Month: August, 2014
Cadillac is set to show off two of their top sedans all within a few months of now at the L.A. Car Show and the Detroit Auto Show. Both the ATS-V and the CTS-V have been in development for quite some time now and have been spotted being tested as prototypes. According to Car and Driver these cars are about to make an appearance and enthusiasts should keep an eye on each of the two upcoming car shows to get a taste of the new vehicles.
The ATS-V is a sequel to one of Cadillac’s top performing sedans and is expected to make an appearance at the L.A. Car Show in November. It’s expected that this model will be listed as a 2015 vehicle, which means it shouldn’t take very long for it to appear in dealerships after its initial showing. An ATS-V coupe is also in the works but there isn’t currently any information about when that will be released.
According to Motor Authority the ATS-V isn’t likely to come equipped with a V8 engine and will continue on with the V-6, but it will come offered in two different trims with the Plus trim offering a bit more muscle. It will likely house an upgraded version of the standard CTS engine, pushing a high level of performance into this compact car. The car’s expected to sit at around 425 HP making it very competitive with BMW’s M3 and M4 models.
What to Expect from the CTS-V
After the ATS-V showing enthusiasts only have to wait two months until the Detroit Auto Show to see the CTS-V as well according to Car and Driver. This performance version of Cadillac’s Mid-Range offering is sure to generate a high amount of interest. It’s expected to offer a V8 just like the original CTS-V. There’s no word on the engine size yet, but it’s expected to be more powerful than before, while being lighter and sporting a stronger frame as well.
By the Detroit Auto show you should know exactly what Cadillac has to offer for two of their most popular sedans. Neither is likely to be the most powerful offering out there, but what they both have going for them with the V architecture is a lightweight design that will offer superior performance compared to their competitors.
Land Rover is following the current trend to produce turbocharged SUVs with its new Range Rover Sport SVR that it’s releasing in the coming months. This monster of a vehicle will have more than 500 HP on tap and a number of performance tailored alterations to make it feel more like a race car than an SUV.
Pure Raw Power
The Range Rover Sport SVR is jam packed with pure raw power that can be tapped into with the lightest touch of the pedal. People aren’t buying this SUV because it’s an economic commuter, they want it for the power and power they’ll get. It comes crammed with the all-aluminum 5.0 liter V8 engine. This beauty produces 542 HP thanks to the supercharger it’s hooked to. It produces 501 lb.-ft. of torque and goes from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds which is screaming fast for a decent sized SUV such as this. The vehicle manages 22.1 MPG combined and has a top speed of 162 MPH.
Not only is this SUV packed with power, but it sounds like it too thanks to the two-stage active exhaust. This exhaust system has adjustable valves that create sounds similar to a racecar while driving around. Between the screaming exhaust and the rumbling engine this SUV feels like the high-performance vehicle that it is while traveling down the road.
This SUV grips the roads remarkably well and retains control decently in wet conditions thanks to its all-wheel drive system. This technical setup relies on a revised ZF eight speed automatic transmission that may be controlled through paddle shifters or by the gearstick. This powerhouse is completely capable of going off-roading and comes equipped with constant four-wheel drive as well as a two speed transfer case. The center differential features an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch for increased control over tire power.
This mid-sized SUV is remarkably quick during acceleration and part of this can be attributed to an enhanced torque converter that Land Rover claims is 50 percent faster than the standard unit. This makes downshifts shorter and more audible than before.
The SVR is light and quick on its feet thanks to suspension adjustments making it a blast to take through tight little corners. It has an air suspension system with adaptive dampers and a set of stiffer and lighter components than the base model. A hydraulic pump transfers weight around the vehicle while cornering to dramatically reduce body roll and this system works in place of the standard roll bars.
A Powerful Look
The Range Rover Sport SVR is easy to identify from a standard model because it has a number of different design changes. IT comes with a larger front bumper that is equipped with bigger air intakes to feed the turbo. The new grille has an enhanced finish and the wheels have flashy flared arches. At the rear of the vehicle you’ll notice a spoiler to produce additional down force, and a quad exhaust system and a diffuser to keep it all running smoothly.
The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR is destined to debut at the Pebble Beach event this weekend in California and then will be available for purchase from October on. It looks to be an exciting vehicle with a variety of new changes that should make driving it a blast.
Cadillac is entering the world of hybrid and electric technology further with their new 2014 ELR. This smart hybrid relies on technology that isn’t currently being used with most other hybrids on the market, and it allows the driver to go for a full 37 miles without requiring the use of a gasoline engine at all.
