Honda used YouTube to reveal the new Si coupe and sedan that will go on sale next month at a starting price in the mid-$20,000 range. The first turbocharged Si has 205 horsepower that kicks in 1,300 rpm lower in the rev range. Also increased peak torque of 192 lb-ft, a gain of 18, produced 2,300 rpm earlier and sustained over 70 percent of the rev range. Better yet, customers can select a 6-speed short-throw manual transmission. Coupe and sedan models will be offered.
Available for the first time in the U.S., the Audi RS-3 sedan will make its North American debut at the New York Auto show next week. It comes with a five-cylinder engine that produces 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Audi quotes a 0-60 of just 3.9 seconds. It is the first compact Audi sedan to wear the RS Badge with all-wheel drive standard. A limited number of 2017 RS 3 models will be produced and the first to arrive here will feature carbon fiber inlays, Audi virtual cockpit with MMI Navigation plus, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, 19-inch, five-arm-blade design wheels with titanium finish, red brake calipers and the RS sport exhaust system with black tips. Look for an MSRP of $54,900. Wonder if these two were chasing each other down the same road!!!!
Also in the Big Apple, will be a celebration of New York State’s automobile heritage with a special exhibition curated by the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Listed below are just some of the vehicles — made or raced in New York — that will be on display at this year’s Show:
1909 Alco-6 Racer (raced)
1923 Franklin Series 10B Sedan (made)
1947 Playboy Prototype (made)
1950 Allard J2 (raced)
1956 Midget Racer (raced)
New York State was once home to over 100 different automobile manufacturers. Some early New York made cars became famous for quality, reliability and endurance. Buffalo produced the Thomas Flyer, which in 1908 attracted worldwide attention by winning the New York to Paris race and in 1911 by placing second at the Indianapolis 500.
Former GM CEO Rick Wagoner is joining the board of directors at ChargePoint, one of the nation’s largest electric-vehicle charging networks.
And former FBI Director Robert Mueller III is expected to be named by a judge to oversee disbursement of nearly $1 billion restitution in the Takata air bag case. Mueller also had a role in settlement of the VW diesel emissions matter.
And that is not over yet. Honda is voluntarily recalling about 37,000 model year 2003 Accord 2-door models to inspect passenger front airbag inflators. Honda said it is possible that, after sale and prior to the May 2016 recall of Takata passenger front airbag inflators, replacement airbag modules containing Takata inflators may have been installed in some vehicles as part of non-recall repairs. No inflator ruptures have been reported involving replacement airbag modules. If the Takata inflators are found they will be replaced for free at your dealer’s shop. It said owners of the 2-door, 4 cylinder coupes should check with their dealer to schedule an inspection.
Hyundai and Kia are recalling 1.3 million vehicles due to a defect in the Theta 2 engine that could cause it to stall out due to possible metal debris in the crankshafts, Automotive News reported. Being recalled are models with the 2-liter turbo and 2.4-liter gas direct injection engines manufactured before August of 2013. The recall, just announced this morning, must be approved by U.S. officials. Look for further details later.