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ON ROAD $10,995 500 Moorhouse Avenue, Cnr Moorhouse & Fitzgerald Ave Phone 03 366 5600 2012 SuZuki GRAND ViTARA 2.4L NZ New, 1 owner, 2.4L, low 52,000km, rare 5 speed, high/low range 4wd, cruise control, very hard to find. NZ New $21,995 12/24/36 Month Protecta Warranties available. 113 Sherborne Street, Edgeware Phone 03 377 8873 LOOK! honda accord euro Top luxury sport wagon, 2.4L 4 cylinder performance. ON ROAD $9,990 301 Main South Rd Hornby Christchurch 03 349 9298 • By Ross Kiddie IT WAS only a matter of time before Lexus’ new 2-litre turbocharged engine stretched across more product. The four-cylinder unit first arrived in the Lexus NX sport utility vehicle, it then found its way into the IS sedan, and it is an option in the RC, a two-door sport coupe and, as you would guess, it is badged RC200t. I’ve long been an RC series fan, the 350 with its 3.5-litre V6 engine is a stunner, it delivers vivid performance and fits well with the concept of manageable power and reasonable economy. The same could be said of the new 200t, it has stunning economy (7.3l/100km or 39mpg) and its 180kW (5800rpm) is more than adequate for the RC’s concept. Sure, it gives way 53kW to the 350, but that is negligible, it’s not often you can exploit an engine’s true potential, and the RC200t delivers honest power and still imparts the fun factor. Lexus also rates the twin-camshaft, 16-valve unit with 350Nm of torque, and if you take into account the areas where maximum torque is produced – 1650rpm to 4400rpm respectively – it has a solid flow of energy across the rev band. There’s a global trend towards smaller capacity turbocharged engines and Lexus’ entry is a true gem, it is smooth, silent and very flexible. It works unimpeded through an eight-speed automatic transmission; the latter provides a seamless ratio spread and changes which are almost undetectable, bar the needle shift on the tachometer. In true sports car fashion, the RC200t drives through the rear wheels which is pretty much as Lexus hallmark, and it offers an involving driving experience. There is something about rear-wheel-drive which contributes to a pure handling feel, encouraging driver input. You also get a deliberate feel of control from the rear with the fully independent multiple links controlling suspension movement and keeping the wheels in constant contact with the ground, that on LEXUS RC200T: True touring car. top of the most amazing feedback from the front. While it is like steering on velvet, there is definite feel which encourages quick turn-in, it is forceful yet delicate in the same movement. I took the test car on the gorgeous road to Lake Coleridge Village. On that road there are a mixture of corners, fast and slow, which really tests chassis control, the RC200t served to prove it is a true touring car. It sits low at just 1395mm; consequently, there is a low centre of gravity, so body movement is well contained. • Price – Lexus RC200t, $102,900 • Dimensions – Length, 4695mm; width, 1840mm; height, 1395mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, rear-wheeldrive, 1998cc, 180kW, 350Nm, eight-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 7.5sec • Fuel usage – 7.3l/100km The spring and damper rates are a mix of what is needed to control balance and allow for freedom and absorption for comfort. When powering out of a corner, there is just enough power to test grip at the rear. In saying that there is plenty of grip on offer through sticky Bridgestone Potenza sport specification tyres (265/35 x 19in), and with the traction control settings there is little to suggest the RC200t would oversteer, although that could be manufactured by disengaging the TCS. I don’t do that in any car, and the RC200t can still be an engaging drive without making it twitchy at the rear. It is also a car which uses different size tyres front to rear, the combination of grip and control, along with the involving nature of the steering has an end result of desire, the 200t is a driver’s car of true genius. It looks the part too, the edgy, coupe-type styling is eye-catching and suggests definite sporty appeal. Inside, there is the sporty/ luxury combination which Lexus does so well; it is well specified with all of the Lexus trim detail that makes the brand so appealing. In terms of figures, the Lexus RC200t delivers the goods. It can cut out a standstill to 120km/h time of 7.5sec and lunge though a highway overtake in around 5sec (80km/h to 120km/h). According to its comprehensive fuel usage readout, it will also sip fuel instantaneously at the rate of 6l/100km (47mpg) at 100km/h, the engine very unstressed at 1600rpm. Lexus also claim a 230km/h top speed if laws allowed. All in all the 200t has respectable all-round performance, it also sits well at $102,900 for the F Sport model as tested. This represents a $23,100 saving over its V6 stablemate, and by my reckoning makes it a very desirable purchase. I’m quite smitten with Lexus product, there’s just enough sporty appeal and, of course, as a luxury brand there is no skimping on detail. The RC200t is beautifully built and feels fabulous to be in as a driver, and as a passenger too for that matter. Sure, the rear is a little tight to access, but once seated there two occupants can be made comfortable. For me, I see the 200t as a driver’s car and one which excels in all situations, I’d expect nothing less from Lexus as a brand.
The Star 37 Sport Senior Warriors escape axe after Penrith debacle • By Michael Burgess WARRIORS COACH Stephen Kearney has resisted swinging the axe in the wake of the embarrassing defeat at Penrith last Saturday Kearney has made just one change to his 17-man squad to face the Dragons tomorrow night, with Ken Maumalo replacing the injured Solomone Kata. Kata was making his comeback from a hamstring complaint last week when he was forced from the field with another leg injury in the 69th minute. With Kata out, David Fusitu’a switches from the wing to the centres, Ken Maumalo is back replacing Fusitu’a after playing in the Intrust Super Premiership last Saturday, and Bunty Afoa, who started on the bench against Penrith, has been named to start at loose forward. Simon Mannering wasn’t available – he hasn’t recovered Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi from the hamstring injury which forced him out of Saturday’s loss to Penrith. Manu Vatuvei is sidelined with a calf injury he picked up in the final field session last Friday when he was set to make his return to the NRL. Meanwhile, Ben Matulino becomes just the fourth player to make 200 appearances for the Warriors when they face St George-Illawarra at Waikato Stadium tomorrow at 8pm. The club’s first-ever home Thursday May 18 2017 game in Hamilton will also be a milestone occasion for second rower Bodene Thompson who plays his 50th match for the Warriors, and his 135th career game. Matulino follows Stacey Jones and current teammates Simon Mannering and Manu Vatuvei in joining the club’s elite 200-game club. Matulino was the first graduate from the under-20 competition to play both 100 and 150 NRL games, but injuries and suspension have held him up since. 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