First Drive

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder first drive: Howling Corner King

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder first drive: Howling Corner King

There's an inevitable moment when you think you've screwed it up completely, when you're past that initial terror at being entrusted with the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, and when the giddiness of a howling V10 engine and 640 horsepower is at its most beguiling. You were overly cautious at first, but that ebbed away as it took each turn you threw at it and shrugged them off with Mediterranean cool. Then the tricky corner comes.

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2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Bold car, brave choices

2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Bold car, brave choices

The 2019 Genesis G70 has a couple of problems, but underwhelming on the road - or indeed on the track - isn't one of them. Making a play for the fiercely competitive midsize luxury sedan segment, it has some strong credentials in its favor: not least a proven platform, punchy engines, and all the complementary luxe we've come to expect from pretenders to the 3 Series throne. Now, all it needs to do is confound expectations about a badge that's still a relative mystery among potential drivers.

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2019 Jaguar I-PACE first-drive review: The go-anywhere EV

2019 Jaguar I-PACE first-drive review: The go-anywhere EV

The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE all-electric SUV is finally here. Contrary to what others might say, the I-PACE is not primarily designed and engineered to dethrone the capacious Tesla Model X. Instead, Jaguar’s first fully-electric car will stay true to the old Jaguar credo of space, pace, and grace, only now the ‘pace’ part is motivated, not by a supercharged V8, but by a pair of powerful electric motors.

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2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: Luxury goes everywhere

2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: Luxury goes everywhere

The all-new 2019 Audi Q8 flagship SUV is not merely Ingolstadt's answer to the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and the Range Rover Sport. Audi's push further into the upper echelons of luxury transportation, it will also serve as the foundation of the automaker's new design language for its future Q-product line up. And, though "four-door coupe" may still sound like an oxymoron to some, an unexpectedly extended drive in the new Q8 proved to me that this is more than just a new badge.

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2019 Honda Insight first drive: 55mpg without the hybrid hype

2019 Honda Insight first drive: 55mpg without the hybrid hype

Sometimes you just have to grow up and, when it comes to hybrid cars, you'll struggle to find a better example of that than the 2019 Honda Insight. The third generation of vehicle to bear the Insight name, Honda's latest gas-electric option consciously avoids an ostentatious display of its green credentials, in favor of something that uses hybrid tech as a means to an end instead.

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2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster first drive: Fire and brimstone

2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster first drive: Fire and brimstone

If you're not an exhibitionist, I'm pretty confident in saying the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster is probably not the car for you. Taking the automaker's most outrageous model and lopping off the roof hardly makes for a vehicle less ostentatious, after all. The Italians may be flirting with practicality with the upcoming Urus SUV, but don't even dream of thinking they've lost sight of why Lamborghini is a poster mainstay on bedroom walls.

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2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first-drive: ticks all the boxes

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid first-drive: ticks all the boxes

The Cayenne E-Hybrid is positioned between the newly redesigned Cayenne S and the Cayenne S for 2019. In southern France, I had the opportunity to test out Porsche’s sharp end of the sword against competitors: a “sporty” and “luxury” variant based on options and I’m here to report back that the E-Hybrid is mighty-impressive.

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2019 Bentley Continental GT first drive: Return of the King

2019 Bentley Continental GT first drive: Return of the King

Faced with a cross-country jaunt, the super-rich - those for whom the 2019 Bentley Continental GT's six-figure price tag would not be a deal-breaker - have an enviable choice. Flying privately is, of course, the go-to for the 1-percent. Yet the allure of a super-luxe grand tourer, combined with the right road, could be enough to make you leave the Learjet behind.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550 and AMG G63 first drive: leGendary

2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550 and AMG G63 first drive: leGendary

You pick up a few names in the space of forty years, but whether you call it the Mercedes Geländewagen, the G-Wagen or, its most modern moniker, the 2019 G-Class is still legendary in every sense, whether you're on or off the road. Mercedes-Benz's unwavering commitment - some might say obsession - to maintaining the G’s core essence is instrumental in making it so successful over the past four decades. Even so, it's strange to think that the late model G-Class from 2018 is now considered a "classic," courtesy of this all-new model just around the corner.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback first drive: Doubling-down on surprise

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback first drive: Doubling-down on surprise

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is the perfect example of what can happen when you embrace the evaporation of your comfort zone. With is Millennially-minded Scion sub-brand getting the axe in 2016, Toyota could no longer focus on that audience's parents and grandparents alone. Instead, it doubled-down on tech, engineering cleverness, and value, and in the process made a new Corolla that actually has curb appeal.

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2019 Toyota Avalon first drive: Finally memorable

2019 Toyota Avalon first drive: Finally memorable

Toyota has pushed the boat out with the new 2019 Avalon, both figuratively and literally. The last four generations of Avalon could easily be described as boat-like: big, uninspiring, and fairly wallowy sedans that struggled to make a dent in your memory. This new car, though, isn't willing to share the same fate, and Toyota has raided both its design studio and its tech labs to make sure of it.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive: The Porsche hunter

2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive: The Porsche hunter

In the long-running battle between Porsche and Aston Martin, the familiar - and legendary - 911 is getting a very different challenger. The all-new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage is the automaker's new weapon, starting with a clean sheet design from the ground up, inside and out. Its goal is simple: be the most badass, Ferrari, Porsche and Bentley-hunting machine you could hope for.

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