First Drives

  • 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed

    Before the Internet became the refuge of the world's trolls, Norway was their spiritual home. We contend they're mythical creatures, but lots of Norwegians to this day believe trolls really exist. Spooky, Blair Witch-style trolls, if you take YouTube at face value. And why wouldn't you? Rich in natural resources, long on natural beauty, Norway is also very thinly populated and fairly walled off from its neighbors by steep mountains. There's plenty of heavily wooded terrain for trolls to set up light housekeeping, plenty of tasty dairy animals wandering the countryside, plenty of pine trees to...

  • 2015 Porsche Macan S
    2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Video Road Test

    So, you think Porsche only makes sports cars? What, did you stop reading in 2003? That's when Porsche came out with its first SUV, the Cayenne. And without the Cayenne, we might not have today's 911s and Caymans and Boxsters. At all. Porsche's sold so many Cayennes, it's building a follow-up act, a...

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupe  -  First Drive
    2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe first drive review

    In all likelihood, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is one for which lines will be drawn; it's a baffling beast to some, a sexy one to others. Take the 'coupe' badging and tall-fastback form factor in context, and try not to bring too much of your gaze upon this model's cladding and rugged...

  • 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider First Drive

    At Laguna Seca, mistakes aren't forgiven easily. The benchmark track for enthusiasts has fistfuls of passages that give new meaning to the idea of a "technical" course. No worries: we're behind the wheel of the roof-less version of the car we named Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy...

  • 2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe
    2016 Jaguar F-Type Quick Drive: Manual And AWD Join The Party

    If you’ve been hankering for some F-Type action, but just have to have a three-pedal setup, Jaguar now has an answer for you. Same for those snowbelters who just can’t do without all-wheel drive, even in their third car: you have a solution too. It’s the 2016 Jaguar F-Type, and...

  • 2015 Ferrari California T
    2015 Ferrari California T joy ride

    Swimming pools, movie stars, things that end in the number 5. California means a lot of things to a lot of people but to Ferrari, it means grand touring. In the latest installment of the Italian automaker's long-running love affair with the Golden State, the California is a 2+2 hardtop...

  • Bentley Continental GT3-R, 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

    I was on hand—briefly—at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed when the Bentley Continental GT3-R made its debut in the stomping grounds of perennial rival Rolls-Royce. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to drive it then—or during the first media previews last fall. Only 99 souls in the U.S. will get to own one, and my soul is certainly too poor to even try. But not all of my luck is bad. At the Pirelli World Challenge weekend at Circuit of the Americas, on the first weekend of March this year, I pulled into the track in Bentley’s latest and—by a considerable...

  • 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce (SV)
    2016 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce first drive review

    Medical science tells us that neck strain is something to be avoided. It can compress nerves, bulge discs, and can lead to numbness and tingling. Okay, science. We hear you. But we're calling you on your bullshit. Some kinds of neck strain are acceptable. Gratifying. Mind-altering. The Lamborghini...

  • 2016 Range Rover Sport SVR first drive
    2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR first drive review

    It’s already claiming the fastest production SUV lap time around the Nürburgring. It’s been sideways on video showing its chops. But now it’s been in our hands for a long day on the road, on the trails, and on the track. Does the 2016 Range Rover Sport SVR really measure up?...

  • 2017 Audi Q7 first drive
    2017 Audi Q7 first drive review

    Don’t worry, America, it’s not a wagon. It just drives like one, is as useful as one, and, if you squint at it the right way, kinda looks like one. But it’s still one of God’s Own Vehicles: a fully Merkuh-approved crossover. But I didn’t drive the new 2017 Audi Q7 in...

  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI
    2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive review

    For decades, enthusiasts have fawned over and flocked to the Volkswagen GTI. Sure, it’s gotten bigger, heavier, and more technologically advanced, but it’s still remained the enthusiasts' choice--the original hot hatchback. But lately, the competition’s getting more fierce with...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, Belle Isle reveal
    2016 Chevrolet Camaro Preview And Prototype First Drive

    Happy, muscle-car fans? Just this past year you've been gifted a 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat and a brand-new Mustang, with a 500-plus-horsepower Shelby GT350 waiting in the chute. It's been a Super Bowl of a year, with no deflation to spoil the fun. In fact, it's the opposite. A new version...

