Tag Archives: First Drives

2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review: Deep dive into crossover luxury

“Underway on nuclear power!” That was the message from the USS Nautilus following its 1954 launch as the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. From behind the wheel, the optional 335-horsepower, 380-pound-feet, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is silent and powerful enough to be mistaken for atomic power as it...

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2019 McLaren 600LT first drive review: Senna alternative

Braking at the same point in turn one of Budapest's Hungaroring circuit as when driving the 570S, the 600LT stops well short and then has to be driven to the turn on the throttle. It's not exactly the fastest way around, but I'm keeping my instructor happy with a conservative early-braking approach that still lets the 600LT demonstrate its vast...

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2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive review: Faith at unholy speeds

Believe what you've heard about the blissfully open and unfettered stretches of the Autobahn. These long, gently curving and pencil-straight stretches of German highways are the last bastion for drivers to flex their figurative muscle and courage, directly proportional to the angle of their right feet. It's what Wyoming should be like if it...

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye first drive review: Demon spawn

Horsepower Hill at Club Motorsports is a 14-percent grade at the scenic road course carved into the side of a mountain in Tamworth, New Hampshire. It's a heartbreak climb uphill for most cars, but it's child's play for the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. One big number makes that possible: 797. It is an easy run for this motor...

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive review: noteworthy and nostalgic

I want to be a hero. A hero reminds me of the best versions of me, especially when I can hardly muster enough courage to get out of bed in the morning. The 1968 Ford Mustang fastback sprayed in Dark Highland Green wasn't a hero when it rolled off the line in January 1968 and onto the screen in the motion picture “Bullitt.” One of more than...

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS first drive review: stylish, safe, and comfortable

Growing up in Sindelfingen, Germany, as the daughter of a Mercedes-Benz engineer who worked on three generations of the E-Class, Jennifer Schefczik heard the same thing over and over. “Child, the E-Class is always about style, safety, and comfort,” her dad told her. Some 20 years later, Schefczik works as the U.S. product manager for the E-Class...

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The Keen Project Safari 911 first drive review: a time machine for any adventure

Chad was running late, and we were already pressed for time. This entire plan was rushed and slapped together via a phone call and a few text messages over the weekend. The Keen Project Safari 911 build No. 2 by former race car driver Lehman Keen was in Minneapolis for a short time to celebrate Porsche's 70th birthday. As soon as I saw that my friends...

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2019 Genesis G70 first drive review: getting the details right

While I want for my turn to attack the track at Tamworth, New Hampshire's Club Motorsports in the 2019 Genesis G70, I notice some of the car's details. The diamond-quilted nappa leather upholstery looks like it was sourced from a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. I shut off the traction control and turn the driver selector to Sport mode; its knurled metal...

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