Tech Talk + Drive — The Technology Behind The Performance

Tech Talk + Drive — The Technology Behind The Performance

A truly spectacular sight unfolded as some of the world’s rarest and most sophisticated cars rendezvoused at Velocity Honolulu. It was a warm Saturday morning when 25 sports car owners and aficionados — including several new members — converged for Tech Talk + Drive.

After an enthralling presentation on an exceptional collection of vehicles, guests enjoyed the finest cuisine compliments of Viaggio. Then, they embraced the finely tuned performance technology in their world-class cars.

With some of the industry’s most renowned automobile brands represented, Master Technician Aron Inoue delved into their sophisticated engineering and more. He explored Ferrari and Lamborghini, including their elite history and background as well as their legendary design concepts. He proceeded with comparisons between these top makes and shared expert advice for maintaining their unrivaled performance.

Attendees also delighted in first-class hospitality provided by Service Manager Marisa Miner and her exceptional team. Meanwhile, Viaggio — an exclusive Italian restaurant located within Velocity Honolulu — provided a delectable menu of Mediterranean cuisine with a Pacific twist.

After a memorable morning, guests explored the enticing collection of vehicles, then embarked on a drive in their own riveting cars. Two photographers — courtesy of Velocity Honolulu — followed the procession of high-end vehicles through downtown Honolulu, passed the Punchbowl Memorial, then onto the winding, single-lane road up the Tantalus Mountain. An especially rare sight, this parade of performance featured 10 world-class models — 3 Lamborghini entries, plus 3 Ferrari F430s and an F430 Scuderia, 2 Ferrari 488 GTBs and a Ferrari California.

JN Group Has A Big Heart For Youth Cardiac Patients

JN Group Has A Big Heart For Youth Cardiac Patients

$20,000 Donation Given To Kapi‘olani Medical Center

As part of its deep commitment to the community, especially children’s causes, JN Group recently handed a $20,000 donation to the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children’s Pediatric Heart Care Program.

“Our company and team are driven to make a difference,” said Brad Nicolai, President of JN Group, Inc. and a Kapi‘olani Health Foundation board member. “We are so fortunate to have customers embrace this campaign. Kapi‘olani plays a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of Hawai‘i’s families. We are grateful to our employees for their heart and passion to help others and sincerely thank the community for making this gift possible.”

The donation was the result of a $100 pledge for every new vehicle or motorcycle sold during February at all JN Group facilities, including Velocity Honolulu and Cycle City. The campaign’s slogan was “You Drive, We Donate.”

This year marked the fifth time the JN Group has supported the medical center, a non-profit organization that provides care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay. The Kapi‘olani Medical Center offers specialty care and programs to women, infants and children.

For more information on the hospital and/or to donate, visit

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Recap

The FIA Formula One World Championship continued last month with the 3rd ever Formula 1 race at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The world’s top racers and world’s most illustrious manufacturers competed over 51 laps for point standings in this year’s championship.

Of the racers who placed in the top 10, both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc drove Ferraris and Kimi Räikkönen drove an Alfa Romeo – 2 brands that Velocity Honolulu proudly offers at our state-of-the-art showroom in addition to world-class boutiques and fine dining facilities. Experience the undeniable racing pedigree of our Ferrari and Alfa Romeo inventory today.

Jaguar I-Pace Wins World Car of the Year

Jaguar’s new all-electric SUV recently swept 3 major awards at the 2019 World Car Awards at the New York International Auto Show. The I-PACE was honored with the top award of World Car of the Year, plus the top award in the categories of World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car of the Year.

Additionally, the 2019 I-PACE was the winner of:

  • Autotrader’s Best New Car 2019
  • Autocar’s European Car of the Year 2019
  • Popular Science Best of What’s New 2018
  • IDA Design Awards Gold Winner 2018

The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE can travel up to 234 miles on a single charge (you can get 80% charge in only 85 minutes). With its instant torque and AWD traction and the capacity to go from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds, you’ll forget it’s an electric car. After all, it is a Jaguar. The engine generates 394 HP and 512 lb.-ft. of torque. We assure you, it’s an electric car, not a Formula One racecar.

