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    Acura Prices the 2023 TLX Type S PMC Edition at Nearly $64,000

    Acura announced pricing for the 2023 TLX Type S PMC Edition, which starts at $63,995.This special edition is handbuilt and exclusive, with just 300 units planned in total.It’s mechanically identical to the standard TLX Type S but features visual differences inside and out.Acura is charging a pretty penny for the exclusive, hand-built PMC Edition version of the 2023 TLX Type S sports sedan. Orders opened for this limited-production trim level last month, and now we know that it starts at $63,995—a $7550 premium over the starting price for the mechanically identical TLX Type S.What does the extra outlay get you? Primarily it’s the knowledge that your TLX is one of just 300 PMC Editions in total—or just one of 100 that’s finished in each of the three colors taken from the NSX. Orders already opened for Curva Red and 130R White—and Acura says the white car is sold out—but the Long Beach Blue Pearl hue pictured here won’t be open for reservations until December 8. Additionally, the PMC Edition comes with other visual tweaks including 20-inch wheels painted a copper hue, a front diffuser and rear spoiler, and some interior trim differences including a serialized plaque and carbon-fiber trim.AcuraThe TLX PMC Edition is built at the same Performance Manufacturing Facility in Ohio that just finished production of the NSX Type S supercar, rather than the Marysville, Ohio plant where other TLXs are built. But its components are the same as what you’ll find in the standard TLX Type S. That means a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 355 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Acura’s SH-AWD system with torque vectoring.More on the TLXAcura hasn’t shared exactly when deliveries of the 2023 TLX PMC Edition will begin but does say that the costlier destination fee for this model—it’s $1995 compared with the standard model’s $1095—does include a different shipping process. PMC cars get a special cover to protect the paint and are delivered to dealerships in an enclosed single-car carrier.This content is imported from poll. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.This content is imported from poll. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. More

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    BMW 3.0 CSL Is Back, Revived with 553 HP and a Six-Speed Manual

    BMW has brought back the 3.0 CSL name on a new limited-edition sports car that echoes the design of the original Seventies-era 3.0 CSL and sports a motorsports-inspired livery.The twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine makes 553 horsepower; it’s the most powerful inline-six used in a road-legal BMW M car ever.That motor is mated to a six-speed manual, and power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels. Only 50 units will be built.Back in 2015, BMW hinted at a revival of one of its most iconic sports cars ever with the 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept. It was a muscular modern interpretation of the 3.0 CSL homologation special built in small quantities in the 1970s, which earned the nickname “Batmobile” thanks to the race car’s dramatic aerodynamic package. Now, seven years later, BMW has finally made that concept a reality, reviving the 3.0 CSL nameplate for a new limited-edition sports car that attempts to distill the core values of the M division and its illustrious motorsports history into one vehicle.While the cabin shape and overall proportions suggest that the 3.0 CSL shares its bones with the current-generation M4, the 3.0 CSL’s bodywork is unique and one of the most eye-pleasing designs BMW has produced of late. We certainly wouldn’t call the grille small, but it’s not monstruous like the unit on the M4, new i7, or XM super SUV, and its satin aluminum trim flows neatly into the angular headlights. The bulging fenders and double rear wing setup clearly recall the original 3.0 CSL “Batmobile,” as do the two circular air intakes carved into the front bumper and the small fins protruding from the hood.The headlights feature yellow LED laser lights—drawing a connection to the M4 GT3 race car—and the intricate, wiry taillight LEDs are reminiscent of those on the M4 CSL. The brawny wheel arches house gold-colored center-locking wheels measuring 20 inches up front and 21 inches at the rear, wrapped in specially developed Michelin tires. The special-edition sports car also stands out thanks to its motorsport-inspired livery, with the white paint accented by stripes in the traditional BMW M colors just like the livery on the 1970s racer. Nearly all of the bodywork is fashioned from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), with the weave visible in the lower trim elements, the rear wing, and the lettering on the roof, and most of the carbon components are manufactured by hand.The same twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six found in the M3 and M4 lies at the heart of the 3.0 CSL, but it has been tuned to make it the most powerful inline-six ever used in a road-legal BMW M car, spitting out 553 horsepower, a 50-pony increase over the M4 Competition. Torque output remains at 406 pound-feet, the same as the non-Competition-spec M4, and all of this shove is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0-liter makes use of technical know-how from BMW’s DTM racing program, with a rigid crankcase, forged lightweight crankshaft, and a 3D-printed cylinder head core, as well as a specially designed oil supply and cooling system. To help manage all of that power, an active M differential on the rear axle works with the stability control to maintain traction and prevent drivers from putting their limited-edition sports car into a wall. The front suspension uses a double-joint spring strut setup while the rear suspension is a multi-link design, paired with adaptive dampers and variable-ratio electric power steering. Carbon-ceramic brakes are used to slow the 3.0 CSL, with six-piston fixed-caliper stoppers up front and single-piston fixed-caliper brakes at the rear. The calipers are painted red, and the traction control system has 10 selectable levels of intervention, helping customize the driving experience. The cabin ditches the rear seats for a storage compartment that can fit two helmets, and carbon fiber has infiltrated the cockpit, with CFRP on the door panels and the two bucket seats making extensive use of the lightweight material. The dashboard design is largely similar to the M4’s, and black Alcantara covers the seats, steering wheel, and parts of the dashboard. White contrast stitching compliments the unique gearshift knob, which has a retro design with the number 50 engraved into it to remind you just how exclusive the 3.0 CSL is.More Sporty BMWsThat number references the fact that BMW will only build 50 units of the 3.0 CSL, with the entire production run lasting just three months at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Moosthenning, Germany. There’s no word yet on price, but given the limited production run, we expect it to cost significantly more than M4 Competition coupe’s $79,595 starting price, and likely even higher than the M4 CSL’s $140,895 cost. Prospective buyers will also need to act fast—with so few units available, it probably won’t be long before they are all snapped up.This content is imported from poll. 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    Video: It’s Hard to Believe the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Exists

