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Casual car shows can’t The Chinese auto
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governance. America, by way of
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Polestar, Paul Newman, VOLKSWAGEN
and the rise of the GOLF
Swedish sleeper. SPORTWAGEN
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who love them. Also,
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meteorite,” but meteorites don’t hit like
anything unless someone throws them;
they’ve already “hit” the ground, that’s
MIKE STUCKER why it’s called a “meteorite.” Before it
hits the ground it’s called a “meteoroid,”
so that should have been what it said.
COLIN HAMILTON
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
in northern Idaho, and we This has to be one of the best issues ever! Not ’rite, Hamilton. A meteorite is
drive trucks. I like to read I am saving pennies for the new Raptor, the part of the space rock that enters
about the cars and dream, and I have to get my hands on that BMW the atmosphere and hits the ground. A
but most of them would be i8 for sure. Good job! ZRaR\_\VQV`aURQRO_V``aVYY»\NaV[TV[
just a little impractical ROB COUTTS space. Also somewhat interchangeable
here. The one car we have GLENDALE, ARIZONA with the term asteroid. Please bone up on
is a Hemi Dodge Charger, your ’roids—Ed.
and it has four-wheel HARD TIMES
drive. And now we can’t Raptor [March 2015]! Oh, swell. Your I wouldn’t have been at all surprised to
buy a Hemi with four- readers have gotten used to the growing see “TONKA” on the grille of the Raptor
wheel drive. Maybe a ad pages for male-enhancement instead of the blacked-out “FORD” writ
Raptor someday. products, and now we have a product large across its expanse. And, even after
CLAY HESSON tie-in on the front cover. I thought this _RNQV[TNO\baVa6^bR`aV\[aURRß\_a`a\
OROFINO, IDAHO was a car magazine because, you know, satisfy the perceived needs of a few with
the title and all. If you were honest, this four-wheeled codpiece, to the
you’d rename this one “Male detriment of those of us still waiting for
Enhancement Monthly” and start a sister N_RNYV`aVP?N[TR__R]YNPRZR[a7\U[
publication that had articles on say, just ;RßRYR_μ`P\ZZR[a`H/NPX¼_R`:N_PU
The March issue of Car and Driver has a as an example, cars. You could name the 2015] regarding the dearth of compact
picture of a Ford F-150 Raptor on it. I new one “Car and Driver.” One monthly pickups were spot-on. Today’s market
guess next month’s issue of Truck and dedicated to men who experienced \ßR_`SRd\]aV\[`AUR[Rd0URcf
Driver will have a picture of a Chevy toilet-training trauma in childhood, and Colorado may be a remarkable truck,
Impala on it. I’m really confused. one for people who like to read about but the way it’s being presented is pretty
DAVID P. HENRICKS PN_`DVaUNQ`NO\baYVXRPN_`abß much a “take it or leave it” proposition.
GREENWOOD, INDIANA This Raptor issue is surely at the top C’mon, Ford, bigger is not always better.
of the waiting-room heap in urologists’ I fondly remember my 1993 Ranger
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Is that a truck on the cover of Car and \¦PR`[NaV\[dVQR7RRgVaμ`RcR[ Splash Stepside. It was a regular-cab
Driver6μZQ\V[TaUNaaUV[TdUR_R6½V] Viagra blue. truck with a rear window that I could
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nose multiple times)? WALTER KOCH had four-wheel drive and a manual
ROBERT ANDRES EARLYSVILLE, VIRGINIA ¼cR`]RRQ6aUNQ]\dR_`aRR_V[TO_NXR`
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA No, no. I hung on every word, Koch—Ed. and mirrors, but hand-crank side
windows. That truck, with a modern V-6
In regard to the March 2015 magazine: 6U\]R6μZ[\aaUR¼_`a\[Ra\[\aVPRaUV` and six-speed manual, would be perfect.
Worst. Issue. Ever. A pickup, three ObaaUR¼_`a`R[aR[PR\SaUR?N]a\_ JOE VENTURELLA
SUVs, and three minivans? Remember, preview doesn’t make sense. It says, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
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SIZE MATTERS
In regard to Mr. Alterman’s column
has to be more than just a
[Editor’s Letter, March 2015] about
people buying SUVs, pickups, crossovers timely catalog of word
etc.: The real reason people buy them
instead of cars is because of the ease of
getting in and out. Pickups, SUVs, and
and image. There is also the
the much-maligned minivan have you
sitting up higher for a better view of the
alchemical aspect.
road, and when you want to get out of When its features and photos and headlines and captions and story selection
one, all you have to do is turn in the seat get stitched together with purpose, something akin to a personality emerges.
and put your feet on the ground. It really That’s when a magazine comes alive, when it sits down on the couch with you and
has nothing to do with gas prices. People tells you exactly what it thinks.
will always adjust their priorities to do 0N_`N_R[\QVßR_R[aAURT_RNa\[R`ZRRaaURV_QRNQYV[R`aURV_]_VPRaN_TRa`
what they really want. N[QaURV_QRZ\T_N]UVP]_\¼YR`Wb`aYVXRaURb[_RZN_XNOYR\[R`/baaURT_RNa
ALLEN HOBBS ones have a living, breathing quality that makes them loyal and lovable dogs.
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA I’m writing about the relationship between these two things here, at this
moment, because the magazine you are reading is going to celebrate its 60th
2QQVRVSf\b_RNYYfPN[μa¼Tb_R\badUf`\ birthday next month. I have been fortunate to hold title to 10 percent of those
many Americans buy trucks and huge years. And, like many of you, I wonder how I got so lucky. In a lifetime of irrespon-
SUVs, please turn to Aaron Robinson’s sibility, it has been my great responsibility. And in a lifetime of great joys, it is
column. Of all the car magazines, Car among my greatest. Not only because I get to live among cars and the people who
and Driver is probably the guiltiest make them, but because I inherited a tradition of writing and adventure taking
of judging all cars by the same standards that is unparalleled in the world of automotive journalism.
regardless of the car’s intended market. Davis, Yates, Sherman, Phillips, O’Rourke, McCall, Weith, Lindamood, Lud-
I understand that a BMW 3-series is an vigsen—they all made it so. They gave this magazine the place in our culture it
excellent car, but its supportive seats \PPb]VR`[\d3_\Z1N[4b_[RfS\_=_R`VQR[aV[&#!a\aUR¼_`a0N[[\[ONYY
d\bYQ[μa¼aZfSNa.ZR_VPN[]\`aR_V\_ Baker in ’71 to Save the Manuals! in 2010, C/D has earned its longevity with its
The impressive lateral g’s that it’s capable bullish, boundary-pushing personality. Often irascible, sometimes wrong, but
of wouldn’t mean a thing when my never in doubt, C/D has, for six decades, been more than a second-order commen-
fourth, big, fat buddy has to get a running tary on cars and their business. It has been a factor in that business itself.
start to get into the poor little car. And If I am a steward of this tradition, then you are, too. After all, our readers are
its excellent manual gearbox wouldn’t do aUR_RN`\[aUV`ZNTNgV[RReV`a`AURR[aV_R]\V[a\SaUV`Y\[T_N[TR¼RYQ`abQfV`
me much good as I’m leaned over it in my to make you happy and/or irate, to feed your thirst for information, to make sure
second hour of a snowy Chicago you win every damn bar bet about roadholding numbers and quarter-mile times.
commute because the B-pillar is so thick Remember, all of us working here were part of the audience at one point. When
I can’t sit upright. My Chevy Tahoe does dRμ_RQ\V[T_R`RN_PUV[aUR\¦PRYVO_N_fN[QP\ZRb]\[2[g\3R__N_Vμ`Nba\OV-
a much better job for me in these ography, ex libris Brock Yates, signed in the purple
situations, despite its lack of road feel. pen of il Commendatore himself—the chills, how you
F\b_ZNTNgV[RV[½bR[PR`PN_P\Z]N[VR` say, they are going up and down the spine.
;\ddRUNcR4R_ZN[¼TUaV[T0NQVYYNP` We are all reading from the same hymnal. To cel-
sporty Lincolns, and compact Buicks. RO_NaRaUNaN¦[VafdRdN[af\b_`a\_VR`N[Q]U\a\`
Those of us who want a La-Z-Boy on and videos) about your cars. When did you start read-
wheels need to buy a truck. Luckily, the ing the magazine or the site? What is your favorite
auto industry sees this trend and now car? What about the best or worst one you or your
\ßR_`Z\`aa_bPX`dVaUYbeb_fPN_ family has owned? We are collecting war stories, just
appointments. So, when Rolls-Royce as we do every month. But next month will be special.
responds to Mr. Robinson with an R-R
335i, don’t be surprised when those of us Your submissions will live online at www.carand
who just want a luxo-barge with a bench driver.com/readerstories. Visit the site to contribute.
seat start buying more trucks.
Thanks for the laughs.
BARZEEN VAZIRI
WHEATON, ILLINOIS
Eddie Alterman
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Speaking of Chicago beef, are you an Al’s or
a Johnnie’s guy?—Ed.

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DEPUTY EDITOR Daniel Pund CREATIVE DIRECTOR Darin Johnson
THE SHOCKER EXECUTIVE EDITOR Aaron Robinson TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Don Sherman
MANAGING EDITOR Mike Fazioli DESIGN DIRECTOR Nathan Schroeder
I was stopped short by your headline for FEATURES EDITOR Jeff Sabatini SENIOR EDITORS Tony Quiroga, Jared Gall
the article about the improved Chevrolet TECHNICAL EDITORS K.C. Colwell, Eric Tingwall ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR Juli Burke
COPY CHIEF Carolyn Pavia-Rauchman COPY EDITOR Jennifer Harrington
Volt [“Lightening Volt,” March 2015]. EDITOR, MONTANA DESK John Phillips ASSOCIATE DESIGNER Jennifer Choi
The mention of the car’s curb weight STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Marc Urbano OFFICE AND INVOICE MANAGER Susan Mathews
EUROPEAN EDITOR Mike Duff ROAD WARRIORS Zeb Sadiq, David Beard
dropping more than 200 pounds near the CAROLINAS EDITOR Ezra Dyer
article’s end seems to have, at best,
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS
a tenuous connection to the headline’s Clifford Atiyeh, Jethro Bovingdon, Csaba Csere, Mark Bramley, Bryan Christie Design,
size. Consequently, I must conclude that Fred M.H. Gregory, John Pearley Huffman, Jim Fets, Robert Kerian, Aaron Kiley,
Davey G. Johnson, Peter Manso, Bruce McCall, James Lipman, Charlie Magee, Sean McCabe,
nobody at Car and Driver can spell P.J. O’Rourke, Tony Swan, James Tate, Chris Philpot, Roy Ritchie, John Roe,
“lightning.” Basem Wasef, Kevin A. Wilson, Dweezil Zappa Michael Simari
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article about the Chevrolet Volt. You making me read through 11 out of 13 false maybe a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
know, where it says “adds muscle and lawsuits [“Drive-Thru Torts,” March and a Fiat.
range, sheds fat”? So, I get the joke. 2015]. With each misleading, fallacious GEORGE KOVACH
6N]\Y\TVgRa\aURRQVa\_VNY`aNßNaCar (found that word in the thesaurus), and YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO
and Driver and extend a special apology incorrect reported circumstance, my
a\7\U[=RN_YRf5bßZN[S\_ZNXV[TN blood pressure rose. I went into a Why was John Phillips’s “Drive-Thru
dumb mistake of my own, carried away by psychotic emotional rage, I yelled at the Torts” column in the March issue? I had
an overwhelming urge to play “gotcha” wife (well, I do that every day anyhow) to check the cover to make sure I wasn’t
over a perceived spelling error. For and kicked “the throne” that I was sitting reading the April issue!
shame. I’ll go away now. on, rendering my shoe paralyzed. I have JOHN THOMPSON
BRUCE HENDLER retained the lawyers mentioned in the BUFFALO, NEW YORK
GLEN RIDGE, NEW JERSEY cR_f¼_`aYNd`bVa\SaURN_aVPYR5\dRcR_
I am willing to settle out of court if Car According to United States census data,
DEAR JOHN and Driver promises to do some more the state of Montana has 0.003 percent
I am going to sue Car and Driver comparison tests between Mustangs and of the population of this country. I
magazine along with John Phillips for Camaros, Corvettes and Porsches, and suspect that is also the percentage of
persons who understand the inside jokes
used by Montana-desk editor John
BA RS OF M A IL Phillips. For better or worse, I am not a
member of that extreme elite. Thus,
reading his monthly column becomes an
COLUMNS (15%) act of questioning my sanity versus his.
To my surprise, his column “Drive-Thru
BACKFIRES (2%)
Torts” did not require any existential
BMW i8 (4%)
jumps in logic. I hope he keeps this up. I
REAL DEALS (10%) fear the irreverence that your journal so
DRIVELINES (9%) values and that Mr. Phillips so epitomizes
FORD F-150 RAPTOR (10%) may in fact become irrelevance.
INTERIOR PACKAGE (17%) MICHAEL SIM
ELK GROVE, CALIFORNIA
JEEP RENEGADE (1%)
MINIVAN COMPARO (11%)
i8 ALL OF IT
MISCELLANEOUS (11%) Regarding the extras on the BMW i8 [“To
UPFRONT (10%) Live and Drive in L.A.,” March 2015]:
What exactly is the option package “Pure
Impulse World?” Was it worth $10,800,
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Wow! For $10,800, I get a gray interior,
with blue seatbelt “straps” and seat DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
lettering, and brakes that actually say There is no arguing that the new
BMW i8. Plus a ceramic gearshift-lever Mercedes-Benz C-class interior is a vast
insert so I can shift oh-so-much faster. improvement [“Guide to the Modern
But of course the doorsills feature an i8 Automotive Interior,” March 2015],
Y\T\a\\.[Qa\a\]Va\ßV`NYRNaUR_ however, even a supermodel with a
engine cover AND a BMW i Pure Impulse pepperoni-sized zit on her forehead
Card that shows everyone just how knows that everyone’s focus is going to
stupid I am to purchase a $10,800 frill constantly lock in on that third eye no
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objective is aesthetics. opinions on vehicles if you don’t even
JIM DUFF know that the preponderance of evidence
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McGillis? my nonenthusiast friends that the best
CHAD JONES choice for their vicious rug rats is a
MONCKS CORNER, SOUTH CAROLINA Toyota Sienna Limited? I don’t think so.
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A CAR W ITH M AN Y NA MES

Internally it’s known as the P13. Officially its


name is 570S. But McLaren insiders also refer
upfront
to this car as the Sports Series, a term that edited by J A R E D G A L L
encompasses the full low-end range, including
future spider and long-tail variants.

McL AREN’S ENTRY- LEVEL CAR IS


ACTUALLY LARGER THAN ITS BIG BROTHER.
TH E 570S M EASURES 0.7 INC H LONGER
AN D IS MARGINALLY TALLER AN D
WIDER THAN TH E 650S .

. R EV EA L OF TH E MONTH

serves it in a familiar wrapper as an alter-

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022 . upfront
0 6 . 2 015
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than the four-wheel-drive 911 Turbo S.

P OW E R T R A I N

power. That’s 562 horses in the units we use. Torque is rated at 443 to-weight ratio will give them the edge in any race to triple-digit
pound-feet. While the displacement of the twin-turbo engine speeds. Keep your foot in it long enough and the 570S will eventu-
matches that of the 650S and P1, the hardware changes are sub- ally top 200 mph.
stantial enough—though McLaren wasn’t prepared to divulge Concurrent with the 570S’s New York auto-show debut,
details—to warrant a new engine code (M838T E). Italy’s McLaren unveiled in Shanghai the 540C, a less powerful, less
Graziano supplies the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. aggressive, and less expensive version that could make its way to
Since McLaren remains an unwavering advocate for rear-wheel the United States. Without committing to selling it here, a McLaren
drive, the 570S won’t match the 911 Turbo S’s 2.5-second zero- rep did say the company would certify the 540C to keep options
open. But McLaren must know that the Turbo S outsells the stand-
ard 911 Turbo two to one in America. We’re not sure why it’d bother.

CHASSIS
The 570S locates its wheels with a pair of control arms at each
corner just like its brethren, but McLaren’s signature ProActive
Chassis Control is conspicuously absent. That sophisticated and
costly tech uses a hydraulic network to give the 650S and the P1
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570S has conventional anti-roll bars and adaptive dampers that can

McLAREN’S DESIGN
LANGUAGE IS
INSPIRED BY TH E
SR-7 1 BL AC KBI RD, A
WHALE SHARK , AN D
McDONALD’S
GOLDEN ARC H ES .
RUMORS OF A 911 FIGHTER
FROM McL AREN HAVE NOW
MATERIALIZED AS A 911
TURBO S FIGHTER. WHAT’S
AN EXTRA $ 100,000, ANY WAY?
023
BECAUSE A RADIO
DOESN ’T MAKE A CAR
ANY FASTER, TH E 570S
INCLUDES JUST
FOUR SPEAKERS AS
STAN DARD EQUIPM ENT.
EIGHT- AN D TWELVE-
SPEAKER SYSTEMS ARE
OPTIONAL .

McLAREN WON’T
CALL ITS 570S A
SUPERCAR, BUT WE
KNOW SUPERCAR
DOORS WH EN WE
SEE TH EM .

be set to normal, sport, or track mode. Forged aluminum wheels


measuring 19 inches in front and 20 inches out back roll on Pirelli
rubber—either P Zeros or P Zero Corsas—and surround standard
carbon-ceramic brake rotors.

