Here's everything you need to know from the last 24 hours of automotive news.
Good morning, and welcome to your daily roundup of CarBuzz news, better known as Cold Start. Since yesterday's report, Mazda has revealed pricing and a new premium paint option for the 2023 CX-5. Ford has also added a new feature to the Mustang Mach-E's smartphone app, Maserati has shown off its new GT2 race car based on the MC20, and the man responsible for De Tomaso's designs has unveiled a new concept hypercar.
But our recap focuses on other matters, specifically the new Mini Aceman concept, how much power the 2023 Honda Civic Type R makes, and our first official look at the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato off-road supercar. We also talk about the upcoming reveal of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and a new law concerning your old car's VIN plate. Let's jump in.
Since its resurrection many years ago, Mini has essentially been known for selling premium, retro-styled cars. That's all good and well, but the brand seems to have stagnated somewhat and has not presented anything truly new for a long time. But with the industry-wide push to electrification gaining momentum, Mini has the opportunity to change that. With that in mind, the British automaker has revealed an electric SUV concept called the Aceman, which is a little shorter than the current Countryman but a little taller too. That's not so important, but what does matter is how Mini's design direction will evolve. Expect more funky surfaces, sharp creases, and a much less rounded look for future models than we have become accustomed to.
A week ago, Honda finally removed that crazy camouflage from the 2023 Civic Type R to show us what its latest hot hatch looks like. But all the automaker revealed concerning its powertrain is that an updated version of its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot will motivate the front wheels. Fortunately, a leaked brochure photo from Japan reveals that the JDM spec will generate 326 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, up by about 10 hp and 15 lb-ft over the last CTR. Max power arrives at 6,500 rpm with max torque available from 2,600-4,000 rpm. We suspect that the US spec will be similar, give or take a few horses.
Porsches, Ferraris, Lancias, and more have been developed for rallying in the past, but Lamborghini is not so interested in that form of motorsport. Nevertheless, it has decided to create an off-roading supercar for the public. It will be legal to drive on the street but will also be capable of doing ridiculous things off the beaten path. We've known about the car for a couple of years, but now Lamborghini has given us our first look at the car in an exciting teaser video, which was accompanied by some decent photos. Despite no obvious aero upgrades, this could be the most extreme Huracan yet, and we can't wait to see it naked.
We've been watching the new 911 GT3 RS undergo testing at the Nurburgring and elsewhere over the past few months, and despite the fact that the camouflage is made up of black paint and black tape alone, there's plenty that has been hidden from our view. There's also plenty that we can already glean from these spy shots, but we don't have to speculate much longer as Porsche has now announced that the track-focused supercar will be revealed in full on August 17. What's more, the man in charge of its development has announced that the car will produce in the region of 500 hp because more is unnecessary.
Auction house Barrett-Jackson has been campaigning to change a law in Arizona that states the removal of a VIN plate during the restoration of a car is illegal. Thanks to the efforts of Barrett-Jackson, Governor Doug Ducey has now signed a new bill that allows owners and restorers of cars produced before 1981 to remove and replace a VIN plate during the restoration process. When this and similar laws were enacted, the idea was to prosecute criminals, but in the decades since, things have changed. For one thing, vehicles produced after 1981 have been made using a more standardized VIN system. For another, these classics should be admired and adored after a restoration, not crushed as they would have been under the old law. Hopefully, more states will follow suit.