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2018 Audi S8

2018 Audi S8

The next-gen S8 is coming for 2018 and will offer huge improvements in a number of areas

The Audi A8 was introduced to the world in 1994, and in 1996 the European market laid its eyes on the first Audi S8 – a beefed up version of the A8. Since then, the S8 has gone through two more generational changes with the most recent being in 2012. A mild facelift came in 2014, but the S8 still looked somewhat dated. Now, we’ve finally gotten a look at the next-gen model testing on the Nürburgring and, as expected, it will take on Audi’s updated design language. Unlike the current model, however, we expect the 2018 S8 to drop the 4.0-liter V-8 in favor of that 2.9-liter V-6 that is found in the Porsche Panamera.

As a beefed up version of the A8, the S8 should take on similar styling cues with a more aggressive twist to them. It will also get new wheels, bigger brakes, and some extra interior appointments too. We saw the upcoming A8 testing back as early as June 14 on the Nürburgring, so it took about three months for Audi to open the gate that was keeping the S8 in captivity. Now that it’s out in the wild, let’s dive on in a take a good look at the future Audi S8

Update 05/23/2018: It’s been a while, but we’ve finally spotted the upcoming Audi S8 being put through the paces again. We’re not sure what’s taking Audi so long to hammer out the production model, but there’s no camo in play here so it must be pretty close to being production ready. Check it out and learn more about what we know so far in our special section below.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan

Replaces the old AMG E43 model

Launched in 2016, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class introduced an impressive amount of new technology for the brand, including a semi-autonomous feature and a steering wheel that can detect swipes like a smartphone. The nameplate expanded rapidly to include efficient four-cylinder models, a hybrid, diesels, and powerful AMG variants. Come 2018, and the sedan gains a mild hybrid AMG version under the "E53" badge. Set to replace the AMG E43 for the 2019 model years, it slots between the E400 4Matic and the full-blown AMG E63.

The sedan is the third E-Class model to make the switch to EQ hybrid technology. Mercedes-Benz began the overhaul with the coupe and cabriolet versions, which were unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January. The technology first debuted on the CLS in 2017, but the four-door version is not as powerful. A similar setup can be found in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, which also offers a 53-badged variant. So what sets the AMG E53 Sedan apart from the standard E-Class and the hardcore AMG E63? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2018 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept

2018 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept

The sleek four-door sedan just got sleeker!

Unveiled in 2017 as a replacement for the ill-fated CC, the Arteon keeps Volkswagen active in the rather tiny four-door coupe segment. Sportier than its predecessor and boasting more premium features than ever, the Arteon could finally establish the German firm as a powerful player on the premium market. Now also available in R-Line trim, the Arteon just gained a special paint finish and a set of wheels from Vossen to become the Highlight Concept.

Based on the R-Line model, the Highlight Concept explores the Arteon’s "potential to make a statement on the show field." Granted, the sleek and wide stance give the sedan a unique place among Volkswagen cars, and we will probably see a wide range of aftermarket upgrades at the upcoming tuning shows. Volkswagen’s is far from radical, but it shows what you can do with special paint, a set of custom wheels, and a lowered suspension.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept.

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2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback

2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback

The Hyundai i30 N Fastback was spotted in prototype form being put through the paces. It will be the second model to be worked over by Hyundai’s new N division (the i30 N Hatchback was the first) and will even feature the same engine and design cues. It will be much sportier than the standard fastback and should offer as much as 275 horsepower, all of which will be channeled through a six-speed manual transmission.

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2018 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SoCal Concept

2018 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SoCal Concept

Pays tribute to the Jetta Mk2

The latest-generation Volkswagen Jetta was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and promises to reshape the affordable compact segment with its design and features. Although it’s slightly cheaper than the outgoing model, it’s decidedly more modern inside the cabin and has enough features to tackle the upper market of the affordable compact segment. It’s plenty powerful too, using a 1.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. With the sedan arriving at dealers in May 2018, Volkswagen celebrates the new-generation Jetta with a tuned-up model developed by Fifteen52. It’s based on the R-Line model, and it’s called the SoCal Concept.

Inspired by the second-generation Jetta that was built between 1984 and 1992 in Pennsylvania, the SoCal concept is described as a "heritage-based design with modern accents." I can’t really spot those heritage design cues Volkswagen is talking about (I’m probably not old enough), but the concept sedan definitely looks unique. And it’s not too wild either, so the German could offer this four-door in a limited-edition production model. It probably won’t happen, but it remains an interesting take on a popular and affordable model.

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2018 Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate - Driven

2018 Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate - Driven

Genesis has wowed a lot of folks with its full-size luxury sedan, the G90 — including me.

Competing in the space occupied by titans of the industry such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series can’t be easy. Buyers in this segment can be very demanding. They want space, power, and luxury appointments. I’m here to tell you the G90 delivers on all those, and does so at a much cheaper price point than its European rivals.

