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2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

Does it matter if all modern cars start to look the same, if your slick new 2017 BMW 530i could easily be mistaken for a 7 Series twice the price? The new entry point to 5 Series ownership isn't cheap, of course, but it's certainly cheaper than you might expect. There are a couple of compromises along the way if affordable Bavarian motoring is your modus operandi, mind.

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Swiss watchmaker H. Moser creates $27k Apple Watch lookalike

Swiss watchmaker H. Moser creates $27k Apple Watch lookalike

If you happen to really like the look and design of the Apple Watch, but are also a tired-and-true fan of traditional mechanical watches, then here's a timepiece that's just for you. Swiss watchmaker H. Moser has announced a new watch that almost perfectly mimics the look of Apple's smartwatch, yet it's 100% mechanical, meaning there's no display, no touch input, and no health or fitness tracking — no 'smarts' of any kind.

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Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupe

Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupe

True luxury isn't going to your nearest car dealer and buying the most expensive model on the lot: it's calling up Rolls-Royce and asking them to make you a completely unique, one-off bespoke ride. Such is the story behind this, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, the handiwork of several years of the automaker's expert designers and engineers, and a well-heeled (but currently unnamed) fan of the British marque. He wanted a racing yacht inspired coachbuilt car, entirely individual and reminiscent of the best of the automaker's projects of the 1920s and 30s.

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The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is unlike any other Gran Tourismo

The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is unlike any other Gran Tourismo

It’s rare that a car stuns me into silence, but then again there are few cars quite like the new Aston Martin DB11. The storied British automaker has decided it’s due a reinvention, and this is the coupe it’s chosen to spearhead that process. It’s a Gran Turismo in both the classic sense of an elegant long-distance tourer, but also according to the modern definition of a car that possesses both organ-melting performance and superlative comfort, with no compromise along the way. Or, for shorthand, a car that wows.

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Lamborghini ALPHA ONE is a smartphone priced like a car

Lamborghini ALPHA ONE is a smartphone priced like a car

With the rising prices of high-end smartphones, you might have presumed that the age of even more expensive luxury phones is over. Not so, says Tonino Lamborghini. The brand whose name has become synonymous with luxury cars has just unveiled its latest masterpiece. Called the "ALPHA ONE", the unassuming name of the smartphone belies its ties to sports cars and luxury vehicles, not to mention its price tag.

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Mercedes’ 2018 S-Class gets a huge semi-autonomous upgrade

Mercedes’ 2018 S-Class gets a huge semi-autonomous upgrade

Mercedes may not have a fully autonomous car in dealerships quite yet, but the automaker has announced an improvement in its driving-assist technologies that will debut on the 2018 S-Class Sedan. The new Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive promises smarter auto-navigation by relying on pre-existing mapping data, while new sensors should give the luxury four-door a better perspective on the world around it. Meanwhile, there are also changes to how the car's self-driving status is communicated to the person behind the wheel.

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Mercedes teases the car it hopes will be catnip to millennials

Mercedes teases the car it hopes will be catnip to millennials

Mercedes-Benz has previewed its next big design change, with the Concept A Sedan giving us a hint of what a new compact four-door could look like. Revealed today at the Shanghai Auto Show, the new concept softens Mercedes' design language even further, building on the CLA with more swooping lines. Indeed, according to Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG, "the time of creases is over."

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2017 BMW M760i Review: More than M7

2017 BMW M760i Review: More than M7

Seldom is my A/B testing quite so entertaining as comparing this, the 2017 BMW M760i, with the Alpina B7. Each a riff on what a performance version of the stately 7 Series might look, sound, and drive like, the two cars may be showroom stablemates but they take very different routes to their 600+ horsepower. Few will get the opportunity to cross-shop them, much less the chance to throw them around familiar roads as I've been doing.

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If the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can’t convince you wagons are sexy, it’s hopeless

If the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can’t convince you wagons are sexy, it’s hopeless

It's an oddity of American automotive taste: people who write about cars invariably love wagons, while the public which actually buys cars does not. Automakers have been forced to try all manner of tricks and sleight of hand - witness the trend of jacked-up crossovers - to try to get the US to warm to the wagon, but if all else fails you can call it something different and hope nobody notice. Audi did it with the "Avant", and it's just what Porsche has done with the 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo.

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT gets the detailing spot-on

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT gets the detailing spot-on

Lexus' F SPORT trim has been a runaway success, with a sizable percentage of the company's sales in the US being the sportier models, and the 2018 LS 500 F SPORT should be no different. Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show 2017 this week, it's an opportunity for the Japanese automaker to demonstrate how it can take on the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S Class, and Audi A8's in the parking lot. With no horsepower improvements, however, the F SPORT badge means handling tweaks and, more noticeably, styling changes. Read on for some of the highlights.

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2018 Lincoln Navigator is a bold “Continental SUV”

2018 Lincoln Navigator is a bold “Continental SUV”

Lincoln has revealed its next taste of American Luxury in the shape of the 2018 Navigator, a full-size SUV that doesn't stint on chrome. Unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show 2017, the 2018 Navigator borrows heavily from the Navigator Concept shown off last year, though drops some of the more eye-catching details of that show car. Nonetheless, this isn't an SUV you'll miss on the road.

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Infiniti QX80 Monograph reimagines the huge, unapologetic SUV

Infiniti QX80 Monograph reimagines the huge, unapologetic SUV

Infiniti may be best known for its curvaceous Red Sport coupes and sedans today, but the automaker is looking to step up its game in the luxury large SUV segment wth something very much like this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph. Described as a "design study" for the New York International Auto Show 2017, the bold SUV won't see a launch as-is, but cues are likely to appear on whatever Infiniti brings to market. If the response is good, though, there's a fair chance that some of the bolder elements.

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