    We knew the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 would be special. But even living with a “regular” C8 Corvette for a year and a little over 40,000 miles didn’t adequately prepare us for how special. We learned that after spending a day at Grattan Raceway and testing both a convertible Z06 and a coupe Z06 equipped with the Z07 package for this video.What’s it like driving a Z06 on track? As it turns out, you spend quite a bit of time with your mouth hanging open as that 5.5-liter V-8 spins toward 8600 rpm, making 670 horsepower and that intoxicating flat-plane-crank howl. It’s a good thing the car handles so well, too, because you want to get back to the front straight quickly if only so you can hear it again and again.We tested both a convertible Z06 and a coupe equipped with the high-performance Z07 package. You’ve likely already read those test results. If you haven’t, go click the related links below. We’ll wait. Required ReadingThis video shows the differences between the two vehicles, though scheduling conflicts and limited access to the coupe prevented us from filming that car on track. We also provide added explanation as to why we couldn’t match Chevy’s skidpad lateral-g claim on our skidpad. That answer involves diving into the owner’s manual, which actually has instructions on how owners can prepare their Z06s for tracks like Virginia International Raceway and the Nürburgring, going as far as to recommend different tire pressure and aerodynamic configurations. Like we said: Hard to believe. This content is imported from OpenWeb. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. More

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    Half a Million Ford Escape, Bronco Sport SUVs Recalled over Fire Risk

    Ford has issued a recall of more than half a million Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs to fix a faulty fuel injector.The problem affects the 2020 through 2023 Escape and 2021 through 2023 Bronco Sport vehicles that have the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.In its filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford said a fuel injector could crack, increasing the risk of an underhood fire.Ford will recall 333,342 Escape and 188,436 Bronco Sport SUVs from the 2020 through 2023 model years over a risk of engine fire. The recall is related to a fuel injector that could crack, causing a potential fuel or fuel vapor leak that could lead to an underhood fire, Ford said. In filings with NHTSA, Ford said the driver should be attentive to notice any possible fuel smell “both outside and inside the vehicle” and, in case of a fire, could “notice smoke or flames” from the engine compartment or under the car.2020 Ford Escape.Michael Simari|Car and DriverThe recall affects vehicles with the base models’ 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. Overall, according to Automotive News, there have been reports of 54 underhood fires, of which four are believed related to the current recall.Ford will install updated engine control software to provide a message on the car’s instrument panel if there is a drop in pressure in the fuel rail. Also as part of the recall, Ford said it will install a drain tube to let any leaked fuel drain from the cylinder head and avoid the fire risk. Owners will be notified of the recall in mid-December. In the meantime, they can check the NHTSA recalls site for information about the recall and to see if their vehicle is affected. Ford has also published owner information on its website about the issue.This content is imported from OpenWeb. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. More

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    Free Gasoline Helps Some Thanksgiving Travelers

