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2014 Porsche Panamera first drive

2014 Porsche Panamera S, 4S, & S E-Hybrid: First Drive

Time travel is, perhaps unexpectedly, enlightening. Reading of the conditions and actors of the past provides only a dusty image, rendered in grayscale; dunking oneself fully in the scene teaches lessons that cannot otherwise be learned. Thus I recount for you my recent sojourn to the early 21st... read more

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, First Drive, Bilster Berg

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG: First Drive

Mainstream success gets a bad rap. Most of the time it's richly deserved, emphasis on the "rich." Bieber, Budweiser, Burger King--they're all huge, and hugely profitable. But... read more June 20, 2013 by 


 
Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Audi R8 e-tron: First Drive

Thanks to the combined efforts of companies like Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz and others, the concept of an electric supercar no longer seems as unlikely as it once did. Audi... read more June 7, 2013 by 


 
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series: Driven

Have we driven the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG enough? You tell us. We've flogged it in its debut form as a gullwing, as a roadster, as the new SLS AMG GT, and as a GT Roadster in... read more May 22, 2013 by 


 
2014 Bentley Flying Spur

2014 Bentley Flying Spur: First Drive

It's hard to pick out the landmarks through the dusty permahaze, but even just before dawn it's clear. Beijing does not play around with scale. Second to none is the general... read more May 21, 2013 by 


 
Nissan JUKE-R track drive, first U.S. appearance, Nashville Superspeedway

Nissan JUKE-R: First Track Drive Video

The Nissan Juke-R started as an off-book project that was, at first, not a favorite of the home office. Once they saw what it could do, however, they came around. Now there... read more May 6, 2013 by 


 
2015 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)  -  Preview Drive, April 2013

2015 Volkswagen GTI: Preview Drive

We're hustling along in the all-new Mk7 Volkswagen GTI, on a tightly curved back road in mountainous Southern France. Just as traffic opens up and I can see a fair distance... read more April 24, 2013 by 


 
2014 Jaguar F-Type first drive

2014 Jaguar F-Type: First Drive & Video

What defines a sports car? Is it an arbitrary set of numbers--weight limits, 0-60 mph times, lateral g forces? Or is it something more emotional, something that can't easily... read more April 16, 2013 by 


 
2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, March 2013

2014 Ford Fiesta ST: First Drive

The idea of packing a very powerful engine into a very small car—especially a car originally designed with frugality in mind—isn’t by any means a new... read more March 30, 2013 by 


 
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... read more March 26, 2013 by 


 
2014 Aston Martin Rapide S  -  First Drive, March 2013

2014 Aston Martin Rapide S: First Drive

Can a four-door be a true sports car? In today’s market—even at the upper end of the market—it seems that there are too many so-called ’no... read more March 25, 2013 by 


 
2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

2014 Lexus IS First Drive: Video

The 2014 Lexus IS is here, and it has a serious set of challenges ahead of it: Taking on the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Cadillac ATS, and the upcoming Infiniti Q50... read more March 25, 2013 by 


 
2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible first drive

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible: First Drive

If you have to ask why anyone would spend $250,000 or so on a two-plus-two convertible, you probably don't even need to hear the answer; it simply won't make sense to you... read more February 26, 2013 by 


 
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 


 
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