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Old 03-09-2006, 07:51 PM   #1
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j-spec?

What does asian car companies release lower performance packages to the states if there is such a demand and many enthusiast for things such as gt4 or Klze Mx6 or Integras etc.
Why not just realease these models in the states im sure sales would be high.
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:03 PM   #2
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What does asian car companies release lower performance packages to the states if there is such a demand and many enthusiast for things such as gt4 or Klze Mx6 or Integras etc.
Why not just realease these models in the states im sure sales would be high.

i dont get it ethier,

i hear alot about JDM, DSM.... well theres more i just cant think of it now
means japan spec ,or whatever,

i think they get slightly different suspensions, blinkers, and other little stuff\
just to make it more efficient where it is going to be sold.

like a british-spec car would have tighter gearing and springs and whatnot,
because of the tight twisty roads they have more of over there.
im sure cliffy can correct me on something though
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:22 PM   #3
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i believe it has to do with emissions. at least thats why (along with a few other reasons) the skyline wasn't released here
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:24 PM   #4
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i believe it has to do with emissions. at least thats why (along with a few other reasons) the skyline wasn't released here
Yeah, stupid tree-huggers....
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:25 PM   #5
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i believe it has to do with emissions. at least thats why (along with a few other reasons) the skyline wasn't released here

yeah, emmissions too, although im not sure where the laws are the most strict
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Yeah, stupid tree-huggers....
It's why my car is registered here in Carbondale and not in Chicago. I don't think I'd ever pass emissions with my engine.
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Old 03-10-2006, 04:23 PM   #7
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We have higher powered versions usually. For example, a Mitsubishi Evo over there has 276bhp, over here the same model has 320bhp. Top speeds are different too, they restrict their cars to 180kph or 112mph....ours are all derestricted!
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:01 PM   #8
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We have higher powered versions usually. For example, a Mitsubishi Evo over there has 276bhp, over here the same model has 320bhp. Top speeds are different too, they restrict their cars to 180kph or 112mph....ours are all derestricted!

arent 90 percent of powerful cars restricted to 155mph?

bmw's and mercedes and stuff like that?
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Old 03-10-2006, 06:10 PM   #9
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arent 90 percent of powerful cars restricted to 155mph?

bmw's and mercedes and stuff like that?
Grrrr I just got logged out again...after having written my post!!

Ok, I'll try again lol. German cars are restricted to 155mph to be the same as one another so that they are equal in performance, thus not losing sales etc for performance reasons. Porsche was the only German company not to sign the agreement, and quite rightly so, too! I heard that on Top Gear I believe, Jeremy didn't say the reasoning behind it, but I'm guessing that's the reason for it! Some Swede cars are the same, high powered Volvo's and Saab for example,

Japanese cars here in the UK aren't restricted, having said that though....not many will do much over 155mph anyway!

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Old 03-10-2006, 06:32 PM   #10
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EPA and DOT regulations are one of the prime culprits, as every combination of engine/chassis has to be individually certified for sale here. Since the regulations are different in the different areas, it's not always economicaly feasable to certify a limited run model variant for new market, as you won't get that money back in sales.

In many cases, the JDM or Euro parts are not better, but merely different (like marker light color) so enthusiasts want the parts to be different. In Japan, a lot of guys really want US spec parts for their Japanese cars to stand out from the run of the mill JDM versions that are stock there.
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Yeah, stupid tree-huggers....
Ya damn people who want to try to keep the world beautiful.
Its not like you cant make performance that meets our standards… hell dodge has the viper and Chevy has the corvette, and ford has the GT.
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Japans "gentlemens agreement" that limited their cars to only 280hp has now expired. Let the fun begin.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:31 PM   #13
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Japans "gentlemens agreement" that limited their cars to only 280hp has now expired. Let the fun begin.

maybe theyll wise up and stick some v8's in something
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maybe theyll wise up and stick some v8's in something
No, it just wont be the same that way....Japan's always loved it's technically advanced motors like the Honda V-tec, that has the potential to rev to 9500rpm!.....
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:09 PM   #15
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maybe theyll wise up and stick some v8's in something

There are a lot of V8 Japanese cars. The Toyota Soarer (that we got as the Lexus SC has been available with the V8 since at least '92. So has the LS400/LS430. In Japan, there were a few more variants on that theme in teh Toyota lineup, including the Aristo with the 4 liter and 4.3 liter V8. (the 4 liter Toyota V8 is what I'm putting in my Comet) Nissan has had a number of cars with V8s, as well. In fact, both Toyota and Nissan have had V8 powered cars as far back as the late '60s, we just never got them in the US.
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