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Aero and the Beast | 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE First Drive

The 1LE badge wasn't meant to conjure up an image of a track-dominating pony car, originally. It was just an ordering shorthand, a Regular Production Option, a box to check so the line worker knows what to bolt onto the next car. Some RPO codes have acquired a mythos, becoming marketing terms unto themselves. ZR1, Z71, Z28. But the 1LE, despite sounding like a base trim level on a Cruze, is something special. Racing plays a large part in the 1LE's beginnings. In the mid-1980s, Camaros were…
Suspension by Multimatic, brakes by Brembo, tires by Goodyear. Smiles by whoever's driving.
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Form and function in fairly equal parts | 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive

Alfa Romeo, a brand synonymous with sports cars that combine beautiful Italian design with historically dodgy reliability, now makes a crossover. The Stelvio is named after what is quite possibly the best driving road in the world, and the automaker would have you believe that it is the most purely focused driver's ute in the world. To that end, the Stelvio boasts a perfect 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, a fast 12.0:1 steering ratio, and an all-wheel-drive system that's tuned to send…
The finely tailored Italian crossover that doesn't come with an exorbitant price tag.
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New Ferrari 488 variant spied at the 'Ring

Most Ferrari models eventually give birth to various special-edition or short-run variants. The Ferrari F12berlinetta gave way to the F12tdf. The Ferrari 458 Italia signed off with the wonderful 458 Speciale. It looks like the Italian automaker's current mid-engine V8 offering, the 488 GTB, is ready to spawn a variant of its own. Exactly what the model might be remains to be seen. There are plenty of rumors surrounding the car. This could be a focused, track-ready version in the vein of the…
This could either be a high-performance variant or a low-cost Dino.
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2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody: Wider, grippier, faster

The Challenger Hellcat gets a new, wider iteration for the 2018 model year. Simply called the Hellcat Widebody, the car features the very same fender flares and front lip spoiler as the Dodge Demon, but with the "normal" 707-horsepower supercharged V8 of the basic Hellcat. This means that it isn't quite as wild of an upgrade as we were expecting when we saw a prototype last month, but that doesn't mean it's a disappointment. The addition of Demon flares creates space for new 11-inch-wide…
Dodge is taking orders in July.
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Porsche says half of its sales will be electric by 2023

Porsche, whose presence in the plug-in vehicle market has been pretty minimal, now plans to substantially boost its commitment to electric vehicles in the next few years. The German luxury automaker intends to dedicate up to half its annual production to electric vehicles by 2023, Electrek reported, citing comments CEO Oliver Blume made to German publication Manager Magazin. Specifically, the company says it will be able to produce as many as 60,000 EVs annually from its Zuffenhausen factory in…
Porsche, whose electric-vehicle presence has been minimal, is planning a jump in electric-vehicle production over the next six years.

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What does the money factor mean when leasing a new car

When it's time to negotiate a lease on new car, few items appear quite as mysterious as the money factor. It probably won't appear on your lease contract, and there's a good chance your salesperson may not even know what it is, but understanding the…
When it's time to negotiate a lease on new car, few items appear quite as mysterious as the money factor.

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