To test-drive the amazing 2019 Jaguar I-PACE or to learn more about it, please call us at 808-377-4077 or click here. Hurry to Jaguar Honolulu before the few remaining 2019 Jaguar I-PACE are gone.

Ferrari Club of America’s Hawaii Chapter 2019 Kick Off Meeting

It’s already looking like 2019 is going to be a great year for the Ferrari Club of America’s Hawaii Chapter. The group met for another glorious ride around the island recently, the official kick-off ride for the new year.

The group of horsepower met at the International Marketplace in Waikiki, and the sound of high-performance machinery immediately began to turn heads. Soon, a gaggle of onlookers had gathered to watch the procession of prancing horses. Here’s what showed up:

  • Two F12 Models
  • One 458
  • Three F430 Models
  • One 360
  • One 328

We also welcomed a Lamborghini Huracán into the pack!

This was a great turnout, and it’s another benefit of our growing organization. Last year, our membership doubled, and this kick-off meeting was a great chance to discuss ideas for the year ahead, including new exciting venues, technical sessions, military family and community events, and of course visits to car shows and collections.

If you’d like to learn more about joining the Ferrari Club of America’s Hawaii Chapter or if you’d like to learn more about joining the world of high-end automotive luxury, contact the staff at Velocity Honolulu today!

See How Alfa Romeo Leads the Way in Manufacturing High-Quality Automobiles

Alfa Romeo is a name built on fine Italian craftsmanship. This brand has built its reputations on head-turning design combined with the highest-quality engineering, resulting in highly sought-after luxury models with a cult following. The designs may have changed with fashion, and the engineering may have changed with innovation, but the commitment to quality has never faded. Today, these modern luxury Italian automobiles are made using some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technology in the world at the FCA Cassino Assembly Plant.

Since 1972, the Cassino Assembly plant has built over 7 million premium models to be sold around the world. From the day the first model rolled off the assembly line, this plant has remained on the leading edge of manufacturing technology, constantly upgrading equipment and improving processes. The plant’s leadership and staff have always made it their mission to make Cassino a premium plant for the production of a truly premium product.

The plant itself is a combination of man and machine. In a facility that offers over 2 million square feet of state-of-the-art automotive assembly, more than 4,300 employees work hand-in-hand with the latest robotic machinery. The Body Shop alone houses over 1,300 different kinds of robots that enhance the precision and efficiency of their human counterparts. With expertly-trained technicians using lightning-fast robotics, the Cassino plant can produce as many as 1,000 luxury automobiles per day.

Not only does the Cassino plant feature premium technology; it’s built around a premium culture. The plant leadership recognizes that one of the most effective ways to build top-tier automobiles is to create a top-tier workplace. That’s why every one of the thousands of plant employees is empowered to be an agent of change. The senior staff works directly with those on the assembly floor in order to stay aware of every detail of the production process. The plant organizational structure uses smaller teams to encourage greater communication, so each team leader can focus on employee satisfaction as well as productivity. Finally, training plays one of the most important roles, thousands of hours of training are provided each year in the classroom and simulated working environments, as well as on the job.

This great attention to detail in safety and efficiency also extends to the environment outside of the plant. Following the global commitment of FCA plants for World Class Manufacturing practices, the Cassino Assembly Plant has made conservation a watchword. That’s why the plant can boast three big zeroes: zero waste, zero water, and zero CO2. Since 2000, the plant has sent zero waste to the landfill with all by-products from production processes being 100% recovered or recycled. In addition, all of the plant’s water usage comes from on-site water harvesting or recycling, and all of the energy usage comes from renewable resources, including on-site solar power generation.

All of this innovation and conservation is not easy to achieve, but it sure is easy to appreciate, especially when you consider the end result. Alfa Romeo makes some of the finest cars in the world, and it’s all thanks to the finest leadership and personnel in the industry. Velocity Honolulu would love to show you the end result in person. Check out our latest inventory online, and then contact our sales staff to schedule a test drive.

