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2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive: Fresh and Fun

2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive: Fresh and Fun

Cadillac isn’t known for making particularly small cars, with their flagship being the Escalade — seating 7 adults, and equipped with a 6.2L V8 — but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with their latest offering, and forgive them for being a little late to the compact SUV party. Starting at $34,795, Cadillac’s new XT4 has a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine and all the luxury features you’d expect to find in a Cadillac. SlashGear took it for a spin last week, and here are our first impressions.

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2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive: Practically perfect

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive: Practically perfect

It's not a coupe, and it's not a sedan, but the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback absolutely is mesmerizing. Audi Sport's latest blend of performance and luxury takes on the BMW 650i and the Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, not to mention putting the V8-powered Mercedes AMG C63 S sedan in its crosshairs, too. At this stage of the game it's not enough to be simply fast, or pretty. You have to be distinctive.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye first drive: 797hp bragging rights

2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye first drive: 797hp bragging rights

As answers to unasked requests go, the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye's 797 horsepower ranks fairly high on the "nobody needed this, but it's fun to have anyway" scale. For the past four years, the Hellcat has represented the cutting-edge of potent excess in Dodge's line-up, eschewing subtlety in favor of performance, bombast, and oddly-affordable brute force.

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In our Audi e-tron Pikes Peak drive, the challenge is reversed

In our Audi e-tron Pikes Peak drive, the challenge is reversed

It’s just after 5:00 AM, and we’ve ascended past 14,100 feet as the sun was just starting to rise. A fitting moment, indeed, as the vehicle that I was about to meet represents a new chapter for an iconic brand. In front of us, a half dozen Audi e-tron prototypes dressed in camouflage with bright orange accents greet us. It was no mistake that Audi chose one of the most iconic mountains in its history to introduce us to its most important model in many years. The Audi e-tron represents not only the future of the brand but also the industry as a whole, the automaker's first attempt at going head-to-head with Tesla, not to mention other behemoths each sprinting to unveil their latest all-electric models.

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive: Back to its roots

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive: Back to its roots

There's a risk, when you make a movie tie-in like the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, of veering into pastiche. The most memorable part of the classic film, which saw Steve McQueen and his '68 Mustang take on the steep hills of San Francisco in an epic 10+ minute chase scene, holds up fifty years later, even if the city today is a congested nightmare of Ubers and electric scooters with a few autonomous prototypes threading their way through the mess.

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive: Pure inspiration

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive: Pure inspiration

The Porsche 911 has always been inspirational. Over the years, the rear-engined German icon has become the go-to benchmark for would-be sports car contenders, not to mention the motivation for plenty of people to get that bonus or clinch that promotion. Now, with the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T, the inspiration is to shed that excess weight around your waist.

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The 603hp AMG E63 S Wagon is the antidote to boring SUVs

The 603hp AMG E63 S Wagon is the antidote to boring SUVs

The family truckster from National Lampoon is an image burned into many of our minds of what the great American road trip used to look like. In the pre-internet and crossover SUV days, packing the whole family into the station wagon and setting off across the country was just something you did every summer. Even if it was against your will, you'd end up cramped in the back seat with your family. Stations wagons were often the preferred mode of transportation, as the long roof provided plenty of space to store everything a family would need for two-weeks on the road.

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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera first drive: A flagship to love

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera first drive: A flagship to love

Third new model in the British car company's Second Century Plan, the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Super GT is arguably the most striking so far. Aston's goal of introducing seven new models in a span of just seven years is no small challenge, and when you're replacing the much-loved Vanquish - not to mention aiming to lock heads with the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Bentley Continental GT - everything must be pitch-perfect.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive: 503hp of raw emotion

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive: 503hp of raw emotion

You never forget your first AMG. Even just hearing the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine firing up for the first time, under the bulging hood of what was in 2015 the all-new Mercedes-AMG C63 S, I was instantly in love. That's why I’m totally fine with Mercedes-AMG keeping the same engine in this model year 2019 AMG C63 S mid-cycle refresh, though that's not to say Mercedes' fearsome tuners have slept on the rest of the car.

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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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