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Sport rules the Detroit auto show

Toyota's FT-1 concept car suggests a new direction in design for the automaker.

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With the global economy on a rubber band for the past couple of decades, automakers circled the wagons, taking a conservative approach to their model line-ups. But at the 2014 Detroit auto show, it looks like we can have fun things once again.

Toyota, that hallmark of sensible cars, showed off an exciting new concept called the FT-1. Although not meant as a production prototype, it shows that Toyota is letting its designers have fun, and hopefully presages new models with a more emotional appeal.

Likewise, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus gave its new RC coupe its North American debut, and took the wraps off the RC F, a high-performance version of the RC. It’s been some years since Lexus had a coupe, and the RC fills this niche nicely. It’s a GT-style car that partially resembles the Scion FR-S, Toyota’s joint project with Subaru. The RC also comes with a new infotainment interface for Lexus, a touchpad, something we’re seeing from other luxury automakers.

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Lexus IS350 F Sport: Does it measure up to the German’s – or even need to? (CNET On Cars, Episode 29)

Lexus IS350 F Sport: Does it measure up to the Germans — or even need to? (CNET On Cars, Episode 29)

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In this episode:

  • The all new (aside from engine) Lexus IS350 F Sport
  • Roof crush resistance technology
  • How often you should change your oil
  • Understanding the varieties of adaptive suspension
  • Safety tech that has trickled down from high end cars

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

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Range Rover Sport proves its mettle on- and off-road

It may be a pricey SUV with luxury cabin appointments, but the Range Rover Sport handles tough terrain better than most.

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A good sports car, such as the BMW M3, the Chevy Corvette, and the new Jaguar F-type, lets you commute to work every day, then drive it to the track on the weekend for some hot laps, no trailer required. With the 2014 Range Rover Sport, you can get to work all week in comfort, then take it out on the weekend for some serious off-road fun.

And, Land Rover would suggest, you could also take it to the track.

During a drive set up by Land Rover for the press, I got to test that first proposition, driving both the V-6 and V-8 versions of the Range Rover Sport on the freeway, twisty mountain roads, and a lengthy, tortuous off-road track.

Big brother, little brother Although it’s a completely different vehicle, Land Rover redesigned the Sport on the same principles as the new Range Rover. The Range Rover Sport benefits from aluminum unib… [Read more]

    








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All new Chevy Impala and Range Rover Sport (CNET On Cars, Episode 22)

Episode 22, All new Chevy Impala and Range Rover Sport

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Lots of new product this week: The (dramatically) new 2014 Chevy Impala and the equally new Range Rover Sport. I tested the Impala personally and I came away liking it a lot, but feeling it has a bit of the old car’s DNA. Maybe when the Chevy SS comes along it will be a “driver’s Impala”, as much of an oxymoron as that has traditionally been. That said, the new Impala is a major step out o… [Read more]

    




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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: Priciest car we’ve ever driven (CNET On Cars, Episode 19)

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Well, I don’t know what to say about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse that hasn’t already been said. Add to that the fact that we only had access to it on public streets with moderate speed limits and you can see I was in a pickle. So I chose to seek out the essence of the car and tell some of its less-told stories. I hope you find it at least something of a departure from the usual fawning and drooling over its top speed and horsepower.

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse takes on the slow roads

Despite its massive horsepower and torque, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse behaves nicely cruising on a twisty mountain road.

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I wish I could tell you about driving the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse up to its record-breaking speed of 254 mph. Race car driver Anthony Liu did it. Of course, he drove the Veryon on a 5.6-mile straightaway at Volkswagen’s test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany, taking the speed record for a production convertible.

On the rural roads in Napa, Calif., the best I could manage was a few seconds of maximum acceleration, making all four wheels grab pavement with neck-snapping force from the engine’s 1,106 pound-feet of torque.

With my foot flat on the gas pedal, I wasn’t looking at gauges or consulting a stopwatch, but Bugatti says the Veyron, in its open-top Grand Sport Vitesse form, hits 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds. I’ve driven cars that hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, but those did not prepare me for the Veyron. It is in a completely different class when it comes to stepping off the line.

Put the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox in first, push the gas, and hang on. There’s no time to tap the paddle shifters, but that’s OK, the car will automatically grab the next gear before redline. No fuel shut-off to worry about.

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Range Rover Sport to make mad dash through New York

The Range Rover Sport will be revealed in a drive through New York on the evening of March 26.

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Last year, Land Rover took the wraps off its fully re-engineered, weight-reduced Range Rover. At the upcoming New York International Auto Show the company will unveil the Range Rover Sport edition, traditionally a more powerful, lowered version of Land Rover’s big truck.

Land Rover promises a drive through New York as the first public appearance for the new vehicle on Tuesday, March 26.

I picture it something like this: Land Rover, wanting to enter Manhattan in style, sends the driver on a route over the Brooklyn Bridge, surrounded by camera cars. However, due to construction on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the driver exits on Flushing, losing the lead camera car in the process.

After half an hour in Brooklyn Heights traffic, mostly caused by legions of parents pushing strollers to their favorite bars and cafes, Land Rover central instructs the driver to break for the Williamsburg Bridge. Losing a second camera car in the traffic melee, the driver finds a relatively clear road on DeKalb, making his way through light after light to Broadway.

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