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.
Hyundai’s 2012 Veloster is small, but fierce. A sports hatch equipped with a 1.6 liter pumping out 140hp with 40 mpg. The final design is being kept under camouflage, but CEO John Krafcik promises something exciting.
Tired of being “cute” – the Mini Cooper went…and returned mean. The BMW subsidiary’s 2011 Countryman is a compact, 4-door crossover offering a taller, wider, longer & more rugged design. Available with 122 or 183 horses, this little bullet will never be sweet again.
I want this one in my garage. Mercedes F800 hybrid joins a direct-injection, 300hp, V6 engine with a 109hp electric motor. Do the math & you have 409 stallions. Pre-Safe Technology engages the brakes when an imminent rear-end collision is detected. Traffic Jam Assistant sustains a safe following distance and maneuvers though curves at speeds under 25 MPH. Green has never looked so good.