2015 Audi R8

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With a listed MSRP starting at $117,150, the 2015 Audi R8 blurs the lines between style and performance. Available in two basic body styles: Coupe and Spyder, the Audi R8 ranges from stylish-classic to sporty-aggressive. Both the 2015 coupe and roadster models remain available with the 430-hp V-8 or the 525-hp V-10 engines paired to either a gated six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both V-8 and V-10 are about a tenth of a second quicker to reach 60 mph than the previous R8, reaching 60 mph in 4.3 and 3.6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 201 mph or 205 mph, depending on the model. The 4.2-liter V-8 and dual-clutch transmission is rated 14/23 mpg city/highway and the 5.2-liter V-10 and manual transmission is rated as 12/19 mpg.

All 2015 R8s share updated appearance and interior features, mostly minor changes, however together, a noticeable refinement of design. The trademark 4 rings are not in their usual position on the grille, but located above it on the hood, giving the front end an even more road hugging look. The two broad side air inlets flank the sporty, slender Audi single-frame radiator grille, ensuring that sufficient cool air is supplied to the high-performance engine and the brakes. The taut lines of the front end curve and swell to the wide, sculpted fenders, the characteristic side blades, and the downward slope of the roof line converge at the rear.

The Audi R8 is geared toward the driver with the cockpit’s perfected ergonomics. Audi’s full design and specification of a modern safety suite to reduce the effects of an impact.include: dual-stage airbags, knee airbags, head and thorax airbags, stability control, rear-view camera, and more. Controls, displays, and instruments are all clearly marked and simple to use. The Audi R8’s steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, helping a wider range of body types to achieve a proper driving position. In the cabin, the seats and space are designed with sufficient room for comfort. Its cargo space, though limited, make it one of the most practical supercars.

Crafted from inspiring design of the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Audi R8 is beautiful and exciting to drive. The developers and designers have created a fastcar that embody automotive perfection and extraordinary design. Because of its German precision and Italian powerplant, the Audi R8 is a supercar suited for daily driving.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro

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Available in the Coupe and Convertible, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, available from MSRP $23,705, is the perfect integration of thrilling performance, sleek design, and cutting-edge technology. The 2015 Camaro’s direct injection V6 boasts 323 horsepower taking drivers from 0 – 60 in 5.9 seconds, and offers a fuel efficiency of 30 mpg highway. For unbridled power, the 6.2L V8, paired with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, offers 426 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Fuel Management delivers 400 horsepower and offers 24 mpg highway. The dual overhead cam engine delivers a heart-pounding performance, while the direct injection and Variable Valve Timing combine to ensure fuel efficiency. The independent rear suspension and variable-ratio power steering delivers the kind of handling that keeps drivers in full control. The chassis is tuned to stick in turns and handle transitional situations like a pro. The top speed of the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro is 184 mph.

One can have the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro in a lot of ways, from the economical V-6 and potent V-8 SS, to the track-ready Z/28 and lightning-fast ZL1, to the well-rounded 1LE V-8, With the LS, LT, SS and 1LE, ZL1 and Z/28 lineup, the Camaro can be the basic coupe, a luxurious touring car, or a high performance fast car. The 2015 Camaro reflects the legendary design that makes Camaro a modern classic. The sculpted deck lid, rear diffuser, updated grille, horizontal lamps, and signature LED halo rings makes the car look even more sportier, while making a very powerful statement.

Every detail of the 2015 Camaro is designed to create an experience that is not only exhilarating, but also comfortable, from the sueded microfibre details and dual stitching, to the available RECARO® Performance front bucket seats with larger bolsters. The flat-bottom steering wheel, included with the available 1LE package increase leg room for heel/toe shifting. Behind the wheel is a high tech cockpit that has been designed for driving, from cutting-edge technology such as the available color Head-Up Display (HUD) to the 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen. As well, Chevrolet is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer Siri® Eyes Free9 to iPhone® users. Siri allows drivers to take charge with their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. With a wide range of available dealer-installed accessories, there are plenty of combinations to make every Camaro a one-of-a-kind fastcar.

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2015 Audi Q7

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At a base price of $$47,700, the 2015 Audi Q7 elevates power, performance, and luxury to a whole new new level. The Audi Q7 is available in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. The base Audi Q7 features a 280 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The 6-cylinder engine is equipped with a recuperation system, converting kinetic energy into electrical energy resulting in enhanced efficiency and a fuel saving of up to 3 percent. An 8-speed automatic transmission transmits power to all four wheels in all Q7 models. This powerful engine will take the Q7 from a stop to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 130 mph. The Fuel Economy Est is Hwy 22 MPG and City 16 MPG. ABS and EBD-enhanced four-wheel ventilated disc brakes are also standard, although the Prestige trim is equipped upgraded brakes for maximum braking power.

The 2015 Audi Q7 combines robustness with sporty, elegant lines, and its flowing design, large trim strips, and high-grade chrome-look trim, creates the foundation for an entirely distinctive generation of high-end luxury SUVs. The 2015 Audi Q7 features a dynamic roofline and high shoulder section, and its powerful front features the striking Audi single-frame grille with chrome surround and vertical chrome bars. The sharp v-shaped tapering of the hood, bumpers in a contrasting paint finish, and pulled-back headlights with daytime running lights, makes this high performance fast car appear to thrust forward even when at a standstill. The 2015 Audi Q7 offers seating for seven passengers.

The 2015 Q7 offers all the options you’d expect on a premium sports utility vehicle. Notable features of the Audi Q7 include: dashboard design features a dash-top mounted multimedia interface with a large touchpad controller located on the centre console, leather seating surfaces, front and rear seat heating, parking system with rear acoustic parking sensors, and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights.

“The 2015 Audi Q7 is a handsome, poised and polished 7-passenger luxury SUV. It not only delivers when it comes to pampering passengers and impressing the neighbors, its lineup of three engines gives everyone an option, coupled with a taut and adjustable suspension that makes this big SUV fun to drive.” — Keith Buglewicz, Kelley Blue Book

2015 911 Porsche Carrera 4S

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The 2015 Porsche 911 4S is a sports car enthusiast’s dream. With MSRP starting at prices ranging from $84,300 to $194,600, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is powered by a 3.8-litre engine developing 400 hp at 7400 rpm. When combined with optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), this fast car can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. The chassis is fitted as standard in the 911 Carrera S. And for increased power and comparatively low fuel consumption, all variants are equipped with direct fuel injection and VarioCam Plus.The 2015 Porsche 911 4S is equipped with a 7-speed manual gearbox with the highest gear designed specifically for fuel economy. The 911 Carrera 4S can reach a maximum speed of 184 mph.

