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To creatively paraphrase NSX chief engineer Ted Klaus, the upcoming Acura supercar will be like a Nissan GT-R, but built for drivers.
Exactly what does that mean? In essence it will deliver truly world-class performance without an ultra-exotic price tag. It also will maintain the brand’s core man-machine synergy principle. In other words, it will be a driver’s car.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Speaking during a recent round-table with journalists Klaus would not, however, reveal anything (or at least not much) about the car’s projected price. In fact, he wouldn’t even provide a give-or-take-$50,000 estimate.
Instead he chose a wider spread commenting that it will fall within the range of the Porsche 911. Hardly helpful, that currently covers a range from $80,000 to just over $180,000.
Perhaps suggesting it won’t be near the top of that range Klaus revealed that the, “person excited to own and drive this vehicle will have a tremendous sense that they got back a … sports car experience at a price that is a fraction of those vehicles.”
HOW FAST WILL IT BE?
As for what “those vehicles” are, Klaus elaborated, commenting that benchmarked cars range into the truly exotic, including the Ferrari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C. Less pricey, though equally capable rivals include the Corvette, Audi R8 and perhaps the car the NSX will be compared to most (based on factors of performance and price) the Nissan GT-R.
Last year, the Honda Civic underwhelmed the critics. With competition in the compact market segment firing on all cylinders, Honda delivered something that was far behind in terms of quality and value.
Coasting was not an option for the 2013 Civic, so Honda revamped the car in record time, improving it inside and out.
Compact comparison: refresh vs redesign by Sami Haj-Assaad
With so many strong competitors in the compact car segment, two long-time Japanese rivals from Honda and Nissan are re-thinking their approach. For 2013 the Honda Civic gets a significant refresh, sporting better driving dynamics and more creature comforts, while the Nissan Sentra has undergone a major makeover, with a stylish new body and an impressive amount of new technology.
So which approach to the compact car segment is more successful? Is the all-new Sentra with its attractive new looks and show-off features the best bet, or is it the Civic with its inner beauty?
MODERN SENTRA OR CLASSIC CIVIC
There’s no denying the fact that the old Sentra had very little sex appeal, with its chunky, boxy exterior styling and cheapo-plastic looking interior. However for 2013 the Sentra looks fresh from a shopping spree at the South Coast Plaza, featuring gorgeous LED lights, 17-inch rims and chrome accents that really compliment the new, curvaceous design of the car. Of course there are a few extras that are part of the SL trim, which bumps the Sentra’s $15,990 base price to $19,820 before additional packages. While base models retain the LED headlights, they don’t have the side view mirrors with integrated turn signals, or fog lights, which give the Sentra a more grown up look.
The Civic, on the other hand, is a well-proportioned, retaining its classic, if a little boring design. The front and rear fasciae have been refreshed for a more modern and cohesive Honda brand image. Without a doubt, the new Civic looks closer to its Accord sibling, which is a good thing. Our model, the high-end EX-L with Navigation, costs $23,765, and comes with pretty alloy-wheels (which were upgraded to 17s) and fog-lights over the base $18,165 Honda Civic LX.
Winter's icy stranglehold on the northern hemisphere has finally been broken. After months of gray skies and freezing weather spring is finally in the air. Automakers are responding to the warmth and sun by emerging from product hibernation. Companies located in places ranging from South Korea to the United Kingdom have unveiled a bumper-crop of new hardware ranging from sensible to insane. Here are the Top 10 reveals from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
Baring any surprises, the star of this year's New York Auto Show is likely to be the Mercedes CLA45 AMG, a high-powered version of the brand's stunning new affordable luxury sedan. Other major debuts include the 2014 Cadillac CTS, Acura MDX, updated Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Equus, as well as refreshed version of the Buick LaCross, Regal and Chevy Camaro. Rumors point to a Subaru hybrid reveal while it'll also be the first showing of the controversially designed Jeep Cherokee.
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