First Drive: Aptera 2E

First Drive: Aptera 2E
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The wingless road bird takes flight. Sort of.

Every now and then something weird and wonderful comes our way. The Aptera 2E scores over the top in weirdness and, assuming a number of ifs can be fulfilled, it has the potential to be a wonderful alternative to humdrum automobiles.

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First Drive: 2012 Audi R8 GT

First Drive: 2012 Audi R8 GT
2012 Audi R8 GT - First Drive - Automobile Magazine
Lost in Translation

The Audi R8 GT is a slightly more powerful, slightly lighter version of the R8 5.2 FSI coupe, which isn’t exactly short on power (525 hp) or overweight (3583 pounds) to begin with. Perhaps that’s why Audi only managed to bump peak horsepower to 560 and drop the curb weight 152 pounds for the GT.

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Rare Breeds: Four Obscure British Sports Cars

Rare Breeds: Four Obscure British Sports Cars
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Obscure British two-seaters you’ll want but can’t have, plus a three-seater you can assemble in your garage.

Fret not when another British sports car maker slips under the waves. Since England is the cradle of two-seat entertainment, whenever an automaker like Triumph or TVR succumbs, some up-and-comer arrives to fill in. In the land of fish and chips, creativity isn’t so hindered by balance sheets and business plans.

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First Drive: 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman

First Drive: 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman
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The Mini with more AND less.

Mini has pulled off the icon revival act of the century by growing a new and vastly superior subcompact sports car from a few well chosen genes of the original. This old/new hybrid took root at the start of the decade, matured with the introduction of a second-generation design in 2007, and gained momentum in the teeth of the recession. After a peak sales year in 2008, the current 100 US Mini dealers expect to move 45,000 cars in calendar 2010 thanks in part to an impressive 18-percent rise in September sales over 2009 volume.

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2011 Nissan LEAF First Impressions

NASHVILLE, TN – Rolling to a silent stop, we can’t help but notice the driver of a cherry red Camry Hybrid grinning and waving almost frantically next to us. Having experienced the brand-fraternity equivalent of a secret handshake during other test drives (the “boy howdy” wave from Jeep dudes, the almost begrudging nod of the German performance sedan driver or the friendly beep-beep of the Mini owner) we assumed he was just happy to acknowledge his recognition of the Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle we’re piloting.

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The Perfect Car for Every Life Crisis

The Perfect Car for Every Life Crisis
The Perfect Car for Every Life Crisis - Automobile Magazine
While traveling the road of life, the enthusiast doesn’t have to compromise a desire for performance against the demands of practicality.

Desire isn’t the only factor that dictates the cars we own
Our most vivid, gasoline-fueled dreams are often sidetracked by more practical realities-financial, familial, and otherwise. Take heart, though, because there has never been a better selection of prodigious yet pragmatic performers. To suggest the way an enthusiast might ascend the automotive ladder in life, from his (or her) twenties to his thirties to his forties, we gathered three pairs of cars with increasing price tags and increasing capabilities. Then we turned the keys over to a gearhead who fits the target demographic and is ready to climb the ladder.

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2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Four Seasons Update – October 2010

2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Four Seasons Update – October 2010
2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited - October 2010 - Automobile Magazine
Art director Matt Tierney recently declared, “I’m giving the Outback the ‘Easiest LATCH Award’ for installing and removing car seats.

Months in fleet: Eleven
Miles to date: 35,145

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