Monday, November 25, 2013

The Le'Nalors Quick Auto Info " The 2014 Lexus The IS F "

The IS F is to Lexus' IS sedan range what the M3 is to BMW's 3-Series lineup - a serious performance sedan designed to put a big smile on the driver's face. It represents a marked departure from the luxurious but somewhat sedate cars on which Lexus has built its reputation.

Recent Changes
For the IS F's last year on the market before a complete redesign, Lexus has upgraded the speedy four-door with a few improvements, including LED fog lamps and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. Inside the IS F now boasts headrests embossed with the "F" logo, Alcantara trim on the doors and center console and semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats.

As with many performance vehicles, the centerpiece of the IS F is it's engine - a sonorous 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering 416 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 371 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. This motor is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that features a unique torque-converter lock-up control that allows for direct, crisp gear changes through the constant lock-up of the torque converter in the second through eighth gears.

In Drive mode, the IS-F transmission performs smoothly, and the torque converter allows for quick zero to 60 mph acceleration of 4.6 seconds. The transmission also features a manual mode operated via a pair of paddles. Downshifts are accompanied by automated throttle blips to match engine RPM to vehicle speed.

Despite the IS F's high-performance nature, it still delivers decent fuel economy: 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Heavy-duty Brembo brakes with 14.2-inch discs and six-piston calipers ensure all the power is kept under control. The IS-F features custom-designed 19-inch forged alloy wheels with 225/40R19 sized rubber up front and 255/35R19 at the rear as standard.

Lexus claims the IS-F can hit a top speed of over 185 mph, though the U.S. version is limited to 168 mph.

While the IS F was criticized for an overly harsh ride when it first launched, Lexus has since addressed that issue with a retuned suspension while also adding an updated electronic power steering system and a Torsen rear differential. Increased spring and damper rates and larger-diameter stabilizer bars midway through the production run helped create especially crisp and responsive handling.

Lexus recently updated the interior with new IP gauges, a silver colored-trimmed steering wheel, and dark finish aluminum composite ornamentation. The Sport mode switch has also been moved to the steering wheel for easier access.

In addition, vehicles with the black interior received Alcantara seat inserts with leather bolsters that enhance its sportiness. An all-new Orange and Black leather interior with contrast stitching flaunts the IS F's attitude and replaces the Terra Cotta interior

The IS F's optional navigation system incorporates Lexus' Enform infotainment system. Enform provides access to Bing search, iHeartRadio,, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp and Facebook Places through compatible smart phones.

Standard and Optional Features
The IS F comes well equipped with perforated leather upholstery, a 13-speaker premium sound system with a six-disc CD changer, SiriusXM satellite radio and USB/AUX input jacks, Bluetooth connectivity, aluminum pedals and 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels.

Highlights from the options list include a 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, heated and ventilated from seats and a navigation system.

Occupant Safety
All IS F models come standard with dual front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and brake assist.

Key Competitors
The IS F is aimed at performance-focused sedans like the BMW M3, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the Cadillac CTS-V.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Le'Nalors Quick Auto Info " Range Rover Evoque "

The Range Rover Evoque is the latest vehicle to join Land Rover's lineup, and it certainly stands out from the rest of the storied off-road nameplate's range due to its decidedly more road-minded design. The Evoque Coupe is the most style-oriented model in the lineup, while the Evoque Five-Door adds an extra dose of practicality.

The Evoque foreshadows a new, more urban direction for Land Rover, although the company says it will continue producing off road-oriented models. The automaker defends the street-ready Evoque model as a response to changing consumer preferences and stricter emissions standards.

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Stylistically speaking
According to Land Rover, the Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced, measuring just 172 inches from head to toe. It was designed at the firm's Gaydon facility and is produced in Halewood. The Evoque is largely based on the Land Rover LR2, itself riding on a Volvo-developed platform.

Stylistically a dead-ringer for the automaker's LRX concept car that debuted several years ago, the Evoque boasts a much more aggressive shape than any Land Rover vehicle before it.

Inside, the squared off, symmetrical dashboard theme isn't unlike that found on the LR4 and Range Rover. The SUV can be had in one of three trim packages - Pure, Prestige or Dynamic.

Pure models feature brushed aluminum trim and neutral colors, while the Prestige badge brings with it two-tone leather wrapping nearly every surface and mixed wood and aluminum trim, as well as 19-inch wheels. Dynamic adds a sport-oriented interior and the availability of a contrasting-color roof and rear spoiler.

An available 17-speaker, 825-Watt Meridian audio system highlights the list of available tech goodies. Surround Camera System, hard drive-based navigation, rear seat entertainment, blind spot monitoring and keyless access make their way down from other Land Rovers.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder plucked from former corporate parent Ford's parts bin provides motivation in the U.S. (European markets get a diesel option). The engine makes 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque and, working in conjunction with a six-speed automatic transmission, helps the Evoque sprint from zero-to-60 mpg about seven seconds and return 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

The Evoque comes standard with all-wheel-drive and a version of Land Rover's Terrain Response control is available.

Make it your own
As is usually the case with luxury vehicles, the Evoque can be had with an extensive list of custom configurations to suit your taste and style.

Some of the custom options include: 12 exterior colors, three contrasting roof colors, five different alloy wheel designs that range from 19- to 20-inches, 12 different designer interior configurations, black or chrome roof rails and a choice of wood or metal accents for the interior.

Occupant Safety
All Evoque models come standard with dual front, side, full-length side-curtain and knee airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.

Key Competitors
The Evoque Coupe doesn't really have any direct rivals; the Jeep Wrangler is the only other two-door SUV on the market, yet it is far more off-road oriented, not to mention less luxurious, than the Range Rover. In terms of head-turning style, crossovers like the BMW X6 and Acura ZDX could be considered competitors to the Evoque Coupe.