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2014 Jaguar XJR  -  First Drive  -  August 2013

2014 Jaguar XJR: First Drive

The new 550-horsepower Jaguar XJR is indeed a stormer of a big sedan. We knew that much, even before heading out for our first drive in one this past week. But what we learned after a few hours behind the wheel is that this super-sedan (in size and performance) retains all of what comprises the... read more

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S500)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550: First Drive

One of the more confusing questions car reviewers get--other than, "why so much bacon?"--is innocent enough, on the surface. "What's the best car?" Hm. Can I get a metric?... read more July 15, 2013 by 


 
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: First Drive

Military intelligence and jumbo shrimp are the classic oxymorons that keep garden-variety morons like me awake at night. Toss in a third mindbender--"sporty SUV"--and the WTF... read more July 11, 2013 by 


 
2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider track day

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider: Track Day

There are few cars that are actually abhorrent to drive on track, though there are many ill-suited to the task after the first lap, or even less. It's almost always fun to... read more July 2, 2013 by 


 
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... read more July 2, 2013 by 


 
The Beast Presidential Limo from White House Down

We Tame The Beast From 'White House Down' (Sort Of)

"I know a guy in the FBI who knows a guy in the Secret Service..." Those are the words of Cyril O'Neal, the man behind Ghostlight Industries, which is the company responsible... read more June 28, 2013 by 


 
Volkswagen GTD (Euro spec)

2015 Volkswagen GTD: Preview Drive

It’s the fastest, most powerful GTD ever—capable of getting to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, and hitting a top speed of 143 mph, yet returning more than 40... read more June 28, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe First Drive--Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe: First Drive

Texas loves its mythology, but it's not always supported by cold facts. "Everything's bigger here" fits on a bumper sticker. Austin's a hub for Smart cars. DFW could fit... read more June 24, 2013 by 


 
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 


 
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