Mohamed Ashraf Abed

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Autoblog Brings Automotive Obsession to Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / October 8, 2013<p>Autoblog is the online site for people who are obsessed with cars.<p>Staffed with its own editorial and photography …

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport First Test

Because Everyone Loves an Underdog<p>Know the secret to being cool? Be yourself, they say. But what if being yourself isn’t so great? It appears as though the Lexus IS 350 F Sport has been going through this dilemma, as it has tried to be like something else: the BMW 3 Series.<p>It’s no secret that Lexus …

2014 BMW i8 Preproduction First Drive

Special BMWs, i Like M<p>I’m driving between road courses at BMW‘s test facility in the South of France. The preproduction i8 is nearly silent, a slight whine from the front-mounted electric drivetrain makes it into the cabin. The engineers’ attempts at willing the car into good behavior are nearly as …

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 First Drive

The Best Gets Better<p>I’ve heard German car engineers make a lot of bold claims. I’ve heard them claim to have “perfected perfection” and to have increased intangibles like “sportiveness” and “dynamism.” They do it a lot. But I heard something at the launch of the 911 GT3 that I hadn’t heard before. …

2014 Toyota Corolla S First Test

S for Slow, not Sport<p>In a race to the bottom, the Toyota Corolla might be pulling ahead of the competition. No one expects the Corolla — even in sportier S trim — to set records in a straight line or around a track, but a few of the compact sedan’s hundreds of thousands of buyers might actually …

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible First Look

View 16 Photos<p>General Motors usually heavily hypes the arrival of a new Camaro, but somehow the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible did not make it into the hopper. The refreshed drop-top Camaro made its global debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with the same updated front and rear styling as the …

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo First Drive

Just Your Everyday Cruiser, Whether Your Commute Is the Autobahn or the Nürburgring – Or Both<p>It’s the midrange. That eye-opening, grip-tightening, “My God”-inducing midrange. Pick an rpm level and open the throttle. Doesn’t matter where, the expletives will come — quickly. The last 911 Turbo S we …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG S Model First Drive

The Big, Fast Easy: Is AMG's Latest Bruiser as Fast as it is Refined?<p>The moment I crested 200 kilometers per hour, I realized how ridiculous the new S63 AMG is. (That’s about 125 of our superior miles per hour.) I was on a rain-slicked section of unrestricted autobahn near Munich, though for all …

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec First Drive

One Lap of Oregon on 26 gallons<p>Shortly after Mercedes-Benz launched the new four-cylinder 2014 E250 Bluetec twin-turbodiesel in Portland, I borrowed one for a longer jaunt to better assess whether this four-banging oil-burner was up to the task of lugging three adults and their abundant luggage up …

2014 Volkwagen Jetta 1.8T First Drive

Think of it as 2.0T Lite<p>Volkswagen has taken plenty of ribbing in recent years for its 2.5-liter I-5 engine, offered as a lower-cost alternative to the more favorable 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 in the SE and SEL trims of the Jetta (as well as Golf and Passat models). With a reputation for being …

2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Exclusive First Test

Finding Its Place in the Overachiever's Club<p>It’s not easy being the new kid, especially at the high-performance prep school. With a few notable exceptions, Ferrari doesn’t really make bad cars. Many are among the best performers of their generation, and here comes the 2014 F12 Berlinetta, ready to …

2014 BMW M3/M4 First Ride

5th-gen power, 1st gen fuel economy<p>BMW has finally pulled back the curtain a bit farther on the M3 sedan and M4 coupe, revealing a tantalizing amount of technical detail during a “second look/first ride” event held near the vehicle’s birthplace outside Munich. We’ll spare the suspense and let you …

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 vs. 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta vs. 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Sports Cars Don’t Get Better Than This<p>It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No, I’m not talking about the Jacobin Reign of Terror, or anything to do with Charles Dickens. I’m talking about how the <i>Motor Trend</i> staff felt after wrapping up our 2013 Best …

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith First Drive

A True Gentleman Of GTs, Until It Speaks<p>Wraith. The name conjures images of something moving swiftly along damp and misty Mayfair roads at four in the morning; a half-seen apparition momentarily visible in the yellow glare of the streetlights before disappearing into the darkness with a hiss of …

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C First Drive

Bringing Sexy Back: Alfa Romeo’s Return to the U.S. is Simply Stunning<p>Do you even care? Honestly, if I told you the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C drives like a 1983 Dodge Diplomat on bald tires, would it really make a difference? After all, Alfa told us that the 4C has “more to do with the heart than with the …