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 |  Dec 30 2013, 8:53 AM

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Set to officially debut during the upcoming Detroit Auto Show next month, Lexus’ new RC-F sports coupe hasn’t been officially shown in full.

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 |  Dec 19 2013, 12:27 PM

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Lexus is teasing its upcoming RC-F performance model again before its debut during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next month.

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 |  Dec 06 2013, 2:02 PM

Ask-AutoGuide-No-26-Main-ArtGoldilocks and the Three Bears is a lighthearted fairytale highlighting the adventures of a cute little girl and a trio of cuddly bears… or is it? A closer examination of this innocent-sounding narrative reveals that it’s actually a gloomy tale that glorifies breaking and entering, trespassing, vandalism and theft.

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 |  Dec 05 2013, 1:30 PM

2015-Ford-Mustang-First-Look-Video-Main-ArtAnd here it is, the 2015 Ford Mustang. It’s been a LONG time coming – you could say 50 years in the making – but the company officially unveiled the car today. As you know, this has been one of the most hotly anticipated vehicles of the past few years.

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 |  Dec 04 2013, 7:47 AM

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Ford will officially unveil its new Mustang tomorrow, but another leaked images is giving a preview of the car.

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 |  Nov 29 2013, 9:02 AM

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German sports car maker Wiesmann has filed to dismiss insolvency proceedings from earlier in the year.

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 |  Nov 15 2013, 5:02 PM

Hyundai-Engine-Main-Art2No automaker can afford to stand still these days. The pace of development is absolutely relentless, especially when it comes to powertrains. To keep its vehicles as competitive as possible, Hyundai has refined two of its engines.

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 |  Nov 05 2013, 7:56 PM

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Three of the Camaros in Chevrolet’s booth at the 2013 SEMA Show are working toward a common goal: promoting the company’s catalogue of performance parts.

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 |  Oct 23 2013, 5:39 PM

Audi-R8-Contest-Main-ArtWant an R8? Get in line. After years on the market Audi’s aluminum-intensive supercar is still a highly desirable piece of automotive hardware. Helping generate buzz, the company is giving one lucky person an opportunity to drive an R8 for an entire day, or enjoy the Audi sportscar experience in Sonoma, California.

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 |  Oct 19 2013, 5:02 PM

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VL Automotive’s plans to build a series of Corvette-powered revisions of the Fisker Karma range-extended electric vehicle is moving ahead.

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 |  Oct 18 2013, 11:02 AM

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Dodge just announced its 2014 Durango Special Service SUV, which will compete directly with the Ford Police Interceptor SUV and Chevrolet Tahoe PPV.

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 |  Oct 01 2013, 11:00 AM

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Take everything that makes the McLaren MP4-12C a luxurious supercar and throw it in a trash compactor. 

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 |  Sep 11 2013, 9:15 AM

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Bentley unveiled an updated version of its Continental GT V8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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 |  Sep 03 2013, 9:32 AM

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Bentley just announced details about its higher performing Continental V8 S cars, which will be on display during the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

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 |  Aug 20 2013, 9:45 AM

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Can’t get enough of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe? You’re not alone.

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 |  Aug 19 2013, 11:58 AM

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BMW’s 3 Series Coupe is fading away. It’s soon to be replaced by the all-new 2014 4 Series, a car that’s powered by either a four- or six-cylinder turbo. But what about drivers that want even more performance than what’s provided by these base engines? There’s no need to call Scooby Doo and company because the Concept M4 Coupe is a pretty obvious clue as to what’s in the works.

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 |  Jul 26 2013, 10:03 AM

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Our regular Ask AutoGuide feature is all about helping distressed shoppers find the perfect vehicle, be it a cavernous crossover, a sensible sedan or something else entirely. Patrons send us a list of what they need and we get to work separating gold nuggets from gravel to generate a list of recommendations. But this week things are a little different. James forwarded us a message asking for guidance choosing between two different vehicles. Making things easy for us he’s done all the hard work, now all we have to do is share our opinion.