The 2015 911 Porsche Carrera 4S is a lightweight composite of aluminum and steel which improves fuel economy and dynamic performance. Its Fuel Economy is EPA city/highway: 18/25 mpg. The Carrera 4S long wheelbase creates high quality driving stability and cornering dynamics. The compact and agile look is due to overhangs that are short at the front and rear. The sporty look is accentuated by the low roof line and the wide track at the front. The rear horizontal contouring is enhanced by the distinct lines and narrow LED taillights. On the S models, twin tailpipes are fitted on both sides. The wide rear spoiler is extendable which acts to reduce lift in all driving situations and increase driving stability. The 911 Carrera S models are equipped respectively with 19-inch and 20-inch wheels.

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The interior of the 2015 911 Porsche Carrera 4S conveys sportiness, functionality and high-quality materials which is conducive to dynamic driving. The long wheelbase allows for a large amount of leg and head room. Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System is available as an option and it is optimised for the 911 Carrera model range, featuring 12 loudspeakers and a total output of 821 watts.

“The 2015 Porsche 911 may not be the fastest sports car for the money, but its timeless character and style make it easily one of the most desirable. The steering is quick and precise, and overall the 911 gives you a nearly unparalleled sense of control and engagement. It works better the harder you drive it. Even the Turbo, with its extensive amount of chassis and powertrain technology, feels alive. Turn into a corner and the Turbo’s nose just digs in, bites down and yanks the car toward the apex, then hurls you out the other side with freakish efficiency.” — Edmunds Expert Review

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB

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The much anticipated evolution of the 458 Italia, the 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB, will, for the first time, bring turbocharging to a mid-engined V8 Ferrari fast car. The Ferrari 488 GTB will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. Pricing has not yet been disclosed ahead of Geneva, however the current 458 Italia starts at about $230,000.

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s new 3902 cc V8 turbo delivers immense power output, torque and response times. The engine produces 670 cv at 8,000 rpm along with 760 Nm of maximum torque in seventh gear and a response time to the accelerator of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000 rpm. The gearbox features Variable Torque Management which Ferrari says “unleashes the engine’s massive torque smoothly and powerfully right across the rev range, while specific gear ratios deliver incredibly progressive acceleration when the driver floors the throttle.” The Ferrari 488 GTB accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds and to 124 mph in 8.3 seconds. The super car’s top speed will be 205mph-plus.

GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, Italian for a grand tourer with coupe styling. The 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB features very sculptural flanks. Its large signature air intake scallop is divided into two sections by a splitter. Restyled headlights can be found at the front alongside enlarged air intakes and a new bonnet with large air extractors. The wide front spoiler features a double profile to improve the thermal efficiency of the radiators positioned at the sides. At the centre two pylons are combined with a deflector which directs air toward the flat underbody. The broad, low tail includes a blown spoiler which generates downforce without increasing drag. This works in conjunction with a ramp angle for the diffuser which features active flaps. The greater height required for the diffuser was achieved by repositioning the exhaust tailpipes. The circular LED tail lights have also been redesigned.

Due to its new design, the 2015 Ferrari 458 is more fuel efficient than the Ferrari 458. The combined fuel economy for the Ferrari 458 is rated at 24.8mpg. The previous generation Ferrari 458 was rated at 21. The 2015 Ferrari 458 also features a second-generation version of Ferrari’s Side Slip Angle Control system, which now interacts with the active dampers as well as the E-Diff and the F1-Trak traction control system to keep the car flatter which will improve the view out of the side windows.

2014 San Francisco Car Show – 57th Annual International Auto Show

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The 2014 San francisco Car Show – 57th Annual International Auto Show was held at the Moscone center in San Francisco on November 22-29. This year, the show held a few new “special attractions” such as the “Gasoline Alley Race cars” – which showed off various race car generes such as rally cars to the most popular Nascar replicas on display.

The auto show also had a “Ferrari Club” section from the pacific region which showed off nearly every Ferrari that has been built over the years and is very popular with local car clubs in the Bay area.

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While strolling through the Moscone Center, the auto show had displayed nearly every popular car manufacturer that is popular in Japan, Europe and America and the most popular cars within the marketplace from one of the best selling cars such as the 2014 Honda Civic to one of Americas best and most popular sports car the new 2014 Cheverolet Corvette was on display along with the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Rival sports cars such as the new 2014 Ford Mustang and also the new 2014 Dodge Challenger with plenty of horsepower to compete!

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As the day draws out, there was tons of people traveling through the auto show with families and friends to view ALL manufacturers of cars. For consumers that are gas savers and like economy car traveling, there was the new 2014 Smart Cars on display and also the new 2014 Honda fit. Also on display were all important new electric cars such as the new 2014 Tesla sports cars to the new 2014 Chevrolet Volt for the the electric technology shoppers.

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Visit the link here to view other detailed auto show information – www.sfautoshow.com.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

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Corvette is one of the longest running automotive nameplates with one of the most robust lineages of any car. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is an aggressive high performance fast car with a  price ranging from $53,000–$62,000.  The Corvette sprints from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and to an anticipated top speed of 180 to 190 mph.Notable features of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette include: aluminum frame, convertible soft-top with hard tonneau cover which is a remote-controlled convertible top operation, composite and carbon fiber body panels, 455- or 460-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8, seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic, drive train – Rear wheel drive, and a dual-mode exhaust. Fuel Economy: highway:29mpg, city:17mpg. Insurance cost for first 5 years of ownership is estimated at $9,545.

