30 Oct

Porsche Cayenne’s European Affair

Porsche’s third generation Cayenne is set to come out in 2019 as a 2018 model–but only in the US. Europe will see it first. The current 2017 model will carry over through 2018 in the states. Porsche unveiled the 2019 model in Frankfurt which revealed a higher price point and less supply. In light of the Volkswagen diesel engine scandal, Porsche will not be releasing the diesel model in the United States.

Porsche said it will be phasing out the Cayenne, with the Macan model coming out on top for many car Porsche lovers. The new 2019 model will feature smaller, lighter engines packed with even more power. For a mid-sized crossover, it shows some impressive stats. It has a 3.0-liter single-turbo V-6 engine with 340 horsepower–up from 300 in the current model. It has a 0-60 record of 5.9 seconds, which is a huge improvement from 7.3 in the previous model.

So how did they make all of these improvements? The Cayenne will be made almost entirely of aluminum, which saved 143 pounds. Additionally, the lithium ion polymer battery is 22 pounds lighter. New suspension features take advantage of this weight savings.

For more information about this new model, visit AutoWeek. The 2017/2018 Cayenne model in the US is still a vehicle to behold. To find out how you can take a test drive, visit the Ugo Colombo Miami dealership, The Collection for gorgeous Porsches and more.

17 Oct

Why Change a Maserati?

The Maserati GranTurismo hasn’t changed significantly over the past ten years, but with such a beautiful design concept, it’s no wonder there hasn’t been much to change. The 2018 GranTurismo Sport is an energizing car, even with an aggressive feel. The iconic oval radiator grille helps cool the front breaks, but also looks distinguished. This car’s design is all about maximizing airflow management, the side skirts give it an iconic profile while also whisking airflow toward the rear wheels.

This machine was released with a Blu Sofisticato finish, a color unique to this particular car. Aside from the build of the exterior, this blue enhances its power. The 20-inch rims are also available in a custom anodized matte blue, called Blu Opaco Anodizzato.

Another small change Maserati made was around the interior, on the Trofeo design steering wheel. This wheel has a contoured rim to make it easier to grip when you approach top speeds of 187 mph. With a 0-60 speed of 4.7 seconds, it’ll be hard to resist speeding down stretches of highway.

The 4.7- liter V8 engine is smooth and formidable, finished with tappets and camshaft lobes that has significantly reduced friction. This engine roars at 454 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Shift into Sport mode and actuate the valves in the exhaust system so the engine breathes easier to optimize power. With 384 lb-ft torque, power is delivered.

For more information about this new model, visit AutoWeek. To get your hands on a Maserati GranTurismo, and many other exclusive models, visit Ugo Colombo’s The Collection in Miami, Florida.

27 Sep

The Stunning 2017 McLaren 570GT

With a panoramic sunroof, a humming, musical engine and an exterior that begs for speed, this McLaren is a standout. At 562 horsepower, this 3.8 twin turbocharged V8 engine takes you where you need to go. It’ll get you a combined 19 mpg, but when you’re driving this car around you won’t be thinking about fuel economy–you’ll be thinking about speed.

This car has seven speeds in a dual clutch with three shifting modes: normal, sport and race. Depending on how much power you need to get the car up to speed, the normal mode is soft enough for lower-key driving days–though you might not have many of those in a McLaren.

This car has features that you won’t realize you want until you have them. Everything from having your perfect driving position adjusted to the car’s memory, to the nose lift function to protect the front end on inclines. The nose even lowers automatically at 35 mph for maximum airflow efficiency.

The interior is clean, around the wheel there aren’t many buttons and controls, giving it a sleeker look. Of course, an infotainment system is featured in this car as well.

To read more about this model, visit Autoweek.com.

Find your new McLaren in Miami at The Collection, the premier luxury auto dealership, which real estate mogul Ugo Colombo owns.

14 Sep

Alfa Romeo’s New SUV: The Stelvio

Alfa Romeo has outdone themselves by introducing an SUV into the American luxury car market. Introducing the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, First Edition. Built in Cassino, Italy, this model has a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo-four engine coming topping out at 280 horsepower. You’ll find yourself going 0-60 in 5.4 seconds.

The exterior features 18-inch wheels, with chrome accents throughout. The frame is taller than other models, and headlights and backlights are LED. It weighs almost 4,000 pounds and gets a combined 24 miles per gallon, not surprising being that it’s an SUV. Inside the Ti models, you’ll see wood on the interior as well as an 8.8 inch screen and 12-way power seats.

This machine uses the Chassis Domain Controller and the DNA drive-mode system so it can perfectly detect which wheels to transfer power to. Though it is all-wheel-drive, the car mainly keeps the control in the rear wheels, but it can transfer up to 60% of control to the front wheels. The driver can choose to shift between three modes: dynamic, natural and advanced.

It’s no wonder this car specializes in control and handling, as it’s named after the winding mountainside roads of the Italian Alps. The notorious Stelvio mountain pass has 48 corners and is not suitable for inexperienced drivers. Though you might not choose an SUV for such a setting, American roadways will be suitable for this fine vehicle.

To read more about this model, visit Autoweek.com.

Find your new Alfa Romeo in Miami at The Collection, the premier luxury auto dealership, which real estate mogul Ugo Colombo owns.

