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CONTENTS
38
HARDWARE DRIVE LINES
38 COMPARISON TEST 110 PREVIEW
WE HAVE LIFTOFF! 2010 LOTUS EVORA
Ferrari California vs. Mercedes-Benz Expanding the Lotus lore.
SL63 AMG. By Michael Austin By Dave VanderWerp

74 ROAD TEST 112 SHORT TAKE
2010 JAGUAR XFR BMW X6 xDRIVE50i
48 INTRODUCTION Driving a 510-hp Jag XFR on a dirt track You’ll pardon the styling.
By Tony Quiroga
DRIVING THE FUTURE is just wrong. So how come it feels so
Cars are going electric. But does that right? By Mark Gillies
mean they’ll be appliances?
113 PREVIEW
90 ROAD TEST 2010 LEXUS
49 PREVIEW 2010 FORD TAURUS IS250C/IS350C
2011 CHEVROLET VOLT LIMITED The littlest Lexus turns on the
GM looks into its crystal ball, again. The Taurus moves upscale, if not ultraviolet. By Aaron Robinson
By Tony Quiroga completely back into our hearts.
By Tony Swan 114 PREVIEW
54 PREVIEW FERRARI 16M
2011 DODGE CIRCUIT EV SCUDERIA SPIDER
Surprisingly fun despite a hefty load of Earplugs not included.
batteries. By Dave VanderWerp By K.C. Colwell

58 FEATURE 116 PREVIEW
MR. FISKER’S GOOD KARMA ARTEGA GT
The greening of the automobile presents Porsche lover builds Porsche beater.
a chance to reinvent the car business. By Ray Hutton
By Mark Gillies
118 SHORT TAKE
62 SHORT TAKE 2010 MERCEDES-BENZ
MINI E E550 COUPE
A Mini range, too. Seduced again by power, beauty, and
By Aaron Robinson comfort. By Tony Swan

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manage what they do not understand.
—Murphy

AUG 2009
14 BACKFIRES
WAITING FOR GODOT’S CARS,
PANAMERA HATE MAIL, WHAT
DIRTY HARRY WOULD DO.

106 GEAR BOX

80 26
AFFORABLE NAVIGATION.

128 WHAT I’D DO DIFFERENTLY
FEATURES UPFRONT MALCOLM BRICKLIN.

UNPROTECTED TEXT BMW BETS ON 3
We investigate if sending messages
on your phone while driving is
New variations due for the popular
3-series lineup. 9
more LOL than OMFG.
By Michael Austin 31 HEARING VOICES COLUMNS
Our guide to recognizing the voices of actors
97 TIRE TEST: who have colonized car commercials. SHANG ’EM HAI
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS By Andrew Smart BY EDDIE ALTERMAN
What happened to our car show?
Could any of these nine affordable 32 HOW TO: RUN THE CORKSCREW It relocated to China.
summer tires have possibly knocked off Riding the famous roller coaster at
the expensive Michelin PS2? Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 18 THOUGHTS ON MY LAST DAY
By Dave VanderWerp BY PATRICK BEDARD
32 DONKEY SHOW: FOB JOB What I’ve seen in my four decades
104 LIGHTLY USED CARS: Can thieves steal your keyless-entry codes? at Car and Driver.
VETTE DREAMS
V-8 power for the price of a
33 THEY BUILT EXCITEMENT 20 ROAD-TESTING A RELATIONSHIP
hot hatch, with the security of GM’s
A Pontiac tribute to the best of the brand. BY JOHN PHILLIPS
Friends don’t let friends ride along.
certified used-vehicle program. 34 TECH DEPT.: BMW’S WHEEL
By Csaba Csere TORQUE-VECTORING SYSTEM 22 PITILESS ADVICE FOR THIS RATTNER
New SUV diff works to perk up handling. BY DAVID E. DAVIS JR.
Blow up CARB, hang drunks, pass a gas tax.

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Supra, at an affordable price.”] child, and that child puked,
GODOT’S CARS At any price! ANDREW MAYVILLE and that puke—[Okay, that’s
Regarding your “20 Cars OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA it. Mr. Skinner wants to see
Worth Waiting For” cover story you in the principal’s office.
[May 2009], if I wanted only The recurring theme in Mr. Now!—Ed.] JOE PAH
those with a five-star “gotta- Robinson’s fine article is that MIAMI, FLORIDA
have-it” factor, I would need “with Hyundai, it’s always about
$1,270,200. This results in my the price.” And: “Considering What’s next, pickup trucks?
Hyundai Sonata earning a five- the price—always considering Electric scooters?
star “gotta-keep-it” factor. the price . . .” Later on, he PETER SCHMOTZER
DOUG LAWRY writes the Hyundai uses ALLIANCE, OHIO
CYBERSPACE “simple gooseneck arms
instead of multilinks [to] Did someone step on a
How is it that you list the Ferrari support the trunk.” We should Cayenne? STEVE SEITZ
F500 as a competitor of the know that “lunch continues LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Mercedes SLS AMG but not to not be free.” As we say in
the other way around? And a away from body-on-frame Korea, au contraire, mon ami. Considering the color of your
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs for years. Ford’s only Hyundai was not trying to be test vehicle, I suggest the
is 1/20th of the cars worth hope of growing Explorer cheap but was replicating the moniker “The Flying Turd”!
waiting for but gets only two sales is to change to a design choice of BMW. See PATRICK CERVANTES
out of five for a “gotta-have-it” unibody platform.” Except page 22 of the same issue. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
score? STEPHEN JONES for maybe a production-cost Sometimes cheap is just in the
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TENNESSEE advantage that the automaker eye of the beholder. PAUL NIED You wrote, “The company’s
Readers, you may recall might pass on to the buyer, VERO BEACH, FLORIDA first attempt at a sedan in its
Jones from the December what would entice buyers to 61-year history, the Panamera
’08 Backfires, where he was buy a unibody vehicle over a A PANAMERA IS . . . . . .” You seem to be forgetting
globally honored as C/D’s full-frame-type vehicle? Can a Now that Porsche has finally the Porsche Type 542, a five-
Most Anally Obsessed Reader. unibody be made to be more designed a car with the engine passenger, four-door sedan
The streak continues—Ed. structurally rigid than a full- in the right place (again, after with a 111-inch wheelbase
frame chassis? the 924 and 928), can we and a cast-iron, 120-degree
Couldn’t help notice the very GRAYDEN OBENOUR see a two-door version of the V-6. This was one of the cars
ugly welds on the gullwings of AUBURN, INDIANA Panamera [May 2009] and do designed and built by Porsche
the cover car, the Mercedes A unibody is lighter, benefiting away with the ridiculous 911? for Studebaker in the 1950s.
SLS AMG. I would not want fuel economy, handling, and JOHN J. DUFFY GARY LINDSTROM
to look at those welds every performance, and it can be ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES WAPPINGER, NEW YORK
day on a $200K vehicle. I structurally more rigid than In 1952, Porsche built one car
understand this is probably a body-on-frame construction. It’s as if a Chrysler Concorde for Studebaker. Studegarage.
class B surface, but the fact It makes an SUV more carlike and a Porsche Boxster had a com writes: “Though it was
that the car has gullwing doors than trucklike—Ed.
would make me change this to
a class A surface. The door we CHEAP SUPRA? YOSSARIAN LIVES!
see on the right has five welds Good luck finding anyone You guys have the best writing abilities in the industry.
in an arc, while the door on the comparing that lame, ugly And I can’t wait to get back home and spend some of this
left has four welds in a straight Hyundai Genesis Coupe tax-free pay on a new sports car!
line. I’ve seen better welds on 3.8 [May 2009] to a 370Z, a LT. ELIOT SPENCER, CRNA
an Econoline van. Mustang, or a Challenger. Try BY THE TIME YOU GET THIS. . .
NICK CARVAINES Accord and Altima coupes as SOMEWHERE IN
CLEVELAND, OHIO the realistic competitors. That AFGHANISTAN
In the ’90s, graphic artists is what Joe Blow on the street
began experimenting with will think. And why the heck
a new software invention is it called Genesis anyway?
called “Photoshop,” which It has practically nothing
could alter photos to suit the in common with the luxury
needs of art directors. It was Genesis bog. MARK NEDDE
praised for its realism, user- MADISON, NEW JERSEY
friendliness, and ability to
render inconsistencies in class It may have a great
B surfaces—Ed. suspension, it may have
a great engine, but in no
In a discussion of the 2011 way, shape, or form can you
Ford Explorer, you opined that compare it with a Supra!
“buyers have been shying [“Verdict: K-town revives the
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of experimental engineering tested the switch grass grows on, which are essential
car and reported on it. The director’s for life—not just one animal or local
name: John Z. De Lorean . . . He didn’t ecosystem, LIFE! MILIND SHAH
like the Porsche effort and compared BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
it unfavorably with the comfort and ride
of the 1956 Studebaker Champion and WIDE WORLD OF
Commander”—Ed. FROOT LOOPS
In the May 2009 “Ask Us Anything,” Josh
Clemons asked, “What is the difference
between stowage and storage?” To which
you replied, “A w and an r.” Please. The
correct answer is, “Nothing, if you’re Elmer
Fudd.” GARY SMITH
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Lemme see if I can dig up a prize in the
men’s can for Best Letter. I’ll get back to
you—Ed.
TESLA SMOKE SCREEN
I’m accustomed to most of our fellow As to your last page [“This Car and Driver,”
citizens having no idea from where May 2009]: If attaching 2500 cameras
electricity comes or what it costs in terms to a van makes one an artist, I am a chef
of miles per kilowatt-hour or how any of because I can make microwave popcorn.
this is related to motoring efficiency. But I LYLE SCHROEDER
expect C/D to be better. CUMMING, GEORGIA
If the Tesla [May 2009] draws 32 amps Hey, could you send some of that
at 240 volts for 10 hours, this is about 77 popcorn to Smith?—Ed.
kilowatt-hours of energy. At the average
national price of 11 cents per kilowatt- About “The Ultimate Suburbia Machine”
hour, this is $8.47 per “fill-up,” not the $4 in the May 2009 Upfront section: Even if
[-to-$7 range] cited in your road test. It BMW puts 400 horses in its new Aztek,
would cost even more in California and I’m not buying one. CHRIS BIGNELL
run about $20 to recharge in high-priced NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Hawaii. Not much of a bargain. Plus,
unlike gasoline or diesel fuel, these prices Regarding “Up in Smoke” [Upfront, May
include no tax collections for highway- 2009]:
repair funds. But, as you say, if you have to Lots and lots of testing
ask how much a $100,000-plus car costs So very much ado.
to run, it’s not for you. The Tesla is not for I cannot help but wonder
me. MICHAEL P. RETHMAN What would Dirty Harry do?
K ANEOHE, HAWAII DON MITOLO
Sure, 77 kilowatt-hours costs $8.47, but CLAYTON, CALIFORNIA
the Tesla holds 53 and would therefore Pass the Fritos?—Ed. L
cost $5.83—Ed.

PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS MS. GOODWENCH
While hydrogen is the most plentiful
element in the universe, we’re still stuck BY PIPPA GARNER
on Earth and cannot get to most of it. As
Patrick Bedard mentions in his column,
“Run Your Car on Water” [May 2009], the
easiest way to terrestrially obtain hydrogen
is by separating it from water.
But water should never be a fuel
source for vehicles. The dream of a clean
engine is wonderful, but tapping into our
fresh water resources is a nightmarish
prospect. Fresh water is not only a limited
resource; it is vital for life and should not
be squandered on vehicles that could use
other forms of power. Our best source for
fuel, until solar power becomes viable, is
oil. Consider this: The world’s oil reserves
could be completely depleted and it would
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THOUGHTS ON
MY LAST DAY
WHAT I’VE SEEN IN MY FOUR DECADES
AT CAR AND DRIVER.

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f course I remember the anxieties of my youth, World War II, and both companies serve as national employment
particularly the dread of getting old. At what agencies.
age would my hot laps slow to tepid? When When the British did their auto-themed employment agency, it
would the flirty chicks of spring look right past scraped together MG, Triumph, Jaguar, Rover, Land Rover, Morris,
my interested glances? Would I be like all the Austin, et al. under the British Leyland banner and burned through
other seniors outside Walgreens, stiffly easing $16.5 billion—that’s corrected into today’s money—turning a sig-
myself into my Grand Marquis? nificant 36-percent market share into a limping 15 percent before
Time passes, and along with it the urge for hot laps. I haven’t parting out the hulk in the Eighties.
felt it in the 25 years since my last Indy 500. To my happy surprise, Yes, though it failed in Britain, government money seems to have
graying femmes have more game than I knew. Only the Grand resuscitated the French and Italian names, but look around you—all
Marquis still gets a rise on my dread meter. of them once had showrooms in the U.S. I did road tests of their
In today’s lingo, I’ve moved on. And with this page, I’m moving models. Now they’re gone, too weak to compete here.
on from C/D and the press pass it gave me into the world of cars Show of hands, please: Who thinks Americans will line up for
more than 41 years ago. Fiats wearing Chrysler labels? Sure, if gas goes back to four bucks
It’s a world that never gets boring. Who could have predicted a gallon. But there’s a term for what happens to the economy at
the complete reversal that’s taken place in the auto industry on that point—rigor mortis.
my watch? In the Sixties, if you wanted the best car, you bought Imagine a future in which American brands can’t compete
American. From the standpoint of power, or comfort, or durability, against the foreigners on American soil. Actually, that’s where we
or style, Detroit made the best. If you wanted cheap, you bought are right now. I can imagine GM and Chrysler operating as public
an import. utilities—green jobs building Obama-mandated green cars. The
Forty years later, if you want the best—I’m speaking here of the government has already poured into Chrysler, or promised, a sum
general public perception of best—you buy an import, Toyota or that amounts to $314,000 per U.S. Chrysler employee, according
Honda, Mercedes or BMW, the list goes on. If you want cheap, look to the Journal. Who thinks the pouring will stop here? Why not just
to Detroit, inventor of the cash-back deal. The American industry won cut a quarter-million-dollar check for each of them and pull the
the race to the bottom, only now its cars won’t bring enough cash sheet up over the corpse?
in this relatively free market to keep the makers alive.
Cheap wasn’t the sole import attraction, of course. MGs, AM I BEING TOO GLOOMY AS MY
Triumphs, Alfas, and Austin-Healeys had style, enough of it
to inspire a social movement infused with its own etiquette. CLOCK RUNS DOWN? ACTUALLY, I
Example: If the driver of a lowly bug-eye Sprite waved to an REMAIN THE COCKEYED OPTIMIST.
XK120, was the Jag driver obligated to wave back? And let’s not
forget the magazine called Sports Cars Illustrated, the forerunner
of Car and Driver. I kept a stack of dog-eared SCI copies handy in Am I being too gloomy as my clock runs down? Actually, I remain
college to distract from thermodynamics assignments, and when the cockeyed optimist. When I sat down in this chair in 1967, the
I packed my diploma and a few belongings after graduation and knee-jerkers were already saying that the internal-combustion
headed for the engineering halls of Chrysler, they all fit in my very engine had to go—too ancient, too dirty. In fact, the California Senate
own sports car, a flawed yet much loved 1960 Sunbeam Alpine. outlawed it, effective with the 1970 models, but the House demurred.
As a young man, I thought style was essential. Now I think it Now the old chuffer is almost unrecognizable in its youthful vigor.
can be endearing, even amusing, but it’s perishable, too. Quality, Direct injection, just a dream 20 years ago, is becoming common,
rock-solid reliability, and dependable service are what keep the bringing with it up to 10-percent improvements in fuel efficiency.
customers coming back year after year. The imports came from In another 10 years, we’ll start driving homogenous-charge com-
behind and now control that game. pression-ignition engines—a big step toward matching diesel fuel
As the Obama administration steps in, dictates business plans to efficiency but much cleaner and cheaper.
GM and Chrysler, and opens the U.S. Treasury to them (I write this in Hey, I’m not the official cheering section for the 130-some-year-
early May), my hands rise involuntarily to cover my eyes. I’ve seen this old internal-combustion engine. My loyalty is to what works. But the
before. I think of D.O. Cozzi, our European correspondent circa 1970, progress in that old piston engine shows something that’s beyond
and his scorn for Alfa Romeo. “A government employment agency,” argument. Man is the cleverest of the critters. Have some patience,
he maintained. A government-sponsored marriage with Fiat, itself set up the necessary incentives, lay on the teraflops, and mankind
never far from the Italian state, keeps the name alive today. will dazzle you with invention.
The French auto industry consists of Renault and PSA (Peugeot Patience is the key. Costs come down pennies at a time. There’s
and Citroën). “Both have taken money” from the government, the no market for miracles people can’t afford.
Wall Street Journal says delicately. Actually, Renault hasn’t been So much fascinating material, so little white space. Listen. They’re
able to go to the bathroom without government permission since cueing up the fat lady . . . L
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ROAD-TESTING
A RELATIONSHIP
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS RIDE ALONG.

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here’s a guy in my town—I’m gonna call him “Son of a bitch,” Wes said.
Wes ’cause that’s his name—who for years has I drove the Cube toward I-94. Wes didn’t realize what was coming
asked to ride with me while I test a car. “You’ll until we were already on the entrance ramp.
be so bored you’ll cry,” I warned. All he said was, “How far?”
“I’ll only cry if you don’t take me,” Wes “Fifty miles minimum.”
replied. He lowered his seatback and stared at the headliner. We passed
I promised he could ride in the next car I an 18-wheeler. “That trucker just looked down and laughed at us,”
was assigned. Turned out it was a Nissan Cube S [May 2009], which Wes said. “With one flick of his steering wheel, he coulda crushed
was, for Wes, the first of several major disappointments. us.” He said this as if it might not be an awful outcome. Then he
“This car doesn’t look fast,” he said. “You shoulda got, like, the tried to turn on the radio. I slapped his hand. “Not while I’m test-
AMG version.” ing,” I said.
“Listen to me. If you want to ride along, you can’t eat, speak, or He picked up my notebook and said, “Okay, tell me what you’re
offer any personal opinions, okay?” thinking, and I’ll write notes for you. Might speed things up.”
“I think you’d be a better road tester if you weren’t so uptight,” I spoke about tracking, ride, wind noise, seat comfort, and the
Wes said. Cube’s susceptibility to crosswinds. When I later looked for those
“Right there, see, that’s a personal opinion.” Then I began meas- notes, all I found was a large, detailed sketch of a bearded person’s
uring interior spaces, door openings, and the lengths the seats face whose nose was a prominent item of male genitalia.
traveled on their tracks. Wes sighed, then walked into my house to “Tiger won’t win at Augusta,” Wes said as we passed the Velvet
help himself to a bottle of iced tea. When he returned, he placed Touch adult bookstore off I-94.
the bottle’s metal lid in the center console. I picked it up as if it were “Stop it.”
a lump of opossum excrement and flipped it into a garbage can. “This car is so slow, what I’d do is put a small-block Chevy in
“That will rattle,” I explained. it.”
“I think you’re rattled,” he said. “I’m warning you.”
We hit the road. I drove to a nearby cul-de-sac, stopped, turned “These seats make my jeans ride up my ass crack.”
off the heater fan, and made a note about idle quality. I couldn’t take any more, so I turned the Cube around and headed
“We’re not moving,” Wes observed. Then, with the car in first for our handling loop. Wes needed to hear tires howl. I drove down
gear, I slowly let out the clutch two or three times to judge its heft the twistiest road as fast as I could, which wasn’t very, given the
and takeup. Cube’s body roll, understeer, and 122 horsepower. Along the way, I
“Wow,” said Wes. “Real speed. What was that, two miles per pulled over three times to take notes. “This is ruining your lap times,”
hour? Four?” said Wes. “But I loved that 90-degree turn back there. I bet if you
I shifted into second and, from rest, floored the throttle. We lugged went faster, we’d tip over.”
away as I focused on power-band valleys and peaks. “Rolling press cars is bad for your career,” I told him.
“As a drag-racing fan,” said Wes, “I can tell you it’s faster to start “It is?” He seemed surprised that C/D didn’t wreck one or two
in first gear.” cars per week.
Driving at legal speeds, I concentrated on what I pretentiously I stopped at a roadside rest area so Wes could pitch his bottle.
explained to Wes were “vital dynamic properties.” I noted the steer- When he returned, I pointed out the Cube’s asymmetrical rear quar-
ing’s weight and accuracy, the shift quality, and the throttle tip-in. ter-panels and its skewed backlight.
These tests were invisible to Wes. He began sifting through the Wes stroked his chin. “This car,” he said, “looks like a cargo
contents of the glove box. container hit by a bus.”
“You don’t get an owner’s manual with one of these things?” he I performed a couple of panic stops from 60 mph. Wes enjoyed
asked, all huffy. Iced tea gone, Wes attempted to store the empty this, then looked over his shoulder to see if we’d left any skid marks.
bottle in the center console. I held up a warning finger. He tucked Another disappointment.
the bottle between his legs. “If you see a trash can, is all I’m asking,” Wes noticed that the Cube’s cargo door opened from right to left.
he muttered. “Plus, I could use a restroom before we get into the “If you carried two-by-fours,” he said, “you’d have to leave that door
fast stuff. Like top speed.” hangin’ out there in the wind. Let’s try it, see if it gets torn off.”
“We did top speed yesterday—111 mph at Chrysler proving “I’m not getting much done here.”
ground,” I said. “You keep stopping is why.” Then he reached over to twist the
“That’s all? My dad, he had, like, a ’70 GTO that would do 111 stalk that activates the stubby rear wiper. I tried to smack his hand
probably in second gear, and after that, he bought a . . .” I raised the again, but he quickly withdrew it. That’s how he knocked the shifter
warning finger again. Wes started fingering the 3-D circles in the out of third and into neutral. “I suppose you’re gonna write about
Cube’s headliner. “That dome light,” he said, “it should be round, that, too,” he muttered.
not square.” Then he began struggling to remove the headrest from “Wes,” I said, “have you ever been handcuffed to a tree?” He
his own seat. It got sideways and wedged cockeyed in its mounts. said he was hungry. L
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DAVID E. DAVIS JR.

PITILESS ADVICE
FOR THIS RATTNER
BLOW UP CARB, HANG DRUNKS, PASS A GAS TAX.

