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2015 Volkswagen Golf R (Euro spec) - Ice Driving

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Preview Drive (On Ice)

We've just had our first drive of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R—even though it's about a year ahead of the time it arrives to the U.S. Oh, and there's one other little asterisk attached to any claim of this being a full review: We really only drove it on ice—up near the Arctic Circle, in... read more

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Volkswagen Scirocco R (European model), Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2013

Forbidden Fruit: We Drive The Volkswagen Scirocco R

Some cars just draw looks, and the Volkswagen Scirocco R is one of them. From two utility workers stuck in traffic in their work van to a guy in an old compact crossover on... read more December 11, 2013 by 


 
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante  first drive, Palm Springs

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante: First Drive Video

The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is probably the sexiest car in the planet--the Internet says it is so--but what good is it in winter? If you're in the third of the country... read more December 10, 2013 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible: First Drive

We might even choose the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible over the Coupe. There, we said it—and it feels a bit like a confessional. To those who haven't... read more December 9, 2013 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet SS  -  First Drive, December 2013

2014 Chevrolet SS: First Drive

If your exposure to Chevrolet performance cars has included recent versions of the Camaro and the Corvette, be forewarned: The new 2014 Chevy SS might have familiar firepower... read more December 8, 2013 by 


 
2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S First Drive

Florida's the home of the bucket lists, for obvious reasons, our national Last Chance Saloon. So this week, I took "driving, Florida-style" off mine. Here's how: First, I... read more December 6, 2013 by 


 
2015 Nissan GT-R

2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO And GT-R Premium: First Drive

'Video-game-like' is how we've heard the Nissan GT-R driving experience described on many occasions. The description is apt, especially when you're out on the track. This is... read more November 25, 2013 by 


 
Prototype Honda CR-Z with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body, Honda Proving Ground, Tochigi, Japan

Lightweight Carbon Fiber Honda CR-Z Prototype: Driven

It looks roughly like a black Honda CR-Z with a mesh grille--at least until you get up close. Then you notice that the doors seem much shallower, and that it has strange... read more November 18, 2013 by 


 
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... read more November 18, 2013 by 


 
2015 Audi S3 First Drive, Monte Carlo

2015 Audi S3 First Drive

If Monte Carlo had a sister city, would it be Sin City? Glitzy condo canyons, matte-red Italias parked in no-parking zones, lots of places named "Palace," and an ample supply... read more November 11, 2013 by 


 
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith First Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith First Drive

If you're truly rich--or its more discreet cousin, wealthy--you'll barely notice the pricetag on the Rolls-Royce Wraith. BCC your CFO here: It's $289,000, and that's before... read more November 4, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

2014 BMW i3: First Drive

BMW enthusiasts have had several years to get used to the tradition-breaking SUVs and crossovers which infiltrated the once sedan-only range, but electric cars are a... read more October 21, 2013 by 


 
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 


 
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