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Porsche Rolls out the One Millionth 911 Sports Car

May 12, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

Still to this day the Porsche 911 is made mostly by hand, and it’s that attention to detail that creates such a high-quality product. Yesterday was a historic occasion, Porsche produced its one millionth 911 car and it just rolled off the production line. Porsche has been putting out the 911 sports car since 1963, and it finally hit a historic figure that rarely comes for exotic sports cars. The one millionth vehicle produced and it’s not so different than the original produced back in 1963. Sure there’s more tech crammed inside, the engine is significantly more powerful and advanced than before, but the makeup of the car itself remains the same. It’s a rear-engined sports car meant to go fast and offer excellent handling mechanics.

Irish Green Nostalgia

The one millionth 911 sports car was given the same Irish green paint job as the original 1963 model for nostalgia’s sake. The car also comes equipped with a steering wheel that’s partially made up of wood, and the dials are chrome capped just like the originals were. Overall 911 number 1 million looks very different from the original, but Porsche went the extra mile to tie the two together with décor.

The Power Gap

In terms of power and performance the 911 has come a long-long way. Consider this, the original 1963 model offered just 128 HP from its air-cooled engine. The current base model 911 Carrera offers 370 HP and they get much more powerful from there. The high-powered 911 Turbo S can go from 0 to 62 in just 2.9 seconds, a feat that likely seemed all but impossible back in 1963. The original 911 does the same thing in 8.5 seconds, something more akin to a modern-day family sedan.

Not for Sale

If you’re hoping for a chance to bid on the millionth Porsche 911, you’ll be sadly disappointed. No collector will have the opportunity to own the vehicle. Instead it’s going to take a tour of modern racing locations around the world, and it will be retired at the Porsche museum when it’s finished making its trip.

Few performance sports cars hit the one million production car mark, and that’s a real testament to the Porsche 911 and its longevity.

Our Review on the 2017 Lexus RC Coupe

May 8, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized

The new Lexus RC coupe is a stylish performer from Lexus, and it’s a good entry-level luxury vehicle for buyers interested in the finer things in life, without taking out a second mortgage. The coupe comes in many power levels, but each one is outfitted with the same style and high quality materials that set this luxury coupe apart from the competition.

2017 Lexus RC

Choose the Engine for You

The Lexus RC coupe comes with a good selection of engine options to choose from. It’s possible to get a turbocharged four-cylinder, two different V-6 engines or a V-8 depending on the model RC that you decide on. The car features rear wheel drive as standard, but it can be outfitted with all-wheel drive on many of its models. With so many different power options, it’s simple to achieve just the right level of power that you’re looking for.

It offers All Wheel Drive

If nothing else sells you on the Lexus RC coupe, the fact that it’s available with all-wheel drive could get some people excited. After all, there’s a short list of luxury coupes that are designed to do well in the snow, and the RC is one of them, provided that you opt for the V6 model with all-wheel drive.

Affordable Luxury

With luxury coupes coming in at $60,000 to $100,000 from many automakers, the starting price of $40,945 from the RC200t seems very reasonable and even the higher trim level versions of the coupe are pretty affordable coming in at mid 40’s. Of course the V8 powered RC F is a whole new story with a price tag of $63,755, but that’s still more affordable than the Mercedes C63 AMG that stickers for $3,000 more.

2017 lexus rc interior

Upscale Interior Furnishings

When you climb inside the 2017 Lexus RC you might be convinced that you’re climbing into the cockpit of a luxurious jet. The seats are contoured for maximum comfort, the gauges and media screen are recessed back into the dash, creating an orderly and segmented layout. A mix of soft touch materials and neutral tones come together to create an upscale feel in the RC, making even the low trim levels feel far more expensive than they really are.

Room to Stretch up Front

Luxury coupes aren’t known for space, and I’m not going to lie and say that the RC offers the space of a minivan within, but it does offer a bit more wiggle room than many other vehicles in the same category. Take the BMW 2 for instance. There’s 5 more inches in the cabin than that car has to offer. There’s even 3 more inches than the BMW 4 series, giving passengers just that little bit of extra space for comfort. That’s not to say that the space is well distributed, because there’s less legroom for rear passengers in the RC than there are in those vehicles listed up above. What that means is that any rear passengers will hate you, but you’ll be incredibly comfortable up front while driving around in the Lexus RC.

