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The News for October 14th, 2016

Greg Kachadurian October 14, 2016 The News! 33 Comments

Welcome to the Redusernab News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW reveals all-new 5 Series with tons of new and exciting things

  • Honda CR-V gets meaner, more upscale for 2017 model year

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus promises fully street-legal SCG003S

  • The Hoonicorn makes 1,400 horsepower now

  • Ford Performance offers EcoBoost power pack

  • Ford idles Mustang production after sharp decrease in sales

  • What’s your automotive news?

2017 BMW 5 Series


It’s rare that I get to write about a new BMW I don’t hate. Despite all the ugly crossover “coupes” they’ve been popping out lately, every now and then they can still hit one out of the park. Reading the 7,000-word press release of this thing has me thinking they’ve done it again. Say hello to the 2017 BMW 5 Series, the seventh generation of the quintessential executive sports saloon.

There’s a full write up on this coming later today because there’s that much to talk about. BMW has reworked everything about this car and the one that came before it was already pretty damn good. The only thing I can think of that hasn’t been changed is the eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox. Its styling is all new, the interior is all new and more opulent, its lighter, more powerful, and promises to be more engaging to drive. They also gave it loads of new features and driver assistance systems, some of which venture into semi-autonomous territory for the first time on a 5 Series. If you’re not interested in the full deep dive coming later today, have some cliff notes:

  • It’s available as a 530i (4 cyl.) , 540i (straight six), and M550i (V8) in America. The M550i does 0-62 mph in 4 seconds flat.
  • It uses more aluminum, magnesium, and high strength steel to shed 137 pounds.
  • It has styling more reminiscent of the new 7 Series (same sausage, different lengths is back).
  • It has innovative electromechanical anti-roll bars for improved dynamics and better ride quality.
  • It has a new suite of semi-autonomous driver assists like traffic jam assist and remote parking.
  • It’s available in America starting early next year.

Keep an eye out for a more detailed post on this car later today. Or don’t. It’s a free internet.

[Source: BMW]

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Honda also revealed a new generation of one of their biggest sellers with the 2017 CR-V. Now in its fifth generation, the compact SUV gets completely redesigned and reengineered to stay near the top of the segment. 4 million Americans have bought the CR-V since 1997 to make it America’s best-selling SUV, so the new one looks to keep that streak going with class-leading efficiency, a bigger and more upscale cabin, and more versatility.

2017 Honda CR-V

As I’m sure you can tell from the photos, Honda chose to take a more aggressive design for the CR-V because that’s exactly what a sensible compact SUV needs. I think it looks alright, but it’s not what I expected out of a CR-V. Regardless, it now has a “crisp” and sharp face, wide and muscular fenders, a longer hood, longer wheelbase, and shorter rear overhang to portray a more athletic presence. It also has available “signature” Honda LED lighting, thinner A-pillars for improved forward visibility, and a Honda-first hands-free access power tailgate.

Inside, Honda sought to raise the bar for interior refinement, utility, and premium features in the compact SUV class. It has best-in-class overall cabin space and rear seat legroom, improved cabin materials including a soft-touch instrument panel and finely stitched seats, and a host of new in-car tech. A seven-inch touchscreen Display Audio Interface running on Android is available and can be paired with navigation and the full Apple CarPlay and Android Auto suites. The driver also gets their own color TFT information interface right in the center of the gauge cluster.

2017 Honda CR-V

The list of available features goes on to include remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, heated side mirrors, heated seats, electric parking brake, rear USB charging ports, and a driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment.

Safety was another big thing Honda prioritized with the CR-V and the “Honda Sensing” suite of driver assistance systems available is pretty thorough. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking with Forward Collision Warning and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, and Lane Keeping Assist. Additional new driver-assistive technologies include the available Blind Spot Information, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and Auto High Beam (HSS) headlights.

