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2012 Audi A6 Review – Being practical and passionate all in one

Friday August 12th, 2011 at 12:88 PM
Posted by: mtan

2012 Audi A6
By Ming Tan

Pros

  • Great balance – the car did everything well, from managing a mundane highway commute to ripping along a spirited windy road.
  • Styling – you can’t miss the profile of an Audi on the road, and as the first brand to embrace LED lighting technology, the car has a trademark stare. It’s sinister seeing the lights come towards you at dusk.
  • The 3.0 liter supercharged V6 – Audi’s awarding winning engine building skills have paid off again with the supercharged 310hp V6. It’s lively, smooth, and efficient with plenty of get up oomph to hustle down the road, especially considering the size of the car. The 325 ft-lbs of torque are easily accessible at a very reasonable range from 2900 to 4500 RPM.

Cons

  • Tire noise – The 19-inch sport package wheel and Pirelli P Zero tire combination proved to be a bit on the noisy side. Depending on road surfaces, the degree of annoyance varied.
  • Somewhat flat seating surfaces – the A6 Sport Package does not come with more aggressively bolstered S-Line seats that come with some other Audi Sport Packages.

Admittedly, I’ve always been an Audi guy. Over the years we’ve owned seven Audis, ranging from the fun to drive yet practical A3 to the vaunted RS4 muscle car. I’ve loved them all. I’ve loved them for their overall feel, comfort, sportiness, heritage, and emotion. And for a period, years ago, they weren’t everywhere on the road.

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2012 Audi A7 Review – Sportback? Hatchback? Fastback? Just call it brilliant.

Monday July 18th, 2011 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2012 Audi A7
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Smooth, powerful supercharged V6
  • Remarkable 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Well-balanced suspension provides comfort and performance
  • Excellent fuel efficiency, especially on the highway
  • Gorgeous, distinctive exterior design
  • Tons of available technology

Cons:

  • Annoying dashboard squeak
  • Rear legroom a bit cramped
  • Need to order the Sport Package for paddle shifters and sport suspension

Is it a hatchback? A sportback? A fastback? A 5-door coupe? Whatever you want to call it, the new Audi A7 is one magnificent automobile.

That might seem like an overly strong statement with which to open this review, but every now and then a car comes along that just does so many things well that you have to acknowledge its brilliance from the start. And then when it also offers a truly unique design, you have a car that is simply in a class by itself.

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2011 Jaguar XFR Review

Thursday July 14th, 2011 at 11:77 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Jaguar XFR
By contributing editor David Colman

LIKES:

  • Prodigious acceleration
  • Effectiveness of Dynamic Mode system

DISLIKES:

  • Low 57.5 inch roof height
  • Non-adjustable rear seats

The Jaguar XF series marks an epochal advance in appearance, performance and engineering over the fusty sedans formerly produced by this legacy British car maker. Now in its third year of production, the XF is available in 4 distinctive models: 385 hp Base and Premium versions, 470 hp Supercharged offering, and line-topping XFR, with 510 hp. If you’re in the market for a Mercedes AMG 6.3, BMW M5 or Porsche Panamera, you’ll definitely want to cross-shop the XFR because this sports sedan is better looking than the Porsche, more nimble than the BMW and much cheaper than the Benz.

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2011 Infiniti G37 S Review – The consummate wolf in sheep’s clothing

Tuesday May 31st, 2011 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: bclark

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By Bill Clark

Pros:

  • Blazing acceleration
  • Sports-car-like handling and braking
  • Comfortable seating for four adults

Cons:

  • Sports-car-like ride all the time
  • Sluggishly-programmed paddle shifters
  • Addicting to drive fast

With a penchant for sports cars and a baby on the way, what’s a guy to do? I do love my 2007 350z, but how practical is it? Is there anything out there with 4 doors that could take its place? There really wasn’t anything I could think of with four doors that would foot the bill. That was, until I spent some quality time behind the wheel of a 2011 Infiniti G37 sedan. That’s right – 4 doors and a lot of fun!

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2011 BMW Alpina B7 First Impressions Review

Monday April 4th, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Hits

  • Exotic but factory warranted
  • Limited production
  • Stable and comfortable

Misses:

  • Still large and heavy
  • Taxed as gas guzzler

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2011 Jaguar XJ First Impressions Review – Attitude and Ultra-expensive Watch Not Included

Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Jaguar XJ
By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Interior of the Gods
  • Pinball quality gear selected display
  • Silence at cruise speed

Misses:

  • Too much chrome on air vents and central console
  • Limited headroom front and rear
  • No pass-through from trunk to passenger compartment

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2011 Infiniti M56X AWD First Impressions Review

Thursday December 30th, 2010 at 12:1212 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Pros

  • Leather seats tailored to fit better than a Huntsman tailored suit
  • Lots of high-tech gadgetry which can be deleted from the options list saving you thousands of dollars
  • Performance specs that will make you dizzy

Cons

  • Infiniti user’s manual harder to read than an Ikea instruction manual
  • Undersized Michelin all-season tires

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