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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat first-drive

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat first-drive

Before I tell you about my driving experience with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, I’m just going to get this off my chest: this is one powerful, fast and, yes, chest-poundingly badass car. Your knee-jerk reaction might be “holy cow, $60k+ is a lot for a Challenger!” While that might be true, for a car even Dodge’s own CEO describes as a “science project”, in many respects the 700 HP Lamborghini Aventador I drove months ago was equally badass, but how many of us have got half-a-mil to drop on a supercar? From that perspective, the Challenger gives you the performance, a great looking car, creature comfort driver-focused cockpit and a decent fuel economy. But that’s now what you care about. You want to hear how the Hellcat roars.

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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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This is the incredible car Bugatti built to honor its founder

This is the incredible car Bugatti built to honor its founder

When it's time to build one final model for a super-exclusive series of already rarefied cars, and bearing the name of your esteemed company founder no less, you have to go big or don't go there at all, which probably explains why Bugatti's latest Veyron costs $3.14m. Sixth and arguably most-special car in the "Les Légendes de Bugatti" line-up, the last car is being dedicated to Ettore Bugatti with the sort of excesses the company he created is now known for.

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Infiniti’s Q50 can drive itself (so this driver rode shotgun)

Infiniti’s Q50 can drive itself (so this driver rode shotgun)

Fresh from the road-safety division of the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" department, a self-driving example of how our cars are certainly smarter than ever. Infiniti's Q50 has, like many luxury sedans of the moment, a host of driver assistance aids that can collectivity keep the car in lane, maintain pace with surrounding traffic, and generally mimic some of what Google and others are working on for autonomous vehicles. That encouraged one tester to switch on the tech and then jump out of the driver's seat.

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Would you ditch your car for Uber?

Would you ditch your car for Uber?

Uber isn't the only ride-sharing service available, but it is the one most drastically pushing for you to get rid of your car. Demonstrating this is the company's latest effort to lure in new users: UberPool, a beta program in San Francisco where users can double-up on rides and get a 40-percent discount as a result. In a blog post yesterday announcing the beta, Uber pointed out reasons besides I need a ride that users might opt for the service, and at the heart of it all was one large notion: that we'd do well in getting rid of our cars.

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