I just thought I would take a few moments to tell you guys that I’m out in Los Angeles of the for 2008 LA Auto Show. There have been quite a few cars already revealed to the public, such as, the 2010 Ford Mustang, the Mini E, the new Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid. That’s just to name a few.
Outside of the new Mustang, I’m really, really excited to see the new BMW 335d and the X5 xDrive35d. Those cars are going to be quite amazing when they are on the roads. They are expensive at $44,725 for the 335d and $52,025 for the X5 xDrive35d. Now, BMW claims that you will be able to go 580/585 miles on a full tank of diesel with these cars. I know that’s wrong. I did a little over 500 miles to a tank of 93 octane in my 2005 330i twice. I averaged between 460-480 miles to a tank between normal city and highway driving. I, personally, believe that the new 335d will do at least 600-700 miles to a tank of gas, maybe more. That’s impressive. The X5 I’m not too sure about, simply because it’s an SAV.
The 335d and X5 xDrive35d will appear with a 3.0L twin-turbo I-6 that pushes out 265hp and 425lb-ft of torque from just 1,750 RPM. That’s a diesel for you. Tons of torque from the get go.
The new 2010 Mustang is such a great car. I can’t wait to see it during the show, sit in it, play with it, and all the great stuff. The design is still rather similar to the 2009 S197 Mustang, but, the good thing is that they changed all of the right things and really gave it a much needed upscale look. And when I say upscale, I mean the closest an American muscle car can get to being a German sports car. Most people probably won’t see the subtle changes, but trust me, they’re there. Just look at the doors. The hockey stick line is now a little more subtle, but with a more pronounced style than the 2005-2009 Mustang has.
The most important update to the 2010 Mu-tang…the interior. It’s beautiful. It looks so much more like a car you’d want to spend time in. It is much more inviting. It’s without a doubt better than the new Dodge Challenger, and possibly better than the new Camaro. Do I hear the roar of some powerful American muscle turing the corners? Also, now you can finally open the trunk with the push of a button next to the shifter. No more having to fiddle with your keys to pop the trunk with your fob, or having to turn the ignition off and open the trunk manually.
The new Mustang is very similar to the 2008-09 Bullitt. In fact, it has the same amount of horsepower that Ford rates the Bullitt, with 315hp and 325lb-ft of torque coming from the same 4.6L V8 that has become synonomous with the current Mustangs. And, just so we get this straight, for those who didn’t believe me when I said that the basis for the 2010 Mustang was the 2008-09 Bullitt, Paul Randle, the Chief Engineer of the Mustang said, “The current Bullitt has been considered the best Mustang ever in many respects thanks to its wonderful balance of handling and power, so it was chosen as the baseline for the new GT.” Thanks to Autoblog for posting that up. I’m happy with it.
Stay tuned for more information coming to you live from the LA Auto Show.
[Mustang information and photos taken from: AutoBlog]