MONTICELLO, New York — We get it. Superfans only want to hear about the yin versus yang. iPhone versus Android. Batman versus Superman. The Ford Mustang versus its Bizarro World twinsie/frenemy, the Chevy Camaro. So on our first drive in a 2018 Mustang GT equipped with the Performance Pack Level 2, we could break down every bit of minutiae to dissect the Level 2 versus the Camaro SS 1LE. But frankly, we just don't give a damn. Either the Level 2 upgrades are worth the extra $6,500 on top of the price of a manually-equipped Mustang GT fastback, or they aren't. A sports car better stand on its own merits, and not as a counterbalance to some other machine. We are on the south course of the Monticello Motor Club, a 3.6-mile racetrack in New York's rolling Catskills. I've driven everything from a Pagani Huayra to a Camaro ZL1 here, and this set of elevated twists will call out weaknesses even on great vehicles. Will the Mustang Level 2 tear up this challenging carnival ride of a … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 Review
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If you have not already, maybe you should start by reading our review of the Denali D4 (version 1) lights first. The outer casing of the light, mounting points and heat sink all remain exactly the same as before. What's changed: Flagship lights There was some confusion as to which of Denali's highly regarded lights were to be considered the flagship. With the version 2 lights, Denali Electronics has clearly set the D4 as their flagship while other lights play other roles. What's changed: more power Denali uses a new generation of LED chips on the D4 version 2 (as well as other version 2) lights that produce a lot more light for approximately the same power consumption and physical size. These not put up roughly 8,800 raw lumens, a lot more than the previous 3,800 approximately. What's changed: adjustability: lenses and brightness The D4 now comes with what Denali called TriOptic technology. On the D4 v2 it means you get spare lenses that you can swap. This allows you to run three … [Read more...] about Product review: Denali D4 v 2.0 auxiliary LED motorcycle lights
Testing cars from a few days to a couple of weeks is the only logistically feasible way for any publication to introduce you to, and go over, new models on a frequent basis. But what about showing what it’s really like living and maintaining a new vehicle that you drive all year around? Well, that’s where long term cars come in. Without further ado, we welcome you to Carscoops’ first long term tester, a 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q4 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four putting out a healthy 280PS (276hp) and 296lb ft connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission. We’re told it can reach 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds or 100km/h in 5.7 seconds, which sounds pretty darn impressive, especially for a base model. Oh, it’s also rear-driven most of the time, unless there’s a reason (read New England weather) for the Q4 system to send some torque in front and help you get out of a sticky (or twisty) situation. It looks effortlessly cool too, in a way only Italians (and … [Read more...] about 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T Q4 Long-Term Review: The Introduction
Caroline reviews the Nissan X-Trail SUV. Nissan has become something of an SUV specialist over the years with the Nissan Qashqai being one of the defining and most popular compact crossover of its era. Let’s not forget the larger Nissan X-Trail too. In its current generation it’s a rugged and stylish large SUV, offering more space and utility to buyers who outgrow their Qashqai. It’s also in my opinion a wildly different beast to the Qashqai. Longer and higher, the 2018 refreshed Nissan X-Trail has the presence of a larger vehicle. While the Qashqai retains a lot of hatchback-like driving character, the Nissan X-Trail feels like a more authentic off-roader behind the wheel and on the road. In Ireland the Nissan X-Trail range kicks off at €32,150 for a 2WD five seat model with a 1.6-litre diesel engine with 130hp or a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 163hp. Seven seaters start from €33,250. Four wheel drive models are available from €38,000. There is also … [Read more...] about Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Diesel 4×4 Review
3 It’s fair to say the Jaguar E-Pace didn’t enjoy the unanimously rapturous reception its maker had hoped for when first reviewed by the world’s press. Too heavy, compromised by an overly firm ride and expensive to boot, it was a long way from the shrunken F-Pace many had been expecting. Those early cars were all in P300 all-wheel-drive, automatic gearbox specification, which is currently as far as you can take an E-Pace in terms of performance and price. But what about if you go to the opposite end of the spectrum, and opt for the entry-level model? Let’s find out. The first bit of good news is the £17,000 or so you’ll save on the purchase price of the most basic E-Pace compared with the range-topper.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about Jaguar E-Pace 2.0 D150 review: does the entry-level version make more sense than the top-spec P300?
