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First Drive: 2018 Audi TT RS U.S. Spec

My initial drive of the 2018 Audi TT RS took place in Spain almost a year ago, but the first U.S. drive took place recently on the roads of Connecticut and at Lime Rock Park racetrack, along with our first drive of the 2018 Audi RS3. Driving the TT RS last year on Spanish roads and the Jarama Formula 1 racetrack was certainly ...

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Touring the Uncanny Valley in the 2017 Lincoln MKZ

In aesthetics—the study of art, beauty, and taste—there’s a concept called the “uncanny valley.” It refers to a psychological phenomenon wherein humanoid replicas—robots, say—increase in appeal the more closely they resemble their meat-and-gristle overlords, right up to the point where it all falls apart and the almost-but-definitely-not-human just creeps us out. As it turns out, this also holds true with ...

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First Drive: 2018 Range Rover Velar

The “Velar” in 2018 Range Rover Velar, named after the decoy badges used on prototypes of the first ever version of Land Rover’s boxy ’ute in 1969, is Latin for “veiled,” a leitmotif whose inscrutable modernity hits you over the head with its rampant subtlety. This is the design equivalent of silence so intense it’s deafening, a theme that carries ...

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First Ride With Cadillac’s Super Cruise

Audi has a suite of self-driving features ready to go on its 2019 A8, although it remains unclear whether either North America or the European Union will allow it on the roads quite yet. Tesla’s Autopilot came quickly with a number of advancements a couple of years ago, though some features, including hands-free driving were removed by software update after ...

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Quick Drives: 2018 Buick Regal GS and TourX

You know the cliche. We all want to drive manual diesel stations wagons, preferably brown. Buick has a signature brown color. Now it has the 2018 TourX, an all-wheel-drive “crossover” version of the all-new German-built Buick Regal. There will be no diesel, brand chief Duncan Aldred says, but there also is a new Regal GS hatchback with a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 in ...

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