2017 Acura NSX Release Date, Specs and Review

The fresh 2017 Acura NSX is expected to make a triumphant comeback after a brief hiatus from the finest exotics club. Some of the highlights for 2017 include a comfortable and serene cabin, a new hybrid powertrain and an all-new AWD system that promises top-notch performance, and an outlandish style.

2017 Acura NSX
2017 Acura NSX

New add-ons to expect include a dramatic styling, an iconic nameplate, an aluminum body construction, an all-new, two-seat, mid-engine hybrid sports cars, and a V6 hybrid powerplant that offers in excess of 500 hp.

It has been almost four years now since the 2017 Acura NSX began its comeback to the collective automotive consciousness during the Detroit motor show, when the brand unmasked what the next-gen supercar will look like. Later, a commercial starring Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld signaled Acura’s promise of bracing its production version and a halo supercar that ultimately debuted earlier this year.

2017 Acura NSX front
2017 Acura NSX front

For 2017, the vehicle comes built on the steel and aluminum frame with a carbon-fiber floor insert. The body panels are made of a fiberglass-like composite and aluminum composite. This light-body shell, according to Acura, should help leverage the mass of the electric and hybrid components though the curb weight hasn’t been made public by Acura. The engineers say that the vehicle comes with a lowered center of gravity that should bode well for handling, however, we are yet to confirm the proclamations.

2017 Acura NSX back
2017 Acura NSX back

According to very credible sources, we expect the 2017 Acura NSX to weigh around 700 lbs. more than the existing model which translates to about 3,700 lbs. in total.

Price & 2017 Acura NSX Release Date

Acura hasn’t announced a revised on-sale date, after a development delay, but industry pundits claim its release date shouldn’t come before the Spring of 2016.

As for the sticker price, expect the vehicle to come featuring an MSRP starting from $150,000, which is about what other vehicles in the same segment go for. Some of its rivals include 2016 Porsche 911 and 2016 Audi R8 V10.

Engine Specs – 2017 Acura NSX

Just like the prior model, the new 2017 Acura NSX comes with a lowered center of gravity available as a two-seater. However, the new 2017 model will use a twin turbocharged direct injected V6 that powers the aft wheels via the dual-clutch nine-speed transmission system. A lithium-ion battery and three electric motors augment the V6.

Seating between the transmission and the engine is one of the motors, and provides an initial torque surge and regenerative braking before the turbos get up to full throttle. Also, it aides to quicken the gearchanges by slowing or spiking the engine via the shifts. The rest of the engines drive the front wheels and are mounted up front.

However, there is no connection between the front wheels and the V6, which naturally should enable the fore wheels a laudable degree of liberation from each other and even the rear. As the setup stands, it promises precise response and handling, but will have to be aided by the mini supercomputers that need to work in synergy to get it right.

No announcements have been made by Acura about the new engine’s specs yet. However, the V6 promises to deliver about 500 horsepower, while the addition of the electric power from the 2WD should add it up to about 550 horsepower, an output that stands well above what today’s elite sports cars generate.

Though we haven’t confirmed, the new 2017 Acura NSX will have a top speed of 190 mph and will hustle from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. We will schedule our test drive as soon as we get the invitation to do so, so keep checking for future updates.

Unfortunately, the EPA fuel economy mpg ratings aren’t available yet, but we expect the details to start trickling down soon.

Exterior Wallpaper & Interior Colors – 2017 Acura NSX

Interior wise, the new 2017 Acura NSX comes with a vast canvas of aluminum and leather befitting a racy car. Also, the cabin comes with flat bottom steering wheel, black and blue theme, high-door sills, tall center console, and a floating center stack.

2017 Acura NSX interior
2017 Acura NSX interior

Additionally, there are various drive modes including an electric-only operation, a track setting, and a low-speed mode will be available.

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New 2017 Renault Kaptur Release Date and Review

The all-new 2017 Renault Kaptur debuted in Moscow earlier this year. The 2017 Kaptur is one among the many list of vehicles that Renault plans to offer outside of Europe. The most prominent change for the new model is perhaps the exterior changes and a four-wheel drive system. Its Russia release date is set for early 2017. Read on to get more details on what you should expect from the all-new Renault Captur.

2017 Renault Kaptur auto show, side view, white color, alloy wheels

The new model has been designed for the Russian market. The entire design process aims to make it competitive in the Russian and Eurasian Customs Union markets. Despite the obvious class with other better-placed models, Renault hopes that the new model’s contemporary design, upscale technologies, and top-notch materials will help make it competitive. Some of the changes include the replacement of the “C” in Captur with an emphatic “K”. The Kaptur also gains a four-wheel drive, and specific dimensions.

