New 2013 Mazda CX-5 Trailer
Mazda's long-awaited replacement for its Tribute SUV (a badge-engineered Ford Escape) is here, and it looks like Mazda will have the baby crossover it needs to successfully compete against the all new 2013 Ford Escape in this key segment. Stylish exterior aside, the new 2013 Mazda CX-5 promises to deliver 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine, while returning up to 33 mpg in highway fuel economy. Mazda gets this impressive number by "adding lightness," to quote Colin Chapman. Opt for a front drive CX-5 with a six-speed manual, and it tips the scales at just over 3,200 pounds. Go for all-wheel-drive and the six-speed automatic, and the curb weight is still a nimble 3,426 pounds. The high-pressure direct-fuel-injection 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine plays a big role in fuel economy, too,and Mazda has spent a significant amount of time and money developing a powerplant that is both fuel-efficient and rewarding to drive. Front-drive models equipped with a six-speed manual are expected to return a gas mileage of 26/33 mpg city/highway, and even all-wheel drive models will deliver a projected 25/30 mpg city/highway. While base front-drive models are available with either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive variants will only come with the six-speed automatic. Expect inventory to hit Mazda dealers in early 2012, with trim levels to include Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Pricing hasn't been set, but the CX-5 will slot into Mazda's lineup below the CX-7 crossover, which runs from about $22,000 to $32,000, depending upon trim level and options.
New 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Porsche's Panamera turbo should be blushing a bright shade of Ruby Red Metallic. After all, the new 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS, which debuted at the 2011 Los Angeles auto show, is essentially a Panamera turbo, albeit without any turbochargers. You read that right. Although the four door sedan you see here bears more than a passing resemblance to Porsche's forced-induction four-door sedan, what's nestled underhood instead bears more resemblance to the Panamera S than the top-of-the-line turbo and turbo S. Refining Perfection That's not to say the GTS is wanting for power. In stock form, the 400-hp, dual-overhead cam 4.8-liter V-8 found in the Panamera S and 4S is a silky-smooth engine that delivers an impressive 400 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Apparently, there was room left for improvement. By tweaking the engine computer, revising valve springs, modifying cam lobes, and installing both a new twin-induction air intake and a sports Exhaust system, Porsche's engineers have made the normally aspirated 4.8-liter both more powerful and happier to rev. In GTS guise, the horsepower inches forward from 400 to 430 hp, torque is increased to 383 lb-ft, and the redline creeps upward 400 rpm to 7100 rpm. As is the case with the Panamera turbo, the Panamera GTS is only available with one transmission (Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox) and one driveline configuration (all-wheel). Porsche's trick torque-vectoring rear differential is standard fare, and helps the car rotate through corners. The GTS retains the Panamera 4S's air suspension system, but spring rates are firmer, ride height lowered by 10 mm, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) -- which works to combat body roll - is also included in the package. Porsche also raids the Panamera turbo's parts bin for the 14-spoke, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and for braking hardware, which includes 15-inch front rotors and red-painted calipers. Cosmetic Changes Porsche's release alleges the Panamera GTS is "aerodynamically on par with the turbo." We'd expect as much, considering the GTS uses quite a few of the turbo's exterior body panels. The entire front clip is pulled from the Panamera turbo Sport Design package, to provide plenty of air to the twin air intakes. The rear four-position spoiler is also borrowed from the turbo, as are the LED-powered driving lamps. Like the 911 GTS, the Panamera GTS is awash in black accents. The rear diffuser, window trim, side air outlet panels, rear deck lid decorative trim, headlamp bezels, and washer covers are all painted black. The side sills are also coated in black paint, and even the Exhaust tips are finished in a matte black finish. In typical Porsche fashion, the Panamera GTS interior is trimmed from head to toe in copious amounts of leather and alcantara. Seat inserts, upper door panels, headliner, and center console armrest are all covered in the suede-like material, and the standard sport steering wheel can be wrapped to match upon request. 18-way power adjustable sport seats are standard, as are bespoke door sill guards, gauge faces, and embroidered headrests. Et Tu, turbo? So, the GTS looks the part of a turbo - but can it walk the walk? Almost. Porsche says the Panamera GTS blasts from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and hits a top speed of 179 mph. That's pretty darn close to the metrics touted for the Panamera turbo: according to Porsche, its twin-turbocharged wunderkind moves from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds, and can wind its way up to a top speed of 188 mph. Pricing hasn't been revealed, but it's a safe bet the Panamera GTS will ring in somewhere between the Panamera 4S ($96,175, including destination) and the turbo ($137,675). Though the notion of buying turbo-like prowess on the cheap may woo some buyers, the GTS' appeal may be in how it offers greater performance without becoming an exercise in mechanical lunacy. It's something we've come to appreciate in other Porsche GTS models - particularly the 911 - and it's what we hope we can expect from the 2013 Panamera GTS.
New 2012 Hyundai Azera Driving
If you're into plus-size models, then you're sure to appreciate the the all-new Hyundai Azera. Looking like a curvy Sonata but with some more meat on its bones, the Azera is all-new for 2012 and sports a more powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine making 293-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Using a six-speed automatic transmission Hyundai boasts it can achieve 20-mpg in the city and 29-mpg highway for a combined 23-mpg rating, which matches the Acura TL and Toyota Avalon and tops all other rivals (if you don't include the rear-drive Chrysler 300). Hyundai also touts the car's power-to-weight ratio, at just 3,600 lbs it's quite light for a full size car and weighs 200 lbs less than a Buick LaCross and 400 less than a Taurus. Back to the car's design, along with a large chrome grille it gets plenty of chrome detailing (perhaps too much), as well as LED taillights and accent lighting, integrated Exhaust tips and 18-inch wheels standard (19s are optional). Fitting between the Sonata and rear-drive Genesis Sedan in the Hyundai lineup, few might remember the old Azera but that's likely to change now. It stretches 193.3-inches and is 73.2 inches wide. (For perspective, that's 5-inches shorter and one inch less wide than a Chrysler 300). With all that size, the Azera boasts more front headroom and legroom than any of its front-drive rivals. Perhaps the Azera's best selling feature is its extensive list of standard equipment. Included on even base models is leather, dual automatic climate control, a 7-inch display screen with navigation and a back-up camera, a power driver's seat, proximity key, nine airbags, second row air vents, a cooled glove box, plus heated front and rear seats. Those looking for all the goodies can upgrade to the Tech Package with 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, HID lights, a power rear sunshade and manual side rear shades, a 12-speaker 550-watt Infiniti audio system, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, an extendable driver's seat cushion, vented front seats and rear parking sensors.
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