DESIGN
There’s no mistaking the 570S for anything but a McLaren,
although you could easily mistake it for a 650S. Depending
on how you feel about that, credit or blame a design
language that prioritizes function over form. Chief While the P1 has an all-carbon skin and the
designer Rob Melville says the surfaces “express 650S wears a mix of composite and aluminum,
the way the air moves around the car.” The lower TH E WI DE-ANGLE the 570S is wrapped entirely in aluminum in
CAM ERA IN TH E FRONT
edge of the channel running through the door, FASCIA H ELPS YOU standard trim. The car on these pages repre-
for example, mimics the airstream that comes BETTER SEE WH ERE YOU ’RE sents a higher spec, with the roof, decklid,
GOING WITHOUT LOOKING
\ßaUR_RN_RQTR\SaURS_\[aaV_RAUR`U\bY- WH ERE YOU ’RE GOING. rockers, and front and rear fascias rendered in
QR_`\SaURQ\\_`SRNab_R½\NaV[T²aR[Q\[`³ \]aV\[NYPN_O\[¼OR_
behind which the door releases lurk. Those of- DURaUR_V[NYbZV[bZ\_PN_O\[¼OR_aUR
aURZ\ZR[a½fV[TObaa_R``R`Sb[[RYNV_N_\b[Q 570S packs the same lightweight, mid-engined,
the greenhouse and over the vented decklid to _RN_dURRYQ_VcR½Nc\_aUNaUN`NYY\dRQaUR3\_-
extract hot air from the engine bay, increasing mula 1 experts at McLaren to insinuate themselves
downforce by a claimed 22 pounds. As yet, the fac- into Ferrari’s business in a short time. Watch out,
a\_fd\[μa`b]]YfNa\aNYQ\d[S\_PR¼Tb_R Porsche, you may be next.
100
BY THE BRAND
NUMBER OF COLORS 75
OFFERED:
50

25

ASTON MARTIN: 38
024 . upfron
TOTAL
0

CHEVROLET: 70
NUMBER OF

ALFA ROMEO: 6

CHRYSLER: 20
BENTLEY: 103
COLORS

CADILLAC: 17
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HYUNDAI: 74
FERRARI: 33
AVAILABLE:

HONDA: 33
1284

ACURA: 17

DODGE: 31
BUICK: 22

FORD: 36
AUDI: 48

BMW: 59

GMC: 24
caranddriver.com

FIAT: 21
BEIGES,
. H U E A N D C RY TANS, GOLDS,
AND OTHER
OFF-BROWNS:

237
99

BLACKS: 101

Shades
of Gray
A PSEUDOSCIENTIFIC
BLUES: 191

LOOK AT THE AUTO


INDUSTRY’S COLOR
PALETTE. by Jared Gall BLUE-GREENS: 11

BROWNS: 92
LAST YEA R, according to auto-
industry paint giant PPG, white
was the most popular car color GRAY-BLUES
in North America for the fourth AND SILVERY
BLUES: 60
year running. Before white took
GRAY-GREENS: 20
the top spot, America clutched
silver to her steely heart for a GRAYS AND
full decade. Add up white, SILVERS:
237
black, gray, and silver, THE 1284 TOTAL
and you’ve accounted TALLIES DISTINCT
COLORS, NOT COLORS PER
for the paint jobs on BRAND. GM’S CRYSTAL RED
72 percent of new TINTCOAT, FOR EXAMPLE—
AVAILABLE ON BUICKS,
cars sold in 2014— CADILLACS, CHEVROLETS,
AND GMCs— ONLY COUNTS
nearly three in four AS ONE. BUT THESE
are, essentially, col- BY-BRAND BAR GRAPHS
INCLUDE SUCH
orless. C’mon, people. REPEATS.
By our count, a per-
son buying a car today can GREENS: 63
PU\\`RS_\Z[RN_Yf QVßR_R[a
hues (not including the nearly lim-
MAROONS AND
VaYR`` \ßR_V[T` \S `\ZR UVTUR[Q PURPLES: 69
companies’ personalization pro-
grams). Of the 1284 available hues, ORANGES AND
829 are actual colors, not just gray- COPPERS: 42
scale. And at least 207 of the auto- PINKS: 3
motive industry’s 237 grays and
silvers are extraneous, anyway: A
REDS: 136
recent study suggests that the
human eye can only distinguish
among about 30 shades of gray. So
leave the Whites, Blacks, Grays,
and Silvers on the lot, and go home
with a Regal Peacock, a Green WHITES: 117
Envy, or a Tangerine Scream. Life
is better in color.

YELLOWS: 43
MERCEDES-BENZ: 48

ROLLS-ROYCE: 84
LAMBORGHINI: 30

VOLKSWAGEN: 34
COLOR CODES

LAND ROVER: 21

MITSUBISHI: 17
TODAY’S PAINT

MASERATI: 35

PORSCHE: 34
McLAREN: 17
NAMES HAVE

LINCOLN: 17

SUBARU: 21
INFINITI: 22

TOYOTA: 47
NISSAN: 44
JAGUAR: 19

LEXUS: 22
WELL-ESTABLISHED

SCION: 25
MAZDA: 11

VOLVO: 17
SMART: 9

TESLA: 7
JEEP: 27

RAM: 38
MINI: 24
CONVENTIONS.
KIA: 46

HERE’S THE
BREAKDOWN:

MINERALOGY
AND GEMS:
154 COLOR NAMES

RACING AND
SPEED: 94

LAKES, OCEANS, AND


AQUATIC LIFE: 93

PLAIN-OLD COLOR
NAMES: 90

FASHION AND THE


GOOD LIFE: 61

PERIODIC TABLE: 52

SPACE: 52

FIRE, LAVA, AND


TECTONICS: 50

SNOW AND OTHER


COLD THINGS: 49

PLAIN-OLD
ADJECTIVES: 47
MYTHOLOGY AND THE
SUPERNATURAL: 41

PLANTS: 40

FRUITS, VEGETABLES,
AND NUTS: 40
STORMS, CLOUDS,
AND THE SKY: 39
ANIMALS: 33

WILD HYPERBOLE: 33

NIGHTTIME: 31
SCIENCE AND
TECHNOLOGY: 31
SANDY THINGS: 27
METALLURGY: 26
COFFEE: 19
U.S.A.: 19
THE SUN: 16
ITALY: 16
WINE: 15
BILLY JOEL ALBUMS: 1
OTHER: 115

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026 . upfront . CALIPERS It’s all about
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caranddriver.com motion. The 4C uses opposed-
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there are pistons on each side
of the brake rotor, housed in a
substantial, one-piece caliper.
ALFA Most cars use single-piston
ROM EO
4C calipers, which apply pressure
to the brake pads by forcing
two sliding caliper halves
against the brake rotor—an
inherently more flexible
DELVING INTO THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD BRAKE FEEL, WITH arrangement.
THE HELP OF ALFA’S SPECTACULAR 4C. by Csaba Csere ONE-PIECE
HOUSING

W E A LL LI K E FIR M , solid-feeling brake pedals. But even on good per-


formance cars, modern brakes often feel vaguely synthetic, with more pedal
travel than seems strictly necessary. Then there’s the Alfa Romeo 4C. Its creators wanted
the 4C to have a hard edge. “Our goal in development was to deliver the racing feeling and
sensation,” says Alberto Cavaggioni, head of Alfa’s marketing, planning, and brand devel-
opment. “We wanted the brakes to work more on brake pressure than travel.” And so they PISTONS
do: Travel is short, the pedal has no give, and the brakes bite hard. A braking system is fairly
simple; there’s a pedal, a booster, hydraulic lines, and calipers. How did Alfa make its brakes
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ful of tricks, but the real answer is by optimizing every last part of the system. To wit:
PADS

ROTOR

MASTER
CYLINDER PADS The 4C’s high-friction
A large master- pads (Ferodo HP1000s,
cylinder-piston for truly geeky readers) are
diameter moves racing-derived.
a lot of fluid in a
short amount of
time, effecting
quick responses.
LINES Stiff steel-and-
rubber brake lines are a
must for good pedal feel.
The more hydraulic lines
expand under pressure,
the less precise the feel.

BOOSTER PEDAL
Even a car as “Two simple
light as the 4C things we did were
needs a vacuum bolt the pedal to pounds, a thousand pounds or so lighter
booster. But by the floor of the aUN[aURNcR_NTRPN_Va_R^bV_R`YR``O_NX-
paring assistance chassis and set ing force to produce a given amount of
to a minimum, the angle of the
engineers pedal to provide
deceleration. The total leverage between
achieve a linear perfect leverage,” AND DON’T FORGET: This is all straight- the driver’s foot and the front brake pads
and tightly says Cavaggioni. forward brake engineering, and any car is 56:1 in the 4C, 72:1 in a Chevy Corvette
controlled “The angle of the could employ it. But to fully realize the Stingray, and 88:1 in a Toyota Camry (not
response to pedal makes it OR[R¼a` \S aUR`R ZRN`b_R` _R^bV_R` \[R counting the booster’s contribution).
pedal pressure. easier to apply
more force, and other key ingredient—a light car. Regard- When you reduce leverage and assistance,
the floorboard is less of vehicle weight, a driver can be you also minimize real-world imperfec-
more rigid than a expected to apply a maximum 50 pounds aV\[` `bPU N` ]RQNY N[Q PNYV]R_ QR½RP-
dash-mounted of force to the pedal. It is then up to tions, brake-hose expansion, and booster
setup.” Less
flexing means hydraulic and mechanical leverage to nonlinearity. That’s why braking feel as
truer pedal feel. ObZ]aUNa¼Tb_Rb]a\`b¦PVR[a`a\]]V[T pure as a 4C’s is just about impossible to
force. Because the 4C weighs about 2500 achieve in a heavier car.
illustrations by CHRIS PHILPOT
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parking lot. Clinard and Ford designer
caranddriver.com Freeman Thomas decided to host the
event at Ford’s old West Coast headquar-
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booted from a coastal shopping mall. The
night before, Clinard and his wife, Linda,
and a small crew of volunteers would put

by Aaron Robinson out the trash cans, street signs, and cones.
Then they would return at 5:30 a.m. to
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They would typically stay until 11 a.m.,
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2255 hours of their lives—56 standard
One of the downsides of getting older is an inability to stay up workweeks—to giving car enthusiasts and
late. Which goes hand in glove with a corresponding impera- their cars a place to go on a Saturday. Why?
tive to wake up at 5:30 a.m., when there’s nothing to do but lie “I love it,” Clinard told me. “I never tire of
V[ORQ\O`R``V[T\cR_`abßaUNaf\bPN[μaQ\N[faUV[TNO\baNa cars and car people. I’m always the last one
5:30 a.m. However, in Los Angeles, thanks to some people to leave an event, can’t get enough. Fortu-
whose enthusiasm for cars shames us all, there is something nately, Linda shares that feeling.” Sadly,
to do before dawn on the weekend besides try to recall all the 0N_`N[Q0\ßRRPNYYRQVa^bVa`NaVa`Z\`a
X-rays you’ve ever had and wonder if they’ll cause cancer. Sat- recent location last December, the sheer
urday and Sunday mornings are for the disorganized car show. size (550 to 650 cars, 2000 to 3000 people)
This is a ritualistic gathering of local car people at some and resulting hubbub having once again
parking lot in the vast suburban sprawl, where for a couple of outgrown its venue. Thus far another
U\b_`aUR_RV`PUNaaV[TaV_RXVPXV[TN[QP\ßRRP\[`bZ]aV\[ home has not been found.
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when friends and colleagues and that neighbor who you never realized owns a Hudson into ensuring that other people can show
Hornet all disappear back into the city’s bloodstream for another week. Thanks in part to \ßaURV_`URRaZRaNYVaPN[\[YfOR1b`aV[
aURV[aR_[Ra]\]bYN_Vaf\S0N_`N[Q0\ßRRN[Q@b]R_PN_@b[QNfN`9.μ`ad\OR`aX[\d[ Troyan, the founder of Supercar Sunday.
events are called (plus the appeal of the concept, which is that nobody registers or pays The event, now in its 14th year, is slightly
money or cares if you even come), QVßR_R[a V[ aUNa A_\fN[ YRN`R` N
X[\PX\ß` UNcR `]_\baRQ NP_\`` mall lot in Woodland Hills, north
L.A., across America, and even in of L.A., and recovers the cost by
places that aren’t America. I once selling vendor space. But the
went to one in King Rama V Square experience for attendees is basi-
in Bangkok, where car and bike cally the same: rise early, drive, caf-
nuts gravitate on Saturday nights. feinate, kibitz, leave. Like Cars and
My wife and I were the only things 0\ßRR@b]R_PN_@b[QNfORPNZRN
of American origin until a ’59 Olds traveling circus when it was ejected
Eighty-Eight cruised in, did one from a previous location due to
imperious lap of the statue of Chu- rampant success clashing with lim-
lalongkorn the Great astride his ited parking. And last year, Troyan
horse, and then harrumphed up to The eclectic, informal car meet still needs organization. circulated a video pleading with
the curb like Douglas MacArthur attendees to follow some simple
wading ashore in the Philippines. erned and car people are no exception. rules of common courtesy.
I call it disorganized, but that’s not Horsepower has always been a jerk mag- “There have to be rules,” Troyan
true, because anywhere car guys go in [RaN[QdUR_R\[RObß\\[T\R`dV[QV[T emailed me. “It has to be organized. Oth-
numbers, there must be organization. it up through open headers as the sun rises erwise it will simply not work. A car show
Somebody has to clear it with whoever over nearby homes or attempting drift is a privilege, not a right. It takes a tremen-
owns the venue. Somebody has to direct mastery on a public street, others will fol- dous amount of work and dedication to put
a_N¦P@\ZRO\QfUN`a\PYRN[b]aURa_N`U low. Somebody has to be the police, up to on these events on a weekly basis.” Despite
and the coolant puke. Somebody has to and including calling the actual police ! fRN_` \S Rß\_a \S ]YNPNaV[T YN[QY\_Q`
pick weekly themes and run the website. when necessary. They don’t want to, but and neighbors and cops, the rewards have
Libertarians will no doubt wonder why an they must in order to preserve the event. been well worth it, he says. “The car world
activity as simple as a once-a-week congre- ?RaV_RQDR`a0\N`a3\_Q=?ZN[7\U[ is our society, it is who we are.”
gation of a couple hundred cars requires Clinard was that somebody for the 410 Sat- 1\R`NYYaUNaPUN[TRf\b_QR¼[VaV\[\S
government, but groups need to be gov- urdays from 2006 to 2014 that Cars and a car enthusiast? It does mine.
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(front) and remove trim in the trunk
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(rear). The Polestar supplement to the
caranddriver.com owner’s manual shows you how to do it.
The Haldex four-wheel-drive system
puts the power down, too. This magazine
recorded a zero-to-60 of 4.5 seconds, quick
enough to get the drop on many a Bimmer.
I loved it, and I promptly recommended

by Ezra Dyer the V60 version to a friend who’s looking


for a four-wheel-drive wagon. He called
the dealer and began formulating a poten-
P O L E S TA R , PAU L N E W M A N , A N D T H E R I S E tial strategy for convincing his wife that a
OF TH E SW EDISH SLEEPER . $62,000 tuner Volvo makes more sense
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than it makes sense to gut a perfectly good
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the coolest cars are often the ones that
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Volvo 240. The V-8 Volvo is synonymous with Ross Converse, mainstream Volvos are getting real weird
a mad genius whose brochure included a photo of a diesel- with it, in the best possible way.
badged 240 doing a righteous burnout. I loved the notion of a I’ll admit that when the Chinese bought
sleeper 240 packing a Mustang 302, so I arranged a visit with Volvo, I got worried that we were heading
Converse at his house in Portland, Maine. I was hoping he’d for the same sort of undercapitalized fade
have a completed car that I could check out, and he did. But it a\ZRQV\P_VafaUNa4:V[½VPaRQ\[@NNO
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in his driveway was a brand-new 960 wagon that looked stock NSRdfRN_`6¼Tb_RQ4RRYfdN`Ob`f]VYYNT-
except for aftermarket wheels and a big exhaust tip. “This is ing Volvo’s intellectual property so it could
a clone to the cars I did for David Letterman and Paul New- ¼Tb_R\baU\da\ObVYQNPN_aUNaQ\R`[μa
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might’ve been, “Want me to ruin your expectations for years then last year, Volvo abruptly revealed that
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engines—at the time, my most recent car was a 1979 BMW pen and a pad, drawing up a
323i that had a 3.0-liter Bavarian six crammed under the four-banger with supercharg-
hood—and the Newman-spec wagon was as wonderfully ing and ab_O\PUN_TV[T .[Q N
wrong as it gets. plug-in, 400-hp XC90 T8 [see
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manual. It was about the coolest thing I’d ever seen—the bar- for fully autonomous cars to
baric gurgle of a cammed-up Fox-body Mustang V-8 emanat- run around Gothenburg. It
V[TS_\ZN[N[\[fZ\b`YNaRZ\QRY@dRQV`USNZVYfPN_.` may turn out that Geely is a
Newman told Letterman, in this car, “from 20 to a hundred cooler boss than Ford ever was.
you can chew anybody’s ass.” Last fall, I met with a bunch
I didn’t end up with a Converse Volvo because the proj- of Volvo executives at the Los
ect seemed too daunting, too expensive for a broke college .[TRYR`Nba\`U\d/fdNf\S
`abQR[aF\bUNQa\¼[QNd_RPXRQ":b`aN[T]YR[af\S stating Volvo’s grand ambi-
those) plus a non-rusty Volvo 240 (in Maine: rare as a blue tions, one of these rangy
lobster), then get Converse’s conversion kit and have him Vikings declared, “We’re the
put it all together. Ultimately, if you wanted a freaky-quick fastest-growing luxury brand
@dRQV`UPN_VadN`RN`VR_a\Wb`aTRaN@NNO&Ab_O\ on every continent but one.”
Which is what I eventually did. But the pining for a sleeper The Polestar doesn’t have a suspension
He let that sink in for a second,
Volvo never went away, as evidenced by my unreasonable button. It has you, crawling under the car. b[aVY6OYb_aRQ²9\\X\ba.b`-
V[SNabNaV\[dVaUaUR"@#=\YR`aN_ tralia!” That meeting ended
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painted in the most subtle color, the bodywork sprayed with a shade of blue somewhere XC90 display, where an engineer told me
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YVXRN[f\aUR_@#UN[Q`\ZRObaSNZVYVN_AUV`O\Qfμ`ORR[N_\b[QY\[TR[\bTUaUNadUR[ hybrid XC90 immediately jumped to the
I looked under the hood, I saw “FoMoCo” stamped on the strut tower. top of the list for my next family vehicle.
The Polestar doesn’t drive like anything conceived during the Ford days, though. The .PN_YVXRaUNaNUN[Q`\ZRC\Yc\P_\``-
345-hp straight-six rips you back in the seat while the intake and exhaust harmonize in a over, won’t attract much attention.
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F I N A L LY A R M E D W I T H T H E P O W E R
T O M AT C H I T S C H A S S I S , C A DI L L AC ’ S
C O U P E S H I N E S I N T E X A S H I L L C O U N T RY.
B Y E R I C T I N G WA L L