A
s part of his strategy to make the United States and shrinking community just across the Detroit River from Canada,
more like Sweden, our president has estab- the cars would have been more varied and more interesting. They
lished an automotive task force of which he were more interesting when we had automobile companies in Buf-
is chief executive officer, and a Mr. Steven falo and Springfield and Cleveland and South Bend and Indianapolis.
Rattner is, at least for the time being, chief The success of imported cars flowing in from the four corners of the
operating officer. Within minutes of their take- world tends to support my argument.
over, everything in the automobile business As prospective car czar, I have a few first thoughts:
suddenly got unimaginably worse. N We should wipe out the California Air Resources Board as redun-
In all this madcap fun, nobody saw fit to offer me the job Mr. dant to the national effort in this area and immediately establish a
Rattner got. Although it appears the position will again become Los Alamos–type team to bring European clean-diesel technology
available, my phone is not ringing, and I feel terrible about it. In all to this country. The Bosch people have been doing good work in
modesty, I can only say that I would be a goddamn great car czar. I this area, and they should be encouraged. Diesel fuel should also
have the white hair that distinguishes all famous statesmen. I have be price-controlled at parity with gasoline. I recently drove a Volks-
the gift of gab, passed down from my father’s Welsh ancestors. I am wagen Jetta turbo-diesel to Florida and back and never achieved
a journalist, which is the same as saying that I am always correct in less than 39 mpg, or 565 miles on a tank of fuel.
my judgments and I never lie. Finally, I love cars, pure and simple, N Most of the world’s major car companies have built factories in
which sets me apart from all of the people in our nation’s capital the United States, usually in southern anti-union states in order to
who are currently clamoring to be heard in the debates about and avoid the high cost of doing business with the United Automobile
against the automobile. Workers. If any of them have gone broke recently, it wasn’t on my
If I were car czar, I would strongly suggest that we can have television. We must stop the flow of jobs to China and other coun-
no national automotive policy until we have fully comprehensive tries who light cigars with our money and wonder why we’re such
transportation and energy policies. This is serious business. We easy marks. No more. There are too many empty factories and too
desperately need high-speed transcontinental trains based on the many trained American workers out of work. If you’re going to sell
European and Japanese models, just as we need some modern ver- ’em here, you’d better build ’em here.
sion of the old interurban rail systems. If it is left to the present Con- N We need truly draconian laws against drunk driving. A hit-and-run
gress, we’ll get the best thinking of the eco-nazis, the safety nazis, death by a drunk driver should be treated as murder. Chronic drunks
the California Air Resources Board, Speaker of the House Nancy should be denied driving privileges for life.
Pelosi, and the Biosphere 2 people. For the good of the
nation and its citizens, these clowns should be kept as MY PHONE IS NOT RINGING, AND I FEEL
far from our automobiles as is politically possible.
We have a vast pool of automotive talent in this TERRIBLE ABOUT IT. I WOULD BE A
country, but far too many of those talented engineers GODDAMN GREAT CAR CZAR.
and designers work outside the so-called Big Three
because the companies have been hamstrung by
creaking, bloodless bureaucracies. Chrysler broke free of the N Cell-phone use should be restricted to passengers in motor vehi-
bureaucrats’ dead hand in the years before it made its deal with cles. A driver who needs to make or accept a call should simply
the devil and sold out to Daimler-Benz. Chrysler was free-spirited stop at the first opportunity and chat for as long he or she wishes.
and freewheeling, and it was building cars more cost-effectively than Cell-phone use accounts for some of the most flagrant bad driving
Ford or GM, but the dream-team management went their separate on our roads today.
ways, the German bureaucracy took over, and all that was left were N It begins to look as though we’ll be at war with someone or other
the walking wounded. for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we should levy a one-dollar
Automobiles should be fun, and they should be pleasantly arrest- war tax on every gallon of gasoline sold in the United States. It would
ing in appearance. They should be big enough or small enough result in a huge revenue bump, immediately cut accident rates and
to successfully perform the tasks assigned to them. We live in a highway congestion, and get consumers thinking about more fuel-
nation blessed with an extensive road net, but those roads are not efficient cars. It might even bring home to us average citizens the
adequately maintained, nor are the bridges, overpasses, and other high cost of modern warfare. And, I might add, if one looks at what
infrastructure that allow those roads to reach 4000 miles from corner is presently available in the Yaris-Versa-Fit-Focus-Cobalt range, it’s
to corner of this great American rectangle. pretty impressive.
The automotive constituency in this country is too varied and N And as long as our president sees fit to be driven from place to
unpredictable to embrace any kind of centrally planned cookie-cutter place in an armored General Motors truck with Cadillac limousine
cars. I’ve always believed that if Detroit’s output had come from the bodywork, everybody should just shut up about the unspeakable
four corners of the country rather than that single, somewhat isolated thoughtlessness of SUV owners. L
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The Hyundai Genesis—2009 North American Car of the Year.
Think About It

DO THE RIGHT THING
ENOUGH TIMES,
AND PEOPLE BEGIN
TO NOTICE.
It’s nice to win awards, especially when
they include the most exclusive automobile
award in North America. But that’s not why
we build cars the way we do.
No, awards aren’t the reason we put so
much focus on innovation, design, safety,
handling, driver satisfaction, and value, even
though these might be the factors that made
us the 2009 North American Car of the Year.
Instead we focus on the all-important basics,
simply because it’s the right thing to do.
You see, we don’t just want to make your
next car a Hyundai, we also want to make your
car after that a Hyundai as well.

Find out more at HyundaiGenesis.com

Hyundai is a registered trademark of Hyundai Motor America.
All rights reserved. ©2009 Hyundai Motor America.
EDITED BY TONY QUIROGA RAY HUTTON [ENGLAND] JUERGEN ZOELLTER [GERMANY]

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UPFRONT

LIVING FOR THE CITY
PINT-SIZE EV FROM BMW
MAY CARRY ‘CITY’ BADGE.
Having the right products in U.S. market to meet California’s
the right niches might be the Zero-Emission-Vehicle (ZEV)
key to sales success for automakers requirements that call for large-
when the economy emerges from
its stay in the ICU. BMW’s plan is to
volume manufacturers to sell ZEVs
by 2012. Smaller than a Honda Fit,
ELECTRIC CAR,
develop a super-efficient car family
code-named “Project i.” The first car
the BMW City will be a four-seater
powered by an electric motor.
TAKE TWO
will be launched in 2012. It will be Styling will be BMW-like, with short BMW was close to bringing
smaller and cost less than the next overhangs, a wide track, and a low electric cars to market once
BMW 1-series or Mini Cooper, both roofline. Electricity will be stored in before. At the 1991 Frankfurt auto
of which will come to market in 2011. a water-cooled lithium-ion battery show, the E1 concept car was
BMW is no longer pursuing small- pack that is expected to provide unveiled to showcase electric-vehicle
volume niche cars such as the a 100-mile range. Other versions technology—and its styling, powertrain,
near-six-figure SUV version of the of the City will get a gas or diesel and packaging was controversial within
7-series, dubbed the X7; the SUV- engine and are being developed for and outside the company.
like X4 coupe; the diminutive Z2 Asian markets, particularly China. But the E1 turned out to be not much
roadster; and the company’s Audi R8 It hasn’t been decided whether the more than a styling and engineering
competitor, the small mid-engine CS electric City will be badged as a Mini exercise. BMW says it had been
sports car. or a BMW. Reithofer also hinted that planning instead to bring a fully electric
Instead, BMW will devote those it may get a new name. BMW holds version of the 3-series to market. The
resources to a three-door hatchback the rights to Riley and Triumph, most optimistic scenario: to build up
currently referred to as the BMW but considering the reputation of capacity over 10 years, to 40,000 units
“City.” According to BMW chairman electrical systems in British cars, annually. While the maximum power
and CEO Norbert Reithofer, the redeploying those old names output of the E1 was not impressive,
City is designed specifically for the probably isn’t the best idea. —JZ charging cycles—just a few hours—were
short even by today’s standards, and
the range was impressive at more than
150 miles.
Attention shifted to safety issues
when the sole E1 prototype caught
fire during a charging session,
ultimately leading to a blaze that not
only destroyed the expensive electric
prototype but also part of a building.
Electric power had been promoted
mainly by BMW Technik, a wholly
owned subsidiary of BMW (now
dissolved) that performed advanced
research-and-development work
independent of BMW headquarters.
Concerns about the cost and viability
of the program were legion. “It was
politically charged,” recalls an insider.
The conflagration sealed the fate not
only of the E1 but ultimately of the
entire electric-drive program.
Meanwhile, BMW changed the
corporate strategy to accelerate
the hydrogen internal-combustion
engine—a program that is currently
being relegated to subordinate status.
With the Mini E and “Project i,” of
which major parts are developed by
an outside engineering partner, the
company is now picking up where it
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY YOSHI G
left off nearly 20 years ago. —JZ
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UPFRONT

A GAME THAT
GOES AFTER YOU

THE DUDE SPEAKS
Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed driv-
ing-game franchise is moving more
toward realism with Shift, due out in Sep-
tember for Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, and PC.
. . . FOR HYUNDAI Shift sets itself apart from other games
with a new in-car view that simulates how
BY ANDREW SMART ILLUSTRATION BY SCOTT POLLACK the driver’s head would move as a result
of acceleration, braking, and cornering
Does that voice in the car commercial sound familiar? It sure does, but where loads. It also offers more realistic artificial
have you heard it before? If you’re watching There’s Something About Mary for the intelligence (AI) for computerized oppo-
17th time on TBS, perhaps you just heard it seconds ago. That’s right, it’s Matt Dillon, nents, as well as a slew of real tracks
hawking Pontiacs. and cars. Patrick Söderlund, EA’s Euro-
Celebrities—those mostly unemployed slackers who tell you what causes to support— pean boss and an avid racer of real cars,
have colonized car-commercial voice-overs. Stars of screens big and small lend their headed up the project. We spoke with
practiced drawls and pert cadences to TV spots, giving a car brand some familiarity, him in his native Sweden while he and his
trustworthiness, and celebrity clout. team prepared their Porsche GT3 Cup car
So if you’ve been dying to put a face and a name to that voice, read on. for the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

DENIS LEARY JAMES SPADER Sutherland’s Calvin Jarrett What has your racing experience
THE VOICE OF: THE VOICE OF: Acura in Ordinary People, brought to the game?
Ford F-150 MOST MEMORABLE maintains an air of One thing we noted was that in all the
MOST MEMORABLE ROLE: Alan Shore, comforting calmness and other games, the computer driver never
ROLE: Tommy Gavin, Boston Legal a proclivity for cable-knit strays from a single line. The computer
Rescue Me THE MAN AND cardigans. never makes mistakes, and when it over-
THE MAN AND THE THE BRAND: Both takes, it’s pretty uninteresting. We wanted
BRAND: Both tough. technically advanced and JAMES REMAR a game where the computer could lock
Both working class. Both performance oriented, but THE VOICE OF: Lexus up brakes, where it could make mistakes,
proud to be American. But Spader sometimes gets MOST MEMORABLE where it would go after you if you’d gone
remember “quiet steel”? lost in the weirdness, kind ROLE: Harry Morgan, after it, so we have a very different type
There ends the connection. of like the TL’s styling. Dexter of approach to AI, which I think is paying
THE MAN AND THE off. The computer opponent will push you
MATT DILLON JEFF BRIDGES BRAND: Much like how off if you push it; if you’re behind it and
THE VOICE OF: Pontiac THE VOICE OF: Hyundai the IS F put the brand’s you’re stressing it, it’s much more likely to
MOST MEMORABLE MOST MEMORABLE performance credentials make a mistake, just like real life.
ROLE: Bob, Drugstore ROLE: The Dude, The Big on the map, Showtime’s What sets Shift apart from other
Cowboy Lebowski Dexter did so for Remar. established simulators?
THE MAN AND THE THE MAN AND THE Both command a premium. I think the biggest difference is the fact
BRAND: Both starred in BRAND: This voice shilling that just because it’s an authentic game
variations of Crash. anything but a ’73 Gran KEVIN SPACEY doesn’t mean that it’s hard to play. Shift is
Torino in a San Fernando THE VOICE OF: Honda easy for most people to just pick up and
RICHARD THOMAS Valley used-car lot just MOST MEMORABLE play, while the other games have a much
THE VOICE OF: doesn’t sit well with us. ROLE: Tie between Lester steeper learning curve. If you want to go
Mercedes-Benz Burnham, American to hard-core simulation, you can access
MOST MEMORABLE DONALD Beauty and Roger “Verbal” the pro mode, which has all that.
ROLE: John Boy SUTHERLAND Kint, The Usual Suspects
Walton, The Waltons THE VOICE OF: Volvo THE MAN AND THE Are you aware that EA put out a Car
THE MAN AND THE MOST MEMORABLE BRAND: Like Honda, and Driver game in 1992?
BRAND: Iconic, resolute, ROLE: Captain “Hawkeye” Spacey’s strong reputation No. Was it good?
and trustworthy—the big Pierce, M*A*S*H and independent streak For its time? No.
brother we all wanted to THE MAN AND THE have kept box-office sales —David Gluckman
grow up with. BRAND: Volvo, like high.
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HOW TO:
DONKEY SHOW
RUN THE CORKSCREW
The Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
WHAT’S A “DONKEY
SHOW”? IT’S WHAT FOB
JOB
YOUR FRATERNITY
is one of the most iconic corners in the world, BROTHERS CLAIM
THEY WITNESSED ONE
a unique left-right combination that’s notable for the DRUNKEN NIGHT IN
precipitous drop between its two main elements. It was TIJUANA. BUT
WE’RE NOT BUYING IT.
also the scene of one of the most thrilling passes in auto
racing, when Alex Zanardi somehow divebombed Bryan
Herta on the last lap of the 1996 Champ Car race. It’s
CAN THIEVES STEAL YOUR
such a distinctive corner that racers around the world KEYLESS-ENTRY CODES?
always ask those who’ve driven there, “What’s it like? ”

1 THE SETUP

STEP 1: The Corkscrew is approached
via the uphill Rahal straight, which is
actually about as straight as Perez Hilton. We got an e-mail warning us
Just before the first part of the corner, about thieves hacking into
there’s a slight kink to the right, over a brow. keyless-entry systems to unlock cars.
You need to position the car on the left-side According to the scenario in the e-mail,
curbing of the straight and aim for the curb thieves lurk near the victim’s car with
on the opposite side, at the apex of the equipment that intercepts and steals
kink. Complications? Well, you’ll be braking the transmitted code from the key fob
before the crest in a fast car, so ease off the as the driver presses the lock button.

2
brakes before the brow, then bury the Then, they use their equipment to
pedal once the road has flattened. THE EASY BIT unlock your car using the stolen code.
All together now: Donkey show!

3 THE SCARY PART
According to the lock specialists at
Ford, each keyless-entry transmitter
has a transmitter identification code
(TIC) that is programmed and,
therefore, linked to the vehicle. But
even if thieves manage to mimic the
TIC, the unlocking/locking process is
even more complicated.
STEP 2: Once past the crest, get the car over to the
Here’s how it works: To issue
right, stay hard on the brakes, and downshift to the proper
an unlocking/locking action, the
gear. Entry to the left-hand part of the corner is easy
transmitter sends a request to the
enough: Turn in late and place two wheels over the dirt on
receiver/control module in the car.
the inside. (Slight modification in a race: You’ll make a more
With the request, the transmitter also
gradual move to the apex from the right side, blocking any
sends a new code sequence and TIC
would-be passer. Even the humblest club racer learned from
to the receiver. To issue an unlock/lock
the Zanardi pass and knows that this part of the corner is
command, the code sequence and
a “throwaway” in racing lingo. It’s not as important to lap
TIC sent by the transmitter must be
times as the next part of the Corkscrew is.)
one that hasn’t been used before and
STEP 3: You’re now committed to the corner. Just past the first apex, the earth disappears, with the next—or one of the next few—in
an 18-percent drop in elevation, roller coaster–style. You simply can’t see the apex of the ensuing right- a planned sequence. This is what is
hander, so you have to trust that you’ve got the car lined up correctly. The idiot’s guide: There’s a clump known as a rolling code. And there
of trees directly ahead. Aim for the third one over, and magically, you pick up the right-hand apex. Get it aren’t just a lot of possible codes; there
wrong? Most people go clattering over the curb on the inside and through the dirt. The penalty isn’t as bad are a whole buttload of them—
since MotoGP came to the track and insisted on expanding the runoff. In Zanardi’s day, there was precious 4.8 million billion combinations. So
little room between the curb and the retaining wall. even if thieves did manage to steal the
TIC and the code sequence from the
PHEW, YOU MADE IT! The corner exit is relatively easy, although many a racer has carried a bit transmitter, the chance of stumbling
too much speed through the right-hander, gone off into the dirt on the outside, and invariably looped back upon that crucial next code is one in
across the track into the inside wall. A good clean exit is important here because Turns 9 and 10 are fast. 4.8 million billion. Good luck with that.

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UPFRONT

THEY BUILT EXCITEMENT
ON THE EVE OF PONTIAC’S DEATH,
WE PRESENT THE BEST OF THE BRAND.
As part of the medicine GM had to swallow in its restructuring plan
that was presented to the U.S. Treasury, the beleaguered automaker
announced that the Pontiac division will be closed down by the end of 2010.
Founded in 1926 to fill the gap between GM divisions Chevrolet and
Oldsmobile, the brand had its share of missteps over the years: Recall the
Daewoo-built LeMans, the mind-numbing Trans Sport, and the angry dumpster
that was the Aztek. But it also produced more than a few models that have now DE LOREAN
achieved Great American Car status. On the eve of Pontiac’s last stand, here THE ICONIC
are our five favorite Ponchos. PONTIAC MAN
John De Lorean, who
became that rare thing
but ugly 6000STE. Its 150-hp at GM—a flashy and
V-6 may not look like much 22 flamboyant engineer and
years later, but its class-leading executive—joined the
handling, refinement, value, and Pontiac division in 1956
styling were good enough to as director of advanced
S1958 Bonneville S1987 Bonneville SE draw comparisons with the far engineering and was
A child of the Atomic Age, Arguably Pontiac’s last pricier and slick Audi 5000 of promoted in ’61 to chief
the ’58 Bonneville brought competitive and desirable sedan the late ’80s. engineer. Often credited
real engineering substance (until the G8) and the division’s with helping create the
(fuel injection, air suspension, last C/D 10Best winner, the brand’s renaissance in the
four-speed automatic) along Bonneville SE built upon the 1960s, De Lorean turned
with its spacecraft looks. The lessons learned from the sporty out hit after hit and grew
first in a long line of advanced Pontiac’s sales to nearly
and powerful Pontiacs, the one million annually
Bonneville presaged the brand’s S2008 G8 GXP with cars such as the
muscular cars of the ’60s. Just as Pontiac is about to be technologically advanced
decapitated by the reaper, the ’61 Tempest, the seminal
division builds the G8 GXP, a ’64 GTO, and the ’67
sedan that offers performance Firebird, and innovations
S1977 Firebird Trans Am similar to a BMW M5’s at half such as Pontiac’s SOHC,
By the late ’70s, the Trans the price. Built in Australia, the inline six-cylinder engine.
Am’s top engine was an GXP combines BMW-like road De Lorean moved from
emissions-choked 6.6-liter manners with a 415-hp small- Pontiac to Chevrolet in
S1964 GTO V-8 making a paltry 200 block V-8 borrowed from the 1969 and by the mid-’70s
Often credited as the original horsepower. The 3830- Corvette, at a price that starts had left GM to build his
muscle car, the GTO turned pound car could get to 60 at $40,060. Acceleration from own car, an affair that
a plebeian Le Mans coupe mph in a sad 9.3 seconds. zero to 60 mph takes a scant ended with a videotape of a
into a fire-breathing street But those were the mere 4.7 seconds, with the quarter- cocaine deal to keep afloat
racer with a 325- or 348-hp realities; in its starring role in mile falling in 13.3 seconds at the 130-hp stainless-steel
389-cubic-inch V-8. Sales the 1977 film Smokey and 109 mph. Please, GM, a car two-seater with gullwing
took off, and Pontiac became the Bandit, a black-and-gold this good shouldn’t die out. doors that bore his name.
a brand offering affordable Trans Am had as much star How about making it into a De Lorean died in 2005 at
performance. We pitted a power as Burt Reynolds and Chevy Impala SS? the age of 80.
Pontiac GTO against a Ferrari may have helped him
GTO, a test that helped put this seal the deal with
magazine on the map. Loni Anderson.

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PLANETARY GEARS: CLUTCHES:
Activated by the adjacent Bathed in oil, the multiplate clutch pack is
clutch pack, the 1.1:1-ratio open and disengaged on straight roads
planetary gearsets can and only partially engaged when activated
overspeed their respective by the control motor. The constantly
wheels in a corner. On slipping clutches only transfer a percentage
ice, the outside wheel of the differential’s torque.
would spin faster. On dry
pavement, the slipping
clutches transmit “just a
push” to help steer the car.

RING AND PINION:
To save cost, the torque-
vectoring system is adapted
to a stock ring-and-pinion
housing with an open
differential at its center.
MOTORS:
There is no cooler, so heat
Precision motors spin a ball-ramp
is an issue but only on a
assembly in fine increments to
racetrack, says BMW.
constantly press and release the
clutch plates. Highly calibrated
electronic control gives BMW more
tuneability than with a mechanical
(Torsen) or viscous coupling.

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IT’S HARD NOT TO GIVE IN
TO YOUR MUSTANG SIDE.
EVEN IF YOU’RE LEGALLY BLIND.

ROGER KEENEY LOST HIS SIGHT 20 YEARS AGO. BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP
HIM FROM UNLEASHING HIS MUSTANG SIDE IN A NEW 2010 MUSTANG.
SEE THINGS FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW AT THE2010MUSTANG.COM.
COMPARISON TEST

WE HAVE LIFTOFF!
FERRARI FINALLY SUCCUMBS TO THE MARKET APPEAL OF
A FRONT-ENGINE V-8 IN A FOLDING-HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE—DESPITE
A NEFARIOUS WEIGHT GAIN. IN DOING SO, IT INVITES A FACE-OFF WITH
ANOTHER PRIME ‘TROPHY CAR,’ THE MERCEDES-BENZ SL63 AMG.
BY MICHAEL AUSTIN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREAS LINDLAHR

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COMPARISON TEST TROPHY CARS

BEST IN TEST *EST PRICE ($) DIMENSIONS (inches) WEIGHT
INTERIOR TRUNK

FUEL TANK (gal)
VOL VOL

OCTANE RATING
FRONT TRACK
(cu ft) (cu ft)

REAR TRACK
WHEELBASE
VEHICLE

AS TESTED

CURB (lb)

% FRONT

% REAR
LENGTH

HEIGHT
WIDTH

FRONT

DOWN
REAR
BASE

TOP

TOP
UP
FERRARI
CALIFORNIA
$197,350 $222,974 179.6 74.9 51.5 105.1 64.2 63.2 4123 46.5 53.5 20.6 93 52 23 12 8
MERCEDES-BENZ
SL63 AMG
$138,475 $160,140 178.5 71.5 51.0 100.8 61.8 61.1 4431 51.3 48.7 21.1 91 53 — 10 7

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THE L IS FOR LUXURIOUS
Carbon fiber and leather line the SL63
interior up to the A-pillars, where
Alcantara takes over. The latest
Mercedes infotainment system slots
in above the pop-out cup holders.

BEST IN TEST

ROOF TIME SECONDS
DOWN UP
FERRARI CALIFORNIA 20 19
MERCEDES-BENZ SL63 20 18
TEST AVERAGE 20 19

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70–0 MPH
STABILITY
CONTROL

CONTROL

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FRONT

FRONT

TIRES
REAR

REAR

(ft)
control arms, multilink, 15.4-inch 14.2-inch Pirelli P Zero;
FERRARI CALIFORNIA coil springs, coil springs, drilled, vented drilled, vented yes yes F: 245/35ZR-20 (95Y), 151 0.91
anti-roll bar anti-roll bar ceramic disc ceramic disc R: 285/35ZR-20 (100Y)
MERCEDES-BENZ
multilink, multilink, 15.4-inch 13.0-inch Pirelli P Zero;
SL63 AMG
coil springs, coil springs, drilled, drilled, yes yes F: 255/35ZR-19 96Y, 158 0.90
anti-roll bar anti-roll bar vented disc vented disc R: 285/30ZR-19 98Y
TEST AVERAGE 155 0.91

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0.72 25.1 72 11
4.38 5.6
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PICTURES WE DIDN’T HAVE ROOM FOR. 116 69 12
† Done in 6th gear because the transmission would not accept 7th gear at 30 mph.

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FERRARI
CALIFORNIA
THE HIGHS
Otherworldly engine note, supple ride,
perfectly tuned controls.

THE LOWS
Brakes squeal like nails on
a chalkboard, steering lacks feedback,
confounding rear-end styling.

THE VERDICT
Ferrari mystique in a supremely
user-friendly package.

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GRAND TOTAL
FEATURES/AMENITIES*

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REAR-SEAT COMFORT

FINAL
EXTERIOR STYLING
INTERIOR STYLING

REBATES/EXTRAS*
AS-TESTED PRICE*

SUBTOTAL

SUBTOTAL

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DRIVER COMFORT

FUEL ECONOMY*

PERFORMANCE*
TRANSMISSION
FIT AND FINISH

STEERING FEEL
TRUNK SPACE*

GOTTA HAVE IT

FUN TO DRIVE

RESULTS
ERGONOMICS

FLEXIBILITY*

ENGINE NVH

BRAKE FEEL
HANDLING
RIDE

MAXIMUM POINTS
RANK
AVAILABLE
10 10 5 5 10 10 10 10 5 20 95 20 5 5 10 10 50 20 5 5 10 10 50 25 25 245
FERRARI
1 CALIFORNIA 9 8 2 5 7 8 8 8 0 12 67 20 4 4 9 9 46 20 4 5 9 9 47 23 24 207
MERCEDES-BENZ
2 SL63 AMG 6 8 0 4 10 9 8 7 0 20 72 19 4 5 8 9 45 19 5 4 9 8 45 20 23 205
*These objective scores are calculated from the vehicles’ dimensions, capacities, rebates and extras, and/or test results.

