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 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.

2011 Nissan Juke

Exciting design standards and bold styling accent the all-new 2011 Nissan Juke. It’s classified by Nissan as a Sport Cross, a small-sized crossover that combines high performance levels, excellent fuel economy, surprising interior amenities and loads of practicality to boot. It delivers 27/32 MPG city/highway as estimated by the EPA. The Juke is powered by a intercooled, turbocharged 1.6L inline four-cylinder engine that generates a ballsy 188 horses. Suggested pricing ranges from $18,081 up to $23,268 and estimated monthly payments will run you between $358 and $463. Nissan’s basic warranty will stay in effect for 36 months are 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Innovative concept-car-like design and styling standards make the Nissan Juke 2011 a surefire worldwide hit. It’s available in three separate trim levels: SL, SV and the base level S. The Juke’s a small unit, measuring only 162.4 inches in length, 69.5 inches in width and 61.8 inches in height. Its wheelbase measures 99.6 inches and the Juke weighs in at just 2828 pounds. Standard seating is reported for five occupants.

The DOHC I4 engine of the Nissan Juke features an intercooled turbocharger and works together with your choice of the advanced continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual gearbox (front wheel drive trims only). Together they generate 177 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota RAV4 ($22,025 base price), Honda Element ($20,825 base price) and the Chevrolet HHR Panel ($19,030 base price) are all very hard pressed to satisfy consumers to the level that this new Juke does. And although no information has yet been released from the NHTSA, standard safety features impressively include:

  • Six separate airbags;
  • Active frontal head restraints;
  • Electronic vehicle dynamic control;
  • Electronic traction control;
  • Bluetooth hands-free connectivity;
  • Tire pressure monitoring;
  • And more…


You’ll also be surprised with the list of luxurious amenities for the cabin space including available voice activated navigation, genuine leather interior, powered moonroof, Rockford-Fosgate audio system and a highly imaginative Integrated Control (I-CON) system that shows off its triple-mode automatic air conditioning. On the downside, Nissan doesn’t even yet bother to list interior spaciousness dimensions. You will however find a standard 8.9 cubic feet of luggage space (expandable up to 29.3 cubic feet if you let the back seats down).

Overall, you can count on the 2011 Nissan Juke to make a big dent in the market for trendsetting, efficient and capable performers. It’s a refreshing addition to the current market and is already helping to shape the ever-evolving present and future of the automotive industry.

The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo

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The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo is a chic, two-door, four-seat, coupe that delivers a powerful punch. The Maserati GranTurismo is powered by an 8 cylinder 4,244 cc V90° engine and produces 405 bhp at 7,100 rpm. The load-bearing chassis allows for more rigidity and its high-resistance, box-steel structure permits the suspension to track every bump in the road allowing for a more smooth and comfortable drive. The powerful 2010 Maserati GranTurismo has a top speed of 178mph and accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.2s.

 

Owners of the GranTurismo have the option of installing the Skyhook system of shock absorbers with an aluminum body that constantly adjusts the damping. The technology automatically chooses the most favorable level of damping and combines with the calibration of the vehicle’s automatic gearbox and the MSP safety system. The result is that the car will become accustomed to each driver’s characteristics.

 

 

The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo is very light and compact. It displays a sporty edge with its sleek tight body design and large oval grille. The cylinder heads are made of aluminum silicon and alloy. The lubrication system contains a wet sump which minimizes noise which allows for a quieter drive. The Maserati GranTurismo has excellent reaction time due to its flawless weight distribution: 51% of the weight of the car sits in the rear and 49% of the car’s weight sits over the front end. The accurate handling is the result of rear and front. The exhaust connected to the V8 meets the most stringent anti-pollution regulations.

The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo achieves instant acceleration due to the ‘drive by wire’ throttle control. The system’s ‘anti-squat’ geometry prevents the rear end from squatting under acceleration. The system’s ‘anti-dive’ geometry prevents the front from dipping under braking. The GranTurismo features three chrome-ringed air vents set behind the front wheels, chic lines curving over the body that is elegantly curved from front to end. The graceful shape ends at the at the rear light cluster.

 

The interior of the Maserati GranTurismo combines luxury with a sporty edge. It contains a roomy cabin that includes Poltrona Frau® leather upholstery, electronically controlled front seats, many finished pockets and storage compartments, and Bose Surround Sound® audio system with eleven speakers. The interior is desogned to maximize comfort and ergonomics. The 2010 GranTurismo transcends style and fits the driver like a glove.

2011 Nissan GTR

The 2011 Nissan GT-R carries on the nickname “Godzilla.” With prices starting at $84,060, the 2011 GT-R is a 2-door, 4-passenger sports car, available in only in Premium trim. The GT-R is powered by a 8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 that produces 485 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 434 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200–5,200 rpm. The only transmission available is a GR6 dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. The 2010 GT-R has an acceleration rate of 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 192 mph. The fuel economy of the GT-R is 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

The 2011 Nissan GTR features ATTESA E-TS® All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with patented independent rear-mounted transaxle integrating transmission differential and AWD transfer case.
The torque distribution includes traction/yaw-based; up to 100% rear; up to 50% front.

As well, the GTR features Electronic Traction Control System (TCS) and Nissan/Brembo® braking system which includes 4-wheel disc brakes, 15″ front and rear two-piece floating-rotors with diamond-pattern internal ventilation. The front suspension includes double-wishbone with aluminum links and the Rear suspension features multi-link with aluminum links.

The design of the exterior of the Nissan 2011 GT-R is much the same design as the previous year. The exterior features include Premium Midship (PM) platform with hybrid unibody assembled using high-precision, ultra-low-tolerance jigs that is much like racecar construction. It has an aluminum hood, trunk lid and outer door skins. Changes include: darker wheel center caps, double clear coat on the front and rear fascias, and the addition of rear cooling ducts to improve cooling performance around the rear floor area.

Interior features of the 2011 GT-R include: Die-cast aluminum front shock towers, inner roof and inner door structures, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, electronic analog instrument cluster with upshift indicator, multi-function drive computer and digital gear indicator, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-appointed front seats with synthetic suede inserts, 8-way power driver’s seat, and 4-way power front passenger’s seat with entry/exit switch for rear passenger.

Many car reviewers commend the performance of the 2011 Nissan GT-R 2011, saying, “the car is more responsive and more efficient than the previous model year.” Newcars.com says, “The 2011 Nissan GT-R is an automotive and technical tour-de-force, representing the pinnacle of automotive engineering.”