Other big news is that turbocharging comes to the CR-V for the first time. CR-V EX and higher trims will be equipped with a more powerful 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged four banger rated at 190 horsepower. MPG ratings aren’t available yet, but the more efficient engine paired with the more aerodynamic body should net some impressive numbers. The standard CR-V is powered by a non-turbo 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected “i-VTECÔ” engine (I’m sure that means something to someone but not me). All models are paired exclusively with a CVT with Honda G-Shift control logic with power going to either the front or all four wheels.

2017 Honda CR-V

It should be available early next year. Pricing was not released yet. CR-V assembly is split between three North American plants – East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts. Engines for the new CR-V will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario, with the CVT being produced in Russells Point, Ohio. Honda really loves Ohio.

[Source: Honda]

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S


Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’ SCG003C is an awesome road-legal race car project that’s been ongoing for the last few years. It races throughout Europe with varying levels of success and heartbreak, but it’s a turnkey racecar that can be driven to and from the track pretty much as is. And it’s really fast and fun to drive in Assetto Corsa, so that has to count for something. It can also do . Soon, as in sometime next year, we can expect a proper street car version to come and steal lunch money from the other super cars.

It’s a toned down and fully legal version of a race car that was also supposed to be road legal, but this one is more road legal as indicated by that last S in SCG003S which stands for “stradale” which is fancy speak for street where as the SCG003C has a C at the end which stands for “competizione” which is also fancy speak for competition which means race car. I’m really tired.

Anyway, in transitioning from the C to the S the car only loses some of the race car’s aero. The big carbon competition-spec wing is gone but a less aggressive, fixed rear wing integrated into the rest of the body takes its place. The front splitter and rear diffuser is toned down a little, but not that much. Otherwise, the main body structures look identical. I think that’s a good thing.


As for power, the competition car runs a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 sourced from Honda with a 520 horsepower, but some suggest that the street car will use a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 of an unknown origin (BMW?) with up to 750 horsepower instead.

Backing up that power and its race car looks is an actual race car suspension. It should have a pushrod suspension at all four corners as with the competition car. That the car’s high downforce ought to translate to more than 2G of lateral grip according to Glickenhaus. 0-62 mph is expected to be sub-three seconds and the top speed is a claimed 217 mph.

As of now, only ten SCG003S units are planned. Manufacturing will be the responsibility of Manifattura Automobili Torino in Italy, the same ones building the race car and that P4/5 Competizione Glickenhaus also designed. Only ten units are planned according to  with prices in excess of $1.3 million. This is a car I’ll be following closely as the story develops.

[Source: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus via ]



Ken Block and his basket of hoonigans have done it again. The Hoonicorn, that AWD Mustang drift machine and star of Gymkhana 7, is now boosted. The 6.7-liter Roush Yates Racing V8 is now accompanied by two turbochargers and produces a sensible 1,400 horsepower. It spits flames out of the hood now. Hoonicorn V2 is destined for a future video project of some kind, whether that’s Gymkhana 10 or not remains to be seen. Whatever it’s in, it’s going to be mental. Check out the for more.

[Source: Hoonigan via ]


Great news for Mustang fans! Ford Performance is spreading the Power Pack love to the EcoBoost Mustang. After announcing a variety of performance packages for the V8 Mustang GT (pictured above – I don’t have a photo of the EcoBoost), they’re expanding the parts lineup to include the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder found in the mid-range Mustang. The power pack is warranty-friendly and legal in all 50 states as with the V8’s options. The Ford Performance Mustang EcoBoost performance calibration kit adds some stuff (they didn’t say exactly what) to add 25 horsepower and 70 lb.-ft. of torque, bringing the total up to 335 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. The power pack for the EcoBoost is not listed in the so no word on pricing or exactly what parts are included.

[Source: Ford Performance]

Bad news for Mustang fans. The Flat Rock, Michigan factory in charge of the car’s final assembly has idled its lines for a week. Sales of America’s most popular form of crowd control had a sharp 32% decline last month, so no new Mustangs will be produced until October 17th. All factory workers will still be paid for the week per their contracts. In other news, those interested in buying a new Mustang could probably find a good deal right about now.

