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Camaro puts aggressive Acura back in its place

100% stock (right down to the paper air filter) 1993 LT1 powered Camaro automatic, out for a cruise after a couple base Dyno pulls, and ran into ...

Review: 2017 Acura NSX

The original NSX, amazing as it was, eventually became a historical relic, unable (or unwilling) to compete in the horsepower wars of the past decade . The 2017 model faces the challenge of living up to its predecessor, matching potent rivals, and delivering driving emotion before the machines take the wheel from humans.

Quarter-Century Cycle

In the 25 years since the first NSX drew auto enthusiasts to the east, hypercars from Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren have evolved from thirsty, big displacement beasts to smart, sophisticated hybrids with all-wheel drive and bogglingly complicated drivetrains.

The 21st century take on the NSX , which starts at $156,000, follows the same path. Three motors join the mid-mounted, twin-turbo V6 in sending power to all four wheels. It’s a convincing package. The engine is good for 500 horsepower and the motors offer another 73, propelling the car to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.

All manner of computerized logic helps with acceleration, cornering, and lap times. There’s a lot of thinking to do. Just to cite one example, two of the three electric motors drive the front wheels, each operating independently to ensure torque goes exactly where it’s needed. During hard cornering, extra power goes to the outside wheel. Meanwhile, the motor driving the inside wheel flips into generator mode, slowing the wheel to make the car turn in faster and sending the recuperated kinetic energy to the battery.

What Toyota's slaying of Scion means to you

With Toyota's unexpected announcement this week that it is going to pull the plug on Scion, owners and shoppers will have many questions. We'll try and answer a few.

Will Toyota discontinue Scion's cars?

The tC coupe will be discontinued, but Scion spokeswoman Nancy Hubbell told us Toyota will rebadge three other Scions — the FR-S coupe, iA sedan and iM hatchback — as Toyota models. (The xB hatchback and iQ microcar were already discontinued after 2015.)

What will Toyota name the Scions? Will the iM become the Matrix?

Sorry. The Scion iM will become (wait for it) the Toyota iM, and so on for the others. Hubbell said the automaker plans to keep the names to preserve brand equity.

I own a Scion. Will this lower my resale value?

If it does, it's probably not enough to keep you up at night. Our analysis last year of canceled cars suggests that discontinuation generally signals faster depreciation, especially if a brand, not just a car, bites the dust. But it's rare that parent brands take on the refugees as new models. Typically, if a discontinued car lives on by another name, it was there to begin with (e.g., the Mercury Milan and the Ford Fusion).