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2017 Infiniti QX80 AWD Limited Quick Spin Review & Test Drive

Published on August 16, 2017, by in Automobile.

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Infiniti’s mammoth-proportioned SUV has thrived to garner new life with the improving American economy and relatively low gas prices. Welcoming nearly record sales, large body-on-frame SUVs are literally gaining new momentum and manufacturers like Infiniti have taken note to keep such vehicles inviting in many areas as is the latest QX80 in its top-level loaded-up Limited trim.

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I had the chance to experience the 2017 Infiniti QX80 and the many visits to the gas station that it requires. Despite a few visits to the pump to fill its 26 gallon tank full of premium fuel due to the dismal 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway EPA figures, the QX80 exhibited well-behaved road manners, ones that took me my surprise in most of my highway and local road excursions. The adaptability of the new QX80 is remarkable as such a large vehicle tipping the scale to the brink of nearly 6,000 pounds at 5,888 pounds for my all-wheel-drive Limited test vehicle. Toting around such weight isn’t an easy task, but somehow Infiniti pulls off something remarkable in the way that the QX80 feels and proves to allow an ease of maneuvering such a large vehicle.

The suspension system, through the use of a Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, keeps the QX80 composed and nicely planted on the road. I would even go as far as to admit that the QX80 is among one of the best riding SUVs of its mass that instills an unsurpassed level of confidence in the driver. Never did I feel the QX80 allowing its nearly 3 tons of body weight getting out of control or balance to the point that stability control was required to step in to keep the insurance adjuster out of the situation. Moreover, the ride quality wasn’t compromised by the firm but composed feel with a restraint on body roll and dive. The all-wheel-drive system works in conjunction to keep the massive 22-inch rollers wrapped in all-season rubber planted.

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As far as power goes, the 5.6-liter V8 engine in the QX80, a more than proven powerplant for the brand, is up to the challenge get the mammoth-sized SUV to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. All of the 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque are there at your demand surging through all four wheels by way of a proven 7-speed automatic transmission. Shifts take place smoothly and land in the proper cog on most occasions.

Don’t expect to take the somewhat plush QX80 into rough off-roading situations as the 22-inch wheels and tires place limitations on your endeavors. Though, the hydraulic stabilizer bar serves multiple duties to allow wheel articulation when it’s needed – if you are brave enough to push the limitations of the QX80.

The vast cabin of the Infiniti QX80 offers up more than enough room for a large family. The seats are ultra-comfortable, and road noise is kept to a minimum when cruising at highway speeds. The high floors and up-right seating are somewhat of an acquired taste for some but my bet is that the near-stadium-like seating is welcomed as you get a look-down visual angle at approaching traffic. The quality of interior materials are a step above most in opting for the top-level Limited Edition trim, which includes every conceivable option in the QX80 line. The dashboard is even outlined with accented stitching and additional layers of soft-touch surfaces.

Some of the disappointments of the QX80’s interior remains to be somewhat of an antiquated driver’s instrument cluster that utilizes a monochrome LCD display. Moreover, while the infotainment unit fed through an 8-inch touch screen and a nice mix of physical buttons for redundancy proves to be useful, it too could use some refreshing to update its graphics and overall interface to match those of the competition with a higher resolution.

Having seen the QX80 evolve from what it used to be wearing the QX56 nameplate, it’s nice to see that it remains to be a highly sought after large SUV that continues to earn its merit with a high level of versatility, luxury, and performance without its sheer size getting in the way. With that, it is apparent that Infiniti feels that the QX80 lavished in its luxury appointments is deserving of a higher price point with my loaded up QX80 AWD Limited test vehicle coming in at $90,445, which includes a $995 destination charge. Now, you must ask yours if you would pay to play in what I call the Japanese edition of the Cadillac Escalade? It sure fits the part!

























SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base QX80 2WD $63,850 / As-Tested QX80 AWD Limited $90,445
  • Engine: 5.6-liter DOHC V8 400 horsepower @ 5800 rpm / 413 ft-lbs. torque @ 4000 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic
  • Wheelbase: 121.1 in.
  • Total length: 208.9 in.
  • Total width: 79.9 in.
  • Total height: 75.8 in.
  • Track: f/r-67.5/67.6 in.
  • Turning circle: 41.6 ft.
  • Approach angle: 20.9-degrees
  • Departure angle: 22.3-degrees
  • Fuel tank: 26.0 gallons
  • Headroom: 1st/2nd/3rd row-39.9/40.0/39.8 in.
  • Legroom: 1st/2nd/3rd row-39.6/41.0/28.8 in.
  • EPA cargo volume: all seats folded-95.1 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 5,888 lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 13 mpg city / 19 mpg highway

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BMW Z4 Concept

Published on August 16, 2017, by in Automobile.

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We all know the new Z4 is pretty much ready to go. So I am not sure why BMW would even show a concept.
Same thing with the new 8 series.
These concepts are probably just a bit nicer looking than the production models. Just enough to make the production ones a bit lame.
Either show the real thing or show a real concept.

Still, this looks really nice. I see a bit of a “Cascada” shoulder line…
Which actually does look great on the Opel/Buick. So why not…

More on this very soon…


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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab Review & Test Drive

Published on August 9, 2017, by in Automobile.

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In the recent few years, Ford is kicking butt in the performance arena. If the new GT350, Focus RS, or Ford GT don’t do it for you, maybe the new F-150 Raptor will being that it’s the most aggressive and off-road capable truck to ever come out of the blue oval brand.

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Introduced as a redesigned model, the new Ford Raptor embodies the same aluminum body build qualities of all F-150 trucks, which is a good thing to shed unwanted weight and improve upon overall performance. In the performance arena, the new F-150 Raptor features a twin-turbo V6 engine, an extension of the EcoBoost family of forced induction engines from Ford. The 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 produces a healthy dose of 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque sent through an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission built in a joint effort by Ford and General Motors. That power, if you’re taking note, is about 39 horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque more than the old Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8. The only thing that’s missing is the sound quality of the old V8, which is now replaced by the turbocharged V6’s dull growling moan. Hitting 60 mph on the road from a stop takes about 5.3 seconds – that’s faster than a good number of luxury sports sedans and coupes. An amazing feat for a vehicle that tips the scale at just under 6,000 pounds, which is down a few hundred pounds from the last generation Raptor.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission working with the force-fed V6 seemingly mesh together surprisingly well. Management for 10 gears is no easy task as you would imagine, and there are some 8-speed units out there that can jumble gears just like a clown juggling one-too-many balls. I was mostly taken by the adaptability of the 10-speed automatic to land in the proper gear just about each time. The Raptor’s new 10-speed feels direct and smooth, sometimes. The steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles are more novelty than useful as you find yourself concentrating more on how many gears you have to go through over focusing on the road. There are times where the shifts came on rather hard and abrupt while other occasions it shifted nearly seamlessly – mostly when cruising on the road at highway speeds. Speaking of cruising on the road, the new Raptor performs a near magical act of providing a smooth ride on the road with a decent amount of forward grunt, enough so that the rear wheels break loose once the torque surges when the turbos spool and the peak torque is reached at 3,500 rpm. Additionally, the Raptor is quite the capable off-roader taking on challenging mud ruts with ease in my few “excursions” along muddy creek waters near my house.

