The new Acura NSX is all about immediacy. It uses electric torque, class-leading chassis rigidity and next-level all-wheel drive electronics to ensure it responds to inputs with urgency. But for a car that goes so stinkin’ fast, it sure took it’s sweet time to get here. Then again, perhaps the one thing you can’t rush is greatness, and that’s what we’re about to find out. Let’s take a look now!
VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, front- and mid-motor, 4-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $155,000 ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 213 cu in, 3493 cc Power: 500 hp @ 7500 rpm Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm Mid Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 50 hp, 109 lb-ft Front Motors: two permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 36 hp, 54 lb-ft (each) Total System Power: 573 hp TRANSMISSIONS: F: 1-speed direct drive; M: 9-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 103.5 in Length: 176.0 in Width: 76.4 in Height: 47.8 in Passenger volume: 55 cu ft Cargo volume: 4 cu ft Curb weight: 3800 lb PERFORMANCE (C/D EST): Zero to 60 mph: 2.9 sec Zero to 100 mph: 7.6 sec Standing ¼-mile: 11.1 sec Top speed: 191 mph FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST): EPA city/highway: 19/26 mpg
BMW has come up with a solar carport in which to park the new i3 and the soon to come i8 electric vehicles. BMW is unveiling this one of a kind auto accessory as part of the official launch of the i8 in Los Angeles, California. This new carport concept follows previous strategies by BMW to punch up its “i” sub-brand, which uses electric power. This new design features a framework making use of bamboo and sports glass-on-glass solar modules mounted on the roof. It’s designed to work in conjunction with BMWs i Wallbox Pro.
Let’s talk about making your tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing. Let’s start with tire rotation. In normal driving, your front tires wear more on the shoulders, because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires. We rotate the tires so that all the tires do some duty on the front end, as well as getting a little break on the back end.