The News for September 2nd, 2022

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: Porsche commemorates Japanese GP win with special Cayman GT4, Dodge brings back the Super Bee, Honda confirms Civic Type R power figures, and Mitsubishi is reviving the Ralliart brand in the US.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Tribute to 906

Porsche Japan has revealed a one-off tribute car to commemorate a historic win at one of Japan’s most legendary tracks. The 1967 Japanese Grand Prix at the Fuji International Speedway (before Hermann Tilke came along and took a giant dump on the track) was a decisive victory for the Porsche 906 and for driver Tetsu Ikuzawa. Now, 55 years and a few months later, Porsche is commemorating the No.8 906 that took home the win.

It’s just a one off car that will never be reproduced, but it’s hard to ignore a Porsche tribute like this. It’s built on a 718 Cayman GT4 and wears special paint and decals to mimic the look of the exact 906 that won the race. That calls for an off-white paint job with a silver accent along the sides of the car, plus yellow painted accents on the side intakes, door mirrors, hood, and rear wing. Topping it off is a giant white roundel with the number 8, plus a commemorative “Fuji Speedway 1967” sticker under the door mirrors. The interior gets a few touches as well, mostly in the form of a Fuji track map and Porsche 906 silhouette engraved into the door sills and similar touches on the headrests.

Porsche Japan will probably just haul this around to car shows in the region and maybe do some demo laps on Fuji. Regardless, throwbacks to classic sports cars are always a fun time.

[Source: Porsche via Motor1]

Dodge Charger Super Bee

Dodge made headlines a few weeks ago by announcing the end was near for the Challenger and Charger as we knew it. To send off the last of their gas-powered muscle cars in a plume of tire smoke, they’re releasing limited-edition “Last Call” models. The Last Call they introduced this week is a throwback to a classic nameplate we’ve only seen a handful of times before.

The Charger Super Bee is coming back with a vengeance and only 1,000 units ever to be produced. It’s not just an appearance package – this one is designed for the drag strip…. or to be realistic here, the highway takeover. Features of the Super Bee include standard drag radials on wheels which look identical to what came with the Challenger Demon plus adaptive suspension with a built-in Drag Mode. It’s also equipped with an SRT hood with a functional scoop, hood pins, and dual heat extractors, SRT black exhaust tips, and red Brembo brakes on all four corners. And last but not least, the appropriate Super Bee badging and graphics. Only two colors will be offered – Plum Crazy and B5 Blue. Just 500 of each will be built. Additionally, the purple one is only available as a widebody while the blue is a standard body.

Order books for the Last Call Mopars will be opened early 2023. As the name indicates, this will be the last chance anyone will ever get to order a brand new, gas-chugging, fire-breathing, car show-cancelling muscle car from Dodge. It truly will be the end of a long and storied era. After 2023, anyone who still wants one will just have to steal one like everyone else does.

[Source: Dodge]

Honda Civic Type R power figures released

2023 Honda Civic Type R

Honda made us wait a month and a half for 9 horsepower.

Late in July, the all-new Civic Type R was unveiled, but its power figures were absent from the reveal and all its press materials. Well, after some deliberation and probably some final development and certification, we now know its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is producing. The updated K20C1 engine now produces 315 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. A solid 9 horsepower and 15 lb.-ft. improvement over the last generation, which is surely enough of an improvement for a smaller car like this. Was it worth the extra wait though?

You can decide for yourself when the deliveries commence later this year.

[Source: Honda]

Ralliart is coming back, but don’t get too excited

In Mitsubishi’s annual “we promised we’re not dead yet” report, they divulged some of their plans for 2023. In that announcement was confirmation that someone at the brand still remembers when they used to be good at building cars, and in particular, rally and off-road racing cars. The legendary Ralliart name is coming back to the US… but as a line of appearance packages for their existing models.

“The legendary Ralliart name returns to the U.S. in early calendar year 2023 with Outlander, Outlander PHEV, Eclipse Cross, Outlander Sport and Mirage receiving unique body effects, graphics and other rally-inspired touches. All models will be built in limited numbers and available in White Diamond paint with a contrasting black roof on Outlander, Outlander PHEV, Eclipse Cross, Outlander Sport and Mirage.”

And that’s all there really is to it. The most successful brand in Dakar history and it comes back as an appearance package on generic crossovers. On brand for Mitsubishi to be honest.

[Source: Mitsubishi]

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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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10 responses to “The News for September 2nd, 2022”

  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    The Cayman remains the best looking current Porsche in my book. Still sexiest in dark green without wings and decals though.

