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.
So you're in the market for a small SUV, but don’t want to sacrifice any capability.It literally has to do it all—something that gets carlike gas mileage and handling, but has a taller stance for some mild off-roading and the ability to roll over obstacles. Consider the Forester, as it combines wagon-like styling and interior appointments with a higher-than-average 8.9-in. ground clearance. Throw in Subaru's standard all-wheel-drive system, torquey flat-4 engine and the cargo hauling flexibility of a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat and tall greenhouse, and you’ve got a handy everyday vehicle. If more power is needed, upgrade to the 2.5XT Premium or Touring models; they have a 224-bhp turbocharged engine.
Those searching for a 7-passenger crossover wearing a Volvo badge have come to the right place. In Volvo's triad of XC models, only the XC90 is fitted with a third-row seat. It also offers the largest cargo compartment, a boon for weekend warriors. This luxuriously appointed chariot comes in 3.2 and R-Design versions. There's a choice of front- or all-wheel drive along with new Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels. Motivation is supplied by a 240-bhp 3.2-liter normally aspirated inline-6. The optional V-8 engine has been discontinued. Active dual xenon headlights and 20-in. alloys are added to the roster of R-Design standards that also include sport-tuned suspension and steering, plus special leather upholstery and watch-dial instrumentation. Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, is optional.
The BMW 7-series is the pinnacle of BMW sedans. A big luxury sedan that is loaded with state-of-the-art technology to keep you safe on today's roads.
The 740i and long-wheelbase 740Li are powered by a direct-injection, 315-hp 3.0-liter, turbo inline six-cylinder engine bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The 740Li is also available with xDrive all-wheel drive. The 740 has many standard luxury features such as four-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, high-gloss wood trim, heated power seats, voice-activated navigation system on a 10.2-inch color monitor, satellite and HD radio as well as BMW Assist emergency and information communications. Standard run-flat tires wrap 18-inch alloy wheels, while standard Park Distance Control, adaptive brake lights and steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights provide active safety. High-tech options include a head-up display, surround-view cameras, power trunk lid, high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, dual LCD screens for rear seat entertainment and ventilated front seats.
For 2013, the 740 has been refreshed inside and out, and adds a long wheelbase xDrive model
R&T Overview:Dressed to thrill, the next-generation SLK roadster bursts onto the scene for 2012. More aggressive styling embodies an expanded model range. The new SLK250 receives a 201-bhp 4-cylinder turbo with direct injection paired with 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmissions. Next up is the SLK350 with a naturally aspirated 302-bhp 3.5-liter V-6. The new range-topping SLK55 AMG nets a 415-bhp 5.5-liter V-8 with variable cylinder management, Speedshift 7G-Tronic 3-mode transmission, ECO stop/start, torque vectoring brakes and sport suspension. The SLK's retractable hardtop offers Magic Sky Control with an automatically tinting glass roof panel. Redesigned cabins gain sun-reflecting leather, Comand controller, eight airbags and Attention Assist.