Toyota Blade Master – Just Driven – Sport Compact Car Magazine

30 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Toyota Blade Master – Just Driven – Sport Compact Car Magazine

Toyota Blade

Master Just Driven

Toyota unveiled the new 2.4-liter, 158hp and Matrix XRS in North America. But in Toyota has debuted a sporty with an even more name-the Blade. A luxurious to the Matrix, the base JDM-only is powered by the same 2.4-liter as in the Scion tC. However, in an effort to American enthusiasts crazy, has created a tuned factory

Here’s how: take one add a 3.5-liter V6 and call it the Blade

Size-wise, it’s right with familiar hatchbacks the Mazda3. It measures 167.7 long on a 102-inch wheelbase, and 59.6 inches high and inches wide.

We won’t go so far as to it a ‘hot hatch’ in the same as the Subaru WRX STI, but it comes exceptional power-280bhp. It’s the engine found in the Camry and stateside, the 2GR-FE 3.5-liter VVT-i V6. You might think the of the Blade’s lightweight body and the V6 would make for a rocket, but has tuned the engine more for than performance, so there the rawness of an STI or Evo.

Still, the Blade Master is far slow. Thanks to its curb of 3256 pounds, the car has little getting up to highway speed in a The engine revs smoothly and all of its of torque can be felt at mid-range.

one of those cars where you you’re going 60mph, but you look down at the speedometer, it 90mph. The thing is quietly

Changing gears is Toyota’s automatic transmission. It would be if the Blade Master were with a manual or even but again, Toyota insists vehicle is intended for the ‘…’ Don’t worry, though, are many tuning firms Blitz, Tom’s, etc.) could make this a stylish hot compact, perfect for the kid in all of us.

The Master is quite nimble and on twisty roads. The suspension consists of struts up front and a wishbone set-up out back, and the does a commendable job of keeping roll in check. This feels a bit firmer than the model, but not at all harsh over surfaces.

The 225/45/17 tires provide grip and, although the car quite a bit going into corners, it’s still fun the turns.

However, the best about the Blade Master is it means for the US and for prospective Corolla/Matrix A V6-powered Matrix might be an engine swap away, most of the complex tinkering by Toyota itself. Take VW R32.

The Blade Master soon go on sale in Japan a price of roughly $30,000. is the upgraded, top-trim level, Master G (gotta love name -JL) that for about $35,000. There are no for the car to come to the US just yet, but it be nice to see this chassis/engine show up in Toyota’s USDM some time soon.

2008 Toyota Blade as Tested: $30,000 (estimated)

Displacement/Type/Valvetrain: 3456cc V6, aluminum and heads, DOHC, dual variable valve timing

Crank HP: 280hp @ 6200rpm

Claimed Crank Torque: @ 4700rpm

Drivetrain/Layout/Transmission: Transverse engine, front-wheel drive, automatic

Curb Weight: lbs

Suspension (Front): MacPherson with anti-roll bar

Suspension Independent double wishbone anti-roll bar

Brakes (Front/Rear): discs, dual-piston sliding discs, single-piston sliding

Wheels (Front/Rear): 17×7

(Front/Rear): 225/45/17

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