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ISUZU KEEPS ON TRUCKIN'. Isuzu went against the industry grain by offering a concept that aims to "revive SUV authenticity." The GBX (the name means "gearbox") is a real truck, with an interesting, exposed frame and modular body-on-frame construction that allows simpler front- and rear-end appearance changes. A water-repellent interior, run-flat tires, a built-in tool box, sliding canvas roof, and external-frame seats enhance the look of ruggedness, but touch-screen-operated controls at a futuristic contrast. The doors open away from each other, suicide style, with the rear doors hinged at the rear. The GBX has a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine and Isuzu's Torque-On-Demand system, along with huge 21-inch wheels.
THE NEXT GT2. Porsche introduced the 911 GT2 model for the United States and Canada. According to company officials, the GT2 combines the attributes of the Europe-only GT3 with those of the 911 Turbo. The GT2 uses rear-wheel drive and a modified version of the Turbo's engine, pumped up to 456 hp (with 29 psi of boost!) At only about 3125 pounds, extremely light weight provides blistering performance. Porsche anticipates 0 to 62 mph times of 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 195 mph. New ceramic composite brakes will provide added braking power with a weight savings of 50 percent over conventional discs. A six-speed-manual transmission is the only gearbox offered.
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