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 Chevrolet Malibu emphasizes civilized road manners, quality construction and practicality, with clean, contemporary styling. Newly redesigned for 2013 the Malibu will be offered first as an Eco trim with an eAssist electric motor-generator system to improve fuel economy. The Malibu LS, LT, and LTZ without eAssist will be available in summer 2012.
The new 2013 Malibu will be released first as an Eco trim with an eAssist system that enables regenerative braking, start-stop functionality, and electric power assistance. The Eco includes a 182-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine and next generation six-speed automatic transmission. The Malibu LS, LT, and LTZ trims, available in summer 2012, will include an all-new 190-hp, 2.5-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine, also combined with a next generation six-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Safety features include 10 airbags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. New standard equipment includes a seven-inch touchscreen radio display and Chevrolet MyLink Touch with streaming audio.
The 2013 Ford Fusion sedan has been completely remodeled and engineered for better performance and fuel efficiency. Immediately apparent is the Aston Martin-like grille Ford designers have added to the front fascia. It looks great, even if Aston designers might be less than happy with the result. There are three inline-4 cylinder engines to choose among, and each has been tuned for better efficiency. A naturally aspirated 170-bhp 2.5-liter serves as the base engine. Offering equal power output is a turbocharged 1.6-liter that returns 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway – this is the only version available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Last but not least is a 237-bhp turbocharged 2.0-liter. All-wheel-drive is optional, as are useful features like Active Park Assist, a fuel saving automatic stop-start system, and intelligent cruise control.
Now in it's seventh generation, the Porsche 911 remains the iconic symbol of a sports car.
The 911 is available as either a coupe or a cabriolet, and drive type choices include rear- or all-wheel drive in Carrera models, all-wheel drive only in the Turbo, and rear-wheel drive only in the track-ready GT3. The Carrera is powered by a 350-hp direct-injection 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder, while the Carrera S is powered by a 400-hp direct-injection 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine. The Turbo is a 520-hp version of the 3.8-liter (560-hp in the Turbo S). The GT3 includes a high revving 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat-six making 475-hp at 8,250rpm. Transmission choices are a seven-speed manual for the Carrera and Carrera S, The seven-speed PDK dual-clutch is optional on all Carrera's and standard on the Turbo and GT3 models. Standard safety features on all 911 models include six airbags, front belt pretensioners, engine immobilizer, security system and electronic stability control. The cabriolets also have auto-deploying roll-over protection. The Turbo and GT3 models include active rear wheel steering for increased stability and agility.
The big news for 2014 is the launch of the 991 generation of the Turbo, and the return of the GT3.
The LINCOLN MKS is a full-size luxury sedan that has been engineered to capture the attention of a younger demographic by focusing on a clean and elegant overall design. The LINCOLN MKS incorporates all the top-grade luxury items that many have grown to expect from LINCOLN.
The LINCOLN MKS offers customers the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring SelectShift with paddle activation. Optional on the all-wheel drive is a 365-hp 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, resulting in V8 power while maintaining the fuel efficiency of a V6. Standard features include MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch touch screen, remote vehicle start, heated and cooled front seats, HID headlamps, SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system, and a rear view camera. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, LED brake lights, traction control, stability control, and a post crash alert system.
For 2013, the LINCOLN MKS carries over with minimal changes, a rear view camera is added to standard equipment on all models and there are a few new exterior colours to choose from.