return of the Z

May 31, 2020 /// issue no. 135

The 2021 Acura TLX dropped on Thursday featuring a 272hp turbo four and chassis dynamics and interior design from the same crew that worked on the Civic Type R. No horsepower figures yet on the Type S, but if Honda can get 306hp out of a turbo-i4 in the CTR they can certainly get M340i type power out of a V6TT. A 400hp+ AWD sports sedan will certainly put Acura back on the map.

Engineers should all be locked up in their homes for a couple of months of the year. It leads to things we didn’t know we needed. Back in the day, the Volvo 240 would play a chime if you left your keys in the ignition. YouTube’s robatron has wired up his wife’s Subaru to play Toto’s Africa as well as a collection of other hot-swappable tracks.

Nissan has previewed the return of the Z via YouTube. Rumoured to be named the 400z, it has the silhouette of the original 240z. Many heralded the FR-S/BRZ/86 twins as the Z of the future, but what if the Z is the Z of the future. If we can see as many Zs on the road as Challengers I will be one happy man.

Speaking of the Challenger, Allpar reports that Dodge is working on a Challenger ACR. The acronym ACR stands for American Club Racer and has found its way to competition cars from the Dodge Neon to the Dodge Viper. The Viper ACR held the production car lap time record at Laguna Seca for 3 years before falling to the 991 911 GT2 RS which was later bested by the McLaren Senna. If the Challenger ACR comes to light, you can rest assured that Randy Pobst will be up for another fast lap run.

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