Mercedes revamps the C-Class sedan for 2012 and adds an attractive new coupe to the mix. Both begin with the C250 Sport featuring a new 201-bhp 1.8-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo. The C350 nets a 302-bhp 3.5-liter V-6. Targeting enthusiasts, the top C63 AMG has a 451-bhp 6.2-liter V-8. Sedans also offer a C300 4Matic with a 228-bhp 3.0-liter V-6. Standard 7-speed automatics include a Speedshift multiclutch version for the C63. Redesigned interiors gain new audio with a 5.8-in. color display, Bluetooth and USB port. Coupes receive standard paddle shifters, sport bucket seats and split-folding rear seats. Attention Assist, Adaptive Brake with Hold function, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Sport Assist are among C-Class safety features.
The Audi TTS brings S-level performance to the iconic sports car in the Audi/VW AG family, and is aimed directly at the segment leading cars from BMW and Porsche.
The TTS blends the original Bauhaus styling with Audi's current modern design theme and advanced technology. The coupe's spaceframe is 69% aluminum and 31% steel (roadster = 58/42%), with most of the steel in the rear to offset the weight of the engine and better balance the car. All TTS's are powered by a 265-hp TFSI turbocharged direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic S-tronic transmission. The all-wheel drive quattro system has been customized specifically to the TTS for faster response time. Unique body treatments, 19-inch wheels and black brake calipers provide the visual differentiation from the TT and safety features include front, side and knee airbags, tire pressure monitoring, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and stability control.
For 2014, the Bose surround sound system, headlight washers, heated seats and adaptive headlights have been added to standard equipment.
The Chrysler 200 is a true contender in the ultra-competitive midsize car category, offering value through a high level of standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive 200 is offered in both sedan and convertible body styles. Sedan offerings come in Touring and Limited, while the convertible is available in Touring, Limited and S trims. Two engines supply power: a 173-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 283-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, mated to either a four-speed automatic or a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Standard equipment on Touring models include aluminum wheels, an 8-way power driverâ??s seat, automatic climate control, satellite radio and a garage door opener. The Limited trim is further equipped with fog lights, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated front seats and leather upholstery, as well as a multimedia centre with internal memory, USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio and DVD video capability. The S trim gets exclusive chromed exhaust finishers and wheel treatment, along with upgraded audio. Safety features include stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring and a security system.
The second-generation Continental GT Coupe has been on sale for some time but the new GTC convertible has only just arrived. The new car has essentially the same awd underpinnings but with an updated crisper look and interior. The performance and fuel economy have also been improved and some of the features found on the old Supersports edition have found their way into the regular models. For example, the GT now has a wider track, quick-shift technology and 60 percent of its power is sent to the rear wheels. There will also be a limited-edition (100 models) Supersports Convertible Ice Speed Record (ISR) to celebrate the world record of 205.48 mph. It will be powered by a special 631-bhp twinturbo W-12 engine and have some unique styling cues.
One year after the new 5 was introduced, it gets the M treatment. Gone is the visceral naturally aspirated 500-bhp V-10 and in its place is a high-output version of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes a Cadillac CTS-V-besting 560 bhp. The Über sports sedan remains rear-wheel drive, although the 5 Series shares its architecture with the larger 7 Series, and thus is available with all-wheel drive on the xDrive 535i and 550i. The M5 (photo) is being introduced with a 7-speed twin-clutch transmission; a 6-speed manual is only available on the 535i. For improved performance and efficiency, the 3.0-liter inline-6 of the 528i has been phased out in favor of a twin-turbo four that is mated to an 8-speed automatic. A hybrid 5, based on the 535i, arrives in March.