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2015 FORD MUSTANG; BMW M4; HOT EURO WAGONS; RANGE ROVER ON THE GREAT DIVIDE; AUDI TT; MINI 4 DOOR

Mustang!
Fords iconic ponycar graduates reform school
and leaves the60s behind

VOL. 29, NO. 9

TACKLING THE
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DRIVEN: AUDI TT // (AGAIN) IN A


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AutomobileFEATURES

ON THE COVER

54
2015 FORD MUSTANG GT
By Michael Jordan
Not just for the 1960s anymore, the Ford Mustang
has been reimagined for 2015 and moves forward
with a new sense of style and speed.

66
MEADOWDALE TO ROAD AMERICA
By Preston Lerner
A tale of two Midwestern racing circuitsone past,
one presentas seen from the drivers seat of one
of the best drivers cars, the new BMW M4.

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CRAZY-FAST CARPOOLERS
By Marc Noordeloos
We head to England to wring out three high-performance
family-haulers from Audi, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz,
because we dont get them here, damn it.

88
CREEPING ALONG COLORADOS ROOFTOP
By Joe Lorio
We take a Range Rover Supercharged on Land Rovers
Great Divide Expedition, which goes from Denver to
Telluride via the ultimate scenic route.

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EDITORS LETTER

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NEWS

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BY DESIGN

By Mike Floyd

The 2015 Mustang is ready to go global.


How to break into the auto industry;
Drheimers dreams for Bentley; Jaguar
will nish a series of Lightweight E-types.
By Robert Cumberford

Citrons C4 Cactus marks a welcome


return to eccentricity.

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THE ASPHALT JUNGLE


By Arthur St. Antoine

Traversing Alaskas deadly Dalton Highway.

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NOISE, VIBRATION & HARSHNESS


By Jamie Kitman

Letting go of the Land Rover Defender


wont be easy.

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LETTERS

Whats next for Lexus and Inniti?

Driven
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2015 MINI HARDTOP 4 DOOR

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2015 TOYOTA CAMRY

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2015 M-B S550 HYBRID

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2016 AUDI TT

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ONE MUSTANG, ONE FORD,


ONE WORLD

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countries. Soon the sun will never set on


the Mustang Empire.
People all over the world have been
waiting for this, outgoing Ford CEO Alan
Mulally said during the new Mustangs
reveal last December. Without One Ford
we couldnt have done it. Given that the
rst allotment of 500 cars slated for
Europe sold out in 30 seconds, it seems as
though the world is indeed waiting
impatiently.

with only slight modications depending


on market.
Fords global Mustang strategy couldnt
be coming at a better time. While sales
were up 3.5 percent in August of this year
versus last August, they were down by 7
percent to 77,186 for all of 2013, and the
Mustang has been consistently
outperformed by its main bogey, the
Camaro. Once production of the new car
ramps up nationally in 2015, heres betting
sales will be way up with a bullet. How
long they will stay up is the question, and
thats why branching out beyond Americas
shores is so important.
Of course, there are risks to the One
Ford strategy. The 2015 Mustangs
sheetmetal, which was inuenced by
Fords European design squad, hasnt
exactly been well-received by the faithful,
and thats being charitable. And in trying to
appeal to 120 markets, Ford risks diluting a
uniquely American brand.
But a car like the Mustang will
ultimately be judged by how it drives. You
can check out our rst in-depth
impressions of the car from West Coast
editor Michael Jordan on page 54. I was
also able to score a brief run in a GT with
the 435-horse, 5.0-liter V-8, six-speed
manual combo we secured for our photo
shoot, and I came away feeling good about
the future of Fords new pony. It bucked
and roared when I mashed the throttle, the
six-speeds operation was direct, it handled
more like a modern sports car, and the
interior is much improved. It still has
elements of what made the car great, but

Once production of the new


car ramps up nationally in
2015, heres betting sales will
be way up with a bullet.
That the Mustang will be on the slow
boat to anywhere at all is due in part to
the vision of Mulally, who saw a company
that needed to become One in all phases
of vehicle development. During his reign,
he helped transform the automaker into a
lean machine that is now capable of
churning out cars, trucks, and SUVs that
can be produced and sold just about
anywhere on the planet Ford operates,

with a contemporary air, which should


play well outside the U.S.
For 50 years (or 45, poor Mustang II), the
Mustang has mattered to America. Will it
matter to the rest of the world? The answer
to that question will go a long way toward
determining if it survives another 50.
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PORTRAIT: JOE VAUGHN

URING ITS REMARKABLE


50-year run, the Ford Mustang
has seen its share of ups and
downs, and it has elicited some
frowns (ahem, Mustang II). Its
gone from boulevard cruiser to
big-block bruiser; crushed it at
the dragstrips; raced and won thousands
of times on all manner of circuits; and
helped burnish the names Saleen, Roush,
and Shelby. Its been a star on the silver
screen more than 300 times, and smoked
em long and loud at countless stoplights
all over America. And now the all-new
2015 Ford Mustang is poised to run
wild worldwide.
Students of Mustang history know this
isnt the rst time Fords ponycar has been
shipped off to foreign lands. If youre up
on what a T-5 is, then you know. (Hint: Its
a rebadged Mustang.) But the sixthgeneration car, internal designation S550,
has a mission far beyond what was
attempted several decades ago. Ford
wants the Mustang to be a global sports
car player, and thanks to its One Ford
efforts, it now has a chance to make that a
reality. Built and shipped out of Fords
plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, the Mustang
will come in both left- and right-hand
drive and will be available in some 120

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books and burnouts

So you want to break into

the automotive
industry.
By Preston Lerner

DID YOU KNOW Maserati just turned


100 years old? Aleri Maserati started the
company in 1914. Three of his brothers
Bindo, Ettore, and Ernestoalso worked
at the automaker before breaking off and
forming the OSCA car company.

Nearly 4 million Americans work in the


automobile industry. Yet, paradoxically, good
jobs are hard to nd. Getting a bachelors
degree tailored to the industry can put you
at the head of the classand maybe even on
the road to automotive stardom.
Freeman Thomas, one of the principal designers behind the Audi TT and Volkswagen New
Beetle, and now Ford Motor Companys director of strategic design, had done a stint in
the Air Force and contemplated a career as a dental technician when he read that Art Center
College of Design in Pasadena, California, offered a degree in transportation design. I
found the address, went up there, and it was like a revelation, he says. I felt like, God, Ive got
to get in there.
Of course, plenty of other roads lead to the car industry. Many have nothing to do with
college or any sort of car-centric training, but students who hope to parlay their love for cars
into a protable career ought to keep their professional goals in mind as they look to the future.
Clearly, there are many top engineering schools that will prepare you for the automotive
industry, says Raj Nair, Fords vice president of global product development and an alumnus of
whats now known as Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. But when you can nd a program
that has courses specically tailored to automotive engineeringfor example, suspension
design or powertrain controlsit gives you a big advantage.
But maybe you dont want to be an engineer or a designer. Maybe youre interested
in automotive marketing or vintage car restoration or working on racing cars. Here are ve
four-year college programs that provide a road map to a plum position in one of the
countrys most vibrant industries.

CA

Transportation design

PASADENA

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California


Many schools have excellent industrial design programs,
but if car design is your specic goal, then Art Center is
the Promised Land. Established in 1948, its transportation
design program is the oldest in the country. The undergrad
syllabus entails eight terms of immersive studies in the
history, theory, and practice of automotive design. You
put your head down for four years, says Ken Saward,
whos now a design manager at Mazda. There are no
parties. There are no fraternities. You work 24 hours a day.
The benet, he says, is not only excellent skills but also
entrance into a select club. As he says, You can go to any
design studio in the world and nd alumni from Art Center.

* Estimated that 50% of the vehicles on the road


were designed by or feature creative contributions
by Art Center alumni.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Approx. yearly tuition: $36,500
Degrees awarded in 2013: 34
Professional placement rate:
91 percent

Not all the


Automobile staff
took the same road
into the industry
Ronald Ahrens:
Ushered young
couples driving
musclecars into
Omaha, Nebraskas
76th and West
Dodge Drive-In.
Robert
Cumberford:
Dropped out of Art
Center and landed
as a junior designer
at GM. (Who else
could drop out and
get that job?)
Patrick Hoey:
Mounted tires, xed
ats, and dealt with
clueless customers
at Belle Tire in Ann
Arbor, Michigan.
Michael Jordan:
Wrote articles
on racing while
clearning pools
around Northern
California in a rusty
Datsun pickup.
Georg Kacher:
Sat down at a
typewriter after
a British car
magazine had
an office re,
which destroyed
manuscripts and
left them in need
of stories.
Jamie Kitman:
Pumped gas at a
Merit station on
eastbound Route
46 in Fort Lee,
New Jersey.
Joe Lorio:
Vacuumed cigarette
butts out of the
ashtrays at a Hertz
Rent-a-Car in
Poughkeepsie,
New York.

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DID YOU KNOW Maseratis trident logo


was inspired by the statue of Neptune in the
companys birthplace of Bologna, Italy?

books and burnouts

KS
Automobile restoration

McPHERSON

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Approx. yearly tuition: $25,000
Degrees awarded in 2013: 19
Professional placement rate:
100 percent

McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas


If youre looking for a job in the restoration eldwriting about restoring old cars, managing
restoration projects, or, most challenging of all, restoring cars yourselfMcPherson College
ought to be your top choice. With a 33,000-square-foot shop, the school offers a broad
spectrum of classes covering everything from rebuilding drivetrains to restoring sheetmetal.
McPherson exposes you to all of the facets that go into a restoration, says grad Adam Hammer.
But unlike technical schools, McPherson also offers liberal arts classes in subjects such as
business and history, which helped Hammer open his own soup-to-nuts auto restoration shop,
Hammer & Dolly in Traverse City, Michigan, after only a few years in the business.

* Only institution offering a four-year bachelors degree in automotive restoration.

Motorsports engineering
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina

CHARLOTTE

NC

A mechanical engineering degree is a must for anybody who wants to work on the technical
side of the racing world, but a concentration in motorsports at UNC-Charlotte is as close as
you can come to a job guarantee. All of the teams in NASCAR have UNC-Charlotte alumni at
some level, says graduate Vincent Guliani, who worked in NASCAR for several years before
returning to his rst love, dirt track racing. The schools two motorsports labs have engine,
chassis, and shock dynos; a full range of fabrication tools and equipment; and a custom-built
wind tunnel. With a campus within 50 miles of 90 percent of the Sprint Cup teams, its no
surprise that UNC-Charlotte graduates account for 10 percent of all the engineers in NASCAR.

* NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter is


currently a motorsports engineering student.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Approx. yearly tuition:
$6500 in-state, $19,000 out-of-state
Degrees awarded in 2013: 34
Professional placement rate: 100 percent

FL
Automotive marketing and management
Northwood University, main campuses in West Palm Beach, Florida
and Midland, Michigan
PALM BEACH

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Approx. yearly tuition: $23,500
Degrees awarded in 2013: 79
Professional placement rate: 88 percent

A substantial chunk of the automobile industry is devoted to selling cars and trucks, and
the components that go into and onto them. Yet Northwood Universityaimed at aspiring
managers and entrepreneursis the only school in the country offering degree tracks
that focus on dealerships and the aftermarket world. It has two residential campuses
one in Michigan, one in Floridaas well as several, smaller satellite campuses elsewhere.
Besides offering standard business fare such as statistics and accounting, Northwood
gives its students a competitive advantage by also incorporating automotive-specic
classes such as Supply Chain Management and Current Issues in Global Aftermarket. As
graduate Jarod Adams, now group marketing manager at Robert Bosch, puts it: The day
I started at Delphi, I knew I had a leg up on the other new employees.

*Puts on big student-run auto shows at main campuses in Florida and


Michigan each year.

MIDLAND

Automotive engineering
Kettering University, Flint, Michigan

MI

FLINT

For seven decades, Kettering University was known as the General Motors Institute,
and it provided the worlds largest automaker with annual insfusions of fresh engineering
blood. Now independent, Kettering still maintains ties with the auto industry. It also offers a
unique program that doesnt merely prepare students to work but puts them to workthree
months in school, followed by three months on the job, repeat until graduation. Its a pretty
intense, rigorous program, says Mike Hurley, a grad and now GM vehicle dynamics engineer.
But by the time I graduated, Id already spent two-and-a-half years in the work environment,
so I was better prepared than students who came from more conventional schools.

*Highest average starting salaries (about $60,000) in Michigan for BS graduates.


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ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Approx. yearly tuition: $37,000
Degrees awarded in 2013: 187
Professional placement rate: 98 percent

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bringing sexy back

Reanimated
NEW JAGUAR E-TYPE SOUNDS AS TANTALIZING AND AS UNATTAINABLE AS
The Beatles back on tour, but its really happening. Jaguar is building six new examples to complete a
series of 18 aluminum-bodied, Lightweight E-types. Developed by Jaguars competition department in 1963
as an answer to the mighty Ferrari 250 GTO, the Lightweights racked up several victories with drivers such as
Graham Hill and a young Jackie Stewart at the wheel. Then, as often happens in racing, most people moved on
to whats next, leaving six chassis numbers unused. The continuation cars painstakingly replicate the shape and
specications of the 12th and last original, down to the dry-sump XK inline-six, so the new cars should be eligible
for historic races. Theyll roll out of Browns Lane, where the originals were assembled and where Jaguar has set up
a shop to work on vintage models. Jaguar has not yet announced a price but were told itll be in the seven gures.
Theyll likely still be bargains compared to an original Lightweight E-type, of which only 11 remain. Theyre worth
between $3 million and $4 million, says auctions expert and Automobile Magazine contributor Dave Kinney.

Continuation Cars
Modern iterations of classic cars arent all that uncommon, and several automakers have restoration departments.
But rarely do original manufacturers sell vintage cars as new.

DATSUN 240Z

SHELBY COBRA

TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 70

Nissan kept the Z-car alive after the demise of


the 300ZX in the late 90s by briey reviving the
original 240Z. They were restorations of old cars,
but were sold in Nissan showrooms and even came
with a one-year factory warranty.

Tired of suing producers of Cobra replicas,


Carroll Shelby decided to build his own in 1996.
The new Cobras continue to roll out of Shelby
Americans facility in Las Vegas, even though
Shelby passed away in 2012.

The rugged Land Cruiser 70 actually hasnt


gone out of productiontheyre still built
in Australiabut Toyota is now building a
special allotment in Japan to celebrate the
models 30th anniversary.

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back again

WOLFGANG DRHEIMER has been


striding briskly across the European
automotive stage for three decades. After
engineering motorcycles at BMW, he
joined Porsche and led development of the
Cayenne, Porsches best-selling model.
That success propelled him to the head
chair at Bentley and Bugatti in 2011, but he
had hardly settled into his office in Crewe
before he was called to Ingolstadt to run
Audi R&D and oversee Ducati. In the VW
Groups latest round of Executive Musical
Chairs, Drheimer has landed back where
he was just over two years ago, as head of
Bentley and Bugatti.

ILLUSTRATION BY RORY KURTZ

DID YOU KNOW in its rst two decades of


automaking, Maserati built only racing cars?
It won the Indy 500 twice, in 1939 and 1940,
and its rst road car was the A6, built in 1947.

Acid Green
Dreams for
Bentley

By Georg Kacher

or the second time in two years, Wolfgang Drheimer


is the CEO of Bentley and Bugatti, and hes looking to
add new Bentley models that could take sales
volumes higher. The rst is an SUV, which started to
materialize during Drheimers rst tenure. Come
2016, Bentley plans to build at least 3000 examples of
the new entry. The 2012 Geneva Motor Show car
was a provocation, says the CEO, but Im proud of
it. Since design is an evolutionary process, the front
and rear ends have since been changed. We did,
however, retain the trademark rear haunch line, the
classic grille, the Bentley headlamp theme, and the proportions.
The Bentley SUV will be built on the next Porsche Cayennes
platform and will have four powertrain options: a more efficient
6.0-liter W-12; and an Audi-sourced 4.0-liter V-8 offered as a
twin-turbo gasoline engine, as a turbodiesel, and as a plug-in
hybrid. A 550-hp, 5.0-liter V-10 turbodiesel is also possible.
Diesel and Bentley are not incompatible terms, says Drheimer.
Asked what else the brand has in store, Drheimer suggests
reviving the Azure convertible and the Brooklands coupe but
also says, A fth car line is my top priority. Right now, were
looking at two options. One is a two-seat sports car below the
Continental GT, and the other is a new model positioned
between the Flying Spur and Mulsanne sedans.
The former would challenge the Aston Martin Vantage, with
a V-8 engine driving the rear wheels. A coupe would be a must,
but a roadster and hardcore racing versions are also possible. The
other new model could be a sibling to the proposed (but delayed)
coupe version of the next Porsche Panamera. Or Bentley could
just create a four-door coupe from the Flying Spur.
As for existing models, well see a Mulsanne makeover for 2016,
an all-new and dramatically lighter Continental GT in early 2017, a
convertible version of the GT the next year, and a Flying Spur for
2019. Beyond lling out the model lineup, Drheimer is seeking to
dene Bentleys future in other ways. I want to know what
comes after wood and leather. I want us to win races again
motorsports are very close to my heart. And I am determined to
contemporize the brand, adding a dash of acid green, which
makes a nice change from the traditional British Racing Green.

Hnang
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Didnt those die with eight-tracks and velour seats?
Nope, and heres where to buy them:

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These guys are turning out
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the one we have.
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Well stick with the aroma
of popcorn or bacon, but
this company also offers
some of the strangest
scents weve ever seen.
What do Bigfoot and Jane
Austen smell like?
$2-$3.50
mcphee.com
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These highlight famous
hip-hop and rap artists
like 2Pac, Biggie Smalls,
Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E.
Picture you rollin in a
500 Benz with one of
these on the rearview.
$5-$20
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Hot Topic
Best known for selling
clothing to angst-ridden
teens, Hot Topic also
freshens their dank cars.
Choose from a wide array
of Stars Wars and comic
book-inspired products.
$3.50-$5
hottopic.com
Parkside Papers
This alternative Hallmark
has a huge selection of air
fresheners that feature
animals making silly faces
and silly phrases to go
with them.
$3.99
parksidepapers.com

Looking better
The production
version of the
Bentley SUV,
previewed here by
our illustrator, will
be more subdued
than the
controversial
Geneva concept.

AUTO BILD/A. AVARVARII

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roads less traveled

WHAT WERE LISTENING TO ON THE ROAD:


Sean Jones Quartets Im-pro-vise: Never Before Seen. A pure
expression of straight-ahead jazz, Jones seventh release has
everything from sophisticated improvisation to get-up-and-groove
music. This group respects its elders, like Freddie Hubbard,
but can still bring its own avor to modern jazz.

TRIP NOTES

Hatcher Pass

50 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska

Driving along the valley oor of the Hatcher Pass


Management Area in Alaska, you feel like youre in an
IMAX theater. Look up, and white-capped mountain peaks
rush at you from all directions. Out your side window, lush,
snow-sprinkled green tundra stretches endlessly. This slice
of the Talkeetna Mountain Range is so closeyet so far
from Anchorage, the biggest city in the 49th state, and
youve got 300,000 acres of wilderness to play in.
Just come ready to play, because theres only one
paved road heading in and, although it remains open
year-round, four-wheel drive is essential in
winter, which lasts from early October
to early June.

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The long winter offers


snowcat skiing, backcountry
skiing, sledding, and
snowmobiling. Make the most
of the short summer by
picking berries, riding horses,
and panning for gold.

Independence Mine State


Historical Park is home to a
long-closed gold mining camp
that, in its time, produced the
modern equivalent of $17.2
million worth of gold.

Smoked halibut and hot


buttered rums are good
choices on the menu
at Hatcher Pass Lodge.
The lodges little red huts
are quaint, quiet, and
surprisingly romantic.

HATCHER PASS: A.J. MUELLER; ALBUM ART: JIM ZAMBERLAN

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by design

Robert
Cumberford

CITRON C4 CACTUS
MUCH-NEEDED RETURN
TO ECCENTRICITY.

