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Long Term Test Drive: Mercedes AMG E63 Wagon
In the Fall of 2013 we spent a day driving the fastest station wagon on American soil and were thoroughly impressed. Both at the Willow Springs race track and on the surrounding streets, the freshly redesigned Mercedes AMG E63 S 4MATIC Wagon delivered...
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Test Drive: The All-New 2016 Volvo XC90
An hour outside of Barcelona in a sleepy seaside town that only sees action a few months of the year sits the culmination of an $11 billion dollar investment. Volvo's 2016 XC90 is the product of not just the global investment that came from Chinese...
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Test Drive: The New Mercedes-Benz C Class AMG Models
How do you improve on the best selling performance car at Mercedes-Benz? First you add two new models to the AMG lineup to provide drivers more choice. Then you make each of them stand out in their own way. Faster, substantially more fuel efficient...
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Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R
by Justin Kaehler Just last year, it seemed Volkswagen had reached peak hatchback status, but evidently, they had grand plans. The respected company is now ready to release its ultimate hatchback, the Golf R. It’s the fastest, most powerful Golf...
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Test Drive: 2015 Acura TLX in Park City, Utah
En route to this year's Sundance Film Festival, we hopped into a 2015 Acura TLX, the brand's latest mid-sized performance sedan, to drive from Salt Lake City to Park City, Utah. Acura has been a premier sponsor of the festival for five years now...
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Skijoring with Bentley
Given the extreme winter weather in the Northeastern United States, we thought it would be appropriate and entertaining to resurface this story from 2012 Roughly translated to "ski driving," skijoring is a Scandinavian-originated snow sport where...
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Test Ride: 2015 Ducati Scrambler
Originally introduced in 1962 exclusively in the United States, the Ducati Scrambler was a 250cc single-cylindar thumper on par with much of the enduro-style bikes coming out of Japan at the time. In 1968, its stateside popularity led to the launch...
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Song of the Car: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0
Welcome to Planet Cadillactica, a far-off galaxy where cars are creations from the past that feel like the future. The storied automaker's past has been celebrated by a new generation, who have transformed 1970s Cadillacs into works of unapologetic...
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Test Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
by James Willard The V12 Vantage was originally created as a love letter to 12-cylinder motoring. When the beloved British brand squeezed its most potent V12 engine between the frame rails of its smallest model, Aston Martin wasn’t aiming for success...
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Test Drive: 2015 Bentley GT3-R
"Racing changes the perception," says Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport. The Bentley GT3-R is the latest evolution of the brand's suave and still-alluring Continental GT—and the fastest Bentley ever made. It hauls ass in the most gentlemanly...
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Driving the Design of the 2016 Audi TT
by James Willard When the first generation Audi TT was unveiled in 1995, it was a sensation for the car-maker, its customers and the industry as a whole. Not only did the design of the car step away from the rest of the Audi line—reshaping the global...
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Test Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang
In late 2013, a first look at the 2015 Ford Mustang with its design team impressed us, and since then we’ve been anxiously waiting to get behind the wheel. Finally, yesterday was the day—and it was everything we had hoped it would be. The all-new...
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Test Drive: 2015 Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo
Brand extensions are tricky. Sure, businesses always want to expand their reach and attract new customers, but veer too far from the core mission and you frustrate your fans and alienate the true believers. For as many successful examples of the...
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Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe and S63 AMG Coupe
Designed for crossing continents at top speeds in high style, the Grand Tourer class of automobile is, in many ways, the true mark of a manufacturer's ability. Hitting the optimal balance between a finely considered aesthetic, an interior that is...
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Test Drive: 2015 BMW M3 and M4
Now I get it. Many auto journalists I've chatted with over the years have raved about the BMW M3, several even calling it their all-time favorite sports sedan. I've always been a fan of the brand and the distinctive drive-feel of its products, but...
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Test Drive: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
by Davis Adams “Carbon fiber is a very expensive material. It’s strong. It’s lightweight. And, it’s beautiful,” explains Gaulberto Ranieri, head of communications for Chrysler Group, in a thick Italian accent. “Our new car is at least half the price...
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Test Drive: 2015 BMW i8
Each year, car manufacturers across the globe release 350 or so new models. The vast majority are annual updates to models past—new iterations that are a little more powerful, a little more fuel-efficient and feature smarter tech and nav systems...
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Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
The Golf has been a favorite in its segment since its debut in 1974, selling more than 30 million cars worldwide. The latest generation—its seventh—is finally arriving in the US after a year in other markets. It’s worth the wait. A wider, longer...
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Riding Royal Enfield's Continental GT Café Racer
To most, the late '60s and '70s were the glory days of motorcycle design. America made muscle and the Japanese took over the industry with attractive, simple, reliable machines of all engine sizes. While Triumph's Bonneville and Honda's new CB1100...
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Cool Hunting Video: Porsche Camp 4 Ice Driving
We recently trekked 75 miles north of Montreal to the Mecaglisse motorsport complex in the dead of winter to attend the Porsche Camp 4 Canada ice driving school. On a crisp day that delivered plenty of snow, we put the 2014 Cayman, 911 Carrera S...
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Test Drive: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop
by Davis Adams “These bright colors are so hard to manufacture, and we didn’t want a trendy yellow," explains Annette Baumeister, leader of the color and trim engineering team at Mini's Munich office. She’s particularly proud of the Volcanic Orange...
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Range Rover Sport: Driven Challenges
Advertorial content: While you can spend days reading over statistics about torque, horsepower and suspension, the only way to truly gauge a vehicle’s performance is to push its limits in the real world. Land Rover has been doing just that with...
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Test Drive: 2015 Volvo V60
For fans of Scandinavian automotive engineering, the past few years have been rocky to say the least—with Volvo's future uncertain after ownership changes and Saab declaring bankruptcy and ceasing production. Recently however the Swedish auto industry...
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Test Drive: 2014 SRT Viper TA
by Davis Adams Following a trip to Willow Springs International Raceway with Chrysler, it'd be remiss not to pay more attention to the 2014 SRT Viper TA. It’s the most flamboyant vehicle produced by any American automaker, and it’s absolutely jaw...
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Test Drive: 2014 Cadillac ELR
"I don't want people to buy our cars simply because they're made in America. I want them to buy them because they're the best." -Bob Boniface, Director of Exterior Design Based on the 2009 Converj concept car, Cadillac's new electric ELR is finally...
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