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Cadillac CTS-V price undercuts German rivals04/30/2015
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will start at $84,990 including destination. It went on sale April 29, with deliveries starting in late summer.
The new American luxury bruiser uses the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that also does duty in the new Corvette Z06. Under this particular hood, it makes 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. The mill is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. Top speed is a nice, round 200 mph while the 0-60 sprint takes 3.7 seconds.
“V-Series represents the pinnacle of Cadillac, a brand that now makes drivers’ cars at the highest level,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “The new CTS-V is essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car. This type of car is exclusive, the domain of the few who can access this level of incredible capability. V-Series matches or overtakes the finest cars in this elite class, while being more accessible.”
De Tomaso -- the company -- sells for roughly the price of a LaFerrari04/30/2015
The De Tomaso deal announced several weeks ago has reportedly fallen through, with the company finding another buyer at a significantly lower price. La Repubblica reports that the storied Italian brand has been sold to China's Consolidated Ideal TeamVenture, which picked up the company for just 1.05 million euros, or approximately $1.17 million. The new deal was presented before a bankruptcy court judge in Italy this week.
The previous deal, which reportedly fell apart after the buyer was not able to fulfill its financial obligations, would have seen the company sell to L3 Holdings for 2 million euros, or approximately $2.1 million. Consolidated Ideal TeamVenture was reportedly one of the underbidders in the sale, along with the Italian Eos Group.
2016 Honda HR-V first drive04/30/2015
What is it?
Think of the 2016 Honda HR-V as the gateway drug for a legion of future Honda junkies.
Honda prefers the term “gateway product,” yes, but the company knows an opportunity when it sees one. The prospect of a largely untapped, potentially big-volume vehicle category comes rarely for a mature, full-line brand like Honda. Subcompact sport-utility vehicles and the all-new HR-V—“entry crossovers,” in market speak—represent exactly that.
The 2016 HR-V traces its genesis to several phenomena. The CR-V is currently Honda’s smallest, least expensive SUV, and while it’s grown into North America’s best-selling sport utility over its 20-year run, the CR-V has also grown steadily in size and price. The modestly successful, CR-V-based Element—a Honda experiment in out-there—was buried in 2011 after eight years, partly to make room for the HR-V. The Mini Cooper Countryman and Nissan Juke both debuted at Geneva in 2010. GM has answered with the hot-selling Buick Encore and the recently launched Chevy Trax, and Jeep with the new Renegade. Ford, Hyundai and Toyota have yet to make a move.
2015 Lexus LS 460 F Sport
Race Organizer Review04/29/2015
The 24 Hours of LeMons race series held two events at Sonoma Raceway aka Sears Point earlier this year, one in January and one in March. As Chief Justice of the LeMons Supreme Court, responsible for punishing cheaters and making examples of miscreant drivers, I like to roll up to these races in proper style. In January, I drove an Alanite Gray 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG sedan to the track, and so it just made sense that I'd bring Toyota's S-Class rival -- the 2015 Lexus LS 460 F Sport sedan -- to the Sears Pointless race two months later.