Chevrolet calls the 2014 Corvette Stingray the most powerful standard Corvette model ever. Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”  The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a sports car offered in coupe and convertible body styles It is equipped with a new 6.2-liter V-8 engine featuring direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management technology. The Active Fuel Management system shuts off half of the engine’s cylinders under certain driving conditions in order to maximize fuel economy. The new Corvette Stingray’s standard Drive Mode Selector allows the driver to choose between Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport, and Track driving modes and, based on the selected setting, to configure up to 12 specific performance variables in order to custom-tailor the car’s performance. Its weight comes in at 3,300 pounds.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is ranked #1 in Luxury Sports Cars by U.S. News & World Report. The 2014 Corvette was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award, and won it from its great performance.

“Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.” — Simona, Top Speed

“ The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a world-class car with no apologies to make, an expression of greatness from a town and a car company that have been dismissed as losers. It is also the Automobile of the Year.” —- Joe Lorio, automobilemag.com

2014 Ford Mustang GT

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The 2014 Ford Mustang is a 4-passenger, rear-wheel-drive coupe or convertible designed for looks and performance. The Mustang definitely reflects its pony car heritage. This eye-catching fast car is offered in V6, GT, and Shelby GT500 model series. The MSRP of the 2014 Ford Mustang GT ranges from $22,510 – $40,310. The Mustang Shelby GT 500 is equipped with, what Ford says, ‘the most powerful production V-8 engine in the world’, 5.0-liter V-8 engine producing 420 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 390 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 RPM.  For maximum output,.Premium fuel is required with this engine. The top speed of Shelby GT500  exceeds 200 MPH, according to Ford, and the Shelby GT500 is filled with styling adjustments to increase downforce and also suspension, drivetrain,  steering, and braking modifications. The fast car accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 4.8 seconds.

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The 2014 Ford Mustang GT’s styling is also modified, with power-dome hood with functional heat extractors, a different grille, front splitter, ‘5.0L’ fender badges, rear spoiler, and bigger 18-inch aluminum wheels in a distinct design. Notable features include: Available engines:are the 305-HP, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas) and 420-HP, 5.0-liter V-8 (premium). Transmissions: 6-speed manual w/OD and automatic transmission with manual-shift capability, V-6 or V-8 engine, 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual.  Suspension/Handling features include: alloy wheels, speed-sensing steering, and front wheel independent suspension. Fuel economy city: 15mpg, Fuel economy highway: 29mpg.

Ford has equipped the 2014 Mustang with a standard MyKey system. MyKey enables the owner to program a number of safety-related vehicle settings, including restricted maximum stereo volume,  seat belt warnings, a limited vehicle top-speed,  and more. As well, the fast car is equipped with Sync wireless connectivity. In crash-test evaluations, the 2014 Mustang Coupe receives a 4-star out of 5 stars overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“The 2014 Ford Mustang delivers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck, all with a level of sophistication that’s surprising given the brash sound and classic looks.” —- Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection

2014 Jaguar F Type

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The Jaguar F Type is called a ‘true’ Jaguar sports car, Powerful, agile, and distinctive, the F Type is engineered for high performance and instant responsive handling. The 2014 Jaguar F Type is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door roadster. With a base price of F-type, $69,895, F-type S, $81,895, and F-type V-8 S, $92,895, the 2014 Jaguar F Type’s lightweight aluminum body construction and advanced driving technologies deliver a super-charged experience. The structure of the fast car is more about optimal weight balance and immediate responsiveness rather than weight loss. The roadster accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH from 4.0 – 4.9 sec and its top speed is 161-186 MPH.

Engine specs of the 2014 Jaguar F Type include: supercharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6, 340 or 380 hp, 332 or 339 lb-ft; supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 5.0-liter. The V-8 is an evolution of the current 5.0-liter unit, with 495 horsepower, and 460 pound-feet of torque. Transmission is 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode Fuel Economy: EPA city/highway driving: 16-21/25-30 mpg. All powertrains have direct injection and stop/start systems. Active exhaust is standard on the two higher-performance models. Safety technology includes traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, cornering brake control, blind spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection with Vision Pack, and automatic speed limiter.

 

The four models in the Jaguar F Type range each offer its own unique characteristics:

  • F Type – designed to deliver pure driving pleasure.
  • F Type S – greater power and sophisticated suspension technologies for increased balance and performance.
  • F TypeV8 S – delivers exotic car performance and greater levels of dynamic capability and control.
  • F Type R – Coupe delivers supercar levels of performance combined with advanced dynamic technologies for the ultimate driver focused experience.

 

“The 2014 Jaguar F-Type revives the E-Type’s sportscar formula without bowing down to its design ethos–and lives up to the promise of sports car fun in a luxurious environment. Quick, agile, and glorious to hear, the 2014 Jaguar F-Type is a true sports car” — Nelson Ireson

2013 Tesla Model S

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The 2013 Tesla Model S is the first premium electric sedan. Model S offers the agility and responsiveness expected from a sports cars while providing the ride quality of a sedan. Price of the 2013 Tesla Model S ranges from $61,070 – $96,070.

The 2013 Tesla Model S comes standard with everything needed to plug into the most common 240-volt outlet, standard 120-volt wall outlets, and public stations. Using a high-amperage 240-volt outlet, Model S can be recharged at the rate of 100 km range per hour.

 

With a rigid body structure, the sculpted form of the 2013 Tesla Model S expresses a constant state of speed and motion. The Model S body is a state-of-the-art, aluminum-intensive design. Straight double-octagonal rails run along the bottom of the structure and are designed to absorb the energy of an impact. For the interior, Tesla has combined meticulous noise engineering with quiet powertrain to obtain the sound dynamics of a recording studio. The 17” touchscreen puts rich content at the drivers fingertips and provides mobile connectivity.

2013 Tesla Model S Specs Include:

  • Model S is offered with three battery options
  • 0 to 100 km/h: 4.4  seconds
  • Top Speed: 210 km/h
  • Tailpipe Emissions: 0
  • Horsepower: 416

The suspension system of the 2013 Tesla Model S works in harmony with the light and rigid Tesla platform to provide precision handling and comfort. The lightweight front suspension optimizes wheel control. The rear multi-link suspension is designed to seamlessly integrate with the powertrain. The proven Tesla powertrain delivers both an unprecedented range and an exciting drive experience. Model S Traction Control is designed to ensure maximum contact between the road and the tires. Approximately 20,000 2013 Tesla Model S cars will be produced in 2013.

