First Drives

 
The Keen Project Safari 911 No. 2, photo by Alex Bellus

The Keen Project Safari 911 first drive review: a time machine for any adventure

Chad was running late, and we were already pressed for time. This entire plan was rushed and slapped together via a phone call and a few text messages over the weekend. The Keen Project Safari 911 build No. 2 by former race car driver Lehman Keen was in Minneapolis for a short time to celebrate... read more

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2019 BMW X4

2019 BMW X4 M40i first drive review: the evolving SUV coupe

Greenville, South Carolina’s Swamp Rabbit Trail shadows the Reedy River along 22 miles of a former rail line. It includes a section named for American Tour de France... read more July 2, 2018 by


 
2019 McLaren Senna, Portugal Media Drive, June 2018

2019 McLaren Senna first drive review: ultimate street-legal performer

In the age of YouTube, an exotic carmaker needs exciting overhead tracking video of its latest automotive thunderbolt to thrill online fans. McLaren Automotive ran into... read more June 26, 2018 by


 
2019 Audi Q8, Atacama Desert, Chili, media drive, June 2018

2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: the Q flagship

If a Hollywood studio wanted to fake a Mars landing, I’d strongly suggest sending a film crew to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The vast, empty stretches of... read more June 26, 2018 by


 
2018 Lexus LC 500h

2018 Lexus LC 500h first drive: a glimpse into grand touring's future

It’s clear that the path forward in the auto industry involves electrification. No market segment will be immune from it, though some will take longer to hop on the... read more June 21, 2018 by


 
2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 sedan)

2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 and C43 first drive review: subtle upgrades, big safety

A web of country roads casts a romantic net between the alpha world cities of Paris and Frankfurt. Where maps pare down to two-lane roads, the Moselle Valley unfurls vast... read more June 19, 2018 by


 
2018 Porsche 911 GT3

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 first drive review: Country roads and chicken livers

There’s one place where you can get great fried chicken livers on a Sunday morning in Georgia, before church is out. It’s a low-ceiling kind of place, tacked on... read more June 18, 2018 by


 
2019 Volvo V60

2019 Volvo V60 first drive review: a matter of inches

As I sit in the 2019 Volvo V60’s supremely comfortable seats and drive through a flash flood in Tarragona, Spain outside of Barcelona, I ponder just how much three... read more June 15, 2018 by


 
2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR first drive review: continuous improvement rings true

I awaken at the Dorint Hotel on a cool, dewy May morning. The surface of the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife rests just a few feet outside my window, and it, as well as... read more May 29, 2018 by


 
2018 McLaren 720S

2018 McLaren 720S first drive review

It launches to 60 mph quicker and weighs less than a Ferrari 488 GTB. It slays the quarter mile faster than a Bugatti Veyron. It'll take on all comers on a road course. And... read more May 24, 2018 by


 
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS first drive

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS first drive review: fighting for attention

Born into a prizewinning family, the 2018 Porsche 718 GTS may never be the champion of anything—not in the Porsche lineup at least. That doesn’t mean it’s... read more May 23, 2018 by


 
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive review: the way forward for a classic

The scene in the rearview mirror of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is remarkably clear. It’s all high-definition vineyards and crystal-clear coastline, for as long as I... read more May 22, 2018 by


 
Volkswagen California Ocean Red

2018 Volkswagen California first drive review: forbidden fruit you can live in

Our ideal garage is full of weird French hatchbacks, Japanese kei cars, German wagons, and Volkswagen vans. But as North Americans, we’re stuck admiring these wondrous... read more May 18, 2018 by


 
2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2 first drive: making it a real sports car

The Ford Mustang was born a pony car, but it’s worked tirelessly for most of the last decade to move past its roots. To become a true sports car. The reintroduction of... read more May 17, 2018 by


 
2019 Bentley Continental GT, Austria 2018

2019 Bentley Continental GT first drive review: the stuff of dreams

The day begins in a Sequin Blue 2019 Bentley Continental GT at the exclusive Kitzbuhel Country Club in the Tyrolean region of Austria. Set against verdant rolling hills and... read more May 16, 2018 by


 
2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first drive review: Porsche’s case for electrification

An air of practicality sweeps over Porsche these days. It’s not unlike the strong winds coming off the Mediterranean Sea on the warm spring day when I find myself... read more May 14, 2018 by


 
 

 
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