L O N E

PHOTO G R A PH Y BY M A RC U R B A NO
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T
he eccentric tenor of Austin, Texas, goes so far
beyond the stereotypes that it could pass for
parody. In the city’s South Congress neighbor-
hood, for example, you get your kale juice, fried
chicken, and breakfast tacos not from a food truck,
but from food Airstreams and food shipping con-
tainers. The local thrift shop shares a wall with American Apparel,
and everybody pretends not to notice that the hipster countercul-
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splash them with trendiness and relevance.
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for weight savings in the base ATS. An aluminum shear plate now
connects the front subframe to the body structure, and a pair of
diagonal braces ties that cradle to the front longitudinal members.
Spherical bearings replace six bushings in the lateral suspension
links to enhance wheel location.
Unfortunately, these reinforcements also mean that the Alpha
platform’s weight advantage evaporates in V spec. At 3760 pounds,
our test car weighed in 204 pounds heavier than the comparable
M4, though you wouldn’t know it without driving onto the scales.
The ATS-V maneuvers as if it’s the lighter, smaller machine.
Most of this is not exactly news. We’ve heaped praise on the
Alpha platform and Cadillac’s chassis tuning in each of the ATS’s
comparison-test appearances. The ATS-V
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grip as well as the
smallest Cadillac packs an engine to match Michelin tires.
its moves. Roma readily admits that a small-
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taller LF4 twin-turbo V-6. But with a new, rich, naturally aspirated engine rather than instrument cluster is more legible than the
640-hp CTS-V just months away, Cadillac a boosted powerplant. regular ATS’s, though it hardly looks
wanted distinct character and pricing to At the test track, the ATS-V launches upscale. The V treatment doesn’t address
QVßR_R[aVNaRaURC`R_VR`Z\QRY` like a cat out of a bathtub, clocking 4.2 sec- the ATS’s tight rear seat or the maddening
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wheels cut the inertia inside the turbo- Front brakes pilfered from the outgoing The ATS-V marks the culmination of Cadil-
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from rising boost to the 445-lb-ft plateau is ping Vmax from 189 mph to about 185. At least until the CTS-V arrives.
2 0 1 6 C A D I L L A C AT S - V 039
SPECI FIC ATIONS CHASSIS
unit construction with a rubber-isolated rear
PRICE subframe
AS TESTED ......................................... $74,450 BODY MATERIAL: steel and aluminum stampings
BASE ................................................. $63,660 STEERING
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, rack-and-pinion with variable ratio and variable
4-passenger, 2-door coupe electric power assist
OPTIONS: Track Performance package, $6195; RATIO ............................................ 15.5–11.1:1
Recaro seats, $2300; 18-inch polished wheels, TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK ............................ 2.4
$900; red brake calipers, $595; Phantom Gray TURNING CIRCLE CURB-TO-CURB ....... 38.4 ft
metallic paint, $495; Protection package, $305 SUSPENSION
STANDARD: power windows, seats, and locks; F: ind, strut located by 1 diagonal and 1 lateral
remote locking; cruise control; tilting and link, coil springs, 3-position cockpit-adjustable
telescoping steering wheel electronically controlled magnetorheological
AUDIO SYSTEM: satellite radio; minijack, USB, dampers, anti-roll bar
media-card, and Bluetooth-audio inputs; 10 R: ind; 2 diagonal links, 2 lateral links, and a
speakers toe-control link per side; coil springs; 3-position
ENGINE cockpit-adjustable electronically controlled
twin-turbocharged and intercooled V-6, aluminum magnetorheological dampers; anti-roll bar
block and heads BRAKES
BORE X STROKE ... 3.70 x 3.37 in, 94.0 x 85.6 mm F: 14.5 x 1.3-in vented disc
DISPLACEMENT .................... 217 cu in, 3564 cc R: 13.3 x 1.0-in vented disc
COMPRESSION RATIO .............................. 10.2:1 STABILITY CONTROL ............ fully defeatable,
FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM ........... direct injection traction off, competition mode, launch control
TURBOCHARGERS ................... Mitsubishi TD04 WHEELS AND TIRES
MAXIMUM BOOST PRESSURE ................... 18 psi WHEEL SIZE/CONSTRUCTION .......................
VALVE GEAR .................. double overhead cams, F: 9.0 x 18 in R: 9.5 x 18 in/cast aluminum
4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters, TIRES ................... Michelin Pilot Super Sport
variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing F: 255/35ZR-18 (94Y) R: 275/35ZR-18 (99Y)
REDLINE/FUEL CUTOFF ........... 6500/6500 rpm
N O TA B L E POWER ............................. 464 hp @ 5850 rpm
HIGHLIGHTS TORQUE ......................... 445 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Lightweight titanium DRIVETRAIN WHEELBASE ................................ 109.3 in
connecting rods and TRANSMISSION ........................ 6-speed manual LENGTH ....................................... 184.7 in
titanium-aluminide FINAL-DRIVE RATIO ................ 3.73:1, limited slip WIDTH ........................................... 72.5 in
turbine wheels MPH PER MAX SPEED HEIGHT ........................................ 54.5 in
improve engine GEAR RATIO 1000 RPM IN GEAR (rpm) FRONT TRACK .............................. 60.5 in
response. Rev- 1 ....... 3.01 ..... 7.5 ............ 49 mph (6500) REAR TRACK ................................. 61.4 in
matching downshifts, 2 ....... 2.07 .... 11.1 ............ 72 mph (6500) GROUND CLEARANCE ..................... 4.9 in
no-lift upshifts, and 3 ....... 1.43 ..... 15.2 .......... 99 mph (6500)
launch control are 4 ....... 1.00 ..... 16.3 .......... 106 mph (6500) INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
provided with the 5 ....... 0.84 .... 22.9 .......... 149 mph (6500) SAE VOLUME ............ F: 50 cu ft R: 34 cu ft
manual transmission. 6 ....... 0.57 .... 31.3 ........... 185 mph (5900) TRUNK ......................................... 10 cu ft

COM PETITORS
CAR AND DRIVER TEST RESULTS AUDI RS5 (4.2-L V-8, 450 HP, 7-SP AUTO)
BMW M4 (3.0-L I-6, 425 HP, 6-SP MAN)
CADILLAC ATS-V (3.6-L V-6, 464 HP, 6-SP MAN)
LEXUS RC F (5.0-L V-8, 467 HP, 8-SP AUTO)
ACC EL ERATIO N BRA K I N G, 70 -TO -ZE R O M P H
ZERO TO SECONDS FIRST STOP .................................. 158 ft CURRENT BASE PRICE dollars x 1000
Base price includes performance options.
30 MPH .............................................. 1.8 SHORTEST STOP ....................... 154 ft
40 MPH ............................................. 2.4 LONGEST STOP ............................ 164 ft ATS-V
50 MPH ............................................. 3.4 FADE RATING ................................ NONE RC F
60 MPH ....................................... 4.2 RS5
70 MPH ............................................. 5.4 TEST NOTES: The longest stop of M4
80 MPH ............................................. 6.7 164 feet was an anomaly resulting from
90 MPH ............................................. 8.0 gravel on the surface. The five other 65 70 75 80
100 MPH ...................................... 9.9 stops fell within a five-foot spread with no
110 MPH ............................................. 11.7 evidence of fade. Pedal feel is excellent. 70 –0 BRAKING feet
120 MPH ........................................... 13.7
ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH .......... 5.3 M4
TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH ................. 9.6 H A N DLI N G ATS-V
TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH ................. 6.9 ROADHOLDING, RC F
1/4-MILE ............ 12.6 sec @ 115 mph 300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD .............. 0.97 g RS5
TOP SPEED (DRAG LTD, UNDERSTEER ..................... MODERATE 150 152 154 156 158
MFR’S CLAIM) .............................. 185 mph
TEST NOTES: We drove both ATS-V
TEST NOTES: Performance Traction sedans and coupes on Austin’s Circuit of ACCEL ERAT ION 0–60 & 1/4-mile, seconds
Management’s launch control returned the Americas and noticed that the sedan
consistent 4.5-second runs to 60 mph. is a bit more neutral, perhaps owing to its M4
We beat the computers by launching from narrower rear track. On the skidpad, the ATS-V
3500 rpm and modulating the throttle coupe is very stable, requiring deliberate RC F
until the tires hooked up. inputs to unsettle the rear. RS5
4 4.5 5 12 12.5 13
FUEL W E I GH T
CAPACITY .................................. 16.0 gal CURB ........................................... 3760 lb ROADHOL DING 200- or 300-foot skidpad, g
OCTANE .................... 91 recommended PER HORSEPOWER ....................... 8.1 lb
EPA CITY/HWY .................... 16/24 mpg* DISTRIBUTION ......... F: 52.7% R: 47.3% M4
C/D OBSERVED ................... 20 mpg TOWING CAPACITY ........................... 0 lb ATS-V
RS5
RC F
INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL
0.94 0.95 0.96 0.97 0.98 0.99
IDLE ........................................... 50 dBA
FULL THROTTLE ...................... 84 dBA tested by ERIC TINGWALL
70-MPH CRUISING ................... 69 dBA in Uvalde, Texas

*C/D estimated.
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JAGUAR F-TYPE
R COUPE
PRICE > $110,845
POWER > 550 hp
TORQUE > 502 lb-ft
WEIGHT > 4088 lb PORSCHE 911
C/D OBSERVED MPG > 11 CARRERA GTS
PRICE > $138,750
POWER > 430 hp
TORQUE > 325 lb-ft
WEIGHT > 3276 lb
C/D OBSERVED MPG > 13
THE
IMITATION
GAME
If it’s the sincerest form of flattery, then
the Porsche 911 ought to feel honored.
by Mike Duff
photography by James Lipman

MERCEDES-
AMG GT S
PRICE > $151,075
POWER > 503 hp
TORQUE > 479 lb-ft
WEIGHT > 3677 lb
C/D OBSERVED MPG > 11
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times stingy a la carte standards of the segment, a rather generous comparo . 045
list of amenities.
All of which limits our choice of 911. The 520-hp 911 Turbo is
closest in terms of pure oomph, but it is about $20,000 more
expensive before you’ve ticked a single option box. The Carrera
GTS is $15,000 cheaper than the AMG GT S, but well down on
power. Knowing that even a moderate options workout would push
the Porsche beyond price parity with the Mercedes-AMG, that’s
the version we picked. Despite its name, the GTS is more of a Car-
rera S-plus than a junior GT3, bringing the fractionally wider Car-
rera 4 bodyshell and the drive-sharpening Sport Chrono kit and
PASM adaptive suspension, plus a 30-hp increase in output to 430.
2016 JAGUAR 2016 PORSCHE
F-TYPE MERCEDES- 911 CARRERA
046 . comparo VEHICLE
R COUPE AMG GT S GTS

0 6 . 2 015 BASE PRICE $104,595 $130,825 $115,195


PRICE AS TESTED $110,845 $151,075 $138,750
caranddriver.com DIMENSIONS
LENGTH 176.0 inches 179.0 inches 177.5 inches
WIDTH 75.7 inches 76.3 inches 72.9 inches
HEIGHT 51.6 inches 50.7 inches 51.0 inches
WHEELBASE 103.2 inches 103.5 inches 96.5 inches
FRONT TRACK 62.4 inches 66.1 inches 60.6 inches
REAR TRACK 64.1 inches 65.0 inches 61.4 inches
INTERIOR VOLUME F: 52 cubic feet F: 55 cubic feet* F: 50 cubic feet
That brings us to the odd one out, R: 17 cubic feet*
CARGO 11 cubic feet 12 cubic feet 14 cubic feet
because it’s not German and not rear-wheel
drive—but it’s still the next-closest thing POWERTRAIN
to a 911. Despite being on sale for less than ENGINE supercharged DOHC twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve
a year, the Jaguar F-type R coupe has just 32-valve V-8 DOHC 32-valve V-8 flat-6
305 cu in (5000 cc) 243 cu in (3982 cc) 232 cu in (3800 cc)
received a four-wheel-drive system that POWER HP @ RPM 550 @ 6500 503 @ 6500 430 @ 7500
TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM 502 @ 3500 479 @ 1750 325 @ 5750
will, henceforth, be standard on all U.S. REDLINE/FUEL CUTOFF 6600/6600 rpm 7000/7000 rpm 7600/7900 rpm
versions. In this company, it’s a perform- LB PER HP 7.4 7.3 7.6
DRIVELINE
ance bargain, with a 550-hp version of Jag- TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch 7-speed dual-clutch
uar’s supercharged V-8 and a $104,595 base automatic automatic
DRIVEN WHEELS all rear rear
price. And when we requested a representa- GEAR RATIO:1/ 4.71/6.6/44
1 1 3.40/6.3/44 1 3.91/5.9/47

tive U.S.-spec car in Germany, Jaguar went MPH PER 1000 RPM/ 3.14/10.0/66
2 2 2.19/9.9/70 2 2.29/10.1/80

MAX MPH 2.11/14.6/96


3 3 1.63/13.2/93 3 1.65/13.9/110

to the considerable trouble of shipping this 4 1.67/18.3/120 4 1.29/16.7/117 4 1.30/17.7/140


5 1.29/23.7/156 5 1.03/20.5/144 5 1.08/21.5/170
one straight from the factory, complete 6 1.00/30.0/186 6 0.84/26.3/184 6 0.88/26.0/189

with Yankee-red rear turn signals and a 7 0.83/36.0/186 7 0.63/34.2/193 7 0.62/48.5/175


8 0.67/46.0/186
navigation unit that reckoned we were AXLE RATIO:1 2.56 3.67 3.44
4000 miles from the nearest road. CHASSIS
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SUSPENSION F: multilink, coil F: control arms, coil F: struts, coil springs,
the runway of the Adolf Würth Airport, our springs, anti-roll bar springs, anti-roll bar anti-roll bar
chosen driving location is the Black Forest, R: control arms, coil R: control arms, coil R: multilink, coil
springs, anti-roll bar springs, anti-roll bar springs, anti-roll bar
about an hour west of Stuttgart and home BRAKES F: 15.0-inch F: 15.4-inch F: 13.4-inch vented,
to most of Germany’s spa towns, from vented disc vented, cross-drilled, cross-drilled disc
R: 14.8-inch grooved disc R: 13.0-inch vented,
Baden-Baden to Bad Herrenalb and even vented disc R: 14.2-inch cross-drilled disc
Bad Wildbad, which is so Bad it has to be vented, cross-drilled,
grooved disc
good. The region is also known for its STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable, fully defeatable, fully defeatable,
eponymous kirsch-soaked cake that, by competition mode competition mode, competition mode,
launch control launch control
trying really hard, we managed to avoid. A TIRES Pirelli Michelin Pirelli
P Zero Pilot Super Sport P Zero
U\ZR¼RYQNQcN[aNTRa\aUR4R_ZN[`aUR[ F: 255/35ZR-20 F: 265/35ZR-19 F: 245/35ZR-20
although some of the mountain roads (97Y) (98Y) (91Y)
R: 295/30ZR-20 R: 295/30ZR-20 R: 305/30ZR-20
around here would be considered driving (101Y) (101Y) (103Y)
nirvana wherever they were situated. Let
the battle rage.
C/D TEST RESULTS
ACCELERATION
3. JAGUAR F-TYPE R COUPE 0–30 MPH 1.3 sec 1.3 sec 1.4 sec
There’s a lot to like about the F-type R 0–60 MPH 3.4 sec 3.0 sec 3.6 sec
0–100 MPH 8.0 sec 6.9 sec 8.5 sec
P\b]RObaVa¼[V`UR`NQV`aN[aaUV_QUR_R 0–130 MPH 13.7 sec 11.7 sec 14.6 sec
coming across the line whole seconds after 1/4-MILE @ MPH 11.7 sec @ 122 11.2 sec @ 127 11.9 sec @ 118
ROLLING START,
aUR½N`UaUNaON_RYf`R]N_NaR`aUR=\_`PUR 5–60 MPH 3.9 sec 3.7 sec 4.2 sec
from the Mercedes. TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH 2.2 sec 2.1 sec 2.7 sec
TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH 2.8 sec 2.4 sec 2.8 sec
Next to its Teutonic rivals, the Jaguar TOP SPEED 186 mph (gov ltd, 193 mph (gov ltd, 189 mph (drag ltd,
feels unpolished and slightly ill-mannered. mfr’s claim) mfr’s claim) mfr’s claim)
CHASSIS
It’s never less than exciting, including when BRAKING, 70–0 MPH 137 feet 141 feet 136 feet
ROADHOLDING,
you don’t want it to be. The suspension 200-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 1.00 g 1.05 g 1.06 g
¼_Z[R`` V` ]b[V`UV[T \[ N[faUV[T \aUR_ 610-FT SLALOM 43.4 mph 45.2 mph 46.2 mph
WEIGHT
aUN[TYN```Z\\aU`b_SNPR`_R¼[RZR[aV` CURB 4088 pounds 3677 pounds 3276 pounds
lacking, and the cabin so tight that it’s more %FRONT/%REAR 54.5/45.5 47.5/52.5 37.7/62.3
FUEL
worn as a sarong than sat in. But the R’s TANK 18.5 gallons 17.2 gallons 16.9 gallons
]N_af ]VRPR P\ZR` dUR[ f\b YVSa \ß aUR RATING 91 octane 91 octane 93 octane
EPA CITY/HWY 15/23 mpg 16/24 mpg* 19/26 mpg
throttle in dynamic mode. You’re greeted by C/D 275-MILE TRIP 11 mpg 11 mpg 13 mpg
a fusillade of pops and bangs that sounds as SOUND LEVEL
IDLE 47 dBA 54 dBA 54 dBA
VSf\bμ_RQ_VcV[T]N`aNQ_b[XR[¼_V[T`^bNQ FULL THROTTLE 83 dBA 90 dBA
It’s practically guaranteed to get you a 70-MPH CRUISE 72 dBA 74 dBA
snotty letter from the local resident associa-
tested in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, by ERIC TINGWALL
tion, if not from neighbors one town over.
The Jag’s four-wheel-drive system is of
*C/D estimated.
JAGUAR F-TYPE R
COUPE
+ Looks great, attractively
priced, ridiculously fast.
_
Cramped, crude, and rude.
= A diamond that lacks polish.