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CARS ARE GOING ELECTRIC. BUT DOES
THAT MEAN THEY’LL BE APPLIANCES?
A century ago, miracle will be known as
there was some the range-extended plug-in
serious debate about hybrid, and in light of the
what technology would administration’s new CAFE
power the cars of the regulations, we’ll likely be
future. Would they get their seeing a lot more of them.
forward thrust from gas- The burning question for
fed internal-combustion car enthusiasts remains:
engines? Steam power? Will any of these things be
Electric motors? fun to drive?
Now, 100 years later, That’s among the things
another debate over the we’ve set out to determine
future of automotive power with the following special
is being waged. If you’ve section. We’ve done a
read a car magazine deep dive with electric-auto
anytime during the past visionary Henrik Fisker and
two years, you’ve seen gotten our hands on two
the news: The short-term pure EVs—the Mini E and
automotive future will be the Dodge Circuit—as well
electric. And when we say as the much anticipated,
electric, we mean either media-lathering, can-
pure electric or cars utilizing it-really-save-the-world
both electric and gasoline Chevrolet Volt.
power. The traditional We’ve driven these cars,
hybrid powertrain, with and over the course of
an internal-combustion these 14 pages, we’ll give
engine driving the wheels you our impressions, paying
and supplemental power special attention to whether
provided by a battery pack, any of them can replace
will soon be supplanted the visceral jolt of a cowl-
by a system that works shaking V-8. We’ll also give
the opposite way. In you the straight dope on
this system, the wheels the battery technologies
are driven by a battery- powering them.
powered electric motor, and And one thing will be
a small internal-combustion made abundantly clear
engine will be onboard to throughout: The future will
supply backup power. This have fewer Express Lubes.

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2011 CHEVROLET VOLT
GM LOOKS INTO ITS CRYSTAL BALL, AGAIN.
BY TONY QUIROGA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM DREW

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Recharging the lithium-
ion battery pack can
take up to eight hours,
but with the optional
240-volt charging
system provided by GM,
charge times will drop
to about three hours.
A full charge of the 16-
kilowatt-hour battery
will cost about $2 and
provide a range of 40
miles. After its life in
the Volt, the battery will
still be able to store 12
kilowatt-hours of juice,
and GM envisions the
battery being used as
an electricity storage
device for the home or
by utility companies.

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VEHICLE TYPE: front-motor, front-wheel-drive,
4-passenger, 5-door hatchback
ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $40,000

MOTOR TYPE: AC permanent-magnet electric motor,
149 hp, 273 lb-ft
GENERATOR: DOHC 16-valve 1.4-liter inline-4 gas
engine, 100 hp (est), 90 lb-ft (est)
TRANSMISSION: 1-speed direct drive

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 105.7 in Length: 178.1 in
Width: 70.4 in Height: 56.3 in
Curb weight: 3500 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.8 sec
Top speed (governor limited) . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 mph

A special thanks to the Cranbrook Educational Community for photo locations.

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2011 DODGE CIRCUIT EV
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WHAT DO YOU CALL A LOTUS EUROPA
I WITH 600 POUNDS OF BATTERIES? STILL FUN.
V
BY DAVE VANDERWERP PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM DREW
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N
Automakers aren’t usually receptive battery pack. Comparisons with the Lotus Jeep Wrangler and Patriot; the company
G to the idea of us driving their Elise–based Tesla roadster are inevitable. has well-sorted running prototypes of
T concept cars, as most of these are little When looking for a place to dock a each. While the Circuit is battery-only, the
H more than million-dollar auto-show 600-pound battery pack, a front-engine other variants are of the range-extended
E paperweights that may not even move platform is all wrong from the perspective electric variety, as in Chevy’s Volt, which
under their own power. The case of the of weight distribution. And finding a mid- is powered by an electric motor but has a
F
Dodge Circuit EV, however, is different. engine chassis from a manufacturer that gas engine onboard to generate electricity
U Lou Rhodes, president of Chrysler’s will entertain inquiries for low-volume if needed, which prevents occupants from
T electric-car ENVI division, had no qualms orders quickly trims the options down to being marooned when the juice runs out.
U about giving us the first chance to wring one: Lotus. Its lightweight Elise and Exige Electric motors are very efficient (92
R the neck of this electric-powered sports S sports cars provide a tiny annual sales percent or so, compared with gasoline
E car on a road course—the 1.7-mile footprint in the U.S. (less than 2000 units), engines, at 30 percent), and depending
handling loop at the company’s proving but the company is set to expand with its on the specifics of exactly how the EPA
ground in Chelsea, Michigan. larger, more passenger-friendly Evora [see will rate electric vehicles in the future,
Shown last fall for the first time, the page 110]. the Circuit will likely achieve an energy-
Circuit is a not-sold-here Lotus Europa Rhodes touts the versatility of electric equivalent fuel-economy rating of well
(itself a slightly swollen version of the powertrains: A lower-power version of the over 100 mpg.
Elise) that’s had its powertrain replaced Circuit’s motor can be shared with various Aside from cost, downsides include
with a 268-hp, 295-lb-ft electric motor other mainstream vehicles such as the lack of energy storage (the massive
and a large, 35-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion Chrysler Town & Country minivan and the battery pack holds fewer kilowatt-hours

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WARNING: HIGH CURRENT
The gauge on the left (above) shows amps,
which may become a source of bragging for
the next generation. Four hundred amps course
through the Dodge during hard acceleration,
and as many as 200 flow under regeneration,
so fiddling with those wires (above right)
is not recommended.

than can be extracted from a single considerably more body roll than an Elise.
gallon of gas) and, therefore, range. With So what does 295 pound-feet of instant
just a claimed 150 miles between time- torque feel like in a 2650-pound sports
consuming recharges—90 minutes to 12 car? Well, the current software tuning
hours, depending on the power source— conservatively metes out only a portion
the Circuit likely won’t be your only car. of the maximum at launch so as not to
But the dexterity required to slither over allow any wheelspin. Power oversteer is
the wide doorsills and into the Circuit’s also verboten at the moment, although we
low-flying cabin that’s tight for two pretty sincerely hope that a production version
much dictates the limited appeal of the would let the driver decide whether to
thing anyway. melt the tires. As with our women, we
Fortunately, it’s still an enthusiast’s feast prefer that a powerful sports car be able to
from behind the wheel, starting with the frighten us from time to time.
delectably precise unassisted steering that Whacking the power pedal once the car
conveys every road nuance. But the heavy is up to speed, however, delivers a realistic
battery pack and electric bits skew the rendition of a gut-contorting sucker punch.
weight bias even more to the rear, making The Circuit pulls strongly well past 60
the front end noticeably light under power, mph, but as triple digits approach, the lack
which further exacerbates the Dodge’s of gears causes acceleration to taper off
tendency toward understeer. And there’s far more dramatically than in a traditional
no disguising the hundreds of pounds sports car. Reaching 60 mph takes a
of additional weight; the Circuit has claimed 4.7 seconds, although Rhodes
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FOR MORE
VEHICLE TYPE: mid-motor, rear-wheel-drive, 2-
D WATCH HIGH-PERFORMANCE passenger, 2-door coupe
HOT LAPS—IN NEAR SILENCE.
R ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $85,000
I •
CAR ANDDRIVER COM/
CIRCUITEV MOTOR TYPE: DC permanent-magnet electric motor
V Power (SAE net) . . . . . . . 268 bhp @ 5500 rpm
I Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . . . . 295 lb-ft @ 0 rpm
N
TRANSMISSION: 1-speed direct drive
G
DIMENSIONS:
T Wheelbase: 91.7 in Length: 153.5 in
H Width: 67.5 in Height: 45.3 in
E Curb weight: 2650 lb

F PERFORMANCE (MFR’S EST):
Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7 sec
U Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.0 sec
T Top speed (redline limited). . . . . . . . . 119 mph
U
says that will likely improve by half a shifter with which to exploit it diminished If Chrysler squeaks through its financial
R
second. Another bonus is that the Dodge’s the enjoyment or satisfaction of turning a mess, plan on living with the irony of this
E
liquid-cooled motor enables consistent quick lap. Perhaps daydreams of the next dainty, 100-mpg apex clipper following
power output, which one-ups the quick- generation will adapt to include the high- up Dodge’s other sports car, the brutish,
to-overheat air-cooled unit of the Tesla pitched shriek of an electric motor up near politically incorrect Viper. Rhodes says
roadster. its 13,500-rpm redline. Chrysler is eventually planning to sell
We’re glad to report that electrics dilute Will they build it? Officially, Chrysler says 100,000 electric vehicles per year
the fun factor far less than hybrids do. First it is committed to electric vehicles and will (spread over numerous platforms),
off, battery regeneration while decelerating launch a single model next year. But the which should drive down the cost of the
is dictated solely by throttle position evidence overwhelmingly suggests that electric components—such as the hugely
instead of brake application in the Dodge, Chrysler is planning to produce the Circuit. expensive $25,000-plus battery pack—and
so unlike hybrids, brake-pedal feel remains Rhodes let slip word of prototypes in enable the Circuit to be priced “tens of
firm and unpolluted. And the power Michigan, Arizona, and the U.K. If this were thousands less” than the $110,950 Tesla
delivery is linear and predictable, unlike the simply a corporate promotion, there would sports car.
annoying surging and high-rpm droning be no need to spend oodles on prototypes The way we see it, it doesn’t much
that happens in CVT-equipped hybrids. scattered around the world. He also has a matter whether they’re powered by
The only indication that the Circuit we well-thought-out production plan, where, batteries or bee stings—the more pure-
drove wasn’t quite production ready was just like Tesla’s roadster, the Circuit would driving Lotus-based vehicles inhabiting
some light tire-to-fender rubbing during be produced at the Lotus factory and our roads, the better. Start lobbying
maximum-honk cornering situations. And then be shipped to a factory in the U.S. for your local track now for a high-powered
neither the lack of a wailing engine nor a installation of the electric components. charging source. L

SOUNDS FOR SILENCE
but prefer a more futuristic Milli Vanilli? On the contrary,
note. “We came up with this Peachey says. Good engine
spaceship-y, Star Trek warble,” sounds not only keep drivers
MAKING EVs HEARD. says Colin Peachey, Lotus’s involved and alert but subdue
chief engineer for noise, tire drone, wind noise, and
An EV sounds as thrilling who said an EV’s sound vibration, and harshness. But other annoying frequencies.
as an electric toothbrush needed to grow in volume the company has developed a Lotus will roll out the
and roughly as powerful. and frequency with vehicle library of internal-combustion technology on electric delivery
But Lotus is developing EVs speed for people to be able to classics—from smooth-jazz vehicles for a U.K. supermarket
and hybrid sound systems judge its approach distance. Porsche to thrash-metal chain. It envisions applications
that can rattle eardrums In a Toyota Prius demonstrator, Mustang—that can also be ranging from filling in the
like a V-8–powered car, not a waterproof, front-mounted piped through the audio sound of a deactivated cylinder
chiefly for driving pleasure speaker and amplifier draw system. to making aftermarket devices
but for pedestrian safety. With from realistic engine sounds But isn’t an Enzo-tuned EV for tuner-car fans.
European and U.S. legislators (when in electric-only mode) the equivalent of a lip-synching —Lawrence Ulrich
considering minimum noise that correspond to speed and
standards for EVs, Lotus sees a throttle position. When the
potential market for its “external Prius’s gas engine fires up,
electronic sound synthesis” the broadcast shuts down. To
ILLUSTRATION BY ROY SCOTT

technology. trim noise pollution, sound is
The idea grew out of close projected in a low, narrow field
calls at the Lotus facility that’s only audible to people in
in Hethel, England, where the car’s path.
workers were nearly clipped Lotus testing revealed
by Teslas. Lotus held listening that EV prospects don’t want
sessions with blind subjects, a traditional stoplight snarl
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THE GREENING OF THE AUTOMOBILE REPRESENTS A CHANCE
FOR ENTREPRENEURS TO REINVENT THE CAR BUSINESS.
OR AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT HENRIK FISKER HOPES.
BY MARK GILLIES
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An eco-chic, full-length BATTERIES PLUS BIG TORQUE
solar roof is an option A lithium-ion battery pack Two electric motors
GM’S HELPING HAND
and provides a small is housed in what would shove a fiendish
The 2.0-liter, direct-
amount of power (120 be the transmission tunnel. 960 pound-feet of
injection turbo four-
watts) to charge the The Karma has a claimed torque through a
cylinder Ecotec engine
batteries and ventilate range of 50 miles on differential and to
makes 260 horses and
the interior of the car batteries alone. the rear wheels.
kicks in to power a
while it’s parked. Traction and stability
generator that feeds the
control are standard.
electric motors.

SERIOUS STOPPERS SPORTS-CAR LIGHT AND SIMPLE NO SHIFTING
The brake discs and calipers SUSPENSION The Karma is With this much torque,
are the same as the super- The Karma has control underpinned by an the Karma uses a single-
performing Cadillac CTS-V’s, arms at the front and aluminum space frame ratio transmission, which
sourced from Brembo. a multilink layout at that uses extrusions compromises 0-to-60-mph
the back, developed in and castings. acceleration and top
conjunction with ZF. speed, for a claimed 5.8
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Fuel door opens to reveal
the juice socket (left).
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meter (below, center)
reads “ready” even at zero.
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trick electronics (far left).

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OUR KUDU DEBUT IS DOO-DOO. SIR, DON’T SQUEEZE THE AVOCADOS! NO ROOM FOR A BACK SEAT.

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GREEN INK
Arturo Hernandez holds down “Crash
Rustic,” a.k.a. David Oser, as he gets
branded as recyclable.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-motor, front-wheel-
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NO MERE 9-VOLTS
use most of what it’s got. This 15 years. If we take at face
plays hell on the battery, but if value GM’s promise of the
the device will be obsolete in plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt
HOW DO LAPTOP BATTERIES DIFFER two years anyway, go for it.
Such batteries are “energy”
late next year, we are told it
will have a 16-kilowatt-hour
FROM THE ONES IN CARS? batteries, optimized to be lithium-ion battery weighing
big gas tanks supplying slow 400 pounds, the same energy

I t turns out that a hybrid-
vehicle battery is not just a
scaled-up version of what’s
over 100. If a single cell goes
bad, the whole pack could fail.
Achieving long life requires
and predictable usage rates.
Hybrids use “power” batteries
with relatively small energy
capacity as the EV1’s lead-acid
battery at nearly one-third of its
weight.
powering your cell phone. significant limits on the way a capacity that can serve up To provide battery life—
“Nobody expects to charge up battery is used, too. The Toyota short bursts of high output to lithium-ion really doesn’t like
his phone after 10 years and Prius and other hybrids run supplement the performance deep discharges—GM says
have it work,” says Ted Miller, a “charge-sustaining” cycle, of the gas engine. Plug-in the Volt will use only half the
technical leader of Ford’s where the battery is never hybrids expected to have long battery’s 16 kWh; the EV1
Advanced Battery Technology. charged above about 80 driving ranges on the battery used between half and three-
Hybrid cars carry a 10-year percent and never discharged need a third type of battery quarters.
warranty on the battery, and much below 50 percent. This is with some qualities from both Using only half of the energy
most of them are engineered easy on the battery—the most power and energy varieties. onboard presents a significant
to last 15 years. This is a much expensive component in the GM’s EV1 launched in 1996 cost and weight disadvantage.
higher expectation than the car—but the downside is that with a lead-acid battery of 16 If batteries run about $1000
two years or so of a battery in a you have to haul around more kilowatt-hours (kWh) weighing per kWh, the Volt’s 400-pound,
typical hand-held device. battery than you ever use. more than 1000 pounds. $16,000 battery is lugging
And this longevity is harder Cell phones and other Range was 55 to 75 miles. An around $8000 of dead weight.
to achieve: While the battery hand-helds use a “charge- optimistic estimate of battery You could buy a lot of laptops
for a typical laptop has six depleting” cycle in which you life was four years. and BlackBerries with that kind
cells, many hybrids have well charge the battery fully and Batteries have come far in of dough. —Patrick Bedard
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CARANDDRIVER.COM 2009 65
What Matters to You?
Today, America needs fresh leadership to lead us as a
nation out of this economic crisis. Leadership must
come not only from our political leaders but also
from the average citizen. The exporting of American
jobs is a trend that must be stopped and reversed.
When I walk into my local hardware store, I typically
find 85% of the goods for sale are manufactured
7,000 miles away. Recognizable American brands
have been forced by shortsighted management and
buyers at large national chains to build factories
overseas just to save a lousy $.50 on a tape measure.
To these ruthless buyers, it is all about the money.
Rarely are product quality, the political system,
human rights, animal rights and environmental costs
to the planet considered, not to mention the cost to
our society of exporting not only jobs, but an
entire factory!

At MacNeil Automotive, we are doing our part
for the American economy and for our 300 million
fellow citizens and neighbors. My philosophy is that
if my neighbor doesn’t have a job, sooner or later I
won’t have a job either. For example, we used to
have our All-Weather Floor Mats manufactured in
England by a company that used antiquated,
inefficient equipment. They made a decent floor
mat for us, but we thought we could build a better
floor mat for our customers using modern American
technology, American raw materials and skilled
American workers. So in 2007 we transferred all of
our floor mat manufacturing back to the United
States. Today, we build the best fitting, highest
quality automotive floor mats in the world, right
here in America.

Our machine shop is equipped with 17 CNC
machining centers including four 4 axis mills and one
5 axis mill that produce between 30 to 50 injection
and thermoforming molds per month. We have one
shift of highly skilled American Journeymen
toolmakers and apprentices, but our machines run
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is not a more
efficient tool and mold making operation in the
world - and guess what, it’s right here in America.

©2009 MacNeil Automotive Products Limited
Furthermore, all of our CNC mills are manufactured
in Oxnard, CA by Haas. Our 1,000 ton injection
molding machines are made in Bolton, Ontario
of American and Canadian components. Our
thermoforming machinery is made in Carol Stream,
IL. The raw steel and aluminum billets which make
up our tooling are sourced from American steel and
aluminum mills such as Vista Metals in Fontana, CA.
The raw materials that make up our All-Weather
Floor Mats, FloorLiners, Cargo Liners and Mud
Flaps are manufactured in Bellevue OH, Arlington
TX, Wichita KS and Jasper TN. Our forklifts are
made in Columbus IN and Greene NY. Our
warehouse racking is manufactured in Tatamy PA.

At MacNeil Automotive, we are also very aware
of sustainability and our responsibility to the
environment. We are proactive in controlling waste
and recycling all of the unused raw materials
from the manufacture of our tooling and products
including: aluminum, steel, rubber, TPO, TPE,
paper and cardboard.

As you can see, we are as dedicated to designing,
developing and manufacturing the finest automotive
accessories for our consumer and OEM clients as
we are passionate about supporting the American
economy, preserving the American industrial
infrastructure, and keeping the “money” in our
family, a family of 300 million people from all
over America.

Life is simple; be good to your fellow man, be kind
to animals and the environment, and place building a
quality product, supporting your country and your
fellow American worker before profit. And, one last
thing - let’s all do our best to balance family time
with work time as our children are the future
of America.

Sincerely,

David MacNeil, Founder/CEO
dmacneil@macneil.com

Specialists in Original Equipment and
Aftermarket Automotive Accessories
FloorLiner ™

They work in the Summer too!
Keep the ice cream spills,
all of the dirt, mud,
sand , leaves and
whatever else you
drag in your car
this summer off
your carpet!

DigitalFit™

Proudly Designed,
Engineered and Manufactured
FloorLiner™
in the USA

Accessories available for:
Acura • Audi • BMW • Buick • Cadillac • Chevrolet • Chrysler • Dodge • Ferrari • Ford • GMC • Honda • Hummer • Hyundai • Infiniti •
Isuzu • Jaguar • Jeep • Kia • Land Rover • Lexus • Lincoln • Maserati • Mazda • Mercedes-Benz • Mercury • Mini • Mitsubishi • Nissan •
Oldsmobile • Plymouth • Pontiac • Porsche • Saab • Saturn • Scion • Subaru • Suzuki • Toyota • Volkswagen • Volvo • And More!

©2009 MacNeil Automotive Products Limited
Mercedes-Benz E350

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All-Weather Floor Mats

We’ve been
protecting your
vehicles for over 20 years.
Still, the best mats for your car,
Proudly Designed,
Engineered and Manufactured
in the USA
truck, SUV or minivan!
Accessories available for:
Acura • Audi • BMW • Buick • Cadillac • Chevrolet • Chrysler • Dodge • Ferrari • Ford • GMC • Honda • Hummer • Hyundai • Infiniti •
Isuzu • Jaguar • Jeep • Kia • Land Rover • Lexus • Lincoln • Maserati • Mazda • Mercedes-Benz • Mercury • Mini • Mitsubishi • Nissan •
Oldsmobile • Plymouth • Pontiac • Porsche • Saab • Saturn • Scion • Subaru • Suzuki • Toyota • Volkswagen • Volvo • And More!
©2009 MacNeil Automotive Products Limited
How many more spills are going to trash
your car before you make the call!
Toyota Sienna

DigitalFit™

Cargo Liners

Proudly Designed,
Engineered and Manufactured
in the USA

To Order:
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2435 Wisconsin Street • Downers Grove, IL 60515 • 630-769-1500 • fax 630-769-0300 Aftermarket Automotive Accessories
Side Window Deflectors

Get more fresh air
with the WeatherTech® Side
Window Deflectors!
Accessories available for:
Acura • Audi • BMW • Buick • Cadillac • Chevrolet • Chrysler • Dodge • Ferrari • Ford • GMC • Honda • Hummer • Hyundai • Infiniti •
Isuzu • Jaguar • Jeep • Kia • Land Rover • Lexus • Lincoln • Maserati • Mazda • Mercedes-Benz • Mercury • Mini • Mitsubishi • Nissan •
Oldsmobile • Plymouth • Pontiac • Porsche • Saab • Saturn • Scion • Subaru • Suzuki • Toyota • Volkswagen • Volvo • And More!

We pay regular shipping within the 48 contiguous states, when shipped to the same address on additional sets of floor mats or a cargo liner when purchased in combination with a set of front floor mats; or additional sets of Side Window Deflectors when purchased in combination with a front set of Side Window Deflectors; or an additional ClearCover™; or an
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Introducing, the WeatherTech® No-Drill MudFlap! Featuring the
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molded from a proprietary thermoplastic resin, the WeatherTech®
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our latest applications at weathertech.com; there are new
applications every month.

Pet Barrier
Keep your pet safe!

Select Applications Available Now!


Easy-On Stone & Bug Deflector
A stylish addition to your SUV, truck, minivan and some cars. Extremely
scratch-resistant, mounts easily to your vehicle without the need for
drilling. Helps
protect against
The adjustable, expandable Pet Barrier, keeps pets safely in stone chips
the rear of your vehicle. Easily installs without tools or and bug
drilling. Heavy-duty 5⁄8" diameter telescopic tubing. stains.

RackSack ™

Make your vehicle larger!
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Applications to fit over 200 SUV’s, trucks,
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ClearCover ™
Sunroof Wind Deflector
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Frames available in many
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ROAD TEST 2010 JAGUAR XFR

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DRIVING A 510-HP JAG XFR ON A DIRT
TRACK IS JUST WRONG. SO HOW COME
IT FEELS SO RIGHT?
BY MARK GILLIES
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARC URBANO

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look at those drag-strip times!
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closer to its aspirations than
the motherboard-murdered M5
polishes BMW’s rep. Message to
Tata: more like this, please.

K.C. COLWELL
A 510-hp sedan might pass for par
in some SoCal social circles, but
in Hoovervillesque Michigan, this
Jag is an eye magnet. Just ask the
state trooper who pulled me out of
85-mph traffic just to say hi. If he
had been in the car with me, the
trooper would have realized that
the XFR might have the best ride
of any car in its class—effectively
cloaking velocity from the driver.
I had hopes the interior’s unique
aluminum trim would distract
him from his laser gun’s 92-mph
reading, but, sadly, it didn’t.

