When it comes to Mustangs, they don’t get any wilder than the Shelby GT500. Available in coupe or convertible format, either model comes with a spine-compressing 650-bhp supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. Top speed is 202 mph and the sprint from 0-60 mph should only take 3.7 seconds. Considering its awesome performance, you might expect the GT500 to be an absolute beast away from the racetrack. Surprisingly, it’s easy to drive – though be warned, the rear tires can spin in 3rd gear. If you’re going racing, the optional Track Package adds an external engine oil cooler, along with coolers for the differential and transmission. Another choice is the Performance Package, which includes sportier springs, thicker anti-roll bars, a Torsen limited-slip diff and cockpit-adjustable Bilstein dampers.
The bold and exciting Nissan JUKE Sport Cross has distinctive concept-car styling and this small sport crossover offers great performance and economy together with a comfortable and practical interior.
The JUKE seats five with plenty of storage space and is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and NISMO. The standard engine is a 188-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct gasoline injection. The NISMO includes an upgraded 197-hp engine. Together with an advanced CVT or six-speed manual transmission the JUKE is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The six-speed manual is available only with the SV and NISMO front-wheel drive trims. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth bucket seats, 60-40 fold-down rear seat, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. The NISMO includes 18-inch wheels with summer tires, and exclusive sport styling. Safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, vehicle dynamic control, and traction control. Available features include a navigation system, upgraded Rockford-Fosgate speakers, leather interior, power moonroof, and an Integrated Control (I-CON) system with 3-mode automatic air conditioning.
There are a lot of reasons why midsize sports sedans are so popular. The right size. The right price. The right choices. Whether you want a high-end commuter or a tire-smoking hooligan, rear- or all-wheel drive, Lexus has you covered with its IS lineup. Standard is a leather-trimmed interior with 10-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, SmartAccess keyless entry with pushbutton start and a power moonroof. Want power as well as panache? The IS F (photo) delivers with the time-honored hot rodder’s recipe of a big engine in a small car: A 5.0-liter V-8 thumping to the tune of 416 bhp. Or maybe you prefer the casual cruise, in which case, the IS 350C convertible fills the bill with a retractable hardtop and a choice of 2.5- or 3.5-liter V-6.
The BMW 435i is the latest addition to the ever growing vehicle line-up from Munich. Formerly the 335i coupe, the new 4-series looks to separate itself from the 3-series sedan on which it is based by offering more aggressive styling and sportier driving.
The 435i is available in rear- or xDrive all-wheel drive and is powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbo inline six-cylinder engine mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission or a no-charge optional six-speed manual. Standard safety features include eight airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, traction and stability control, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and BMW Assist eCall which includes emergency request and automatic collision notification. BMW's Air Curtain, auto stop-start, and Brake Energy Regeneration alternator help to make the 435i more efficient.
Whether it’s dubbed a tall small car, microvan or just plain cool, the xB delivers max head room for five and plenty of space for gear. Following last year’s cosmetic enhancements, Scion turns its attention inside the box. Upgrades include Bluetooth and a new Pioneer audio system featuring an organic electroluminescent screen with personalized welcome, HD Radio, iPod/USB port and subwoofer output. The xB’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine continues to deliver a nice combo of performance with economy. Customizing remains a key attraction for this youth-mobile. Scion offers a vast array of accessories including hop-up parts from TRD. Big alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, front strut brace, quick shifter and a sport muffler are on the list.