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News Roundup: Tacoma Trailhunter, Oakville EVs, Integra Type S, More

This week, Toyota is once again getting us ready for the next Tacoma pickup. Plus Ford announces EV plans for Oakville, an 1,800 hp electric drag racer, and much more.

By Evan Williams Wheels.ca

Apr 17, 2023 3 min. read

Article was updated 8 months ago

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Integra Type S revealed

Acura has revealed the 2024 Integra Type S, and the hot sport compact goes on sale in June. The Type S is a sort of luxury Honda Civic Type R. Like the Type R it gets a 2.0L turbo-four, but in the Acura it makes 320 hp. Five more than the Honda. It also has performance adaptive suspension, a new nose with larger grilles and functional hood vents, and performance adaptive suspension with big sticky tires and hefty Brembo brakes. The Acura Integra Type S will come only with a six-speed manual, but it will have rev-matching. It will also have a mechanical limited-slip differential. Inside, the car is loaded with Type S badges and has Ultrasuede sports seats.

Tacoma Trailhunter

Tacoma Trailhunter

Toyota has an overlander Tacoma coming. The Tacoma Trailhunter will be the first in the line of Trailhunter models Toyota first hinted at at SEMA last year. Expect off-road goodies like all-terrain tires as well as steel bumpers and recovery hooks from performance shop ARB. Look closely at the teaser photo and you can see what looks like some new rear axle parts. The internet thinks that this is a Panhard bar, a suspension device which would mean that (at least this) Tacoma is switching to coil springs in the back. Of course, that's just speculation for now. We'll have to wait and see.

Ford EV dragster

Ford Cobra Jet 1800

Ford is showing off its quickest electric drag racer yet. The Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 is going after a fistful of NHRA world records in the quarter mile, including some the Cobra Jet 1400 already holds. The Ultra-quick EV has a new transmission and a new battery system as well as other changes. The goal is to beat the 1400's 8.128 second, 171.97 mph run. The inverters and motors are the same as the Cobra Jet 1400, meaning Ford is getting 400 extra horses through better management of the system.

Ford's Oakville plant transforming into Electric Vehicle Complex

Oakville Electric Vehicle complex

Ford's lessons learned from the Super Cobra Jet 1800 could be transferred to the electric models it is planning to build at the Oakville Assembly Complex. Ford is spending $1.8B at the Oakville site. When it's done, the site will build both complete vehicles and their battery packs. Ford is building new and repurposing existing buildings. Site transformation will officially start in the second quarter of 2024 and vehicle production will start in 2025. Oakville assembly opened in 1953 and is currently home to the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus.

BMW XM Label Red

BMW XM Label Red

BMW's XM Label Red is pushing us down the rabbit hole of clichés, and we're steaming mad about it. Ok, we're not actually mad, but the company has literally put red lipstick on a model that wasn't the best-looking BMW in the first place and what are we supposed to do here? Right, stick with the car. The 2024 BMW XM Label Red adds more power and performance to the first PHEV BMW M model. It has 738 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful BMW yet. That's 94 horses and 148 torques more than the plain XM. The extra power comes from the 4.4L twin-turbo V8 and the torque comes from the engine and motor. The XM can do around 50 km on electric power alone and hit up to 140 km/h. Expect it at dealers around the end of the year.

New Mini

New Mini Cooper

Mini is teasing its next EV, but this time is showing us the whole exterior. The new Mini looks, completely unsurprisingly, a lot like the old Mini. It's been smoothed off, as is typical of EVs. It also has a more octagonal grille, looking more like the Urbanaut concept model. If you're looking for a Mini, you've found it. And that's exactly what buyers of this snazzy compact want.

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