 

The Differences Between the Prius and Prius Prime

April 21, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , ,

If you’re like many people shopping around for a hybrid car, you have to decide whether the Prius Prime or the standard Prius is the right vehicle for you. Both options offer some benefits and have some downsides. Ultimately, the one that’s best for you depends on what your priorities are and what you want out of a vehicle. That’s why we’re going to break down the differences between the two vehicles so you can make the decision for yourself.

Prius on the left Prius Prime on the right
Prius – Prius Prime pictured

Storage Space

If you value storage space and you frequently fill up the trunk of your vehicle currently, you probably won’t want to go for the Prius Prime, that is unless you can use the back seat of the vehicle for your storage needs. That’s because the Prius Prime has little trunk space. Toyota shoved all the batteries necessary for the extended full-electric driving range into the trunk of the vehicle, so it’s very shallow.

Fuel Efficiency

If you value fuel efficiency above all else, the Prius Prime is likely the vehicle for you. It comes equipped with battery packs that allow you to get up to 25 miles on a single charge before you start burning up gas at all. That means that you can charge up your car, head out on the trip and kick in the full-electric driving power whenever you hit a city portion of your trip. You can get over 100 MPG when using the full-electric mode to drive, and you’ll likely get over 70 or 80 MPG combined by the end of your trip if you aren’t travelling too far away. That’s a pretty big increase over the 50 to 60 MPG that you could expect from the standard Prius.

Sporty Handling

Neither Prius is known for very sporty handling, but the Prius Prime is even worse when it comes to driving mechanics. That’s because the batteries add around 300 pounds to the back of the vehicle and give it a heavy weighted feeling. This is especially obvious when going around corners and you’ll have a somewhat uninspired driving experience when taking the Prius Prime out for a spin. If driving mechanics are most important to you, the Prime is likely not the option for you, and the standard Prius is going to offer a slightly more satisfying experience overall.

Streamlined Media System

If you want a nice streamlined tech setup, the Prius is ahead of the Prius Prime. That’s because the new system used in the Prime is a bit overcomplicated and it can be difficult to learn to use. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get the hang of things, it just means you’ll have to spend some extra time mastering the features than you would have to if you were learning on the standard Prius. If you don’t mind taking the time, the media system works well, you’ll just be a bit more overwhelmed when starting out.

Tech and Features

If tech and features are important to you, the standard Prius Prime comes packed with quite a bit more than the standard Prius. You’ll enjoy a powerful adaptive cruise setup that works all the way down to start and stop traffic. The car also comes with parallel parking assist making it a bit easier to get into those tight spaces will parking in the city.

Overall both vehicles have a lot to offer. The Prius Prime offers more efficiency and more tech. The standard Prius offers more storage space, slightly better performance and a simpler tech experience. Both are highly efficient, but it’s up to you which one is the right fit for your needs.

The Highlander Hybrid offers Some Useful Benefits to Drivers

April 18, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , , ,

The Toyota Highlander is a well-known kid hauler that offers utility, space and power for most day-to-day driving. Few buyers consider the difference between the hybrid and the standard gas version of the SUV though, and there are a few notable differences that might make you want to consider one over the other. The Hybrid is slightly more efficient, but you’ll notice the differences more when you are speeding up or performing maintenance

2017 toyota highlander hybrid

Fuel Efficiency

If you’re looking for a fuel efficient vehicle you shouldn’t spend money on an SUV. Even still, the Highlander Hybrid does offer better fuel-efficiency than the stock model, making it a good move if you’re looking for a large SUV that does a bit better on gas.

The base LE model gets 29 MPG combined and that’s the most efficient you can get with the hybrid. It gets 30 in the city and 28 out on the highway. Fuel efficiency dips down by one if you go for one of the upgraded versions of the vehicle. Efficiency levels of nearly 30 MPG aren’t too shabby for a full-sized SUV, but when you consider that the latest non-hybrid Highlander is just 4 MPG or so shy of that mark, it stops being quite so impressive. The hybrid option isn’t a large price increase though, and deciding on the hybrid Highlander over the all-wheel drive LE Highlander will only set you back an added $2,130, which isn’t too bad for the added efficiency, power and the other perks that the vehicle has to offer.

