Thursday 27 October 2016
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Auto News: $125 Amphicar Ride? Sign Us Up

Auto News: $125 Amphicar Ride? Sign Us Up

Ride In An Amphicar

Want to ride in an Amphicar? Then head to Walt Disney World in Florida. That’s where a new restaurant, The Boathouse, is offering up rides on one. A 20 minute spin will set you back $125 bucks.

The Amphicar, part car and part boat, is a rare vehicle indeed. Only roughly 4,000 of these bimodal land and sea machines were made between 1961-1968. They get their power from a Triumph Herald 1200 1147 cc (69 in³) engine, which was considered state of the art for it’s time. But don’t expect to win any races or break any records either in or out of the water. The Amphicar achieves 7 knots in the water and 70 mph on land.

Jaguar XE Production

Production of Jaguar’s new entry-level XE sedan is underway.  The automaker started building the new vehicle this week at its Solihull Manufacturing Plant. It’s the first of a new generation of cars to be launched on Jaguar’s all-new Advanced Aluminum Architecture. Made of a 75 percent aluminum body, Jaguar says it’s the most aerodynamic Jaguar ever made. The XE S range topper comes with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 that churns out 340 horsepower. The BMW 3 series rival will go on the sale in the U.S. next year.

Acura 2016 RDX Arrives

Acura’s new 2016 RDX is now at dealers. The  SUV’s newest model starts at $35,000, which is in the same ballpark as the last 2015. But this one gets a slight bump in power over the 2015. It’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine churns out 279 hp’s. That’s six more than its predecessor if you’re counting.

The Car Pro previewed the redesigned 5-passenger model at February’s Chicago Auto Show. It comes with a more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine,  an expanded list of available AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, plus a restyled exterior and interior. It also gets a bunch of new luxury features and technologies, including standard Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights. A new line-topping Advance grade ties the improvements and new features together in one comprehensive package.

“The new RDX is another great example of how we are continuing to advance our Acura lineup with a focus on prestige, performance and dynamic proportion,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “With the all-new TLX and upgraded MDX, RDX and ILX all getting a major injection of Acura DNA, we have one of the strongest Acura lineups in a decade.”

Photo Credit: Disney