Winnipeg Free Press

Hybrid supercar a game changer

by Myron Love  . Nov 04 2016
Handout / HondaThe 2017 Acura NSX is an all-wheel drive gas-electric hybrid.

Handout / Honda

The 2017 Acura NSX is an all-wheel drive gas-electric hybrid.

Long in development, Acura’s new NSX supercar is finally available — and it’s quite a standout.

“The NSX is a real game changer,” says Crown Acura sales consultant Ryndel Lantano of the new model, which put in its first appearance at the Waverley Auto Mall dealership in early October. “The NSX gives the competition a run for the money.”

The new model, Lantano points out, is a gas-electric hybrid that’s powered by three electric motors and a 3.5L mid-mounted twin-turbo V-6 that produces a combined output of 573 horsepower. A nine-speed dual-clutch automatic and AWD are standard.

Body construction is also a hybrid — with steel A-pillars, roof beams and windshield header; carbon-fibre floorboards, roof and engine cover and aluminum castings and molded plastic elsewhere.

Lantana points out the paint coating is a technology from the aviation industry. The NSX paint cover reflects 90 per cent of sunlight — as compared to 30 per cent for traditional auto paint.

“It’s like looking into a pool of water,” he says.

He notes, because of the paint, a new model can’t be exposed to moisture for the first 60 days.

One feature Lantano particularly likes is the floating C-pillar that collects air to feed the mid-mounted engine and directs airflow over the rear deck to increase down force.

“From different angles, it looks like the C-pillar is floating,” Lantana says.

The new NSX is in very limited supply. Each vehicle, Lantano points out, is being custom-made and technicians are being specially trained to service the model.

“Acura also has a mobile service team available should special servicing be required,” he says.

The selling price for the model starts at $200,000 and can range as high as $270,000, he reports.

“We are getting a lot of calls from people in Toronto and Vancouver for our NSX,” he says, “but we would prefer to sell it locally.”

LaCrosse arrives at McNaught

Just across the road (Waverley Street) from Crown Acura, McNaught Buick Cadillac has welcomed the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

The biggest exterior changes for the redesigned luxury sedan — which arrived at the beginning of October — are a new, wing-shaped chrome front grille and coloured logos and crests, notes McNaught sales rep Leighton Powell.

The new model is also a little larger, a little wider and has a longer wheelbase. While the 3.6L V-8 engine is little changed from the previous generation model, Powell points out that the 2017 LaCrosse is more fuel efficient with its stop-start technology and because it’s 300 pounds lighter.

“All in all, the 2017 LaCrosse provides a softer, more subtle ride,” Powell says.

Inside, there is a new eight-inch touch-screen on the dashboard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auit incorporated into the Buick Intellilink infotainment system. Available luxury features include heated and ventilated front seats with massage, a heated steering wheel with power adjustment, a power rear sunshade, dual-zone automatic climate control and a premium Bose stereo.

The base price for the new model is $37,000 (plus freight).

“We have a very good response to the new LaCrosse from previous LaCrosse owners,” Powell reports. “They are really impressed with the quieter, more comfortable ride.”

Murray Chevrolet, Murray Hyundai raise money for charity

On Oct. 24, for the third year in a row, Murray Chevrolet and Murray Hyundai kicked off their annual United Way campaign with the Murray Mini-Olympics with staff from both stores divied into teams competing against each other in a variety of fun competitions.

The campaign will also include a Murray Chevrolet Road Hockey four-on-four tournament on Nov. 14, a silent auction Nov. 14-18 and a bake sale on Dec. 9. Dan Murray has pledged to contribute $3 for every dollar raised during the Murray stores’ campaign.

“The United Way is a non-profit, volunteer organization that engages and unites Winnipeggers in a shared effort to improve the quality of life and build a stronger, safer, more caring community for the benefit of everyone living in Winnipeg,” Murray notes.

“As a result of a grant from the Province of Manitoba to cover operating expenses, all money donated to the United Way ends up in the community. Our goal for Murrays is to have everyone contribute. Nothing is too small, to make a difference.”

Murray Chevrolet also had a concurrent campaign to raise money for cancer research throughout October. The dealership pledged to donate $100 for every new vehicle sold at Murray Chevrolet to cancer care Manitoba in support of women’s health. Cruze for a Cure raised $10,000.