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LEARN HOW TO TUNE PONTIAC'S SOLSTICE FOR COMPETITION

Want to run a Solstice in SCCA? General Motors Performance Division engineers will conduct a technical seminar on building a Pontiac Solstice race car for Sport Car Club of America (SCCA) racing. Attendees will learn how to optimize a Solstice or Solstice GXP equipped with the available Z0K production option, receive details for use in producing aftermarket parts and components for Solstice performance applications, and receive a copy of the new Solstice Performance book available at GM dealerships. 

SPY PHOTOS—SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi: MITSUBISHI RIVAL GETS A NEW LOOK

Tight European emissions laws mean buyers won't be offered the WRX model in some European countries when the hatch arrives here later this year. But we can now reveal the first pictures of a storming new STI variant. While dealers will get the first five-door Imprezas late this summer, the performance STI won't debut until October's Tokyo Motor Show. As a result, customers will have to make do with the entry-level car until the flagship arrives in 2008. The STI is powered by a tuned version of the 2.5L boxer engine, turbocharged to produce more than 300 bhp and around 400 Nm of torque.

SPY PHOTOS—HONDA'S NEW RIVAL FOR THE TOYOTA PRIUS

At first glance, this may look like Honda’s “Airwave," a small Asian-market people-mover/wagon. The “Airwave” badge is covered with a small piece of electrical tape, as are the Honda badges. With a facelift expected for the Airwave in 2009, it would have been easy to assume that this was just a freshening (although it did seem odd to see two left-hand-drive versions of the Asia-only Honda).

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