• Features

    5 of the Fastest Cars with the Best MPG

    Owning a car is supposed to be fun. That’s why so many people go for fast, sporty cars. But these days, with gas prices as they are, many drivers must constantly consider this when burning fuel. That’s what this list is for: to provide speed lovers with fuel-efficient vehicle options. Check out some of these sporty, but money-saving, cars below.
    Mini Cooper S Coupe

    Mini Cooper S Coupe

    Probably not the first car that you expected to see on this list, the S Coupe has some serious acceleration power. It’s got a turbo-charged 1.6 liter 16-valve alloy engine pushing out 181 horsepower while still averaging about 30 mpg, partially thanks to the manual 6-speed transmission.

    The manual transmission also gets you from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. The car tops out at 142 mph. You can boost these stats by pressing the Sport button in the car, increasing the speed and acceleration in the process. The one drawback: You need premium gas to use the Sport feature effectively.

    Porsche 911 Carrera S
    Porsche 911 Carrera S

    Stepping it up a notch, the 911 Carrera S can go from 0 to 60 mph in a solid 4.1 seconds. Even with this kind of acceleration, the car gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. It’s not the most gas efficient car around, but you have to admit that it’s pretty impressive for handling that kind of power.

    When you buy a car such as the Carrera S, you’re not only saving yourself money on gas, but you’re saving the environment from extra, unnecessary emissions that other cars (such as Lamborghinis or Aston Martins) bring. Pat yourself on the back for helping rid the air of excess carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane.
    Fiat 500 Turbo
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    This version of the Fiat 500 brings the horsepower to the table. This car remains small and fun to drive while still having the kind of power that we’re looking for. It takes you from 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds with its 135-hp 1.4 liter four-cylinder engine and 5-speed transmission.

    Mercedes-Benz CLA250
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    Not as pricey as you would expect, the CLA250 starts below $30,000. Combine that with the fuel efficiency, and who ever thought that a Mercedes-Benz could be so affordable? You get a car with good performance, great gas mileage, and incredible leg room.
    This car runs on front-wheel drive and gets 26 mpg miles in the city and 38 on the highway; it averages out around 30 overall. It’s got a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 208 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. You put that with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice all-around vehicle.

    BMW 328d Sports Wagon
    BMW 328d Sports Wagon

    You can get just about any style of car from the BMW 3-Series, but we’re looking for something with great gas mileage. The 328d Sports wagon has just that. And while it takes clean diesel fuel, it gets a fantastic 35 mpg average with 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg onthe highway.

    The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 180 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. This gets you plenty of energy at both the low end and higher speeds. It comes with an 8- speed automatic transmission.


    Discount Vehicles
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    Most of the cars on this list aren’t very pricey, but they still all sit about $25,000. If you’re looking for a more affordable vehicle, check out KBB fuel efficient cars. You can find several excellent vehicles for under $25,000.

    One of the most notable vehicles that you’ll find there is the Ford C-Max Hybrid. You don’t usually expect hybrids to come at such a great price, with fantastic mileage and good speed and in such a sporty form. This vehicle delivers a solid 141 horsepower while looking great and getting an average of 43 mpg. You might find yourself hard-pressed to find another vehicle that does the same.

    The market has never been better for buyers looking to get everything that they want out of a vehicle. Even if none of these cars tickle your fancy, you can find plenty more out there that move fast while still saving you on gas.

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  • Super Cars/ Videos

    The 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S is in a Class Above its Rivals (VIDEO)

    The perception surrounding Porsche and their infamous 911 has all changed over the years, from its unforgiving early days to its most recent reputation as a ‘tour de force’ in its respective class.

    However, with all of the new rivals hot on its heals such as the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray, Audi R8 V10 Plus and Nissan GT-R, is it still the first choice sports car? Can it compete with other great models that are further down the £90,000 price spectrum?

    2014 Porsche 911Carrera S

    Matt Farah’s recent ‘Drive Review’ of the Porsche 911 Carrera S says it all. He had the privilege of testing the luxury model recently, when he drove the very yellow Porsche around the famous Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, in California. Boy, he had been missing out, as this car blew him away.

    Watch the Matt Farah high praise review below:

    The 911 demonstrated amazing grip, steering feel and agility, and the acceleration was staggering. The exquisitely built 400 horsepower engine can do 0-60 in under three seconds. As Matt said, “you’re paying for the precision that you really don’t get anywhere else”.

    2014 Porsche 911Carrera S

    As for the build quality, Matt hits the nail on the head, “it’s nicer than a three hundred thousand dollar supercar” both in the exterior build and a touch of class from the inside. Now that is exceptional praise indeed.

    2014 Porsche 911Carrera S

    The Porsche is the ultimate dream. As Matt Farah claimed, “In the next two years I’m going to find a way to buy a Porsche because when you buy one everything else seems a bit sh**y”. If you’re lucky enough for that dream to become a reality, then you will require specialised insurance, to cover your pride and joy.  That’s where Express Insurance comes in handy – it will take care of all of your sportscar coverage needs.

    But, what about it’s rivals? We look at three sports cars to see if they can give the Porsche a run for its money: the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray, Audi R8 V10 Plus and the Nissan GT-R.

    2014 Corvette C7 Stingray

    Corvette C7

    Price is a big standout for the Corvette. In fact, the recent ‘Chris Harris On Cars’ review put it in the same league as the Porsche 911, to prove money is not always the best indicator of what a car can do. The Corvette costs around £40,000, a big contrast to the 911 Carrera S’s hefty starting price of approximately £90,000, with an additional £40,000 worth of options! Yes, the options package costs the same as the Corvette. Crazy!

    Performance wise, the C7 is exceptional and the only real let down is the “slow and cubersome automatic gearbox”, which means it lacks the overall incisiveness of a Porsche.

    >> Chris Harris Thinks The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Is “Fucking Brilliant Fun” (VIDEO)

     

    Audi R8 V10 Plus

    Audi R8

    Audi’s R8 has evolved and improved with the recent V10 plus, giving it the power to rival the Porsche. With its dynamic dual-clutch gearbox and revised styling, it’s the best it has ever been. The V10 plus has a great engine and is packed with character.

    What it lacks is the Porsche’s razor-sharp edge, but it’s definitely a desirable sports car that will be at the top of anyone’s list.

    >> A Closer Look At The Audi R8 V10 Exterior and Interior From The Detroit Auto Show

     

    The Nissan GT-R

    Nissan GT-R

    This model really is a technological marvel and its performance will give some of the world’s fastest supercars a run for their money. It comes with an impressive 543bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, giving it unmeasurable performance. On the looks front it sadly can’t compete with the Porsche – the exterior is clunky with lots of square lines and the bland looking interior leaves a lot to be desired.

    >> The Nissan GT-R Radzilla is an LED Monster! (VIDEO)

    All of these sports cars are clearly impressive, but the Porsche really does win the race as the ultimate exciting ride.

     

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  • Celebrity Cars/ Features

    Jay Leno Reviews Porsche 911 Carrera S & The Morgan 3 Wheeler | (VIDEO)

    Its always nice to get a video car review from a celebrity for that extra bit of social proof, so here is Jay Leno’s take on the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the classic Morgan 3 Wheeler on his latest ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ show.

    The new-generation 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower. When equipped with the PDK gearbox, the new Carrera S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Porsche also offers a Sport Chrono Package that improves the sprint time to 4.1 seconds.

    Check out the video to see what Leno has to say about the new generation 911. Also, see if he agrees that the Morgan 3 Wheeler is just a money burner.

     

    Jay certainly knows his stuff!

     

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