The Acura Type S Concept has officially been unveiled, and it previews the next-generationn TLX Type S. This sleek four-door is set to make its public debut at Monterey Car Week and sports large inlets on the front end, forged carbon fiber trim, four-lamp LED headlights, sharp-edged running lights, a pentagonal grille, as well as Double Apex Blue Pearl paint. Read more for an up-close look, additional pictures and information.
The 2020 Acura NSX in Indy Yellow Pearl will make its debut at Monterey Car Week, or the Concours on the Avenue in Downtown Carmel alongside an NSX GT3 Evo race car to be more specific. This new NSX is now available for ordering, with first customer deliveries to begin in November, priced from $157,500. Indy Yellow Pearl pays tribute to Spa Yellow, one of two yellow paints offered on the first-generation NSX, and will join Berlina Black as an available heritage color for the 2020 model year. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The 2020 Honda e prototype features a high-tech interior, starting with a dashboard that accommodates a whopping five screens. The outer 6″ panels display video from the side cameras, while the one in front is an all-digital 8.98″ instrument cluster. What really sets this apart from other electric vehicles are the two main 12.3″ touchscreens. Honda has just released a video showing just how easy it is to drag and drop tiles between them, as well as a “Vehicle Settings” section that offers 360° video of the electric car. Read more for the video and additional information.
Amazon’s Key In-Car delivery service has expanded to Honda / Acura vehicles with HondaLink’s Remote Services package. Simply put, Amazon will drop off orders directly into the trunk of your car. The service is completely free if you meet all the requirements, and your vehicle is in a easy-to-find place, such as a public garage at work. That means you won’t have to wait all day for your package while not at home in hopes that it’s still there by the time you arrive. Read more for a video and additional information.
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The problem with most fully autonomous cars is that they’re just like their mannned counterparts, but what if there was a self-driving vehicle designed specifically for lounging? That’s where the Honda Skyroom comes in. The interior is fitted with a large circular bench of sorts, all covered by a cylindrical glass roof that is perfect for stargazing. Read more for additional pictures.
The Honda e electric prototype is almost ready for production, and the automaker has just revealed new details about the vehicle. It’s powered by a rear-mounted electric motor, paired with a 35.5-kWh battery pack, generating 142 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, with an approximate range of 124-miles on a full charge. There have not been any performance numbers released, but Autocar was fortunate enough to drive one of the prototypes and timed the 0 to 60 mph spring at around eight seconds. Plus, there’s a “Sport Mode” that sharpens the accelerator response for improved performance around the city. Read more for a first drive video, additional pictures and information.
How about an autonomous electric vehicle with an integrated hot bath? Introducing the Honda Onsen. When the door opens, you’ll see that one half is a normal bench seat facing backwards, but step into the other part? It’s a gimbal-stabilized, watertight cylindrical cell that can be used as a high-tech hot spring of sorts, complete with a massage jet-equipped seat. Getting too steamy? There’s an outlet to funnel the steam out of the cabin. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Based on on a new platform, the Honda e’s exterior design by Yuki Terai pays homage to the first generation Honda Civic and is about the same length as the Honda Fit. A 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery sends powers to the rear wheels and can be charged using a Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger – up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. When fully charged, you can expect a 124-mile range, which is plenty of city cruising.
Honda’s all-new Mean Mower V2 builds upon its predecessor and sets even more records. At the Dekra Lausitzring, this lawnmower accelerated from 0-60 mph in under 3-seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.29 seconds, and managed to hit a top speed of 150.99 mph, driven by Jess Hawkins, an experienced kart as well stunt driver. “The original Mean Mower was an incredible machine; but this time we’ve taken it to a whole new level, with version two. After taking the top speed record in 2014, we wanted to do something a little different by setting an all-new record for acceleration, and the result is fantastic. Team Dynamics have gone above and beyond in developing and building this real feat of engineering, and hats off to Jess for being brave enough to get behind the wheel!,” said Honda UK Managing Director, Dave Hodgetts. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Tesla’s Sentry mode is designed to protect against break-ins and theft by using the car’s external cameras to watch for potential threats. Recently, two men were captured keying a Model 3, and the footage (above) has gone viral online. One Model 3 owner didn’t want to take a chance so they replaced the original badges with ones from a Honda Civic Si, complete with the VTEC sticker. Read more for additional pictures and information.