2017 Renault Kaptur front view, blue color, grille and badges

This is what Corporate Design, Vice President, Group Renault – Laurens van had to say, “Specific attention to Russian needs for versatility, comfort, and off-road abilities were combined with Renault’s eye-catching design during the designing of the Renault Kaptur. The result is a robust, expressive, and genuine crossover.”

The front of the new model features an assertive bold Renault logo set against a gloss black background. The grille, on the upper part, is distinctive and features a honeycomb mesh pattern, while the width gets visually wider thanks to the broad lower part of the bumper. The length dimension is expressed by the sculpted forms of the door inserts and bonnet. Talking of dimensions, here’s what to expect: length – 4,333mm, height – 1,613mm, width – 1,813mm, and wheelbase – 2,674mm.

2017 Renault Kaptur exterior, rear angle, taillights and badges

Renault further made it appealing through the distinct blend of customization options available for buyers. It is particularly intended for people who value comfort, appreciate a modern atmosphere, and lead a busy life. The interior, on the other end of the spectrum, is occupant-friendly, comfortably-appointed, and stylish. In addition to getting a comfortable rear bench fitting three adults, the cabin is also designed to offer impressive ground clearance, and remarkable exterior visibility.

The Kaptur’s practicality doesn’t end there, boot volume is 387 liters. You’ll find that loading cargo in the boot is as easy as it can be thanks to the additional boot lighting and wide tailgate aperture.

2017 Renault Kaptur spy shots

Modern equipment include keyless entry and ignition, smartphone app connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, and MEDIA NAV system. Also, the vehicle has been designed to cope with the harsh weather conditions encountered in most regions in Russia. Such features include a reliable all-wheel drive transmission system, a heavy-duty suspension system, and an impressive ground clearance. Harsh wintry conditions can be off-set by the available heated windscreen, heated front seats, and Renault’s Remote Engine Start system.

2017 Renault Kaptur Release Date & Price

2017 Renault Kaptur release date

The new model should be expected to cost around $21,621 and $27,822 without options. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.

2017 Renault Kaptur Exterior

2017 Renault Kaptur front angle, headlights and grille

Even at a distant, the car is distinctively a Kaptur. Despite being concealed by tape, it comes with the same grille design and the headlights carry a similar shape. As you can see from the images, it is quite possible that the front bumper too features significant redesigns. The side profile remains virtually unaltered save for the wheelbase dimensions beneath. It is evident that the new model has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model.

Around back, the taillights are a bit smaller than those of the existing model. Although heavily guised, it seems as though the rear profile of the new model is a bit toned down.

2017 Renault Kaptur Interior

2017 Renault Kaptur interior, steering wheel, dashboard and lcd screen

At this point in time, the interior remains a mystery. But my crystal ball tells me it will be something similar to that of the current Captur. Details should be public some few weeks before its release date nevertheless.

Engine Specs

2017 Renault Kaptur engine

Details about the engine option(s) remains a mystery too for now. But we highly suspect that the new model will come equipped with a 120 horsepower and 140 lbs. ft. of torque – generating TCe 120 engine. A diesel variant is also available.

Safety

2017 Renault Kaptur safety

Given the competition includes all-rounded vehicles like the Mazda CX-5, and the Honda CR-V, it only seems logical if Renault matched or even bettered them in order to remain competitive in the segment. Crash impact assessment is yet to be conducted on the 2017 Kaptur, an update will be posted on this post in real time once the results are out. So keep posted!

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2017 Renault Kaptur front view, orange color, headlights and grille

2017 Renault Kaptur exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

2017 Renault Kaptur front view, headlights, grille and badges

2017 Renault Kaptur exterior, front view, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Renault Kaptur rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Renault Kaptur exterior, white color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Renault Kaptur rear view, white color, taillights

2017 Renault Kaptur trunk

2017 Renault Kaptur interior, leather front and back seats

2017 Renault Kaptur interior, leather seats and gear shift knob

2017 Subaru WRX Release Date, Review and Specs

You’ll realize the new 2017 Subaru WRX has the right stuff when you take it out for a spin. For starters, the WRX is a blast to drive thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive system, sharp handling, and turbocharged power. Some of the notable features that make it appealing include tons of premium safety equipment options available, an enhanced all-wheel drive system for added traction, superb handling and steering responses, and impressively quick acceleration. Its release date and price structure are already out, read on to keep abreast.

