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2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

Things were not off to a good start in "Operation Impress the In-Laws". The Jaguar XJ I had expected, and which promised ample long wheelbase accommodation for their legs, was no longer arriving; instead, Jaguar's brand new 2017 XE R-Sport, the automaker's entry-level sports sedan and rival to the BMW 3 Series, was on its way. My extended family may not be especially swayed by brand cachet, but could the smallest Jag be too compact a kitty to keep four adults happy?

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Mercedes-Maybach’s latest is a limo for paranoid pampered plutocrats

Mercedes-Maybach’s latest is a limo for paranoid pampered plutocrats

Mercedes-Maybach has rolled out the must-have wheels for the paranoid plutocrat, with a new, fully-armored version of its lengthy Pullman limousine. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard takes the 6.5m long - that's more than 21 feet - car and gives it the sort of toughness upgrade you'd expect to find in President Obama's Beast.

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Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

At a time when manual gearboxes in the US are more commonly associated with base-trim cars, Audi is bucking the trend with a version of the 2017 A4 that eschews the automatic. The company has confirmed that there'll be a manual A4 quattro in its model year 2017 line-up, with a redesigned six-speed gearbox that promises to be both smoother and faster than the outgoing version.

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

Nestling in-between the Flying Spur V8 - which is as "entry level" as a Bentley sedan gets - and the W12-engined original, the new 2017 Flying Spur V8 S is all about eager affordability. Feel free to put as many air-quotes around "affordability" as it takes to stomach the $205,000 starting price, drop your weary, wealthy body into the supple leather seats, and try to get with the old-school charm.

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2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

Audi's Q3 baby premium SUV is getting a makeover, with a sharper design that borrows cues from its Q7 big brother, as well as a more sporting S line version. Expected to hit dealer forecourts from fall 2016, the 2017 Q3 has bolder crease-lines and a more aggressive grille, and there's a new Q3 S line competition model added to the line-up.

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The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

Volvo has taken the wraps off its latest luxury car, the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, a beefed-up, ruggedized version of its new V90 wagon. Like the S90 and V90, the new car is a particularly Swedish take on luxury - plenty of leather and open-pore black walnut wood - but, unlike its siblings, the Cross Country specification increases ground clearance by 2.5-inches to 8.3-inches.

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

Porsche is running full-steam-ahead with the all-new Panamera, unveiling its latest gas/electric version of the four-door, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Set to make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month, the new car may have green credentials but it hasn't lost its spark: Porsche is claiming 462 horsepower overall, and a top speed of 172 mph.

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Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

If the rough definition of karma is "what goes around, comes around" then Karma Automotive picked an excellent name for its Revero luxury hybrid, the rebirth of the loved-but-flawed Fisker. After snapping up the gas-electric leftovers from Fisker's demise in early 2014, the new company has taken the wannabe Tesla rival and brought it back up to date, preserving the distinctive - and still fresh - design but revamping powertrain, tech, and more.

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Michael Kors Access Android Wear smartwatches finally launch

Michael Kors Access Android Wear smartwatches finally launch

At Baselworld 2016, famed luxury accessory maker Michael Kors revealed that it was getting knee deep into the fusion of fashion and wearable technoloy. Dubbed “Michael Kors Access”, the new line was unveiled featuring activity trackers and, of course, smartwatches. Half a year later, these luxury timepieces are now available for purchase. Dubbed Dylan and Bradshaw, these Android Wear promise not just the latest notifications and health tracking, they also deliver good looks to match. For a price, of course.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 Review: More modern, less muscle

2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 Review: More modern, less muscle

If you're in the luxury game, the pressure to build high performance editions of almost every model in your line-up is a strong one. Most premium brands pursue volume as aggressively as possible, extending their reach into every conceivable niche to create a balance of both divine (Audi RS7) and strange (BMW X6 M) bedfellows. After replacing its longtime SLK nameplate with the new SLC roadster, Mercedes-Benz turns its hot rodding skills to the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and continues its tradition of dumping a big engine in a small car - with a few important twists.

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New Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous hits 0-60 in 2.5s

New Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous hits 0-60 in 2.5s

Tesla has taken the wraps off its fastest electric car yet, the new Tesla Model S P100D, capable of hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and only bested by Ferrari and Porsche's hottest models. The Model S P100D packs a 100 kWh battery, the largest Tesla has offered and, the automaker claims, offering the longest range of any production electric vehicle.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Review

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Review

Ambition gurgles at the core of Cadillac, but it takes more than bold words and marketing promise to make a car that gives the Germans sleepless nights. On the one hand you have the CT6, a smartly designed walk through what "American luxury" means to the modern driver, while on the other you have this, the 2016 ATS-V Sedan, a fire-breathing assault on contemporary classics like the BMW M3.

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