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.
R&T Overview:The long-awaited new Focus turns out to have been worth the wait, challenging small-car perceptions with an upscale combination of amenities and technology. More to the point, it’s a hoot to drive and frugal, too, thanks to a direct-injected 2.0-liter I-4 boasting twin independent variable cam timing. Not enough? Sometime in mid-2012, the 2013 Focus ST (photo) will make its debut, packing a turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 and 6-speed manual. Handling has always been a Focus strength, but now typical front-drive understeer is all but missing thanks to standard torque-vectoring control that distributes torque between the drive wheels to improve cornering traction and turn-in. Then there’s the Focus Electric, said to recharge in half the time of a Nissan Leaf.
The Regal is Buick's mid-size sport sedan, featuring sleek, aggressive styling, a high level of standard equipment, and impressive attention to detail. It seats five passengers in comfort, while providing responsive handling and a dynamic, yet refined, ride.
The Regal available in front- or all-wheel drive, and is standard with a 259-hp 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder engine. An eAssist mild hybrid system is attached to the optional 182-hp 2.4-liter. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode is standard, and a conventional six-speed manual is optional on only the GS FWD. Every Regal is outfitted with aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio and a USB port. Additional trim-dependent standard and optional equipment includes a power sunroof, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, passive entry/start, garage door opener, upgraded audio and a navigation system. The GS model gets an exclusive treatment that includes a GS-specific grille and front/rear fascia treatments, an adaptive performance-tuned suspension with Interactive Drive Control, 19-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats and piano black interior trim accents. Standard safety features on all Regal's include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control systems, OnStar and a tire pressure monitor, as well as six airbags.
For 2014, the Regal has been refreshed inside and out, all-wheel drive is now available, and a host of new radar- and camera-based safety functions have been introduced to the option list.
The Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid is the top of the Fusion family ladder for buyers looking for a midsize sedan that maximizes fuel economy.
The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in combination with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. To link the gas engine and electric motor together, an electronic continuously variable transmission, also known as an eCVT, is used to optimally match the power and gearing. Safety features include anti-lock brakes with panic brake assist, AdvanceTrac electronic stability and traction control, LED taillights, security system, eight-airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
For 2013, a new lower priced Touring version of the XK grand tourer, coupe or convertible, is available. Starting at $79,000 for the coupe, it offers the same performance as before with a sticker price that’s $4500 less. A new Portfolio Pack for the XK and XKR gives you special features and finishes such as chrome mirror caps and grille, more exterior color options, a leather headliner from the XKR-S and more. New 20-in. alloy wheels are now standard, up from last year’s 19s. A Dynamic Pack on the XKR coupe and convertible is now available, bringing XKR-S suspension tuning to the XKR. All XKs have a variation of Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V-8 (385 bhp in the XK, 550 bhp in the XKR-S) mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.