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2015 Chrysler 300 first-drive – HEMI Hero

2015 Chrysler 300 first-drive – HEMI Hero

Brash, bold, and anything but banal: when it comes to "American Luxury", the Chrysler 300 epitomizes it perhaps better than anything else. Finding favor over the past decade among rappers and suburbanites alike, its combination of Baby-Bentley styling, meaty engine options, and relatively affordable luxe mean the 300 has set out a clear stall of Chrysler's approach to the full-size sedan space. With drivers more mature, however, and expectations tougher than ever, the 2015 300 has a careful line to follow: the bruising attitude drivers lust after, paired with the cosseting they secretly covet. I cranked up the Beats Audio to find out if the new 300 is Kingpin or Klonopin.

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Lamborghini’s latest Aventador has a rubber obsession

Lamborghini’s latest Aventador has a rubber obsession

What the world needs, Lamborghini has decided, is an Aventador with a pinstripe. Thus we have this, the Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition, a special series celebrating not only the Italian supercar's 700 HP power, but the role Pirelli tires have played in getting all that power down to the road over the years. Set to hit forecourts for a lucky few drivers in early summer 2015, the new cars - available in Coupé and Roadster forms - keeps the V12 of the "regular" Aventador, but dresses it up in a sharp new suit with two-tone color scheme.

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Gresso Regal coats Android phone with gold and titanium

Gresso Regal coats Android phone with gold and titanium

If you think that your smartphone, despite having a price tag enough to ransom a crown, isn't yet fit for royalty, then Gresso's new line of luxurious, and expensive, smartphones might fit the bill. Aptly named the Regal Black Edition, these three smartphones boast of a skeleton of titanium for strength, a coating of PVD for blackest black, and an insert of gold for bling. Happily, the expected exorbitant price tag is worth the cost with the Gresso Regal boasting of rather high-end hardware.

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Cadillac reveals digital rear-view mirror for CT6 luxe-sedan

Cadillac reveals digital rear-view mirror for CT6 luxe-sedan

Cadillac is readying a digital rear-view mirror for its upcoming flagship sedan, the 2016 Cadillac CT6, delivering a wide-angle view of what's going on behind the car to an LCD built into the mirror. The system, set to land next year, will pair a super-wide LCD with an HD camera mounted on the rear of the CT6, and allow the driver to switch between a traditional mirror and a digital version with roughly four-times the coverage with a lever underneath. It's not the first time we've seen a big car firm flirt with such a system, but it could well be the first to be officially offered in the US.

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Mercedes-Maybach prices up its uber-luxe S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach prices up its uber-luxe S-Class

What price ridiculous luxury? If it's Mercedes-Maybach on the trunk lid, then now we know for sure, with Mercedes-Benz putting official figures on the sticker for its range-topping luxo-barges. Announced at the LA Auto Show in November, the Mercedes-Maybach once again resurrected the storied German marque, but this time around as a set of highly-customized, stretched S-Class variants, equipped with more leather, more tech, more wood, and more metal, and then dispatched to the wind tunnels to ensure they're the quietest cars for passengers in the all-important back seats. As you might expect, then, that sort of refinement isn't going to be cheap, but there's a surprise there too.

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Lamborghini 88 Tauri luxury smartphone gets official

Lamborghini 88 Tauri luxury smartphone gets official

Joining the growing list of luxurious smartphones with equally luxurious price tags. Lamborghini is launching its new 88 Tauri smartphone before this month, and this year, is over. Sporting the usual mix of quality materials and a design that speaks of its makers' particularly identity, Lamborghini cars in this case, the 88 Tauri boasts not only looks but also the muscle that might very well make this smartphone worth its salt and its price. At least for those who can afford it.

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Cadillac CT6 will ape the Germans as it ignores them

Cadillac CT6 will ape the Germans as it ignores them

Cadillac will reveal its new CT6 range-topping luxury sedan in April at the New York Auto Show, kicking off an ambitious relaunch that will see the firm simultaneously ape and distance itself from German marques. The Cadillac CT6 - which will be inspired by the 2013 Elmiraj concept, though be a four-door rather than a coupe - will be the GM division's own interpretation of what American automotive luxury means, but according to new marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus, it'll never actually describe it as such.

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Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has outed a freshly-fettled car from its AMG tuning division, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, following up the LA Auto Show last week with its striking Mercedes-AMG GT S. Putting power and a trunk together, the five-door has a 2-liter BlueDIRECT four-cylinder turbo engine with 360 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque, and will do 0-60 mph in 4.7s. It's electronically limited to 155 mph, mind, just to stop you from rattling your IKEA purchases to pieces.

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Don’t expect a cheap Lexus any time soon

Don’t expect a cheap Lexus any time soon

Lexus has poured cold water on the idea of a sub-$30k car to expand its appeal in the entry-level luxury space, arguing it has no intentions of following Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and others in courting more price-conscious buyers. "What you'll see is us not heading downstream," Jeff Bracken, US general manager for Lexus, said this week, "but heading upstream," arguing that while there were rich pickings to be had amid those looking to trade-up to a Lexus on a budget, it wouldn't do the brand's overall positioning any good.

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Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Nobody quite does luxury and performance like Bentley. The company's legacy of Bentley Boys, flogging their supercharged cars from road race to road race in the 1920s, has been given the knowing nod by special-edition cars from the marque for decades now, but never quite so comprehensively as the 2015 Mulsanne Speed. Taking the flagship spot at the top of Bentley's range, and doing so with no shortage of style, performance, and better-then-first-class accommodation, it's not only powerful but packs a serious degree of tech behind the several hides-worth of leather. I hid my press badge and pretended there was more than just dust in my wallet to find out more at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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