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The News for November 30th, 2012

Greg Kachadurian November 30, 2012 The News! 22 Comments


Welcome to the Hooniverse News: Los Angeles Auto Show 2012 Edition! This is a weekly recap of the biggest news in the automotive industry, which all happens to originate from L.A. this week. Some of us at Hooniverse were there this week live to report on some of the best (and worst) vehicles of the show, but now I’ll  be reporting on the biggest / coolest / whatever I felt like talking about / most relevant announcements of the show without the fluff or bull. This week:

  • Jaguar XFR-S is one tail-happy saloon

  • The Porsche Cayman is all-new for 2014

  • Galpin Auto Sports envisions a modern Ford GT

  • Acura’s new flagship luxury sedan is the RLX

  • Diesel power confirmed for the Mazda 6

  • Plus complete coverage from Autoweek 


2014 Jaguar XFR-S

First there was the Jaguar XKR-S Coupe and Convertible, which are high-performance variants of the popular XK 2-door, now there’s the all-new 2014 Jaguar XFR-S. Revealed this week at the L.A. Auto Show is Jaguar’s most powerful sedan [soon to be] on the market and is easily the most radical production four-door Jaaaag ever. And it’s got a wing, so you know it’s serious.

Sitting up front is a tuned version of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 found in many other models that produces 550 horsepower and 502 lb.-ft. of torque, which is identical to the XKR-S’s output. Power gets sent to the rear wheels by an 8-speed Quickshift automatic gearbox, and just behind that is the loud quad-tipped exhaust which is sure to be a hit with your neighbors. 0-60 mph is rated at 4.4 seconds and the top speed is limited to 186 mph. Despite these impressive performance figures, which are enough to give an M5 a good run for its money, the XFR-S is expected to achieve 23 mpg highway, meaning it avoids a gas-guzzler tax.

That power is somewhat tamed by a sport-tuned suspension which increases lateral suspension stiffness by 30%, a high performance braking system with 15″ front and 14.8″ rear discs, and super-grippy Pirelli tires wrapped around 20″ light alloy wheels. The ridiculous (by Jaguar standards) flared body work, complete with loads of carbon fiber and a sizable rear wing, reduces lift by 68% and keeps the car firmly planted at high speeds.

The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S will be limited to just 100 examples for the U.S. market and will go on sale sometime next year for $99,875. 

Source: Jaguar

2014 Porsche Cayman

The Porsche Cayman finally gets its first major redesign for the 2014 model year. It gets new styling borrowed heavily from the just-updated Porsche Boxster, new powertrain options, and new and hopefully improved dynamics. The 2014 Cayman will share a production line with the Boxster in Germany and will hit showrooms next Spring.

Two Cayman models will be available at launch, those being the base Cayman with a 2.7-liter flat-six producing 275 horsepower and the Cayman S with a 3.4-liter flat-six producing 325 horsepower. Both models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but the 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (we’ll just call it PDK) is an option. 0-62 mph with the Cayman is 5.7 seconds while the more powerful Cayman S does the same in 5 seconds flat. Fuel economy figures are expected to range from the mid 20’s to low 30’s depending on the engine and transmission. Powerful brakes, optional torque vectoring, a new wider stance, and 66-ish pounds of weight savings all work to improve this car’s agility and performance, which was already good to begin with. The old hydraulic steering system has been replaced by the electromechanical system from the Boxster allowing for quicker steering inputs. 

Overall, the 2014 Cayman is slightly longer, which means more room inside and a decent amount of storage space in the nose and out back behind the mid-mounted engine. Other creature comforts like Adaptive Cruise Control, premium audio, and an Entry and Drive keyless system work to make ownership more pleasant, as if the performance wasn’t enough. 

The 2014 Porsche Cayman will start at $53,550 while the Cayman S will start at $64,750 (includes destination charges).

Source: Porsche

Galpin Auto Sports GTR-1 announced

While dozens of manufacturers were at the L.A. Auto Show to show off their latest offerings, Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), arguably the world’s most famous car dealership and customization powerhouse, was there to reveal [in words] the single most radical car of the show – the GTR-1. 

The basic idea behind this prototype is to show what the Ford GT could have looked like at this point if Ford had chosen to continue production rather than cutting it off at the 2006 model year. GAS cites the late Carroll Shelby as inspiration for their creation as this concept is based off a production Ford GT and enhanced with a touch of awesomeness that only GAS can provide. Styling comes from hand-crafted aluminum or carbon fiber body panels (customer’s choice) and power comes from some kind of engine expected to produce over 1,000 horsepower. Official performance figures, technical details, and images of it in the flesh will be provided closer to the car’s official debut in early 2013. The only other bits of info we have now is that they’ve built pretty much everything from the ground up and the interior can be custom-tailored to the customer’s specifications.

So to hold us over until 2013, GAS were kind enough to provide us with official renderings of the GTR-1 and the promise of more info to come – info which we will be excited to get. 

Source: Galpin Auto Sports

2014 Acura RLX

Acura has a new flagship sedan they’d like to show you, and it also happens to be the biggest, most luxurious, and most advanced one yet according to them. With this, Acura hopes to have a class-leading car that will lead them into an exciting new generation of cars.

The RLX’s all-new powertrain includes a 3.5-liter V6 good for 310 horsepower, 272 lb.-ft. of torque, and 20 mpg city/31 mpg highway. A 6-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the front wheels. Also announced was the inclusion of a hybrid model, which uses something magical called “Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive” to produce 370 horsepower from the gas and electric motors and then send power to all four wheels for 30 mpg city and highway, but more on that later.


