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2011 Porsche Panamera

The 2011 Porsche Panamera, was launched in the 2009 and it was Porches’s first four door sedan to compete luxury sedan category. It was quite successful in getting attention in a short period of time as luxury sedan out of Porsche’s sports car heritage. It competes successfully with top ends segment cars like the Aston Martin Rapide or the Mercedes-Benz CLS-class, It combines all one would look from a luxury car, performance, good look, comfort and luxury.

The 2011 Porsche Panamera is a four-passenger, four-door hatchback that is offered in five trim levels; Base, 4, S, 4S and Turbo. The Porsche Panamera Base and 4 are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The base can sprint zero to 60 mph in as little as 5.6 seconds. The Porsche Panamera S and 4S receive a 4.8-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Panamera S can reach zero to 60 mph in either 5.2 seconds while the 4S can achieve that within 4.8 seconds.

The Panamera Turbo gets a twin-turbocharged version of the same V8 engine producing an impressive 500 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo can make zero to sixty in 4.0 seconds. An optional Panamera Turbo Kit increases the performance with titanium alloy turbines and engine management tweaks, boosting the Panamera Turbo’s output to 540 hp and 590 lb-ft.

Every Panamera is equipped with a ZF-engineered seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The Panamera Base and S are rear-wheel drive cars, while the Panamera 4, 4S and Turbo are all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is around 18 mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway for the Base variant, the 4 achieves 18mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, the s and 4s have 16/24 mpg while the top end Turbo achieves 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

The 2011 Porsche Panamera Base and Panamera 4 comes equipped with long list of standard features including adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a power rear hatch, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a sunroof, eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions, a cooled glove-box, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 60/40-split rear seatback and rear bucket seats. Also standard are a hard-drive-based navigation system and an 11-speaker CD audio system. The only difference between Panamera Base and Panamera 4 is the drive system, the 4 has all-wheel drive while the Base is a rear-wheel drive. The Panamera S and all-wheel-drive 4S also gets all the above features as standard.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is not only full of luxury and performance, it stands out in its class because of the sleek and contemporary look. The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a beautifully designed car. This coupe like sedans is based on previous-generation E-Class. It shares number of major components and the structure with the E-Class. If you are looking for a car with distinctive styling, strong performance and a luxurious interior, give the CLS a test drive.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available in two trim level; CLS550 and CLS63 AMG. The Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is powered by a powerful 5.5-liter V8 engine that develops 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The Mercedes CLS63 AMG gets a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 507 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are paired with a seven-speed gearbox with Sportronic manual-shift capability. The CLS-Class is a Four-Wheel-Drive vehicle but in normal condition only the rear wheels get power unless they are losing grip. Another version with 4.6L V8 engine is going to be added with the name “CLS550 4MATIC” in 2012 CLS-Class line up.

Inside the cabin, the interior is well finished with wood panels, chrome trim surrounds and premium materials with lots of details. Because of the coupe-like roof line on the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class the rear seats lacks head room, tall passengers might find their head touching the roof. Otherwise the cabin is full of comfort and luxury. The CLS-Class cars offer plenty of entertainment value to go along with their beautiful exteriors.

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Title › 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class features every convenience you’d expect from a premium luxury sedan including 10-way adjustable seats, glass sunroof, adjustable air suspension, four-zone climate control, LCD control center and Tele-Aid. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability protection, an advanced electro-hydraulic braking system, front airbags, front-side airbags, rear-side and side-curtain airbags. The CLS63 AMG adds an AMG-engineered suspension and a number of exterior upgrades unique to the AMG brand.

The 15.9 cubic feet trunk of 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers almost the same space as the E-Class sedan. In terms of interior comfort, the CLS makes for a great four-passenger sedan.

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2010 Mercury Mountaineer

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is a midsize SUV, identical to the Ford Explorer with some differences in exterior styling and equipment differences, the Mountaineer is basically an another version of the Explorer with extra premium features and softer suburban look. The Mercury Mountaineer is optional Four-Wheel-Drive SUV, while Ford Explorer is FWD vehicle. The Mountaineer offered decent off-roading capability along with good space for a medium-size family (with optional third-row seats), decent handling and ride quality. The Mercury Mountaineer is available in two trim-levels; base and Premier, rear-wheel drive is standard on both trims, with all-wheel drive optional.

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is offered with two engine options; 4.0-liter V6 and 4.6-liter V8. The 4.0-liter engine makes 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. The optional 4.6-liter V8 engine puts out a peppier 292 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6, while the V8 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available with either engine. The V6 achieves 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway while the V8 consumes 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer base model comes equipped with cruise control, full power accessories, a six-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, and a stereo with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. There are other optional features available as package called “Five-Passenger Value Package” and “Seven-Passenger Value Package”. The Five-Passenger Value Package adds driver memory functions, rear manual climate controls, leather upholstery, reverse parking sensors, running boards, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated power front seats, satellite radio and the Sync voice-activated communication and entertainment system. The Seven-Passenger Value Package includes the same features plus a 50/50-split manual-folding third-row bench. Sunroof is also available as stand-alone option.

