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This Week in Motoring: November 16, 2015

BMW’s entry-level motorcycle, the return of the Ford Bronco, classic Mercedes-Benzes and more.


BMW’s entry-level motorcycle, the return of the Ford Bronco, classic Mercedes-Benzes and more.

On the Radar

The Latest in Motoring News

Bringing Back Ford’s Greatest Trucks

A tentative agreement between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Ford includes a commitment to bring back the Ford Ranger and Bronco to the US, with vehicles to be constructed in the Detroit area. The contract has been approved by UAW leaders and is awaiting voter approval from the union’s 52,900 Ford employees.

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The Ultimate Ninja


197 horsepower. A Showa Balance Free Fork. Brembo brakes. Dubstep. All this and more in Kawasaki’s latest video detailing all the specs on their new Ninja ZX-10R, a WSBK motorcycle for the streets.

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Our Kind of Museum Gift Shop

Fans of old-school Benzes can now buy a near-perfect, classic Mercedes directly from the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Examples range from an early-’90s wagon to a Le Mans racer.

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Kicking $42,000 Tires

A new exotic car dealership has opened at 51st Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan, selling Volkswagen’s top brands: Bentley, Porsche, Lamborghini and even Bugatti. Offerings from other exotic brands like Koenigsegg and Lotus will be on sale as well.

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A 34 Horsepower BMW

BMW Motorrad has unveiled the new GS310R, its new entry-level offering aimed to fight other bikes geared towards emerging sport riders like the KTM Duke 390 and Honda CB300F. The bike makes 34 horsepower and 21 lb-ft of torque via a liquid-cooled, 313cc single-cylinder engine with fuel injection and weighs in at approximately 350 pounds. Pricing has yet to be announced, but prospective buyers can expect the GS310R to arrive in showrooms early next year.

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Don’t Text and Apex

While well-meaning, anti-text-and-drive PSAs are woefully hokey. But add a racing Porsche 911 and ace driver Mark Webber? Now you’ve got our attention.

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Rosberg Wins Brazil

Nico Rosberg took another pole position and top-podium finish at this weekend’s Brazilian GP. This is his fifth pole in a row (a feat only achieved by 11 racers, ever) and the second consecutive year he’s won at Interlagos. Meanwhile, Williams driver Felipe Massa was disqualified for running tires at higher temperatures and pressures than permitted.

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Reviews and Buying Guides

Advice from the Crew

Improving on the Original Luxury Crossover Formula

A bold aesthetic departure from previous generations that still does what the RX line does best. Read the Review

The Find

What to Buy, Now

1957 Mercedes 190SL

While Mercedes’ new classic car venture is exciting, you don’t have to travel all the way to Stuttgart for a museum-quality car with a three-pointed star on the front.

Buy Now: $215,000

1977 Ford Bronco

If you’re worried the upcoming revival of the Bronco nameplate will leave you wanting, a perfect example of the original might be the route to go.

Buy Now: $46,900

Noteworthy Reads

Motoring Stories from Around the Web

Grant Karnes’s vintage 930 Turbo is a tastefully modified ode to the analogue supercar — a perfect blend of science, speed and art.

Speaking of 911s, a new hardcover book on Singer Porsche is now available for for purchase, starting at $95. It’s 276 pages of pure, air-cooled porn.

A Mustang, a Corvette, a Viper, a Cadillac, a Porsche, a Mercedes, a Bentley and a Ferrari duke it out for best performance car of the year. Head over to Road & Track to find out which car won.

Looking Ahead

What We’re Driving Now

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