Time to get those winter beaters out (or change your tires) it’s almost that time of year again. At least for some of us.. Let’s just enjoy the power of Subaru in this short clip courtesy of David Melinte!
Acura NSX..supercar or sports car?
Let’s step back and reflect on the history of the Acura NSX shall we? The original Acura NSX was introduced in 1990, and the United States in 1991. It was a car that Honda developed to do it all. They wanted to make a car that could hang with the exotics, blow sports cars out of the water, and reliably cruise in the city. At the time, that was honestly impossible…or was it? The competition laughed in Honda’s face when they learned that they were going to try and develop such a thing. I mean who wouldn’t, Honda was, and still is, known as producing cheap economy cars.
So what did they do? They began developing the NSX. A mid-engine supercar with 42%/58% weight distribution, front and rear respectively. The design was so perfect that it does not matter if you have passengers, or a full tank of fuel, the weight distribution would remain the same. It was ergonomically designed, with plenty of visibility and even a full sized trunk! Why is the car so long you ask? Well, the tail of the car is actually designed for high speed stability, not just looks. Oh, and the chassis was constructed from aluminum too. When Honda reached out to suppliers, nobody believed that they would follow through. But after many hours of R&D, Honda developed a chassis that was 50% stronger than steel, but significantly lighter.
As for aero, it was not Honda’s primary focus. The car does sit low, and looks long, but they did not want any flares or wild scoops on this car. Quite frankly, they didn’t need it! The car sits low to the ground from factory, and instead of aero, they focused in on the suspension. The handling and stability on the NSX was something that truly challenged supercars of its time.
So did Honda build a supercar or a sports car? Many people do not view the NSX as a supercar, but after doing some research, their minds should quickly change. This was a car that truly challenged exotics and blew them out of the water too.
The all new Acura NSX was named Road & Track’s car of the year. Starting at $157,800, it is a big price to pay for an Acura. But, before we call it just an Acura, lets dive deeper and inspect what the NSX is all about. The all-new Acura NSX is a 573 horsepower supercar, with a 0-60mph time of 3.1 seconds. (To give you some perspective, the Nissan GT-R’s 0-60 time is 2.9 seconds)
What powers this thing? A 3.5L twin-turbo V6 and 3 electric engines.
What is the chassis made of? Aluminum and carbon fiber of course! This combination weighs in at around 3,800 pounds.
Oh, and in case you’re trying to save the environment, it has an average mpg rating of 21/22 city/highway. That’s slightly better than the 14/21 city/highway you get from the Lamborghini Huracan.
So is this a Supercar or a Sports car? We honestly can safely say, it is in fact a Supercar. The history behind the NSX and its development just goes to show that if a company is determined, they can build anything. The NSX is proof of that. It competes with the Audi R8, the GT-R, Mercedes AMG, and many other modern supercars. If it was just a sports car, we would be comparing it to a 350z, Mustang, and Camaro.
(All images courtesy of nsx.acura.com)
2018 Kia Stinger a True Grand Touring Vehicle?
In 2017 the Kia Stinger was first unveiled at the North American International Auto show. Since then, there has not been much talk about it.
However, that does not mean that there is nothing to talk about. In fact, the features of the 2018 Kia Stinger are actually quite impressive. Let start out with the stylish leather interior, and quickly draw your attention to the OEM launch control. Yes, you read that right, OEM launch control. Not only will you be able to 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, but also you’ll be able to monitor the G-forces via a built in meter.
The interior of the 2018 Kia Stinger is stunning. The layout reminds us of a Mercedes-Benz, but with Kia’s own personal touch. The technology and infotainment system look great and it even looks like it integrated Apple car play. As for space, there is plenty of room for everyone. There is plenty of legroom and trunk space in the back of the 2018 stinger, making it a comfortable GT vehicle.
The best part? The 2018 Kia Stinger is going to be starting at roughly $32,000! That’s a lot of car for the price, so keep your eyes out for these if you’re in the market.
Leave a comment down below of what you think of Kia’s new release!
Failing Head Gaskets on the new Ford Focus RS?! ALREADY!
As we all know, the Ford Focus RS was one of the most hyped up cars of the year. It boasted a horsepower rating of 350. Not only that, but it is all-wheel drive! The price to own one of these? $35,000 give or take..
So, for what you get and the price you pay you expect it to be bullet proof right..? Well, unfortunately Ford has been running into some big issues with the RS.
Tons of Focus RS owners have been experiencing problems with their cars, from misfires to white smoke puffing like clouds from their exhausts. The source of the problem seems to be the head gaskets.
It seems like it starts with a rough idle, misfires, lost coolant, and a check engine light. So far, upon researching the subject, a majority report their issues occurring at around the 20,000 mile mark. So will your Focus RS need a new engine at 20k? Who knows..
Ford is COMPLETELY aware of the problem that 2016-2017 Focus RS owners are experiencing and they are researching to see what the problem may be. In the mean time, if your RS has any problems, Ford is taking responsibility and covering it under warranty. (For now!)