It’s Quick

The 2017 Highlander Hybrid can travel from 0 to 50 in just 7.0 seconds, which is a speed increase of .6 seconds over the older hybrid, and a .3 second increase over the standard 2017 Highlander. During acceleration you’ll feel all the power of the V6 and the electric motors. The vehicle loses some of its hybrid edge at higher speeds though, because the V6 is doing most of the work at that point. Even still, it’s faster than the standard Highlander, which could be a good reason for buyers to consider making the bump up to the higher priced vehicle.

Regenerative Braking

Another big benefit of the hybrid Highlander is that it comes with regenerative braking. Sure it doesn’t offer as good a feel as standard braking does, but it helps preserve your brake pads so when it comes time to swap them out you’ll have put thousands more miles on the pads than a standard highlander owner could get away with.

Same Interior

Whether you get the standard Highlander or the hybrid variation, you’re going to get around the same interior with similar features. Both have around the same interior space offering plenty of seating for a full family and space to haul your goodies. The interior comes with a capable media system and there are plenty of other tech goodies like the LED lightning accents, upscale finishes within, and high quality controls.

Overall you probably don’t want to invest in the hybrid version just to save on gas money. Fuel is too cheap and the difference is pretty minor. Still, there are enough other perks to the hybrid Highlander that you still might want to consider getting one in place of the standard gas version of the vehicle.

Volkswagen Has Plans for another SUV after the Atlas

April 17, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

Volkswagen is mixing up its strategy lately to be more family-friendly and what that ultimately means is producing larger vehicles that can accommodate more people and more luggage comfortably. That’s why the 7-seat Atlas went into production, but it’s not the only vehicle that’s slated for release. The Atlas is an exciting creation that gets Volkswagen into the large family game, but the automaker is also planning to release a mid-sized 5-seat SUV as well, and it’s going to be produced in the same exactly location as the Atlas.

volkswagen cross coupe concept

Based on the Cross Coupe GTE Concept

Back in 2015 Volkswagen showed off the Cross Coupe GTE concept at the Detroit Auto Show and it’s believed that the 5-seat SUV that Volkswagen is about to begin producing is based off that concept. That vehicle had a plug-in charge feature, and with VW trying to improve its lineup efficiency, there’s a good chance that there will be a plug-in option for the buyers that are interested in that sort of thing.

Built in Tennessee

The second SUV produced by Volkswagen is going to be built in the Chattanooga Tennessee plant alongside the Passat and the Atlas. This gives workers at the plant another reason to be confident in their job security, and it means that the vehicles will be readily available without shipping times once they’re produced. This is all good news for buyers that are interested in buying domestic vehicles. Each SUV produced by Volkswagen results in steady jobs for Americans.

The Details

There currently aren’t many details about the second VW SUV. It’s going to have five seats and will be quite a bit smaller than the Atlas. It’s going to be built on the MQB platform that so many VW vehicles are based on these days, and it’s likely to prioritize tech features, interior space and appearance to create the best driver experience overall.

Volkswagen is moving in a whole new direction for the brand, and that’s an exciting thing for buyers with an interest in SUVs. We’ll have to wait and see exactly what the next SUV is going to be like, but so far it looks like a pretty promising vehicle overall.

Audi Releases Special Sports Models

April 12, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,

Audi has long been known as a cutting-edge auto maker with top-end vehicles that go fast and perform well. That’s why it should come as no surprise to anyone that the auto maker is going to release a series of vehicles designed for use on a real track. These will be known as Audi Sport models, and a series of these vehicles will be released in the next two years.

Audi R8

Audi Sport Models

Audi has achieved much of its innovation through serious racing. It’s that racing heritage that has led the way to major enhancements over time. It’s those same innovations that will make picking up an Audi Sport model so exciting./ That’s because these models are going to be based on all that track time, and should perform really well compared to other sports vehicles on the market today.

Eight Models Released

According to Audi, there are going to be a total of eight different models put out over the next 24 months. That means that over the next two years Audi fans will witness a series of race-inspired vehicles released for public use. These cars will be designed for use on tracks, and will work well for corporate racing and other activities outside of professional races.

Audi has a history of dominating in long-distance races and other serious events, and now the automaker will capitalize on those capabilities by using them to sell more cars to the public. These ones are powerful enough to win casual races, and they should be a blast to drive around compared to other vehicles not designed for the track.

