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2018 Audi S5 Sportback and 2018 S4 priced up for US

2018 Audi S5 Sportback and 2018 S4 priced up for US

Audi had been holding out on North America when it came to the 2018 S5 Sportback, but now we know exactly how much it - and the 2018 Audi S4 - will cost when it arrives on these shores. It's also an opportunity to confirm just what sort of performance we can expect from the 3.0-liter V6 that both cars share. That musters an impressive 354 horsepower courtesy of its turbocharger - replacing the supercharging on its predecessor.

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Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Ask Cadillac drivers the one thing they wish the luxury car company would update, and you'll probably hear "the CUE infotainment system" most often. CUE, the touchscreen multimedia and navigation software found in cars like the CT6 and XT5, certainly wasn't lacking in ambition, but neither has it been called the most user-friendly system. Now, that's all set to change with a brand new version.

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2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

2018 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Ground-breaking luxury coupe lets Lexus find its soul

The 2018 Lexus LC is an act of bravery. Not only did Lexus take the unusual and difficult step of birthing a street car that hews almost perfectly to the gorgeous, yet production-challenging lines of the LF-LC concept that preceded it, but it also chose to ignore prevailing winds - or are those forced induction vortices? - that have come to define the drivetrains found in top-tier luxury coupes. That the Lexus LC is a stunning design achievement is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyes. That it also waves a big, five-liter middle finger in the direction of its would-be German rivals is in a way both a more and a less-subtle statement.

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2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review: American Cheese

2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review: American Cheese

The 2017 Lincoln Continental had a strong start: indeed, few auto-show cars capture the spirit of their predecessors - and the attention of the buying public - like the 2015 Continental Concept did. Unapologetic in its lavishly-chromed exterior and purple shag-pile cabin, it was far from the milquetoast sedans that had ill-borne the Continental name up until their demise in the early '00s. Instead, it summoned memories of icons from the fifties and sixties, a conspicuous and distinctive play on the "American Luxury" slogan of the brand.

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This is the $2.43m Pagani Huayra Roadster

This is the $2.43m Pagani Huayra Roadster

Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani can always be relied upon to deliver some deeply dramatic carbon-fiber madness, but the new Pagani Huayra Roadster goes even further. Revealed today ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 in a few weeks time, the roofless version of the Huayra coupe is a multi-million dollar experiment in speed and materials expertise. Don't assume they just took an angle-grinder to the coupe.

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Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet cranks G-Wagon to max-crazy

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet cranks G-Wagon to max-crazy

When you're the first SUV to bear the Mercedes-Maybach badge, drivers can guess they're not going to get the usual off-road experience, and the G 650 Landaulet doesn't disappoint. Taking the now-iconic SUV and throwing in not only high-luxe features but a convertible roof and, unexpectedly, portal axels, the limited edition vehicle keeps its go-anywhere reputation. As you might expect from a Maybach, though, the most fun happens in the back.

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls

2017 BMW M760i xDrive First Drive: One car, two souls

It was as the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive surged at triple-digit speed into a hairpin and pirouetted neatly, rather than rolling into a spectacular fireball, that I had cause to question the laws of physics. "Sports sedan" is an overused phrase these days, applied liberally and shamelessly to any four-door with 200+ horsepower and a set of fancy wheels, but BMW has brought its feistiest 7 Series to school us on just what it really means. And, while the $154,795 starting price might seem astonishing - for the same amount you could put a new 750i xDrive and a BMW M2 in your garage - it turns out the M760i is more than just the sum of its parts.

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Legend’s 24k gold iPhone 7 celebrates Year of the Rooster

Legend’s 24k gold iPhone 7 celebrates Year of the Rooster

A good number of people in the world just celebrated their (second, for some) New Year last weekend. Yes, that was the Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year/Spring Festival. To celebrate the changing of the year and the new animal that will be associated with 2017, Finland-based luxury smart device maker Legend is turning its eyes towards the East. It is announcing a limited edition bespoke iPhone 7, gilded with 24k gold, that not only pays homage to the Year of the Rooster, but also contains subtle nods to Chinese culture as well.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan, coupe and cabriolet first-drive

2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan, coupe and cabriolet first-drive

It's hard to argue with the Mercedes-AMG 43 range, filling the gap between your bread & butter 'Benz and the potent-but-pricey AMG 63 cars. None exemplify the strategy of balancing power, luxury, and price like the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43, either. Faced with the opportunity to test out all three variations - sedan, coupe, and cabriolet - I had one big question. Had the AMG spirit been shed along with the big-ticket price?

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The 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is drop-dead gorgeous

The 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante is drop-dead gorgeous

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but I suspect it'd be an unusual critic that called the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante anything other than stunning. The droptop version of the (hardly ugly) Vanquish S that made its debut last November, the Volante version chops off the roof for some open-air cruising. Just like its coupe cousin, however, there's no shortage of power or speed.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 First Drive: AMG for all

2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 First Drive: AMG for all

You could argue that the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 is a double-tweener. Just as the E-Class slots in-between its C and S siblings, so the Mercedes-AMG line sits in the gap between the mainstream Mercedes-Benz series and full AMG cars. The automaker is upfront about the fact that it saw unfilled "white space" between models like the C300 and the C63, and figured there'd be an audience of drivers wanting some of the performance and cachet of the latter but at a more affordable price.

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Bentley’s future is transparent OLED and luxury car-sharing

Bentley’s future is transparent OLED and luxury car-sharing

Bentley may be an old brand but the luxury automaker is experimenting with cutting edge tech, exploring displays that appear like magic out of the woodwork. The British automaker discussed some of the ways it could use new technology like transparent OLED last week, when CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer spoke at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, USA. Meanwhile, like most automakers Bentley is considering the role of a car manufacturer in a future where individual ownership is predicted to dwindle.

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