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The Rezvani Beast Alpha’s crazy doors almost overshadow its speed

The Rezvani Beast Alpha’s crazy doors almost overshadow its speed

The LA Auto Show isn't short on high-powered automotive madness, but few can quite reach the excesses - and exclusivity - of the bizarre 2017 Rezvani Beast Alpha. Handiwork of the Orange County, California based automaker startup which has put extreme performance as its primary goal, the Beast Alpha takes the open-top Beast of 2015 and gives it a power and styling upgrade. That includes doors that could put gullwings to shame.

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2017 MINI Cooper Countryman hits the hybrid big-time at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman hits the hybrid big-time at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show

There's money to be made in crossovers and SUVs, which means the newest MINI feels no shame about getting a bit bigger around the waist. The 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman is the largest model yet from the brand better know for building tiny retro-mobiles than full-fledged people movers, but it comes at a time when the Mini family is maturing into a more fully-featured line-up interestd in more than just stylish subcompacts.

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All hail Mercedes-AMG’s E 63 S 4MATIC+, the anti-Tesla

All hail Mercedes-AMG’s E 63 S 4MATIC+, the anti-Tesla

With Tesla squeezing even more performance out of the Model S today, it's never been a better time to be an electric speed-addict, but what if your tastes lean more toward the Death Star than the plucky eco-resistance? The devils at Mercedes-AMG have just the answer, in the shape of the company's most powerful E-Class sedan ever. Dubbed the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, it's 612 horsepower of fossil fuel burning magic.

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Bucking trends, Acura reveals vision of tomorrow’s dashboard

Bucking trends, Acura reveals vision of tomorrow’s dashboard

A concept car might be an eye-catching flight of fancy, but considering most of our time is spent inside our cars, concept interiors like Acura's Precision Cockpit are arguably more important. Revealed at the LA Auto Show today, the carless-concept is the fruit of single team responsible for materials, design, and software as Acura readies itself for an increasingly-connected, often-autonomous future. It's also the Japanese premium car company's opportunity to school rivals on just how dashboard interaction should behave.

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Tesla Model S P100D improves 0-60 times with incoming software update

Tesla Model S P100D improves 0-60 times with incoming software update

It looks like Tesla's Model S P100D, which captured attention back in August for its ridiculous capabilities, is about to get faster. In a tweet today, Elon Musk said that a software update coming next month will shave some time off of the P100D's already impressive 0 to 60 and 1/4 mile times. If there was ever a question before, it can now be laid to rest: Yes, you are indeed living in the future.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is kinda ridiculous

The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is kinda ridiculous

When you already have some of the most luxurious drop-tops in your line-up, how do you elevate open-air motoring to live up to the Maybach name? That's the challenge the Mercedes-Maybach team set itself, and the answer comes with this, the S 650 Cabriolet, at the LA Auto Show 2016. Hitting production in painfully small numbers, it's the hyper-luxe version of the S-Class convertible.

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America is finally ready for the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback

America is finally ready for the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback

Sometimes America gets what it wants, and sometimes it has to wait. In the case of the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback, the US launch has been some time coming. Fresh to the LA Auto Show 2016 this week, the slope-backed five-door coupes are finally making the jump from Europe.

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Now Alfa Romeo has an SUV, and we have so many questions

Now Alfa Romeo has an SUV, and we have so many questions

Alfa Romeo may not be the first automaker you associate with an SUV, but the crossover craze waits for no-one and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the result. Launched today at the LA Auto Show, the luxury SUV takes the styling of the Giulia sedan and inflates it for the elevated driving position crossover fans lust after. Of course, since this is an Alfa we're talking about, there's a performance option for those with speed in mind.

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2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO First Drive: A modest performance proposal

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO First Drive: A modest performance proposal

It seems like only a month or so ago that I was behind the wheel of the new 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo, the first forced-induction version of the Japanese brand's volume-selling compact sedan. Flash-forward to the eve of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, and here I am again, hand on the six-speed shifter of yet another turbocharged Sentra - this one bearing the NISMO badge.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 introduces all-new DSSV suspension technology

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 introduces all-new DSSV suspension technology

Need proof that GM is serious about its mid-size pickup program? Look no further than the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the first real counter-punch to Toyota's popular Tacoma TRD Off-Road truck to have been produced by the domestic brand. The Colorado ZR2, which will hit showrooms as a 2017 model, goes beyond merely butching up the suspension and adding fender flares - it actually introduces brand new technology under the chassis that has yet to see the light of day in a pickup platform.

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Aston Martin Vanquish S boosts power, style & eye-watering price

Aston Martin Vanquish S boosts power, style & eye-watering price

As good ideas go, taking what's acknowledged as one of the most beautiful Super GT cars and making it more powerful, even better looking, and more refined can't really be argued with. Figure us to be fans of the new Aston Martin Vanquish S, then, freshly announced for the LA Auto Show this week. It now musters up to 592 HP, and the British automaker promises that power will be delivered more smoothly and promptly than before.

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2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid priced up for eco-luxury next year

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid priced up for eco-luxury next year

Cadillac has taken the wraps off its newest electrified car, and after the underwhelming reception to the ELR, it's taking no chances this time around. The 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is set to hit North American dealerships in the spring of next year, taking the previously-released and well-received CT6 sedan as its basis, and then throwing in an electric powertrain. Together, the gas and electric systems are good for over 400 miles of range.

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