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Tesla Model S: "The Best Car Consumer Reports Has Ever Tested"

We've already covered the massive impact the Tesla Model S has had on the car industry, but even we didn't think it was capable of essentially breaking Consumer Reports' grading system. And yet, when the final scores were tallied, the Tesla scorching P85D—0-60 mph in under four seconds, a 30-minute charge time, and 208-plus miles of electric range—scored 103 out of a possible 100. It was the first time a product ever scored that high, qualifies the P85D as "the best car Consumer Reports has ever tested" according to CR's auto test director, and was enough to make CR actually Consumer Reports Has Ever Tested"">see more
Wheels

As Jaguar Unveils New SUV, Big Cars Are Making a Comeback

Not too long ago, the SUV was America's defining vehicle, for better and worse. They were rolling, tank-like tributes to the overlarge, the in-your-face, and the defiant consumption of natural resources. Then, when the economic crisis hit and gas prices went through the roof, the sport-utility vehicle became a pariah, and Detroit's Big Three automakers, who once couldn't make enough SUVs to meet demand, almost sank under the weight of all the unsold inventory moldering on lots as America tightened its collective belt. see more
Wheels

The Gorgeous New Icona Vulcano Brings Serious Cred

One-off cars are a bit hard to get excited by—you can't buy them, after all, and usually feature some mad-scientist (not in the good way) powertrain producing "theoretical" specifications held together by bubble gum and delusion. see more
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Aston Martin Will Take on Tesla With 800-HP Electric Sedan

It's no exaggeration to say that the runaway success of the Model S took the automotive industry by complete surprise. But the good news, especially for the high-end brands, was that Tesla had proved what no one really thought possible: that auto enthusiasts will lust after a four-door EV. The Tesla Model S wasn't revolutionary because it was an electric car, or even because it was a legitimately fun-to-drive electric car—it was revolutionary because it proved that EV sedans could be sexy. see more
Wheels

Is Apple Developing a Self-Driving Car?

A few weeks back, we reported that Apple was recruiting a top-secret team whose various backgrounds—in part from Fiat/Chrysler and Tesla—seemed to suggest a move into the automotive space. On Monday, the Guardian, following up on a public-records-act request, wrote that engineers from the Cupertino, California, company's Special Project group met with representatives from GoMentum Station, an expansive former naval base now used for secure autonomous vehicle testing, in May. Per the Guardian: see more
News

Smart Highways Will Soon Charge Your Electric Car as You Drive

If you're among the 99 percent of city-dwelling Americans who can't keep their phones charged for an entire day without abstaining from Instagram or pissing off a bartender, the thought of buying an electric car is likely a little stressful. Charging stations are few and far between, and you can't boost your Model S off a Mophie pack. Well, if the U.S. follows the lead of Highways England, this might not be a concern. The U.K. group will soon begin testing smart highways that will simply charge your car as you drive, reports Co. Create. The roads will feature see more
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$100M Worth of Classic Cars Are Going on Sale; Here Are Our Favorites

If Caligula were a gearhead, he would have had a hard time outdoing the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In terms of the sheer number of jaw-dropping new and classic cars that parade through Monterey every August, there's really nothing like it anywhere in the world. It's not just that you'll see a car that you've never seen before, it's that you're likely to see four of them—or 40. It seems hard to believe, but at the end of the weekend, you couldn't think of anything more boring than seeing a "regular," million-dollar Bugatti Veyron. Hell, I once got burned see more
Wheels

Tesla's Amazing Robot Car Charger Would Make Tony Stark Jealous

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has been referred to as a real-life Tony Stark (he even had a cameo in Iron Man 2), and given his massive, game-changing successes across three separate industries with PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, the comparison seems apt. see more
Wheels

Watch an Electric Car Hit 60 MPH in Less Than 1.8 Seconds

Stuttgart, Germany, knows its cars—both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are headquartered there. But a bunch of upstart Stuttgart University students recently put the town on the automotive map for a different sort of achievement, setting the 0-to-62-mph acceleration record for an electric vehicle at a scorching 1.779 seconds—0.006 seconds faster than the previous record, set last year by a group of Swiss students. see more
Design

Luxe, Armored Cars Are the New Trend for Security-Obsessed Celebs

It's no longer enough for automobiles to be merely luxurious or impervious to external danger. A new breed of specialized cars marries upmarket perks with the armored protection of vehicles used by politicians or other VIPs, reports CNN Money. Companies like Alpha Armouring are taking upscale car models and customizing them to meet the exacting standards of people accustomed to white glove treatment. For example, CNN Money cites a Mercedes-Benz G63 SUV that's tricked out so that its final asking price is over $1.5M and brings the vehicle's weight in at over four tons. And while there will be see more
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