Image and Video Credit: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

2019 Maserati Levante

More than simply “just another crossover,” the 2019 Maserati Levante is the genuine article, packing the powerful engine options, sporty driving dynamics, and stylish appearance to prove it.  A five-door, five-seat luxury crossover SUV, the 2019 Levante is available in four trims with pricing starting at $77,980.*

Standard equipment includes bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate, leather upholstery, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, eight-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, heated power front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, and more.

The Perfect Ride for…

Drivers that demand a little more from their crossovers will love features like advanced active-air suspension and the famed Maserati Skyhook system. Driving a Levante is just as much fun as admiring itif not even more soin its luxurious interior and stylish exterior, and it’s clear to see that the 2018 Maserati Levante isn’t for those that simply follow the herd.

Drive & Handling

Selecting your very own Maserati Levante means choosing from two tantalizing engine choices: a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and a 3.8-liter V8. The V6 found in the base Levante has 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, while the engine in the Levante S offers 424 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. Both versions are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the Q4 all-wheel-drive system from the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. 

Stepping up to the Levante GTS or the mighty Levante Trofeo, grants you access to a Ferrari-derived 3.8-liter V8 engine under the hood. In the GTS, that engine makes an incredible 550 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque, while the Trofeo produces an astonishing 590 horsepower and 538 lb-ft as well. These two trim levels transform the Levante into a full-blown performance weapon.

To make this the Maserati of crossovers, the automaker’s engineers also focused a considerable amount of attention on the chassis. The Q4 all-wheel-drive system features torque vectoring, which sends power to individual wheels while cornering to help the Levante turn in. The suspension is a sophisticated setup with air springs and Maserati’s Skyhook adjustable shock absorbers.

The Levante’s platform is based on Maserati sedans but with heavy modifications that make it suited for crossover duty. Maserati used lightweight materials, including aluminum, to keep weight down, while also managing to achieve a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Maserati claims that the Levante has the lowest center of gravity in its class, which directly helps improve handling.

Key Features

Maserati Touch Control With Central Control Knob

An 8.4-inch touchscreen combined with a central knob will allow you to easily access everything from the climate control system to iPhone and Android apps to on-board equipment and more. (After all, the perfect drive in an extraordinary crossover requires a killer soundtrack.)

Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology

The Levante further enhances your driving experience by offering advanced safety features to keep your mind at ease. Thanks to a Forward Collision Warning System, Blind Spot Alert and Rear Cross Path Detection, a Lane Departure Warning System, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, you can rest assured that your automotive adventure partner will help keep you safe and sound.

Alternative Options

The Maserati Ghibli is a sleek sport sedan with the engine options and exotic style to back up its striking road presence. Just as powerful and luxurious as its crossover cousin, the Ghibli is as nimble on city streets as it is powerful on back country roads. If your travel plans have you headed farther afield, consider the Maserati Quattroporte. Thanks to its sleek styling and cutting-edge tech, Maserati’s flagship is more than capable of taking on its more straitlaced competition.



MSRP listed may not include preparation, delivery and destination charges.

Image Credit: Maserati

Get a Grip on Your Tires with Our Help

Modern automotive technology makes it pretty easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. Computers and sensors help drivers stay safe out on the roads like never before. However, there are still some regular maintenance procedures that car owners must remember in order to keep a vehicle fully functioning and fully safe. The good news? The Velocity Honolulu Service Team can help with that. One of the most important maintenance topics the needs regular attention is proper tire care.

Wheel Alignment Improves Safety

One of the biggest reasons to make sure your vehicle’s wheels are aligned is safety. Misaligned wheels can cause a number of problems, including pulling to one side, less control over your vehicle, and an increased rate of wear on your tires’ tread. Not only is this dangerous, but you will have to replace your tires much more frequently if the alignment is off, which will put a big hole in your wallet. Another thing to consider is that misaligned wheels will negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel economy.

The Importance of Balancing Your Tires

Think about everything your tires encounter on a day-to-day basis. Whether it’s potholes, sticks, or rocks, your tires go through a beating every day. Sometimes, certain tires will wear more than others (especially if your alignment is off), creating tire imbalance and resulting in steering wheel vibration that gets worse at higher speeds. Imbalanced tires can wear more quickly and create an uncomfortable driving experience.