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2010 JAGUAR XFR
Price Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan Fuel Capacity 18.4 gal
(AS TESTED)
Options: none EPA C/D
$80,000
Standard: power windows, seats, locks, and sunroof; remote locking; cruise control; tilting CITY HWY OBSERVED
and telescoping steering wheel
BASE: $80,000 Audio system: Bowers & Wilkins; AM, FM, Sirius radio; CD player; minijack and USB inputs; 15 21 15
iPod connector; 14 speakers MPG REQUIRED FUEL: 91 OCTANE

ENGINE DIMENSIONS
Supercharged and intercooled V-8, Wheelbase: 114.5 in Length: 195.3 in
aluminum block and heads Height: 57.5 in Width: 73.9 in
Bore x stroke: 3.64 x 3.66 in, 92.5 x 93.0mm Front track: 61.4 in Rear track: 61.9 in
Displacement: 305 cu in, 5000cc
Drag area: Cd (0.29) x frontal area
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel-delivery system: direct injection
(27.1 sq ft, est) = 7.9 sq ft (est)
Supercharger: Eaton R2300 Ground clearance: 4.6 in
Maximum boost pressure: 11.6 psi WEIGHT
Valve gear: chain-driven double Curb: 4400 lb Per horsepower: 8.6 lb
overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, DISTRIBUTION
variable intake- and exhaust-valve Front: 52.7% Rear: 47.3% HANDLING
timing TOWING CAPACITY: 0 lb TEST RESULTS
Power (SAE net): 510 bhp @ 6000 rpm ROADHOLDING
GVWR: 5170 lb ACCELERATION SECONDS
Torque (SAE net): 461 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Redline: 6800 rpm INTERIOR Zero to 30 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 1.8

DRIVETRAIN RESTRAINT SYSTEMS
Front: 3-point belts; driver and passenger
40 mph . .
50 mph . .
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Transmission: 6-speed automatic with front, side, and curtain airbags 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . 4.4 300-ft-dia skidpad
manumatic shifting Rear: 3-point belts, curtain airbags 70 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5
GEAR: Ratios/mph per 1000 rpm
1st: 4.17/5.7 2nd: 2.34/10.1 3rd: 1.52/15.6 SEAT ADJUSTMENTS 80 mph . . . . . . . . . . .6.8
5th: 0.87/27.2 4th: 1.14/20.8 6th: 0.69/34.3 Front: fore-and-aft, seatback angle, front 90 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 8.2
Final-drive ratio: 3.31:1, limited slip height, rear height, 4-way lumbar support, 100 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 9.8 UNDERSTEER
MAX SPEED IN GEAR
torso bolsters, thigh support 110 mph . . . . . . . . . . 11.9
REAR SEATS 120 mph . . . . . . . . . . 14.1 MINIMAL
39 mph 106 mph 162 mph
6800 rpm 6800 rpm 5950 rpm Folding Split Pass-Through 130 mph . . . . . . . . . . 16.9
MODERATE
55 140 mph . . . . . . . . . . 19.9
YES NO YES NO YES NO
1 3 7 MEASUREMENTS (in) 150 mph . . . . . . . . . .24.0 EXCESSIVE
Head Leg Shoulder 160 mph . . . . . . . . . . 29.1
2 4 65 8 FRONT
REAR
39.0
37.6
41.5
36.6
56.9
56.4 5–60 street start: 4.8 sec Top gear, 30–50: 2.2 sec Top gear, 50–70: 2.8 sec
69 mph 141 mph 162 mph
Front Rear Trunk
¼-MILE: 12.7 sec @ 114 mph
SAE
6800 rpm 6800 rpm 4700 rpm WEATHER
V O L U M E 53 cu ft 45 cu ft 18 cu ft
Temperature: 68˚F
CHASSIS
WHEELS + TIRES TOP SPEED: 162 mph (GOV LTD) Humidity: 44%
Chassis type: unit construction with a Barometric pressure: 28.95 in Hg
rubber-isolated rear crossmember Wheel size/type: F: 9.5 x 20 in,
R: 8.5 x 20 in/cast aluminum BRAKING
Body material: welded steel and ODOMETER
aluminum stampings Tires: Dunlop SP Sport Maxx; 70 to 0 mph . . . . . . 158 ft
F: 255/35ZR-20 (97Y), Test-vehicle mileage: 529
STEERING R: 285/30ZR-20 (99Y) INTERIOR SOUND (dBA)
Rack-and-pinion with hydraulic Spare: high-pressure compact TIRE INFLATION
power assist Ratio: 15.0 46 IDLE

Turns lock-to-lock: 2.7 BRAKES 74 FULL THROTTLE Test Front: Rear:
Turning circle curb-to-curb: 37.7 ft Hydraulic with vacuum power assist, 68 70-MPH CRUISING pressures: 34 psi 34 psi
anti-lock control, and electronic
SUSPENSION panic assist NOTES
Front: ind, unequal-length control Front: 15.0 x 1.4-in vented disc
arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar Rear: 14.8 x 1.0-in vented disc Managing wheelspin is the trick to a good launch; it’s all
Rear: ind, unequal-length control arms
Stability control: fully defeatable too easy to roast the tires with too much gas pedal. On
with a toe-control link, coil springs,
anti-roll bar traction defeatable launch mode full-throttle accleration runs, the tranny will shift for you.

COMPETITORS

BMW M5 $89,325 Cadillac CTS-V $60,700 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
The M5 is the choice for techno-geeks, With 556 horsepower, the CTS-V is the When the updated $90,500 (est)
although it’s curiously uninvolving for most muscular of this group. It’s also E63 arrives in the fall, we’re sure it will
a BMW. And it’s hideously expensive superb to drive and something of a come with serious performance, serious
when fully optioned. bargain in this class. handling, and serious build quality.

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Reaction Time Extra Distance Reaction Time Extra Distance
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AVERAGES AVERAGES
Alterman

Alterman

Alterman

Alterman

AT 35 MPH AT 70 MPH
Brown

Brown

Brown

Brown

BASELINE 0.45 0.57 — — BASELINE 0.39 0.56 — —

READING 0.57 1.44 6 45 READING 0.50 0.91 11 36

TEXTING 0.52 1.36 4 41 TEXTING 0.48 1.24 9 70

IMPAIRED 0.46 0.64 1 7 IMPAIRED 0.50 0.60 11 4

   

  

 
  
 

 
 

  
 
  
 

 
 

       
   
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295/25 ZR- 22XL 273 P205/60 R- 16 113 P215/60 R- 17 133 Supercar 275/35 ZR- 18 183
215/50 ZR- 17XL 158 245/35 ZR- 19XL 280 225/40 ZR- 19 $278 P225/50 R- 16 85 P215/60 R- 15 67 195/65 R- 15 66
205/50 R- 15 74 P215/55 R- 16 117 P215/65 R- 17 115 P235/45 ZR- 18 $289 245/40 ZR- 20 166 255/35 ZR- 20 109
235/50 ZR- 17 173 275/30 ZR- 19XL 313 245/40 R- 19 301 HTR Z P225/55 R- 16 84 P215/65 R- 15 62
235/35 ZR- 19XL 218 275/35 ZR- 19XL 308 P225/60 R- 16 69 P215/70 R- 15 61 205/60 R- 15 57 P215/60 R- 16 119 P225/55 R- 17 144 P255/45 ZR- 18 128 255/45 ZR- 20 151 275/30 ZR- 20 213
205/50 ZR- 17 $65 245/30 ZR- 22X 195 275/35 ZR- 20 207
245/35 ZR- 20XL 248 245/35 ZR- 20XL 307 Potenza RE050RFT 245/45 ZR- 17 71 P235/55 R- 16 87 P205/55 R- 16 73 205/65 R- 15 66 215/65 R- 16 112 235/55 R- 17 140 Excellence ROF 285/25 ZR- 22XL 195
255/35 ZR- 20 263 255/35 ZR- 20XL 303 245/45 ZR- 18 $317 P275/40 ZR- 17 94 P245/50 R- 16 91 P215/60 R- 16 68 215/60 R- 15 62 P225/50 R- 16 127 235/65 R- 17 135 195/55 R- 16 $220 285/25 ZR- 22XL 244 235/30 ZR- 22 179
285/30 ZR- 20XL 279 275/30 ZR- 20XL 325 285/40 ZR- 18 398 P315/35 ZR- 17 115 P225/55 R- 17 91 P225/60 R- 16 74 225/50 R- 15 82 225/55 R- 16 126 P225/50 R- 18 152 195/55 R- 16 207 255/30 ZR- 24 184 265/30 ZR- 22 188

Avid TRZ
P185/60 R- 14 $61
P185/65 R- 14 63
P195/70 R- 14 62
P185/60 R- 15 63
P185/65 R- 15 69
P195/60 R- 15 62
Pilot Sport Pilot Sport PS2 Primacy MXV4 Avid W4s S.drive ADVAN S.4. ADVAN P195/65 R- 15 70 Advantage T/A g-Force Super g-Force Sport Exclaim UHP
A/S Plus 205/50 ZR- 17 $187 185/65 R- 15 $103 205/40 ZR- 17XL $85 195/50 R- 15 $64 205/55 R- 16 $134 Neova AD08 P205/60 R- 15 66 185/65 R- 15 $69 Sport A/S 195/50 R- 15 $77 195/50 R- 15 $59
205/55 ZR- 16 $131 205/55 ZR- 17 177 195/60 R- 15 108 215/45 ZR- 17XL 98 195/55 R- 15 70 215/55 R- 16 124 205/50 R- 15 $121 P205/65 R- 15 78 195/65 R- 15 72 205/50 ZR- 15XL $91 195/55 R- 15 83 195/55 R- 15 64
215/55 ZR- 16 145 225/45 ZR- 17 191 195/60 R- 15 145 215/50 ZR- 17 118 205/50 R- 15 87 215/60 VR- 16 119 205/55 R- 16 145 P205/70 R- 15 70 205/60 R- 15 205/45 ZR- 16XL 102 205/50 R- 15 84
P215/60 R- 15 70 77 205/50 R- 15 68
225/50 ZR- 16 168 235/40 ZR- 17 212 195/65 R- 15 111 225/45 ZR- 17 105 205/55 ZR- 15 85 225/50 R- 16 125 225/50 R- 16 158 205/65 R- 15 76 205/50 ZR- 16 105 205/55 R- 15 85 205/55 R- 15 69
235/45 ZR- 17 195 205/60 R- 15 106 225/50 ZR- 17 123 P215/65 R- 15 78 205/55 ZR- 16 102
225/55 ZR- 16 181 195/45 ZR- 16XL 90 225/55 R- 16 129 205/45 R- 17 169 P215/70 R- 15 71 215/60 R- 15 79 205/60 R- 15 74 195/50 ZR- 16 69
225/60 ZR- 16 140 235/50 ZR- 17N0 212 205/65 R- 15 105 195/40 ZR- 16XL 88 225/60 R- 16 125 225/50 ZR- 16 114 215/50 R- 15 96
205/50 R- 17 161 P205/55 R- 16 205/60 R- 16
245/40 ZR- 17 236 205/65 VR- 15 131 235/45 ZR- 17 115
XL 89 82 225/55 ZR- 16 125 205/40 ZR- 16 79
245/50 ZR- 16 165 205/45 ZR- 16XL 91 205/50 R- 17XL 145 215/40 R- 17 170 P205/60 R- 16 77 205/60 R- 16 225/50 R- 15 99
205/45 ZR- 17 182 245/45 ZR- 17 219 215/60 R- 15 85 245/45 ZR- 17 115 205/50 ZR- 16 89 P205/65 R- 16 77
96 245/50 ZR- 16 120
225/60 R- 15 96
205/45 ZR- 16 73
255/40 ZR- 17 242 255/40 ZR- 17 122 215/45 R- 17 162 215/45 R- 17 178 215/60 R- 16 92 225/40 ZR- 17XL 116 205/55 R- 16 74
205/50 ZR- 17 161 225/60 R- 15 133 215/40 ZR- 18XL 122 205/55 ZR- 16 92 225/45 R- 17XL 154 P215/55 R- 16 103 205/40 ZR- 16 77
265/40 ZR- 17 262 225/45 R- 17 187 P215/60 R- 16 215/60 R- 16 94 205/50 ZR- 17 132 215/55 R- 16 76
225/45 ZR- 17 169 215/40 ZR- 16XL 94 82 205/45 ZR- 16 79
225/50 ZR- 17 159 275/40 ZR- 17 285 205/55 R- 16 125 225/40 ZR- 18XL 125 225/50 R- 17 174 235/40 R- 17 198 P215/65 R- 16 80 225/60 R- 16 87 205/50 R- 17XL 126 225/50 ZR- 16 81
335/35 ZR- 17XL 457 205/55 R- 16 149 225/45 ZR- 18 143 215/55 ZR- 16 95 225/55 R- 17 160 235/45 R- 17 204 P225/55 R- 16 105 225/60 R- 16 88 215/45 ZR- 17XL 114 205/50 ZR- 16 84
225/55 ZR- 17 189 225/50 ZR- 16 88 205/55 ZR- 16 85 225/55 R- 16 82
235/45 ZR- 17 181 225/40 ZR- 18 259 205/60 R- 16 120 235/40 ZR- 18XL 139 235/45 R- 17 154 245/40 R- 17 217 P225/60 R- 16 86 235/60 R- 16 104 215/50 ZR- 17 128
205/40 ZR- 17XL 70
225/40 ZR- 18XL 239 205/60 R- 16 171 235/45 ZR- 18 145 225/55 ZR- 16 95 235/50 R- 17 153 P225/65 R- 16 97 225/45 ZR- 17XL 123 215/40 ZR- 16XL 98
235/50 ZR- 17 189 245/45 R- 17 219 215/55 R- 17 118 225/50 ZR- 17 138 205/45 ZR- 17 90
225/45 ZR- 18XL 225 205/65 R- 16 124 245/40 ZR- 18XL 145 195/40 ZR- 17XL 87 245/40 R- 17 171 P225/70 R- 16 85 215/55 ZR- 16 80
235/55 ZR- 17 205 255/40 R- 17 226 P235/60 R- 16 225/55 R- 17 119 235/45 ZR- 17 127 205/50 ZR- 17XL 96
235/40 ZR- 18 288 215/55 HR- 16 125 195/45 R- 17XL 89 245/45 R- 17 173 105 225/50 ZR- 16 87
245/40 ZR- 17 193 215/45 R- 18 222 225/55 R- 17
235/40 ZR- 18XL 267 215/55 R- 16 151 245/45 ZR- 18XL 155 235/65 R- 16 245/40 ZR- 17 147
205/40 ZR- 17XL 88 98 126 215/40 ZR- 17XL 83
255/40 R- 17 176 225/55 ZR- 16 94
245/45 ZR- 17 178 245/40 ZR- 18XL 286 P215/60 R- 16 131 225/35 ZR- 20 127 205/45 ZR- 17XL 101 225/40 R- 18 217 P215/60 R- 17 98 235/55 R- 17 108 245/45 ZR- 17 138 245/50 ZR- 16 109 215/45 ZR- 17 86
245/50 ZR- 17 222 225/40 R- 18XL 194 P215/65 R- 17 93 225/60 R- 18 255/40 ZR- 17 146
255/35 ZR- 18XL 304 225/60 R- 16 131 245/35 ZR- 20 129
XL
205/50 ZR- 17XL 99 235/40 R- 18 195 225/45 R- 18 242 115 255/50 ZR- 16 118 215/50 R- 17XL 97
255/40 ZR- 17 184 P225/55 R- 17 96 255/45 ZR- 17 163
255/40 ZR- 18 298 225/60 R- 16 140 255/35 ZR- 20XL 126 215/35 ZR- 17 102 245/40 R- 18 207 235/40 R- 18 248 P225/60 R- 17 102 205/40 ZR- 17 86 225/45 ZR- 17 90
255/45 ZR- 17 217 265/35 ZR- 18XL 316 225/65 R- 16 132 245/40 R- 18 255 275/40 ZR- 17 141
215/40 ZR- 17XL 101 245/45 R- 18 203 P215/55 R- 18 104 215/35 ZR- 18XL 147 205/45 ZR- 17 118 225/50 ZR- 17 97
275/40 ZR- 17 225 275/35 ZR- 18 340 235/60 R- 16 137 215/45 ZR- 17XL 103 245/45 R- 18 254 P225/50 R- 18
245/50 VR- 18 220 107 225/40 ZR- 18XL 129 205/50 ZR- 17 111 235/45 ZR- 17 97
285/40 ZR- 17 269 295/30 ZR- 18N2 416 215/50 R- 17XL 155 215/50 ZR- 17XL 117 255/35 R- 18 272 P225/55 R- 18 108
255/35 R- 18 220 235/40 ZR- 18 147 215/40 ZR- 17 99 235/50 ZR- 17 112
225/40 ZR- 18XL 205 295/35 ZR- 18 385 215/50 R- 17XL 169 215/55 ZR- 17XL 119 255/45 R- 18 218 255/40 R- 18 260 Avid H4s 245/40 ZR- 18 151 215/45 ZR- 17 107 245/40 ZR- 17 106
225/45 ZR- 18XL 202 335/30 ZR- 18 436 215/55 R- 17 139 225/35 ZR- 17XL 114 265/35 R- 18 224 265/35 R- 18 282 P185/60 R- 14 245/45 ZR- 18 168 225/45 ZR- 17 114 245/45 ZR- 17 98
235/40 ZR- 18 205 235/35 ZR- 19 332 $60
255/45 ZR- 18 174
225/45 ZR- 17 110 225/50 ZR- 17 102
245/35 ZR- 19XL 341 225/45 R- 17XL 175
XL
235/45 ZR- 18XL 204 265/40 R- 18XL 222 285/30 R- 18 329 P185/65 R- 14 62 245/50 ZR- 17 113
225/50 ZR- 17XL 115 P195/60 R- 14 Traction T/A H 275/35 ZR- 18XL 198 225/55 ZR- 17 102
235/50 ZR- 18 196 245/35 ZR- 19XL 341 225/55 R- 17XL 167 275/35 R- 18XL 237 295/30 R- 18 333
P195/65 R- 14
66
185/65 R- 14 $55 275/40 ZR- 18 176 275/40 ZR- 17 121
245/40 ZR- 18 233 245/40 ZR- 19 266 225/55 R- 17XL 178 Harmony 225/55 ZR- 17 120 245/45 R- 19 234 225/35 R- 19XL 265 63 235/45 ZR- 17 105
235/40 ZR- 17 120 P185/65 R- 15 70 195/60 R- 14 58 245/35 ZR- 20XL 168 245/40 ZR- 17 134 215/35 ZR- 18XL 94
245/45 ZR- 18XL 234 245/40 ZR- 19XL 318 235/55 R- 17 162 P175/70 R- 13 $70 255/35WR- 19XL 255 235/35 R- 19 272 P195/60 R- 15 66 P195/65 R- 14 49 255/35 ZR- 20XL 199 225/40 ZR- 18XL 95
255/35 ZR- 18XL 251 255/35 ZR- 19XL 368 225/55 R- 18 179 P175/65 R- 14 83 235/45 ZR- 17XL 116 255/35 R- 19XL 253 245/35 R- 19 283 245/45 ZR- 17 118
P195/65 R- 15 76 P195/70 R- 14 225/45 ZR- 18 111
255/40 ZR- 18 221 255/40 ZR- 19 362 225/60 R- 18 151 P175/70 R- 14 79 235/50 ZR- 17 120 255/40WR- 19XL 242 255/30 R- 19XL 295 P205/60 R- 15 69
68 Traction T/A T 255/40 ZR- 17 121
265/35 ZR- 19 365 245/45 R- 18XL 217 P185/65 R- 14 85 235/55 ZR- 17XL 121 P205/65 R- 15 205/60 R- 14 75 P185/65 R- 14 $59 255/45 ZR- 17 126 235/40 ZR- 18 120
255/45 ZR- 18 212 275/40 R- 19XL 268 255/35 R- 19 294 75
265/35 ZR- 18XL 234 265/35 ZR- 19XL 384 245/40 ZR- 17 113 P215/60 R- 15 74 195/60 R- 15 68 P185/70 R- 14 55 275/40 ZR- 17 142 235/55 R- 18 123
P185/70 R- 14 86 275/40WR- 19XL 265 265/30 R- 19 301
275/35 ZR- 18 248 275/30 ZR- 19XL 391 245/45 ZR- 17XL 119 P215/65 R- 15 73 205/55 R- 16 93 P195/70 R- 14 65 225/35 ZR- 18 137 245/40 ZR- 18 133
P195/65 R- 14 97 275/30 R- 19 306 P205/40 R- 16
275/40 ZR- 18 235 275/35 ZR- 19XL 368 275/40 ZR- 17 131 S.drive continued 71 215/55 R- 16 90 P185/60 R- 15 69 225/40 ZR- 18 137 245/45 ZR- 18 134
P195/70 R- 14 86 295/30 R- 19XL 316 P205/45 R- 16 77 185/65 R- 15 65
285/30 ZR- 18XL 308 285/30 ZR- 19XL 427 215/35 ZR- 18XL 133 245/35 R- 19X$188 225/55 R- 16 107 225/45 ZR- 18XL 148 275/35 ZR- 18 168
285/35 ZR- 19 448 P205/70 R- 14 93 P205/60 R- 16 80 P195/60 R- 15 59
285/35 ZR- 18 288 215/40 ZR- 18XL 134 245/40 ZR- 19 199 P215/60 R- 16 82 P235/45 R- 17 122 235/40 ZR- 18 142 275/40 ZR- 18 154
295/30 ZR- 19XL 497 P205/75 R- 14 86 205/40 ZR- 18XL 129 255/30 R- 19XL 237 P195/65 R- 15 62
225/40 ZR- 19XL 245 225/60 R- 16 101 P245/45 R- 17 133 245/40 ZR- 18 158 215/35 ZR- 19XL 115
305/30 ZR- 19XL 530 P215/70 R- 14 98 225/35 ZR- 18XL 133 255/40 ZR- 19 207 P205/40 R- 17 P205/60 R- 15 65
235/35 ZR- 19XL 269 78
Traction T/A V 255/35 ZR- 18 168 225/35 ZR- 19XL 131
345/30 ZR- 19 480 Pilot Exalto PE2 P185/60 R- 15 101 225/40 ZR- 18XL 134 265/30 R- 19XL 212 P215/40 R- 17 93 P205/65 R- 15 71 265/35 ZR- 18 182
245/35 ZR- 19XL 269 P195/55 R- 15 P205/70 R- 15 70 235/35 ZR- 19XL 142
255/35 ZR- 20XL 397 205/55 ZR- 16N$141 P195/60 R- 15 99 225/45 ZR- 18XL 151 275/30 R- 19XL 220 P215/45 R- 17 97 $87
275/35 ZR- 18 187
245/40 ZR- 19 288 275/35 ZR- 20XL 376 225/50 ZR- 16N0 159 P195/65 R- 15 85 P225/45 R- 17 108 205/55 R- 15 91 P215/60 R- 15 63 245/35 ZR- 19XL 150
245/45 ZR- 19 272 235/40 ZR- 18XL 155 275/35 ZR- 19 217 P225/55 R- 17 275/40 ZR- 18 169
285/30 ZR- 20XL 418 P205/60 R- 15 99 119 205/65 R- 15 89 P215/65 R- 15 69 265/30 ZR- 19XL 162
255/35 ZR- 19XL 269 Pilot Exalto A/S P205/65 R- 15 102 245/35 ZR- 18XL 154 275/40 R- 19 227 225/65 R- 17 109 P205/55 R- 16 76 g-Force
245/40 ZR- 18XL 154 225/35 ZR- 20XL 136 ADVAN 205/50 R- 16 106 275/30 ZR- 19XL 177
255/40 ZR- 19 299 Pilot Sport A/S 225/55 R- 16 $130 P205/70 R- 15 99 P235/45 R- 17 112 P205/60 R- 16 74 T/A KDWS
245/45 R- 18XL 171 245/35 ZR- 20XL 153 Neova AD07L 235/55 R- 17 205/55 R- 16 97 225/30 ZR- 20XL 145
275/30 ZR- 19XL 289 Plus continued 205/50 R- 17 194 117 P205/65 R- 16 72 245/55 ZR- 18$169
275/35 ZR- 19 328 255/30 ZR- 20X$330 235/45 R- 17 168 P215/65 R- 15 111 255/35 ZR- 18XL 173 245/40 ZR- 20XL 144 175/55 ZR- 16LO$192 235/65 R- 17 114 P215/50 R- 16 118
P215/55 R- 16 89
245/35 ZR- 20XL 120
275/40 ZR- 19 323 255/35 ZR- 20XL 305 P215/70 R- 15 97 265/35 ZR- 18XL 187 255/30 R- 20XL 158 225/45 ZR- 17 271 P245/45 R- 17 118 225/50 R- 16 114 P215/60 R- 16 85 Traction T/A Spec
245/40 ZR- 20XL 133
205/55 R- 16 113 215/35 ZR- 19X 160 255/35 ZR- 20XL 153 ADVAN A048 P255/40 R- 17 124 225/55 R- 16 255/35 ZR- 20XL 113
285/30 ZR- 19XL 353 275/30 ZR- 20 308 Pilot Sport A/S
XL
P225/40 R- 18 118
114 215/65 R- 16 85 P215/60 R- 17 $101
245/30 ZR- 20XL 275 275/35 ZR- 20XL 355 Plus ZP P205/60 R- 16 111 225/35 ZR- 19X 172 275/30 ZR- 20XL 166 competition tire P225/60 R- 18 112 215/50 R- 17 113 P225/60 R- 16 83 P215/65 R- 16 84 275/35 R- 20XL 208
245/35 ZR- 20XL 248 285/30 ZR- 20XL 287 245/45 ZR- 17R$205 215/65 R- 16 104 235/35 ZR- 19XL 178 275/35 ZR- 20XL 181 195/50 ZR- 16L$219 P235/65 R- 18 131 225/50 R- 17 117 P235/55 R- 16 97 P235/60 R- 16 113 285/30 ZR- 20XL 197
245/40 ZR- 20 368 295/25 ZR- 20XL 338 275/40 ZR- 18RFT260 P225/60 R- 16 115 245/30 ZR- 19XL 188 285/30 ZR- 20XL 193 225/45 ZR- 17LT 259 255/45 R- 20 155 245/45 R- 18 159 P225/55 R- 17 93 P235/65 R- 17 112 295/25 ZR- 22XL 293

SPECIALS

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Sumitomo HTR Z III
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The HTR Z III (High Technology Radials-3rd generation) tire was
developed for sports cars, sporty coupes and high performance
sedans and is designed to showcase Sumitomo’s technical resources
by providing high-speed handling stability along with traction on
dry and wet roads. Like all summer tires, it is not intended to be
driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

Five Rib Asymmetric Tread Pattern 205/50 ZR- 17 XL 235/50 ZR- 18 245/45 ZR- 19
Large outboard tread blocks promote responsive 215/45 ZR- 17 245/40 ZR- 18 XL 255/35 ZR- 19
215/50 ZR- 17 245/45 ZR- 18 XL 255/40 ZR- 19
handling, high-speed stability and dry road traction. 225/45 ZR- 17 XL 255/35 ZR- 18 XL 275/30 ZR- 19 XL
225/50 ZR- 17 255/40 ZR- 18 XL 275/40 ZR- 19
Wide Circumferential 235/45 ZR- 17 255/45 ZR- 18 XL 225/35 ZR- 20
and Long Lateral Grooves 235/50 ZR- 17 265/35 ZR- 18 XL 245/35 ZR- 20 XL
provide drainage that helps evacuate water to 235/55 ZR- 17 265/40 ZR- 18 245/40 ZR- 20
increase wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. 245/40 ZR- 17XL 275/35 ZR- 18 255/35 ZR- 20 XL
245/45 ZR- 17 275/40 ZR- 18 275/30 ZR- 20 XL
Continuous Inboard Ribs 255/40 ZR- 17 285/30 ZR- 18 XL 275/35 ZR- 20
improve tire longevity by resisting irregular wear 275/40 ZR- 17 285/35 ZR- 18 285/30 ZR- 20 XL
associated with independent rear suspensions. 215/40 ZR- 18 295/30 ZR- 18 265/30 ZR- 22
225/40 ZR- 18 XL 235/35 ZR- 19 XL 295/25 ZR- 22 XL
225/45 ZR- 18 XL 245/35 ZR- 19 XL
235/40 ZR- 18 XL 245/40 ZR- 19 XL
For a complete list of sizes and prices visit www.tirerack.com NOTE: Like all summer tires, the HTR Z III is not
intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures,
through snow or on ice.