What ever happened to the Tesla Model 3?
(Photos: Unplugged Performance)
Good Question! After filtering through some sources we may have gotten an answer for you..
While the Tesla Model 3 deliveries were promised to start in October of 2017. That quickly changed and now Tesla CEO Elon Musk admits the Model 3 is in “production hell.” He also refused to comment on how many Model 3’s were produced in October. What we do know is that Tesla’s main goal to produce 5,000 Model 3’s per week in December will not be met.
So far, the number of confirmed Model 3’s stands at roughly 440 (not including any built in October). Of those 440 Model 3’s the majority went straight to company employees, friends of employees, and other insiders. Only a handful (or less) of the Model 3’s trickled down to regular customers. It looks like production is having a bottleneck effect.
What is the reason for slowed production? There were problems with the production line and automation. They had to re-write the software, fabricate, and install new components to get everything running smoothly again. Also, the process of creating battery components is not fully automated and very labor intensive.
The Short Answer: Ramping-up of production will not start until March of 2018.
The Problem: Tesla has currently sold about 140,000 cars and once they hit the 200,000 mark the current $7,500 U.S. Federal tax credit will decrease during the subsequent quarters. Essentially, every 2 quarters the credit will be cut in half. Therefore, while Model S and Model X owners can take advantage of the U.S. Federal tax credit while it is still at the full $7,500, by the time Model 3 owners get their chance that number could be $3,750 or $1,875.
But that’s not all that is threatening the $7,500 tax credit, in recent news House Republicans have also released their tax plan for 2018 that eliminated the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. This complete elimination could potentially kill the electric vehicle industry.
It will be interesting to see what is to come. We will be monitoring the news closely as time goes on and updating you accordingly. Leave your thoughts about this in the comment section below!
The Little Subaru That Could!
Ladies and gentleman, it’s official, a Subaru STI has beat an Evo at something! The White Bullet is now the first 4-cylinder 6-speed manual Subaru to break into the 7’s!
This car is no joke, it has previously held the title as the fastest Subaru STI in the world. It was built by the White Bullet Racing team located in Puerto Rico. So what powers this monster?
Well, surprisingly it is powered by a sleeved 2.5L Subaru Boxer engine, making over 1,000 horsepower easily. Nevertheless, it does have a ton of custom work, methanol injection, huge injectors, and one seriously impressive driver. But lets face it, what really makes this thing move? That’s right, A MASSIVE TURBO!
In the end, us car-nuts are very excited and proud to see a dedicated team take home the title of fastest Subaru and first Subaru in the 7’s. There is no hiding the fact that earlier this year Puerto Rico was devastated by a couple massive hurricanes and it is nice to see that nothing can hold them back, especially not their White Bullet Racing team!
Comment below what you car-nuts think of this!
The 2019 Toyota Supra.. What we know
In 2014, Toyota debut the FT-1 concept which everyone seemed to fall in love with. In recent news, Toyota has filed to renew a patent for an old name. What name you ask? Supra! Yes, that’s right the Toyota Supra will continue to live.. at least the name will at this rate. We don’t quite know if what we think is going to be the new Toyota Supra will actually sport the “Supra” badge.
Although it may not be named the “Supra”, Shigeki Tomoyama stated that the car will be a pure sports car. Later adding that the elements such as twin-turbochargers and being rear-wheel drive are what made the previous supra so great. The CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, did say that he is committed to bringing more sporty cars to the market. About time considering The Nissan GT-R has been dominating sports cars and supercars alone. Its time for it to be shut down! Just kidding, but it would be nice to see two 90’s automotive icons back on the streets in modern form.
The “Supra” will share the same platform as the BMW Z4 roadster, which we have seen many spy shots of previously. So, what we do know about the BMW is that it is fairly light, having a curb-weight of roughly 3,200-lbs. This is great news considering the “Supra” will be sharing the same platform and is rumored to be even lighter. Engines may come straight from BMW, and are more than likely going to be a six-cylinder of some sort. The “Supra” will look similar to the FT-1 concept, but more than likely be considerably toned down. Although we hope not!
As far as a release date, it’s hard to tell. Unfortunately, we have been given the run around by Toyota and rumors have been circulating for years now. Each year we expect Toyota to announce the “Supra” and have been let down thus far. However, we will stay optimistic and hope that we will have some more clear answers in 2018.
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Chevy ZR1 Horsepower leak!
Rumors that the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 will debut this Sunday in Dubai have surfaced. Additionally, the ZR1 will be on the cover of the December issue of Car and Driver, which is now old news following the leak earlier this year. However, there is some excitement as the cover now has a little number on it that was not previously there. That number is the 2019 Corvette ZR1’s horsepower claim. So how much horsepower will this long awaited beast have? 750 horsepower which is 100 horsepower more than the current C7 Z06 claims. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what will be powering the 2019 ZR1, the only thing we do know is that it’s definitely supercharged.