How Hybrids Work: Technology Explained

Hybrid cars are everywhere nowadays. Hybrid technology has a long history; there are various types of hybrid vehicles that have been around since the nineteenth century, and some of the most famous performance car brands (e.g., Porsche) earned a name in the racing world for having hybrid vehicles consistently finish first.

According to Edmunds, a hybrid is any vehicle that uses more than one type of onboard energy system to move the vehicle. For example, the most common type of hybrid is one that combines gasoline and electric power; however, it can also use diesel, hydrogen fuel cells, and more. The most popular hybrids are plug-in hybrids that connect to outlets for power and hybrids that use electricity to power electric generators.

Hybrid cars often come with a range of other great features as well. For example, many contemporary hybrids come with regenerative braking to recover the energy that is traditionally lost when braking. Other technologies include electric-drive to let drivers select electric power when they want, as well as stop-start technology to prevent the loss of few when vehicles would normally idle.

Stop by Perillo Downers Grove to see all of our hybrid models and take your favorite for a test drive.

Spring Concerts in Chicago

The crew at Perillo Downers Grove always enjoys a trip to the Windy City. Chicago has plenty to do any time of year, from shopping and dining to a long list of museums. One thing that always lures us to the city is the endless list of live music. Take a look at some of the upcoming concerts in Chicago that we are looking forward to attending.


Godspeed You! Black Emperor

If you’ve seen the 202 film “28 Days Later,” you’ve heard at least one song by the Canadian experimental band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Their ambient songs create powerful moods using a range of instruments from horns to guitars. Their powerful live presence creates quite the memorable show. The group plays on March 18 at Metro Chicago.


Tyler, The Creator + Vince Staples

If you’re a fan of rap music, Tyler, the Creator should be on your playlist. His tracks are catchy and his lyrics cover everything from sexuality to race. He plays on March 2 at the Aragon.


Nils Frahm

For a beautiful, inspiring performance, don’t miss German pianist and composer Nils Frahm at Thalia Hall on March 24. His compositions include textured sounds derived from the piano, organ, and synthesizer. This concert is sure to entertain.


At Perillo Downers Grove, we are proud to serve the city of Chicago and its surrounding areas.

Bentley Honored in 2017 With Numerous Top Awards

Bentley’s luxurious, high-end cars had a great year full of awards. Raking in over 20 top awards from respected publications, Bentley continued its long history of creating state-of-the-art, valued vehicles.

The Continental GT was released in September and received four awards, including “Best Luxury Auto” and “GT of the Year” by BBC’s Top Gear Magazine. The Continental GT was also recognized for “Automotive Overall Design” by Interior Design Magazine, so potential buyers can rest assured that they will be in one of the most stylish cars on the road.

Bentley’s Bentayga received a remarkable seven awards in 2017, making it the most-honored Bentley model of the year. This luxury SUV was named “SUV of the Year” by Robb Report as well as “Luxury SUV of the Year” by Wheels Middle East. Its luxury and performance are unparalleled, and numerous industry experts have recognized this by repeatedly honoring it over the years. In addition, the Bentley Mulsanne was named GQ’s  “Best Autonomous Car,” offering elegance and advanced technologies that were widely lauded throughout 2017.

As an overall brand, Bentley was also named “Luxury Maker of the Year” by Walpole. At Perillo Downers Grove, we are proud to offer Bentley’s luxurious, advanced automobiles to the surrounding community. Stop into Perillo Downers Grove to take an award-winning Bentley for a test drive.

New Lamborghini Urus Luxury SUV Announced

In recent years, the auto industry has been trending towards crossovers and SUVs. Mainstream auto manufacturers are already on board with the trend, with most brands offering a broad variety of different sizes and shapes of SUVs. The new Lamborghini Urus brings new heights of luxury to this segment as Lamborghini’s SUV entry, pairing the extra legroom and cargo space with Lamborghini’s signature style, innovation, and beyond-sporty performance.

new Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini has only released one other SUV, an entry of the 80s and 90s known as the LM002 that appeared similar to the Hummer. However, that was a time when SUVs were a more niche market, and recent years have brought the segment into the limelight. The new Lamborghini Urus bears a feisty, aerodynamic, and sleek style that hints at its status as the fastest SUV in the global market. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 cranks out 650 horsepower and hits top speeds of 190 mph.

