Tuesday, December 27, 2016


The gathering began like whatever other. Forty or so ladies, and two men, had amassed under the guise of "Om for Christmas and Thanksgiving," a health themed occasional soiree in a moment floor hang on the Bowery called the Woom Center. I was a last-minute in addition to one, attracted by a content promising free-streaming kombucha and a gourmet veggie lover buffet. For the principal hour, I gamely tasted and organized in a room looking like a hip bistro, pondering resoundingly a few circumstances when the sustenance was coming. At long last, an unnervingly gorgeous, since quite a while ago haired couple clad in liquid jeans and Eastern gems allured us through an entryway into a vast, austere chamber peppered with the gleam of pink Himalayan salt lights. We appropriated ourselves onto yoga tangles as the couple—Woom Center authors David and Elian Zach-Shemesh—bowed rapturously before a phalanx of oversize gongs. Is it safe to say that we were eating in here?                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We weren’t. This was a sound meditation, they explained, which would include seven minutes of holotropic breathwork—a technique developed in the ’70s by Czech-born psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Grof, one of the earliest researchers of LSD and the therapeutic effects of psychedelics on the mind (a freshly relevant topic, thanks to much-tweeted recent studies on the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety benefits of psilocybin, the ingredient in magic mushrooms, for cancer patients). When the federal government cracked down on such research by the early ’70s, Grof, who was working in the U.S. at the time, was defunded. And so together with his wife, Christina, he sought to develop a drug-free alternative—which became a breathing technique, perfected at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur (naturally), designed to be accompanied by sound, and named for the Greek words holos, meaning whole or wholeness, and trepein, meaning to turn towards. 

By forcefully inhaling and exhaling for equal lengths of time, at increasing speed, practitioners, the Zach-Shemeshes explained, are able to enter an altered state of consciousness. The proper experience, Elian explained, lasts for three hours. “It can be incredibly intense,” she said. “It gives access to parts of the psyche that aren’t as accessible in our daily lives, as well as to the collective unconscious and the unity of everything and everyone, similarly to a psychedelic or plant-medicine ceremony experience. People report an array of physiological, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects, which are far too vast to name and can move from individual past trauma and past-life regression and into universal truths, encounters with deities, and many more.” Even this abbreviated sample session would, as she put it, “quiet the constant chatter of the monkey mind.” Having lately developed what might be described as a simian compulsion to check for doomsday political news, I was up for it.

We were instructed to put on blackout eye masks and begin chanting—taking the traditional “om” and twisting it freestyle, changing the pitch, adding consonants. (This felt uplifting, and could alone warrant a story.) Once the holotropic segment began, I breathed in and out relatively slowly, for a few seconds on each side, even as the haaah-haaahs around me picked up speed. Then I tried to catch up. My limbs began to tickle, eventually seeming to evaporate. A few times, I felt dizzy, as if I might pass out. To my right, the friend who’d invited me erupted in cathartic sobs.

Then, as the gongs thundered in and we were told to breathe normally, something strange happened. I’ve had my share of sound baths—and undergrad-era dalliances with the sort of chemical compounds Dr. Grof is interested in—but never before has a rotating purple floral mandala appeared in front of me, nor has a vision of my mother’s face, rendered in the same purple, sprouted at its center. As it did, I understood that my job, for a while, was to reconnect with her.

At a couple of points, I experienced memories of my ex and our beloved dog, bittersweet but not consuming, as if I was simply releasing them. Each time that happened, as if telepathically summoned, one of the Zach-Shemeshes would materialize (I sensed them) and play an instrument directly above my head—bells, maybe a didgeridoo—sending waves of yellow light (I saw it, I swear) into my field of consciousness. Grand ideas for what I might do with my life—angles I’d never even considered—manifested alongside new bluish purple patterns. It all felt delightful, like—how to describe it?—swimming in a waterfall of crystal juice, or forest bathing in Fantasia. Or something.

By the time it was over, an hour had passed. We slowly sat up, and spent 10 minutes as a group discussing our experiences, which were sublime across the board. I hugged, and exchanged digits with, my neighbors. I shared my career revelations with my friend, and we agreed on a plot to right the wrongs of the Trump administration. I’d never felt clearer, more beautiful or rested, more blissfully confident that I’d find a purpose in this world. I didn’t even care that dinner was ready.

Monday, December 12, 2016


All newer Kia Forte lineup procures a considerable measure of acclaim in light of the fact that the Forte, Forte5 bring forth, and Forte Koup roadster offer a ton of elements at a low cost. The 2017 Forte vehicle profits by a mid-cycle revive (it was last upgraded for the 2014 model year) and in spite of our complains about the present Forte S, it must be said that Kia's devotion to overhauling this auto thinks about really well the organization's dedication to being a genuine contender. 

As a side note, the Forte is estimated and valued like a smaller auto , yet the Environmental Protection Agency  which gives and tracks official mileage evaluations, considers the Forte a medium size auto. In that capacity, when contrasting the Forte with aggressive vehicles, we remembered this. 

Presently, how about we investigate the consequences of our week-long test drive of the 2017 Kia Forte S.The base 2017 Kia Forte LX carries an MSRP of $16,485, which is on the low end for either of the classes it falls into. It’s about $500 more than the 2016 version of the car, which is fair considering all the updates included in this mid-cycle refresh.

All new Forte S, which is a new trim level for 2017, starts at $19,195, which is competitive in the class for the amount of equipment provided. (Note: Our test vehicles are typically provided with a copy of its dealership window sticker; however, the Forte S driven for this review had no prices listed, so we’re unable to quote its actual price as tested.) Our Forte S had the optional S Technology Package installed, which costs $1485.

This car has  top-of-the-line Kia Forte EX includes a number of updated features, and has a starting price of $21,200. This isn’t much more than the Forte S plus the S Technology Package, and should be considered by buyers who plan to take advantage of the Forte’s high-tech offerings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All new Kia Forte S comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, making 147 horsepower, that comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is available. Most Forte models above the base model, including the S featured here, come with an upgraded 2.0-liter engine, making 164 horsepower, which is paired to the 6-speed automatic.