[Source: ]

What’s your automotive news?


That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

[Image © 2016 Redusernab/Greg Kachadurian]

  • jeepjeff

    I do not have room in my life for a new mustang. I do not have room in my life for a new mustang. I do not have room in my life for a new mustang. I do not have room in my life for a new mustang….


    • Batshitbox

      Did you make it to the CityBike AB-51 party Saturday? Did you know the Any Two Wheels show was on Sunday? I missed them both. Blue Angels watching Saturday, work Sunday. Didn’t find out about ATW until Saturday, as it was not listed in CityBike’s events page. (Why not? I thought ATW was Sam Devine’s project.)

      • jeepjeff

        I made the AB-51 party on Saturday, but I missed ATW on Sunday. I only found out about ATW on Friday. I had something going on Sunday that I’m now blanking on, so I didn’t make it.

        The AB-51 party was alright, but the best part was heading home. I got it into my head to head up to Geary, cut west to the waterfront and take 92 back to San Leandro.

      • jeepjeff

        Oh, and Facebook reminded me this week that I’ve owned Big Bike for a year now. I’ve put 2600 miles on it in that time.

    • I do not have room in my life for a Cycle Burro but I bought this one on Tuesday anyway:

      • Alff

        I do not believe that there was ever any intent that they would be pulled behind a “car”. You are a pioneer.

        • Thanks! I’ll keep that characterization handy as part of my defense whenever I’m asked exactly what it is I think I’m doing.

          • Alff

            You don’t need to defend your unique world view to anyone… except maybe the person who has to put up with it daily.

            • She’s stopped asking what it is I think I’m doing. I’m not sure how much of this is because she’s already figured it out for herself, how much of it is because she just doesn’t want to know, and how much of it is that, although she has figured it out, she still just doesn’t want to know. I’ve stopped asking.

  • Yey, improved dynamics! Have the statics been updated, too?

  • Citric

    Why is Honda making the new CR-V look like an off-brand Nissan Rogue?

    • Zentropy

      My first impression as well. The interior looks nice, but the exterior styling is a messy blend of Honda and Nissan. Those fender contours look like afterthoughts. I have been critical of Hondas for looking too blandly similar across the models, but this is not a good direction.

    • kogashiwa

      The first picture of it I saw was a rear 3/4 view and I literally (as in not figuratively) thought it was a Rogue.

      But CUVs are pretty interchangeable to me anyway.

    • Rudy™

      I don’t see that at all. Busy, yes, but I sense no Rogue-ness. The side view and window outline, though is *very* CR-V. I will say that the one styling feature I don’t care for is the reprise of the third-generation’s “fat lip” bumper and dual grill opening. It’s not as pronounced on the 2017, but always thought that was a sadly unfortunate front end style that I have never warmed to.

      These new cars tend to look less “busy” in person. It’s too bad I missed it–the unveiling of this new model was only about a dozen miles from Casa Rudy. Guess I’ll have to brave the Auto Show in January to see it.

  • Ross Ballot

    I’m ready for a new direction for the 5-Series. It seems like it’s following the current 3-Series and 7-Series designs, only years later. The 5, for me at least, most to be the most desirable of the middle-trim German sedans (5-Series/A6/E-Class). Now it seems like it’s washed out, bland on style, lacking substance, and soft in the “sports sedan” realm. Given, I’m nowhere near the average buyer, but it just doesn’t have the appeal it used to.

    My news: autocross #2 tomorrow morning! Incredibly excited to have another go at it. Feeling a little better this time, a lot less nervous which certainly helps…

    • cap’n fast

      german taxi cab.

  • Dean Bigglesworth

    I see BMW continues the trend of having the new model make the previous generation look more attractive in comparison. Though now at least the hood goes all the way to the grille, so it’s got that going for it.

    I preferred normal Japanese cars when they weren’t “styled”, they sort of just were. Lately it seems they just need More Styling! Ok I think that’s enough… MORE! Not enough creases! Oh and make sure it has a massive underbite.

