Those of us who wanted to enjoy more power and a more aggressive feeling from the Fiat 124 Spider looked to the Abarth trim to have what we were looking for. Unfortunately, previous models of this car in the Abarth trim felt a bit like a letdown because of the lack of added power and growl from the car. While the Abarth trim of the Fiat 124 Spider was created to give us a sportier suspension and a drive that’s more fun, it was lacking a bit of what we wanted in this version of the car.
One of the most impressive, and important, upgrades to the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth for the 2019 model year is an improved exhaust. This new exhaust is the Record Monza version which allows the car to have a more aggressive sound. This system is made of stainless steel and is made to pay tribute to the record speeds achieved by Carlo Abarth at the Monza racetrack in the 1950s. The car he used for these speeds was a modified Fiat Abarth 750 which had quad tips and a valve that maximized the exhaust flow.
Even though the Abarth model of the 124 Spider only makes ten horsepower more than the standard version, you can have more than just an improved exhaust for the new model year. There’s a new Veleno appearance package that offers you red exterior mirror caps, a red lower fascia lip, and a red front tow hook. The name Veleno is Italian for “poison” and the scorpion symbol is in place with this package of treatments. The inside of the car has carpeted floor mats and a bright footrest that highlights the signature Abarth racing heritage of this car. A new stripe package is also offered for the car to give you an amazing look you can certainly admire.
While the exhaust and appearance trims are upgraded for the 2019 model year, the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is the same mechanically as it was in the past. This means you’ll have a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower which is pushed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is also available to give you a car you don’t have to shift on your own.
The Fiat name is one that occupies a special place in automotive history and right now, the Fiat 124 Spider is the only sports car offered that reminds us that Fiat has a right racing heritage. Thankfully, you can have the standard model of this car for less than $25,000 and if you choose the Abarth trim, you’ll still have a price that’s comes in below $30,000. This is a car that can be a lot of fun for you to drive and enjoy on the roads and even one that you might want to take to the track to let it loose.
Looking for something slightly different? Opt for the Fiat 500L.
Unless you own a Toyota Yaris, you probably don’t think much about this little car, and it seems that Toyota decided to forget it for the 2019 model year. If you’re looking for this little hatchback model at your nearby Toyota location, you’re going to have to choose one of the remaining 2018 models that are still in stock. Right now, there should be plenty of these cars in stock and you should be able to find one, but if you want more than what these leftovers offer, you’ll want to keep reading.
When it first arrived on the scene, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was thought to be a car that would be only suited to the hardcore track drivers that prowled the loops around the world.
Because of this, Chevrolet only offered this amazing sports car with a manual transmission when it first arrived. The thought was that you needed to be able to row your own gears in order to make this car the right one for you to have the drive and the fun offered by the most incredible version of the Camaro.
There’s something special about a vehicle that’s attractive and shows that it was developed by those with an artistic inclination. The 2019 Nissan Murano is the SUV that does just that. This impressive vehicle offers you two rows of seats to give you room for five to have the experience they want to enjoy when you head out on the road. You might be surprised to find the quality and the comfort offered by the Nissan brand with this SUV, but once you get behind the wheel, you’ll be glad you decided to take the Murano for a ride.
When someone tells you that they love to drive sports cars, they have to actually mean it. If they plan to have track fun and enjoy the ability to rip off fast laps, many of the sports cars we’ve seen in the past were created without some of the comfort and entertainment features that we enjoy during our daily drive. These sports car lovers have a hard time telling you what they can do with their sports car when the track time is over and they need to drive their car home from the track.
The Cadillac brand has taken on several different faces and developments in recent years, but one model that has been the pillar of excellence for the brand has been the Cadillac Escalade. Since it was first offered on the market, this big SUV has been the standard of perfection and quality for the drive and the experience you want to have when you head out on the road. On the outside, this is an imposing and attractive brute while the inside features an abundance of comfort and items that never allow you to forget this is a big Cadillac you’re driving.
Even in its standard form, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade is an SUV that has a lot to offer. You’ll see 12-way power adjustable seats, 20-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels, Magnetic Ride Control, and a power liftgate to start the list. Check out the remote engine starter, the tri-zone climate controls, the reconfigurable instrument cluster, power folding third-row seats, heated and cooled front seats, rear park assist, rain-sensing wipers, surround vision camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system. This big SUV has everything you want when you’re looking for an excellent luxury SUV to drive.
If you choose to add more to this big SUV for the drive you want to enjoy, you can have the benefits of items that include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, side blind zone alerts, the rear camera mirror, and cross traffic alerts to improve the safety and security you feel. The Platinum trim is equipped with Nappa leather upholstery, 18-way adjustable front seats, a head-up display, a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system with a nine-inch overhead screen, wireless headphones, and much more. You’ve got to see what this SUV has for you and choose the right trim for your luxury ride.