We drove the Forte S in Eco and Normal modes, but didn’t get a chance for Sport mode. Eco offers very sluggish acceleration, while Normal does what it says. We averaged 23.7 MPG in Eco mode yet got a few MPG better in Normal, which was the return trip of the same city/highway route with similar traffic conditions. In both cases, we fell quite short of the official EPA ratings for the Forte S, which come in at 28 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 32 MPG combined.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kia says the Forte has “European sport-sedan styling,” which is a bit of a stretch. It’s definitely not a bad-looking car, but perhaps not what we think of when we think of “European sports sedans.”

So, what does Kia mean by that? Certainly, the exterior refresh for this model year helps. The Forte has a new front end treatment, including a new front bumper and mesh grille design. The headlights are new, too, and are available with projection HID lights, which were fitted on our test car. The new lighting wraps around to the back, where there is a new taillight design; our car had the optional LEDs. The lights enhance the Forte’s looks (maybe that’s what Kia meant by “European”) and the lighting effect nicely set off our car’s Phantom Gray exterior finish.

When the Kia Forte S is equipped with the Technology package, it includes a really nice feature—lights that illuminate the front door handles when you approach the car with the key fob.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on side ring how much we liked the exterior design and features of the Forte S, it was a little surprising to climb inside and discover that the driver’s seat adjusts forward and back manually, with the old-school metal grab rod. There were one or two power buttons along the side of the driver’s seat, but frankly, they didn’t do much; this is not a car for someone who prefers strong lumbar support. The seats themselves were covered in cloth upholstery (though leather is standard on the next trim upgrade ).

We really like the small windows incorporated between the side mirrors and A pillar; they offer a notable improvement in outward vision and provide a feeling of spaciousness. The Forte also offers a lot of small storage areas and cubic throughout the cabin, which is a nice touch; too bad they are all formed out of hard plastics.

The Forte offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more in line with a midsize car than a compact.  the Forte S features Bluetooth wireless integration and SiriusXM satellite radio come standard across the Forte lineup, an upgrade to a crisp 7-inch touchscreen display. The infotainment system that comes with the Forte S is easy to use, and includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. A USB and an aux port are located within a convenient storage cubby under the center stack.

We found the steering wheel buttons to be a little too complicated for a car in this class m  and it was hard to find exactly what we were looking for. Kia, however, provides actual dials for the audio and climate controls, which makes things nice and easy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Specialty S trim level is new during the current year, intended to add another value indicate the model lineup and overcome any issues between the base LX and stacked EX. Thusly, Kia designs the S with the vast majority of the elements that are famous with purchasers in this class, for example, 16-inch composite haggles rearview camera, and in addition a couple of additional items. 

The vast majority of the Strength S's best hardware, in any case, originates from the S Innovation bundle, a $1490 add-on that brings push button begin, a shrewd key coxcomb, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster that can be cycled through to display different real-time information, and a bunch of driver assistance and active safety features (described in detail on the next page).

We truly like the Specialty S's keen trunk highlight, additionally an Innovation bundle liven, which consequently opens the storage compartment when you remain behind the auto with the key dandy for a few moments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The 2017 Kia Forte’s updated exterior styling helps take the car in a more appealing direction. Though the changes are subtle, they make the Forte look more mature than many of its competitors (since cars in this class and at this price point tend to aim for youthful appeal).

The exterior door handle ambient lighting is by far one of the most appealing features of the 2017 Kia Forte S, even if it contributes to somewhat unrealistic expectations of the car as a whole. The lighting welcomes the driver to the car and is extremely convenient in low-light conditions.                        

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Two-hundred-and-seventeen blurry miles for each hour. What's more, tallying. What's more, relaxing. Hard. 224. Down the plunge, and up once more. So easy. So quick. It's dreamlike. 230. As the world plunges by at twist speed, I look over at the driver, Bentley and Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer. The extremely valuable muscle play all over has every one of the makings of a viral YouTube video.Moving toward a visually impaired peak, Dürheimer decelerates wham-blast hard — an exceptionally physical, vitality squashing move: 185 … 154 … 123 mph. That is still much too quick for the Anti-Destination League part in the silver Volkswagen Sharan van winding toward the fast track. Welcome to the German superhighway in 2016, where despite everything anything goes however nothing can be underestimated, particularly when you're in the driver's seat of the Bugatti Chiron — a 1,500-torque hypercar meandering its own particular parallel universe.

"Speed is both supreme and relative," says Dürheimer, as he painstakingly examines the street ahead. "To remain on top of the procedures, you should continually correct your eyes and cerebrum. At 300 kph is u s 185mph, response time and halting separation are not at all like at 200 kph . What's more, you are constantly exposed, in light of the fact that other street clients just don't expect the unforeseen, regardless of the possibility that it's painted splendid red and running on high bar." A present gen 911 Turbo endeavors to give pursue, yet even at full throttle the silver Porsche has zero shot against an auto that can quicken from 0 to 185 mph in 13.7seconds. Our W-16-controlled express vrooms past it like a strong videogame heros.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   With a career in engineering, including motorsports, Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, in the driver’s seat, knows high performance.
“Even more so than in the [Veyron] Super Sport, 350 kph  is so incredibly accessible now,” says a beaming Dürheimer. “As soon as the 450-kph milestone has been established as the new benchmark, 500 kph (311 mph) will be the next focus. That’s the direction progress takes, like it or not.” As if to prove his point, he makes me lean over to take a closer look at the analog speedo, which terminates at — you guessed it — a completely outlandish 500 kph.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Conversely, the Chiron is also perfectly capable of puttering through built-up areas in the least aggressive of its five modes: Lift, EB , Autobahn, Handling, and Top Speed—all controlled by a Porsche-style rotary program selector integrated in the steering-wheel.

“Are you ready for a couple of quick changes of direction?” asks Dürheimer. Fine by me, even though the speedometer reads about 155 mph. There’s a flick to the right, pause, flick to the left, pause. Repeat, and then once more. The Chiron acts as if it is following an invisible magnetic field — prompt, precise, flat, and totally fuss free. “Now let’s do this across three lanes.” Whatever you say, sir. The speed has dropped below 120 mph by now, and Dürheimer turns in more aggressively, holds the lock a little longer, and sets the car straight again more affirmatively. No understeer, no oversteer, no comment. It’s a new level of high-speed poise.