Even the slightest imbalance can cause big problems, which is why it’s important to take your car to a high-quality service center and have its tires balanced at regular intervals. This will help ensure that no one tire will be worn to an exaggerated amount and that wear will occur more evenly on all four tires.

The factory-certified professionals on the Velocity Honolulu team can quickly assess your wheels and tires for proper alignment and balance. If you’d like us to take a look at your ride or if you’re in need of any other service, you can now conveniently schedule your service online.

Explore The Latest Addition To Our Family: Viaggio

Explore The Latest Addition To Our Family: Viaggio

Just when you thought the luxury experience at Velocity Honolulu couldn’t get any more impressive, we go and outdo ourselves again. Viaggio is now open, serving world-class Italian-inspired cuisine that will inspire and satisfy.

Gregg Fraser, former Executive Director of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, leads the team as General Manager, and award-winning Chef Rodney Uyehara (pictured below) leads the kitchen as Executive Chef. The Chef hails from a family-owned Northern Italian cuisine restaurant in New Jersey; and he has led as former Executive Chef of The Bistro at Century Center, The Beach House at the Moana Surfrider Hotel and Blue Note Hawaii at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

“For me, creating the menu for Viaggio brings me full circle. I pulled from my experiences with Pacific Rim, French and Thai cuisines, along with local favorites and fresh ingredients, to design a unique flavor for Viaggio.”

— Chef Rodney

Viaggio means “journey” in Italian, and Chef Rodney plans to lead guests on “a unique culinary journey of Italian inspiration with Hawaiian flair.” The words on the menu come together just as beautifully as the ingredients in each dish. Here are just a few of the decadent dishes:

  • Gnocchi Gorgonzola (pictured top)
  • Polpi in Umido (Braised Octopus with Cannellini Beans)
  • Filet de Manzo alla Pizzaioli
  • Italian Rib Eye Steak
  • Cioppino Frutti di Mare (pictured below)

In addition to an extensive menu of amazing entrees, deserts, and antipasti, Viaggio will offer one-of-a-kind signature cocktails, like the Wandering Poet with High West Double Rye Whiskey, Campari Aperitivo, and black sesame and the Traverse with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Martini & Rossi Bianco Vermouth, pineapple, Thai basil, lime juice and Fever Tree Light Tonic.

Start your journey and reserve a table at Viaggio online here.

Viaggio’s hours of operation are listed below:

    Monday – Sunday (7 Days a Week)

    Happy Hour: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

    Dinner: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

    Late Night: Friday and Saturday 9:30pm – 11:30pm 

Watch Jamie Oliver Put The All New Range Rover Evoque To The Test

The hardest working chef in show businesses put the hardest working crossover in the automotive industry to the test, nimbly navigating the streets of London to collect the city’s finest ingredients for a culinary expo. After his test drive, Chef Oliver showed up to tantalize the taste buds of a few dozen lucky guests at the Range Rover Evoque Experience in London, a unique event introducing the latest generation of this luxury crossover SUV. Check it out:

I absolutely love this car, it was so much fun to drive on the busy streets of London and through the water trough in the Bishopsgate tunnels. I’ve always loved Land Rover and I had a brilliant time designing my cooking car last year, so when I was asked to come and test out the new Evoque, I jumped at the chance. The fact that Land Rover can create something as versatile as the Discovery and as agile as the Evoque is such a testament to this brilliant British brand.

– Jamie Oliver, The Naked Chef

The Experience event is just one of many planned for the brand’s global reveal of the all-new Evoque. The most compact model in the Land Rover lineup, the Evoque features modernist style and design combined with cutting-edge tech features and a city-smart powertrain. It’s the perfect option for today’s responsible urbanite, thanks to eco-friendly construction materials and fuel-conscious engine options, including the brand’s first mild-hybrid electric engine.

If you’d like to learn more about the new 2019 Range Rover Evoque or any of our other luxurious SUVs, visit the Velocity Honolulu showroom or contact our sales staff online.

Image and Video Credit: Land Rover