  • 2016 Mazda CX-3 first drive, Phoenix, May 2015

    So, you’re growing up. That two-seat sports car was a great companion for many years, but there’s just not enough space for your stuff, your friends, your dog. What are you to do? Check out the 2016 Mazda CX-3, that’s what. ALSO SEE: Audi Attempts To Add Matrix Lighting Technology To Its Laser Headlights For the driver who loves the feel of a buttoned-down sports car, but needs a bit more practicality in the day-to-day grind, the CX-3 might just be the perfect fit. It’s light, it’s peppy, it’s fun to drive, it gets good gas mileage, it’s affordable...

  • 2016 Cadillac ATS-V
    2016 Cadillac ATS-V First Drive Video

    First things first: yes, this newfangled V car is better than the Germans. For me, anyway. Maybe for you, too. Already half of you are flabbergasting and chuffing, the disbelief—or is it disdain?—like a fine haze of saliva in the air. Well, tough. The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is that good...

  • 2016 Cadillac ATS-V first drive preview
    2016 Cadillac ATS-V First Drive Preview: Video

    The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is no stranger to the hearts and minds of enthusiasts, even though it hasn’t yet officially hit the streets. Does it live up to the hype? DON'T MISS: 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S First Drive We can’t tell you just yet. But we can give you an early look at some of the...

  • 2015 BMW X6 M
    2015 BMW X6 M first drive review

    BMW's X6 M is a venomous cane toad of an SUV, one with some obvious warts. Even so, it's made friends and set trends, spawning imitators in the Acura ZDX (extinct: mercy killing) and the upcoming Mercedes GLE Coupe (viability TBD). It's also an honest-to-God, track-capable car. Mmmmm, crossover...

  • 2015 Ferrari FF  -  Quick Drive, February 2015
    2015 Ferrari FF first drive review

    Will actual Ferrari FF owners truly load up the back with groceries? Will they throw their hiking/climbing adventure gear in the back, or their rifle and hunting dog? Will they ever load the whole family in? Throw a ski rack on the roof and take slick highways up to the mountain? Of course they...

  • 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed
    2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed First Drive

    Whipping three tons of steel, wood, and glass through the corner, I settle the wheel, straighten the car, and press the brakes—hard. Coming to a stop, I press and hold the traction control button. It’s time for a $406,000 burnout. Sadly, none of this is on video. Gladly, my head is a...

  • 2015 Infiniti Q50

    We're doing final drives of new and updated vehicles from the 2015 model year, and one we've been keen on revisiting is the Infiniti Q50. Our first drives were in pre-production cars, and with glitches in its dual-screen InTouch infotainment system and with its troublesome Direct Adaptive Steering steer-by-wire system, the Q50s we'd experienced felt as if they weren't ready for prime time. "I want to love the Q50, but..." was how the chats kicked off, actually. A shame, because the Q50's lovely shape and interior work so well on the foundation of the old G37, especially its excellent...

  • 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal
    2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive review

    The whole world seems to be going turbo. That’s mostly a good thing. In the case of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, it’s a very good thing. While it’s impossible not to love the 6.2-liter M156 V-8 that powered the last C63 AMG, the new M177 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is a worthy successor...

  • 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible
    2015 BMW 228i Convertible first drive review

    Fifty shades of grey may be a box-office phenomenon this weekend, but at BMW, it's business as usual. Ever see a Bavarian brochure without some halftone hue? Or five of them? If grey could be anthropomorphized, it'd be the brand mascot. Somehow BMW manages to conjure grey outside of showrooms, too...

  • 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
    2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 first drive review

    DATELINE--Santa Barbara. I may be drifting off to sleep on a sueded pillow of dreams, but it doesn't stop me from thinking of all the vehicles I've been driven in. It's mostly not illustrious. Prom limos. Airport shuttles. White Ford Crown Victorias with pretty red and blue lights. ALSO SEE...

  • 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport  -  First Drive, January 2015
    2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport first drive review

    At last, U.S. Land Rover dealerships are slated to get exactly what they’ve been missing. No, we’re not talking about a revival of the iconic Defender...at least not quite yet. We’re pointing to the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport, a compact crossover that works exceedingly well...

  • 2016 Audi S7
    2016 Audi S6 / S7 first drive review

    Depending on your viewpoint, Audi’s adherence to a single, consistent design theme across its entire range, from tiny coupes to large sedans, may seem either brilliant in its message or boring in its monotony. Whatever the case, however, the 2016 updates to the S6 and S7 sport sedan and...

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