GT4 Car Reviews Site

Discussion in 'Gran Turismo 4' started by Matej, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. RonnyRace83

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    It is really amazing how much work you've put into your car reviews. They are a blast to read. Thank you a thousand times :bowdown:
     
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  2. Matej

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    Car: Lexus GS300 '91
    Status: Used
    My price: 16,589 Cr. @ 62946,9 km
    Engine: L6 DOHC, 2997 cc
    Power: 276 hp @ 5600 rpm
    Torque: 318.24 ft.lb @ 3600 rpm
    Drivetrain: FR
    Aspiration: Turbo
    Weight: 1680 kg​


    Are you in desperate need of attention? Can’t get people to notice you? Wanna be begged to take the initiative and lead the way?

    If you’re responding positively to either question, the GS300 could be your ticket for salvation. For around 17 grand you can buy yourself a white collar’s chariot and get on the clouds with a bang. Everybody is going to think highly of you when they see you driving this beast.

    From the looks of things, the GS300 was primarily a stretch for big shots, then everything else. But why is that it tries to be something different every time it hits the road? That goes against everything we know about these cars. It appears that someone in Toyota wasn’t narrow-minded and wanted to break certain barriers wherever that seemed possible. That means overwhelming experience and satisfaction for the player once he starts exploring the car.

    The GS300 is good for drifting assuming it has gone through some basic tuning. At first it will seem that it has certain problems with stability at higher speeds, and too much under feeling on corner entries. Nothing too scary, but fitting a suspension kit wouldn't be needless. After that you can start increasing power bit by bit. This will add power-steer on small corners when coming out of one and extend rear tire slides every time the car goes into one. How much drifting you’re gonna get in GT4 will primarily depend on your skills and imagination to break the game’s awful skidding physics, but it is possible, and with this car it can be enjoyed.

    There is another benefit of owning an used GS300 – you get a reputable 2JZ-GTE powerhouse free of charge!! Just in case you’re not familiar with engine codes, that’s a candy powering the Supra RZ.

    In its earlier years of application, the engine’s output was slightly less generous. Since the GS300 is from ‘91, it naturally isn’t as beefed up as in the 1997 Supra RZ which we have in the game. Still, it packs enough torque to wipe your head clean off when power surge comes on. The 4-speed automatic gearbox is a perfect match for such engine. Not only it spares top speed from cutting in half, but it leaves tires enough room to grab the road before new wave of power kicks in. Unless you’re tuning the heck out of it, you won’t need to use traction control.

    Everything you get with the car, you get for a bargain. That means by the time you finish wiping the face off its German rivals, you’ll still have enough money left to treat yourself with a champagne. Or mineral water if you’re modest. Don’t get to cocky, remember who you were before buying this.

    I have to remark on the car’s exterior because we simply can’t go around that. It looks totally “business”, and for ordinary people that translates into “dull”. This is what a typical suit would drive, pretending he attends important meetings whereas he just wastes money on gas this engine is very efficient in drinking.

    And come to think of it, this car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, Italian guy. What the hell? I guess he was saving himself for big European designs. Luckily, someone at Toyota figured out they could improve the situation by shoving dual cannons up the car’s rear bumper. These massively improve the car’s looks, you wouldn't believe.

    If you still don’t like it, you can always go for the newer model. It looks much more appealing, which is why it is probably far more popular among gamers.

    Anyway, money cannot buy fame, but it can get you a GS300. Learn to appreciate “little” things.


    Verdict:
    + Taste better life for a buck, the Supra genes
    - Bleak design, needs more love


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    Car: Honda Insight '99
    Status: New
    Price: 21,000 Cr.
    Engine: L3 SOHC, 995 cc
    Power: 69 hp @ 5700 rpm
    Torque: 67.98 ft.lb @ 4800 rpm
    Aspiration: NA
    Drivetrain: FF
    Weight: 820 kg​


    The Insight looks like a product from another era, accurately set somewhere in foreseeable future. Whoever designed it must have had a thing for space-themed stuff or simply thought all cars that bring forth advanced technologies should look like they have jumped out of a movie Demolition Man.

    Considering how the next model (and the one that succeeded it) looked more like a classic road car, I guess key personnel in Honda weren’t keen on keeping the futuristic concept on life for too long. This generated one interesting curiosity for us revisiting older cars – whenever you come back to it, you’ll be coming “back to the future”.

