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2016 Cadillac ATS-V First-Drive – BMW baiting

2016 Cadillac ATS-V First-Drive – BMW baiting

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is not your grandpa’s Caddy. Neither is it the BMW M3 or M4, despite the team responsible for the sedan and coupe duo admitting that the Bavarians were the primary target. V-Series has been Cadillac’s sledgehammer retort to German Autobahn-bruisers since 2004, and the ATS-V is the third generation of car to wear the badge. It’s straightforward in principle: take an existing Caddy, put it on a diet, slam a beefy engine under the hood, and market it as American power. Now, for the first time, the V-Series line is splitting, and it’s doing so in a mighty interesting way.

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Lexus RC 350 F SPORT Review – Wolf’s Clothing

Lexus RC 350 F SPORT Review – Wolf’s Clothing

When you're driving a bright orange Lexus RC 350 F SPORT, you quickly realize two things. First, that even when you're in laid-back San Francisco, people are going to stare, even if they’ll try to make it look like they’re not interested. Second, that nobody is going to let you out of junctions or to merge in their lane (though they'll often match your speed, just ahead or behind of you, so that they can peer at the badge; Lexus is still more associated with sensible - maybe staid - sedans than outlandishly swoopy coupes). Like the RC 350 F SPORT itself, relationships on the road are complicated.

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Audi Prologue allroad previews wireless hybrid charging

Audi Prologue allroad previews wireless hybrid charging

Audi has added a third model to its Prologue line of luxury concepts, the Prologue allroad, a plug-in hybrid intended for adventure away from the tarmac. Borrowing the dominant grille design of the previous Prologue and Prologue Avant, as well as the long hood, the allroad opts for meatier wheel arches and sizable 22-inch wheels inside them, while driver and passengers get pre-emptive luxury with an onboard computer that not only recognizes who's getting in, but adjusts the seats and climate control to their preconfigured preferences.

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Rolls-Royce unveils Project Cullinan SUV engineering mule

Rolls-Royce unveils Project Cullinan SUV engineering mule

Last February, luxury car maker Rolls-Royce surprised the automobile industry by declaring that it will be dipping its toes into the SUV segment, though of course it prefers not to call it that. Dubbed Project Cullinan, this "Effortless Everywhere" all-terrain motor car would be poised to take on the Bentley Bentayga in almost everything, probably including the price. Fast-forward two months later, Rolls-Royce is giving the public a peek at the first step in that new dream, an engineering mule that will kickstart the development and testing phase of the SUV all-terrain motor car.

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This insane SUV is what happens when Range Rover lets loose

This insane SUV is what happens when Range Rover lets loose

Picture the scene: you're filthy rich, addicted to luxury, and have a secret ambition to drive around the automotive equivalent of a stately home/battleship hybrid. Just for you, Range Rover has whipped the SVAutobiography out of the garage, the pinnacle of both the marque's premium SUV line, and of its Special Vehicle Operations customs division. Differentiating itself from not only rivals but its own, more affordable siblings by virtue of flexibility, the true meaning of SVAutobiography is being able to get as luxurious - or ridiculous - as your wallet might allow.

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Devil in the Details: Up close with Lincoln’s Continental Concept

Devil in the Details: Up close with Lincoln’s Continental Concept

When you're resurrecting a name most associated with pampered land-yachts of the 60s and 70s, you can either fight it or - as Lincoln has with the new Continental Concept - embrace it, shag pile and all. A vision in navy blue and chrome, the meaty sedan previews, so the Lincoln Motor Company says, next year's production Continental, undoubtedly shedding some of the more outlandish features in favor of commercial viability. That'll be a shame, though, since as I discovered at the New York Auto Show today, what the Continental Concept excels at is detailing.

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Inside CT6: The Cadillac putting German luxe on notice

Inside CT6: The Cadillac putting German luxe on notice

It's hard to overstate quite how important the 2016 CT6 is to Cadillac. Absent for some time from the full-size luxury segment, Cadillac needs a flagship that can not only take on BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and others in features, but convince drivers that its brand of American Luxury deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the Germans. And while toothy BMW-baiting monsters like the CTS-V may fill a niche, there's nothing like a vast uber-luxe sedan to make your case.

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This is the 2016 Lexus RX

This is the 2016 Lexus RX

Lexus has taken the wraps off of the 2016 RX, its all-new update to the best-selling luxury SUV. Revealed at the New York International Auto Show today, the new car pushes Lexus' distinctive design language, with a huge, angular grille, "floating roof", and more aggressive stance. Inside, meanwhile, there's a greater focus on safety and infotainment, with Lexus pushing down the cost of adding on things like smart cruise control and pedestrian-spotting.

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Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

Lincoln Continental Concept quietly sneaks in luxury

While others make a great noise about their latest, greatest, and most luxurious, Lincoln is of the opposite mindset. It believes that luxury isn't loud, obnoxious, or in your face but one that is quietly just that: luxurious. That is the statement and the gamble that the car maker is willing to make with the return of the Lincoln Continental, not as a final version but as a concept preview of what is to come. Somewhat ironically, due to the name's history, the revelation is causing some noise in the automobile world.

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Aston Martin on ICE: James Bond for a Day with American Express by Invitation Only

Aston Martin on ICE: James Bond for a Day with American Express by Invitation Only

Traveling can be hard enough without having to worry about booking flights, hotels and planning out what or where to eat. If you’re the type that’s used to the high life or simply prefer to have someone else do the heavy lifting when it comes to making travel plans, then the American Express Platinum card is worth considering. More than just a credit card, I’ve been finding that the services and benefits included when you have it in your wallet are worth their weight in platinum.

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