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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 impossible. Even those fortunate enough to be given some time behind the wheel have only been allowed to drive the thing for... read more

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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 


 
2013 Porsche Boxster S first drive photos

2013 Porsche Boxster S: First Drive

With better looks, more power, better gas mileage, and improved handling, the 2013 Porsche Boxster is the best luxury roadster you can buy. Yep, I said it: don't bother with... read more May 24, 2012 by 


 
2013 Ford Shelby GT500

2013 Ford Shelby GT500: First Drive

This is insane. Truly. Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable. Now it's not just real, it's available from your local Ford dealer, with a warranty. For about... read more May 20, 2012 by 


 
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG  -  First Drive  -  April 2012, St. Tropez France

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG: First Drive

To understand a car—okay, especially one that’s perhaps a little removed from our own fiscal reality—it helps to peer into the buyers’ mindset for a... read more April 29, 2012 by 


 
2013 Scion FR-S

2013 Scion FR-S First Drive

This car is the real deal. Really. Shod in crappy European Prius tires (seriously--that's the standard tire), loosed in the hands of a dozen journalists, and ham-fisted silly... read more April 24, 2012 by 


 
2013 Acura ILX

2013 Acura ILX First Drive

Hey, that's one fancy Civic there! Calling the 2013 Acura ILX a gussied-up Civic is, in many ways, completely fair, but in truth, Acura has come up with a mix of near-luxury... read more April 19, 2012 by 


 
2012 Volkswagen Golf R

2012 Volkswagen Golf R: First Drive

First off, we have to tell you that the new 2012 Volkswagen Golf R is worlds better than the last Golf 'R' to be sold in the U.S. That's the 2008 R32, which was comfortable... read more April 18, 2012 by 


 
2013 Acura RDX

2013 Acura RDX First Drive

If you've driven the previous Acura RDX, you know the definition of compromise. While it was, in many ways, ahead of its time, the RDX was rough, balky, and awkward as much... read more March 28, 2012 by 


 
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