2017 Subaru WRX exterior, blue color, grille

First things first though, what has really changed? As a first, the new model gains automatic headlights and auto-up front window switches, and a reverse automatic braking system that joins the rest of the technologies bundled under the EyeSight safety package. The 2017 WRX appeals to shoppers looking for a wide range of uses, such as those interested in: a grocery-getting sedan, reserved demeanor, exhilarating driving experience, comfortable everyday drivability, and fuel efficiency. All these features are made possible by WRX’s group of virtues – precision handling and steering, beefy turbocharged power, and a raucous rally-based heritage.

2017 Subaru WRX side view, blue color, alloy wheels

Under the hood, the new 2017 Subaru WRX comes with a brawny turbocharged 2.0L, horizontally opposed inline-4 engine good for 268 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. With this power tucked beneath its hood, the Subaru WRX 0-60 mph takes just 5.4 seconds with the manual transmission, and 5.9 seconds with the CVT-equipped versions. Those looking for even more power have the 2017 Subaru WRX STI option that gets its motivation from a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower and 290 lbs. ft. of torque. 5.0 seconds is all you need to get from 0-60 mph. Even with such a mind-boggling performance, fuel economy rating for the STI stands at 19 mph for combined city/highway cruising, and 23 mpg for the regular model.

2017 Subaru WRX STI rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

See, the 2017 Subaru WRX is performance oriented and that comes with several detriments more often than not. Creature comforts suffer the most, as is the interior build quality. But if you’re willing to live with those shortcomings, rest assured of an all-rounded performance from the 2017 WRX. As is evident, the simple question that you should ask yourself before heading down to your local Subaru dealer is: Does trading a bit of practicality and comfort for fun make any sense?

2017 Subaru WRX front angle, headlights and grille

If it does, then go ahead and have some fun. But if it doesn’t, we highly recommend you look at the available competition that includes vehicles such as Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus ST. rivals for the more powerful 2017 WRX STI include Volkswagen Golf R, and Ford Focus RS.

2017 Subaru WRX rear angle, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Subaru WRX Release Date & Price

According to Subaru, pricing for the 2017 WRX is as follows: WRX STI Limited Sedan – $39,995, WRX Premium Sedan – $30,195, WRX STI – $35,195, WRX Limited – $30,000, and WRX Base – $26,695. All pricing is based on MSRP and is inclusive of the destination charge.

2017 Subaru WRX release date

2017 Subaru WRX Exterior

As can be seen from the pictures, the exterior design of the new model is aggressive yet refined. The WRX Base comes with 17-inch wheels, and a trunk lid spoiler. The WRX Premium gets eighteen-inch wheels, a sunroof, and foglights. The WRX Limited gains LED low-beam headlights, while the top-of-the-line WRX STI model gets unique eighteen-inch BBS wheels, a sunroof, Brembo brakes, and rear limited-slip differentials.

2017 Subaru WRX rear angle, blue color, taillights

2017 Subaru WRX Interior

The interior evokes a performance spirit with the driver’s seat design like a cockpit. Some of the standard features available include a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, a CD player, HD and satellite radio, Subaru’s Starlink six-speaker infotainment system, and a 6.2” vehicle information display.

2017 Subaru WRX STI steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

Premium features include auto-dimming rearview mirror, interior lighting accents, carbon fiber trim, premium audio system with navigation, and a 7-inch Starlink touchscreen display.

2017 Subaru WRX interior, leather seats

Available Trims

Five trims are offered for the 2017 Subaru WRX Hatchback: Limited, Premium, Base, WRX STI, and the WRX STI Limited.

2017 Subaru WRX STI side angle, alloy wheels and headlights

Engine Specs

Powering the base WRX is a 268-horsepower – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired to a manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system. The performance-oriented WRX STI gets a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine good for 305 horsepower and 290 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Subaru WRX engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 0.9 in. (180.9 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.7 in. (70.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 108.6ft³
Cargo volume: 12.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3269 lbs
Top Speed: 144 mph
0-60: 5.0 sec
MPG: 17/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Lapis Blue Pearl, Pure Red, Crystal White Pearl, WR Blue Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Safety Review

2017 Subaru WRX lcd screen

In Subaru’s own conducted crash impact safety assessment, the Subaru WRX achieved a five out five star rating. Well, inasmuch as we have to wait a bit longer to get official results from the NHTSA, shoppers who’re eyeing the WRX should rest assured it offers upscale safety to all occupants.

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2017 Subaru WRX limited, blue color, exterior

2017 Subaru WRX spy photo

2017 Subaru WRX STI front view, grille and headlights

2017 Subaru WRX rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Subaru WRX STI blue color, front view, headlights

2017 Subaru WRX interior, gear shift knob and steering wheel

2017 Subaru WRX STI interior, leather seats and steering wheel

2017 Subaru WRX sedan interior, back seats

2017 Subaru WRX trunk