355-horsepower 2021 Acura TLX Type-S challenges what we thought we knew about sedans

A ground-up rethink for Acura’s mid-size sedan was in order. The Acura TLX occupied the dwindling white space between mainstream and luxury—if there were one, to begin with. 

The 2021 Acura TLX that made its debut in May steers away from that middle ground and does it quickly. Although the new TLX still has one foot firmly planted in traditional sedan economies, the 2021 version offers a racier shape, a stiff new chassis, and an all turbocharged powertrain menu with future performance potential. 

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

That’s punctuated by a promised Type S coming early next year with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that will make an estimated 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission will channel that power to all four wheels via an updated all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. The new transverse-mounted V-6 tips the TLX’s user-friendly architecture that

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2020 Jeep Wrangler: Iconic Style and Capability

Fun to Drive

In today’s world, technology plays a dominant role in our lives, and we rely on it to provide us with information and entertainment. This is true whether we’re at work or at play. It’s also true when we’re behind the wheel.

The Wrangler comes with an arsenal of tech features built to make life more pleasant for you and your passengers. Also, this Jeep makes it easy for you to stay connected when you’re on the road, seamlessly integrating with your smartphone. At the heart of it all is the Wrangler’s available Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, an interface that gives you access to a wealth of amenities.

Of course, a vehicle’s fun-to-drive quotient is measured by more than just the quality of its technology. You also have to consider how well it performs in various driving situations, and the Wrangler is versatile enough to shine in diverse scenarios.

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Self-Driving Cars Will Make Life Better—For Some of Us

If you look back 15 years or so, before the smartphone went mainstream, it’s easy to see how a small difference—one small device—can have a monumental and lasting impact; in the smartphone’s case, it was spawning the always-on, social-media-fueled barrage of technology now plaguing pockets and purses everywhere. Looking around today, Tesla Motors is the most valuable carmaker in the world, and it’s not because it’s wildly profitable, or even profitable at all. It’s because investors are betting on the future, and they think the future will be electric and autonomous. They’re not alone.

MotorTrend’s Kim Reynolds wrote an article late last year detailing the promise and pitfalls of self-driving cars. In that article, he recounted a 2016 trip to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Ford’s Research and Innovation Campus in Palo Alto, California, during which Ford’s then-CEO Mark Fields said, “The next decade will be defined by automation of

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Buy these sketches from McLaren P1 and modern Mini designer Frank Stephenson to help a good cause

Automotive designer Frank Stephenson has created a YouTube series called “How I Designed” in which he discusses greatest hits like the first modern Mini. Now he is auctioning off sketches from the video series for charity, according to a Wednesday press release.

The online auction starts Aug. 1 and ends Aug. 14. Proceeds will go to Harrison’s Fund, which seeks to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare and fatal genetic disease affecting children.

Stephenson will auction off seven sketches—one for each episode of his video series. Each depicts a car he designed over his career. In addition to the first-generation BMW Mini, Stephenson designed its rival, the Fiat 500. He also designed the first-generation BMW X5 and the Ford Escort Cosworth, giving the car its famous biplane rear wing.

Frank Stephenson Ford Escort Cosworth sketch

Supercars are represented as well. Stephenson penned the Ferrari F430 and

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That Time Pontiac Turbocharged the Trans Am

The big-block muscle car had all but gone extinct by the mid-1970s, a victim of two energy crises that sent fuel prices soaring. Stricter emissions standards and newly-effective CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards meant that Pontiac’s 455-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) Firebird Trans Am was long dead, and 1979 would be the last year for Pontiac’s next-biggest engine, the 400-cubic-inch (6.6-liter) V-8.

And yet despite changing consumer tastes, Firebird sales climbed steadily throughout the late 1970s. With other automakers exiting the pony car space and Ford having remade the Mustang as a Pinto clone, Firebird and Camaro were the last of the muscle cars and people still wanted them. How could Pontiac give buyers the power they wanted without a big V-8?

The answer was the turbocharger, which was in common use for aircraft and big-rig engines but still a novelty in the car business. Then as now, the turbo seemed

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2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera 4S E-Hybrid prototypes increase power and efficiency

So many loud, high-horsepower machines parade in front of the security guards at Porsche’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany, that even a 911 Speedster begins to look a little dull. Arriving to drive 2021 Porsche Panamera prototypes, I pulled up in a two-seater that caught them completely off-guard: a 2007 Renault Kangoo panel van, registered in the French Alps and caked with several layers of my postcard-like region’s finest mud.

I thought they weren’t going to let me in.

Several phone calls later, the gate opened and I parked my farm-spec beater next to a pre-production Panamera prototype wearing light camouflage over its front and rear ends. It never fully revealed itself, but what matters is under the hood. Porsche is expanding the Panamera range with a mid-level 4S E-Hybrid model, and replacing the Turbo with a non-electrified Turbo S that will be sold alongside the Turbo S E-Hybrid. I drove

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