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.
The Audi A6 continues a legacy of dynamic excellence and exceptional comfort, with impressive attention to detail inside and out. The A6 is a 4-door, 5-passenger luxury sedan, available in both front-wheel and quattro all-wheel drive. New for 2013 is a 2.0 TFSI quattro model as well as start/stop technology on the 3.0 TFSI.
The A6 is offered as a front-wheel drive 2.0T Premium or as an all-wheel drive quattro 2.0T and 3.0 Premium. 2.0 TFSI models are outfitted with a 211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired with a Multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). 3.0 TFSI models include a 310-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6, mated to a eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual mode. Both engines feature TFSI direct gasoline injection. New for 2013 the 3.0T engine includes start/stop technology. Electromechanical steering and the Audi Drive Select program augment efficiency and handling. Standard equipment includes a power sunroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio and an Audi Music Interface. A Premium Plus package is available for all models, featuring 18-inch aluminum wheels, Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lamps, HD radio and Audi Connect with internet access, along with a MMI navigation plus system featuring extended functionality, including touchpad control, real-time traffic information and internal memory for digital media storage. Safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active anti-whiplash front head restraints and six airbags; rear side-impact airbags, front/rear parking sensors and an Audi Side Assist blind spot monitor are optional. The Audi pre-sense collision mitigation system is standard on every A6; night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights and a head-up display are also available.
Despite its front-engine configuration, the California retains the soul of the storied Ferrari heritage. After all, Ferrari will be the first to point out the 453-bhp direct-injected 4.3-liter V-8 is mid-front-mounted, and the central intake vent on the hood and vents on the front fenders designed by Pininfarina pay homage to the Ferrari California 250. A benefit of the relocated engine is 12 cu. ft. of trunk storage capacity, a fold-down rear seatback (a Ferrari first) and available two rear seats. The folding hardtop California comes available in either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Equipped with the latter, the California sprints from 0–60 mph in 3.5 seconds and down the quarter-mile in 11.9 sec.
The XTS sedan is the newest addition to the Cadillac lineup. Larger than the CTS, the XTS offers the high level of quality and innovation that Cadillac owners are used to. With the debut of some of the most technologically advanced features in the brand's history, the XTS is definitely a modern luxury vehicle to consider.
Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models; the XTS is powered by a direct-injected, 3.6 liter V-6 engine producing 304 horsepower and 264 foot-pounds of torque. It is matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission that includes tap up/tap down steering wheel shift controls. The XTS is the first vehicle in the Cadillac lineup to offer the CUE system, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience with an intuitive design for information and media data control. Standard features include 10 airbags, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, and dual-zone climate control. Available equipment includes a driver awareness package, power rear sunshade, heated front and rear seats, and a 12.3-inch color screen.
Sales of the time-tested Town Car—the current platform made its debut in 1990—have trailed off in the face of the rest of Lincoln’s aggressively upgraded lineup. But for good reason the plush Town Car remains, albeit mainly for the livery market. Completely debugged and tough as nails, body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive Town Cars routinely rack 300,000 miles in professional service while offering no-excuse room for six and a trunk to match. We especially enjoy the 6-in.-longer wheelbase of the Signature models; the extra length goes into rear seat leg room, forming the ultimate over-the-counter limousine. Unchanged for several years now, the Town Car offers traditional luxury for perhaps this next year, as its 4.6-liter V-8 has gone out of production.