How does a 1970s V8 Boss Mustang stack up against a standard modern V6?
Back in 1970, CR put a high-performance Boss 302 through its paces, as the magazine was and is wont to do. More recently, the staff put a 2011 V6 Mustang to the test, and so they decided to put the results head-to-head. This despite the fact that there's an all-new Boss Mustang on the block -- perhaps they haven't had a chance to do their own rigorous tests yet. Given that the Boss 302 packed a 4.9-liter V8 engine versus the 2011's 3.7-liter V6, the performance results are surprising; that is, until you consider the numerous technological advances that have happened in the last 30 years.
Yes, thanks to all our modern performance-enhancing technology, the new V6 is both quicker off the line, with a 6.2-second sprint to 60 mph versus 8.0 seconds, and faster, running a 14.8-second quarter-mile versus the 302's 16.0-second time. And let's not even talk about fuel economy, with the modern version reaching 24 mpg overall compared with a paltry 11 mpg for the Nixon-era Boss.
Full results after the jump.
By Greg Kable
Daimler-owned Smart has revealed more plans for a plug-in electric scooter at the Paris motor show.
The new two-wheeler, depicted here in a series of official sketches, is set to form part of Smart's upcoming show spread. Smart's Paris display will also feature a lightly facelifted version of the fortwo, the company's sole model prior to the arrival of the reborn Forfour in 2012.
AutoWeek first reported the scooter concept in July.
Described as a concept with a possible production future, the traditional-looking scooter is being evaluated as a part of plans to significantly broaden the Smart lineup in coming years as parent Daimler moves to broaden its focus.
GM is showing off its new hatch ahead of the Paris Motor Show.
The previous take on the car was the kind of horrible usually reserved for Third World taxicabs, so you would think that GM would want to sweep the Aveo name under the rug and keep on trucking. That’s not the case, though. The company just announced that it will display a show-car version of the 2011 Aveo at this year’s Paris Motor Show, and that it will be an all-new vehicle from the ground up.
Say it ain't so: a sporty -- er, sportier -- Volvo.
Still, this Heico Sportiv "T6" upgrade of a Volvo S60 does bring back memories of the Swedish manufacturer's "R" badge, boosting horsepower to 330 from 300 and adding a sport front spoiler and rear diffuser, plus new wheels and a quad exhaust -- styling and performance cues that seem odd, yet somehow so right, on one of Volvo's slicker models.
Check it out in action (originally found at Jalopnik) after the jump.
Equus brings the Korean badge upscale
If the Genesis is playing in the shallow end of the luxury market, the Equus is ready to swim in the deep -- especially those models with the Ultimate package, designed for owners more likely to be driven than to drive. That model comes with reclining, massaging rear seats, a refrigerator and a few other extra amenities. But even the Equus Signature package, which is expected to make up most of the car's sales, is awash with leather, chrome, wood and plenty of technological bells and whistles.
Increased menu to be added, with possible free services to entice customers.
According to Automotive News, the subscription OnStar service will receive an upgrade this month that moves it past accident alerts, directions and vehicle diagnostics to include links to social media sites and voice-to-text translation of incoming messages.
By Greg Kable
BMW has established a Web site called www.dontblogabouthis.com with the express purpose of revealing a prototype being used to test a new gasoline-electric driveline earmarked for a future sports car. It’s expected to be launched in 2012 as part of BMW’s EfficientDynamics program.
Featuring two short videos and four photographs of a 6-Series based prototype, the Web site provides no additional information about the prototype other than to suggest that the car in question is “more than a 6-Series” and is “not in its final stage.”
Close inspection reveals the matte black BMW mule has a new front end resembling that of the one-off EfficientDynamics concept revealed at last year’s Frankfurt motor show. Other obvious changes include widened tracks and skinny low-rolling resistance tires on aerodynamically optimized wheels.
Regal tests appetite for a 4-cylinder premium sedan.
Are Americans ready for a 4-cylinder premium sedan? The Buick Regal is about to find out.
I’ve been testing the reborn 2011 Regal this week, including a holiday zip from Brooklyn to Boston and back again. The made-in-Germany Regal is essentially a rebadged Opel Insignia, the European Car of the Year for 2009. In other words, this is no rental-counter Buick.
And despite a mere 2.4-liter 182-horsepower engine that works a bit hard to motivate this roughly 3,600-pound sedan, the Buick is a winner. It’s loaded with curb appeal, it's as quiet and solid-feeling as most luxury sedans, and the interior looks and feels posher than its $26,995 base price would suggest. It's not quite the sporty Acura TSX-fighter that Buick bragged about, but it's still an impressive car, especially at a price that's in line with high-end Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys. And with three well-received products in a row -- the Regal, LaCrosse sedan and Enclave crossover -- Buick is putting together the kind of lineup that could justify GM keeping it around while dispatching Pontiac, Saturn and Saab instead. (Of course, it helped Buick’s cause that the brand is hugely popular in the booming Chinese market).
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5