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This Week in Motoring: February 22, 2016

Mercedes is in hot water, Ferrari’s new F1 challenger, a peek at the new Maserati SUV and more

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Mercedes is in hot water, Ferrari’s new F1 challenger, a peek at the new Maserati SUV and more.

On the Radar


Reads and New Gear


Think James Hunt, on Two Wheels

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A trailer for Sheene has just been released. The film is a biopic of Barry Sheene (basically the two-wheeled equivalent of James Hunt) and it looks promising. It may just be coincidence then that the two were good friends and both happened to be dominating their respective sports in the late ’70s.

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In the Red Corner

Ferrari just unveiled the the SF16-H, its F1 challenger for the 2016 season. Though the Scuderia are looking to build on last year’s momentum, significant overhauls were made to the engineering architecture. Also worth noting is the quasi-retro livery harking back to the winning days of Niki Lauda, who famously brought the Italian squad out of a performance slump.

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Cheating Diesel Emissions, So Hot Right Now


Volkswagen’s scandal looks to be just the opening of the floodgates, as Mercedes-Benz seems to be the next big company in the courts’ crosshairs.

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The Wagon-Lover’s Wagon

Volvo officially took the wraps off the long-awaited V90 wagon. It was announced as a global car, meaning we’ll see it on US soil. We’ll also get the more-powerful hybrid version with 410 horsepower.

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Ford’s Pothole Detection


Ford announced the Fusion V6 Sport will come with pothole mitigation technology. Essentially, the car utilizes a computer-controlled suspension with 2-millisecond response time that can detect a pothole and react accordingly. To see it in action watch the video, here.

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First Look at Maserati SUV

After photos leaked on Auto Week Netherlands, it was only a matter of time until Maserati officially announced the new Levante SUV, a first for the Italian car maker. It’s aimed squarely at the Porsche Macan, Cayenne and Jaguar F-Pace.

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Silver, Going for Gold — Again

2015 F1 Champs, Mercedes-AMG did a shakedown run of their 2016 challenger at Silverstone in a POV ride-along with Nico Rosberg.

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Reviews and Buying Guides


Advice from the Crew


Off-Roading in Lexus’s Luxury Family-Hauler

Haul eight people in style, off-road? Yep, the LX can handle that. Read the Story

Victory Motorcycles’ Newest MuscleBike Takes the Company in a Different Direction

Victory is calling their all-new 2017 Octane “the Modern American MuscleBike,” and for good reason: the company is muscling its way into a new direction. Read the Story


The Find


What to Buy, Now


Jordan Belfort’s ’91 Ferrari Testarossa

The name should sound familiar if you’ve seen The Wolf of Wall Street, but the real Jordan Belfort wasn’t far off from DiCaprio’s portrayal, right down to owning a white 1991 Ferrari Testarossa. Apparently a “Wolf story” goes along with this car (one hopefully not involving ‘ludes) that will be shared with serious buyers. Maybe the crumbled-up 50 dollar bill found in the lining has something to do with it?

Bid Now: Here

1982 Citroen 2CV

If we’re going to propose the Wolf of Wall Street’s Ferrari, it’s only just if we balance out the flash and excess with humble simplicity, so here is a no-reserve ’82 Citroen 2CV with an opening bid of $99.

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Noteworthy Reads


Stories from Around the Web


He may have just starred in the record-breaking movie Deadpool, but Ryan Reynolds actually came from humble beginnings. He originally turned to motorcycles to escape from the fast-paced life as a young actor. Now, they’re a lifelong obsession.

Professional racing, on the surface, seems to be nothing but fame, fortune and fast cars. But Marshall Pruett tells a story of the darker side of racing: drug smuggling, ponzi schemes and fraud.


Looking Ahead


What We’re Testing Now


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