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2018 Audi S5 Review: Let’s roleplay “sexy architect”

2018 Audi S5 Review: Let’s roleplay “sexy architect”

"Well," I said, filling for time as I racked my brain for a negative, "sometimes the little arm that holds out your seatbelt doesn't grab it properly. Then you have to reach back." If that sounds like the sort of First World Problem that First World Problems themselves complain about then you're not wrong. Welcome to the world of the 2018 Audi S5.

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The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante is pure convertible beauty

The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante is pure convertible beauty

Aston Martin may have some fearsome V8 and V12 coupes in its line-up, but for true grand tourer style you really need a droptop. Enter, then, the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante, dubbed "the ultimate convertible sports GT" and, at first glance at least, only with a little hyperbole. As you might expect, there's more to it than just peeling the roof off a DB11.

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2019 Audi A8 First Drive: The new luxury

2019 Audi A8 First Drive: The new luxury

"Vorsprung durch Technik" doesn't translate to "know your place, human," but in the case of the 2019 Audi A8 it probably should. Fourth generation of the luxury sedan, it's the most technologically advanced, gadget-packed iteration to-date, paving the way for Audi's autonomous driving future among a host of other "firsts". While the new A8 won't find its way to US shores until fall 2018, Audi invited us to get an early preview - I just didn't expect to have a crisis of identity while I was there.

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Koenigsegg Agera RS Rockets 0-400km/h-0 in 36.44 seconds

Koenigsegg Agera RS Rockets 0-400km/h-0 in 36.44 seconds

The Koenigsegg Agera RS is one of the sexiest and fastest of all the hypercars in the world. Recently the company put test driver Niklas Lilja behind the wheel of a customer owned Agera RS to run the car up to 400 km/h from a standstill and then return the car to a dead stop, as quickly as possible. For those of us in the States this is a run from zero mph to a bit over 248 mph and back to zero mph.

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 first-drive: The driver’s GT

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 first-drive: The driver’s GT

First the bad news: just because Aston Martin is adding a V8 engine to the DB11 lineup, doesn’t mean that the car is much more affordable, just in case you’ve been holding out. Indeed, if price is important to you, then might I divert your attention to the 2018 Lexus LC 500 instead. The V8-powered DB11 is on an entirely different level, distinguishing itself intriguingly when compared to the driving dynamics and characteristics of the 600 horsepower V12 DB11 we drove earlier this year.

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2018 Lexus LS 500 First Drive: The luxury of identity

2018 Lexus LS 500 First Drive: The luxury of identity

If it's usually your thirties when you discover your real identify, you could argue the 2018 Lexus LS 500 and LS 500h are ahead of schedule. The fifth-generation of the automaker's flagship luxury sedan arrives just before the car's thirtieth birthday, promising more refinement, more technology, and - arguably most important - more character. If the original LS defined Lexus as a luxury upstart in 1989, the new LS finally sees the automaker come to terms with its Japanese roots.

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Road Rover luxury EV tipped from Range Rover in 2019

Road Rover luxury EV tipped from Range Rover in 2019

If the average Range Rover owner goes no further off the asphalt than up the curb, you might as well embrace that. So, it's claimed, goes the thinking at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which is said to be planning a new model line that accepts many drivers aren't in it for the AWD cred.

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2018 Volvo XC40 gets official as the Swedes shake up SUV ownership

2018 Volvo XC40 gets official as the Swedes shake up SUV ownership

Volvo has revealed the 2018 Volvo XC40, its smallest SUV and the first to use not only its new architecture but the company's all-new way to buy cars. The XC40 slots in beneath vehicles like well-received XC60 and XC90, but though it borrows technology and styling from them both, it's built upon an entirely new platform. That's Volvo Cars' modular vehicle architecture (CMA) that will eventually form the basis of an all-new 40 Series range, not to mention fully electric cars.

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2019 Genesis G70 takes a strike at German luxe

2019 Genesis G70 takes a strike at German luxe

Once upon a time, if you wanted a luxury car you'd head straight for the Germans. Now, upstarts from elsewhere in the globe are proving they have just as much talent. Genesis has taken the wraps off the 2019 Genesis G70, a sleek sedan that slots in as the entry-level option in the automaker's increasingly well-esteemed line-up. As you might expect, the equation is fairly straightforward.

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The Bugatti Chiron just smashed an incredible speed record

The Bugatti Chiron just smashed an incredible speed record

The Bugatti Chiron was always going to be fast. An 8.0-liter W16 engine with almost 1,500 horsepower will guarantee that, after all. However, we didn't realize just how quick it would be, something Bugatti has now established with a record-breaking speed test.

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2019 Audi A8 Level 3 autonomy first-drive: Chasing the perfect ‘jam’

2019 Audi A8 Level 3 autonomy first-drive: Chasing the perfect ‘jam’

Most of the time I'll do my absolute best to avoid a traffic jam, but the 2019 Audi A8 makes them oddly appealing. Forget "Artificial Intelligence": the AI we're talking about today is Audi Intelligence. What exactly does this mean, and why should we care? We as a collective of road-users are going to need to be much more sensitive to the fact that there are cars on the road not being driven by human beings. Instead, we're increasingly going to see advanced driving assistance software taking the wheel, like the new Audi AI traffic jam pilot, the world’s first Level 3 automated driving system in a production vehicle.

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BMW X7 Concept revealed ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW X7 Concept revealed ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show

The 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show is only a few days away now, but BMW has decided to pull the curtain back a bit early on its largest SUV yet: the Concept X7 iPerformance. The upcoming crossover will top the German carmaker's existing X5 SUV by offering three-row seating, as well launching as a plug-in hybrid model. BMW has been busy with its concepts lately, with the X7 coming after the recent 8 Series and Z4 reveals.

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