10

ITRON HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN


interesting company, but not often a
protable one. It reached its peak technically
in the 1934-60 period when Andr Lefbvre
led the engineering teams that gave us the
front-wheel-drive monocoque-shell cars now
generically called Tractions Avant, the rustic
2CV, and the radically pioneering DS 19. A fumbled link
with Fiat; an ill-judged purchase of Maserati; a misuse
of capital in taking a license to build Wankel engines,
then using the resulting bi-rotor engine in an ultrathirsty car at the moment of the OPEC fuel crisis and in
a brilliant but totally irrelevant helicopter projectthese
missteps nally put Citron into the hands of the
conservative Peugeot company. Peugeot promptly
gutted all advanced technology as quickly as it could.
No more self-centering steering, no more
hydropneumatic suspension, no more offbeat styling.
Citrons became as boring as any other mainstream
cars, and less well-made than most.
The brand is not out of the woods yet, but there are
glimmerings of hope for a renewal of the spirit that
once animated the rm, the C4 Cactus being the most
promising of them. It is still on a conventional Peugeot
platform (that of a city-size SUV), but the body shows
some of the traditional panache, above all in applying
urethane cushionscalled Air Bumps in publicity
materialall over the body sides and one on each front

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and rear corner. My 7-year-old Citron C3 has enough


little shopping cart dings in its steel anks to convince
me that Air Bumps are a good thing, even if not
attractive. The company says the Cactus is meant to be
the Ikea of cars, with a simplication of content
blended with comfort and practicality.
Fitted with three- and four-cylinder gasoline and
four-cylinder turbodiesel engines and ve-speed
gearboxes (with clunky optional self-shifting and
clumsy auto stop-start available), the car is aimed at
city and suburban users, and has commendably low
fuel consumption. But it is not a car youd choose for
regular highway travel.
The design of the Cactus stands out in the interior,
which gives the impression of airy spaciousness, even
ifas in too many modern carsyou cant see well out
the back, especially with the nonretractable rear-seat
headrests. Theres a certain unwelcome cheapness
about details, like the single-piece folding backrest of
the back seat. Invisible, but quickly perceived at
higher engine revs, is the skimping on soundproong.
The big center screen is standard, and the absence of a
central console with the robotic shifting option gives
the impression of a bench seat, even if the car can
legally carry only two.
The C4 Cactus is not as interesting as older
Citrons technically, but it surely has the traditional
skewed styling. Good.

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FRONT 3/4 VIEW

REAR 3/4 VIEW

1. THERE IS A VERY SMALL PASSAGE for

11. NO, THESE BIG WINDOWS

cooling air above the license plate, but most of


the air comes through the bottom-feeder grille
low in the front bumper.

2. AN AIR BUMP at each corner doesnt offer


a lot of protection, but its more than any other
car can provide. Still, bags under the eyes?
3. THE HIGH, ROUND NOSE is there to cope
with European pedestrian safety standards,
but it also works well aerodynamically.

4. BLACKING OUT THE A-PILLAR makes

the roof panel seem to oat above the body.


The black triangle at the base blocks vision for
short drivers, though.

5. SPEARLIKE ROOF RAILS are standard


equipment and add little drag when not
supporting extra loads.

6. THE QUARTER PANEL is separated from


the roof by a blackout above and a slim Cactus
nameplate below. The effect adds a lightness
to what is, after all, an urban SUV.
7. BLACK PLASTIC SURROUNDS for all four
wheels provide more parking lot protection
and reduce visual mass of the painted portion
of the body.

8. THE SIDE PANELS are made of thermo-

formed urethane, a tough material, and


the multiple bumps are distinctive, if not
universally appreciated for their style.

9. THE ALLOY WHEELS seem rather static

and overstyled, with only four of the eight


spokes convincingly present visually. Optional
17-inch tires rather spoil the ride.

10. DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS are

mounted as high as possible, a Citron trait


derived from the 1955 DS-19, where taillights
were mounted at the top of the rear pillar.

dont go down. They pop out


on a compass linkage, not a
satisfactory situation for rear
seat passengers.

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12. THE BLACKOUT PANEL


allows the oating, painted
quarter to assume an elegant
curve downward.
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13. THERE IS A SHARP

surface break between the


sloping painted panel and the
vertical plastic rear face.

14. THE LIFTOVER HEIGHT


of the rear hatch is stupidly
far above the trunk oor, so
loading and unloading the
trunk is a back-breaking chore. And this from
a company that used to have the best-shaped
trunks in the business.
15. ALL THE BLACK PLASTIC at the bottom
of the body allows the graphics of the painted
portions above to seem slimmer and lighter
than they are. Well-planned, well-executed.

16. ITS HARD TO KNOW if these single


bumps will protect, but at least they are
present.

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INTERIOR VIEW
21. THE SIMPLE GRAB HANDLE is a nice,
practical touch.
22. THE STEERING WHEEL is nicely modeled,
with a massive third spoke at bottom.

23. THE WHEEL is adjustable up and down,


not in and out.

24. A LARGE INTERACTIVE TOUCHSCREEN

17. SIMPLE RECTANGULAR TAILLIGHTS


are a bit banal, but do their job.
18. THIS DETAIL IS PUZZLING. Why let
the fuel ller intrude on the wheelhouse
surround?

replaces many knobs and buttons, but takes


the drivers eyes off the road.

25. A HUGE FRONT-HINGED LID uncovers


a very big and very practical glove box.
26. THIS VENTILATION MODULE looks

19. THE SILL PIECE below the doors shows

like an antique aftermarket A/C unit. Very


poor design.

20. THE BACK EDGE of the front doors

27. THE ROBOTIZED SHIFTING controls


consist of just three pushbuttons: D, R, and N.

nice sculpting, but its very hard to see.

is protected when theyre opened in tight


quarters, but the rear doors are vulnerable.

28. A VERY FANCY parking brake handle.

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the asphalt jungle

Arthur
St. Antoine

LIFEBLOOD.
DEATH ROAD.
Arctic Circle, to the ice-free southern
seaport of Valdez.
For me, the pipeline is primarily a
signpost. Ive come to drive the infamous
service road carved and scraped into its
shadow: the James W. Dalton Highway,
414 miles of barely populated, mostly
unpaved two-lane running between
Fairbanks and Deadhorse in Prudhoe Bay.
Remote, frequented by hurtling big rigs,
and often buried by snow and ice in
winter, the Dalton has earned a reputation
as one of the worlds most dangerous
roads. Im here in late summer, but still
the locals are full of warnings. Drivers
crash or die here all the time.
My ride is a 2014 Toyota 4Runner
Limited, the fully optioned, leather-lined
cream puff of the line, but the tires are
better suited to Beverly Hills than a
fearsome byway. Before leaving Fairbanks,
therefore, I swap the standard issues for a
set of burly Toyo Open Country meats,

I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y

TIM MARRS

HIRTY-TWO MEN DIED


building the 4-foot-diameter,
800-mile-long steel tube
winding like an impassive
snake past my drivers door
window and into the horizon.
Given where the serpent lives,
though, it couldve easily slayed more.
This is Alaska, more than twice the size
of Texas yet home to barely 725,000
hardy residents, most of whom consider
winter temperatures of 20 degrees below
zero a thaw. Yet despite a landscape
often frequented by more bears than
humans, one plagued by some of the
harshest weather on the planet, in 1977
brilliant engineers and heroic
contractors completed the Trans-Alaska
Pipeline System (TAPS), which dees
Mother Nature and belief to transport
mankinds other lifeblood across the
entirety of the statefrom the oil elds
of Prudhoe Bay, 300 miles above the

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which not only promise innitely more


protection from the roads myriad perils,
but also totally look the business.
Soon, about an hour north of Fairbanks,
the asphalt gives way to dirt and the
Dalton begins. You dont embark on this
journey without serious preparation:
Service stops are virtually nonexistent
(bring extra gas), and in bad weather a
mere blown tire can quickly turn into an
Arctic survival event. That said, Im
surprised at how good the road is so far.
The unpaved stuff is well-groomed,
andwho knew?theres actually quite a
bit of pavement, though its far worse than
the dirt. Also, Ive discovered a welcome
byproduct to the Daltons isolated
character: The views in every direction
are unspoiled by so much as a telephone
pole (frequent appearances by the
pipeline notwithstanding), and the road is
often mine and mine alone.
Several hours later I mark a major
milestone on my journeya spot farther
north than Ive ever been, even in Iceland.
A handsome sign informs me Ive just
crossed the Arctic Circle. Fortunately,
there is no kiosk selling Polar Burgers or
I Joined The Inside Circle! T-shirts. Not
that I have the site to myself. A busload of
tourists from India are taking turns
kneeling before the sign on a prayer rug.
After getting here all the way from there, I
suppose a few invocations of thanks are
entirely appropriate.
Fifty-ve miles later I reach my
destination for the night: Coldfoot Camp,
a few industrial buildings and a series of
large, interconnected trailers that serve as
a hotel. Youll pay $200 a night for a bed,
but despite the muddy, potholed parking
lot and the bare-bones accommodations,
after hundreds of miles cut off from
humanity youll welcome this place like a
Four Seasonsfor here is good food, that
precious liquid gold called fuel, a private
shower in your room. And if you stay up
past dark, and thats after midnight in
early September, Coldfoot might even
treat you to the otherworldly magic show
of the aurora borealis, the northern lights.
And then youll go to sleep hypnotized by
the reworks of a solar wind.
The next morning, not long after leaving
Coldfoot, I make two new sightings. First,
a thick icing of snow falling across the
highway and the surrounding mountains.
And then, hustling down the road directly
in front of me, a small brown bear. He

doesnt hang around for long before


breaking for the brush, but just by making
an appearance hes quickly elevated the
thrill of todays drive.
The next patch of civilization lies 250
miles north. Meantime, no service stops, no
Cracker Barrels, not even so much as a
vegetable stand. If you want a hot lunch out
here, you break out the propane stove and
the boil-in-bag meals. Will you care that its
not four-star dining? No, you will not. Youll
cherish every bite. Because simply being
amid this natural palace is to live like a king.
My drive is blessed with unusually ne
weather; most of the time, the sun is
shining and the temperature hovers in the
high 30s. Even when its not snowing or
well below zero, though, the Dalton can
easily bite you. Rounding a bend, I come
upon the horrifying sight of an overturned
car. I slam on the brakes and run to the
vehicle, but it quickly becomes clear that
the wreck has been here a few days. Who
knows what happened to the occupants; it
looks bad. But given the roads broken

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surfaces and almost complete lack of
guardrails, even a moments inattention
can land you in serious trouble. The
Dalton is narrow, and the oncoming big
rigs often slide by without much room to
spare. Accelerating past a slow-moving
truck is risky, tooyou get to deal with
clouds of dust, ying rocks, and a looming
ditch just inches away. Add rain and mud,
and the stakes rise further. Call it a miracle
if your windshield survives unscathed.
Late in the day, suddenly my cellphone
comes alive as I reach the Daltons
terminus: Prudhoe Bay, this desolate

regions version of Oz. All around me are


oil rigs, work trucks of every size and
description, and huge corrugated
buildings to house the thousands of men
and women who travel here to toil in the
areas oil elds. Its a mud-covered mess
right now, but this is Prudhoe at its best.
In a few months, temperatures of 60
degrees below zero will be common.
Some might view this Arctic outpost as
unworthy of serving as the destination for
a difficult journeyan uninspired, even
ugly colony boasting nothing but rough
work and rougher workers. But to my
mind, Prudhoe Bay stands as proudly as
will a future base on the moona city that
shouldnt exist because of its impossibly
challenging environment, but one that
does through sheer human ingenuity,
force of will, and resources simply
staggering in their magnitude. Leave
politics aside for a moment. Prudhoe, the
Dalton, and the pipeline are pyramids of a
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Jamie
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THE CHANGE
TO COME.
whos (almost) all grown up. But because
this is a car magazine I wont dwell on that,
because Im also completing what is
probably my last drive in a new Defender.
Im reprisingalso with more than a hint of
sadnesswhat has been a Kitman family
travel tradition dating back to the 1960s,
when my dad borrowed a Land Rover
station wagon to run for president (see
Automobile, November 96). This being
2014, Ellie was able to jack her iPhone into
the sound system (still no Bluetooth), while
I was left to contemplate not just some
shocking hip-hop lyrics shes fully
committed to memory, but fatherhood and
change, and also what lies in store for Land
Rover now that its eldest offspring is
leaving home.
One of the great automotive icons of all
time (with direct lineage back to 1948), the
Defender will be out of production within
the year. Its as-yet-unknown replacement
has been delayed once already. One

I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y

TIM MARRS

OMETIMES LIFE IS LIKE A


90s Buick Roadmaster Estate
Wagon. One with 193,000 miles
on it and tires, brakes, and front
end that need replace, as the
Craigslist ad might say. Keeping
it together while rolling down
the straightaways isnt bad, but come a
series of bumpy corners in the rain, and,
hmm baby, you better learn how to drive.
Sending a son away to a nearby
university was hard enough, but now I feel
like the skies have opened up just as Ive
gone too hot into the bend in a crusty
Roadmaster. The truth, however, is that
Im driving a brand-new Land Rover
Defender 110 to Scotland, where my
daughter Ellie is moving to begin college,
and waves of emotion, happy and sad, are
pounding the psychic coastline, testing my
skill in the great test track of life. Heres
hoping those bald tires hold on.
Ill really miss my beautiful daughter,

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concept, the DC100, appeared in 2011 and


was to arrive in 2015, but then it wasnt.
My old friend, the painter Fred Ingrams,
who lives in Norfolk and whom we stopped
to visit on the way up north from London,
thinks he knows why. Fred drives a 1996
Defender 90, the latest in a series of
well-used Land Rovers that were run hard
and put away wet long before he bought
them to run hard and put away wet. When
hes not replacing rusted chassis members or
committing a wonderful landscape to
canvas, he spends a lot of time with dogs and
the farmers with whom he goes hunting.
They all drive Land Rovers to get to where
they need to be going to take out their legal
allotment of pheasants, grouse, foxes,
rabbits, deer, et ceteraall of which are
everywhere to be seen in Norfolk, like youre
in some kind of extra-trippy Disney
sequence. Land Rover Defenders are
everywhere too. Amusingly, their drivers
will often lift a solitary index nger from the
steering wheel when they pass one another,
in a kind of salute. We do something like that
in New York but use a different nger.
And that is what his Land Rover friends
say the effect was when some local Land
Rover dealers went to see the Defender
replacement conceptIm assuming it was
the DC100at JLRs behest. Feedback was
resoundingly negative: Their customers
would never go for it. According to
Ingrams, for Land Rovers fundamental
credibility to remain it needs to satisfy the
farmers and the gamekeepers and wardens
of places like Norfolk. Theyand others
who want to carry dead animals, spill cider,
and hose out their machinesare the ones
who make the rest of us poseurs feel like
we ought to be driving one of these cars,
and this key demographic wasnt satised.
He might be right, but we have sympathy
for Land Rovers plight as the company
tries to cast a replacement. Whether we
like it or not, its time for the Defender to
grow up. The increasing performance and
safety that motorists demandnot to
mention the regulatory thicketmake a
vehicle that you can x in the eld with a
screwdriver, a roll of tape, and a can of
Fosters Lager a pure impossibility. Allying
that to conceptual simplicity and hose-outability is going to be tough, a real Buick
Roadmaster moment, if you follow me.
But as I was telling my daughter, change
is inevitable and good, even. So bring it on.
Just dont expect it to stop a proud parent
from saying I already love you just the way
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Lexus & Inniti


Whats Next?
I PURCHASED MY INFINITI G35 IN
2003 when it featured a six-speed manual,
limited-slip differential, and sports
suspension. The G35 was an Automobile
All-Star, challenging BMW on performance
while undercutting it on price. Inniti has
since done nothing but step away from its
most successful formula. I cant help but
shake my head at the Eau Rouge. A
$100,000 brute is not going to bring buyers
back to a sedated Q50 with numb drive-bywire steering and an aging engine and
transmission. Im still driving my G35,
waiting for Inniti to offer a suitable
replacement. Recent visits to Audi and
BMW dealerships have convinced me the
wait is over.
CARLTON BALE
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

THE INFINITI Q WITH THE GRILLE

WE WERE PORSCHE OWNERS BACK IN 1989, AND A BUDDY AND I


went to test drive the Inniti Q45 and Lexus LS 400 (Lexus and Inniti at 25,
October). We immediately knew they had something. You forget that nearly all the
German iron of the time had only six-cylinder engines, while the Q and the LS had V-8s.
These days, dealer service for the Germans is still ultra-expensive, though the Japanese
brands now cost nearly as much. But when it comes to longevity, the Japanese win. A
recent German vehicle cost me $500 per month in maintenance once it hit 80,000
miles. You do not see 100,000-mile warranties on German cars; I wonder why? Too
many cars are wonderful for 40,000 miles, but after that
PAUL BERTON BIRKELAND
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

The Inniti Q45s grille rst appeared on


the 1994 model, not the 1995 (Lexus and
Inniti, October). I bought a used one in
1998 in showroom condition.
Unfortunately, Inniti produces a superb
model like the rst Q45 and then falls
asleep for a bunch of years before
producing the next home run. I had to
wait until 2003 to trade in my Q45 for the
fabulous Inniti G35 Coupe. How long
until the next one?
LIONEL BIRNBOM
OTTAWA, ONTARIO

THE NEW FACE OF LEXUS?

DO THE MATH

DRIVING EAU ROUGE

A FRIEND WITH AN AUDI HAD


a key fob fail shortly after the car went
out of its bumper-to-bumper warranty.
She was charged $350 for the
replacement. Shortly thereafter the
second failed and she was charged
another $350. My Lexus key fob failed
three months after the cars warranty
expired. The Lexus service manager
apologized and gave me one for free.
While I waited for the fob to be coded, he
paid for my breakfast nearby, and had the
car washed and ready to go by the time I
nished. I now have two Lexus vehicles
that Ive bought subsequently.
BRUCE GRANT
BLUE BELL, PENNSYLVANIA

I HAVE A G35 COUPE AND IM


a Formula 1 fan, and I hate the direction
Inniti is taking (Inniti Q50 Eau
Rouge, October). No F1 driver respects
the Eau Rouge corner at the Spa circuit
now; every one is at through there. I
wonder if this car has PlayStation
steering?
RICKY SMITH
VIA FACEBOOK

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MAY AS WELL CALL IT THE


Lipstick Edition. If this thing were a
person, it would be a rough chick wearing
too much makeup.
MATT SIMMONS
VIA FACEBOOK

IT SEEMS LIKE A VERY EXPENSIVE


way to grate cheese (Lexus RC F, October).
ROY J. ADAMS
VIA FACEBOOK
I SEE IT AS A MODERN VERSION
of the Pontiac Trans Am. Since its from
Japan, all it needs is a screaming Godzilla
on the hood.
ART PALM
VIA FACEBOOK
FIRST PEOPLE BITCH ABOUT LEXUS
being boring; now they bitch about it being
gaudy. I like the guts it took to make a
move! Buick, Cadillacsame thing. You
might not like the look, but they made
a move.
MILTON QUINN HINES JR.
VIA FACEBOOK

JAMES CLAY

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WHAT COULD GO WRONG?


JASON HARPER, YOU ROCK.I WAS
riding with you in the Dodge Hellcat:
a full-on burnout, body bucking, hood
shuddering and tires billowing bilious
smoke(And Hell Came Down,
October). I teach at a small Baptist college
and drive a paid-for 2010 Honda Civic. Ill
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NICELY WRITTEN ARTICLE ABOUT


a more than nice car. But how does Jason
explain having made off with the
six-speed manual, yet the photos show
the truly excellent eight-speed, sans
clutch pedal and with auto shift lever and
paddles? Which one did he really drive?
THOMAS SERGIO
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
He shifted both, honestEd.
HILLBILLIES WITH 707 HP.
What could go wrong?
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FAST-CAR FEVER
MR. FLOYD, YOU ARE RIGHT
(Editors Letter, October). After owning
three 911 Porsches and three spiffed
Mustangs, I dont recall ever receiving a
compliment on any one in particular until
my Corvette C6.
GARRICK WEST
TROUT LAKE, WASHINGTON

ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
HAVING DRIVEN MUCH OF THE
BMW i3s route through the Bay Area
(Electric Weekend, October), I was
astounded by the premise that one could
just dart around our traffic-choked roads.
Oh, now I understand. The trip
apparently took place on a weekend! On
weekdays, better rethink using the
Google bus.
DONALD F. RINKER
CASTRO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
IM NOT DISMISSING ANYTHING
that might happen in the future; in fact, I
cant wait! But electric cars right now
(Electric Weekend, October) are little
more than outrageously priced novelties,
whether your nerdy writer got laid or not.
ALAN BUSHELL
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FROM EIGHT TO FOUR

I WAS AT FIRST STIRRED BY


Preston Lerners ne writing about the
Aston Martin Vantage GT (Driven,
October). However, my admiration was
soon shaken by his observation that the
Vantage GT is such a manly mans
machine that it better suits actor Daniel
Craigs James Bond than Roger Moores
version. Rumor has it that before his
driving scenes as 007, Craig had never
driven a stick-shift manual transmission
in his life. Presumably an elderly
gentleman named Q had to teach him.
GREG HOBSON
WICHITA, KANSAS

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Upshift about your Corvette Stingrays
change back and forth from eight
cylinders to four (Four Seasons
Logbook, October). After almost a year
and nearly 6000 miles, I have never had
anything but seamless switching in my
2014 Stingray. Yours may need a trip to the
service department. This is my third
Corvette. It is superb.
DOUGLAS R. FRENCH
HOUSTON, TEXAS
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OXFORD, ENGLAND

he Mini Cooper Hardtop 4


Door is manufactured at a
plant on Eastern Bypass
Road, an embarrassingly
prosaic name for a street in
the City of Dreaming Spires. Groves of
trees in this land wear poetic labels such as
Tankers Table Wood, and in South
Oxfordshire, the Chiltern Hills village of
Nettlebed has a way of rolling off the
tongue and stirring the imagination.
Naturally enough, the roads wending
through the district are well-suited for
testing the 4 Door, a new model for 2015.
We drove the Cooper S 4 Door nearly 200
miles on bustling motorways and obscure
byways to learn who would want this
hatchback and why.

