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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: 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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    First Drive: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
    Fine Art Doubling As An Open-Air Driving Machine 1395849420

    Recently, a fellow editor at AOL asked me to choose "the most beautiful car on the road" for a story he was preparing. I was allowed to choose any vehicle, at any price, as long as it was a model currently in production and offered for sale. The well-oiled gears in my head only needed to turn ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 [w/video]
    Making The Top Of The Racing Podium Its Primary Objective 1395676620

    In the chart of automotive performance, a thick horizontal line separates track-capable sports cars from genuine racecars. Nearly every major automaker offers a sports car talented enough to circle a racing circuit with some level of competence. These gussied-up machines with their oversized ...

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    Review: 2014 Kia Cadenza
    A Premium Sedan Building A Premium Badge 1395244620

    Teenage passengers are often among the first people I turn to for second opinions about a test vehicle. While they understandably aren't allowed behind the wheel – most aren't even old enough to drive – their honest and generally unbiased observations, coupled with a complete lack of ...

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    Review: 2014 SRT Viper GTS
    "It's A Viper. It Should Scare Some People." 1395071820

    My boyhood shelves were packed with all sorts of toys, but my favorites were miniature diecast cars. Even though I'd spend hours building challenging gravity tracks for the smallest and sleekest of the bunch, my prized vehicles were not scaled-down production models. Instead, I preferred to ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Audi A3
    Sings To An Enthusiast Crowd, But Misses A Few Key Notes 1394467200

    The five-door Audi A3 hatchback, on sale in the States since the 2006 model year, never earned the respect it deserved. Despite possessing the automaker's well-regarded build quality and a range of strong powerplants (including an excellent diesel option), the entry-level model always played ...

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    Quick Spin: AEV Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
    Back In The States After Winning The Australasian Safari Rally 1393606680

    After their rented 2007 Hummer H3 failed them during the brutal Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco, Amy Lerner and her sister Tricia Reina were on a quest to find the most capable production off-roader for their next competition - they chose a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Their next ...

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    Review: 2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
    A Mighty V12 With A Sexy Coupe Wrapped Around It 1392742740

    Most cardiologists and physiologists maintain that a human's maximum heart rate is calculated with a mathematical formula: subtract a person's age from 220. But some leading doctors are now questioning the established academics, which trace their origins back to 1970, claiming that a simple ...

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    Official: Hennessey reveals HPE700 Twin-Turbo Corvette Stingray [w/video]
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    Hennessey Performance (HPE) has released another weapon for those determined to outgun all other vehicles on the road. This one is called the HPE700 Twin-Turbo Corvette Stingray - and predictably, it goes like stink. While the stock, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V8 under the hood of the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
    The Workhorse Shows Its New Polish 1391619420

    In excess of 475,000 heavy duty pickups were sold in the United States last year – the capable workhorses represented more than 25 percent of the year's full-size pickup volume. But unlike the passenger-car segment, where dozens of makes and models are constantly competing for supremacy, ...

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    Review: 2014 Infiniti Q50S
    Growing Up Has Its Pros And Cons 1391446620

    Ten years ago, nearly to the day, I took delivery of a brand-new 2004 Infiniti G35 6MT. The sporty rear-wheel drive sedan, equipped with its throaty 260-horsepower V6, slick manual gearbox and limited-slip differential replaced my 2001 BMW 330i because the Japanese competitor touted a product ...

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    Featured: 2015 Corvette Z06 cutaway allows us to peer beneath the skin
    Walk Through America's New Supercar Piece By Glorious Piece 1390004100

    Earlier this week at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced its all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 in showroom-glorious Velocity Yellow. But that wasn't the only example on the automaker's stand. Opposite the new C7.R racecar sat a completely exposed Z06 – methodically opened to bare all of its ...

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    Exclusive: Inside Porsche's secret museum warehouse
    Behind-The-Scenes Tour Reveals Decades Of Archived History 1389978000

    Tucked down an alley in Stuttgart, Germany, is an unmarked gray warehouse that hides an impressive collection of rare and priceless Porsche models from the automaker's past. Technically, the 100,000 square foot climate-controlled facility is a storage area for the Porsche Museum that is located a ...

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    Exclusive: Chevrolet says Corvette ZR1 not under consideration
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    Don't expect a halo ZR1 model to follow on the heels of the all-new Corvette Z06, says Chevrolet. The Z06 was in the spotlight yesterday when it was officially announced at the Detroit Auto Show. Constructed primarily of aluminum and composites and fitted with a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 ...

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