    For the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, gas stations on the east and west coasts temporarily offered free fuel to some drivers.A station in Massachusetts gave away 50,000 gallons before the holiday driving rush started, and Honda dealers in Southern California are popping up at random places to give away free tankfuls this weekend.Nationwide, gas prices are falling and will continue to fall, according to Gas Buddy.As long as the world relies on gasoline, people will be thankful for free fuel. That’s the spirit this holiday in at least two parts of the U.S. where drivers could score some no-cost gasoline for their Thanksgiving travels. In Massachusetts, business owner Ernie Boch, Jr. decided to give away 50,000 gallons of gasoline at his gas station in Norwood. The announcement came in the form of a Tweet with a video that shows the digital prices on the station sign slowly rolling down to $0.00, even for diesel. The one caveat? There’s a $75 limit on free gas per customer, so don’t be rolling up with your own tanker truck.Earlier this year, according to local media, Boch gave away 7000 gallons of free gas on April 1, which prompted some people to wait in line for over nine hours. The plan then, similar to the Thanksgiving deal, was simply “to give people a break and put a smile on their face,” for April Fools’ Day, a Boch spokesperson told CBS Boston at the time.Free Gas Courtesy of Honda DealersMeanwhile, a group of Southern California Honda dealers sponsored free tankfuls of gasoline for some random drivers in the area. The free fuel was available to lucky Honda drivers who happened to be at the chosen locations in San Dimas and Pomona when the blue-shirted Honda workers were there. Some non-Honda drivers were also able to score free gas, according to local media outlet KTLA, and the dealers will be giving away free gas in the South Bay area through Friday.This content is imported from twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.The average gas price in California Wednesday was $5.15. Drivers could beat that price at a Chevron station in La Mesa, where the owner was selling regular fuel for $3.99 a gallon as a holiday gesture. The sale cost store owner David Hallak between $5000 and $7000 a day, he told the Times of San Diego, but it’s worth it. “We are giving back to our customers,” he told the Times. “We are in the spirit of Thanksgiving—giving back. And that makes us feel good.”Gas Prices Should Stay Down This WeekendThese free and lower-cost gas offers come at a time when gas prices are falling, moderately, across the country. The prices are relatively low compared to recent spikes and should stay that way throughout the busy travel weekend, according to Gas Buddy’s Patrick De Haan. De Haan said on Twitter that holiday gasoline demand doesn’t impact gas prices much because an increase is expected ahead of the holiday and offsets a drop on other days. Also, the higher demand “isn’t sustained long enough to make a difference,” he wrote.This content is imported from twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.This content is imported from twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. More

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    Genesis Reveals 2023 GV70 EV for the U.S., and It'll Be Built Here

    The electric version of the Genesis GV70, called the Electrified GV70, will start production soon.It will be built at Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama, starting in December.Pricing isn’t available yet, but we know the Electrified GV70 will be sold only in eight states at first.After announcing an electric version of the GV70 crossover in late 2021, Genesis has now detailed plans for the U.S. launch of this new EV. Set to be built in Montgomery, Alabama, the North American version of the 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 will start production in December. The U.S.-spec car, pictured here, was first shown at the L.A. auto show recently.GenesisGenesisLike its sibling, the Electrified G80 sedan, the Electrified GV70 looks nearly identical to its gasoline-powered equivalent but features an entirely different powertrain underneath. Front and rear electric motors combine to produce 429 horsepower in the Performance configuration, or up to 483 hp in a special boost mode that operates for 10 seconds at a time. A less powerful base powertrain may be offered as well. Genesis has yet to release battery capacity or range figures but does say it will be capable of DC fast-charging at up to 350 kilowatts.More on Genesis EVsPricing isn’t yet available, but Genesis does say that it will be sold in eight states at first: Arizona, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Utah, and Washington. More states may be added later, as the Electrified G80 sedan is now sold in 12 states after Genesis added Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Virginia to the list.This content is imported from poll. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.This content is imported from poll. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. More

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    Audi R8 Confirmed to Die after 2023, and a Replacement Is Uncertain

