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Honda Civic Type R prototype, Honda Proving Ground, Tochigi, Japan, Nov 2013

Honda Civic Type R 2.0-Liter VTEC Turbo Prototype: Driven

We only had two laps on the high-speed oval at Honda's main R&D center in Japan. We didn't get performance figures for the prototype Honda Civic Type R fitted with the company's new 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engine. But they were two very memorable laps. DON'T... read more

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 First Ride

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Is The Real Track-Focused Deal: First Ride

Chevrolet told us... We were told that the automaker would only bring back the Z/28 moniker if there was a car that warranted the badge. You can't simply slap together a few... read more October 15, 2013 by 


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC: Super Sedan First Drive

The Mercedes-Benz S Class is all new this year, and with it, we get an all-new S63 AMG with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. If there is such a thing as diamond icing on a platinum... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
2014 Audi SQ5  -  First Drive, September 2013

2014 Audi SQ5: First Drive

Is the Audi SQ5 a bona fide performance model, or is it a great pretender? We've wondered about the SQ5's credentials ever since the brand confirmed this performance version... read more September 28, 2013 by 


 
2014 Volvo S60 T6, with 2015 Drive-E powertrain  -  First Drive, September 2013

2015 Volvo S60: Preview Drive

Zooming upward on a ribbon of road, along a cliff wall, between tight hairpin curves and breathtaking views in the mountains of Southern France, I goose the accelerator from... read more September 17, 2013 by 


 
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo first drive, Bilster-Berg, August 2013

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo & Turbo S: First Drive

Evil. Fantastic. Both. That doesn't describe the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, but the members-only track at Bilster Berg Drive Resort near Bad Driburg, Germany. It's... read more August 29, 2013 by 


 
2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Quick Drive: A $400,000 Pay Date Earns Its Fee

Driving a Lamborghini is a different experience from any other car. It's not even about the actual driving, for the most part. It's about the image, the style, the show you... read more August 21, 2013 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray first drive

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: First Drive

If you've been saving your pennies hoping the new seventh-generation Corvette would deliver the performance goods, get your hammer. It's time to break open the piggy bank... read more August 14, 2013 by 


 
2014 Range Rover Evoque, ZF Drive Day, Jul 2013

2014 Range Rover Evoque: Driving The New Nine-Speed Automatic

Not so long ago, a five-speed automatic transmission was pretty advanced--but we're in a new age now. Six speeds is the norm now even in smaller cars--when they're not fitted... read more August 13, 2013 by 


 
2014 Jaguar XJR  -  First Drive  -  August 2013

2014 Jaguar XJR: First Drive

The new 550-horsepower Jaguar XJR is indeed a stormer of a big sedan. We knew that much, even before heading out for our first drive in one this past week. But what we... read more August 10, 2013 by 


 
2014 Jaguar XFR-S  -  First Drive  -  August 2013

2014 Jaguar XFR-S: First Drive

Spend around a hundred grand on a performance sedan, and it had better put a smile on your face, right? After driving the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S up on Pacific Northwest mountain... read more August 8, 2013 by 


 
2014 Audi RS 7

2014 Audi RS 7: First Drive

I'm no Breeder, but Kim Deal and I have at least one thing in common. I've been looking for one divine hammer. Nailed it. What you see here, is what a series of Dutch... read more August 2, 2013 by 


 
2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Sport  -  First Drive, July 2013

2014 Infiniti Q50: First Drive

Out on the Interstate, barely ten minutes into our first drive of the 2014 Infiniti Q50, my co-driver and had already found something to marvel about in this sport sedan: We... read more August 1, 2013 by 


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S500)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550: First Drive

One of the more confusing questions car reviewers get--other than, "why so much bacon?"--is innocent enough, on the surface. "What's the best car?" Hm. Can I get a metric?... read more July 15, 2013 by 


 
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: First Drive

Military intelligence and jumbo shrimp are the classic oxymorons that keep garden-variety morons like me awake at night. Toss in a third mindbender--"sporty SUV"--and the WTF... read more July 11, 2013 by 


 
2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider track day

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider: Track Day

There are few cars that are actually abhorrent to drive on track, though there are many ill-suited to the task after the first lap, or even less. It's almost always fun to... read more July 2, 2013 by 


 
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