Hit the Road with the Audi 2016 TT

The all-new 2016 TT comes as a two-seat, fabric top convertible or as a 2+2 coupe. The latter has a vestigial, limited-use back seat. In the convertible – Audi calls it a roadster – the space is used to stash the top, which is cleverly designed to form its own boot cover when folded. There’s a shallow trunk with eight cubic feet of space.

The cockpit is so well protected that there’s no wind blocker. But the roadster has built-in roll bars and a motorized trunk-mounted spoiler.

Power comes from the ubiquitous 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is widely used across the Audi and parent Volkswagen lines. In this application it is turbocharged and tuned to deliver 200 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which Audi says delivers a zero-to-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds with a top track speed of 130 mph.

The 2016 Audi TT is available as a two-seat roadster and a coupe. Its turbo-charged engine goes from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds.

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The only transmission is a six-speed twin-clutch automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual shifting. Power goes to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive.

To enhance the driving experience, the TT offers an array of performance choices. A tip of the shift lever selects either “drive” or “sport” in the automatic mode. In “drive,” the transmission shifts into the next gear at low rpms to enhance fuel economy. In “sport” it holds each gear to higher rpms to maintain power.

In addition, the TT offers four different driving modes, which alter suspension and steering: comfort, dynamic, auto and individual. The last can be programmed to driver preferences.

Learn more about the Audi 2016 TT at http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/automotive-news/automotive-reviews/2016-audi-tt-roadster-is-sophisticated-and-stylish-1.1474598

Meet the 2016 Jaguar FX

Originally introduced in 2007, Jaguar has sold more than 280,000 examples of the XF to date, and it has managed to capture numerous accolades worldwide along the way. Clearly the outgoing XF had its merits, but it rode on architecture that could trace its lineage back to the S-Type – a platform that was developed before the turn of the century. And when stacked up against the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the XF consistently faced an uphill battle.

But that’s not the case with the 2016 XF, as it’s the latest model in Jaguar’s lineup to adopt the company’s new modular platform, one it now shares with the XE and the F-Pace crossover. As such, the new XF loses more than 250 pounds versus the outgoing car by way of aluminum and high-strength magnesium-intensive construction, while also boasting a 28 percent improvement in chassis rigidity. It translates to an XF that feels significantly livelier at the helm, placing a greater emphasis on the Jag’s sporting prowess without resorting to harsh performance tuning in order to get there.

First drive: 2016 Jaguar XF [Review]

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The XF has changed dimensionally as well, as the new model is a quarter-inch shorter but boasts a wheelbase that is two inches longer than its predecessor, resulting in more overall interior space – particularly for rear passengers.

The new model debuts here in the U.S. with carry-over versions of the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at either 340 or 380 horsepower depending on whether you opt for the R-Sport or S trim level, but that doesn’t mean the XF isn’t without a few meaningful drivetrain updates.

Chief among these is a revised version of the XF’s optional all-wheel drive system, which makes its way over from the F-Type. It’s 16 percent lighter and 10 percent more efficient than the old hardware, and maintains the car’s rear-wheel drive bias in much the same way it does in the company’s sports car. Here in the XF, it helps the S model sprint to 60 miles per hour in five seconds flat, a tenth quicker than rear-wheel drive equivalent. All XF models route power through the venerable ZF 8-speed automatic, which boasts optimized tuning that adapts to driving style

Learn more about the 2016 FX

Porsche Lego 911 RSR Comes to Miami

The Miami International Auto Show is among the largest auto exhibitions nationally showcasing more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers from around the world – a collection that auto enthusiasts wait all year to see.

The Porsche Lego 911 RSR is a highlight of the 45th Miami International Auto Show, which opens Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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The 45th Annual South Florida International Auto Show occurred from November 6th to November 15th and it highlighted the Porsche Lego 911 RSR.  This real-life Porsche – whose frame is half Legos, half the real thing – was created by the folks at Legos and Porsche.  The impressive life-size 911 RSR LMP1 car consists of more than 380,000 Lego bricks and it took approximately 633 hours to complete.

