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This Week's News on Wheels

This Week in Motoring: November 24, 2014

This Week in Motoring: AWD F-Types, the Mustang 350 returns, a Lexus goes topless, Mr. Le Mans retires and more.

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The Good Kind of Coach Class

Viewfinder: Behind the Scenes at Morgan Motor Company

A behind-the-scenes look at the Morgan Motor company, which is hand-building its cars just as it did nearly 100 years ago.

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Los Autos

10 Best Cars of the L.A. Auto Show 2014

The 2014 LA Auto Show is the last chance of the year for the automotive industry to show off what they have now and what’s coming up next. From realistic to only-in-your-dreams, the LA Auto Show has a lot to offer, but only the best are worth mentioning.

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Taking a Beating in the Deserts of Vegas

Toyota TRD Pro Eats Dust and Loves Every Minute of It

In the deserts of Vegas, the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro proved it could handle just about everything thrown at it. It can make any sports car lover seriously consider abandoning the track in favor of life in the dirt, gravel, mud and sand.

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Don't call it an SUV

Quick Spin: 2015 BMW X6 xDRIVE50i

Though it loses out on some of the functionality of its brother, the X5, the new X6 is an impressive machine to both drive and ogle.

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This Week's News on Wheels

This Week in Motoring: November 17, 2014

This Week in Motoring: Ken Block takes over LA, the Cadillac ATS V Racer breaks cover, a CEO gets shot at and much more.

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Baby got hatchback

Quick Spin: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

On the surface, the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe may seem like a redundancy, but it provides customers a gorgeous yet practical alternative to the boring three-box sedan.

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Pumping new life into a storied brand

Automotive Passion Saves TVR Again — Will it Be Enough?

British automaker TVR is known for some of the most radical cars in the world, but they’ve faced serious problems since their creation in 1947. Now, the brand’s cult supporters have hope again. But will new leadership and a commitment to quality cars be enough?

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The last of a dying breed of SUV

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner Wants Mud and Doesn’t Give a Damn

In a world of SUVs that’ve been softened by demand and suburban wusses, the 2015 Toyota 4Runner stands out.

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Logic Need Not Apply

God Bless the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

225 kilometers an hour? It’s 0.62, right? Why the hell can’t I figure it into miles? So 124 plus like 14 or 16 or…shit-shit-shit time to brake. Turns out mental math is a lot more difficult when solved howling down the main straight at Summit Point Motorsports Park in the most powerful sedan ever made.

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A German Creative Playground...in California

Molding the Future at Mercedes-Benz’s Advanced Design Center

Since 1990, Southern California has been home to the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center, where around 20 designers have been planning, sketching and living the company’s future.

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The only way to do black and blue

The Rarity of Driving a 350 Horsepower Volvo

This year, Polestar has taken a small allotment of 750 V60 wagons and S60 sedans and made them better, stronger, and faster for worldwide consumption. And Gear Patrol got a first look.

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Composed insanity

Taming 640 Horses in the McLaren 650S

It’s an elegantly powerful ultra-supercar. It’s capable of crushing more expensive, higher-profile autos on tracks and streets alike. And it’s surprisingly rare. So instead of waiting around, GP went to the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to try out the 2015 McLaren 650S.

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A Cruise MIssile by Way of Affalterbach

A True Driver’s Car: The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Just a short decade ago, we of the collective automotive world were scratching our heads and wondering: when will Mercedes-Benz, known for fast and cushy rides, deliver a proper, potent driver’s car? The time is now. Meet the 2016 AMG GT and GT S.

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A new look at a old show

At the Paris Motor Show, Design is in the Details

Auto shows are all about the big picture, but it’s the details that always catch our eye. Check out our shots from 2014 Paris Auto Show and you’ll see what we mean.

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A 'light truck' that's actually light

Ford’s Reigning Champ Arrives Anew, Stronger and Lighter

The Ford F-150 is the reigning champ of the truck world, having been the most popular truck in America for 37 years and — get this — the most popular overall vehicle for 32. Even more impressively, the 2015 Ford F-150 is not just miles ahead of the competition; it’s miles ahead of its former self.

