BMW 5 SERIES 2017 REVIEW

BMW FOCUSED ON reducing weight, adding technology, and reducing cabin noise with its 2017 5 Series redesign. The new car is essentially the same size as the outgoing model, but BMW says it’s lighter by 220 pounds and the rear seat and trunk are marginally roomier.

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KIA NIRO REVIEW

KIA IS ATTEMPTING something that no other automaker has done successfully: challenge Toyota in the dedicated-hybrid market. But, unlike the Prius, the 2017 Kia Niro does it without styling that screams “I’m driving a ‘green’ machine.”

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CHEVROLET BOLT REVIEW

ELECTRIC VEHICLES WERE typically good for less than 100 miles of range–unless you have the $100,000-plus for a Tesla. That was until now.

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TOYOTA PRIUS PRIME REVIEW

FOR PEOPLE WHO think the regular Toyota Prius relies too much on gas, yet aren’t ready to fully embrace a dedicated EV, the 2017 Prius Prime provides a bridge. Much like the Chevrolet Volt, the Prime can go electric for short distances and rely on its hybrid powertrain for longer trips, with no range worries.

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2017 DUCATI SUPERSPORT REVIEW

When we talk about sportbikes, we’re almost always talking about motorcycles built with one goal in mind: excellence on a racetrack. Most of the sportbikes purchased, however, never see the billiardssmooth pavement or corner coping they were designed to slay.

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2017 YAMAHA FZ-09 REVIEW

Parked on a Latigo Canyon overlook during the Yamaha FZ-09 press ride, looking down at the Malibu mansions high above the Pacific, I couldn’t help but remember the first time I came here.

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2017 INDIAN CHIEFTAIN REVIEW

Indian Motorcycles is on the proverbial warpath of late, rolling out a handful of new models in the aftermath of Polaris Industries’ plans to “wind down” its Victory Motorcycles products. First came the Roadmaster Classic, followed with the Chieftain platform getting a pair of upscale additions.

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2017 SUZUKI GSX-R1000R REVIEW

Clouds arrive quickly then settle in above Phillip Island. Ominous and unsympathetic, they have the power to bring this day to an end, to dampen every inch of tarmac and force us back into the garage-test over. All I can do at this point is cross my fingers and pray that the worst of the storm is behind us.

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ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TURBO SUPER REVIEW

WE’VE ALREADY RAVED about the 503bhp Quadrifoglio. The question here is, do similar levels of ability and character flow through the genepool to models at the opposite end of the Giulia range?

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SEAT LEON CUPRA 300 REVIEW

THE CURRENT SEAT LEON Cupra began with either 261bhp or 276bhp, in models called ‘Cupra’ and ‘Cupra 280’ respectively. Then it moved to just one car at 286bhp – the Cupra 290. Now, well, go on, have a guess.

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SHARKWERKS CAYMAN GT4 REVIEW

CARS ARE LIKE canines. While a car won’t make a mess on your carpet, a year in automotive terms is like a dog year. Viewed in that context, the outgoing nine-year-old Audi A5 Cabriolet is something of a geriatric hound.

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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS REVIEW

FOR THE FIRST century and a bit of the motorcar’s existence, it was an inalienable fact that the rate at which any given car could accelerate was determined, in part, by such things as load, surface conditions and incline, as well as more mechanical factors such as engine speed and which gear happened to be selected at the time.

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AUDI A5 CABRIOLET REVIEW

CARS ARE LIKE canines. While a car won’t make a mess on your carpet, a year in automotive terms is like a dog year. Viewed in that context, the outgoing nine-year-old Audi A5 Cabriolet is something of a geriatric hound.

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VAUXHALL INSIGNIA GRAND SPORT REVIEW

DRIVE DOWN ANY motorway for five minutes and we guarantee that you’ll see at least one Vauxhall Insignia; a combination of keen pricing, low running costs and plenty of kit makes it a firm favourite with company car drivers. However, times change, and after nine years the original Insignia was definitely ready for replacement.

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ALFA ROMEO STELVIO REVIEW

DESPITE THE FACT that ‘SUV’ stands for sport utility vehicle, not many manufacturers actually put the ‘sport’ into these cars. However, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio looks to buck that trend by promising to be every bit as fun to drive as the engaging Giulia saloon on which it’s based.

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MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS COUPE REVIEW

A CAR’S LOOKS are a subjective matter, but few would argue that Mercedes-Benz’s saloons aren’t sleek and interesting to behold. Its coupe versions are often even better, and we’d suggest that its latest E-Class Coupe is one of the firm’s best designs yet.

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SUZUKI SWIFT REVIEW

IF YOU’RE AFTER a little hatchback, you’re spoilt for choice. Want something that’s fun to drive? There’s the Ford Fiesta. Fancy a classy interior? That’ll be the Mini. Or, if you need a true all-rounder, the Skoda Fabia is our top choice. The outgoing Suzuki Swift, meanwhile, looks fairly funky, but it’s cramped inside and has a low-rent interior and engines that are some way behind the best turbocharged units out there. So, it’s time for a reboot, and here it is: the new Swift, a car that takes inspiration from its predecessor but improves on it in almost every area.

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AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK REVIEW

IN A QUEST to remain at the pointy end of the hot hatch horsepower pyramid, Audi and Mercedes- Benz have been locked in a battle of numbers for more than half a decade. The Audi RS3 packed 335bhp when it first appeared back in 2011, before being edged out by the even more powerful 355bhp Mercedes A45 AMG just two years later.

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FORD FIESTA ST REVIEW

FORD’S PINT-SIZED FIESTA ST hot hatchback has long been a favourite of ours. In fact, it’s been our overall top hot hatch for five years in a row. So this third-generation model is in a prime position to carry on that winning streak.

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