Few cars elicit the same sense of excitement and passion as the original Acura NSX, which debuted nearly 25 years ago. So it’s no wonder that at last month’s North American International Auto Show, the unveiling of the all-new 2016 Acura NSX was met with rapturous applause from critics and fans from across the globe.
For the uninitiated (and we can’t imagine many of you are) the next-generation Acura NSX is a production-ready supercar. It sports scintillating styling, a twin-turbocharged engine, and is comprised of advanced lightweight materials.
The NSX is about as advanced as a supercar can get, and channels its energy from an all-new twin-turbocharged DOHC V6 engine with a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system. You read that correctly, the 2016 Acura NSX is a part hybrid and all-powerful.
But while the beating heart of the NSX is truly phenomenal, the supercar’s veins course with the power of advanced and lightweight materials. Its advanced multi-material body features an innovative space-frame design constructed of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel, and other cutting-edge materials. The NSX even sports a carbon fiber floor that provides maximum strength, rigidity, and weight-savings.
Lightweight materials are but one component, though. The 2016 NSX is intelligently designed with performance paramount to the vehicle’s mechanical layout. For example, the NSX features an “Advanced Sports Package” that places key components, such as the mid-mounted engine, twin front motors and Sport Hybrid battery pack and power control unit, low and toward the center of the vehicle to centrally optimize mass.
All of that translates to nimble handling and razor-sharp cornering one would and should expect from Acura’s groundbreaking supercar. And with a fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspension, ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brakes, and high-performance tires, you can barely begin to imagine what a thrill driving this modern automotive marvel will be.
The next-generation NSX may live and breathe performance, but Acura hasn’t overlooked the supercar’s human component. Acura describes the NSX as a “human-centered supercar” and this is evident in the construction of its interior.
There is an uncompromising focus on the driver, which boasts excellent forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics. Moreover, the dynamic TFT display corresponds to driver input, like the Integrated Dynamics System, with pertinent graphics and information always on hand.
The 2015 Acura NSX will begin accepting custom orders starting in the summer, with customer deliveries expected later in the year. Its production will take place at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.
For more information, don’t hesitate to call or contact our dealership. If you’re like us, you simply can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this sure to be legendary supercar.
Acura - 2016 ILX - Lightning in a Bottle
Simple precautions include taking care of little problems before they become big ones.
Although "walking in a winter wonderland" makes for a great song, driving in one presents special problems for your windshield—ice, road salt, and grit, for example. Here are some tips to protect your windshield this winter.
Remove ice safely. Though tempting, grabbing a random item like a spatula or a knife to remove ice from your windshield is not recommended. Not only is this dangerous, but it can also potentially damage or scratch the glass. A better option is to spend a couple dollars on a plastic ice scraper. Other options include spraying the windshield with de-icer to melt the ice. You may not even need the scraper and you definitely won't need the ice-scraping pitchfork your Uncle Glasschipper recommended.
Avoid sudden temperature changes. It looks like a decent option. It's about four degrees outside and you're running a little late, so you come up with this grand idea of boiling water as you get ready, with the intention of dumping it on the windshield for instant defrost. Sure, you'll get the instant defrost, but you might also get a cracked windshield, which means the instant defrost could be taking place on your dashboard or the passenger seat. A better option is to turn on the defroster and wait a few minutes.
Keep the windshield clean. Winter grime can lead to a greater need for windshield cleaning. But running the wipers or even using an ice scraper to remove stuck-on dirt and grime can lead to scratched windshields, so always be careful when attempting to clean yours. Make sure your window cleaner reservoir is full and think about installing new wiper blades as soon as cold weather approaches—dry, brittle blades can scratch the glass. If possible, opt for winter blades. They're constructed to better remove snow and ice.
Repair chips and cracks as soon as possible. You've probably seen a small window chip spread on a windshield. It starts out as a tiny nuisance in a seldom seen portion of the windshield and little by little, day by day it spreads until one day you notice a spider web of cracks, turning what was a simple, inexpensive repair into a windshield replacement. This crack multiplicative effect occurs faster once the temperatures drop. This little scenario, thankfully, can be avoided with early detection and treatment.
Our service department is happy to answer any questions you have about caring for your windshield in the colder months, so contact us or stop by soon.
A home security system is intended to deter intruders, those who would steal from a homeowner, or do family members harm. The concept is that if a home appears to have a security system in place, criminals are less likely to enter that home as the risk of arrest is greatly increased.
The display of signage or decals declaring a home protected by a security system is thought to have a psychological effect on potential intruders. Such displays imply that any sign of intrusion will bring law enforcement to the premises within minutes of the break-in. The psychology, though, also applies to homeowners. Public signage and the knowledge that an alarm system is in place makes the homeowner feel safe against intruders. What deters the criminal protects the homeowner.
