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2013 Lexus IS F Specifications

December 8, 2012 by
Filed under Lexus

New 2013 Lexus GS with F Sport Package to Bow at SEMA Show 27

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Ever since hot rodding began in the 1940s, enthusiasts have been in love with the idea of a small car with a big engine. Why keep up with the Joneses when you can blow their doors off? Case in point: The Lexus IS F. In a space normally occupied by no more than a 3.5-liter V-6, Lexus engineers crammed a 5.0-liter V-8 pumping out 416 bhp and mated it to an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a manual mode. Essentially carryover for 2013, the IS F comes standard with 19-in. forged alloy BBS wheels, 10-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 13-speaker audio system. In addition to obvious exterior cues, the IS F gets a special interior treatment with two-tone leather/Alcantara seats and aluminized trim.


2013 BMW X3 Specifications

October 22, 2012 by
Filed under BMW

2013 BMW X3 egmCarTech

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Once overlooked as just a token entry in the booming market for crossover utility vehicles, the recently revised BMW X3 has emerged as the brand’s best effort when it comes to all-wheel-drive utility.

New for the model year is the BMW X3 xDrive28i, which now carries a 240-bhp, turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, and working in concert with an eight-speed automatic transmission and stop/start technology, this engine helps give the X3 the ability to get 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway. The BMW X3 xDrive35i continues with its 300-bhp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, and its eight-speed automatic and stop-start features takes it to 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway.

The cabin of the X3 always feels space-efficient even if slightly less spacious than some rivals, but the utility of the package (a power-operated tailgate is now standard) and the extensive assortment of convenience and safety items gets your attention.

At the same time, let us not forget that the BMW X3 drives like a BMW should, combining surprising agility with equally surprising ability to deliver cross-country comfort.


2013 Infiniti EX37 Specifications

December 1, 2012 by
Filed under Infiniti

2013 Infiniti EX37 front bumper Photo on September 24 2012

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Perhaps its rounded, space-pod styling is an acquired taste, but the EX37 5-seat crossover—based on the G37's FM platform— tempts with an appealing blend of taut carlike handling, luxury and utility. Its new designation reflects its new 325- bhp 3.7-liter V-6 (previously a 3.5-liter) that's paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission in both rear- and all-wheeldrive versions. The base vehicle isn't exactly for paupers, with standard leather seating, keyless ignition and 18-in. alloy wheels. Opt for the Journey model and standard equipment includes a power tinted moonroof, Bluetooth phone and power tilt/telescope steering column. A slew of optional safety systems can be had, including Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.


2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Specifications

August 8, 2012 by
Filed under Land Rover

Trevor Dorchies Associate Editor Automotive

R&T Overview:

When the Range Rover was introduced over four decades ago, it revolutionized the market by introducing an upscale SUV that was in its element on city streets or muddy dirt tracks. It’s remained the epitome of a classy SUV ever since. Could the Range Rover Evoque do the same for small crossover SUVs? This luxury SUV is powered by a 240-bhp turbo-4 engine, yet it’s so much lighter than a giant Range Rover it delivers similar performance and far better fuel economy. It has a roomy interior and can tackle off-road challenges with the same aplomb thanks to use of the same off-road assist technologies. The 5-door Evoque might be more practical, but it goes up against some tough competitors. The 3-door Evoque, on the other hand, really has no competition yet.


2012 Buick Regal Specifications

April 24, 2012 by
Filed under Buick

2011 Buick Regal picture: 352135 - Top Speed

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A hot-rod GS version of the powerful Regal Turbo is added to the lineup, using a 270-bhp variant of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the regular Turbo model, which boasts a strong 220 bhp. This is the highest specific output of any GM regular production engine ever made, at 135 bhp per liter. Initially, all Regal GS models come with a 6-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels, but offset front struts keep torque-steer minimal. The front brakes are massive 14-in. discs with Brembo calipers, and electronically variable damping keeps the car stable in quick corners. Later in 2012, a 6-speed automatic transmission will become available. Pirelli PZero tires wrap 20-in. polished aluminum wheels and allow cornering at an impressive 0.90g.