Other nifty features that make this the most advanced Acura of its kind include Precision All-Wheel Steer (PAWS) which can alter rear wheel toe angles to further improve high-speed agility and low-speed maneuverability. The spacious interior is also packed with tech features like navigation and a touchscreen infotainment system sorted into two separate screens and an updated AcuraLink connectivity system to provide real-time traffic info and 24-hour “personalized concierge services”. Oh, and the headlamps on the RLX use more LED bulbs than some manufacturers use in their entire lineup.

No release date or pricing info was given.

Source: Acura

Diesel power to the Mazda 6

It’s almost as if Mazda had Hooniverse in mind when making this announcement. Starting Summer of 2013, you’ll be able to buy a Mazda 6 with a 2.2-liter SkyActive-D clean diesel engine right here in the U.S. (and really anywhere else the Mazda 6 is sold). The diesel engine will be accompanied by another first for Mazda, which is their capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system dubbed i-ELOOP. Between those two, fuel efficiency should be through the roof for a car like this, but we won’t know any further specifications/figures until closer to the car’s launch next Summer.

Until then, check out an excellent article from our partners at Autoweek that highlights why this is such a big deal. 

Source: Mazda and Autoweek 

Complete coverage from Autoweek

Of course, this wasn’t the entirety of the 2012 LA Auto Show. We don’t have room for all that! For full coverage of all the major debuts, like the 2013 Honda Civic, Toyota RAV4, the Fiat 500L, as well as live photos and impressions, head on over to Autoweek.  

  • So, is it worth the $11.2k to step up to the Cayman S over the standard version?

    Also, I cannot freaking wait to test drive one of them diesel Mazdas.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      i-ELOOP skyactiv-d kicked in yo!

    • Can't care.
      Not only can I not make that final $11.2K step up from a base Cayman to an S , I can't make the initial $11.2K step from the Town Cow to a Chevy Spark.

  • Number_Six

    Non-mainstream supercar announcements are like spam with pretty pictures.

  • njhoon

    Did the Jag people knock themselves in the head and say "I just built a G8!"

    • chrystlubitshi

      what what?!
      [youtube GvgJEznqtms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvgJEznqtms youtube]

      • chrystlubitshi

        it took me a while (like 2 hours of being in front of a computer) to realize that they weren't talking about the Pontiac…..

        sorry everyone.

  • Van_Sarockin

    I'm still waiting for the Grand Cayman.

    BTW: no F1 squib? Not even for Vettel's 3rd win in 3 years (only the third guy to do that) for Red Bull. Kimi placing 3d oa in his first year back…

    • MVEilenstein

      They did post Kimi's off-course excursion earlier in the week, but no real review.

      • Van_Sarockin

        Saw that. And such a nice romp through the countryside it was. Who amongst us hasn't done that? After blowing a pass and corner during the rainy last race of the F1 season… And I love his justification of expecting to be able to tool through the back lanes and subordinate pit area in order to rejoin the track. His last buzz across the grass didn't seem to hold him up too badly.

        • MVEilenstein

          Eh, I can't blame him trying. Anyway, it gave us all something to laugh about after so much pissing and moaning about the race. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

          • Van_Sarockin

            I don't blame him either. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I thought it was a pretty good race, all in all. Though that safety car really hurt a fantastic drive by Hulkenberg for Force India – best showing for either of them – he and Button were about a time zone ahead of the rest of the field before that.

            • MVEilenstein

              Good point. Even with the spin and the pass-thru penatly, he managed a very good finish. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

    • chrystlubitshi

      Kimi is obviously a great driver, he just needs to be offroad in vehicles that weren't meant to be there. (I'm just being silly…. I love Kimi.)

  • Devin

    Between PAWS and that weird dog concept they did a few years ago, someone high up at Honda has a strange fixation on our furry friends.

  • Kogashiwa

    Great, now I'm going to be walking around saying "i-ELOOP" for the rest of the day.

  • jtk2

    Here's hoping the diesel 6 stays on the market for a while so that I can eventually buy one when it's time to replace my 3.

  • Dean Bigglesworth

    I am feeling grumpy.
    The Jag is too vulgar and too blue.
    The Porsche has too many buttons, screens, gears, fancy trim bits. Also the wheels are too large and the windscreen is too steeply raked.
    The Galpin… meh.
    The Acura interior looks like what i imagine the face of a retarded frog on LSD might look like. After being trampled on.
    The Mazda looks good but.. blah.

    • The blue is gorgeous in person… and it should be vulgar on a car with the RS badge. It would look silly though on a standard XF.

      • Dean Bigglesworth

        I agree with you, an RS car should be vulgar… I just think a vulgar Jag is inappropriate. I would be much more interested in a base car with that engine. I would also like my C63 wagon to look like a base C180, steel wheels and all. Not that i can afford any of them. I do undestands why they make them like that though, and would probably do the same thing if i was in charge..

  • jeepjeff

    Isn't i-ELOOP what young Canadians do in Las Vegas in front of an Elvis impersonator?

  • Manic_King

    Not sure what they're smoking in Japan….
    Acura thinking that luxury means dash board which looks like all-in-one home stereo system from supermarket 15 years ago and Mazda thinking that idiotic i-ELOOP name is something people will not laugh at.