Tesla Model X does 0-60 faster than a Ferrari F40. If there are any automotive enthusiasts on the planet who still question the capabilities of non-combustion vehicles, take note of the Tesla Model X. Our friends over at Motor Trend just hooked the all-electric SUV up to its test gear and ran some numbers. In a nutshell, the seven-passenger crossover blasted from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds on its way to a quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 116.0 mph — faster than most supercars. Motor Trend points out, with a bit of surprise, that the dual-motor Model X is the quickest SUV it has ever tested — wow! The future is electric.
Honda hid conversations with Takata from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Reports are surfacing that Honda Motor Co. met with Takata Corp., its supplier of airbags, in August of 2009 to request a design change. While it would appear to be a positive note in the defective airbag inflator issue, the automaker reportedly never told the NHTSA about the meetings. As such, the disclosure could put both Honda and Takata in a more vulnerable position with regards to the more than 100 pending lawsuits as it demonstrates that the Japanese automaker knew about the issue long before it started millions of recalls.
Acura wows everyone with its rear-wheel drive NSX GT3 race car The all-new 2017 Acura NSX is one impressive gasoline-electric hybrid, with an all-wheel drive powertrain that allows it to zip effortlessly around a racing circuit. Now, imagine that same vehicle sans the three electric motors and after a judicious weight loss program. Voila — the NSX GT3. The Japanese automaker unveiled its hot new race car at the New York Auto Show with plans to have it on the competitive circuit next year. We can’t wait to see it go head-to-head against the Corvette and 911!
Lexus reveals plans for a 3-row RX crossover. Lexus sells its RX crossover quicker than IHOP does Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes, so what could its dealers possibly complain about? Well, it turns out they have been screaming for a bigger version. As it has been from it launch in 1998 until today, the crossover is only engineered to seat five passengers. And, fickle moms who drive kids to soccer and ballet want seven-passenger capabilities (whether they need it or not). Enter the stretched Lexus RX 350L and RX 450hL — three-row variants of the popular crossover — that were unceremoniously revealed during an interview with Automotive News at this week’s New York Auto Show. Look for them to arrive late next year as 2018 models.
Will March 2016 be the industry’s strongest sales month ever? The analysts over at Edmunds have been pounding on their calculators relentlessly — it seems automotive sales are happening at a record pace. According to their forecasts, 1,655,462 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in March, which equals an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.2 million. That’s a number that not only handily beats last year’s sales, but may set new records. In case you are wondering, the sales leader is Ford, followed by General Motors and Toyota, who are all enjoying nice bumps in showroom traffic. Volkswagen sales are down 9.3 percent, as the automaker remains embroiled in its diesel crisis.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is… awesome. General Motors continues to feed its muscle car lineup with the all-new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The rear-wheel drive coupe and convertibles feature a 6.2-liter V8 that is supercharged to deliver 640 horsepower, which should allow it to strike fear in the eyes of Dodge Hellcat owners. Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of global product development, told USA Today that, “Camaro ZL1 is designed to excel at everything… It will compare well to any sports coupe, at any price and in any setting.” While those are much stronger words than we would ever use, we can’t wait to drive the ZL1 and see if it lives up to its claims.
Mazda unveils its MX-5 RF and the Internet explodes. If a car enthusiast was surfing the Internet this week, they unquestionably came across news from Mazda that it had introduced a “Targa” version of its immensely popular MX-5 roadster at an auto show preview event in New York City. The two-seater has been configured with a mesmerizingly complex hard top that drops out of place at the touch of a button to reveal an unusually gorgeous sports car. Porsche essentially invented the Targa market, but the Japanese automaker appears to have put the period at the end of the sentence. Yes, Mazda just dropped the microphone.