Friday, July 3, 2020

Dodge Prepares Monstrous SRT Hellcat Durango for 2021

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When Dodge introduced the Hellcat moniker as an enhancement to the SRT version of the Challenger in 2015, the insane horsepower that erupted through the coupe’s exhaust was seen as astonishing. Shortly after the Challenger introduced the high performance variant, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat made use of the same 707-horsepower, supercharged HEMI V-8 engine that made the Challenger SRT Hellcat a beast. In an announcement of their 2021 product line, Dodge’s parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled a third member of the ferocious Hellcat family based on their Durango sport utility vehicle.
The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat establishes a new performance peak for the three-row passenger vehicle lineup for the American brand. A creation that was once difficult to conceive, the appearance of the Durango SRT 392 in 2017 for the 2018 model year paved the way for this even more aggressive take on the sport utility vehicle. Following the 475-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT 392 that arrived with an advertised National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) certified quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds, the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat sets out to shatter the already impressive numbers of what came before it.  


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With the addition of the Hellcat badge to the Durango, the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 powerplant has been dropped into the engine compartment. Generating 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, the cast-iron engine is assembled with sturdy components including heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, high-strength forged-alloy pistons as well as sodium-cooled exhaust valves and hollow-stem intake valves engineered to handle temperatures up to 900 degrees Celsius. Capable of handling 11.6 psi of maximum boost pressure, the twin-scroll rotor supercharger unit part of the Hellcat HEMI engine includes an integrated electronic bypass valve and a special coating to prevent wear. The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat’s supercharger is fed by cold-air scoop located at the vehicle’s lower front fascia. The supercharged 6.2-liter eight-cylinder engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 


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Dodge also tuned the suspension and handling for the 710-horsepower Durango SRT Hellcat for enhanced responsiveness to complement its powerplant. Improved cornering stability is realized by a 2.5 percent reduction in understeer and a better roll gradient. The upgraded suspension of the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat can be set to four selectable drive mode setting (Auto, Sport, Track and Custom). Brembo six-piston, two-piece front brake calipers and four-piston rear brake calipers and an electronic power steering system with selectable steering tuning is also standard on the Durango SRT Hellcat. Arriving on both the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat version of the Dodge Durango for 2021 are rebound spring shocks as well as new upper rear top mounts resulting in better performance handling. Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires mounted to 20-inch wheels is also found on both high-output versions of the 2021 Durango.

Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds with a top speed potential of 180 miles per hour, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat’s most eye-catching performance figures come NHRA certified. In a quarter-mile run, the 710-horsepower sport utility vehicle needs just 11.5 seconds to go from end-to-end. Beyond the quarter-mile, many drivers of the Durango SRT Hellcat will likely appreciate the more practical figure of towing capacity rated at 8,700 pounds. 


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The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat’s exterior delivers functional touches to maximize the vehicle’s upgraded aggression as well as advertises aggression to onlookers. Inspired by the Dodge Charger Widebody, the Durango SRT Hellcat features a new front fascia with slimmer LED headlights that also appears on the 2021 Durango SRT 392. The SRT Hellcat model possesses larger openings for improved engine cooling. Dodge Durango SRT models for 2021 also employ a new rear spoiler design. The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat’s exterior appearance is best distinguished by its badging and standard equipped 20-inch machine-faced wheels with mid-gloss black pockets.


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The entire 2021 Dodge Durango lineup receives a newly-designed cabin that includes a redesigned dashboard, instrument panel and some repositioned controls. A new, available 10.1-inch center touchscreen is mounted in a driver-focused manner. The Uconnect 5 system comes standard on all 2021 Durangos enabling a selection of user profiles, improved phone connectivity as well as Amazon Alexa compatibility. The Durango SRT Hellcat includes the 10.1 touchscreen as standard equipment with a SRT Performance Pages function that allows a driver to view g-forces and detailed engine readouts. A flat-bottom steering wheel, heated/ventilated Nappa leather front seats with suede and red-accented gauges are SRT Hellcat exclusive accents.

Somewhat like the vehicle itself operating at its full potential on a stretch of pavement, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will move quickly through dealerships. Dodge only intends to produce the super high performance sport utility vehicle for one year. Orders for the Durango SRT Hellcat will commence this fall with models arriving at dealerships during the early part of the 2021 calendar year.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Mazda's 100th Anniversary Party Will Come To Canada With Special Edition Vehicles

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To live for a century is truly a journey worth celebrating for any individual or entity. For 2020, the company today recognized as Japanese automaker Mazda commemorates its 100-year milestone with a range of special edition vehicles. Available with all products with exception to the new CX-30 crossover, the 100th Anniversary Edition Mazda lineup features unique appointments allowing Canadian buyers to claim a piece of the celebratory cake later this year. 

