Automobile paparazzi have spent the last 6 months doing surveillance at test tracks around the world, leaking images of the 2012 Nissan GT-R all over the web. Man…it looks good. Unfortunately, not a lot of performance specifics have leaked. What we do know – it features enhanced aerodynamics in the nose & rear and has shed some 350-pounds, making it leaner than its predecessor. But, the 3.8-liter twin turbo still packs nearly 500 horses, which is really heavy.
With its broad, flat grill and elongated hood, the body of the 2012 CLS is split between retro & futuristic styling. The shortened rear and stretched front recall the SL300 & early-60s racers, but everything else is purely modern. Styling on this new model is clearly more aggressive than in year’s past, putting this 4-door sport coupe more in line with its Bentley and Porsche rivals.
Audi is like Apple when it comes to releasing new products that people instantly love, covet & desire. Why is that? Well, the Audi A7 holds a few of the possible answers. It looks good – with angular lines, 20-inch wheels and that Porsche-like fastback rear end. It performs – with an available 6-or 8-cylinder engine to deliver juice to the all-wheel drive. Borrowing the best of the successful A6 & A8 models, the A7 logically looks to be another Audi ace.
If you’re dropping-in on a new Corvette, you obviously have enough testosterone to handle a trip to the Chevy engine plant in Wixom, Michigan to build your own motor. Tack a mellow $5800 onto your ’Vette’s sticker price & you can literally get your hands in the engine (with tech supervision) as it is custom-built for your car. Where else could you do this but in the good ole USA?
The fact this little jellybean wears the green oval makes the British motor press cringe. But the truth is, turning forty means middle age. And, Range Rover hasn’t hit this manufacturing milestone by always building ’em burly. They’ve leaned ever-more toward luxury. The people who never get their Rovers dirty are the ones who lease the new model as soon as it comes out – so, the Evoque, touted as the smallest, lightest & most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever, fits at forty. And hey…its still four-wheel drive.
Maserati’s GranCabrio is the upmarket Italian automaker’s first four-seater convertible. That means you can impress two more people when you drop the top going 25 miles-an-hour. Seriously though, all the refinement expected in an exotic Italian sportscar found in the now roomier model. Leather, woodgrain and integrated nav systems. But maybe more impactful is the hefty 4.7 liter V-8 under the hood pumping over 400 horses. When you snap this thing into Sport Mode, passengers will really have to hang onto their hats.
The Chevy Camaro. This was one hot ride in the 80s. Nothing rivaled its style…other than the Firebird. Well, news has it the Pontiac will stay in its grave. On the other hand, slated to roll off the line first quarter 2011 is the Camaro Convertible. This ride has all the features of the coupe, with a little wind in the hair.
It’s no wonder the fat cats at GM kept the company afloat – they were holding out to see this Cadillac pull off the line. The 2011 CTS-V Coupe’s angled exterior is sleek & sexy. But she’s not shallow. Under the hood…an Eaton Supercharger sitting on top of a 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 556hp. Saucy.
You’re looking the future in the face. Mini’s 2011 Coupe is rounder & sportier with a turbocharged 1.6 liter speeding up to 208 horses. Instantly recognizable from the front, this baby’s finally got back.