the part-time variety, with an electronic


clutch pack only directing torque to the
front wheels when it needs to. It tamed the
R coupe noticeably when compared with its
rear-driven predecessor, a car that, under
full throttle, we found felt like a rocket-pro-
pelled grenade. But even with the stability-
control system switched on, we found the
F-type’s dynamic mode allowed a surpris-
ing amount of lateral slip, even on the dry
pavement of our Swabian playground. Roll
on too much power in a slower turn, and
there’s a disconcerting wait after the rear
of the car starts to slide before the com-
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stability systems step in to straighten
things out. It’s a dynamic characteristic we
fear will be responsible for a number of
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sort of four-wheel drive that gets you
through a New England winter drama-free. The pretty Jaguar F-type R coupe is
To be fair, the Jaguar is also exciting positively brimming with character. It’s too
bad it lacks the agility of its lighter competitors.
when you want it to be. And on the right
road, with your reactions turned up to max, It’s quick, too. The Jaguar’s porky 4088-
it’s a responsive and rewarding companion. ]\b[QPb_OdRVTUaZRN[`Vaμ`[\aN`½RRaN`
AUR`aRR_V[T\ßR_`S_NPaV\[NYYfZ\_RP\Z- the less powerful Mercedes-AMG. But
munication than either of the Germans, and although beaten at the track, the F-type on
the minimal distance between seat and rear real German roads never felt left behind.
axle delivers instant telemetry through Credit goes to the V-8’s brawnier mid-range
your arse-antenna. It’s easy to get the responses. Unfortunately, the Jag’s gear-
F-type into its groove, driving to its well- changes feel clean but slow-witted compared
½NTTRQYVZVa`\SNQUR`V\[N[QaUR[b`V[T with those of the dual-clutch gearboxes in
the throttle to adjust your cornering line. both the Porsche and the Merc. And though
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it stops well, recording a 137-foot 70-to-zero


distance, the brake pedal feels disappoint-
ingly rubbery in this company.
It’s also a packaging disaster. The
F-type is just three inches shorter than the
AMG and less than an inch narrower, but
the cabin feels at least a segment smaller,
with a low roof and a fat transmission tun-
nel bequeathing a driving position that
could be politely described as cozy (and This Mercedes GT S is resplendent in $9900
impolitely as cramped and uncomfortable). worth of yellow paint. Or you could pay only
$3950 for matte-silver paint, if that’s your thing.
The coupe’s hatch gives it more luggage
`]NPR aUN[ Va` _\NQ`aR_ `V`aR_ \ßR_` Oba issuing from the mouths of so many design-
much of the space behind its seats is taken R_`<]R[aURY\[TU\\QN[Qf\bμYY¼[QdUNa
up by the extra structure that Jaguar appears to be a plastic engine cover. Unclip
needed to create the tin-top, which goes this and you’ll discover it shields nothing
most of the way to the roof. In the AMG, more than the coolant reservoir and expan-
there’s just a half-height bulkhead and a sion tank. The twin-turbocharged V-8 is so
brace between the rear-spring towers. compact that it sits several inches aft of the
Much as we would love for an outsider axle line, well behind this faux shroud.
to beat the Germans on their home turf, it’s Mercedes could have easily made the GT a
not going to happen this time. couple of feet shorter, but it presumably
didn’t want it to look underendowed next to
2. MERCEDES-AMG GT S the grandly phallic SLS AMG.
Devastatingly handsome in its own right, And despite being nearly $100,000
the GT’s design tells a bigger story than the cheaper than the recently retired SLS, the
\¦PVNY \[R NO\ba RZ\aV\[NY aR[`V\[ N[Q GT S is no poor relation. In addition to
muscular proportions. It pretty much looks being the quickest car in this test across the
like an SLS at the front and a wannabe board, it also outsprints the SLS. In our
Porsche at the rear, meaning it’s a synthesis testing, we recorded a blistering 3.0-second
\S QR`VT[ 1;. aUNa ]_\]R_Yf _R½RPa` aUR zero-to-60 time, two-tenths quicker than
spirit of the car. even the megapriced SLS AMG Black
The bodywork is by no means “wrapped Series. Both cars manage identical 11.2-sec-
around the mechanicals,” a phrase we hear ond quarter-miles.
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Switch the stability-control


system off, and the Mercedes
becomes a tire-smoking
Visigoth. It’s a hugely exciting
car, viscerally thrilling.
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slightly hesitant. We loved its yowling 911 also has the best shift paddles, possi- DRIVER COMFORT 10 9 9 6
hard-edged soundtrack, too, with a blast bly as atonement for the horrible rocker ERGONOMICS 10 7 9 8
REAR-SEAT COMFORT 5 1 0 0
through the mile-long tunnel beneath the `dVaPUR`\[PR¼aaRQa\AV]a_\[VP`AURf CARGO SPACE* 5 5 4 4
Q\bOYfONQOb_T\S/NQDVYQONQP\[¼_Z- are longer and heavier than the Jaguar’s FEATURES/AMENITIES* 10 7 9 10
ing it. Our test car came with the optional plastic-feeling ones and have a more sub- FIT AND FINISH 10 9 9 8
seven-speed dual-clutch that swaps ratios stantial action than those in the AMG. INTERIOR STYLING 10 8 8 8
EXTERIOR STYLING 10 9 8 10
cleanly and quickly, even if it does default AUR_Rμ` [\ Q\bOaV[T aUNa aUR 4A@ V` REBATES/EXTRAS* 5 0 0 0
to shifting into the highest gear possible some way from the top of the 911 tree. AS-TESTED PRICE* 20 15 13 20
when left in its auto mode (do yourself a <aUR_ aUN[ N _RQ _Rc P\b[aR_ N[Q 4A@ SUBTOTAL 95 70 69 74
favor and select sport or sport-plus mode branded sill protectors, it feels like any POWERTRAIN
other mid-ranking 911: comfortable and 1/4-MILE ACCELERATION* 20 17 20 18
dRYY¼[V`URQObaSN_Z\_RSb[PaV\[NYaUN[ FLEXIBILITY* 5 4 3 4
PORSCHE 911 GTS aUR½NZO\fN[a:R_PRQR`.[QNYaU\bTU FUEL ECONOMY* 10 10 8 8
ENGINE NVH 10 9 9 7
+ A precision driving we love its free-revving engine dearly, we TRANSMISSION 10 9 8 7
instrument. can understand why—beyond just econ- SUBTOTAL 55 49 48 44
_
Outgunned by boosted omy standards—Porsche will soon be
CHASSIS
rivals. replacing it with a brawnier turbocharged PERFORMANCE* 20 20 19 17
= A slightly better version powerplant. But even outgunned as it is, STEERING FEEL 10 9 9 9
of the Carrera S. this is still the best-driving high-end BRAKE FEEL 10 9 9 6
sports car extant. HANDLING 10 10 9 8
RIDE 10 8 8 7
SUBTOTAL 60 56 54 47
EXPERIENCE
FUN TO DRIVE 25 24 23 21
GRAND TOTAL 235 199 194 186
* These objective scores
are calculated from the
vehicle’s dimensions,
capacities, rebates and
extras, and/or test results.
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road test . HONDA’S MICRO-UTE
STRIDES CONFIDENTLY
INTO A SEGMENT FULL OF
SHOWOFFS.
by JOHN PEARLEY HUFFMAN
photography by SEAN C. RICE

2016 HONDA HR-V


EX-L AWD

T
he HR-V draws deeply on past doesn’t court attention yet manages to be
and present. In many ways, it’s good-looking and substantial anyhow.
a throwback to the best things 5\[QNUNQ[μaN[[\b[PRQ]_VPV[TS\_aUR
20th-century Honda ever did, HR-V as this was written, only promising that
such as elegant interiors, sweet it would start under $20,000 and peak some-
suspension tuning, and well-considered dUR_R V[ aUR ZVQa\UVTU ` S\_ N Y\NQRQ
details. And then it goes all Kendrick-Lamar- EX-L like our test vehicle. The HR-V should be
]VZ]V[μObaaR_½VR`S\_Va`]\dR_a_NV[RYRP- on sale at dealerships as you read this.
tronics, even its very concept: This Honda is /N`RQ\[aUR3Va]YNaS\_ZN[QObVYaNY\[T-
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21st-century micro-utes. 5?CV`P\[cR[aV\[NYV[Z\`a\SVa`ZRPUN[V
What exactly constitutes a crossover is PNY QRaNVY` AUR_R N_R `a_ba` b] S_\[a N[Q N
elusive when shrunk to twerp size. Nissan’s torsion beam in the back, and the engine sits
7bXRV``RYSP\[`PV\b`Yf^bV_Xf(aUR0URc_\YRa transversely under the hood. Like the Fit, the
Trax [see page 102] is handsomely uncompli- 5?CPYRcR_YfabPX`Va`SbRYaN[Xb[QR_aUR
PNaRQ( 7RR]μ` [Rd ?R[RTNQR ZVeR` _bTTRQ driver’s seat, where it’s surrounded by pro-
UR_VaNTRdVaUNQ\_NOYRQRaNVY`(dUNaReNPaYf tective steel plating.
3VNaV`Q\V[TdVaUaUR"EV`bUV[aR_R`aV[T( AUR5?CV`U\dRcR_`VT[V¼PN[aYfYN_TR_
N[QaURb]P\ZV[T:NgQN0E Y\\X`b[]_R- than the Fit. At 102.8 inches, the wheelbase
aR[aV\b`Yf ]_\ZV`V[T /ba RcR[ VS aUV` V` N V` V[PUR`Y\[TR_aUN[Va`Q\[\_μ`.[QNa
messy newborn segment whose rules await 169.1 inches, it’s 9.1 inches lengthier overall.
discipline, the baby crossover is clearly the It’s also a bit more than six inches longer than
RP\[\ZfPN_\S_VTUa[\d a Soul or Juke. But the HR-V is still more than
The biggest kid in this space is the exceed- 10 inches shorter than its big brother, the
ingly precious Kia Soul, which sells about YbQVP_\b`Yf]\]bYN_0?C
10,000 units a month in the United States, Larger dimensions lead to some addi-
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keted with anthropomorphic hamsters. YRNaUR_N[Q[NcVTNaV\[dRVTURQ &%]\b[Q`
6[ P\[a_N`a aUR 5?C ]_\ßR_` RYRTN[PR' ±!#"]\b[Q`Z\_RaUN[N3VadVaUN0CA±
restrained interior and exterior design that dUVPU P_RNaR` aUR [RRQ S\_ `\ZR NQQVaV\[NY
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power. So the Fit’s pokey engine, a 130-hp


1.5-liter DOHC four, was set aside in favor of
pokey-plus. That is, a 141-hp 1.8-liter SOHC
four. While both engines feature 16 valves
and Honda’s signature i-VTEC variable-
valve-timing-and-lift system, only the Fit’s
uses direct injection. And the HR-V’s engine
looks particularly wan in comparison with
the turbocharged 1.6 in the Juke, which is
rated at 188 horsepower.
Honda’s build quality is apparent even
before opening the driver’s door. The pan-
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car, the 17-inch wheels look expensive, and
there’s no orange peel in the paint. Honda
surrounds the entire bottom edge of the
HR-V in black plastic—across the bumper
covers, along the rockers, and around the
wheel arches—making the vehicle look as if
it’s riding higher than it is. But the claimed
6.7 inches of unloaded ground clearance
(4.7 inches fully loaded) is modest. It’s
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What’s best about the HR-V is inside,
including elements such as the straightfor-
ward instrumentation grouped under a sin-
gle binnacle. Simple shapes form the door
panels; and the sweet, bright trim around
the vents seems downright sophisticated. touch-sensitive black panel for the ventila-
The seat cushions are short, but the leather tion system. Stylistically, it’s sleekly Bau-
covering them is soft and well stitched. haus. Practically, it makes trying to change
After Honda’s goofball adventures into a radio station while wearing gloves tough.
awkward cabin designs (the Civic’s two- Redundant audio and navigation con-
tiered dashboard, for example), the HR-V’s trols—real switches—on the nicely padded
restrained style counts as something of a steering wheel are the driver’s default con-
return to form. trols. Why risk frustration by dealing with The cabin is beautiful and well trimmed, and
Particularly appreciated is the large the touch screen? the vent is long indeed. But let’s have some
real HVAC and radio knobs to twirl, please.
vent that runs across the dash in front of There’s still a real button to start the
the right-seat passenger. It’s a true compli- engine, and the 1.8 comes to life with an un- automatic whether you want it or not. And
ment to say it really blows. Problematically, Honda-like listlessness. It’s smooth and the automatic is a CVT.
though, most of the usual control buttons nearly vibration-free, but it doesn’t have Continuously variable transmissions
are missing in action. In their place is a the eager-to-rev character that makes make a lot of sense. They’re mechanically
a\bPU`R[`VaVcR¼cRV[PU901`P_RR[N[Q the best Honda fours so beloved. Then `VZ]YRN[Q`\ZRaVZR`Z\_RR¦PVR[aaUN[
again, this isn’t an old Acura geared automatics. The problem is that
Integra or even an HR-V Si, their operation can result in an awful sound.
so it’s easy to move on in And that’s particularly irritating when
the spirit of forgiveness, with they’re paired with low-torque engines that
some hope intact. need to rev to deliver decent acceleration.
It’s when the transmission The HR-V’s rated torque of just 127
is engaged that the HR-V pound-feet peaks at a relatively frantic
experience droops precipi- 4300 rpm. So with the CVT left in “D,” the
tously. A six-speed manual engine scoots right up to that torque peak
is available on front-drive and then sits there droning like the saluta-
HR-Vs, but opting for four- torian giving a junior-high commencement
wheel drive means taking the address. It’s irritating enough that you’d
rather go back and repeat the eighth grade sible to pretend that the HR-V doesn’t have
than listen to it. N0CANaNYYAUR`UVSa`N_R^bVPXVS[\a¼_Z
Worst of all, the CVT and the modest and the engine even develops a slight induc-
power output conspire to strangle accelera- tion lilt that can be engaging.
tion. On full drone, the HR-V slouched to Honda does electric power steering well,
60 mph in 9.5 seconds and completed the and the HR-V is no exception. The steering
quarter-mile in 17.4 seconds at 82 mph. isn’t particularly fast, but it communicates
That’s about the same performance as the nicely and the HR-V’s suspension is tuned
slow Chevy Trax, but a Soul equipped with Z\_R `aV¤f aUN[ ZN[f P\Z]RaVa\_`μ `\
the 164-hp 2.0-liter engine and six-speed there’s little body roll in corners without
automatic runs away from it. `NP_V¼PV[T ZbPU P\ZS\_a AUR """?$
In compensation, the EPA Michelin Primacy MXV4 all-
rates the four-wheel-drive season tires are quiet and shed
HR-V at 27 mpg in the city and 2016 water like a malamute sheds fur,
32 mpg on the highway. In HONDA but they lack tenacity, posting
mixed driving, not including HR-V EX-L just 0.80 g on the skidpad. And
performance testing, C/D saw AWD yet, as with the Fit, there’s some
an impressive 35 mpg. + The 20th- dormant star power in this
CVTs work best when century virtues chassis waiting to be unleashed ous cargo space. And, as with almost every
mated to engines that produce of clean design, given the right rubber. current Honda, there’s a camera beneath
more torque down low and in a a well-tuned Under hard braking, the the right-side mirror for scoping out that
wider band across their oper- suspension, and HR-V remains impressively _RN_^bN_aR_ a_N¦P OYV[Q `]\a DUR[
ating range. Compared with a handsome and ½NaS\_ORV[TV[NPYN``\ScRUV- driven gingerly, with tender accelerator
the HR-V’s tranny, the CVT in ½ReVOYRV[aR_V\_ cles notorious for noses that application and lots of gliding, a light encir-
_
the turbocharged Juke, which The 21st- dive so hard that they get the cling the speedometer glows green in praise
receives 177 pound-feet of century kludges bends coming back up. Even of your environmental virtue.
torque between 1600 and 5200 that keep it though the 70-to-zero stop- But there are 20th-century virtues
_]ZV`N]N_NT\[\SQVT[V¼RQ from being ping distance is modest, pedal worth celebrating, too. Such as having the
athleticism. mechanically feel is predictable. courtesy to drive swiftly enough so that
Fortunately, Honda does engaging or Everything a 21st-century a_N¦PQ\R`[μa`aNPXb]ORUV[Qf\bN[Qf\b_
supply a workaround in the quick. Like commuter needs is accounted glowing-green halo. Such as the real enjoy-
form of optional paddle shifters that damned, for in the HR-V. There are mul- ment of a mechanical engagement between
that cue transmission software droning CVT. tiple USB ports, the available driver, gears, and car. Honda has recap-
with seven virtual forward = Millennials, navigation system is intuitive, tured many of its time-tested virtues with
gears. With the shifter in “S” your car is and the rear seat easily moves the HR-V, but there are still some ripe ones
and using the paddles, it’s pos- ¼[NYYf_RNQf away to stretch out the gener- out there ready to be picked.

