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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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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...
TRAVEL
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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Test Drive: 2014 Audi RS7
The Audi A7 is a masterpiece in form with four distinct options under the hood. While we love the clean diesel A7 TDI for its (up to) 38mpg efficiency, we lust for the 560 horsepower RS7 for its blistering performance. Anticipating the car's release...
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Test Drive: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
"There is no bumper, there’s only form" Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s design director, explains when briefing us on the 2014 Vanquish Volante in advance of our spirited drive through the deserts surrounding Palm Springs. Reichman is a proud Brit...
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2014 Corvette Stingray Biometric Test Drive
I review a lot of cars, but this is the first one that’s reviewed me. Having admired the car when I spoke with Chevrolet's Tom Peters (its lead designer) when it was announced earlier this year, it was an easy answer when Chevrolet asked me to test...
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Test Drive: 2014 MB E63 AMG S-Model Wagon
Whether we value the utility, appreciate the form-factor or gravitate toward the less common—we love a wagon. Oftentimes, and especially in the US, wagons are not built with driving performance in mind. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz sees enough of a...
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Lexus F Sport Division
Lexus as a brand has come a long way in recent years. The bland forms and semi-luxe sedans of its adolescence have been left behind in favor of a wholly new, considerably sexier identity as the Toyota-owned brand approaches the quarter century mark...
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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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