We may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves when we say we would very much like to have this car. Very, very much. Lets take a look at what makes the almost unbelievable Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.
Weighing in at 4400lbs and stuffed with a massive 8 liter W12 QUAD turbo charged 64 valve engine, pumping out an astounding 1200hp and 1106lbs torque it’s sure to be fast. How fast? Well 0-60 blurs by in 2.4 seconds, hitting 100 miles per hour takes just 5 seconds and the standing 1/4 mile will disappear in 10 seconds flat. All out this thing might pass an Indy car, with a top speed of 255mph! Few humans have any idea just how fast things fly by you at anything close to that sort of insane speed.
To make all of this happen the Veyron 16.4 Sport Vitesse must dispose of an incredible amount of heat and create enough downforce to keep itself from flying through the air. Bugatti engineers accomplished both tasks, beautifully. The automobile itself is no less than a work of art, that gives little hint to the incredible levels of technology required just to keep it in one piece as it hurtles down the road. This is truly the fastest production car on earth.
Cost Estimated at $2,250,000.00
EPA city/highway driving: 8mpg/15mpg
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2013 brings numerous updates to the flagship Toyota Avalon sedan. Exterior styling updates can be described as ‘sporty’, with the front now dominated by a larger than life lower air damn grill. The rear end has a bit of a “Lexus” feel to it. Overall exterior styling is fresh, and may appeal to a more youthful demographic than the outgoing model.
The interior also sees some pleasant updates, with a standard touch screen, capacitive buttons and optional navigation, a JBL sound system, ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, three-zone climate control, and an adaptive cruise control system
There’s no official word on power, but Toyota is widely expected to stay with the previous 3.5 liter V6, making 268hp and 248lbs torque.
Price TBD (expected to start around $33,995)
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The 2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost is meant to go toe to toe with cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Really. This reviewer believes Lincoln has some design work to do in order to get there. Don’t get me wrong, this new car has serious potential in what’s under the skin. But the exterior is uninspiring, and just having a badge that says, “EcoBoost” on the car might be a turn off to many well healed buyers right out of the gate.
Exterior aside, there’s some promising potential in this car. The “EcoBoost” engine is a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6, making 365hp and 350lbs torque, which is actually comparable to some of the European brands it would like to challenge. In addition, it employs something called Lincoln Drive Control that offers three driver-selectable modes — comfort, normal, and sport — affecting the steering, suspension, throttle, transmission, and active noise control. Active dampers have been added, to provide more control of body roll. This car is said to actually handle as well, or perhaps better, than the Mercedes E350 and Audi A6.
There’s also other bits you’ve come to expect from the European folks. All wheel drive is available, voice control, as is a system that warns the driver if the vehicle starts to drift out of it’s lane, and driver drowsiness alert as well.
All told this is a very nice car to drive. Now, back to that styling…
Price $50,675 (with EcoBoost, including awesome badge that says so)
For more information Lincoln
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