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SPECI FIC ATIONS


GEAR
PRICE LOWEST ... 2.53 ...... 5.5 ............. 37 mph (6700) LENGTH ....................................... 169.1 in
AS TESTED ........................................ $27,500* HIGHEST ... 0.41 ....... 34.0 ........... 17 mph (3450) WIDTH .......................................... 69.8 in
BASE ................................................ $26,500* HEIGHT ........................................ 63.2 in
CHASSIS FRONT TRACK .............................. 60.4 in
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, unit construction REAR TRACK ................................ 60.6 in
5-passenger, 4-door hatchback BODY MATERIAL: steel stampings GROUND CLEARANCE ..................... 6.7 in
OPTION: navigation INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
STANDARD: power windows, locks, and sunroof; STEERING SAE VOLUME ............. F: 51 cu ft R: 45 cu ft
remote locking; cruise control; tilting and rack-and-pinion with variable electric power assist CARGO (SEATS UP/MAX) ......... 23/56 cu ft
telescoping steering wheel; rear wiper RATIO ..................................................... 15.2:1 PRACTICAL STOWAGE
AUDIO SYSTEM: satellite radio, CD player, 2 USB TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK ................................ 2.7 LENGTH OF PIPE ........................... 117.3 in
and Bluetooth-audio inputs, 6 speakers TURNING CIRCLE CURB-TO-CURB ............... 37.4 LARGEST FLAT PANEL,
L x W .................................. 64.0 x 39.5 in
ENGINE SUSPENSION NO. OF 9 x 11 x 16-IN BOXES,
inline-4, aluminum block and head F: ind, strut located by a control arm, coil springs, SEATS UP/MAX ............................... 14/37
BORE X STROKE .... 3.19 x 3.44 in, 81.0 x 87.3 mm anti-roll bar
DISPLACEMENT ...................... 110 cu in, 1799 cc R: ind, trailing arm integral with a transverse
COMPRESSION RATIO .............................. 10.6:1 member, coil springs WHEELS AND TIRES
FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM ............. port injection WHEEL SIZE/CONSTRUCTION ......... 7.5 x 17 in
VALVE GEAR ... single overhead cam, 4 valves per BRAKES /cast aluminum
cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift F: 11.5 x 1.0-in vented disc TIRES ..................... Michelin Primacy MXV4
REDLINE/FUEL CUTOFF ............ 6700/6700 rpm R: 11.1 x 0.4-in disc 215/55R-17 94V
POWER ............................... 141 hp @ 6500 rpm STABILITY CONTROL ................ fully defeatable
TORQUE .......................... 127 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

DRIVETRAIN
TRANSMISSION ................ continuously variable N O TA B L E H I G H L I G H T S
automatic with manual shifting mode Only half of this 16-valve engine’s intake valves are operational under low engine loads to
FINAL-DRIVE RATIO ................................ 5.44:1 promote swirl, or turbulence, for more efficient combustion. When the i-VTEC hydraulics kick
4-WHEEL-DRIVE SYSTEM ...................... full time in to vary valve timing, duration, and lift, a similar hydraulic actuation marries the four unused
with automatic rear-axle engagement valves to their respective piston-mates so the engine can breathe at its full capacity.

COM PETITORS
CAR AND DRIVER TEST RESULTS CHEVROLET TRAX LTZ AWD (1.4-L I-4, 138 HP, 6-SP AUTO)
HONDA HR-V EX-L AWD (1.8-L I-4, 141 HP, CVT)
JEEP RENEGADE LIMITED 4X4 (2.4-L I-4, 180 HP, 9-SP AUTO)
NISSAN JUKE SV AWD (1.6-L I-4, 188 HP, CVT)
ACCEL ERATIO N BRA K I N G, 70-TO -ZE R O M P H
ZERO TO SECONDS FIRST STOP ................................... 183 ft
30 MPH .............................................. 3.7 SHORTEST STOP ....................... 183 ft CURRENT BASE PRICE dollars x 1000
40 MPH ............................................. 5.3 LONGEST STOP ............................ 188 ft JUKE
50 MPH .............................................. 7.2 FADE RATING ................................ NONE HR-V*
60 MPH ........................................ 9.5 TRAX
70 MPH ............................................ 12.5 TEST NOTES: Good pedal feel. RENEGADE
80 MPH ............................................ 16.5 Nicely sorted chassis allows for very
90 MPH ............................................ 21.9 little dive. Stops are secure, happening 24 25 26 27 28
100 MPH ................................... 30.8 without any drama, but braking distances
ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH ........... 9.9 from 70 mph are on the long side. A tiny 70 –0 BRAKING feet
TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH ................. 4.8 bit of fade, but not enough to alter the
TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH ................. 6.8 rating or affect stopping distances. RENEGADE
1/4-MILE .............. 17.4 sec @ 82 mph TRAX
TOP SPEED (DRAG LTD) .............. 117 mph JUKE
W E I GH T HR-V
TEST NOTES: Not much powertrain CURB ........................................... 3098 lb 165 170 175 180 185
enthusiasm here. The CVT spins the PER HORSEPOWER .................... 22.0 lb
engine to 6700 and then back to about DISTRIBUTION ........ F: 59.8% R: 40.2%
6000 rpm as 60 mph is reached. CVT CENTER–OF–GRAVITY HEIGHT ..... 25.0 in ACCEL ERAT ION 0–60 & 1/4-mile, seconds
conspires against a good launch, and TOWING CAPACITY ........................... 0 lb
the engine racket is as intrusive and JUKE
annoying as a sitcom mother-in-law. FUEL RENEGADE
CAPACITY .................................. 13.2 gal TRAX
OCTANE ........................... 87 (required) HR-V
HANDL ING EPA CITY/HWY ..................... 27/32 mpg 7 8 9 16 17 18
ROADHOLDING, C/D OBSERVED .................... 35 mpg
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD .............. 0.80 g
UNDERSTEER ....................... MINIMAL INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL CARGO VOLUME seats up & max, cubic feet

TEST NOTES: Michelin Primacy IDLE ............................................. 43 dBA HR-V


MXV4 tires howl and relinquish their FULL THROTTLE ....................... 76 dBA RENEGADE
hold without much of a fight. Secure 70-MPH CRUISING .................... 69 dBA TRAX
understeer at the limit. Good body JUKE
control and excellent steering feel. The 10 20 30 40 50 60
HR-V comes across as small and light;
it would benefit from grippier tires.

*
C/D estimated.
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CATCH
Can WAZE, the world’s
most popular cop-spotting app,
enable an orange blur of a McLaren
to streak across Florida undetected?
We head to ALLIGATOR ALLEY to find out.
by Ezra Dyer //// photography by Clint Davis
waze
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if you’ve not heard of it, is the greatest driving app ever devised. Scratch
aUNa±Vaμ`aURT_RNaR`aV[cR[aV\[\SaUR`aPR[ab_fNTY\_V\b`ZN[VSR`-
,
tation of the connected utopia, the latest evidence that if The Singularity
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dUR_RaURP\]`N_R:\_R`]RPV¼PNYYf\aUR_Q_VcR_`aRYYf\bdUR_RaUR
cops are through Waze. You see a cop, you tag him by pressing an icon on
your phone or tablet, and a moment later he shows up on the navigation
screens of your fellow travelers. Oh, how cops hate it.
;bZR_\b` ]\YVPR QR]N_aZR[a` UNcR ¼YRQ P\Z]YNV[a` dVaU 4\\TYR ALLIGATOR
DNgRμ`\d[R_\[aUR`]RPV\b`T_\b[Q`aUNa\¦PR_`N_RVZ]R_VYRQdUR[ ALLEY
the citizenry knows the whereabouts of their marked cruisers on public NAPLES
highways. And Miami police have even taken to churlish retribution, log-
ging false locations to taint the data. Naturally, then, we decided to head to MIAMI
:VNZVa\Sb_aUR_`a_NV[\¦PR_Z\a\_V`a_RYNaV\[`dVaUN[bPYRN_\_N[TR
:P9N_R[#"@@]VQR_/N`RQ\[Zf]YN[`S\_`NVQPN_aUR_RN_R_RNYYf\[Yf
two possible outcomes: use Waze or get Tased.

The mission, which I foolishly accepted SPECI FIC ATIONS


and now sort of wish I could back out of, is VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive,
2-passenger, 2-door convertible
to ascertain whether Waze is really the PRICE AS TESTED ...................... $351,935
greatest thing since the Fuzzbuster. Using BASE PRICE .............................. $282,625
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and
only Waze, can I whip this dihedral-doored intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block
cop magnet across trooper-infested Alliga- and heads, port fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT .............. 232 cu in, 3799 cc
tor Alley without ending my day hand- POWER ......................... 641 hp @ 7250 rpm
PbßRQ a\ N `dNZ] ]R_`\[ V[ /_\dN_Q TORQUE ................... 500 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
County lockup? Hey, I’ve got nothing to with manual shifting mode
Y\`RObaZfYVPR[`R.[QdRYY6μZaR__V¼RQ DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE .... ............................. 105.1 in
of losing my license. LENGTH ....................................... 177.6 in
My goal is to drive coast to coast, Atlan- WIDTH ............. .............................. 75.1 in
HEIGHT ........................................ 47.4 in
tic to Gulf of Mexico, at a speed way out of CURB WEIGHT .. ............................ 3250 lb We begin our blitz with the McLaren’s
my comfort zone. According to my imper- tail backed up against the dunes on South
fect Everglades legal expertise, penalties C/D T E ST R E SU LTS =\V[aR1_VcRV[@\baU/RNPU:fV=U\[RV`
vary from county to county but there seem ZERO TO 60 MPH ........................ 2.8 sec ]YbTTRQV[a\aURB@/]\_aORPNb`RDNgR
to be some common denominators. Most ZERO TO 100 MPH ......................... 5.8 sec kills your phone’s battery. Photographer
ZERO TO 150 MPH .......................... 13.2 sec
pertinently, 30 mph over the speed limit is ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.6 sec Clint Davis also has Waze running, and
the point where a big ticket turns into a 1/4-MILE ..................... 10.5 sec @ 136 mph he’ll be paying attention to the devices so I
TOP SPEED (mfr’s est) .................... 207 mph
more serious problem, one that involves BRAKING, 70–0 MPH ......................... 155 ft can concentrate on driving. Just for extra
mandatory court appearances and possibly ROADHOLDING, backup, I’ve got a third Waze app running
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD ........................ 1.07 g
a ride in the urine-stained back seat of a FUEL ECONOMY
on an Android tablet tucked into the cargo
local police interceptor. Since most of Alli- EPA CITY/HWY .. ........................ 16/22 mpg net between the McLaren’s seats. I had to
gator Alley is posted at 70 mph, that means TEST NOTES: Sport mode locks out _RTV`aR_N[Rd]_\¼YRS\_aUNa\[RdUVPUV`
my magic number is 99. Any maniac can hit seventh gear, which is a great aid to passing why I can tell you that the screen name
NObPX¼SafS\_`RP\[Q`ObaVaaNXR`QV`- acceleration. Brakes lack initial bite, but launch ²1_Rd=/NYYg³V`NcNVYNOYRDN`NcNVYNOYR
control is stunning for a rear-drive car.
cipline and strategy to keep the needle We’re less than a mile into the drive
above 90 for miles on end. dUR[ DNgR PNYY` \ba Va` ¼_`a dN_[V[T 6
065

The McLaren 650S


may be Miami’s Chevy,
but it is still cop bait par
excellence. Bottom:
Officers are off their bikes
and out of their cruisers
trying to confuse Wazers.

mind my speed, and sure


enough, there’s a cruiser
parked conspicuously by a
marina on the opposite
side of the street. As a mat-
ter of policy, I take it easy
until I’ve lost visual con-
tact with law enforcement.
That strategy now serves
me well, because this par-
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by using that cruiser as a decoy—a cop car
is accurately pinpointed on the app, but the
man himself lurks on the sidewalk several
blocks away, aiming a laser gun at oncom-
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Explorer tucked into the parking lot behind
him. Nice try, Johnny Law. You’re gonna
have to work harder than that before you
catch me going hammer-down in a 650S.
A few minutes later we’re on Interstate
95, where the fun—and the stress—really
begins. This being Miami, we’re barely out-
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Spider pulls alongside and instigates me to
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oblige, to a point. I’ll line up next to him for
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If an orange McLaren isn’t visible enough,


its pop-up air brake will clearly let highway
patrol know you’ve just been flouting their laws.

cops clustered in cellphone dead zones


since you need a signal to upload their loca-
tion. Waze also requires a critical mass of
a_N¦P ORPNb`R N[ RZ]af _\NQ aRYY` [\
secrets. And, of course, social police-spot-
ting is worthless against cruisers that are in
motion. Waze can’t help you if you’re
clocked from an oncoming lane, or if you
run up behind an unmarked Chevy Tahoe
that happens to be helmed by a short-
haired, mustachioed gentleman with a
newfound grudge against people who drive
$350,000 British roadsters.
I’m hoping that if I do see a cop, he
doesn’t know too much about the McLaren
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When you go hard on the McLaren’s car-
bon-ceramic brakes, the rear spoiler is
½b[Tb]cR_aVPNYYfV[a\aUR`YV]`a_RNZa\NPa
as an air brake. Whap! In an instant, the
rear view is blocked by your own wing tow-

but I’m not weaving across three lanes at


110 mph, Waze or no Waze. Best practices
dictate that one should avoid raising the ire More
of fellow motorists. Waze works because Waze to
everyone has phones, but 9-1-1 also works Circumvent
because everyone has phones. Don’t turn Tickets
the hive against you.
Soon we’re on Interstate 75, a.k.a. Ever- That police
glades Parkway, a.k.a. Alligator Alley. departments
Naples is ostensibly our destination, but have put Waze in
this 100-mile stretch of ennui-inducing their cross hairs
highway is, for our purposes, the real may have kept
attraction. A couple of weeks earlier, I’d run the cop-spotting
the route in a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG tool in headlines, ESCORT LIVE COBRA iRADAR GARMIN U.S.A.
and encountered about 10 state troopers but Waze isn’t MAIN FUNCTION: MAIN FUNCTION: MAIN FUNCTION:
along the way. Sure, Waze picked them all the only Speed-trap and As with Escort Live, Like Waze, Garmin’s
red-light-camera Cobra’s iRadar is smartphone app is a
b]Oba`\ZRO\QfUNQa\ORaUR¼_`aPN_a\ crowdsourcing alerts. Escort geared toward navigation tool first
R[P\b[aR_RNPU\SaU\`RTbf`6PN[μaNß\_Q app capable of preloads known saving you from and foremost. Which
radar and red-light- friendly roadside makes sense,
a\ORaUR¼_`aPN_ dehydrating camera locations, chats with smokey— considering that
Nonetheless, I hold the speedometer Johnny Law’s and the crowd or from cold, Garmin has always
handles the rest. impersonal, mailed been associated with
deep into the ticket-able territory, mile revenue stream. Basic navigation is tickets from camera top-flight global-
after mile, defying my every instinct for Here are three included, but a smokeys. It can link positioning-system
premium-access up with a Cobra receivers. But this
license preservation. I can’t help but dwell other useful plan brings real-time detector to app isn’t a one-trick
on all the factors that might cause Waze to offerings, and it’s alerts, speed-limit transform your pony: Users can
info, and integration mobile device into a submit speed-trap
fail me. As the number of Wazers has no coincidence with Escort radar- display for the unit’s and red-light-camera
grown, cops have adapted. They move that two come detector units. alerts and warnings, locations, painting a
WHAT IT COSTS:
while simultaneously useful picture
when they get tagged, for example. If you from established $4.99 via Google handling basic entitled “Stuff to
see multiple cops tagged within a couple of radar-detector Play and iTunes navigation functions. Watch Out For.”
miles, it’s usually just the same one, chang- companies. stores (premium WHAT IT COSTS: WHAT IT COSTS:
access, $49.99 Free via Google Play $49.99 via iTunes
ing his spot every few minutes. I’ve seen —Alex Stoklosa a year). and iTunes stores. store.
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ering above the car’s tail, as subtle as an


