Behind the Wheel of the Brawny Bugatti Chiron

A wildly powerful—and unexpectedly easy—ride

Driving a Bugatti Chiron isn’t what you imagine it would be like. The numbers associated with the car raise expectations to rather unachievable heights. (Can we really comprehend what a 1,500hp motor is like?) Having all that power available is tough to explain. It seems too simple; as though there should be a sequence of codes to input, or special permission granted. Technically all that …

Test Drive: The 2019 Mercedes-AMG 53 Series

High-performance in a subtle, sophisticated package

High-performance cars are meant to be fun, but brake calipers colored like Skittles and giant spoilers are a little overt for many drivers who don’t want their car to scream speed. For Mercedes-AMG—the performance arm of the Stuttgart-based brand—all that performance is available in more subtle designs. While not exactly impervious to the call of a fixed rear wing (the GT R coupe comes to …

Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Driving Tennessee’s infamous Tail of the Dragon in the brand's newest sedan

It’s the numbers that beckon: 318 turns on an uninterrupted 11-mile stretch of road called the Tail of the Dragon that starts at the Tennessee border with North Carolina. Officially designated US 129 in 1931, the route dates back centuries, created first by animals taking the path of least resistance through this section of the Great Smoky Mountains. Native Americans, British settlers and bandits widened …