First Drives

 
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe, Circuit of the Americas, September, 2018

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe first drive review: The new king of sporty German four-doors

The red mist has just descended upon me, and that’s a good thing. It’s my second four-lap stint in the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe on the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas, and four-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider is leading the way in an AMG GT-R. He just took... read more

September 25, 2018 by
 
2019 Cadillac XT4

2019 Cadillac XT4 first drive review: Luxury crossover SUV finally shows up, shows off

Fashionably late to the party, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 small crossover SUV doesn’t bother to shake hands at the door. It swaggers past competitors and waits for the party... read more September 17, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive review: Marathoner's muscles in a wide receiver's body

Muscle cars of the 1960s generally did one thing well. They ground out tarmac-ripping power and torque, hurtling their body-on-frame selves straight down the road or the... read more August 29, 2018 by


 
2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive review: Faith at unholy speeds

Believe what you’ve heard about the blissfully open and unfettered stretches of the Autobahn. These long, gently curving and pencil-straight stretches of German... read more August 15, 2018 by


 
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata first drive review: the sports car Mazda intended

The new Mazda MX-5 Miata we got in the U.S. in 2016 wasn’t really the car it was supposed to be. According to Mazda North American Operations manager of vehicle... read more August 13, 2018 by


 
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye first drive review: Demon spawn

Horsepower Hill at Club Motorsports is a 14-percent grade at the scenic road course carved into the side of a mountain in Tamworth, New Hampshire. It’s a heartbreak... read more August 7, 2018 by


 
2019 Audi e-tron prototype drive, Pikes Peak

2019 Audi e-tron first ride: pulling all the brakes

Ignore the flashy, high-tech vehicle wrap, a cross between pixelated camouflage and hunting orange. The 2019 Audi e-tron is a non-event from inside, and that’s just... read more August 7, 2018 by


 
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive review: noteworthy and nostalgic

I want to be a hero. A hero reminds me of the best versions of me, especially when I can hardly muster enough courage to get out of bed in the morning. The 1968 Ford Mustang... read more August 5, 2018 by


 
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS first drive review: stylish, safe, and comfortable

Growing up in Sindelfingen, Germany, as the daughter of a Mercedes-Benz engineer who worked on three generations of the E-Class, Jennifer Schefczik heard the same thing over... read more August 1, 2018 by


 
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera first drive review: Dead serious, dead sexy

Twelve-cylinder engines are an endangered automotive species. Only a handful are left: Mercedes and Maybach share one, and so do BMW and Rolls-Royce. Ferrari has its... read more July 31, 2018 by


 
2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, Napa Valley, July 2018

2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante first drive review: admission to an exclusive club

Getting behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder is like knowing the secret handshake for an exclusive club. You have to be able to afford the... read more July 23, 2018 by


 
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... read more July 18, 2018 by


 
2019 Genesis G70

2019 Genesis G70 first drive review: Getting the details right

While I wait for my turn to attack the track at Tamworth, New Hampshire’s Club Motorsports in the 2019 Genesis G70, I notice some of the car’s details. The... read more July 16, 2018 by


 
2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, Gingerman Raceway, May 2018

2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition first drive review: tracking Godzilla

Like a pilot preparing for takeoff, I flick a few switches before heading out. I reach down to the base of the center stack and push up on the transmission, damper, and... read more July 5, 2018 by


 
2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S wagon

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon first drive review: The finest bagel hauler

In this SUV-crazy era, we don't see enough bankers’ hot rods anymore, but the mad scientists at AMG have a machine to feed the few who desire one. The 603-horsepower... read more July 3, 2018 by


 
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


 
 

 
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