• I'm writing this brief article from an airplane having just sampled the all-new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. So... how was it?

    Well, if I told you, I wouldn't have to kill you, but I would have to buy a bouquet of flowers and a nice bottle of scotch to send to the PR department at Cadillac for breaking their embargo date. What I can do, however, is show you a video of my lap using GM's sweet Performance Data Recorder -- providing I promise not to spill any driving impressions.

    Being a man of honor I shall of course comply, and a good scotch ain't cheap. So here is my lap from yesterday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, driving the new 464 hp ATS-V with an automatic transmission and without the higher downforce aero package (see below).

    Be sure to check back later next month for my full review and a video brimming with tire-burning skids.

    Review, coming soon...Review, coming soon...
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  • This Ford GT Has Fewer Miles Than You Walk in a Day — And a Huge Price

    The question is a simple one. If a decade back you had the ducats to pony up for a ferociously reimagined 2006 Ford GT, could you resist driving it? Megan Boyd is pretty sure she knows what most people would say.

    “I would have had an extremely hard time never driving a car that fun, so I guess you could call this particular auction item a case of extreme automotive restraint,” says Boyd, car specialist at Auctions America, whose Fort Lauderdale auction runs from March 27-29. “It’s got to be the lowest mileage Ford GT ever sold. Or even just out there.”

    How low? Just 2.7 miles show on the odometer of this special Heritage Edition GT, a Canadian-spec machine that clearly went nowhere without its transporter after leaving its Michigan birthplace.

    2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition

    There were only 343 Heritage Edition models made (of some 4,000 total GT examples), all of which are modern-day tributes to Ford’s winning racing past as interpreted by fabled auto designer J. Mays. Each special-order machine features the

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  • New 2016 Mercedes GLE-Class SUV comes to replace your ML-Class

    When the original Mercedes-Benz M-Class came forth in 1998 — from a factory in Alabama, of all places — there was a certain amount of skepticism. Sure, it looked the part, and it mostly drove like one, but would German luxury buyers really take to a high-riding SUV?

    Today, it's safe to ask whether luxury buyers really want anything else. Where it once stood alone, the Mercedes-Benz midsize SUV is now one of roughly 20 such models for sale in the United States. And despite having its best sales year ever in 2014 — at 46,726 copies — the M-Class was passed by the BMW X5 and the lighter, less expensive models from Asian luxury makes.

    2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

    Hence the arrival of this, a revamped SUV that now adopts the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature to be called GLE, because names on luxury cars are apparently as welcome as squeegee men. The engine range remains the same — from a 2.5-liter diesel to two variants of V-6s at 302 hp and 329 hp, and the stonking 5.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, good for up to 577 hp and

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  • On a pre-programmed course in an old airfield in Alameda, Calif., a silverfish-shaped car meanders through a cardboard city full of frozen people and cut-out trees. Here at the edge of Silicon Valley, looking back across the bay at the San Francisco skyline and just minutes from Mercedes-Benz’s Research facility in Sunnyvale, the F 015 “Luxury In Motion” autonomous prototype vehicle makes its way — with the driver's seat comfortably swiveled 180 degrees to face backwards.

    It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but this is Mercedes-Benz’s vision of the future — the year 2030 to be precise. The F 015 concept is quite literally a living room on wheels. Feel like driving? Swivel your chair and take control of the steering wheel that folds neatly away when not in use. Feel like working, relaxing, or talking? Swivel back around and face your fellow passengers; the car will continue to drive you to your destination. In Mercedes purview, life in the future is no longer about speed,

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  • 2016 Jaguar XF Unveiled With a High-Wire Act Over London

    Most new car models only have to drive a few feet to their introduction, but the 2016 Jaguar XF's first public drive was more of a high-wire act — literally.

    To demonstrate its new, lighter chassis, Jaguar rigged a new XF with special wheels to handle a 787-foot drive on a pair of 1.3-inch wide cables some 59 feet above London's Canary Wharf. The stunt, weeks in the making, took about three minutes to complete as stuntman Jim Dowdell eased the big cat over the water.

     The big Jaguar sedan that competes against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 has been overshadowed in recent years by the British luxury brand's more sporting models like the F-Type. The new XF arrives up to 265 lbs. lighter than the outgoing version thanks to an all-aluminum chassis, a change that Jaguar claims should pay huge dividends in handling and fuel efficiency.