A study on the effectiveness of security systems done by Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, from 2001 to 2005, includes data provided by the Newark, New Jersey police department. The study shows a clear correlation between an increase of use of security systems and a decrease in burglaries and home invasions.
The study also includes interviews with professional burglars from a 1994 study published by Northeastern University Press ("Burglars on the Job"; Wright, Richard T. and Decker, Scott H.). The burglars almost unanimously revealed that home security systems were a deterrent.
Furthermore, the study demonstrated that neighborhoods in which many of the homeowners installed security systems had a notably lower crime rate than those in which few homes were protected by systems.
The installation of a home security system, though, doesn't guarantee safety from intrusion. A skilled burglar or robber may have enough knowledge to bypass or disarm an alarm, or know how to get in an out so quickly that the few minutes between the alert and the arrival of law enforcement is sufficient time for him to escape with the goods.
Security consultant Chris E McGoey, writing for the website www.crimedoctor.com, advises homeowners to "harden the target" for intruders. This includes using solid metal exterior doors, knob-in-lock door locks with dead latch mechanisms, window locks, and strategic outdoor lighting. These factors are as much a deterrent as displays touting the installation of a home security system.
Additional security measures bolster the effectiveness of an installed alarm system. Intruders are less likely to target a home that is well-fortified and wired with a security system.
Effective as a Deterrent
A homeowner may employ fortress-like security measures to ensure the safety of his home and family, but is he really safe?
Intruders do not want to draw attention to themselves and do not want to confront either angry homeowners or law enforcement. Provided the homeowner uses the home security system properly -turning the alarm on, maintaining the system- the property and people occupying the home are statistically safer than if they were to forego such security measures.
Home security technologies continue to improve, and their level of sophistication is proving a strong deterrent to certain factions of the criminal element. It should be noted, though, that along with an installed security system and additional security measures, most burglars unequivocally state that one of the strongest deterrents are barking dogs, as these draw more attention from neighbors than home alarms.
Urban legends are a common phenomenon in all parts of the world. Everybody probably has a favorite urban legend associated with horrific, ghoulish characters, but for every part of your life, there is almost certainly a selection of urban legends. Driving is no exception, of course. Over the years, drivers and passengers alike have concocted a host of different myths and stories, which have grown to become established urban legends. Here are five of the most popular ones.
Carjackers and flyers
For many years now, worried motorists have been warned of the threat to their precious cars from gangs of roaming carjackers. Using a combination of cunning and audacity, these carjackers place flyers on the rear windshield of your car, hoping that you won't notice until you have started the engine. In a fit of irritation, you will leap out of the car to remove the flyer, allowing the carjacker to jump in and drive off. While there can be no guarantee that this has never happened to anybody, the reports that it is commonplace are not founded in evidence, though it makes good sense to ensure that you take the keys with you, even if you step away from the car for a few seconds.
Red cars and speeding tickets
Many drivers will theorize that there is strong evidence that red cars are given speeding tickets more often than any other colored car. There are a number of different theories why this is the case, ranging from 'the police like to ticket red cars' to 'red cars get stolen more often' but the fact is that there is no statistical evidence to support this theory. Of course, many super cars and sports cars are red, but as a percentage of the overall auto population, that probably isn't enough to sway the trend.
Sugar in the gas tank
There seems to be a popular misconception that sugar in the gas tank will ruin your car's engine. The theory suggests that the sugar dissolves in the gasoline and then melts into a sludge as it passes through the engine, clogging every nook and cranny in a sugary goo. In fact, the sugar doesn't dissolve in the gas tank at all. Small amounts would be controlled by the fuel filter, but larger amounts would simply fill up the gas tank and prevent fuel from reaching the engine. The reality is that the sugar would never really get anywhere near the engine, though a big deposit in the fuel tank would certainly be a nuisance.
Keys and cell phones
Common urban legend would lead you to believe that if your car is equipped with a remote keyless entry system, then any would-be thief can let him or herself into your car with a cell phone signal, playing the 'sound' transmitted by the keyless device. This might work if keyless systems did, indeed, use sound, but the fact is that they don't. They use a radio frequency signal that cannot be relayed by mobile phone, so you're quite safe, whatever anybody tells you.
Many people believe that if you decide to drive without wearing any shoes, then a traffic cop will be obliged to give you a ticket. In fact, there is not a single state in the United States where it is illegal to drive a car without footwear. The only exception could be Alabama, where it is illegal to ride a motorcycle without appropriate footwear, but then that's almost certainly common sense.
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If you are currently carrying a zero deductible policy you can save annually for the next three years on your vehicle insurance by raising your deductible to $500.00; because should you experience a collision we will reimburse your $500.00 deductible!