Chevrolet has had a long standing in the foray of building and selling compact crossover utility vehicles, and with today’s record-breaking SUV and crossover sales, the newest Equinox gets a new lease on life to attract the massive influx of buyers. Receiving a full redesign for the 2018 model year, the new Equinox captures the newfound hearts of the masses to serve up many powertrains and configurations to suit the needs for those seeking a compact crossover that doesn’t compromise with its segment-size-busting accommodations. >> Get the best price on the Chevrolet Equinox from a network of local dealers now. << The new Chevrolet Equinox plays to a tune for those who are more cost conscious but don’t wish to compromise on the all that a crossover is supposed to provide in versatility and spaciousness even with a compact-size classification. There was a time that I balked at the idea of even driving a Chevrolet Equinox because … [Read more...] about 2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2.0T AWD Review & Test Drive
The Opel Grandland X is a brand new model for the Opel range, a mid-size SUV slotting in above the Opel Astra. Grandland X gives Opel a key product to compete for family buyers, who more and more are opting for SUVs. The Opel Grandland X is a good-looking SUV with familiar Opel design cues. It shares underpinnings and engines with the Peugeot 3008 launched last year, but the Grandland X feels very much like an Opel. The Grandland X has a sleek and compact presence but there’s room inside for five as well as a generous 514 litre boot. And while the interior design may not be as avant-garde as the Peugeot, the interior of the Grandland X is good quality and packed with technology including the Opel OnStar personal assistant and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Will the Opel Grandland X make a good family car? Comfort and space is a must for a family car and the Opel Grandland X does not disappoint. On the road it’s an agile and pleasant SUV to … [Read more...] about Opel Grandland X 1.2 Petrol Review
On the surface, the 2018 Subaru XV may seem familiar and largely unchanged, but the truth is it’s as new as they come. It rides on the new Subaru Global Platform which ups body and chassis rigidity by 70%, and the platform will underpin all future Subaru models to come. The XV is available in two variants – 2.0i and 2.0i-P, and both share the same 2.0 litre direct injection four-cylinder Boxer engine producing 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and and 196 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The company’s famous symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard fitment, as is the seven-stepped continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters. Styling-wise, it’s more pleasant to look at compared to the older model, and that’s achieved without veering too far off from the first-gen XV‘s dimensions. The cabin on the other hand, is the most impressive aspect of progress to this writer. In terms of safety, the crossover comes with seven airbags (with driver’s knee airbag), ABS with … [Read more...] about FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-P review
On the surface, the 2018 Subaru XV may seem familiar and largely unchanged, but the truth is it’s as new as they come. It rides on the new Subaru Global Platform which ups body and chassis rigidity by 70%, and the platform will underpin all future Subaru models to come.The XV is available in two variants – 2.0i and 2.0i-P, and both share the same 2.0 litre direct injection four-cylinder Boxer engine producing 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and and 196 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The company’s famous symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard fitment, as is the seven-stepped continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters.Styling-wise, it’s more pleasant to look at compared to the older model, and that’s achieved without veering too far off from the first-gen XV‘s dimensions. The cabin on the other hand, is the most impressive aspect of progress to this writer. In terms of safety, the crossover comes with seven airbags (with driver’s knee airbag), ABS with EBD … [Read more...] about FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-P review – RM126k
Auto Expo 2018 is just days away and Ford decided to unveil its Ford Figo facelift after months of testing. The hatchback’s competition ,the Maruti Swift is nearing its launch and is also much more competitive product. Ford has changed what it had to make its product appealing. Today, the Figo facelift is out worlwide and we have details that Ford has sent to us. Big, flat and imposing grille at the front with chrome inspiration and honeycomb mesh is clearly making it stand out as a facelift. New alloy wheels, tweaks to the front bumper are on offer. The rear and side profile see no change whatsoever and continue to be appealing.Big change includes a brand new touch screen that will make from the Ecosport facelift to this hatchback and its sedan sibling. Black interior with subtle changes to the roof and seats will make it stand out and refresh the cabin which is the need of the day for the current Figo on sale. Automatic climate control, sync3 with apple car play and android … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Figo Facelift Unveiled – Subtle Changes Inside Out Seen – Maruti Swift Beware!