The News for May 29th, 2020

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week: Acura stuns with the new TLX and TLX Type S, BMW updates the 5 Series with new styling and a mild hybrid system, Ford confirms existence of Mustang Mach 1 and it’s coming this year, Nissan teases upcoming Z and it’s still a sports car, plus your automotive news for the week

2021 Acura TLX

There was a brief moment this week where our corner of the internet was able to forget about the bullshit for a moment and come together to appreciate something. That something was the long-awaited byproduct of a stunning concept Acura revealed last year. It’s the all-new Acura TLX and TLX Type-S, and as pretty much all of the internet car community could agree on, it’s stunning. There are more important things in the world than cars, but it was a welcomed break from reality to see a beloved brand knock one out of the park again. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

The 2021 Acura TLX will arrive exactly as you see here next Spring. It’s a faithful evolution of the Type S Concept that was a major hit when it was revealed at Pebble Beach last August. The proportions and silhouette are nearly identical and do the whole “four door sports coupe” thing better than most cars that actually call themselves that. It has a low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ratio, a long hood, tapered greenhouse, and pronounced rear haunches.

2021 TLX

Beauty isn’t limited to just the surface either. The TLX is a sports sedan at its core with a new dedicated Acura sedan platform serving as the starting point. Dedicated platforms aren’t very common in mainstream sedans anymore and this one is designed for TLX Type S-levels of performance (more on that later). This chassis incorporates double-wishbone front suspension, variable-ratio steering, electro-servo brake-by-wire technology taken from the NSX, and adaptive dampers. Going even deeper than that, the core structure incorporates the use of lightweight materials such as aluminum and press-hardened steel to reduce weight but also increase rigidity. It’s the most rigid body structure ever offered on an Acura besides the NSX. Weight and balance are then optimized by an extensive use of aluminum in the body and in other structural pieces.


2021 TLX

Now for more of the good stuff, the TLX and TLX Type S are both offered with some capable hardware. The standard TLX is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected, VTEC, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s paired with Acura’s ten-speed automatic and it sends power to the front wheels in standard form. Their brilliant “Super Handling-AWD” system, which I can say works exceptionally well from the passenger seat of an NSX, is optional on the base model.

The car you and I are probably most interested in though is the Type S. It’s taken this long for it to return so Acura is doing it properly. This one receives an all-new 3.0-liter, DOHC, direct-injected, and turbocharged V6. It’s transverse-mounted, highly compact and lightweight, and utilizes a dual scroll turbocharger and electronic wastegate for immediate, high torque response. It’s been developed by many of the same engineers who worked on the NSX so expect it to be wonderful – sadly we’ll have to wait a bit for power figures to be released though. It’s paired with the same 10-speed automatic and the SH-AWD system is standard.

2021 TLX

This AWD system is rear-biased in both TLX models and is sure to deliver an engaging experience in the Type S. The latest generation system has 40% more rear torque capacity and 30% quicker front-to-rear torque transfer than the last generation system. It can transfer up to 70% of the engine torque to the rear axle during normal driving conditions and can then split all of that available torque to either rear wheel as needed. The rear axle is overdriven by 2.9% to amplify the yaw moment effect of left-to-right torque transfer. All of this translates to sharper and more accurate turn-in and improved traceability. Like I said, what SH-AWD can do in the NSX is nothing short of remarkable. This latest and greatest system should be magical.

To wrap it all up, Acura seems to have a real winner on their hands. Sports sedans are very much a dying breed and there have been some unremarkable examples lately. Acura has demonstrated they are not only committed to the concept but are willing to throw everything they got at it. If the NSX proved that Acura was still capable of greatness, the TLX proves that it wasn’t a fluke.

[Source: Acura]

2021 BMW 5 Series

bmw 5 series

BMW has introduced a mid-cycle refresh for the seventh-generation 5 Series which includes styling updates and a new mild-hybrid system. They also took the opportunity to make the kidney grilles a bit bigger, because BMW.

