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Civic Type R AWD? Testing an Orbis/Honda Civic Type R With 100-HP ‘E-Nitrous’ AWD!

In April and July I reported on a radical new wheel-motor system from Orbis Wheels that completely eliminates the center hub structure of the wheel and instead uses a small, high-speed electric motor to power the rim via a ring gear and pinion drive. At the time, the startup company’s functional proof-of-concept test vehicle was […]

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado First Test: Pencils Down

I don’t envy the engineers and designers who endlessly toil on new vehicle development. In a perfect world, these passionate and talented men and women would have all the money and time in the world to do the job right. Instead, they’re beholden to managers and shareholders—those looking out for production schedules and the bottom […]

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2019 GMC Sierra Denali and AT4 First Test: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

There are two things GMC would very much like you to know about the new Sierra. The first it’s shouting from the rooftops: The Sierra is no longer a photocopy of the Chevrolet Silverado. The second it’s showing rather than telling: There’s a 2-inch lift and an “AT4” badge, which loosely translated from marketing-speak means […]

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Testing the RECORD-SHATTERING 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Weissach Edition

Records, like glass in case of emergency, are made to be broken. So says Porsche and the most powerful 911 ever sold to the public, the 2018 911 GT2 RS. Here’s the funny part: Even with 690 blitzing German horses erupting from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six, the RWD GT2 RS is not the quickest 911 […]

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2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid First Test: Hat Trick

“What does the SH stand for?” a curious woman asked while loading groceries into her newish Explorer, referencing the “SHAWD” badging on my Acura’s tailgate. “Super handling,” I responded. After a pause and a slightly confused look on her face, she replied, “But it’s a big SUV, why would anyone want that? … And [is […]

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2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium FWD First Test: Slow Motions

Let’s get one thing out of the way: The 2018 Ford EcoSport is not a performance car and is not even interested in having fun. This subcompact crossover is made for A-to-B transport. Some folks are OK with that low bar. But can the EcoSport even accomplish that modest task? Testing director Kim Reynolds found […]

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2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium FWD First Test: Slow Motions

Let’s get one thing out of the way: The 2018 Ford EcoSport is not a performance car and is not even interested in having fun. This subcompact crossover is made for A-to-B transport. Some folks are OK with that low bar. But can the EcoSport even accomplish that modest task? Testing director Kim Reynolds found […]

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2018 Ford Mustang GT First Test: Should You Pony Up for the Automatic?

Did you know you can get a $47,000 Ford Mustang GT with cloth seats? In fact, if you keep adding options (including a $229 illuminated Mustang badge), you can get the price of a cloth-upholstered pony car up to nearly $50,000. We weren’t testing this particular Mustang for its accessories or its orange paint, though. […]

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2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE I-4 First Test

Despite both my parents having careers in the fashion industry, the fashion gene appears to have skipped me. My approach to fashion mirrors my attitude toward just about everything from cars to cuisine—KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Yet even I can appreciate the game-elevating styling the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P250 R-Dynamic SE […]

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2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design T5 First Test: Image Reboot

Some luxury automakers are known for making such small design updates on their vehicles that many people won’t even notice a change. Not Volvo. Starting with the XC90, Volvo has transformed itself from the brand of the quirky professor type to a brand recognized for modern technology and daring design. The new XC40 is the […]

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