Overfinch’s posh Range Rover, Acura’s new nameplate, Tesla’s big recall
Overfinch has gone overboard with this $400,000 Range Rover Classic
Intake: The people of Yorkshire may have a reputation for thrift, but that certainly doesn’t apply at Leeds-based Overfinch. The Range Rover tuning specialist has gone to town with its latest take on the original posh SUV, crafting a near-half-million-dollar machine that’s fit for any Lord or Lady of the manor. The exterior of this fabulous Field Edition remains tastefully unscathed, with lush emerald green paint and 16-inch alloy wheels, but the interior is more sumptuous than any Classic Rangie we’ve seen so far. Tan leather and burr walnut are everywhere, with the Recaro seats featuring diamond quilting and knurled metal finishes to the brightwork. Should sir or madam be a fan of outdoor pursuits, then the Field Edition has them covered with a built-in two-drawer gun and drinks cabinet and humidor, beautifully finished in olive ash with suede linings. As is Overfinch tradition, the regular Range Rover V-8 is replaced by a 6.2-liter GM LS3 with 430 hp so it will fly across any field you fancy.
Exhaust: We can just picture this Range Rover on a misty morning on the moors in pursuit of a gaggle of grouse, although the chances are it will live a less adventurous life in the climate controlled garage of a collector
Acura may dub its Ultium-platformed electric SUV the ADX
Intake: Honda has filed a trademark with the United States Patent Office for the name ADX, which may be our first clue as to what the forthcoming electric SUV from Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, will be called. Acura will lean on GM’s Ultium battery platform to underpin the vehicle but source its own design language for the interior and exterior. The Honda/GM partnership will also produce a Honda-branded vehicle, that will bear the Prologue nameplate. Both SUVs have a targeted arrival date sometime in 2024.
Exhaust: While it’s not yet certain that the ADX will be an electric SUV, we’re betting that’s the case based on Acura’s current SUV lineup, which includes the RDX and larger MDX. It’s unlikely that it would go further downmarket in size and price to introduce something smaller than the RDX, especially given every automakers current proclivities with announcing EVs at a dizzying rate.
Tesla to recall almost half a million cars
Intake: Tesla is recalling more than 475,000 Model 3 and Model S electric cars due to design or manufacturing defects. The recalls filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affect every Model 3 built between 2017 and 2020, and Model S cars built from 2014 onwards. The Model 3 issue relates to a cable on the rearview camera which can be damaged during the opening and closing of the trunk. In the Model S, it’s the frunk that’s at fault as the NHTSA reports some latches were incorrectly fitted during manufacture which could lead to the lid flying open. Tesla says both fixes can be done at a service center and are free of charge. The NHTSA has also said it is launching an investigation into distracted driving after it was discovered that drivers could play video games on the center console while on the move, even though Tesla has said it is disabling this feature. In better news for the brand, the Model 3 looks set to be the best-selling electric car in Europe with more than 112,000 cars sold in 2021.
Exhaust: Build quality has long been one of Tesla’s biggest problems, even if many fans are willing to forgive faults. These recall and update actions can only be welcomed to improve the marque’s safety.
You can have F1 revs for the price of a track kart
Intake: It’s been nearly 20 years since Formula 1 fans have had their ears split by the high-rpm shriek of the V-10 era. The modern turbocharged V-6 cars are quieter and lack some of the insanity of those late 90s screamers. Luckily, if piston speed is what you desire, there is something you can pick up to match—and exceed—the mechanical fervor of those V-10 cars: a ’90s Honda CBR250RR. The CBR250RR can rev to ludicrous heights—20,000 rpms, anyone? For more on this moto-marvel, we turn it over to FortNine, one of our favorite motorcycle YouTube channels.
Exhaust: Small displacement motorcycles always get a bad rap here in the wide open Unites States, but most of the rest of the world enjoys small-bore screamers. Much like the small car big fun formula, these motorcycles are often most loved by riders who have had all the power of a liter bike at their right wrist and realized there is no where to use it. Buy it for sound, nostalgia, or the fun factor. Just buy a motorcycle you enjoy.