The design refresh is meant to provide a cleaner surface design and improve aerodynamics as well. The kidney grille is taller and wider with the vertical slats being more pronounced and extending further into the air flow. The vehicle length grows by another 1.2 inches to offer a more sweeping profile. The standard non-M Sport 5 Series sees a Cx as low as 0.27 now. There’s also some new lighting to go along with the minor surface changes. The new standard adaptive LED headlights are slimmer and feature two L-shaped daytime running lights on each side which is also where the turn signals are housed. I’ve resisted the urge to make a joke about turn signals being mentioned in a BMW press release. M Sport Packages feature redesigned front and rear bumpers as well.

bmw 5 series

Another big update for the 2021 5 Series is a new 48-volt mild hybrid system that is included on six-cylinder models (540i and 540i xDrive). The system comprises of a 48V starter-generator and a second battery to greatly increase the ways in which brake energy regeneration can be utilized. As before, this reclaimed energy can be supplied to the 12V electrical system to power normal electronics, but it can also be used to provide additional drive power when fed back to the 48V starter-generator.

In the case of the latter, the starter-generator acts like an electric drive unit that assists the engine, allowing it to operate within a more efficient range and ensuring there are fewer peaks in fuel consumption. For sportier driving or quick launches, this system can provide an instant boost of 11 horsepower. The system can also recharge while driving at a constant speed by raising the engine’s load point, but even so there’s no detrimental effect on engine efficiency. The improvements to efficiency have not yet been published by the EPA, but every little bit helps.

Pricing for the “entry-level” 2021 BMW 5 Series, the 530i, starts at $54,200, not including $995 for destination charges.

Ford confirms Mustang Mach 1

2021 Mustang Mach 1

The rumors are confirmed. Ford has announced that a classic Mustang nameplate is being brought back to life this year. The Mustang Mach 1 will be revealed this spring and should go on sale later this year as a 2021 model.

“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Icons. “Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever.”

No other details were provided but this already sounds promising. Of the three photos they released of the test mule, two have confirmed that lots of rubber is involved. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s can be seen wrapped around an attractive wheel design, and the first photo here shows they’ll be very wide at each corner. It could be a square 305 setup like the current most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang, the GT Performance Package Level 2, or a 295/305 setup from the GT350. Either way, it’s going to have a large contact patch to work with. I would expect an evolution of sorts of the PP2’s suspension as well, which means specially tuned MagneRide and stiffer springs and roll bars. A Bremo brake caliper can be seen behind the front wheel as is available on all Performance Package-equipped Mustangs, but they could improve it with Brembo hardware at all four corners, rather than just the front.

2021 Mustang Mach 1

I can see that the aerodynamics are also slightly updated with a larger rear spoiler and a chin spoiler at the front. Plus there’s the obvious styling update to the grille which adds classic Mustang fog light hole things. It will be interesting to see if those are functional in channeling cold air for the engine or cooling or if they’re just for show. Either way, I like what I see so far. I’ll for sure bring you more on this as I get it.

[Source: Ford]

Nissan teases new Z car

nissan z

In other sports car news, Nissan may actually be doing something cool with the next Z car. In a teaser video titled “NISSAN NEXT: From A to Z” in which they show all the cars they’re promising to stop neglecting and bring into the new decade, they casually show off a car that can only be the next Z. Though all we see is a silhouette, it’s easy to tell our worst fears have not been realized. The Z hasn’t been turned into a compact FWD crossover… yet. Instead it paints a much more optimistic picture of a modestly sized sports car with what looks like some classic styling cues that hearken back to its origins.

We’re still in the dark about technical details but it’s long been believed it will utilize the potent twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 from the Infiniti Red Sport sports models which is capable of 400 horsepower. It would be the obvious choice and a recent SEMA concept proved that Nissan was at least considering it. That concept saw that engine paired with a six-speed manual and stuffed into a track-built 370Z. We at least know it’s possible.

As for timing, we know Nissan is planning to finally do something about their aging lineup by replacing or adding to the lineup with twelve new models in the next year and a half. The Z would be a great halo car of sorts for that effort, so I think we’ll be seeing it soon.

[Source: Nissan via Jalopnik]

What’s your automotive news?


That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

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28 responses to “The News for May 29th, 2020”

    1. Smaglik Avatar

      Better than yours?

      1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
        Jeff Glucker


        1. Zentropy Avatar

          That’s an interference engine, isn’t it… ? Timing belt slip?

        2. Zentropy Avatar

          That’s an interference engine, isn’t it… ? Timing belt slip?