Ugghh, Mini 4 Door, a car-savvy


friend messaged during our time in
England. I suppose they will sell, sort of
like a Panamera. His purist streak is
stronger than our own. Rear doors, the
obvious next step, became possible after a
new body shop was built at the plant. Its
not as though Frankensteins monster has
been created here: At 101.1 inches, the 4
Doors wheelbase grows only 2.9 inches,
yet the rear bench accommodates three
people. With a length of 157.4 inches for
the base Cooper and 158.0 inches for the
Cooper S, the 4 Door will never be
mistaken for a Packard.
By looking so natural, the rear doors
convince us we must have seen them
before. And how is entry and egress? Even

for someone of medium stature, getting


into the back seat means assuming a
backwards cannonball posture. (After
executing the plunge, we await our score
from a panel of judges.) Once through the
small portal, we nd comfortable enough
seating on the at cushion; claims of small
gains in leg, shoulder, and headroom are
plausible. The middle positionwhich has
a shoulder belt integrated into the
backrestis best suited for the child who
is thrilled to be riding in a Mini or for the
kind of uncomplaining, loyal pal so often
depicted in beer commercials. Getting out
again, opening the liftgate, and ddling
with the removable bottom tray, we
discover a cargo area of 9.2 cubic feet, a
half-foot greater than in the two-door. Of

2015 Mini
Hardtop 4 Door
A BENCH WARRANTS PRAISE.

The Specs
ON SALE: January 2015
PRICE:

$22,300/$25,950/$35,900
(base Cooper/base Cooper S/
as-tested)
ENGINES: 1.5-liter turbo DOHC
12-valve I-3/134 hp @ 4400 rpm,
162 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm (Cooper);
2.0-liter turbo DOHC 16-valve
I-4/189 hp @ 4700 rpm, 207 lb-ft
@ 1250 rpm (Cooper S)
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed
manual, 6-speed automatic
LAYOUT: 4-door, 5-passenger,
front-engine, FWD hatchback
L X W X H: 157.4/158.0 x 68 x 56.1 in
(Cooper/Cooper S)
WHEELBASE: 101.1 in
WEIGHT: 2750/2815 lb
(manual/automatic Cooper);
2895/2930 lb (manual/
automatic Cooper S)

Driven
course, intending to play 18 holes at
Drayton Park Golf Club, we could just lay
the 60/40-split seatbacks forward and load
in the sticks.
Taking our turn in the leather-and-cloth
sport seat behind the leather-wrapped
steering wheel, we nd the 4 Door a most
pleasant place to do business, the environs

Thanks to full framing around


the side windows, the cabin
remains rattle-free.

Tasteful and tidy


We bounded around
Britain in a righthand-drive 4 Door,
but whatever the
conguration, the
pleasant cabin is
dominated by the
LED-ringed instrument
panel. The 60/40-split
seatbacks (above)
offer up additional
space for a set or
two of golf clubs.

tastefully trimmed with dark cottonwood


and not a trace of carbon ber. The driving
position is upright and commanding
(considering that the cars overall width is,
within a fraction, the same as the track of a
GMC Yukon). All-around view is excellent.
Controls are unambiguous, and we quickly
get used to the lava lamp effect of the
LED-ringed central instrument, with its
lustrous signaling.
On the road, the 4 Door is certainly not
hurt by the additional wheelbase. Even at
just 2930 pounds, it feels like a midsize
car, stable on the undulating lanes where
poets may have strolled while measuring
out their iambs. On motorways, the
stretched Mini is happily blas about its
duties. Thanks to full framing around the

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side windows, the cabin remains


rattle-free, and the predominant sound as
we barrel along is the insistent rumbling
from the Pirelli P Zero tires. We keep
things on the sensible side of 90 mph, so
we can only imagine the din likely at the
claimed top speed of 144 mph.
The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door comes to
the United States early next year with two
of the six gas and diesel engines available
in the 208 countries where Minis are sold.
For the States, the Cooper has the
turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder,
making 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque
while enabling a 0-to-60-mph dash in just
7.6 seconds. But we drove the Cooper S
with the turbo 2.0-liter four, with output
of 189 hp and 207 lb-ft and a 0-60 time of

6.5 seconds. The potent four was matched


with the optional six-speed automatic.
Three driving modes govern the behavior
of the steering, suspension, and
powertrain, and of course we enjoyed the
resolute Sport over Mid and Green
settings. Its all so well-developed and
-executed, we could see ourselves driving
the 4 Door for the long term. The only
thing to complain about is how fast
$10,000 in options can be added to the
base price. Our test car came in at $35,900
including shipping and handling.
And upon reection, we see the wisdom
of defying tradition. Mini says the Hardtop
4 Door will woo reluctant customers who
deem the coupe to be impractical.
Furthermore, it says customers are more
loyal to four-door hatchbacks. What
exactly is being lost by extension? The
base price is only about $1000 more than
the two-door version of the Hardtop.
Were reminded of something crazy that
happened to a vehicle whose name is
associated with fanciful-sounding places
like Rubicon and Moab. Last we heard the
four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was
outselling the original two-door by about
50 percent. It would be no surprise to see
something similar happen at Mini.
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models wear a simple
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2015 Toyota Camry


FLAVORS BEYOND VANILLA, ANDNO KIDDING
A SPORTY RIDE FOR THE WEEKEND.
KONA, HAWAII

omething different and a little


bit wonderful has happened
with the 2015 Toyota Camry.
Rather than the usual cautious
and predictable revisions in the
middle of its product cycle, nearly one-third
of its parts are new. Toyota has received a
directive from its leader, Akio Toyoda, to
make better cars, and when we look at the
freshly tailored bodywork and re-costumed
interior of the 2015 Toyota Camry, we take
his acolytes statements to that effect at face
value. Leading the midsize segment in sales
for 12 years isnt enough. Competition has
Toyota on the move.
Myriad changes result in an experience
thats as rened and pleasing as a frontwheel-drive car can hope to be. In cruising
through lava elds and across volcanic
slopes on the 50th states largest island, the
Camry represented a 50-state consensus as
to what an American sedan should be.
Floridians, Vermonters, and Montanans will
nd it just as pleasing as will the paniolo
those cow-punchers of the islands grazing
lands 2500 feet above sea level.

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With Camry, what we do is offer


different avors, says the enthusiastic chief
engineer, Monte Kaehr. Because Kaehrs
team has done such a thorough job, none of
the avorsnot even vanillais boring.
All of the sheetmetal except for the roof
is new. The impressive hood is selfimportantly creased, and lines extend
dramatically from its edges to the
A-pillars. Another articulation gives the

The Specs
ON SALE: Now
BASE PRICE RANGE:

$23,795-$32,195
ENGINES: 2.5-liter DOHC
16-valve I-4/178 hp @ 6000 rpm,
170 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm;
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6/268 hp @
6200 rpm, 248 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm;
2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4/156 hp @
5700 rpm, 156 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm, and
AC synchronous motor, 105kW @
4500 rpm, 199 lb-ft @ 0-1500 rpm
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed
automatic (gas-powered),
continuously variable (hybrid)
LAYOUT: 4-door, 5-passenger,
front-engine, FWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE: 25/35/28 mpg
(city/highway/combined),
21/31/25 mpg, 43/39/41 mpg,
40/38/40 mpg (I-4; V-6; LE hybrid;
SE hybrid and XLE hybrid)
L X W X H: 190.0 x 71.7 x 57.9 in
WHEELBASE: 109.3 in
WEIGHT: 3240-3585 lb

anks a heretofore unknown tautness and


allows light to play over the surfaces.
Headlamps are simple yet bold, and
taillamps slash across the rear corners.
The use of chrome is restrained.
What isnt visible are the additional spot
welds in the Camrys cowl area,
performance-enhancing touches by a
loving electrode to make the structure
more rigid and allow Toyota to revise

2015
spring and shock rates with unique tuning for each model. In the
LE and LSE, the responses are relaxed without being accid. The
SE and XSE are alert without being hyper, rm without jostling.
Steering responses also correspond.
Repositioned side mirrors, a rear spoiler, and 30 percent more
insulation give driver and passengers a quiet, distraction-free cabin
just begging to be overwhelmed by the rm bass and clear midrange
of the available 10-speaker premium audio system. Nothing changes
dimensionally, yet everything we touch inside is new and different.
(Only the upper dash covering and the package shelf carry over.)
Across all trim levels, the nishes are generally attractive, although
we would prefer fewer satin chrome pieces. The XSEs microsuede
seat and door inserts are right on the money.
For all its renements, though, the 15 Camry offers nothing new
under the hood. The base engine is the familiar 178-hp, 2.5-liter
four, while the XLE and XSE variants are available, at extra cost,
with a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Hybrid models, which account for
about 8 percent of sales, combine battery-electric power with the
four-cylinder, which in this application makes 156 hp.
Chief engineer Kaehr has an answer for this: A lot of people
have gone with two-liter turbos as a way of replacing V-6s. If you
look at the numbers, theres not a great reason to do that. Our V-6
beats them in all categories.

M-B S550
Plug-in Hybrid

HOW TO SAVE GAS WITH A


$95,000 LUXURY SEDAN.
ST U T TG A RT, G E R M A N Y

The Specs

A premium feel A 6.1-inch


center console screen
(7.0-inch with V-6 models)
presents nav, climate, and
audio displays as well as
applications for Pandora
radio and Yelp, among others.
Even in the LE, the dashboard
covering is attractively
stitched. In models above the
LE, a 4.2-inch multiinformational screen
(opposite page) is located
between the tachometer and
speedometer.

Indeed, the XSE V-6 is consistently pleasurable and rewarding.


It brings to mind the 1989 Ford Taurus SHO. Something of a
sleeper, it promises excellent commuting along with a sportive
yield for the weekend. Even while loang through Hawaiis cow
(and feral goat) country, it demonstrates a level of excellence to
defy most anyones Camry bias.
By reblending familiar ingredients and creating the Camry XSE,
Toyota has produced the triple dip of pineapple, coconut, and
macadamia nut that practical people have been quietly calling for.
Ronald Ahrens

remium hybrids, once


ON SALE: Summer 2015
gloried marketing
BASE PRICE: $95,000 (est.)
exercises, are becoming
ENGINE: 3.0-liter twin-turbo
DOHC 24-valve V-6 plus
essential to doing
114-hp, 251-lb-ft motor/
business thanks to the
436 hp, 479 lb-ft (comb.)
ramp-up of strict CO2 regulations. The
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed
2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in
automatic
Hybrid you see here forms the
LAYOUT: 4-door, 5-passenger,
spearhead of a plug-in hybrid offensive front-engine, RWD sedan
L X W X H: 206.5 x 74.8 x 58.8 in
from Mercedes-Benz, says R&D chief
WHEELBASE: 124.6 in
Thomas Weber. Between now and 2017, WEIGHT: 5093 lb
the automaker will roll out 10 plug-ins.
The plug-in pairs Mercedes familiar 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6
with a 114-hp electric motor and an 8.7-kW-hr lithium-ion battery
pack that takes up 3.4 cubic feet in the trunk. It can travel on
battery power for up to 20 miles and will cruise gas-free at speeds
up to 87 mph. In hybrid mode, the big Merc can hit 62 mph in 5.2
seconds and tops out at 130 mph. In the very optimistic European
fuel economy test cycle, it scores the equivalent of 84 mpg,
combined. EPA gures wont come until spring at the earliest.
Appropriately for a car that pioneers autonomous driving, the
S550s accelerator pedal can actually push back at your foot when
the suite of sensors and onboard computers thinks you could be
going a bit easier. Theres a lot happening here, sometimes too
much. For instance: Do we need four driving modes and three
more transmission settings? On one occasion the powertrain itself
seemed confused. With a colleague at the wheel in traffic, the car
lugged for several seconds.
Otherwise, this is just your run-of-the-mill, $95,000-plus
S-Class replete with massaging chairs, air suspension, and an
automatic perfume spritzer. This doesnt look or feel like a car for
people who fuss over fuel costs, which, of course, few S-Class
buyers do. That will continue to be the biggest problem for
premium hybrids.
David Zenlea
December 2014 | Automobilemag.com

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For people with a higher risk of stroke due to


Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem

ELIQUIS (apixaban) is a prescription medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in
people who have atrial brillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:


Do not stop taking ELIQUIS for atrial brillation
without talking to the doctor who prescribed it for
you. Stopping ELIQUIS increases your risk of having
a stroke. ELIQUIS may need to be stopped, prior
to surgery or a medical or dental procedure. Your
doctor will tell you when you should stop taking
ELIQUIS and when you may start taking it again. If
you have to stop taking ELIQUIS, your doctor may
prescribe another medicine to help prevent a blood
clot from forming.
ELIQUIS can cause bleeding, which can be serious,
and rarely may lead to death.
You may have a higher risk of bleeding if you take
ELIQUIS and take other medicines that increase your
risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin
(COUMADIN), heparin, SSRIs or SNRIs, and other
blood thinners. Tell your doctor about all medicines,
vitamins and supplements you take. While taking
ELIQUIS, you may bruise more easily and it may
take longer than usual for any bleeding to stop.

Get medical help right away if you have any of


these signs or symptoms of bleeding:
- unexpected bleeding, or bleeding that lasts a
long time, such as unusual bleeding from the
gums; nosebleeds that happen often, or
menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier
than normal
- bleeding that is severe or you cannot control
- red, pink, or brown urine; red or black stools
(looks like tar)
- coughing up or vomiting blood or vomit that looks
like coffee grounds
- unexpected pain, swelling, or joint pain; headaches,
feeling dizzy or weak
ELIQUIS is not for patients with articial heart valves.
Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma). People
who take ELIQUIS, and have medicine injected into
their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal
puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that
can cause long-term or permanent loss of the
ability to move (paralysis).

I was taking warfarin.


But ELIQUIS was a better nd.
I TAKE ELIQUIS (apixaban) FOR 3 GOOD REASONS:

1
2
3

ELIQUIS reduced the risk of stroke better than warfarin.


ELIQUIS had less major bleeding than warfarin.
Unlike warfarin, theres no routine blood testing.

ELIQUIS and other blood thinners increase the risk of bleeding which can be
serious, and rarely may lead to death.

Ask your doctor if ELIQUIS is right for you.


This risk is higher if, an epidural catheter is placed
in your back to give you certain medicine, you take
NSAIDs or blood thinners, you have a history of
difcult or repeated epidural or spinal punctures.
Tell your doctor right away if you have tingling,
numbness, or muscle weakness, especially in your
legs and feet.
Before you take ELIQUIS, tell your doctor if you
have: kidney or liver problems, any other medical
condition, or ever had bleeding problems. Tell
your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding,
or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed.
Do not take ELIQUIS if you currently have certain
types of abnormal bleeding or have had a serious
allergic reaction to ELIQUIS. A reaction to ELIQUIS
can cause hives, rash, itching, and possibly
trouble breathing. Get medical help right away if
you have sudden chest pain or chest tightness,
have sudden swelling of your face or tongue,
have trouble breathing, wheezing, or feeling
dizzy or faint.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects


of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/
medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see additional
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IMPORTANT FACTS about ELIQUIS (apixaban) tablets


The information below does not take the place of talking with your healthcare professional. Only your healthcare
professional knows the specics of your condition and how ELIQUIS may t into your overall therapy. Talk to your healthcare
professional if you have any questions about ELIQUIS (pronounced ELL eh kwiss).
What is the most important
information I should know
about ELIQUIS (apixaban)?
For people taking ELIQUIS for
atrial brillation: Do not stop
taking ELIQUIS without talking
to the doctor who prescribed
it for you. Stopping ELIQUIS
increases your risk of having
a stroke. ELIQUIS may need to
be stopped, prior to surgery or
a medical or dental procedure.
Your doctor will tell you when
you should stop taking ELIQUIS
and when you may start taking
it again. If you have to stop
taking ELIQUIS, your doctor may
prescribe another medicine to
help prevent a blood clot from
forming.
ELIQUIS can cause bleeding
which can be serious, and
rarely may lead to death. This
is because ELIQUIS is a blood
thinner medicine that reduces
blood clotting.
You may have a higher risk of
bleeding if you take ELIQUIS
and take other medicines that
increase your risk of bleeding,
such as aspirin, nonsteroidal
anti-inammatory drugs (called
NSAIDs), warfarin (COUMADIN),
heparin, selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
or serotonin norepinephrine
reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and
other medicines to help prevent
or treat blood clots.
Tell your doctor if you take any of
these medicines. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure
if your medicine is one listed
above.
While taking ELIQUIS:
you may bruise more easily
it may take longer than usual
for any bleeding to stop
Call your doctor or get medical
help right away if you have any
of these signs or symptoms of
bleeding when taking ELIQUIS:
unexpected bleeding, or
bleeding that lasts a long
time, such as:
unusual bleeding from the
gums
nosebleeds that happen
often

menstrual bleeding or
vaginal bleeding that is
heavier than normal
bleeding that is severe or you
cannot control
red, pink, or brown urine
red or black stools (looks like
tar)
cough up blood or blood clots
vomit blood or your vomit
looks like coffee grounds
unexpected pain, swelling, or
joint pain
headaches, feeling dizzy or
weak
ELIQUIS (apixaban) is not for
patients with articial heart
valves.
Spinal or epidural blood clots
or bleeding (hematoma).
People who take a blood thinner
medicine (anticoagulant) like
ELIQUIS, and have medicine
injected into their spinal and
epidural area, or have a spinal
puncture have a risk of forming
a blood clot that can cause
long-term or permanent loss of
the ability to move (paralysis).
Your risk of developing a spinal
or epidural blood clot is higher if:
a thin tube called an epidural
catheter is placed in your back
to give you certain medicine
you take NSAIDs or a medicine
to prevent blood from clotting
you have a history of difcult
or repeated epidural or spinal
punctures
you have a history of problems
with your spine or have had
surgery on your spine
If you take ELIQUIS and receive
spinal anesthesia or have a spinal
puncture, your doctor should
watch you closely for symptoms
of spinal or epidural blood clots
or bleeding. Tell your doctor
right away if you have tingling,
numbness, or muscle weakness,
especially in your legs and feet.
What is ELIQUIS?
ELIQUIS is a prescription medicine
used to:
reduce the risk of stroke and
blood clots in people who have
atrial brillation.

reduce the risk of forming


a blood clot in the legs and
lungs of people who have just
had hip or knee replacement
surgery.
It is not known if ELIQUIS is safe
and effective in children.
Who should not take ELIQUIS
(apixaban)?
Do not take ELIQUIS if you:
currently have certain types of
abnormal bleeding
have had a serious allergic
reaction to ELIQUIS. Ask your
doctor if you are not sure
What should I tell my doctor
before taking ELIQUIS?
Before you take ELIQUIS, tell
your doctor if you:
have kidney or liver problems
have any other medical
condition
have ever had bleeding
problems
are pregnant or plan to become
pregnant. It is not known if
ELIQUIS will harm your unborn
baby
are breastfeeding or plan to
breastfeed. It is not known
if ELIQUIS passes into your
breast milk. You and your
doctor should decide if you
will take ELIQUIS or breastfeed.
You should not do both
Tell all of your doctors and
dentists that you are taking
ELIQUIS. They should talk to the
doctor who prescribed ELIQUIS for
you, before you have any surgery,
medical or dental procedure.
Tell your doctor about all the
medicines you take, including
prescription and over-the-counter
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ELIQUIS works. Certain medicines
may increase your risk of bleeding
or stroke when taken with ELIQUIS.
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Take ELIQUIS exactly as
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ELIQUIS twice every day with or
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soon as you remember, and do

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not take more than one dose at


the same time. Do not run out
of ELIQUIS (apixaban). Rell
your prescription before you
run out. When leaving the
hospital following hip or knee
replacement, be sure that you
will have ELIQUIS available to
avoid missing any doses. If you
are taking ELIQUIS for atrial
brillation, stopping ELIQUIS
may increase your risk of
having a stroke.
What are the possible side
effects of ELIQUIS?
See What is the most
important information I
should know about ELIQUIS?
ELIQUIS can cause a skin rash
or severe allergic reaction.
Call your doctor or get
medical help right away if
you have any of the following
symptoms:
chest pain or tightness
swelling of your face or
tongue
trouble breathing or
wheezing
feeling dizzy or faint
Tell your doctor if you have any
side effect that bothers you or
that does not go away.
These are not all of the possible
side effects of ELIQUIS. For more
information, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical
advice about side effects. You
may report side effects to FDA at
1-800-FDA-1088.
This is a brief summary of the
most important information
about ELIQUIS. For more information, talk with your doctor or
pharmacist, call 1-855-ELIQUIS
(1-855-354-7847), or go to
www.ELIQUIS.com.
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Marketed by:
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2016
Audi TT

Driven
Back to the future
The dash looks analogue,
but the gauge cluster is
a high-res display. Climate
controls nestle in air vents.