16 Aug

The Audi A5 Sportback

Finally arriving in the US after finding success in Europe, the Audi A5 Sportback is here. It feels like a condensed version of the Audi A7, but based on the design of the A4 sedan. It’s a blend of the best parts of a coup and a hatchback, with a roomy interior and lots of power.

The engine is turbocharged with a two-liter engine with 252 horsepower, taking it from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds. The Quattro all-wheel drive feature enhances handling in addition to active torque distribution in the rear axle.

One of the best parts of this 2018 Audi is the technology featured throughout the vehicle. The virtual cockpit has endless possibilities for customization, with a seven-inch infotainment system with elements for navigation, audio, and Apple CarPlay and even Google Earth. The engine is packed with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, so shifting in most traffic settings can be done with foot controls.

The Audi A5 model went on the market in May 2017, and tested to have an observed 29 mpg fuel economy. The exterior is gorgeous, and the interior is ergonomic. This Sportback is a great mix between a coupe, sedan and hatchback. This model can be found at Ugo Colombo‘s The Collection in Coral Gables, Florida.

Read more about this model in Auto Week.

28 Jul

Maserati’s First Crossover

The 2017 Maserati Levante is a notable crossover, not just because it is the brand’s first, but also because it delivers. Coming in at a top speed of 165 mph, this crossover is one to consider when you’re searching for the perfect model. It took only 22 months to get this car from conception to the road–a response to the overwhelming demand for the crossover trend.

Built and engineered in Italy, in authentic Maserati fashion, this crossover emulates the Maserati Ghibli. It’s lower to the ground, wider, and longer than other crossovers like the Porsche Cayenne and Jeep Grand Cherokee. One of the details that makes this model so sleek is the front grill’s thin slats. It’s a change from the mesh that you’d typically find on a Maserati. Not to worry about airflow though, as there is a set of active grille shutters on the interior.

The V6 twin-turbo engine has 424 horsepower with a 0-60 time of 5 seconds. A true Italian sports car. One of the best attributes of this vehicle is the various driving modes. You can choose from Normal, Sport, Off-Road, I.C.E. which impacts the height transmission, and suspension among other things.

Read more about this model at:

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/04/29/2017-maserati-levante-first-drive-review/

26 Jul

The Aston Martin DB11 Drops Four Cylinders

One of the summer’s hottest releases, the Aston Martin DB11, has seen a surprising shake up to its engine. Going from a V12 to a V8 engine means that it lost about 97 horsepower and 18-pound feet of torque. What it gets in return is more agility, being that it dropped over 250 pounds.

Engineers also updated various other aspects of the car to take advantage of this new lighter model. The Suspension, anti-roll bars, dampers, springs, and stability control have all been updated. The look of the exterior has been modified slightly as well; more for aesthetic reasons than technical.

This development came about after Aston Martin partnered with Mercedes engineers. This brand is constantly changing the game and elevating their status as luxury vehicle makers. It seems that although the horsepower has dropped, its top speed is still an exhilarating 187 miles per hour.

The V8 model will go for $198,995, which is about $17,000 less than the V12 model. Interesting that Aston Martin has put their cylinders at a price of a little over $4,000 apiece.

Read more about this model at:

http://www.autoblog.com/2017/06/28/aston-martin-db11-v8-loses-four-cylinders-but-none-of-its-grace/

03 May

Jaguar Gets a New 247-HP Four Cylinder

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Starting with the 2018 models, the F-Pace, XE and XF will be available in a new four-cylinder engine.  The new Ingenium turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder will feature 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 7 hp and 19 lb-ft over the previous four-cylinder offered in the XE sedan.

The XE will also get a new top model in the XE S, which offers a 3.0-liter V6 with 280 hp.

Jaguar is adding safety features such as forward traffic detection to the surround camera system. This system is designed to detect objects with radar in the corners, handy for pulling out on blind corners like parking garages. Jaguar is also expected to roll out the app-based payment system later in 2017, to allow drivers to pay for gas at Shell stations using the car’s infotainment center.

16 Apr

Hate Waiting in Line to Pay for Gas? There’s an App for That

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Jaguar has teamed up with Shell to allow drivers to make payments via their car’s infotainment system.  With the shell app, the driver selects the amount of fuel they want to purchase at the pump, then pay using Apple Pay or PayPal.  The app will email a receipt.

A couple of limitations hold it back – obviously first it only works at Shell Stations, and is only available in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles with InControl Apps in the infotainment systems.  The upside is that this technology is being rolled out into the market, and eventually will be available to pay for more than just gas. Parking, tolls, and car washes are just the beginning.

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01 Apr

Porsche Camp4 Circuit Hits the Ice

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In one of the newer stops for the Camp4 circuit, Porsche headed out to the cold Canadian tundra.

Camp4 is a chance for Porsche owners to improve their driving skill without risking dents, scratches, or crashes to their own vehicle.  Drivers experience slalom runs, drifting figure-eight courses, downhill sweepers, and short tracks for rally flicks. It’s a 4-5day crash course that starts at $4,000 for the experience.

Drivers are offered vehicles such as the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (to learn how to get Porsche’s pendulum rear end to swing around), or a 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman (for driving through the slalom).

There’s a full review on MotorAuthority.com with first hand reports of how the instruction improved driving skill on the ice and snow up in Canada.

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