    Power will come from a 3-liter supercharged V-6, tuned to either 340 hp or 380 hp, paired to an eight-speed transmission and optionally

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  • Not many of us can say we've been doing the same job for 69 years. That's probably because the vast majority of us won't live to be 100 years old.

    Derrell Alexander, a Chevrolet salesman at White's Mountain Motors in Casper, Wyo., celebrated his own centenary on March 17th, bringing his employment with the dealership to 53 years spanning four separate ownerships regimes. He started selling cars in 1946 at another dealership in Douglas, Wyo., some 50 miles away.

    "Sixty-year-old ladies remember him selling their parents cars," new car manager Marco Castillo told Automotive News. "Rarely will there be somebody who he doesn't remember what car they had or something about them."

    It's this connection with multiple generations of customers that drives Alexander to come into work each day more than 30 years after someone would typically retire. He still arrives at 8 a.m. every morning, Monday through Saturday, and doesn't take vacations.

    “The bible says on the seventh day, you rest,” he told

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  • 2016 Dodge Caravan Confirmed By Spy Shots

    While minivans have long been replaced by SUVs as Americans' family haulers of choice, they remain a key part of the history of FCA, the corporation also known as Fiat Chrysler, which invented the segment 33 years ago. Chrysler has already said it plans to launch a new version of the Town & Country at next year's Detroit auto show, but has said the Dodge Grand Caravan would die in its current form.

    So what's this minivan-shaped test car covered in camoflauge doing with Dodge badges all over it?

    As caught by automotive photographers SpiedBilde, this is likely the 2016 Dodge Caravan; we say "likely" because things have a way of changing at Chrysler right up to a deadline. The photos match the shape of the other test minivans caught earlier — built off the same Fiat-derived platform that underpins the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 sedans. The new minvan is expected to use the 3.2-liter V-6 or some variant of Fiat-Chrysler's four-cylinder; Chrysler has also said the minvan will be its first

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  • It was 31 years ago when Steve Saleen marketed his first Ford Mustang-based creation. It had spoilers and stickers and snazzy wheels and 140 hp, which in 1984, seemed like a lot.

    Fast forward to 2015, and Saleen Automotive, Inc. of Corona, Calif., is still producing pumped-up Mustangs, only now, Saleen’s steeds are rather more potent and more extreme than before. The least powerful of his latest crop of Mustangs, all of which are based on the all-new 2015 model, is the S302 “White Label,” producing 450 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, up from 435 hp and 400 lb-ft for the stock Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Coyote V-8.

     And then there’s this car: the 2015 S302 “Black Label," which made its official debut in Los Angeles last weekend. First announced last fall, the Black Label would be equipped with a supercharged version of the aforementioned Coyote V-8, with output pegged at 640 hp. But as it spun on a turntable before us, Saleen announced that his twin-scroll supercharger actually ups the Coyote’s

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  • The DeltaWing has been one of the most innovative motorsports stories in years, proving that you don't need silly horsepower numbers to be fast. That car competes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the prototype class, as well as at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    But this weird looking creature isn't just a flash in the pan; Don Panoz and his team have today unveiled new plans to expand, eventually leading to a DeltaWing sports car you can actually buy for your driveway.

    The first step in the expansion arrives in the form of a GT-style race car, designed to compete against the likes of the Corvette, Ferrari 458 Italia and others in the booming GT class. Once again, the ideology is the simple: utilize a narrow front track to reduce drag and weight, therefore requiring a smaller, far more efficient engine for propulsion. The GT car is expected to appear in 2015, and will run alongside the team's current car.

    Photo courtesy of www.deltawingracing.comPhoto courtesy of www.deltawingracing.com
    With acceptance of this concept gaining traction to the point where

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  • They call it one of the world’s toughest endurance races for a reason. Despite a performance advantage over those chasing us, our transmission seemed sure to fail. We were just nine hours into this 25-hour marathon and already we were limited to running just fourth and fifth gear.

    This should have been the end of the story. We had put on a good show, one we could be proud of. We led most of the early hours, and proved that we were the car to beat. But prototype-style racers from the ESR class aren't designed for durability, which is why one has never won outright at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. We weren’t going to break the trend this year.

    Only we did.

    What looked to be a story of hard luck turned into one of triumph. Rather than admit defeat, we dug deeper into our toolbox and found an extra-large dose of resilience. In this race that always favored the slow and steady over the fast and fragile, the hare prevailed over the tortoise.

    The weekend begins Saturday night in Willow, Calif.,

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