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2017 Porsche Panamera first drive: The 4-door Super Sedan to beat

2017 Porsche Panamera first drive: The 4-door Super Sedan to beat

Porsche is putting all luxury sedan automakers on notice: beware the one-two punch of the 2017 Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. Completely redesigned, in the four-door’s first major overhaul since its debut in 2009, which one you decide upon depends heavily on both your pocketbook and your appetite for raw performance.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

It's late in the evening in San Francisco, and I'm singing along to Blondie's "Atomic" at the top of my lungs in a $400k Bentley Mulsanne Speed when I realize people have stopped walking to watch me at the lights. Then again, when you're driving eighteen feet of British hyper-luxury sedan, it probably doesn't matter much what you're doing. You're going to get attention either way.

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The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

First impressions matter, which is why - economy be damned - the Lexus RC F should start up in its feistiest Sport S+ mode. Lexus' hottest model, offering 467 HP and 389 lb-ft of torque from a 5.0-liter V8 that, increasingly rare, succumbs neither to turbocharging nor supercharging, it sits alongside the more practical GS F but - also like its sedan sibling - hides its magic from the start.

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2017 Audi A4 allroad First Drive: Wunderwagon

2017 Audi A4 allroad First Drive: Wunderwagon

For a nation so addicted to crossovers and SUVs, it's perverse that Audi had to get sneaky to make America swallow its wagon medicine. The 2017 Audi A4 allroad keeps to the Avant-with-attitude ethos of previous generations, but introduces a brand new quattro all-wheel drive system that the German automaker expects to go down very well among what has traditionally been a fairly niche allroad audience.

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2018 Audi Q5 revealed with efficiency and tech upgrade

2018 Audi Q5 revealed with efficiency and tech upgrade

First came the revamped Q7, then the baby Q3 got a makeover, and now the most important member of Audi's SUV tryptic, the 2018 Q5, has broken cover in Paris. Borrowing styling cues from its larger and smaller siblings, as well as a welcome blast of tech from the Ingolstadt automaker's labs, it's a serious upgrade for what's a very serious vehicle for Audi.

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With 2018 Audi S5 and A5, the “Sportback” we desire

With 2018 Audi S5 and A5, the “Sportback” we desire

Audi has been holding out on North America, so far keeping the hatchback charms of the A5 and S5 to itself in Europe, but all that changes with the 2018 model year. Finally headed to US shores in 2017, the 2018 A5 and S5 are each sleeker versions of the A4 and S5, switching the sedan styling for a far more practical - and, to many eyes, more handsome - hatch at the rear.

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2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

Things were not off to a good start in "Operation Impress the In-Laws". The Jaguar XJ I had expected, and which promised ample long wheelbase accommodation for their legs, was no longer arriving; instead, Jaguar's brand new 2017 XE R-Sport, the automaker's entry-level sports sedan and rival to the BMW 3 Series, was on its way. My extended family may not be especially swayed by brand cachet, but could the smallest Jag be too compact a kitty to keep four adults happy?

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Mercedes-Maybach’s latest is a limo for paranoid pampered plutocrats

Mercedes-Maybach’s latest is a limo for paranoid pampered plutocrats

Mercedes-Maybach has rolled out the must-have wheels for the paranoid plutocrat, with a new, fully-armored version of its lengthy Pullman limousine. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard takes the 6.5m long - that's more than 21 feet - car and gives it the sort of toughness upgrade you'd expect to find in President Obama's Beast.

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Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

At a time when manual gearboxes in the US are more commonly associated with base-trim cars, Audi is bucking the trend with a version of the 2017 A4 that eschews the automatic. The company has confirmed that there'll be a manual A4 quattro in its model year 2017 line-up, with a redesigned six-speed gearbox that promises to be both smoother and faster than the outgoing version.

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

Nestling in-between the Flying Spur V8 - which is as "entry level" as a Bentley sedan gets - and the W12-engined original, the new 2017 Flying Spur V8 S is all about eager affordability. Feel free to put as many air-quotes around "affordability" as it takes to stomach the $205,000 starting price, drop your weary, wealthy body into the supple leather seats, and try to get with the old-school charm.

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2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

Audi's Q3 baby premium SUV is getting a makeover, with a sharper design that borrows cues from its Q7 big brother, as well as a more sporting S line version. Expected to hit dealer forecourts from fall 2016, the 2017 Q3 has bolder crease-lines and a more aggressive grille, and there's a new Q3 S line competition model added to the line-up.

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The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

Volvo has taken the wraps off its latest luxury car, the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, a beefed-up, ruggedized version of its new V90 wagon. Like the S90 and V90, the new car is a particularly Swedish take on luxury - plenty of leather and open-pore black walnut wood - but, unlike its siblings, the Cross Country specification increases ground clearance by 2.5-inches to 8.3-inches.

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