There is no air suspension, no rear-wheel steering, no hydraulic drivetrain mounts to brag about. Instead, the Chiron is underpinned by a relatively straightforward (for a hypercar) all-steel-and-aluminum double-wishbone setup with electronically controlled differentials. But Dürheimer says the variable-rate steering is what makes all the difference. It automatically adapts to the chosen driving program, is quicker yet more progressively damped, and the feedback provided is more authentic and blunt. The car’s biggest dynamic drawback? Its massive turning circle, a legacy transferred from its Veyron predecessor, of which the new model still relates to in more ways than one. “We tightened it a bit by tucking the nose in using the rear-diff lock, but it is admittedly a characteristic that takes some getting used to,” acknowledges Netuschil.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dissimilar to the Veyron's mechanical and monothematic deplete take note of, the Chiron's intensely overhauled 8.0-liter W-16 has a more prominent variety of vocal registers. In spite of making all that could possibly be needed decibel show to send observers scrambling for their cell phones, the mid-engined mauler is shockingly calm inside, despite the fact that there's a more extraordinary full-throttle protest from behind the firewall. The persevering arrangement of bespoke Michelins (285/30R-20 front 355/25R-21 raise), which costs just half as much as the past era (despite everything we're discussing 15,000 euros for a crisp four), automatons and haws at speed however seldom screeches or hollers at the farthest point, and help the Chiron pull 1.5 g on the skidpad.

As far as possible sign at the Wolfsburg leave peruses 40 kph (25 mph). It's a restricted, twisting, delicate shoulder exit ramp. On the way to deal with this right-hand bottleneck, Dürheimer downshifts. A bit of lift-off, a fixing prod in charge, and voilà, we desert thin elastic imprints from start to finish. "There is no keep running off here," Dürheimer says, apologizing. "Be that as it may, on a circuit or a demonstrating ground, I cherish dialing in the taking care of setup, which now incorporates a 'simple to-float' include."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 we took a break for lunch stop in a small village near the border of the former German Democratic Republic, the Chiron sweats off the autobahn workout with sizzling exhausts, crackling brakes, and gurgling coolant. Heat is an ever-present issue. “Predictably, we were facing a major conflict of interest between top-notch aerodynamics and thermal well-being” says Netuschil. “To solve this dilemma, we installed a record number of 10 different radiators and coolers.” Complementing the main horseshoe grille and lower cooling apertures, a hydraulic actuator permanently adjusts the balance of drag and downforce while directing air to the brakes. In addition to the large lateral intake scoops, breathing assistance is also provided via active, underfloor front diffusers and three NACA ducts.

The Chiron’s interior is perhaps its least-captivating asset, but buyers likely won’t care.
To further improve brake cooling, clever rotary dissipation shields feature small blades to direct hot air away from the carbon-silicon-carbide discs. In a parallel move, lateral air curtains generated by slats in the front apron pull the dirty air out of the wheelhouses. The all-aluminum, lightweight eight- and six-piston calipers by AP Racing are of the bionic kind, and they are wider and larger than before. The stopping distance from 62 mph to 0 is an impressively short 103 feet, but when you’re running up on 200 mph, pedal feel, response time, and stamina are what really count. When hustling down hard, the Chiron’s tilting air brake boosts the drag coefficient from the base 0.38 (0.35 in top speed mode) to 0.59.

The Chiron’s weight distribution of 43/57 percent front/rear suggests a nicely composed handling balance, and several belly strakes made of rubber and carbon fiber support the directional stability at speed. Chassis maker Dallara — of Veyron and IndyCar fame — will again bake the new carbon-fiber monocoque, which is claimed to be as rigid as a Porsche LMP1 Le Mans racer. The outer skin is made from the same material and can be painted, lacquered, or both. The enamel-over-silver front emblem weighs a cheeky 5.5 ounces, and buyers are invited to look at 39 trim colors before approaching the tailor-made department.

Presumably to satisfy the marketing department, the Chiron boasts four different interior ambience settings: Icon, Performance, Cruise, and Classic. The seat design can be relatively rudimentary, emphatically sports, or fully electric. The sound system is courtesy of Accuton, which will tune amplifier and speakers to match specific cabin surfaces. Since the slim center stack is occupied with climate-control buttons, it’s on the driver to dial in most commands, from infotainment requests to manual up- and downshifts. The screen to the left of the speedo displays such vehicle-related data as revs, torque delivery, and fuel level. The monitor on the right deals with navigation, music, and the phone. As the speed increases from fast to stupid fast, driver information is reduced step by step to nothing but rpm and kph.

Even though the Chiron celebrates ultimate luxury by means of fine hides, amazing surface finishes, and beautifully executed details, it isn’t without idiosyncrasies. There is no head-up display and no assistance system worth mentioning, though there are enough onboard cameras and sensors to deal with visibility issues. There are also several in-cab space oddities, the cargo hold is tiny, and a special tool is required to mechanically clean the outside of the rear window.

Despite a list price north of 2.4 million euros, 230 of the planned run of 500 cars are reportedly already spoken for — before a single customer has driven one. It’s easy to understand why: Like the Veyron before it, the Chiron occupies its own unique space. It is about extreme speed, as in time-warp acceleration way beyond the threshold of lesser machines. Add to this a large measure of style, refinement, and exclusivity, and it’s not hard to understand why every week at least one ultra-high-net-worth individual takes the bait — even if this car needs a circuit or a private airstrip to show off properly.                                                

Thursday, December 1, 2016


The first time you see the Polaris Slingshot coming at you, it looks like a set piece from some big-budget Marvel movie—this is a mode of transportation for someone with a secret identity and superpowers. There's that wide arachnid front end—skimming the pavement with spats and spoilers and open-wheel fenders, a prototype racer from the future. Then the rest of the machine comes into view, and it gets even wilder.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The back end decreases to a point, where a powerful swing arm conveys a carbon-fiber- - fortified belt that drives a solitary tire. From the front seats forward, it resembles an auto—basin seats, controlling wheel, GM Ecotec four-barrel snared to a five-speed manual transmission. From the back it's a goliath mutant bike. What's more, that qualification has all the effect—the Slingshot's odd wheel tally both - characterizes its personality and permits it to exist in any case. 

