R&T Overview:When you build one of today's most potent performance cars, how do you make it better? Easy. Up the horsepower, which is what Nissan has done with the GT-R. By increasing turbocharger boost pressure, modifying valve timing and the fuel-air ratio, then cutting exhaust backpressure, the 3.8-liter V-6 ups horsepower from 485 to 530 and torque from 434 lb.-ft. to 448...laid down via the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. To go with the added power comes revised exterior styling, which cuts the coefficient of drag to 0.26 and adds 10 percent more downforce. There are two GT-R models, Premium and, new for 2012, the Black Edition. The latter has a unique seat trim, interior colors and 6-spoke wheels. Two exterior colors are added: Deep Blue Pearl and Jet Black.
The ATS sedan continues to offer a world-class driving experience. The Cadillac ATS is a lightweight, compact sport sedan with a level of performance, luxury, and sophistication that challenges the competition.
The ATS has a choice of three engines. A 2.5-liter inline-four engine producing 202-hp matched with a six-speed automatic transmission is available with rear-wheel drive. Available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive a 272-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and a 321-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine are also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include eight airbags, a Bose speaker system, sport suspension, and LED lighting for the gauges. Available features include Brembo front brakes, HD radio, Bose 10-speaker surround sound, CUE - Cadillac User Experience technology with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, and a wide range of new safety features to help prevent crashes.
The Chevrolet Spark is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatchback. It features bold styling, vibrant color choices, and impressive cargo and passenger space.
The front-wheel drive Spark is offered in LS, 1LT, and 2LT trim levels. Power comes from a new 85-hp 1.2-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, or a four-speed automatic transmission. Notable features offered include: MyLink infotainment system, heated front seats, air conditioning, power windows, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, OnStar, cruise control, and leather wrapped steering wheel. Standard safety equipment includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, and ten airbags.
The Spark is a brand new vehicle in the small car market for the 2013 model year.
The Mazdaspeed3 is one of those cars that makes you want to enjoy the thrill of driving. Its 2.3-liter inline-4 engine with turbocharging produces 263 bhp, the suspension is firm to aid in great handling and the interior is nicely styled. New for 2012 are revised colors and graphics for the Multi-Information Display, revised shift knob and parking brake handle and the option of blind-spot monitoring. In addition to the performance aspect of the Mazdaspeed3, it offers comfortable seating for four adults (five in a pinch), ample luggage space with the convenience of a hatchback for loading. All told, the Mazdaspeed3 is an exciting car at a reasonable price.
All new last year, the heavy-duty (HD) versions of the Chevy Silverado get even more payload and towing capacity for 2012. Fifth-wheel towing capacity moves from 21,700 lb. to 23,000 lb., which is more than what the largest semi-truck tractor weighs. It can also pull a normal trailer of 18,000 lb. Add in the exhaust brake system introduced on last year's optional 397-bhp 6.6-liter V-8 diesel model, and you can't help but feel like wearing cowboy boots and yellin' into a CB radio microphone driving the big Chevy, good buddy. For gasoline junkies, the 322-bhp 6.0-liter V-8 is standard. Like other Chevy trucks for 2012, the big ones get mobile WiFi capability, too.