Reviews: 2021 Acura TLX: First Look

The Most Significant "Debuts" of the Canceled 2020 Geneva Auto Show

  The Most Significant Coronavirus fears shut down the show, but automakers debuted these viral rides anyway.But even without a physical venue, the show must—and did—go on. Many new cars that were set to make their debut at the Geneva auto show were still revealed digitally online, and some automakers even put on virtual press conferences live-streamed to the web. Geneva has historically been the show where automakers debut their fastest, most exclusive, most high-tech, [insert any other relevant superlatives here] new production models and concept cars, and this year's remote event was no exception.

It's finally official: The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is back, and according to Mustang director Dave Pericak, it'll be "the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever." Considering how good the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 is, those are bold words.

But the Blue Oval confirms that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be perched on the highest rung of the 5.0-liter Mustang ladder—at least for however long the limited-edition model remains on sale.

The Sedan Apocalypse Kills the Acura RLX

  The Sedan Apocalypse Kills the Acura RLX The Sedan Apocalypse Kills the Acura RLXAutomotive News and other outlets today report Acura has confirmed the RLX will be no more after the 2020 model year. It will live on in Japan--where it's built and still called the Legend, apparently--and some other markets, but not in North America. Fans of four-door luxury sedans with super-handling all-wheel drive will have to get their fix elsewhere after that.

a truck cake sitting on top of a car: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Track Testing front three quarter © Motor Trend Staff 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Track Testing front three quarter

Beyond that, few other details were given. But we do get to see the new pony car undergoing track testing for the first time. Though the front and rear ends of the Mach 1 remain camouflaged, a few details peek out. The most obvious difference is the Mach 1's circular air inlets or foglight holes flanking the galloping horse emblem in the grille.

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The look is likely a callback to the original 1969 Mustang Mach 1 with its grille-mounted fogs. Additionally, both the upper and lower grilles get a unique honeycomb mesh pattern.

a close up of a car © Motor Trend Staff

Around back, we can see bazooka-sized quad exhaust pipes and a rear wing that looks a lot like the recently refreshed Shelby GT350's. Also, like the GT350, the Mach 1 wears ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring 305/30 at the front. That high-performance rubber is wrapped around a multispoke 19-inch wheel, which hides a massive Brembo brake caliper. We expect much—if not all—of the Performance Package 2's dynamic kit to make its way to the Mach 1.

Honda, Acura Recalling Nearly 140,000 2018–2019 Vehicles for Fuel-Pump Problem

  Honda, Acura Recalling Nearly 140,000 2018–2019 Vehicles for Fuel-Pump Problem Honda Accord, Civic, Fit, HR-V, and Insight, plus Acura NSX, RLX, and RDX models are affected by the defect, which could potentially cause the engine to stall during driving.The fuel pumps, made by supplier Denso, were "exposed to production solvent drying for longer periods of time" during manufacturing, according to the NHTSA recall report, which could cause surface cracking and excessive fuel absorption and eventually cause the impeller to become deformed and fail. The fuel pumps on vehicles produced outside limited dates given on the report do not have the problem.

As we speculated previously, it sounds like the Mach 1 will replace the Bullitt in the lineup as the limited-production juiced Mustang GT. That could mean the Mach 1 will get the Bullitt's higher-output 5.0-liter Coyote V-8, which makes 480 horsepower—an extra 20 over the standard GT thanks to an intake manifold derived from the one in the GT350. And judging by the pictures, a lot more than just a manifold will trickle down from the GT350 to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

Pricing has yet to be announced, though Ford says the Mach 1 has historically bridged the gap between the GT and Shelby models. That could mean the Mach 1 will start somewhere around $50,000, which is about how much the Bullitt cost. Then again, we've also heard that the GT350 has been axed for 2021, which would leave an opening at the higher end of the price spectrum below the top-dog GT500. Whatever the case, we can't wait to learn and see more.

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2021 Acura TLX Gets $4500 Price Bump, Type S Starts Over $50K .
The base version has a 272-hp turbo-four, and a 355-hp Type S performance model with a turbo V-6 arrives next year. The new 2021 Acura TLX starts at $38,525, a big jump over its predecessor.The base version has a 272-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and either front- or optional all-wheel drive.Acura says the four-cylinder car will go on sale in September, while the V-6–powered TLX Type S won't arrive until next spring.Acura is charging a lot more for the new version of its TLX sedan, as the sports sedan's starting price jumps $4500 over its predecessor. The base 2021 Acura TLX 2.

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