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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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    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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    Official: Ford opens order banks for 2015 Mustang, pricing starts at $24,425*
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    Ford is officially selling its all-new 2015 Mustang, following today's release that the automaker has begun accepting orders for the fastback model. Accompanying the announcement came the long-awaited pricing for the entry level model, fitted with the 3.7-liter V6, which will start at $24,425 ...

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    First Ride: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
    Welcoming Back A Turbo Four After Almost 30 Years 1400255820

    Earlier this week, Ford invited us to Charlotte, NC, to ride in an all-new 2015 Mustang fitted with its turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. It's the first forced-induction, four-cylinder ponycar for the Blue Oval since the sun set on the 1986 Mustang SVO. We jumped at the opportunity, ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW M4 Coupe
    Rising To The Next Rung Up The Ladder 1399910340

    Launched out of the seat by a huge, unexpected dip in the road, yet still held largely in place by the smooth webbing of my safety belt, I clench my teeth waiting to come back to earth. A tenth of a second later, the M4 Coupe touches down and my body is slammed into the leather seat cushion. All ...

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    Report: Krafcik lands new role as president of TrueCar
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    John Krafcik, who stepped down at the beginning of this year from his role as president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has just been announced as the new president of online car shopping website TrueCar. The news comes on the heels of an announcement, less than a month ago, that Krafcik was ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW i8 [w/video]
    Sensual Design Complements Technical Brilliance 1398700620

    The most important thing to keep in mind while driving BMW's all-new i8 is that it's not a product of the company's vaunted M division. Sleek sports-coupe design, carbon-fiber construction and blistering acceleration may cause automotive enthusiasts to drool, but the i8 has not been ...

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    Review: 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo
    Grand Stature Yes, Ultimate Driving Machine No 1398355020

    "The Ultimate Driving Machine" has been BMW's tagline for nearly 40 years. Launched in the 1970s, the marketing campaign was a stroke of genius by ad firm Ammirati & Puris, as the phrase helped differentiate the imported Bavarian cars from their fellow European rivals by subtly pointing out ...

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    Official: Hennessy wastes no time in supercharging the 2015 Cadillac Escalade
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    The ink is still drying on the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade sales brochures, but that hasn't stopped Texas-based Hennessey Performance (HPE) from leaping out of the gate with its own high-performance variant. In stock form, the big fourth-generation Cadillac flagship arrives with a new small ...

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    Review: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
    Exceptional, Yet Missing One Important Piece Of The Puzzle 1398182220

    It may be impossible to spend a day in Chevrolet's new C7 Corvette without someone asking what you think about the iconic sports car – magnetism is an understatement. I was approached by strangers in a grocery store parking lot, parents waiting for their children after school and ...

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    Beijing: Audi TT Offroad concept packs 408 hybrid horsepower, yet returns 123 mpg
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    Audi took the wraps of its TT Offroad Concept at the Beijing Motor Show, after teasing us with sketches earlier this month. "The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of ...

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    New York: 2015 Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition is a pretty car for a pretty penny
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    Making its world debut at the New York Auto Show, and commanding a $40,250 premium over the base RS7, is Audi's new 2015 RS7 Dynamic Edition that arrives with an MSRP of $146,045 (including destination and delivery). The range-topping hatchback is designed to showcase Audi's exclusive program, ...

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    New York: 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition pays homage to 1964
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    The Ford Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. Five decades later – almost to the day – Ford has rolled out its 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the New York Auto Show. Limited to just 1,964 examples, the rear-wheel drive coupes (no ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Porsche 911 Targa
    Feeling That 1960s Vibe All Over Again 1397577540

    I've watched the electro-hydraulic roof panel open and close about 73 times in the past hour, but its fascinatingly complicated operation still has me mesmerized. I've concluded that only a German automaker – Porsche, to be more specific – would go through the trouble of engineering a ...

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    New York: Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept bows early on the USS Intrepid
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    After teasing us for more than a month, Land Rover finally unveiled - in the flesh - its Discovery Vision Concept a couple days in advance of the New York Auto Show. The glitzy event took place on the deck of the USS Intrepid, now serving out its retirement as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space ...

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    Review: 2014 Chevrolet SS
    You Better Run, You Better Take Cover 1396540740

    Not everyone is an automobile enthusiast, but for the most part, those who possess valid driver's licenses are usually able to differentiate between a performance car and a luxury car. Furthermore, they are usually capable of telling approximately how old a car is based on its styling. But not ...

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    Video: XCAR sits down with David Brown, talks Speedback
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    David Brown Automotive, the British coachbuilder set to introduce its old-is-new-again Speedback at the Top Marques show in Monaco next month, has revealed a bit more of its upcoming offering in a video by XCAR. The Speedback is based on the platform and running gear of the ...

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    Review: Dinan S3-R BMW 1M Coupe
    The Sublime Becomes Even More So 1396454220

    I nearly shed tears a few years ago upon learning that BMW was only planning to produce a very limited quantity of its then-new 2011 1 Series M Coupe. In simplest terms, the two-door was a 1 Series fitted with a modified version of the automaker's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, and the ...

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    Video: Cringe as this Pagani test driver takes his son on a joyride [w/poll]
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    The $1.2-million, rear-wheel-drive Pagani Huayra is fitted with a twin-turbocharged V12, rated at 720 horsepower, which is capable of launching its 3,100-pound curb weight to 60 miles per hour in about three seconds flat. Hold its oval aluminum accelerator pedal to its stops on a proper stretch ...

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    Featured: The Art of Bugatti exhibit opens at Mullin Automotive Museum
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    Southern California's wonderful jewel, the Mullin Automotive Museum, opened its latest exhibit this week and it is worthy of a road trip. Titled "The Art of Bugatti," the new show is an intimate look at more than a century's worth of Bugatti family creativity – automotive enthusiasts ...

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