First Drives

2016 Cadillac ATS-V

2016 Cadillac ATS-V First Drive Video

First things first: yes, this newfangled V car is better than the Germans. For me, anyway. Maybe for you, too. Already half of you are flabbergasting and chuffing, the disbelief—or is it disdain?—like a fine haze of saliva in the air. Well, tough. The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is that good... read more

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2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed First Drive

Whipping three tons of steel, wood, and glass through the corner, I settle the wheel, straighten the car, and press the brakes—hard. Coming to a stop, I press and hold... read more March 19, 2015 by 

2015 Infiniti Q50

2015 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 Quick Drive

We're doing final drives of new and updated vehicles from the 2015 model year, and one we've been keen on revisiting is the Infiniti Q50. Our first drives were in... read more March 2, 2015 by 

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S First Drive

The whole world seems to be going turbo. That’s mostly a good thing. In the case of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, it’s a very good thing. While it’s impossible... read more February 23, 2015 by 

2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible

2015 BMW 228i Convertible First Drive

Fifty shades of grey may be a box-office phenomenon this weekend, but at BMW, it's business as usual. Ever see a Bavarian brochure without some halftone hue? Or five of them?... read more February 15, 2015 by 

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 First Drive

DATELINE--Santa Barbara. I may be drifting off to sleep on a sueded pillow of dreams, but it doesn't stop me from thinking of all the vehicles I've been driven in. It's... read more January 26, 2015 by 

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport  -  First Drive, January 2015

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport First Drive

At last, U.S. Land Rover dealerships are slated to get exactly what they’ve been missing. No, we’re not talking about a revival of the iconic least... read more January 24, 2015 by 

2016 Audi S7

2016 Audi S6 / S7 First Drive

Depending on your viewpoint, Audi’s adherence to a single, consistent design theme across its entire range, from tiny coupes to large sedans, may seem either brilliant... read more December 2, 2014 by 

2015 Volkswagen Golf R (Euro spec)

2015 Volkswagen Golf R First Drive: Video

If you asked the average enthusiast if they’d like a 292-horsepower hot hatch with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive, you’d probably be greeted by a big... read more December 1, 2014 by 

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S at Laguna Seca, first drive, November 2014

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S First Drive

It’s rare that a car aimed so squarely at a competitor does so much so differently and yet comes out with a very similar result. The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S is just such... read more November 17, 2014 by 

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG, Vermont, Oct 2014

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG: First Drive Of Compact Hot Hatch

Let's get one thing straight right up front: Despite its model name, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG--soon to be a Mercedes-AMG GLA45--is no GL-like utility vehicle. It may... read more November 10, 2014 by 

2015 BMW M4

2015 BMW M3 / M4 First Drive

Coupe-like crossovers, carbon-bodied sportscars, urban-mode city hatchbacks--BMW can build them all, but when it gets placed in the balances and judged by its hardcore... read more October 26, 2014 by 

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, First Drive. Photo by Greg Jarem for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA.

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II First Drive

There are many things which make a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce, but only one is essential: a certain attitude. The Ghost Series II delivers that attitude in spades. What is... read more October 10, 2014 by 

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid First Drive

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been an automotive icon, one of the best cars in the world--and for more than 50 years, the vehicle of choice for prosperous German... read more September 27, 2014 by 

2015 Ford Mustang electronic line lock

2015 Ford Mustang First Drive

It took all day--a scramble out of L.A. morning rush hour toward the canyons, a thread-the-need operation through a few thousand degrees of hairpin turns and ambient degrees... read more September 18, 2014 by 

2016 Audi TT / TTS First Drive  -  Spain, September 2014

2016 Audi TT / TTS First Drive

The task automakers face when they have to update established sporty coupes or roadsters, like the Audi TT, is nothing to be envied. As much as we like seeing the result, it... read more September 8, 2014 by 


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