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#10053 of 11433 Barrett-Jackson finds>
Jan 14, 2013 (1:53 pm)
Some new machinery seen at this years Barrett-Jackson auctions:
-Lexus LF/A, they had a yellow one on hand which looked rather Corvett-ish and I don't think they'll find many takers at the stratospheric prices they're asking
($375K IIRC). For that kind of dough people expect exotic styling as well as blistering performance. They had a simulator on hand that was a hoot to drive.
The Lexus GS I sat in looked like a much more reasonable proposition, I wnder how it compares to the BMW F10 5-Series.
They also had a new Bentley Contintental GT, something-something in an insipid 1950s powder blue (?!) C'mon guys, dark green is the only proper color for a Bentley.
I also sat in a new Ford Escape which I thought was pretty nice inside even if it's a climb to get in. They're taller than they look.
Jan 14, 2013 (6:15 pm)
Saw an RS5 and a Gran Coupe today.
#10055 of 11433 Spotted...
Jan 14, 2013 (7:24 pm)
...orange FRS in the parking lot at work.
Jan 15, 2013 (7:09 am)
I see these every day, but what stood out was this one seemed to have steel wheel with plastic wheel covers.
Huh? Alloys are not standard?
#10057 of 11433 Re: Ford Explorer [ateixeira]
Jan 15, 2013 (7:38 am)
The base model comes with 17" steel wheels and wheel covers. The XLT comes with 18" alloys and the Limited has 20" alloys.
#10058 of 11433 Re: Ford Explorer [robr2]
Jan 15, 2013 (8:19 am)
I guess they're just not very common. I wonder if it was a fleet/rental?
#10059 of 11433 Re: Ford Explorer [ateixeira]
Jan 15, 2013 (9:38 am)
I've only seen a couple and one of them is nearby so people are buying them. I would say that rentals would be XLT models.
Maybe PPV? The PPV comes with 18" black steelies and center caps. Maybe a city/town/county would order a base model for detective/utility work.
Jan 15, 2013 (1:35 pm)
Saw another Tesla sedan today, and yet another new ES - sales must be healthy.
#10061 of 11433 Re: Ford Explorer [robr2]
Jan 15, 2013 (5:08 pm)
I've actually seen a fair number of Explorer's recently on the rental lots. Mostly Avis and Enterprise, and primarily XLT. Although Enterprise had a few Limiteds mixed in with Acadia's in the SUV upgrade category. Hertz seems to still be mostly Traverse and Acadia, along with some Highlanders. I've rented two Explorer's over the past few months. The dash doesn't thrill me, but it is a nice vehicle with decent mileage. The big drawback for me is the legroom isn't great for a six footer and the footwell is cramped, but I guess that is true on some other Ford products as well. The Lambda's and the Highlander all have better legroom. I think Ford needs to dump that Volvo chassis.
Jan 15, 2013 (5:43 pm)
no, not all that new, but first time I noticed how long it was. I parked the RDX next to one, and it looked like a Lincoln town car or a Lexus LS in comparison.