It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since the first time we saw the Lexus LS–on a chassis dyno with a pyramid of champagne glasses placed upon its hood, no less. Since then, the LS has grown—not only in size, but in model range. In addition to the “base” LS 460, there’s an LS 460 all-wheel drive (AWD), an LS 460 L (long), an LS 460 L AWD and the LS 600h L—the luxury hybrid that comes standard in long wheelbase with awd. Naturally, the LS’s cabin is swathed in leather, wood trim and abundant convenience features like SmartAccess keyless entry and a standard moonroof. New this year on the LS 460 is the limited-production (250 units) Sport Authentic Special, with 19-in. wheels, Brembo brakes, paddle shifters, navigation and more.
With design cues evocative of the legendary 1969 model, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro combines the spirit of the classic American muscle car with the fuel efficiency, safety, handling, technology and build quality expected in a modern performance coupe. Mid-cycle enhancements for 2014 include new front and rear fascias, new headlamps and tail lamps, a unique SS hood, a unique RS front grille, new decklid and spoiler, new diffusers and exhaust tips.
The Camaro is available in four trims: LS, LT, SS and ZL1. The LS and LT are powered by a 323-horsepower direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 with a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The SS's 6.2-liter V8 generates 426 horsepower with the standard six-speed manual, and 400 horsepower with the optional six-speed automatic with sequential shift control. The heart of the ZL1 is a supercharged 6.2-liter engine is rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard equipment on all Camaros includes independent rear suspension, StabiliTrak stability control with traction control, six airbags, air conditioning, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, OnStar and SiriusXM satellite radio. The LT adds fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels and power seats, while the SS features unique front fascia, sport suspension, Brembo brakes, electric power steering, and a limited slip differential. The ZR1's standard magnetic fluid-filled shock absorbers react instantly to road conditions and driver inputs, and Performance Traction Management, the launch control feature (manual transmission only), automatically modulates engine torque for the best-possible acceleration without excessive wheel spin. The ZL1 also features a rear-differential cooler, an integrated engine- and transmission-oil cooler, leather seating surfaces with suede microfiber inserts, distinctive front fascia and hood with air extractors, unique 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and rear-park assist with a rear-view camera display. The available RS Package includes 20-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires and distinctive high-intensity headlights with a halo ring" display. The SS Performance Package includes 20-inch black-painted wheels, 3.91 axle ratio, Performance Ride and Handling suspension, and black hood wrap. Optional equipment includes power sunroof, performance tires, Boston Acoustics sound system and a variety of exterior stripe packages.
The Volvo S60 is a sporty, dynamic sedan combining excellent performance and great design with outstanding safety features. For 2014, the S60 has been refreshed and updated.
The S60 is available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive T5, or as an all-wheel drive T6 or T6 R-Design. Included on the T5 is a turbocharged 250-hp five-cylinder, the T6 includes a turbocharged 300-hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine which the T6 R-Design upgrades to 325-hp. All are matched with a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Chassis equipment includes dynamic stability traction control (DSTC) with advanced stability control, and corner traction control with torque vectoring. Safety features include City Safety, whiplash protection front headrests (WHIPS), anti-lock brakes, and six airbags. Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth are standard. The T5 includes T-Tec cloth upholstery, the T6 and R-Design have standard leather upholstery. Optional equipment includes a glass moonroof, navigation system, an upgraded premium audio system, rear seat entertainment system with dual DVD players, and xenon high-intensity headlights with washers.
For 2014, the Volvo S60 lineup has been refreshed and updated inside and out.
Record high oil prices? A slowdown in the U.S. economy? Well, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the rich are different from you and me. And to accommodate their growing numbers and massive amounts of disposable income, legendary motorcar manufacturer Rolls-Royce adds a new vehicle to its 2009 model lineup, the Phantom Coupe (photo). Essentially a hardtop version of last year’s all-new convertible Phantom Drophead Coupe, the new Rolls features a unique “picnic boot,” with the rear section of the trunk folding down in—ahem, dare we say it—station wagon fashion, allowing for up to 330 lb. of “spectator seating” for two well-heeled guests, and improved luggage accessibility for your man servant. The trunk has been designed to hold four sets of golf clubs.
Mercedes sent shockwaves across the pond when it introduced the CLS 4-door "coupe" seven years ago. The second-generation makes its debut for 2012, retaining a pinched-roof profile, yet gaining more muscular flanks. A new 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 infuses the CLS550 with 402 bhp. Electrically assisted power steering, Airmatic suspension and a revised 7-speed automatic are standard. 4Matic is available for the first time. The performance flagship CLS63 AMG returns, gaining a new 5.5-liter V-8 good for 518 bhp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. It receives a 7-speed MCT transmission, Eco start-stop system, sweetened suspension, wider alloys and larger brakes. Redesigned 4-place cabins, dressed with fine leather and wood, offer more technology and user-friendly controls.