    Audi has confirmed that 2023 will be the last model year for the R8 supercar.The GT model will serve as a sendoff for the V-10–powered coupe and convertible.Rumors suggest that an electric replacement may arrive at some point, but the timeline is not clear.The Audi R8 supercar will soon reach the end of the line, Audi recently confirmed to C/D during a drive of the new GT model. The 2023 model year will be the last for the R8 in the U.S., and this new trim joins the lineup to serve as a sendoff for the mid-engined coupe and convertible as they sunset. The 2023 R8 is currently offered in 562-hp RWD form and 602-hp Quattro form, plus the GT which is a 602-hp RWD model with other modifications.2023 Audi R8 GTAudi|Car and DriverThe R8 first arrived for the 2008 model year, and the first-generation model offered both a 4.2-liter V-8 engine and a 5.2-liter V-10. The R8’s second generation went V-10 only and has been around since the 2017 model year in the U.S. Audi only sells several hundred R8s each year, but it has served as an important halo model for the brand’s RS performance cars.More on the R8’s FarewellIt’s unclear what’s coming down the pipe to replace the R8 as Audi’s flagship sports car. Rumors suggest that an electric supercar called the RNext is in the works, but these plans are uncertain and an Audi spokesperson denied these rumors to C/D. Even if it did materialize, such a vehicle likely wouldn’t arrive until 2029 at the earliest.This content is imported from poll. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.This content is imported from poll. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. More

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    1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

    It was already one of the most desirable Alfa Romeos, but this GTV 2000 has also received a full overhaul from U.K. specialist Alfaholics.Its fuel-injected engine produces 230 horsepower, paired with a five-speed manual transmission, lightweight suspension and bodywork, and upgraded brakes.Nearly $240,000 was spent by the previous owner to create one of the best driving restomods out there, and some lucky bidder can get it on auction from Bring a Trailer.In the old days, the stopwatch made the rules: whichever sports car was fastest to 60 mph or around a circuit was the best. QED. Yet, even in that time, many enthusiasts waxed romantic about the appeal of an Alfa Romeo, not just performance but an experience. In an age when dollars equals speed, that appeal hasn’t gone away. If anything, as in the case of this special little Alfa, the romance is even more concentrated.Up for auction on the website Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—is this gorgeous confection of motoring con brio. Based on a 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, one of the prettiest coupes to issue from a Milanese factory, this one has been treated to a full workup from U.K.-based firm Alfaholics. With a week left to go until the auction ends on Wednesday, November 30, bidding sits at $110,000. Bring a TrailerIf paying new 911 money for an old Alfa sounds crazy, it’s not.First, take the GTV 2000 itself. 1974 was the last year of these cars for the U.S. market, and they had everything necessary to provide a special driving feel. With a frothy 130-hp twin-cam engine, a nimble chassis tipping the scales at just over 2200 pounds, and gorgeous styling, the Gran Turismo Veloce was everything that Alfisti could want. If the internal combustion wasn’t always internal, that was just some added Alfa zest. A life without even a little drama is not worth living, right?Bring a TrailerIn 1977, Richard Banks bought the first Alfa Romeo Alfetta 2.0L GTV in the U.K., for competition in the British Production Saloon Car Championship. The car was very competitive. As a sideline to help pay for the racing, he bought and refreshed a secondhand 2000 GTV. It sold the same day his ad ran in the local paper.Bring a TrailerArt and ScienceMore than four decades later, Banks and his two sons—both trained as lawyers, but also involved in racing—run a family firm dedicated to creating the finest Alfa Romeos around. There’s a temptation here to compare Alfaholics to California-based Singer and that company’s reimagined 911s, but there are differences. Much of Singer’s work is pure artistry, but the cars that emerge from the Alfaholics workshop are more an organic result of one family’s Alfa racing obsession.However, a 911 restored by Singer and an Alfaholics-fettled machine are both idealized experiences of what you hope either a Porsche or Alfa Romeo will be. They are both a sort of cask-strength distillation of the essence of the brand, the meet-your-heroes moment that doesn’t disappoint.This 1974 GTV2000 was purchased through Bring a Trailer two years ago and promptly sent to Somerset for the full Alfaholics treatment with the company’s GTA-R Upgraded package. The list of modifications is too exhaustive to relay in its entirety, but highlights include a handbuilt 2.1L twin-cam four-cylinder engine good for roughly 230 hp, a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission, comprehensive lightweighting from lighter glass to carbon-fiber bodywork, six-piston front brakes, and a suspension that contains more titanium than your average space rocket.If You Remember the ’70s You Weren’t ThereAnd, because this car was bound for Texas, it also has air conditioning. While born from lessons learned on the racing circuit, this GTV is meant for drivers. Indeed, close-up inspection of the undercarriage shows some oxidation of the titanium pieces, and the paintwork on the undercarriage has a blemish or two.All of which underlines the emphasis that this is a car to be driven. Whatever the final hammer price happens to be, it will likely be enough to buy a seat in some pretty high-test modern machinery, but that’s not the point. An Alfaholics GTA-R provides the sort of drive that transcends the stopwatch and the skidpad. For one very lucky bidder, it’s a bucket-list driving experience. This content is imported from OpenWeb. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. More