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Affordable Ways to Your Fuel-Lovin' Heart

Cheap Thrills: 10 Bargain Driver’s Cars

Your buddy’s Rosso Corsa Red Ferrari makes your blood boil with envy. Unfortunately, your better half won’t let you mortgage the house so you can buy one yourself. Though they may not have the prancing horse on the grille or elicit gazes from the bold and the beautiful, these 10 affordable driver’s cars still delight with great driving dynamics and the kind of motoring spirit that makes you feel like a kid again.

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...Finally

Lincoln’s 2015 MKC Fights the Good Fight, and Wins

Lincoln’s new MKC crossover is a stunning success — and the brand couldn’t have needed it more.

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Back and better than ever...or is it?

Quick Spin: 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Longer, wider, lighter and with brand new tech, the Mk VII Golf GTI goes head to head…with past versions of itself.

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Two if by land, two if by sea

Breakdown: Gibbs Quadski XL

You’re the kind of guy who hates two things: wasting time and not getting enough attention. You also have a passion for both watersports and getting hugged from behind by a gleefully screaming passenger. The brand new Gibbs Quadski XL is the morphing amphibious vehicle for you, changing from watercraft to rear-wheel-drive ATV with the push of a button. We break down its features.

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Lean and Clean

Six Great Ultra-Thin Watches

While thick, robust watches have their benefits, they often fall prey to door jams and snags on cuffs and jacket pockets alike. More often than not, a truly practical and comfortable watch will also be a thin watch. These watches feel wafter thin (because they are) but still look of consequence, and are in fact some of the best dress watches around. For an understated yet stately look that fits under a cuff with heaps of clearance (10mm thick at max, including crystal), these six are some of the best.

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Business Class in All Rows

The 2015 Chevy Tahoe Rules the Weekend

In the 2015 Chevy Tahoe everyone is treated with business-class comfort. Is this the perfect weekend car? We find out with some time behind the wheel.

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Big tires, big ambitions

Want This, Get This: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport or 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

It used to be a well-known truth: getting an SUV that conquered the rough-and-tumble of off-roading and had good driving dynamics on the road was a holy grail, like marrying a woman with the physique of Lolo Jones and the brains of Marie Curie. Nowadays, that vehicular combination is no longer as elusive as you think. What you get in both the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk are excellent on-road manners and the kind of off-road chops that will have herds of mountain goats bowing in respect. You just have to decide how much you plan on doling out.

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Five reasons to start a family

Testing Five Great Alternatives to the Minivan

There’s no question about a minivan’s utility. But until someone comes up with one that doesn’t at least partially emasculate red-blooded men, we choose to drive these other vehicles — ones that offer up utility, a semblance of driving pleasure and better aesthetics than a toaster oven.

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BMW's best driver's car

In the BMW M235i, New Hope for BMW Drivers

As good as BMWs typically are, they’ve lost some of their deft and agile performance in recent years. The 135i and the 1 M, released in 2008 and 2011, respectively, certainly did their share to make amends for past wrongs. But the new M235i does more than just try to make peace with the former BMW faithful. It’s a whole new step in the right direction.

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Depth of Spending

Want This, Get This: IWC Aquatimer Deep Three or ORIS Aquis Depth Gauge

Comparing two great depth gauge dive watches: the top shelf IWC Aquatimer Deep Three and an ingenious alternative from ORIS that works without any moving parts.

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If the Cloud rode a motorcycle, this would be it

Quick Spin: 2014 Zero S Electric Motorcycle

After testing out Zero’s do-anything DS last year we were sold on electric motorcycles. We wanted more, and we got it with a chance to cruise around on their torquey 54 horsepower sport bike, the 2014 Zero S.

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Pikes Peak, Monster, Panigale, Streetfighter and Diavel

Quick Spin: Ducati Full Line

With free reign on development (and deeper pockets) thanks to new ownership, Ducati’s built a lineup that’s billed as faster, sexier and more nimble than anything they’ve produced before. After spending a day piloting five models (Multistrada Pikes Peak, Monster, Panigale, Streetfighter and Diavel) through the Catskill Mountains, it became clear that this may be their finest vintage yet, at least for the majority of their models.

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To drive or ogle? That is the question.

Present Perfect: 10 Modern Automotive Designs that Nailed It

The beauty of classic automotive design is often in direct struggle with modern safety and fuel economy standards, not to mention the latest in technology. But there are still a number of shining examples around today, ones that echo the past and ones that break new ground but don’t break the rules of good taste. These ten prove that less is more and that automotive design is not on the rocks.

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Listening to Meridian's Special Edition DSP8000 Speakers

The Beautiful Quandary of $80,000 Speakers

Meridian’s new 25th Anniversary Special Edition DSP8000 loudspeakers cost $80,000. We learned why.

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Timepieces for the Beach, the Mountains or just Manning the Grill

Summer Hours: Great Casual Watches for the Season

Five new watches ready for the mountains, the beach, or just manning the grill. Put one on and don’t take it off until Labor Day.

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THE SKELETON IN THIS POLITICIAN’S CLOSET

Breakdown: Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition

The boys in the back room at German company Glashütte Original have done a masterful job at sculpting the skeletonized version of their Manual Winding Senator to make its inner workings clear as day. It’s 42 millimeters of hand-wound, see-through, 18k red gold bliss.

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The Adaptable Survive

Proving Evolutionary Theory with IWC’s Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands”

The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” ($11,100) shares more with theCharles Darwin Foundation than donations. It’s a prime example of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution — in Aquatimers.