Sumitomo HTR+
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The HTR+ (High Technology Radials-Plus All-Season traction)
was developed to meet the year-round driving needs of sports
car, coupe and sedan drivers by blending dry and wet road
performance with light snow traction. HTR+ radials combine
HIGHTECHRADIAL
Sumitomo’s high-tech, ultra high-performance materials with
PLUS their All-Season technology.

Five Rib Tread Pattern 195/55 R- 15 215/50 ZR- 17 225/40 ZR- 18
Independent shoulder and intermediate tread blocks and 205/40 R- 16 225/45 ZR- 17 235/40 ZR- 18
a continuous center rib enhance dry cornering and stability. 205/55 R- 16 225/50 ZR- 17 245/40 ZR- 18
205/60 R- 16 235/40 ZR- 17
215/40 R- 16 235/45 ZR- 17
Circumferential and Curvilinear Grooves 215/60 R- 16 235/50 ZR- 17 XL
evacuate water from the footprint to enhance wet 225/50 ZR- 16 245/40 ZR- 17
traction and reduce the risk of hydroplaning. 225/60 R- 16 245/45 ZR- 17
245/50 ZR- 16 255/45 ZR- 17
Sumitomo’s Reverse Pattern Siping 205/40 ZR- 17 275/40 ZR- 17
adds strategically located biting edges in the tread 215/40 ZR- 17 215/35 ZR- 18
pattern to increase light snow and slush traction. 215/45 ZR- 17 225/35 ZR- 18

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Extreme Extreme ContiProContact Direzza DZ101 Direzza Sport SP Sport Firehawk Indy Ventus R-S3 VRi ZRi PZero Rosso PZero
Contact DWS Contact DW 175/65 R- 15 $79 195/50 R- 15 $61 Z1 Star Spec Signature 500 225/45 ZR- 15 $124 195/55 R- 15 $70 205/55 ZR- 16 $81 Asimmetrico 225/45 ZR- 17X$185
205/55 R- 16 $97 205/55 R- 16 $107 P185/65 R- 15 74 195/55 R- 15 69 195/55 R- 15 $86 205/65 R- 15 $76 P215/70 R- 14 $74 225/50 ZR- 16 123 205/50 R- 16 75 225/50 ZR- 16 91 225/45 ZR- 17 $133 235/45 ZR- 17XL 224
225/55 R- 16 104 235/45 R- 17 138 195/55 R- 15XL 97 205/50 R- 16 205/55 R- 16 P225/70 R- 14 78 205/55 R- 16 73 235/45 ZR- 17XL 154
195/60 R- 15 66 205/50 R- 15 61 102 89 225/45 ZR- 17XL 142 215/60 R- 16 71 225/55 ZR- 16 92 245/45 ZR- 17XL 275
225/45 R- 17 122 235/50 R- 17 159 P205/60 R- 16 81 P215/65 R- 15 80 245/40 ZR- 17 221
245/45 R- 17 145 P195/65 R- 15 56 205/55 R- 15 74 205/55 R- 16 101 255/40 ZR- 17XL 152 225/50 R- 16 88 245/45 ZR- 16 102 225/40 ZR- 18XL 225
235/45 R- 17 127
195/65 R- 15 64 215/55 R- 16 89 P215/70 R- 15 75 255/40 ZR- 17N3 229
275/40 R- 17 171 225/50 R- 16 119 245/40 ZR- 18 211 215/50
XL R- 17XL 92 245/50 ZR- 16 98 235/40 ZR- 18XL 283
235/50 R- 17 149 205/60 R- 15 79 195/50 R- 16 71 225/50 R- 16 95 P225/70 R- 15 79 215/55 R- 17 92 235/40 ZR- 18XL 255
245/40 ZR- 18XL 289
245/45 R- 17 129 225/45 R- 18 161 205/70 R- 15 67 205/40 ZR- 16XL 77 215/40 ZR- 17 118 225/55 R- 16 96 P235/60 R- 15 86 265/35 ZR- 18XL 264 P225/55 R- 17 96
205/40 ZR- 17XL 76 245/40 ZR- 18 251
275/40 R- 17 149 235/35 R- 18 199 205/65 R- 15 69 215/45 ZR- 17 125 P235/70 R- 15 82 285/35 ZR- 18XL 300 215/40 ZR- 17 83 255/35 ZR- 18 295 245/45 ZR- 18XL 284
235/40 R- 18 181 205/45 ZR- 16 78 205/50 R- 17XL 104
225/45 R- 18 143 215/60 R- 15 79 225/45 ZR- 17 129 215/45 R- 17XL 97 P255/60 R- 15 92 215/45 ZR- 17 86 255/40 ZR- 18 269 265/40 ZR- 18XL 362
235/40 R- 18 149 235/45 R- 18XL 186 215/60 HR- 15 77 205/50 R- 16 83 P255/70 R- 15 89 Ventus R-S2 255/40 ZR- 18XL 282
235/50 R- 18 189 235/40 ZR- 17 141 215/50 R- 17XL 109 P275/60 R- 15 95 195/60 R- 14 $75 215/50 ZR- 17XL 104 235/35 ZR- 19XL 332
235/40 R- 18XL 181 215/65 R- 15 71 205/55 R- 16 77 255/45 ZR- 18 259 245/35 ZR- 19XL 367
235/45 R- 18XL 179 245/45 R- 18 199 215/70 R- 15 69 235/45 ZR- 17 135 P215/55 R- 17 111 P295/50 R- 15 119 195/50 ZR- 15 77 225/45 ZR- 17 91 265/35 ZR- 18XL 277
255/40 R- 18XL 227 215/45 ZR- 16 123 235/40 ZR- 17 98 245/40 ZR- 19 379
235/50 R- 18 175 225/70 R- 15OWL 73 245/40 ZR- 17 156 225/45 ZR- 17XL 101 205/50 ZR- 15 94 285/40 ZR- 18 418
245/40 R- 18 159 275/35 R- 18 245 235/70 R- 15OWL 79 215/50 R- 16 87 245/45 ZR- 17 146 225/50 ZR- 17 112 Firehawk 235/45 ZR- 17 102 235/35 ZR- 19XL 320 255/40 ZR- 19XL 396
275/40 R- 18 237 205/50 R- 16 115 215/55 R- 16 84 255/40 ZR- 17 161 235/45 R- 17XL 110
Wide Oval 225/45 ZR- 15 99
245/45 R- 18 169 205/50 ZR- 16 $104 245/40 ZR- 17 103 235/45 ZR- 19 310 265/30 ZR- 19XL 399
255/35 R- 18 211 255/40 R- 19XL 239 205/55 R- 16 102 225/50 ZR- 15 99 HRi 245/45 ZR- 19BM269
P205/55 R- 16 91 225/50 R- 16 83 225/40 ZR- 18 166 235/50 R- 17 122 P205/55 R- 16 109 245/45 ZR- 17 103 275/40 ZR- 19XL 409
255/40 R- 18XL 202 275/40 R- 19 245 205/45 ZR- 16 96 185/60 R- 14 $45 255/40 ZR- 19XL 325
245/30 R- 20XL 224 205/60 R- 16 109 225/55 R- 16 90 225/45 ZR- 18 173 235/55 R- 17 118 P225/50 ZR- 16 118 195/60 R- 14 49 255/40 ZR- 17 105 285/30 ZR- 19XL 466
255/45 R- 18XL 189 205/50 ZR- 16 95 255/50 ZR- 19 176
265/35 R- 18XL 225 245/40 R- 20XL 255 P205/60 R- 16 92 205/45 ZR- 17 112 235/40 ZR- 18 182 245/40 ZR- 17XL 121 P225/55 ZR- 16 116 185/65 R- 15 52 P255/45 ZR- 17 110 285/35 ZR- 19 423
295/30 ZR- 19XL 465
255/35 R- 20XL 212 205/65 R- 16 79 245/45 ZR- 17 117 P225/60 ZR- 16 114 205/55 ZR- 16 97 195/60 R- 15 48 245/35 ZR- 20XL 407
275/40 R- 18 211 215/55 R- 16 102 215/40 ZR- 17XL 89 245/40 ZR- 18 187 195/65 R- 15 52 255/50 ZR- 17 125 295/30 ZR- 19N1 433
275/35 R- 20XL 295 225/40 ZR- 18XL 108 P245/50 ZR- 16 125 215/45 ZR- 16 102 255/35 ZR- 20XL 409
235/35 R- 19XL 181 215/55 R- 16XL 104 215/45 ZR- 17 90 245/45 ZR- 18 189 225/45 R- 18XL 127 215/45 ZR- 17 125 205/60 R- 15 51 275/40 ZR- 17 121 315/35 ZR- 20 431
275/40 R- 19 231 215/55 R- 16 111 225/45 ZR- 16 106 205/65 R- 15 54 215/35 ZR- 18ZRF109 295/35 ZR- 21XL 249 265/35 ZR- 20XL 476
215/50 R- 17 90 255/35 ZR- 18 225 P225/60 R- 18 121 235/50 ZR- 17 152
245/30 R- 20XL 211 P215/60 R- 16 77 225/50 ZR- 16 98 215/60 R- 15 54 275/35 ZR- 20XL 387
245/35 R- 20XL 199 225/50 R- 16 122 225/45 ZR- 17XL 97 265/35 ZR- 18 241 235/40 R- 18XL 126 245/45 ZR- 17 143 215/65 R- 15 55
225/40 ZR- 18 95 PZero RFT
P255/45 ZR- 17 175 245/45 ZR- 16 113 235/40 ZR- 18 117 205/50WR- 17 $244
245/40 R- 20XL 253 225/60 R- 16 81 235/45 ZR- 17 99 275/35 ZR- 18 246 235/50 R- 18 144 265/40 ZR- 17 159 215/40 ZR- 17XL 114
225/60 R- 15 56 PZero System
255/35 R- 20XL 159 235/60 R- 16 113 245/45 ZR- 18XL 141 P275/40 ZR- 17 160 205/50 R- 16 69 245/40 ZR- 18 135 205/50 R- 17 233 Asimmetrico
205/50 R- 17 140 245/40 ZR- 17 110 Direzza DZ101 215/45 ZR- 17XL 114 205/55 R- 16 72 225/45 R- 17 198
275/35 R- 20XL 242 245/35 ZR- 20 96 P285/40 ZR- 17 176
XL
265/35 ZR- 18 154 205/45 ZR- 17 $206
215/50 R- 17 131 245/45 ZR- 17 99 continued 225/45 ZR- 17XL 114 205/60 R- 16 59 225/50 R- 17 274
275/40 R- 20XL 231 215/65 R- 17 96 255/35 R- 20XL 136 225/40 ZR- 18 145 215/55 R- 16 78 285/60 R- 18 119 225/45 ZR- 17 173
265/30 R- 22XL 291 ContiSport 255/40 ZR- 17 109 255/35 ZR- 18 $158 235/40 ZR- 17XL 122 245/45 R- 17 309
225/45 R- 17 132 295/35 ZR- 18 235 215/60 R- 16 60 225/35 ZR- 19XL 140 255/40 R- 17 283 245/50 ZR- 17 313
285/30 R- 22XL 305 Contact 225/45 R- 17MO132 265/40 ZR- 17 127 265/35 ZR- 18 153 P255/45 R- 19 219 245/40 ZR- 17XL 126 225/50 R- 16 81 225/40 ZR- 18N3 214
255/30 R- 24XL 349 235/35 ZR- 19ZRF148 205/40 R- 18 260
225/45WR- 17BM199 225/55 R- 17 129 215/35 ZR- 18XL 105 275/35 ZR- 18 155 245/40 ZR- 20XL 235 245/45 ZR- 17XL 125 225/55 R- 16 85
255/40 ZR- 18 248 275/35 ZR- 20 242 245/35 ZR- 19ZRF157 225/40 R- 18 262 265/35 ZR- 18N3 305
ContiPro 235/45 R- 17 131 225/40 ZR- 18 115 215/35 ZR- 19 120
XL 225/60 R- 16 64 245/40 R- 18 333
225/40 ZR- 19 290 235/55 ZR- 17 136 P295/40 R- 20 246 215/35 ZR- 18XL 145 205/40 R- 17XL 63 275/30 ZR- 19ZRF176 275/40 ZR- 18 375
Contact SSR 255/35 ZR- 19 285 235/50 R- 18 139 225/45 ZR- 18 137 225/35 ZR- 19XL 131 225/40 ZR- 18XL 157 215/45 R- 17 74 255/35 ZR- 20 135 255/35 R- 18 359 295/30 ZR- 18N3 392
195/55 R- 16 $141 245/40 HR- 18 159 235/40 ZR- 18 120 245/35 ZR- 19 155
Firehawk Wide 215/50 R- 17 89 245/45 R- 19 433
205/55 R- 16 137 ContiSport Oval RFT 235/40 ZR- 18XL 161 265/50 R- 20 139 275/40 R- 19 454 PZero Rosso
245/40 HR- 18 204 225/45 R- 17 79
205/45 R- 17 202 Contact 2 255/45 R- 18 198 245/40 ZR- 18 131 275/30 ZR- 19 209 SP Sport 9000 P245/40 ZR- 18L$212 265/35 ZR- 18XL 206 235/45 R- 17 88 275/45 R- 20 125 245/35 R- 21XL 509 Direzionale
225/45 R- 17 172 285/30 ZR- 18 $288 245/40 R- 19 228 245/45 ZR- 18 156 255/35 ZR- 20XL 124 285/50 ZR- 18 $178 P285/35 ZR- 19 295 315/30 ZR- 18 268 245/45 R- 17 89 275/55 R- 20 128 275/30 R- 21XL 576 245/40 YR- 19X$370

