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Redesigned 2021 Acura TLX goes on sale on September 28, TLX Type S coming in the spring

The Acura TLX Type S goes on sale in early 2021.

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A sportier Acura TLX was unveiled to the world this spring, ushering in a new era at the automaker. Now, the model is finally reaching dealerships, with an on-sale date of September 28.

The 2021 Acura TLX has a starting price of $37,500. That's up $1,300 over the outgoing 3.5-liter V6 TLX. But, the TLX is a drastically different car.

In addition to having a completely new body structure and chassis architecture, the model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers significantly more peak torque and horsepower than the outgoing model. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

It comes standard with a sport-tuned chassis, double wishbone front suspension, and Acura NSX-derived electro-servo brake-by-wire technology. Adaptive dampers are available. Drivers will be able to choose between Comfort, Normal, and Sport drive modes.

The TLX also delivers upmarket appointments and technology including a 10.2-inch infotainment touch screen, available 17-inch ELS Studio 3DO premium audio system, and color and intensity adjustable LED interior ambient lighting.

It also comes with AcuraWatch, a suite of advanced safety and driver assist technology. New Traffic Jam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition technologies are available in the model. Acura is also equipping the TLX with the first implementation of Honda's new next-generation passenger front airbag.

2021 Acura TLX

2021 TLX 2.0T

2021 TLX 2.0T
+ Technology Package

2021 TLX 2.0T
+ A-Spec Package

2021 TLX 2.0T
+ Advance Package

2WD Price

$37,500

$41,500

$44,250


$46,300

AWD Price

$39,500

$43,500

$46,250


$48,300


The company's popular A-Spec appearance package is available on the TLX. It includes Shark Grey 19-inch wheels, gloss black accents front to rear, darkened headlight and taillight treatment, and a pronounced rear decklid spoiler.

Acura will also sell the TLX in a sportier Type S variant. It comes standard with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Type S models will receive unique transmission tuning to provide an aggressive and responsive characteristic during performance driving scenarios. Final specifications for the new engine, including power output, will be released closer to launch timing. The car will have paddle shifters and get a Sport+ drive mode. It will be available next spring and is said to start in the low to mid $50,000s.

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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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The Jeep Wrangler has fans the world over. For those fans whose extracurricular activities include LEGO building along with Jeeping, there's a new LEGO Technic model they'll want to take a look at. The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first LEGO model of a Jeep SUV.

Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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Audi is only making the car for U.S. customers.

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The 2021 Audi R8 Panther special edition is one of the rarer gifts you can get for your garage this holiday season. With a limited run of 30 coupes in the works, the R8 Panther edition models are the first available units in the R8 rear-wheel-drive model line and available only for U.S. customers.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because it should. The R8 Panther edition joins the 2019 RS 5 Panther edition, which was also a limited run and featured the same paint color and interior upholstery.

2021 Audi R8 Panther The hallmarks of the model include its black paint job and red-edged wheels.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The unique 2021 R8 Panther comes covered in an Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. Its badging has been coated in black. The model rides on 20-inch five-double-spoke dynamic design wheels that have been milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim, and wrapped in summer performance tires.

Your neighbors will hear you leaving the cul-de-sac thanks to the car's sport exhaust system, which amplifies the sound of the V10 engine. LED headlights and LED taillights, with dynamic turn signals will help their eyes follow your path on the way out as they peer out their windows.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V1 engine that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top track speed of 201 mph.

The chassis of the R8 Panther edition has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive, including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber.

2021 Audi R8 Panther

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The model has a full black leather interior with Crimson red stitching. Its racing shells seats are covered in red Nappa leather and have power height and manual fore/art seat adjustment. The car's gear selector and parcel shelf are covered in Alcantara, and the headliner features a diamond-stitched Alcantara. Audi has given the model a brand-exclusive steering wheel with leather/Alcantara and 12 o'clock marker as well as exclusive R8 floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box with signal booster, navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system, and illuminated door sill inlays are included.

A carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma sideblades while the carbon interior package adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the center console.

The 2021 R8 Panther edition will be available in select dealerships this month with an MSRP of $183,300. There is an additional $1,495 destination charge, $1,700 gas guzzler tax, sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

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