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Toyota FT-86 II Concept Moves Closer to Production

Wednesday March 9th, 2011 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Toyota FT-86 II ConceptA new concept  of the Toyota FT-86 debuted at the Geneva Motor. The Toyota FT-86 II concept sports coupe, after making its original debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show with the FT-86 concept, seems to be moving closer to an actual production model.

Little information and specs have been released about the redesigned FT-86 II concept. However, we do know that it will use a 2.0-liter, four cylinder boxer engine with power driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.

A few major differences between the original FT-86 concept version and the latest FT-86 II concept are the larger rear window and front grille, a new front bumper with a string of LED daytime running lights, and a different rear bumper with larger dual tail pipes.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Unveiled at Geneva Motor Show Could Be Sold In U.S.

Tuesday March 8th, 2011 at 7:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept CoupeAt last week’s Geneva Auto Show, Alfa Romeo unveiled the 4C concept coupe, that will likely be sold at U.S. dealerships paired with Fiat.

Similar to the 8C Competizione, the more compact 4C concept is smaller, built with carbon fiber and aluminum, and will weigh less than 1,800 pounds. The Alfa Romeo 4C will also feature a 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 200-horsepower, rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, and a top speed of 155 mph.

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New 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Thursday February 17th, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: aquadog

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CoupeAnnounced ahead of the Geneva Motor Show launch and due to leaked images earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz has officially announced the new 2012 C-Class Coupe with the C250 and C350 models, that will compete with the Audi A5 and BMW 3-Series Coupe. The C250 features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 201-horsepower engine, a 7-speed automatic transmission, a 0-60 acceleration time of 7.1 seconds, an aluminum trim, and an estimated EPA combined city/highway fuel economy of 24 mpg.

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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe First Impressions Review

Tuesday February 15th, 2011 at 1:22 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Hits

  • Head-turning, stop-in-your-tracks good looks
  • Impeccable handling
  • Comfortable, quality interior
  • Impeccable handling

Misses

  • Rear seat legroom not suitable for adults or even children
  • Must be cautious when opening the doors in tight parking spaces
  • Rearward vision is hampered by stylish design

The CTS Coupe is a lot like a Chanel stiletto heel, entrancing to look at but hard to live with. If you want to get noticed, this coupe will serve you well. On a stretch of freeway in Concord, a sport in a Volvo C60 Convertible came screaming by while mouthing the words “Great Looking Car!” And he’s right, of course, because the CTS looks like an artist’s conception of how a sports coupe should look: close-coupled front and mid sections, truncated rear, heavy frontal rake, oversize wheels and tires, lock and latch less flanks, minimal chrome placed for maximal impact. Among the nicest touches are the V-shaped trunk finisher which mimics the centrally located V-shaped exhaust tips, and the artistic burnished aluminum strut tower brace, hidden under the hood, which connects the front shock towers together.

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New Hyundai Veloster Hot Hatch Targeted for Summer 2011 Launch

Monday January 31st, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2012 Hyundai VelosterHyundai announced the new 2012 Veloster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Veloster is a 3-door coupe hatchback that features a 1.6-liter GDI Gamma four-cylinder, 138-horsepower engine with six-speed manual transmission (or the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission) with an estimated 40 mpg highway rating. The Veloster has one door on the driver-side and two doors on the passenger-side; however, the exterior door handle has been disguised to keep the coupe look. The second passenger-side door is a forward-hinged rear door, unlike the MINI Cooper Clubman.

The Veloster’s design also draws inspiration from motorcycles with black A-pillars for a motorcycle helmet visor appearance for the glass, motorcycle tailpipe inspired air vents, sport bike fuel tank looking center stack and controls, and a center console that looks like a bike seat.

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Porsche 911 Black Edition – Limited Edition of Only 1,911 Cars

Wednesday January 26th, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Porsche 911 Black EditionPorsche announced the 911 Black Edition that will be available as a limited edition of only 1,911 cars, of which approximately 25% are U.S bound, in Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet trims.

The Black Edition features a 3.6-liter flat-six pot, 345-horsepower engine and a six-speed manual transmission with an optional PDK dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

Other features include a plain black paint job with optional Basalt Black metallic, black interior leather, black instrument cluster, black painted four-piston aluminum monobloc brake calipers, a black cloth electric folding hood on the Cabriolet, 19-inch 911 Turbo II alloy wheels, a Bose premium surround sound system with 13 speakers in the Carrera and 12 in the Cabriolet, a GPS navigation system, Black Edition plaques on the doors and glove compartment, parking assistant, cruise control, and a rain sensor. Read the rest of this entry »

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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Review

Thursday December 9th, 2010 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: mash

By Mary Ellen Ash

Pros

  • Sharp, distinctive, angular styling
  • Sporty suspension and handling capabilities
  • Comfortable, quality interior
  • Hand-assembled center console
  • Great warranty and service

Cons

  • Heavy Death Star with sluggish acceleration
  • Headroom for tall passengers in the rear seat only if positioned correctly
  • Fingerprints spoil the black gloss finish

The Cadillac CTS series has been around for a few years with its sedan and recently the wagon model was added, but 2011 is the first year for the coupe. So when the new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe landed in our test drive fleet, we had to come up with a plan and find the best way to experience it. None of the regular day tripping or commuting would suffice. At the mere sight of this vehicle, you immediately knew this is a special breed of luxury vehicle that was designed for enjoying the open road. And what could be the best way to experience a Cadillac?

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