Month: July, 2011
2012 Hennessey Twin Turbo V1000 CTS-V Coupe
Limited Production – Only 12 Will Be Produced
• 1,000 bhp @ 6,400 rpm
• 950 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpm
V1000 Twin Turbo Upgrade Includes:
REQUIRED TRANSMISSION UPGRADE:
Wheels & Tires:
Buyers Will Also Receive a One-Day Driver Training / Track Experience with John Heinricy. Source Hennessey
Enhanced 2012 SRX to Hit Showrooms in August
- New 3.6L V6 boosts power with ECO mode for efficient driving
- Retail sales up 18 percent, with 1.5 point segment share increase in 2011
DETROIT – The Cadillac SRX, a fast-rising favorite among midsize luxury crossovers, receives a significant upgrade for the 2012 model year starting in August. A new 308-horsepower 3.6L direct-injected V6 engine gives SRX the most standard power in its class, and includes a driver-selectable ECO Mode for optimal fuel economy.
While gaining substantial horsepower, the new LFX engine delivers comparable fuel economy to predecessor engines because of its more mass-efficient design and the ECO Mode, which sets revised shift points in the 6-speed HydraMatic automatic transmission to maximize economy.
The 2012 SRX carries a standard price of $36,060 including $875 destination charge. Other upgrades and changes in the SRX for 2012 include standard Bluetooth on all models, an optional heated steering wheel, a xenon Blue Metallic exterior paint option that will be available in fall 2011, an all-ebony interior option with contrasting stitching, and a new 20-inch wheel finish option.
“We’re taking a winning product in the SRX and reaching higher,” said Don Butler, Cadillac vice president of marketing. “The crossover category is one of the biggest and most important segments in the luxury market. SRX has performed very well and is the best selling Cadillac worldwide, but our approach is not to leave well enough alone.”
Since the current generation launched 2010, SRX sales in the United States have moved from ninth to second in the segment, overtaking nearly all competitors. SRX retail sales are up 18 percent in 2011, gaining 1.5 share points this year. Additionally, 71 percent of SRX buyers are new to Cadillac, a high “conquest” rate in a luxury segment known for tradition and loyalty.
SRX features an advanced All Wheel Drive system with electronic limited slip rear differential that distributes power front-to-rear, and also can move power across the rear axle based on driving conditions and traction. The chassis includes Adaptive Real-Time damping technology for excellent ride control. Rainsense automatic windshield wipers connect to the braking system, enabling the brakes to conduct slight periodic caliper applications, keeping rotors dry for optimal stopping power in wet conditions.
SRX includes HID headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting, Bose 5.1 surround sound with navigation, a full-color LCD Driver Info Center, and a rear-view camera system. OnStar is standard and features myCadillac and OnStar RemoteLink mobile apps and Stolen Vehicle Assistance.
The SRX is Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2011 Top Safety Pick with industry-leading active and passive safety and crash avoidance systems.
For more information contact Red Noland Cadillac 719-633-4633
It seems that the Crossover Convertible is coming soon. With talks from Audi, Nissan and now Land Rover, they must think there is going to be a market for the vehicle. According to Autoblog.nl the British off-road specialists are planning to introduce a drop-top model that will compete with the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet and the Audi Q5 Cabrio.
According to sources the vehicle could be available in 2013 and it would be based on the 3 Door Evoque.
The TQI award was based on 2011 models purchased from September to December 2010 and mirrors how owners feel overall about their cars experience. Car owners are asked to provide buying, owning and driving opinions of their vehicles.
What it is: 4-Wheel Active Steer adjusts the steering ratio of the front wheels and rear suspension geometry in a synchronized manner.
Technical Explanation: Sensors monitor the driver’s steering input and vehicle speed, and then the front steering ratio and the angle of the rear wheels are adjusted depending on conditions. At low to medium speeds above 25 mph, when the driver turns the steering wheel to begin a turn, the computer automatically adjusts the variable front steering ratio and turns the rear wheels slightly opposite the front wheels to help enhance vehicle response and handling. Then the wheels return to their normal “in-phase” position during the remainder of the turn. The amount, timing, and direction of rear-wheel steering are dependent on vehicle speed and rate of steering angle input.
What it means: When changing lanes quickly, 4WAS momentarily changes the path of the front and rear wheels to help move the vehicle where you steered it. If you’re on a winding country road and you’ve placed the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector in Sport mode, the system adjusts the rate at which 4WAS changes the path of the rear wheels, and the timing and amount of path change, to enhance the driving experience.
Default Settings: 4WAS is always on. When Sport mode is engaged, different front steering ratios and rear suspension geometry are used. 4-Wheel Active Steer cannot prevent accidents caused by abrupt steering, carelessness, or dangerous driving techniques. Always drive safely.
For more information please contact one of our sales consultants. 719-302-1000
Here are the latest spy shots of a Jaguar XE mule doing some hot-weather testing in Death Valley, USA.
Noticeable here is the new centrally-mounted twin exhaust of this test mule, which seems extraneous to the double pipes at each end of the rear fascia – the mark of the current XK set-up upon which this mule is based. The EX mule here is riding on a shortened XK chassis and body.
We also see some changes to the interior in the single photo of the cabin.
The 2013 XE will be a two-seater sold as both a coupe and cabriolet and will compete against the likes of the Porsche Cayman and 911 models.
We expect a V6 in at least two guises, naturally-aspirated and supercharged.
More details are sure to follow later in the year.