ITS SERIOUS.

MARBELLA, SPAIN
ou know youre in for a treat
when the drive to the
racetrack passes through a
mountain. Thats what were
up to in a 2016 Audi TT,
which were driving a year before it goes
on sale in the United States. With
all-wheel drive and a 227-hp turbo
four-cylinder, it makes quick work of the
curving climb. The Spanish coast stretches
somewhere below us, but we dare not take
our eyes off the next corner, lest we direct
the at-bottomed steering wheel toward
the guardrail. Perhaps well slow down
enough to sightsee on the return trip. Or
perhaps we wont.
Audi is serving this mountain-trackmountain sandwichbetter than anything
on In-N-Out Burgers secret menuto prove
the third-generation TT is a serious car.
Styling plays off the macho Quattro
concepts Audi has unveiled at recent auto
shows. The cabin is the most driverfocused weve seen in years, thanks to a

successful streamlining of the


infotainment system. A high-resolution
color screen now resides in the gauge
cluster, rather than in the center stack, and
is much easier for the driver to operate.
Passengers will have to settle for staring at
the cool-looking air conditioner vents.
The TT moves to the same light and
exible MQB architecture that underpins
the new Volkswagen Golf. This, along
with weight savings in everything from
the seats to the wiring, cuts more than 100
pounds compared with the previous TT.
More powerful turbo four-cylinders
again pair with fast-shifting, six-speed
dual-clutch automatics that will continue
to be standard on the TTs sold in the
United States, as will all-wheel drive. The
Quattro hardware is similar to that in

other Audi cars, but the software reacts


faster and can send up to 100 percent of
its torque to the rear wheels.
After our breathless mountain climb,
we arrive at the Ascari race resort, where
we sample the higher-spec S model. The
S squeezes nearly 80 more horsepower
from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder, for a
total of 306 hp, and has rmer dampers,
beeer brakes, and standard 18-inch
wheels. Yet even the base TT is now a
real performer and strikes us as the
better bargain.
If anything, the new TT has grown too
soberwe miss the whimsical styling and
warm interior of the late 90s original.
Perhaps the roadster, which debuts next
year, will restore some of the good cheer.
David Zenlea

The Specs
ON SALE: Fall 2015
PRICE: $42,000 (est.)
ENGINE: 2.0-liter turbo

DOHC 16-valve I-4/


227 hp @ 4500-6200 rpm,
273 lb-ft @ 1600-4300 rpm (TT);
306 hp @ 5800-6200 rpm,
280 lb-ft @ 1800-5700 rpm (TTS)
TRANSMISSION:

6-speed automatic
LAYOUT: 2-door, 4-passenger,
front-engine, AWD coupe
L x W x H: 164.4 x 72.1 x
53.3/52.9 in (TT/TTS)
WHEELBASE: 98.6 in
WEIGHT: 2712 lb

2015

Kia Soul EV
AN ELECTRIC THATS EVEN
MORE FUN THAN IT LOOKS.
PA L O A LT O , C A L I F O R N I A
orthern Californias Route 84 is a scenic two-lane
that twists through the hills of Silicon Valley, a road
on which the 2015 Kia Soul EV ought to be out of its
element. But on this coastal mountain road,
something surprising happens from behind the
wheel of this electric vehicle: We have fun.
Kia planned its rst electric model from the moment it began
developing its second-generation Soul. Clever packaging mounts
a thin, relatively unobtrusive lithium-polymer battery pack under
the seats for better weight distribution and a minimal reduction in
cargo space. You can charge it through three different ports,
ranging from 120 volts to a 480-volt quick charger that can bring
the battery from empty to 80 percent full in 33 minutes. Its
estimated 93-mile range is best among all electric vehicles not
named Tesla Model S.
The Soul EVs 109 hp might not seem like much, but the
electric motor provides 210 lb-ft of thrust, making it feel peppier
than the 2.0-liter gasoline-powered
Soul. Although the EV is 489 pounds
heavier, that weight is below the
The Specs
seat, so the EV remains stable and
ON SALE: Now
planted through corners. Credit
BASE PRICE: $34,500
additional torsional rigidity and
MOTOR: AC permanent-magnet
well-sorted suspension tuning for its synchronous electric/
satisfying ride-handling balance,
109 hp, 210 lb-ft
although the slightly numb steering
TRANSMISSION: Single-speed
automatic
is a bit of a letdown.
LAYOUT: 4-door, 5-passenger,
Kias EV retains all the positive
front-engine, FWD hatchback
elements of the conventional Soul
EPA MILEAGE: 120/92/105 mpg-e
hatchbackcheeky exterior styling,
(city/highway/combined)
WHEELBASE: 101.2 in
a relatively upscale interior, and
L X W X H: 163.0 x 70.9 x 63.0 in
good cargo spacewhile adding
WEIGHT: 3289 lb
even more entertaining dynamics
and a capable electric powertrain. Like Tesla with the Model S,
Kia has proven that an EV doesnt have to lack emotional appeal,
and it has done so at a much more approachable price. Sounds
like a winnner to us.
Joey Capparella

52

Automobile | December 2014

2015

Kia Sedona
MINIVAN STYLE OVER
SUBSTANCE.
The Specs
ON SALE: Now
PRICE: $26,795/$43,295

(base/as-tested)
ENGINE: 3.3-liter DOHC 24-valve

V-6/276 hp @ 6000 rpm,


248 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed auto
LAYOUT: 4-door, 7-8-passenger,
front-engine, FWD minivan
EPA MILEAGE: 17-18/22-25/19-21
mpg (city/highway/combined)
WHEELBASE: 120.5 in
L X W X H: 201.4 x 78.1 x 68.5 in
WEIGHT: 4720 lb

ia is upfront about the fact that its 2015 Sedona


minivan enters a dying segment. Crossovers are the
name of the game now, and yet the company still sees
opportunity for growth with this new, more stylish
model that Kia hopes will help broaden its appeal.
Sadly, the Sedonas ashy looks arent backed with much
substance, as this people-hauler fails to stand out among its small
set of established competitors. Our loaded SX Limited test
models interior was convincingly luxurious with its business
class second-row lounge seats, but it lacked family-friendly
minivan essentials such as plentiful storage cubbies, power
outlets for the rear seats, a conversation mirror, and a rear
entertainment system. And even though minivans arent meant
to be sporty, the Sedonas poor body control makes it feel clumsy
and unsettled, compromising the ride quality those all-important
rear-seat passengers feel.
With this being the last model to be worked over by chief
designer Peter Schreyer, it appears Kia has focused too much on
the Sedonas design transformation and not enough on basic
minivan tenets such as comfort and practicality. J.C.

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FIRST DRIVE MUSTANG GT

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MUSTANG GT
2015 FORD

ITS NOT JUST FOR THE 1960S ANYMORE.


BY M I C H A E L J O R DA N P H OTO G RA P H Y BY J U L I A L a PA L M E

December 2014 | Automobilemag.com

55

THERES NO REASON TO DRIVE ANY MUSTANG SLOWLY


SO WE BREAK OUT OF TOWN AND HEAD
FOR THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS NORTH OF L.A.

FIRST DRIVE MUSTANG GT

he Mustang has come to us in


the parking lot of Mels DriveIn, a xture on the Sunset
Strip. The parking lot is full of
new Mustangs, in fact, and
were sitting here looking at
the cars and the retro-style architecture of Mels. You can
practically feel the 1960s still
breathing. Thats when something snaps, and we turn right
onto Sunset Boulevard and get away from
Mels as quickly as we can.
The 2015 Ford Mustang doesnt belong
to the past, so we gure it is time to leave
the vicinity.
Theres no sense driving the Mustang into
the 1960s again and singing the same old
songs. The Mustang has been reimagined for
2015, and now the muscular ponycar has
broader horizons than the same old bad behavior of the past. To be sure, it will still
breathe re, but now it can also express itself
through style and technology. This is a car for
grownups who havent lost touch with being
kids, yet who are also ready for a wider, more
interesting world in which to drive.

Of course, we dont get too far away from


Mels before were stuck in the morning
commute. On either side of the street, advertising billboards promise dreams, money,
and glamour in images 10 stories high, and
the traffic is lled with cars trying to send
the same messages. And yet no one is looking at the Mustang as if it has unaccountably become lost on the way to cruise night
at Bobs Big Boy in Burbank, just over the
ridge in the San Fernando Valley. The Mustangs sleek new shape, with its tightly tted
greenhouse of glass, looks as if it belongs
here. Everyone knows this car is a Mustang,
since the 1965 Mustang fastback established
this look long ago. The difference is, this car
makes its statement in a condent, fully mature way. This is a Mustang, and this is the
way a Mustang looks. Take it or leave it.
Also unlike a Mustang of the past, the
2015 car swims through the stop-and-go
painlessly. First of all, Fortress Mustang has
vanished, and now you can see where youre
going, since the instrument panel and windowsills are fairly low. The designers even
ddled with the A-pillars and the sideview
mirrors, so you have a better view to the side

Desert animal We
drove to the Four Aces
Diner, a movie ranch in
the dusty Mojave
Desert, to exorcise the
demons of the
Mustangs past. This
place is a little bit of old
Route 66, as if it had
fallen out of a time warp.

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57

Loosened up Fortress Mustang has given way


to a new feeling of spaciousness. The shift lever
is closer to the driver and the footwells are wider,
but the seats bottom cushion feels narrower.

FIRST DRIVE MUSTANG GT

FINALLY WE GET TO
A PLACE BEYOND
THE CITY LIMITS, SO
WE LET THE ENGINE
OFF ITS LEASH...
THE V-8 SOUNDS
GREAT THROUGH
THE LITTLE AUDIO
SYMPOSER THAT
FUNNELS ENGINE
SOUNDS INTO
THE CABIN.

in close quarters. You also have technology


to lend a hand in fending off wayward cars,
because the Mustang now offers forward
collision warning and impact mitigation,
blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert,
rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
Of course, even in traffic youre aware
that this Mustang GT contains a beast
within, since theres no other way to describe a 435-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 matched with a
six-speed manual transmission. Fortunately
this powertrain has been to charm school.
The engines docile personality at low rpm,
the slick, short-throw shift linkage of the
Getrag-built gearbox, and the smooth clutch
take-up combine to help you drive as
smoothly as a trained professional. You can
even make the shift from rst to second gear
so seamlessly that your passengers head
will barely bobble. And if you come to a bad
place where the nose of the car points skyward at a stoplight, hill-start assist takes care
of your getaway.
Theres no reason to drive any Mustang
slowly for too long, so we soon break out of
town and head for the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains north of
L.A. The 2015 Mustang gives new meaning
to the phrase pounding down the freeway,
because mostly it doesnt. Just as advertised,
the new multilink independent rear suspen-

Power meets style


Familiar Mustang
architecture has been
preserved, yet theres a
far greater sense of style,
complete with genuine
aluminum. The slightly
smaller steering wheel
feels good in your hands.

sion makes you forget all about the ponylike


kick that the old solid-axle Mustang would
make at every mismatched seam in a concrete freeway.
Were not talking about suspending the
laws of physics here, of course. Even with its
long, 107.1-inch wheelbase, this car pitches a
bit across the ripples in the road, and there
are certain pavement surfaces that trigger a
little harshness in the tires or a noisy resonance in the suspension bushings. But really,
you hardly notice.
And dont try ipping the toggle switches
on the center console to change the ride
quality, because the suspension calibration is
xed. When you change chassis modes between Comfort, Snow, Sport+, and Track,
youre changing steering effort, throttle action, shift points, and stability control calibration. If you want a different combination
of ride and handling, then make your choice
from 17-, 18-, 19- or even 20-inch wheels and
tires, which is the proper way to do it.
Finally we get to a place beyond the city
limits, so we let the engine off its leash. It
goes without saying that 435 hp and 400
lb-ft from this DOHC 4951cc V-8 are
plenty for this 3705-pound Mustang 5.0,
with an EPA-certied 15/25/19 mpg city/
highway/combined that is just 1 highway
mpg fewer than the outgoing, less powerful engine. This engine also is eager to
charge toward its 7000 rpm redline, which
delivers a stronger impression of performance than an engine that runs at very
low rpm. The V-8 sounds great through
the little audio symposer that funnels engine notes into the cabin.
As we climb through the long horseshoe
curves toward Mount Wilson and then cross
the little crest and swing down through the
delicious stretch of esses that comes afterward, the Mustang is completely impressive.
The body with its high-strength steel feels
solid, the suspension action with its doubleball-joint front struts and multilink independent rear setup feels precise, and the predictable dynamics feel like a revelation.
The front end of the car steers into corners athletically, and theres a surprising
predictability in the way the electric-assist
steering communicates. The Ford V-8 and
the Getrag gearbox also mesh happily, although its frustrating to feel the way in
which the throttle pedal and brake pedal
have drifted apart because of concerns about
unintended acceleration, so now heel-andtoe downshifts are not easy to make. When it
comes to burning away the speed, the brakes
are effective, although theres so much bite
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59

ALUMINUM KNUCKLE

ANTI-ROLL BAR

TOE LINK

ALUMINUM
LOWER
H-ARM
UPPER CAMBER LINK
INTEGRAL LINK

5.0-liter V-8

2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4

Independent rear suspension

DOHC cylinder heads now with straighter


intake ports for high-rpm power; chargemotion control plates for low-rpm fuel
efficiency. Larger intake and exhaust valves
for more power. Variable valve timing on intake
and exhaust cams for broad powerband.
Port-type fuel injection. 11.0:1 compression
ratio for good throttle response. Forged-steel
crankshaft rebalanced for redline of 7000 rpm.
Oil cooler is standard. 435 hp @ 6500 rpm;
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4250 rpm.

Turbocharged DOHC 16-valve all-aluminum


inline-four. Low-friction cylinder head for
efficiency, deep oil sump with baffles for hard
cornering, and a balance shaft for smoothness.
Twin-scroll turbocharger delivers quicker
response, broader spread of boost. Direct fuel
injection. Oil-cooled aluminum pistons. 9.5:1
compression ratio for good throttle response.
Forged-steel connecting rods and crankshaft.
310 hp @ 5500 rpm; 320 lb-ft of
torque @ 3000 rpm.

New multilink independent rear suspension


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Reduced unsprung weight versus solid axle.
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Performance Pack option includes retuned
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braces; retuned ABS and stability control;
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Hitting the right balance
This pony can run thanks to
435 hp. Big brakes deliver
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FIRST DRIVE MUSTANG GT


from the brake pads even with light pressure
on the brake pedal that its best to be deliberate with your inputs.
What you notice most, of course, is the
new suppleness with which the Mustang
now negotiates the corners. The wheels
move up and down with a sure-footed style
that feels carefully damped, and the old
springy skittishness is long gone. A bit of
anti-dive and anti-squat in the suspension
geometry also adds a measure of control.
Its really quite something to feel this Mustang GTs optional 40-series, 19-inch Pirelli P Zero tires soak up the undulations of
the road, then sense the front tires take the
load as you steer into the corner and nally
feel the cars weight shift over the outside
rear tire as you power away again. Once we
arrive at Newcombs Ranch (established
1939) at an elevation of 5340 feet, its as if the
2015 Mustang has left behind all those
stereotypes from 50 years of bad behavior
down in the valley at the Bobs Big Boy in
Burbank. Apparently it just takes awhile for
some kids to grow up.

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2015 FORD
MUSTANG GT
PREMIUM
Theres more to the Mustang than just this
2015 Mustang GT, of course. Weve also driven
the Mustang with its 310-hp, turbocharged, 2.3liter EcoBoost four-cylinder matched with a sixspeed automatic, and the 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
that will be the choice of most drivers will soon
nd its way into our hands. And soon Ford will
add the high-performance models that are
meant to put the new Mustang on par with the
specialty versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and
Dodge Challenger.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is a Mustang through
and through. But more than that, it is a purebred American car thatll run down a road in
the way that youve always hoped since the
Mustang was introduced in 1964. So no more
excuses need be made for the Mustang. The
2015 car can now be a Mustang every day and in
every weatherrain or shine, 20 miles or 2000
miles, Paris, Texas, or plain old Paris, France.
Its not just a niche car for Ford but instead a
agship of smart engineering, cost-effective
technology, and unapologetic ambition. The
Ford Mustang has moved beyond being just
fun. Now it wants to be great. AM

BASE PRICE/AS TESTED:

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ON SALE: Now
ENGINE: 5.0-liter DOHC
32-valve V-8/
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TRANSMISSION:

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LAYOUT: 2-door,
4-passenger, front-engine,
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EPA MILEAGE:

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(city/highway/combined)
SUSPENSION, F/R:

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BRAKES: Vented discs
TIRES: 255/40R-19 (96W)
Pirelli P Zero
L X W X H:

188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in


WHEELBASE: 107.1 in
WEIGHT: 3705 lb

289
MILES IN A

BMW M4

BY P R E STO N L E R N E R P H OTO G R A P H Y BY PAT R I C K M . H O E Y

MEADOWDALE TO
ROAD AMERICA
A TALE OF TWO MIDWESTERN ROAD CIRCUITS,
AS SEEN FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT
OF THE NEW BMW M4.

December 2014 | Automobilemag.com

67

Muscular ride The M4 samples whats left


of the Meadowdale raceway near Chicago
before hustling up to quaint Elkhart Lake,
Wisconsin, below right, with a pit stop at the
cant-miss Mars Cheese Castle.

thread the BMW M4the latest


and, arguably, greatest of the
marques long line of ultimate driving machinesthrough weeds,
broken pavement, and aggravated
hikers. Thanks to Linda Daro, who
works tirelessly to preserve whats
left of Meadowdale International
Raceway, Im sampling derelict portions of
what used to be a spectacular road circuit
about 40 miles northwest of Chicago.
Given an opportunity, the M4 Im driving
would have easily reached its electronically limited 155 mph top speed on the
front straightand probably would have
outrun the fearsome Scarab sports racers
that won the inaugural event in 1958.
For all its modern technology, the BMW is
a philosophical throwback to an earlier generation of sports cars. Local racing legend
Augie Pabst, who drove Scarabs to several
victories at Meadowdale before it closed in
1968, started his career in a modest Triumph
TR3. I used to drive it to the track, take off
the muffler, put on a straight pipe, race it and
then drive it back home, he tells me. BMW

I
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execs tout the M4s similarly schizophrenic character, able to double as both a
sedate daily driver and a high-performance
thoroughbred. To test this claim, were driving the car from Chicago to the Midwestern
mecca of road racingRoad America in
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
The M3 cult dates back to 1986, with the
birth of a motorsports-inspired version of
the 3 Series coupe designated the M3. Historically, M3s came in both two-door and
four-door form. But this year, with the
debut of all-new fth-generation models,
the M3 nameplate is reserved for the sedan
while M4 denotes the coupe.
Nomenclature aside, the biggest change
is under the hood, where the high-revving
V-8 from the previous M3 has been replaced
by a twin-turbo inline-six that makes a bit
more power (now up to 425 horsepower)
and a lot more torque (a whopping 406 lbft). Meanwhile, the liberal use of carbon
ber and aluminum makes the new models
roughly 180 pounds lighter than their predecessors. More power, less weight. Sounds
like a perfect formula for frolicking on the

picturesque two-lane roads snaking between green pastures and red farmhouses
near Pabst Farms.
As expected, the M4 is rocket-ship fast.
Whats surprising is how comfortable and
civilized it is. With the drivetrain, suspension, and steering modes set to Comfort
(rather than Sport or Sport+), I can trick
myself into believing that Im driving a
standard-issue 3 Series, at least until I bury
the throttle and watch the speedo spike
into go-directly-to-jail territory. But even
approaching the 7300-rpm redline, the engine sounds muted, and I miss the inspiring shriek of the V-8 in the outgoing M3.
I hustle east toward Lake Michigan and
head north on I-94. Before the interstate
was built, this route was dotted with roadside cheese markets. Now, the only survivor is the Mars Cheese Castleyou cant
miss the crenelated towersin Kenosha,
Wisconsin. Weve got the best Reuben in
the world and the best ham-and-cheese
sandwich in the country, owner Mario
Ventura, whose father founded the roadside institution in 1947, tells me. I get the

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harrowing flights in a B-24 bomber


ts the summer of
and somehow made it back to the
1944 and a weathered U.S. sergeant is U.S. Besides the Purple Heart and
the Bronze Star, my father cherished
walking in Rome only
this watch because it was a reminder
days after the Allied
of the best part of the war for any
Liberation. There is a
soldierthe homecoming.
joyous mood in the streets and this
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He nicknamed the watch Ritorno for
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esting timepiece in a store just off
to The Complete Guide to Watches. But
the Via Veneto and he decides to
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He loved the way it felt in his hand,
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ment inside the case
little piece of personal
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history back to life in a
liked the hunters back
faithful reproduction of
that opened to a secret
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Rating of A+

Tr p
NOTES

Road
America

I SENSE THE ONBOARD COMPUTER CONSTANTLY


TWEAKING ENGINE, STEERING, AND DIFFERENTIAL
PERFORMANCE TO PREVENT ME FROM RUNNING
OUT OF ROAD WHEN I RUN OUT OF TALENT.

