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.
As a midsize crossover, the Journey is expected to cover a lot of ground for Dodge. And so it does, with five models available, from the $18,995 4-cylinder AVP to the sporty 283-bhp R/T that arrives midyear. The packaging is family friendly, with second-row seats that recline and a fold-flat third-row seat available. A vast array of infotainment options can be ordered to keep the kids occupied. Those in snowy climes will want to explore the awd option, available on SXT, Crew and R/T editions. The Journey was given a substantial makeover for 2011, which forcefully addressed the vehicle's shortcomings. The dash layout and interior materials were particularly improved, and the revised suspension pays off in noticeably improved ride quality.
The Ford Flex is a full-size family vehicle that features three-rows of seating, bold styling and is highly functional. The Flex competes directly in the popular crossover segment.
The front-wheel or all-wheel drive Flex is powered by a 285-hp 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. Available on the all-wheel drive Limited only is the 355-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. Available features include a Multi-Panel Vista Roof, interior refrigerator, and capless fueling. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and roll control, six airbags, and a tire pressure monitor.
After a 2013 refresh, the Flex rolls into 2014 unchanged.
Okay, it may look a bit dated, but the Escape lineup--including the petroparsimonious Hybrid--has always received the very latest in Ford safety and convenience technology, and can even parallel park itself, thanks to optional, class-exclusive Active Park Assist. There's an Escape for almost any price point. You can pretty much have it your way, with drivetrain choices ranging from frontdrive 5-speed-manual 2.5-liter I-4 to a silky, flex-fuel V-6 sending 240 bhp to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic. Or any combination thereof. Plus the aforementioned Hybrid that can run up to 44 mph in full electric mode and is EPA rated at 34 mpg in city driving. But act fast: Expect an all-new 2013 Escape to hit the streets sometime in 2012.
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 760Li is powered by a direct-injection, 535-hp 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 760 has an incredible list of standard luxury features such as four-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, high-gloss wood trim, heated and cooled 16-way multi-contour front seats, heated and cooled rear seats with power and memory functions, power trunk lid, leather wrapped dash top, premium sound system, voice-activated navigation system on a 10.2-inch color monitor, HD radio and BMW Assist emergency and information communications. Standard run-flat performance tires wrap 19-inch alloy wheels, while standard Park Distance Control with surround-view cameras, adaptive brake lights, steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights with high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, provide active safety.