The Sport Models

There are quite a few different vehicle types that will all be made with special sport models. The 2017 R8 Spyder, the RS 5 Coupe, the 2018 TT RS and the RS3 from both 2017 and 2018 will come with a Sport model option, giving you plenty to choose from with additional options coming in the future as well.

If you’re looking for the best level of vehicle performance, these Audi Sport models are worth a serious look.

Toyota Offers a More Affordable Prius than Ever Before

April 11, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,

Toyota has been suffering  from a lull in sales recently due to extended low gas prices. Buyers aren’t as interested in the Prius as they once were, and Toyota admits that prices have slowly climbed up to a slightly less approachable level. Most buyers wouldn’t consider a $25,000 base price outlandish for a top-performing hybrid like the Prius Two, but to help bring in new customers and offer an even better value, Toyota is releasing a slightly stripped down version of the Prius and dubbing it the Prius One. It’s $1,200 cheaper and tosses out some very minor features that few people will miss. If you’re looking for a way to cut your car-buying costs and the Prius is your vehicle of choice, you’re in luck, because the Prius One is coming out soon. Let’s get into what you get with the Prius One, and what you lose out on so you can decide whether the trade-off is worth it to you or not.

2017 toyota prius

What You Lose out on

If you opt for the low-cost Prius One, you are deciding to miss out on a few select features. You’ll still keep all the standard safety equipment that you get with the Prius Two, but you’ll lose a spare tire, a rear window wiper and the pockets at the rear of the front seats. These are all pretty minor sacrifices that most people will probably be able to give up, but it’s still important to understand what you are deciding to lose out on.

Top Level Safety Still

Toyota is fast becoming known for its preventative safety technology that is beginning to be the new standard with every Toyota vehicle. That will be carried over to the Toyota One. It’s going to be fitted with the Toyota Safety Sense P technology, including things like pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise, lane keep assistant and auto high beams. These are features that you won’t find on many top level vehicles from other brands, and they come with the most affordable Prius available when you shop with Toyota,.

Free Safety Upgrade on Other Models

If you decide that you don’t need to save money and you still want the Prius Two or greater, you’re still going to benefit from recent changes by Toyota. That’s because the automaker is giving buyers a discount that pretty much allows them to get the added Safety Plus Package with cross traffic alert, park assist and a blind spot system for enhanced safety still.

The Prius One will maintain the excellent levels of fuel efficiency that the Prius is known for, but will do it at a lower cost for buyers looking to save some cash. It’s the perfect vehicle for college kids, or anyone looking for efficiency really.

New Changes for Volkswagen in 2017

March 20, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,

There’s a lot of new changes coming down the pipeline for Volkswagen in 2017, and as a fan of the brand it makes sense to stay on top of what’s coming up. Here’s an overview of what enhancements you’ll see in the Volkswagen lineup, what’s pretty much staying the same and what new releases are going to come out in 2018.

2017 tiguan

The Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is going to benefit from a bunch of new changes this year, making it worth taking a look at if you’re planning on getting a new compact vehicle. The car will be offered with a Wolfsburg Edition trim. The GTI variation will now come with the Sport trim as well, giving you more power options to choose from. The e-Golf is receiving more power and a range enhancement and the Golf model is going to receive a whole host of updates in 2018 with an improved model.

The Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is always one of the more reserved vehicles that don’t receive too many changes in a model year. This year a Pink limited edition Beetle is being added for buyers to consider. There’s also going to be more aggressive bumpers on the 1.8T models of the Beetle.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan gets a whole host of changes for the 2017 year of the vehicle. It will now come standard with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine across the whole range of vehicle. There’s a Wolfsburg and Sport trim of the vehicle available now, additional standard features were added to the vehicle and both the R-Line and SE trims were removed entirely.

The Passat

While many VW vehicles are sitting still, the Passat is receiving a host of changes. The R-Line trim is getting more standard features, and both auto braking and forward collision warning are becoming standard throughout the lineup.

The Touareg

The Touareg is a popular SUV sold by Volkswagen and it’s getting some notable changes in 2017. For starters there will no longer be a Lux trim version of the vehicle, and a Wolfsburg trim option has been added. Just like the Passat it’s getting standard auto braking and forward collision warning. The vehicle will also be completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, so keep your eyes opened for that.

