The New Toyota Sportcar…A Hybrid?

The New Toyota Sportscar...A Hybrid?

There have been rumors for years now that Toyota has been prepping a replacement for its flagship Supra sportscar.

The Supra was one of the most popular tuner cars of the ’90’s and continues to be regarded as one of the ultimate Japanese rockets.

At the recent Detroit Auto Show, Toyota shocked the world with what may be the actual Supra replacement. Currently dubbed the FT-HS concept, this super-Toyota is actually a hybrid! It is powered by both an electric motor and a 3.5 liter V6 motor, good for over 400 horsepower. You know this is car is coming close to supercar territory when it promises to propel you to 60 mph in around 4 seconds!

This sports car is a 2+2, meaning that it seats four. These photos don’t show us how big the back seat actually is, but I’m assuming that it’s painfully small. Rather than call the FT-HS a 2+2, Toyota should just say that the FT-HS has a deep package tray behind the front seats.

Many modern sportscars have engines in the 300-400 horsepower range, but the acceleration isn’t always there as today’s rides are heavier than ever. The FT-HS, on the other hand, is designed to be as light as possible. Given that, it is impressive that the FT-HS contains an automatically retractable hard-top!

Personally, I think this car is an amazing achievement in engineering. It will get excellent gas mileage being a hybrid and promises to be a true enthusiast’s sports car. Now you can impress your environmentally-conscious mom and wow your girlfriend at the same time!

Before getting too excited about this wonderful offering, remember, it is still a concept, meaning it has not gotten the final word to go to production just yet. Toyota should be revealing more details about the FT-HS concept within the next 6 months, including its planned release date.

A few people have asked what the estimated price point might be. I have read several places that Toyota is looking to price this car in the mid 30’s. Seems a lot more reasonable than the last car I wrote about — the 8 Million Dollar Mercedes-Maybach!

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Windows Vista Hits Stores Today

Today Microsoft is finally releasing Windows Vista after 5 years delays and broken promises. I thought this was a fitting cartoon to help clear up the confusion some of you may have about which version of Vista you should get…

Microsoft Windows Vista Cartoon

From the CNet Review of Vista:

Compared with Mac OS X 10.4, Windows Vista feels clunky and not very intuitive, almost as though it’s still based on DOS (or at least the internal logic that made up DOS).

For more information about Vista, read this CNet review of Windows Vista Ultimate. The average user’s rating of Vista so far is 5.4 out of 10. For those of you who are sick of the never-ending viruses, spyware, and dysfunctional computing, now is the perfect time to Get a Mac.

Is the iPhone really all it’s cracked up to be?

Is the iPhone really all it's cracked up to be?

After years of rumors and speculation, Apple finally announced it’s entry into the mobile phone market. Dubbed the “iPhone,” it is a cellular phone, full-screen video iPod, and Internet communications device all in one. Many people, among Apple, have heralded the iPhone as “reinventing the phone.” The iPhone certainly contains a long list of innovative features and Apple’s renowned ease-of-use, but, the question remains, is the iPhone really all its cracked up to be? Will it truly revolutionize the phone market?

Just liked the iPod changed the music industry, Apple is banking on the iPhone forever changing how we use mobile phones. The iPhone is unique, in that is has a fully touch-screen interface, a gorgeous 3.5″ LCD display, a full-sized (not just a slimmed-down) web browser, and a truly innovative feature called Visual Voicemail. Visual Voicemail will allow you to see and select any of your voicemail messages instead of having to listen to them one-by-one.

There are a few downsides to the phone, however. One is that Apple has an exclusive contract with Cingular through 2009. I’ve heard many report being unhappy with Cingular and that their coverage is mediocre, at best. Another downside is the phone’s hefty $499 price tag for the 4GB model, and $599 for the 8GB model. This price point means that Apple will not be able to initially penetrate the market like it has done so with the iPod. Apple is also not letting any developers produce third-party software for the phone. This means that you will not be able to download special programs like you can for other smartphones.

Perhaps the biggest drawback to the iPhone is that it requires your full attention to operate because of its touch interface. It has only one button, so for people attempting to drive and dial, it will require them to look down at their phone for moments on end. Many tech-savvy phone users have said that this no button design is why they will never buy the iPhone. The feedback of buttons is what allows people to dial while driving.

Apple is not officially releasing the iPhone until June. However, only time will tell whether Apple’s phone will change the market like the iPod has done. In conclusion, even though the iPhone lacks in some areas, it will be a major hit among Apple’s Mac-faithful, and I plan to purchase one as soon as they’re available. Learn more about the iPhone on Apple’s web site…