Consumer Reports is calling the Tesla Model S the best car it has ever tested. The Model S, an all-electric plug-in car, earned a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the magazine’s tests. – CNN, May 9, 2013

2013 BMW 328

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The 2013 BMW 328 maintains its beautiful design and it has a bit of a sporty look to it. This sleek sedan is longer, with the overall length increasing by 3.8 inches to 182 in total. Its new shape includes LED tail lamps, elongated head lamps, as well as the standard Xenon head lamps. The 2013 BMW 328 curb weight checks in at 3,410lbs.

 

 

The 2013 BMW 328 specs include:

  • Engine: 2.0 liter 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo – 240-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque between 1,250 and 4,800 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • 0 to 60 mph: 5.8 seconds
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
  • Curb Weight: 3,360 lbs
  • Fuel-economy: 23/33 mpg (city/highway)

When it comes to the power of the 2013 BMW 328, its single, twin-scroll turbocharger direct injection with Double-VANOS variable valve timing and Valvetronic variable valve lift, allows the l2.0-liter to roar with 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. And, there’s no lag from the turbo. The 8 eight-speed automatic shifts with extreme authority. The other big plus is the start/stop function, now standard on all 3 Series models.

 

The controls in the 2013 BMW 328 are easy to see and the graphic display and sensors in  Park Distance Control easily reveal obstacles when backing up. A  Bluetooth system is standard equipment, and drivers enjoy the awesome 9-speaker sound system. The iDrive system which controls everything from navigation to audio is clear and crisp. When it comes to roominess, the new F30 3-Series includes more growth in rear seating. Ergonomics and materials are high quality, solid, and easy to use. The price of the 2013 BMW 328 runs in the $35,000 to $50,000 range.

…The joy of driving this $46,200 all-wheel-drive BMW comes not in the mundane day-to-day commute, but the open country road, where the RPMs can be held higher over straight stretches of clear dry road mixed with long bends and an absence of cars.  – DEREK MCNAUGHTON, POSTMEDIA NEWS

Driven to Drift – Modifying your Ride

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Even before 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and its sequels, especially the 2006 offering The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, hit movie screens, drifting was a popular form of street motorsport, combining the high speeds of track racing (either against another driver or against the clock) with a more interesting, riskier twisting course driven with the car’s rear wheels locked into a controlled slide (the “drift” in question).

Movie makers and professional drivers have the money to buy performance vehicles and drift them for both fun and profit, but the rest of us must resort to a more creative effort: that of turning regular street vehicles into high-powered drifting-ready modified cars

While many different types of car can be modified, the ideal drifting machine has rear-wheel drive, a limited slip differential (LSD), a manual transmission, tires that don’t have treads (aka “slicks”), and is both light-weight and easily controlled.


Actual modifications, or mods, fall into four basic categories: engine, rear end & tires, suspension and transmission. Let’s take a brief look at each of these:

  • Engine: As long as the car can reach excellent speeds and has a responsive throttle, there isn’t anything terribly extensive or costly that must be altered. For the most part, changes are made to the on-board computer, allowing finer throttle control and improved acceleration, though the addition of an aftermarket performance-quality air filter and a fuel pump and regulator with higher output will improve speed even further.
  • Rear End & Tires: Where drifting is concerned it’s all about the back end of a car, also referred to as the differential. It is this part of the vehicle that transforms the rotating force along the car’s axis and puts it off-axis. The reason an LSD is desirable is that when the normal (outside) drive wheel loses traction the LSD will apply torque to both wheels. If you can’t find a car with LSD, look for posi-trac (or posi-traction) in which both wheels are driven. Slick, treadless tires are the preferred choice for drifting because you want the tires to spin on the driving surface without gripping too hard. It should be noted that the front tires of the car should still be high-performance, high-traction styles.
  • Suspension: The suspension components typically replaced to modify a car for drifting are swapped out in order to improve control of the car, and in order to handle body roll. Therefore, sway bars are a typical addition, as are improved strut and spring combinations in the front and stiffer shocks in the back. All these things reduce bounce, and help the car move faster, with better response.
  • Transmission: As mentioned above, the best drifting cars have manual transmissions, because stick shifts let the driver control every aspect of shifting gears, as well as offering the ability to push in the clutch and drop the accelerator to increase engine speed, before dropping the clutch – a combination necessary to the classic drifting wheel spin. Typical mods include the installation of a performance clutch assembly, while automatic transmissions are usually modified to be manual-shift automatics.

Knowing all of this, it should come as no surprise that there are several lists of the “best” cars for drifting. While the lists differ from place to place, and person to person, our favorites include the Ford Mustang, because of all that muscle-car power and the Pontiac GTO/Chevy Lumina, because of the V8 engine in the manual transmission version, which provides a serious amount of torque, not to mention the wide wheelbase.

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2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is one of the most advanced, luxurious and attractive SUVs in production today. With its massively powerful twin-turbocharged engine, the Cayenne turbo is not only capable of out-accelerating every SUV on the market today, but it also treats the passengers and driver to an unparalleled driving experience. You’ll find yourself wondering just how it was that Porsche managed to mount a 911 onto an SUV frame.

The twin-turbocharged, 4.8-liter V8 engine in the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo features direct injection technology that not only produces spectacular power, to the tune of 500 horsepower, but also returns surprisingly good fuel economy for what could be called both a supercar and an SUV. The eight-speed transmission is largely responsible for this feat, offering smooth shifting along with 15 miles per gallon fuel economy in the city and 22 on the highway.

The interior of the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is nothing short of exquisite. The leather bucket seats cradle and comfort both the driver and passengers, and are available in a variety of colors. The brushed aluminum trim perfectly sets off the controls of the Cayenne and is a natural choice for such a sporty SUV.

Perhaps the most disconcerting thing about the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is the way it handles. While driving, every nerve and impulse in your body tells you that you are, in fact, driving a sports car. The Cayenne leaps from stoplights like a racehorse, and swallows up curvy mountain roads as though it were specifically built for such things. Meanwhile, your brain is telling you that this isn’t a sports car, but an SUV, and you’d better not throw it into that next curve quite so quickly as you did the last. In the end, your brain and your body end up having to meet in the middle somewhere, but you’ll never look at another SUV quite the same way again.

