Cars

Mercedes-Benz’s S 65 AMG Coupe ladles excess for a quarter-million

Mercedes-Benz’s S 65 AMG Coupe ladles excess for a quarter-million

Mercedes-Benz loves its V12 engines, and the potent powerplant has found itself another suitable home under the lengthy hood of the S 65 AMG Coupé, a monstrous 6-liter biturbo beast pushing out 630 HP. Limited to 155 mph, and capable of doing the 0-60 mph dash in just 4.1 seconds, the S 65 AMG replaces the CL 65 AMG for V12 purists, combining 738 lb-ft of torque with a cosseting cabin.

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Smart teases new tiny car, takes jab at big vehicles

Smart teases new tiny car, takes jab at big vehicles

Smart, maker of the tiny Fortwo cars, has a new model up its sleeve, and to tease its existence, the manufacturer has released a long promotional video for just the opposite: a giant Smart Car that towers amongst its road-bound brethren, offering such perks as "Eco Empathy" and the ability to drive everywhere backwards.

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2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

The 2015 Lexus NX isn’t your accountant’s Lexus. Aggressively designed, and breaking new ground for Lexus with its first turbocharged engine, the new NX attempts to distill what has worked for the RX into a package more appealing to hip urbanites, young families, and those who might more regularly find mountain bikes in their trunk than Whole Foods bags. True to recent form, there’s even a warmed-up F SPORT version to offset the hybrid worthiness just a little. The NX doesn’t hit the US officially until the end of this year, but I grabbed some early time behind the wheel to see how it’s shaping up.

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BMW and Mercedes team on wireless car charging

BMW and Mercedes team on wireless car charging

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are teaming up on wireless car charging, pushing a super-efficient way of refueling EVs like the BMW i8 and the Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid simply by parking over a certain spot on your driveway. The system, which the two German marques hope to get accepted as the de-facto standard for wireless car recharging, promises a cut in charge times without the hassle of having to regularly plug in: BMW says the batteries in its i8 supercar, for instance, can be topped up in under two hours.

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Jaguar Land Rover wants to keep information at eye level

Jaguar Land Rover wants to keep information at eye level

Automaker Jaguar Land Rover wants to make driving safer by keeping drivers from having to take their eyes off the road even to look down at their dashboards. Somewhat ironically, it plans to do this by putting such vital pieces of information on the car's windshield itself, developing what it calls a Virtual Windscreen.

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This self-cleaning car tech could change everything

This self-cleaning car tech could change everything

Rich chocolate syrup on a pure white car would usually be the trigger for a trip to the detailing shop, but this time around there's something different: like the black oil from the X-Files, the syrup beads up and oozes off the edge of the hood, leaving no trace that it was ever there. Nissan's calling it "the World's Cleanest Car," but there's more to this special Leaf EV than a fetching matte paint-job.

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