Since the Slingshot has three wheels, the national government characterizes it as a cruiser. That implies, contingent upon the state, you may require a cruiser permit and a protective cap to drive it. Obviously, it's not by any stretch of the imagination a cruiser, however it's unquestionably not an auto either. At any rate, the cruiser assignment gave Polaris, producer of snowmobiles and rough terrain drivers called side-by-sides, the flexibility to plan a machine without any entryways, no rooftop, and no windshield (it's a choice). There's no atmosphere control, no airbags. This is a moderate transportation encounter—1,725 pounds and the twist in your face. The Slingshot makes a Lotus Elise look overweight flabby and decadent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In any case, as a road vehicle the Slingshot still needs to pass gather with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and its rollout was defaced by two noteworthy reviews. On Jan. 20 Polaris issued a concerned the move circles, which won't not meet determinations for hardness. Furthermore, you'd need to have solid move circles on the off chance that you encountered the imperfection declared the following day, which includes an orientation in the directing rack. Per the review see, "If the controlling pinion outfit separates from the guiding rack, lost directing control could come about, expanding the danger of a crash." Polaris is not a carmaker, but rather at this moment it's discovering that NHTSA has certain desires for road vehicles, such as guaranteeing that they guide. 

Expecting all the imperative parts remain darted together, the potential for vehicular disorder is to some degree restricted by the Polaris' modest powertrain. Via auto principles, the Slingshot has an incredible energy to-weight proportion, with the 2.4-liter four-chamber putting out 173 pull. Zero to sixty is most likely around five seconds, and with footing control incapacitated the Slingshot will illuminate its back tire. All things considered, Ducati riders acclimated to ten-second quarter-miles won't find that kind of excite.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The handling, as you'd expect, is somewhat different from a car's. Without the stabilizing effect of dual rear wheels, turn-in is instant, but a given corner could -require a few steering corrections. Still, the body stays flat, and the ride is remarkably supple. Potholes, though, are a peril. When you straddle a crater between the front wheels, you can feel a mule kick from the back a moment later as the centrally mounted tire drops in. Such is the price of three-wheel locomotion. 

The actual price, however, is surprisingly reasonable: $19,999 to start. That seems like a bargain for a machine that delivers so much visual impact and sheer visceral entertainment. Whatever the Slingshot is, there's nothing else like it.  

3 things that happened to me while I had the Slingshot
• A woman driving in front of me stopped her minivan, got out, walked over, and said, "Okay, what is this?"
• As I was putting a Captain America helmet on my kid, a guy who looked like Jack Palance said, "I like your style."
Outside the supermarket, six high schoolers halted to take photograph. I gave each one a ride around the block.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Monday, November 21, 2016


The reemerging fame of rough terrain situated trucks and SUVs with production line guarantees has been out and out marvelous. These vehicles, similar to the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Ace, possess normally high profiles (the tire sidewalls have a tendency to be tall as well) and high advertising worth, in addition to they can be utilized to drag loved ones into the wild and far from the crush of cleared life. What's more, in the event that you cherish "wheeling," few delights are more prominent than sharing a truck and a tattered track with those you value.
The Goodyear Wrangler Off-road Experience with Kevlar tires never touched asphalt amid our time with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Expert, and the truck felt totally at home. Envision that. A rough terrain truck remaining off the street. To touch base at TRD Ace particular, the bones of a TRD Go 4x4 romping Twofold Taxi were furnished with new 16-inch wheels, a stronger suspension, a TRD feline back fumes framework, a TRD front slip plate with oil sump get to board, and arranged restorative and practical upgrades. In light of a portion of the 1,200 clients who acquired the principal Tacoma TRD Star, cowhide seating was added to conciliate a supplication for less demanding cleanup. (The 2015 Tacoma TRD Star had fabric.) Utilizing the current Restricted trim's seat development, the leather shading changed from hickory brown to black, red complexity sewing was included, and "TRD Ace" was inked into the headrest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It’s hard to not feel a sense of indomitability from the driver’s seat. Despite sharing the same stock Goodyears as the TRD Off Road, the TRD Pro has a different feel. Maybe it’s mostly mental; maybe it’s the one-inch lift at the front axle courtesy of TRD coil springs wound around 2.5-inch Fox shocks. At the rear, the TRD Off Road leaf springs are supervised by another pair of 2.5-inch Fox shocks (0.5 inch larger than the previous model). The ground clearance dimension is the same as the rest of the current Tacoma line: 9.4 inches high as measured at the rear differential. It won’t get any higher without more changes to the diff, axle, suspension, and/or height of the tires. Geometrically, the TRD Pro modifications push the approach/departure/break-over angles from the Off Road’s 32/24/21 degrees to the Pro’s 35/24/26 for reduced skid plate knocking and about the same trailer-hitch receiver scraping.

Control and forgiveness are the names of the off-road game, and the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro ably exercises its skill in both departments. Our speeds were limited by terrain (Hawaiian mud, pumice, and rocks will do that) and surface condition (we didn’t punch it north of 40 mph often) but our first whiffs of the truck suggest meaningful dynamic enhancements over the last one with substantially better livability and cabin accoutrements. The new TRD Pro doesn’t seesaw forward and back while on power or on the brakes as much, making it easier to concentrate on steering, though it seemed easier to knock the back end out with the gas pedal in the 2015 version. The truck is not overly loose and fairly easy to control with the steering wheel and throttle. When counter-steering, steering effort is high compared to GM’s midsize trucks, and it’s not as if there’s an enormous tactile difference at the helm between the Tacoma, and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. The surface inputs are relayed faithfully to the driver through the steering wheel and seat of the pants, making the truck easy to place in low- and low-to-mid speed maneuvers. We look forward to ascertaining the claim that the Fox shocks yield “improved suspension droop travel and bottom out resistance” in the desert near Motor Trend’s El Segundo, California, command center.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It’s not difficult to work the Tacoma TRD Pro’s gas and brake simultaneously with the right foot (this was also with hiking boots on) which is best done while the transfer case is in low range. In low, the pedal overlap doesn’t freak the Tacoma’s electronic guardians out. But it’s especially good because the six-speed manual is a transmission worth test-driving with its well-weighted shifter throws, ideal for the East Coast market and diehard off-roaders who desire the row your own and actually buy them. You’ll lose off-road aids such as multi-terrain select and crawl control when the automatic transmission brains are not paid for. The Atkinson cycle-capable, 3.5-liter V-6 is happy to spin up the revs, though that “down low” grunt you want for slow and steady maneuvers might still be more readily tapped in the older and less refined, 4.0-liter V-6 from the last Taco. Without overwhelming speed and size, which the 5.7-liter Tundra TRD Pro stablemate can produce and does possess, the Tacoma is (and historically has been) a fantastic and unintimidating vehicle with which to introduce off-road greenhorns to a new and exciting world.
 Seen in a void, maybe the most jostling part of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 TRD Pro is the value: $41,700 to begin with the manual and $43,700 with the six-speed programmed. The TRD Off Road of practically identical taxi style and bed length is about $8,000 less costly. However, that is the way the market goes. The Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Honda Ridgeline can all match those costs and past. 

