What You Need to Know About the New 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

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A new sports car from Mercedes aims at a segment it hasn't played in before, and it's one that's got some tough competition. Our initial tests find it does the job admirably too.

It also heralds an odd name change. The GT S omits Benz entirely from the car's name. Find out more about the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S below:

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $130,825, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi R8, BMW M6, Dodge Viper, Maserati GranTurismo, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Turbo
  • On sale: April 2015

 

What We Like

  • Lightning fast transmission
  • Glorious V-8 exhaust note
  • Versatility from street to track
  • Styling

 

What We Don't

  • Poor visibility
  • Tablet-like navigation screen
  • Numerous buttons

 

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By David Thomas | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

More 2016 Acura NSX Details and Photos

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The NSX had a lot to live up to with all the hype that's developed around the car's return over the last few years, but the finally arrived production model did. It's modern, sleek and aggressive, yet it retains a clear design connection with the original NSX. During the car's reveal, Acura said team members from the original NSX project were part of the group working on the new car.

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The front-end looks good and appropriately exotic. It's covered with cooling inlets and a slim version of Acura's corporate shield grille. The car is designed so air flows through the front inlets and out the hood and fender vents, both of which are new design elements since the last NSX concept. The rear gets a prominent diffuser and quad exhaust outlets. The overall look is more McLaren than Ferrari or Lamborghini.

By Mike Hanley | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Ford GT: First Look

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Competes with: McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, Lamborghini Aventador

Looks like: Ford's nostalgic GT meets a modern-day racecar

Drivetrain: 600-plus-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic rear transaxle, rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2016

Ford's supercar stable has been empty since the departure of the limited-run Ford GT in 2006, but that's about to end with the introduction of the next-generation Ford GT announced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new GT is a radical street car with heavy inspiration from Ford's involvement in racing.

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Strong, lightweight carbon fiber is used extensively throughout the GT as the cockpit's primary construction material and used heavily elsewhere. Ford expects the GT to have one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car thanks to the use of carbon fiber paired with the more than 600-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6, which is Ford's most powerful EcoBoost engine to date.

By Joe Bruzek | January 12, 2015 | Comments (2)

2016 Acura NSX: First Look

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Competes with: Audi R8, BMW i8, Nissan GT-R

Looks like: The real, real deal for real this time

Drivetrain: More than 550-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and three electric motors with nine-speed dual-clutch transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2015

The Acura NSX is a legend in sports car circles, and after using previous North American International Auto Shows to show concept versions of a potential successor, Acura has finally revealed the production model at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

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The brand was tight-lipped on performance details, but it did say the NSX will be powered by an all-new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and three electric motors when it goes on sale late this year.

By Mike Hanley | January 12, 2015 | Comments (4)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V: Up Close

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The ATS-V coupe marks when the Cadillac ATS lineup found its look. To me, the regular ATS sedan is decent looking but not as interesting as the current- or previous-generation CTS sedan. As for Cadillac coupes, I've been hard to please. The regular one is too bland, though I've also criticized the CTS coupe as going too far - slab-sided, and with a rear end that's also a bit slabby and whose boat-tail shape is trying too hard.

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The V-Series treatment certainly makes the new 2016 ATS-V sedan look more interesting, but it's on the ATS-V coupe where the flared fenders, more aggressive nose and tail, and the various cooling and aerodynamic changes bring the canvas of blandness to life.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mini Cooper S Versus 2015 Volkswagen GTI

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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.

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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)

Mazda Releases More Specs for the 2016 MX-5 Miata

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We've seen what the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata looks like and have had some time up close with it, but now Mazda has dribbled out a few more specs for the roadster.

While overseas markets will get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder, the new Miata will come with a direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the U.S. That's the same size engine as the outgoing Miata had, but the new four-cylinder features Mazda's SkyActiv technology. Horsepower and torque figures for the new engine weren't released, but Mazda said in a statement that the car "delivers sufficient output for its size." The current Mazda3 compact car has a SkyActiv 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 155 horsepower and 150 pounds-feet of torque. The new Miata gets a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic is likely, but hasn't been confirmed.

By Mike Hanley | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Why My $177,000 SUV's Brakes Squeal, and Why It's Not OK

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I just finished a week in a $177,000 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the German sports-car maker's top-of-the-line, super-fast twin-turbo V-8-powered SUV. It's a remarkable machine — sleek, ridiculously quick, crazy expensive and possessed of one quality that drove everybody who rode in the machine absolutely nuts. The brakes squealed like a poorly maintained diesel city bus.

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The noise made every stopping event more about figuring out how to modulate the brakes to prevent noise instead of enjoying the amazingly firm and fade-free properties of the huge stoppers. That's not an attribute any car should have let alone a new six-figure one.

By Aaron Bragman | August 26, 2014 | Comments (12)

Scion FR-S TRD Exhaust Makes All The Right Notes

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Scion's lightweight, rear-wheel-drive FR-S only left us with a small list of wants after we gave it and the nearly identical Subaru BRZ our most prestigious Best of 2013 Award. At the top of the list is more power, but that of course hasn't happened yet. The twins' weak aural experience from under the hood and the exhaust is thankfully a much easier and less-expensive issue to address than squeezing another 40-50 horsepower from under the hood.

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A 2014 Scion FR-S we recently tested equipped with Toyota Racing Development's performance exhaust system hit a home run in the area of the ear-pleasing notes. That's important because we always thought there was something lacking from the FR-S' factory equipment.

A sound tube designed to make the engine more audible inside the cabin was not the robust sound I wanted to hear more of; the noises out back were more pleasant and less audible. TRD's exhaust adds a whole new layer of fun to the already entertaining FR-S.

By Joe Bruzek | June 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Why I Can't Buy a Scion FR-S (Even Though I Want To)

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Cars.com named the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S our Best Cars of 2013, and we ended up buying a BRZ for our long-term test fleet. During the following 12 months I discovered it was a practical daily driver on top of being fun to drive.

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I loved the BRZ. Then I spent a few days with a Hot Lava 2014 Scion FR-S. It fixed the one complaint I had with the BRZ, offering a better entertainment system, plus it came with an ear-pleasing racing exhaust (courtesy of Toyota Racing Development) that doesn't sound anything like a coffee-can-equipped Honda Civic racing down Main Street on a Friday night.

Granted, if I truly owned the BRZ I would've been at Best Buy getting the stereo swapped out. But even though I liked the Scion's color and exhaust better — plus it had the preferred off-the-lot entertainment system — I still wouldn't buy it because of the name.

By David Thomas | May 27, 2014 | Comments (25)

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