Product Renaissance: 2006 Lincoln Zephyr Teams Up with the Most Durable Lincoln Accessories, Replacement and Performance PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
Lincoln introduced at North American International Auto Show an entirely new generation of consumers to qualities that have made Lincoln a classic American luxury marque for more than 70 years.
The Duratec 30 V-6 is heart of Lincoln Zephyr's power train. Using intake Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) to improve torque and reduce emissions, engine generates 210 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. More importantly, it is cleanest Duratec 30 ever, and will be rated for ULEV II tailpipe emissions in California, with a U.S. federal government rating of Tier II, Bin 5 tailpipe and LEV II evaporative emissions in states outside California.
The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle – gradually emerging as new industry standard for luxury cars. The innovative, wide-ratio transmission plays a key role in Lincoln Zephyr's performance and smooth operation.
The overall span of ratios is approximately 6:1 versus 4.5:1 for a typical five-speed, which allows this smaller, more fuel-efficient engine to deliver efficient gas mileage along with a strong performance feel. Another feature is that modern six-speed automatic is lighter than some competitor's four- and five-speed transaxles, boosting performance and economy further. The Lincoln zephyr also uses an electronic throttle control that works with electronically controlled transaxle to ensure seamless shifts.
Volkswagen Golf GTI: Sporting Icon Zooms In With Top Notch VW Performance PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
The 2005 Volkswagen GTI is a 2-door, 5-passenger sports coupe, available in two trims, 1.8T and VR6. The new GTI boasts a top speed of 145mph and will hit 62mph from rest in just 7.2 seconds on six-speed manual version combining for first time FSI technology with a turbo charger. This unique combination also gives added benefit of excellent fuel consumption for a hot hatch, averaging 35mpg.
The Golf is available in four models: GL and GLS in two door or four door configurations. Both trims can be equipped with either a 1.9L 100 horsepower turbo diesel engine or a 2.0L 115 horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Available options on all models include an OnStar Telematics Communication System, electronic stability traction control, and port-installed six-disc compact disc changer and front and rear mudguards. The Cold Weather Package, available only on GLS models only, includes heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles. A Monsoon sound system comes standard on all GLS model.
Overall length increases by 2.3 inches, it's wider by one inch and it's taller by 1.5 inches. Underneath sheet metal is an all-new suspension with a strut-type front and multilink rear layout combined with electromechanical steering. The GTI is powered by a turbo charged version of 2.0 litre petrol engine first seen in Audi A3 Sportback. It has six-speed manual gearbox or DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) clutchless sequential shift set-up.