MARS
CHEESE
CASTLE
KENOSHA, WI

LAKE MICHIGAN

ELKHART
LAKES
ROAD
AMERICA
PLYMOUTH, WI

MEADOWDALE
INTERNATIONAL
RACEWAY
CARPENTERSVILLE, IL

EAT:
SIEBKENS STOP-INN,
284 S. Lake St., Elkhart
Lake, Wisconsin,
920-876-2600,
siebkens.com. Virtually
every inch of wall and
ceiling space in this
humble but popular bar
is festooned with
colorful racing decals
and banners.

SHOP:
Reuben and photographer Patrick M. Hoey
opts for the ham and cheese, and were
both happy campers.
The M4 effortlessly clicks off miles
through rolling terrain, formed eons ago by
melting glaciers, known as the Kettle Moraine, and we do a few brisk laps around
Elkhart Lake, where sports car racing began
in 1950 on undulating two-lane roads circling aroundand cutting throughthe village. The original circuits are signposted
with markers for historic spots such as
Wackers Wend, the Hard Left, and Schoolhouse Straight. There are no guardrails or
runoff areas, just a lot of hazardous-looking
trees and ditches. A thought comes to mind:
Thank God for electronic stability control.
Im especially thankful because its raining by the time I reach Road America. In the
dry, this is the most intimidating road circuit
in the nation. In the wet, its genuinely diabolical, and I feel the rear end squirming

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Road stop After


frolicking around
Road America, the
legendary racetrack
where the M4 was
able to reach nearly
150 mph three
times each lap,
Siebkens Stop-Inn
in nearby Elkhart
Lakethe home
of pioneering road
races in the 1950s
provided a warm,
dry place to chill
with a cold beer.

with each full-power upshift of the dualclutch transmission. Still, a racetrack


even a damp oneis the only place to unlock the potential of the M4, and the car is
a hoot dancing through the Carousel and
thundering toward Canada Corner.
The BMW is the polar opposite of Augie
Pabsts TR3, whose most essential quality
was simplicity. As the M4 claws for traction
on the slick track, I sense the onboard computer constantly tweaking engine, steering,
and differential performance to prevent me
from running out of road when I run out of
talent. Of course, this electronic wizardry is
also what allows a car so capable on the
track to be so civilized on the road I take
later to Siebkens Stop-Inn, a rustic tavern
thats been serving thirsty racers ever since
they started ocking to Elkhart Lake.
All of which makes the M4 a complicated
car thats exceptionally easyand invigoratingto drive in the slow lane or on the limit. AM

MARS CHEESE
CASTLE,
2800 W. Frontage Rd.,
Kenosha, Wisconsin,
800-655-6147,
marscheese.com.
A frontage-road
institution since 1947,
this kitschy-looking
castle offers a
hard-to-beat selection
of cheeses and
sausages.

STAY:
THE AMERICAN CLUB,
419 Highland Drive,
Kohler, Wisconsin,
855-444-2838,
americanclubresort.com.
This historic and
ultra-deluxe resort near
Road America is a
destination for high-end
golfers, spa enthusiasts
and well-heeled racers.

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HOT EURO WAGONS

We head to England to wring out three high-performance


family-haulers from Audi, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz,
because we dont get them here, damn it.

December 2014 | Automobilemag.com

75

2014
AUDI RS6 AVANT
BASE PRICE:

$100,000 (est.)
ENGINE: 4.0-liter,
twin-turbo DOHC
32-valve V-8/560 hp @
5700 rpm, 516 lb-ft @
1750-5550 rpm
TRANSMISSION:

8-speed automatic
LAYOUT: 4-door,
5-passenger, frontengine, AWD wagon
EST. FUEL MILEAGE:

16/26 mpg
(city/highway)
SUSPENSION:

Multilink, air springs


BRAKES:

Vented discs
TIRES:

285/30R-21 (100Y)
Dunlop SP
Sport Maxx GT
L X W X H:

196 x 76.2 x 57.5 in


WHEELBASE: 114.8 in
WEIGHT: 4266 lb
0-62 MPH: 3.9 sec
TOP SPEED: 155 mph

(174 or 189 mph


optional)

THE RS6 DEVOURS THE ENGLISH


MIDLANDS NARROW COUNTRY ROADS
LIKE AN OFFSHORE POWERBOAT
MOTORING ALONG YOUR LOCAL
CREEK AT FULL TILT.

HOT EURO WAGONS

T
A rened mega-wagon
The Audi has the poshest
interior. A large, clear
navigation screen;
fantastic seats; vast
leg- and headroom; and
excellent visibility add to
the everyday brilliance of
the RS6 Avant.

Audi RS2 Avant


Featured a turbocharged,
2.2-liter ve-cylinder good for
315 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque.
Engines were run at full load
for 90 minutes at the factory to
guarantee output.
Did 0-30 mph in 1.5 seconds,
0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. The
911 3.6 Turbo was the only faster
Porsche at the time.
Had a top speed of 163 mph,
when most cars were limited to
155 mph.
The 17-inch wheels, side mirrors,
front indicators, and foglights
were all borrowed from the 911.
12.0-inch front brake rotors
were from the Porsche 968
Club Sport; optional 12.7-inch
rotors were from the 911 Turbo.
Built at Porsches Rssle Bau
plant, home of the 959 and the
Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500.
2891 cars were produced from
March 1994 to July 1995. The
RS2 Avant cost some 40 percent
more than a BMW M3.

he concept of the hot Euro


wagon got its start in 1994,
when Porsche helped transform the pedestrian Audi 80
station wagon into a hot rod
grocery-getter called the RS2
Avant. With all-wheel drive
helping put the turbocharged
ve-cylinder engines power
to the pavement, the Audi RS2
Avant offered staggering acceleration. It beat the McLaren F1 from 0 to
30 mph, and topped out at 163 mph.
Audi never offered the RS2 for sale in
America, and save for such notable (and
rare) exceptions as the recently departed
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, such utilitarian performance cars are forbidden fruit for U.S.
enthusiasts. Our market tends to shun wagons, so manufacturers dont offer us many at
all, let alone the pricey, hot examples. Weve
had some warm versions over the years, but
only Mercedes-Benz has gone to the trouble
of importing true European high-performance wagons, starting with the 2005 E55
AMG, then progressing through the 2007
E63 AMG with a 6.2-liter V-8, and the 2012
E63 AMG with a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8.
In Europe, on the other hand, theres a
whole world of crazy-fast wagons. The catalyst for our gathering is the new Jaguar
XFR-S Sportbrake, the rst wagon of its
kind for the British marque. Its 550-hp,
supercharged V-8 clearly shows the Brits are
ready to play in the deep end of the performance pool. These are German waters, and
in this comparison, the Jag faces the 549-hp
Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake
and the latest Audi RS6 Avant. The CLS63
Shooting Brake undoubtedly has the most
aggressive styling of the lot, while the RS6
Avant shares its 560-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo
V-8 with Bentley. These wagons would make
for some expeditious carpooling.
We spent a week in England playing with
all three, on a variety of challenging roads
and in changing weather conditions, to see
which illicit wagon tops the dream list.

Audi RS6 Avant


The Audi RS6 Avant is the most traditional
car of the group. Remove the badges, pick a
more subtle color and the standard 20inch wheels, and it could be mistaken for
an A6 wagon, making it quite possibly the
ultimate sleeper. The RS6 offers loads of
cargo space, a power luggage cover, and capacious passenger room. As in most of
Audis products, the interior is a lovely
place to spend time.
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Fire up the RS6, though, and the quiet


gentleman image quickly fades. The
boosted V-8 ignites in a fury of aggression,
amplied by the optional sport exhaust.
Acceleration is brutalthe Audi is clearly
the quickest of the bunch. The standard
155-mph speed limiter can be raised to either 174 mph or 189 mph, if you tick the
right box on the order form.
The RS6 devours the English Midlands
narrow country roads like an offshore
powerboat motoring along your local creek
at full tilt. Quattro all-wheel drive puts the
power down efficiently in all conditions.
The eight-speed automatic is awlessly
tuned to the brutal engine, handling ratio
swaps perfectly.
Unfortunately, the RS6 feels heavy and
synthetic when pushed. The standard
power steering is relatively accurate and
linear but offers little feedback. (Audis
equally mediocre dynamic steering is optional.) The rear torque-vectoring sport
differential helps counter understeer, but
you feel as if the Audi is using its full bag of
technological tricks to deliver impressive
pace rather than to reward the driver.
Our test car featured the standard adaptive air suspension (coil springs with interconnected Dynamic Ride Control, or DRC,
dampers are optional). In its sportiest setting, the air suspension improves handling
on billiard table-smooth roads at the expense of ride quality, though overall, its
renement makes the RS6 very engaging
in day-to-day use. Except when the optional 21-inch wheels crash over sharp
bumps, the RS6 plays the quotidian A6
brilliantly. Isnt that the sort of personality
that makes a mega-wagon so appealing?

Jaguar XFR-S
Sportbrake
The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake has just
one dynamic specication available, with
coil springs and adaptive dampers all
around, rear-wheel drive with an electronic limited-slip differential, and a standard 186-mph speed limiter. Its a nice
counterpoint to the overcomplicated Audi.
The XFR-S Sportbrakes design dances
between the RS6s traditional, upright
stance and the CLS Shooting Brakes aggressive prole. The Jaguars details are the most
boy-racer of the three, from the hood vents
and standard two-tone 20-inch wheels to
the shiny black trim. It lacks the understated
appeal of the German offerings.
The Jaguars interior betrays it as the oldest car here. Its touchscreen setup wasnt

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very good when the XF sedan launched in


2008, and it has fallen further behind as the
competition advances. Too many functions
are buried in the small, low-resolution
touchscreen, and the redundant hard buttons arent logically placed. Elsewhere, the
Jaguars interior has some impressive styling
details within a clean, linear design, but
overall it feels dated.
We had high expectations for the XFR-S
wagon on the road. The standard XF sedans dynamics are among the best in class,
and a diesel XF wagon we drove in England
just before the hot rod versions arrived was
also impressive. All of which, unfortunately,
made the XFR-S a bit of a letdown. Its extremely quick and can cover ground at a tre-

mendous pace, but its far too stiff, bouncing


and skipping over undulating English roads.
The steering also has a frustrating dead
spot just off-center and the rack is a bit too
quick as you dial in lock. Dynamic Mode
improves the experience, though it amplies the aggressive suspension and the
touchy throttle response. The supercharged
5.0-liter V-8 pairs nicely with the eightspeed automatic, although the XFR-S
doesnt deliver power quite as incredibly as
the German cars do. You certainly can have
fun in this Jaguar, stepping the tail out and
acting like a hooligan. Unfortunately, you
never quite come to grips with the steering
and youre always clenching your teeth for
that next bump in the road.

UNFORTUNATELY,
YOU NEVER QUITE
COME TO GRIPS WITH
THE XFR-S STEERING
AND YOURE ALWAYS
CLENCHING YOUR
TEETH FOR THAT NEXT
BUMP IN THE ROAD.
A material matter
Interestingly, the Jaguar
XFR-S Sportbrake looks
better in photos than in
person. Thats rare. The
shiny black exterior
detailing and two-tone,
19-inch wheels look
inexpensive in the esh.
Calling last decade
The tacked-on speaker
on the upper dash,
the carbon ber-like
leather detailing, and
the frustrating controls
add to the dated feel
inside the Jaguar, but
the XFR-S does offer a
greater sense of space
than the Mercedes.

2014
JAGUAR XFR-S
SPORTBRAKE
BASE PRICE:

$110,000 (est.)
ENGINE: 5.0-liter,
supercharged DOHC
32-valve V-8/550 hp @
6500 rpm, 502 lb-ft @
2500-5500 rpm
TRANSMISSION:

8-speed automatic
LAYOUT: 4-door,
5-passenger, front-engine,
RWD wagon
EST. FUEL MILEAGE:

15/23 mpg
(city/highway)
SUSPENSION, F/R:

Control arms,
coil springs/multilink,
coil springs
BRAKES: Vented discs
TIRES, F/R:

265/35R-20 (99Y)/
295/30R-20 (101Y)
Pirelli P Zero
L X W X H:

195.3 x 76.3 x 57.8 in


WHEELBASE: 114.5 in
WEIGHT: 4380 lb
0-62 MPH: 4.8 sec
TOP SPEED: 186 mph

HOT EURO WAGONS

A good car is hidden away inside the


XFR-S. Jaguar didnt make incremental
performance improvements to the XF
wagon; it jumped to the top rung without
offering a slightly tamer Sportbrake. Were
not sure that was a good idea. Engineers
should have dialed back the chassis settings, remembering what makes the lowerspec XF models so good. Maybe Jaguar
tuned the XFR-S for the utopian tarmac of
Deutschland, looking to take on the Germans on their home turf. Or maybe this
wagon was designed to appease certain
journalists who only rate a car on how easily it goes sideways. Whatever the case, the
Jaguar lacks the polish and breadth of capability of the Mercedes and the Audi.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63
AMG Shooting Brake
AMG is all about its hand-built engines,
and that focus works for the CLS, which
has the best V-8 here and hides its turbocharger better than the Audi. Not that the
Audi has any issue with lag, but the Mercedes feels more natural in its power delivery and linear throttle response. The CLS
also wins the aural contest, especially when
you hear the engine from outside the car.
That fantastic 5.5-liter AMG V-8 lives in a
rear-wheel-drive chassis that is extremely
supple yet still rewards the driver at a higher
level than the Jaguar. You can really lean on

Coupe wagon
All materials are of
excellent quality in the
CLS63 AMG Shooting
Brake, but the sloping
windowline makes for
a bunkerlike interior.

the Mercedes, feeling the approaching understeer and using the throttle to balance
the car. The optional limited-slip differential
progressively claws for traction, doing exactly what is expected. The Mercedes suspensioncoil springs in front and air springs
in back, with adjustable damperskeeps the
chassis in check over road imperfections. On
such challenging roads, the Audi reluctantly
puts up with the rapid pace, and the Jaguar
nervously jumps and pitches around like a
hyperactive schoolboy.
All is not perfect with the CLS, though.
Mercedes-Benzs seven-speed automatic
isnt as crisp or responsive as Audis ZF unit.

Also, the gorgeous proportions of the CLS


Shooting Brake compromise interior space.
The back seat, while roomy, makes you feel
as if youre sitting in a coffinthe black headliner and sloping side windows combined
with the optional privacy glass create a tight,
closed-in feeling. The cargo area is large on
paper, but the opening size and the luggage
cover design arent as convenient as the
RS6s. Its important to remember that the
CLS Shooting Brake is a four-door coupe
wagon and not a traditional station wagon.
Still, if cargo capacity is not one of your top
priorities, the lovely design will far outweigh
any of these complaints.

Just one more thing to love about today.


Or, considering it has 205 horsepower,* 18-inch alloy wheels, a 6-speed manual transmission and
a 7-inch tablet-style touch-screen, maybe its actually several more things to love about today.

The 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe. Start something special.


*205 hp @ 7000 rpm (SAE net). civic.honda.com 2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

2014
MERCEDES-BENZ
CLS63 AMG
SHOOTING BRAKE
BASE PRICE:

$110,000 (est.)
ENGINE: 5.5-liter,
twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve
V-8/550 hp @ 5250 rpm,
531 lb-ft @ 1700-5000 rpm
TRANSMISSION:

7-speed automatic
LAYOUT: 4-door,

5-passenger, front-engine,
RWD wagon
EST. FUEL MILEAGE :

16/23 mpg (city/highway)


SUSPENSION, F/R:

Strut-type, coil springs/


multilink, air springs
BRAKES:

Vented discs
TIRES, F/R:

255/35R-19 (96Y)/
285/30R-19 (98Y)
Pirelli P Zero
L X W X H:

195.1 x 74.1 x 55.7 in


WHEELBASE: 113.1 in
WEIGHT: 4310 lb
0-62 MPH: 4.3 sec
TOP SPEED: 155 mph

(186 with perf. package)

THE BRILLIANCE OF THE MERCEDES-BENZ


CLS63 AMG SHOOTING BRAKE IS THAT IT
OFFERS NEARLY ALL OF THE COMFORT OF
THE AUDI WHILE BEING FAR MORE
SPECIAL TO DRIVE QUICKLY.

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The Dream List

A study in proles
The optional 21-inch
wheels on the RS6
Avant look huge and
hamper ride quality on
broken pavement. The
extreme prole of the
CLS63 is even more
apparent when parked
next to the competition.

All three wagons are tremendously entertaining, and the fact that they even exist in an
increasingly homogenous automotive world
is something to celebrate. Still, a pecking
order quickly emerged, and the third-place
nisher was clear after day one. The Jaguar
is just too much of an adolescent. Its chassis
and interior shortcomings place it at the
bottom of an impressive group.
Despite its dynamic faults, all it takes is a
bit of rainthis is England, after alland
youre drawn to the Audi as the one to live
with day to day. But when the skies clear, its
not as rewarding to drive hard as the Mercedes is. Because of that, its the runner-up.
The brilliance of the Mercedes-Benz
CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is that it offers
nearly all of the comfort of the Audi while
being far more special to drive quickly.
Combine that with the best engine of the
bunch, and it trumps the all-weather,
everyday appeal of the Audi.
Sadly, none of these cars likely will ever
be offered in the United States, though
Mercedes-Benz USA sells a very similar car
here. The E63 AMG wagon is available for
$103,295, plus options, with even more
power577 hpand standard 4Matic allwheel drive. Yes, it lacks the stunning prole of the CLS63 Shooting Brake, the singularly British style of the musclecar Jaguar
XFR-S Sportbrake, and the aggressiveness
of the Audi RS6 Avant, but, crucially, it is
available to us Yanks. Now, if only Audi and
Jaguar would see t to give Mercedes-Benz
USA some competition. AM

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R- 18 265
R- 18XL 258
R- 18 141

Pilot Alpin
PA2 ZP (Runat)

225/50 R- 17 $186
245/50 R- 18 238

Latitude X-Ice Xi2


P235/75
265/70
215/70
225/70
235/65
235/70
245/70
265/70
225/65
235/60
235/65
245/65

R- 15X $117
R- 15 126
R- 16 123
R- 16 123
R- 16 149
R- 16 135
R- 16 134
R- 16 147
R- 17 127
R- 17 146
R- 17XL 127
R- 17 139

Winter Maxx
175/70
175/65
175/70
185/60
185/65
185/70
175/65
185/55
185/60
185/65
195/55
195/60
195/65
205/65
205/70

R- 13 $59
R- 14 69
R- 14 62
R- 14 73
R- 14 74
R- 14 66
R- 15 72
R- 15 82
R- 15 76
R- 15 77
R- 15 86
R- 15 82
R- 15 76
R- 15 80
R- 15 76

SP Winter Sport 4D
195/65
195/55
205/55
215/60
225/45
225/50

R- 15 $91
R- 16 109
R- 16 112
R- 16XL 120
R- 17XL 162
R- 17 166

SP Winter Sport 3D
215/65
225/55
225/60
215/50
215/55
225/45
225/55
235/45
235/55
235/65
245/40
245/45
255/45
235/40
235/45

R- 16 $109
R- 16 130
R- 16 128
R- 17XL 148
R- 17XL 144
R- 17 154
R- 17 143
R- 17 158
R- 17XL 165
R- 17XL 141
R- 17XL 169
R- 17XL 169
R- 17 174
R- 18XL 216
R- 18 203

205/55
205/60
205/65
215/55
215/60
215/65
225/55
225/60
225/65
235/60
205/50
215/45
215/50
215/55
215/60
215/65
225/45
225/50
225/55
225/60

Pilot Alpin PA4


225/40
245/40
245/45
245/50
255/35
245/35
245/40
255/35
255/40
285/35
285/30

R- 13 $48
R- 14 61
R- 14 62
R- 14 64
R- 14 52
R- 14 71
R- 14 55
R- 14 55
R- 14 85
R- 14 56
R- 14 60
R- 15 65

R- 18X $220
R- 18XL 221
R- 18XL 227
R- 18XL 259
R- 18XL 285
R- 19XL 321
R- 19XL 289
R- 19XL 325
R- 19XL 311
R- 19XL 375
R- 20XL 425

R- 15 $72
R- 15 76
R- 15 75
R- 15 83
R- 15 79
R- 15XL 85
R- 15 89
R- 16 93
R- 16E $125
R- 16E 125
R- 16E 136
R- 16E 134
R- 16E 138

1-888-374-8473

Pilot Alpin PA4


N-Spec for Porsche
235/40
255/45
265/40
285/40
245/35
255/40
285/35
295/30

R- 19 $277
R- 19 279
R- 19 335
R- 19 360
R- 20 356
R- 20XL 410
R- 20XL 475
R- 20 404

R- 17 $135
R- 17 169
R- 17 149
R- 17 157
R- 17 163
R- 18 152
R- 18XL 169
R- 18 165
R- 18 169
R- 18XL 187
R- 18XL 179
R- 18 175

