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What Is The Best Performance Sedan – Your Daily Answers

By   August 30, 2016

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Yesterday we asked you to tell us what you thought was the best performance sedan? Below are the comments that we found most interesting.

Each day we ask you a performance and/or luxury car question. After you submit your answers in the comments we post those that we think stood out most. Keep reading to see what you said to yesterday’s question.

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The New Chevy Camaro Lineup Is Very Quick

By   September 14, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Remember when a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds was world class speed? It wasn’t that long ago, but now an entry level Chevrolet Camaro with a four cylinder engine can accomplish that level of performance.

Of course the entry level 2016 Camaro is turbocharged and the 2.0-liter power plant outputs a strong 275 horsepower. That isn’t bad, but it is the fact that the sixth generation of the American muscle car has gone on a diet that really provides a performance boost.

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5 Affordable BMWs

By   April 14, 2014

BMW Z4

What are the Most Affordable BMW Performance Cars?

BMW is one of the most sought after brands in the world. There is a reason why they call it the ultimate driving machine. They make luxurious and good performing cars, but all this comes at a price.

By that we mean a higher price tag than most other cars. But what if you have to drive a BMW and a regular luxury car from the German automaker just won’t cut it?

Well, we have together a list of the top 5 affordable BMW performance cars.

  1. BMW M3 – The BMW M3 is the performance car that helped launch the company’s high performance division and the car itself has become a legend. The early E30 cars look like they may turn into good investments over the next few years, but are still somewhat affordable. If you want to pay the least possible, look for the second generation E36 (1995-1999). You can find higher mileage cars in the $4,000 range, but for around $15,000 you have plenty of options.
  2. BMW M5 – When the M5 was first introduced in the late ’80s it was the fastest sedan you could purchase. While by today’s standards the early cars aren’t earth shatteringly fast, they are plenty quick to keep up with modern traffic. You can find late ’80s and early 90’s models in the $5,000 – $15,000 range depending on mileage and condition.
  3. BMW Z3 – The Z3 had retro styling and was featured in a Bond film. Sure the little roadster wasn’t the fastest car made, but it is a fun to drive open-aired machine. The Z3 also received the M treatment and that version will command a higher price since it has a lot more performance. You can find plenty of good Z3s from $3,000 – $10,000.
  4. BMW Z4 – The Z4 is a much more luxurious and better performing car than the Z3. Where the Z3 competed against the likes of the Miata, the Z4 was competing with cars like the Porsche Boxster. You can find good earlier cars in the $10,000-$15,000 range.
  5. BMW M6 – The M6 first appear in 1983 and it was a very fast large sedan when it first appeared on the scene. One interesting thing is that the M6 was not produced for a few years, but came back into production twice. You can find a good ’80s or ’90s car in the $13,000 – $25,000 range.

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2014 Porsche Panameras Hit Showrooms

By   September 4, 2013

2014 Porsche Panameras Now Available

2014 Porsche Panameras Now Available

Porsche has announced that the new expanded Panamera lineup is now available in dealer showrooms throughout the United States. The new range of cars includes the new Panamera S E-Hybrid.

The plugin-hybrid can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and keep going all the way to 165 mph. All this while getting gas mileage that a Prius owner can only hope for (depending on how you drive it).

The big news for this model year is that you won’t be able to purchase and S model with a V8 engine. Instead you will get a turbo-charged V6 that pumps out plenty of power, but in a different way than the outgoing V8 S model.

Of course if you still want one with a fire breathing V8 you can get the Turbo or GTS. Both cars are fast with the turbo being about .5 a second faster from 0 to 60 mph, managing a 3.7 second time. Both cars are capable of keeping up with all but the fastest sports cars, not bad for a car that can haul four people comfortably.

Let us know what you think of the new Porsche Panamera lineup in the comments.

Press Release

Porsche Cars North America today announced that the expanded Porsche Panamera model line is now available in dealer showrooms across the United States.

