TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. Only Ferrari makes as good a stability-control system. With its Teflon-coated helical rotors twirling at 20,700 rpm, it crams about 44 pounds of intercooled air per minute into the cylinders at twice atmospheric pressure. All three wind blockers offered similar draft protection the Corvette's high rump precludes the need for a wind blocker. When the votes were tallied, the Porsche scored a perfect 10 in the handling and fun-to-drive categories. Yet despite the differences in approach, a wide-open run to 60 mph takes exactly 4.
The SportShift tranny is admittedly well mated to the engine. As sweet-sounding as that S engine is, its 250 horses are each burdened with 12. Superior aerodynamics and top-end power mean the difference just increases as speeds rise. For those who need a brand-new car to transport them back in time while it's rocketing them from point to point, this is the obvious choice. Change the final drive, as some clients demand, and the engineers whisper that it's closer to 190 mph.
In acceleration, driver appeal, and refinement, the decathlete C32 blows away the C43--and not just by 10ths of a second, but in a quantum leap in performance. The C32 is luxuriously equipped with plenty of rich leather and aluminum rather than wood trim. When the car keeps suggesting you're out of control, you start to believe it. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. Those tires probably account for much of the 2.
SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. Today's generation of juvenile car crazies is probably dreaming down the neighborhood sidewalks in one of these four riotous roadsters, and the adults who purchase them for real will likely do so for exactly the same reasons of coolness and fun, with nearly the same disregard for practical considerations. One sits tall in the saddle, with less car up around the shoulders. That small lip added to the trunklid reduces lift by 50 percent and makes a discernible difference to high-speed stability. It works brilliantly and plays a crucial role in enhancing a more sporting character. This is, by all but supercar standards, blistering performance.
An enlarged intake plenum with new smoother-flowing composite runners permitted the cam to be retuned for an even broader torque curve and five more horses. Massive cross-drilled and vented front discs offer immense stopping power. Two issues: power and price. It's more hot rod than the C32, and less coherent and balanced than a Boxster S, yet even quicker in a straight line. The Chevy Corvette roadster would have squeaked under the price ceiling in the last test, but its perceived deficit in refinement and large size was quoted as reason to exclude it.
I told my wife she could bury me in it and save the cost of a casket! Going into this test armed with Mercedes' estimated performance of 0 to 62 mph in 5. So we set off for some roller-coastering in and around Athens, Ohio, in search of our respective inner children. Our only small gripe with the engine is the metallic rasp that attends its thrust, which sounds as if every exhaust heat shield were loose and vibrating. A perfect-fitting cockpit with ideal wheel and pedal relationships added to the feeling of control. And although each bristles with safety gear, and two offer so much luggage space as to border on practical, the overarching mission of each is quite basic: to generate grins. There's no perceptible lag or audible whistle, just big hairy hustle. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter.
Lift the C32's hood, and no longer is the engine hidden beneath a stylized black plastic cover, now the Mercedes norm. Choosing a car was childishly simple. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. It's a momentary phase, quickly replaced by a sense of throttle-controlled adjustability coupled with real steering agility and bite on initial turn-in. Dial up the intensity of the driving, and an improved active-handling system comes into play. The mildly disguised C32--no flared wheel arches here--sits 1.
So how'd it get rooked out of the top spot, you whine? It also downshifts under braking and does an admirable job of gear selection. Even in the full-protection mode, we were able to coax the tail out with power while the system quietly kept us on line without smothering the adrenaline rush. It's still faster than most everything. It is only offered with automatic transmission. The gigantic brakes, however, inspire huge confidence with a firm, communicative pedal and superb, indefatigable stopping power that whoaed our M in 162 feet from 70 mph tying the Vette for best.
BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. Contrary to its on-paper spec--peak torque of 332 pound-feet at a high 4400 rpm--which suggests the V-6 is a screamer, the supercharger delivers at least 295 pound-feet of torque all the way from 2200 rpm to 6100 rpm. These factors, along with the 0. Whereas the C43 relied on cubic inches for its grunt, the C32 relies on the heavy breathing induced by a belt-driven supercharger. The driver sits way back near the rear axle for nearly perfect weight distribution, so there's a sense of swinging the nose into turns. Our contestants hail from as far apart as Stuttgart, Germany; Bowling Green, Kentucky; and Spartanburg, South Carolina.
NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter. Such placement permits the engine to serenade the driver from both the intake and exhaust pipes. And throughout our 900-mile back-country blast this high-strung engine never hiccuped. If you still don't believe us, before you mail that witty and scathing letter to us here on Hogback Road, dress up in a wealthy responsible-adult costume, deepen your voice, and talk a salesman into a test drive. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. It's easier to hang an arm out the window of an M or Z3 than in any of the others here.