NHRA parachute. It may as well say “Law-
breaker” across the top of it. When I do
brake, I try to keep the threshold below the
point where the McLaren’s aeronautics
decide to advertise my guilt.
Mostly, though, I’m just cruising, albeit
far faster than normal. And on a road like
this, the 650S is about as good as supercars
get. Set the powertrain and suspension to
normal, and the intake stays quiet while the
hydraulic anti-roll system goes all Gumby
supple. Sure, you can go into manual mode
and warp toward the horizon any time you
feel like it, but the McLaren is uncommonly

happy going mellow. Inasmuch as doing 100 an Escort Passport Max2 stacked on the Top: Gratuitous shot of the McLaren 650S’s
mph or so is ever mellow. dash of a Porsche 911 Turbo. These are just most buxom angle. Above: Writer Dyer
arrives at home—and not in jail—at last.
By the time we’re about halfway across people who want to get where they’re going
the state, I notice a curious situation: I’m and feel that the speed limit is unreason- able intelligence! What if he drove out after
sticking to my target speed, but I’m not out- ably low in certain places—like, say, a dead- us in reverse? You never know how these
running the plebes. In fact, I have a trail of `a_NVTUa QVcVQRQ UVTUdNf PbaaV[T ½Na crazy cops will try to beat the Waze.
]VY\a¼`U;V``N[`N[Q/bVPX`P_bV`V[TV[ through a swamp. We make it across I-75 in a little more
my wake. A guy in a Chevy Equinox doesn’t I slow down only three times. Once, I than an hour (hey, we stopped for photos).
even want to let me pass until I bump right come up behind a white Dodge Charger and You can do the math. There weren’t many
against triple digits, at which point he, too, have to suss out its provenance before light- cops, but Waze called them all, proving that
SNYY`V[ORUV[QaUR`NP_V¼PVNY\_N[TRN__\d- ing the afterburners. The next time, Waze it’s a powerful tool for ticket avoidance, the
head. If we do see a cop, we all know who’s gives its customary half-mile cop warning, social-media equivalent of a friendly head-
taking the fall, and it ain’t the lady in the ’96 and by the time I reach the cruiser on the YVTUa½VPX<UN[QVad\_X`]_RaafdRYYS\_
Century. But this is an incredible develop- shoulder I’m doing an innocuous 73 mph. ORNaV[Ta_N¦Pa\\
ment, the likes of which I’ve never seen in The last one I spot the old-fashioned way, 5\dRcR_ `PVR[aV¼PNYYf `]RNXV[T \[R
hundreds of thousands of miles of driving: tucked in under an overpass on the median. a_V] V` N `ZNYY `NZ]YR A\ _RNYYf P\[¼_Z
wide-scale civil disobedience, a caravan of I thank my recent LASIK surgery and new- that Waze is cool and McLarens are fast,
strangers hauling ass across a U.S. state, as found 20-15 vision. “Was that one not on further research is required. Taillights 100
calm as if we were all on a derestricted auto- Waze?” I ask Clint. “It was,” he replies, “but yards from the Gulf of Mexico, I put the top
bahn. And this isn’t the hard-core speed in the oncoming lane, so I didn’t mention down, plug in my phone, and get ready to do
crowd, the guys with a Valentine One and it.” Always mention it, Clint! This is action- it all over again heading the other way.
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L O N G -T E R M T E S T
— 2014 CADILLAC CTS VSPORT —
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Detroit
CADILLAC MAY BE MOVING OUT
OF MOTOWN, BUT THE CTS
IS ALREADY ON ANOTHER PLANET.
by JARED GALL
photography by ROY RITCHIE

In 2014, Cadillac poached, S_\Z6[¼[- wringing than the brand’s announce- aUR[Rd0A@O\N`aN`RTZR[aQR¼[V[T
iti, one of the auto industry’s most cel- ment that it was moving its headquar- excellence absent in many GM prod-
ebrated and outspoken execs. It also ters from Detroit to New York City. ucts. Introduced for the 2014 model
showed the 464-hp ATS-V and the 0UVRS NZ\[T aUR Wb`aV¼PNaV\[` S\_ year, the third-generation CTS—par-
640-hp CTS-V, and said that it will be the move was to physically separate ticularly in 420-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-
renaming its lineup using designations Cadillac from the rest of General liter V-6–bearing Vsport trim—is a
beginning with either CT (cars) or XT Motors, the better to foster a distinct sports sedan of singular focus. Ultra-
(trucks) followed by a number. But product portfolio. But that process is UVTUQR¼[VaV\[ SRRQONPX `a_RNZ`
nothing it did generated more hand- already underway. Cadillac’s ATS and through the steering, the chassis reacts
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of the day through the audio system’s
speakers, is pure sports-car warble. In the
same breath—okay, the same press
release—as it announced its move to the
isle of Manhattan, GM also announced that
Cadillac would be reorganized as a separate
like that of a 14/10-scale BMW E30, and And with two Mitsubishi turbos squeezing business unit. That means more autonomy
the engine hurtles the car forward with 15 psi into the intake, the overachieving 3.6 and greater separation from the goings-on
smoothness and sonorousness heretofore pushed the CTS to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, in the silvery monolith. And it means more
reserved for sixes of the straight Bavarian through the quarter-mile in 13.1 at 110 mph, O_N[Q`]RPV¼PR[TV[R`YVXRaUV`\[R;Rd
variety, not bent American ones. We named and up to a 171-mph terminal velocity. ]_R`VQR[a 7\UN[ QR ;f``PUR[ UN` NY_RNQf
the CTS to our 10Best list for 2014 and 2015, We’ll admit to some skepticism and spilled the beans on the twin-turbo V-8 in
ordering up a long-termer in between the maybe even a little bit of eye rolling when Cadillac’s future.
UN[Q\ß\SaURad\a_\]UVR` dR ¼_`a URN_Q aUR \ba]ba ¼Tb_R` S\_ aUR ;\aaUNaaUR`VeP\bYQ[μab`RZ\_RZN`-
For its 40,000-mile stay, we naturally CTS’s twin-turbo V-6: 420 horsepower at saging. The CTS overlapped our long-term
opted for the $59,995 Vsport, but stopped 5750 rpm and 430 pound-feet at 3500. Gen- 2013 Audi S7 early in its billet, and the simi-
there, without adding any options. The car eral Motors is not a house renowned for its larities between the two vehicles were hard
comes standard with important mechanical mastery of turbocharging, and it has a long a\VT[\_R;\aWb`aaUNaO\aUdR_ROYbRYbe-
bits such as adaptive magnetorheological history of V-6s ranging from humdrum on ury cars, but that both had turbocharged
shocks, an electronically controlled limited- their best days to dreadful on their worst. engines making 420 horsepower, though
`YV]QVßR_R[aVNYN[Q/_RZO\O_NXR`.aUV_Q /baaUV`R[TV[RV``\ZRaUV[TR[aV_RYfQVßR_- the Audi had two more cylinders and an
zone for the dual-zone climate control or ent. The torque comes on low and stays so extra 429 cubic centimeters of displace-
20-way adjustable seats just seemed like strong throughout the rev range that the ment. It showed in the way the two engines
unnecessary embellishments. make their power. Under wide-open throt-
And the Vsport impressed right out of Despite our best efforts, the motorized tle, both are eye-opening. But in only mod-
cup-holder cover never malfunctioned. Oh,
the box, sticking to the skidpad at 0.95 g and and the twin-turbo V-6 ain’t too shabby, either. erately aggressive driving, Audi’s 4.0-liter
stopping from 70 mph in just 155 feet—
O\[N ¼QR `b]R_`RQN[ [bZOR_` AUR YN`a
BMW M5 we tested couldn’t match either
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manages higher cornering grip, it beats the
Vsport’s stopping distance by only two feet.
2014 CADILLAC C/D T E ST R E SU LTS
CTS VSPORT PERFORMANCE NEW
ZERO TO 60 MPH ........................... 4.6 sec .......... 4.6 sec
40,000
073
ZERO TO 100 MPH .............................. 11.0 sec ............ 10.8 sec
SPECI FIC ATIONS ZERO TO 130 MPH ............................. 19.0 sec ............ 18.8 sec
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-
ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH ................ 5.1 sec .............. 5.1 sec
1/4-MILE ......................................... 13.1 sec ......... 13.0 sec RANTS
drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED ......................... $59,995
@ 110 mph @ 110 mph
BRAKING, 70–0 MPH ............................ 155 ft ............... 168 ft AND
BASE PRICE ................................. $59,995
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and
ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD .......................... 0.95 g ..................... — RAVES
intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum TOP SPEED (DRAG LIMITED) ............................................. 171 mph JEFF SABATINI
block and heads, direct fuel injection EPA FUEL ECONOMY, CITY/HWY ............................. 16/24 mpg Just once, I’d like to
DISPLACEMENT ............... 217 cu in, 3564 cc C/D-OBSERVED FUEL ECONOMY ........................... 21 mpg
POWER ....................... 420 hp @ 5750 rpm UNSCHEDULED OIL ADDITIONS ....................................... 0 qt get in a GM car and
TORQUE ................... 430 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
say, “Wow, this is a
TRANSMISSION ...... 8-speed automatic with A2 WIND TUNNEL MEASUREMENTS lot nicer than it had
manual shifting mode DRAG COEFFICIENT ......................................................... 0.30 to be.” But that may
FRONTAL AREA ........................................................ 24.4 sq ft never happen.
400 DRAG AREA (Cd x FRONTAL AREA) ............................ 7.3 sq ft
DRAG FORCE @ 70 MPH ................................................... 91 lb MIKE SUTTON
350
AERO POWER @ 70 MPH ................................................. 17 hp Forget CUE and give
300 AERO POWER @ 100 MPH ............................................... 50 hp me a damn knob.
250 FRONT-AXLE LIFT @ 70 MPH ........................................... 20 lb JENNIFER
REAR-AXLE LIFT @ 70 MPH .............................................. 15 lb HARRINGTON
200
OPERATING COSTS (FOR 40,000 MILES) The maps need to
150 REAR-WHEEL SERVICE (5 SCHEDULED, 3 UNSCHEDULED) ................................. $0 be updated. While
100
POWER AND TORQUE
NORMAL WEAR ............................................................. $1455 on U.S. 24 in Ohio,
HP LB-FT
GASOLINE (@ $3.58 PER GALLON) ....................................... $6817 CUE thought I was
50 off-roading for 30
2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 NONWARRANTY REPAIRS minutes and the
RPM
ALIGNMENT ...................................................................... $90 road was nowhere
WHEELBASE .................................. 114.6 in
in sight on the map.
LENGTH ........................................ 195.5 in DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION
RON SESSIONS
WIDTH ........................................... 72.2 in STRAIGHTEN AND BALANCE WHEEL .............................. $140
HEIGHT .......................................... 57.2 in REPAIR FRONT-END DAMAGE ........................................ $5971 The structural
CURB WEIGHT .............................. 3998 lb REPLACE WINDSHIELD ................................................... $673 adhesives that GM
uses at weld joints
WARRANTY LIFE EXPECTANCIES (ESTIMATED FROM 40,000-MILE TEST) to glue each CTS
4 years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper FRONT TIRES ...................................................... 30,000 miles together really pay
6 years/70,000 miles powertrain REAR TIRES .......................................................... 20,000 miles
off in stiffness; this
4 years/50,000 miles corrosion protection FRONT BRAKE PADS ........................... more than 100,000 miles is a very tight
6 years/70,000 miles roadside assistance REAR BRAKE PADS ............................. more than 100,000 miles structure.
4 years/50,000 miles scheduled maintenance
WHAT BITS AND PIECES COST CAROLYN
PAVIA-RAUCHMAN
O P P O S I T E PA G E : A C T I O N A N D E N G I N E P H OTO G R A P H Y BY M I C H A E L S I M A R I , T H I S PA G E : I L LU S T R AT I O N S BY P E T E S U C H E S K I

MODEL-YEAR CHANGES HEADLAMP ................................................................... $1250 I’d vote for 100,000


2015: The wreath around Cadillac’s crest ENGINE AIR FILTER ........................................................... $77 miles in this sedan.
disappears from the grille and trunklid. Inside, OIL FILTER .......................................................................... $5
there’s a new 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and WHEEL ........................................................................... $495 TONY QUIROGA
optional wireless phone charging. TIRES (FRONT/REAR) .................................................. $296/$365 Why doesn’t auto
WIPER BLADES (LEFT/RIGHT) ........................................ $24/$24 start turn on the
FRONT BRAKE PADS ....................................................... $234 heated seats and
steering wheel?
An annoying nit in
Acceleration: 56% anti-lift GLOSSA RY an otherwise
Braking: 38% anti-dive, Braking: 148% anti-lift splendid sedan.
0.8-deg max pitch Anti-dive, -lift, -squat: Terms JULI BURKE
that describe how suspension Enjoy the quick,
geometry is configured to powerful engine.
counter body movement during Despise CUE.
acceleration and braking. Case closed.
CG height:
21.0 in Suspension stiffness: The
force from acceleration, braking, DAVE BEARD
cornering, or bumps required to Collision alert had a
ROLL AXIS deflect each wheel one inch. few miscues.
Roadkill set it off
Roll-center height: 4.7 in Roll-center height: 5.6 in Roll center: A hypothetical once.
Suspension stiffness: 183 lb/in Suspension stiffness: 224 lb/in point around which the body ERIC TINGWALL
Load: 2067 lb (51.7%) Load: 1931 lb (48.3%) rolls in corners. If you thought CUE
Roll axis: A line connecting was bad, try using it
front- and rear-suspension while wearing
Roll-stiffness distribution: roll centers. gloves.
front 54%, rear 46%
Roll: 2.5 deg/g Steering ratio: Degrees of K.C. COLWELL
Max roll angle: 2.4 deg steering-wheel movement My 75-year-old
required to change the front father-in-law loved
wheels’ angle one degree. it. “You got a turbo
in that?”
Roll stiffness: A car body’s ALEX STOKLOSA
resistance to roll in corners; I love the engine
suspension springs, anti-roll note, which has the
bars, and tire sidewalls all perfect combination
contribute to this metric. of growl and
How this resistance is volume.
Steering ratio:
distributed between the front
15.9:1 on-center
and rear axles is a major DANIEL PUND
14.9:1 +/- 90 deg, average
understeer determinant. Insanely small side
mirrors on this
compared with the
elephant ears on
European cars.
K&C data by Morse Measurements, Salisbury, North Carolina.
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The BMW of Cadillacs
Cadillac has decided that in order to be seen as equal to the German luxury
brands, it must size and price its products accordingly. To that end, the
third-gen CTS sedan takes direct aim at the Teutonic triumvirate of Audi A6,
V-8 is rheostat smooth, making it easy to BMW 5-series, and Mercedes-Benz E-class. But in Vsport trim, the CTS is
dial up precisely the output you demand. pretty closely matched with the one-size-smaller BMW M3.
The Cadillac, on the other hand, tends to
answer middling throttle prods with a
slightly embarrassing American boisterous-
ness. Give it half-throttle, and the engine
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a_N[`ZV``V\[a\\abT`\[aUR_RV[`RßRPa- BMW M3 Cadillac CTS Vsport
V[T `RNZYR`` UN[Q\ß` S_\Z _NaV\ a\ _NaV\ Base price ................ $65,850 ....................... $59,995
under full throttle but not chilling out quite Curb weight .............. 3613 lb .......................... 3998 lb
enough under partial juicing. With all but Power ....... ............... 425 hp @ 5500 rpm ........ 420 hp @ 5750 rpm
the lightest throttle applications, shifts are Torque ...... ............... 406 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm ....... 430 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
surprisingly harsh. We also noted a discon- Transmission ............. 7-speed automatic ........... 8-speed automatic
certingly rough idle, particularly when the Zero to 60 mph .......... 3.8 sec ......................... 4.6 sec
engine was cold, though the ECU was never Zero to 100 mph ......... 8.5 sec ......................... 11.0 sec
so bothered by it to throw any trouble codes. 1/4-mile .................... 12.0 sec at 119 mph .......... 13.1 sec at 110 mph
.[Q fRa dR QVQ ¼[Q \b_`RYcR` Na aUR Top speed .. ............... 163 mph ........................ 171 mph
dealership early on. Just 8700 miles into Braking, 70-0 mph ...... 153 feet ........................ 155 feet
the CTS’s stay, a front-end rattle sent us to Roadholding,
the service desk. Technicians found prema- 300-ft-dia skidpad ...... 0.99 g .......................... 0.95 g
turely worn anti-roll-bar end links, which
they replaced under warranty. Cadillac’s
Premium Care Maintenance program cov- Then, at 37,070 miles, replacing a cracked inspired such universal loathing among
R_RQ\b_¼cR\VYPUN[TR`N[QV[`]RPaV\[` windshield appropriated another $673 from \b_`aNß=_V\_Re]R_VR[PRa\YQb`aUNadR
but it doesn’t cover things such as wiper our Save the Manuals! super-PAC fund. d\bYQOR`RN_PUV[Ta\¼[Q[VPRaUV[T`a\
blades ($48) or a wheel alignment ($90). We would pay for CUE, Cadillac’s say about it, but we didn’t realize what a
Tires were a bigger problem. We deservedly maligned infotainment system, SbaVYRRß\_aaUNad\bYQOR6Sf\b`aN_adVaU
replaced the fronts after rolling 15,216 miles with our patience. Rarely has anything contempt, what does familiarity breed? In
and the rears shortly thereafter [see photo, our case, it was lots of red-faced moments
page 071], for a total cost of $1407, but some- We never warmed to the CUE infotainment at the wheel and solitary screaming. We
system. We like the CTS’s sophisticated
one else’s tire cost us even more. At 27,560 styling, but it makes the wheels look small. may have appeared to other motorists to be
miles, the Vsport got slapped in the face by
a chunk of estranged truck tread, prompt-
ing $5971 in repairs and a lecture from
Alterman on appropriate following dis-
tances. Included in the bill: a new hood
($895), bumper cover ($595), headlight
assembly ($1250), and driving light ($238).
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anger-management candidates, furiously over function on this scale should be a car-


mouthing obscenities, but that’s only dinal sin—well, unless you’re Apple. Point-
because in the presence of CUE, well, we ing out how the “back” button moves
were. Its slow reaction time, confounding around the screen depending on which 2015 BMW M3
menu structure, and distracting touch- ZR[b V` QV`]YNfRQ SRNab_R` RQVa\_ 7Rß 9391 MILES
screen interface were only the beginning. Sabatini noted, “This is Interface Design 21 OBSERVED MPG
We posit that CUE was conceived on a `abßN[Q4:UN`P\Z]YRaRYfSNVYRQ³ The sticker on our M3 is $81,425,
preliminary expedition to New York—it’s And yet, we can forgive the inordinate which includes $18,475 of options.
so cosmopolitan, it can’t be bothered with annoyance triggered by these features in An automatic transmission is not one
middle America. On two separate Mid- the grand scheme of things. Cadillac has of them. Would we miss the M
western excursions, it lost track of where it spent the last 13 years making steady and carbon-ceramic brakes ($8150),
was, once believing the highway we were marked improvements to the CTS, and we 19-inch wheels ($1200), M adaptive
on to be nonexistent, showing the car in have rewarded the car with a spot on our suspension ($1000), or the Yas
aURZVQQYR\SN¼RYQS\_NT\\QUNYSU\b_ 10Best list seven of those years. This latest Marina Blue paint ($550)? Had we
And in Michigan’s upper peninsula, it rou- version is so good at its core, delivering out- not ordered the car this way it might
tinely overestimated travel times by sized and increasingly rare doses of driver not pull 1.01 g’s on our skidpad or
absurd intervals, sometimes by a factor of engagement and satisfaction, that we found stop from 70 mph in 157 feet, and it
two. It was also unaware of many roads, or ourselves liking the car more and more as surely wouldn’t be as pretty. But a
was aware of them but didn’t realize they the miles piled on. Oddly, fewer and fewer $62,950 “stripper” would still hit 60
were one-way. That last one is a potentially buyers seem to realize how good the CTS is. mph in the 4.0 seconds we managed.
catastrophic oversight, unacceptable now In 2014, this best-ever CTS hit an all-time That’s two-tenths behind the dual-
that we’re a good decade beyond that type low—just 31,115 sales. clutch version, fragments of a
of mistake being commonplace. Sure, CUE Here’s the thing about that New York second that will be missed by no one.
makes for a sleek dash design, but form move: It won’t be all of Cadillac. Execu-
tives and marketing people are going to the
Through this bedazzled steering wheel /VT.]]YRa\VZZR_`RaURZ`RYcR`N`4:

