The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.
With the recent successful relaunch of the all new Acura NSX, the Honda company has turned their attention to their smaller two seat roadster, the S2000. Since the S2000 went out of production in 2009, enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for the company to bring out the next evolution of Honda’s highly capable roadster. There have been a few concepts here and there over the years to wet our appetite, but rumors are now surfacing that Honda might plan a relaunch to coincide with their 70th anniversary.
Acura’s NSX project used a large number of internal resources during it’s development through production phases. Now that the NSX project is finished, it is likely that Honda will have a lot more time to focus on other special projects like the S2000. Fittingly enough, a 70th anniversary relaunch would line up to plans that Honda had for the original S2000 which debuted for the automaker’s 50th anniversary.
No other details have been leaked to the public on the potential S2000 project. However, based on engines available in today’s Honda lineup, and staying true to the heritage of the S2000, the next evolution of the car will likely keep to a 2.0L four cylinder, but utilize turbo and electric technology, similar to the NSX.
Big power, supercars is what Koenigsegg is know to manufacturer. The underlying element that pushes this company to a level like no other is their innovation and the lack of fear they have to try and develop new technology. As the boundary pusher, Koenigsegg is now moving into the market of producing a 400hp four-cylinder motor.
But unlike any four cylinder you might have seen on the market, Koenigsegg is partnering with a company called FreeValve to produce a cam-less engine. FreeValve has designed technology which replaces the camshaft you traditionally see in internal combustion engines. Instead, the opening and closing of valves is controlled using PHEA technology which allows the computer to control valve positioning to an infinite degree.
The result, possible a 1.6L four cylinder engine that will produce 400 plus horsepower. The engine will be highly efficient in making high horsepower and also be very fuel economical. No news as of yet on when this engine will be produced, but it shows how far technology has come and how far manufacturers like Koenigsegg is willing to go to push technological boundaries.
For 2017, Audi refreshed a few models within their lineup. Although the changes aren’t huge, it is enough to bring some new life into their cars. For 2017 the A6 3.0T gets a new Competition Package that boosts power on the 3.0L supercharged V-6 340 hp and 325lb/ft of torque. Adding to the performance side of things, the Competition Package also comes with a rear limited slip differential. The inside gets custom diamond stitched leather seats and the exterior gets new 20 inch wheels. On the standard end, the A6 2.0T and 3.0T comes standard with S line trim.
The 2017 A7 3.0T will also receive the Competition Package treatment with similar features within the package to the A6. Audi will also be bringing the RS7 Performance model to the U.S. The RS7 Performance model offers 605 hp and 560lb/ft of torque from its 4.0L twin-turbo V-8. That’s a 45hp jump over the regular RS7.
The list continues to grow with automakers either coming forward or authorities raiding the automaker’s headquarters to disclose their cheating. The long and short of it is that it is becoming clear that car makers of all varieties around the world have been doing their share to blur the lines between legal or not legal when it comes to fuel economy or emission cheating.
Recently, Opel’s CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann came out and directly denied that their company was using emission cheating devices in their cars. In a follow up statement, they now are saying that devices are used on their vehicles which manipulate the exhaust system under some situations, but that device is not illegal.
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt now heading an investigation to understand what device Opel is using and whether the automaker broke any laws. Dobrindt said that, “the investigating committee has doubts about whether this practice is completely justified by the protection of the engine. The accusations concern control of the emissions treatment with the Opel Zafira relating to the revolutions, the air pressure and the speed.”
Fiat is issuing a recall on their 500 which impacts 39,217 vehicles which were built between 2012 to 2016. The issue has been identified as a faulty clutch release in the transmission which “may exceed design parameters” resulting in imminent damage to the mechanical parts of the transmission.
Fiats recall will require an upgrade to the clutch release systems in the 500. Once the recall begins, dealers will complete the service to the vehicles at no cost to the owners.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing a recall on their Jeep Wranglers which were built between 2007 to 2010. The issue has bee identified as impacting the airbags. In total, 392,464 Jeep Wranglers are affected in the US.
Details released about the issue centers on an excessive amount of dust and dirt accumulating on the steering wheel which could weaken the clockspring in the steering assembly which ultimately increases the risk of the airbag not deploying in an accident. The Jeep Wrangler is naturally more susceptible to this because the car is constant open to the elements and used in rugged dusty environments.
The impacted cars will get inspected by the dealer and a new covers and shrouds in the steering assembly will be installed. If you own one of these vehicles, we encourage you to contact your local dealer as soon as possible.
The marketing behind Tesla’s highly anticipated Model 3 launch was borderline genius. Create hype and a sense of allure to draw in customers, then create the hook by making an instore site where customers had to line up and get their pre-orders in. The payoff was a staggering 400,000 preorders for the Tesla Model 3. Tesla revealed the official tally at 373,000 pre-orders with 8000 initial cancellations, and 4,200 pre-orders being duplicates.
That is a staggering number of pre-orders for a car the owners won’t get for a few years out. Demand for the Model 3 continues to grow, so it should be expected that orders will continue to come in for the company.
Last week it was revealed that GM overstated the fuel economy numbers on their 2016Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave models by 1 to 2 mpg. The company took immediate action and is now working on a compensation package for approximately 170,000 owners.
According to GM, the information printed on the Monroney sticker was an error and have already taken action to have the information corrected. However, investigations are already starting to determine if the misinformation is only isolated to the 2016 cars or if it is farther reaching.
The Volkswagen Corrado quickly became an enthusiast car and also drew a large fan base becoming quite the cult car. With a coupe design, and Volkswagen’s torquey VR6 motor stuffed up front, as well as a supercharged four cylinder variant, the Corrado was both good to look at and a fast and capable performance car. When it was retired in the 90’s it quickly became missed by all.
So anything Corrado these days is rare, especially a good condition one. However, even more rare are the two wagon like prototypes which shows what the Corrado could’ve become. The prototypes were commissioned by Volkswagen in the 80’s as a limited edition sportwagen which were built by Marold Automobili GmbH. The two models were dubbed the “Magnum Sport Kombi” and these are the only two cars ever to be produced.
When the sportwagen concept project was abandoned, these two vehicles were locked up and then later put up for sale at 3.2 million Deutschmarks. Well, they didn’t go anywhere and only recently popped back up on the market. John Kuitwaard of the Corrado Club of America caught wind of the cars put the money down to buy them. The next problem, bringing them into the US. This ended up to be a much larger task than first thought as all importation regulations created nothing but road blocks. Except for the 25 year rule, which is when the vehicles could be officially imported into the US legally.
In 2014, the cars were officially brought into the US and have made their way around the show circuit. They are now up for sale as well at just under $50,000 a pop.
Mitsubishi Motors President Tetsuro Aikawa will resign from his job on June 24 amidst the company’s fuel economy scandal. In a statement released by Mitsubishi, “Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has caused tremendous trouble and concern to our customers and all of our stakeholders. Considering this, Mr. Aikawa and Mr. Nakao decided today that they will resign.”
Aikawa joined Mitsubishi in 1978 and continued to grow in his career becoming a specialized engineer and credited with Mitsubishi’s mini-cars. Aikawa’s decision to leave the company was to enable the brand to have a new start.