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First Drive: 2015 BMW M3 and M4

First Drive: 2015 BMW M3 and M4

I never believed it would happen. Me, Mr. Mercedes and Audi, in love with a BMW. It’s not that I don’t like Bimmers, I think my aversion to them started when yuppies discovered the brand and started calling the Bimmer a “Beamer.” The reality of it all is that BMW has...
First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

It’s rare that I absolutely gush over an automobile. After all, as an automotive journalist I drive about 80 new vehicles every year. And yes, we’re talking Porsches, BMWs and Benzes, Bentleys and Bugattis. So when the press folks at Cadillac offered up the all-new...
Nudging 253 mph in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Nudging 253 mph in a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

I’ve driven some really great cars in my lifetime.  Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, Mercedes – you name it, and chances are I’ve driven it.  That’s the life of an automotive journalist. But my head is still spinning and my heart is still pounding from a recent drive in...
First Drive:2013 Audi S8

First Drive:2013 Audi S8

The Auto Union was an amalgamation of four German automobile manufacturers, founded during the Great Depression. The company eventually evolved into present day Audi, and the four rings that adorn the grilles of the brand’s modern offerings represent the four original...
First Drive: 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

First Drive: 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

It was a scene I did not expect, but should have given the prodigious performance of the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed.  Not satisfied with the mere 198 mph top speed of the “base” Continental GT, Bentley’s team of engineers, led by the effervescent Brian Gush,...
First Drive: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

First Drive: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK

When Mercedes-Benz launched the then new GLK in 2009, the auto industry was still in a bad way.  Sales were down in every segment, and some questioned the sanity of the German maker for launching a premium, small, SUV into the worst recession the industry had seen in...
First Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 Turbodiesel

First Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 Turbodiesel

Let me get this out of the way: I’ve been a fan of Mercedes-Benz products for decades.  I remember my freshman year in college, when everyone still drove American cars, and my buddy Joe had a mint condition 230 sedan.  Yes, it was slow, but it still was a Benz, and I...