What can C70 drivers do in 30 seconds? Press a button and have their ride transform itself from an all-weather coupe into a wind-in-the-hair convertible. A luxurious four-place cabin is swathed in leather and bedazzled with aluminum accents. The new Premier Plus trim level adds HomeLink, Keyless Drive, a digital compass and rear park assist. Step up to the Platinum and be rewarded with Volvo premium sound and a handy navigation system. Motivation is supplied by a 227-bhp 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder teamed with a 5-speed Geartronic transmission. Safety features include stability control, double-locking doors, a rollover protection system and door-mounted inflatable side curtains to protect heads when the chips are down—and so is the top.
R&T Overview:Where some might put a toe in, Kia simply jumps. The Korean company’s midsize sport-utility represents a full-bore effort, with the most powerful V-8 in it class, as well as 7-passenger seating, excellent towing capacity and reasonable (for the class) fuel economy. With a robust body-on-frame design, the Borrego sports a 276-bhp V-6 or an impressive 337-bhp V-8, the last driving Kia’s first 6-speed automatic. Available as EX or upscale LX versions with rear- or all-wheel drive, the Borrego offers dual-zone climate control with optional rear air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, heated seats front and rear, plus the usual leather and power assists. Safety equipment includes dual-stage front and side-impact airbags, curtain-type head airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. All in all, an impressive effort.
Survival of the fastest; that’s the 911 Turbo’s storyline. As Zuffenhausen phases in the new 911, models such as the GT2 RS and various GT3s, which were based on the previous 911, are history. Only the Cabriolet, Targa, GTS and the all-wheel-drive versions of certain models carry over into 2012. Among them are the awd-only Turbo and Turbo S, which are also available as Cabrios. Because Turbos are the fastest Porsches, they’re worth a special mention. Both versions will do about 195 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds, thanks in part to their standard slick-shifting PDK gearbox. And while Turbos are pricey, nearly everything you’d want is standard. That makes them survivors. And keepers.
Built in Texas and designed for the American market, the Tundra is full-size in every respect. Brawny styling surrounds a rugged platform engineered to tow more than 10,000 lb. Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Max offer roomy interiors filled with creature comforts. Powertrain choices include a sophisticated 4.0-liter V-6, two V-8s displacing 4.6 and 5.7 liters, plus 4x2 and 4x4. Trim levels cover a full spectrum of possibilities from work to play. All now feature a black upper instrument panel and carpet, styled steel wheels, daytime running lights and heated mirrors. A backup camera is standard on the Limited while navigation remains optional. TRD Sport, Off-Road and Rock Warrior packages offer substantial opportunities for customization.
The BMW 3-series delivers a special mix of sporting performance, practicality and European luxury in a compact package. It's the car that defines 'sport sedan,' and the benchmark every luxury car maker from Acura to Volvo aims at when it develops an entry-level luxury sport sedan.
The all-wheel drive 328d is available as a sedan or wagon and is powered by an advanced turbo diesel four-cylinder engine that produces 180-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque while connected to an eight-speed automatic. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, rain sensing wipers, front fog lights, traction and stability control and active anti-whiplash head restraints.