Tag Archives: First Drives

Audi RS 5 first drive review: green with mean

Like all animals, humans are subject to various temptations. A salad is healthier than a burger and fries, but the whiff you get within a block of an old-fashioned burger joint is irresistible. Similarly, you shouldn't buy another project car, but when will you find another like it?...

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Honda Civic Type R first drive review: track attacker

It's a spectacular summer day in Montreal, and not just because it's 80 degrees. It's Formula One week, and the remote buzz is audible even downtown as F1 drivers crackle off practice laps at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. They turn one of the most peaceful places in one of North...

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Audi A5/S5 Sportback first drive review: a niche worth exploring

Those wacky Germans have found a way to explore every automotive niche known to man--and invent a few of their own. The BMW and Mercedes-Benz product lineups have grown to include every manner of coupe, convertible, sedan, crossover, coupe-like crossover, hatchback sedan, and veloco-transport, plus...

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Porsche Panamera 4S first drive review: the quiet heretic

What's a little heresy among friends? Porsche put out its first Cayenne SUV in 2003, and oh, the hand-wringing, the garment-rending. The haterade flowed like Dom in the VIP room or so we've heard. Porsche 911 loyalists–mostly, people who'd never driven one–hauled their...

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Maserati Levante first drive review: beauty is pain

Check the tape: Maserati owned the U.S. comeback before Fiat and Alfa Romeo crowded into the party. Trident-clad cars could be found roaming streets in the U.S. for more than a decade before Alfa Romeo returned. Yet, despite being the elder statesman at the ripe old age of 15, Maserati had to wait...

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Honda Civic Si first drive: looking the part

The ascending shift lights dart along the tach, green to yellow to red, before the revs bounce and the 2017 Honda Civic Si stretches its legs in the tawny California desert. As the center-mounted exhaust bellows a convincing growl and a short throw from third gear easily finds fourth, the new Civic...

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Genesis G80 Sport first drive review: it’s not all in the name

The letters and numbers on a car's trunk usually are its calling card, a shorthand mission statement. As writers, we'd suggest an edit on the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport decklid. Sport is a silly name here, and not because alphanumerics are arbitrary and terrible. This vehicle isn't sporty. It is quick...

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