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2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG goes Unplugged in Detroit

As a reformed hooligan, there is still nothing more paralyzing to me than flashing red and blue lights matched with the sound of a siren, on a car headed right toward me. But it happens. And it happened while I stood in a cold Detroit parking lot taking the photos of the matte black 2014 …

Must Watch: 950-hp Ferrari LaFerrari Drift at Monza

“A Ferrari LaFerrari drifting around Monza’s Parabolica turn at full throttle” sounds like a gearhead’s MadLibs dream sentence. Dream no more, friends. Now you can see (and hear) this fantasy for real. Good speakers or headphones are a must.<p>With a 6.3 liter V-12 and HY-KERS electric assist …

Automotive Design

BMW Working on More Powerful, Sportier i8 Variant

We like the BMW i8 for its styling, its efficiency, and its fresh approach to what a sports car can be. If there’s one area where it might be perceived as falling short of the competition, it is in overall output. With 357 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, it is quick, turning in a 3.8-second …

BMW

The Camaro Z/28 actually laps faster with traction control on

Performance Traction Management can save your ass from embarrassment.<p>Yes, if you want all electric nannies completely put away, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will let you do that. But before putting on your macho face andreaching for the dial, consider all the effort Chevrolet put into Performance …

Drive Notes: 2014 Cadillac SRX

A slick winter-proof people mover.<p><i>The R&T staff drives and performance tests hundreds of new cars every year. Because we don't have time to give each one the full review treatment, we share select logbook notes here, in a quick, easily-digested format. Unless noted otherwise, each test car is in</i> …

Rumors Peg Dodge’s Hellcat V-8 As More Powerful Than Viper's V-10

Although rumors regarding Chrysler’s supercharged “Hellcat” engine have been trickling out for about a year now, the company has yet to officially confirm the engine exists, let alone issue any details. Earmarked for duty in the next-gen Dodge Challenger SRT, early speculation pegged the 6.2-liter …

Sports Cars

5 Questions for Audi Sport Head Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich – Feature

In the 2014 World Endurance Championship, no team faces more pressure to perform than Audi’s dominant motorsports division, Audi Sport, and its trio of R18 e-tron Quattro racers. With fresh competition from fellow VW Group member Porsche, as well as a hard-charging Toyota team, the Prototype 1 …

Sports Cars

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Spy Photos

The Range Rover Sport is about to get a lot more "sport," plus some zesty badging.<p><b>What It Is:</b> A Land Rover Range Rover Sport wearing the most sensationally patterned camouflage we’ve ever seen. Certainly, the blue, white, and black theme would be perfect for rendering this Range Rover Sport …

Land Rover

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid AWD

Pump-whipped in the quest for fuel-efficiency.<p>Nissan’s Pathfinder emerged for the 2013 model year wholly retooled for life in the modern world. The ladder-frame construction, rugged squared-off exterior, and respected 4.0-liter V-6 of the previous-generation Pathfinder were all ditched in the …

2014 Audi S5 vs. 2014 BMW 435i | Comparison Test

Conspiracy theorists will tell you that BMW’s payroll got a little lighter when the current-generation 3-series appeared. Our early reviews were tempered with disappointment because the car wasn’t as involving as its predecessor, confusing those readers who believed our affinity for the 3 was based …

Audi resurrects 1980s rudeness with debut of S1

Hold on to your mustaches—the '80s are back at Audi. The German automaker resurrected the S1 nameplate with the three-door S1 and the five-door S1 Sportback. Andif they're anything like their predecessor, it's probably safer if we don't get these hot hatches in the US. How do we know? We have a bit …

Audi TT

Volvo on Apple CarPlay and freedom of technology

Simple is better.<p>Showing that it knows how to steal the show no matter which show is happening, Apple announced CarPlay just in time for the Geneva Motor Show. Unlikecurrent iPhone connections, which have relied on the car's built-in infotainment system and user interface, CarPlay allows users to …

Auto Shows

2014 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake Revealed Ahead Of Geneva Motor Show

The Jaguar XFR-S is already an impressive drive. However, take its 550-horsepower drivetrain and pack it into the svelte body of the XF Sportbrake …

