Autoblog drives the refreshed 2016 Acura ILX:
Gone is the meager base 150-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, replaced with a 2.4-liter mill that produces 201 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. The new engine produces a third more stallions than its predecessor thanks to the displacement bump, reduced weight and friction, an increased compression ratio, and various internal tweaks. The mill is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox that replaces the outgoing five-speed auto, enabling a significant 2.5-second improvement in 0-60 time, from 9.6 seconds with the 2.0-liter engine to 7.1 seconds with the new 2.4. Impressively, the revised powertrain also manages a one mile-per-gallon bump across the board despite its power climb, for 25/36 mpg city/highway and 29 mpg combined.
What a difference a larger engine can make. A bump of 51 horsepower AND it gets better MPG? What’s not to like?
A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are ten thousand words worth of beauty:
Go ahead, try to find something about this car that isn’t perfect. On second thought, don’t. It would just be a waste of time.
This is the latest generation of the Ford GT supercar. Here are the most important things you need to know:
- 600+ horsepower
- Mid mounted Twin-turbo V6 (No V8?)
- Seven speed dual-clutch transmission
- Rear-wheel drive
The car is stunning beyond words – there’s no question about that. It will have a ridiculous amount of power – 600+ horsepower according to Ford. The choice of engine is interesting – both previous Ford GT’s have boasted V8’s under the hood. This will be the most powerful GT yet, so maybe the number of cylinders isn’t everything.
Ford is planning to build this work of art for delivery in late 2016. It can’t come a day too soon.
According to Autoblog, Bugatti is nearly out of new Veyrons:
Hard as it may be to believe, it has now been nearly a decade since Bugatti first introduced the Veyron back in 2005. And in the ten years since, the Alsatian marque has sold 442 of the seven-figure hypercars, leaving just eight roadsters still left up for grabs before one of the most impressive feats of engineering in the history of the automobile roars off into the sunset.
If you’re still on the fence about this insane quad-turbo W16 — you’d better hurry.
The Wall Street Journal:
What’s the average cost per car to replace the faulty ignition switches in 2.6 million small cars – the defect the company has linked to 13 deaths, scores of lawsuits, a federal criminal investigation, and multiple probes by congressional committees, federal regulators and state attorneys general?
$261, it turns out. When you add up all the massive recalls that GM has issued this year, it starts getting crazy. 29 million cars. $2.54 billion with a B. In other words, meet the new GM – no different than the old GM.