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Aston Martin Will Build DBX and Electric RapidE in U.K.

Crossover will be manufactured in a new plant in Wales.<p>Aston Martin has announced that it will open a new manufacturing plant in St. Athan, U.K., that will build the brand’s first crossover, the DBX. The automaker also confirmed that the production of their next-generation vehicles will continue at …

Leaked Audi Product Chart Suggests R8 V-6 Coming in 2018

SQ7, RS 5, and TT RS also on the way.<p>A leaked Audi product planning chart suggests that a V-6-powered version of the R8 is on its way and will be introduced in 2018. The V-6 engine is rumored to be an all-new, twin-turbocharged unit that’s expected to debut in the next-generation RS 4. Currently, …

Patent Images Seem to Reveal the $2.5M Lamborghini Centenario

We’ve heard talk about Lamborghini’s Centenario hypercar for a few months now. It’ll cost approximately $2.5 million and have a limited run of exactly 20 coupes and 20 roadsters (which allegedly are already sold out). It could even have something like 759 horsepower. Nobody knows what it looks like …

Sports Cars

Bare Carbon McLaren P1, Special 675LT Spider Debut

Next month, at the Geneva auto show, McLaren will trot out unique versions of two sold-out supercars and parade them in front of some of the wealthiest people in all of Europe. One is the P1, which ended its 375-car run two months ago, and the other a 675LT Spider, which sold out all 500 examples …

Audi RS7 Reviews | Audi RS7 Price, Photos, and Specs

Few would call the 560-hp Audi RS7 underpowered. Yet Audi still felt it necessary to breathe more grunt into the RS7’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Dubbed the Audi RS7 Performance, the 605-hp model was introduced last year. Its extra power comes courtesy of a new turbocharger design, …

Volvo to Begin Selling Cars Without Physical Keys in 2017

In the past 25 or so years, the automotive key has undergone big changes, from security updates such as transponders to convenience updates like proximity keys that needn’t exit your pocket in order to unlock or start a car. The next Big Thing in keys is to do away with them entirely, a process …

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The Ultimate Antivenom: The Viper's Dying, and I Won't Miss It

The Viper has always felt like using a Louisville Slugger to play ping-pong.<p>From the March 2016 issue<p>As I write this, only 2687 current-gen Dodge Vipers have been produced since the car’s last refurbishment in 2012. Maybe we should think of calling Sir Elton John. He could belt out another …

Mercedes-AMG G63 / G65 4Matic Reviews | Mercedes-AMG G63 / G65 4Matic Price, Photos, and Specs

Just weeks after unveiling the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-class at the Detroit auto show, Mercedes-Benz’s in-house performance sub-brand, AMG, is showing off the work it’s done to the big and brash Geländewagen. The first AMG model, once again dubbed the Mercedes-AMG G63, is a high-performance …

Maserati Levante SUV Officially Revealed

Maserati has released the first official pictures of its upcoming new SUV, the Levante, ahead of the vehicle’s public debut at the Geneva auto show next month. The brand’s first sport-utility is claimed to be based on the same platform that underpins the Ghibli and Quattroporte sports sedans—and …

Jeep Announces 2016 Renegade "Dawn of Justice" Edition

We know that compact crossovers are getting more and more popular, but would you trade in the Batmobile for one? Evidently in the new superhero movie, <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>, Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) tools around in a Jeep Renegade. And Batman fans—of legal driving age—can be …

Armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard Announced

Mercedes has announced its latest vehicle intended to keep heads of state, royals, and oligarchs free from gunshot wounds and other nasty weapons-related injuries: the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard. Based on the mega-opulent Maybach S600, the vehicle meets VR10 protection standards according to …

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Volvo Adds Native Spotify Support to Its Product Line Globally

Attention Spotifans! Volvo has announced that it will be the first manufacturer to globally integrate the Spotify music-streaming app in its products, starting this spring with the XC90, S90, and V90. The app will be accessible via the cars’ Sensus touchscreen interface, the portrait orientation of …

