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2013 Audi S8 (European spec)

2013 Audi S8: First Drive

The previous generation of the Audi S8 was a bit odd among the full-size performance sedan crowd, though it was odd in a way we liked. Power came from a high-revving 5.2-liter V-10 whose design was derived from the unit in the Lamborghini Gallardo supercar, and its rating was an impressive--for the... read more

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2013 Audi RS5

2013 Audi RS5: First Drive

That recurring dream, the one that scares the whee out of even 50-year-olds, unfurls from my brain and falls right into my lap as soon as I plug in Audi's jaunty little USB... read more August 11, 2012 by 


 
2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD: First Drive

When you think about luxury sports sedans, the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C Class, and BMW 3-Series all come to mind.. But Volvo says the S60 should also be a contender in that... read more July 24, 2012 by 


 
2013 Cadillac ATS

2013 Cadillac ATS: First Drive

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is off its media embargo, and not a minute too soon. Since late June, we've been waiting to spill all we know about the new compact sport sedan, and... read more July 23, 2012 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S, brief test drive, New York City, July 2012

2012 Tesla Model S Initial Driving Impressions: Video

Easily one of the most anticipated cars of the year, if not the decade, the new 2012 Tesla Model S is in very hot demand, so getting a chance to drive one has been next to... read more July 20, 2012 by 


 
2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Dodge Dart Rallye DDCT: Quick Drive Of Dual-Clutch Automatic

The 2013 Dodge Dart is one of the most eagerly anticipated models of the new model year—not just because it’s the first model to be developed under pooled Fiat... read more June 28, 2012 by 


 
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo -- First Drive, San Diego, CA, June 19, 2012

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: First Drive And Video Road Test

How does a $23,000, 201-horsepower Hyundai Veloster grab you? Great, right? You'd be surprised how challenging it is to other front-drive fans. It sounds silly, even... read more June 27, 2012 by 


 
2013 Ford Focus ST  -  First Drive, Southern France, June 2012

2013 Ford Focus ST: First Drive

If there's a poster car for the 'One Ford' mantra, it might just be the new 2013 Ford Focus ST. Without Ford's initiative to consolidate global development for same-sized... read more June 23, 2012 by 


 
Land Rover Experience, Eastnor Castle, U.K.

Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Castle: First Drive

The vehicles may change, and as the saying goes, the off-roading is never the same twice. The overlords at HQ even get hot-swapped every decade or so. Still, the... read more June 15, 2012 by 


 
2013 Lexus GS 450h First Drive. [Photos: Antony Ingram]

2013 Lexus GS 450h: First Drive

If you want a mix of performance, luxury and fuel efficiency, you're really limited to two choices. One is to pick one of the latest generation of powerful turbodiesel models... read more June 11, 2012 by 


 
Isle of Man 2013 Subaru BRZ drive

Lapping The Isle Of Man TT Course In The 2013 Subaru BRZ

Updated: Upon further consultation with Simon Crellin of the Isle of Man TT press office and Subaru of America's Dominick Infante, some of the statistics acquired from my... read more June 8, 2012 by 


 
2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe  -  First Drive, May 2012

2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe: First Drive

This is not a good time for the indecisive. Just when you thought that BMW couldn't fragment the performance-luxury choices any more—with the X6 and the 5-Series Gran... read more June 4, 2012 by 


 
2012 BMW M6 Convertible

2012 BMW M6 Convertible: First Drive

If you're at all familiar with chili peppers and the zing they bring, you know that a little heat's a good thing, but too much spice can completely numb the senses—or... read more June 2, 2012 by 


 
2013 Subaru BRZ  -  First Drive, May 2012

2013 Subaru BRZ: First Drive

“Keep it simple” is a siren song for driving enthusiasts and weekend racers who love a certain kind of sports car. And if you hear that as meaning lightweight... read more May 30, 2012 by 


 
2013 Cadillac XTS

2013 Cadillac XTS: First Drive

Climbing into the XTS for a drive, it was hard to not think of all that Cadillac officials had cautioned us the technology-focused 2013 Cadillac XTS isn’t. It isn't a... read more May 25, 2012 by 


 
Mercedes-Benz G Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG: First Drive

No respectable dictionary would define a neologism like "ridonkulous" just yet. And even if they did, they probably wouldn't do it with a picture of a Mercedes SUV blowing... read more May 24, 2012 by 


 
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