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This ’71 Datsun 240Z Has Become The New Dream Tuner Car 12
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Jay Leno, tuning on 01 12th, 2018


The Nissan Skyline, especially in the U.S., has always been the definitive tuner car to lust after.

The Skyline R34 GT-R, like this incredible VSpec II Nür, and the Toyota Supra trade punches for being the go-to tuner vehicles for American enthusiasts. Blame “2 Fast 2 Furious” or the vehicles’ rarity. But there’s another car that’s finally getting the credit it deserves for being a bona fide tuner car – the Datsun 240Z.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay Leno, who’s not wearing the denim-on-denim outfit that we’ve come to love, has a returning guest with a badass 240Z. Dominic Le, who’s the brilliant mind behind the insane Skyline-inspired Datsun Sunny truck, returns with another high-performance vehicle.

Besides having a complete makeover consisting of wider fenders, massive tires, bronze wheels, enough sponsoring to rival a proper race car, and a few JDM touches, the largest overhaul has taken place under the 240Z’s hood. Gone is the 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine, which has been replaced with a heavily-turbocharged SR20 four-cylinder motor. The engine has been moved back eight inches for better weight distribution, essentially giving the car a front-mid-engine layout, and now makes 430 horsepower.

In addition to being nearly three times more powerful than a stock 240Z, the heavily-modified one is nearly 300 pounds lighter, as well, thanks to carbon fiber and titanium components. Needless to say, the stripped out, lightweight machine is a riot to drive. It’s loud, it’s quick, and it looks good going down the road. It’s hard to believe that Le built this in his garage.

The Skyline and Supra are amazing, immortalized Japanese vehicles. But for enthusiasts out there that are tired of waiting for Skylines to become 25 years old or can’t afford a Supra, it’s time to entertain the option of modifying a 240Z.

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Jay Leno Goes Back In Time With Plymouth Superbird 3
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Film, Jay Leno, Plymouth, video on 01 3rd, 2018


When you think of American cars, you may immediately think of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet Corvette. However, there is another performance car just as recognizable as these three. We are of course talking about the Plymouth Superbird.

The car is a beefed-up variant of the Plymouth Road Runner and despite only being produced for a single year, has cemented its place in automotive folklore and easily fetches well over six figures nowadays.

In a fitting way to begin 2018, Jay Leno recently jumped behind the wheel of a bright orange Superbird to discover first-hand what makes this performance car so special.

Sitting beneath the skin of the Superbird is a 7.0-liter Hemi V8 engine with four carburetors and delivering 425 hp to the rear wheels. For a car built in 1970, that’s a formidable amount of power.

However, it isn’t the horsepower number that makes the Superbird so special. Instead, it is the eye-catching bodywork. Characterized by a huge hood, elongated front overhang, and that iconic rear wing, the car remains as desirable as ever.

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Jay Leno Samples 1965 Le Mans Class-Winning Bizzarrini Racer 23
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Film, Jay Leno, Le Mans, video on 12 23rd, 2017


In terms of cars driven and reviewed by former late-night talk show host Jay Leno, this 1965 Bizzarrini, which won its class at Le Mans, ranks among the best.

The story of this racer starts in the 1960’s when Giotto Bizzarrini was working at Ferrari. The engineer was the father of the Ferrari 250 GTO but was unceremoniously fired from the Italian manufacturer, alongside the rest of the Ferrari racing team, in 1961.

Upset, Bizzarrini went on to work at a selection of other Italian companies, including ATS, before creating the car you see here, which won the 5,000-cc and over class at the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The owner of this particular car is Bruce Meyer, and the stories he shares with Leno about the vehicle’s history are truly fascinating, so be sure to watch the video after the jump!

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Viper-Powered Dodge Charger Leaves Jay Leno Impressed 11
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Dodge Videos, Dodge Viper, Engine Swaps, Jay Leno, tuning, video on 12 11th, 2017


One of the most popular show cars in this year’s SEMA was arguably this heavily modified 1968 Dodge Charger.

It took Johan Eriksson and his team a full five years to complete their masterpiece and just by looking at it, you know that there isn’t a single nut and bolt left in its original state.

Under the hood now lies a Viper-sourced V10 engine that also happens to have gained a pair of turbos for a total output of 1,000hp. Paired to it is a proper manual six-speed gearbox, which should make driving this monster down the road a rather interesting experience.

The whole car is based on the platform of a Corvette C6, which makes sense if you think what 1,000hp would do to the original chassis. The roof was also chopped by 40mm to make it prettier while the ridiculously large wheels are custom-made, measuring 24×15.5(!) inches at the rear and 22×11 inches at the front.

What makes this custom Charger however stand out is the attention to the detail inside and out. Jay Leno shows us around this Swedish-built monster Charger, so let’s keep our jaws secured in place.

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Jay Leno Samples The Lamborghini Huracan Performante In LA 9
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ALA, Jay Leno, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Videos, video on 12 9th, 2017


It is almost a year since the Lamborghini Huracan Performante stunned attendees at the Geneva Motor Show but the hardcore Huracan continues to amaze.

