First Drives

 
BMW 1-Series (European model) fitted with prototype 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine

BMW's 1.5-Liter Three-Cylinder Engine: First Drive Of Test Car

It's inevitable: With increasing pressure from fuel-efficiency and emission regulations globally, engines are going to get smaller. But BMW has simply taken its time-tested design principles and applied them to a new type of engine: its first-ever three-cylinder, which you can think of as half of... read more

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT first drive

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT First Drive Video

It may seem like the life of a traveling auto writer is all unicorns, rainbows, and thumping V-8s (or V-10s or V-12s), but track-testing a new car can be tough. You have to... read more February 14, 2013 by


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz E400 and E63 AMG first drive, Barcelona

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG: First Drive

Construction workers working to the left, Ferrari dealer to the right. Real, actual bustle. Barcelona does not act like the rest of Spain, which is probably why it has two... read more February 13, 2013 by


 
2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4

2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 First Drive Video

Puerto Rico probably isn't the first place you think of when you think about great driving roads--or driving at all for that matter. Beaches, beer, sun, sand, and time away... read more February 13, 2013 by


 
2013 Aston Martin DB9

2013 Aston Martin DB9 Volante: First Drive and Video Road Test

Winter down south feels like a dental check-up, weeks of built-up dread punctuated just briefly by a cold finger and some mild effluvia. We chatter about it more than we... read more January 29, 2013 by


 
2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT first drive review

After a day of blasting through otherworldly Saguaro cactus forests of Southern Arizona, much of it on dusty, unimproved gravel backroads—on the way to hot-lap time at... read more January 24, 2013 by


 
Lamborghini Aventador and Countach

Lamborghini Aventador And Countach On The Streets Of Sant'Agata

The area surrounding Lamborghini’s factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, is mostly made up of rustic farmland; the tranquil ambience interrupted only by a passing... read more December 14, 2012 by


 
2013 Dodge SRT Viper

2013 Dodge SRT Viper first drive review

Bobbing and weaving through the vineyard-dotted hill country around Napa, windows down on a perfect fall day, the sun settling just behind the nearest ridge, a massive... read more November 20, 2012 by


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class autonomous steering testing

2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class' Autonomous Steering Tested

Like it or not, autonomous cars are coming. But with any new technology, especially one that’s particularly groundbreaking, the introduction of self-driving technology... read more November 16, 2012 by


 
2014 Honda RDX engineering mule with Precision All Wheel Steer  -  at Honda R&D Japan, 11/2012

2014 Acura RLX Technology Preview Drive

Acura may not quite have the prestige or the cachet of longtime luxury marques like Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, or even Lexus, but it does have top-drawer access to the most... read more November 12, 2012 by


 
2013 Land Rover Range Rover

2013 Land Rover Range Rover first drive review

Forty years ago, the plan was beautiful: take the first Range Rover to Morocco to show off its dune-stalking, terrain-conquering prowess and bedazzle the world's press. A... read more November 9, 2012 by


 
2014 Audi R8 first drive

2014 Audi R8, V10 Spyder, And V10 Plus: First Drive

There are many reasons why the friends of those of us lucky enough to write about cars profess to hate and envy us. Most of them are completely valid. Driving a passel of... read more November 8, 2012 by


 
2013 Audi S7

2013 Audi S7 first drive review

Four-door coupes are all the rage these days, so it seems logical to us that Audi would opt to introduce an S version of its popular A7. Like the all-new-for 2013 Audi S6... read more November 3, 2012 by


 
BMW M135i 3dr hatchback quick drive

2012 BMW M135i Hatchback: Quick Drive

While European carmakers are slowly coming around to the concept of releasing their best products in the U.S., there are still a few cars denied to American customers. One of... read more October 16, 2012 by


 
2013 Audi S8 (European spec)

2013 Audi S8 first drive review

The previous generation of the Audi S8 was a bit odd among the full-size performance sedan crowd, though it was odd in a way we liked. Power came from a high-revving... read more October 14, 2012 by


 
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish first drive review

Handed the crystalline key fob to a 565-horsepower, $280,000 car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, then loosed about the narrow, broken roads around Newport... read more October 5, 2012 by


 
 

 
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