Here’s an early look at the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5. This will be BMW’s first crack at a more moderately priced, mainstream hybrid vehicle. Based on the BMW 5 Series, the car is powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six-cylinder found in the BMW 535i. On top of the conventional components will be a 55-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.
If your manhood doesn’t really need an extension, the main purpose of a car is to get you from point A to point B. The 2012 Toyota Yaris will do that and then some. It’s got a burrito-sized glove box, windows that go up & down, and a honkable horn. It also gets nearly 40mpg. Your neighbor who drives the luxury combat vehicle won’t understand but Toyota does. This post has been sponsored by Toyota.
The tit-for-tat battle between the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro is about to kick in to gear again. When the 2012 Camaro ZL1 hits the pavement early next year juiced up with it’s 550-horse, 6.2-liter, six-speed 8, those Mustang dudes with the new Boss 302 are gonna start sweating.
Just a couple more years of driving around in your underpowered little hybrid rollerskate. In 2013, you’ll be able to upgrade to an electric Beemer. And thankfully, the forthcoming 4-seater doesn’t look like a wireless mouse on wheels. It actually looks like a German sports car and 78 miles-per-gallon has never looked so good.
Buying that vintage Corvette is not the mid-life crisis. The crisis comes when you get it home and realize you need to replace the whole floor pan and have a 40-year old transmission rebuilt in the next state over. Avoid all that. Karl Kustom Corvettes takes current C6 and Z06 model Corvettes and gives them a vintage makeover. With custom body panels, paint, wheels and performance upgrades, they turn out neo-classics like the ’62 split-window coupe and the convertible ’67 Roadster.
When you step up to a Benz emblazoned with the AMG logo, you aren’t just shelling out more dough for wider wheels and a front-end splitter. The new C63 Coupe, like all AMG models is built using all of MB’s incredible racing technology. Standard equipment: adjustable coil overs, racing brakes, and a 510-horse AMG motor that is carefully hand-built under their “one man, one engine” philosophy in the company’s plant in Affalterbach, Germany.
News Flash: Mercedes’ latest reveal, the concept A-Class is coming to the U.S. They haven’t said exactly when yet, but it’s confirmed. This could easily be the most bad-ass MB ever put into production. Yeah, it’s small but it looks more like a beast than a “baby Benz” to us. What do you think?
To celebrate the Camaro’s 45-year peel-out & speeding ticket legacy, Chevy is releasing an anniversary model. The real story however is the on-going, decades-long pissing match between Ford’s Mustang & the Camaro. The 45th year Camaro houses a 323-horse V6 edging out Ford’s 6-cylinder by 11 horses. On top of superior power & torque, this Camaro also has a totally sweet black leather interior, custom badges, paint and comes stock with aluminum twenties. Sorry Ford, maybe next year.
For 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle got a sex change or rather a … gender reassignment. What we’re trying to say is the “people’s car” now has some balls. A total redesign has created a new body that is lower, 3.3 inches wider and noticeably more aggressive. There are three trim options, the sportiest of which features a 2 liter, 200-horse motor. Another option is their clean diesel model hitting 40 MPG.
You won’t have to succumb to gas guzzler guilt & buy a humdrum minivan or Prius. Porsche has just released another new hybrid in their lineup. The hybrid Panamera is now the most economical Porsche ever made. This model shares the same powertrain as the hybrid Cayenne, but less wind resistance makes the Panamera more efficient while still boasting a top speed of nearly 170 miles an hour. It goes on sale in June.