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?

Aston Martin DBX Preview

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What it is:  The newest sign that the end is nigh? Also, “nigh”? In what other context would one use that word? What were we saying? Oh, right, DBX. Well, it’s part of Aston Martin’s plan for long-term survival. And we all know what that means these days: a crossover/SUV-type thingamabob. We saw it first … [Read more…]

Ram Rebel Preview

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What it is: Ram’s answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor. Why it matters:  With the full Ram engineering overhaul postponed, FCA is eager to use what it has on the shelf to eat into Raptor sales. Ram can’t let Ford suck up every spendthrift interested in owning an airborne pickup.