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Dinosaurs, Drones and Infiniti SUVs: A grand Gobi Desert adventure

Dinosaurs, Drones and Infiniti SUVs: A grand Gobi Desert adventure

You don't typically find too many Infiniti cars in the Gobi Desert, mainly just humungous poisonous spiders and feisty scorpions. Oh, and dinosaur fossils, which is why the automaker teamed up with the Hong Kong chapter of The Explorers Club, to revisit and rewrite the rules of exploration - and put the QX50, QX60, and QX80 SUVs through their paces in the process.

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2019 Acura NSX First Drive: Soul Upgrade

2019 Acura NSX First Drive: Soul Upgrade

If exclusivity is your lodestar when you're buying a supercar, then on a dollar basis the 2019 Acura NSX should probably be your first port of call. The Japanese automaker's resurrection of the iconic sports car may have been around since 2016, but - despite widespread acclaim - this second-generation car has sold in unexpectedly rare numbers.

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2019 Audi A8L First Drive: Luxury as a place of sanctuary

2019 Audi A8L First Drive: Luxury as a place of sanctuary

When’s the last time you got into any vehicle, as driver or passenger, and felt like you’d just entered a sanctuary of sorts? Sitting cross-legged with a meditation guru, I contemplated that very question as he attempted to lead me in a mindfulness session. Moments later, transcended into Audi’s new flagship luxury vessel, the 2019 A8 L, my mind was anything but still. Settled in for a drive through California’s magnificent Big Sur, I anticipated what the Pacific Coast Highway and the new A8 would reveal.

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2019 Lamborghini Urus First Drive: The Supercar SUV

2019 Lamborghini Urus First Drive: The Supercar SUV

The 2019 Lamborghini Urus is, depending on your frame of reference, the natural evolution of an enthusiast's performance car brand or a monstrous betrayal by yet another fan-favorite. With it, the Italian automaker joins the long - and growing - list of luxury car companies adding an SUV to their line-up. Entrusted with the keys to this $200k+ monster, I had one big question I hoped to answer: is the Urus a "proper" Lamborghini?

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Audi e-tron GT Concept First Drive: Welcome to the future

Audi e-tron GT Concept First Drive: Welcome to the future

When you get the opportunity to drive a concept car, and to be ahead of a superhero like Tony Stark, you don't say no. No, I’m not the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist I wanted to be growing up - I’m still working on that - but getting to try out the Audi e-tron GT Concept is perhaps the next best thing.

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2019 Porsche Cayenne First Drive Review: My perfect spec

2019 Porsche Cayenne First Drive Review: My perfect spec

Porsche's SUV may have triggered outrage among purists back in 2002, but by the time this third-generation, 2019 Cayenne arrives it's an unarguable mainstay of the range. Lighter, faster, and more tech-savvy than its predecessors, this may be the entry-level Cayenne but it's still no slouch. Indeed, even with Cayenne S, Turbo, and Turbo S models to choose from, there's a good argument that this $66k SUV is the sweet spot.

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The McLaren 600LT is not what I expected

The McLaren 600LT is not what I expected

Speedtail, Longtail, Senna… McLaren is in the midst of a model explosion, flexing more than a billion dollars to grow its line-up by 18 new models or variations by the time 2025 is through. Still, if you had any concerns that quantity would come at the cost of quality, the 2019 McLaren 600LT should settle your fears. Latest addition to the Sport Series, it’s an opportunity for the British automaker to demonstrate exactly what it does best: finding the center point where exotic materials, lightweighting, and brute force play most compellingly.

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2019 BMW 330i and 2020 M340i First Drive

2019 BMW 330i and 2020 M340i First Drive

15,543,000. That's the number of 3 Series that BMW has produced over the past four decades - and now seven generations - of the iconic sports sedan. BMW enthusiasts often argue about which generation is best, the never-settled discussion generally focusing around the second generation E30 (1982–1994) and the fourth generation E46 (1998–2006). Both of these 3 Series would raise the benchmark of what a great sports sedan should be, with their precise steering, even weight distribution, power delivery, and sheer driving pleasure.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N Turbo First Drive: Unleashing the Hulk

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Turbo First Drive: Unleashing the Hulk

For years, most people would see a Hyundai driving down the road and their incredible lack of interest would leave them overlooking the herculean progress in aesthetics. Indeed, ask someone at a crime scene what model the getaway car was, and about the best you'd get had the thieves opted for a Sonata might be "a gray 4-door?" Over the past couple of years, though, things have been changing, and drastically. No longer is Hyundai the vanilla auto manufacturer meant for first-time car buyers. Things are getting serious, and seriously good, and Hyundai is making sure you know about that with the addition of Albert Biermann, the former Head of Engineering for BMW’s M Department. That’s right, you heard me. M is now N.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvy

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvy

The new 2019 A-Class sedan is a gateway car, and Mercedes-Benz aren’t being coy about it. They’ve designed it to draw in a new, younger generation of buyers and get them hooked on the brand, filling the sedan with enticing new tech you’d normally have to pay through the nose for.

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2019 Acura ILX first drive: Distinctively safer

2019 Acura ILX first drive: Distinctively safer

The 2019 Acura ILX means more than just the automaker's latest attempt to instill "Precision Crafted Performance" into the small luxury category. For Acura, it's the culmination of a design reinvention intended to make its cars more distinctive, more memorable, and more appealing.

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2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive: Excess comes with a surprise

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive: Excess comes with a surprise

Not even Rolls-Royce is immune to the SUV craze. The tastes of the ultra-rich have hardly soured on ridiculously luxurious sedans to be chauffeured around in, but neither are they known for being anything less than voracious when it comes to something new. The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan, then, breaks new ground for the storied British automaker, but also has ambitions that are by now familiar. How it goes about achieving them, well, that’s the special part.

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