Hot Luxury Cars for 2011

From a mainstream brand such as Hyundai aiming to make a name for itself in the luxury segment with its new Equus sedan to well-known brands like Audi, BMW and Infiniti launching redesigned cars, there are big changes afoot in the luxury segment for 2011. Plus, there are a few new hybrids. A selection of new luxury cars is listed below.

Hot Luxury Cars for 2011
All cars are listed in alphabetical order and from the 2011 model year.
$78,050 - $84,000

Audi has redesigned its flagship A8 full-size sedan, which features standard all-wheel drive and is offered in regular- and long-wheelbase form. The A8 gets a respectable 17/27 mpg city/highway with the standard V-8 engine. A 12-cylinder engine is optional.

  • Standard 372-hp V-8 engine

  • Eight-speed automatic

  • Available 500-hp W-12 engine

  • All-aluminum construction

  • Handwriting recognition sensor

 

$285,000

The Mulsanne is Bentley's new flagship ultraluxury sedan. Powered by a 6.75-liter V-8 engine, one of the appeals of the Mulsanne is the degree to which buyers can make it their own — 24 leather, nine wood and 21 carpet choices are available.

  • 505-hp, twin-turbo V-8

  • Eight-speed automatic

  • 114 paint colors

  • Handcrafted interior

  • Standard 20-inch wheels

 

$44,550 - $62,000

BMW has redesigned its 5 Series midsize luxury sedan for 2011. Available with a choice of three engines — two of which are turbocharged — the 5 Series is offered with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive.

  • Normally aspirated (528i) or turbocharged (535i) six-cylinder

  • 400-hp, twin-turbo V-8 (550i)

  • Manual or automatic transmission

  • Available night vision system

  • Available head-up display

 

$26,245 - $28,745

It's going to be an uphill battle, but the new Regal sport sedan aims to change the idea of what a Buick can be. Its taut suspension tuning and precise handling is reminiscent of European cars', and the sedan is available with a choice of four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged. Even a manual transmission is offered.

  • Standard 182-hp four-cylinder

  • Optional 220-hp, turbo four-cylinder

  • High-grade interior

  • Roomy backseat

  • Available adaptive suspension

 

$58,000 - $64,500

Following the launch of the Genesis full-size sedan, Hyundai is pushing even further up the luxury-car ladder with its Equus sedan, which aims to take on esteemed full-size luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS 460 for considerably less coin. It comes to market with the right accoutrements like a standard V-8 engine and massaging rear seats, but time will tell if it has the cachet to compete.

  • 385-hp, 4.6-liter V-8

  • 17-speaker Lexicon audio

  • Nine airbags

  • Rear-wheel drive

  • Available refrigerator

 

$46,500 - $48,650

For 2011, the M luxury sport sedan is offered in two forms: the V-6-powered M37 and the V-8-powered M56. Both feature all-new styling that emphasizes flowing, organic lines and are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Infiniti is known for its high-tech features, and the M has its share of them with things like available Blind Spot Intervention system.

  • 330-hp, 3.7-liter V-6

  • Seven-speed automatic

  • Standard 18-inch wheels

  • Standard moonroof

 

$57,900 - $60,400

For 2011, the M luxury sport sedan is offered in two forms: the V-6-powered M37 and the V-8-powered M56. Both feature all-new styling that emphasizes flowing, organic lines and are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Infiniti is known for its high-tech features, and the M has its share of them with things like available Blind Spot Intervention system.

  • 420-hp, 5.6-liter V-8

  • Seven-speed automatic

  • Standard 18-inch wheels

  • Standard moonroof

 

$57,200 - $60,300

Big and brash, the Infiniti QX56 full-size SUV has been overhauled for 2011. Changes include smoother exterior lines, an imposing front grille, richer cabin styling and a more powerful V-8 engine. Gas mileage has improved to 14/20 mpg.

  • 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8

  • Rear- or four-wheel drive

  • Seven- or eight-seat configurations

  • 8,500-pound towing capacity

  • Simulated 360-degree camera view

 

$39,145 - $40,995

The most recognizable exterior change to the 2011 MKX midsize crossover may be its new front-end styling that incorporates Lincoln's signature waterfall grille, but it has also received updates under the hood and inside. A new V-6 engine makes more power, while standard MyLincoln Touch features touch- and voice-sensitive controls.

  • 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6

  • Six-speed automatic transmission

  • Seats five

  • Heated and cooled front seats

  • Front- or all-wheel drive

 

$34,330

With the gas/electric hybrid drivetrain from the Ford Fusion Hybrid under its hood, the midsize MKZ Hybrid becomes one of the most efficient luxury cars available in the U.S. with EPA-estimated gas mileage of 41/36 mpg. What's more, there's no premium for the hybrid technology as the MKZ Hybrid has the same starting price as its gas-only sibling, the MKZ.

  • 191-hp hybrid drivetrain

  • Coaching technology to help driver maximize efficiency

  • Heated and cooled front seats

  • Standard stability system

  • Front-wheel drive

 

$46,700 - $104,800

Porsche has redesigned its Cayenne SUV for 2011, giving it sleeker exterior styling, a more upscale interior and a new hybrid version that doesn't sacrifice much performance in the name of efficiency; the hybrid can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and gets an EPA-estimated 21/25 mpg.

  • Base 300-hp V-6

  • Available 380-hp hybrid drivetrain (S Hybrid)

  • Available 400-hp V-8 (S)

  • Available 500-hp, twin-turbo V-8 (Turbo)

  • Standard all-wheel drive

 

$67,700

Porsche has redesigned its Cayenne SUV for 2011, giving it sleeker exterior styling, a more upscale interior and a new hybrid version that doesn't sacrifice much performance in the name of efficiency; the hybrid can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and gets an EPA-estimated 21/25 mpg.

  • Base 300-hp V-6

  • Available 380-hp hybrid drivetrain (S Hybrid)

  • Available 400-hp V-8 (S)

  • Available 500-hp, twin-turbo V-8 (Turbo)

  • Standard all-wheel drive

 

$37,700

The redesigned S60 midsize luxury sedan upholds Volvo's commitment to safety with innovative features like the available Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake system and standard City Safety, a low-speed crash-prevention system. That said, enthusiast drivers might find something here to like thanks to the 300-hp, turbo six-cylinder.

  • Six-speed automatic

  • All-wheel drive

  • 17- or 18-inch wheels

  • Leather seats

  • Available lane departure warning system

 

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