LIGHT TRUCK & SUV TIRES LIGHT TRUCK & SUV TIRES LIGHT TRUCK & SUV TIRES

Radial F-C II Scorpion ATR Dueler A/T Revo Grabber UHP Geolandar A/T-S CrossContact LX Destination A/T Destination LE Wrangler MT/R
31X10.5 R- 15C OWL $158 P 245/70 R- 16 $133 P 225/75 R- 15OWL $121 205/70 R- 15 $69 205/70 R- 15 $75 215/75 R- 15OWL $91 P 225/70 R- 14OWL $91 P 225/70 R- 14OWL $90 with Kevlar
33X12.5 R- 15C OWL 195 LT 245/75 R- 16E 148 P 235/70 R- 15OWL 132 265/70 R- 15 100 215/70 R- 15 77 235/75 R- 15OWL 94 P 205/75 R- 15OWL 84 P 215/70 R- 15 76 31X10.5 R- 15C $174
LT 215/75 R- 15OWL 92 P 215/75 R- 15OWL
OWL
35X12.5 R- 15C OWL 222 P 265/70 R- 16 147 P 235/75 R- 15OWL 126 215/65 R- 16 86 92 255/70 R- 15OWL 102 P 215/75 R- 15OWL 87 32X11.5 R- 15C 188
LT 265/75 R- 16 E OWL
205 LT 265/75 R- 16 E
149 LT 235/75 R- 156P OWL 140 215/70 R- 16 87 P 225/70 R- 15OWL 83 215/70 R- 16 96 P 225/70 R- 15OWL 98 P 225/70 R- 15OWL 89 LT 33X12.5 R- 15C 195
LT 285/75 R- 16D OWL 204 P 245/65 R- 17 136 LT 30x9.5 R- 15OWL 145 225/70 R- 16 91 P 235/70 R- 15OWL 96 225/75 R- 16 99 P 225/75 R- 15OWL 94 P 225/75 R- 15OWL 89 35X12.5 R- 15C 197
LT 305/70 R- 16D OWL 234 LT 325/60 R- 20
D
266 LT 31x10.5 R- 15OWL 163 235/60 R- 16 87 LT 235/75 R- 15C OWL
P 235/75 R- 15OWL
89 235/65 R- 16 112 P 235/70 R- 15OWL 104 PP 235/70 R- 15
235/75 R- 15OWL
95 LT 235/85 R- 16E 170
235/70 R- 16 95 95 235/70 R- 16 107 LT 235/75 R- 15OWL
93 LT 245/75 R- 16 E
174
LT 315/75 R- 16 D OWL
243 LT 325/45 R- 24 E
423 P 265/70 R- 15OWL 147 30X9.5 R- 15C OWL99 P 235/70 R- 16OWL 106
105 LT 235/75 R- 15C OWL 98 LT 265/75 R- 16E 201
LT 215/85 R- 16E OWL 245/70 R- 16 98 265/70 R- 15 P 235/75 R- 15XL 101 P 255/70 R- 15OWL
LT 265/70 R- 17E OWL 209 Scorpion STR 169
255/55 R- 16
107 245/70 R- 16 105 95 LT 285/75 R- 16E OWL 232
LT 225/75 R- 16E OWL 174 94 31X10.5 R- 15OWL107 245/75 R- 16OWL 108 P 235/75 R- 15XL OWL 102 P 265/75 R- 15OWL 100 LT 305/70 R- 16E 247
LT 285/70 R- 17D OWL 261 P 205/70 R- 15 $97 255/65 R- 16 96 32X11.5 R- 15C OWL LT 30X9.5 R- 15OWL 108 LT 31X10.5 R- 15C OWL
P 235/70 R- 16OWL 142 126 255/65 R- 16 121 109 LT 315/75 R- 16D 259
33X12.5 R- 17D OWL 235 215/65 R- 16 121 265/70 R- 16 99 33X12.5 R- 15OWL133 LT 31X10.5 R- 15OWL 117 P 215/70 R- 16 88 LT 245/70 R- 17C
LT 235/85 R- 16OWL 178 255/70 R- 16OWL 111 194
35X12.5 R- 17D OWL 291 P 215/70 R- 16 119
P 245/70 R- 16OWL 148
275/70 R- 16 102 215/60 R- 16 98 P 265/70 R- 16 119 LT 33X12.5 R- 15OWL 139 P 225/70 R- 16OWL 94 LT 245/70 R- 17E 202
109 P 225/75 R- 16
XL
LT 305/60 R- 18 E
296 P 235/70 R- 16 118 235/65 R- 17XL 115 215/65 R- 16 92 265/70 R- 16 P 235/70 R- 16OWL 94 LT 245/75 R- 17E OWL 219
LT 245/75 R- 1610P/OW 179 121
255/60 R- 17 215/70 R- 16 102 P 235/65 R- 16XL OWL LT 255/75 R- 17
89 102 C OWL
LT 305/70 R- 18E 309 P 255/65 R- 16 153 LT 245/75 R- 16OWL 124 265/75 R- 16OWL 117 P 235/75 R- 16 222
LT 215/85 R- 16D OWL 105 P 235/70 R- 16XL OWL
166 275/55 R- 17 106 99 LT 265/70 R- 17C 234
LT 325/60 R- 18E 293 235/50 R- 18 180 P 245/75 R- 16OWL 136 235/65 R- 17 128 P 235/75 R- 16OWL
137 255/55 ZR- 18XL 225/70 R- 16 98 P 235/75 R- 16 98 LT 265/70 R- 17E 249
LT 325/65 R- 18E 338 P 275/45 R- 20 265 P 255/70 R- 16OWL 119 235/65 R- 17OWL 122 P 245/70 R- 16OWL 109 P 245/70 R- 16OWL
153 255/50 ZR- 19XL LT 225/75 R- 16D OWL
104 104 LT 275/70 R- 17E 258
LT 305/55 R- 20E 317 P 305/50 R- 20 213 LT 265/75 R- 1610P/OW 156
235/60 R- 16 108 245/65 R- 17 129 LT 245/75 R- 16OWL C 133 P 245/75 R- 16OWL 99 LT 285/70 R- 17D 263
200 285/45 ZR- 19 189 245/65 R- 17OWL 131 P 245/75 R- 16OWL 110 P 255/65 R- 16OWL
LT 325/50 R- 20E 348 Scorpion STR A LT 265/75 R- 166P/OWL P 235/70 R- 16OWL 94 116 LT 305/70 R- 17D 279
181 275/55 R- 20XL 124 LT 235/85 R- 16E OWL
108 255/60 R- 17 133 P 255/70 R- 16OWL 119 P 255/70 R- 16OWL 109 LT 315/70 R- 17D 304
35X12.5 R- 20E 350 P 235/75 R- 15XL OWL $109 P 265/75 R- 16OWL 146 285/50 R- 20 265/65 HR- 17
134 P 245/70 R- 16OWL 100 131 P 265/70 R- 16OWL 119 P 265/70 R- 16OWL 114 35X12.5 R- 17C 269
35X13.5 R- 20E 381 P 265/70 R- 15 116 P 275/70 R- 16OWL 172 295/45 R- 20XL 125 LT 245/75 R- 16E OWL
117 265/65 R- 17 131 LT 265/70 R- 16D OWL 146 P 265/75 R- 16OWL 125 37X12.5 R- 17 D
314
P 225/70 R- 16OWL 120 LT 285/75 R- 16OWL 198 295/50 R- 20XL 128 255/65 R- 16 113 275/55 R- 17 156 P 265/75 R- 16OWL 122 LT 265/75 R- 16
C OWL
125 LT 38X14.5 R- 17 D
407
P 265/70 R- 16OWL 137 P 235/65 R- 17OWL 147 305/40 R- 22XL 154 P 255/70 R- 16OWL 108 275/60 R- 17OWL 133 LT 265/75 R- 16OWL C 139 225/65 R- 17 109 LT 275/65 R- 18C 265
P 245/65 R- 17 155 P 235/75 R- 17OWL 150 305/45 R- 22XL 154 P 265/70 R- 16OWL 109 P 245/60 R- 18XL 105 LT 285/75 R- 16OWL E 166 P 235/60 R- 17 112 LT 275/70 R- 18E 289
255/55 R- 18
P 265/70 R- 18 OWL
162 P 245/70 R- 17OWL 154 305/40 R- 23XL 156 LT 265/75 R- 16E 127
275/60 R- 18
154
LT 305/70 R- 16OWL 175 PP 235/65 R- 17
235/70 R- 17XL OWL
114 LT 285/75 R- 18E 328
P 265/65 R- 17OWL 305/40 R- 24XL 264 LT 265/75 R- 16D OWL
122 158 115 LT 275/65 R- 20E 343
187
255/70 R- 18 LT 315/75 R- 16D 192 P 245/65 R- 17OWL LT 285/65 R- 20E
LT 265/70 R- 17OWL E 315/35 R- 24XL 230 275/70 R- 16 111 149 125 362
202
LT 285/75 R- 16D 136 265/70 R- 18OWL 153 P 235/65 R- 17 132 P 245/70 R- 17OWL 119
Dueler H/L Alenza LT 315/75 R- 16D 169 P 235/70 R- 17OWL XL 123 P 255/65 R- 17OWL 127
P 205/70 R- 15OWL $111 225/60 R- 17 119 Vanco 2 P 235/75 R- 17OWL 122 P 265/65 R- 17 131
Crusher 225/65 R- 17 116 C 195/70 R- 15
D
$88 P 245/65 R- 17OWL 135 P 265/70 R- 17OWL 123
31X10.5 R- 15C OWL $167 P 215/75 R- 15OWL 116 P 245/70 R- 17OWL 122 P 265/75 R- 16OWL
Latitude Tour 225/70 R- 17 101 108
33X12.5 R- 15C OWL 203 P 225/70 R- 15OWL 113 235/65 R- 17XL P 245/75 R- 17OWL 126 P 275/60 R- 17OWL 132 Long Trail T/A Tour
P 235/75 R- 15OWL
$123 119
35X12.5 R- 15C OWL 228 P 225/75 R- 15OWL 120 P 235/70 R- 17OWL 107 P 255/65 R- 17OWL 132 P 235/65 R- 18 125 P 215/75 R- 15OWL $79
P 265/70 R- 15 139
LT 265/75 R- 16E OWL 220 P 215/75 R- 16OWL 127
P 235/70 R- 15OWL 116 245/65 R- 17 125 P 255/70 R- 17OWL 129 P 245/60 R- 18OWL 129 P 225/70 R- 15OWL 91
LT 285/75 R- 16D OWL 216 P 225/70 R- 16OWL 161
P 235/75 R- 15OWL 123 LT 245/70 R- 17E 138 P 255/75 R- 17 133 PP 265/60 R- 18
265/65 R- 18
144 P 225/75 R- 15OWL 87
P 265/70 R- 15 150 Grabber HTS 255/65 R- 17 130 P 265/65 R- 17OWL
125 P 235/70 R- 15OWL 97
LT 305/70 R- 16D OWL 246 P 225/75 R- 16OWL 117 P 255/70 R- 17OWL 114
151 P 265/65 R- 18OWL 133 P 235/75 R- 15XL OWL 95
P 215/70 R- 16OWL 139 P 255/70 R- 15 $90 P 265/70 R- 17OWL 134 P 265/70 R- 18OWL
LT 315/75 R- 16E OWL 255 P 235/70 R- 16 149 P 225/70 R- 16OWL 265/65 R- 17 137 139 P 265/70 R- 15OWL 121
LT 265/70 R- 17E OWL 228
142 P 225/70 R- 16 91 LT 265/70 R- 17E LT 265/70 R- 17C OWL 155 P 265/50 R- 20 169 P 265/75 R- 15OWL
P 235/70 R- 16OWL 139 P 225/75 R- 16OWL
151 110
126 235/75 R- 16 91 P 265/70 R- 17OWL 123 Vanco 4 Season LT 275/70 R- 17C OWL 167 P 275/55 R- 20 158 P 215/70 R- 16OWL 98
LT 285/70 R- 17D OWL 280 P 245/70 R- 16 142 P 235/70 R- 16 117 P 235/75 R- 16 95 P 275/60 R- 17OWL 167 C 195/70 R- 15D $108 LT 285/70 R- 17D OWL 183 P 275/60 R- 20OWL 155 P 215/75 R- 16OWL 100
LT 305/65 R- 17E 253 P 245/70 R- 16OWL 135 P 235/75 R- 16OWL 245/70 R- 16 P 285/70 R- 17OWL P 225/70 R- 16OWL
133 97 275/65 R- 17 155 C 215/85 R- 16E 92 144 104
LT 315/70 R- 17D OWL 282 P 245/75 R- 16OWL 147 P 245/70 R- 16 144 P 245/70 R- 16 94 LT 315/70 R- 17D 182 LT 245/75 R- 16E 110 LT 315/70 R- 17D OWL 195 P 225/75 R- 16XL OWL 98
P 255/65 R- 16 159 P 245/75 R- 16OWL 143 P 245/75 R- 16 95 37X12.5 R- 17D 275 P 255/70 R- 18OWL 142 P 235/65 R- 16 120
P 255/70 R- 16OWL 148 255/65 R- 16 159 P 255/65 R- 16 112 225/55 R- 18 140 P 265/60 R- 18OWL 161 P 235/70 R- 16OWL 113
P 265/70 R- 16OWL 167 P 265/70 R- 16OWL 159 P 255/70 R- 16 103 265/60 R- 18 176 Parada Spec-X P 265/70 R- 18OWL 150 P 235/75 R- 16XL OWL 100
P 265/70 R- 18 157 continued P 245/70 R- 16OWL 116
225/65 R- 17 169 P 265/75 R- 16 152 P 265/70 R- 16 104
275/60 R- 18 183 285/50 R- 20XL $135 P 275/65 R- 18OWL 159 P 245/75 R- 16OWL 100
P 245/65 R- 17 169 P 275/70 R- 16 173 P 275/70 R- 16BW 122
LT 275/65 R- 18C OWL
167 295/45 R- 20XL 139 LT 325/65 R- 18E 270 P 255/65 R- 16 117
P 245/65 R- 17OWL 172 225/65 R- 17 139 P 275/70 R- 16 118 305/45 R- 20 185 305/50 R- 20XL 142 P 275/55 R- 20OWL 145 P 255/70 R- 16OWL 115
P 255/60 R- 17 179 235/65 R- 17 133 P 255/65 R- 17 123 255/30 R- 22XL 192 P 275/60 R- 20OWL 167 P 265/75 R- 16OWL 118
P 255/75 R- 17 182 P 245/65 R- 17 165 LT 265/70 R- 17 112 Geolandar H/T-S G052 265/30 R- 22XL 206
Transforce HT
P 225/65 R- 17OWL 144
P 265/65 R- 17OWL 194 P 255/75 R- 17 155 P 265/70 R- 17 116 265/60 R- 18 $140 265/35 R- 22XL 165
LT 235/75 R- 15C
P 235/60 R- 17 122
265/40 R- 22XL P 235/65 R- 17OWL
165 P 275/60 R- 17XL 128 186 $104 123
P 265/70 R- 17 186 275/55 R- 17 Parada Spec-X 285/35 R- 22XL LT 215/85 R- 16E 123 XTi P 235/70 R- 17XL
255/55 R- 18 139 198 131
P 265/70 R- 17OWL 187 P 275/60 R- 17 158 225/65 R- 17 285/40 R- 22XL 224 LT 225/75 R- 16E 125 P 225/70 R- 16 P 235/75 R- 17 125
HTR Sport H/P LT 275/65 R- 18E 170 $107 $86
P 245/60 R- 18 142 255/55 R- 18XL 185 LT 275/70 R- 18E 165 225/60 R- 18 142 285/45 R- 22XL 164 LT 235/85 R- 16E 114 P 235/70 R- 16 89 P 245/65 R- 17OWL 137
255/55 R- 18 $108 P 285/60 R- 18 235/55 R- 18 305/40 R- 22XL P 245/70 R- 17OWL
P 265/70 R- 18 203 199 275/55 R- 20XL 137 148
305/45 R- 22XL
154 LT 245/75 R- 16 E
129 P 245/70 R- 16 94 127
285/60 R- 18 275/40 R- 20XL 235/60 R- 18 157 P 255/65 R- 17OWL
134 P 255/70 R- 16
114 P 275/55 R- 18 234 142 98 129
183
245/60 R- 18 285/35 R- 23XL 179 LT 265/75 R- 16 E
P 255/70 R- 17OWL
275/45 R- 20 117 P 255/60 R- 19 108 P 275/55 R- 20 183 151
LT 265/75 R- 16E OWL 134 P 265/70 R- 16C 106 132
235/55 R- 19 162 285/40 R- 23XL 218 P 265/65 R- 17 141
275/55 R- 20XL 126 P 285/45 R- 22 210 245/45 R- 20 142 305/40 R- 23XL 204 LT 8.75 R- 16.5E 125 LT 265/75 R- 16 116
P 265/70 R- 17OWL 133
285/50 R- 20 129 Latitude Sport 285/40 R- 24XL P 235/65 R- 17 109
255/55 ZR- 18XL $276 245/50 R- 20 160 316 LT 9.50 R- 16.5E 136 P 245/65 R- 17 114 P 275/60 R- 17OWL 120
P 295/45 R- 20 133 255/45 R- 20XL 141 295/35 R- 24XL 339 LT 235/80 R- 17E 138 P 265/65 R- 17 P 235/65 R- 18 134
305/50 R- 20 275/45 ZR- 19XL 280 255/50 R- 20XL 155 305/35 R- 24XL 339 121 P 265/70 R- 18OWL 144
126 LT 245/70 R- 17E 135 P 265/70 R- 17 109
265/35 R- 22XL 275/45 ZR- 20XL 347 265/50 R- 20XL 141 315/35 R- 24XL 379 P 275/55 R- 20 156
153
255/40 R- 20 315/40 R- 25XL LT 245/75 R- 17E OWL 149 P 275/65 R- 18 153
285/35 R- 22 295/35 ZR- 21XL 428 145 716 P 275/60 R- 20 156
195 275/40 R- 20XL 141 315/40 R- 26XL 482 LT 265/70 R- 17E OWL 149 P 285/60 R- 18 145
305/40 R- 22 158 Latitude Tour HP Ecsta STX KL12 Grabber AT2 275/45 R- 20 XL
131 325/35 R- 28XL 1050 LT 275/65 R- 18E OWL 178 P 275/55 R- 20 155 All-Terrain T/A KO
P 305/45 R- 22 159 295/40 R- 22XL $382 325/35 R- 28XL $812 205/75 R- 15OWL $76 275/55 R- 20 XL
141 315/35 R- 30 1978 LT 275/70 R- 18E OWL 169 P 275/60 R- 20 154 LT 225/75 R- 16E $141

SPECIALS

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Grand Touring All-Season
Developed to meet the needs of sporty coupe and luxury performance
sedan drivers by blending touring tire characteristics with perfor-
mance tire competence, the Ecsta LX Platinum is designed to provide
responsive handling, long wear and a quiet, comfortable ride along
with traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow.
185/60 R- 14 215/60 R- 15 225/60ZR- 16 235/45ZR- 17 245/40ZR- 18
195/60 R- 14 225/60 R- 15 235/60ZR- 16 235/50ZR- 17 245/45ZR- 18XL
185/65 R- 15 205/55ZR- 16 205/50ZR- 17XL 235/55ZR- 17XL 255/45ZR- 18
195/55 R- 15 205/60 R- 16XL 215/50ZR- 17 225/40ZR- 18XL 245/40ZR- 19
195/60 R- 15 205/65 R- 16 215/55ZR- 17 225/45ZR- 18XL
195/65 R- 15 215/55ZR- 16XL 225/45ZR- 17 225/50ZR- 18
205/60 R- 15 215/60 R- 16 225/50ZR- 17XL 235/40ZR- 18XL
205/65 R- 15 225/55ZR- 16 225/55ZR- 17XL 235/50ZR- 18

ASX
Ultra High Performance All-Season
Developed for sports cars, coupes and sedans. The
Ecsta ASX (ASX for All-Season Xtreme) is designed to
blend responsive handling with dry, wet and year-round
traction, even in light snow.
195/55 R- 15 225/55ZR- 16 235/55ZR- 17 245/45ZR- 18
195/60 R- 15 225/60 R- 16 245/40ZR- 17 255/35ZR- 18

XS
195/65 R- 15 235/60 R- 16 245/45ZR- 17 255/45ZR- 18
205/50ZR- 15 245/50ZR- 16 255/40ZR- 17 265/35ZR- 18
205/55 R- 15 205/40ZR- 17XL 255/45ZR- 17 275/35ZR- 18
205/60 R- 15 205/50ZR- 17 255/50ZR- 17 275/40ZR- 18
205/65 R- 15 215/40ZR- 17 275/40ZR- 17 245/40ZR- 20
Extreme Performance Summer 225/60 R- 15 215/45ZR- 17 285/40ZR- 17 245/45ZR- 20
195/50ZR- 16 215/50ZR- 17 215/35ZR- 18XL 255/45ZR- 20
The Ecsta XS (eXtreme Street) was developed 205/40ZR- 16 215/55 R- 17 215/45ZR- 18XL 245/30ZR- 22XL
for passionate driving enthusiasts looking to 205/45ZR- 16XL 225/45ZR- 17 225/40 R- 18RF 255/30ZR- 22XL
make the most of their vehicle’s capabilities 205/50ZR- 16 225/50ZR- 17 225/45ZR- 18 285/25ZR- 22XL
in competition, at the track or on the street. 205/55ZR- 16 225/55ZR- 17 235/40ZR- 18XL 295/25ZR- 22
215/50ZR- 16 235/40ZR- 17 235/45ZR- 18 255/30ZR- 24XL
The Ecsta XS offers Kumho’s ultimate level of 215/55ZR- 16 235/45ZR- 17 235/50ZR- 18 275/30ZR- 24XL
dry road performance. 225/50ZR- 16 235/50ZR- 17 245/40ZR- 18 275/25ZR- 24

205/50 R- 15 255/40 R- 17 245/35 R- 18XL
215/45 R- 16 275/40 R- 17 245/40 R- 18
225/50 R- 16 285/40 R- 17 265/35 R- 18XL
265/45 R- 16 295/35 R- 17 275/35 R- 18XL
215/45 R- 17 315/35 R- 17 315/30 R- 18
225/45 R- 17 335/35 R- 17 285/35 R- 19
235/45 R- 17 225/40 R- 18XL 345/30 R- 19
245/40 R- 17 225/45 R- 18XL
245/45 R- 17 235/40 R- 18XL

NOTE: Like all summer tires, the Ecsta XS is not intended to be driven in
near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

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ROAD TEST

THE BULL
REDUX
THE TAURUS MOVES UPSCALE,
IF NOT COMPLETELY BACK
INTO OUR HEARTS.
BY TONY SWAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON KILEY

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90 2009
2010 FORD TAURUS LIMITED
THE HIGHS THE LOWS THE VERDICT
Subdued good looks, solid Rubbery steering, tepid Pleasant to behold,
chassis, roomy interior, responses, lamentable braking easy to respect,
quiet comfort at all speeds. distances, hefty curb weight. but hard to love.
AUG
2009 91
ROAD TEST 2010 FORD TAURUS LIMITED

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COUNTERPOINT

MARK GILLIES
No matter how beautifully styled
and luxurious this new Taurus is, I
still can’t get my head past the fact
that it’s based on Volvo architecture
that’s seemingly as old as the ark.
The Taurus rides nicely on the
highway and is very refined, but
it’s a plodder on any winding road.
More significantly for the target
audience, which isn’t comprised
of mental-nutter-bastards like me,
there’s no headroom for anyone
over 5 feet 10 inches tall, and that’s
a travesty in such a big car.

TONY QUIROGA
A confession: I’m a fan of the
previous Five Hundred/Taurus.
Why? It was a big, solid sedan
that blended quiet refinement
with unobtrusiveness. Sounds
backhanded? Don’t underestimate
unobtrusiveness. Not being irritated
and actually being soothed by your
car is how Lexus built its brand.
For 2010, the Taurus truly enters
the 21st century (finally), with a
new design and its manners intact.
Gripes? Headroom is fine, but the
headrests will poke your occiput;
maybe that’s what Gillies thought
was the ceiling.

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92 2009
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL
Touch pad, now flush (at right), unlocks and
locks. In back, enough space for three adults.

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2009 93
ROAD TEST

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94 2009
2010 FORD TAURUS LIMITED
Price Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, Standard: power windows, seats, and locks; Fuel Capacity 19.0 gal
(AS TESTED)
4-door sedan remote locking; cruise control; tilting and EPA
telescoping steering wheel C/D
$37,580
Options: navigation system, $1995; Rapid Spec package 302A CITY HWY OBSERVED
(includes power-adjustable pedals, auto high-beams, rain- Audio system: Sony; AM, FM, Sirius radio;
BASE: $31,995 sensing wipers, blind-spot detection, and premium audio),
$1500; adaptive cruise control, $1195; power sunroof, $895
CD/DVD player; 10-GB media storage; minijack,
USB, and Bluetooth-audio inputs; 12 speakers
18 28 23
MPG REQUIRED FUEL: 87 OCTANE

ENGINE DIMENSIONS
V-6, aluminum block and heads Wheelbase: 112.9 in Length: 202.9 in
Bore x stroke: 3.64 x 3.41 in, Height: 60.7 in Width: 76.2 in
92.5 x 86.7mm Front track: 65.3 in Rear track: 65.5 in
Displacement: 213 cu in, 3496cc Drag area:
Compression ratio: 10.3:1 Cd (0.32) x frontal area (28.9 sq ft) = 9.2 sq ft
Fuel-delivery system: port injection Ground clearance: 6.1 in
Valve gear: chain-driven double WEIGHT
overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, Curb: 4097 lb Per horsepower: 15.6 lb
variable intake-valve timing DISTRIBUTION
Power (SAE net): 263 bhp @ 6250 rpm Front: 60.7% Rear: 39.3%
Torque (SAE net): 249 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm TEST RESULTS HANDLING
TOWING CAPACITY: 1000 lb
Redline: 6700 rpm GVWR: 5260 lb ROADHOLDING
ACCELERATION SECONDS
DRIVETRAIN INTERIOR Zero to 30 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with
manumatic shifting
RESTRAINT SYSTEMS
Front: 3-point belts; driver and passenger
40 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 3.7 0.82 g
GEAR: Ratios/mph per 1000 rpm front, side, and curtain airbags 50 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 5.1 300-ft-dia skidpad
1st: 4.48/5.7 4th: 1.41/18.0 Rear: 3-point belts, curtain airbags (STABILITY-CONTROL-INHIBITED)

2nd: 2.87/8.9 5th: 1.00/25.5 SEAT ADJUSTMENTS 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . 7.0
3rd: 1.84/13.8 6th: 0.74/34.3 Front: fore-and-aft, seatback angle, front
Final-drive ratio: 3.16:1 height, rear height, lumbar support 70 mph . . . . . . . . . . . 9.2
UNDERSTEER
MAX SPEED IN GEAR 80 mph . . . . . . . . . . 11.6
REAR SEATS MINIMAL
38 mph 92 mph 111 mph
6700 rpm 6700 rpm 4350 rpm Folding Split Pass-Through 90 mph . . . . . . . . . . 14.7
YES NO YES NO YES NO MODERATE
1 3 5 7 MEASUREMENTS (in)
100 mph . . . . . . . . . . 18.5
EXCESSIVE
Head Leg Shoulder 110 mph . . . . . . . . . . 23.5
2 4 6 8 FRONT
REAR
39.0
37.8
41.9
38.1
57.9
56.9 5–60 street start: 7.4 sec Top gear, 30–50: 3.8 sec Top gear, 50–70: 5.2 sec
60 mph 111 mph 111 mph
Front Rear Trunk
¼-MILE: 15.4 sec @ 92 mph
SAE
6700 rpm 6200 rpm 3250 rpm WEATHER
V O L U M E 55 cu ft 47 cu ft 20 cu ft
Temperature: 68˚F
CHASSIS
WHEELS + TIRES TOP SPEED: 111 mph (GOV LTD) Humidity: 29%
Chassis type: unit construction with Barometric pressure: 29.15 in Hg
2 rubber-isolated body crossmembers Wheel size/type: 8.0 x 19 in/
cast aluminum BRAKING
Body material: welded steel stampings ODOMETER
Tires: Goodyear Eagle RS-A, 70 to 0 mph . . . . . . . 191 ft
STEERING Test-vehicle mileage: 1660
P255/45R-19 100V M+S
Rack-and-pinion with variable INTERIOR SOUND (dBA)
hydraulic power assist Spare: high-pressure compact
Ratio: 17.0:1 Turns lock-to-lock: 3.1 41 IDLE TIRE INFLATION
Turning circle curb-to-curb: 39.5 ft 73 FULL THROTTLE Test Front: Rear:
BRAKES
SUSPENSION 68 70-MPH CRUISING pressures: 32 psi 32 psi
Hydraulic with vacuum power assist,
Front: ind, strut located by a control anti-lock control, and electronic
arm, coil springs, anti-roll bar panic assist NOTES
Rear: ind; 1 control arm, 1 trailing link, Front: 12.8 x 1.2-in vented disc
1 lateral link, and 1 toe-control link per Absolutely pathetic braking performance—not a lot of
side; coil springs; anti-roll bar Rear: 13.0 x 0.4-in disc fade but a mushy pedal and consistently long distances.
Stability control: partially defeatable competition mode launch mode Quickest acceleration is achieved by brake torquing.

COMPETITORS

Chrysler 300 Touring $27,665 Honda Accord V-6 $27,275 Toyota Avalon $28,595
The visage is now familiar, but Chrysler’s The Accord is new to this size class. But Smooth, quiet, powerful, roomy, and
big kahuna is still among the roomiest, even so, it hasn’t forgotten the nimble attractive within, the Avalon still suffers
still stands out in a crowd, and despite responses that make it a perennial from visual anonymity, but there’s no
substantial mass, is still quick on its feet. winner, and its V-6 is great.. shortage of acceleration—or quality.

