Archive for May, 2009
May 13th, 2009
You probably grew up with a few posters plastered on your dorm room wall. If you’re a car enthusiast, chances are that those posters were of sports cars. And at least one of those sports cars happened to be a Porsche, namely the legendary 911.
Arguably, it’s been branded better than almost any other car out there, sports or otherwise. The Porsche 911 screams “sports car” like an Apple MacBook whispers “laptop” and for pure driving pleasure, it’s tough to beat, unless the suffix turbo follows it. Well, feast your eyes on the most technologically advanced 911 Porsche has ever built, the Porsche 911 Turbo.
As Winston Wolfe would say, let’s get down to brass tacks, gentlemen. This 911 Turbo will reach a top speed of 193mph. It can reach this velocity due mainly to a Variable Turbine Technology twin-turbo 3.6-liter flat six that generates 480 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and an asphalt-wrinkling 505 pound-feet in “overboost” mode.
The 911 Turbo will accelerate you to 60mph in 3.4 seconds and will gobble up a ¼ miles’ worth of tarmac in 11.7 seconds, bringing you closer to the realization that you really don’t need to take that flight up into space. All for the bargain basement price of $129,650, or the cost of roughly eleven 2009 smart fortwos.
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For more on the Porsche 911 Turbo, or for that matter, all Porsche’s models, visit the authoritative Porsche message forum, www.6speedoline.com.
May 12th, 2009
From your bank account to the typical value meal—everything is getting smaller. That gallon of gas holds the same volume, but doesn’t quite cost the same, either. Finally, after ten years in Europe, the 2009 smart fortwo has made its way to American soil. At first glance, the impression most get is that it’s an awkward little car which garners attention and affection from almost everyone that sees it.
The most obvious concern is the car’s small stature. Intuitively, it looks like it would flatten to the semblance of a coin in a crash. However, the fortwo’s hallmark is the Tridion safety cell that’s designed to distribute crash impact away from the occupants and activate the crumple zones of the oncoming vehicle. Make no mistake about it—the NHTSA 4-star crash ratings prove that the cell does indeed work.
The fortwo is small, which is almost a prerequisite for eco–friendly cars. The 1–liter, 70 hp, three–cylinder engine boasts respectable digits which enable the fortwo to feel zippy enough for your typical city commute.
An important question arises as you peek past the overall exterior dimensions: does the average American adult fit inside the smart fortwo? In a word, yes! To our surprise, there is ample leg and shoulder room in the cabin. Though it may look like a circus act, a 6’4″ individual will fit quite comfortably.
If Apple designed a car, this is what the product would look like (but white and glossy).
To find your very own 2009 smart fortwo starting at only $11,990, visit the Official Smart Car Website.
May 8th, 2009
Nestled somewhere deep within the the Yaris and Fit whirlwind, we find Nissan‘s versatile Versa, powered by a 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. And now, as part of Nissan’s National Tent Event, you can get customer cash back on the 2009 Nissan Versa.
The Versa seats four adults can be comfortably toted around town without having to take extended stops to stretch—more important on those longer trips where you just want to get to your destination quickly. And those trips will cost a lot less if you decide to purchase a Versa: fuel economy figures are 24 mpg in the city and a whopping 32 mpg on the highway (automatic) and 26 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway (manual).
An optional CVT transmission is also available, though only on the Versa SL version. We’d probably opt for the manual because 1) the clutch and shifter on the Versa are butter-smooth and 2) the manual transmission will interject some enthusiasm into the driving experience. Our favorite part is that 3) it’s not just “any” manual, but a 6-speed manual, normally reserved for sports cars. _Shift is good.
To see exactly how much cash you will get back, click here.
May 7th, 2009
The first vehicle emblazoned with the RR emblem to be manufactured under BMW‘s meticulous eye, the super-ultra-premium 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom is now offered in an extended wheelbase version (EWB). This high dollar option offers you the grey poupon-like comfort that can only be found in, well, a Rolls-Royce.
The aluminum spaceframe of the EWB doesn’t have the cut & paste tomfoolery employed by other long wheelbase makes out there. The entire spaceframe is manufactured from the start as its own, making it the largest currently produced in the world.
Nestled between the frame’s fenders lies the hand-built 6.75-Liter V12. The engine churns out a buttery 453-hp and a turbo-dieselesque 531 lb/ft of torque while mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This combination is capable of accelerating the 6000-lb Phantom to a scant 5.7 seconds—all in the lap of lavish luxury. And it’s not an all-go-no-show proposition, either; the engine bay of the Phantom is widely acknowledged in the automotive world as the prettiest engine bay in existence. Shame it has to be hidden by the bonnet.
What’s not hiding is the highest quality leather, wood, and aluminum you can find in any interior. Car, Yacht, Spaceship…it just doesn’t matter.
The EWB version is a full 9.8 inches longer than that of the standard Phantom. To put things in perspective, the vanilla version measures 228 inches long—or a full five feet longer than a 2009 Honda Civic. And with a price of $455,000, this RR is twenty-four times more expensive. Fuel economy (or lack thereof) is measured at 11/18 mpg, for the city and highway, respectively.
Click to 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom prices if you have either the guile or privilege to have the capacity to pick one up.
May 6th, 2009
Not many cars on the road today have a more storied history than that of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution. Now in its tenth generation, the Evo X (what the car is widely referred to as in enthusiast circles) brings a lot more refinement to the table for 2009.
Initially, the reviews were polarized; the purists argued that the new Evolution dulled the sharp handling prowess found in the last generation Evolution IX. The esteemed members of the media rationalized that simply put, it’s evolution, that the car itself has gone through both substantial and incremental changes for the better, as evidenced by the Evolution X’s consistently quicker lap times.
Our take? With a starting price of under $30k (EST), it’s tough to beat the value Mitsubishi has managed to pack into the new Evolution. And now until June 1, 2009, Mitsubishi is making the 291-horsepower Evolution available for almost anyone with 0% APR for up to 60 months. Click here to find a dealer in your area.