What’s the biggest sacrifice you’ve ever had to make? Drip coffee at home instead of a drive-thru latte? The middle seat in back, in coach? Okay, breathe. The base 2018 Porsche Panamera won’t trigger any gasps like those commonplace horrors. We’ve driven all kinds of Panameras this year, from the astounding Turbo and S-E Hybrid, to the only slightly more sedate Panamera 4S. A couple hundred miles in the base Panamera V-6, stickered well below $100,000, underlines how expertly today’s Porsche four-doors can mimic its sports cars. Those sports cars have it so good: after all, Porsche’s SUVs and this Panamera pay the light bill and the house note. MORE: Ride along in our 2018 Porsche Panamera 4S first drive review Porsche sells many different Panameras–16 models in all, with 6 powertrains among them. The base 2018 Panamera costs $86,050, which isn’t exactly a Corolla hatchback. It’s still a luxury car even in its most spartan form. In … [Read more...] about 2018 Porsche Panamera first drive review: baser instincts
The giant blades on the lazy-looking wind turbines that dot southern Portugal produce the sound of a passing jet, only it never goes away. I know this because the irresistibly photogenic windmills got me out of the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage’s driver’s seat. Not much else would. The Vantage’s avant garde styling is driven by aerodynamic demands almost as much as it is the need for a new persona for the brand. The front air intake and splitter not only manages airflow around and under the car but it is purposely ostentatious. It appears that Aston Martin is tilting at windmills. CHECK OUT: 2018 BMW M5 video road (and track) test When the goal is stability at a top speed of 195 mph, airflow management is crucial. Equally critical is the need for Aston Martin to graduate from the ranks of stodgy heritage brands and vault itself firmly into the future. The forthcoming Valkyrie hypercar, co-developed with the Red Bull Formula One team and designed by its aerodynamicist … [Read more...] about 2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive review: tilting at windmills
The GMC Yukon Denali is big -- the biggest thing General Motors makes since it got out of the locomotive business in 2004. A big GMC has advantages: three rows of seats, mucho cargo space and prestige in the carpool line at Montessori. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up all hope of performance. That’s why there is an aftermarket. That’s why there’s Callaway.With the SC560, Callaway has done all anyone could do to wrestle the big bruiser GMC Yukon Denali into the sporty SUV category. Most any SUV that tries to be “sporty” is a lot smaller and lighter: The Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Audi Q7, etc. The fact that Callaway is even trying to make this gigantic gas guzzler perform is commendable. That It has largely succeeded is impressive.Out of the GMC factory, a stock 4x4 Yukon Denali crushes the asphalt with 5,743 pounds and can easily option itself close to 3 tons. Add a driver and a terrified PR guy and you are over the mythical 3-ton racing … [Read more...] about Callaway Yukon Denali SC560 drive review: How do you make 3 tons fun? Supercharge it!
Small crossovers are big news and the Jeep Cherokee wants to be a bigger player in the segment.“This is the largest SUV segment in the world,” said Scott Tallon, director of Jeep Brand. “It’s 9 million sales globally and 2 million in U.S.”The segment leaders alone, the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, made up well over a million U.S. sales last year. People love the utility, economy and general ease of use of these things. And they show no sign of losing interest -- all three of the segment leaders went up in sales last year, the frontrunning RAV4 by over 15 percent. The old Jeep Cherokee, meanwhile, long in the tooth and sporting that goofy grille, dropped in sales by almost 15 percent.So it was high time for Jeep to do something. What the 2019 Cherokee gets is a partial redesign, a new engine and the same off-roadworthiness that makes a Jeep a Jeep.While it’s not what you’d call all-new, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is maybe half-new. The … [Read more...] about 2019 Jeep Cherokee first drive review: Still tougher than your typical crossover
On 18th January, bookings for the new Maruti Suzuki Swift opened for a sum of Rs 11,000 and it will be launched in India at the Auto Expo in February. This is the 3rd generation Swift, and holds out the promise of building on the success of its predecessors and satisfying lakhs of more customers. The first generation Swift was introduced in India in 2005 and was an instant success. The modern and fashionable Maruti Suzuki Swift also won the inaugural ICOTY (Indian Car of the Year) award in 2006 and the second generation version that was introduced in our country in 2010, was also the ICOTY 2012. Right from its launch, the Swift has featured among the top five best selling cars in India. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift is built on the 5th generation Heartect platform which is also the base for the likes of Baleno, Ignis and Swift Dzire. This platform is not only lighter, but also stronger and more rigid thanks to the significant usage of high tensile steel. While it reduces weight and helps … [Read more...] about 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift first drive review