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Aero and the Beast | 2018 Chevrolet 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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Ford Ranger Raptor spotted testing in Michigan?

As if we didn't already have ample reason to be excited by the arrival of a brand-new Ford Ranger pickup truck on American shores, we now have evidence that the Dearborn-based automaker has a jacked-up off-road variant in the works. Will it be called the Ranger Raptor? We don't know, and honestly, we don't really care ... just so long as it's real. There appears to be an aggressive grille hiding behind the camouflage, probably similar to the one seen on the larger F-150 Raptor. But we're more…
The Chevy Colorado ZR2 has officially been put on notice.

2018 BMW X3: All-new, faster, and more efficient than ever

Today, at its birthplace in Spartanburg, S.C., BMW revealed the all-new 2018 X3. The model gets a host of new features and equipment, and, for the first time, an M Performance variant. Along with a new platform, the X3 gets new engines, new technology, and promises to drive better than ever. The US will get two models at launch, the X3 xDrive30i and the X3 M40i. Pricing hasn't been announced, but the new model will go on sale in November. As before, the X3 will be built alongside the X4, X5,…
The car boasts new tech to connect your car, your phone, and your home.

Chevy Bolt drag races VW Golf GTI - and there's a clear winner

It should come as no surprise to anyone who understands the torque that comes from an electric motor, but this video making the rounds demonstrates that even a Volkswagen Golf GTI, a benchmark for hatch hotness, is not hot enough to beat an all-electric Chevy Bolt EV. In two out of three races, the Bolt beats the GTI handily. In one race, the Bolt has a bad launch but still manages to finish neck-and-neck against the GTI, which has a 2.0 liter turbo four and can do 0-to-60 in about 6 seconds…
It's no contest.

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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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