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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI
    Dear Old Friend Reinvents Itself, And Its Segment, Yet Again 1401465420

    The whine of the turbocharger. The gentle whoosh of the hatchback's hydraulic lift supports. The mechanical ratcheting and clack of the parking brake. The growling exhaust note with that occasional gurgle. The unmistakable sounds of the modern hot hatch are just one of the genre's delightful ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW X4
    After A Quarter-Million X6 Sales, Munich Goes Back To The Well 1401206220

    BMW has been in the line-blurring business of late, with the original X5 "Sports Activity Vehicle" muddling the line between SUVs and sport sedans in 1999, the 5 Series Gran Turismo challenging what our definition of "Gran Turismo" means in 2009, and pretty, low-roofed four-doors like the 6 ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS [w/video]
    A Mid-Engine Master Of Driving Dynamics 1400774220

    You know the sound: the startling pop-brraaap-pop-pop shotgun fire of unspent flammables coursing through exhaust pipes that usually signals a raw, naughty powerplant beneath the hood. But when you're nestled in the Porsche Boxster GTS' snug seats, it's not a crackling small block V8 or a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Subaru Legacy
    Aiming For Mainstream And Hitting A Bullseye 1400687880

    Subaru has a problem on its six-starred hands, but you wouldn't know it at first glance. Sales are up; in fact, the Japanese automaker has recorded 28-straight months of increased sales in the United States, leading to the best first-quarter Subaru has ever recorded, and 2014 will almost ...

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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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    First Drive: 2015 Nissan Micra
    Created For Canada, But Appealing To America? 1400515080

    Several years ago, poutine started showing up on the menus of a number of Detroit-area restaurants. For those unfamiliar with the Canadian specialty, it involves serving up french fries, gravy and cheese curds all in one artery-clogging heap. It's not really my thing, but the comfort-food dish ...

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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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    First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
    The Grade Is Right There In The Name 1399478280

    Mercedes-Benz has made reviewing the B-Class Electric Drive pretty darn easy. They included the grade the car deserves right in the name: A nice, solid B. For an electric car in today's climate, that's actually pretty high praise. No, this car does not represent the crowning achievement of ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
    Batten Down The Hatches, Lamborghini's Next Generation Storms In 1399305420

    It was probably the best headache I've ever had in my life. A spicy combination of Lamborghini's superlative new 2015 Huracán LP 610-4, fast-as-you-can-drive laps of the tricky Ascari race circuit, 80 kilometers of the Ronda Road and a healthy dose of southern Spanish sun had left me with ...

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    First Drive: 2015.5 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar [w/video]
    Hyper-Rare Swedes Get It Just Right By Being Just Enough 1398959820

    Polestar Performance has been around since 1996, but until recently, it only did two things: manage Volvo motorsports operations and run a specialist consumer-facing side that built concept cars and boosted Volvo's turbocharged production cars by 15 to 60 horsepower. Five years ago, it fulfilled ...

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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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    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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    First Drive: 2015 McLaren 650S Spider [w/video]
    McLaren's New Volume Seller Makes Evolution Look Sexy 1397145420

    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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    First Drive: 2015 Honda Fit
    Honda's Swiss Army Knife Has More Tools, Duller Blade 1397059020

    The last time we left our subcompact hero, the plucky Honda Fit was getting a bit long in the tooth. But the second-generation model was still holding its own rather well, and for the enthusiast on a tight budget who wanted it all, it remained the car of record in its class. If you desired an ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis
    Is The Second Chapter Of Genesis A Revelation? 1396972620

    Hyundai grabbed our attention with its first-generation Genesis. Now, with this second-gen model, the company's job is to keep it. The 2015 Genesis, known internally as "DH," wisely follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, a model that showed the automaker's naked ambition, putting it on the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Cadillac Escalade
    Recapturing Its Star Power 1396886220

    Cadillac has been an interesting story in the auto industry over the past several years. Its comeback bid may be well over a decade old, but it's only recently that the Wreath and Crest has transformed from the auto industry's retirement home into its hot new thing. Today's Cadillac is a powerful ...

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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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    First Drive: 2015 Chrysler 200
    The Sedan It Finally Needs To Be 1395331080

    For the last seven years, the Chrysler Sebring/200 has been a car that few people have managed to say anything good about. When you saw one on the road, it was probably silver and you probably assumed it was rented – especially if it was a convertible. In fact, this writer has never been in ...

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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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