First Drives

 
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio first drive review

Cracking off shifts of the ZF 8-speed automatic with the column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, the 505-horsepower turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 snarling like a staked pitbull, and railing up the fast, heavy g-loading of Turn 1 at Sonoma, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio tucks in and rotates... read more

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2017 Infiniti Q60

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport first drive review: truth in truth

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 tells no lies. In top trim, Q60 Red Sport 400, the Q60 delivers on every one of its promises: It’s one better than the Q50 (from which its... read more October 3, 2016 by


 
2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo first drive review

Faulkner famously told us the past isn't dead; it isn't even past. We can't prove it, but we think he had the Nissan Sentra SE-R in mind. The 1991-1994 SE-R set the cheap-car... read more September 29, 2016 by


 
2018 Audi TT RS

2018 Audi TT RS first drive review: overcoming imbalance

If you were going to design a sports car, you wouldn’t start with the layout of the Audi TT. You wouldn’t choose a front-wheel-drive architecture. You... read more September 17, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 first drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 first drive review

Big Gulps. Animal Style. Smothered, covered, chopped, and chunked. America's shameless and torrid affair with the over-the-top isn't limited to food. When it comes to luxury... read more September 12, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon first drive

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon first drive review

An icon since its introduction at the Frankfurt auto show in 1977, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon enters the 2017 model year with a new model: the E400. Tons of new tech, a... read more September 12, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport first drive review: Mainstream goes premium

A couple of premium automakers have tried tossing pedestrian engines in their premium cars, and the results were disastrous. Acura shoved a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter... read more September 7, 2016 by


 
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB first drive review: mid-engine magic

Quiet hands. A race instructor friend of mine harps on them all the time. If you want to go fast around a track, you need smooth, steady steering inputs to keep the... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive

2017 BMW Alpina B7 first drive review: a better BMW

BMW’s flagship sedan, the 7-Series, has never received the M performance treatment. That’s OK, though—Alpina is here to help. In fact, the small... read more August 24, 2016 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo First Drive

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo first drive review

The more the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo talks, the more it sounds like the end. In many ways, it's coarse and gruff—the way a 911 Turbo should sound. Noise from the... read more August 23, 2016 by


 
2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90 first drive review: A luxurious beginning

In the beginning, Honda created Acura. Toyota and Nissan looked upon it and saw it was good, and they begat Lexus and Infiniti. Many years later, Hyundai looked upon these... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Aston Martin DB11 First Drive

2017 Aston Martin DB11 first drive review

Aston Martin turned out garage rock and roll for decades. Of course, the small British carbuilder got some big help from deep-pocketed benefactors who tried every way to... read more August 4, 2016 by


 
2017 Porsche Panamera, Technical Backgrounder, July 2016

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo first ride

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo may not hit the streets until next January, but we've already had the opportunity to go for a spin. And what a spin it was! Porsche gave... read more August 1, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, red

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport first drive review

The Corvette is the king of American sports cars, but which one reigns supreme? If smashmouth acceleration and take-no-prisoners grip are your thing, the only Corvette on the... read more July 22, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

Commuting and the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang don't mix: Second drive

We've already driven the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, and spent most of our time in its natural habitat: the road course at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (to be fair, any track... read more July 19, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe (GLC300 Coupe 4Matic)

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic Coupe first drive review

You know that thing where we're calling things coupes, when they're not? Lay that at the feet of Mercedes-Benz. Back in 2006, Benz started the "four-door coupe" trend with... read more July 6, 2016 by


 
 

 
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