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Mercedes-AMG GT C first drive review: AMG’s celebratory gift is a delight

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have not always been adversaries. The two German automotive icons, hailing from east and north of Stuttgart, Germany, respectively, were once occasional collaborators. Not that you'd know that from behind the wheel of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C coupe. This squat, wide, coupe is the range-topper in the AMG GT lineup, at least...

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Lamborghini Aventador S first drive review: the wrong car for a traffic jam

Anyone who has been to Monterey Car Week in general and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, specifically, know that the whole affair creates a special kind of congestion caused by automotive exotica of all sorts. You might see a string of Rolls-Royces, or vintage Ferraris, or Koenigseggs, or VW Microbuses, or any a mix of exotics and classics. It's...

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Ford F-150 first drive review: so good you won’t even notice

When the new Ford F-150 was unveiled in 2015, it was the world's first aluminum pickup truck, an innovation that General Motors and Ram still haven't caught up with. Combined with a pair of twin-turbocharged V-6 engines, Ford's perennial best-seller pushed the art of the truck into an important new...

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Nissan Frontier Pro-4X off-road review

Term limits don't apply to the new car industry. If they did, the 2017 Nissan Frontier you see here wouldn't be a dead-ringer for the 2005 Nissan Frontier that hit dealer lots during George W. Bush's first term. A lot has changed since 2005. But not the Frontier. Sure, it's up for a redesign, but...

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Audi TT RS first drive review: overcoming imbalance

If you were going to design a sports car, you wouldn't start with the layout of the Audi TT. You wouldn't choose a front-wheel-drive architecture. You wouldn't turn the engine sideways, and you damn sure wouldn't locate it ahead of the front axle. Instead, you'd start...

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