The Mazda 100th Anniversary Edition models are presented with a Snowflake White Pearl exterior paint combined with an interior finished in red and Garnet Red. On the convertible Mazda MX-5 sport roadster, a red retractable soft-top is also part of the special commemorative line. All models will also be richly accented by 100th Anniversary badging inside and outside with the location for the logos including floor mats, wheel caps and on the key fob.   

Founded in 1920, the auto company started life as Toyo Cork Kogyo Limited (soon shortened to just Toyo Kogyo) producing machine tools. The first recorded use of the Mazda name was on a motorized rickshaw in 1931. A popular sight in Japan between the 1930s and 1950s, the three-wheeled Mazda-Go vehicles combined the design of a motorcycle and a truck with its practical cargo bed. At the same time in the early 20th century, the Mazda branding was more commonly associated with a popular type of light bulb that used a tungsten filament. The name that would become known for lighting and later automobiles are attributed to a Zoroastrian deity Ahura Mazda. Ahura translates as ‘lord’ or ‘god’ while Mazda is accepted for meaning ‘wisdom’ or ‘light’ (perhaps similar to how the word ‘bright’ in the modern English language could define light or intelligence). 

Celebrating its centennial in its current form as an automobile company, Mazda’s existence as a car maker is actually 60 years old. The first four-wheeled passenger car to be sold under the Mazda brand was the R360 Coupe that debuted in 1960. Powered by a small, air-cooled V-twin four-cycle engine, the 838-pound R360 served as a launch pad for the Japanese automaker’s automotive lineup. Mazda’s commemorative 100th Anniversary Edition models pay homage to the color arrangement featured with the tiny coupe employing white and red in a two-tone pattern. 

The century-old corporate history of Mazda includes 52 official years in Canada. Mazda Canada Inc. was established in 1968 after years of independent Canadian distributors beginning to build the Japanese brand name. A country with a sizable driving population that appreciates the small, value-oriented vehicles constructed by Mazda, the automaker has enjoyed many accolades in Canada including most recently the Mazda3's AJAC Canadian Car of the Year award. 

Mazda has staggered the release of their 100th Anniversary Edition models for 2020 with customers in Japan receiving the first batch of vehicles. Versions of the special edition Mazdas will arrive in Canada this fall with pricing and other details to be specified at a later date.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Toyota’s Offering Super-sized Supra Lineup for 2021

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Teased for almost two decades by rumours and the appearance of the FT-1 Concept, the Toyota GR Supra became a production reality for 2020 in a tight, flashy sports car package. The revival of the Supra became Toyota’s quickest accelerating road car sold and featured a wide array of modern performance handling aids such as an adaptive suspension. A debut that saw a fast following for their fast GR Supra, Toyota were immediately relieved when the first production model of the sports car snagged 2.1 million dollars US in June of 2019. After scorching roads in its opening year run, the Toyota GR Supra is ready to lay down even more tire tracks for 2021 model year. 

Entering only its sophomore year, the GR Supra is already undergoing some defining updates. Maintaining a low, elegant body style, intimate two-seat cabin and its rear-wheel drive layout, the Toyota GR Supra does enter 2021 with a new sporting spirit with a revision made to its engine performance. The 2021 Toyota GR Supra’s velocity-seeking audiences now has the choice of engines defined by a more powerful six-cylinder as well as a lighter, more accessible four-cylinder. 


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Identified as the GR Supra 3.0 for the 2021 model year, the six-cylinder powered version of the performance car receives considerable improvements. Continuing to feature direct fuel injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger unit, the Supra’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine gains a bump-up in power. Reworking of the engine’s heat management through the use of a dual-branch exhaust manifold  as well as the inclusion of redesigned pistons are notable contributors to what is now a 382-horsepower engine. Mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the upgraded powerplant for the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 now allows for 0 to 60-mile per hour (0 to 95.56-kilometer per hour)  acceleration in 3.9 seconds. 

In addition to dipping acceleration times, the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0's full performance potential is heightened by reworked handling. The added rigidity of aluminum braces, new front and rear bump stops as well as retuned damper control improves the vehicle’s already stellar handling characteristics for greater cornering stability. Electronically-assisted driving enhancements including Adaptive Variable Suspension, Active Differential and Vehicle Stability Control have been reprogrammed on the 2021 GR Supra 3.0.


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Eagerly anticipated as an inviting new entry point to Toyota’s aggressive sports car, the 2021 GR Supra 2.0 incorporates a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Besides the smaller powerplant, the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 will feature several other differences to the Supra 3.0 model. A lack of Adaptive Suspension and Active Differential technology, smaller front brake rotors with single-piston calipers as well as a more modest four-speaker audio system and manual seat adjustment on the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 makes the sports car not only more affordable but more than 200 pounds lighter (precisely equating to 219 pounds or 99.3 kilograms) than the six-cylinder powered model. The all GR Supra 2.0 as well as the higher output GR Supra 3.0 models will include an 8.0-inch central display screen as standard equipment. 


