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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Nothing exceeds like excess

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Review: Nothing exceeds like excess

When is 'more' simply 'too much?' That's the question I found myself asking again and again from behind the wheel of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, a luxury sport sedan seemingly so intent on occupying extremes that I wouldn’t be surprised if its Italian masters came out with a Vanilla Ice Signature Edition further down the line. Chugging Mountain Dew and challenging horses to straight-line tests of speed from the back of a sport bike might not be in the Quadrifoglio's repertoire, but this sultry turbocharged weapon alternately frustrated or frightened me nearly every time I picked it up, no matter how longingly my eyes caressed its outrageous curves.

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Toyota-backed flying car to carry 2020 Olympics torch bearer

Toyota-backed flying car to carry 2020 Olympics torch bearer

Even while most car makers are still settling down on the self-driving car trend, Japanese automaker Toyota is already settings its eyes on the skies. And waters as well. Yes, Toyota is getting into the flying car craze that is slowly coming out of the woodwork. And although it’s very late to the game, it has set for itself a rather ambitious goal: carrying the torch for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Given its first outdoor test flight, it’s going to need all the help it can get.

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5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is the first legitimate challenger to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro's all-terrain dominance since the latter hit the scene as a 2015 model. While in the past the Nissan Frontier PRO-4X and the Colorado Z71 each upped the ante of what was possible in a mid-size pickup once the pavement disappeared, they were truly competitors to the more modest Tacoma TRD Off-Road, with the TRD Pro representing a higher level of capability.

Check out these 5 things you need to know about the Colorado ZR2 and see if it's enough to sway you from choosing Toyota's strong-selling mid-size marvel.

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The 2018 Focus RS Limited Edition is a Ford fan’s wishlist come true

The 2018 Focus RS Limited Edition is a Ford fan’s wishlist come true

How do you make the Ford Focus RS better? Ford decided the easiest way to do that was to ask its most vocal fans what they wanted to see, and the result is this, the 2018 Limited-Edition Focus RS. Set to be produced in vanishingly small numbers, it's the culmination of a driver wishlist we can totally get behind.

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Linux-based AGL OS to debut in 2018 Toyota Camry

Linux-based AGL OS to debut in 2018 Toyota Camry

Google and Apple (and BlackBerry) take heed. There's a new big player in the automotive platform market and its uniting rather than dividing diverse car makers, companies, and pieces of software. More importantly, it is one that is not interested in selling user data to the highest bidders or advertisers. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the Automotive Grade Linux or AGL is preparing to prove it has just as much bite as bark and will be making its commercial debut in the 2018 Toyota Camry coming later this year.

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Cadillac is testing V2I cars that talk to traffic lights

Cadillac is testing V2I cars that talk to traffic lights

Cadillac has given its CTS luxury sedan the ability to chat with traffic lights, though the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology isn't yet on production vehicles. Instead, the automaker has been carrying out trials on cars that can communicate with city infrastructure, more specifically getting information on when the lights are likely to change. That data, Cadillac says, could make urban driving both safer and less stressful.

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Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the controversial vice president of technology who had until recently been leading the ride-sharing firm's autonomous car business. Levandowski was one of Uber's highest-profile talent grabs, joining the company after it acquired his startup, Otto, in July 2016. That prompted a lawsuit from Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo, accusing the engineer of stealing tech secrets.

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Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

What do you do when nobody is buying expensive plasma TVs any more? If you're Samsung, you reboot your plasma panel plant into a market that's far more lucrative: electric vehicle batteries. That's just what Samsung SDI, the South Korean behemoth's battery manufacturing arm, has done in Europe.

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2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible Review

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible Review

Is the Volkswagen Beetle a charming slab of four-wheel history brought back to life, or a cynical piece of modern-day memorabilia for baby boomers? On the one hand, the 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible puts a little distance between its droptop and the fairly cliched car it's based upon. Nonetheless, at around $30k are you paying more for image than anything else?

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The BMW M8 is real: Here’s what we know

The BMW M8 is real: Here’s what we know

Praise be: BMW has not only previewed the all-new 8 Series Coupe that will launch in 2018, but confirmed a BMW M8 is also headed for production. The car, shown here in early prototype form complete with hefty amounts of camouflage, will be developed in tandem with the 8 Series, BMW has announced today. Full details are scant, but we do have some very intriguing tidbits.

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Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupe

Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupe

True luxury isn't going to your nearest car dealer and buying the most expensive model on the lot: it's calling up Rolls-Royce and asking them to make you a completely unique, one-off bespoke ride. Such is the story behind this, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, the handiwork of several years of the automaker's expert designers and engineers, and a well-heeled (but currently unnamed) fan of the British marque. He wanted a racing yacht inspired coachbuilt car, entirely individual and reminiscent of the best of the automaker's projects of the 1920s and 30s.

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Watch a McLaren P1 LM crush the Nürburgring record

Watch a McLaren P1 LM crush the Nürburgring record

Prepare for some supercar tears, as a road-legal McLaren P1 LM has smashed the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record. Stealing the production car lap record crown from Lamborghini - something the Italians are unlikely to be pleased about - the exceedingly limited-edition coupe shaved not just tenths of a second but full seconds from the previous lap time of 6:52.01. Indeed, it was even faster than the vehicle which had been sitting at the top of the 'Ring times, the 1,340 HP electric NextEV Nio EP9.

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