58% of the New York International Auto Show’s attendees plan to shop for a car within 12 months. From practical options like the new Buick Regal Sportback and TourX to fan favorites like Subaru’s redesigned Outback and Crosstrek, auto shows provide an unparalleled opportunity to comparison shop. Even if you’re in the market for something a bit more exciting, such as the new Honda Civic Si or an Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the show in New York will provide an early look for interested shoppers. Continue reading >>>
The Honda NSX, known in America as an Acura, began life over 25 years ago as a lower-priced and mechanically reliable alternative to the V8-powered Ferrari supercars.
Introduced in 1990, the NSX became the world’s first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminum body and was powered by an aluminum 3.0-liter V6 engine, which featured Honda’s VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system, along with a choice between a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission.
The NSX became a spectacular success and remained in production until 2005. Fans mourned the loss of their Japanese supercar and eagerly watched the headlines in anticipation of its return.
As of this year, the NSX is not only back with a vengeance, but it will likely launch an entire platform of supercar goodness.
This weekend will cap the 2015 NFL football season with one of television’s most watched events: the Super Bowl. The 50th edition of this great American sporting event pits Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Manning’s a veteran, having won and taken the MVP title for Super Bowl XLI as well as five Associated Press NFL MVP titles since entering the league in 1998. Cam Newton’s younger, having entered the league in 2011, but he’s got some impressive stats, too, and he’s our bet to win the MVP award this year. Fittingly, each quarterback was the first pick in the NFL draft the year they entered the league.
Because we’re huge fans of cars in addition to football, we’ve decided to turn this year’s Super Bowl into a car contest in addition to a football game. We’ve selected five critical players from each team and picked a car to represent each of those players. We’d be happy to see what you think of our picks as well as which one of each pair of cars you would select – please let us know in a comment. We hope you’ve already voted in our poll on the game itself, of course, and seen the best and worst car ads that will be shown during this year’s game. Since our local Patriots didn’t make it to the big game this year, we’ll likely be much quieter while watching it than we were last year, but we’ll certainly have a good time, and we hope you will, too.
There aren’t many ways to compete with the Porsche Cayman.
Porsche is the most formidable player in the sports-car world, and the Cayman is as good as somewhat-affordable sports cars get. Very few companies field competitors to the Cayman. In fact, the biggest competitors are other Porsches, so the German automaker pretty much has a monopoly on the market for performance and luxury.
Buyers looking to avoid the price premium of Porsche can look to the Nissan 370Z and pay half the price but get half the car. There’s also an exciting newcomer on the scene in the form of the Alfa Romeo 4C, which is probably the fiercest competitor to the Cayman. The problem with the 4C is availability. Even if you can afford one, the odds of getting one aren’t good.
So who can step up and actually deliver a genuine competitor to the Cayman?
This has been quite a big week for the auto industry, as manufacturers unveil the first lines of their 2016 portfolios at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The annual auto show has a long history of being one of the most pivotal events of the year for auto manufacturers. This is the time of year to get excited. This is when we begin to have a sense of what is to come in the next 11 months of automobile production and when we get to see in what direction the industry will head. This is one of the biggest events in the auto industry for a reason.
There has never been a mid-engine Corvette and, most people believe, Chevrolet will never build one.
A Corvette with power coming from behind the driver just isn’t American. We like our cars with ferocious small block V8 engines taking up the space between our feet and the horizon and we like those engines covered by hoods long enough to land a Boeing 747.
That’s why news of a potential mid-engine C8 Corvette, currently dubbed the “Zora,” is staggering.
Little is known about this car, and given that the Z06 chucks out 650 bhp and costs just south of $80,000; anything turned up to 11 should cause quite a scene. The revisions to the chassis will not be updates to the C7, but major changes to be realized in the C8. For this highly tuned version, the price may start around $150,000 and production numbers will be limited to C6 ZR1 levels, somewhere around 1,500 copies.
If this is true, Chevy isn’t building a Corvette, it’s building a Ferrari.
An almost mythical beast born in Japan had its legend sealed on the streets of the world.
The Acura NSX (sold in other markets as the Honda NSX) proved that Japan could dominate in the world of performance supercars. One could argue that the NSX spawned the Nissan GT-R and even the Lexus LFA. It disappeared from the market in 2005 and has since been the subject of countless rumors of impending return.
The latest news on the return of the beast has it pegged for a 2015 return, a full decade after the car retreated back to where it came from and left many enthusiasts in mourning.
When the NSX does come back, it will be almost unrecognizable compared to its former self. The biggest change, perhaps, will be that it’ll no longer be from Japan.
I don’t believe that Super Bowl ads should be shown prior to the Super Bowl.
I know companies love the extra hype and attention it brings, but to me, it’s like when a movie preview shows all the funny parts. It sucks all the joy out of the actual movie.
While I enjoy the Super Bowl for the football, the ads have always been a fun surprise bonus. Now it seems companies want to take that surprise away.
Auto companies, according to Neilsen, advertise more than any other industry during the Super Bowl. That’s really cool, but I don’t want to see their ads until Sunday evening. In protest of all the early debuts and blatant self-promotion, I have refused to watch a single Super Bowl ad, even though they abound on YouTube and every automotive blog in existence.
Some of the ads look really funny and are videos I’d watch in a second if they were not Super Bowl ads. I’m a Jerry Seinfeld fanatic. I really like the Suzuki Kizashi. Videos featuring Victoria’s Secret models tend to get my attention. Volkswagen’s Little Vader is rumored to be making a return. Ferris Bueller’s coming back for Honda. Count me in! Just not yet.
Instead of showing you all the commercials here, I’ll show you pictures from some. You’ve probably already seen the ads, but I’m excited to watch the game and see them in the environment they were meant to be seen in. What about you?
Not only has the comparison been made, the words have been credited to a Honda spokesman in reference to the long-rumored resurrection of the fabled NSX:
The car will be positioned as a high-performance counterpart to the two-seat Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid.
Oh holy blasphemy…
While at first we were giddy beyond belief at the possible return of the NSX, now we think we’d rather Honda stop now before it forever screws up the supercar’s legacy.