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You often can have too much of a good thing. Ice cream (stomachache), praise (overinflated self-esteem), money (not caring about your fellow human). But perfect, endless, traffic-free winding roads? There is no amount large enough. Proof comes from this seven-speed, paddle-shifted, all-wheel-drive 640-hp Lamborghini Huracan Performante convertible. No amount of hours spent behind the wheel can make [...]

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What is it: Since you have to be a Porsche marketing manager to parse its unwieldy name, we’ll translate: Sport Turismo denotes the wagon/hatchback version of Porsche’s Panamera sedan. Turbo should be self-explanatory, and in this case indicates a 550-hp V8 under the elegant sloping hood, powering all four wheels. Key Competitors: Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S Wagon, Audi RS7 Base Price: $155,050 As-Tested [...]

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Welcome back to the Race Organizer Review series, in which I evaluate vehicles for their suitability for life on the road as part of the 24 Hours of Lemons traveling circus. When it comes to hauling all the weird equipment and weirder personnel to one of my race-track gigs as Chief Justice of the Lemons Supreme Court, it’s hard [...]

MCLAREN PREPARING FOR AN ALL-ELECTRIC FUTURE

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McLaren Automotive is planning a powertrain transformation. The British automaker, synonymous with throaty V-8s, is in the early days of exploring a full-electric vehicle that could arrive by 2025. It is part of an ambitious plan to convert McLaren’s sports car and supercar fleet to hybrids by 2025 as the auto industry prepares for tighter emission [...]

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Increasing awareness of self-driving vehicles is fueling apprehension about the safety of the technology, a new survey reveals. Nearly half of the 1,250 consumers surveyed said they would never buy a Level 5 (or fully autonomous) vehicle, according to a Cox Automotive consumer attitudes study released Thursday. That’s up from 30 percent of the 2,264 [...]

2018 VOLVO XC40 T5: DISTINCTIVE BY DESIGN

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What is it: As much as we love big Volvos like the S90 sedan and V90 wagon, it’s the XC40, the marque’s new compact crossover offering, that will generate the next wave of Volvo fans — or so Volvo hopes. Pricing starts at a fairly reasonable $36,195 for an AWD XC40 T5 Momentum like this; the R-Design or range-topping Inscription offer more [...]

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Volkswagen fans have a hard time forgetting the W12-engined Golf from a decade ago, but just how much power can be squeezed out from a turbocharged 2.0-liter 16V inline-four? This question was recently answered at Hockenheimring in Germany in the form of a MkII Golf 4Motion churning out an eye-watering 1,216 hp and 807 lb-ft of torque sent to all [...]

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We get a lot of high-capacity machines through the Autoweek offices — big SUVs, crossovers, even some full-size sedans and, of course, our in-demand long-term Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. But faced with, ahem, unique needs, sometimes one has to go a step larger, into pseudo-commercial territory. My cargo was people — I had a load of family to [...]

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Encouraged by the promising start of its performance line among demanding European consumers, Hyundai hopes its upcoming Veloster N sports car can improve its perception among U.S. buyers. The Korean automaker, no longer satisfied with being just a rational choice for penny pinchers, believes injecting its value-oriented image with a dose of high-octane emotion can win over customers who [...]

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Fiat Chrysler’s five-year product plan, revealed months ago, was a little light on information about upcomingAlfa Romeo models, especially ones we’re likely to see in the very near future. The automaker announced that it will develop a successor to the 8C halo coupe that debuted a decade ago, but this will hardly be a volume offering from the brand. Alfa [...]

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IN BRIEF The theory of quantum mechanics delineates the expected chemical behavior of all atoms. However, a new study into berkelium demonstrates that it might not always offer an accurate prediction. CONFLICTING THEORIES Physicists have found order in the complex world of minuscule particles through the theory of quantum mechanics. But team of researchers at Florida State [...]

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IN BRIEF Scientists have set a new record in optical measurements using photons, achieving a level of precision that before now was only possible in the world of theory. SHOT-NOISE LIMIT Scientists have set a new record in optical measurements using photons, achieving a level of precision that before now was only possible in the [...]