Tag Archives: First Drives

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS first drive review: fighting for attention

Born into a prizewinning family, the 2018 Porsche 718 GTS may never be the champion of anything—not in the Porsche lineup at least. That doesn't mean it's not winner. The 2018 Porsche 718 GTS adds 15 horsepower and 8 pounds-feet of torque above the Cayman S or Boxster S, cuts 0.4 inches from the ride height from either, and stops quicker...

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive review: the way forward for a classic

The scene in the rearview mirror of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is remarkably clear. It's all high-definition vineyards and crystal-clear coastline, for as long as I dare look back. Why it's so clear: Engineers fitted thinner rear and side windows that are not only 6 pounds lighter, but also skip a defroster and the unforgivable clutter of...

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2018 Volkswagen California first drive review: forbidden fruit you can live in

Our ideal garage is full of weird French hatchbacks, Japanese kei cars, German wagons, and Volkswagen vans. But as North Americans, we're stuck admiring these wondrous oddities from afar. Aside from the tragic Volkswagen Routan, the U.S. hasn't seen a new VW van since the Eurovan disappeared 15 years ago. And until the all-electric I.D. Buzz arrives...

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2019 Bentley Continental GT first drive review: the stuff of dreams

The day begins in a Sequin Blue 2019 Bentley Continental GT at the exclusive Kitzbuhel Country Club in the Tyrolean region of Austria. Set against verdant rolling hills and tooling through storybook villages, it would be easy to think one is lost in a fairy tale. This car's cabin is outfitted with two-tone Portland (cream) and Imperial Blue leather...

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante video road test

The 2018 Aston DB11 Volante just may be the grandest of today's grand touring cars. A 2+2 convertible with a sensuous shape and 503 German horses under its clamshell bonnet, it's a beautiful means of getting you wherever you want to go. We drove the DB11 Volante on the California coast to find out just how grand Aston Martin's latest grand...

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Doing grown-up things with the do-it-all 2018 VW Golf GTI

No one car can do it all, but the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes pretty close. VW's hot hatch is almost as happy snaking through twisty canyon roads as it is doing adult stuff like hauling home lumber for a weekend project from the corner big box hardware store. Slap a roof rack on top and swap out the Pirelli all-season performance rubber for winter...

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Living with the 2018 Kia Stinger GT: the good and the bad

It took years for Americans to embrace Japanese performance cars and the different philosophy behind them. If the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is any indication, it won't take South Korea nearly as long to gain a foothold with American performance shoppers. That's because there's something intrinsically American in the way the Stinger GT drives. It feels like a...

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