This is just another reason why it is always worth going to “The Dealer Worth Knowing”!
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The first snowfall that whitens your world is one to be enjoyed and cherished. Maybe the kids are off from school or work is cancelled. Or maybe you have to put off your snowy fun till after work or school. Whenever you have the chance to enjoy a snowy day, here are some fun activities that are great for children or for the child that resides in all of us.
A flurry of paper snowflakes
All you need is some white paper and a pair of scissors to create intricate snowflakes to hang in your kitchen, around your fireplace mantel, or anywhere you want to celebrate the millions of unique flakes that are falling from the sky. For step-by-step directions on how to create these hand-cut flakes, you can go here. You can create a snowflake just by folding paper and cutting out bits and pieces, and the end result is always beautiful.
Snowballs to eat--not to throw!
You probably already have a recipe from your mother or grandmother for cookies that are called Russian Tea Cakes or Snowballs. If not, here’s a recipe from Betty Crocker that is simple to make and comes out great every time. Pile on the confectioner’s sugar to create fluffy, white cookie balls and shovel them down while you celebrate the beauty of fresh, new snow.
Simple, icy-sweet snow cones
Since nature has done all the work by leaving mounds of fluffy snowflakes outside, take advantage of the snowfall and enjoy a homemade, tasty snow cone. Scoop up immaculate snow into a paper cup and top with flavored syrup that you can make or buy. Adults may even enjoy a splash of liqueur over their snow cones to chase away the chill.
Snow shoes you can make in a minute
Unleash your inner Boy Scout or Girl Scout and make yourself a pair of quick-and-easy snowshoes. All you need is some twine and a few evergreen branches and you can walk on top of the snow instead of trudging through it. These are odd looking snowshoes for sure, but they work like a charm and are quick as a bunny to construct.
Snow angels are heaven sent
If you haven’t made a snow angel in the past five years, it’s time to make one so you don’t lose your snow angel mojo. All you need is powdery snow and your own body. Carefully flop down into the snow on your back, and stretch out as straight as possible. Move your arms up and down and your legs back and forth. Your arms will create wings while your legs fashion an angel robe. Be careful getting up so you don’t ruin your heavenly, but temporary, work of art. If you’re feeling particularly angelic, take a long stick and etch a halo into the snow above your angel’s head.
Hot cocoa with snow-capped mountains
Make cocoa as usual, but pile up mini-marshmallows until they tower over the mug. They’ll melt quickly, but your cocoa will look wonderful even when the marshmallows melt. For adults, you can add in a splash of peppermint schnapps for cocoa with a grown-up taste.
Every cook secretly—or not-so-secretly—wants to find that special signature dish that family and friends will clamor for during the holidays. Butternut Gratin with Pancetta and Porcini Mushrooms is just such a dish. It has layers of satisfying savory flavors, colors, and textures, a touch of elegance, and easy preparation to boot. Not only that, but it is a delightful departure from the usual marshmallow-laden sweet potato casserole.
Pancetta is a wonderfully flavorful salt-cured Italian bacon with subtle flavors of nutmeg, garlic, and peppercorns. The secret is to use just enough pancetta in the topping to flavor the dish without overwhelming it. Regular or maple-cured bacon can be used in a pinch, and it can be made vegetarian simply by omitting the pancetta.
Porcini mushrooms lend a nutty flavor and may be the only difficult ingredient to find. If washed, porcini mushrooms readily soak up water and get mushy, so it is best to simply wipe them with a dry paper towel prior to cooking. Dried porcinis can be substituted, but be careful to follow directions for rehydrating them. Portobello or simple button varieties can also be substituted, if necessary.
Butternut Gratin with Pancetta and Porcini Mushrooms
Total prep time 1 hour, 25 minutes
Active time 35 minutes
Inactive time 45 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1 (2 - 3 lb) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed into 3/4 inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup hot chicken or vegetable broth
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
4 ounces freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese
4 ounces pancetta, cooked and finely crumbled
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Liberally grease a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish.
Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, butternut squash, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Continue cooking until the squash softens slightly and begins to turn brown on the edges.
Transfer the vegetables to the prepared baking dish, add the hot broth and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place in the oven and bake about 45 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the squash is tender. Meanwhile, combine the Cheddar and Asiago cheeses, pancetta, bread crumbs, parsley, and oregano in a medium bowl. Remove the squash mixture from the oven, sprinkle evenly with the cheese mixture, and return to the oven to bake, uncovered, for another 15 minutes, or until the topping is golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to stand 5 minutes before serving.
Quick Tip: Some groceries now provide butternut squash already peeled, seeded, and cubed in the fresh foods section.