The new Lamborghini Urus wasn’t unexpected. The concept version of the familiar made its debut five years ago. And with AWD, off-road capability, and record-breaking power on its side, the Lamborghini Urus is prepared to set a new standard among luxury vehicles. It is set to be a 2019 model year, and we will see it starting in spring of 2018.

For more information on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus, feel free to give us a call or stop by Perillo Downers Grove.

Packing a Roadside Emergency Kit for the Winter

You never know when an emergency will occur, so it’s important to pack a roadside emergency kit. You should always have the basics, like a spare tire, jumper cables, and a jack. However, there are also several things that you should include in case you get stranded. With cold weather right around the corner, it’s especially important to stay prepared.

According to the DMV, the first step is to tailor your kit to your environment. For example, with winter on its way, you should have an ice scraper, thick leather gloves, and a blanket. You should also include items that suit your family needs, such as diapers, dog treats, and a water bowl.

Next, pack a first aid kit. This should have gauze, Band-Aids, and antiseptic. It may also be necessary to include tweezers for splinters, a sewing kit in case someone needs emergency stitches, and an ace bandage to make a stent.

You should also pack non-perishable food and water. Most drinking water will last indefinitely, but it’s also a good idea to include water purification tablets in case you need to make fresh water. Non-perishable snacks are also essential; you can even get energy bars that have enough calories for a few days.

Finally, be prepared for if you get stuck in the snow or on a loose surface. Cat litter works great to provide tractions, and many companies also make special planks to provide traction on slippery surfaces.

If you need help putting together your emergency kit, feel free to reach out to us at Perillo Downers Grove.

Tips for Driving in Strong Winds

If you live near Chicago, like we do here at Downers Grove, you know that “The Windy City” isn’t a misnomer, especially in the colder months. Wind isn’t just an annoying inconvenience—it can make driving harder and, at times, dangerous. Here are some tips for driving in strong winds to keep you safer this fall and winter.

The key to successfully navigating driving in the wind is to be alert. You should always be on guard for big gusts of wind. If you’re ready for them, they’re less likely to throw you off course.

You want to keep your hands tight on the wheel so that you don’t lose control. Your car can get blown around in the wind easily, but you’ll quickly get control back if you have a firm grip on the wheel.

It’s also a good idea to be aware of larger vehicles around you and keep plenty of distance between yourself and them. Semi-trucks and other long, large vehicles are more prone to getting knocked around by gusts of wind, and you don’t want to be next to a semi when its back end gets blown into your lane.

For more tips for driving in heavy wind, give us a call today at Perillo Downers Grove.

Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster

The Lamborghini Aventador S made its debut last year and carried some of the most innovative technology features to ever hit the supercar segment. The sporty model is capable of correcting imbalanced handling and understeer while still maintaining an unbelievable top speed. The Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster does it all while allowing drivers to feel the wind in their hair.

The Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster is the latest version of the two-seater supercar. Like the standard Lamborghini Aventador S, the convertible boasts a 0 to 60 time of just 3.0 seconds.

Under the hood lies a 6.5-liter V12 engine that delivers an epic 730 horsepower and 508 lb-ft of torque. That powerful engine comes mated to a seven-speed ISR transmission and four-wheel drive. Like all models under the Lamborghini brand, the Aventador S Roadster rolls in with an aerodynamic style and impressive profile.

Inside, drivers will enjoy a forward sitting cabin designed to be the highest-end supercar in the industry. The roadster offers more headroom thanks to the convertible top. Two lightweight roof panels fit snugly in the front trunk and are easy to remove and reattach.

Here at Perillo Downers Grove, we can’t wait to see the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster cruising down the interstate.