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An American Icon, Born To be wild

Viewfinder: The Story of the Chopper

“The Story of the Chopper” explores the surprising birth and history of the world’s most recognizable motorcycle style.

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America's Sportscar On Its Home Turf

The C7 Corvette from Assembly Line To Redline

The million-square-foot Bowling Green Assembly Plant boasts little in the way of natural light, the handful of skylights the only hints of life outside the floor. Well, the skylights and WDNS 93 FM, which isn’t too informative but at least strums “Jessie’s Girl” through the door assembly area.

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The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth — and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here’s a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

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Volvo's flagship, reborn

Meet the New Face of Volvo

We meet the 2016 Volvo XC90 — the face of the new Volvo right down to the new, getting-down-to-business logo.

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Oh, I'd love to Drive an Oscar Mayer Wiener

The Joys of Driving A 27-Foot Hotdog

We drove the Wienermobile, and it was awesome.

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This Week's News on Wheels

This Week in Motoring: October 6, 2014

This Week in Motoring: GM aims to go driverless, the Chevy Corvette Z06 roasts just about everything, news that Mitsu Evo’s living on borrowed time, the P1 sells out and much more.

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Look ma, two hands!

High Five: 5 Best Motorcycle Gloves

Whether you’re piling on the interstate miles, tackling dusty switchbacks or just riding around in a parking lot, an off at any speed will have you palms out and road rashed. Thankfully, there is a world of options out there designed to deliver top protection and performance. To lend, ahem, a helping hand, here’s a list of the five best motorcycle gloves, broken down for riders of various styles and disciplines.

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The GTI of GTIs

Driving the European Spec Volkswagon Golf R, America’s Forbidden Fruit

Why even talk about something we can’t have? Because when VW knocks on the door and hands over their forbidden fruit — the 2015 Golf R Euro-spec — no human of motoring integrity could say no; and we didn’t either.

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Northern Roads Afar

1000 Miles of British Columbia on 2 Wheels

A fork in the road. Rarely in life does the metaphorical appear in such literal form. Yet there it was, and there we were. Twelve dust-covered motorcyclists on a journey through British Columbia’s beautiful northern interior, faced squarely with two paths and three options: left, right or turn around. This is where the riding stopped and the adventure began.

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Essentials for your great escape

Kit: Motorcycle Adventure Touring Gear

Heading out on the road with no set destinations and a couple of days to burn is a rite of passage for motorcycle riders. For a long weekend ride through Northern Ontario, Canada, GP’s Matt Neundorf turned to the Italians for the right gear: A Ducati for the ride; a two-piece suit, boots and gloves from Dainese and more.

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An Angry Bird of Prey

Ducati’s Perfect Tourer, the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo

Every motorcycle enthusiast dreams of taking off for an epic adventure. It’s no surprise, then, that adventure motorcycles are the fastest-growing segment on two wheels. Ducati has clearly tapped into that ethos with the design of the Multistrada GT.

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You've got skin in the game

Six Proper Motorcycle Jeans: Look Good, Save Your Skin

Full race-spec leathers are the surest bet to save your bacon when the possibility of a motorcycle crash becomes a reality; but practicality, timing and social demands don’t always encourage full gear. These are the best motorcycle jeans designed to both resist high-speed abrasion and look good when you reach your destination.

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Teaching an old dog new tricks, on two wheels

The Moto Guzzi V7 Special Is a Quirky Beauty

The prom queen is never chosen solely for her personality, and character actors don’t win People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. These are truths we’ve come to simply accept, and they extend to machines, too. Saying an item has “character” or “personality” implies it has aesthetic, ergonomic, or other flaws. The Moto Guzzi V7 Special ($9,290) has character.

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Break Boat

Surviving the Rolex Big Boat Series

The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by participants as the “Break Boat Series” for the toll it takes on boats and crews over four days of racing. GP’s Jason Heaton braved San Francisco Bay’s gusty winds and waves for a firsthand account.