265/60
265/65
235/55
255/50
255/50
255/55
P255/60
245/50
275/40
275/45
275/55

215/70
185/55
195/55
205/55
205/60
205/65
215/55
215/60
215/65
225/55
225/60
205/50
215/45
215/50
215/55

R- 15 $78
R- 16 92
R- 16XL 95
R- 16XL 94
R- 16XL 89
R- 16 88
R- 16XL 99
R- 16XL 92
R- 16 96
R- 16XL 111
R- 16XL 95
R- 17XL 118
R- 17XL 130
R- 17XL 129
R- 17 119

215/60
225/45
225/50
225/55
235/45
245/45
215/45
225/40
225/45
225/55
235/50
245/40
245/45
255/45
245/45

R- 17 $107
R- 17XL 133
R- 17XL 138
R- 17XL 125
R- 17XL 140
R- 17XL 143
R- 18XL 141
R- 18XL 149
R- 18XL 147
R- 18 147
R- 18XL 155
R- 18XL 166
R- 18XL 160
R- 18XL 160
R- 19 170

225/55
235/45
235/55
235/65
225/40
225/45

R- 17X $159
R- 17XL 166
R- 17 164
R- 17XL 145
R- 18XL 186
R- 18XL 180

235/45
235/50
245/40
235/55
255/50

R- 18X $197
R- 18 215
R- 18XL 221
R- 19 207
R- 19 266

255/40 R- 18 $230
255/55 R- 18 215
265/35 R- 18XL 258
265/45 R- 18 239
285/35 ZR- 18XL 223
285/35 R- 18XL 286
235/35 R- 19XL 243
235/45 R- 19XL 200
235/50 R- 19 199
235/50 R- 19XL 215
245/45 R- 19XL 227
255/35 R- 19XL 285
255/50 R- 19XL 218
265/50 R- 19XL 223
295/30 ZR- 19XL 296

185/65
195/60
195/65
205/60
205/65
205/70
P205/75
215/60
215/65
215/70
P205/50
205/55

R- 15 $68
R- 15 67
R- 15 70
R- 15 70
R- 15 72
R- 15 58
R- 15 57
R- 15 75
R- 15 74
R- 15 61
R- 16 95
R- 16 88

P215/70
P225/70
P225/75
P235/65
P235/70
P245/70
P245/75
P255/70

R- 16 $81
R- 16 87
R- 16XL 87
R- 16 102
R- 16XL 96
R- 16 98
R- 16 99
R- 16 98

LT285/75
LT225/75
LT235/80
LT245/70
LT245/75

R- 16E $150
R- 17E 135
R- 17E 145
R- 17E 146
R- 17E 146

Winter Sottozero 3
215/55 R- 16X $132
215/55 R- 16 129
215/65 R- 16XL 124
205/45 R- 17 152
155
205/50 R- 17XL
167
215/50 HR- 17XL
159
215/50 VR- 17XL
225/45 R- 17XL 163
225/50 R- 17XL 177
225/55 R- 17 182
225/55 R- 17 168

Winter Sottozero Serie II


205/55
205/55
225/50
205/55
215/45
215/45
215/50
225/45
235/45
235/50
245/45
245/55
215/45
235/40
235/45
245/50
265/40
265/45
275/45
235/35
235/40
235/45

R- 16XL$121
R- 16 149
R- 16XL 174
R- 17XL 168
R- 17XL 170
R- 17 183
R- 17XL 150
R- 17XL 180
R- 17 199
R- 17XL 206
R- 17 192
R- 17 211
R- 18XL 187
R- 18 218
R- 18 205
R- 18 229
R- 18 255
R- 18 288
R- 18 320
R- 19 272
R- 19XL 269
R- 19 240

Winter Carving Edge

245/70
255/60
255/70
265/65
265/70
235/55
235/60
235/65
245/60
255/55
255/55
255/65

Winterforce LT (studdable $15/tire)


LT215/85
LT225/75
LT235/85
LT245/75
LT265/75

R- 17X $188
R- 17 145
R- 17XL 185
R- 18XL 178
R- 18XL 184
R- 18XL 182
R- 18XL 185
R- 18XL 192
R- 18 192
R- 18 142
R- 18XL 182
R- 18XL 201
R- 18XL 204
R- 18XL 204
R- 18XL 209
R- 18XL 189
R- 18XL 239
R- 19XL 239
R- 19XL 259

195/55 R- 16 $153
225/45 R- 17 194

Winterforce UV (studdable $15/tire)

P215/75
225/70
P225/75
P235/70
P235/75
P235/75
P265/75
215/65

235/45
235/55
245/45
215/45
215/55
225/40
225/45
225/50
225/55
225/60
235/40
235/45
235/50
245/40
245/45
245/50
255/45
245/40
245/45

Primacy Alpin
PA3 ZP (Runat)

Winterforce (studdable $15/tire)


175/70
175/65
185/60
185/65
185/70
P185/75
195/70
P195/75
205/70
P205/75
215/70
185/60

R- 16X $122
R- 16XL 103
R- 16XL 106
R- 16XL 126
R- 16XL 109
R- 16XL 108
R- 16XL 129
R- 16XL 112
R- 16 110
R- 16 118
R- 17 152
R- 17XL 167
R- 17XL 145
R- 17XL 132
R- 17 119
R- 17 116
R- 17XL 172
R- 17XL 167
R- 17XL 143
R- 17 122

R- 18 $184
R- 18 181
R- 19 188
R- 19XL 259
R- 19XL 340
R- 19XL 243
R- 19 200
R- 20 188
R- 20XL 238
R- 20XL 235
R- 20 204

175/70
185/60
185/65
185/60
195/55
195/65
205/55
205/60
215/60
215/65
225/55
235/60
225/45
225/50
225/50
225/65

Scorpion Ice & Snow


235/60
275/55
235/60
235/65
245/60
255/55
255/55

255/35 R- 20X $332


255/35 R- 20XL 309
255/45 R- 20 279
265/35 R- 20XL 296
265/40 R- 20XL 245
275/30 R- 20XL 312
275/45 R- 20XL 239
275/35 R- 21XL 368
DSST (RunOnFlat)
195/55 R- 16 $142
225/45 R- 17 176
225/55 R- 17XL 185
245/45 R- 18XL 266
245/45 R- 19XL 263

205/60
215/55
215/60
P225/50
225/60
215/55
P215/65
225/50
225/55
225/60
235/55
225/60

R- 16
R- 16
R- 16
R- 16
R- 16
R- 17
R- 17
R- 17
R- 17
R- 17
R- 17
R- 18

$74
95
78
97
86
95
91
122
98
95
102
104

P265/70
P265/75
P235/65
245/65
P245/70
P265/70

R- 16
R- 16
R- 17
R- 17
R- 17
R- 17

$103
96
117
122
101
111

LT255/75
LT265/70
LT275/65
LT275/70
LT275/65

R- 17C $152
R- 17E 155
R- 18E 185
R- 18E 174
R- 20E 202

Pricing Effective November 1-30, 2014


Prices Subject to Change

R- 14 $70
R- 14 85
R- 14XL 74
R- 15 80
R- 15SL 76
R- 15XL 69
R- 16XL 114
90
R- 16XL
R- 16 109
R- 16XL 119
R- 16 124
R- 16XL 114
R- 17XL 147
R- 17XL 132
R- 17 155
R- 17 123
R- 17 $158
R- 17XL 204
R- 18 178
R- 18XL 174
R- 18 175
187
R- 18XL
R- 18XL 200

Scorpion Winter
215/70
225/70
245/70
215/60
225/65
235/55
235/65
245/65
235/50
235/55
235/60
235/60
255/55

R- 16XXL$115
R- 16 109
119
R- 16XL
R- 17XL 138
R- 17 149
149
R- 17XL
148
R- 17XL
135
R- 17XL
185
R- 18XL
175
R- 18XL
R- 18XL 185
R- 18XL 202
R- 18 179

ExtremeWinterContact
185/55
185/65
195/60
195/65
205/60
205/65
205/55
205/60
215/55
215/60
215/65

R- 15XL $70
R- 15 72
73
R- 15XL
R- 15XL 74
R- 15 75
R- 15XL 80
R- 16XL 97
R- 16XL 86
R- 16XL 102
R- 16XL 94
R- 16 93

iceGUARD iG52c
175/65
175/70
185/60
185/65
195/60
175/65
185/60
185/65
195/60
195/65
205/60
205/65
215/65

R- 14 $67
R- 14 70
R- 14 62
R- 14 69
R- 14 70
R- 15 76
R- 15 73
R- 15 72
R- 15 74
R- 15 78
R- 15 77
R- 15 81
R- 15 84

iceGUARD iG51v
205/70
215/70
265/70
215/65
215/70
215/60
225/60
225/65
235/60
235/65
245/65

R- 15 $77
R- 15 83
R- 15 108
R- 16 96
R- 16 108
R- 17 107
R- 17 110
R- 17 111
R- 17XL 114
R- 17 115
R- 17 122

iceGUARD iG20

185/55 R- 15 $68
195/55 R- 15 92
185/55 R- 16 105

Geolandar I/T G072


255/70 R- 18 $122
P265/65 R- 18 151
275/65 R- 18 149

235/45 VR- 17XXL$166


235/45 HR- 17 175
195
245/45 R- 17XL
164
205/40 R- 18XL
180
225/45 R- 18XL
233
235/50 R- 18XL
218
245/40 R- 18XL
229
245/45 R- 18XL
275/45 R- 18XL 324
235/35 R- 19XL 298
245/45 R- 19 259

245/45 R- 19 $275
275/40 R- 19XL 375
245/40 R- 20 334
285/35 R- 20XL 366
305/30 R- 20XL 446
245/35 R- 21XL 398
285/30 R- 21 405
RFT (Runat)
225/45 R- 17XL$193
225/45 R- 17 206

235/50 R- 19XL$260
245/35 R- 19 316
247
245/45 R- 19XL
280
255/35 R- 19XL
XL 329
255/35 ZR- 19XL
255/40 R- 19 262
255/45 R- 19XL 259
265/35 R- 19XL 388
275/40 R- 19XL 359
285/30 R- 19 356
285/35 R- 19XL 313
285/40 R- 19 336
295/30 R- 19XL 340
295/35 R- 19XL 345
235/35 R- 20XL 410
235/45 R- 20 276
245/35 R- 20XL 340
245/35 ZR- 20XL 400
245/40 R- 20XL 359
255/40 R- 20XL 364
265/45 R- 20XL 431
275/35 ZR- 20 464

285/35 R- 20XXL$400
285/35 R- 20 448
295/30 R- 20XL 373
295/30 ZR- 20 424
RFT (Runat)
205/55 R- 16 $119
205/55 R- 17 186
225/50 R- 17XL 191
215/40 R- 18 240
223
225/45 R- 18SL
225/45 R- 18XL 238
249
245/40 R- 18SL
245/45 R- 18XL 271
319
255/35 R- 18XL
275/40 R- 18XL 348
225/40 R- 19XL 280
245/40 R- 19XL 382
245/45 R- 19 308
255/35 R- 19XL 345
275/40 R- 19 350

235/45
235/55
235/55
235/60
235/65
245/45
225/55
235/55
235/60
245/40
245/50
255/55
235/55
255/40
255/50
265/50

R- 17X $149
R- 17XL 149
R- 17 145
142
R- 17XL
127
R- 17XL
159
R- 17XL
159
R- 18XL
XL 163
R- 18XL
R- 18XL 169
R- 18 180
R- 18XL 184
R- 18XL 180
R- 19XL 200
R- 19XL 223
R- 19 254
R- 19XL 214

275/45 R- 19XXL$229
265/50 R- 20 239
241
275/40 R- 20XL
268
275/45 R- 20XL
309
275/45 R- 21XL
295/40 R- 21XL 329
RFT (Runat) X
225/50 R- 17XL$179
245/50 R- 18 225
248
245/45 R- 19XL
278
275/40 R- 19XL
263
245/40 R- 20XL
298
275/35 R- 20XL
XL
275/40 R- 20XL 306
315/35 R- 20 342

265/60
255/50
265/50
265/55
275/40
275/45
275/50

R- 18XL$205
R- 19 243
R- 19XL 275
R- 19XL 284
R- 20 254
R- 20XL 309
R- 20 359

295/40 R- 20XXL$316
295/45 R- 20 325
RFT (Runat) X
275/40 R- 20XL$336
315/35 R- 20 417
399
285/35 R- 21XL
325/30 R- 21XL 421

255/55
225/55
235/55
235/55
235/65
255/50
255/50
245/45
255/45
255/50
255/55
265/45
275/40

R- 18 $199
R- 19 162
R- 19XL 223
R- 19 209
R- 19 211
R- 19XL 247
R- 19XL 247
R- 20XL 248
R- 20XL 282
R- 20XL 306
R- 20XL 279
R- 20XL 301
R- 20 259

275/45 R- 20X $265


255/40 R- 21XL 331
265/40 R- 21 341
319
275/45 R- 21XL
359
295/35 R- 21XL
331
295/35 R- 21XL
353
295/40 R- 21XL
275/40 R- 22XL 289
RFT (Runat)
255/55 R- 18XL$238
255/50 R- 19 278
285/45 R- 19XL 319

215/70
225/55
225/60
225/65
235/65
205/50
215/45
215/50
215/55
215/60
215/65

R- 16XL $94
R- 16 104
R- 16 96
R- 16 95
R- 16XL 103
R- 17 115
R- 17 128
R- 17XL 130
R- 17 116
R- 17 106
R- 17 104

215/65
225/45
225/55
225/60
225/65
235/45
235/65
245/65
265/70

R- 17XL$100
R- 17XL 123
R- 17 120
R- 17 110
R- 17 112
R- 17XL 129
R- 17 118
R- 17 133
R- 17 134

205/50
205/55
205/60
205/65
215/55
215/60
225/55
225/60
225/65
235/65
205/50
215/45
215/50

R- 16 $105
R- 16 101
R- 16 87
R- 16 88
R- 16 105
R- 16 91
R- 16 112
R- 16 94
R- 16 94
R- 16XL 98
R- 17 114
R- 17XL 121
R- 17 129

215/55
215/65
225/45
225/50
225/55
235/45
235/55
245/40
245/45
225/40
225/45
245/40
245/45

R- 17 $109
R- 17 97
R- 17 131
R- 17 134
R- 17 112
R- 17 142
R- 17 121
R- 17 145
R- 17XL 145
R- 18 148
R- 18 135
R- 18XL 160
R- 18 157

245/70
255/60
265/65
265/70
225/55
225/60
235/55
235/60
235/65
245/60
255/55

R- 17 $117
R- 17 141
R- 17 139
R- 17 136
R- 18 154
R- 18 152
R- 18XL 136
R- 18 140
R- 18 143
R- 18XL 144
R- 18 150

265/60
285/60
235/55
255/50
255/55
245/50
255/50
265/50
275/40
275/45
285/50

R- 18 $156
R- 18 169
R- 19XL 139
R- 19 161
R- 19XL 164
R- 20XL 167
R- 20XL 169
R- 20XL 171
R- 20XL 202
R- 20 194
R- 20 186

195/50 R- 16 $107
195/55 R- 16 100
235/45 R- 18 151

235/50 R- 18 $136
225/45 R- 19 183
255/45 R- 19 185

245/55 R- 19 $154
P255/60 R- 19 164
P235/55 R- 20 167

P245/60 R- 20RF$162
275/55 R- 20 168

Winter Slalom KSI


225/70 R- 16 $68

www.tirerack.com

Studless Ice & Snow


Coupes, Sedans, Minivans and Crossovers
Bridgestones next-generation adaptive NanoPro-Tech Multicell
compound features a water-loving hydrophilic coating and microscopic
bite particles. This combination allows the Multicell compound to
remain exible in below-freezing conditions and wick water o
the road to combat slipping on packed snow and ice, while
the bite particles act as microscopic studs that deliver
more grip and improve braking on glare ice.*

Directional Tread Design


Featuring 20% more block edges*
*compared to WS70

Circumferential and Lateral Grooves


Help channel water, slush and snow away

3-D Zig-Zag Sipes


Upgrade traction in snow and on ice

Performance Winter / Snow Sports Cars, Coupes and Performance Sedans


A directional design with Lamellen sipes combines hydroplaning resistance with condent
traction in snow and on ice.

Studless Ice & Snow Pickups, Crossover Vehicles and SUVs


Microscopic tubes and cells absorb the thin lm of water on packed snow and ice while
micro bite particles contribute to grip in wintry conditions.

GUESS THE TEMP

AND YOU CAN

WIN YOUR TIRES

Buy a set of 4 Blizzak Winter Tires now and, if you correctly guess the temperature
when the puck drops at the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1,
*
)
you can win reimbursement for your tires. (Up to $720 on a Bridgestone Visa

AND GET A

WINTER UTILITY KIT

BY MAIL WITH THE PURCHASE OF


4 BLIZZAK WINTER TIRES

Offer Valid OCT. 15NOV. 30, 2014

Visit www.tirerack.com/specials for details.

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. OFFER ONLY VALID FOR TIRES PURCHASED BETWEEN 10/15/14 AND 11/30/14. CLAIM/ENTRY FORMS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR SUBMITTED ONLINE BY 12/10/14; IF MAILED, FOR RECEIPT BY 12/19/14. OPEN TO 50
U.S. AND D.C., WHO ARE 18+. LIMIT 2 CLAIMS/GUESSES PER HOUSEHOLD. SUBJECT TO OFFICIAL RULES, AVAILABLE AT CONQUERTHECOLD.COM. WINTER UTILITY KIT AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST; SEE CONQUERTHECOLD.COM FOR DETAILS.
ACTUAL KIT ITEMS MAY VARY. OFFER EXCLUDES COSTCO PURCHASES.

MUST CORRECTLY GUESS THE TEMPERATURE (F) AT NATIONALS PARK IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHEN THE PUCK DROPS TO START THE FIRST PERIOD OF THE 2015 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC.
*PREPAID CARDS ARE ISSUED BY METABANK, MEMBER FDIC, PURSUANT TO A LICENSE FROM VISA U.S.A. INC. PREPAID CARD IS GIVEN TO YOU AS AN AWARD OR GIFT AND NO MONEY HAS BEEN PAID BY YOU FOR THE CARD. NO RECURRING
PAYMENTS. CARD VALID FOR UP TO 12 MONTHS, FUNDS DO NOT EXPIRE AND MAY BE AVAILABLE AFTER CARD EXPIRATION DATE, MONTHLY CARD ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT AND POST-EXPIRATION CARD RE-ISSUANCE FEES MAY APPLY. CARD
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY; SEE MYPREPAIDCENTER.COM/SITE/VISA-UNIV.
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2014
Tire Rack

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Studless Ice & Snow


Developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans,
as well as pickups, crossovers and SUVs looking for traction
on winters clear, cold, slushy, snow-covered and icy roads,
the ExtremeWinterContact is designed to deliver serious
performance in bitter winter weather.
Asymmetric tread pattern blends dry road
handling with foul-weather traction.
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CREEPING ALONG
COLORADOS ROOFTOP
Land Rovers Great Divide Expedition goes from
Denver to Telluride via the ultimate scenic route.
BY J O E LO R I O

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THE GREAT DIVIDE

At the wheel of the Range Rover, natures majesty is


all the more electric because we are the masters of it.

Trail masters Tom Collins (above) rst oated the


idea to drive along the Continental Divide. He led
the 1989 tripand still has the jacket. Instructor
Daphne Greene (right) guides a driver through a
tough section. Precise tire placement is key.

THE GREAT DIVIDE

LTHOUGH
it seems as though our little group couldnt
be more alone, above the tree line on the
windswept peaks at the top of the Colorado Rockies, we follow in the tracks of
those who have gone before. There are
those almost unimaginably intrepid individuals who carved out these trails in the
19th century, and more recently, those who
conquered them 100-odd years later at the
dawn of the SUV era in a then-new luxury
off-roader, the Range Rover.
In 1989, the Great Divide Expedition
helped launch Range Rovernow Land
Roverin North America. Since then, the
company has literally gone to the ends of
the Earth in search of adventures for its vehicles to tackle. Now it returns to Colorado
to rerun (much of ) the Great Divide. Automobile Magazine was there on that 1989
trip, one of many Land Rover adventures
we would share with readers over the years
(see page 93), and we eagerly accepted the
opportunity to do it again.
Then, as now, Range Rover demonstrated its vehicles Herculean off-road capability in spectacular style. Certainly, the
setting is spectacular. At the wheel of the
Range Rover, natures majesty is all the
more electric because we are the masters
of itwhich speaks to the way Americans
interact with their environment.
Mastering the environment need not
mean degrading it, however. An important
mission of the original Great Divide Expedition was to publicize the U.S. Forest Services Tread Lightly! program (now an independent nonprot foundation, treadlightly.
org). Land Rover North America continues
to sponsor Tread Lightly!, which seeks to
educate off-road drivers and other outdoor
enthusiasts about the importance of respecting the natural environment.
Respect for the environment comes naturally to Tom Collins, who is something
more than the Great Divide Expedition
leader. A lifelong off-roader who has lived
in Colorado since his teens, Collins was
part of the U.S. team that drove Range Rovers in the Camel Trophy off-road competitions in the late 1980s. He is the one who
originally proposed the idea of an off-road
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drive across Colorado to Range Rover


North America PR boss Bill Baker. The
route would follow the Continental Divide,
the line that splits North America into the
eastern and western watersheds. Baker
saw it as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the still-new Range Rover, and the
Great Divide Expedition was born.
It was a milestone for the brand, says
Land Rover VP Kim McCullough. It was
something that stuck with people. It certainly stuck with Ian McKiernan, whose
family bought a new Range Rover in 1990.
It came with a video of the original Great
Divide, he remembers, so I always wanted to do it. Ian is one of 12 Land Rover
owners who have joined the trip. I expected Land Rover to go all out, he says,
but this has exceeded my expectations.
He has already signed on for the next Land
Rover Adventure, in Moab, Utah.