The Glamorous Bentley Bentayga Glides to the Top of Bentley Sales

Record SUV sales continue to reshape the international automotive market. With one-third of European auto sales going to SUVs by the year 2020, automakers are being forced to reevaluate their sports utility line-ups to keep up with the stiff competition.

Of course, at Perillo Downers Grove, we know who that “stiff competition” is. Ahead of the pack, as always, is Bentley, this time with their impressive luxury SUV, the Bentley Bentayga. The Bentayga now sits comfortably at the top of Bentley sales across the globe.

top of Bentley sales
2017 Bentley Bentayga (photo by KwokCH on Flickr)

The first Bentley production SUV was the Bentley EXP 9 F, unveiled as a concept in 2012 at the Geneva Auto Show. The modern Bentley Bentayga was developed from the EXP 9 F for a more powerful driving experience and more attractive aesthetic; it started production at the Bentley factory in Crewe, England in 2016.

The success of the Bentley Bentayga is based in more than just the SUV “trend.” The Bentayga provides drivers with ultra-luxury behind the wheel, something that its competition in the segment cannot.

To list all the innovations and artful features of the Bentayga would be impossible, but we’ll highlight a few:

  • The Bentayga is the fastest SUV on the market, accelerating from 0 to 60 in just 4.0 seconds.
  • The Bentayga offers full customization from the premium personalization specialists at Mulliner.
  • The Bentayga has the highest engine output of any diesel SUV in production.

Given the healthy SUV market and these marvelous features, the Bentayga’s position at the top of Bentley sales comes as no surprise. If you’re interested in learning more about the Bentley Bentayga or any of Bentley’s luxurious automobiles, call or visit our experts today at Perillo Downers Grove today.

New Bentley Flying Spur Design Edition is Styled by Mulliner

Bentley recently announced the details for the Flying Spur Design Series by Mulliner. This series includes interior and exterior accents, new colors, and limited-edition design. Mulliner, Bentley’s personal commissioning division, is creating just 100 examples of the limited-edition series that will be available with the Flying Spur range, including the V8, W12, V8 S, and W12 S.

According to Bentley, the Flying Spur is a performance-oriented sedan that’s also meant to uphold the incredible precision to detail and quality expected of all Bentley models. The Bentley Flying Spur Design Edition is bold, with new color splits like Mandarin, Pillar Box Red, White, Kingfisher, and Azure Purple. You can also find leather detailing, new materials, and impressive precision.

Bentley Flying Spur Design Edition

“The new Flying Spur Design Series takes its inspiration from the finest details: the flash of color on a suit lining, or the vibrant stitching on a leather saddle,” reads the Bentley press release. “Inside the Flying Spur Design Series, Mulliner has handcrafted a unique, luxurious space in which to travel.”

Other features include top roll and waist rail tops, a titanium-enriched carbon-fiber waist rail and fascia panel, finished treadplates, and 21-inch Directional Sports Wheels painted in Gloss Black. To learn more about the Bentley Flying Spur, visit Perillo Downers Grove today.

2019 Bentley Flying Spur Spotted Testing

The Bentley Continental GT has been touring Europe for a while now, but we’re just now seeing first glimpses of the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur. The four-door model looks similar to the outgoing model with plenty of signature traits while also managing to create a fresh, new look. The 2019 Bentley Flying Spur will bring a premium, sport-inspired design and performance-driven powertrains.

2019 Bentley Flying Spur

While the Flying Spur is technically a larger version of the Continental GT coupe, the four-door sedan drops the Continental name. The stretched wheelbase allows for a more spacious interior, especially for rear passengers. Spy photos don’t offer the best view of the high-end model, but, from what we can tell, the grille stands more upright and boasts oval taillights and exhaust tips.

Enthusiasts will be glad to know that the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur is likely to come loaded with a twin-turbocharged V8 or twin-turbocharged W12 engine. No matter the powertrain, it would be wrong to expect anything but optimized performance from the upcoming Flying Spur.

Expect to see the next-generation 2019 Bentley Flying Spur in all of its glory in late 2018.

We here at Perillo Downers Grove are ready to see the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur in action!