We think the most current TRD Pro will have no issue discovering homes. None of the other three trucks inside the Tacoma's focused set are as ostensibly entered in on going dirt road romping or extend the harsh and-tumble picture very like the Toyota does. Figure that 45 percent of present-day Tacoma customers are as of now past Toyota proprietors, with the top nameplate inflow being the Tacoma, and another era Tacoma TRD Pro is likely one of the most effortless item moves the Big T has ever constructed. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


BEL-AIR, California — At last, here's an extraordinary motivation to skirt that excursion to the airplane terminal. Rather than booking a provincial stream, you ought to fly in the 2017 Lincoln Continental. 

You know how it is the point at which you have 400 miles before you. When you include the time it takes to drive to the air terminal, wriggle through the scrum at the TSA entryways, load up the plane, fly (on-time takeoff?), de-plane, take the bus to the rental auto station, and afterward explore to your goal, well, you should have recently determined. 

Furthermore, what you need to drive in such conditions is the Lincoln Continental. Dial in the route framework, actuate its security suite, including path keep help and radar-based voyage control, wrench up the 19-speaker Revel sound system to an appropriate level, and get rolling. and make history. We guarantee you'll observe the experience to be others conscious instead of modern. What's more, you can appreciate a perspective of the removed skylines of the American scene, which is path superior to anything a modest video screen six inches from your nose. . Indeed, even after those 400 miles, you'll arrive more ready and vivacious. What's more, you know, way less wrinkled.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The All new 2017 Continental even looks like a business jet. It’s handsome, yet not exactly memorable. Even so, we found it refreshing to encounter a shape that hasn’t been tortured in the styling studio. The bodywork sculpture is crisply executed, yet it’s best described as a kind of canvas on which a memorable color can be displayed. If your default color choice is silver (a sign of a dumbed-down imagination, we think), then the Continental isn’t for you. But if you can make the leap to another hue, then the Continental makes you think of a Bentley. Except this Bentley comes nicely equipped for about $60,000, not $160,000.

When we first saw this car in front of the Hotel Bel-Air, it seemed to have rather grand dimensions, so it was a bit of a surprise to be reminded that the Continental competes directly with the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Like the Audi, the Continental is fundamentally configured like a front-wheel-drive car, only with a transversely mounted engine under the hood. And like the Audi, the Continental comes in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.                                                                                                                                                                                             This present Lincoln's measurements are on the stupendous side too, and the outcome is more similar to a full-estimate enormous auto than the scaled-up little auto that a portion of the case equipment may propose. As a matter of first importance, the Mainland's wheelbase extends 117.9 inches, which guarantees straight-line dependability and a created ride. The auto measures 201.4 inches in general — sufficiently long that you'll want to have it furnished with both the rearview camera and a full exhibit of stopping sensors. At long last, the Mainland tips the scales somewhere around 4,221 and 4,5466 pounds, contingent upon whether you pick the 305-hp typically suctioned 3.7-liter V-6,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The 2017 Lincoln Continental also drives in a grand sort of way. We like how it disdains the superficial sportiness and noisy ride harshness that tends to curse German cars. It’s quiet without being muffled, composed without being inert. The suspension bushings are soft enough to keep the body from shivering as the car crossed those nasty seams on concrete freeways, while the active dampers quickly quelled any hint of boatiness. Of course, the 20-inch rims shod with Goodyear tires on the particular Continental in Black Label trim we drove predictably boomed on the bumps. (We later learned that the 19-inch rim/tire package is what you really want for this car.)

We’ll also admit that we tested the maneuverability of this big Lincoln on more than just the narrow winding roads of Bel-Air. And so we found ourselves hammering Mulholland Highway through the Santa Monica Mountains at a most unseemly rate of speed. The Lincoln exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 has 400 lb-ft of torque available at 2,750 rpm, so it had enough authority to pull through the six-speed automatic transmission without having to resort to shift paddles. Even so, we’re guessing that the normally aspirated V-6 and the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 might not be very responsive with this transmission, as we’ve discovered with other Ford models. Fortunately there’s an automatic with more ratios in the engineering pipeline.

   Notwithstanding its length, the Mainland is path better at the old forward and backward cornering thing than you'd presume. The to some degree computerized feel of the electric-help controlling rapidly got to be unnoticeable, while the direct adjustment of the throttle and the anticipated, yet definitive reaction from the brake pedal made quick driving entirely easy. As we expected, connecting with Game mode didn't help this auto, as sudden element reactions are essentially not what you need in a substantial auto on the open street. We wanted to utilize driving ability for the additional measurement of energy that Mulholland calls for, and the Mainland demonstrated quite upbeat, despite the fact that it will bound over the knocks when truly genuine speed is included. In the event that the climate had been wet or solidifying, we may have possessed the capacity to mention some helpful objective facts about its GKN-built all-wheel-drive framework with dynamic torque vectoring (simply like the setup in the Concentration RS), however we believe it's justified regardless of the $2,000 value you pay regardless of where you drive.For all this typical stuff about driving, the unique thing about the 2017 Lincoln Continental is the simple experience of sitting inside it. Once you touch the door handle, trigger the electronic latch, and step into the cabin, you’ll find that the interior space is quite beautiful, both modern in its sinuous architecture and expressive in its detailing of chrome, wood, faux-suede headliner (optional), and leather upholstery. The steering wheel feels good in your hands, while the view over the dash is expansive. The seating positions are sized with ergonomic correctness, though perhaps not with generous proportions, as total passenger volume amounts to 106.4 cubic feet. The electronic displays delivered by the instrument binnacle and information screen seem bland to us rather than restrained, as the designers apparently intended, and there could be more interior storage. Even so, we love the Harman Kardon-engineered, 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system, which features another example of the new software that can deconstruct the usual horribly compressed MP3 files and turn them into real music. (And we love the sunburst design of the speaker grilles, too.)
If you walk into a Lincoln dealership
In the event that you drive or walk into a Lincoln dealership, the passage into the place that is known for this Lincoln will cost you $45,485, and a specific measure of blending and coordinating will take you to the range among $55,000 and $65,000 where the vast majority of the general population in this market fragment tend to shop. For the all-singing, all-moving 2017 Lincoln Mainland Dark Name AWD that we drove, which incorporated the premium Chalet inside trim, the zippy back seat solace and comfort bundle, and the twin-turbo V-6 with all-wheel drive, the value starts at $64,914 and closures at $78,509. When you're remaining at the Inn Bel-Air, you truly can't be happy with anything less. 

