The Kia Soul isn’t the first vehicle with this stylish and hip boxy exterior, but it may be at the top of the list. The Soul definitely has a unique flair of its own with expressive options and the latest interior technology.
There is ample cargo room for five to sit comfortably. There’s also adequate space in the exterior of the Soul for any of your normal errands. But, just in case, the 60/40-Split Folding Rear Seats will create more than enough cargo capacity for you, your passengers, perhaps your dogs, and any other luggage you may acquire. The cargo liner protects the exterior of the vehicle from any embarrassing leaks and scuffs.
From the striking violet hue of the electroluminescent gauges and knobs, to the designed feel of every switch and button, the interior unifies elegant, functional design with handcrafted details. Comfort with innovation. Artistry with precision.
The driver-side sport seat helps create an environment of comfort and connection. Standard 10-way power adjustments with available memory functions that adjust automatically the moment you start the car. Power torso and thigh bolsters along with a thigh extension that you can fine-tune for performance driving. Rich materials and tactile warmth in order to make your connection to the road as luxurious as it is exhilarating.
A spacious interior, with the intimacy of a cockpit. The gauges move in sync with the 3-spoke steering wheel when you adjust it, so they’re always in clear view. Seams on the leather steering wheel are stitched around the touch points of your grip, for a more comfortable feel and a stronger bond. And the intuitive controls are mounted right there on the wheel.
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While people outside may be admiring your car’s good looks, the inside of the R8 is designed to enable your sports sensibility with comfort and ease.
Sports seats: The sports seats offer improved support, thanks to more prominent side sections. The seats include an electric lumbar support, and belt height adjustment, and are accented by leather/Alacantara surfaces. They’re also heated, even on the side sections.
Steering wheel: The multi-function steering wheel provides easy access to audio volume, radio stations, CD tracks, navigation voice prompts, telephone dialing and the voice control system. It is wrapped in leather and has three-spokes and a flat bottom for sportier steering.
Automatic climate control:The automatic climate control in the R8 is CFC free, and has an active charcoal filter. It also includes an ambient light sensor that will adjust the system’s temperature to the sun’s intensity.
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The R8 is super fast and just as drivable. Here’s why:
4.2L V8 FSI®: The Audi R8’s mid-mounted engine is fierce and loud, as you can clearly see through the distinctive transparent engine cover. It produces 420 horsepower with a maximum torque of 317 lb-ft, and its top speed is 187 mph. It can get you from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds, leaving you clinging to your leather seat.
5.2L V10 FSI®: The addition of the V10 to the 2010 R8 adds new levels of power. The 10-cylinder 525 horsepower engine is the same power plant found in the R8 LMS GT3 racecar and is capable of delivering breathtaking performance. The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro delivers 391 lb-ft of torque and achieves a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds.
Manual six-speed gated transmission: The gearing of the mechanical six-speed manual gearbox with a dry double plate clutch is matched exactly to the engine and driving performance of the R8. This allows for the engine’s torque to be transmitted to the wheels over almost the entire range of gear ratios and engine speeds.
Lucky number 8: The R8’s redline is at 8,000 rpm - which is high for any vehicle, but especially a V8. This definitely helps get the R8 from a standstill to highway speeds quickly. Unbridled speed is fine for drag racing on a straightaway, but for a sports car to be used on a daily basis, it has to have great handling to stay on the road.
Four-link suspension: The four-link independent suspension at both sets of wheels allows for the functional separation of the cushioning of longitudinal and transverse forces. Not only is comfort enhanced, but directional stability and a sport road behavior are fully maintained.
Audi Magnetic Ride : Audi Magnetic Ride adaptive suspension varies damping automatically and continuously in response to driving conditions. There are Sport or Standard custom chassis settings.
Servotronic®: Servotronic® is speed-dependent power steering in which the amount of servo assist provided is dictated by road speed. It is direct, precise, and responsive, designed to satisfy the driver’s needs at all speeds.
quattro®: Audi’s all-wheel drive offers an enhanced level of performance. In normal conditions, quattro® offers superior performance you’ll notice improved handling, while in the worst conditions, like ice and snow, you’ll notice no difference in road conditions, thanks to quattro’s exceptional control.
Dry-sump lubrication: An essential of racing technology. It keeps the crankshaft, pistons, and connecting rods lubricated continuously, even under very high forces of acceleration. With dry-sump lubrication, the pressure pump is always well supplied with oil, even at high cornering speeds.
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Operated via 13 electric motors, 33 sensors and a dedicated Electronic Control Unit (ECU), this three-piece hardtop retracts in approximately 20 seconds, making it the fastest in its class. As important, with the top up, the IS Convertible provides the same air-tight seal as the IS sport sedan.
Moments before the convertible roof completes its closing process, a braking mechanism is activated to gently bring the top into position. This helps minimize undesirable mechanical sounds and gives the IS Convertible an additional air of refinement.
The IS Convertible stays true to the original IS sedan by sharing the same hood, headlamps, door handles and side-mirror designs. With the top up, it delivers the aggressive profile of a two-door coupe. And with the top down, it’s a stunning convertible. This dual-mode design lets IS Convertible drivers feel like they’re driving two vehicles instead of one.
To help make the IS Convertible as aerodynamic as possible, our engineers meticulously adjusted the angle and shape of the windshield, the size of the cabin, the contour of the taillamps and even the height of the trunk lid. This all helped improve airflow over the vehicle (a mere 0.29 coefficient of drag), resulting in excellent fuel economy, a quieter cabin and better vehicle control at higher speeds.
By recognizing the unique security code transmitted by your key fob, the SmartAccess system allows the vehicle to unlock the door or trunk lid without you having to touch your key. The system also activates the puddle lamps to help you see your way to the door, and an entry lighting system illuminates your path of entry from the door handle to the ignition button.
Backing out of tight spaces is much easier with the available backup camera. A tiny camera integrated into the trunk helps show what the camera detects behind the vehicle. Place the IS Convertible in reverse and the camera’s view is displayed in full color on the LCD screen located in the center console.
When it comes to road-illumination technology, the available Bi-Xenon™ High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps are not only several times brighter than their halogen counterparts, their xenon gas bulbs use less energy and last significantly longer. In addition, an auto-leveling feature helps to ensure that the headlamps remain pointed at the proper angle, reducing glare to oncoming drivers.
Integrated stylishly into the lower corners of the front bumper is a set of foglamps. Not only do they help you see better in inclement weather, they also help reduce glare for oncoming drivers.
A millimeter-wave radar sensor allows the available Dynamic Radar Cruise Control to maintain your selected speed. This system also enables you to follow the vehicle in front of you at the same pre-set speed. If you get too close to the traffic in front of you, the throttle is automatically reduced and brakes are applied. Once the road clears, the IS returns to its pre-set speed. A car icon on the information display shows the selected following distance.
Boosting both the aesthetics and performance of the IS Convertible are standard low-profile, 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels fitted with high-performance tires. The IS Convertible is also available with 18-inch five-spoke wheels, which are eight inches wide at the front and 8.5 inches wide at the rear.
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From an innovation standpoint, the 2010 Porsche Panamera is the first vehicle to achieve a series of milestones in the luxury performance segment. This includes active aerodynamics with the Panamera’s automatically adjusting rear spoiler, a double-clutch transmission, an engine start-stop system with automatically shifted double-clutch transmission, air suspension with additional air volume in each spring for better comfort and performance, and the segment’s first Sport Chrono package, which gives drivers a more sporty setting for the engine, suspension, and transmission. The Panamera is an entirely new vehicle and an entirely new experience for luxury sedan drivers.