Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
2010 Jaguar XJ-Series Performance & Efficiency Standard Features :
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- 300-horsepower, 4.2-liter engine
- 6-speed ZF automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential Shift steering wheel mounted paddle shifting
- Standard 19-in. Carelia wheels
- Optional 19-in. chromed Sabre wheels
- Optional 19-in. chromed Sabre wheels with run flat tires
- Optional 20-in. Senta wheels
- Dual-stage airbags and side, seat-mounted airbags for front occupants
- TracDSC (Dynamic Stability Control)
- Enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension (eCATS)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Keyless Entry and Keyless Start
- Bright-finish side window surround and trunk plinth
- Body-colored spoiler and power side vents
- Dual tailpipes with bright finishers
- Supple, hand-selected leather seating surfaces
- 10-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats
- Rich, high-gloss Burl Walnut or satin-finish American Walnut interior trim
- 7-in. touchscreen for audio, telephone, climate, navigation, personalization, and valet
- Available Luxury Package
- Available Aluminum Luxury Package
- Front and Rear Park Control
- SIRIUS® Satellite Radio (subscription required)(jaguarusa.com)
“imagine the noise you’d get if you put Chewbacca’s tackle in a blender, and that’s what the Ferrari’s V8 sounds like when it comes on cam. It is Brilliant!”
Instantly the small Ferrari feels right; light, keen, wieldy, and explosively fast, it is everything you would expect of a mid-engined Italian.
The F430 is, unquestionably, the pinnacle.
The way it drives is every bit as special as the spec sheet promises, the gearbox hammering through its ratios at lightning speed, V8 soundtrack ricocheting off the Welsh hills, grin irremovably planted on driver’s face. It’s a more urgent experience than the Diablo promises, tangibly more special than the R8, and absolutely everything a Ferrari should be.
Even when it oversteered on the cold tarmac, which it did a couple of times, the compact size and beautifully-judged steering was so good it just wasn’t intimidating.
“The thing with the Ferrari is the sound. I was following two cars behind in the Renault, wearing a helmet, and I could hear it perfectly. Just awesome.”
Laban sums the F430 up in typically succinct style: “It’s still the one with all the magic.” As the pictures prove, it would look great on a skiing holiday too. (ferrari.co.uk)
Friday, January 2, 2009
Sporty Station Wagon
The Audi A6 Avant comes only in a single version. It has a 3.2-liter V6 engine, Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive and a Tiptronic six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift capability. (The A6 Sedan, by comparison, can also be ordered as a front-wheel-drive car, or as one with a V8 engine.)
The Audi A6 Avant has a richly appointed, bank-vault-quiet interior and a supple suspension — this wagon excels at isolating occupants from road irregularities. It is also an agile handler that doesn’t mind some spirited driving from time to time.
The quattro system offers superior grip on slick roads and improves dry-road handling and performance. As in any all-wheel-drive system, one of quattro’s downsides is poor fuel economy.
Standard safety features for the Audi A6 Avant include front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. Rear side airbags are optional. (forbesautos.com)
A Kinder, Gentler Sport Sedan
The European-flavored Lexus sedan rides on a longer wheelbase with a lowered stance than the model it replaced. The IS 250 offers an attractive exterior, with muscular styling cues borrowed from the larger Lexus GS sedans. In addition, the IS 250 offers a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.
The 3 Series still leads the pack in this compact segment, even though the Lexus IS 250 performs competently in many ways. It is comfortable, with plenty of standard and optional features. It also has parent company Toyota’s reputation for long-term reliability going for it. But it doesn't quite match up to the 3 Series in terms of driving dynamics.
The X Package of optional trim and equipment is offered for the rear-wheel-drive IS 250. The package is designed to enhance the car’s looks and handling. It includes a stiffer, sport-tuned suspension, alloy pedals, illuminated scuff plates, a lower front spoiler, and alloy wheels. A power sunroof can also be added. A Premium Package of options that costs extra on the rear-drive model is standard with the all-wheel-drive model. It adds heated and ventilated power front seats with perforated leather upholstery and bird’s-eye maple trim.(forbesautos.com)
Seven Series on Steroids'The Alpina B7 is for hardcore car enthusiasts who think the capable BMW7 Series Sedan isn't fast or exclusive enough. The Alpina B7 takes the 7 Series Sedans' basic characteristics and amplifies them. But be ready to open your wallet and pony up well over six figures for one of the rarest cars on the road.
Besides the exclusivity factor, the main difference is under the hood. Alpina fits BMW’s 4.4-liter V8 engine with a supercharger to boost power and pairs it with a six-speed automatic transmission. That combination produces 500 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque for a 4.8-second sprint to 60 miles per hour. Not bad for a car that weighs more than two tons.
Alpina is based in Buchloe, Germany, and is well known among industry insiders. It has been modifying luxury cars for decades and the quality of its work is high enough to be endorsed by major automakers like BMW.
An example of the companies engineering prowess and impeccable craftsmanship can be seen in the steering-wheel-mounted buttons it adds to the B7 that allow drivers to shift gears manually.
To sharpen handling, Alpina adds huge 21-inch wheels with Z-rated performance tires and firms up the suspension, which includes BMW's Active Roll Stabilization system to help keep the car from leaning through hard turns.
A modest rear spoiler aerodynamically improves stability, handling and performance at high speeds, and aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers further distinguish the B7 from the standard 7 Series. As is typical of Alpina conversions, the overall effect is subtle; only devoted car enthusiasts are likely to know the difference just looking at the car.