Author Archives: Mike Juergens


How the BMW M8 GTE got its track teeth

How the BMW M8 GTE got its track teeth

When you're looking to kick butt and take names with your brand new race car, you need to go big: that's why BMW chose the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona to unveil its latest motorsport creation, the M8 GTE. The culmination of several years of development by both the M8 product team and BMW motorsports, it's not been an easy path to the race track, but it's already looking like it was worth it.

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2019 VW Arteon upscale sedan makes US debut

2019 VW Arteon upscale sedan makes US debut

Volkswagen chose the Chicago Auto Show to launch their 2019 Arteon into the US market, a premium four-door coupe that might give Audi pause for concern. Based on the MQB architecture, the car was originally unveiled in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show but now makes its US debut, showing off its wide, planted stance, short overhangs, and generally coupe-like design. Arteon’s wheelbase is more than 5 inches longer than the Volkswagen CC, at 111.9 inches compared to 106.7 inches, while its interior also makes use of more upscale premium materials and a more modern design.

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Inside Dakar 2018: Earth’s toughest race

Inside Dakar 2018: Earth’s toughest race

You figure out your packing priorities pretty quickly when you're given a week's notice that you're shipping out to Lima, Peru. My Dakar journey started in Boston, and this would be my first trip to South America: I had seven days to prepare to face the desert. The invite was suitably vague, just the basics that I'd be spending the night sleeping in tents in the desert a few hours from a major city. Time to cross another item off my motorsports bucket list.

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2019 Kia Forte pairs Stinger style with 35 mpg

2019 Kia Forte pairs Stinger style with 35 mpg

The new Kia Forte evolves for the third generation with design cues inspired by the Stinger, all new in-house designed and built Intelligent Variable Transmission, advanced driver assistance technology, and infotainment. Kia's aiming to move the Forte upmarket with a new design and features to evolve their best selling vehicle into something more so than a compact car that is meant for getting people from points A to B.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class first drive: From Maybach to S65 AMG

2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class first drive: From Maybach to S65 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz S Class represents the commitment to build the best car in the world, so you can't accuse the German automaker of having low ambitions. Then again, with more than four million sales of the "Sonderklasse" - or "Special Class" - and its variants under its belt since 1972, it seems there's a market out there for obsessive attention to detail and a price tag to match. That makes the 2018 S Class line-up not only important to Mercedes-Benz, but to the industry as a whole.

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Inside the Audi Design Studio

Inside the Audi Design Studio

The Design Center houses some of the essential secrets of any automaker. It’s rare that outsiders are invited inside to see the inner-workings, let alone see presentations from the designers themselves. Audi invited us to Ingolstadt to tour its new design center, and explain what exactly is involved with bringing the new A7 from idea to production, and how technology has dramatically improved that process.

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2019 Audi A7 Sportback revealed: Everything you need to know

2019 Audi A7 Sportback revealed: Everything you need to know

The new 2019 Audi A7 Sportback is an evolution, representing the automaker's latest design language and the dramatic design elements of the Prologue concept car studies. The four-door coupe raises the bar in the luxury class when it comes to the new styling, digitalization, driving experience, and interior space. It's a competitive segment, but Audi is confident the new A7 has what it takes.

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Forza Motorsport 7 Review: Any more real and you’d be paying for gas

Forza Motorsport 7 Review: Any more real and you’d be paying for gas

Forza Motorsport has managed to captivate me for twelve years now. Starting with 233 cars and 31 tracks back in 2005, the game has evolved at a rapid pace year after year. Now, with over 700 cars and 32 race environments, Forza 7 is the biggest version ever.

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The 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve has a feature all SUVs should use

The 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve has a feature all SUVs should use

Today, Nissan announces the latest addition to the Armada lineup, and it's aiming for drivers looking for luxury with their AWD. For the first time, the automaker has equipped the 2018 Armada Platinum and Platinum Reserve models with its Intelligent Rear View Mirror (I-RVM), which will be a standard-fit item on the new SUV trim. The mirror uses a high-resolution camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle to project an image onto an LCD monitor built into the standard rearview mirror.

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Inside Qualcomm’s big C-V2X plans for tomorrow’s smart cars

Inside Qualcomm’s big C-V2X plans for tomorrow’s smart cars

I’ve always felt nervous when using adaptive cruise control (ACC) on a busy highway. ACC has always left too much of a gap between my car and the lead car: even setting ACC for one car length, the minimum most automakers allow, I felt the gap would allow someone to sneak in and I was always unsure of how the system would react. But what if your car already knew that someone was thinking about sneaking into that gap before you even realized it?

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