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Redesigned Acura TLX gets dedicated architecture to enhance its performance

The Acura TLX is set for a complete redesign.

Photo courtesy of Acura

The double wishbone suspension was pioneered by French car maker Citroën 90 years ago, but it's only now coming to the Acura TLX. The redesigned 2021 Acura TLX is set to reposition the car as a true driver's automobile and set about reinvigorating the brand's identity.

Though the cover won't officially be pulled off the model until tomorrow, there are already some details we know.

Type S is slated to be Acura's next step in the performance pyramid. Think of it as the equivalent of Audi's S models (like the S4 and S6). The automaker says that the model will be, "the quickest, best-handling, and most well-appointed sports sedan in Acura history."

Acura teases redesigned TLX for 2021, confirming the Type S. Photo courtesy of Acura

With the teaser photo put out last week, Acura showed just the rear of the car. There, in addition to the badging is a quad exhaust, LED taillights, a fin antenna on the roof, flared fenders, and SH-AWD badging. The SH-AWD badging denotes that the model comes equipped with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. This version of all-wheel drive is available on the current TLX and can transfer up to 45 percent of engine power to the rear wheels, giving the car additional traction in slippery conditions.

We also know that the TLX Type S will be the first model in Acura's lineup to to feature the company's new dedicated turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. Look for the car to have upwards of 300 horsepower. The 2020 TLX has an available V6 that produces 290 horsepower.

Though not shown in the first teaser photo, the front of the car will follow the current Acura design language, which was set in place by the Precision Concept, which debuted in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show.

Now, we're learning more about the car's underpinnings. The new TLX will be built on fresh architecture that was designed for Acura sports sedans. It's a performance-focused chassis that has a double wishbone front suspension, the same as what is in the redesigned 2021 BMW 5 Series and the current Acura NSX. This is in place of the common MacPherson strut setup that is favored by many other sedans.

The reasoning for using this type of suspension is simple. It allows the driver to enjoy a more engaging drive, whether on a highway or carving up a curvy road.

We'll see more of the TLX tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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The Porsche Design Acer Book RS and its accessories stay true to Porsche branding.

Photo courtesy of Acer

Porsche performance is legendary. Whether it's on the track, a paved road, or a country lane, a Porsche will take you there in style. The company is lending its style a new Acer laptop. The Porsche Design Acer Book RS picks up hallmark Porsche design elements and adds them to the computing workhorse.

"With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Acer's proven track record of excellence matches our commitment to delivering outstanding products with our partners. We are delighted to kick-off this partnership with the new Porsche Design Acer Book RS that embodies the DNA of our brand to the core and sets new standards in performance and design," said Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS The laptop has a carbon fiber cover.Photo courtesy of Acer

The all-metal, diamond-cut, CNC-machined chassis of the Acer Book RS is attached to the 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and an NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPU. It weighs just 2.64 pounds and has 16 GB of RAM.

It has been designed to be responsive and charge quickly, just like the steering of a 911 and Taycan. The laptop includes Intel Evo platform verified models to "meet key experience targets for consistent responsiveness on battery, instant wake, real-world battery life and fast charge". Dual copper heat pipes work to ensure the device remains cool. The battery lasts 17 hours and can generate four hours of usage with a 30-minute fast charge.

The notebook's 14-inch FHD IPS touch screen is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass that covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. Its ultra-narrow bezels allow for a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Acer has equipped the laptop with USB-C, Thunderbolt, and USB-A ports, and smart features including fingerprint login and Wake on Voice technology.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS Three different types of ports are housed in the notebook's body.Photo courtesy of Acer

Like many Porsches on the market today, the computer features an exterior complete with carbon fiber accents. Its cover is made of 3k carbon fiber. The computer's two covers are connected by a unibody hinge that elevates the keyboard slightly when the notebook is opened. Its keys are backlit. There is a glass precision touchpad for multi-gesture support.

The Porsche Design Acer Travelpack RS includes a mousepad, mouse, carrying pouch, and notebook sleeve. It is made from Ecco Palmero XA leather and has magnetic clasps that connect the pouch to the notebook sleeve, which is made of 1680D fabric. The Porsche Design Acer Mouse RS has Bluetooth capability and features carbon fiber accents to ensure strength and design continuity.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS Porsche Design is selling a full complement of accessories for the notebook.Photo courtesy of Acer

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS premium package (i7 notebook, travelpack, mouse) will be available in North America starting at $1,999.99. Getting just the Porsche Design Acer Book RS will set North American customers back at least $1,399.99.The Porsche Design Acer Mouse RS will be available in North America starting at $109.99. and the Porsche Design Acer Travelpack RS (mousepad, mouse, carrying pouch and notebook sleeve) will be available in North America starting at $329.99.

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The SCC Tautara is now the world's fastest car.

Photo courtesy of SCC North America

He's an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and car enthusiast. He's also the new King of Speed. Dr. Larry Caplin's SSC Tuatara recently became the fastest production car ever with a set of of records during an October 10 event in Pahrump, Nevada along a seven-mile stretch of State Route 160.

With professional racing driver Oliver Webb at the wheel, the Tuatara hit an average of 316.11 mph following two consecutive high-speed test runs. To comply with test regulations, the car traveled first in one direction down the road clocking 301.07 mph then turned around and went the other direction on the same road getting to 331.15 mph, consecutively, within one hour.

SCC Tautara Shelby Webb sign Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC (left) and driver Oliver Webb (right) celebrate the car's record.Photo courtesy of SCC North America

The times were then averaged. Officials were on site to verify all world record criteria was met and even reviewed Dewetron GPS measurements, which tracked the speed runs using 15 satellites. The Tuatara earned the title of the "Fastest Production Vehicle".

The car also earned three other titles: "Fastest Flying Mile on a Public Road" at 313.12 mph, "Fastest Flying Kilometer on a Public Road" at 321.35 mph (517.16 km/h), and "Highest Speed Achieved on a Public Road" at 331.15 mph.

Caplin is celebrating the milestone by donating community programs that support children, youth, and military families worldwide. His $316,000 donations will support health and wellness programs in underserved schools, provide college scholarships to first-generation students, and help military communities and families nationwide.

Larry Caplin SCC Tautara record car Dr. Larry Caplin celebrates the record set by his car.Photo courtesy of Dr. Larry Caplin

"I am beyond thrilled to own the World's fastest car because it's another opportunity to shine a light on important issues that support local communities and serve military families," said Caplin. "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be the owner of a historic vehicle, but I recognize that I have a responsibility to use this opportunity to help those who need support in a tangible way."

SSC North America is producing 100 SSC Tuatara hypercars. High-speed,high-downforce, and track versions are now available to customers.

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