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.
R&T Overview:The Cadillac SRX was a performance-oriented crossover that never met sales expectations. Thus it undergoes a major transformation this year as it moves from the CTS-based Sigma platform to the smaller Theta platform shared with the Saturn Vue. In addition to completely fresh styling, it receives a pair of new powerplants. A 265-bhp 3.0-liter direct-injection V-6 becomes the base engine. The top choice is a smaller displacement 2.8-liter V-6, turbocharged to an expected output of 300 bhp. Both engines are coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and can be had with front- or all-wheel drive. The SRX’s 5-passenger cabin is trimmed with the typically extensive array of luxury and safety features expected of a Cadillac.
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban retains the same maximum-size virtues that have made it a bestseller for so many years. It remains the first choice for anyone who needs to haul six or more people plus their cargo.
The Suburban 1500 is available in LS, LT, and LTZ trims in both two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It can seat up to nine passengers in its three rows of seats. The standard engine is a 320-hp 5.3-liter flexible-fuel V8 with Active Fuel Management technology, and is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-disc anti-lock brakes, traction control, side curtain airbags and GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system with rollover mitigation are standard.
The Quattroporte is Maserati's flagship luxury performance sedan.
The 2012 Quattroporte is available in S and Sport GT S trims. The S trim's 4.7-liter V8 puts out 425 horsepower and the Sport GT S' 4.7-liter V8 produces 433 horsepower. Each engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. An electronically-controlled Skyhook suspension, standard on the S and optional on the Sport GT S, automatically adjusts to the conditions of the road. Standard features include Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, directionally-adaptive bi-xenon headlights, heated leather power seats with memory, automatic dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a Bose sound system with hard drive and navigation system. The Sport GTS S features a unique grille and bumpers, lowered sport suspension, MC-Auto Shift software package for racing-style control of gear changes, Alcantara trim on the seats and throughout the interior, and TitanTex (an aluminium-coated titanium fibre fabric) interior trim. Heating, ventilation and massage functions are optional for front and rear seats. A wide variety of alloy wheels, brake caliper colors, and leather and wood trims are available.
The Maserati Quattroporte is carried over for 2013. Front parking sensors are now standard equipment.
The iconic BMW M6 is the most powerful version of the 6-series, and is available as either a coupe or a convertible. Now in its third generation, the four-passenger M6 features a visually imposing body design with superior performance attributes and extremely exclusive character.
The four-passenger M6 sits atop the 6-series lineup; powered by a 560-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a standard 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) with steering wheel paddles. M Dynamic Damper Control suspension and an Active M Differential help keep all that power under control, while four cross-drilled anti-lock disc brakes provide the stopping. The M6 also features the M Drive button on the steering wheel, allowing the driver to set and save their favorite vehicle performance settings. Standard features include 19-inch forged alloy wheels, six airbags, heated seats, mirrors, and jets, rain sensing wipers, bi-xenon headlights, active front head restraints, navigation system, Bluetooth and a HiFi sound system.
For 2014, the BMW M6 now comes standard with satellite radio and soft-close automatic doors.