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Top Gear has released a clip from its season 29 episode which saw supercars from the ’90s go head to head. In it, presenter Freddie Flintoff attempts to hit the holy grail of the era: 200 mph.

Although the official top speed of the stock XJ220 is 212.3 mph, racing driver Martin Brundle managed to take it up to 217.1 mph in 1992 in a lightly modified, but still street-legal, version of the car.

With no disrespect intended to Brundle, though, doing that in 1992 on a test track is a little different than doing it in 2020, when the car is nearly 30 years old and your only safety equipment is an open-face helmet with a mic on it and a t-shirt.

Still, Flintoff does manage to achieve an indicated 200 mph on the airstrip. The camera team and the editors do a great job of really pumping up the feeling of danger in this clip and manage to convey, in a degree, what 200 mph may feel like.

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Flintoff, a former professional cricketer, does his best to get the feeling across, too. Climbing out of the Jag, giddy, he’s raring to go for another run. As he lets the XJ220 cool down, he says that being in the car reminds of him going up to bat at cricket.

“[I go up] and I’m nervous and the closer I get to the wicket, everything’s coming alive and I love it,” says Flintoff. “That was like that times ten.”

Although the XJ220 hit the 200 mph mark and appears to be alright, after Top Gear handed the car back to its owner, it crashed into a tree, tearing bodywork off and suffering substantial damage.

Moreover, while shooting this film, co-host Paddy McGuinness crashed the Lamborghini Diablo that he had brought for the test. Fortunately, none of the people involved in either of the accidents was seriously injured.


Trying to design a cheap car that can go fast is always a challenge. But in 1990, Isuzu found itself a little gap in the market that it thought it might be able to exploit with the Impulse XS.

Based on GM’s R-Body platform, the Impulse XS came into the market somewhere between the Honda CR-X and the Ford Probe, as MotorWeek pointed out in this Retro Review. And with handling tuned by Lotus, which GM owned at the time, it came out swinging.

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Lotus fit stiffer dampers, larger sway bars, and softer springs to get the handling just right. Moreover, the Impulse XS featured Nishiboric passive rear-wheel steering. The system was engineered to allow the alignment of the back wheels to change through the suspension travel, thus adjusting the toe. All of which means that this car looks like a little handler.

Interestingly, its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and transmission were a development of the ones used by the Lotus Elan M100. Weighing in at just 2,400 lbs, there isn’t a lot for the 130 hp engine to lug around. Moreover, in 1991 you could even get a 160 hp RS model.

And with styling that (to these eyes, anyway) has aged pretty well, the Isuzu Impulse looks like it could be a lowkey stunner at the next Radwood.

去年底Mazda先後為第4代Mazda3CX-30發布產品改良,改良重點包括強化2.0升Skyactiv-X汽油引擎與1.8升Skyactiv-D柴油引擎的輸出、變速箱軟體更新、重新調整CTS巡航模式車道維持輔助系統與MRCC主動車距控制巡航系統的作動機制等,不過為了讓現有車主也能享有相同待遇,日前Mazda宣布在特定期間生產的第4代Mazda3、CX-30,將可回廠更新引擎與變速箱、CTS與MRCC的控制程式。

日本Mazda宣布在特定期間生產的第4代Mazda3、CX-30,將可回廠更新引擎與變速箱、CTS與MRCC的控制程式。

這項名為「Mazda Spirit Upgrade」的更新服務,主要是針對搭載e-Skyactiv X引擎 (即2.0升Skyactiv-X汽油引擎)的第4代Mazda3、CX-30,提供引擎與自排變速箱控制軟體更新,更新後將可改善油門與換檔反應,使延伸到高轉速域的加速表現更為優異。其次是透過軟體更新,解除CTS巡航模式車道維持輔助系統的作動車速上限,使原本只能在時速55km/h以下、交通壅塞路段才能啟動的CTS巡航模式車道維持輔助系統,也能在高速行駛時使用,同時MRCC主動車距控制巡航系統也能經由軟體更新,將自動跟車時的加減速控制調整得更為平順、更接近人為操作的作動感受。

透過軟體更新解除作動車速上限後,原本只能在時速55km/h以下、交通壅塞路段才能啟動的CTS巡航模式車道維持輔助系統,也能在高速行駛時使用。

不過上述的更新服務目前只在日本推出,而且只適用於特定期間生產的第4代Mazda3、CX-30,至於未來會不會在台灣推出?據了解台灣馬自達仍在評估中,短期內應該還不會跟上日本腳步,因此期待解除CTS巡航模式車道維持輔助系統作動車速上限的車主,恐怕還得耐心等待。

圖片來源:Mazda、King Autos

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