Recently, Jay Leno jumped behind the wheel of a bright green Performante through the streets of Los Angeles, while also speaking with the chief operating officer of Lamborghini America, Alessandro Farmeschi, to discuss all the developments made to the car.

In terms of power, the Performante is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine delivering 631 hp and 443 lb-of torque. In a world where supercars are continuing to push the boundaries with over 700 hp, those figures may not seem like a lot. However, the Performante did lap the Nurburgring in a blistering 6:52, proving that horsepower and torque aren’t the only things needed to set impressive lap times.

One intriguing development of the Performante is its use of the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) system. This technology includes two flaps in the front splitter which can open and close to adjust downforce. Additionally, the car features a hollow forged carbon fiber rear wing and funnels air through the rear wing uprights, creating improved downforce through corners and reducing aerodynamic drag when necessary.

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Jay Leno Experiences The Hilarious Ariel Nomad 27
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ariel, Ariel Videos, Jay Leno, video on 11 27th, 2017


The Ariel Nomad may look unconventional but it is a serious performance machine on all road surfaces, as Jay Leno recently discovered.

This isn’t Leno’s first rodeo with an Ariel. In fact, he is the owner of one of the first Atom models ever built. Considering that the Nomad shares the same lightweight philosophy as the Atom, it’s not surprising that the former late-night host is a fan of Ariel’s second production model.

The Ariel Nomad which Leno jumped behind the wheel of was the Tactical variant. It is powered by a supercharged 2.4-liter Honda engine delivering 300 hp. That powertrain is mated to a six-speed manual transmission sending power through the rear wheels.

In a change for the Jay Leno’s Garage series, we actually have the chance to see Leno take a vehicle off-road, fully exploring the Nomad’s capabilities and showing just how capable it is.

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Aventador-Based Kode 0 Stops By Jay Leno’s Garage 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Jay Leno, Ken Okuyama, Lamborghini Aventador, video on 11 14th, 2017


Ken Okuyama’s latest creation, called the Kode 0, might look like something out of a sci-fi film but it’s actually a proper, road-legal supercar specifically made for a customer.

Okuyama took inspiration from the supercars of the past, trying to create a clean wedge-shaped supercar like the original Lamborghini Countach.

The Kode 0 is based on the Lamborghini Aventador but the bodywork employs some really clever ideas that completely change the proportions of the donor vehicle and making it truly unique.

The powertrain however remains completely stock, meaning a 6.5-liter V12 with 700PS and 690Nm of torque, mated to a single-clutch gearbox. Given the lighter bodywork, the Kode 0 should be quicker than a standard Aventador but hard figures was never the point of this creation.

Ken Okuyama brings the very impressive Kode 0 to Jay Leno’s Garage, giving us some really juicy details.

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West Coast Customs Dresses Porsche Cayman With A 356 Body 10
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Engine Swaps, Jay Leno, porsche, porsche cayman, Porsche Videos, tuning, video on 10 10th, 2017


West Coast Customs visited Jay Leno with their latest build, a custom Porsche Cayman, dressed with the body of the classic 356.
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Jay Leno Samples Japan’s Eye-Catching Kode57 25
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari-Videos, Jay Leno, Ken Okuyama, video on 09 25th, 2017


Japanese designer Ken Okuyama revealed the Kode57 in California some 13 months ago and recently gave Jay Leno an in-depth tour of the car and allowed the former talk-show host to jump into the driver’s seat.
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Jay Leno Samples Japan’s Eye-Catching Kode57 25
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari-Videos, Jay Leno, Ken Okuyama, video on 09 25th, 2017


Japanese designer Ken Okuyama revealed the Kode57 in California some 13 months ago and recently gave Jay Leno an in-depth tour of the car and allowed the former talk-show host to jump into the driver’s seat.
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Watch Jay Leno Drive His 1911 Fire Truck Through LA 23
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Jay Leno, video on 09 23rd, 2017


It is not every day you see a unique piece of automotive history rolling down the streets but those in Los Angeles recently witnessed just that when Jay Leno took out his rather special fire truck from 1911.
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Jay Leno Has A Blast In An Iconic Ferrari Enzo 11
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in celebrities, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari-Videos, Jay Leno, reviews, video on 09 11th, 2017


By today's standards, the Ferrari Enzo isn't quite the fastest thing on the road. Yet, that hardly takes anything away from its iconic status as one of the greatest supercars ever built.
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Unrestored BMW 1600 Stops By Jay Leno’s Garage For A History Lesson 29
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW Videos, Classics, Jay Leno, video on 08 29th, 2017


A really clean and unrestored 1967 BMW 1600 is everything you need to understand where BMW is coming from.
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Vanderhall Venice Rolls Into Jay Leno’s Garage On Three Wheels 15
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jay Leno, Vanderhall, video on 08 15th, 2017


Jay Leno regularly has all manner of vehicles by his famous garage – some with two wheels, some with four… but this one falls somewhere in between.
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Workshop 5001 Visits Jay Leno With A Pair Of Beautiful Reborn 911s 9
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Jay Leno, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 08 9th, 2017


Jay Leno gets a visit by two gorgeous Porsche 911s, created by Workshop 5001.
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