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Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

The racetrack is not the natural place for an SUV, but then the Bentley Bentayga is not your typical truck. For a start it's luxurious in an Black Amex-melting way - it starts just shy of $230,000 but only the most ascetic of buyers resists the Bentley options list, and they've no reason to be in the showroom in the first place.

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Coach Apple Watch bands to have 9 designs, cost $150

Coach Apple Watch bands to have 9 designs, cost $150

Steve Wozniak bemoaned Apple's journey towards turning the Apple Watch more into a fashion luxury item, but, of course, that won't douse Cupertino's penchant from the extravagant. After launching standalone Hermes bands for the Apple Watch, the company is expected to soon unveil a new batch with Coach's brand instead. How soon? If some of the rumors are to be believed, next month already. And luckily for the budget-conscious fashionista, these Coach bands won't cost as much as the more limited Hermes straps.

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2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

Judge a luxury car company not by its flagship but by its compromises: namely, the sacrifices it makes to put its badge - in this case the four Audi rings - on the nose of its smaller, cheaper models. The 2016 Audi A3 2.0T quattro is a case in point, the most affordable way to get the coveted badge on your driveway, but losing some of the bells and whistles along the way. Question is, do those sacrifices outweigh the benefits?

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Volvo’s take on Maybach-style luxury swaps seats for iPads

Volvo’s take on Maybach-style luxury swaps seats for iPads

Volvo may be playing catch-up to the German automakers in the chase for max-opulence, but its latest play shows the top-end S90 could be some very nice digs indeed. The Swedish firm may not be quite ready to reveal its S90 Excellence - the flagship version of the luxury sedan - but it is happy to give us a glimpse of what the interior could look like.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and S63 AMG Cabriolet First Drive

Low-speed cruising down the Promenade des Anglais in the Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet we’re a spectacle, as well we should be — top-down, sun ricocheting off 14-spoke 20-inch AMG wheels, two figures lounging back in white Nappa leather Designo seats with pillow-top headrests. I’d look at us, too.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review: Darth Vader’s ride

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review: Darth Vader’s ride

Whenever I walked up to the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V in a parking lot, I heard the echoes of the Imperial March from Star Wars in my head. Only true American muscle aficionados may understand the potency and engineering prowess that goes into turning Caddy's comfortable CTS sedan into a four-wheeled Death Star, yet it only takes one brief spin - preferably on the safety of a race track, but an abandoned country road will do - to comprehend why this supercharged, super-aggressive, super-speed monster can give the best of the Autobahn-busters sleepless nights.

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BMW 7 Series recalled, sales stopped over airbag issues

BMW 7 Series recalled, sales stopped over airbag issues

If you're the owner of a new 2016 BMW 7 Series, you might be surprised to hear that a recall has already been issued, especially since you paid over $80,000 for one of the most high-tech, luxurious sedans available today. Unfortunately it's true, as US owners are being instructed to return to the dealership, while sales in the country have also been temporarily halted as well. The reason? A possible error may prevent the airbags from deploying during an accident.

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My Days of Thunder with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

My Days of Thunder with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder left a long-lasting impression. That was 1990 when I was a young lad of 14. Fast forward to the present day and I survived my own day of thunder at the Daytona International Speedway, driving the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus at ridiculous speeds and – through a combination of car and maybe luck - living to tell the tale.

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The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe is the 6 Series to have

The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe is the 6 Series to have

Once you accept the conceit that a 'coupe' is simply a styling concept and not a rigid term that's been co-opted to describe the number of doors grafted on to a given automobile, it becomes much easier to navigate the world of German luxury. The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe simply has more arms to hold you than the more traditional 6 Series coupe we reviewed earlier this year, and in the world of premium cars, more is always better.

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Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

Bentley imagines holographic butler as the ultimate luxury in autonomous driving

With the age of autonomous and AI-assisted driving quickly approaching, high-end car manufacturers are now considering how their passengers will be entertained and made more comfortable. Mercedes' concept features seats that swing around to face each other, while BMW envisions using the windshield as an augmented reality display. Bentley, on the other hand, seems to be toying with a concept of the ultimate luxury: a holographic butler to take care of passengers' needs.

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Mercedes’ New York showing is anything but subtle

Mercedes’ New York showing is anything but subtle

Most automakers bring one new model to the New York International Auto Show; Mercedes-Benz brought three. Whether indecision or simply being blessed with a surfeit of choice, the trio of three-pointed stars runs a range from potent convertible, through unusual crossover, to a luxury sedan that promises to be anything but restrained.

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BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

You wait an age for a stupidly-powerful, ridiculously-luxurious, vast Bavarian sports sedan, and then two come along at the same time. Sharing the spotlight at the New York International Auto Show today are two takes on the same car: BMW's tech-blessed 7 Series. On the one hand there's Alpina's 2017 B7, an independent take on the high-end sedan.

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