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2018 Audi Sport RS 3 first drive: a 4-door, 174 mph speed-demon

2018 Audi Sport RS 3 first drive: a 4-door, 174 mph speed-demon

For nearly twenty years, Audi Sport was known as quattro GmBH, but with cars like the 2018 RS 3 the performance division is embracing its more public persona. There’s brand equity in “Audi”, and Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s CEO is under no illusion about how much potential that has for his line-up of unusual, rip-roaring cars. Winkelmann’s next job, he tells me, is to bring the brand to a whole new level.

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Man uses Raspberry Pi to turn car into Mario Kart 64 controller

Man uses Raspberry Pi to turn car into Mario Kart 64 controller

One Chevy Volt owner has gotten creative with his car, using a variety of tech and a bit of know-how to turn the vehicle into a big, expensive controller for Mario Kart 64. The entire creation involves a Raspberry Pi connected to a laptop running an emulator, as well as to the car’s OBD-II port. Everything runs perfectly, though controlling the game involves using the windshield wipers and flashing the headlights.

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Transforming Hum Rider is a sweet but cruel Verizon ad stunt

Transforming Hum Rider is a sweet but cruel Verizon ad stunt

Imagine being able to escape congested roads by simply “jumping” over other cars. A “viral” video going around the Internet seems to make that dream a reality. The good news, it’s actually a real, flesh and blood, or rather steel and rubber, car. The bad news, there’s only one such car in existence. The worse news: it’s a specially designed and customized Jeep Cherokee that was made for one purpose and one purpose alone. Advertise Verizon Telematics’ Hum system.

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Fuel Cell Safety: Why hydrogen cars like Honda’s Clarity are safe

Fuel Cell Safety: Why hydrogen cars like Honda’s Clarity are safe

"Will it explode?" isn't the question Honda dealers want to be answering about the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell, but hydrogen's tricky history means they'll probably hear it more than once. Fuel cell engines are faintly magical in science terms, taking hydrogen, converting it into electricity, and then emitting nothing but water as a waste product. Problem is, say "hydrogen" and many people hear "Hindenburg".

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2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell First Drive: Hydrogen Hero

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell First Drive: Hydrogen Hero

Strange new hydrogen fuel; same reassuring Honda experience. That's the equation the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is counting on for success, a four-door premium sedan straddling the cutting edge of propulsion and the familiarity behind the wheel that the automaker is known for. Not a science experiment, or an ecological hair-shirt, but simply guilt-free driving with nothing but pure water coming out of its hidden tailpipe.

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Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

If you're desperate to own a Tesla, on a budget, and can't wait for the Model 3's scheduled release later this year, you better act fast. The iconic electric car-maker has revealed that it's discontinuing the Model S that comes with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery, in other words its cheapest vehicle currently available. The Model S 60kWh has a starting price of $68,000, but once this goes away the lowest-priced option will be the 75kWh version for $74,500 before any tax incentives.

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Uber’s testing with autonomous cars has been a little bumpy

Uber’s testing with autonomous cars has been a little bumpy

Uber has been testing semi-autonomous vehicles in a handful of cities for a few months now, but a new report suggests that its tests aren't exactly going smooth. While issues are to be expected with any sort of testing phase, the data we're seeing today suggests that Uber is having a hard time making significant progress. This, in turn, could prevent Uber from rolling out a fleet of autonomous vehicles within the timeframe it has envisioned.

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5 things you need to know about driving the 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV off-road

5 things you need to know about driving the 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV off-road

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is more than just the latest family-friendly luxury SUV from the British brand. It also goes above and beyond when it comes to tackling off-road terrain that would have most other sport-utility vehicles in its class breaking out the maps to try to find a paved road around. That the Discovery is so effective on road and off, without compromising daily driving comfort, is an impressive accomplishment, and also a big part of what differentiates Land Rover from its rivals Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

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Lotus Elise Sprint goes back to lightweight basics

Lotus Elise Sprint goes back to lightweight basics

Lotus was always a proponent of the "simplify, then add lightness" school of car design, preferring to focus on weight rather than just shoehorn in more power. Still, though the British automaker was more removed than most from the trends of the car industry, the Elise gradually became better equipped and, as a result, heavier. Now, there's a new Elise Sprint edition, which takes Lotus right back to founding principles.

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2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring Review: The Charm Wagon

2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring Review: The Charm Wagon

Is the 2017 Subaru Outback a crossover, an SUV, or - heaven forfend - a wagon? The jacked-up, load-toting version of the Legacy station wagon, the Outback may be hard to pigeon-hole but that hasn't stopped it selling. Indeed, you could well find yourself questioning the crossover craze by the end of your drive.

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Lucid Motors’ Air price confirmed as EV maker puts BMW on notice

Lucid Motors’ Air price confirmed as EV maker puts BMW on notice

We knew Lucid Motors' Air was going to come in a super-exclusive, super-expensive configuration, but now the electric car company has spilled the details on its cheapest model. Unveiled back in December 2016, the Air is the first vehicle to use Lucid's modular electric powertrain. A luxury sedan, it'll go head-to-head not only with EV heavyweight Tesla, but BMW and Mercedes-Benz, too.

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The Jaguar I-PACE got loose, and even British weather can’t overshadow it

The Jaguar I-PACE got loose, and even British weather can’t overshadow it

Somebody let the big electric cat off its leash. The Jaguar I-PACE isn't expected to roll into dealerships until the second half of 2018, but the British car company couldn't resist taking it for a spin - in prototype form, at least - on the public roads on its home turf. Turns out, even grim, overcast London can't cast too much of a shadow on what's set to be Jaguar's most important car in decades.

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