Okay, odds are you’ll never buy the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed, but it’s nice to know it exists, just in case your tech startup gets bought out by Google. With a horsepower boost, the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed is the most powerful four-door Bentley has ever produced. Hitting zero to 60 in a scant 4.5 seconds and attaining a top speed of 200 miles per hour is quite an achievement for a car with a curb weight in the ballpark of a Ford F150 4x4 SuperCrew.
At long last, it seems BMW will finally bring its so-called sports activity vehicle, the X1, to U.S. shores. Originally slated to arrive in 2011, this compact crossover has been delayed several times because of unexpectedly good sales in Europe (leading to a shortage of models) as well as strong sales of other BMW SUV models in the States. But at long last, this stylish small SUV has arrived in trim packages up to the M Sport Line, which outfits the X1 with the sporting performance and appearance of BMW’s M series.
Would you pay $40,000 for a Kia? The automaker wants to find out. When it rolls out in the United States next year, the Kia Cadenza will be the brand's flagship sedan — at least until an even more upscale model, based on Kia's K9 concept, arrives a year later, if rumors can be believed. Estimates put the Cadenza sticker in the high 30s to low 40s. Given the improvement Kia has shown in the last few years with the well-received Forte and Optima, we have high hopes for this halo car. Expect luxury aspirations inside, outside and under the hood when this car debuts next year.
The Boxster has always been one of the ultimate drivers’ cars, but it also probably had the least exciting design of any Porsche. Not so the all-new Boxster S. With side air intakes inspired by the 550 Spyder, swooping wings over the rear wheels and large air intakes up front, the Boxster S might now be the most wicked-looking Porsche on the road.
We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport that debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Boasting the same potent twin turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes the Taurus SHO a blast to drive, the all-wheel drive Sport also has aggressive styling, with a blacked-out Range Rover–style grille, 20-inch wheels and dual exhaust. Add in a luxurious, technologically loaded interior, and the Explorer Sport will make tough competition with the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 8 and Dodge Durango R/T for fans of high-performance domestic SUVs.
It’s hard not to want to get behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala after watching the opening scene of the movie Drive with Ryan Gosling. And as luck would have it, Chevy’s giving the historic nameplate an upscale upgrade for the 2014 model year, so there will soon be an all-new model to try. We’re not sure yet if we love the design, but we definitely want to get behind the wheel. Of the available engines, there’s no debate; you’ll want to drive it with the 3.6-liter, 303-horsepower V6. It should be more than enough to recreate the feel of running from the LAPD. Not that we condone that.