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Michael Harley

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Michael Harley — a bona fide automotive enthusiast right down to the core — has been driving, studying, reviewing, and photographing cars since he was legally licensed. He fuels his automotive passion by racing a Porsche Boxster with the Porsche Owners Club and embraces any opportunity to get behind the wheel of a high-power motorized vehicle. Michael is a professional automotive journalist, an experienced photographer, and part owner of GSR Autosport — a multi-facetted award-winning automotive racing business campaigning a BMW in the popular Formula Drift series. In addition to Autoblog, Michael is a contributing writer for numerous automotive club publications and the global marketing firm of J.D. Power and Associates.

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    First Drive: 2015 Honda CR-V
    Meaningful Mid-Cycle Refresh Leaves This Cute-Ute All Grown Up 1412092620

    Predicting the future direction of Honda's compact CR-V would have been difficult based on the Civic-derived model that first arrived on our shores for the 1997 model year. The newcomer, selling alongside the body-on-frame Passport (a hastily rebadged Isuzu Rodeo), was a cute compact crossover ...

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    Review: 2014 Pagani Huayra
    A Cool $1.84 Million -€“ Therapy Not Included 1411747020

    As I pilot the Pagani Huayra down a busy Los Angeles freeway, I can't help but grow increasingly concerned about my psychological state – I've got a sneaking suspicion that I'm going a bit mad. My default condition as a law-abiding citizen is to typically play it safe to avoid ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Toyota Yaris
    Refreshed To Sell Confidence And Value, Not Innovation And Technology 1411660620

    Advertising firms have done an admirable job convincing consumers that the easiest way to find a best-in-segment car or truck is by looking at a few key metrics. In the most elementary terms, the vehicle with the highest horsepower, most gears in its transmission housing, lowest acceleration ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid
    Refreshed, Resculpted, Polished And Refined 1411412280

    Toyota offers many flavors of its refreshed 2015 Camry, but those who choose to lower their operating cost-per-mile, squeeze 500-plus miles out of each tank of fuel or run a very efficient and reliable sedan in their taxi fleets will only be interested in one: the Camry Hybrid. The exterior of ...

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    Video: GT-R owner finds going 200 mph on a public freeway is asking for trouble
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    We are going to start with the disclaimer: do not try this at home. Ever. That covered, we've been intrigued with a video that is making its rounds on the enthusiast forums. Shot from a dash cam, with a full performance overlay, it shows a modified 800 horsepower Nissan GT-R (with its ...

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    Review: 2015 Cadillac Escalade
    Flying High In Caddy's First-Class SUV 1409328000

    I have never liked traveling to Monterey, CA. The picturesque coastal city is about 300 miles from my home in Los Angeles, which means cramped and uncomfortable regional aircraft are part of the equation when the turnaround is only one night. Over the years, I have cursed the LA Basin's ...

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    Video: Evo pits BMW M3 against Porsche Macan in drag battle
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    If you want to move five passengers in very rapid fashion and you've got a $75,000 budget, two newly introduced four-door models immediately come to mind – both are the highest performing vehicles in their respective segments. But which is faster off the line, to the 60-mile-per-hour ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic
    Luxury Bruiser Loves To Run, Hates To Dawdle 1408377420

    Let us pause as I toss a Kleenex to the owners of Mercedes-Benz's $166,900 S600 and $222,000 S65 AMG models. The quickest S-Class is not fitted with a twin-turbocharged V12 driving its rear wheels. Instead, that honor goes to this $141,450 S63 AMG, which arrives with a twin-turbocharged V8, a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Acura TLX
    Splitting The Difference Makes The Difference 1407167820

    Immediately after landing at Washington's Dulles airport, an Acura representative handed me the keys to a 2014 TSX with fewer than 180 miles on its clock. The four-cylinder engine started and I pointed its signature beak towards a destination in Middleburg, VA. It was a curious move by the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Porsche Macan S
    Stuttgart's Entry-Level Crossover Is Everything But 1406822220

    I'd be willing to bet that 99 percent of all Porsche Macan owners will never take their vehicle on a track or see any more off-roading than a dirt path to a summer cottage, yet I maintain that there is no better venue to explore the absolute outer limits of the automaker's newest small family ...

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    First Drive: 2016 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype [w/video]
    Making The Case To Build A Brand-Defining Sports Car 1406563020

    It only takes about half a lap of the Millbrook Proving Grounds for me to become convinced that Infiniti must build this car. The sedan I am piloting around the English circuit is a working prototype of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept that made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show earlier ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT
    Analog Warmth And Stunning Looks For Under $100k 1404921480

    Only one thing is going through my mind as I blast down the Autobahn at 170 miles per hour: If someone were to give me $100,000 today, I'd go buy a new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT tomorrow. I know there are a dozen other choices out there – cars that are more powerful, quicker around a road ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Sonata
    Charting A Premium Course In A Crowded Segment 1404143820

    Completely redesigning a vehicle competing in a fiercely contested segment requires delicately balancing styling, performance, safety, efficiency, innovation, passenger comfort and pricing, while simultaneously not alienating model loyalists. In other words, it's no simple task. Automakers ...

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    Review: 2014 Jaguar XJL AWD 3.0
    Traditional Chariot Of Grandeur Gets A Few Upgrades 1403712060

    A bit of British nobility floods the senses when piloting the 2014 Jaguar XJ. It's an emotional rush, a perception based on physical surroundings that influence the mind in much the same manner that a stein of pilsner tastes best when consumed in a German beer garden and no sand is softer than ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
    A Crossover That Sips Hydrogen And Drips Water 1403107020

    Hyundai leased its first Tucson Fuel Cell crossover last week, which the automaker claims makes it the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that has been offered to the public (Honda may have something to say about that...). The vehicle, which consumes hydrogen and emits only clean water ...

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    Official: Hyundai delivers its first Tucson Fuel Cell to a California customer
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    With expected pomp and circumstance, but short of a marching band, Hyundai delivered its first Tucson Fuel Cell crossover to the Bush family in Southern California on Tuesday. Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, was on hand to officiate along with an ...

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    Followup: 2015 Ford Mustang's curb weight appears to be anyone's guess
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    Ford Mustang enthusiasts rejoiced when they first learned that the all-new sixth-generation model would feature a fully independent rear suspension (IRS) and the option of a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder in addition to its naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
    More Complexity And Cost, Yet Less Charm 1401389880

    Infiniti launched its seven-passenger JX crossover for the 2013 model year with the automaker's familiar 3.5-liter V6 as standard equipment. For 2014, the model was renamed the QX60, and a new variant packing a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain joined the lineup. (For those interested in the ...

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    Review: 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
    Shot Through The Heart By A Rosso Corsa Italian Cupid 1401292620

    I wasted my last hour with the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale pacing the polished concrete floor of Home Depot. My quest was to find an industrial-strength adhesive that would permanently bond me to the bright-red Italian's carbon-fiber racing seat. At that moment, I was determined to spend the rest ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW M3 Sedan
    The No-Compromise Four-Door M 1400602500

    BMW's all-new M3 Sedan is dynamically nearly identical to its two-door M4 Coupe sibling: a stopwatch reveals that both are sub-four-second cars to 60 miles per hour, a racetrack proves that the mechanical twins are equally as adept on a road course and a full afternoon of driving on public roads ...

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