Porsche 911 TurboEven on the hottest summer nights, you’ll still look impressively cool behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Turbo. Incredibly, it can rocket from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, thanks in part to a powerful engine that offers up to 540 horsepower. (more…)
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EngineThis vehicle is available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, or E400 and E400 4MATIC, respectively. Both models have the same engine as their predecessor: a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine that generates 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the 2017 version, which has a seven-speed automatic transmission, the newest coupe comes standard with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. It shifts quickly between gears even at lower speeds, making for a smooth drive. Just as you would expect from a sporty vehicle, the 2018 E-Class coupe accelerates quickly, with the E400 going from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds and the E400 4MATIC coming in at 5.5 seconds.
SuspensionYou’ll get five different driving modes with this vehicle: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. Both models have a standard lowered suspension with selective damping that helps to shield the driver and passengers from bumps in the road. Drivers can opt for the available air body control suspension. This advanced technology detects driving conditions and adjusts as necessary, providing roll, pitch, and heave stabilization. Driving around those corners feels smooth and effortless in this vehicle.
StyleThe company took the E-Class sedan design and removed many of the lines, leaving the E-Class coupe with a silhouette that’s similar to the C-Class coupe and S-Class coupe. It has the iconic diamond grille, an absent B-pillar, and a trunk lid that doubles as a spoiler. What you essentially get is a sleek and sporty-looking car. As for the interior, style details are far and few between. The instrument panel is the same as the E-Class sedan, including the optional 12.3-inch widescreen instrument cluster. Trim options include brushed aluminum, wood with a high-gloss finish, or wood as natural grain. You can also expect to find optional leather upholstery for the seats.
ComfortThe interior is more spacious than before, thanks to the new platform that increases the length by 5 inches and adds 3 inches to the width. This creates extra room for the backseat passengers, making for a more comfortable ride. The coupe also has an additional 1.5 inches in height, which taller drivers and passengers will appreciate. So far, the tech features seem to meet luxury standards. You’ll get a standard 12.3-inch high-resolution infotainment display. The multimedia system with standard COMMAND Navigation pairs up with your smartphone via wireless connectivity and provides wireless charging. Compatible smartphones can also connect with Apple CarPlay and AndroidTM Auto. Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled the 2018 E-Class Coupe on Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will hit the U.S. market sometime in the summer of 2017. Stay tuned to learn more about vehicle specs and the exact debut date when more information is released.
2016 Acura TLXThe Acura TLX offers a superior driving experience that is similar to that of the Audi A4, the Mercedes C-Class, and the more competitively priced BMW 3-Series. Fast and fuel-efficient, this luxury sedan is a smart pick for D.C. drivers who are looking for a zippy yet affordable way to tackle their commutes. The base TLX features heated side mirrors for winter convenience and dual-zone automatic climate control to keep your passengers comfortable in any season. With both an upper 8-inch display screen and a lower 7-inch screen, you can easily manage everything from the 7-speaker audio system to the smartphone app integration.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250If you’re looking for a compact crossover with smart safety features, look no further than the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class. All packages come with a 5-year subscription to mbrace2 Connect, which offers roadside connection, diagnostics, and web services. Chrome roof rails, premium vinyl upholstery, and 18-inch alloy wheels create a sleek and attractive package that will look sharp cruising the streets of D.C.
2015 Audi Q3The 2015 Audi Q3 offers a quiet and comfortable ride, featuring a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four with a six-speed automatic transmission. Heated power leather seats ensure ample comfort for long D.C. commutes, while the power liftgate makes it easy to streamline long shopping trips around the area. Though it’s sizable enough for comfort, it’s a more compact crossover than others in its class, making it easier to maneuver and park in congested Washington D.C.
2015 BMW 2-SeriesFast and powerful, the 2015 BMW 2-Series offers an eight-speed automatic transmission and 2.0-liter turbo four with 248 horsepower. This is the highline vehicle to pick if you want superior handling, quick acceleration, and good fuel efficiency. The only drawbacks are the relative lack of storage space and the compact back seat. For singles and couples in the DC area, however, this is a perfectly sized pick.
2012 Infiniti MFor horsepower in a luxury sedan, look to the 2012 Infiniti M. This vehicle outperforms competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class, the Audi A6, and the BMW 5-Series. This mid-size choice is handy for those who want more space than the BMW 2-Series, but less than what you’ll find in a crossover SUV. Active noise control makes this car noticeably quieter than competitors and the 4Wheel Active Steer feature gives you more agility and control for navigating complex parts of the city. Washington D.C. has the third-highest time commute in the country, but you can at least ensure the comfort of your daily travel in one of these smart, affordable, luxury vehicles.
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Founded in 1996 to benefit Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Walter Reed Society now serves the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) at Bethesda. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the District of Columbia (EIN 52-1961196), the Society invites all friends of WRNMMC to join and help support the patients, family members, and staff at this institution in the spirit of Walter Reed, the man and his legacy of medical excellence and service to our Nation’s Finest.
Introducing Mercedes-EQ: An All-Electric Brand
Mercedes-Benz is working on a new brand: Mercedes-EQ. This all-electric brand aims to release four EVs by 2020, and seven by 2025. Though electric vehicles already exist on the market, the technology is relatively new, and few automakers have tapped into it in a way that makes people rush to the dealerships to trade in for an EV. (more…)