Intro: Servin' Up Fresh Gear For Orange County And Beyond
Attention Hypebeasts, there's a new store in town. For all your fresh threads needs, we proudly introduce intro, an Orange County, California based retail outlet that currently carries in4mation, Crooks and Castles, Caked Out and is the exclusive retail spot for our new favorite label, Wordsling. Stop by if you're in the area and mention the secret password "Wongster" or "Super Street" (whatever they decide works that day) for 25% off your entire purchase.
Source: Intro, 1529 S
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Toyota's New Supercar?
It looks like the Lexus LF-A may be the supercar we've been waiting for Toyota to finally release after all these years and is set to be revealed at this year's Tokyo Motor Show in October. Word on the street is that the car was delayed because the engineers wanted to up the car's top speed, which initially was in the realm of 199mph; the latest version is expected to hit well over 200mph. If it looks anything like this Nurburgring test car, we can rest assured that the 550hp 4.8L V10 engine and a possible $200K sticker may be worth wait. Question: What do you think of the LF-A? Send your replies to our Twitter:
Classic Super Street
Our annual guide to the NOPI Nationals hit once again as we prepared to take on our biggest Super Street Tour yet. It almost makes us tear up just thinking about how fun those days were; we even long for those crazy weekends at the Carlisle Custom Compacts show. HIN threw its first daytime event dubbed "Hot Import Daze" and RJ DeVera officially takes over as the king of the import scene.
Former Source Interlink cohorts, Mike Kojima and Dave Coleman, along with other automotive enthusiasts have recently formed MotoIQ, a website geared towards heavy Nissan tech amongst other things, including project car updates/how-tos, event coverage and columns made infamous on the interwebs by some of our favorite industry insiders. No word yet if DaTruthCometh will stop in for a cameo appearance.
Membership has its priviledges and Yoparts.com is a new online club where you can sign up to buy parts at actual wholesale prices. With over 30 warehouses nationwide and a huge inventory to back it up, you can find the best brands at the best price with fast shipping. With every membership, you're assigned a Personal Performance Advisor to help you discuss target performance goals, budgeting or find out information on how to restore cars, just to name a few of Yoparts.com's services. It's run by enthusiasts who want to help out like-minded enthusiasts, so you know you'll be getting help from someone who really understands your needs.
Mishimoto wants their customers to know that any products you buy from them will be warrantied under their new 'no questions asked' limited lifetime warranty. Should anything you purchase come defected, they'll replace it as long as you have the original receipt from an authorized dealer. Furthermore, Mishimoto wants to give one lucky person a free trip to the Formula D Finals in October to meet their sponsored driver, Chris Forsberg! The winner and a guest will be flown out, all expenses paid (including hotel) with all-access passes to the biggest drift event of the year. You'll meet Chris in person and as a bonus will receive two cases of NOS Energy Drink. No purchase is necessary, but you gotta be 18 years or older to play. The winner will be notified on September 15, 2009.
I've been racing Honda for years but never cared about the name of the body style 'til I was looking through your mag. I see a few '92-95 Civic hatches in Super Street, sometimes they're called EG and other times EH. I thought it might be different because they're from the US or Japan but I've seen both being right-hand drive. I drive an American '93 Civic DX hatch, which is it? Also, does EG and EH stand for anything? Thank you for your help and all of the sexy Hondas in your mag.
It seems you have stumbled onto to the ever-controversial chassis code debate. To be technical your guess of JDM vs USDM is correct. The chassis code on Honda vehicles stems from the 4th, 5th and 6th character on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). To save time, I'll skip going into detail on the other 14 characters of the VIN and just focus on what these three characters mean. These three indicate the Chassis and the Engine. All USDM model '92-95 Hatchbacks are EH Chassis followed by either the number 2 (CX, DX and VX models D15XX engines) or the number 3 (Si model D16Z6 Engine). Therefore, your car is technically an EH2. However, it's commonplace to refer to these models as "EGs" and most people will know exactly what you're talking about if you say "I have an EG hatch" even though it technically describes the right-hand versions. So call it what you want, it's your car!
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