By Roger Boylan
It was no hardship driving a V8-powered 2011 Lexus GS460 for a week. The hardship was watching it being driven away. That brought it home that it wasn’t mine—and, at a starting price of $55K, probably never would be.
By Kevin Miller
Early in my career with Techshake, one of the first vehicles I reviewed was a 2008 Jaguar XJ Super V8. The then-flagship of the XJ line, that classically-styled, 400 HP supercharged luxury sedan was both the most expensive and the most powerful vehicle I had ever driven. Three years later, both the XJ and I have become much more worldly. I’ve expanded my horizons by having driven plenty of exotic, luxurious and powerful metal. Jaguar, for its part, launched an all-new XJ flagship which hit the US market for 2011, with a modern yet elegant style that is unlikely to be mistaken for anything else on the road.
By Carl Malek
In an announcement released yesterday, Chevrolet has revealed that the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will make its official world debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this November.
Following in the footsteps of its coupe sibling, the new droptop will feature the familiar 6.2 liter LSA V8 which is good for 580 horsepower and 556 lb ft of torque. These numbers surpass both the Shelby GT-500 Convertible’s figures of 550 horsepower and 510 lb ft of torque respectively and those of many high priced sports-cars including the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, the Mercedes SLS AMG, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
By Charles Krome
Most gearheads know that Chrysler’s first go-round as a government-funded entity—for all the gnashing of teeth it caused—actually led to a number of very important product innovations that completely changed the course of the auto industry: The introduction of wide-scale platform sharing and the debut of the modern-day minivan. True, Chrysler wasn’t the very first to begin using the former or selling the latter, but it was the company that proved both could be successful in mass-market applications here in the U.S.
By Chris Haak
Chrysler Group had a busy offseason between the 2010 (which we’ll call the “treading water” year) and 2011 model years. Though the lineup is not yet fully updated, with a handful of dowdy, uncompetitive vehicles, the company spent a decent amount of its precious cash to improve the competitiveness of its lineup through an series of intense mid-cycle enhancements. Rather than the Honda-style taillamp redesign after year three, several key Chrysler vehicles received new engines, new interiors, and some new front and rear sheetmetal. The vehicle we’re talking about today, the company’s flagship luxury minivan, underwent suspension surgery as well. The result is a vehicle that retains the 2008-2010 Town & Country’s utility while improving refinement and perceived quality. It’s also quite spry for a minivan. (Yes, that’s kind of like saying a six footer is short – for a basketball player).