The ample torque, at 510 ft-lbs, appears to carry slightly beyond 3,500 rpm with only a dash of turbo lag out of the hole below 3,000 rpm. Moreover, the 10-speed auto seems to manage to keep the engine in its sweet spots to prevent lag as much as possible while keeping fuel economy in mind. Though you shouldn’t expect to get any better than the dismal EPA-estimated 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. I thought by getting an even 20 mpg on the highway was an amazing accomplishment after glancing at the EPA numbers. I suppose, in this case, you must pay to play – literally at the gas pump. The new Raptor utilizes automatic grill shutters and a smoother effect of channeling air up front to aid in fuel efficiency, so there’s that. The stop-start system, even though it’s quick to react, is somewhat out of place for a vehicle with the stature of the Raptor and its robust powerplant. I’m not even sure there is any benefit to the start-stop other than to annoy you and your passengers when the air-conditioned air starts to get warm and stale.

Ford’s new aluminum theme appears to go the distance in the new F-150 in many trim levels and configurations. When it comes to the new Raptor, the benefits of a lightweight high strength aluminum body appear to come alive through the use of 3-inch in diameter Fox dampers (FOX Racing Shox), a suspension travel of 13 inches in the front and 13.9 inches in the rear, and knobby BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires wrapping 17-inch wheels. The tires do lack in their ability to grapple at smooth pavement and most road surfaces. However, they are necessary to bring out the best in the Raptor’s ability to conquer terrains that not many vehicles would venture into.

There are customized drive modes that, six in total, that are dedicated mostly for off-roading conditions except in Sport mode, which is reserved for getting the best of the Raptor’s road-going side with occasional harder transmission shifts, firmer steering wheel effort, and advanced throttle input. The multiple personalities of the new Raptor is what makes it so adaptable to your needs, whether it is to commute daily to your corner office job without breaking a sweat thanks to ventilated and heated seats up front, or to tackle the questionable surfaces of a washed-out creek at a record pace. It can even remotely open the dampened tailgate to load in “stuff” or tow up to 8,000 pounds. The Raptor is happy to oblige anything you can throw at a truck sans the heavy lifting designated for Ford’s Super Duty lineup and abilities to tow well over 10,000 pounds.

There’s a reason a new Ford F-150 sells just about every 36 seconds of the day, and such characteristics that keep it at the top of the versatile transportation food chain all translate well into the new Raptor. The inside of the new Ford Raptor retains much of what you would expect in an upper-trim-level and nicely-optioned F-150 SuperCab or CrewCab. With the sporty, powerful, and off-road conquering nature of the Raptor, the cabin gets somewhat of a special treatments with the following highlighted features: Red-center-striped leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver’s bucket seat with unique seatbacks and bolsters, 60/40 flip-up split seatbacks on the rear beach seat, optional ventilated and heated front seats, driver’s seat memory, 10-way power driver’s seat option, perforated leather, dual-zone automatic climate control, SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, 110-volt power inverters front and back, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, power-adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers, automatic highbeam LED headlights, and a 360-degree camera with a pro trailer backup assist system.

Ford has, once again, created something special in the new Raptor. They have taken an already great formula in a well-optioned and upper trim-level F-150 and not only made it off-road capable but injected many doses of versatility without compromise. The as-tested price of $61,685 is also a welcomed attribute to one of the most capable off-roading vehicles around, one that trumps all other manufacturer’s attempts at producing a rugged truck. The Raptor not only surpasses everything else out there to come fresh off of the assembly line, but it proves to take the previous generation and make it even better in just about every area. The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor starts at a price of $48,325 before any fees or destination charges.


























SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base F-150 Raptor SuperCab $48,325 / As-Tested F-150 Raptor SuperCab $61,685
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  • Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC twin-turbocharged V6 (EcoBoost) 450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm / 510 ft-lbs. torque @ 3,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 10-Speed automatic with steering wheel shift paddles
  • Wheelbase: 134.2 in.
  • Total length: 220.0 in.
  • Total width: 86.3 in.
  • Total height: 78.5 in.
  • Headroom: f/r-40.8/40.3 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-43.9/33.5 in.
  • Payload capacity: 1,000 pounds (SuperCab)
  • Towing capacity: 6,000 pounds (SuperCab)
  • Curb weight: 5,525 lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 15 mpg city / 18 mpg highway /  16 mpg combined

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