    • Don’t read driventowrite.com, they’ve spoilt me for conteporary car design within a few dozen articles – and I still have no taste, or eye for proportions, only details.

      Also, your second § reminds me of CGI CSI:Detroit.

      • kogashiwa

        Being of an exceedingly contrary disposition, I will from now on read everything on driventowrite.com.

    • mrh1965

      Ha, yes, the underbite, which the CR-V has had for years, continues. And yes, why would you have a flat plane or maybe a subtle curve when you can run a sharp crease down the body?? Slap a laughably large, entirely unnecessary, grill on the thing to top it off and you have a hit on your hands.

      • To be fair (am I defending Quandt Motorwerks here? I’m soft.): they’ve had a forward-slanted kidney pair since quite a while, the example is 1972. Remarkable that the kidney is tilted backward nowadays, and they still manage to breed overbite.


      • Sjalabais

        Imho, they are trying to emulate the Japanese design leader. Mazda has had great car designs in the past, and they recently found their form again with the 6 series that is just mid-sized perfection. I think what the others are doing are simply uninformed attempts at being cool, too.

  • hwyengr

    Does this mean I can talk the local dealer down from his $15k markup on a non-R GT350?

    Ford dealerships are the biggest flaw in the Ford experience.

    • JayP

      No doubt.

  • So, a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was starting a new job where I would get to play with cars. Well, I started just after labor day and it’s been fun so far and I thought you’d like to see what we’ve been up to.

    We’re in the kit car business. Well, our main business now is product development, CNC machining and small run manufacturing, but we’re getting into the kit car business. What that will mean exactly is yet to be fully determined, but we’ll be building kits for people and manufacturing parts for them as well. Our first build is a Factory Five 818S, pictured below. It’s obviously still has a long way to go. But today was our first attempt to fire the engine, but we were unsuccessful. It cranked over and was getting fuel, but wouldn’t fire. It was late in the day and rather than stay and try to figure it out, we called it a day and decided to try again on Monday.

    This first one is running a 2004, I believe, WRX drivetrain. The engine has been rebuilt and enhanced to the tune of what should be about 400HP. I don’t know all the details (the engine was done when I arrived) outside of a much larger turbo and a water to air intercooler. We’re also using an InfinityBox CAN bus wiring system to simplify the 40lb stock WRX wiring harness. We’re finding the pain points of building an 818, which for us are opportunities to create solutions to help us and others complete theirs. Because of our machine shop, manufacturing and engineering experience we have the ability to create some great components that the average builder can’t. We plan to apply the same to other kits beyond the 818 as well.

    Sorry if that sounds a bit like a sales pitch, but it’s pretty exciting and fun and I’ve been itching to share about it. I plan to share more as we go.

    • kogashiwa

      Very cool.

      If you ever build a Lister Bell Stratos I want to hear all about it.

      • cap’n fast

        you haven’t been exposed to the ffr 818 coupe with the 2.0L ecoboost in it. 818 kilos and 300 horsepower….

      • I had to look that up, very cool. Initially we’ll likely be building Factory Five stuff (an 818C and a Mark IV are probably next), but we’re open to building anything. We actually have a K1 Attack kit (and 2001 Prelude donor) in the shop, but it turns out that it’s a mess of a kit and we’re not sure what we’re doing with it now.

    • Sjalabais

      Keep those updates coming; maybe even in a formal part-of-the-‘verse-format? What a great job!

  • In other news, I still can’t avoid serious drippings from the filter and oil cooler when changing oil. What’s the trick?
    Also, how to clean rough concrete. ..

    • kogashiwa

      Put down cardboard beforehand and pretend it never happened …

      • I’m using the floor for diagnosis (what’s dripping where) – your suggestion would work for that, too.

  • outback_ute

    Maybe Ford could have kept the Mustang production line running and sent some more cars to Australia. A few months back there was a 6,000 unit backlog, although I gather it has been improved slightly since then.



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