8 things I learned driving the Nissan IDx Nismo Concept

Fragile, priceless, and driven.<p>Concept cars are fragile, fanciful, nearly priceless machines intended to demonstrate a design language or test production ideas. But they are never, ever really designed to be driven. At least not very far. But that didn't stop us from asking if we could slide behind …

Alfa Romeo

2015 BMW X3

Visually, it's largely the same as its predecessor, until you look underhood.<p>Those who aren’t into BMWs might not even notice at first, but BMW’s X3 just got a face lift. Honest. Adrian van Hooydonk’s design team has completely redesigned the twin kidney grilles—they now look three-dimensional and …

Facelifts

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD CNG: Bi-Fuel Redux

Chevy's big-boy pickups renew their natural gas option.<p><i>Update 4/15/14:</i> <i>Chevrolet has announced that the bi-fuel/CNG option will add $9500 to the sticker price of Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups. The option will be available on all 2015 Silverado 2500/3500HD models with single-rear-wheel …

Autos

Six-Grand Clutch Dump in New Corvette Z06 High on Agenda for Vice President Biden

In what will likely be remembered as one of the most candid and improbably patriotic statements to ever be uttered by a politician, Vice President Joe Biden recently stated that “one overwhelming reason not to run for President” in 2016 is the chance to drive the new Corvette Z06. The VP proceeded …

Sports Cars

Total Fox Scarlett Johansson Drives Black Corvette in New Captain America Flick

When Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Black Widow in the upcoming Marvel flick, <i>Captain America: The Winter Soldie</i>r, she’ll be rolling in a black-on-black Corvette Stingray personalized for the character. Unveiled today at the 2014 Chicago auto show, Chevrolet didn’t elaborate on any possible …

Marvel Universe

Volkswagen Refines Taigun Crossover as It Nears Production

No, “Taigun” isn’t a misspelling of “Tiguan,” the small, 174.5-inch-long crossover you can buy at your local Volkswagen dealer. Taigun is a still-smaller 157.3-inch-long crossover that won’t be found on a lot near you ever—unless you’re reading this from Brazil or India. You can get a sense of …

São Paulo

2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S

Downton Abbey's bad boy.<p>It’s been said you have only one chance to make a good first impression. And if the occasion were selecting just the right kind of contemporary Bentley in which to arrive at the front door of <i>Downton Abbey’</i>s Highclere Castle, might we suggest the Continental GT V8 S? Sure, …

Drive Notes: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

<i>The R&T staff drives and performance tests hundreds of new cars every year. Because we don't have time to give each one the full review treatment, we share select logbook notes here, in a quick, easily-digested format. Unless noted otherwise, each test car is in the office for two weeks and is</i> …

We put the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 on ice

Wherein a Maserati's side window is used for forward vision.<p>You know the scene in <i>Rush</i> where Niki Lauda unleashes his arsenal of F1 know-how on a road-going Lancia 2000 Berlina Sedan? That's sort of what it's like riding in a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 with rally champion Alex Fiorio. We're …

Long-term Exotic: 1991 Acura NSX

Living with the hero.<p>1991 ACURA NSX<p><b>We said then:</b><p>"Its fresh, clean-sheet design is about to offer other exotic cars a lesson in civility." — <i>Road & Track</i>, August 1990<p>Seeing an NSX parked in my garage still elicits an occasional double take, an instinctive is-it-real reflex following more than a …

Supercars

2015 Ford Mustang: In-Depth with the Team that Made It Happen

On its 50th anniversary, a new, modern Mustang sets out to conquer the world.<p>Americans are large and loud, exporters of crap culture and arrogance; a garish, gluttonous people with no couth, no class, and crude sports cars.<p>It’s really only that last point that gnaws at us. What are you supposed to …

Sports Cars

2014 Toyota Highlander

So long, Spongebob: This minivan surrogate is now more stylish.<p>Toyota doesn’t want its all-new 2014 Highlander to be painted with the same “Mom Bomb” brush that’s ruined sales of minivans. So for 2014, Toyota’s wrapped its huge-selling crossover SUV in more-angular sheetmetal designed to attract …

The Continental: BMW Doubts Modernism, Benz Sending Non-Corleone Vito to U.S., AMG on a Roll

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i><p>BMW’s F30 3-series architecture is one of the industry’s most fertile, …

Automotive Design