Unique Hybrid Technology
Most hybrid vehicles drive using the gasoline engine and just supplement power with the included electric motor, this is not how the Cadillac ELR functions. Instead this smart hybrid runs purely off the electric motor with the gas engine functioning purely as a generator. The electric motor is built to go 41 miles without help from the generator, but to keep it running you have to kick that gasoline engine into gear and recharge the battery during use.
Tapping into the Generator
When you start running low on electric power and you aren’t near a charge site it’s time to tap into the gasoline generator to keep the car moving. By running the generator while driving down the road the vehicle can achieve a range of up to 340 miles. This is enough to take it on road trips, and makes it very convenient to own. While using the generator this luxury vehicle achieves a fuel economy of 34 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway.
Recharging its Batteries
If you prefer to rely purely on electricity for transportation you’ll have to recharge the vehicle on a regular basis. Using a 240V outlet the battery can be charged up in five hours, but when relying on a standard 120V outlet the time goes up to between 12.5 and 18 hours. Either one isn’t too bad if you only plan to travel once a day, but would become annoying if you needed to travel frequently.
One thing to note about the ELR compared to many other all-electric vehicles is that it is extremely quiet. Sure EVs don’t have much engine noise, but they are notorious for letting in outside noises. This doesn’t happen in the Cadillac ELR and it comes with such a well-built suspension that it offers a silky smooth ride the whole time as well. Driving this whisper quiet vehicle in all-electric mode is much like gliding down the road and it’s easy to forget you’re even in a self-propelled vehicle at all.
Getting the Most from the Range
There are two additional tricks to extending the range of the ELR to 45 or 50 miles instead of the standard 37. First you can set the climate control to Eco mode. This tones it down a bit so that it only runs at around the medium setting. Second you can use the paddle controls on the steering wheel for regenerative braking while slowing down. This utilizes some of that braking force to recharge the battery helping extend the range, especially in start and stop traffic.
This advanced vehicle has a base price of 75,000, which can be a bit cheaper when utilizing the federal tax credit for hybrid or electric vehicles. It’s a fun luxury car that makes use of an interesting combination of technology.
Understanding the Deployable Door Handles and Emergency Key Blade
When you drive a Jaguar you want it to be secure and convenient at the same time. That’s why it makes use of deployable door handles and is equipped with an emergency key blade system. If you take the time to learn both of these features you can get the most out of them and enjoy your vehicle more.
Many Jaguar vehicles are equipped with deployable door handles that add to the security of the vehicle while also making them more convenient to get in and out of. To deploy the handles before climbing into the vehicle simply touch the unlock button on the key fob and the end of the handle will slowly swivel out from within the vehicle so that you can pull it open and climb inside.
Deploying the Handle with Touch
If you forget to press the button while walking out to your car you can simply tap the end of the smart key on the front of the door handle and it will deploy granting you access to the vehicle. After you get up to speed the handles will retract automatically.
Locking the Vehicle Using the Handle
If you’re Jaguar is equipped with a keyless entry system you can quickly and easily lock it after climbing out using the driver’s door handle. To do this simply touch the end of the handle closer to the rear of the vehicle. You’ll notice that the handle retracts back into the vehicle and the car is now locked against intruders. By touching the handle in the same position again within three seconds you double lock it.
Making Use of the Emergency Key Blade
On rare instances you might run into an issue where your smart key is no longer functioning the way that it should be. This could simply because the batteries have died, or you may need to have a problem sorted out at your local dealership. Either way you are not prevented from getting into your vehicle just because the key is not working, you just need to learn how to make use of the emergency key blade.
Accessing the Keyblade
Each smart key comes with a key blade inside it that you can pull out to get into your vehicle. To get at the key blade slide the right portion of the smart key up and then pull it away from the other half of the key. It will come off exposing the key blade underneath. Slide this small metal piece out of the smart key and unfold it to create a working key for your vehicle.
Using the Key Blade to Gain Entry
This emergency key blade can now be used to get into your Jaguar vehicle. Press on the front of the door handle to deploy it and then pull the rear of the handle out to gain access to the lock within. Put the end of the key blade in the lock and turn it just as you would a typical key. The door will now open and an alarm will begin sounding.
Turning off the Alarm
To turn off the alarm you simply press your smart key flat up against the fascia of your jaguar to the left of the steering wheel. With the key pressed in place tap the Start/Stop button on the car and the alarm should stop sounding. If the alarm continues to go off try moving the key around while pressing the Start/Stop button. It won’t go off if the key is in the wrong position.