This big luxury SUV requires you to have big power under the hood to get things done. Thankfully Cadillac placed a massive 6.2-liter V8 engine in the bay. This engine provides you with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is attached to a ten-speed automatic transmission to give you a smooth ride and the power to tow up to 8,300 pounds when you take this SUV out on the road or need to pull a boat or trailer along with you.
When you want to drive an SUV that’s at the top of the luxury market, the 2019 Cadillac Escalade continues to occupy this part of the market. Let this big brute become the amazing ride you’re looking for so that you can have the experience you want when you head out for a drive. Visit your nearby Cadillac dealer today and discuss the features that will make the ride right for you and your family when you take this SUV out for a drive to experience the joy of the journey on your way to your destination.
Looking for something slightly different? Opt for the Cadillac XT5!
If you’re looking for a compact crossover SUV to drive, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson should be one that you consider. This small and active SUV is one that brings you a long list of standard items for you to enjoy when you drive along with a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The market the Tucson competes in is one that’s extremely competitive with several models from nearly every brand that’s sold. Check out this model and let it be the one that offers you the driving personality you’re looking for when you get behind the wheel.
When you’re looking for an SUV that offers you excellent style, a long list of equipment to enjoy, a strong reputation for safety, and the fuel mileage you’re looking for, the Tucson can be the perfect choice for you. This SUV brings you a smart and easy way to enjoy the drive while taking your family on the road or when you need to load it up with gear. The only thing the Tucson doesn’t do is head out on the trails to be an off-road SUV for you.
The changes you’ll see to the 2019 Hyundai Tucson involves improvements to the exterior and interior designs of this SUV. You’ll have more standard items added including forward collision mitigation and lane keeping assistance in this SUV. Options that have been added to the mix include driver attention monitoring for you to have even more in the safety department. The infotainment system has been improved with a new seven-inch touchscreen and the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SEL Plus trim has been discontinued for this year and there are now only two powertrains for you to choose from.
When you carry a load of items to your vehicle that need to be loaded into the rear, do you want the trunk to open automatically? Of course, and the Tucson offers you a smart power tailgate to do just that for you. Do you need to carry your family with you on the road? If so, the protection of the Yes Essentials stain protection will make sure your fabrics aren’t stained and expel any odors that might be part of the experience of having kids or pets in the vehicle.
If it’s time for you to take a test drive and experience what the 2019 Hyundai Tucson has to offer, you know where to go. Your nearby Hyundai dealership team will be happy to show you how this SUV can become the right choice for you and help you have the drive you’ve been looking for. The Tucson competes in a crowded area of the market, but it does find a way to stand up above the rest when you’re looking for the right drive and the features that make the most sense for you.
Looking for something slightly different? Opt for the Hyundai Elantra.
Because the Chevrolet Corvette is considered a supercar, it seems strange to think that this car has been around as long as it has without being one that has ever had the engine placed behind the driver. Even though Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Corvette and its chief engineer lobbied for this car to have the engine moved to the rear, it hasn’t happened until now. The C8 model of the Corvette, which will arrive in 2020, will be the first one that has had the engine put behind the driver in a production model.
In the 1960s, Duntov began to build mid-engine Corvette models that were deemed Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicles (CERV) and the CERV I and CERV II came to be prototypes that could have paved the way for a Corvette with the engine behind the driver. These two models had a focus on racing and eventually on potential production. During this same time, the R& D group built a Grand Sport II race car that was a concept model that eventually was improved and became the 1966 Jim Hall Chaparral race car.
The Astro II, which was originally called the XP-880, showed up at the New York Auto Show in April of 1968. This car showcased a mid-mounted engine that offered a rear that was not quite as extreme at the Astro I that was shown a year earlier. The aerodynamics were as smooth as any Corvette on the market and it could have easily become the perfect mid-engine Corvette which would have entered the market much earlier than the one that we will soon see offered, but there was something keeping this car from making its way to production.
The swoopy body of the Astro II housed a 400 horsepower 427-cubic-inch big block V8 engine that was mounted backward. The starter and ring gear were located under the seatbacks and the accessory drive was in the rear. The original transmission came from a 1963 Pontiac Tempest but it was found to be too weak for this engine and this system was redesigned. The car road on cast-aluminum wheels and it had four-wheel disc brakes that could make it possible for this car to corner and handle the road with ease. This was the car that nearly made its way to the GM showrooms around the world.
Unfortunately for the Astro II, GM chose to employ the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy to the Corvette. At the time, Chevrolet could barely keep up with the demand for this car which gave them pause to radically change a car that was already as successful as the Corvette. This led to the Astro II and nearly every other mid-engine model that was paraded out to be canceled until now. Thankfully, we will finally see the mid-engine Corvette on the market, and understand why this is as important a move as it will be for the Corvette.
Honda has become the title sponsor for the NHL All-Star Game for the past four seasons and will be, once again, the title sponsor for the game in 2019.
This partnership has grown over the past five years and the NHL is proud to have Honda as the partner and sponsor for this event for the upcoming season. The NHL All-Star Game is a lot of fun and has become more than just a game with several events and venues for people to enjoy when they attend this coming year in San Jose, California.