Callaway Announces 610-Horsepower Camaro

When Callaway was working on its C7 program, ultimately resulting in a 627-hp Corvette Stingray and a 757-horse Z06, the venerable tuning company had an eye on Chevy’s next car powered by the LT-series small-block: the Camaro. And now they’ve loosed the bindings on their version of the …

Hennessey Announces 1032-HP Challenger and Charger Hellcats

Years and years ago, we knew this local jazz fusion drummer. He played with a group that did a 15-minute rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Buff the mind’s eyeball with that and tell us that they weren’t right in calling such an abomination “Whole Lotta Hell.” Thankfully, John …

Sports Cars

Bentley Mulsanne Reviews | Bentley Mulsanne Price, Photos, and Specs

If you’re rich—really rich—what fills your heart with dread? Not being rich anymore. Which may explain why the ultra-wealthy are drawn to objects that suggest permanence: big, imposing houses that look like they’ve been around forever and big, imposing cars like the Bentley Mulsanne, which is a …

Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Ending Production—Coupe and Convertible Won't Be Replaced

In the ultra-luxury sphere, life spans are longer than they are among the serf class. And so it is that the current Rolls-Royce Phantom is 13 years old, an eternity in car-years. But even a Rolls can’t roll on forever, and the company has announced that this-generation Phantom (the seventh, …

BMW M2 Reviews | BMW M2 Price, Photos, and Specs

While we tirelessly advocate the clutch-pedal-and-stick-shift way of life, we acknowledge that a well-tuned automatic occasionally can be the wiser choice. Perhaps stop-and-go traffic plagues your daily routine and your left leg needs a break. Or your significant other’s attention is tapped out by …

C Insanity: Brabus Tunes Mercedes-AMG to 650 Horsepower

The Teutonic technicians at Brabus have put their hands on the latest Mercedes-AMG C63 S, and the results are just as you would expect: more power, more carbon fiber, and, well, more of the fanatical attention to detail that the brand built its reputation on.<p>Brabus didn’t stray far from its proven …

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2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe: The Bridge Between C300 and C63

The pretty C-class coupe becomes a bit meaner.<p>Daimler’s Mercedes-AMG performance division is expanding—by taking over the former AMG Sport models and turning them into full-fledged AMGs. The change was ushered in by the Mercedes-AMG SLC43 and Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan. The C43 coupe is of course the …

2017 McLaren 570GT Pictures | Photo Gallery

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2017 McLaren 570GT Revealed!

A slightly more relaxed supercar.<p>Here’s one we definitely saw coming. We’ve been telling you that McLaren was planning to launch a grand touring model within its Sports Series lineup since before we knew that the Sports Series name was even a thing, and now McLaren has finally confirmed the GT’s …

2017 Audi S4 Avant (Euro-spec) Photo Gallery

Look on in Envy: New Audi S4 Avant

After unveiling the new S4 sedan—based on the redesigned, 2017 A4—at the Frankfurt auto show last fall, Audi has now seen fit to unwrap its wagon companion, the S4 Avant. Unfortunately, as Americans, we can only look on in envy.<p>The wagon’s new mechanicals mirror those of the sedan. The S4 goes …

2016 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6 Photo Gallery

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Land Rover Range Rover Reviews | Land Rover Range Rover Price, Photos, and Specs

Until recently, the Range Rover stood as a seemingly impermeable bulwark against the very concept of downsizing. The physical scale of Land Rover’s flagship luxury SUV was imposing enough, but this was also matched by powerplants that clearly equated bigger with better, intended for an ownership …

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The Over-$50K Club: The Most Expensive Pickup Trucks You Can Buy | Flipbook

The Over-$50K Club: The Most Expensive Pickup Trucks You Can Buy

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster / Boxster S

Excellence, blown.<p>Having escaped Michigan in February for the south of France to sample the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster convertible, we arrive to find one of our two expectations for the trip dashed. It’s drizzling and 50 degrees at Michelin’s test track on the outskirts of Marseille, where we’ve …

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