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New Ferrari 488 Pista prototype review

The Ferrari 488 GTB supercar is already as quick as hypercars from just a few years ago, but the company still reckons there’s room for a bit extra and even more involvement. Enter the 488 Pista, equipped with an engine that is 50 per cent new and an even more extreme chassis set-up. We got behind the wheel of a late pre-production version to see if the new car delivers. As well as being more powerful, the Pista is lighter (by…

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Capable Off-Road; In Other News, Water Wet

Jeep really loves touting its off-road heritage, along with the capability of its current stable of SUVs. To that end, FCA invited Chicago-area automotive media out to play in the mud at an off-road park in central Illinois. The very same off-road park in which I stuffed a Ford Raptor into the mud, multiple times. Even though this was not a traditional first drive, and I’d driven both the new Wrangler and new Cherokee off-road – one in Arizona, the…

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2019 Volvo XC40 Review: A Winning Formula

– Detroit, Michigan Verdict 6.5 / 10 The virtues we’ve come to love in Volvo’s new larger cars trickle down successfully to the company’s smallest crossover, the XC40. Premium yet affordably priced, sporty and stylish yet still sensible, the 2019 Volvo XC40 makes a big impression. It also stands out in its class because so many other small premium SUVs are tough to recommend – some are too cramped, others are expensive, others have brittle ride quality. This one, however,…

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Turfed Cadillac Boss Weighs in on Decision (and So Does Lutz)

Controversial decisions that ruffled the feathers of dealers and brand faithful alike defined the Johan de Nysschen era at Cadillac. Project Pinnacle left the brand’s dealers in revolt, forcing changes and delays in the streamlining, brand-boosting strategy. Meanwhile, many still feel Cadillac is not a marque for Manhattan — the brand’s new home — and that a keeping-up-with-the-Germans product strategy takes the division too far away from its heritage. GM executives may not share those sentiments. For de Nysschen, the decision to…

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When 300 Means 2.0: Jaguar’s Smallest Sedan Lands New Trim

In today’s automotive naming culture, “300 Sport” cannot possible mean there’s a 3.0-liter engine under the hood. Too obvious. No, much like the Mercedes-Benz C300, the 2019 Jaguar XE 300 Sport will not budge above two liters of displacement. It will, however, budge well above the priciest 2.0-liter XE’s MSRP. Luckily, you’ll probably never need to know about this, as the XE’s lacklustre U.S. sales suggest this introduced-in-Europe trim will remain on the east side of the Atlantic. The XE…

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