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Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln MKZ
When Lincoln introduced the MKZ sedan in 2013 it was a sign that the brand was serious about reinventing itself. Since then it’s launched some impressive cars—the MKC and MKX crossovers and the new Continental, and recently unveiled the concept for...
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Test Drive: 2016 McLaren 570GT
by Michael Frank GT in theory stands for grand tourer—or “gran turismo,” if you prefer the Italian translation. McLaren, though, races in Formula 1 so their version still loosely translates as "Go Time." Driving the $198,950 570GT ahead of the Goodwood...
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Notes: Driving a McLaren 675LT around LA
by Justin Kaehler It’s challenging to write about something like the McLaren 675LT. It’s a machine whose speed begs to be described—a hard-core track car boasting 666 horsepower, a 2.9-second 0-60 time, and a top speed of 205 miles per hour. However...
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Test Drive: 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum
by Sue Mead The Ford Explorer has been the best-selling SUV in America for 25 years, and in order to keep that title, the brand has given the model a refresh. For 2016, the cars come with new sheetmetal from the A-pillar forward, a remodeled...
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Test Drive: 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 and Range Rover Td6
by Davide Miguel It makes sense to test drive Land Rover’s all-new Td6 diesels in the land that Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, once held in his terroristic grip. After all, “putting the screws” to people was his specialty, and torque is literally...
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Test Drive: 2016 Volvo S60 Inscription
Self-driving cars are undoubtedly the hottest topic in the auto industry right now, and for good reason: removing human error from driving promises safer roads for all. Mercedes Benz, Google and Audi have all released their own version of an autonomous...
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Test Drive: McLaren 650S Spider
by Michael Frank There is a moment while I’m driving the $285,000, 642-horsepower McLaren 650S Spider that physically hurts. The car is hurtling fluidly around a corner with so much tenacity and grip that I can feel the g-forces bending against...
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Infiniti's Breathtaking 'Dream Road' 360 Video
Traveling from Norway to the Italian Alps, then to Morocco and back again, "Dream Road" (which debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance) is a breathtaking virtual reality ride in the Infiniti Q60 Concept car. Covering close to 3,500 miles...
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Mille Miglia: Racing in a Living Museum
by Michael Frank It’s 4:30AM and Des Sellmeijer is on a shuttle bus in Parma, Italy. He’s headed to the start of the fourth and final leg of the 2015 Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile road rally around Italy that circuits from Brescia in the north, outside...
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Interview: McLaren Automotive Chief Designer Robert Melville
by Michael Frank McLaren is a race car company that has slowly morphed into making cars for consumers. The present-day voices behind the iconic British brand might shed a softer light on this transition, but like Ferrari before it, the driving force...
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Song of the Car: 1970 Cadillac de Ville Convertible
Skip the double decker tour buses. There’s no better way to see elegant Fort Greene, Brooklyn on a sunny fall day than through the wide windshield of a 1970 Cadillac de Ville convertible. Lean back and lean low on leather seats and embrace the essence...
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Song of the Car: 1988 Dodge Diplomat
A car is the ultimate statement piece. Cars say something about the people who drive them—whether their taste veers toward luxury makes that boast performance credentials, modest and reliable “safe” cars, or a more distinctive brand of classic ease...
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Cool Hunting Video: World's Largest Toy Car Collection
by Granny Cart Productions In a small building in Beirut, Lebanon sits the largest collection of toy cars in the world—that's over 30,000 model cars and 400 dioramas. On a recent trip to the region, we stopped by and spoke with owner and collector...
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Cool Hunting Video: NYC Taxi of Tomorrow
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, we recently hit the streets in a brand new NYC Taxi from Nissan. While getting angry looks from disgruntled potential passengers as we flew by (with our available light on) we had a great time checking out all the new...
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Test Drive: Rolls-Royce Wraith
Our first look at the Wraith came last winter, and left us wanting to get behind the wheel. We recently had the chance to spend a day with it in and around Vienna, where we glided down scenic boulevards, sped on motorways and toured scenic country...
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Cool Hunting Video Rough Cut: BMW i3 First Drive
During last week's LA Auto Show we spent some time with the all-new BMW i3, which will hit the road in 2014. Employing a ground-up approach, BMW has combined a high-tech drive train with their signature comfort and styling. And with an impressive...
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Classic Car Club Membership
For those who fantasize about getting behind the wheel a 1969 Jaguar convertible, but aren't quite willing to make the investment, try the Classic Car Club Manhattan. A mecca for classic car enthusiasts, this club is an endless joyride for members...
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Road trip: Isle of Palms
The northernmost beach in the Charleston area, Isle of Palms is a lot like how the Hamptons are to NYC. Just a 20-minute drive from the cobblestone streets of downtown Charleston, IOP is a perfect retreat that maintains a salty personality while feeling...
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Road Trip: Lockhart
In Austin, music and BBQ can be more divisive than politics or religion. When tensions run high, head for Lockhart for generous portions of meat to satisfy any palate. With a population of 11,000, this small town just East of Austin is touted as the...
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Test Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series
by Davis Adams In light of the launch of its new 4 Series coupe, BMW invited CH to the Pacific Northwest to spend some time with what will surely be its next best-selling sports car. First things first—the name—a question that has become challenging...
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Food Tripping
A classic road trip may seem like the perfect opportunity to wrap your hands around a Big Mac or Gordita Supreme, but undoubtedly by the time you reach the next exit you're wishing you'd opted for something with a little more sustenance. To help...
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Cool Hunting Rough Cut: The Bentley Blower in NYC
When our friends at Bentley Motors hit us up with the chance to go for a spin in the super charged 1930 Bentley Blower around New York City we grabbed our camera and headed for a cruise. The Blower, brought over from England for a little tour in...
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Test Drive: Lexus ES 300H
As Lexus strives to improve its public image, the company recently revamped the previously somewhat frumpish ES in a pair of 2013 models that first debuted at last month's New York Auto Show: the ES 300H and ES 350. With a lower, wider and longer...
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