First Drives

 
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS first drive review: the bargain 911

Cape Town, South Africa - I'm at the wheel of the 2017 Porsche 911 GTS at Killarney Raceway behind 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Marc Lieb and I'm frustrated. Lieb, in the even more powerful 911 Turbo S, is setting a leisurely pace and I want to pass him. It's not because I'm some world-class... read more

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2017 BMW 5-Series

2017 BMW 5-Series first drive review: playing the middle

BMW’s middle child has always had identity issues. Iterations of the 5er have had their moments, but it’s always worn hand-me-downs from the 7-Series and, quite... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder

2017 Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder first drive review: A supercar throwback

Have modern supercars become too soft? Pick pretty much any high-dollar exotic today and it's easy enough to use for an evening trip to a fancy dinner spot. Your date will be... read more December 19, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor first drive review: one of a kind on road and off

Sports cars are great at going fast around corners, but you know what they can't do? They can't rip across the desert, they can't crawl over rocks, and they can't perform... read more December 9, 2016 by


 
2018 Lexus LC500

2018 Lexus LC 500 first drive review

SEVILLE, Spain--If you remember the very first days of Lexus, you remember the clever ads: the champagne glasses on the hood of the car, the ball bearing rolling down its... read more December 8, 2016 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 first drive review: the deep-knee Benz

It's time to come clean, friends. Don't worry, You're in a safe space here. Just admit it. You're power-hungry. But just how much power will it take to get your fix? 300?... read more December 7, 2016 by


 
2017 Bentley Bentayga

2017 Bentley Bentayga video review

Even among big SUVs, it's the little things that make all the differences. One-touch windows, real radio knobs. Yeah, that's the good stuff. This machine? Its little things... read more November 29, 2016 by


 
2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5 first drive review: everything you expect, in a better package

Sometimes, familiarity breeds discontent. Such was not the case with the Audi Q5, however. Though it first hit the market all the way back in 2008, the German automaker... read more November 21, 2016 by


 
2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43, Affalterbach, Germany

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 first drive review

We’ve been down this road before—well, not literally, as this particular stretch of Germany’s Baden-Württemburg state isn’t exactly bristling... read more November 18, 2016 by


 
2017 Kia Soul Turbo first drive review - Image via Jeff Jablansky

2017 Kia Soul Turbo first drive review

The Soul hatchback has been very, very good to Kia. Where some car companies believe in their most expensive products to exemplify their respective brand identities, Kia has... read more November 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: Second drive

The 911's flat-6 engine has been one of its greatest strengths. The naturally aspirated boxer engine, in displacements ranging from 3.4 to 4.0 liters created great sounds... read more November 11, 2016 by


 
2017 Audi A4 vs. 2017 Jaguar XE

Jaguar XE vs. Audi A4: A luxury compact confrontation

It's a question we've been asking ourselves since the 2017 Audi A4 and the 2017 Jaguar XE first rolled into our driveways: which one's better, and can either of them ascend... read more November 11, 2016 by


 
2017 Audi R8 vs. 2017 Acura NSX

Acura NSX vs. Audi R8: We compare tech versus higher tech

Supercars give automakers a chance to show off the fullest extents of their design and engineering capabilities. They use lightweight materials, advanced powertrains, and... read more November 11, 2016 by


 
BMW M2 vs. Focus RS

BMW M2 vs. Ford Focus RS: Have turbos, will travel

Being low man on the totem pole isn't always so bad. Two of our finalists for the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2017 award, the 2016 BMW M2 and 2016 Ford Focus RS, started... read more November 9, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE first drive review: More than a track package

I’m in the base model, on a pencil-straight desert road, and I already love this car. Even with the V-6 engine you can get in an Impala, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE... read more November 7, 2016 by


 
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... read more October 27, 2016 by


 
 

 
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