First Drives

2015 Lexus RC F

2015 Lexus RC F First Drive

At some point in the early 2000s, Lexus approached peak grandma. Cars like the SC convertible and the ES sedan were arguably its best efforts, just when Cadillac was brewing up a revival and BMW putting out some of its best machinery before electronic controls became a generation's voodoo curse. A... read more

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2015 Acura TLX 2.4

2015 Acura TLX First Drive

Whatever happened to the Legend, the Integra, or even the Vigor? Acura used to have such brilliant, instantly recognizable model names. Names that inspired thoughts of... read more August 4, 2014 by 

2015 Dodge Challenger  -  First Drive, Portland OR, July 2014

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat First Drive Video

Muscle cars, like those of the 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup—and yes, that includes the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat—have long been emblematic of all that’s... read more July 22, 2014 by 

2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Drive

Cruising at a cool mile of altitude over a carpet of lush green Scottish turf—Highlands to the left, Lowlands to the right—our seaplane bobbles over some ripples... read more July 11, 2014 by 

2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe first drive

2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe First Drive

Life is good. Life is especially good when you’re in Tuscany behind the wheel of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe. Life gets downright magical when threading your... read more June 30, 2014 by 

2014 Ferrari 458 Spider  -  Quick Drive

2014 Ferrari 458 Spider Quick Drive Video

Even in today’s supercar-rich automotive landscape, Ferrari stands out as special and awe-inspiring. Look at the critical numbers for the 2014 458 Spider that we just... read more June 26, 2014 by 

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C First Drive Video

Quick--ignore these unabashedly erotic images, pretend you never saw a thing...and name this car. It’s a mid-engined two-seater not from Germany or Japan. It flaunts a... read more June 21, 2014 by 

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 First Drive

When last we left the Bentley Flying Spur, we were wending our way through Beijing traffic, hurtling toward the Great Wall and dodging an Olympian course of randomly placed... read more June 16, 2014 by 

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 first drive, South Haven, Michigan

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: First Drive Video

Al Oppenheiser can rattle off from memory the Chevy Camaro's many brushes with doom. Let's not even count the one that threatens overhead--a blanket of thick, low clouds... read more June 12, 2014 by 

2015 Nissan GT-R  -  Quick Drive, June 2014

2015 Nissan GT-R Quick Drive

The Nissan GT-R is outrageous. Even if your exposure to seeing one has been limited to watching one race by on the street, or to choosing it in Gran Turismo, you know that... read more June 9, 2014 by 

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC First Drive

With the 2015 MKC, Lincoln finally has a model that's going to play well in California. Let’s face it: Those in Dearborn focus so much on doing the right thing for... read more June 5, 2014 by 

McLaren 650S first drive. Photo by Michael Crenshaw Photography.

McLaren 650S First Drive

There are those who harp on the 650S, somehow deriding it for being an updated, more P1-like version of the 12C. Those people are missing the point entirely. The 650S... read more May 22, 2014 by 

2015 Volvo V60 Polestar - quick drive

2015 Volvo V60 Polestar First Drive

The Volvo V60 Polestar, we were told before getting behind the wheel for the first time, should not be judged against traditional competitors. Instead, says Volvo, it should... read more May 17, 2014 by 

2015 Lamborghini Huracán first drive

2015 Lamborghini Huracán First Drive

You slide into the low, bolstered seat, flip up the aircraft-style cover, press the start button, and hear the V-10 engine roar to life. Bump the steering wheel mode selector... read more May 7, 2014 by 

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R First Drive

When last we left the Jaguar F-Type, it was hustling substantial ass somewhere on some choice, shall-remain-unnamed mountain roads of north Georgia. Locked in close... read more May 5, 2014 by 

2015 BMW i8, test drive around Malibu, CA,

2015 BMW i8 First Drive

The 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe is a striking design that draws attention wherever it goes. Park it on the street, and you'll be swarmed by pedestrians with... read more April 26, 2014 by 


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