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On sale now, the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 can be purchased for $56,390 Canadian while the 382-horsepower 2021 GR Supra is $67,690 (a $2,700 increase compared to the previous year). In addition added performance potential, the six-cylinder powered Supra 3.0 will also be offered with as the fashionable A91 Edition variant. 

The limited-run 2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 A91 Edition will feature a black/blue interior combined with Nocturnal or an exclusive Refraction exterior color. Other A91 Edition enhancements include touches such as matte black alloy wheels and carbon fiber mirror caps. Canadian retail pricing for the GR Supra 3.0 A91 Edition is $68,890.


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Toyota Canada

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Acura Introduces their Sportiest TLX Sport Sedan Ever for 2021



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Created for a premium-minded clientele, sport sedans continue to be a fruitful market for auto companies even as other vehicles prove popular with the larger population. The initial formula of marrying solid handling and strong engine power combining with a well-appointed interior is not immediately complex. Though the creation of a sport sedan may sound easy, the major challenge for car makers is selling the sizzle as much as the steak. A successful sport sedan manages to win over drivers with a well-tuned, well-balanced character-fueled experience behind the wheel. 

As a relatively younger luxury car brand compared to leading German and American brands, Acura had immediately garnered attention for its modern take on premium motoring. With their TLX sedan, the Honda-derived luxury marque’s combination of contemporary refinements and energizing performance in an accessible four-door style. For 2021, the Acura TLX is completely revised for battle in the sport sedan segment for its second generation in the marketplace.


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The 2021 Acura TLX instantly conveys a stronger, bolder performance look than its predecessor. Drawing inspiration from their Type S Concept car shown at last year’s Monterrey Car Week, body lines along the hood and door panels are more deeply defined on the new TLX sedan. Other styling details of note with the 2021 TLX are prominent wheel arches, shortened rear decklid and Jewel Eye LED headlights incorporating ‘Chicane’ daytime running lights bidding tribute to Acura’s sports car racing prototype program. 

The redesigned sedan is based on an all-new platform boasting incredible rigidity and a low overall weight. Acura touts the 2021 model year TLX’s chassis structure is 56 percent lighter compared to the outgoing model it replaces using aluminum and hard-pressed steel. The new Acura TLX sport sedan’s upgraded handling will include variable-ratio steering and an electro-servo brake system derived from the company’s NSX supercar. Standard wheel size for the 2021 Acura TLX will grow by a single inch to 18 inches while new 255-series performance tires pledges to add 20 percent greater lateral grip. An A-Spec sport package will be offered with 19-inch wheels in addition to gloss black exterior accents and a larger rear spoiler. 

Inside a slightly larger cabin area, the TLX sport sedan features a steady flow of comfort and technology within a “Dual Personal Cockpit” theme as a wide center tunnel divides the two front occupants. The 2021 Acura TLX’s interior design also features advanced sport seats and the option high-grade materials. Another option on the TLX is a LED ambient interior lighting system allowing occupants to choose between 24 light schemes. A 10.2-inch HD quality center display operates through the interaction of a new touchpad interface. With 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a host of connected and/or cloud-based services will be available. The new Acura TLX will also include a full array of safety features such as the AcuraWatch suite of accident-avoiding driver assists as well as a new front passenger airbag design.


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Under the hood, the latest generation Acura TLX will feature an all-turbocharged engine lineup delivering upgraded power over the 2020 vehicle. The base powerplant for the 2021 TLX is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that includes the Honda/Acura VTEC technology and direct injection in addition to the turbocharger. This new 2.0-liter double overhead cam powerplant boasts a performance output that eclipses both the previous model’s four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines. Generating 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the base engine for the 2021 model year produces 32 percent greater horsepower than the naturally-aspirated four-cylinder it replaces. Unlike the previous TLX, the second generation version of the sedan will make available the luxury brand’s SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system with its base powerplant.

The 2021 Acura TLX will also serve as the launching pad for a new generation Type S model. Attached to Acura’s performance-tuned models through the 2000s, the Type S moniker was last seen in Canada on the Civic-based CSX sedan in 2011. The reappearance of the performance nameplate with the TLX will combine standard SH-AWD with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. Output for the higher performance TLX Type S has yet to be disclosed. Arriving in the spring of 2021, the Acura TLX Type S sedan will also stand out with features such as quad exhaust outlets, more aggressive aerodynamic features and 20-inch wheel designs.


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Another recent change to the Acura product line has reformed the purpose of the TLX as the second generation model will enter showrooms. The luxury brand announced last month the discontinuation of the larger RLX sedan after the 2020 model year. Previously positioned between the ILX and RLX, the all-new Acura TLX is now being elevated to the top range sedan for 2021.