Archive for June, 2013
Ford introduced the newest member of the ever-expanding F-150 at a recent press event held at the company’s proving grounds in Dearborn, Michigan. The 2014 F-150 Tremor is a regular-cab short-wheelbase model that packs the company’s 365-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 “EcoBoost” engine.
The brawny V6 mates to a 6-speed automatic transmission and locking 4.10 differential. Rear-wheel drive and 4✕4 versions of the Tremor will be available.
Intended as a “sport” truck, the Tremor wears specific exterior trim that includes flat-black accents, bodyside stripe graphics, and Tremor badging. Wheels are 20-inch black-finished alloys wearing raised-white-letter tires. Inside, there are bucket seats, black-leather upholstery with synthetic-suede inserts, a console with floor shift, and specific accents.
CG Says: The 2014 Tremor is the first regular-cab F-150 to use the company’s popular EcoBoost V6 engine. With 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the Tremor should have the muscle to back up its sporty looks. We look forward to driving it.
During a press conference on June 26, 2013, at—quite appropriately—the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Tesla announced the opening of its ninth Supercharger station. Located along I-55 in Bloomington, Illinois, it’s the first one not situated on the east or west coast. The majority are in Tesla’s home state of California, with the others in Connecticut and Delaware.
The advantage of Tesla’s Supercharger station is that it can recharge the all-electric Tesla Model S much faster than a normal Level 2 or even Level 3 charging station. In fact, it can provide up to 200 miles of range in just 30 minutes. By contrast, a conventional Level 2 charging station can provide only about 10 miles of range in 30 minutes.
The Model S is available with two battery sizes: 60 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 85 kWh. Official EPA range is 208 miles and 265 miles, respectively. The Bloomington charging station allows drivers to go from Chicago to St. Louis with just one 30-minute stop to recharge.
The Bentley Continental GTC Speed is one of the most luxurious vehicles on the planet, and as such, it has a key to match its opulence. After all, a chintzy plastic fob would dilute the ownership experience (we’re looking at you, BMW M5).
Anybody who follows the Emmy-winning cable series Mad Men, which just concluded its sixth season, knows that the fictional ’60s advertising agency at the center of the show recently picked up a significant, but challenging, new account: a car known by its cryptic code name, XP-887. Anybody who’s a fan of postwar American cars (or anyone who follows Mad Men fan sites) knows that the XP-887 is the star-crossed Chevrolet Vega.
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While luxury cars tend to offer more comfortable front seats than non-premium cars do—not to mention all kinds of power adjustments—they don’t necessarily offer more room. In fact, with sleek styling that’s meant to woo well-to-do customers, headroom is often more limiting in luxo vehicles.
Going on sale now at select Nissan dealers, the new 2013 NV200 compact cargo van joins a growing class of vehicles that was virtually nonexistent five years ago.
Ford broke the ice with its Transit Connect, a high-roof, compact van with front-wheel drive and a gas-sipping 4-cylinder engine. It had already been a success in Europe, where high gas prices made this type of vehicle a logical choice for small businesses. But it evidently wasn’t considered viable in the U.S. until this country saw some high gas prices of its own.
I don’t actually smoke cigars. As I am to high-end brown liquor, I am immune to the charms of fine tobacco. I find myself sadly confessing that in a blind “smoke test,” I would be unable to discern between an expensive Cohiba and a rolled-up grocery sack.
In recent months here at the old Daily Drive, you may have read my colleagues’ reminiscences of the cars that they admired in the years from which they graduated from high school. I’ve been looking forward to joining that discussion, but I’m doing it with a twist.
Are you sick of “sardining” yourself into a bucket seat? Tired of driving with your kneecaps on the steering wheel? Fed up with banging your noggin on the headliner? If you’re over 6-feet tall and need a vehicle to accommodate your large frame, look no further. We’ve got you covered.
I recall Brock Yates, while still with Car and Driver, having penned a column that made me feel crummy. Apparently, according to Brock, because I’m not an especially gifted track driver, and because I can’t name every Formula One driver who ever finished a race, I am not a real “car guy.”