T H I S PA G E : S T E E R I N G -W H E E L P H OTO G R A P H BY R OY R I TC H I E , A L L OT H E R P H OTO G R A P H Y BY M I C H A E L S I M A R I
comes a tremendous amount of useful and
faithful information about the car’s behavior. says, “in a premium lifestyle.” But engi-
neering and product development will
remain in the Detroit area. So the people
who have been responsible for making the
CTS great will keep at it, while the ones
responsible for telling people how great it
is are heading east.
Detroit has always been a city of doers,
New York a city of gabbers. Maybe this
arrangement will work out after all. 2015 MAZDA 3 S
4 4 30 MILES
27 OBSERVED MPG
The 3’s second 10Best award finally
convinced Mazda’s home office that
we were serious, and we took
delivery of a 3 s Grand Touring
hatchback in January. The s brings
the 184-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder,
while the Grand Touring package
brings grown-up luxury-car stuff
such as adaptive headlights, rain-
sensing wipers, a head-up display,
and a great navigation/infotainment
system that can be controlled either
via touch screen or a knob between
the front seats. As expected, we’re
smitten by the 3’s hot-hatch driving
dynamics, but, for an as-tested price
of $28,510, we ought to be.
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0 6 . 2 015 VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-
drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback
BASE PRICE ............................ $85,595
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve flat-6,
aluminum block and heads, direct fuel
injection
DISPLACEMENT .......... 232 cu in, 3800 cc
POWER .................... 385 hp @ 7400 rpm
tions. The PR guys booked exclusive use of harder edged than even the Cayman GTS. TORQUE ................ 309 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
the very impressive, if little used, Autó- AURPN_dRaR`aRQUNQ\]aV\[NY¼eRQONPX DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ............................. 97.8 in
dromo Internacional Algarve in Portimão PN_O\[¼OR_ObPXRa`RNa`aUNaNYaU\bTU LENGTH ................................... 174.7 in
for the occasion, but it was the lightly traf- supportive, squeeze more inappropriately WIDTH ....................................... 71.5 in
HEIGHT .................................... 49.8 in
¼PXRQV[YN[Q_\NQ`aUNaQRYVcR_RQaUROVT- than intimately after a couple of hours. PASSENGER VOLUME ............... 50 cu ft
gest revelation. And the suspension never feels anything CARGO VOLUME ........................ 15 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT .......................... 3000 lb
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GT4 does a remarkable impression of the ers in their default (softer) setting. The ZERO TO 60 MPH ...................... 3.8 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH .................... 8.5 sec
991 GT3. The mid-engined Cayman’s cen- upside is commanding body control over 1/4-MILE .................................. 12.0 sec
ter of gravity sits farther forward than the broken road surfaces. And, to be honest, TOP SPEED ............................. 183 mph
FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
911’s, but with so much mechanical grip at if you’re looking for ride comfort, this EPA CITY/HWY ...................... 18/23 mpg
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between the two is the Cayman’s smaller Portimão’s designers cleverly laid out
size, which makes it better suited to tight- the track to deliver big surprises— the construction of this vast elefante
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much identically to the GT3’s—not too handed to the taxpayers who helped fund single round of the Superbike World Cham-
heavy, with a strong caster pionship when not being used by manu-
feel that supplies a sense of facturers or for track days. The course
the forces acting on the front features punishing combinations of cor-
tires, and which snaps the ners and crests, several of which leave you
wheel straight the moment facing an empty horizon with nothing but
you let go. The electric- Left: The GT4 revs high, but not, y’know,
power-steering assist is GT3-high. Bottom left: Custom Michelin
retuned to GT3-spec and Pilot Sport Cup 2s are 245/35ZR-20s in front.
delivers far more informa-
tion than Porsche lets
through in its regular cars.
Against all that, the
engine is a slight disappoint-
ment. And we stress slight.
The GT4 pulls harder than any other Cay-
man, sounds great while it does so, and
delivers the sort of perfectly proportional
throttle response that vindicates the deci-
sion to stand against the industry’s rising
tide of turbocharged powerplants. But
although it has plenty of mid-range punch,
the GT4 doesn’t have the GT3’s enthusi-
asm for revs. The Cayman’s power cut-
out arrives at 7800 rpm, impressive by
modern standards but pretty much
exactly where the GT3’s engine starts to
do its best work.
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ers plenty of compensation. The engineer-
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eringly tall (second runs out at 82 mph).
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function if you’re not willing or able to do
your own heel-and-toe downshifts.
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090 . drivelines . H AT C H B AC K SPECI FIC ATIONS
0 6 . 2 015 VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front- or
4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
BASE PRICE ................ $28,995–$40,490
ENGINES: turbocharged and intercooled
DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 245 hp, 275
lb-ft; DOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6, 280 hp, 250
lb-ft; twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC
24-valve 2.7-liter V-6, 315 hp, 350 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with
manual shifting mode

FORD EDGE
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ............................. 112.2 in
LENGTH .................................... 188.1 in
WIDTH ...................................... 75.9 in
HEIGHT .................................... 68.6 in
Did you like the old one? Then you’ll like this one. PASSENGER VOLUME ............... 114 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME ....................... 39 cu ft
by Jeff Sabatini CURB WEIGHT .................. 3950–4350 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
ZERO TO 60 MPH .................. 6.7–7.5 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH ............ 18.8–24.5 sec
Have you driven a Ford from the corporate larder, and the door 1/4-MILE ............................. 15.3–16.1 sec
lately? Any Ford? Then you’ll inserts could have been poached from a TOP SPEED .............................. 115 mph
FUEL ECONOMY
probably spot something familiar in the Mustang. The Edge’s new top-of-the-line EPA CITY/HWY ............. 17–20/24–30 mpg
2015 Edge. The mid-size crossover’s prod- engine comes courtesy of the F-150, while
uct-development team appears to have the Fusion’s CD4 platform underpins it.
gone around Dearborn systematically 5VTUR_^bNYVaf¼[V`UR`NO\b[QZ\`a four and two V-6s, with front- or four-
looking for contributions from its cohorts, noticeably in the interior. But nothing will wheel drive available—but the engine
`a\[R`\b] `afYR AUR 2`PN]Rμ` V[½bR[PR be so unfamiliar to previous Edge owners hierarchy is new. Last year’s base mill, the
shows in the Edge’s sculpted sides and that they’ll think there was a screw-up at naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, is now a
straked hood, while the grille looks bor- the dealership and they somehow bought $425 option. A new iteration of Ford’s Eco-
rowed from a Taurus. The instrument a Ford and got a Bentley. The Edge con- Boost 2.0-liter four, a $995 upcharge last
panel and switchgear were taken directly aV[bR`N`N¼cR`RNaR_\ßR_RQNaaUR`NZR fRN_ V` [\d `aN[QN_Q 3\_ aUR ¼_`a aVZR
$28,995 base price as last year, the four-cylinder is available with four-
while Ford’s marketing team wheel drive and an optional tow package.
still directs third-row seekers AUV``aN[QN_Q2P\/\\`aR[TV[RN¼_`a
to its Explorer. for Ford, seems a generous gesture, but the
Three powertrain choices corporate accountants approve, too. Ford
N_R \ßR_RQ NTNV[±N ab_O\ tells us it has been selling roughly 10,000
Inside and out, the all-new Edges each month, some 84 percent with
Edge is a bit sharper: MyFord the 3.5-liter V-6 and just 8 percent with the
Touch now has real buttons, and old EcoBoost four, which was built over-
the ute looks as if it’s lost weight.
It did, though it’s still a two-tonner. seas in a capacity-constrained plant. In
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buttons, but the underlying technology is


the same as it ever was. Edge shoppers who
want Ford’s promised-to-be-improved
Sync 3 system, which runs new software
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face, might wait and see whether it appears
in the 2016 model coming this fall. As Sync
3’s new software also requires new hard-
ware, it will be incompatible with vehicles
delivered with MyFord Touch, and no
upgrade will be available. Ford says it will
start rolling out Sync 3 later this year.
The Edge drives much like the Fusion,
with which it shares its front-strut and
rear-multilink suspension design. Its
steering is light and quick, creating the
impression of vehicular smallness, at least
until cornering forces build. The wheel-
base has grown an inch to 112.2, matching
the Fusion’s, while an additional 3.9 inches
of length over last year’s model gives the
new Edge more passenger and cargo vol-
umes. Aluminum lower control arms and
more high-strength steel help drop the
curb weight on most models, although all
but the most basic Edge will still top two
tons. That mass, however, is well con-
trolled, and the Edge delivers a plush ride.
The twin-turbo 2.7-liter in the Sport is
a worthy replacement for the old naturally
aspirated 3.7-liter. It even sounds the part,
the only one of the three engines whose
this new generation of Edge, 40 percent The Edge steadfastly remains a two-row exhaust and intake notes do much to pen-
are expected to be four-cylinders as Ford SUV, but it’s been let out in its wheelbase etrate the quiet cabin—in part because
and overall length for more interior volume.
is now building the engine in Cleveland they’re pumped through the audio system.
rather than Spain, freeing up availability aV[PaS_\[aSN`PVNN[Q`aVßR_`]_V[T`N[Q At the other end of the spectrum, accelera-
N[QPbaaV[TP\`a`.[Q`V[PR3\_Q¼Tb_R` anti-roll bars. It starts at $38,995 and can tion from the four-cylinder remains ade-
that 46 percent of buyers will pay for the push past $45,000 if you load it up. quate but unimpressive. While it does
3.5-liter V-6, the upsells will generate 2.5 AUNaμ`RN`fa\Q\N`3\_Q\ßR_`[RN_Yf \ßR_ N Z]T VZ]_\cRZR[a V[ 2=. P\Z-
times the additional revenue as in the past. every feature and technology at its dis- bined fuel economy compared with either
The overhauled four features a twin- posal here. All Edges employ a six-speed of the V-6 engines, our experience shows
scroll turbocharger, which helps produce automatic updated with steering-wheel- that turbocharged, small-displacement
245 horsepower, a 5-hp gain over last year’s mounted paddle shifters and a sport mode. engines are thirstier in the real world. The
2.0-liter EcoBoost. Though Ford doesn’t Optional advanced safety equipment "YVaR_C#\ßR_`ORaaR_aU_\aaYR_R`]\[`R
slap a Premium Fuel Required sticker on includes blind-spot monitoring, cross- and more-linear power delivery and seems
aUR¼YYR_Q\\_]\dR__NaV[T`S\_Va`2P\- a_N¦PNYR_aNQN]aVcRP_bV`RP\[a_\YdVaU like $425 well spent, especially compared
Boost engines come from using 93-octane YN[RXRR]V[T N``V`a V[½NaNOYR _RN_ `RNa- with the much higher cost of the Sport.
gasoline, and customers who do not pump belts, and a 180-degree front-view camera. AUR2QTRY\\X`N[QSRRY`Z\_R_R¼[RQ
it will be making do with slightly less Ford’s parking-assist technology will not and the new equipment might be enough
horsepower. So, too, will buyers of the only parallel-park your Edge for you, it will to keep buyers interested. Yet these
optional 3.5-liter, as this V-6 takes a 5-hp also pull you out of the space. You can even updates seem more about putting the Edge
hit. It now makes 280 horses. have the system back your vehicle into a back on par with the rest of Ford’s contem-
The Edge Sport continues into this ]R_]R[QVPbYN_ `]\a VS f\bμcR \¦PVNYYf porary lineup and creating manufacturing
generation, losing a liter of displacement given up on using the gifts of human func- synergies than breaking new ground.
N[Q TNV[V[T ad\ ab_O\` 6a V` [\d ¼aaRQ tioning to perform even the most rudi- Taken as a whole, the new Edge hews
dVaUaUR¼_`aa_N[`cR_`RN]]YVPNaV\[\SaUR mentary of tasks. closely to the old one. This isn’t a bad thing
F-150’s EcoBoost 2.7-liter V-6, exclusive to MyFord Touch also lingers on the any more than the old Edge was a bad vehi-
the Sport trim and rated at 315 horsepower options list. As in other new Fords, its cle—quite the contrary. But for a bottom-
and 350 pound-feet of torque. Sport mod- capacitive-touch controls have been pared to-top redesign, we were expecting more.
els also get monotube rear shocks, a dis- in favor of two neat rows of little round This Edge seems to abut a plateau.
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0 6 . 2 015

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TESTED Refined and linear turbo power, more of a
Ferrari yet still daily-driver practical. The $1500
options are the cheap ones, small annoyances not
found in a Hyundai. by Aaron Robinson
Suntanned California has evoked a pouting teenager more than the
always been a place where snarling stallions of Maranello.
people come to experiment with their The T stands for turbo, of course, and
identity. Thus, the name is perfect for Fer- in this regard the California, with its twin
rari’s lowest-priced model, which has been compressors hanging from a smaller 3.9-
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on a low pass through the market. It prob- to come, starting with the 488GTB, set to
ably should have been a Maserati, as it arrive early next year. Top: Strange that this Ferrari has had
would have done far more to elevate that The new sheetmetal picks up themes liposuction and a butt reconstruction
because work like that is a rarity in California.
brand than it does for Ferrari, but the ball from the F12berlinetta, replacing the soft
didn’t bounce that way. roundness and elliptical headlights with Stingray, as well as a bit wider, a bit taller,
Secretive Ferrari won’t say how the Ferrari’s newer angular look. That and way heavier at 4064 pounds. Even so,
California sells, but judging by the plethora includes more scalloping for ducts and that’s 59 pounds lighter than our last Cali-
of low-mileage examples parked on eBay vents, and the droopy black inset panel in fornia tester, and there’s 101 more horse-
with heavily depreciated prices, the mar- back is gone and unlamented, as are the power and 199 more pound-feet of torque
ket is perhaps lukewarm. The revamped silly stacked pipes that helped heighten the to motivate it. Hence, the 60-mph sprint
California T—just 14 seconds turns this car’s already-tall tush and give it a fake, plunges from 3.9 seconds to an astonish-
well-insulated hardtop coupe into a con- forced showiness. ing (really, almost unbelievable) 3.3, with
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power-to-weight ratio and styling that full inches longer than a Chevy Corvette there’s more grip to go with the extra kick.
photography by PAUL BARSHON
SPECI FIC ATIONS
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-
drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door convertible
PRICE AS TESTED . . . . . . . . ........... $268,761
BASE PRICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... $202,723
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and
intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum
block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT . . . . . . . . . . 235 cu in, 3855 cc
POWER .................... 552 hp @ 7500 rpm
TORQUE ................ 557 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch
automatic with manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............. 105.1 in
LENGTH ................................... 179.9 in
WIDTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............. 75.2 in
HEIGHT .................................... 52.0 in
PASSENGER VOLUME ................ 75 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME .......................... 7 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............ 4064 lb

C/D T E ST R E SU LTS
ZERO TO 60 MPH ..................... 3.3 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH ....................... 7.1 sec
ZERO TO 150 MPH ....................... 16.1 sec
ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH .......... 3.9 sec
1/4-MILE .................. 11.3 sec @ 128 mph
TOP SPEED (drag limited, mfr’s est) . . . 196 mph
BRAKING, 70–0 MPH ...................... 162 ft
ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD . . . . . . .............. 0.95 g
FUEL ECONOMY
EPA CITY/HWY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16/23 mpg
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102 . drivelines . H AT C H B AC K SPECI FIC ATIONS
0 6 . 2 015 VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive,
5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED ................... $27,405
BASE PRICE ............................ $27,405
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled
DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and
aluminum head, port fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT ............ 83 cu in, 1364 cc
POWER ..................... 138 hp @ 4900 rpm