    2. Fuhrman16 Avatar

      That valve looks sad. I’m guessing this was on the Mitsubishi?

    3. 0A5599 Avatar

      Time to put the LS in the LS.

  1. Smaglik Avatar

    Replaced both torsion arms on the wagon this week, as the hydraulic fluid in each respective bushing had leaked out. That corrected a slight vibration on acceleration, and noticeably tightened the steering.

  2. Manic_King Avatar

    Put my poor-man’s midlife crisis (project-) P-car up for sale, as I’m just lost interest after spending couple of grands just to get it running well enough. There’s so much more to do and someone else should do it.

    In other, kinda automotive news, I wonder what are people thinking when they build something like the combo on photo below. First, one makes Audi A4-Amino then gets (builds?) an hot tub on wheels with wood burning heater. Then AstroTurfs both, then adds mouth and some stripes and then goes to internet to advertise hot tub being available for rent for 65€/24h or 100€/48h. Amazing entrepreneurship.

    1. Smaglik Avatar

      That is indeed impressive

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      The 65 or 100€ is for gas. The grass is on the trailer and the ass goes in the hot tub.

        1. 0A5599 Avatar

          Or when St. Louis switched back to natural turf.

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    With the kidney grilles now bending towards horizontal, BMW design looks like it’s starting to encroach on Oldsmobile territory…

    1. crank_case Avatar


    2. Smaglik Avatar

      Waterfall kidney

      1. nanoop Avatar

        Sounds like one of the worse diseases.

    3. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      When you with a GM square there is only so much that you can do. So you either go with the Pontiac beak of the seventies or you do something creative like this to express yourself. I kind of like this. It gives it that flowing look of moving while sitting still.

  4. outback_ute Avatar

    Looking at the profile of the Z, the tail looks strangely long, unless the peak of the roof is weirdly sharp and very close to the windscreen.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    So I have been looking at older cars for sale in Korea, mostly following my fetish of huge sedans, but what I found is stunning to my eyes. Very inexpensive, very well-kept cars. A fair amount of domestic classics. So I wonder if anyone here has ever imported or attempted to import, or just read up on getting a car delivered from Korea? Is it the same model as with Japan – you would rather get a car via an agent from auction than directly from a dealer? Shipping should be doable, as Korea, too, is an economic powerhouse. Any insight would be of interest.

    Here is a 1997 Chevrolet Brougham Super Saloon in ship shape, looks like a GM mongrel of the Opel Ascona/Diplomat or their Holden cousin. 156000kms, great shape, priced like a collector’s car at 2900$.

    This ’94 Kia Concord follows the same flavour, looking absolutely stunning in a blueish-grey¨, for 2400$:

    A slightly pimped 1997 KIA Enterprise CEO 3,6 – those names are spot on – with 230000kms on the clock and a very “woody” interior at 2100$:

    The lowlier but still very baroque and therefore gorgeous 2003 Grandeur XG25, run only 96000kms and with a big-ish 2.5 litre engine…1400$:

    Maybe the first car for everyone to recognize, a 1996 Kia Elan, driven a baffling 179000kms. 1,8 litre engine, for sale at 5600$. That suddenly sounds expensive, but it’s a Korean made, open top Lotus for fork’s sake! I paid the same for my JS350:

    This 1996 Kia Potentia with only 95000kms is being sold at 4200$, alas, it looks new, too:

    In 1997 they could be badged as “Potentia Classic”, still featuring “KIA POWER” on the radio, but this one is hardly driven in at 47500kms, for 3000$:

    An ’87 Hyundai Stellar APEX, special edition in collector’s shape, 4900$:

    1991 Hyundai Grandeur 2.4i, as new at 120000kms, 6900$ (!):

    1997 Suzuki Alto kei car, sold like this in the EU, too, presented with unreasonably tall female companions, 3000$:

    2003 Samsung SM5, Nissan Maxima-based and therefore probably easily registered in the EU at least?:

    Did you know there was a Hyundai Pony pickup? This one has been driven less than 65000kms, and it comes with a manual! Somebody is seeing collector’s value at 6900$:

    The newest car I looked at is this 2009 Equus CW700, an S class competitor, for 5600$:

    What I really came to look for though are cars similar to mine…the Centennial or first generation Equus. They are plentiful and they look so unapologetically fantastic.

