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C63 AMG Black Series: Black Out Fast!

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


C63 AMG Black Series: Black Out Fast! test 2

M3 owners beware, because Mercedes is gunning for the top spot among two-door coupes, and they may just have done it. Sure, the AMG C63 is a badass ride, but the sportier M3 still managed to outperform it around the track, and the folks over at Mercedes were none too happy about that. So, the AMG guys sent the C63 back to the gym and what came back for 2012 was the very powerful, very intoxicating black out fast C63 AMG Black Series. 

So fast and highly tuned are the Black Series models that the C63 is only the fourth model to get the Black Series treatment. That is because the Black Series is a far cry from your average E-Class sedan. There is no coddling here, no floaty suspension to snuggle up with over long, leisurely Sunday afternoon drives. Oh, no; the Black Series is a track-bred monster. Don't think so? Well, let's put it this way: when was the last time you heard of a Mercedes offering the back seat as an option?


Review: The 2011 Buick LaCrosse

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Mary McRae


2011 Buick LaCrosse test 2

Redesigned last year, the Buick LaCrosse has brought in a new trend for Buick, one which emphasizes modernity and performance. As opposed to the detached, floaty performance and disappointing cabin that Buicks once were known for. The 2011 Buick LaCrosse stands out among affordable midsize cars because of its sharp styling, assured performance and a cabin that's just about the most luxurious offered at this selling price. This midsize sedan's attractive styling perfectly balances classic Buick nods like the vertical lines of the grille and the sweeping line of the body with thoroughly contemporary detailing. And the car's elegant appearance is combined with surprisingly adept driving dynamics. It's enough to make you forget all about the ship-size cars in that coffee table book of Buick history.


2012 Maserati GTC: We're Impressed.

On: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 8:14AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 Maserati GTC: We're Impressed. test 2

In the world of luxury sport convertibles, there are plenty of options available, and the choice you make depends on how deep your pockets are and how much of an impression you want to make. If you have the cash to spend, there is almost certainly a car that can meet or, more than likely, exceed your expectations.

Choices like the Jaguar XK convertible and Porsche 911 cabriolet offer plenty of open-air performance, while cars like the Mercedes SL and the new BMW 650i drop-tops promise to provide plenty of all-around style, comfort, and enough excitement to get the blood pumping on most empty highway on-ramps. But, maybe all of those very capable cars are just not enough.


Falling Faster Still: 2012 Civic Gets Grave Reviews

On: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 12:46PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Honda Civic test 2

In the last few days, reports have come in from several different sources expressing dire concern for the 2012 Honda Civic. So much so, that Consumer Reports refused the Civic its ‘Recommended’ rating for the first time in 10 years. In fact, the only supporter of the 2012 Civic seems to be Cars.com which lauds the Civic’s “terrific mileage, comfortable cabin, top safety scores, high resale value and long track record of reliability.” Despite a singular positive review, our fellows at Autoblog and Consumer Reports offer little praise. By all accounts the 2012 Civic looks to be a step down from the current model. But, let’s be honest here—a Honda is still a Honda. Buyers will still find all the things they know and love about Honda in the 2012 Civic.


 

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe: Making Space!

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:54PM | By: Mary McRae


2011 Chevrolet Tahoe: Making Space! test 2

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe remains much as before, and that, no doubt, is just fine with a sizable number of folks who’ve grown to value its combination of truck toughness and surprisingly refined practicality. The Chevy Tahoe provides room for up to nine passengers or two passengers and a whole lot of cargo or anything in between, good towing capabilities, and a gas mileage making other large SUVs jealous.

In addition to a Hybrid version, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. The base Tahoe LS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone manual heating and cooling, eight-passenger seating with front power-adjustable bucket seats and center floor console. Also standard are Bluetooth, OnStar, and a six-speaker sound system with CD and rear audio controls, satellite radio, an auxiliary input jack and an iPod/USB interface. Also available is an optional Convenience package which includes power-adjustable pedals, remote engine start, rear parking assist and a rearview camera system with mirror display.


