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Zihatzu Apollo MEZ
The Zihatzu Apollo MEZ was a strange vehicle to begin with. A boxy family minivan from Japan, with a wraparound rear window and the aerodynamics of a double-wide in a tornado. For the 1992 model year, the refreshed Apollo was launched. Sales of the Apollo were slow and market research found that many buyers decided against a minivan as they were seen as slow and boring. Zihatzu decided to create a sporty van using their existing MEZ performance line, used on their saloons and hatchbacks. All came with a 170hp V6, through the rear wheels. This was more than enough power to move Zihatzu’s lineup of smaller cars, but not particularly fast for the heavy Apollo. Too remedy this, all Apollos of any trim had aluminum doors, hoods and trunks, to minimize weight and help fuel economy.
This particular MEZ was optioned with the somewhat rare 5-speed manual, standard on cheaper models but a dealer option on the MEZ. This car also has dual captain’s chairs in the second row, over the usual 3 fixed seats. The MEZ line also carries over the leather seats, A/C, dual sunroof and premium sound system.
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Aliens stole my 1992 Warren-PMC Portland
Can’t have shit in Detroit
1999 Satsunai Hikari AXRS2 Ute
Why does this exist?Honestly, we're not quite sure ourselves, though our best guess is "it involved a lot of sake." This is based on a variant of the standard Hikari sold on the South African market as a bakkie - a FWD coupe utility made on a compact car chassis. Then someone at the performance division decided to put their high-power AWD AXRS2 package onto the vehicle, and then someone else at product planning decided to sell the resulting
So it at least has some performance to back up the bizarre looks?The 2.0L inline-five is good for 370 horsepower and 283 lb-ft of torque with the AXRS2 turbo, and its five-speed manual and AWD system is good for 0-62 MPH in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 MPH. Braking and cornering are also comparatively good, and compared to other "rally cars for the road" its payload and towing capacity are in a class of their own... though that probably shouldn't be a surprise, all things considered.
How well did it sell?Not well at all. Most Americans barely knew what to make of it, and that was before they had to pay a 25% premium over the equivalent sedan/wagon versions. Officially, Satsunai estimates that less than 500 of these were sold in 1999, the only model year it was offered.
...where are the taillights?
They exist! They’re a bit shy though.
So how do you retire a van that has been the back bone of your country for the past decade?
Well if you are HAIJU you go all out to celebrate the best model in the company’s history with a bang. Haiju took a humble K3 and almost scrapped it completely. The economical and bullet proof straight 1.5 straight was replaced by a four liter twin turbo V8 that outputs around 340 horsepower and 540 newton meters of torque, this small change now propels the van to 60 in 5.3 seconds and tops out at 260 kph.
The use of double wishbones make the K3T handle a lot better and makes it a lot more comfortable than the regular K3, however its still a van so that does not mean a lot. It’s just like a deep cut is more conformable than the bubonic plague.
The interior was completely redone having now six captains chairs, full leather, fake wood and a premium cassette player. And because we are talking luxury, a sunroof would not be enough so the K3 also sports four safari windows.
What makes this van truly special is its rarity, Haiju only made 100 of them and most of them have ended up in hedges or ditches all over the place. Although there isn’t an official number of those remaining, the general consensus is that at least half of them are gone.
A modern revival of the Shelby Cobra concept. A lighweight,V8 engined coupe that it´s also comfortable enough to
ride it for 2 hours drive it on a daily basis.
The car became an icon until a few cars crashed after it´s release. Apparently, the parking brake would engage after hitting a bump due to a design flaw and apparently that wasn´t the best thing to happen on a mountain road.
All the cars were recalled and the problem was fixed, but people got too afraid to buy them, and so 3 years later production was stopped and never resumed.
1997 Novak Caccia V6
Ooooh, twinturbo V6 in a hatchback, that is something wild. Especially back in the 90s. Great looks too.
A little under 8 hours left until the submission deadline
I will list entrants when I’m finished processing what I have so far
So far I have entries from:
@Elizipeazie & @Xepy
@ST1Letho and @chichicoofisial
@MasterDoggo & @GetWrekt01
Please let me know if I missed anybody.
When I thought Alfa and VW was already crazy with their 3.2 V6/VR6s in a compact hatch, here comes this…
How much boouschst ? around 1?