This is just one of the many cases of too much power in a FWD car. It was so hard to get traction, but it all worked out on the 4th try.
The Saturn Aura:
The Saturn Aura was introduced in 2005 for the 2006 model year to replace the Saturn L-Series. Saturn had never intended to use the Aura Concept name for production, but the name ended up sticking as a result of its popularity. The Aura's design was produced under several different names including the Fiat Croma, the Cadillac BLS, the Chevrolet Malibu, the Pontiac G6, the Opel Insignia, the Opel Signum, and the Opel Vectra, Saab 9-3. The Aura marked the first time since the 70's that GM's German division Opel had products sold in the United States. The XR trim of the Aura utilized the concept's 252 hp 3.6 L V6. The XE trim made use of a 3.5 L V6 which makes 219 hp. An eco minded trim named the Greenline uses a hybrid 164 hp 2.4 L I4. The Aura was discontinued after the 2009 model year due to the Saturn division's termination by GM.
Limit Pushing - 2010 MX-5 Top Speed Test
Not the greatest feeling at these speeds, but one hell of a car.
The MX-5, also known as Miata (a name that means "reward" in Old High German), was introduced in 1989 utilizing the Jinba ittai design meaning that the car would be as light weight as possible with minimal mechanical complexity limited only by legal and safety requirements. This handling mindset was carried across all three generations. The first generation sold over 400,000 units from 1989 to 1997. It made use of a 1.6 I4 engine to 1993 and a 1.8 L after that. The first generation (NA) is known for its characteristic pop up headlights. The second generation (NB) was launched in 1998 with it's major changes including fixed headlights and a slight power increase. In 2005 the third generation (NC) was introduced with a new 2.0 L engine. The MX-5 is the best selling convertible ever with numbers breaking 900,000 MX-5s ever sold. It has won many awards over the years including Wheels Magazine 's Car of the Year for 1989 and 2005; Sports Car International's "best sports car of the 1990s" and "ten best sports cars of all time"; 2005-2006 Car of the Year Japan; and 2005 Australian Car of the Year - and making Car and Driver magazine's annual Ten Best list 10 times.
Limit Pushing - 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 0-60 Test
We could not achieve a very quick 0-60 time in the automatic version of this new Sonata. This is the second time this summer that a 2011 Hyundai was slow due to the auto transmission. This car is very cool and stylish for the price, but if you are planning on buying a new Sonata, go with the 2.0L SE version.
The Hyundai Sonata:
The Hyundai Sonata was introduced in 1985 as the Y platform. It was sold in very few markets including Korea and Canada. The body of the first generation Sonata was closely based on the Hyundai Stellar's design. Twenty four years later the sixth generation was released for the 2009 model year as the YF platform. The redesign of the sixth generation quickly became an award winning design. The YF platform won awards from reviewers including Consumer Reports, Ward's Auto World, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Cars.com, Consumers Digest, and several others. The sixth generation was badged the i40 in Western Europe and the i45 everywhere else. The YF was sold in three trims, the GLS, the SE, and the Limited. These trims made use of a 2.4L I4 making 198 hp and a turbocharged 2.0L I4 making 274 hp. The YF platform is still in production today.
Limit Pushing - Volvo S60 Top Speed Test
This is the AMERICAN spec. The EUROPEAN spec is faster.
Back for the summer. I thought I might as well start things off with something other than the usual 0-60 tests, and this Volvo really did impress me with its acceleration. So it's back for a Top Speed Test.
The S60 was the first Volvo to leave behind the 80's and 90's boxy design. Built on the P2 platform, the S60, along with many other models, followed much smoother contour lines than previous models. The S60 was at first powered by a 247 hp 2.3 liter turbo 5 cylinder engine but was then upgraded to 2.4 liters increasing the power by ten horses. In 2003 the S60 R was introduced with a Haldex AWD system, Brembo brakes, a 296 hp I5 engine and a 6 speed transmission. The S60 utilized a suspension system called Four-C which upon selected could adjust the car's electronically controlled shock absorbers to Comfort, Sport, or Advanced while adjusting up to 500 times a second keeping the car level on the road.
Limit Pushing - 2003 Civic EX 0-60 Test
First video with the new Hero Camera!
As a sort of New Year's resolution, I set out to fix the time on the Civic EX's 0-60 video (which was admittedly terrible). My thanks goes out to all of the people who help out with the constructive criticism comments.
2007 SATURN AURA XR MILD CUSTOM UNIQUE BUILD
This car has been mildly customized and uniquely built. Definitely hard to recognize as a Saturn. Very gently used car that's quick and runs great with excellent fuel mileage. Has plenty of room for the entire family or a car full of friends.
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Chevy Malibu 2010 3.6L V6 0-60 Acceleration
This is a stock 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. It's front-wheel-drive. It's got the 3.6L V6, good for 252hp and 251ft/lb torque.
I did a few 0-60mph and 0-100+mph, both in automatic and manual mode at the end. I got around 7sec flat, which is pretty good I think. And plenty of redlining at the end, because the transmission in manual is quite slow to shift, takes 2-3 seconds after you press the button ...
JL AUDIO 8W7 AND 1000/1 PART II
2008 Saturn Aura with 2 JL Audio 8w7's in a custom flared ported box on a JL Audio 1000/1 and a JL Audio 450/4 for my polk audio highs.I also have a D3400 XS power battery under the hood with my BIG 3 upgrade with all 0 gauge stinger wires.