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2013 Lexus GS 350 AWD

Posted in cars, Reviews on April 19th, 2012 by admin

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In an effort to attract and retain younger buyers, Lexus has wisely opted for more style, more sport and more performance.  The 2013 GS was the vehicle chosen by Lexus to headline the new direction of the brand.  The unique styling of the 2013 GS nose is part of the new Lexus signature design – expect to see a similar look show up on every vehicle in their lineup over the next few years.

The leading and trailing end of the GS 350 AWD has unique, aggressive angles and lines, LED running lights, a rear diffuser and molded-in dual exhaust tips.  It was pointed out by one observer that the design budget must have been completely consumed by the front and rear fascia redesigns because, by comparison, a direct side view of the 2013 GS 350 reveals very conservative lines. Read more »

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Recall issued for the 2012 Buick Regal.

Posted in cars on March 13th, 2012 by admin

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General Motors has issued a recall for 3,633 Buick Regals built between February 22, 2011 and February 22, 2012.  At issue are faulty parking lights – meaning they may not turn on. Click HERE to see the Autospotters.com review of the 2012 Buick Regal GS

The official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statement reads in-part:
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2012 Buick Regal GS. A Modern Day GN?

Posted in cars, Reviews on February 7th, 2012 by admin

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In China, Buick has positioned itself as a brand of power, prestige and luxury.  In America, Buick has become a brand of naps, early bird specials and retirement homes.  Buick has discovered that a positive brand image, as they have in China, results in strong sales numbers. So taking what they have learned over there, Buick is working to improve its image, over here, in America.  With the introduction of the redesigned Regal in 2011, which is basically a rebadged Opel Insignia, Buick took a big step toward shaking off their land yacht image.

Almost as soon as the new Regal was introduced, rumors began to float that a high-performance version was on its way.  Last year we drove the 2011 Regal Turbo CXL and hoped that was not it – we hoped that was not the rumored high-performance version, because high-performance, it was not.  We continued to hold hope for a Regal that would pay homage to the Grand National or even the legendary GNX.

When Buick announced the 2012 Regal GS, showed pictures of what it would look like and announced a six speed manual transmission would be standard equipment, we thought this could be it. This could be the high-performance Regal we were hoping for.

Now to find out if Buick has done it.
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2011 Lexus GS 460. It Is Better Than You Think.

Posted in cars, Reviews on October 1st, 2011 by admin

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Lexus is known for producing cars that are very refined and very smooth, almost to the point of making the driver feel disconnected from the car, which results in an unenjoyable experience for a real driving enthusiast.

When Lexus dropped off the 2011 GS 460, we instantly appreciated its sports sedan looks and hoped that Lexus had given it a sporty feel to match – then we took it for a short drive. It was our worst fear – Lexus had given the GS the looks of a sports sedan, but there was nothing sporty beyond that. The suspension was soft, the steering was loose and it had aggravatingly slow acceleration.

After the disappointing initial drive, we took some time to familiarize ourselves with the interior and with which features were controlled by buttons and which features were controlled by the large touch screen monitor in the center of the stack. While taking inventory of the buttons and switches, we made some discoveries that would change everything. There was a switch to put the suspension in sport, there was a switch to adjust the power and torque output, there was a traction control button and the transmission had a sport mode.
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Can You Boss The Grand Sport? 2012 Mustang Boss 302 And 2011 Corvette Grand Sport.

Posted in cars, Reviews on July 9th, 2011 by admin

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Could this be it?  Could this be the Mustang that can go toe-to-toe with the Corvette?  We took a pre-production 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport convertible on a journey to find out.  Our plan was to drive from Houston to Austin, following a route we selected that consisted of seldom traveled back roads that were smooth, fast, curved and banked in all the right places.  We had planned to depart Houston with enough daylight to really enjoy the back roads, however, plans changed and our departure time changed but our route had not.  We would now be facing these smooth, fast, curved and banked roads in the dark – making this slightly more challenging than planned.

A production Mustang has never really been a rival to a production Corvette.  Mustangs have always been heavier than and not nearly as focused on handling as the Corvette.  That being said, the Corvette has always been priced significantly higher than the Mustang, so it is no surprise the Corvette has always outperformed the Mustang.


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Something Old (and blue) & Something New

Posted in cars on August 4th, 2010 by admin

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While putting the 2010 Grand Sport through its paces, we stumbled across the Sam Houston Corvette Club out enjoying the same smooth back road twists and turns we were.

According to one member of the club, there were 44 Corvettes in the pack this day. The pack included several C6 Z06′s, a Callaway prepared 2010 Grand Sport, clean C5 Z06′s, a C4 Greenwood LT4 car, but the one we were most interested in was the predecessor to our car – the 1996 Grand Sport.

Grand Sport edition Corvettes have only been produced in 1963, 1996 and now 2010, so running across a real 1996 GS was quite a surprise.

GM built 1,000 limited edition Grand Sports for the 1996 model run… 810 coupes and 190 convertibles. GM records indicate that of these, 976 Domestic (US), 13 Canadian, and 11 European exports were produced. [Grand Sport Registry]

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Tour of the Texas coast in a 2010 Grand Sport

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