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Fast, understated, and utterly desirable

The Chevrolet SS is a Modern-Day American Sleeper

Most of us with high-octane petrol in our veins can’t own a super car and won’t own a minivan. Chevrolet still cares about us. How do we know? The Chevy SS, one of the best modern sleepers in the business.

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A new car, or just a smaller one?

A Quick Spin in the Smaller, Techier 2015 Audi A3

Is Audi’s first entry-level sedan created specifically for Americans truly a new car, or just a smaller version of the status quo?

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A Stainless Heritage Lives On

Breakdown: Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

At BaselWorld2014, Patek Philippe introduced the Travel Time Chronograph, reference 5990-1 ($57,300), the latest in the continuing evolution of the now-iconic Nautilus.

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No Mere Accessories

The Rise of the Fashion Watch

It wasn’t so long ago that watches with fashion brand names on their dials were routinely dismissed as pretenders, mere arm candy for people with more money than good sense or taste. While there are still plenty of those watches twinkling from department store jewelry counters, other brands — ones more often associated with jewelry, luggage and trench coats — have quietly elbowed their way into loftier company. These five made a splash at this year’s BaselWorld.

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Davy Jones's (Dive) Locker

Kit: Wreck Diving

For centuries, man has found countless ways to send ships to the bottom of the sea. Since the advent of scuba technology, we’ve found ways to explore them. Whether it’s to search for booty, take eerie photos, or just to pay respects, wreck diving is a not a sport for the timid. Often found in deep, cold water with strong currents and dangerous reefs, wrecks demand expertise, experience, humility and marine-grade bronze balls — not to mention a lot of specialized gear. This isn’t tropical holiday diving, so be prepared to shell out for equipment that can stand up to the conditions the Gunilda, the Thistlegorm or the Doria present.

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Spidey senses are tingling

Time on Our Hands: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite + Rock

When it comes to high-end mechanical watches, racers, pilots, and divers are all spoiled for choice. Unfortunately, skiers can’t say the same. One brand though, has been giving them a taste of what could be. Launched by two Danes in 2002, Linde Werdelin went straight after the skiing niche by introducing mechanical timepieces with digital clip-on devices meant for the snow. But today, the technology that made the brand stand out faces major questions. We tried out the SpidoLite Titanium Red ($11,900) and the brand’s latest Rock digital device on the slopes.

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The Asian Phaeton?

Behind The Wheel: 2015 Kia K900

Kia has far surpassed expectations in a relatively short time frame, shifting from a producer of poorly designed, poorly built econo-boxes to well-made, adventurously styled cars that square off with practical Asian stalwarts like Honda and Toyota. Recently they set their sights on the European luxury market with their 2015 Kia K900 ($59,500 base). We grabbed some seat time in a powerful, VIP-trimmed $65,000 Kia to decide for ourselves if it was worth the price tag — and to decide if the Germans should feel threatened by this Asian invasion.

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Time to clean up

Four Dress Watches, Four Distinct Styles

Yes, we’re inclined towards utilitarian sports watches, but every now and then a guy’s got to clean up. For those times, do yourself a favor and replace that Panerai with something a little more civilized — a jaw-dropping dress watch. Just how civilized (and how expensive) is up to you, but here are four worth suiting up for.

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From Good to Great

Five Cars that Finally Arrived

Some car models start out great but then topple from grace — the Nissan Maxima comes to mind (as much as we try to push it out). Then there are those automobiles that have only gotten better with time, tweaks, and tender loving care. Some have evolved gracefully, while others desperately needed a hefty dose of attention. Here are five models basking in the glow of recent changes that have brought them into their primes.

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It takes two to fan dance

The Arrival of the Korean Luxury Sedan: Kia K900 & Hyundai Equus

Not that long ago, “Korean Luxury Car” sounded a lot like “Hardee’s Beef Wellington”. Something was clearly lost in both translation and execution — but those days are gone now. Both Kia and Hyundai have brought their own versions of luxo barges to our shores in the form of the K900 and the Equus. Sure, the snob factor isn’t nearly as present as in the German or Japanese offerings, but that could be just what the doctor (or lawyer) ordered. The Korean luxury sedan has arrived in a big way without making a big move for your bank account.

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Head of the C-Class

Quick Spin: The Arrival of a First Class C-Class

In its past several generations, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class has promised drivers excellent entry-level luxury — a promise on which the car has never quite delivered. GP editor Eric Yang travels to the South of France to find the soul of the new C-Class using his right foot.

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The thrill of the hunt

The GP Guide to eBay Vintage Watch Hunting

What self-respecting watch nerd hasn’t spent countless hours trolling eBay for that elusive vintage treasure that no one has discovered? The Pre-Moon Omega Speedmaster, the MilSub, the Cosmonaute — the names alone are enough to get palms sweating and the heart racing. While the thrill of watch collecting is in the hunt, enough foiled plans and missed auctions will make anyone gun shy. We feel your pain. The best salve is this guide to vintage watches on eBay, featuring a strong mix of underdogs — those timepieces that fly under a lot of collectors’ radars. Not only do you stand a better chance of scoring one of these collectible tickers, once you do make the final bid, you’ll end up with a legitimate piece of horological history.

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A beast in plainer clothes

Behind the Wheel: 2015 Subaru WRX

The Subaru Impreza WRX (nicknamed “Rex” by loyalists) has a cult following to almost rival the Beatles (smaller and younger, but just as fanatic). New iterations or improvements often make fan clubs and enthusiasts both skeptical and nervous; you can’t mess with perfection, and the Subaru Impreza WRX is pretty close. In November of last year Subaru debuted the fifth generation 2015 WRX ($26,295) at the LA auto show, and we were quick to and hop in line to see if they’d truly made it better or simply messed up a great thing.