When you purchase your 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, it’ll be a good idea to shop around for the best deal for your car insurance, because, with a car like this, it’s not going to come cheap. Check some reliable sites, like InsuranceQuotes.org, to find the best rates and avoid overpaying on insurance for your new sports SUV.

2012 Lotus Elise Club Racer

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Lotus is making a little bit of a comeback having spent many years in the doldrums. Under the direction of new CEO Dany Bahar the company has hit the reset button and announced a completely new line of high performance road cars to replace its ageing fleet.

Part of this plan involves the company entering Formula One by purchasing the team formerly known as Renault. Having previously spent time at both Ferrari and Red Bull Bahar is very much of the opinion that motorsport participation can stimulate car sales. This is an audacious and risky plan which is alleged to involve the company taking out numerous loans to fund its expansion.

 

One of the first products to come out of Lotus in the Bahar era is the new Lotus Elise Club Racer, which is 24 kg lighter than a conventional Elise; an incredible achievement when you consider that conventional Elise already weighs 876 kg. This is despite the exterior appearance of the Club Racer looking very similar to that of the conventional model. These weight savings have been accomplished by fitting lighter components; with the battery, seat and noise insulation being prime areas of focus.

The 2012 Lotus Elise Club Racer version is powered by the same Toyota built 1.6 litre four-cylinder 134bhp motor which is fitted to the conventional model. However, with these weight savings, top speeds and acceleration times are much improved. The new Elise also comes with a Dynamic Performance Management system (DPM) for the first time, which for those not adept in the Lotus lingo basically translates into a sport mode. This tunes the suspension and anti-roll bar as well as activating an intermediate setting for the stability control. Basically, this means that the electronics can alter the behaviour of the vehicle to make it easier to drive for those who are less confident or less experienced.

 

The car will be available from £27,500 ($54,990) and comes in six different colours (black, Carbon grey, red, saffron yellow, sky blue and white). It might be difficult to justify this payment when you consider that driver comfort and things that are usually given as standard (i.e. noise insulation, radio and air-conditioning) are not included. However, emulating the Lotus fashion of old, this vehicle is all about performance and the removal of these things was necessary in order to ensure that the vehicle achieves it maximum performance. Despite driver comfort being compromised, quality has remained essential for Lotus who has sourced components from highly rated external partners such as Bilstein and Eiback.

 

Don’t forget that the lighter frame will also ensure less fuel consumption; reducing your annual fuel bill compared to the running costs required for a conventional Elise and appeasing environmentalists who criticise manufacturers for perusing such high performance vehicles. Lotus claims that the Club Racer version of the Elise will be capable of a very respectable 45 mpg.

Lotus Chief Technical Officer Wolf Zimmermann hailed the Elise as an “icon” of the sports car market, and proclaimed that the new Club Racer version is “fast, raw, responsible and a huge amount of fun to drive”. This could be the first step in the mission to get Lotus back on the right track, with the new Elise club racer having been met with overwhelming positive reviews from motoring journalists who have been lucky enough to drive the model thus far; many of whom who have complemented the vehicles handling and the pure driving experience that it provides.

All Lotus has to do now is make sure that the Elise is a more attractive proposition to petrol heads than what is on offer through its competitors. This means that they have to once again take on arch-rival Tony Fernandes who was alleged to have been interested in purchasing the Lotus car company before switching his attentions to British sports car manufacturer Caterham. This battle will even been taken onto the race track, with Caterham also now owning its own F1 team. This could prove to be one of the most fascinating battles of the coming years, both in F1 and in the automotive market and could possibly serve as conclusive proof of Bahar’s theory that on-track racing success ultimately impacts on car sales.

 

Insuring Performance Cars

True or false: fast cars must be insured by specialty auto insurers? If you answered “true,” you haven’t checked out the offers presented by mainstream insurance companies recently. Unless your fast car is incredibly rare, or highly modified, almost any auto insurer should be able to give you reliable affordable coverage.

What do you need to know in order to find the best car insurance for your performance vehicle? Here are a few tips to aid you:

  • Big engines cost more to insure: Vehicles with large, powerful engines are considered to be a greater risk for reckless driving and traffic accidents, so the initial quote you receive may seem high. Don’t panic. You can offset much of the higher cost with all the same discounts you’d get for insuring a Toyota Camry. What are these discounts? They include things like home/auto bundles, multi-car policies, safe driving discounts, and even discounts for having air bags in your car.
  • Document modifications: Performance cars tend to sport a greater number of after-market modifications, or mods, than more sedate vehicles. If your fast car has any additional parts – from spoilers to engine tweaks that give you greater speed – make sure you provide your insurance company with details and receipts as soon as you add them, or bring that information with you when applying for a new policy. While it’s true that extensive modifications might require you to purchase an endorsement for extra coverage, the alternative is having your policy cancelled or denied.
  • If you have to go to a specialty product: If your car really does require you to seek specialty insurance, consider checking with mainstream companies that have specialty lines. Farmers Insurance offers a collectible car line, and may even allow you to bundle your collectible performance car on the same policy with the VW Beetle you drive to and from work every day, or the minivan driven by your spouse. Even without bundling, that specialty insurance may be less expensive because a mainstream company is backing it.

The bottom line is this: Insuring a fast car doesn’t have to be horrifically difficult or extremely expensive. Spend some time reviewing the information at comprehensive insurance website like CheapestAutoInsurance.net, get a few quotes, and find the best product for your needs and budget.

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2011 Mercedes S-Class

There are some brands that signal luxury, power, and performance with their very names. Mercedes-Benz is one such brand, and their S-Class sedan – the automaker’s flagship car – is one such make. Last year, the S-Class saw the addition of the S-400. This year, the line includes the new S-350 Bluetec, which is also a return to diesel engines.

 

The exterior of the S-Class got a minor facelift last year. For 2011, the same basic appearance has been retained, but the S63 AMG received new 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels and the S400 Hybrid received new 18-inch 10-spoke wheels, while the entire line (except the S400) now sports LED daytime running lights.

