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My Days of Thunder with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

My Days of Thunder with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder left a long-lasting impression. That was 1990 when I was a young lad of 14. Fast forward to the present day and I survived my own day of thunder at the Daytona International Speedway, driving the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus at ridiculous speeds and – through a combination of car and maybe luck - living to tell the tale.

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The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe is the 6 Series to have

The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe is the 6 Series to have

Once you accept the conceit that a 'coupe' is simply a styling concept and not a rigid term that's been co-opted to describe the number of doors grafted on to a given automobile, it becomes much easier to navigate the world of German luxury. The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe simply has more arms to hold you than the more traditional 6 Series coupe we reviewed earlier this year, and in the world of premium cars, more is always better.

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Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

With the age of autonomous and AI-assisted driving quickly approaching, high-end car manufacturers are now considering how their passengers will be entertained and made more comfortable. Mercedes' concept features seats that swing around to face each other, while BMW envisions using the windshield as an augmented reality display. Bentley, on the other hand, seems to be toying with a concept of the ultimate luxury: a holographic butler to take care of passengers' needs.

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Mercedes’ New York showing is anything but subtle

Mercedes’ New York showing is anything but subtle

Most automakers bring one new model to the New York International Auto Show; Mercedes-Benz brought three. Whether indecision or simply being blessed with a surfeit of choice, the trio of three-pointed stars runs a range from potent convertible, through unusual crossover, to a luxury sedan that promises to be anything but restrained.

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BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

You wait an age for a stupidly-powerful, ridiculously-luxurious, vast Bavarian sports sedan, and then two come along at the same time. Sharing the spotlight at the New York International Auto Show today are two takes on the same car: BMW's tech-blessed 7 Series. On the one hand there's Alpina's 2017 B7, an independent take on the high-end sedan.

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2017 Acura MDX borrows NSX’s slick Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2017 Acura MDX borrows NSX’s slick Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Acura's luxury SUV, the MDX, has had a nose job, with the 2017 MDX showing off its new look at the New York International Auto Show 2016 today. The polish also includes some work under the hood, with a new hybrid powertrain that, so Acura is predicting, will add 7mpg to the 2017 MDX's economy figures.

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The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is peak selfie-magnet

The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is peak selfie-magnet

You might think that a regular Rolls-Royce would be the pinnacle of crowd-pleasing, but you'd be wrong. For that, you need to look to the automaker's newest designer label, Black Badge, and the epitome of selfie motivation, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith.

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Lincoln Navigator Concept says gullwing doors are “quiet luxury”

Lincoln Navigator Concept says gullwing doors are “quiet luxury”

Gullwing doors, an imposing on-road presence, and a brand new powertrain... no, not the Tesla Model X, but Lincoln's astonishingly outlandish Navigator Concept. Wheeled out at the New York International Auto Show this week, the vast SUV previews the next generation of Navigator and the vision of "quiet luxury" that the automaker believes its drivers - and their passengers - deserve.

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2016 Lexus RX 350 FWD Review

2016 Lexus RX 350 FWD Review

It's easy to coast when you're in first place, but in the fiercely contested SUV segment it's also a recipe for disaster. Lexus has been sitting pretty at the top of the luxury SUV pile for years now - a class of car the Japanese marque is keen to remind you that it invented, no less - and so expectations for the 2016 RX are understandably high. Anything less than best-foot-forward isn't an option.

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Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing to make world’s fastest car

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing to make world’s fastest car

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have just made public an alliance to build the world’s foremost land-missile on four wheels. Hyper-hyper car? What can you call it exactly? There are cars, and then there are sports cars. Going up the chain, the most advanced sports cars reach that upper echelon, and achieve supercar status. But there is one level higher, still. Or was, until today.

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Samsung, de GRISOGONO to make a luxurious Gear S2 smartwatch

Samsung, de GRISOGONO to make a luxurious Gear S2 smartwatch

If you thought that Samsung is over its jewelry obsession, better think again. It may have curiously skipped Swarovski this time around, but this diamond-laden smartwatch isn't going to be less luxurious. Or expensive for that matter. This time, Samsung has partnered with famed jewelry and watchmaker de GRISOGONO to co-create, not merely co-brand, Samsung insists, a special, limited-edition Samsung Gear S2. Naturally, this is more a fashion statement than a simple smartwatch, blending the latest in wearable technology with some of the most luxurious materials and stones in the fashion world.

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Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 gives midsize SUV a V6 biturbo boost

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 gives midsize SUV a V6 biturbo boost

Mercedes-AMG, the Germany automaker's purveyor of roasting hot, amped-up Autobahn destroyers, has been on a roll of late, and like the cars that sport its badge it's showing no signs of slowing. Latest is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, the first midsize SUV to get the AMG tuning treatment, and promising blistering performance while still delivering legitimate off-road abilities.

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