Overall this is a year for some notable changes to the Volkswagen lineup, but the 2018 model year is the one with the most dramatic changes on the way. There will be a new model for the Touareg, Tiguan, and the Golf.

The Three Pedal Dance Returns To The Porsche 911 GT3

March 17, 2017 lacarguy Pacific Porsche, Porsche, Porsche South Bay, Uncategorized Tags: , ,

911 GT3-1 Front Three Quarter

The recent Geneva Motor Show brought welcome news the Porsche faithful and enthusiasts, the “Drivers 911″ the 911 GT3 would once again be offered with a manual transmission!

In an ever increasing world of automation and complication, there comes a time and reason to unplug from it all and get back to basics, or at least as basic can get in this current day and age.  When the 991 GT3 debuted it was hailed as the next great step, save for one thing, the lack of a manual transmission.  The Porsche PDK is a superb transmission, and if the goal is to get around the race track in the quickest time, then there is no better tool to row through the gears.  In the daily commute, stuck in traffic, the PDK also shines saving your left leg in stop and go traffic.

However, there are times when you want to row your own, to truly feel connected to the car and the driving experience, and for that, the best tool for the job is a manual transmission!  If you wanted something close to the GT3 with a manual, you had to be lucky enough to get the 911R, but those were only offered to those who purchased the 918 Spyder, or, if you found one second hand, they started at $500,000 and went up quickly from there.

Porsche heard loud and clear that the faithful still wanted a manual gearbox and now they have responded.  With the 991.2GT3 a six-speed manual returns attached to a 4.0 liter naturally-asperated flat six developing 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque.  It wasn’t that long ago that 997 Turbo topped out at 450 horsepower, and now, the GT3 brings 500 naturally-asperated horsepower to the dance to sing that glorious song as it approaches it’s near 9,000 rpm redline.

Deliveries of the 991.2GT3 will begin in September, if you’d like to reserve one today, please contact us as these will be very hard to get.

Please have a look at this video as Andreas Preuninger, Porsche GT Project Director, guides DRIVETRIBE’s Features Editor Henry Catchpole around the latest Porsche 911 GT3.

The Audi RS5 is an All Wheel Beast

March 7, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized

The Audi RS5 is a lean and powerful racing machine that’s equipped with all the right parts to go fast, whip around corners, and sit in luxury while you’re doing it. It’s comparable to the M4, the Cadillac ATS V and other high powered luxury sedans on the market, but it offers some features that most of them don’t, and that’s why it’s worth talking about.

2017 audi rs5

Refined Interior

As with any Audi vehicle, the RS5 comes packed with gadgets and tech that’s wrapped in a simple and refined package. High quality leathers, woods and classy composites are used throughout, and it looks nice and clean throughout. It’s obvious that your inside a high-quality luxury car when climbing in the RS5, and there’s enough badging to help you remember that you’re in the RS5 and not some standard luxury Audi.

Power Packed

The 2018 RS5 comes with more than enough power to throw you back into your seat when you slap down the pedal. It comes with 450 HP courtesy of a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s tied to a eight speed automatic transmission. This powerhouse of an engine offers 442.5 lb.-ft. of torque, and can make the dash from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds. The car 132 lbs. lighter than the vehicle it’s replacing, and the RS5 manages to get about 27 MPG on the European test cycle, even with all that power.

Stable All Wheel Drive

Not only does the car come packed with power, but that power is split up through a highly usable all-wheel drive system. 40 percent of the power is directed to the front wheels of the vehicle, and 60 percent goes to the back two wheels, giving the car sporty handling characteristics overall. There’s an optional sports differential at the rear of the vehicle, for even more agile handling.

Top Grade Suspension

This car is built to handle excellently under most conditions, and the framework that offers such excellent handling. Both the front and rear of the vehicle are equipped with a five-link suspension to help pad the road and maintain control in rough driving conditions. There are optional addons that add to the handling as well. Adding on adaptive dampers, dynamic steering and carbon ceramic brakes will all help the car handle more like a super car.

The Audi RS5 stands out in its high-powered segment because of its all-wheel drive. It’s the only car in the segment that offers the feature, and that’s going to appeal to a lot of people. The car has a lot to offer, but we’re still waiting for it to become available for test driving to find out how all the top-grade pieces come together when driving.