2011 Mercedes S-Class

Inside every S-Class Mercedes you’ll find shiny chrome and warm wood accents and seating for up to five people (including the driver). The usual console-mounted gearshift has been removed, and now there’s a steering column-mounted selector for Park, Drive or Reverse, while drivers who crave manual control can use steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to adjust the automatic transmission.

Other tech and comfort features include the “mbrace” telematics system (standard across the class), a split-view dashboard screen that offers different content for the driver and front passenger, a command system with a control knob in the center console, and a 6.5-inch in-dash screen, and the option for an infrared night-vision system that puts the instrument cluster display into black and white.

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Other optional features of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class include massaging front seats, an infrared night-vision system that puts the instrument cluster display into black and white, a lane departure warning system, and a system that monitors “driver drowsiness.”

Depending on which 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class car you choose, there are a variety of engine choices. The S350 comes with a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and all-wheel drive. The S63 AMG, built for high performance, comes with a 536-horsepower, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 with start/stop technology and the S65 AMG has a twin-turbo V-12 that pushes 621 horsepower.

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The S550’s powertrain is a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and standard rear-wheel drive, though 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional, and the S600 has a 510-horsepower, 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 and a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars all come with Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system which can actually adjust the front seatbelts, passenger seats, sunroof and side windows if it senses an impending collision, and the optional Brake add-on can automatically slow the car when such situations occur.

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As well, the S-Class can be fitted with Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, and all except the S400 Hybrid, come standard with the “attention assist” feature (mentioned above) that alerts you when you’re too sleepy to drive.
Other, more typical, safety features include antilock brakes, a full complement of air bags, and an electronic stability system.

Because of the wide variance between types of S-Class cars, the base price ranges from $91,000 – $209,000 and the fuel economy ranges from 12-19 in the city and 19-25 on the highway.

2011 Audi S4

The 2011 Audi S4 is the performance version of the A4, but unlike the more sedate model, it’s only available as a sedan (no Avant wagon option). Designed as a direct competitor of vehicles like the Mercedes C63 AMG and Lexus IS-F, it has a base MSRP of $47,000.

2011 Audi S4

In all honesty, the 2011 S4 isn’t that different from previous year’s models. This year’s car comes with an optional navigational system that also supports HD radio, and the Prestige trim level comes with rear parking sensors and a backup camera as standard features, while Side Assist is offered as its own option now.

Exterior features are in line with other S4 models – variations on the same year’s A4 styling, but with no tell-tale design elements that scream “I’m a performance car!” It does have a spoiler integrated into the lid of the trunk, aluminum mirrors, LED taillights and 18 wheels sporting performance tires. There are metallic “aluminum optic” design accents on both the front and rear diffuser blades as well as the side mirrors (which are heated and auto-dim), and a whopping four tailpipes. Also, the S4 logo has been stamped on the brake calipers. If you upgrade to the Prestige trim you’ll get 19-inch wheels.

2011 Audi S4 Exterior (detail)

Inside the 2011 Audi S4, things are much more promising. Think brushed aluminum trim a black headliner. Think about a choice of carbon fiber, wood or stainless steel for interior features. The steering wheel bears the S4 badge, as do the doorsills, gauge cluster, and remote transmitter.

Other interior features of the S4 include Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone use, keyless entry and ignition, and options for leather upholstery, the afore-mentioned navigational system, and a swank stereo system by Bang & Olefsen.

2011 Audi S4 Interior

Of course, with a performance car it’s all about the powertrain, and the 2011 Audi S4 is no slouch. It’s powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter 333-horsepower V-6 engine that provides 325 pounds-feet of torque. There’s a choice of a six-speed manual or seven speed automated manual transmission, which latter comes with dual clutches for the fastest possible gear shifting. While it does have an automatic mode, gears can be changed by using the steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters.

Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive comes as a standard feature on the S4. Torque distribution is split 40/60 percent front/rear. Available as an optional upgrade is Audi’s QuattroSport mechanical rear differential.
Safety features haven’t been ignored in the 2011 Audi S4, either. It’s got the full complement of required airbags (frontal, side-curtain, etc.), but the front seats also have torso airbags, which can be added to the back seats as an optional upgrades. Other standard features are an electronic stability system with traction control, and four-wheel-disc antilock brakes.

While fuel efficiency isn’t really something most of us pay attention to when purchasing a fast car, it’s worth knowing that the 2011 Audi S4 does a respectable 18 mpg on city streets, and 27-28 mpg (depending on powertrain specifics), when on the open highway.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is one of America’s iconic sports cars, and, with a base MSRP as low as $22,805 (on select trim levels) it’s also surprisingly affordable. It comes in several trim levels (LS, LT, and SS), and for the 2011 model year, there’s even a Camaro convertible.

The exterior of 2011 Chevrolet Camaro sports a retro look with a long hood and rather short rear deck that are reminiscent of past incarnations of the car, with a honeycomb grille up front and gill-shaped air intakes in the rear. As well, the back of the car is also home to four rounded tail lights which are not unlike the lights on the Chevy Corvette.

Standard features include power mirrors and dual exhaust pipes, but there are a host of exterior options, including wheels in sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inches, heating and dimming capabilities for the mirrors, and fog lights. There’s also an RS package that bundles a rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels and high-intensity-discharge headlights with integrated halo rings.

Inside the 2011 Camaro, you’ll find a steering wheel, radio unit and climate controls that are all unique to this model, and blend in with the retro feel. An auxiliary instrument panel located near the shifter is available, and, if installed, will monitor the temperature and pressure of the oil, the temperature of the transmission fluid, and the status of the car’s battery.

Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, a keyless entry system, and XM Satellite Radio, while the available optional features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a USB connector for your MP3 player, though OnStar is also a standard feature.

Under the hood of the 2011 Chevy Camaro, there are a variety of options. The LS and LT trims come with a V-6 engine, while the SS has a V-8 that has GM’s “active fuel management” system, which will cut power to four of the cylinders when they’re not needed. There are also two different suspension settings – the SS gets the performance tuning, while the LS and LT are sport-tuned. The tricked-out SS also comes with adjustable traction and electronic stability control settings, Brembo brakes, and even Launch Control on the manual version.