See more photos from the auto show in Miami Herald

Celebrating the 21st Annual Miami Make-A-Wish Ball

Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions and the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida chapter grants more than 500 wishes each year, or one wish every 16 hours.

InterContinental held the 21st annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball on November 7th.  The event was mythology-themed and featured dinner, dancing, auctions, and a performance by Grammy award-winning entertainer Marc Anthony.  In all, in excess of $2,250,000 was raised.

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Ugo Colombo’s THE COLLECTION was proud to be a Wish Benefactor and to showcase these “Fire and Water Porsches” at the Ball.

Check out these photos of the Ball from World Red Eye

Introducing the Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Italian sports car brand Alfa-Romeo is planning a global comeback and it starts with the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Under the bonnet, it packs a powerful 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 with 380kW and a staggering 600Nm of torque.  That’s good enough for the Alfa to hit 100km an hour in just 3.9 seconds, and it has just lapped the Nurburgring in 7-minutes, 39-seconds – 9-seconds faster than a BMW M4.

It will be interesting to see if this new Alfa sedan is able to take on the BMW 3 series and also the Mercedes C Class. The performance version of the car does sound very impressive.

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2016 McLaren 650S – Mid Cycle Refresh

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McLaren announced on September 22nd that they are throwing more value at the McLaren 650S than ever before. All the new standard options won’t cost customers any additional money.  Most of these now standard items turn an already attractive looking McLaren and add a bit of racecar credentials courtesy of carbon fiber aero pieces.

All around you get a carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, intakes and rear bumper treatments. These enhancements are subtle, but enough to set the 2016 McLaren 650S apart from last year. Additionally, those in the market for the 650S will have their choice amongst ten other colors. And if you don’t sit in the regular racing seats, McLaren will throw in a larger set of seats free of charge.

McLaren’s enhanced technology package includes a front vehicle lifter, adjustable seats and steering column as well as Merdian surround sound, parking sensors, backup camera and car cover for $9,950.  Finally, the 2016 McLaren 650S can now be optioned out with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires for $1300. Originally developed for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, it’s one of the best tires on the market and more than capable of handling what the McLaren 650S will throw its way.

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The Revolutionary 2016 Audi TT

The 2016 Audi TT coupe is an evolutionary new edition of the brand's sport coupe. (Audi)

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A revolutionary new instrument cluster and climate controls highlight the 2016 Audi TT, an evolutionary new edition of the luxury brand’s stylish little sport coupe.

The TT’s exterior design has always been one of the most modern on the road, with proportions and a clean design that seemed unchained from the traditions that limit other automakers’ designers. The all-new 2016 model extends that aesthetic independence inside the cabin.

The TT, available as a coupe or convertible, competes with sports cars like the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW 228i, Cadillac ATS coupe, Ford Mustang, Jaguar F-type, Lexus RC 350 AWD and Porsche Cayman.  There’s not a loser in this bunch, but the TT’s looks, fuel economy and all-wheel-drive have won it a loyal following.

The TT’s exterior styling is a more sophisticated version of the second-generation TT. The interior design is clean and simple, thanks in part to the new instrument panel and climate controls. The instrument panel features a video display that can project a navigation screen, audio options, information about phone calls and speed, engine rpm and performance data.

All-wheel drive and a 220-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission are standard. The TT’s EPA fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway and 26 combined falls in the middle of the pack. The

The TT’s power and fuel economy have been exceeded by small turbo fours from Alfa Romeo, BMW, Cadillac and other luxury brands. Even mainstream sport coupes like the Ford Mustang and 2016 Chevrolet Camaro offer small turbos that outdo the TT.

While the car’s power is unspectacular, the TT’s handling remains invigorating. The car’s short wheelbase, wide track and performance-tuned all-wheel drive deliver excellent handling and grip.

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