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Cadillac ELR first-drive – Tesla gets competition

Cadillac ELR first-drive – Tesla gets competition

The Cadillac ELR is an important car for quite a few big reasons. Cadillac itself admits it has been playing catch-up in the luxury sedan market, pitching the ATS and CTS as more virile US alternatives to the typical options from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, but with the electrified ELR it's finally an opportunity to strike at a niche where the Germans aren't playing yet. Borrowing the torquey electric drive of GM's Volt but leaving behind any sort of hair-shirt eco sacrifice, it's an angular slab of luxury that, thanks to its own onboard generator, promises to be the headache-free EV discerning drivers have been waiting for. Then again, it really should be: with a sticker price just short of $76,000, the ELR is firmly in Tesla territory. We grabbed the keys of one of the very first production ELR off the line to see if Cadillac has a potential winner on its hands.

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2014 Lexus RC coupe revealed

2014 Lexus RC coupe revealed

Lexus has previewed its new RC coupe, bringing the luxury two-door up to date with its aggressive IS-style grille and borrowing plenty from the Lexus IFA sportscar. Set to be officially revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, two versions of the RC have been prepared: the RC 360 with a more traditional 3.5-liter V6 engine, and a RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-liter engine.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe gets official

BMW 2 Series Coupe gets official

BMW has officially taken the wraps off of its latest sports model, the 2 Series Coupe, promising punchy performance with a compact footprint and the promise of M Series power at the top-end. Differentiated from the existing 1 Series by its sharper cutlines, more aggressive grilles, and pronounced hood bulges, the 2 Series Coupe is also 11cm longer than its sibling, not to mention slightly wider and more aerodynamic. Under that curvaceous hood, meanwhile, will be a choice of five engines (depending on market) including the top-spec M235i Coupe pushing out 326HP and 323 lb-ft of torque from its 3-liter in-line six-cylinder with twin turbochargers.

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BMW 4 Series Convertible drops hardtop for luxury cruising

BMW 4 Series Convertible drops hardtop for luxury cruising

BMW has revealed its 4 Series Convertible, the drop-top version of the 4 Series Coupe launched earlier this year, with a retractable solid roof and an M Sport option. Wider and longer than the 3 Series Convertible, the new model will come with a choice of gas (435i or 428i) or diesel (420d) engines, location depending, for up to 306HP, though a four-wheel drive xDrive version won't be available until spring 2014.

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2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

GM has announced pricing for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, the company's luxury extended-range hybrid coupe, and despite the similarities to the Volt under the bodywork, the eco-Caddy certainly won't be cheap. The two-door will have a sticker price of $75,995 including destination charge when it hits forecourts in January 2014, excluding tax and other fees, but GM points out that tax credits of up to $7,500 could bring that down to $68,495.

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Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

High-end music component company Linn is taking on Sonos along with Apple's AirPlay and other digital streaming systems with its new Exakt speaker technology, offering lossless connectivity. The Exakt system - which Linn rather hyperbolically says evolves speakers into "intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable products" - consists of the Klimax Exakt DSM and Klimax Exakt 350 Speakers, mixing together lossless hook-ups with various digital processing systems including crossover phase correction.

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Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Toyota's best-selling hybrid car is the Prius; it's best hybrid car period could well be the Lexus GS450h F SPORT. While Toyota hybrids have capitalized on the earth-friendly, fuel-sipping potential of models like the Prius, over in the Lexus stable the addition of electric has been with more driver-friendly enhancement in mind, emphasizing the marque's legendary smooth drive with the lashings of quiet torque the technology can deliver. None represents that green madness better than the GS450h F SPORT, and so unsurprisingly we jumped at the opportunity to test out a car that had been specially shipped over to show us what the US is missing.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale teases record-setting power density

Ferrari 458 Speciale teases record-setting power density

Ferrari has revealed its latest supercar, the 458 Speciale, the Italian company's most aerodynamically-slippery model to-date, not to mention its highest power density road car. Mustering 605 HP from its 4.5-liter V8 engine, the Ferrari 458 Speciale can run the 0-62mph dash in three seconds (getting to 124mph only takes 9.1s) and can manage 1.33G of lateral force when taking corners seriously.

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Cadillac Elmiraj Concept wants to give BMW sleepless nights

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept wants to give BMW sleepless nights

Cadillac has taken the wraps off of the Elmiraj Concept, the company's latest design study, a luxury four-seater grand coupé borrowing design cues from the monstrous Ciel Concept. Over 5.2 meters long, with the sort of menacing styling Darth Vader might approve of, the Elmiraj Concept runs a 4.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 good for around 500HP, pushing its power through the rear wheels in what seems a direct - if only theoretical at present - challenge to BMW's 6-Series tourer, and wrapping the interior in backlit titanium and leather.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Class crossover SUV takes on BMW X1 in 2014

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class crossover SUV takes on BMW X1 in 2014

Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off of its latest model, the GLA Class compact SUV, aiming to take on BMW's X1 crossover both on the road and in the rough stuff. The first in the German car company's range to be available with Mercedes' new permanent all-wheel 4MATIC drive system, offering fully-variable torque distribution, the GLA will be offered in up to 2.5-liter gas or 2.2-liter diesel engines, while inside there'll be Siri integration for iPhone owners.

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