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 |  Jul 17 2013, 3:00 AM

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC

Its lighter, more powerful and ridiculously luxurious. Mercedes officially unveiled its 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic today ahead of its in-person debut during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

There won’t be any mistaking the 2014 S63 AMG when it reaches showrooms, even with its handsome new sheet metal. And while the brand’s biggest and newest performance sedan wears the same handsome styling as its relatively mundane siblings, the engineers behind Mercedes’ AMG arm have been hard at work proving the considerable prowess they hold in building athletic luxury products.

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After all, the most recent products from their training camp have been the A45 and CLA45 AMG models. Time for something a little more grown up, no?

“Following the successful launch of the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG, the new S63 AMG 4MATIC highlights our expertise in the automotive high-end segment,” AMG CEO Ola Kallenius said.

Starting skin deep, a series of changes improve the car over its predecessor. Body panels are crafted from aluminum, the brakes are lighter and buyers can choose optional carbon ceramic units. Carbon fiber is molded to cradle the spare tire and even the front end is made of aluminum. Mercedes even saves weight by using a lithium ion battery and in total cuts 220 lbs from the car. There’s more.

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A newly massaged version of the brand’s 5.5-liter biturbo V8 rests under the hood and makes 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent through AMG’s multi-clutch seven-speed transmission to the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system for the first time in an S63. Collectively, that launches the car from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with 33 percent of the engine’s torque sent to the front and 67 percent to the rear. Top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph.

Mercedes says the car is also more efficient than last year’s model, although official fuel consumption figures haven’t been released.

An updated air suspension that can adapt more readily also promises a more comfortable ride while maintaining performance. Mercedes gave the new S63 AMG higher camber, a larger anti-roll bar and a stiffer subframe carrier on the rear axle, all of which are unique to the car.

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As an AMG model, the cabin gets specific changes as well. Those include a sport steering wheel and seats. Those buckets have been newly designed and Mercedes says they will offer improved support over the previous car. Finally, the cabin gets other touches like an embossed AMG logo on the leather arm rest above the center console.

Mercedes will unveil the car in person early this September during the Frankfurt Motor Show. The company didn’t announce pricing yet, but the outgoing S63 AMG starts at $140,000. Expect that number to climb considerably with the added all-wheel drive and improved materials.

GALLERY: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Mega Gallery

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 |  Jul 14 2013, 2:32 PM

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This week’s installment of ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ includes three iconic American sports cars – one from each of the Big Three.

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Taking it to the Track

Sharpening our skills with the experts at Calabogie Motorsports Park

 |  Jul 11 2013, 11:35 AM

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We like cars and we really love driving them. But unless your name is Sebastian and you pilot an F1 Red Bull Infiniti, there’s always room to improve one’s skill behind the wheel. At AutoGuide, we are no exception to the rule and any time we get a chance to sharpen our talents, we jump at it.Calabogie-17.jpg

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 |  Jun 22 2013, 12:01 PM

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This week’s installment of AutoGuide’s interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ pits three true exotic machines head-to-head.

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 |  Jun 16 2013, 1:37 PM

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We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.

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 |  Jun 04 2013, 2:32 PM

1. Annoying Engine Stop-Start Feature


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It has power, style and surprisingly good fuel economy. If you haven’t guessed it, the subject of AutoGuide.com’s Five-Point Inspection is the 2013 BMW M6.

In case you didn’t already know, the BMW M6 has one hell of a powerful engine to play with. Its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 makes 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, all while singing up to a 7,200 rpm redline.

That is, if it ever gets there. Maxing first gear out on anything other than a highway on-ramp is grounds for jail time.

On the slower side of daily driving, you’re going to deal with BMW’s engine start-stop technology. Yes, it saves fuel. But it also means that jumping from a foot on the brake to the gas yields disappointing results.

The system is pretty good at starting the engine quickly, but there’s still a little lag time. It’s fun for the first day when the engine roars after every stop sign. Then it gets old faster than the M6 hits 60 mph…. which, by the way, takes just 4.1 seconds.

 |  Jun 04 2013, 12:31 PM

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Chevrolet just announced pricing for the U.S.-exclusive SS  sport sedan.

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