Monthly Archives: April 2013
Aston Martin DB9
The new 2013 Aston Martin DB9 is a four-seat grand tourer that comes in coupe and convertible (Volante) body forms. The most significant upgrade of DB9 is a new V12 engine. This engine will also be used on the new Vanquish. The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 competes with the Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari California, Maserati GT and Bentley Continental GT. First launched in 2004, the new DB9 received now, in addition to the new V12 engine, a freshened styling and a slightly revised interior.
The new 2013 DB9 is built on the Aston Martin’s Generation 4 VH all-aluminum monocoque chassis, that has aluminum body panels with magnesium alloy and carbon-fiber components. The new DB9 looks now more aerodynamic, with an integrated spoiler located in the back. The suspension was optimized for improved handling and includes an active damping system with Sport and Comfort modes. Standard exterior features include 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, front and rear parking sensors.
The interior of 2013 Aston Martin DB9 is luxury, with soft leather and high-quality materials that cover nearly every surface. The climate and entertainment system controls were redesigned for greater ease of use. The DB9 offers 2+2 seating and a variety of available trims like mahogany, piano black, Tamo ash and bamboo. The interior features also include a navigation system, heated front seats, power-adjustable seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a premium audio system with 6-CD charger and USB port. A Bang & Olufsen sound system is available.
2014 Lexus IS
Lexus has set that the new 2014 Lexus IS to become a serious competitor to its luxury German rivals, like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW. The completely redesigned Lexus IS sedan aims to be not only a luxury car, but also one of the most dynamic sedan in its class.
The wheelbase of 2014 Lexus IS has increased with 2.7 inches and the length has increased with 3.6 inches. The increases add some welcome leg room in the back. The larger unibody of the new IS is lighter than its predecessor but it is also more rigid, thanks to application of high-tensile steel and aluminum. The suspension of the new 2014 Lexus IS is reworked with new control arms and anti-roll bar mounts in front and offset springs and shocks in the rear.
With a new “spindle grille” in the front, with angular and expressive lines around the front end, lean and graceful curves down the sides and rear, the new 2014 Lexus IS looks different from any previous model. The improvements to the interior also are noticeable, with a more coherent and modern design that the last model. A 7-inch display with revised navigation functionality and Lexus-first electrostatic climate control switches adds contemporary flair. For improved control and comfort, driver and passenger hip points have been lowered, as has the steering wheel’s tilt angle.
2014 BMW Z4
The redesigned 2014 BMW Z4 is a rear-drive, two-seat convertible sportscar that provides a blend of luxury, style and the expected BMW handling dynamics. The 2014 BMW Z4 has an retractable hardtop, and thanks to it, the Z4 offers the freedom of a convertible and the convenience of a coupe.
The 2014 BMW Z4 comes in three models: sDrive 28i, sDrive 35i and sDdrive 35is. The Z4 sDrive 28i comes standard with 17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, heated mirrors, cruise control, keyless ignition, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory functions, eight-way power seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, premium vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and a sound system with CD player and an iPod/USB interface.
The 2014 Z4 sDrive 28i comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, that produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard. An 8-speaker automatic transmission is available.
The BMW Z4 sDrive 35i adds 18-inch wheels, sport seats and sun-reflective leather upholstery. This model comes with a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 7-speed automated manual transmission (DCT) is available as an option.