Sign in The hood of each Range


Rover displayed a map of the
Great Divide Expedition route.
This particular hood was also
autographed by all the
participants on the trip.

We spend
much of our
time picking
our way up and
down trails that
are often no
more than piles
of boulders.
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For customers, its not cheap ($9800 for a


single or $14,000 per couple for the nine-day
event). Yet even that price doesnt cover the
entire cost. McCullough, however, sees value
in running these events, describing them as
a marketing investment. She adds, Its a
great way to get customers that much more
enthused about what these cars can do.
I think its the best travel money weve
ever spent, says June-Ellen Mark, looking
at her husband, Bob. Its remarkable that
we get to participate. Although the Marks
hail from St. Louis, theyve been coming to
these mountains for years; they even got
engaged here. Bob remembers driving
Taylor Pass in a rented 87 GMC Jimmy.
Previous experience, however, is not required. We have never done this kind of
off-roading, says Martin Siddle, whos here
with his wife, Kimberly. But the intensity of
it appeals to him. I dont want to do main-

stream; I want to jump into the deep end.


This is very much the deep end of offroading. A Land Rover driving instructor
rides in each vehicle, and their expert spotting is essential for precise tire placement
in the roughest sections, such as Taylor
Pass. Out on the trails, we encounter ATVs,
side-by-sides, dirt bikes, lifted Jeep Wranglers, and the odd Toyota pickup, but nothing like these Range Rovers, which except
for their Great Divide livery look like they
should be rolling up to a pricey boutique
rather than clambering over rocks. Although there are interludes of paved and
dirt roads, we spend much of our time
slowly picking our way up and down trails
that are often no more than piles of boulders. After a 10- or an 11-hour day of it, you
drift off to sleep still feeling the back and
forth rocking motion of the car, as if youd
been out on a boat.

WAY,WAY OFF-ROAD
WITH LAND ROVER
No carmaker goes as far and wide
seeking out off-road adventure
as Land Rover does.
Below, some dispatches from
the ends of the Earth.

MADAGASCAR, NOVEMBER 1987


Camel Trophy

GUYANA, FEBRUARY 1993


Camel Trophy

The Camel Trophy was waging its own


battle against the elements. Thunderstorms pelted the convoy as one team
after another faced a bridgeless river. They
had to lay sand ladders down each
riverbank to help the Range Rovers across.
The natives stood in the downpour with
banana leaves on their heads and
watched.

Sometimes these roads were so awash


with slop and sludge that the only way to
drive them was to charge in running at full
bore, saw back and forth at the steering
wheel, and keep the throttle oored until you
got through. Or got stuck. More often than
not, you would get stuck. Then you had to
winch. Sometime you would get stuck
and tip over. Then you had to winch.

COLORADO, MARCH 1990


Great Divide Expedition

BELIZE, AUGUST 1994


La Ruta Maya

MONGOLIA, NOVEMBER 2008


Land Rover G4 Challenge

Some days we turned no more than 40


miles in seven hours of hard driving, easing
over boulders, through muddy streams, and
across off-camber paths barely wider than
the Range Rovers themselves. From valleys
lled with sunowers and four-foot ferns, we
inched our way to 13,000-foot peaks of
slivered volcanic rocks nearly devoid of
vegetation.

Roiling, treacherous, slimy, and deep, the


road (and I use that term loosely) conquered one after another of us as we
pushed and pulled each other onward. Hour
after hour, we would wait in line as someone
would slide off into fender-deep ruts and the
contingent of Land Rover mechanics,
technicians, medic, and driving experts
would muscle another vehicle through.

In the morning, rainstorms that drenched


the camp overnight have moved on, and our
team, joined by a pair of Mongolian guides,
sets off toward an impossibly wide horizon,
under what must be the biggest blue sky on
the planet. When Land Rovers daydream
stuck in rush-hour traffic or looping the mall
parking lot on Christmas Evethey
probably daydream of places like this.

MOROCCO, JANUARY 1993


Range Rover County LWB First Drive

INDIA, NOVEMBER 1998


New Discovery Trek

About 10 inches to the left of the outsized


Michelins of our Range Rover County LWB
(long wheelbase), which Land Rover North
America had entrusted to us for this
dramatically new models North American
press introduction, the riverine splendor of
the valley oor beckoned to us from a depth
of 2000 feet. Straight down.

Besides vast crowds of people acting as if


theyd escaped from the ineld at the Brickyard
(although with fewer STP hats), an Indian
highway holds the full constituency of barnyard
animals plus peacocks, elephants, water
buffalo, and pi-dogs in addition to handcarts,
donkey carts, camel carts, and a couple of guys
xing the tire on their truck with the rig turned
sideways blocking the thoroughfare because
that way they can work in the shade.

Mosquito Pass is the highest throughroad in North America. In 1860, gold was
discovered on the eastern slope of the pass. A
meeting was held to determine a camp
name, but none could be agreed upon. Strict
records were needed for these areas to become towns and when the camp recorder
turned a page of the minutes book, he found
a squashed mosquito. He suggested the
name mosquito and thus the camp and the
pass were named.
Tidbits of area history, delivered via
walkie-talkie, punctuate our drive. Theyre
courtesy of Collins, one of several instructors who is a veteran of the original Great
Divide. On that trip, participants drove 1990
model Range Rovers. With us this time is
one of those original Great Divide Range
Rovers. Its owned by Land Rover dealership
master tech Rick Allen (who also has a 95
Range Rover). We ride with him on the ascent to 12,800-foot Engineer Pass, and the
vintage Rover charms with its ultra-low belt-

line and huge windows; its extreme wheel


articulation is a marvel. Allen has owned the
classic Rover for more than 10 years and says
its largely unrestored (the graphics have
been redone) with 91,500 miles.
The rest of us are driving the 2014 Range
Rover Supercharged. Now in its fourth generation, its amazing how much the Range
Rover has evolved, and at the same time,
how little it has changed. The vehicle is
nearly 21 inches longer; its wheelbase has
grown by 15 inches; and yet the overall proportions and key design elements have
been preserved. Weight has climbed by
some 700 pounds, but that has been more
than offset by the engine output, which has
soared from 178 hp, from a 3.9-liter V-8, to
340 hp in the standard supercharged V-6
and 510 hp in the supercharged V-8 were
driving. Four-wheel drive and low range
remain, of course, but the transmissions
number of forward ratios has doubled from
four to eight.

THE GREAT DIVIDE

So Colorado The town of Telluride sits at the bottom of Black


Bear Pass. The areas mining past was much in evidence.
Mosquito Pass is the highest through-road in North America.

Despite the fact that the 2014 Range


Rover has become a cosseting highway car,
it is even more capable out here than was
the original. While an independent suspension of electronically controlled air
springs has replaced the coil-sprung solid
front and rear axles, the tremendous wheel
travel has been retained; ground clearance,
meanwhile, has increased to 11.6 inches.
Where the 1990 model Range Rover had
only a viscous coupling at the center and
open front and rear differentials, todays
car has locking differentials both in the
center and, optional in the Supercharged
model, at the rear. Both lock automatically,
either partially or fully. Hill Descent Controlengaged via a button on the console,
or automatically in low rangesupplements the ultra-low gearing to allow the
Range Rover to tiptoe down the steepest
slopes. Another button raises the ride
height by 2.95 inches, making for steep
angles of approach (34.7 degrees) and departure (29.6 degrees).
The Range Rovers require no special
equipment for this tripthey are boxstock, down to their tires. The short sidewalls of the 21-inch all-season tires prove
to be vulnerable to cuts from sharp rocks,
but they dont appreciably hinder traction.
The Range Rover Supercharged comes
with Terrain Response 2, which can automatically choose among the various offroad programs, so the driver doesnt need
to decide whether the trail is more Mud/
Ruts or Rock Crawl. As we try for precise
tire placement, its helpful to watch the
suspension articulation schematic on the
in-cluster monitor while the central screen
shows the view from the side-mirror cameras. On mellower sections, we switch the
display to the satellite radio info.
One thing that has not changed is the
majesty of this part of Colorado. Sure, the
state looks pretty from I-70, but the grandeur reaches a whole new order of magnitude when viewed from the top of Engineer Pass or from a dirt road through a
vast, empty valley that appears as it might
have a century ago. As Automobile Magazine founding editor David E. Davis Jr. said
of the rst Great Divide Expedition: This
is something that everybody ought to do,
but only a few will. As true in 1989 as it is
now, the Great Divide Expedition is one
great drive. AM

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK M. HOEY

2013

Jaguar XJL

3.0 Portfolio AWD


EVERY DAY CAN BE A TRIP
TO PARIS, EVEN IN DETROIT.

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he Jaguar XJ rst came
to us on a night in Paris
in 2011, and we still
remember driving across
the River Seine on the
Pont Alexandre III with the city lit with
spotlights as if it were an art gallery. Every
time we walk up to the XJ sedan, we think
about driving to Paris. Of course, it
snowed about a hundred times in Detroit
last winter, so maybe its a good thing that
this Jaguar has all-wheel drive for those
days when Paris isnt in our plans.

RUNNING COSTS
MILEAGE 26,820
WARRANTY
4-yr/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper
4-yr/50,000-mi powertrain
6-yr/unlimited-mile paint & corrosion
4-yr/50,000-mile roadside assistance
SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE
14,714 mi: $0.00
WARRANTY REPAIRS
2922 mi: Replace right-front parking sensor
14,717 mi: Replace fuel ller neck and DMTL vent
RECALLS
2922 mi: Replace SRS module
OUT-OF-POCKET
9004 mi: Purchase, mount, and install Bridgestone
Blizzak LM-32 snow tires, $1271.78
9004 mi: Purchase WeatherTech oor mats
(1st/2nd rows), $267.90
15,148 mi: Install all-season tires, $100
18,780 mi: Repair right-front wheel, $135
19,582 mi: Repair right-front wheel, $135
OBSERVED FUEL CONSUMPTION
Observed 23.6 mpg
COST PER MILE
(Fuel and service) $0.25
($1.45 including depreciation)
TRADE-IN VALUE
$54,225

As artwork goes, the 2013 Jaguar XJL


3.0 AWD Portfolio is pretty practical. Its
the long-wheelbase L-version of Jaguars
all-aluminum big sedan, so full-size
Americans can t in the rear seat. It has
the 340-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 that really comes
alive now thanks to the eight-speed
automatic transmission. And it has
all-wheel drive for, you know, the whole
snow thing.
But we wont pretend that we have ever
been indifferent to the way this car looks
during its 26,820 miles with us. Jaguars
designers worked very hard to step away
from the frozen, oh-so-German design
vocabulary that denes luxury cars at the
moment. The XJ is something new for the
21st centurymore art, less science. All of
us have had neighbors run across the
street to look at it, and pedestrians
everywhere make cheerful comments.
Associate Web editor Eric Weiner,

decades too young from being appropriate


for a sedan like this, received the ultimate
compliment when his equally young date
observed, Whoa, what is this? Its so sleek
and shiny! Weiner hasnt told us what
transpired after this endorsement, but he
does describe the Jaguar XJs virtues:
The metallic green paint really stands out
on the road during the day, and the car
looks positively debonair cloaked in
darkness. During the day it feels like youre
driving a boat out on the open water, and
at night the light-blue interior illumination
makes the cabin feel like a spaceship.
Of course, road test editor Chris Nelson,
ever the realist, points out, One of the
reasons that people are drawn to this car
is because theyve never seen one before.
True enough, as Jaguar sold fewer than
5000 XJs in 2013, about 20 percent of the
total for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Yet
bureau chief Jamie Kitman reports good

FOUR SEASONS WRAP-UP


OUR CAR

All-wheel artwork
Jaguar designers did
a jolly good job of
making the XJ look
distinct from its
German foils. AWD
came in handy
during Michigans
worst winter in years,
but a pothole dinged
a rim along the way.

Pros & Cons


+ Style, inside and out
+ Interior spaciousness
+ Driving dynamics
- Large turning circle
- Electronic interface
- Trunk shape limits
utility

news from New York City: That all-wheel


drive has enhanced the XJs appeal was
driven home one day when we went into
the big city and saw three XJ AWDs in a
couple of hours. This is a car whose
popularity appears be growing with age,
which is unusual.
All-wheel drive was new to the Jaguar XJ
for 2013, but we have to say that we never
really even noticed it during the snowiest,
coldest Michigan winter in 100 years.
Naturally this would be the point with AWD,
since you should notice only that the car
negotiates icy driveways, tracks straight and
true on freshly plowed roads, and never does
anything that might be mistaken for one of
the comedy highlights on the Weather
Channel. This is why AWD quickly made up
50 percent of XJ sales in 2013.

This is not to say that our Jaguar didnt


suffer in the Detroit winter. First, we
scraped off the right-front, bumpermounted parking sensor at a car wash
while getting the winter schmutz
scrubbed away (a common occurrence,
Jaguar tells us). Then we noticed in
February at 14,714 miles that the car
wasnt taking a full tank of fuel, and a trip
to the dealer revealed that the DMTL vent
in the fuel-ller neck had iced over. A little
cleaning solved the problem, and while the
people at Jaguar of Novi were at it, they
gave the car a thorough cleaning both
outside and in, and our winter-specication
WeatherTech oor mats came back so clean
that you could eat off them.
Of course, theres a lot more to winter
than this, like potholes. Also in February,

STANDARD
EQUIPMENT
Long wheelbase;
all-wheel drive;
supercharged V-6; stop/
start ignition; 19-inch
wheels; xenon
headlights; LED
taillights; panoramic
sunroof; heated tilt/
telescopic steering
wheel; 18-way
adjustable driver seat;
heated and ventilated
front and rear seats;
leather upholstery with
suede headliner; 4-zone
climate control; keyless
entry and ignition;
8.0-in touchscreen;
14-speaker audio;
navigation; cruise
control; blind-spot
monitoring; rearview
camera.
OPTIONS ON
THIS VEHICLE
British Racing Green
paint ($1500); heated
windshield ($375)

Web editor Jake Holmes was driving in Ann


Arbor when he spotted a big pothole some 4
inches deep in an adjacent lane on one of his
familiar routes. He thought to himself, I
better remember that. Then, not two hours
later on the way to someplace with his
girlfriend, he found himself hemmed in by
traffic and went right through the pothole
with a bang. Predictably the impact attened
the right-front Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
snow tire (our preferred choice for winter
driving, on the recommendation of our
friends at Tire Rack). Holmes notes in the
XJs logbook, I was amused to nd the
scissor jack for this 4153-pound car looks
identical to the one in my featherweight
Miata. This wasnt the end of it, as it took
two visits to Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists
to straighten the damaged wheel.
We didnt care, though. We were too busy
driving places, such as Grand Haven,
Michigan (look, Lake Michigan is frozen!).
Or the NCAA hockey playoffs in Philadelphia
(look, the Frozen Four!). Or Marquette,
Wisconsin (look, the nieces performance in
The Wiz!). Or Atlantic City (what?!). Sadly,
no opera or garden parties.
Senior editor David Zenlea appreciated
the light-effort steering, and he recognized
that a grand car like the XJ should go down
the road effortlessly. Its a car that drives
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This is easily my familys favorite car to ride


around in...I would seriously consider buying
one of these if I werent busy paying for the
upkeep of two ancient Jaguars already.

2013 Jaguar XJL


3.0 AWD Portfolio
RATING
BASE PRICE
AS-TESTED PRICE
ENGINE

TRANSMISSION
LAYOUT

EPA MILEAGE
SUSPENSION F/R

BRAKES
TIRES F/R

LXWXH
WHEELBASE
HEADROOM F/R
LEGROOM F/R
SHOULDER ROOM F/R
CARGO ROOM
WEIGHT
WEIGHT DIST. F/R
0-60 MPH
60-0 MPH
-MILE
TOP SPEED
SKIDPAD

small, and you only realize that it measures


206.8 inches overall when you get out and
discover that the car is the size of a city bus
compared to the Prius next to you. This
XJL AWD doesnt exactly U-turn on a dime
either, since its turning circle is 42.3 feet.
Power from the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6
never proved to be an issue, as youd expect
with 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque on
hand, not to mention the ZF-built
eight-speed transmission. What you get is
decent power and decent fuel economy. If
you want more power, choose the XJL 5.0
with its 385-hp V-8, but AWD isnt available.
We loved being within this car, and who
wouldnt enjoy being at the center of such a
ne selection of natural materials with a
giant transparent roof overhead? As Weiner
says, I feel like this car shouldnt even
unlock unless it senses youre wearing a
tailored suit. Many of our younger editors
had not enjoyed so much rear-seat legroom
since the days when they traveled in child
seats. At the same time, Jaguar has made
some sacrices to package so much
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isnt tall enough to stack hard-case luggage,


a drawback on long trips.
A few issues came to light during its
stay. The stop/start feature brings the
engine to life during city driving with a
noticeable shudder, which is a reminder
that youre not driving a Prius hybrid with
a little bitty engine and a big slushy
transmission. The optional net of
defrosting wires inlaid into the windshield
is a miracle on icy mornings, but the net
also can uncomfortably dazzle you when
the sun is on the horizon, plus it can
interfere with overhead card readers on
tollways. And the 8.0-inch touchscreen
interface responds slowly and requires
much scrolling and searching, which
many of us found cumbersome.
Aside from great driving, great places,
and great people, the 2013 Jaguar XJL 3.0
AWD Portfolio introduced us to the things
that make Jaguar unique. It affected both
the youngest of us and one of the oldest.
As Weiner records in the logbook, Inside
the cabin, I love that the Jag feels so damn
British. I can practically smell the pipe

$84,595
$86,470
3.0-liter supercharged
DOHC 24-valve V-6/
340 hp @ 6500 rpm,
332 lb-ft @ 3500-5000
8-speed automatic
4-door, 5-passenger,
front-engine,
AWD sedan
16/24/19 mpg (city/
highway/combined)
Control arms, coil
springs/multilink,
air springs
Vented discs
245/45R-19 102H/
275/40R-19 105H
Pirelli P Zero Nero
206.8 x 74.8 x 57.3 in
124.3 in
39.5/37.2 in
41.5/44.1 in
57.6/56.6 in
15.2 cu-ft
4364 lb
52.1/47.9%
5.6 sec
124.1 ft
14.1 sec @ 100.1 mph
121 mph
(electronically limited)
0.84 g

tobacco and taste the juniper-y zest of


London dry gin. Yeah, its not as advanced
technically as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class,
but I think the Jag still has appeal for
someone who is tired of the more austere
German character. New York bureau
chief Kitman adds, This is easily my
familys favorite car to ride around in. The
embarrassment that they just cant shake
when were in a Bentley or Rolls has been
eradicated by the delights of the Jaguars
cozy interior.I would seriously consider
buying one of these if I werent busy
paying for the upkeep of two ancient
Jaguars already.
As always, senior editor Joe Lorio
makes it plain and simple: Next to the
S-Class, the Jaguar XJ is the best
premium luxury sedan. It has the best
combination of ride and handling. Its the
best looking both outside and in. It has an
excellent powertrain that delivers very
good fuel economy. Its only downsides
are the entertainment interface, the lack
of a trunk pass-through, and a large
turning circle.
Michael Jordan

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FOUR SEASONS INTRO

2014 Ford Fiesta ST


A peppy performer.

e were pretty pleased


when Ford brought its
Focus ST hot hatch to
the U.S. in 2012, so much
so that we gave it an
All-Star award in 2013. So imagine our
surprise when we drove the Focus
diminutive cousin, the peppy Ford Fiesta
ST, and found it to be even more playful
and engaging than the more powerful
Focus. The Fiesta ST stole the Focus
place on our 2014 All-Stars list, and we
promptly ordered one up for a Four
Seasons test.
We didnt have too many choices for
optioning up our Fiesta ST, which comes
only in four-door hatchback form and has
plenty of standard features for its base
price of $22,225. On top of that, we added
the $795 navigation system and opted for
the $1995 ST Recaro package, which
swaps out the standard front chairs for
heated Recaro sport seats.
The Fiesta ST is really all about its
performance upgrades. A turbocharged

PRICE: $25,225
(as tested)
ENGINE:
1.6-liter turbo
DOHC 16-valve I-4/
197 hp @ 6350 rpm,
202 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
TRANSMISSION:
6-speed manual
LAYOUT: 4-door,
5-passenger,
front-engine,
FWD hatchback
EPA MILEAGE:
26/35/29 mpg
(city/highway/
combined)
L x W x H:
160.1 x 67.8 x 57.2 in
WHEELBASE: 98.0 in
WEIGHT: 2742 lb

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The Specs

four-cylinder produces 197 hp and 202


lb-ft of torque and mates with a six-speed
manual. The chassis features stiffer
springs and dampers along with larger
brakes all around. And a variable sound
symposer brings the raspy exhaust note
into the cabin when you want it, but tones
down the noise when you dont.
All of these things undoubtedly make
the Fiesta ST a hoot to drive, but were

curious to see if its everyday hatchback


credentials are up to par as well. After all,
hot hatches are some of the best allrounders in the automotive universe. Over
the next year, well put the Fiestas cargo
capacity to the test and drive it through
the worst conditions winter can throw at
us. And dont worry, well make sure to
have plenty of fun along the way. Its hard
not to in the Fiesta ST. Joey Capparella
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW TRAHAN

FOUR SEASONS LOGBOOK

CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY

CORVETTE STINGRAY, HONDA ACCORD: PATRICK M. HOEY; MAZDA3: JOEY CAPPARELLA

/ MILES TO DATE: 11,647

7100 Were smitten by the Mitten and want to keep the Corvette in
our home state of Michigan for the last few weeks of summer. Will it
stop racking up miles? (Editors note: No.)
9942 West Branch, Michigan, population 2116, is the birthplace of
deputy editor Joe DeMatio, who takes the Vette to a family reunion.
(West Branchs population swelled that day.) My 70-year-old cousin
Tim couldnt stop gushing over it, and told me about driving a
buddys brand-new Stingray 50 years ago.
10,743 Senior editor David Zenlea goes to Traverse City, Michigan,

population 14,572. The 240-mile trip usually takes four hours, but
I was running late and had 460 hp to use, so it only took three.
10,312 At the annual Dream Cruise on Woodward Avenue, a.k.a the
worlds most interesting traffic jam, The new Stingray more than
holds its own, reports executive editor Todd Lassa.
11,099 Associate Web editor Eric Weiner gets bored of Michigan
and heads down to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to lap the National
Corvette Museums new motorsports park. Just about the perfect
track for a new Corvette.