At the point when the Lincoln Mainland idea first opened up to the world on the eve of the 2015 New York automobile fair, the creators at Bentley purported themselves to be (scandalized!) at the similarity. In the event that we were them, we may give careful consideration to the way the creation form communicates a Bentley identity, directly down to the new attendant style buy and conveyance focuses that Lincoln is taking off in both China and the U.S. Since such a large number of individuals have as of now examined the standard German vehicle thing, we believe that there's new enthusiasm for straightforward, intentional refinement. Furthermore, the 2017 Lincoln Mainland demonstrates to us that indulgence doesn't need to be a piece of the program. All things considered, a few people are excessively shrewd, making it impossible to fly. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

GENESIS 2017 G90 3.3T AWD

In car terms, "Beginning" alludes to the name of Hyundai's new-for-2017 extravagance mark, which has at last isolated from its mothership and is making progress toward a Lexus-esque ascent to unmistakable quality as it presents five new models by 2021. The rechristening of the Hyundai Genesis vehicle as the Genesis G80 was the Korean marque's first platinum-plated stake in the turf, a fine beginning stage since it's the best-driving Hyundai to date. Be that as it may, to appropriately set up Genesis as a genuine contender to, say, Mercedes-Benz, a great lead was required. Enter the 2017 G90 car, which displays as a strong yet firmly more straightforward contrasting option to the 
established luxury liners.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          These new fleet of G90s lining the curbs of our hotel in downtown Vancouver,exuded a swanky presence fit for a cadre of visiting dignitaries. Long and low with flowing lines and rear-wheel-drive proportions, it is an elegant automobile, albeit a somewhat generic-looking one. Its design is clearly related to the smaller G80 but with a touch of Mercedes-Benz S-class to the rear haunches and taillights and a hint of Audi A8 in the blunt nose and the hexagon grille. With the winged Genesis badge affixed to the top of its fascia rather than placed prominently in the snout, the G90 gives off the nonspecific vibe of a startup’s PowerPoint presentation on what a big-dollar luxury car should look like.   Also, that look doesn't change in view of discretionary hardware, on the grounds that, shockingly, dissimilar to each other extravagance brand's offerings, there is none. Beginning offers purchasers only one style of 19-creep aluminum wheels with all-season tires, and shading decisions are constrained to four grayscale tints and additionally  brown ,or dark blue  ,a beige inside,either a dark black .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Given that all G90s come basically stacked to the gills with common luxuries (the V-8 brings a couple of extra things), purchasers' inclinations relate just to the mechanicals. The main part of our for the most part roadway driving was spent in the volume 3.3T Premium model, which elements Hyundai's most recent cycle of the direct-infused Lambda V-6. Overhauls incorporate the expansion of twin turbochargers, alongside scaling back to 3.3 liters of relocation from the actually suctioned rendition's 3.8. While not as sleek as BMW's turbocharged inline-six, the G90's base V-6 motor is for the most part smooth and curbed and creates a generous 365 pull at 6000 rpm. More essential, its 376 lb-ft of torque from 1300 rpm bears whip-snap throttle reaction and fulfilling push with each incitement of the quickening agent pedal. Never did the V-6 feel worked in moving the G90's almost 5000 pounds. 

Venturing up to the 5.0 Extreme trim brings Hyundai's rich smooth 5.0-liter Tau V-8 additionally found in the G80 and the G90's ancestor, the Hyundai Equus. While our seat time in A definitive was insignificant, the V-8's refined growl is a great fit for a major extravagance auto, and there's a considerably more grounded kick from its 420 strength and 383 lb-ft of torque. We've recorded a strong 5.2-second zero-to-60-mph keep running from the correspondingly estimated Equus with the Tau V-8, and G90s with the new V-6 shouldn't be too far-removed that pace, either. 

Hyundai's eight-speed programmed, outlined in-house, is the main transmission decision paying little respect to motor. It comes finish with a de rigueur electronic joystick move lever and directing wheel-mounted oars that react lethargically to inputs. Gearchanges happen easily and with little object, regardless of the possibility that upshifts come a bit too rapidly now and again. Raise wheel drive is standard on the G90, yet a back one-sided all-wheel-drive framework, which Hyundai calls H-Trac, can be requested with either powerplant. Whether back or all-wheel drive, the V-6 is evaluated at an unobtrusive 17 mpg city and 24 mpg expressway. Settling on the back drive V-8 conveys a 1-mpg punishment in the city cycle, with all-wheel drive assist minimizing the V-8's figures to 15/23 mpg. 

In light of a developed variant of the G80's stage, the G90 measures inside several inches of its long-wheelbase rivals in general measurements, including the Mercedes-Benz S-class and the Audi A8 and additionally the BMW 7-arrangement, the Cadillac CT6, and the Lexus LS. This enormous auto profits by having a large group of cameras to help tight stopping moves. Beginning cases the G90's steel structure is lighter and stiffer than the S-class' body-in-white. Be that as it may, this is no lightweight, with aluminum utilized just for some suspension segments. The smooth Canadian streets implied there were no chances to encounter any genuine effect brutality, however the auto for the most part feels made and significantly more unbending than the past Equus.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Genesis didn’t outsource the G90’s ride-and-handling development to Lotus Engineering, as was done with the G80, yet it has refined its own tuning to provide a similar sense of competence. Brake feel is satisfyingly firm and responsive, body motions are kept nicely in check, and the electrically assisted steering is relatively hefty, with secure on-center tracking and a modicum of feedback. The standard driver-adjustable Sachs/ZF dampers vary ride quality from cushy to somewhat flinty, but the car never wallows or crashes on its bump stops.

Notable only for its inoffensiveness, the G90’s driving behavior is best enjoyed at a modest pace. A button on the center console selects one of four drive modes (Smart, Sport, Eco, and Individual), which change the car’s character from relaxed to slightly energized by adjusting the firmness of the dampers and the steering, the aggressiveness of the throttle and the transmission programming, and even the bias of the all-wheel-drive system. We found the default Smart setting to be the best, its programmed logic adapting to our throttle inputs for a happy medium between the lethargic Eco and the harsher Sport mode.