The Mercury Mountaineer Premier comes standard with rear parking sensors, aluminum roof rails, leather upholstery, aluminum-trimmed heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, 18-inch chrome wheels, heated power front seats, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear manual climate controls, driver memory functions and Sync. Optional features on the Premier model include 20-inch wheels, tow package, a power-folding third-row seat, power running boards, a rear-seat entertainment system, second-row fold-flat bucket seats and a voice-activated navigation system with DVD audio and video capability and an internal hard drive.

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Title › 2010 Mercury Mountaineer

Standard safety equipments include antilock disc brakes and stability control with a rollover sensor, front-seat side airbags and first- and second-row side curtain airbags.

The interior looks neat and well arranged with the use high quality of materials. Second-row passengers have good leg and headroom, but the third row is narrow and low to the floor, tall adults might find the third row uncomfortable over long drive. The Seven-passenger Mercury Mountaineers can hold 83.7 cubic feet of luggage, while the five-passenger versions can hold 85.8 cubic feet.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet


The Mercedes-Benz E-Class used to comes in form of sedan and coupe, in 2011 Mercedes added convertible and brought back wagon in the E-Class line up. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class also gets diesel-fueled V6 engine as option. Mercedes-Benz is offering the E-Class Cabriolet in only two trim levels in US, based on engine choice; the E350 with a V6 and the E550 with V8 engine. The one-inch thick soft top folds down in 17 seconds with a push of a button. While the top is on it does a good job of keeping wind noise out.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 268 horsepower, along with 258 lb-ft of torque with fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The 5.5-liter V8 in the E550 delivers 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque and fuel economy is around 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Both the engines, specially the V8 produces enough power for the E-Class to give it plenty of speed. Both the E350 and E550 make use of a 7-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class falls in mid-size luxury category with all the amenities one would expect from a Mercedes including CD/FM/MP3 with 8 speakers audio system, DVD player with 7-in. screen, Bluetooth enabled devices, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, voice activated controls, 3-memory adjustments for driver side include exterior mirrors, seat and steering wheel, tire pressure monitor, keyless entry, multi-function remote, multi ways adjustable front seats and power soft convertible top.

There is long list of optional features packaged as “Premium Package I” and “Premium Package II”. Package I includes COMAND with navigation system, heated front seats, premium harman-kardon audio with HD radio and Sirius satellite radio hardware, rearview camera and rear-glass sunshade. Package II includes Package I plus ventilated front seats, a bi-xenon active light system with automatic high-beam control and headlight washers, and keyless entry. There are few standalone options like rear-seat DVD entertainment.

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Title › 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Safety features include advanced antilock brakes and electronic stability program, Attention Assist drowsiness monitor, nine airbags: dual frontal, front-passenger side-impact torso, driver’s knee-protection, front passenger side-impact pelvis, and full cabin head-protection curtains. Rear passenger side-impact airbags are optional.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet’s cabin is almost same as the sedan version. The front seats are leather-covered and gives firm, supportive cushions. The cabriolet has two decently sized rear seats, but short on legroom. The trunk measures 11.5 cubic feet, but with the top down the cargo space reduces 8.8 cubic feet.

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Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 Italia is the replacement for F430 but faster, bigger and better in everyway. The 458 Italia has much improved design to be more aerodynamic and stable on the road. 458 Italia is a ideal combination of performance, look, technology and pleasure.

The 458 Italia gets a all new refined mid-mounted 4.5-litre V8 CVT 32-Valve engine, producing massive 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and touches 0-60mph in less than 3.4sec, a top speed beyond 200mph. Power is delivered through an automated dual-clutch seven-speed transmission. The gearshifts from the new transmission are crisp and very smooth.

Aerodynamics play a big role in the performance of the 458 Italia. The winglets on the lower grilles bend in the airflow at high speeds and direct more air under the car to keep the car stable on the road. The controls on the steering wheel allows the driver to adjust the transmission and chassis electronics, configuration of the engine, including the traction control, differential, stability control, damper and braking systems. The revised suspension provides more accurate wheel articulation.

The 458 Italia is packed with latest technology and features including remote trunk release, keyless entry operated via key fob, front dual reclining bucket seats integral headrests, independent multi-link rear suspension with springs and shock absorbers, magnetorheological suspension control automatic adaptive variable suspension, independent double wishbone front suspension with springs and shock absorbers, steering wheel mounted controls, etc.

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Title › Ferrari 458 Italia

Safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, limited slip differential, vehicle stability control system, f1 trac traction control,, crumple zones, trunk anti-trap device, driver and passenger airbag, side guard door beams, etc.

Though the Ferrari 458 Italia is a two seater, it has enough luggage space under the bonnet and behind the seats. The cabin is big enough for two adults with enough head and leg room.

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