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TYPE OF TIRES FINGERPRINTED ALIASES O
budget high performance R
Ventus, Ecsta, Invo, I
REASON FINGERPRINTED Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, IDENTIFYING MARKS wear bars,
various autocross crimes, jaywalking, donuts, Grumpy ol’ Shel, Csaba sipes,“Live Long” tattoo
loitering in parking lots ALIBI SEXY RACE DIAM AVG WGT EYES HAIR PLACE OF TEST
DATE WHO CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA? too hot or too cold YES often 17” XX.X blk BLK South Bend, IND
8/2009 C/D tech department TEMPERAMENT AND ATTITUDE
aggressive to sloppy LEAVE BLANK
SERIOUSLY?
PREVIOUS CRIMES
yes, plus we get to wring out a BMW 3-series for felony understeer
three days. greatest car ever CLASS.
BOXERS? BRIEFS?
them boys gotta breathe
SUSPECTS’ GRASP OF SITUATION
RAMPABILITY
REF.
cogent to unconscious you got some Fix-a-Flat?
KNOWN GANG AFFILIATE?.
member, WRX STI

BFGOODRICH G-FORCE BRIDGESTONE POTENZA DUNLOP DIREZZA FALKEN AZENIS RT-615 HANKOOK VENTUS
T/A KDW RE760 SPORT SPORT Z1 STAR SPEC V12 EVO
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

KUMHO ECSTA XS LING LONG L688 MICHELIN PILOT NITTO INVO YOKOHAMA S.DRIVE
SPORT PS2
6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

THE UNUSUAL
SUSPECTS
COULD ANY OF THESE NINE AFFORDABLE SUMMER TIRES HAVE
POSSIBLY KNOCKED OFF THE EXPENSIVE MICHELIN PS2?
BY DAVE VANDERWERP
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICH CHENET

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TIRE TEST
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TIRE BRANDS, BY PRICE
PRICE

LING LONG L688 $57 94W 280 23.1 9 yes

HANKOOK VENTUS V12 EVO $106 94Y 280 22.9 10 yes

YOKOHAMA S.DRIVE $115 91Y 300 22.6 10 yes

NITTO INVO $117 91W 260 24.6 10 no
QUID PRO QUO
We’d like to reward Spencer
KUMHO ECSTA XS $120 91W 180 23.1 7 no Geswein’s expert assistance
with an unqualified plug. Aside
from providing independent
FALKEN AZENIS RT-615 $121 94W 200 24.2 7 no testing, training, and coaching
services (www.full-lock.com),
Geswein and business partner
BFGOODRICH G-FORCE $126 90Y 300 23.9 10 yes Brian Smith are also involved in
T/A KDW the operation and development
of Carolina Motorsports Park
BRIDGESTONE POTENZA (CMP) in Kershaw, South
$132 94W 340 25.9 10 no Carolina. With 2.28 miles of
RE760 SPORT
asphalt, 14 turns, three track
configurations, and a wet/dry
DUNLOP DIREZZA SPORT $137 90W 200 25.7 10 yes skidpad, plus a dedicated
Z1 STAR SPEC karting track in the works, CMP
has much to offer. The recent
MICHELIN PILOT SPORT PS2 $192 91Y 220 22.9 10 no addition of Palmetto Motorsports
BENCHMARK Club allows enthusiasts to enjoy
plentiful track time and first-
NOTES
Service description: The two-digit number (90 to 94, in this case) specifies the load rating; the higher this number is,
rate facilities at an affordable
the more weight the tire can carry. The letter is the speed rating: W means 168 mph; Y is for 186 mph. price. CMP even has trackside
UTOG tread-wear rating: This rating compares a tire’s wear with that of a reference tire. For example, a 340 rating estimates condos available (www.
tire life at 3.4 times that of the reference tire, which scores 100. carolinamotorsportspark.com).
Directional: Tires with a directional tread pattern can be mounted in only one direction, which limits their ability to be rotated.

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MICHELIN PILOT SPORT PS2
BMW M3; Porsche 911,
Boxster, and Cayman;
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1; Cadillac
CTS-V. A list of some of our 
JDPVQFTGPSPVSUFTU±UIFSFEPOFGPS FOUUJNFTUISPVHIPVUUIFEBZ XFDPVMECF favorite cars? Yes. And they all
ESZESJWJOH UIFTJMWFSGPSUIFXFU DPOGJEFOUJOUIFDPOTJTUFODZPGUIFEBUBBOE wear Michelin PS2s, which is
8FμWF BMXBZT CFFO JNQSFTTFE XJUI UIBUDIBOHFTJOUIFUSBDLTVSGBDFEVFUP probably one of the reasons many
UIF5JSF3BDLμTTUBGG NBOZPGXIPNBSF UFNQFSBUVSFPSBOZOVNCFSPGPUIFSGBD C/D staffers consider the PS2
JOWPMWFEJOSBDJOHBOEBSFHFOVJOFDBSOVUT UPSTXFSFOμUBGGFDUJOHMBQUJNFT#VUJGUIF their favorite summer tire and a
$POTJEFSUIFWFIJDVMBSBSTFOBMQBSLFEJO UJNFTXFSFTIJGUJOH XFDPVMEVTFUIBUEBUB good enough reason to use it as
GSPOUPGUIFDPNQBOZμT TRVBSFGPPU UPBEKVTUUIFSFTVMUTBDDPSEJOHMZ our benchmark in this test.
XBSFIPVTFJO4PVUI#FOE *OEJBOB XIJMF 8FBMTPJODMVEFEBGPVSNJMFTUSFFUMPPQ After which, we were
XFXFSFUIFSFBO&#.8. BO"VEJ UPNFBTVSFJOUFSJPSOPJTFBOEOPUFTVC understandably surprised that the
4 B$PSWFUUF; B#.8"MQJOB# BOE KFDUJWFCFIBWJPSTTVDIBTTPVOERVBMJUZ  pricey PS2s didn’t dominate the
BQBTTFMPGPUIFSDBSTXFμSFGPOEPG JNQBDUIBSTIOFTT BOETUFFSJOHGFFM dry portion of the test, finishing
"GVSUIFSCFOFGJUPGUIJTBSSBOHFNFOUJT 5IFUXPESJWFSTXFSFUIFBVUIPSBOE  only midpack in both autocross
UIBUUIF5JSF3BDLTFMMTNPTUPGUIFCSBOET PODFBHBJO 4QFODFS(FTXFJO±FOHJOFFS time and braking. Geswein
JOUIFUFTUUIVTXFDPVMEVTFUJSFTGSPN BOEGPSNFSSBDFSBOE.JDIFMJOUJSFUFTUFS thought excessive understeer
UIFDPNQBOZμTJOWFOUPSZBOEDJSDVNWFOU )JTGJOFMZDBMJCSBUFECBDLTJEFBOEFYQFSU held back the lap times. Still, the
UIFQPTTJCJMJUZPGUJSFNBLFSTDIFBUJOHCZ ESJWJOHTLJMMTQSPWJEFEBOPUIFSPQJOJPO PS2s pulled an above-average
TFOEJOHVTBDVTUPNJ[FEWFSTJPOPGUIF POUIFTVCKFDUJWFOVBODFTBNPOHUIFUJSFT  0.92 g on the skidpad and
SFRVFTUFEUJSF BOEIFSBUFEFBDIDBOEJEBUFJOUISFFBSFBT exhibited a very sure-footed,
"GUFSFBDITFUPGUJSFTXBTCSPLFOJO HSJQ QSFDJTJPO BOEQSPHSFTTJWFOFTT predictable demeanor. Unlike
BDDPSEJOHUPUIF5JSF3BDLμTDSJUFSJB UISFF 4VNNFSUJSFTBSFOPUEFTJHOFEUPCF most of the other tires, the PS2s
EJGGFSFOUNBOFVWFSTXFSFDPOEVDUFE FBDI ESJWFO JO UFNQFSBUVSFT CFMPX BCPVU  were responsive to steering
JOXFUBOEESZDPOEJUJPOTCSBLJOHGSPN EFHSFFTBOEDFSUBJOMZOPUJOTOPXPSJDF5P inputs at the limit and would tuck
NQIUPBTUBOETUJMM MBQTBSPVOEBNJMF VT UIFZBSFBCPVUNBYJNVNESZXFBUIFS back in nicely after their grip was
BVUPDSPTTDPVSTF BOESVOTBSPVOEB QFSGPSNBODF XJUIFOPVHIDBQBCJMJUZJO exceeded. Another positive is
GPPUEJBNFUFSTLJEQBE5IFMJTUFECSBLJOH UIF XFU UP HFU UISPVHI B TVEEFO EPXO pleasant ride quality, noted in the
SFTVMUTBSFBOBWFSBHFPGTJYTUPQT BGUFS QPVS4PXFTLFXFEUIFSFTVMUTUPGBWPS street-driving portion.
UXPTUPQTUPHFUUIFUJSFTXBSN 
0OUIF UIFESZQBWFNFOUDIBNQT HJWJOHEPVCMF In the wet, the benchmark
BVUPDSPTTDPVSTF UXPESJWFSTUPPLUISFF UIFXFJHIUUPUIPTFUFTUT FWFOUIPVHITVN PS2s showed their mettle, feeling
MBQTFBDI BOEUIFCFTUUJNFGPSFBDIESJWFS NFSUJSFTHFOFSBMMZPVUQFSGPSNBMMTFBTPO the most connected to the road
XBTBEEFEUPHFUIFS0OFESJWFSQFSGPSNFE SVCCFSJOXFUDBQBCJMJUZBTXFMM and reeling in the quickest lap
UXPMBQTJOFBDIEJSFDUJPOPOUIFTLJEQBE  "GUFSUISFFEBZTPGUFTUJOH XFXFSFMFGU time—beating the Ling Longs’ dry
BOEUIFCFTUSVOJOFBDIEJSFDUJPOXFSF XJUIBCVOEMFPGMBQUJNFTBOEFWFONPSF time—and generating a heady
BWFSBHFE XIJDIJTPVSOPSNBMQSPDFEVSF OPUFT DMPUIFTUIBUSFFLFEPGSVCCFS BOE 0.88 g on the skidpad, which was
5PFMJNJOBUFBOZQPUFOUJBMCJBT OFJUIFS MFGULOFFCSVJTFTGSPNCSBDJOHIBSEBHBJOTU as high as two of the competitors’
UFTUESJWFSLOFXXIJDIQBSUJDVMBSUJSFXBT UIFEPPSEVSJOHUIFIJHIHESJWJOH"OEXF best efforts in the dry. The PS2s’
CFJOHFWBMVBUFE XFSFTVSQSJTFECZIPXWBTUBOEOPUJDFBCMF wet performance was certainly
)BOLPPLPGGFSFEUISFFJEFOUJDBMTFUTPG UIFEJGGFSFODFTXFSFBNPOHUIFUJSFT FWFO impressive, but we’d like more
²DPOUSPM³UJSFTUPCFJOUFSTQFSTFEBNPOH UPSFMBUJWFMZJOFYQFSJFODFEUJSFUFTUFSTTVDI dry capability from an expensive
UIFUFTUUJSFT*GJEFOUJDBMSFTVMUTDPVMECF BTPVSTFMWFT%FTQJUFXIBUTPNFPOMPPLFST summer tire. —DV
BDIJFWFEXJUIUIFDPOUSPMUJSFTBUEJGGFS UIPVHIU XFTUJMMDBMMUIJTXPSL
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TIRE TEST

LING LONG L688 NITTO INVO FALKEN AZENIS RT-615
SJHIUUIFSFPOUIFFEHFPGUIFUJSF
9 LING LONG L688 6OGPSUVOBUFMZ UIF/JUUPTμQFSGPSNBODF
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QBUUFSO CFDBVTFUIF-μT7TIBQFEMBZ JOH XJUICPUIESJWFSTSFQPSUJOHBTPGUGFFM
PVUJTFTTFOUJBMMZBDPQZPG:PLPIBNBμT"74 JOHBUUIFMJNJUBOEUIBUUIFZXFSFEJGGJDVMU
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ESZ BVUPDSPTT QFSGPSNBODF XBT TP GBS UJSFTFYIJCJUFE BOEFWFOUIPVHIUIFZIBE
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  #VUFWFOUIPVHIUIFZDPTUIBMGUIFQSJDF XFUQFSGPSNBODF BOEUIFSFTVMUTXFSFDPO
 
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   *GXFSBUFEUJSFTPOUSFBEEFTJHO UIF FYQMPJU
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#VUUIJTBMTPBMMPXTGPSBQSFDJTF DPOOFDUFE CFMPXBWFSBHFSJEF
GFFMJOUIFESZUIBUNBLFTUIFTFUJSFTTFFN "TJEFGSPNOBJMJOHUIFCSBLJOHUFTU UIF
FYUSFNFMZTQPSUZ XIJDIDPVMEQSPWJEFBO ,%8TXFSFBWFSBHFJOESZQFSGPSNBODF
FHPCPPTUCFOFGJUGPSTMPXESJWFSTXIPIBWF "OEEFTQJUFUZJOHUIFCFODINBSL14T


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BQFSJPEXJUIJOJUTOBNF UIF:PLPIBNBT BWFSBHFUPSFDPWFSPODFUIFJSMJNJUIBE   
TUPPEPVUJOKVTUPOFDBUFHPSZXFJHIU"U CFFOFYDFFEFEBOETMPQQJFSJOUSBOTJUJPOT   
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5IF ,VNIP &DTUB 94 JT B WFSZ DPO OPUIJOHTIPSUPGEJBCPMJDBM XIJDILFQU GMJQGMPQCFUXFFOVOEFSTUFFSBOEPWFSTUFFS
GMJDUFEUJSF"GUFSUIFESZUFTUJOH XFXFSF UIFN GSPN WJDUPSZ 5IFZ IBE TMJHIUMZ GPSOPBQQBSFOUSFBTPO5IFGJSTUXPSEJO
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available choices to present
the most compelling roundup
       possible. But space and time
      constraints, along with fluctuating
prices, meant that some tires were
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TIRE TEST

KUMHO ECSTA XS HANKOOK VENTUS V12 EVO DUNLOP STAR SPEC
ESZ 5IFJS GPVSUIQMBDF BVUPDSPTT UJNF CFTUBSPVOEUIFUSBDL FWFOUIPVHIUIFJS POUIFESZBVUPDSPTT UIF4UBS4QFDTDSFBUF
XBTOμU TQFDUBDVMBS  CVU UIFZ EJE PVUMBQ UJNFUSBJMFETMJHIUMZCFIJOEUIF%VOMPQTμ BSFBTTVSJOHDPOOFDUJPOCFUXFFOUIFUJSFT
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OFTT UIF7&WPTTPNFIPXNBOBHFEB UPBDDFMFSBUJOH XIJDIMFGUVTXJUITBUJTGZ
TFDPOEQMBDF TLJEQBE SVO PG  H BOE 1 DUNLOP DIREZZA JOHMZTNPPUIMBQT
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LIGHTLY USED CARS

VETTE
A brand-new standard-issue Chevrolet Corvette remains
an incredible performance-car bargain. For less than two-
thirds of the price of a Porsche 911, the latest C6 thunders to 60
mph in 4.0 seconds flat, corners at 0.99 g, and tops out at 190
mph. And for a two-seat rocket, a Vette is also very practical, with
57 percent more luggage capacity than a Honda Accord and tall

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gearing that, during relaxed highway cruising, squeezes more
than 25 miles from each gallon of premium fuel.
Even so, the Corvette’s current base price of $49,515 might be
more than some people can or want to spend. If you fall into this
group, you’ll be happy to discover the many used Vettes on the
market, given that today’s C6 generation was born in the 2005
model year. When you peruse secondhand Corvettes, you’ll also
find that many of them have very low mileage, having been driven
V-8 POWER FOR THE PRICE OF A HOT mostly on summer weekends in cold states. Three- and four-year-
old cars with less than 10,000 miles are not unusual.
HATCH, WITH THE SECURITY OF GM’S To reduce the risks of used-car buying, GM offers a certi-
CERTIFIED USED-VEHICLE PROGRAM. fied used-vehicle (CUV) program. Similar to all such programs,
GM’s starts with a detailed, 117-item checklist to make sure
that everything is operating as it did when new. The car gets a
BY CSABA CSERE
thorough cleaning and detailing, brakes and tires that are more
than half-worn are replaced, and the next scheduled mainte-
nance is performed.
Most important for the buyer’s peace of mind is the addition

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of a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that INSURANCE FOR SIX MONTHS
goes on top of the original 36-month/36,000-mile bumper-to-
Buying used can save a fair amount on premiums, at least with Progressive insurance in
bumper warranty. The CUV is also covered by what remains of Michigan. It also helps to be older in our home state. In California, however, you basically pay
the original five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. So if, in through the nose no matter what. But the Progressive rates really penalize traffic citations in
August, you buy an ’05 Vette with 25,000 miles on the odo that the Golden State. The figures below were tabulated with one speeding ticket for a 28-year-old
man and two for a 57-year-old man. But for the 57-year-old driving a 2005 C6, the six-month
was first sold in March 2005, you still have 12 months/12,000 rate goes from $2865 with no tickets to $3498 with one, $4506 with two, and $4699 with
miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and powertrain coverage three. So once you’ve collected two tickets, you might as well keep your foot down.
until March 2010, or to 100,000 miles. On an ’08 model, the ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA
roughly two years remaining on the new-car bumper-to-bumper SINGLE, 28 MARRIED, 57 SINGLE, 28 MARRIED, 57
coverage gets upped to three years. 2005 COUPE $1260 $914 $3946 $4506
A CUV Corvette is easy to locate on www.gmcertified.com, 2006 COUPE $2095 $1468 $4308 $4892
but the site’s search functions aren’t strong. For one, you can’t 2006 Z06 — — $4582 $5177
2007 COUPE $2195 $1530 $4408 $4999
filter by transmission type. Some of the descriptions don’t even
2007 Z06 — — $4691 $5298
identify the gearbox type or the car’s color. Most options go 2008 COUPE $1835 $1267 $4505 $5108
unmentioned. In more than 100 listings, we never saw a reference 2008 Z06 $2966 $2052 $4748 $5350
to the desirable Z51 package, and only through the photos and 2009 COUPE $1966 $1363 $4602 $5215
the 7.0-liter engine size could we determine whether a car was 2009 Z06 $2872 $1987 $4845 $5457
a Z06 model. But free online CarFax history reports are available
through GM’s site for each car. PRICES OF CERTIFIED USED C6s
The bottom line is that instead of spending well over $50,000 To provide some idea of CUV Corvette prices, we tabulated, by year and model, the prices of
for an optioned new Corvette—or $75,000 for a Z06—GM’s CUV every CUV C6 within 250 miles of our Ann Arbor headquarters. Convertibles generally bring
program has cars priced in the low 30s, with a warranty to protect about five grand more than coupes, though there is considerable variance. Notice also that
you if anything goes wrong. Suddenly that $30,000 hot hatch there’s a big jump in price with the 2008 models because the C6 that year got a midcycle
upgrade that included a larger, 6.2-liter engine; refined shifting and steering; and a very nice
doesn’t look so attractive. L optional leather interior package. Keep in mind that these are the asking prices. There is
definitely room for haggling here.
LOW AVERAGE HIGH
FOR MORE 2005 COUPE $29,998 $33,554 $36,995
2005 CONVERTIBLE $34,995 $38,616 $40,995
FIND ADVICE ON CERTIFIED
2006 COUPE $31,987 $36,669 $39,995
USED VEHICLES AND A
2006 CONVERTIBLE $36,395 $39,212 $44,995
FULL RUNDOWN OF ALL 36
2006 Z06 $46,995 $48,942 $50,888
AUTOMAKER PROGRAMS
2007 COUPE $33,895 $37,226 $40,995
CAR ANDDRIVER •C O M / C E R T I F I E D P R E O W N E D 2007 CONVERTIBLE
2007 Z06
$38,999
$52,390
$43,632
$54,432
$47,995
$56,995
2008 COUPE $33,969 $46,175 $53,990
2008 CONVERTIBLE $43,999 $45,692 $47,995
2008 Z06 $59,290 $61,345 $63,399

GM WARRANTIES AND PERKS
WARRANTY WHEN NEW CUV WARRANTY
YEARS/MILES YEARS/MILES
POWERTRAIN
WARRANTY 5/100,000 continues
BUMPER-TO-BUMPER
WARRANTY 3/36,000 plus 1/plus 12,000
GM 24/7 ROADSIDE
ASSISTANCE 5/100,000 continues
Note: If the bumper-to-bumper warranty has expired, the CUV warranty provides
that coverage for one year or 12,000 miles from the time of purchase. If the original
warranty is still in effect, the CUV program adds one year and 12,000 miles to the
original coverage. The CUV powertrain warranty is transferrable.

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AFFORDABLE NAVIGATION
Why spend big money on a factory navigation
system when you can get a portable device
screens than the built-in competition, but
just try moving that built-in from one car to
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DON KUREK

features that will read street names aloud.
They all work just dandy to get you from
for hundreds less? The question is becoming another. The four nav systems below retail point A to point B; the biggest differences lie
rhetorical. Portable navs may have smaller for less than $230 and have text-to-speech in features, menus, and user-friendliness.

TOMTOM XL 330S
THE HIGHS
ALPINE PND-K3 Compact windshield mount,
MAGELLAN THE HIGHS can download fuel prices
ROADMATE 1430 Works as a Bluetooth and locations of red-light
GARMIN NÜVI 255W THE HIGHS speakerphone, plays audio cameras (with a connection
THE HIGHS Easiest and quickest route files via an SD card. to a computer).
Fast rerouting, shows speed programming, comes with THE LOWS THE LOWS
limits on map, fuel-efficient free traffic reports for Menus aren’t as good as Faint and muddy-sounding
“ecoRoute” feature. three months. the best, windshield mount speaker, programming takes
THE LOWS THE LOWS includes a huge longer than with other units,
Prompts for a street address Planning multiple stops is docking port. traffic info requires
before the street name, a different function than THE VERDICT a $100 antenna.
often long search time for finding a single destination. A solid pick if you like the THE VERDICT
points of interest. THE VERDICT extra features and don’t Good for tech-savvy users,
THE VERDICT Even your grandpa need traffic info. but there are better units
You’ll be happy, but maybe could figure out how to ($199.95; 800-257-4631; for simple navigation.
not as happy as the guy use this one. www.alpine-usa.com) ($179.95; 866-486-6866;
with the Magellan. ($229.99; 800-707-9971; www.tomtom.com)
($219.99; 800-800-1020; www.magellangps.com)
www.garmin.com)
I SPY
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If you have a GPS-enabled mobile but it will tell you where
phone (excluding the Apple iPhone), your car, or someone
TeleNav can turn it into a portable GPS else’s, is with up-to-the-
device for $9.99 a month. We tried it on minute accuracy. The Snitch
a BlackBerry Storm and liked the user- also has a motion detector, and
friendliness and the constantly updated you can be alerted via text message
traffic info. But maps can take a while to or e-mail if your car, or something in
load, and they don’t load at all without a it, moves. If cloak-and-dagger isn’t your
wireless signal. Most phone screens are thing, you can share your location with friends. The
tiny compared with those of portable nav rechargeable unit lasts up to a week on a full charge,
units, but the price is attractive. and the service is $14.99 a month or $169.99 a year.
(888-353-6284; www.telenav.com) ($299.99; 403-451-0327; www.blacklinegps.com)
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and exit are narrower doorsills and a seating
position that is 2.6 inches higher than the
2010 LOTUS EVORA Elise’s. But the footwell is still narrow enough
to require a miniature dead pedal.
Back seat or no, the Evora is still very
EXPANDING THE LOTUS LORE. much a Lotus in the driving-thrills depart-
ment. As with the company’s other mod-
BY DAVE VANDERWERP els, the steering is absolutely brilliant even
though the Evora has hydraulic power assist
The inquisitive owner of a first-gen- sized (i.e., tiny) back seat, which is optional as opposed to the unassisted racks in the
eration Elise we met near Inveraray, and seems adequate for little people and rest of the lineup. The steering-feel fanatics
Scotland, calls it cheating. He’s referring to children up to 10 years old. at Lotus went so far as to use a magne-
the fact that this all-new Lotus—the first in 14 In front, even this six-foot-five-inch driver— sium wheel in order to reduce its weight so
years—comes with a stereo, anti-lock brakes, Lotus’s claimed design target—had to slide that less feedback is lost. The weighting is
cruise control, and a stitched-leather interior, the seat forward a couple of inches from its perfect, and the constant tingling coming
not to mention available navigation and a most rearward position, and the amply pad- through the thin, flat-bottom wheel is superb
backup camera. Had we wished to really ded, leather Recaro seats were comfortable without ever feeling nervous or twitchy.
upset him, we could have brought up the throughout a 250-mile drive. Easing entry With a firm but not punishing ride, the
stability control and automatic transmission
that will soon be offered.
Indeed, this is a very different car than
the company’s intense, ultralight Elise and
Exige models that we admire greatly for
their delightful responses but whose lim-
ited appeal we fully understand. After all,
there are dog carriers that may be easier
to crawl into.
That’s why the Evora is so much larger—
21.9 inches longer, with a 10.9-inch stretch
in the wheelbase—putting it on par with more
mainstream sports cars such as Porsche’s
911 and Cayman. Roughly five inches shorter
than a 911, the Evora still houses a similarly
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Evora is planted and secure yet runs to-side slop than we like.
through corners with the light and playful Other than a few low-rent interior items—
feel endemic to mid-engine cars—think Fer- the low-resolution Alpine navigation system
rari F430, only with slightly sharper steering. and the Ford parts-bin turn-signal and wiper
A reasonable, 3050-pound curb weight—a stalks—we think that Lotus, overall, has nailed
couple hundred pounds lighter than a 911— it. On sale now in Europe, the Evora won’t
certainly helps the ride-and-handling cause, come to the U.S. until early 2010, and pricing
and the Evora’s moves are so natural and is a critical decision Lotus has yet to make.
fluid, we got the sense that the car actu- Current exchange rates suggest $75,000,
ally enjoys being pushed. Braking is equally which is practically on top of the Porsche
spectacular, with an immediate bite and a 911 and more than $10,000 pricier than a
firm pedal. Lotus says the brakes will easily Cayman S. That may make it a tough sell for
hold up to racetrack use. some, even though the handsome, exotic
Almost as impressive as the driving experi- looks and supercar-like worldwide sales
ence are the hand-built Evora’s gorgeous volume of 2000 per year ensure exclusiv-
forged aluminum control arms and aluminum ity. We don’t need convincing: The dazzling
extrusions that make up the astoundingly stiff driver feedback easily won over our one-
structure. In the engine bay is a 276-hp Toyota track mind.
V-6 that’s been spared a lifetime of bore-
dom in your mom’s Camry. Vehicle engineer-
ing director Roger Becker says completely VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive,
2- or 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe
reprogramming the engine allows the com-
pany to “suck out the conservatism and add ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $75,000
Lotus DNA.” It’s responsive and linear, with
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum
a pleasant midrange induction growl—Lotus block and heads, port fuel injection
enhances it by piping the intake noise into Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 cu in, 3456cc
the cabin—and it makes a sophisticated but Power (SAE net) . . . . . . . 276 bhp @ 6400 rpm
Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . 258 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
subtle roar in the 5000-to-7000-rpm range.
It’s as loud as European regulations allow; TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
U.S. cars will get slightly more volume.
DIMENSIONS:
A Nissan 370Z will keep up with the Evora Wheelbase: 101.4 in Length: 170.9 in
in the quarter-mile dash, but straight-line Width: 72.8 in Height: 48.1 in
poke is not what any Lotus is about. Plus, Curb weight: 3050 lb
a benefit of the, shall we say, responsible PERFORMANCE (MFR’S EST):
horsepower is impressive fuel economy Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.9 sec
that, based on European ratings, we esti- Zero to 100 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . 13.5 sec @ 103 mph
mate to be 19 mpg city and 28 mpg high- Top speed (drag limited). . . . . . . . . . . 162 mph
way. Optional, shorter ratios for gears three
through six reduce fuel economy by four PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA city/highway driving . . .18–19/27–28 mpg
percent, according to Lotus. Unfortunately,
the six-speed’s shift lever has more side-
 