    But we didn’t come here to talk about design alone. This car’s strength lies in its fuel consumption. Thanks to unbelievably low drag-coefficient and small electric engine supporting anaemic 1.0 litre badger, it could achieve phenomenal savings in fuel. Some of its records haven’t been matched to this day. It’s a shame this feat cannot be utilized anywhere in GT4. Stripped of its major strength, this virtual replica would only had remained a reminder of what auto industry was capable of in real life if it wasn’t so hoot to drive.

    The Insight lies on narrow tires, 165 in width I think. This adds responsiveness to the steering and pulls all the strings inside the car’s body even before the outer tires become overloaded. It makes the Insight “mechanical” to drive, and the driver feels more involved. Even if the tires skid more often, it is easy to tell when it is going to happen and to what extent.

    Considering what the Insight is, I was expecting much pedestrian, eco-friendly manners, but in reality it doesn’t drive any worse than an average FWD car from this class. In certain areas it even manages to excel them thanks to flammable genetic information flowing through its DNA, and which were generously granted by Honda’s division that worked on so many of Honda’s sports cars. Clean and with a pedigree. When you think about it, there wouldn’t be a better car for Greenpeace activists should they ever loosen up their belts and take part in a track day.

    You’ll just need to make some changes to the car to make it more suitable for circuits. The first thing that needs to be adjusted is its power. It’s not problem how much you can get from the engine, but how much you’ll need to spend to get a good result, so it would be wise to have extra 100 grand stashed before commencing with purchases.

    Once you got everything you wanted, it is time to replace the gears. The stock gearbox isn’t set anywhere near to what you need on a race track, so fitting a close box will solve that problem for you. On tracks that have more sprinting areas, you may want to install fully-customizable ‘box to cover both low and high-speed driving.

    Two extra tips I have on mind: leaving the stock muffler unchanged will make your ear drums very happy. The car’s default exhaust tune is awesome, lots of throatiness and growling that only adds to the car’s charm and appeal.

    Another tip is to look for 8-spoke wheels from one of the Type R models. It is a smart visual upgrade on a car that already shares some of the colours available on Type Rs.

    Have fun! :)


    Verdict:
    + It's clean, it's cute and it's Honda
    - Let me think about it...


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    Car: Peugeot 406 3.0 V6 Coupe '98
    Status: Used
    My Price: 22,500 Cr. @ 46175,0 km
    Engine: V6 DOHC, 2946 cc
    Power: 204 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 210.47 ft.lb @ 3750 rpm
    Aspiration: NA
    Drivetrain: FF
    Weight: 1560 kg​


    Peugeot and Pininfarina have a long history of cooperating on designs for Peugeot’s mass-produced cars. One of these was derived from the model 406, originally designed by French. How to preserve national cues while adding charismatic Italian silhouette every man and women would turn after? Just leave the work to Italian and they’ll tell you. The Coupés nowadays don’t hold very strong value since they were produced in large numbers, but that’s actually great news for any penniless fashion designer trying to introduce himself to the world.

    It is perfectly clear right in the beginning, no, even in the prologue, that this is not going to be your next track day car. I can’t see in what universe would racing gloves want to grab this wheel. Actually, anything other than soft hands is awkward. It’s got plenty of gadgets inside, which explains where all the weight comes from. Once you settled in its leather-wrapped seats and digested prosaic dashboard copy-pasted from a regular 406 (what were they thinking?!), it is time to put some stress on the car’s undercarriage and start fixing any problems getting in your way of trying to have fun.

    The first problem is the annoying chassis fidgeting that occurs everytime you load the car’s outer tires. It obviously needs some damping support, so buying the most basic suspension kit should come in handy.

    Once you got that fixed, it is time to fit an LSD, preferably 1-way. This will eliminate inner wheelspin and make the car’s acceleration more steady on open roads. Finally, discard those leather seats and shave off as many remains of its luxury as possible. Weight reductions aren’t expensive, especially the first one which eliminates the highest amount of crap.

    Only after all these steps are taken you can start raising your hopes for the Tours de France event and anything else you have in mind.

    If that seems like a big hassle for a car that demanded over 20 grand at the buyout, you’re right. But then again, fashion designers don’t mind spending a buck or two more, right?


    Verdict:
    + It looks like a picture
    - Heavy. Chews its front tires like crazy
     
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