Tag Archives: First Drives

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 first drive review: Country roads and chicken livers

There's one place where you can get great fried chicken livers on a Sunday morning in Georgia, before church is out. It's a low-ceiling kind of place, tacked on to a gas station, the hallmark of fine low-priced dining across the south. Over the first glorious spring weekend this year, I had just the thing to get there. And I knew the fastest way...

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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS first drive review: fighting for attention

Born into a prizewinning family, the 2018 Porsche 718 GTS may never be the champion of anything—not in the Porsche lineup at least. That doesn't mean it's not winner. The 2018 Porsche 718 GTS adds 15 horsepower and 8 pounds-feet of torque above the Cayman S or Boxster S, cuts 0.4 inches from the ride height from either, and stops quicker...

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive review: the way forward for a classic

The scene in the rearview mirror of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is remarkably clear. It's all high-definition vineyards and crystal-clear coastline, for as long as I dare look back. Why it's so clear: Engineers fitted thinner rear and side windows that are not only 6 pounds lighter, but also skip a defroster and the unforgivable clutter of...

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante video road test

The 2018 Aston DB11 Volante just may be the grandest of today's grand touring cars. A 2+2 convertible with a sensuous shape and 503 German horses under its clamshell bonnet, it's a beautiful means of getting you wherever you want to go. We drove the DB11 Volante on the California coast to find out just how grand Aston Martin's latest grand...

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Doing grown-up things with the do-it-all 2018 VW Golf GTI

No one car can do it all, but the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes pretty close. VW's hot hatch is almost as happy snaking through twisty canyon roads as it is doing adult stuff like hauling home lumber for a weekend project from the corner big box hardware store. Slap a roof rack on top and swap out the Pirelli all-season performance rubber for winter...

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2018 Volkswagen Golf R first drive review: no juvenile delinquent

Automaker family portraits are like most of ours. See that mohawk in the back? That's the Honda Civic Type R. The blue-face scoundrel flipping the bird? Hello, Ford Focus RS. Every family has someone bound for the pokey—even short stretches, but the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R skips hard time because it's effectively the VW GTI's twin...

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2018 Porsche Panamera first drive review: baser instincts

What's the biggest sacrifice you've ever had to make? Drip coffee at home instead of a drive-thru latte? The middle seat in back, in coach? Okay, breathe. The base 2018 Porsche Panamera won't trigger any gasps like those commonplace horrors. We've driven all kinds of Panameras this year, from the astounding Turbo and S-E Hybrid, to...

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