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By Matt Schmitz | November 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S: First Drive

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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe was a unique sports car — crazy fast, equipped with crowd-favorite gull-wing doors and seriously expensive; it was a limited production machine meant for an exclusive clientele. When it came time to replace it, Mercedes-Benz decided that it would be better not to and instead go after a segment in which it previously had no entry: the high-end sports car market. Players like the standard bearer Porsche 911 as well as the Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 all operate in this expensive yet still accessible niche, but Mercedes-Benz didn't have a dog in that hunt — until now.

Related: 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: First Look (43 Photos)

Enter the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S. Note that it's not labeled a Mercedes-Benz — this is part of the company's new branding scheme that has created two sub-brands aside from Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach. While the Maybachs will be ultra-luxury cruisers aimed at Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars, AMGs will be serious sports machines, like the GT and the AMG variants of traditional sedans and SUVs in the brand's lineup.

The GT, however, needs to prove if it is a true 911 fighter or not. I tested the GT S version on public roads and at the track to find out.

By Aaron Bragman | November 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Review


"The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover is a plush, powerful SUV that offers more off-road capability than most owners will ever need. It remains the ultraluxury SUV benchmark," said reviewer Mike Hanley. Read Hanley's review for more.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Expert Review photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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By Matt Schmitz | November 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Legacy Review


"For 2015, the Subaru Legacy has overcome the fuel economy penalty of standard all-wheel drive while delivering all-season capability in a handsome package, inside and out," said reviewer David Thomas. Check out Thomas' review for more.

2015 Subaru Legacy Expert Review photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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By Matt Schmitz | November 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi Q3 Review


"The 2015 Audi Q3 looks like an Audi, drives like an Audi and has the real-deal Audi experience on the inside — and it drinks gas more like its larger Audi brethren," said reviewer Joe Bruzek. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

2015 Audi Q3 Expert Review photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura TLX Review


"The 2015 Acura TLX surpasses the TSX and TL it replaces in every way, but it doesn't take Acura anywhere it hasn't been before," said reviewer Joe Bruzek. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

2015 Acura TLX Expert Review photo by Joe Bruzek

By Matt Schmitz | October 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Mini Cooper S Versus 2015 Volkswagen GTI

Mini Cooper vs VW GTI

In our recent $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge the Volkswagen GTI bested a field of eight contenders to take the win. However, the redesigned Mini Cooper was not part of that test. Things don't always work out the way you want, but getting a new Cooper S with a manual transmission at the same time as a new GTI with a manual transmission seemed like karma telling us we needed to go driving. OK, maybe it was just a really good excuse to get out of the office.

Related: $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge

Both cars were similarly equipped to the gills with sticker prices totaling more than $33,000 including destination — not exactly "cheap." When all was said and done after a Chicago-area drive route traversing city, suburban and highway roads, the face-off was ridiculously close with the final scoring decided by one point overall.

By David Thomas | October 29, 2014 | Comments (14)

2015 Dodge Charger: First Drive


By William Jackson

Dodge shoots for a broad market with its redesigned Charger, aiming to be a practical family sedan that, if so desired, can have 707 horsepower under the hood. In doing so, Dodge has the unenviable job of making a mass-market car for enthusiasts.

Related: Dodge Prices 2015 Charger Lineup

Of course, it's one thing to stuff an enormous engine in a sedan and call it a family car, or to take a track monster and claim it can handle grocery runs. It's a whole other thing to actually pull it off in the real world. Early impressions indicate that Dodge largely succeeds.

By David Thomas | October 28, 2014 | Comments (2)

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