2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:51AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 BMW 6-Series Coupe: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!  test 2

Anyone buying a new car is probably well versed in the idea that when it comes to new transportation, it seems that the list of choices, options, and decisions to be made seems almost endless. Where one ends, the next begins, and where that one goes might actually counteract a previous decision, thereby making you start to reconsider that choice but then wonder how that choice will affect your next choice... the mind can take only so much. When it comes to a car like the 2012 BMW 6-Series, you're going to have to be ready to make more than a few decisions if you're thinking of buying one.


Fiat 500c Makes Everyday A Trip To Capri

On: Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Fiat 500c test 2

With Fiat’s recent majority acquisition of Chrysler and Fiat dealerships popping up all over, I found myself wondering just how Fiat’s purchase would impact the Chrysler brand. In pursuit of that question, I dove head-first into periodicals and blogdom, but finally settled on one source which might settle my natural apprehension of foreign takeovers—the latest Fiat model to be released Stateside.

The Fiat 500c, named such because of the mere fact that it is a cabriolet, is an incredibly interesting-ooking vehicle. From the classic design to its functional interior, the Fiat 500c will undoubtedly remind consumers of the Fiats of yesterday. Although founded in 1899, Fiat really became a legendary brand after World War II for producing vehicles that war-ravaged Europe could afford. And because of Fiat’s incredible success in the last 60 years, their quirky and practical vehicles have left a uniquely Italian mark on fans throughout the globe.


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 8:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly) test 2

Some things never change. Throughout history, whenever a new Corvette hits the market, it always creates a splash. And when the C5 Corvette burst onto the performance car scene in 1997, it was no different. The fifth generation Corvette was an instant hit. It brought about a renaissance to the Crossed Flags emblem that made the Corvette a world power in the performance car market once again.


Lotus Evora S: Cayman Killer!

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 1:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Lotus Evora S:  Cayman Killer! test 1-1

First impressions are everything. Climb inside the newest Lotus on the market, and instantly you know it is something special. The two-tone cockpit surrounds you like a glove. Two big gauges sit front and center to give you the most important data, while an Alpine stereo and navigation unit sit off to the side and take care of everything else in terms of entertainment and navigation.  Depress the traditional heavy-duty clutch pedal (thank God), and you'll notice the light effort thanks to an upgraded master cylinder. Fire up the Toyota(!)-sourced 3.5-liter V6—yes, mostly the same V6 you would find in a Camry, except this motor has been massaged by Lotus a bit to bring out a little more Mr. Hyde from the humble Dr. Jeckyl engine. Better flowing intake and exhaust manifolds combined with Lotus-designed engine management and, oh yeah, a supercharger bolted on for good measure will make your ears second guess exactly how many cylinders your eyes have sworn they saw under the hood. 


The Baddest Jag Ever?

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 10:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The Baddest Jag Ever? test 1-1

For those of you old enough to remember the XJ220, you will recall that it is very hard to forget. It was literally the fastest car in the world for quite some time. Sleek, ungodly powerful, and a vision to behold (if you were so lucky to catch one standing still). However, as with all things, time marches on and progress is, of course, inevitable. It has taken nearly two decades, but the British feline company has finally built a better all-around performer than their legendary poster-child and that car is the 2012 XKR-S. 


Classic Car Cultist: The BMW 2002

On: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 3:51PM | By: Chris Salamone


BMW 2002 tii test 2

Produced from 1968 to 1976, BMW’s 2002 Neue Klasse model (New Class for those without the predilection for sauerkraut) completely changed the face and future of BMW motoring for generations to come. So much so, the 2002 became the predecessor for BMW’s dominant 3 Series and 1 Series models and permanently changed BMW’s reputation to one of producing premium uber-touring vehicles. To this day, the 2002 remains a standout amongst BMW’s rich history of revolutionary vehicles—and with good reason. The 2002 was fast, fun, and beautiful. Found in over 262 movies and TV shows, the BMW 2002 is still alive and well within the minds of car fans everywhere.