R&T Overview:It’s no secret that the 444-bhp 2012 Boss 302 has garnered rave reviews, even if its limited production means price negotiation will be virtually nonexistent. And though otherwise mostly a carryover for 2012, we think Ford’s Mustang has never been better. Its base 305-bhp Ti-VCT V-6 is good for up to 31 mpg highway, while the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 generates 412 bhp and up to 26 mpg highway. Handling and braking are now fully on par with power output, and interior refinement is worlds ahead of Mustangs of yore—and the pony car competition. New options for 2012 include selectable steering effort, made possible by electric power-assist steering (EPAS). And the supercharged 550-bhp Shelby GT500 is back with optional Recaro bucket seats.
The Audi S7 is the sport-refined version of the luxurious A7 Sportback, boasting more power, exclusive design details and a level of technological sophistication few cars achieve.
The quattro all-wheel drive S7 is equipped with a 420-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine with direct fuel injection and Audi's new cylinder-on-demand technology that deactivates four cylinders when under partial load. This powerful engine is paired with a seven-speed S-tronic automatic transmission with manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters. Standard equipment on the S7 includes Audi Drive Select, 19-inch aluminum wheels, Xenon plus adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Advanced Key passive entry/start, HD/satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and an Audi Music Interface with iPod integration; as well, a MMI voice-activated navigation plus system features extended functionality, including real-time traffic information and internal memory for digital media storage, while Audi Connect provides a mobile internet hotspot and smartphone integration. Additional standard equipment exclusive to the S7 includes a sport-tuned suspension, performance tires, alu-optic exterior mirrors, sport seats and a sport steering wheel. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, rear camera parking assist, Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring, Audi pre sense rear collision warning system and front, front side-impact and overhead curtain airbags; rear side-impact airbags are optional. Additional advanced safety technologies offered include Night Vision Assistant with Pedestrian Detection, Audi Active Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality.
All-new last year, the Audi S7 carries over with minimal changes for 2014. Power-folding exterior mirrors are now standard, along with the Audi Side Assist blind spot monitor and Audi pre sense rear collision warning system. Additionally, a new Black Optic Package offers unique 19-inch aluminum wheels, along with a high-gloss black grille and body-colored exterior mirrors.
Taking up the flagship role for this time-honored British marque is the all-new Mulsanne sedan, powered by an impressive twin-turbo 6.8-liter V-8 rated at 505 bhp. Though the horsepower is not too impressive these days, even when compared to the car’s younger siblings like the Continental, the Mulsanne’s whopping 752 lb.-ft of torque will definitely get your attention. According Bentley, that power channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels can launch the 5700-lb heavyweight from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds. Inside, a mix of old-world charm and modern amenities complement the car’s road performance. Styling details such as the polished wood veneer that wraps around the entire cabin will make anyone feel special in the car.
The Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV with stable handling and impressive good looks. Inside is a quiet, roomy, and comfortable cabin.
Available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive the Durango includes a 290-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 as standard and has an available 360-hp Hemi 5.7-liter V8 engine. The Hemi includes the Multiple Displacement System (MDS) for better fuel economy. The R/T trim comes standard with the Hemi engine. A 5-speed automatic transmission is matched with the 3.6-liter V6, a 6-speed transmission is included with the 5.7-liter V8. The Durango is offered in four models: SXT, Crew, Citadel, and R/T. The Durango seats seven passengers with its folding third-row seat. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, six airbags, and active head restraints. Available features include HID headlamps, a premium radio with Garmin navigation and DVD, a rear seat entertainment system, leather upholstery, and a trailer tow package.
The Audi RS 5 is the even higher performance variant of the S5. Flared fenders, a unique front fascia, and a sporty stance give the RS 5 a muscular presence.
The RS 5's claim to fame is its normally aspirated 450 horsepower V8. A seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission sends the power to the ground via Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel drive system. Eight piston front calipers, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and quattro sport rear differential enhance this cars sporting character. The exterior features aluminum-look mirrors, front and rear fascia accents, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, dual oval exhaust tips and a power rear spoiler that automatically deploys at speed (coupe). The interior features power adjustable sport seats with the RS 5 logo embossed into the fixed headrests, carbon-fibre trim and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel. Available features include a navigation system, ceramic brake rotors, reverse camera and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The RS 5 carries-over with minimal changes for 2014.