First Drive

2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 First Drive Review: When compromise is unforgivable

2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 First Drive Review: When compromise is unforgivable

The Bentley Continental GT W12 is the blueprint for a grand tourer. Handsome and effortlessly powerful, it's more than enough car to have you skip the first class cabin and take your next cross-country jaunt into your own hands. What, then, to make of the 2020 Continental GT V8? If you've come looking for compromise then you're on a fool's errand: while the engine may be smaller, the experience for more enthusiastic drivers is a whole lot bigger.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS First Drive Review: The SUV that thinks it’s an S-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS First Drive Review: The SUV that thinks it’s an S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is on an SUV rampage. After unveiling the sleek GLC crossover and GLB compact SUV, we now have the all-new iteration of the full-size GLS-Class SUV. However, this is not my first encounter with Mercedes’ new SUV. The Mercedes-Benz GLS made a splashing debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show and impressed me with its S-Class levels of refinement, build quality, and premium technology.

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2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid First Drive: Charged with Change

2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid First Drive: Charged with Change

Bentley probably isn't the first automaker you'd associate with electrification, and unsurprisingly the 2020 Bentayga Hybrid is not your typical electric SUV. The newest - and, at $156,900, most affordable - version of the company's still-mildly-controversial luxe truck, the Bentayga Hybrid arrives at the dawn of a new age for Bentley, one where green isn't just a shortened reference to "British Racing Green."

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2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition First Drive: SUVs evolved

2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition First Drive: SUVs evolved

A 503-horsepower crossover seems a little absurd when you think about it. After all, how quickly does one really need to get to Starbucks? However, the all-new 2020 BMW X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition are not your ordinary caffeine-bound crossovers. The engineers at BMW M are no strangers to the company's SUVs line: they arrived on the scene in the high-caliber SUV segment with the launch of the BMW X5 M in 2009. At the time it was the most powerful SUV in the segment with 547 HP, able to beat the competition with ease.

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2020 Lamborghini Huracan EVO First Drive: A reminder of what matters

2020 Lamborghini Huracan EVO First Drive: A reminder of what matters

Supercar top speed is a boring number. There, I said it. Of all the metrics to judge a performance vehicle by, none get quite so much attention as just how fast it will go, and none have so little relevance in everyday life as the biggest digit the speedometer can display. As the 2020 Lamborghini Huracán EVO is so eager to show you, it's how well a car corners that you should really care about.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Coupe First Drive: A hybrid for the heart

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Coupe First Drive: A hybrid for the heart

Sometimes it's the little changes which make the biggest difference, something that definitely holds true for the EQ Boost system in the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 Coupe. The newest CLS keeps the four-door-coupe styling but injects a dash of electrification, for a mild hybrid that's all about performance rather than green credentials.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Drive: More than the sum of its name

2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Drive: More than the sum of its name

The name Arteon is the culmination of the words Art & Eon. Art defines what happens when you allow your designers and engineers the freedom to create an eye-catching sculpture. Eon represents a long period of time, an homage to the timelessness and sophistication of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. Cars as art isn't a new concept, but it's usually the preserve of exotics or classics. That makes the Arteon something very different.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV First Drive: Luxury EV in motion

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV First Drive: Luxury EV in motion

Whenever a carmaker unveils a new electric car, I tend to get excited. With the seismic changes in today’s automotive industry, the introduction of a new EV is more than just the usual fanfare of presenting a new model to the public. It signifies the current direction of a particular carmaker. In the case of Mercedes-Benz, it took some time in coming up with their first all-electric vehicle. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC is the first of many to come from Stuttgart, and so naturally it has to be special. I got to drive it in rainy Norway.

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2020 Toyota Supra First Drive: Reset your expectations

2020 Toyota Supra First Drive: Reset your expectations

The 2020 Toyota Supra faces a tough audience. Fans of the original cars - with 17-plus years of misty eyed reminiscing under their belts - are automatically suspicious of anything Toyota might consider worthy of the Supra badge. Those familiar with Toyota's current range of earnest-but-hardly-heart-pounding models are, justifiably, skeptical that the automaker could make a legitimate sports car.

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2020 Range Rover Evoque first drive review: Crisper crossover

2020 Range Rover Evoque first drive review: Crisper crossover

The 2020 Rover Range Rover Evoque remains the smallest SUV in Land Rover’s lineup, and it’s all for the better. Why mess with a good thing when you have a winner on your hands? Land Rover sold around 800,000 units of the first-gen Evoque worldwide, so there are high expectations for a solid successor. The new Evoque retained a familiar overall look to the outgoing model, and that’s a good thing. Additionally, as expected, there are loads of improvements inside and out, packing a new array of technology to once again redefine the luxury crossover segment.

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2020 Mercedes AMG GT R Pro first drive review: Porsche 911 beater

2020 Mercedes AMG GT R Pro first drive review: Porsche 911 beater

The Porsche 911 remains the epitome of the everyday sort of sports car - and, depending on the trim, the everyday supercar as well - but the title of best German sports car is getting a serious challenge by the updated 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT. Now offered in four trim levels, from the GT, and GT C, through the GT R, and finally the track-focused GT R Pro, it's the latter, most intense version of AMG's fearsome coupe that should be giving Porsche some sleepless nights.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator First Drive: Pickup Artist

2020 Jeep Gladiator First Drive: Pickup Artist

Building a pickup with personality is tougher than it sounds, and so the 2020 Jeep Gladiator was always going to be divisive. Brash, unapologetic, and digging enthusiastically into a lengthy history of Jeep 4x4 heritage and iconic styling, the Gladiator could be at best a new truck hero, or at worst an overdue pastiche. Buckle up, because things get bumpy.

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