AD #1823 – Ex-Porsche Execs Exonerated, Acura NSX Engine-Making Details, How OEMs Experiment with Mobility

March 18th, 2016 at 11:51am

Runtime: 7:29

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- Ex-Porsche Execs Acquitted of Stock Manipulation
- Audi Gives Up on A4 Diesel for U.S.
- VW to Set Up Pollution Funds
- Acura NSX Engine-Making Details
- Bridgestone Wins GM Supplier Award
- Worst Cities for Traffic Jams
- How OEMs Experiment with Mobility

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13 Comments to “AD #1823 – Ex-Porsche Execs Exonerated, Acura NSX Engine-Making Details, How OEMs Experiment with Mobility”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, right. Audi won’t sell the A4 diesel in the U.S. because of lack of demand. It’s more like, if the engine can’t meet emissions regs in a VW, putting the same engine in a more expensive car won’t change that.

  2. Lisk Says:

    I think it’s pretty amazing that as complex as the engine is in the NSX (and today’s engines in general), that it only takes 5 hours for a 3-person crew to assemble one. I wonder how that compares to the Ferrari engine builds?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 It sounded to me, like an 8 person crew assembles the NSX engine. Still, I suspect Ferrari uses more person hours to assemble their engines.

  4. Buzzed Says:

    Audi lack of demand for diesels … yea, kind of like walmart closing stores trying to unionize do to ” lack of sales” …. sure. VW auto execs are getting like politicians. How do you know they are lying? there lips are moving.

  5. RumNCoke Says:

    OR…you could buy yourself a nice Corvette and build your own engine. Sure, it hasn’t spent any time at Cosworth like the Acura but it seems good enough to win races year after year after…

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    While it is nice to see the engines for the NSX are being hand built and attention to detail should be exemplary, if you’ve ever seen an engine being built on the assembly line, the results are infinitesimally the same (very high attention to detail with many, many checks and balances employed with the tolerances/torques). The hand-built Corvette engine (option) is more to give the Corvette enthusiast bragging rights (that he/she helped build their Corvette).

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If I paid the money to “build” my Corvette engine, I wouldn’t want to touch very much. I’d trust the people who build engines every day a lot farther.

  8. C-Tech Says:

    After a visit to the Corvette museum and seeing the smiling faces of the customers who paid extra to build their engines picking up the whole car, it seems the experience was worth the money.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The engine build would be cool, and being available only for the Z06, it would be a lower percentage of the cost of the car than for a “basic” Corvette like mine, if available.

    I would have considered the museum delivery, I think $500, if I had a right person to take me there, and share the experience.

  10. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: I think I’m just as happy as you are that you bought yourself a new vette.I still get a kick out of it every time I think about it.You can drive the tires off it and it will still run as strong as a bear.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s kind of funny, but I generally drive the Corvette a little slower than the Prius most of the time. It’s more conspicuous to the law, but also, I don’t need to prove anything. I still run into people who don’t think a Prius will keep up with normal traffic, so I seem to want to make it a point to show those around me that it will.

    The Corvette impresses as working well, fast or slow. While not fun creeping in traffic, it has no bad habits, and when you can “get on it,” it’s great, and I’m still not used to how effortlessly it takes fast curves, even compared to the Mini, which it pretty good.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Speaking of my Corvette, I just received an email saying that Android Auto is now available for my car, and that I can get it installed for free at a dealer. I don’t know much about it, but I’ll have it installed and find out in a few weeks when I go for an oil change.

  13. veh Says:

    cannot believe Chicago isn’t on the worst traffic list.