    This has been a very busy week, so nothing big has happened with the Centennial. But I did what I know how to do: Clean the thing. After 18 months in what looked like the remains of a forest retreat, just cleaning the exterior somewhat properly was an almost two hour effort. A joyful effort. Before and after:

    1. wunno sev Avatar

      your front yard is freaking nuts

      1. wunno sev Avatar

        also the car looks great! even if it’s a paperweight for now, it’s at least a shiny black paperweight. plan is to fix it up and then sell it?

    2. scoutdude Avatar

      That’s great that you have it home and cleaned up.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    I’m not sure yet, I’d love to drive it some more. My son has been properly angry and sad at the bare mention that I am thinking of selling it along – don’t know when he grew so attached.

    My house is just a little bit to the left of this spot, this is where the school bus turns around to go back to civilization. I didn’t dare taking the Centennial down our steep driveway, afraid I’ll involuntarily stop further than intended…

  3. Salguod Avatar

    The Boxster has been up on stands for 2 weeks. I’ve been too busy to work on it. Last weekend I found 2 hours and got one rear strut changed. This weekend is more open so I hope to get the remaining 3 changed.

    I ordered the exhaust for the Tundra, that’s next weekend’s project.

    Meanwhile, the Thunderbird has sat neglected, only driven once this season.

    In other news, a surprisingly generous bonus means I’ll be ordering a 2 post lift for the barn sooner than expected. Need to narrow my choices and get it ordered. It’ll probably be installed just in time for it to be too cold to work out there, lol.

    1. scoutdude Avatar

      Great news that you’ll be getting a lift. I purchased a set of Quick Jacks a couple of years ago and it is one of the better purchases I have made and would have hated to have done all the work I did on my Maraduer recently with out it.

  4. scoutdude Avatar

    Well I was feeling pretty good about the status of the fleet last weekend. The truck’s evap tank did fix the fuel filling issue and was ready to start figuring out the next steps for it. Well Tuesday I went to take it on a drive and just as I was getting on the freeway it started acting up seriously and then the check engine light went to flashing. I was able to nurse to the next exit and the McDonald’s parking lot. Of course I had removed the scan tool dongle. So I called up my son and had it run it down to me. I found a ton of misfires on Cyl 5, several on 7 & 8 and codes for the variable valve timing on that bank. I cleared the codes, drove for a while, and stopped to clear again several times before I made it home. I first messed with the #5 missfire which didn’t change with moving the coil and spark plug. So time to pull off the valve cover and take a look. What I found when I pulled the VVT solenoid was that the filter screen and come loose, got sucked into the valve and was preventing it from closing. That didn’t fully explain all the codes and that #5 had such a high missfire rate. Never the less it was a problem and in the diagnostic tree it says repair VVT codes before others. So ordered up the parts and am happy to report that changing that solenoid cleared up all the codes and the strange values I was reading for the other bank’s cam timing. I did order two solenoids so the other one is on the list for this weekend. I figure if the plastic on the screen was brittle on the one side the other can’t be far behind.

    The hood struts for the Mountianeer also came in as the end on one of them had failed when I was finishing up the cooling system refresh on it. They were getting to the point where they wouldn’t hold up the hood in colder weather so they were needed anyway. It was nice to have a simple 10 min fix for a change.

    A few months ago I got a letter from the insurance company that I use for the house where my Daughter currently lives. After over 30 years the decided the house needed to be “inspected” before the December renewal. I admittedly had neglected a lot of things around there over the last 15 years it has been a rental house. I did get a lot done before my Daughter moved in but there were several things on the outside that needed some attention. I did get a lot of things done on it and was sitting and waiting knowing there were a few things they would potentially call out. Then I get a letter saying they had sent me a letter with the “unsafe conditions” that I had not received. So I called the agent and heard back from them last week. The unsafe condition were unlicesned vehicles. One of those is a parts Scout, that is pretty much stripped anyway, the other my old pickup that I haven’t used in several years. Both had been on the list to go away this summer but the fact that they said they were going to be doing an inspection meant that I didn’t work on getting those gone and really didn’t want to be there when they showed up for the inspection. Oh well it needs to be done so that is where I’ll be focusing my automotive efforts for the near future.

  5. wunno sev Avatar

    made progress on turning my 2x single bays garage into a 1x double bay garage. the demo work is nearly done. then i’ll have to think about wiring, and if it’s time to get my panel replaced (yes). the workspace has been pretty decent since i’ve had it, but the layout and stagnant plans sort of lend themselves to junk accumulation. now i’ve gotta do some marie kondo and face down having no more excuses for not doing the car projects i’ve been putting off.

    1. wunno sev Avatar

      also lol @ having to steal a charger like everyone else. in the midst of a global drought, we can rely on greg to keep the zingers flowing.

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