The iconic Volkswagen GTI was arguably the first "hot hatch" when VW made a small hatchback fun to drive, now in its sixth generation, the GTI still lives up to the original's sporting intentions.
The GTI is available as a four-door, with a 210-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, (DSG), which allows the driver to shift sequentially, without doing the clutch work, via paddles on the steering wheel or the shift lever itself. An extensive list of standard equipment is included, features such as well-bolstered cloth sport seats with plaid inserts, halogen fog lamps, alloy pedals, SIRIUS satellite radio, 18-inch performance tires on alloy wheels, sport suspension, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring, an 8-speaker touch-screen audio system, Bluetooth and a multi-function leather steering wheel.
For 2014, the GTI overall is unchanged. The Wolfsburg Edition and Drivers Edition are the only two trims available.
This latest version of Subaru's venerable Impreza WRX features a striking exterior that understates this cars very real performance credentials.
With its flared fenders, spoilers and wider stance, the all-wheel drive Impreza WRX has a more aggressive look than the other, more sedate Impreza's. It is available in four trims: Base, Premium, Limited and STI. WRX trims feature a 265-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The STI's turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder produces a whopping 305-hp and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. To plant all that power, Subaru utilizes a Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) system, which claims to be the world's only hybrid mechanical/electronic limited-slip differential. Standard front seat mounted, and front and rear curtain airbags offer occupant protection. Standard anti-lock brakes with traction-control and stability-control help reign the chassis in while driving at the limit of this cars potential.
The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart takes the performance attributes of its Italian cousin, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and infuses it with Dodge design. The front is styled with the unmistakable Dodge split crosshair grille while the rear features an available Charger-inspired"racetrack" full-width taillamp design with 152 indirect glow LEDs. Loaded with innovative technology, class-leading safety features and clever functionality, the Dart sets a new standard in the compact car segment by offering a high level of personalization, roominess, style and fun-to-drive dynamics. The Dart is available in three trims: SE, SXT and Limited. The Rallye Package is built off of the SXT trim. The R/T trim will be available later in the model year.
The standard engine for the SE, SXT and Limited is a 160 horsepower Tigershark 2.0-liter engine combined with a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6 -speed automatic transmission. A 160 horsepower MultiAir Intercooled Turbo 1.4-liter engine with standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT) transmission (available 3rd quarter 2012) features more torque and is available on SXT and Limited trims. Standard equipment on the SE includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, brake-lock differential, traction control, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, hill-start assist, ten airbags, a reactive head-restraint system, power windows and projector headlights. The SXT adds power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry, 60-40 rear seats with pass-through, premium cloth seats, front and rear carpet mats, and air conditioning. The Rallye Package includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-color crosshair grille with unique black surround, dual chrome exhaust tips, fog lights and unique premium cloth seat trim with accents. The Limited trim features 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated exterior mirrors, chrome crosshair grill with body-color surround, fog lights, power driver's seat, front passenger in-seat cushion storage, cruise control, Uconnect Touch 8.4 touchscreen CD/MP3 stereo, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, ParkView rear backup camera, a 7-inch TFT customizable instrument cluster display and ambient lighting.
Available equipment includes high-intensity discharge remote headlamps; remote start system; proximity keyless entry; Keyless Enter-N-Go push-button start; rain-sensitive wipers; SmartBeam auto-dimming headlamps; ParkSense rear park assist system; blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection system; active grille shutters; underbody aerodynamic treatment, leather seat trim; heated front seats; front passenger in-seat cushion storage; express open/close sunroof; heated steering wheel; dual-zone automatic temperature control; SiriusXM satellite radio; 506-watt Alpine sound system; and a Uconnect Touch 8.4N CD/MP3/Navigation Multimedia Center.
The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe combines coupe-like agility and style with the versatility of a SUV. The distinctive 4-door, 4-passenger X6 features two rear seats in a sculpted single-seat design and BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
The BMW X6 is available in two trim levels: xDrive35i and xDrive50i. The xDrive35i is powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive50i boasts a twin-turbo V8, generating 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Both engines feature direct fuel injection, and are mated to an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with Steptronic manual shift mode and steering wheel paddles. Additionally, BMW's Dynamic Performance Control is standard on the X6, distributing drive force between the rear wheels and enhancing its sporty handling characteristics. Other standard equipment includes 19-inch aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, power liftgate, bi-xenon adaptive headlamps, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and HD radio; the xDrive50i is further outfitted with multi-contour seats and a voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, including 12 gigabytes of dedicated media storage and DVD video capability (optional on the xDrive35i). Safety features on every X6 include anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control with traction control and rollover sensor, front and rear parking sensors and a tire pressure monitor, as well as front side-impact airbags and overhead curtain airbags for both rows.
With Aston Martin’s rich racing heritage, especially at Le Mans, it’s only appropriate that it should sell a road-going version of the racing DBR9—and that describes the DBS. Although the DBS has the same V-12 engine as the DB9, it manages to pump out 40 more horsepower that, coupled with its slightly lower weight, delivers more scintillating performance. Several carbon fiber body panels help keep the weight down while ceramic brake rotors shave off a few more pounds and help bring the car to a stop more rapidly. Designed from the start as a convertible, the DBS has a stiff chassis structure even when the Volante’s top is down. The Coupe has only two seats but the Volante is a 2+2, so kids or small adults can also enjoy the ride.