    A 2006 Equus GS350 with only 98000 kms, lots of features and in obviously outstanding shape…costs a little over 2000 $. Which means I have overpaid for mine, locally, a 2002 178000 km car, by a factor of at least 3, goddammit.

    Here is another GS350, 2003 model with a little less than 200k kms, for sale for a ridiculous 1500$, still looking very shiny:

    My JS – unsure if JS ranks lower or higher than GS, but judging from the interiors, lower – is easy to find. This one is incredibly similar to my car, but has more options installed: Navi, TVs and a bit more, given away at 1600$:

    A loaded 2002 JS350 VIP in the same beige-beige colour combo Doug DeMuro reviewed, 2100$:

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      I went to Seoul 2 y ago during Olympics, even took bullet train to one of the host-cities, but didn’t see any sports as indoor tickets were sold out and I didn’t have any proper equipment for outdoors as that place had unbelievably harsh and bitterly cold wind. Some races were even postponed because of this IIRC. Went back to slightly warmer Seoul again, but couldn’t really find any interesting cars because…winter? Only photo I took of a car was one of these rare Hyundai Utes i.e. Pony.
      P.S. I don’t think you can easily import Samsung car as whole manufacturer code is probably missing in db and so one would have to get special home-built type approval which costs quite a lot and makes it pointless. Or maybe someone has done it already…

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Damn, you have been to a lot of cool places. I was to go to SK this summer, alas, there was this virus, dunno if you have heard… 🤪

        I know very little about Korean car culture (maybe Number_Six can provide insight), only notice that TV show characters quite rarely drive old cars, usually sponsored – e.g. by Tata or Volvo. Maybe it’s like Japan, with a rigid inspection regime filtering away most everything below concourse quality. Cars that are tucked away in garages all winter.

      2. Sjalabais Avatar

        Damn, you have been to a lot of cool places. I was to go to SK this summer, alas, there was this virus, dunno if you have heard… 🤪

        I know very little about Korean car culture (maybe Number_Six can provide insight), only notice that TV show characters quite rarely drive old cars, usually sponsored – e.g. by Tata or Volvo. Maybe it’s like Japan, with a rigid inspection regime filtering away most everything below concourse quality. Cars that are tucked away in garages all winter.

        1. Manic_King Avatar

          You watch Korean TV shows? That’s….niche, I suppose. Seoul felt kinda more like HK and Taipei, than Japan and/or Tokyo, but it’s of course different…. My timing wasn’t perfect, but I was in Tokyo and short trip to Olympics seemed like a good idea and plane tickets weren’t that expensive. If you rent a car there, it’ll be probably Hyundai and you can fill it up in Hyundai petrol station…

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            Korean TV shows are kind of slowly developing, but likable, relatable or funny stories. Dunno, the alternative…American shows: Sex at first sight, throw in a murder or two – we got a plot! Danish, Norwegian, German stuff often balances between boring and unbelievable, Le Bureau – never got around to it – and the UK stuff…always some personal crisis weirdly intertwined with…you guessed it, murder. Exaggerating, of course, but a bit of everything brings maximum entertainment.

      3. Sjalabais Avatar

        Damn, you have been to a lot of cool places. I was to go to SK this summer, alas, there was this virus, dunno if you have heard… 🤪

        I know very little about Korean car culture (maybe Number_Six can provide insight), only notice that TV show characters quite rarely drive old cars, usually sponsored – e.g. by Tata or Volvo. Maybe it’s like Japan, with a rigid inspection regime filtering away most everything below concourse quality. Cars that are tucked away in garages all winter.

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      That Chevrolet Brougham is interesting, an updated version of a car that went out of production 10 years earlier.

      The women pictured beside the Suzuki aren’t really tall, the car is just small.

      When comparing the cost of your car you have to consider that it’s a unicorn on the other side of the planet so shipping and getting it registered add value compared to it’s home market.

  6. neight428 Avatar

    I like the idea of the Type-S quite a lot. Pricing will be interesting. I have a number of plausible scenarios for what my next vehicle would be, and “comfortable yet fast sedan” is in the mix for sure. Another involves a sports car, so the Z will get my attention too with more wariness of Nissan products than Hondas.

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