Perhaps “middle-age Beetle” would be more apt, as the New Beetle is now in its 11th year of production. VW hasn’t exactly lavished lots of attention on the Water Bug during that time, and the same is true for 2010: Changes amount to new colors inside and out. That’s not so terrible, though. VW’s New Beetle remains a cute, perky little coupe (or droptop) with some engaging qualities, from its semi-sporty driving dynamics to its torquey 2.5-liter 150-bhp inline-5. Sadly there’s no DSG transmission option. Otherwise, the rounded front driver remains reasonably well equipped, with ESP stability control, a premium 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo and a Cold Weather package. If only all of us could be so desirable in our middle age.
If the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne didn't feel special, far fewer people would buy one, so Bentley goes to considerable lengths to make sure that it does. The needles on the speedometer and the tachometer -- both real instruments, not digital facsimiles -- sweep downward from the one-o'clock position, as they do on classic Bentleys. Hand-stitched leather, in your choice of twenty-five hues, covers every surface that isn't real wood or metal. Speaking of wood, the extensive wood trim in a Mulsanne interior -- on the dashboard, the front and rear center consoles, the roof consoles, the rear center armrest, and the door caps -- is available in a choice of six different veneers. For the Mulsanne, one question is how to reconcile all that olde-worlde craftsmanship with today's demand for the latest technology. A few interesting examples: the modern, eight-inch touchscreen is concealed behind a wood-veneered panel when not in use; there's also a leather-lined drawer to hold your iPod or cell phone. There are no charming anachronisms here; everything just works.
It's the same behind the wheel. The 2014 Bentley Mulsanne is powered by the most traditional Bentley engine, a turbocharged V-8 of 6.75 liters. Although it is a traditional layout and displacement, this is a modern unit, with current technology such as cylinder deactivation and variable cam phasing. The engine's output of 505 hp is -- ahem -- less than that of the twelve-cylinder engine in the less expensive Flying Spur, but its massive torque figure of 712 lb-ft is comfortably on top. And torque is what it's all about when you're moving a heavy car like the Mulsanne, particularly when you want to do so with the least engine-revving drama possible. The deep-voiced V-8 can haul this heavy machine from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, but you're more likely to appreciate the effortless thrust that results from a more measured dip into the throttle. You have a choice of three settings for suspension and steering: comfort, sport, or the default "Bentley" setting. In none of them does this car heave or wallow -- if anything, it errs a bit on being too firm and allowing some road harshness through. For the best possible ride quality, stick with the 20-inch wheels rather than the optional 21-inchers.
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Available in rear-wheel drive, or xDrive all-wheel drive, the 750i and long-wheelbase 750Li are powered by a direct-injection, 445-hp 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The 750 has many standard luxury features such as four-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, high-gloss wood trim, heated 16-way multi-contour seats, voice-activated navigation system on a 10.2-inch color monitor, power trunk lid, HD radio and BMW Assist emergency and information communications. Standard run-flat tires wrap 18-inch alloy wheels, while standard Park Distance Control, adaptive brake lights and steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights provide active safety. High-tech options include a head-up display, surround-view cameras, high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, dual LCD screens for rear seat entertainment and ventilated front seats.
For 2013, the 750 gains 45-hp and has been refreshed inside and out
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The Tucson is offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive arrangements, and is available in GL (FWD only) GLS, and Limited trims. The GL is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. GLS and Limited trims receive a 176-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include six-airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control and active front head restraints.
The all-wheel drive Bentley Continental GT coupe features a luxurious handcrafted interior with a large variety of custom trim options, including aluminum and numerous types of wood veneers. A V8 trim joins the W12 trim for 2013 and is distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley badge, a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes, and unique chromed 'figure eight' exhaust tailpipes.
The Continental GT's flexible-fuel, twin turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine produces 567 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque and sends power through a strengthened ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with Quickshift steering column mounted gearshift paddles. The new-for-2013 direct-injected, variable displacement, twin turbocharged 6.0-liter V8 engine makes 500 horsepower and is mated to a new 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with Quickshift steering column mounted gearshift paddles. The standard all-wheel-drive system's power split has a 40:60 rear bias for a sporting feel in terms of handling and mid-corner acceleration. Continuous Damping Control (CDC) constantly monitors the car's attitude and poise, adjusting the suspension settings hundreds of times a second to provide a remarkably supple ride at low speeds and increased control as speeds climb. Optional light-weight carbon ceramic brakes offer superior durability and reduce brake fade, where the brakes become less effective due to overheating in extremely demanding conditions. Heated memory power seats, in a distinctive 'cobra'-design for added comfort and enhanced rear cabin space, are standard. Premium grade leather and genuine wood trim are used throughout the interior, and the V8 trim features a unique new Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer. 21-inch aluminum wheels are available in chrome and painted finishes. The Continental GT's infotainment system features a high-resolution touch-screen interface for navigation and infotainment functions. An 11-speaker Naim for Bentley system, created exclusively for the Continental GT by British specialists Naim, employs Dirac Dimensions digital signal processing. A rear reversing camera is also available.