Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.
Here’s what you missed while you were away.
Watch this driver put his foot in his mouth while criticizing a Tesla autopilot that isn’t even activated
Have you ever been super-frustrated with an electronic device that wasn’t working, only to realize it wasn’t turned on? The trick is to notice this is happening before you call IT and have that embarrassing conversation or, worse, post a video of you criticizing the device on Twitter.
One Tesla owner recently shipped a video Tweet showing him trying out his Model 3’s Autopilot, not recognizing he’d failed to activate it and then knocking the experience when he doesn’t feel anything. “Uhhhhh, I’m not so sure about this thing, it’s trying to follow this Audi […] It gets super-confused if […] you hug the side of the lane, it doesn’t steer you back,” he says. Watch the full video here.
This US$173,600 sale proves it: 90s Toyota Supra’s are officially ‘in’
The recent auction sale of this 1994 Toyota Supra at US$173,600, or $232,800 has a lot of automotive fans scratching their heads. The vehicle is from the ‘Youngtimers’ collection from RM Sotheby’s that included loads of other ’80s and ’90s automotive nostalgia. It’s a beautiful model with a twin-turbo, six-speed transmission and Targa roof. And it’s in great condition, with 17,700 km. A special car, but is it $230k special? At least one person thought so.
Tesla’s new Model Y SUV gets a 482-km range and an optional 7 seats
Another day, another new crossover. This one’s a big one, though, as it comes from the hot-topic automaker Tesla, and the company’s predicting it’ll sell more of ’em than its other three best-selling vehicles combined. Elon Musk presented the Model Y small SUV to the world via livestream, pointing out features like starting price (roughly $52,000 in Canada); range (482 km at the top trim); interior setup, including an optional third row that adds an extra two seats; and the fact the car’s name now completes the brand’s model lineup so that it can spell “S-3-X-Y”. Good one, Elon.
Ford is putting a 290 km/h cap on the Shelby GT500 Mustang
Ford is defining what it thinks “fast enough” is by limiting its high-end sports car, the most powerful production car it’s ever made, to 290 km/h. With its expected carbon-fibre body paneling and a 5.2-litre supercharged V8 making 700 horsepower at minimum, the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500’s zero-to-96 km/h times are predicted at around 3.0 seconds.
So, there’s a good chance it’d do upwards of 300 km/h, if Ford’d let it. It goes on sale this summer, so it won’t be long after that somebody removes the governor and tests the car’s limits. Place your bets…
Toyota’s developed an anti-theft feature that tear-gasses car thieves
It’s not the first time an automaker has implemented a fragrance-spraying feature into a car’s interior—BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been at it for years—but it might be the first time it’s been used as a security measure.
Actually, Toyota does plan to use the feature to deodorize the cabin as well as “improve the mood of occupants” with its “Vehicle Fragrance Dispenser,” but should the system detect an “illegitimate engine start,” it will douse the passengers with a fine mist of Toyota-approved tear gas. Cool and terrifying. Just be sure to deactivate it before your in-laws come to town.