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Matt Davis

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Matt Davis has kept his home and studio in Milan, Italy, since 2001. To his bewilderment, he remains the only American car nut doing this job at a big-league level in Europe. Matt writes about and snaps photos of every brand of car for every important market worldwide. In the U.S., he has been European editor for Winding Road and European Car, was associate editor with Auto World Weekly, plus a correspondent for AutoWeek, Edmunds InsideLine, Esquire and others. He is co-founder and chairman of the World Car Awards and on the jury for the International Engine of the Year awards.

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    First Drive: 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari [w/video]
    The Red Icing And Candles On This Year's Hybrid Hypercar Cake 1402588620

    What a year it's been for enthusiasts who love high-performance, higher-dollar automobiles. The past twelve months or so have been consumed with the three horsemonsters of today's hybrid hypercar enlightenment: the Porsche 918 Spyder, the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari. Getting into just two ...

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    First Drive: 2015 McLaren 650S Spider [w/video]
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    It seems like only yesterday that we enjoyed a mad dash in McLaren's wild P1 hybrid wallet-breaker. Now here we are, already back with the Brits, this time in on the great roads of southern Spain and at Ascari Race Resort as McLaren launches what has already become its most important seller, the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet
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    Drivers are either droptop people or they're not. As most usually aren't – at least as far as the willingness to buy one is concerned – all convertibles tend to remain strictly niche cars. Thus, automakers must ask a noticeably higher price for them.

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Audi S1 Quattro [w/video]
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    Audi may only now be fully committing to the US compact car market with a range of A3 models, but it's got far more small car expertise than most Americans realize, and its offerings get even tinier, too. Back in 2010, Audi leapt into the subcompact premium fray – in all markets but the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 McLaren P1 [w/video]
    Sampling Woking's Next-Level Hypercar On Jeremy Clarkson's Turf 1394812620

    We have already raved about the Porsche 918 Spyder, and all indications suggest we'll be moved to dispense flowery Italian prose about the upcoming Ferrari LaFerrari (even if the name does sound like a skip on a 45-rpm record). In between these two hypercars comes this British mind-boggle better ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic [w/video]
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    We all knew that Mercedes-Benz couldn't afford to resist the small SUVover segment for much longer. After all, it seems to be the fastest-growing segment in the galaxy, and in particular, it's the premium niche of that class – led by the hugely successful Land Rover Evoque and BMW X1 – ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe [w/video]
    Like A Stiff Shot Of Icy Jag-ermeister 1389891480

    This is it. This is the nasty cat we've been hankering for most. Whereas the Jaguar F-Type convertible remains the company's purest expression of lifestyle fun and expendable income, it's this coupe version that originally stole our eyeballs and never gave them back when it debuted as the C-X16 ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi RS Q3
    Practicality Packing Some RS Heat 1387472220

    The year 1994 was a really good year for German performance fans, because it was that year when Audi released its very first official RS model (for "RennSport," or racing sport), the RS2 Avant. Recently, I was invited to participate in a three-day leg of the Audi Land of Quattro Alpen Tour, a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
    On A Scale Of One To Ten, We're Going To Need A New Scale 1386867420

    Where the current roadgoing Ferrari coupe with its rear-mounted V8 can go beyond this Speciale edition, I don't know. The 458 Italia and Spider already hold a very dear place in the hearts of anyone who has driven them on a sunny day over great roads or tracks, and I was pretty sure nothing could ...

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    Quick Spin: 1984 Audi Sport Quattro
    Instigator For All Future, Meaner Audis 1383584280

    There I was, standing next to this 1984 Audi Sport Quattro painted Malachite Green – one of only 15 units ever delivered in said color – in the northern Italian mountain town of Merano. I was about to be encouraged to tear-ass over a few famous high altitude passes in this ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi A8
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    These large-footprint premium sedans have very outspoken fan clubs, for at this scale a company's design logic is laid out big on the table for all to dissect. Speaking for myself, I am an Audi A8/Volkswagen Phaeton kind of person. I absolutely enjoy the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and have a certain ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E [w/video]
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    The Swedes Bend Sixes And Fives Into Fours

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    First Drive: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C [w/video]
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    The Baby 458

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    First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
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    For Chief Execs In One Hell Of A Hurry

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    First Ride: 2015 BMW M3 and M4
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    Getting Our Butts In The Seats

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    Featured: Driving 50 years of Porsche 911 history
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    Raiding The Porsche Museum For A Fun Track Day

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTD
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    The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

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    Monterey: Spyker B6 Venator Spyder arrives November 2014 at $150,000
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    We met up with the well travelled Victor Muller at The Quail gathering at Monterey and talked turkey regarding the re-entry of Spyker production cars in the United States. He was showing off the running prototype of his new B6 Venator Spyder with 375-horsepower supercharged V6.

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    Confirmed: Mazda 16X rotary engine two years away, will arrive in all-new model
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    We last reported on Mazda's next-generation rotary engine project in June of 2012 when the automaker built its last Renesis-powered RX-8, but rumors of this new engine's development had been around way before that final car left the production line in Japan, last year.

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    First Drive: 2015 Fiat 500L Living [w/video]
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    Turning The World's Largest Fiat Into A Larger Three-Row MPV

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