  

 
 

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BMW X6 xDRIVE50i
THE HIGHS THE LOWS
Sports-sedan athleticism, supple ride, AMC-like styling, restricted rear view,
400-hp thrust, luxurious interior. answers a question nobody asked.
BY TONY QUIROGA

Maybe it was an Oktoberfest-fueled Cabin materials and interior design are
decision, or maybe it came after a lifted directly from the X6’s progenitor, the
particularly trying meeting, but the volks at X5. The clues giving away that you’re in an
BMW seem to have said to themselves, “The X6 xDrive50i and not an X5 xDrive48i are the
gents at AMC really got it right in the early restricted rear view, the two-person accom-
’80s. Herr Bangle, make the X5 look more modations in the back seat, the additional
like a 1983 AMC Spirit, bitte, and we’ll call brawn from the turbo V-8, and the extra
it the X6.” $10,450 missing from your bank account.
At least when you’re driving the X6, you Thanks to the, um, unique styling, the rest
don’t have to look at it. And after driving the of the world will have no doubt that you’re
X6, it’s likely that the styling will be forgotten not in an X5. A few might even think AMC is
or, at the very least, forgiven. back from the grave.
It’s a prettier picture, mechanically.
Despite its rhino-like 5241-pound weight, the VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive,
X6 drives like a much smaller sports sedan. 4-passenger, 5-door wagon
Steering effort is heavy and requires a delib- PRICE AS TESTED: $83,970 (base price:
erate hand, but the X6 responds quickly and $67,475)
without drama. Part of the credit goes to the ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and
xDrive all-wheel drive and a torque-vector- intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum
ing system [see Tech Dept., page 34] that block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . .268 cu in, 4395cc
can vary the power between each of the Power (SAE net) . . . . . . . 400 bhp @ 5500 rpm
rear wheels to stabilize the X6—or engage in Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . 450 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
lurid power slides if you turn off the stability TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with
control. Grip from the wide Dunlop SP Sport manumatic shifting
Maxx tires registers 0.89 g on the skidpad, DIMENSIONS:
which will send passengers reaching for Wheelbase: 115.5 in Length: 192.0 in
overhead grab handles that aren’t there. Width: 78.1 in Height: 66.5 in
Curb weight: 5241 lb
That the X6 achieves these numbers with a
supple ride is even more remarkable con-
sidering the stiff and heavy run-flat tires on C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.1 sec
20-inch wheels. Zero to 100 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.2 sec
Aimed in a straight line, the 400-hp, twin- Zero to 140 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.5 sec
 turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 launches the X6 to Street start, 5–60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . 13.8 sec @ 102 mph
60 mph in 5.1 seconds—a tick or two slower Top speed (drag limited). . . . . . . . . . . 157 mph
than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Braking, 70–0 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 ft
Infiniti FX50. Power is delivered smoothly Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad . . . . . 0.89 g  
    

   

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.../#&#' '% !#**,"* Turbo lag is absent, and the V-8 gives no EPA city/highway driving . . . . . . . . .12/18 mpg
C/D observed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 mpg
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2010 LEXUS IS250C/IS350C
THE LITTLEST LEXUS TURNS ON THE ULTRAVIOLET.
BY AARON ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID DEWHURST

Sales charts spawned this baby. Top up, the cabin is quiet; top down,
About a third of BMW 3-series sales the body is fairly stiff for an easygoing %*$
are coupes and convertibles, and Lexus ramble on good pavement, but even then, $)')%-
wants a seat at that buffet. Impulsive?
Hardly. Introduced nine years ago and well
we could still feel some steering-column
shudder. Softer springs, shocks, and bush-
$)!$%$
into its second generation, the entry-level ings sponge up more bumps than in the
IS sedan finally gives birth to a convertible sedan, though this weighty ship rolls and
two-door kitten. porpoises a bit more.
In dealerships now, the IS250C and The base IS250C starts at $39,365 with
IS350C feature an aluminum hardtop roof various amenities standard, including leather,
that, in 20 seconds, marshals 15 electric making it about $6000 less than the base
motors and 37 sensors to split it into two BMW 328i convertible. The IS350C begins
panels, which seamlessly belly-flop into the at $44,815. Judging from the tranquilized

  
waiting trunk. Ultraviolet bliss ensues. dynamics, the IS C wants to chase BMWs
Weary eyes could reasonably mistake without becoming a BMW. That will likely not
the IS C for a sedan that lost a debate with trouble any Lexus loyalists craving a tan.

   

a hacksaw, yet every exterior panel and
molding except the hood is unique to the VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-
convertible. The IS C is 2.2 inches longer drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible
than the four-door, and the rear decklid
hunchbacks upward, so there’s room for
four adults, plus space for flat luggage
BASE PRICE: $39,365–$44,815

ENGINES: DOHC 24-valve 2.5-liter V-6, 204
%)%
under the pancaked roof. hp, 185 lb-ft; DOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6, 306
The engine choices are identical to the
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IS sedan’s: a 204-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 and a TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed automatic with
306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. So are the transmis- manumatic shifting, 6-speed manual
sion choices, which means a six-speed DIMENSIONS: )%-%' $)%,!$
manual is only available in the IS250C, Wheelbase: 107.5 in Length: 182.5 in
and a six-speed automatic is offered in Width: 70.9 in Height: 55.7–55.9 in
Curb weight: 3850–3900 lb
( !$%*'(&!"
both models.
Curb weight swells by roughly 400 PERFORMANCE (MFR’S EST): $()$)( !+,-
pounds to about 3850 in the base IS250C Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.8–8.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.1–16.5 sec
because of structural reinforcements.
Acceleration in the IS350C still feels manly,
Top speed (governor limited) . . . .131–141 mph / %*%*",!$) 
though the open-air exhaust note is just a FUEL ECONOMY: !'()&'!.%'%$%

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humdrum hum; figure 5.8 seconds to 60 EPA highway driving . . . . . . . . . . . 25–29 mpg %) '&'!.("*( $,!$ 

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VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive,
2-passenger, 2-door roadster
BASE PRICE: $313,350

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum
block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . .263 cu in, 4308cc
Power (SAE net) . . . . . . . 503 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . 347 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automated manual

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 102.4 in Length: 177.6 in
Width: 75.7 in Height: 47.9 in
Curb weight: 3300 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
PREVIEW Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.5 sec
Top speed (redline limited). . . . . . . . . 196 mph

FERRARI 16M SCUDERIA SPIDER
FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving . . . . . . . . .11/16 mpg

EARPLUGS NOT INCLUDED. exotic—particularly one you don’t own—near
the limit on a country road is a riot, but it can
BY K.C. COLWELL be a bit on the stressful side. Fortunately, this
car inspires as much confidence as respect
Sixteen may be how many ounces road car we have ever driven (our LeMons and awe. That’s why the F430, in any form, is
are in a pint, or the number on Joe Fiero included). undefeated in C/D comparison tests.
Montana’s jersey. But to a Ferrari Formula The 16M weighs about 3300 pounds, or Expect the 16M to reach 60 mph in 3.4
1 fan, it’s the number of world constructors’ roughly 200 more than its coupe counter- seconds. The all-wheel-drive Lamborghini
championships that have been won by the part; in both cars, the interior is stripped of all Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder will likely win a
legendary Italian team. comfort features. Carbon fiber and aluminum drag race (0 to 60 for the Gallardo coupe
Now, Ferrari has built a limited-edition trim line the cabin. There is no carpeting is 3.2 seconds; we haven’t yet tested the
16M Scuderia Spider—499 total—to honor or leather. The only nod to sybarites is on Spyder) and perhaps even a beauty contest.
this achievement. It’s an F430 Spider with the dash, where a horizontally docked iPod But the 16M dominates the Lambo when it
all the go-fast parts of the 430 Scuderia. Touch functions as the stereo, sans radio comes to chassis performance. We’re bet-
Those bits include a higher-compression tuner. ting the Ferrari will remain undefeated when
version of the F430’s 4.3-liter V-8 that According to Ferrari, the 16M posts the it goes toe-to-toe in a comparo.
makes 503 horsepower (20 more than in fastest time ever around its Fiorano circuit Now, a word of caution: Don’t hang
the F430) and 347 pound-feet of torque. for one of its open-top road cars. around thinking you’ll be first in line for a
It has a retuned suspension, serving-plat- We drove the Spider in the hills surround- 17M. Through the sixth race of the Grand Prix
ter-size carbon-ceramic brakes, Ferrari’s F1 ing Ferrari’s Maranello factory, where the season, Ferrari’s hope of a repeat is as good
SuperFast2 automated manual transmis- 16M devoured switchbacks. Even in extreme as Manny’s chances of winning MVP—the
sion (60 milliseconds for shifts), and quite transitional states, the chassis never feels big F is 69 points behind rookie underdog
possibly the loudest exhaust note of any unsettled or spooky. Driving a $313,350 Brawn-Mercedes.

that are slightly wider in front, VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine,
2010 FERRARI 599GTB FIORANO HGTE and a special exhaust tune. rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger,
The HGTE package also 2-door coupe
A.SPEC IS TO HONDA AS HGTE IS TO FERRARI. includes every interior carbon- BASE PRICE: $356,825
fiber option. Output for the ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 48-valve V-12,
6.0-liter V-12 is unchanged— aluminum block and heads,
612 horsepower and 448 port fuel injection
Displacement . . . . . . . . 366 cu in, 5999cc
pound-feet of torque— Power (SAE net) . . . . 612 bhp @ 7600 rpm
therefore, the car will not be Torque (SAE net). . . 448 lb-ft @ 5600 rpm
any quicker in a straight line. TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual,
We have praised the 6-speed automated manual
4000-pound 599 for driving DIMENSIONS:
smaller than it is, as well Wheelbase: 108.3 in Length: 183.7 in
for as its neutral handling, Width: 77.2 in Height: 52.2 in
Curb weight: 4000 lb
f the $326,730 Ferrari Gran Turismo Evoluzione) tactile brakes, and grown-
I 599GTB Fiorano isn’t
exclusive enough for you,
package. It includes a retuned
suspension consisting of
up manners. The HGTE
retains all of these traits,
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.8 sec
Ferrari now has an option stiffer and shorter springs, but when in race mode, Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.2 sec
to suit your increasingly a larger rear anti-roll bar, the stiffer damping relays Top speed (redline limited) . . . . . . . 206 mph
ridiculous needs: a retuned adjustable shocks, road topography with FUEL ECONOMY:
$30,095 HGTE (Handling unique three-piece wheels sledgehammer blows. —KC EPA city/highway driving . . . . . . . 11/15 mpg

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model of our experience.
The Artega’s chassis is made largely from
ARTEGA GT aluminum, with carbon-fiber-reinforced plas-
tic body panels. The suspension is a classic
unequal-length control-arm layout with coil-
PORSCHE LOVER BUILDS PORSCHE BEATER. over shocks front and rear.
The 3.6-liter engine is the latest direct-
BY RAY HUTTON injection V-6 found in the Volkswagen Passat
CC. It produces 295 horsepower, which, in
Every year, new wannabe Porsches, Designed by Henrik Fisker—whose port- a car that weighs just 2600 pounds, should
Ferraris, and Lamborghinis turn up folio includes the aluminum-bodied BMW provide better-than-Porsche performance:
at the world’s motor shows, though most Z8, the Aston Martin V-8 Vantage, and the 60 mph arrives in less than five seconds,
are incomplete and underfunded and never upcoming Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid [see and there’s a claimed top speed of at least
progress beyond the prototype stage. page 58]—the Artega GT is shapely and 170 mph.
The Artega is the exception. The GT was well finished. And the company lured Karl- At higher revs, the exhaust sound is ter-
developed in secret by a respected auto- Heinz Kalbfell, the ex–sales supremo at rific—it’s more like an Italian V-8 than a mod-
industry supplier. It took two years before it BMW who has since headed Rolls-Royce, est German V-6. A less pleasant booming
was ready, and there was no advance hype. Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, to handle sales inside the cabin at about 2500 rpm is one
The car emerged fully formed in 2007 at the and marketing. of the few things that needs fixing.
Geneva show, ready for production. Paragon’s small engineering team had This is one of the first cars outside the
And in October 2008, production began never done a complete car before, but Volkswagen Group to use VW’s excellent
at a purpose-built plant in Delbrück, Ger- thanks to the close cooperation of some DSG gearbox, which operates either auto-
many. Clearly, there is a depth of planning blue-chip suppliers—Bosch, Brembo, Bil- matically or manually via paddles behind
and commitment here. The company behind stein, Michelin—it succeeded in producing the steering wheel. The Artega has its own
the Artega is Paragon AG, an electronics a car that drives better than any first-time software to dictate the shift program.
supplier best known for the stopwatch/lap
timers fitted to Porsches.
Paragon’s CEO is Klaus Dieter Frers, a
prominent historic-car racer with an enviable
collection of Porsches. So perhaps it is not
surprising that Porsche was the inspiration
for his very own sports car. The Artega is a
lightweight, two-seat, mid-engined coupe
with a transverse-mounted VW/Audi V-6
and DSG six-speed, double-clutch, auto-
mated manual transmission. It is short
(157.9 inches), wide (74.0 inches), and low
(46.5 inches). The closest equivalent is the
Porsche Cayman S, although the Artega is
more than a foot shorter.
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The smoothness of operation and the
compatibility of all the car’s controls are
impressive. The steering, with electric power
assistance, is direct and accurate yet not
deflected by bumps. Body control is tight
in fast cornering, yet the ride is settled and
unusually comfortable for a sports car. The
Artega has a nearly ideal suspension setup
for normal road driving.
Although the exterior is voluptuous, the
Artega’s interior is almost austere. It is neat,
tidy, and spacious but does not look very
special. Naturally, Paragon wants to show-
case its “cockpit system.” The main analog
instrument has a dual function: The rev
counter is in the top arc, and the speedo is
below it—both needles from the same axis.
Electronic displays, which can be selected

     

by the driver, emerge from a black panel that
surrounds the center dial.
With a couple of refinement issues
addressed, the Artega would compare
favorably with sports coupes from the
established premium automakers. The
price—75,000 euros, or about $100,000—is
some 25 percent higher than that of a Cay-
man S in Germany, but there is an element
of exclusivity: In full production, only 500
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VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive,
2-passenger, 2-door coupe
BASE PRICE (GERMANY): $100,000

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, iron block
and aluminum head, direct fuel injection
Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 cu in, 3598cc
Power (SAE net) . . . . . . . 295 bhp @ 6600 rpm
Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . 258 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed dual-clutch
automated manual
DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 96.9 in Length: 157.9 in
Width: 74.0 in Height: 46.5 in
Curb weight: 2600 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.8 sec
Top speed (drag limited). . . . . . . . . . . 170 mph

FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA city driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 mpg
EPA highway driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 mpg

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SHORT TAKE
2010 MERCEDES-BENZ E550 COUPE
for really headlong apex clipping, even in
sport mode. We reserve judgment regard-
ing braking performance; our test car, fresh
THE HIGHS THE LOWS from abuse at a press preview, had problems
Sublime hardtop styling, ample power, Steering could be more decisive, that stretched stopping distances far beyond
expectations—Mercedes’ and ours. And the
handsome interior, room for four. ditto dynamic responses.
responses of the paddle-shifting feature are
BY TONY SWAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. G. RUSSELL relaxed by serious sports-coupe standards.
This is no BMW M3. If real haste is an objec-
tive, a new E63 AMG version is just around
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Aside from the achievement of a pillar- the corner. But alas, Mercedes says the AMG
We can be pretty sure John Keats less design in an age of ever tougher roll- massage will be limited to the sedan.
wasn’t thinking about automotive sheetmetal over standards, Mercedes has done a fine On the other hand, we’d be surprised if
when he penned those words in 1818. But packaging job: The reduced dimensions anyone acquired this car with track days in
if Keats had been scribbling just 191 years have deleted nearly a third of the rear-seat mind. Like us, people are more likely to be
later, his inspiration could very well have space but haven’t made the E coupe a mere seduced by its blend of power, comfort, and
been this elegant and sexy coupe. two-plus-two. Rear headroom will be on the beauty that will never grow old. L
Okay, trying to set one current Mercedes wish lists of individuals over six feet tall, but
automobile above the others in terms of there’s plenty of knee, leg, and toe room for
beauty is tough; they all look terrific. Still, two modestly sized adults. The seats are VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-
drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
this coupe version of the latest Mercedes supportive, and climbing in or out is eased
E-class, its sweeping roofline uninterrupted by the power front seats, which flip and glide PRICE AS TESTED: $66,375 (base price:
by a B pillar, is on a look-at-me par with the forward. $55,525)
big Mercedes CL coupes, minus their mass Reduced dimensions should equate with ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum
and massive price tags. reduced weight, and that seems to be true block and heads, port fuel injection
Do not interpret this to mean bargain. The here. Our loaded test car weighed 3942 Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 cu in, 5461cc
Power (SAE net) . . . . . . . 382 bhp @ 6000 rpm
basic E350 coupe, with a 268-hp, 3.5-liter pounds, far from light, but still a couple hun- Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . 391 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
V-6, is $48,925. That soars to $55,525 for the dred pounds better than what we anticipate
E550, with its 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8. Check for the sedan. TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic with
manumatic shifting
all the option groups, and you wind up with In any case, the coupe’s 5.5-liter V-8—
a package like our test car: a cool $66,375. one of the best naturally aspirated eights in DIMENSIONS:
On the other hand, the most recent previous the business—and seven-speed automatic Wheelbase: 108.7 in Length: 185.0 in
Width: 70.3 in Height: 54.0 in
E-class coupe—the 1994 E320—started at transmission handle all those pounds very Curb weight: 3942 lb
$62,075. Wow. well indeed: zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds,
The new coupe shares architectural ele- the quarter-mile in 13.3 at 108 mph. It emits
ments with the E-class sedan, as well as a refined V-8 rumble when it’s pinning occu- C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.8 sec
its techno-goodies and a bevy of safety pants into their seatbacks and is an eager Zero to 100 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11.5 sec
features, many of them standard. But there ally when it’s time to pick off back-road Zero to 130 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.3 sec
are also pieces from the C-class stable, con- dawdlers. Street start, 5–60 mph . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile . . . . . . . 13.3 sec @ 108 mph
tributing to much tidier dimensions. For the We wish the coupe’s other dynamic ele- Top speed (governor limited) . . . . . . . 131 mph
coupe, the E sedan’s 113.1-inch wheelbase ments were as compelling. The steering, Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad . . . . . 0.85 g
has been trimmed to 108.7. That two-door though quick at 2.7 turns lock to lock, is
FUEL ECONOMY (MFR’S EST):
is 6.7 inches shorter and 2.7 inches narrower thin on feedback. The suspension—featuring EPA city/highway driving . . . . . . . . 16/23 mpg
than the four-door, and its 54.0-inch roof is Mercedes’ electronically controlled adap- C/D observed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 mpg
3.2 inches lower. tive shock absorbers—is a little too compliant
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WHAT I’D DO DIFFERENTLY

roadster, renaming it the mentality of: When you have
Pininfarina, and the Fiat more demand than supply,
X/1-9 as a Bertone. What you can sell whatever the
happened to that? hell you feel like building.
MB: I convinced them C/D: Apparently, once again
I could bring the cars you were ahead of your
back and take care of time with the EV Warrior, an
the problems. We were electric bicycle, in the early
successful, sold about 200 1990s.
a month, very profitable. MB: When you drove that
Then Cadillac cut a deal bicycle, it was fast, it was
with Pininfarina, who told fun, you could pedal or
me Cadillac did not want a not pedal—it was cool-
$14,000 Pininfarina being looking. But I made two
sold next to its $55,000 mistakes. One was selling
Allanté. But they gave me it through car dealers for a
six months before they $50 commission, and two,
canceled production, and when you drove it around a
that put me on the road to parking lot, you loved it—but
go get Yugo. on the street, with cars all
C/D: Indeed, in ’85 you over the place, it scared the
began to import the Yugo as hell out of you!
the cheapest car ($3990) C/D: In 2004, you began
available in the U.S. work toward importing
MB: I sent my people to Chinese cars from Chery.
find the cheapest car in the MB: We went everywhere in
world. They found Zastava, the world, looking for a car
in Yugoslavia, a 50-year- company. We had a choice
Malcolm Bricklin, 70 old factory building a 30- of 120. A Russian friend
Subaru of America founder (1968) year-old car. We took this sent me to Chery, and I was
piece-of-crap car and within absolutely blown away by
Maker of the Bricklin SV-1 (1975) 14 months had set up 400 the factory and its president.
Importer of the Yugo (1985) U.S. dealers and made 528 But what I didn’t know
Electric-bicycle entrepreneur (1995) changes to the car. It was about China is that their
Big dealmaker in China (2004) the only car ever imported morality is not exactly up
in those numbers that never to international par. When
C/D: You founded Subaru’s American had a recall. And it was the Chery went from the bastard
operation in ’68, but within a few years sold fastest-selling car ever from child of China to its favored
almost all of it. What would you do differently Europe, still today. We were son—because of what we
if you had to do it over again? supposed to sell 50,000—we were doing—and companies
MB: My biggest mistake with Subaru was not sold 163,000 in three years. like Chrysler began to court
holding onto more of the stock. That stock I was making a couple them, they decided to see
went for $3, split 10 times, and ended up at million dollars a month and if they could screw me.
$300. sold out for $20 million. And Thought they would see if
C/D: With the money from that Subaru that is considered my big they could take it all back,
adventure, you got underwriting from Canada failure? and they did, and we’re
to build your Bricklin SV-1 but sold fewer than But what did I learn? suing them for $14 billion.
3000. What happened? That you can’t take the China has the ability, they
MB: I did too little testing. We had too many communist mentality and have the talent, they had the
new things—the acrylic body, gullwing doors. teach them to maintain opportunity, but they don’t
I should have spent another year getting rid good quality. They did a yet understand you can’t
of the leaks and changing the hydraulic doors fabulous job at first, then do business in the rest of
to air power. And you need good labor. I went it went straight downhill. the world the way they do
where they gave me money, not where the All of a sudden they had business in China. Knowing
labor was good. 70 countries buying Yugos what I know now, I wouldn’t
C/D: In 1982, with Fiat leaving the U.S. from them, and they went have gone anywhere near
market, you decided to import its 2000 right back to the communist them. —Steven Cole Smith L

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