The Porsche Panamera sports sedan lineup expands for the 2014 model year with the addition of three new variants: the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid from Porsche; and two luxurious Executive versions based on the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo models.

A new 3.0 twin-turbo V6 engine replaces the previous 4.8-liter V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. The new engine is also used in the new Panamera 4S Executive and offers an additional 20 hp and 15 lb.-ft. of additional torque, with an increase of up to 17 percent in fuel economy compared to the V8 engine in the previous model. With this launch, the Panamera line-up now increases to nine individual models available in the U.S. market that offer an expansive range between sportiness and comfort.

The new Panamera S E-Hybrid improves the previous Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor, and a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and is able be recharged from home or public charging stations. The electric drive produces 95 hp, double the power of the previous model’s electric motor (47 hp). Electricity is stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has increased capacity over the previous battery (1.7 kWh). Via the integrated on-board charging componentry and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source. The Panamera S E-Hybrid is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 167 mph.

The new Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive models, which feature a wheelbase extended by 5.9 inches, allow even more rear seating comfort and come with an extensive range of standard features, including a full leather interior. All Executive models are equipped with adaptive air-suspension featuring Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which combines superior performance and enhanced ride comfort.

For the 2014 Panamera Turbo; power was increased by 20 hp to 520 hp, while its highway fuel consumption improved by four percent to 24 EPA mpg. The added power lets the top model sprint from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.7 seconds, and its top track speed has increased by one mph to 189 mph.

The naturally aspirated V8 engine in the new Panamera GTS has also improved for 2014, by 10 hp to 440 hp, along with a four percent increase in highway mpg according to the EPA. The 2014 Panamera GTS now accelerates from zero to 60 mph one tenth of a second faster (4.2 seconds).

5 Tips On Buying A New Performance Car

By   August 6, 2013

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like the BMW M6

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like a BMW M6

Buying a new performance car can be a very exciting experience. You can also have a bad experience if you are looking for a high end vehicle, but are prepared to have the dealer take you seriously. What if you have worked for years and you can now buy that new BMW M6 that you have been dreaming of, but you want to make sure the dealership knows you are serious about buying? Well, we are here to help with that.

We have put together our top 5 tips of for buying a new performance car. Many of these tips are good for buying any new car, but are especially made with higher end performance cars in mind. So, if you are thinking of buying a new Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari or some other higher end performance car, this list should help you make that purchase.

  1. Dress Nicely
    Car dealers that deal in luxury and higher end Performance cars need to know that you are interested in buying the car and not just taking it for a joy ride. By dressing nice, you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but something like a nice polo shirt and khakis shows that you are more serious about buying the car. So, in general leave the t-shirt and jeans at home (unless you are famous or already have a relationship with the dealership).
  2. Bring a Friend
    When buying any new car it is easy to fall in love with the new car. This is especially important when buying a performance car as they can provide an even more emotional experience for you. A friend can help you keep from making a bad purchase, they can also help you know if the car is as good as you might think it is.
  3. Drive in With a Decent Car
    You don’t need to drive in with a new luxury or performance car, but you also don’t want to drive in with a car that looks like it barely made it. Even if you have an older car, at least wash it so that the dealer knows you are able to afford a new car. You want them to take you seriously and if you drive in with a 90’s Honda Civic that looks like it was hit by a train, they probably won’t.
  4. Research the Car
    Before you go into a dealership you will want to research the car that you are wanting to buy. You’ll want to checkout reviews on various websites and magazines to see what they think of the car. This will let you know of things that the reviewers liked or didn’t like. Knowing this information will let you know what to pay attention to when test driving the car. You want to see if any flaws in the car are deal breakers for you.
  5. Call or Email in Advance
    Calling or Emailing a dealership in advanced is good to make sure that the car that you would like to test drive will be available. If you are pretty sure you will be buying it if you like the way it drives, you can often hammer out most of the deal at home and have everything ready for the purchase once you get to the dealership.

Those are our top 5 tips for buying a new performance car. Let us know in the comments below what you think of them or if you have any other tips.