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2017 Acura NSX First Drive

2017 Acura NSX First Drive

Patience is a virtue when you're waiting for the next must-have supercar, but the 2017 Acura NSX has demanded more faith than most. Daring to reboot an icon - and that's certainly what the original NSX was - not only puts you squarely in the crosshairs of its most ardent, vocal fans, but levels big questions from the outset. Will the new NSX be the supercar-for-the-everyman-driver like its daddy was? Can it be both a brand beacon and a legitimate future-classic in its own right?

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2016 Honda Civic Coupe First-Drive

2016 Honda Civic Coupe First-Drive

Honda is on a roll with the Civic, and following the award-winning sedan comes this, the 2016 Civic Coupe. Wearing a redesigned body, but keeping much of the practicality of its four-door cousin, the trimmed-down and tautened Coupe promises a dash more design but without the compromise some two-doors demand.

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2016 BMW M2 First Drive: A future classic

2016 BMW M2 First Drive: A future classic

Ten years from now, looking back, I honestly believe I'll be able to say I got to break in a future classic. When the sheet came off the BMW M2 in Detroit last month, you could hear the collective, hopeful whispers from fans of the German company's tuning house: please, let it be another 1 Series M Coupe. Turns out, it's even better.

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The Road to Daytona Rolex 24 in Audi’s RS7 Performance and S8 Plus

The Road to Daytona Rolex 24 in Audi’s RS7 Performance and S8 Plus

From the moment I got to the airport, and was handed the keys to a brand new Audi RS7 Performance, I knew this was no ordinary media drive program. This drool-worthy beast is now powered by a massive 605 HP, 553 lb-ft. of torque engine; for those keeping score, that’s 85 more horsepower than the standard V8, and an additional 73 lb-ft available via overboost. It certainly set the tone for what was to be an unforgettable few days leading to Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet First-Drive

2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet First-Drive

As it turns out, size is not all that matters, at least as far as the Smart ForTwo Convertible is concerned. This summer, the first topless ForTwos will cross the pond, and when they do, owners will have a markedly better experience than on anything else to previously wear the Smart badge.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 First-Drive

2016 Cadillac CT6 First-Drive

Cadillac has hardly been conservative in its ambitions in recent years, but the 2016 CT6 arrives with even grander targets in mind. Its rivals - and its benchmarks - are the German trifecta of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, automakers with a legacy of not only supplying the luxury car segment, but shaping what's expected from it.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first-drive – Prototype Promise

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first-drive – Prototype Promise

Making a luxury electric car is fairly simple. Making an affordable EV that will overcome the range anxiety of the mass-market is a very different thing, but General Motors thinks the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has that X-factor. Production won't kick off until later in 2016, but GM invited us to test one of a couple of engineering prototypes at CES 2016 to get an early insight into how the Volt's baby brother is shaping up.

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Orange is the new F (Sport)

Orange is the new F (Sport)

I’m sitting window on a CRJ200 to Palm Springs (CA) waiting for the crew to finish loading. I grab the American Way Magazine from the seat back in front of me and open to an anecdote on Sinatra and fashion. “Sinatra absolutely hated brown,” it said. “Orange was the happiest color,” he said.

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2017 Audi Q7 First-Drive

2017 Audi Q7 First-Drive

Audi isn't ready to let the public loose in its autonomous cars, but the robo-racers are donating safety tech en-masse to the 2017 Audi Q7. The new luxury SUV not only gains a sharp new suit and an interior borrowing heavily from the classy A8 sedan, but packs the sort of auto-braking, road-following, pedestrian-spotting gadgetry that not long ago was science-fiction.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu First-Drive

2016 Chevrolet Malibu First-Drive

You could argue that midsize sedans like the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu are victims of their own success. What's possibly the most mundane car segment around is also one of the most popular in terms of US sales; that makes price a key factor, as well as finding a package - design, specification, performance, and the rest - that's palatable to as broad a range of people as possible.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first-drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first-drive

On road or on track, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S is ready to thrill the thrill seekers. It’s a beast - 503 horsepower does the trick there - but one that's also refined; more than track-capable yet finessed in so many ways that it could well be the perfect road-going sports coupe.

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Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Last year, I beat Audi's autonomous race car on the track. Robots might not have feelings, but that didn't stop Audi's engineers calling me back for a re-match with the latest, greatest version of the self-driving RS7s. AJ, Bobby, Jack, and now Robby all have two things in common: first, they’re named after famous race car drivers, and second, they've successfully driven autonomously on racetracks, on the autobahn, and on a cross country trip.

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