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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Ford Mustang V6

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My first car was a used 1981 Ford Mustang. It was a complete piece of garbage, but it was the best I could do with $900 worth of hard-earned busboy tips. It only had one side mirror, the power steering fluid had to be filled every two weeks and there was a nail in the dashboard. I would have removed that last bit of nonstandard hardware, but whenever the Brown Bomber didn't want to turn over, touching the nail for luck seemed to work. But compared to my friends' cars, mine at least looked the fastest. Looks don't win at the stoplight, though, and my rust-colored 'Stang featured the double whammy of a 109-horsepower 2.8-liter V6 and an automatic transmission.

To say that my Mustang's powertrain was a disappointment could be the understatement of the century, but I wasn't the only V6-powered Mustang owner suffering from horsepower humiliation. It would be another 30 years before Ford would offer a V6-powered Mustang with anything more than mule muscle, but that's where we are today. The 2012 Mustang boasts a legit 305 horsepower, or more punch than the 4.6-liter V8 under the hood of the 2009 Mustang GT. I have no doubt that the 2012 Mustang is vastly superior to my 1981 shame machine, but does that 305 horsepower and a vastly improved rear-wheel-drive chassis make this Mustang one of America's great performance bargains? Hit the jump to find out

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2013 Porsche Panamera Facelift Spied, new rear end in the works

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The Porsche Panamera is scheduled to receive its first facelift for the 2013 model year. Test vehicles have been spotted by our spies over the past few months, but these latest spy shots confirm the model will receive a redesigned rear end.

Unfortunately we don't get to see much of the changes. A temporary makeshift bumper looks to have been grafted on to the rear, so we'll have to patiently wait to take a peak at final styling changes. However, the German sportscar brand aren't well known for massive redesigns on their models, generally favouring evolution rather than revolution.

The front end remains the same as we have seen in previous test vehicles. Large black panels hide some minor modifications to the headlights and the front fascia closely resembles the new Porsche 911 (991).

The range of engines is unlikely to change, although Porsche engineers will probably tweak a few minor details for improved performance and fuel economy figures.

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Top Speed Rendering: 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder

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Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder Concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, followed by the 918 RSR Racing Lab at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Both concepts will be used as base versions for the 918 Spyder production and racing vehicles scheduled to arrive in 2013.

The production version 918 Spyder was officially confirmed for an end of 2013 launch with the first deliveries beginning in early 2014. Porsche will build only 918 units and will price each unit at $845,000 on the US market.

The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept is powered by a 500 HP 3.4 liter V8, along with a pair of electric motors producing 109 horsepower each. But for the production version, this engine will be replaced with an engine featuring a larger displacement of 4.6 liter based on the RS Spyder LMP2 race car. This engine will deliver a total of 550 HP and will be combined with three electric motors that will increase the total output to an impressive 720 HP.

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