French automaker Peugeot will put driver Sébastien Loeb in an 875-horsepower, four-wheel-drive car weighing just 1929 pounds to tackle the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this June. If you do the math, this means the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, as the car is called, boasts one horsepower per kilogram. You can bet it’s fast.
For 2013, the Super Duty has been, what can best be described, as tweaked. Powertrains remain unchanged, as are important things like towing capacity and fuel economy. What has changed is the new top-dog Super Duty. It’s no longer the King Ranch trim, which has been tops since it debuted in 2003. Now there’s the Platinum series, based off the F-150 Platinum.
The BMW 6-Series is an oddly seductive car. Back in the day (the late ‘70s and ‘80s), BMW shipped the first E24 edition of the 6, and a beauty it was. BMW understood that many a driver wanted something more svelte and mature than a sports car. And BMW understood that such drivers wanted a car that drove well, but struck a balance between luxury and dynamics. BMW was emerging as the king of this balance, and the 6er became one of the iconic members of BMW’s rise in brand desirability and strength. This phase of the 6 was mostly seduction and very little oddity other than the peculiar balance of attributes that the car offered.
When we were invited to drive the 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup, we suspected it would be somewhat impressive. Its little brother, the F-150 has never let us down, and after our recent week with the SVT Raptor, we knew that Ford had some good things on its horizon. What we found with the updated work truck, besides a nice evolution of past Fords, was a notable level of refinement in a vehicle that feels like it can do it all.