MAZDA3

HONDA ACCORD COUPE

MILES TO DATE: 19,976


16,677 Second x for the
infotainment systems buggy
software, which, for some odd
reason, kills all audio function
and turns the screen blue.
Fingers crossed this latest
update does the trick.
17,112 Things are always harder
to do when its cold outside. The
3s 2.5-liter engine was strained
last winter. This summer, its
been quiet and smooth, and it
revs up effortlessly.

17,544 Are we losing it, or do we


smell gasoline? Youre not
nuts, says the dealership. Techs
inspect the entire car, bumper
to bumper, but nd nothing.
Then, one day, the smell
vanishes. Happy its gone; still
not sure were sane.
18,950 This is the only Four
Seasons car we have that I get
into and feel completely at
home in, says road test editor
Chris Nelson. Its like pulling on
my favorite pair of jeans.

MILES TO DATE: 17,904


13,287 New York bureau chief
Jamie Kitman says the Accords
V-6 engine is a delightful
powerhouse that would be
something Alfa Romeo would
proudly put its name on. Yeah,
because it would be reliable.
14,071 Speaking of reliable, the
Accord is still squeak- and
rattle-free. Most cars are built
pretty well these days, but
theyre not all built like this.
15,902 A friend who drove a 1991

Accord for years borrows our


Accord. Twenty-three years
separate his and ours, but he
nds himself instantly at home in
the new car.
17,467 Oil change, a tire rotation,
cabin and air lters: $252.71.
17,818 A coupe with fold-down
rear seats that can t a bicycle?
Great idea, Honda, but know
how itd be better? Dont make
us climb into the trunk to pull the
release lever and give the
seatback a shove.

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105

The
Auctions at
Monterey
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
AUGUST 1417, 2014
by Dave Kinney

PART TWO

OF OUR COVERAGE
OF THE AUCTIONS
DURING MONTEREY CAR
WEEK, THE BIGGEST
WEEK IN THE CLASSIC
CAR WORLD.

Russo & Steele

F E AT U R E C A R

1971 FORD BRONCO 4X4

1964 CHEVROLET
CORVETTE STINGRAY COUPE

SOLD AT $20,900

SOLD AT $34,650

S/N U15GLM06190. Bright blue with white top over blue and white vinyl. 302-cubic-inch V-8, 205 hp,
three-speed manual. Very good paint. Good chrome and trim. Excellent interior appears to be all stock.
Clean underhood area. Ready for road use or a local show.
Introduced in 1966, the Bronco was one of the rst multi-purpose vehicles, a category that
morphed into todays SUV. The Bronco originally was available as a sport/utility with a half roof, a
roadster without doors, or a wagon with a removable roof. By 1971, just the pickup and the wagon were
available (the roadster lasted only through 1968). Although all models of the Bronco are desirable
now, the wagon body style is still the most familiar.

S/N 40837S118471. Silver-blue metallic over black


vinyl. 327-cubic-inch V-8, 300 hp, four-speed
manual. Plenty of issues with the older paint,
including some chips, scratches, and spots where
previous repairs are showing. Fair to good chrome.
Underhood area is clean but not show-quality.
Engine has non-original numbers. Some tears in
the seat seams but otherwise a decent interior.
The seller of this Corvette had the honesty to
display the cars aws, and thats a good thing.
At this low price, the buyer likely has plenty of
money left over to x the aws.

THE STORY BEHIND THE SALE


Trucks have become more collectible in the second decade of the 21st century. Trucks of this era are
less expensive to restore than many cars, and they provide extra functionality collectors often
appreciate. This Bronco, which recently completed a frame-off restoration, sold at an attractive price.

Best
Buy

1941 FORD PICKUP

1979 FIAT 124 SPIDER 2000

SOLD AT $66,000

SOLD AT $28,600

S/N I86573810. Black with cream pinstripes over


green vinyl. 221-cubic-inch athead V-8, 85 hp,
three-speed manual. Exceptional restoration that
is said to have taken the previous owner three
years to complete. All chrome, trim, glass, and
detail work is top-notch. The awless interior is
just as it was when it left the factory.
A pickup with this quality of restoration is rarely
seen. The previous owner says that more than
$150,000 was spent, and its believable. An
exceptional truck that brought an exceptional
price. In this case, its worth it.

S/N 124CS20151879. Bronze with a tan top over


tan vinyl. 1995cc four-cylinder, 86 hp, four-speed
manual. 250 original miles. Excellent paint, as you
might expect of a car of such low mileage. The
previous owner replaced many of the soft goods,
including the top and tires, and he refurbished the
brake and gasoline lines.
Hopefully, the previous owners reconditioning
has straightened out whatever drivability issues
might have existed after years of sitting. The
price paid is no surprise, since it would be hard to
nd another 79 Fiat with so few miles.

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1969 PONTIAC
GTO JUDGE RAM AIR III COUPE
SOLD AT $63,525

S/N 242379R146270. Carousel red over black


vinyl. 400-cubic-inch V-8, 366 hp, Muncie
four-speed manual. Very good to excellent paint,
trim, and chrome. Clean and complete throughout.
Said by the seller to be a documented,
numbers-matching 69 GTO Judge with Ram Air
III, fresh paint, and an engine rebuild. Musclecars, hit hard in the recession, are on the rise
again and, in some cases, exceed their previous
price highs. With its documentation, this GTO
was worth quite a bit more than its sold price.

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RUSSO & STEELE

Upshift

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F E AT U R E C A R

AUCTIONS

1980 RENAULT SERIES I R5 TURBO


SOLD AT $140,400

1991 PORSCHE 928GT


SOLD AT $61,560

S/N WPOAA2921MS810443. Slate gray metallic over black leather. 5.0-liter V-8, 326 hp, ve-speed
manual. Original paint and interior. Only 22,732 miles. Very good paint and trim; this car has obviously
been garaged, maintained, and well taken care of all its life. The interior looks like its from a 3000-mile
car, with taut leather, clean carpets, and a near mint dash.

THE STORY BEHIND THE SALE


Porsche built the 928 in the 1977-95 model years. The nal version was called the 928 S4. Although
most U.S. cars were just badged 928, a number of variants were made. The GT, discontinued after the
1991 model year, is one of the more sought-after variants. That said, the history of the 928 as a used
car is not a particularly happy one. A reputation for expensive parts and frequent service is only
partially deserved, but these cars need to be well-maintained. The days of nding a forlorn 928 for less
than $2000 are gone, but more important, collectors are snapping up the low-mileage GT and S4
variants. This GT sold for top dollar, but it wont be long before this car seems like a bargain.

S/N B0000564. French two-tone blue over


matching leather and cloth with red carpets.
Mid-mounted 1397cc engine, 158 hp, ve-speed
manual transmission, rear-wheel drive. Very good
paint and trim. Some wear visible on the seats, but
overall a very handsome presentation.
More than 1800 R5 Turbos were constructed at
the Alpine factory, but fewer than 600 were
from the rst series. The cars were available in
only two colors, bright red and French blue. This
example, which reportedly has never been
raced or rallied, had a claimed one owner from
new and was imported into the United States
by the seller. This is very good money for an R5,
but this is one of the best R5s.

Best
Buy

1969 JEEP JEEPSTER COMMANDO

1954 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE

1961 FERRARI 250 SERIES II CABRIOLET

SOLD AT $13,500

SOLD AT $118,800

SOLD AT $2,610,000

S/N 8705F1759038. Bright red over tan vinyl with


matching tonneau cover for the cargo area.
225-cubic-inch V-6, 155 hp, three-speed
automatic. Excellent paint, very good chrome and
trim. Custom-made vinyl half-doors. Underhood
area is clean and correct.
Sometimes cars that hit the auction block early
go the cheapest. This handsome Jeepster was
worth much more, yet it escaped at a bargain
basement price. Go surng or start your own re
department on the cheap.

S/N 7A1064548. Lido green with a white top over


two-tone green leather and vinyl. 322-cubic-inch
V-8, 135 hp, two-speed automatic. Wire wheels,
wide whitewall tires. Excellent paint; very good to
excellent chrome. This car falls short in some
places: For instance, the hard-to-replace red
plastic tops of the taillights show cracks.
Skylark prices have bounced higher and lower
than what was achieved here, but this looks like
a market-correct price. Lido green might not be
everyones rst choice for color, but its a great
look on a beautiful car.

S/N 250GTF2441. Rosso red over black leather.


2953cc V-12, 240 hp, four-speed manual. Just
above 5200 original kilometers. Has factory
hardtop. Described as a barn nd, but lets call this
preserved instead. The exterior and interior are
not perfect, but are a good representation of what
can happen with preservation and conservation.
This 250 Series II cabriolet is No. 118 of 200
built. Low build numbers were not unusual for
Ferraris of the early 1960s. A nicely presented
example that is made for those who like their
Ferraris mellow and not shiny. Market price.

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Gooding

F E AT U R E C A R

AUCTIONS

1958 DUAL-GHIA
SOLD AT $484,000

1964 FERRARI 250 GT LUSSO COUPE


SOLD AT $2,365,000

S/N 5249 GT. Black over red leather. 2953cc V-12, 240 hp, four-speed manual. Largely displayed in as
found condition, with one repaint since it was new and with mid-1970s New York state inspection
stickers on the windshield. The recorded mileage of just above 20,000 is said to be original.

THE STORY BEHIND THE SALE


Unless you want to drive it as is, which more and more owners tend to do, a very expensive
restoration is in store for this Ferrari. This example was 185th of just 350 Lussos built, and its black
over red color scheme adds immensely to its value and desirability. Lussos are prized not only for their
250GT mechanicals but also for their beauty. Sold at a market-correct price. In 1964, Ferrari was very
much a boutique manufacturer. The 250 series engine was used in the spectacular 250 GT SWB and
GTO of the time, as well as the more mundane 250 GT 2+2. While the SWB (short-wheelbase GT) and
GTO were ready for the race track, the 2+2 was the four-seat family Ferrari. Falling somewhere in the
middle, the Lusso had dramatic styling and room for just two, making it the perfect choice for
someone looking for a balance of styling and performance.

S/N 185. Metallic burgundy with burgundy top


over magnolia and burgundy leather. 315-cubicinch Dodge D 500 Hemi V-8, 260 hp, two-speed
automatic. Excellent overall condition with very
well-done paint, a nicely tted Haartz canvas top,
and bright chrome. The interior is also professionally
trimmed. An excellent presentation overall.
About 100 Dual-Ghias were built and, for a brief
period, they were the cars of Frank Sinatras
Rat Pack. For a long time, they were as
sought-after as yesterdays newspaper, but now
they are appreciated for their Italian style and
robust Chrysler mechanicals.

Best
Buy

1920 MERCER SERIES 5


RACEABOUT

1961 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA


TRASFORMABILE

1953 JAGUAR XK120 M


FIXED HEAD COUPE

SOLD AT $308,000

SOLD AT $104,500

SOLD AT $99,000

S/N 5111. Yellow over brown leather. 298-cubicinch four-cylinder, 72 hp, four-speed manual.
Owned by the same family for the past 70 years,
this Mercer is said to be original except for paint,
upholstery, and oorboards. Good condition
overall with a nice patina, restored to a level that
was acceptable 40 years ago.
Likely the most expensive car wearing an Earl
Scheib paint job seen at auction this year. Thats
right, it was painted in the 1960s for $19.95. If
you are looking for the granddaddy of todays
sports cars, though, look no further than this
Mercer and cars like it. With its good provenance,
it might just be considered a bargain.

S/N 020270. White with black top over white and


red vinyl. 499cc two-cylinder, 17.5 hp, four-speed
manual. Sliding canvas roof. An excellent nut and
bolt restoration on this former winner of multiple
shows. This Autobianchi has been restored to a
level almost never seen in this style of automobile.
There were plenty of us who thought the
$65,000-$85,000 presale estimate was plenty,
but the bidders liked it even more. Cute
continues to sell well at auctions, and cute is
what this car has by the bucketful.

S/N S681124. Pastel green over green leather.


3442cc six-cylinder, 180 hp, four-speed manual.
This car, owned by one family for 58-plus years,
has most of its original paint as well as original
leather and carpets. The Jaguar XK120 M was the
top of the line in the series, and this example was
one of 421 M models made for export in 1953.
Sold well under its presale estimate, this
Jaguar was a best buy in every way. Although
not as ashy as some, the coupes are desired
for their stability and road manners. Its the
right combination of originality plus recent
sorting that will make this car highly collectible
for decades to come.

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1975-1980

MG B

PAT R I C K M . H O E Y

by David Zenlea

A REVISIONIST HISTORY OF THE RUBBER BUMPER.


rong year.
If you know much
about British sports
cars and MGBs in
particular, theres a
good chance thats what youre thinking.
A simple calculus has long guided
assessment of the MGB: Chrome bumpers
equals British classic; rubber bumpers
equals British Leyland junk. Yet this
prejudice unfairly maligns thousands of
cars and shortchanges the improbable
18-year run of the MGB.
No one disputes the greatness of the
early MGB, which debuted in 1962 as a
replacement for the MGA. Handsomely
styled, fun to drive, and relatively
affordable, it quickly gained a wide
following. Participation in racing
burnished the cars reputation, and the
introduction of the closed-roof MGB GT
in 1965 buoyed sales. Then, according to
the popular narrative, time more or less
stood still. Aside from minor tweaks to the
interior and exteriormany of those
aimed at lowering coststhe MGB
basically stopped evolving. Plans for
replacements and new engines never
materialized. Crash standards also took
their tollironic for a company that had
long traded on the safety of its cars

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(Safety Fast). MGBs sold in the United


States from the second half of 1974
onward pay the most noticeable price,
wearing black polyurethane front and rear
bumpers and riding an inch higher to
meet federal 5-mph crash requirements.
Contemporary reviewers, not
surprisingly, slammed these developments.
It didnt help that more modern
competitionmost notably the Datsun
240Zredened expectations for budget
sports-car performance and build quality.
By the time sales in the United States

ceased in 1980, the sports-car world had long


moved on and dismissed the B as a relic.
Thirty years after the last Bs rolled out of
MGs factory in Abingdon, theres room for a
fresh perspective. Rather than sully MG for
falling behind the times, we might recognize
the company for keeping the British sports
car alive. MGs efforts in this regard were not
trivial: Then, as now, small automakers
spend more per car to comply with
regulations. Yet MG persisted for the better
part of a decade, with very little support from
the incompetent management at parent

COLLECTIBLE CLASSIC

PERFORMANCE
IS NOTWHY ONE
BUYS AVINTAGE
BRITISH
ROADSTER
TODAY. RATHER,
ITS FOR THE
SIMPLE FUN OF
FEELING CLOSE
TO THE ROAD.
Who you
calling ugly?
MG capped the Bs
long run with a
handsome Limited
Edition package
distinct wheels, a
chin spoiler, and
body-side stripes.

company British Leyland. These efforts


were not in vain, as the later Bs sold
respectably in the United States. There may
have been faster and more modern cars on
the market, but the rubber-bumper MGB
offered the traditional thrills of a British
roadster to a whole new generation.
This generation included Sue Snyder. She
always wanted a British sports car but,
growing up in Michigan during the 1960s,
was a bit late to the scene. She started her
career as a teacher in 1971 and promptly
bought a Triumph Spitre, followed by a
1977 MGB and the 1980 MGB Limited
Edition you see here. They were just about
all that was out there, she says.
Of course, MG then left the market, so
Snyder has made her car last. She ceased
using it as a daily driver in the late 80s,
when she spotted some rust in the
left-hand rocker panel. A cosmetic
conditioningfresh paint, carpet, wheels,
and topfollowed in the early 1990s.
Snyders gleaming B, painted black like
all limited-edition cars, convinces us that
not all later cars looked terrible. Although
MG never found a color coating exible

The Specs

enough to cover the bumpers, it had by


this time worked out a clever paint and
stripe package that ties them together and
visually lowers the car. The interior
likewise nds an agreeable compromise
between classic simplicity and more
contemporary safety and convenience
(the much-criticized pillow dashboard
was rened in 1972).
MGs had a reputation for being rather
hardy. Everything is overbuilt on this
car, Snyder says. Thats not to say theyre
trouble-free. This B had an overheating
problem when new. A plastic radiator cap
got so hot it melted and all the coolant
leaked out, not an uncommon issue. More
recently, the engine needed a full rebuild.
Still, Snyder estimates shes driven the
MG some 140,000 miles (shes on her
third speedometer, so she hasnt an exact
gure) and considers it very reliable.
The old B doesnt make a liar of its
owner. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder, freed of
its smog equipment, endures multiple
stops and starts during our photo session
and runs smoothly. Lowering these cars to
pre-74 height is not difficult given the
abundance of aftermarket support for
MGs. But really, contemporary criticisms
of the later Bs handling seem irrelevant in
2014, when the typical subcompact can
dust most cars built in the 70s.
Performance is not why one buys a
vintage British roadster today. Rather, its
for the simple fun of feeling close to the
road. The unassisted steering feels tight
and responsive as we wind our way
through neighborhoods around metro
Detroit. The transmission, a Nissan
ve-speed Snyder installed a few years
ago for improved highway fuel economy,
faithfully represents the snick-snick shifts
for which MGs were renowned.
Today, people like to imagine an
unbroken link between the British
sports-car golden age of the 1960s and the
revival that came with the introduction of
the Mazda Miata in 1989. Snyder, who was
there for both (her garage also houses a
pristine, rst-generation MX-5), bids that
we remember what came between. MG
denitely lled the gap. AM

ENGINE
1.8L (110-cu-in)
overhead valve I-4,
62 hp, 88 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION
4-speed manual
DRIVE
Rear-wheel
FRONT SUSPENSION
Control arms,
coil springs
REAR SUSPENSION
Live axle, leaf springs
BRAKES F/R
Discs/drums
WEIGHT
2338 lb

Prince of darkness
Stone guards
protect original
Lucas headlights,
which are becoming
harder to nd.

The Info
YEARS PRODUCED
1962-1980
NUMBER SOLD
513,272 (125,597 GTs
and 387,675 roadsters)
ORIGINAL PRICE
$7950 (1980)
VALUE TODAY
$8600-$16,400
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MGBs of any era make
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sturdy, and relatively
cheap to maintain
thanks to an abundance
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parts. The post-1974
models are a bit slower
and, depending on
your tastes, look a bit
awkward due to their
bumpers, but theyre
still rewarding to own
and drive. They also
offer a few advantages
versus earlier cars,
including highercapacity cooling, better
brakes, and fewer years
of wear and tear.

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here it is in all its glory. While it employs the same
aluminum spaceframe as the outgoing SLS AMG, its
smaller, simpler, and more athletic. AMG has the 911 in its
sights, and with two avors of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 on
tap, the AMG GT surely has Porsche on high alert.

Check out more official photos, info, and specs on the AMG GT at
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