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The 2015 Corvette Z06 packs on 226 pounds but it doesn't matter

Feed the beast.<p>The order guide for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 has hit the web courtesy of the keen eyes at CorvetteBlogger. The document contains all sorts of gems, including the car's curb weight. Buyers can expect to pull around 3524 lbs when equipped with the seven-speed manual …

Sports Cars

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Eight-Speed Automatic

Now with eight ways to shift your pants.<p>The race to higher gear counts is in full swing, and automatic gearboxes are leading the way. Driven partly by marketing one-upmanship and partly by the need to meet ever-tougher fuel-economy mandates, eight-speed autoboxes are everywhere, Chrysler’s running …

Chevrolet Finally Announces 2014 Corvette Stingray's Power Figures

When Chevrolet pulled the sheets off of the 2014 Corvette Stingray at this year’s Detroit auto show, we were smitten with its saucy sheetmetal, upgraded interior, and promising-looking all-new small-block V-8 engine. We were less enthused with the mystery surrounding the small-block’s details, …

Corvette Stingray for Sale: 2019 Corvette Stingray Pricing

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray / Z51

The seventh generation of the American icon has finally arrived.<p>“Iconic.” It’s possibly the word most overused in the last decade. Randomly applied to everything from ’70s television has-beens to retail establishments, and from shoes to athletes, it’s been rendered practically meaningless. But in …

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Performance Estimates Revealed!

Detailed technical information? Blah. Photos? Yawn. Those goods simply aren’t enough when it comes to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray—all enthusiasts have been dying to know is what it can do, in units of time, g, and mph. We’re talking about performance figures, and Chevy finally has placated …

Tech Features I’m Thankful and Unthankful For

The past few years have seen a surge of tech features in new vehicles – everything from cloud-based content to semi-autonomous driving. While some of it makes the driving experience better, not all tech is useful or well thought out. Automakers who are adept at drivetrains, ride quality and …

Land Rover to field diesel-hybrid Range Rover and Sport models in US

Land Rover is expected to introduce a new diesel hybrid powertrain for use on the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, and while our report last week indicated that these models wouldn't be sold here, <i>Edmunds</i> is reporting otherwise.<p>The stricter Euro 6 …

The 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Starts at $78,795

Today Audi released pricing for its complete lineup for 2014, and while we’ve already covered this information for the A6, A7, and Q5 TDI models and the R8 supercar, pricing also was announced for the RS5 cabriolet, the topless version of the mighty RS5 coupe. The cost for the no-roof option is …

Chevrolet announces 0-60 time for 2014 Corvette Stingray

Three point eight seconds. It’s the latest morsel of information Chevrolet has released regarding its highly anticipated 2014 Corvette Stingray.<p>The automaker announced Thursday that the seventh-generation Corvette will do zero-60 mph in 3.8 seconds when equipped with the optional Z51 Performance …

Sports Cars

The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 will do 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.That's just one-tenth of a second less than last year's Z06. Are you impressed? More -> http://bit.ly/11PSRRb

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2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet First Test

A Heavy Dose of Natural Fun<p>Mother Nature was a busy lady during our time with the 2013 Audi RS 5 cabriolet. First she blasted most of California with a heat wave, erasing all excuses to not drive with the Audi‘s top down. Then she turned up the drama with an earthquake close to <i>Motor Trend</i> …

Cabriolets

Cadillac Announces 420-hp Twin-Turbo V-6

Cadillac has formally announced and detailed the twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 engine we’ve known about for some time, as well as a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine seems to have been worth the wait, as the direct-injected V-6 makes a meaty 420 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of …

Nextgen

Callaway Plans Shooting Brake for 2014 Corvette

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette’s on-sale date still is months away, but Callaway Cars already has plans for a conversion. Callaway’s idea is to turn the coupe into a shooting brake—uppity British slang for an exotic two-door station wagon. As it turns out, most Americans aren’t familiar with that …

Jeep Previews Two Concepts Headed for 2013 Moab Easter Safari

It’s almost that time of year again, when the snow begins melting away, birds head north again, and Jeeps gather in the Moab for the annual Easter Safari. That also means that it’s time for Jeep to reveal a new batch of concept vehicles in a tradition that’s quickly becoming as eagerly awaited as …

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel

This replacement for the V-6 E350 BlueTec packs four cylinders.<p>Mercedes-Benz’s recently unveiled CLA-class is more than just the brand’s most recent foray into the world of front-wheel drive. It’s also an indicator of the entire lineup’s stylistic future—for proof, simply look at the freshly …

2013 Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew 4x4 EcoBoost V-6

Business casual.<p>Ford’s mega-selling F-150 pickup rolled into the 2013 model year packing no fewer than 10 distinct trim levels. Starting with the entry-level XL, the line climbs through the STX, XLT, FX2, Lariat, FX4, King Ranch, SVT Raptor, and Platinum trim levels before finishing off with the …

Jeep and Mopar Reveal Six New Concepts for This Year's Moab Easter Jeep Safari

Ah, spring, when a young man’s thoughts turn from the cold, dark struggle of winter to busting across the sun-kissed Utah landscape in a kick-ass 4×4. For devotees of the Jeep brand, the annual Moab Jeep Safari not only is an off-roader’s dream vacation, but also an opportunity to check out some of …

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible

Forced air for the driver and the engine.<p>Right or wrong, this review of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible became a referendum on its dude-friendliness. But that’s partly VW’s fault for insisting it had broadened the appeal of the Beetle when it introduced the latest coupe roughly two years …

The Continental: A Huge Price Drop on the Z, Fisker's Plans, and an Eternal Favorite

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i><p>The Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86 twins—the latter sold as the Scion FR-S in …

BMW's 2014 6-series Lineup Receives a Few Performance Upgrades and a Special Edition

There was already much to like about BMW’s latest-generation 6-series, and for 2014, the Bavarians have added a special-edition 6er and more of the equipment we love. While the car’s primary objective has been cruising the likes of Newport Beach, South Beach, and Greenwich in style, BMW has added …

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Land Rover's bestseller gets even sportier.<p>“Land Rover Range Rover Sport” is quite a mouthful, but the lengthy moniker hasn’t disadvantaged the British luxury sport-utility in the marketplace. In fact, the Range Rover Sport was Land Rover’s top seller in the U.S. last year, finding more Yankee …

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

The style rebel steps on the gas.<p>Subtlety doesn't cut it anymore in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The new CLA-class, proclaimed a "style rebel" by design chief Gorden Wagener, has made that clear with its voluptuous lines and playful styling elements. This "four-door coupe" appears compact, but it’s …

Volkswagen Details U.S.-Spec 2015 Golf and GTI Powertrains

When Volkswagen debuted the seventh-generation, 2015 Golf at the last year’s Paris auto show and the 2015 GTI at the Geneva show earlier this year, the automaker tantalizingly revealed nearly everything about both rides. That is, everything except final engine options for the U.S. market. Oh sure, …