More specifically, the LS and LT models come with a 312-hp, 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine pushing 273 lbs-ft of torque, while the SS model comes with a 400-horsepower, 6.2 liter V-8 providing 395 lbs-ft of torque when married to the optional six-speed automatic transmission, or a 426-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 providing 408 lbs-ft of torque when mated with the six-speed manual transmission that is standard across the line.

Safety features of the 2011 Camaro include side-curtain and front side-impact airbags, antilock brakes with a brake-assist feature, both electronic stability control and traction control, and daytime running lights. As well, OnStar is enhanced with a free year of GM’s “Safe and Sound” plan and six months of the automaker’s “Connections and Directions” plan.

The convertible has the same V-6 or V-8 engine options as the hardtop 2011 Camaro, with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions, and a choice of 18-, 19, or 20-inch wheels. To boost safety, Chevy has put a tower brace beneath the hood, braced the transmission, and added bracing to the underbody, as well.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

2011 Porsche Cayenne

For the first time since the model debuted in 2003, Porsche has redesigned their Cayenne, and as well as the standard gasoline-powered 2011 version, this model year also offers a hybrid version: the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid S.

For 2011, the Porsche Cayenne sports a streamlined design more in line with the other current line-up of Porsches, with particular attention to the design of the headlights. Even its Turbo version, while still featuring a bold front end and the largest air intakes across the line, looks less like a caricature of a sports car than the previous model. In addition, though the 2011 Cayenne seems smaller than the 2010 incarnation, it’s actually nearly two inches longer with a wheelbase that has grown by 1.6 inches, while still being 145 pounds lighter, thanks to the increased use of mileage-increasing aluminum.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Inside the 2011 Porsche Cayenne, you’ll find that surfaces which have seemed below par since this model’s inception have been upgraded. The interior “metal” trim is faux, but still looks good, and while the center-mounted grab handles that made the 2010 Cayenne so interesting have been retained, they’ve been mated to a high center console that rises to meet the dashboard.

The back seats have been re-designed to slide forward or backward almost six-and-a-half inches, which allows a choice between more space for passengers, and less for cargo, or more for cargo and less for passengers. The back seat still offers a 60-40 split, but now the backrests offer three recline settings.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Beneath the hood of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne your engine choices include a 3.6 liter, 300 horsepower V-6 in the base model, or a 4.8 liter, 400 horsepower V-8 in the S trim. The turbocharged Cayenne remains the same as last year’s model, at 500 hp, though Porsche says all version are about 20% more efficient than they were in 2010, due, in part, to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an automatic start/stop function. A manual transmission (six speeds) is only available in the base Cayenne.

Updates for the 2011 model year include a revision to the all-wheel-drive system (a standard feature) which eliminates the heavy reduction gearing of the 2010 Cayenne by adding a multiplate clutch, and while this vehicle is still off-road capable, it seems more on-road friendly than ever before. Other features include a locking differential and left-right torque vectoring on the rear axle, while there’s a three-mode (Comfort, Normal, Sports) adaptive suspension system available as an optional upgrade. The Turbo Cayenne comes standard with air springs, but these are optional on the S and base trims.

We’re not entirely sure that it makes sense to buy a hybrid Porsche, but if green is your thing, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid S is said to be about forty percent more efficient than the 2010 Cayenne S (standard power). It’s powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter, 333-horsepower engine combined with a 47-horsepower electric motor and a 288-volt battery pack. It’s also fitted with a modified version of the eight-speed transmission it’s gas-powered brothers have, in the form of a step-gear automatic transmission.

The 2011 Cayenne Hybrid S can accelerate to 37 mph in all-electric mode, a speed comparable to other hybrid vehicles, but it also has the ability to shut down the engine completely for a coasting speed of up to 97 mph.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Front occupants of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne get airbags that protect at the front, knee, and side, with side curtain airbags for both front and back seats. Antilock disc brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control are standard, but there’s an optional blind spot warning system available for the extremely safety-conscious, as well.

The starting MSRP for the 2011 Porsche Cayenne ranges from $47,700 to $106,000 depending on the trim level and powertrain, and the fuel efficiency (such as it is) is 15-16 mpg in the city and 22-23 mpg on the highway.

Tesla Roadster 2.5

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With a price range of 109,000–$128,500, the Tesla Roadster 2.5 might seem out of reach for the average lover of fast cars. Consider though, that this all-electric beauty can accelerate from zero to 60mph in under four seconds, and combines the performance of a Porsche 911 with the environmental consciousness of the Nissan Leaf. Then remember it’s built in limited numbers, for only the most demanding customers.

 

Tesla doesn’t designate their cars with model years, so the 2011 version of their all-electric performance roadster, which was designed to compete with the Audi R8 among others, is merely referred to as the Tesla Roadster 2.5. But who needs a model year to distinguish a car that an travel almost 250 miles on a single charge of it’s all-electric, zero emissions drivetrain and takes only 3.5 hours to recharge its lithium-ion batteries for the next leg of a trip?

The car itself is comparable in size to the Lotus Elise, which makes sense since Lotus actually builds the Tesla chassis. Size aside, however, the carbon-fiber body sports LED taillights, and a finned hood, a soft top that is removable but can be replaced with a carbon-fiber hardtop, and a combination of 16-inch front wheels and 17-inch wheels in the back. In the sport model, those wheels are finished in a darker color.

Inside the Roadster 2.5 you’ll find a slight change from the former minimalism of the first version. Last year the a/c controls were moved to a more expected position below the sterio system, though you’ll still find that instead of a conventional gear shift there are buttons for Park, Neutral, Drive, and Reverse mounted in the center console. New for this year is an Infotainment seven-inch touch-screen navigation system, a 400 watt stereo with HD and Sirius radio, Bluetooth compatibility and the option for a backup camera.

The new seats are still leather and still heated, but now there’s better lumbar support and the bolsters are more supportive. An iPod jack is standard, and for a price you can wrap the entire interior leather, instead of just the seats. Conversely, if you’re anti-cowhide, you can opt for microfiber seats instead.

The Roadster 2.5 is powered by an air-cooled all-electric power system that offers the equivalent of 288 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque in the base version and 295 pounds-feet of torque if you opt for the Sport trim. Acceleration is boosted by peak torque being available from zero rpm. The wheels are driven via a fixed gear, and, when decelerating, the motor can help recharge the battery pack, which, in turn, has a 6,831-cell lithium-ion battery that weighs almost a thousand pounds. Tesla says the battery will last for five years or 100,000 miles.