The G90’s stately cabin is a model of sound suppression, offering lots of room to stretch out and configurable mood lighting for ambiance. A power sunroof, a faux-suede headliner, and supple leather on the dash, doors, and seats all are included, as are real wood, aluminum, and stainless-steel trim. The four outboard seats are heated and ventilated (the latter only in the V-8) as well as eminently comfortable and supportive, particularly the 22-way-adjustable driver’s throne. There are also nine airbags, power soft-close doors, a wireless charging pad for personal devices, a 7.0-inch information screen between the main analog gauges, a vivid 12.3-inch central display with an intuitive menu layout, and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system. The only upgrades come with the V-8’s Ultimate trim level, which swaps the V-6’s bixenon headlights for LEDs and adds power adjustability and ventilation for the outboard rear seating positions.

Highlighted by a simple rotary controller on the console and lots of smartly arranged secondary buttons and knobs, the G90’s ergonomics are excellent, even if some of the switchgear is the same as that in a $20,000 Hyundai Elantra. Genesis furthers the G90’s all-in formula by including a full-color head-up display along with nearly every active safety feature extant, including driver attention alert, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert and assist, and semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control with lane-departure prevention. Strangely absent: a panoramic sunroof, massaging seats, and a separate rear-seat entertainment system, all of which you can get on a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

As will be the case with all Genesis models, the G90’s ease of use extends beyond the vehicle, with three years of complimentary maintenance and various services, including valet-delivered loaner cars while yours is in the shop. Although Genesis expects to offer the G90 at a considerable price advantage versus similarly equipped competitors—expect V-6 models to start in the high $60,000s and V-8s around $80,000—absent from its list of features is a sense of occasion behind the wheel. The G90 has almost all of the requisite goodies and does nothing poorly, yet it’s short on character and doesn’t recalibrate the segment. In a class rife with à la carte configurations and custom flourishes, Genesis hopes that its less pretentious take on luxury will alleviate some decision-making stress for customers more concerned with enjoying their luxury than flaunting it—and thereby make the brand’s own genesis a success.      

Monday, October 24, 2016


All  Cadenza is to Kia what the Azera is to Hyundai. On the other hand the Avalon is to Toyota. As such, it's a vast and calm front-wheel-drive car with a rich ride, an extravagant inside, and a colossal rearward sitting arrangement. In case you're 6-foot-4, you can sit serenely in the back of these autos. Truly.

For 2017, there's an all-new Cadenza, a marginally more extensive and lower second-era auto that has been enhanced in everything from its more grounded and lighter undercarriage to its attractive styling, which still looks somewhat like the well known Optima and elements what Kia calls a "tiger nose" grille. Regardless of the possibility that you battle to see that tiger,  test and audit of the 2017 Kia Cadenza furnishes you with an unmistakable photo of this enormous Korean-manufactured family vehicle.                                                                                                                                           Thanks to the increased use of high-strength steel, hot-stamped components, and structural adhesives, the unit-body chassis of the 2017 Kia Cadenza is 35 percent stronger in torsional stiffness. This provides a better foundation for the suspension, which features MacPherson struts in front and a multilink rear, along with special Amplitude Selective Damping shock absorbers that make the Cadenza feel plush but controlled. Aluminum front steering knuckles are used to reduce weight, and larger bushings for the front and rear subframes improve lateral stiffness (for more responsive handling) while reducing the Cadenza’s noise, vibration, and harshness. Further adding to this Kia's quiet refinement are extra insulation in the windshield pillars and triple-laminated front windows, plus a special underbody pan that also aids aerodynamics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           As some time recently, the Cadenza motor is a smooth 3.3-liter V6, still direct-infused yet now tuned for better mileage. This 4-cam motor makes great power (280 pull at 6400 rpm, 250 lb.- ft. of torque at 5200 rpm), and will turn the Cadenza's front wheels in case you're excessively forceful with the throttle when leaving a stoplight. Much more essential, this aluminum-square powerplant with raised pressure (12.0: 1 versus 11.5:1) feels equipped and loose in its obligation, ready to achieve interstate speed easily. Furthermore, at 65 mph, the motor is turning at just 1800 rpm. 

Some of this nice nature is inferable from the Cadenza's new programmed transmission; Kia's initial 8-speed moves commendably easily while you're trundling about town, yet the rigging changes turn out to be reassuringly firm as more throttle is utilized. With forceful throttle utilization you can hear the motor through the firewall, however not to a vexatious degree.                                                           Astute Autobytel visitors may notice that the 2017 Cadenza’s power output is actually slightly less than the 2016 model’s 293 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 5200 rpm. What gives? Even though the 2017 Cadenza V6 has bumped compression, higher injection pressure and a new 2-speed oil pump that reduces parasitic losses, Kia, for emissions reasons, has had to switch to a denser catalytic converter, whose added backpressure saps some power.

EPA fuel economy is similarly interesting. All new 2017 Kia Cadenza is rated at 20 MPG city/28 MPG highway/23 MPG combined, only slightly better than the 2016 car’s EPA numbers of 19/28/22. Here’s the scoop: Even though the new Cadenza is a bit lighter and fitted with a new 8-speed automatic transmission that helps fuel economy, tougher EPA tests for 2017 translate to MPG numbers that typically aren’t as good as they were in 2016.  One Kia executive says owners of the new 2017 Cadenza should expect an improvement of about 2 MPG in real world mixed driving.                                                                                                                                                                       The all new 2017 Cadenza was molded at Kia Design Center America, under the direction of Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer. The roofline has been pulled rearward for somewhat of a fastback outline, and Ray Ng, vital outside planner for the new Cadenza, compares the extending of the sheet metal to making a fitted shirt. "This is an auto my father would to drive," included Ng. "Be that as it may, I wouldn't see any problems with driving it myself." 

