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Test Drive: The Bentley Bentayga
Premium SUVs are a funny concept—the words "sport" and "utility" are in general tension with the notion of "luxury." The reality is, most customers will never push their SUVs (or sports cars for that matter) as far as they’re capable. But somewhere...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2016 Audi Q7
by Michael Frank Audi's latest Q7, its seven-passenger crossover, is a much-improved driver’s car. This is chiefly due to weight—while the outgoing seven-passenger Q7 could weigh up to 5,412 pounds, the new one is down to 4,938 pounds. A future...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2015: Cars and Tech
With each new software update, design tweak or circuit configuration, it becomes more and more difficult to imagine there’s any space left for our daily technologies to improve. But, without fail, we are surprised and impressed by a new gadget, interface...
DESIGN
Long Term Test Drive: Mercedes AMG E63 Wagon
In the Fall of 2013, we spent a day driving the fastest station wagon on American soil and were thoroughly impressed. Both at the Willow Springs race track and on the surrounding streets, the freshly redesigned Mercedes AMG E63 S 4MATIC Wagon delivered...
DESIGN
Andretti Autosport's Volkswagen Beetles at Global Rallycross
by Justin Kaehler Volkswagen’s Beetle is a global icon. It’s cheap. It’s cute. And it's cheerful. And despite the brand's scandals of late, VW has pushed innovations in design and engineering for decades. That said, it’s a bit of a shock to see...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2016 Infiniti QX50
Infiniti invited us to visit San Diego, CA to get behind the wheel of the 2016 QX50 crossover and to check out their recently opened design studio. At the studio—which is one of four global design centers dedicated to Infiniti, and not their...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum
by Sue Mead The Ford Explorer has been the best-selling SUV in America for 25 years, and in order to keep that title, the brand has given the model a refresh. For 2016, the cars come with new sheetmetal from the A-pillar forward, a remodeled...
DESIGN
Test Drive: The 2016 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
When Mercedes-Benz re-introduced the A-Class in 2012, the radical redesign was presented as the "heartbeat of a generation." This double entendre referred to the brand’s new generation of design as well as its new target consumer market. Since then...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 and Range Rover Td6
by Davide Miguel It makes sense to test drive Land Rover’s all-new Td6 diesels in the land that Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, once held in his terroristic grip. After all, “putting the screws” to people was his specialty, and torque is literally...
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Test Drive: 2016 Volvo S60 Inscription
Self-driving cars are undoubtedly the hottest topic in the auto industry right now, and for good reason: removing human error from driving promises safer roads for all. Mercedes Benz, Google and Audi have all released their own version of an autonomous...
DESIGN
Piloting a Super Aviator Personal Submersible
by Steph Yin Today—after a storied past involving crafts shaped like bells, powered by oars, equipped with flame-throwers, and designed after whale bodies—there’s a new sub in town, and it’s unlike any of its ancestors. Orcasub is a one-of-a-kind...
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Test Drive: McLaren 650S Spider
by Michael Frank There is a moment while I’m driving the $285,000, 642-horsepower McLaren 650S Spider that physically hurts. The car is hurtling fluidly around a corner with so much tenacity and grip that I can feel the g-forces bending against...
DESIGN
Test Drive: BMW's Reinvented 7 Series
The myriad of innovations within BMW's all-new flagship model—the 7-series—is apparent from the moment someone hands you a display key. Yes, display key. The small device features a color touch screen that can be used to answer those ubiquitous nagging...
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Test Drive: 2016 Audi TT
by Sue Mead Recently, on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, we were lucky enough to test drive Audi's latest iteration of their miniature masterpiece. The 2016 Audi TT redesign goes beyond form and has been endowed with significant updates in technology...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Subaru Outback in Yellowstone
by Sasha Barkans “There are Washburn Expedition reports from 1870 suggesting these springs sounded like distant artillery," our guide shouts over the bellowing Dragon’s Mouth Spring in Yellowstone National Park. As he tells us about the minerals...
DESIGN
Test Drive: The All-New 2016 Volvo XC90
An hour outside of Barcelona in a sleepy seaside town that only sees action a few months of the year sits the culmination of an $11 billion dollar investment. Volvo's 2016 XC90 is the product of not just the global investment that came from Chinese...
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Test Drive: The New Mercedes-Benz C Class AMG Models
How do you improve on the best selling performance car at Mercedes-Benz? First you add two new models to the AMG lineup to provide drivers more choice. Then you make each of them stand out in their own way. Faster, substantially more fuel efficient...
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Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R
by Justin Kaehler Just last year, it seemed Volkswagen had reached peak hatchback status, but evidently, they had grand plans. The respected company is now ready to release its ultimate hatchback, the Golf R. It’s the fastest, most powerful Golf...
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Test Drive: 2015 Acura TLX in Park City, Utah
En route to this year's Sundance Film Festival, we hopped into a 2015 Acura TLX, the brand's latest mid-sized performance sedan, to drive from Salt Lake City to Park City, Utah. Acura has been a premier sponsor of the festival for five years now...
TRAVEL
Skijoring with Bentley
Given the extreme winter weather in the Northeastern United States, we thought it would be appropriate and entertaining to resurface this story from 2012 Roughly translated to "ski driving," skijoring is a Scandinavian-originated snow sport where...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 911 Porsche Carrera GTS
by Sue Mead “Hang on, I’m going to push the awesome button,” shouted our co-driver, above the hearty resonance of the 2015 Porsche Carrera GTS’s exhaust note. We were already motoring at a healthy speed through a sweeping corner, along the legendary...
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Test Ride: 2015 Ducati Scrambler
Originally introduced in 1962 exclusively in the United States, the Ducati Scrambler was a 250cc single-cylindar thumper on par with much of the enduro-style bikes coming out of Japan at the time. In 1968, its stateside popularity led to the launch...
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Test Drive: Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle
by Justin Kaehler People often say the next generation of automobile must offer a “magic bullet” solution to our current energy needs, which really means we need vehicles that eliminate our need for gas completely. There’s a lot of talk about the...
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Song of the Car: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0
Welcome to Planet Cadillactica, a far-off galaxy where cars are creations from the past that feel like the future. The storied automaker's past has been celebrated by a new generation, who have transformed 1970s Cadillacs into works of unapologetic...
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Test Drive: 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed
We’ve driven and reviewed most of Bentley’s line up but held back on our review of their flagship Mulsanne until we got to spend the day in the Mulsanne Speed, the souped-up variant of the stately sedan that was launched in 2010. We drove from Bal...
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