Cycling up through gears on Road America’s long straight-aways to 140 mph, the dual-clutch transmission shifts with the clean-cut precision of a guillotine. It’s about this time the driver recognizes the M3/M4 as the king of the sports-car jungle.
The third-generation CUV now appears more wedge-like and benefits from deep-drawn sheet metal, a slightly lower roof and short front overhang. It’s both bigger and lighter, with three excellent powertrain offerings.
What makes the 2012 Pikes Peak accident so amazing is the extent of injuries to driver Jeremy Foley and navigator Yuri Kouznetsov: They walk away after barrel-rolling hundreds of feet down a steep, rocky embankment.
From the passenger seat, the all-new 2.3L EcoBoost propels the car with gusto through three laps on a short handling track about the size of a football field in the Charlotte Motor Speedway parking lot.
Recognized for producing brakes for high-performance cars, Italy-based Brembo has expanded its product strategy to include high-volume mainstream vehicles. But BMW, Mercedes and the new Chevrolet Corvette remain core customers.
A concise summation of all 41 interiors evaluated as part of the 2014 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.