CHEVROLET TRAX LTZ AWD


TORQUE ................. 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with
manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ............................ 100.6 in
LENGTH ................................... 168.5 in
TESTED An attractive SUV whose size is inversely WIDTH ...................................... 69.9 in
HEIGHT .................................... 65.9 in
proportional to its refinement. Slow to accelerate, PASSENGER VOLUME ................ 93 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME ......................... 19 cu ft
lackluster fuel economy. by Tony Quiroga CURB WEIGHT .......................... 3296 lb

In this episode of “Badge expensive-looking as the Buick’s, but the C/D T E ST R E SU LTS
Engineering: GM,” the cabin design is clean and modern. One low ZERO TO 60 MPH ..................... 9.4 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH .................... 33.6 sec
Chevrolet Trax gets the better of its Buick point is the audio system’s touch screen. ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH ......... 10.2 sec
Encore cast-mate. Following the Encore’s Lifted from the Chevy Sonic, the screen is 1/4-MILE ................... 17.2 sec @ 80 mph
TOP SPEED (drag limited) ............... 117 mph
lead, the Trax is Chevrolet’s entry into a irritatingly slow to respond. BRAKING, 70–0 MPH ...................... 166 ft
new class of diminutive SUVs, one occu- We’d also like a bit more speed from the ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD .................... 0.79 g
pied by the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, powertrain. As in the Encore, the Trax gets FUEL ECONOMY
Mazda CX-3, and the Nissan Juke. But the a 1.4-liter turbo four with 138 horsepower EPA CITY/HWY ....................... 24/31 mpg
C/D OBSERVED ....................... 23 mpg
Trax is more interesting than its Buick and 148 pound-feet of torque channeled
twin for two reasons. First, the Trax, with through a six-speed automatic. Accelera- TEST NOTES: Achieve best acceleration
Va` ½N_RQ SR[QR_` Q\R`[μa Y\\X YVXR N tion is tepid, turning downright cold with by releasing the brake pedal with the
engine at 2000 rpm and by using
chrome-laden potato. Second, Chevy passengers and cargo aboard. Equipped automatic upshifts. A heavy stab of the left
charges roughly $4000 less than Buick. with four-wheel drive, our LTZ-spec Trax pedal is necessary to initiate ABS.
The Trax is tiny on the outside—it’s hit 60 mph in 9.4 seconds. There’s no get-
less than one inch longer than an old air- ting around it: The Trax is slow. Get used to EPA and well short of the 31-mpg highway
cooled Porsche 911—but remarkably spa- ½\\_V[TaUR]RQNY.Y\aDRQVQN[Qa_Nc- number. At least the little four takes its
PV\b`dVaUV[.`VeS\\a]N``R[TR_PN[¼a eled 23 miles on a gallon of regular. That’s licks without much audible protest.
comfortably behind a six-foot driver. Large `Uf\SaUR!Z]TPVaf¼Tb_R^b\aRQOfaUR And though it might not be quick, the
doors make getting in and out easy, and 3296-pound Trax has a small-
the Encore’s solid structure and quiet PN_ a\``NOVYVaf aUNa dR ¼[Q
demeanor remain. In fact, the Trax proved endearing. It’s never clumsy
to be slightly quieter at 70 mph than the on the road, and the quick
last Encore we tested. Chevy’s interior steering fosters a deft and
appointments and materials aren’t quite as lively feel. Lateral grip is
Neither quick nor sexy, the Chevy Trax is lacking, but body roll is well
nonetheless exactly what it appears to be: controlled and secure. We did
a pleasant, space-efficient transportation pod. notice that the nose dives
enough to upset the Trax’s
stability under hard braking.
A strong leg is required to
activate the ABS, but slam on
the brakes with authority and
the reward is a near-sports-
car-grade 166-foot stop from 70 mph.
Chevy’s Trax is a no-fuss machine.
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into the burgeoning baby-ute set. Our only
advice to shoppers is to avoid the top LTZ
trim level. Our LTZ with four-wheel drive
arrived with a $27,405 price tag, but you
could save $2585 by opting for the mid-
level LT version and forgoing the power
driver’s seat, fog lights, Bose stereo, and
18-inch wheels. Now, if that $2585 bought
an extra 50 horsepower, we’d happily pay
up, because there’s nothing wrong here
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104 . drivelines . H AT C H B AC K SPECI FIC ATIONS
0 6 . 2 015 VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive,
5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED ................... $62,230
BASE PRICE ............................ $50,895
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and
intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum
block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT .......... 183 cu in, 2997 cc
POWER .................... 340 hp @ 6500 rpm
TORQUE ................. 339 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch
automatic with manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ............................. 110.5 in
LENGTH ................................... 184.3 in
WIDTH ....................................... 76.1 in
HEIGHT .................................... 63.4 in
PASSENGER VOLUME (C/D est) ...... 96 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME ......................... 18 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT ........................... 4351 lb

C/D T E ST R E SU LTS
ZERO TO 60 MPH ..................... 4.6 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH ..................... 12.4 sec
ZERO TO 130 MPH ..................... 25.5 sec
ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH . . . . . . . . . . 6.0 sec
1/4-MILE ................. 13.3 sec @ 103 mph
TOP SPEED (drag limited) .............. 156 mph
BRAKING, 70–0 MPH ..................... 186 ft
ROADHOLDING,

PORSCHE MACAN S
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.82 g
FUEL ECONOMY
EPA CITY/HWY ....................... 17/23 mpg
C/D OBSERVED ........................ 15 mpg

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TESTED Proof you don’t need to blow money on stopping distance, and modest cornering
performance are disappointing for a
interior or exterior options. Short on low-end power, Porsche. Decent acceleration helps some.
soft brake pedal, dull steering. by Tony Quiroga
Porsche doesn’t make yoga The actual weight for this Macan S is the Macan to the rest of the Porsche family.
pants. At least not yet. What 4351 pounds. Moving that mass through all The rest of the family might not recog-
it does make is the Macan, an Audi Q5– four wheels is a 3.0-liter V-6 armed with nize the Macan’s numb steering, though.
based crossover that slots into the lineup two turbochargers. Every Macan is turbo- From the Cayenne and Panamera through
below the larger Cayenne. But judging by charged, even the S. The Macan Turbo’s the sports cars, Porsche steering is typi-
the reactions of women of a certain age to larger, 3.6-liter engine makes 400 horse- cally sharp and replete with feel. Those
Porsche’s smallest ute, the Macan might power, while the S gets along with 340. traits skipped this Macan S, but the all-sea-
just be the vehicular equivalent of wearing Activate launch control and the Macan son tires might be to blame (summer tires
tight black pants in a hot room. S will bolt to 60 in 4.6 seconds. That’s the are a no-cost option). The mild rubber cer-
The fawning isn’t surprising. Porsche’s same zero-to-60 time as a 1986 911 Turbo, tainly contributed to the weak 0.82 g of
newest SUV is a fairly irresistible redo of the quickest car we tested that year. skidpad grip and the long 186-foot stops
Audi’s architecture. Aside from the compact If you skip the launch protocol, the from 70 mph. On stickier rubber, a Macan
size, there is no obvious visual connection to Macan S is slow to deliver the goods, like the Turbo managed 0.89 g on the pad and
the Q5. Porsche’s designers went to work 911 Turbo of yore. Meaningful thrust stopped from 70 in 150 feet.
inside and out, and though our test car doesn’t arrive until 4000 rpm, which is A mushy brake pedal might also get the
lacked a leather-wrapped instrument panel, apparent in the comparatively long 5-to-60 Macan kicked out of the family reunion,
we didn’t miss it. Alcantara and leatherette run of 6.0 seconds. Porsche’s dual-clutch and the slight fade is not in keeping with
seats are standard. Skip the pricey leather seven-speed automatic shifts immediately, the bloodline.
options—the basic interior is excellent. won’t prematurely upshift when your driv- Options are another Porsche tradition,
Puncturing the bodywork are massive front- ing gets aggressive, and mechanically links but our test Macan S wasn’t too extrava-
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8 truck. A black sticker on the bottom of the Below left: No need for pricey interior swelled to $62,230 with the addition of an
options; the base-level cabin is excellent.
doors attempts to slim the visual weight. Below: This Macan S is technically off-road. infotainment package, premium package,
Sport Chrono package, Torque Vectoring
Plus, and the adjustable air suspension. We
could get by with an even more basic
Macan, but what do we know? Porsche is
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0 6 . 2 015 VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive,
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2016 VOLVO XC90


magnet synchronous AC motors, front: 46
hp, 111 lb-ft, rear: 80 hp, 177 lb-ft (combined
system: 400 hp, 472 lb-ft)
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with
manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS
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LENGTH ................................... 194.9 in
way of Sweden. by Eric Tingwall WIDTH ....................................... 79.1 in
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still invokes a slight wiggle of torque steer.
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days, so it’s not surprising that the XC90
employs a multilink rear suspension with
an integral link similar to the designs used
in the Jaguar XE, the Land Rover Discov-
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single composite leaf spring transversely
spanning the two control arms instead of
a pair of coil springs.
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on how this Volvo-Corvette mash-up
rides or handles because our test cars
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springs and adaptive dampers instead
of the rear leaf spring and conven-
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quality, while accurate and nicely
weighted steering makes the XC90
drive smaller than it is. A metallic
clatter over big inputs such as speed
bumps suggests too much compli-
ratios. There’s no in-gear passing power, ance in some of the bushings.
so even modest acceleration begins with a Volvo’s new Sensus infotainment
pause as the gearbox shifts down and system eschews an iDrive-like knob
boost builds. Pressure chargers also make for a vertically oriented touch screen
for thirsty engines, and the indicated that’s as close as it gets to a factory-
17-mpg average seen during our test drive installed iPad in the center console.
clashes with Volvo’s claim that the XC90 It’s a clever idea, in part because mil-
lions of Americans will be familiar
when the EPA numbers come in. Above left: Because keys and buttons are with the basic controls before ever using it.
The uplevel T8 Twin Engine is the no- totally uncool ways to start a car, Volvo Yet the smartest aspect of Sensus isn’t the
makes you rotate a knob to fire up the engine.
compromise upgrade that allows you to user interface but the hardware. By pro-
have your fuel and some fun, assuming the ing, and provides additional power during viding enough processing power to keep
estimated $5000 premium doesn’t com- acceleration. A full battery charge should up with your fastest swipes and taps, Volvo
promise your ability to make the pay- deliver about 20 miles of pure-electric excels where several have failed.
ments. This plug-in hybrid supplies 400 range. In our hands, the XC90 T8 reported One stereotype is preserved: China’s
horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque an average of 27 mpg over a 90-mile drive ¼_`aRß\_aUR_RdVYYORNcNYbR]YNfdUR[Va
and should earn a 59-MPGe combined rat- that began with a full battery. goes on sale this summer. Starting at
ing from the EPA. The hybrid’s electric motors polish $49,825, the XC90 includes a panoramic
The T8 uses the same dual-boost 2.0 ]\dR_ QRYVcR_f N[Q VZ]_\cR \ßVQYR sunroof, passive entry, lane-departure
four-cylinder as the T6 but removes the response compared with the gas-only T6. warning, forward-collision alert, rear park
driveshaft connecting the front and rear AURA%\ßR_`Rea_NQ\YY\]`\SRcR_faUV[T assist, the Sensus system, and divinely
axles so that the central tunnel can accom- expected of a range-topping engine: comfortable 10-way power-adjustable
modate a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery _R¼[RZR[a ]\dR_ N[Q R¦PVR[Pf AUR front seats wrapped in leather. In other
pack. An 80-hp electric motor at the rear downside of this through-the-road hybrid words, a laundry list of equipment that the
provides four-wheel-drive capability, system is that the engine’s 295 pound-feet 4R_ZN[`\ßR_NYNPN_aR
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engine, captures electricity during brak- wheels. Goosing the throttle from a stand- the Germans.
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0 6 . 2 015 VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-
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DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ..................... 103.5–103.7 in
LENGTH ................................... 179.6 in
Manuals duly saved, this big-carrying, small-driving WIDTH ...................................... 70.8 in
HEIGHT .................................... 58.3 in
hatch still has to wait a bit longer for four-wheel drive. PASSENGER VOLUME ................ 94 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME ....................... 30 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT ................... 3100–3250 lb
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ZERO TO 60 MPH ................. 7.0–8.5 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH ............ 19.0–26.0 sec
If good things come to those capacity of 67 cubic feet exceeds that of 1/4-MILE ............................. 15.7–16.7 sec
TOP SPEED ............................. 125 mph
who wait, do better things the last Passat wagon that VW sold here FUEL ECONOMY
come by waiting longer? Nearly two years (in 2010), though it lacks that car’s rear- EPA CITY/HWY ............. 25–31/35–43 mpg
after it went on sale in Europe, the Volks- seat legroom.
wagen Golf SportWagen replaced the Despite its spring arrival, the Sport-
aging Jetta wagon in U.S. dealerships in Wagen is a 2015 model. Come fall, the 2016 stick is standard on all TDI trims, with a
April. As with other Golfs, the delay edition will likely bring a four-wheel-drive six-speed dual-clutch automatic optional.
stemmed from equipping VW’s Puebla, option, though perhaps not from Day One. The Golf SportWagen S yields a pre-
Mexico, plant to build our version. The 2016s will also get upgraded infotain- mium feel for only $22,215, if you’re willing
Just over a foot longer and 100 pounds ment systems and, at long last, a USB port. to adjust seats manually and settle for
heavier than the Golf, the SportWagen We drove 2015 SportWagens in Austin, smartphone navigation rather than the
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cargo bay. With the rear seat folded, cargo leading S trim with the 1.8T and an SEL four-door with this drivetrain got to 60
with TDI. The gas engine mates mph in 6.8 seconds in our tests.
a\ N ¼cR`]RRQ ZN[bNY a_N[`- The standard 15-inch wheels and all-
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with its peak torque restricted imperfections well, but the rubber lacks
to 184 pound-feet. It makes turn-in bite. Upper trims bring 16-, 17-,
199 pound-feet in the SE and and 18-inch wheel choices; even the S die-
SEL with a standard six-speed sel gets 16s. Turn-in and handling were
automatic, which is an $1100 sharper in the SEL diesel on 18-inch
upcharge on an S. A six-speed wheels with all-season 225/40 tires, but
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assist, and another $995 for adaptive
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dling, a combo sadly rare in its price
segment. VW cites only the Subaru Out-
back and XV Crosstrek as competitors.
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Daytona International. At 46, he has a lot of career left.
C/D: Do you miss the family thrill show?
JC3: My grandfather started that thrill show in 1943, and my
family ran it until 1998. That’s 55 years. I spent 20 years of my life
traveling around the country; we’d leave Tampa every June and
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settle up with the promoter, drive for I don’t know how many
hours, and sleep at a truck stop or rest area. Then you’d get to your
next destination, break out the equipment, and do your show at
eight o’clock that night. That was our routine. Our experiences
weren’t so glamorous. I learned so much from working for my JC3: Our challenge, like every other sports property, is that we
family back then. And those things serve me well. But if someone compete for time. The time you can use to do other things.
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\[aUR_\NQN[QYVcRaUNaYVSR±6μZ[\a`b_RaUNaμ`S\_ZRN[fZ\_R or choosing other entertainment. We have to make sure that
C/D: What was the toughest stunt to perform? there are amenities at this property that get you to invest in the
JC3: I did the human battering ram. I would lie on the hood of a experience. Sixty percent of our race-day crowd comes from
PN_dRN_V[TN¼_R`bVaN[QNURYZRaN[QaURfd\bYQQ_VcRZR outside of Florida. That’s a huge commitment, and we have to
aU_\bTUN½NZV[TO\N_QdNYYN[Q6d\bYQOb_`aaU_\bTUdVaUZf make sure that this property can support that investment from
helmet. I can’t think of anything that has prepared me as well for our fans. We have to make sure that live sporting events
a career in motorsports as the human battering ram. Sometimes continue to be relevant.
you just have got to run through that wall, and sometimes you C/D: What are your ambitions for Daytona beyond Daytona
need to lead with your head. Rising? What will you do next?
The other thing I’d do is the aerial wing walk. My father would JC3: I’m a big fan of personal and professional goals. But I guess I
drive a car up on two wheels, I would climb out of the passenger really haven’t thought of the next stage for me. This has been
window above him, and I would stand outside of the car. So I was `bPUN[V[aR[`RRe]R_VR[PR6aμ`!ZVYYV\[±aURYN_TR`a
14 years old when I did that. We had to practice that stunt, and we’d investment in our company’s history. I guess I’m a bit
put the car up on blocks and my grandfather would rock the car to shortsighted looking at the project, its completion, and running
simulate its moving. I did that 30 or 40 times to get it just right. Daytona. I should sit down and think about that. I don’t think I’ll
Then one of the times I’m standing up there, he pushes the car back start the stunt show again.
down on all four wheels. So I fall down and roll around in the dirt. C/D: 6`aUR_RN[faUV[Tf\b³QUNcRQ\[RQVÜR_R[aYf,
I said to my grandfather, “Chief, why’d you do that?” And he said, JC3: I’m 46 years old. I was a stuntman. I got to build Chicagoland
“You’ve got to learn that, too.” [Speedway]. I got to run Indy. Now I’m in the middle of a huge
C/D: Speaking of walls, why was that wall Kyle Busch hit this Daytona project. And I have a 14-year-old son who’s still happy
year at Daytona not covered with a SAFER Barrier? to see me when I come home at night. I would not change one
JC3: The last thing we want to do is have any concern with driver damn thing. —john pearley huffman
safety. We’ve been putting in SAFER Barriers for years. But I
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