buying Car Configurator Quirks
How Would You Spec Your 2019 Corvette ZR1
Want a 755 horsepower Corvette? Of course you do. Show us your ideal spec.The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale soon, which means Chevy's car configurator is now live. If you're a frequent reader of this website, you know that means we're playing around building our perfect ZR1s. And, of course, we're curious to see how you'd spec yours, but first, here's mine.
The Internet is a wonderful tool when it comes to researching a new automobile. Sites like automobilemag.com provide expert opinions. Dealers post vehicles on their website that are available for purchase. Then there's the automobile manufacturer websites, which offer further information. One specific area of the car company websites that I enjoy fiddling with are the configurators. We've all picked a car that we're interested in purchasing—or dream of owning—and selected our preferred color, interior trim, wheels, and options. Unfortunately, there are faults with many of these configurators.
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It's not just a yacht, it's a Porsche-designed superyacht.The GTT 1115 superyacht made its debut in May – in Monaco, of course – with the first of seven examples already having been accounted for. But now, new photos and video give us our best look at the yet at the stunning superyacht in action. All the meticulous details, from bow to stern, are outlined in this 30-photo set, and 2-minute and 55-second video here.
One issue I've come upon has to do with timing. Take the. When the on November 29, 2018, dealers were able to order vehicles straightaway. Unfortunately, didn't and the order guides that the dealers had in-hand weren't very detailed and lacked photos of wheels, options, etc.
Additionally, the new, trick 'Sky One-Touch Power Top' that's optional on four-door Sahara and Rubicon models and was shown in LA and is also featured in the brochure is not shown on the online configurator. Only after some further digging and corresponding with the Jeep media communications team did I learn that the Wranglers with the power top option will arrive at dealers late in the 2nd quarter of 2018, but no pricing information is available yet.
Why Minivan Drivers Are More Tempted to Speed
Ever seen a minivan blast past a Lamborghini in traffic? There's a curious reason why it happens, and it has nothing to do with horsepower."You'll never believe this," I told my wife, "but we are doing 87 miles per hour right now.
It's not much better in the world of high-end cars.but it's missing options that are listed on the option price list supplied to dealers. Additionally, you can't print or save to PDF a document that lists all the options you add to your build on the configurator. Clearly, Ferrari wants you to meet with your sales person at your chosen dealer to go through the special process of ordering a new prancing horse.
Over at Aston Martin, the Brits provide a fantastic order guide to dealers that details out every option, seat setup, trim configuration, etc. It's a wonderful, helpful document but you need to get your Aston dealer to provide it to you. The online configurator, like Ferrari's, is beautiful but lacks information. If you're building a new Vantage on their website you'd never know you can get the outside mirrors in body color (which is standard) because the configurator only shows gloss black or gloss carbon fiber. Same with the—Aston offers some gorgeous interior trim splits with various monotone and duotone setups. Unfortunately, the configurator doesn't give you all the info. Again, you need the order guide from the dealer to be fully briefed.
2018 Lexus RX L Adds a Cramped Third Row, but We Love the Extra Cargo Space
The original Lexus RX pioneered the upscale crossover, combining SUV versatility with carlike manners back in the 20th century. But little has changed with its five-passenger configuration over t he past 20 years, causing the RX to lose buyers to competitors that have three rows.By adding a third row of its own, the RX hopes to win some of those shoppers back. The Lexus RX L is a midcycle addition to the current RX lineup, and it stretches the SUV enough to squeeze in that extra row.The RX L rides on the same wheelbase as the RX, but the body is 4.4 inches longer to create enough space for the third-row seats.
Porsche does a pretty good job with, but it too has quirks. For example, the comes standard with tinted glass from the B pillar back. Unfortunately, the configurator doesn't show that and it makes it look like the $1,130 "Thermally & Noise Insulated Glass incl. Privacy Glass" because the Cayenne in the configurator only shows dark glass when you tick that box. I confirmed through a Porsche dealership—which had to contact Porsche—that the U.S. Cayenne comes standard with privacy glass.
Mercedes, in turn, fails to list certain special-order options in. For instance, you can spec aluminum interior trim and heated rear seats on the E400 4Matic Wagon, but you wouldn't know that via the online configurator. You'd only learn that handy info if your dealer supplied you with that information—or let you review the fabulous dealer order guide. Make sure you ask your Benz dealer to review that document if you're ordering a new car. It's wonderfully detailed.
Cars are getting so complicated to order that it's hard to keep track of all the details. Online configurators are valuable tools, but sometimes offer inaccurate or incomplete information. If you're going to actually place an order for that custom 911 or Ferrari you just spent an hour of your Friday afternoon on, be sure to confirm the details with the dealer.
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2018 Roush JackHammer Ford Mustang is a 710-HP Pavement Pounder .
Supercharged 'Stang also gets cosmetic upgradesBased on the Mustang GT, the 2018 Roush JackHammer Mustang comes with a host of special upgrades. It gets a Roush adjustable coil-over suspension, Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires, special badging, and standard gloss black wheels. On the sides, you'll find a hockey stripe design, and buyers can opt for a performance stripe over the hood and top of the car as well.
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