The two most eminent styling components: Viewed from the side, the 2017 Kia Cadenza has a solitary line extending from front to raise, ending at Z-molded styling components in the headlights and taillights. It's a great looking look, without a doubt, with a lot of chrome to up the extravagance remainder. Likewise essential is the "Intaglio" grille, whose raised vertical cutting edges look sharp if somewhat subsidiary of Maserati or possibly Buick. Passage level Cadenzas will brandish an alternate grille, a "precious stone butterfly" outline seen in different Kias. In total, we feel the new 2017 Kia Cadenza looks more refined than the 2016 auto, and we can see why says it has an "etched certainty."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This one rock's the boat  new luxury sedan should have an attractive interior, and here the 2017 Kia Cadenza delivers. The roomy 5-seat cabin is highlighted by a stylish wraparound dash that flows elegantly into the door panels and features beautiful stitching, pleasant shapes, high-quality soft-touch materials and plenty of buttons, though not so many as to be overwhelming. Large analog gauges greet the driver, and the center console is capped by a large, easily reached color touchscreen. In the upmarket Cadenza I drove, soft Nappa leather covered the heated and cooled seats, and although I found the seats comfortable—thanks in part to an electrically extendable thigh supporter—the quilted diamond-pattern stitching on the bolsters looks a bit odd, a bit reminiscent of down ski vests from the 1970s.

There’s nothing odd, however, about the voluminous space. Thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase, the 2017 Kia Cadenza has an extra half inch of rear legroom, something the previous model didn’t really need. What’s more, even with the large panoramic sunroof, headroom is plentiful for folks 6-foot-4 or shorter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The base Kia Cadenza, curiously dubbed the Premium, starts at "less than $32,000" when it goes on sale in October. It’s reasonably well equipped, with a standard backup camera and Kia’s highly regarded UVO infotainment system that now works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change-assist, and rear parking assist are optional on this base model, which has 18-in. wheels and the standard grille.

Moving up, we have the Technology. For $39,000 you get a Cadenza with 19-in. wheels, navigation, panoramic sunroof, paddle shifters, high-beam assist, autonomous emergency braking, smart cruise control (that will come to a complete stop), lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, wireless smartphone charging, a Harman Kardon sound system has 12 speakers), and a handy surround-view monitor.

Topping the lineup is the Kia Cadenza SXL Limited, shown in our photos. It’s loaded with all the Technology model has, plus more, and it costs about $45,000. Besides a head-up display, the 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited has a power rear sunshade, pull-up sunshades in each rear door, unique 19-in. wheels, and a Smart Power Trunk. As long as the key fob is in your pocket or purse, the trunk will pop open automatically if you stand directly behind the Cadenza. No awkward swipe of the leg is needed.   On the twisting roads of the horse country near Middleburg, Virginia, the 2017 Kia Cadenza felt at home. This is not a sports sedan, mind you, and it makes no effort to be one. Rather, this large Kia is a comfortable and quiet people hauler with adequate power, and its well-damped suspension, though soft, keeps that spacious body in good control. The electric-assist steering has a light but natural feel, as do the slightly larger brakes. Wind noise is commendably low, and the engine makes its presence known most noticeably at max acceleration, an admittedly rare occasion for most Cadenza drivers. At day’s end, after a long drive in which we also enjoyed the rich sound of the 12-speaker sound system, I still felt fresh; that’s a testament to the remarkable refinement of this large new Kia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       In addition to a full suite of safety and entertainment technologies, what else can modern electronics provide? With the 2017 Kia Cadenza, it's four driving modes: Eco, Smart, Sport, and Comfort.

Eco is a fuel-saving mode in which the throttle map is slower and the air conditioning compressor works less often. Smart trains the driver to be more efficient, via an icon that switches from white to green when you’re driving in a frugal fashion. Sport, the most noticeable mode, sharpens throttle response, decreases steering assist, and holds gears a bit longer before upshifting. Lastly, Comfort uses standard shift schedules and throttle response, but switches to extra light-effort steering.    If you’re in the market for a large sedan such as the new 2017 Kia Cadenza, there are plenty of others to consider. First among them should be the Cadenza’s mechanical cousin, the Hyundai Azera, which has the same impressive 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. But we also recommend taking a close look at the impressive new 2017 Buick LaCrosse, and the Chevrolet Impala. Ample interior space is an important (but often overlooked) constituent of luxury, and this is an area in which all of these big sedans deliver.   

Friday, October 14, 2016


All newer BMW Vision Next 100 model needs to improve you a driver, the Rolls-Royce 103EX needs to make you a more agreeable traveler, the Mini Vision Next century 100 idea needs to encourage easy urban versatility, and now Motorrad's Vision Next century100 creation needs to help you escape. 

"Motorcycling is about getting away from the ordinary: The minute you straddle your bicycle, you are totally free," said Edgar Heinrich, head of outline for BMW Motorrad. How does the Vision Next Century100 idea bike let you escape? Without the requirement for a head protector or protective gear , the cutting edge bike lets riders fully experience the elements.
Part of the bike’s design includes classic BMW cues like the black frame triangle (pioneered by the 1923 BMW R32), white lines, and boxer engine shape. Because this bike is powered by a “zero emissions solution,” there is no actual engine, just the appearance of one. What that solution is, exactly, is a mystery, but the housing actually extends outwards when the bike is in motion, aiding aerodynamics.

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One of the Vision Next century 100’s most noticeable features is its Flexframe, which looks like a single piece that connects the front and rear wheels. Because of its malleable nature, it actually helps the bike steer without joints. Just turn the handlebars and the frame turns with it. It’s Gumby’s perfect motorcycle.

As a whole, the bike concept has a naked appearance but its design elements function like a full-faring moto. The large metal reflector above the front wheel has a built-in daytime running light and also helps deflect wind. The seat, upper frame cover, and wings are made of carbon.

The styling is obviously impressive, but more incredible is the technology. The variable tread on the tires helps dampen the bike, the safety systems will automatically balance the bike if the rider is losing control (even if the bike is tipping over while stationary), there’s a “Digital Companion” working in the background to alert riders of upcoming hazards or to take over in emergency situations, and a digital visor shows telemetry, navigation, and other data across the rider’s field of vision by tracking his or her eye movements. There’s almost too much technology to list.                                                                                                                                                                                       The Motorrad Vision 100 Next concept was unveiled alongside intelligent riding gear. The suit warms or cools the rider based on weather conditions, the neck section inflates to provide extra support for the upper vertebrae, and built-in sensors will alert the rider when banking angles become critical. It may look like a fashion statement without the need for bulky protective padding, but it’s as much an engineering feat as the bike itself.
“The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 unites the best of both worlds – digital and analogue – for the ultimate emotional experience,” said Heinrich.
BMW has envisioned every element of how riders will engage with their machines decades from now. I won’t say it’s an ideal situation for those who crave control and traditional mechanics, but it’s undeniably innovative.