The last review I did of a Genesis product was the G80 Sport. In that review, I said Genesis is where Lexus was 30 years ago: the scrappy underdog offering a compelling package for a value price. The G90 was its opening shot across the bow of the establishment — including Lexus. All of them should be paying attention.

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2018 Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept

2018 Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept

Integrating EV charging into the electricity grid

Responsible for some of the greatest automotive designs, Giugiaro lost its place in the spotlight in recent years. But, even though it stopped working with the big automakers outside the Audi Q2 and some Chinese cars, Giugiaro rolled out a few spectacular concepts recently, including the Parcour and the Zerouno. The Italian firm introduced yet another in 2018. It’s called the GFG Sibylla, it’s fully electric, and it was developed in cooperation with Envision, a Chinese company specialized in wind turbines, energy management software, and energy technology services.

Created to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 80th birthday, the GFG Sibylla uses Envision’s EnOS energy IoT platform, which allows the car to become intelligently integrated into the wider energy ecosystem. In short, it’s integrating EV charging into the electricity grid, a system that other automakers have been studying for quite a few years now. The Sibylla name was chosen accordingly, as it references a figure from Latin mythology endowed with the ability to provide answers and predict the future. It is also a tribute to Giorgetto’s mother, named Sibylla. Let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

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2020 BMW M3

2020 BMW M3

Extra power, less weight, and more Bimmerness than ever before

The BMW M3 has been around for a while now, first entering production in 1985 as a high-powered go-faster variant of the ever-popular BMW 3 Series. The latest F80 generation dropped in 2014, essentially setting the benchmark for all other fast four-doors to match, and now, there’s a new generation in the making. Dubbed internally as the G80, the next M3 is shaping up to be quite the ultimate driving machine, so we gathered up all the rumors we could find and put ‘em right here in the following speculative review.

Update 05/17/2018: The M3 is about ready to make its debut, but engineers decided to take it out for another spin on the Nurburgring. Check out the latest photos in our special section below.

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2020 BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

Refreshed with extra power, better interior tech, and a sharper style

BMW first revealed its full-size 7 Series luxury sedan in 1977, with the latest sixth-generation arriving in 2015 following a debut at the International Motor Show Germany. Now, it appears as though there’s a refreshed model just over the horizon, as confirmed in a series of spy photos that reveal a fresh camo-clad exterior and a revamped interior spec.

Update 5-16-2018: The BMW 7 Series is set to review its new face for the 2020 model year with mild changes inside and out. We’re getting another look at it, this time on the Nurburgring and on public streets where it was benchmarked against the current 7 Series. Check out the new photos in the special section below.

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2019 Audi RS7 Sportback

2019 Audi RS7 Sportback

Will the fastest A7 go big or go home?

Audi first introduced the A7 in 2010 at the Paris Motor Sow as a sporty, yet practical iteration of the A6. U.S. models arrived for the 2012 model year, while the hot-to-trot RS7 was released in 2013 with more power, complimentary suspension and chassis upgrades, and sharper looks. Now, following the release of the second-gen A7 in October of 2017, Audi is cooking up a second generation for the RS7 as well, and it could get as much as 700 hybridized horsepower under the hood.

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2018 Hyundai Le Fil Rouge

2018 Hyundai Le Fil Rouge

Hyundai’s vision of a luxurious future

Hyundai is ready to look at the future as it reinvents itself and the Le Fil Rouge Concept is a display of how the Korean brand sees its destiny. It’s all-electric, it’s sleek, and it’s luxurious. How a model like this would wear a Hyundai badge and not a Genesis badge is a complete mystery, but the point is that Hyundai has high hopes and extreme desires. You can already see that the exterior is attractive and commanding, but inside you’ll find wood, unique styling, and heaps of technology. Oh, and like all cool-guy concepts these days, it has suicide doors as well. What else does the concept offer as far as vision goes and how much will make it to production? Let’s find out.

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2019 BMW M5 Competition Package

2019 BMW M5 Competition Package

The M5 is finally quicker than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Introduced in 1972, the BMW 5 Series didn’t receive its first M package until 1985. That’s 13 long years! But the M5 has been offered ever since and it’s now considered one of the most iconic performance sedan on the market. Starting 2014, BMW began offering the Competition Package, an update that increased output and made the sedan a tad quicker from 0 to 60 mph. The previous M5 Competition Package had almost 600 horsepower, but the new M5 is just as powerful without the upgrade. Come 2018 and BMW launched a new Competition Package model.

Much like its predecessor, the Competition Package adds new features inside and out and inject a bit more power under the hood. The upgrade is far from overwhelming, but it gives customers access to a slightly more aggressive exterior and enhanced performance that takes the M5 closer to the bonkers Mercedes-AMG E63 S. For the first time ever, the M5 is quicker than the most powerful version of the E-Class, despite offering significantly less torque. Let’s find out more about the new features and the uprated engine in the review below.

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