While the Tesla’s optimal charge comes from a home charging station, there is an optional plug that will allow it to charge from a regular 120-volt outlet, though it may take longer than the advertised 3.5 hours.

If there’s one area where the Roadster is a bit under-served, it’s in safety features. It has all-disc antilock brakes and traction control, as well as dual front airbags, but no side airbags at all, and no stability control, either.

Drive Right and Save Money!

Even people who love fast cars like to save money when they can, so if there were a few easy ways you could save money on the car you already own, you’d try them, right?

The reality is, there are several little things you can do every day that will add up to big savings after a few months, or a year. Here are just a few:

  • Be smart at the pump. While the myth that it’s least expensive to fill your tank in the morning has been disproven, it’s true that you’re perfectly fine using the lowest grade allowable. For most cars, that’s going to be 87 octane unleaded fuel, but some performance cars and hybrids might require more expensive gasoline. If you aren’t certain about what your car needs, check your owner’s manual.
  • Don’t guess, use GPS. Plot your route before you leave home, so you can find the shortest, fastest way to get from point A to point B, and be sure to follow the GPS system’s prompts. This will save time and gas, which in turn will save money. Don’t have a GPS system? Use the mapping function of your smart phone, but be sure not to check it while you’re actually driving. Instead, use a mounting bracket and hands-free technology.
  • Cruise along. If you’re on the freeway, set that cruise control. Not only will it regulate your speed, keeping you from accelerating and draining gas you don’t really need, but it will also let you relax the foot that’s generally on the gas pedal, making your ride a lot more comfortable. If you’re in town, stick with the posted speed limit. Not only will you avoid getting a ticket, but most city streetlights are timed to the speed limit, so you’ll also avoid some of those red lights.
  • Maintenance matters. You know that little sticker that tells you when your next oil change is due? It’s NOT a decoration. Fresh oil and a clean filter will improve your car’s performance and you’ll use less gas. As long as you’re changing the oil, check your tire pressure as well. Improperly inflated tires are one of the most common causes of bad gas mileage. (They can also be dangerous.)
  • Consider your insurance. Okay, you can’t go out and change insurance companies as easily as you can add air to your tires or refill your gas tank with cheaper fuel, but you can make a point of assessing your car insurance needs once or twice a year, and if you think you’re paying too much, shop around for cheap auto insurance on the web. Not only do different companies offer slightly different base rates, but some offer pay-as-you-drive programs, so those of us with short commutes pay less than people who drive an hour and a half to work every day, and some even give you discounts for having a clean driving record or being a loyal customer.

Let’s face it: none of these ideas are terribly innovative, but they’re not terribly difficult, either. By being a better driver and a more responsible car owner, you can save money for something really important – like the Tesla Roadster 2.5, or a really cool paint job on your vintage ‘Vette.

2011 Infiniti FX

At a price ranging from $41,600 – $56, 400, the 2011 Infiniti FX is offered in three models. The Infiniti FX50 features a standard 5.0-liter V8 engine design rated at 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Infiniti’s Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL) intake camshafts, which feature continuously variable lift control integrated with a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), allow for a 6,800 rpm red-line.

Also offered is an advanced 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6, available on FX35 models. The V6 engine features an aluminum block and heads, electronically controlled throttle system, and has been tuned specifically for use in the FX35. The engine is rated at 303-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Th FX 35 can travel from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds and records a top speed of 137 mph while the FX 45 can travel from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and records a top speed of 145 mph.

Only one transmission is offered on the 2011 FX – a 7-speed transmission that offers both a wide ratio of coverage and a wide lock-up area, as well as a manual shift mode, Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). The FX is also offered with All-Wheel Drive, double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC), Rear Active Steer, and 21-inch lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels. The FX offers available Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), and the Around View Monitor (AVM) – which provides a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping it to maneuver in snug areas.

Enhancements to the FX for the 2011 model include: standard power rear lift-gate on all models, the previous Navigation Package content is added to the Premium Package on FX35, a new Deluxe Touring Package for the FX50 with Maple interior accents, 21-inch wheels and tires and aluminum pedal accents, black lacquer interior trim now standard on FX50, and one new color, Malbec Black. The Infiniti FX is alluring, whether sitting still or in motion, and its 2011 second-generation design comes with many refinements and its spirited performance remains intact.

2011 Ford Mustang GT

Starting at $30,495, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT comes in two models – the Coupe and Convertible. It holds a 5.0-liter V8 that uses advanced technology to deliver 412 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm, 390 lb.- torque @ 4,250 rpm. The coupe models of the 2011 Ford Mustang come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy for the convertible is 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway and for the coupe, 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway. The 2011 Ford Mustang GT’s top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

New features in the 2011 Ford Mustang include: improved driveability, tractability, and fuel economy, as well as deep-sump oil pan that allows 10,000-mile oil change intervals, specially designed tubular exhaust headers, option for the Brembo brake package with 14-inch vented front discs, standard message center, new fender badges and engine cover, and new speedometer and tachometer. Electric Power Assist Steering has made an impressive contribution to Mustang GT driving dynamics with faster steering response, and increased exertion at highway speeds and reduced exertion needed in low-speed parking maneuver. Standard AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control, which complements the all-speed traction control and standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), helps keep the car under control in all driving conditions. Additional standard safety equipment includes the Personal Safety System™ which features dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, seat belt pretensioners and Belt-Minder®.

The exterior sheet metal keeps to the 2010 redesign, with new headlamps, lower fascias, fenders, and grille capped by a powerdome hood that adds to the muscular appearance while allowing for enhanced air cooling of the engine. Improvements in body stiffness contribute to the coupe and convertible’s driving performance and provides the benefit of accident protection. Mustang uses high-strength steel in its body structure and ultra-high-strength steel in the door intrusion beams for additional side-impact protection. The front bumper and nose area are slated to receive aerodynamic refinements and a revised and taller rear spoiler. There is also the continuing tradition of the of the retro 1970 style headlight and gills. The 2011 Ford Mustang is the best Mustang produced from a long line of Ford Mustangs.