Lamborghini Huracán Performante

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What it is: The lightening-and-quickening makeover that Lambo uses to lift the appeal of its models as they approach middle age. The Superleggera name will not return, but the superlight philosophy to which it refers certainly will, meaning the ultimate Huracán will be around 90 pounds lighter, as well as sharper and faster than the … [Read more…]

Mercedes-AMG “Project One” Preview

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What it is: Internally called Project One, this top-level hypercar (think Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder) is being designed to mark the pinnacle of race-car engineering with extensive technology transfer from Formula 1. Coincidentally, it will also mark AMG’s 50th anniversary. It’s not intended to crack top-speed records like the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, … [Read more…]

Audi RS5 2018 Preview

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What it is: Audi’s monster version of the new A5 coupe. It’s powered by a furious twin-turbocharged V-6, fitted with a rear-biased all-wheeldrive system, and comes wearing a wide body that evokes, for some of us, the original Sport Quattro rally cars. For the first time, there will be a four-door RS5 Sportback; the RS5 … [Read more…]

BMW 3-series 2018 Preview

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What it is: The next generation of the quintessential compact sports sedan. BMW has traditionally offered a four-door sedan and a station wagon, but we hope the misleadingly named “Gran Turismo” hunchback will remain without a successor.

Honda Civic Type R 2018 Preview

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What it is: A hard-edged Civic track car for the street. Honda doesn’t do surprises anymore, so the new R plays to type with big power, a big wing, and a little red H on its nose. More important: no hybrid, no all-wheel drive, and no automatic transmission.

Mercedes-AMG C63 R Preview

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What it is: The ultimate performance C-class, wide-bodied and carbon- fiberized. In the past, AMG might’ve called it the Black Series, but AMG has begun badging its track-focused models with the letter R. Like the AMG GT R, the C63 R gets more power, loses weight, and benefits from increased downforce due to aerodynamic enhancements.

Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer Preview

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How is it that, in a market gone gaga for three-row SUVs, there’s not a single Jeep with a way-back seat? Armchair product planners might think this an oversight, while FCA shareholders no doubt consider it tantamount to corporate malfeasance.

Kia Stinger Preview

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Kia gave us plenty of warning that it would eventually build a car like this. Back in 2011, Kia’s Frankfurt show stand featured a rear-drive GT concept, and then, three years ago, Kia unveiled the rear-drive Stinger GT4 two-door concept in Detroit.

Jaguar I-Pace Preview

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It’s been less than 10 years since Jaguar stopped building the self-consciously retrostyled S-type sedan. You remember, the car with a grille exactly the shape of a wallmounted urinal?