For those looking to recapture the spirit of a 1960s ponycar but prefer to leave the old-school mannerisms behind, consider the Dodge Challenger. Regarding style, the 2011 Challenger is on the same page as its predecessor, particularly when dressed with the SE Rallye or R/T Classic package. Inside, the Challenger offers the quality you’d expect from a modern-day interpretation of the original, plus more spacious accommodations for rear seat passengers and luggage than its contemporaries. The V-6 model can’t maximize the Challenger’s ambitions, but add the 5.7-liter Hemi and many sins are forgiven. Better yet, tap the mighty 6.1-liter Hemi SRT8 and you’ve got a road ripper that combines top ride quality (for a true musclecar), legacy styling and sheer brawn.
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a luxury all-wheel drive sedan built in England. The Flying Spur's 6.0-liter W12 engine produces 552 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, and is matched with a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with steering column mounted gearshift paddles. The Flying Spur Speed uses the same engine, but horsepower is bumped up to 600 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. The computer-controlled adaptive air suspension with automatic ride height control includes manual driver adjustment for ride height and damper settings. Continuous all-wheel drive, traction control and stability control are standard equipment. A navigation system, Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, multi-zone climate control, power trunk opening and closing, and heated and ventilated memory power seats with massaging lumbar are standard equipment. Premium grade leather and genuine wood trim are used throughout the interior.
The Flying Spur features a luxurious handcrafted interior with a large variety of custom trim options, including aluminum and numerous types of wood veneers. Several wheel styles in chrome and painted finishes are available. The Flying Spur Speed features dark chromed radiator and lower grilles, sports-tuned exhaust, lowered sports suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, "diamond quilted" leather seat facings, and other interior upgrades. An available sunroof includes a solar panel that powers ventilation fans when the vehicle is stationary to maintain interior temperatures. A refrigerated bottle cooler in the rear armrest and a rear reversing camera is also available. Optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes (available on 20-inch wheels) provide improved brake feel. Radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control, iPod/MP3/USB interface, and a Naim stereo system are also available.
With fresh styling and innovative interior packaging, the Rogue is a leading entry in the compact crossover segment.
The Rogue is available in S, SV, or SL trims, with front or all-wheel drive. A 170-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and Xtronic CVT transmission send power to the wheels. The Rogue can seat up to 7 passengers with its available 3rd row seat. Features such as air-conditioning, bucket seats, power window and remote keyless entry are standard. Standard safety fare includes; four-wheel anti-lock brakes with panic assist, stability control, traction control, front seat side-impact and all row side-curtain airbags.
The Rogue has been completely redesigned for 2014. A rearview monitor and LED daytime running lights are now standard.
The big news for this classically sensuous Grand Tourer is the addition of the XKR-S, which is Jaguar’s most powerful road car ever. The engine is based on the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 in the XKR but revised mapping delivers 550 bhp and a massive 502 lb.-ft. of torque, giving it a 0–60-mph time of 4.2 seconds. All XK models utilize Active Dynamic technology, which continuously adjusts ride and handling characteristics. Both the XKR and the XKR-S also have Jaguar’s Active Differential Control to help provide grip. The suspension in the XKR-S is further upgraded beyond that found in the XKR. All XK models get some minor exterior and interior changes while the XKR gets other design cues to differentiate it from the “base” XK.
While the Impreza is great for economy-minded drivers, Subaru's WRX and STI provide an easy upgrade path to enthusiasts seeking performance nirvana. The WRX and STI may be similar in specification—they come in either 4- or 5-door body styles and feature manual transmissions and all-wheel-drive drivetrains, turbocharged flat-4 engines and sport-tuned suspension—but they are fairly different in intent. The WRX is for enthusiasts, and 265 bhp and a 5-speed manual is just what it takes to keep them happy. The STI is for the hardcore types, the ones who demand more power to the tune of 305 bhp. You also get a 6-speed manual, adjustable center differential, an even stiffer suspension setup, and a bigger and stickier tire package.