Joe Richardson

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Sedans: Audi RS 7

With the Audi RS 7 (www​.audiusa.com), Quattro, the company’s performance division, has created a car that is capable of impressive speeds and, with its hatchback rear, has one of the sexiest, most distinctive shapes on the road. The 4-liter TFSI V-8 biturbo delivers 560 hp through an 8-speed automatic transmission and enables the RS 7 […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Sedans: Mercedes-Benz S550

The sixth generation of the company’s venerable S-Class, the Mercedes-Benz S550 (www.mbusa​.com) offers best-in-class safety features and an upgraded interior that befits a flagship model. They include an optional array of cameras and radar sensors with which the car scans its surroundings for other vehicles, pedestrians, and even potholes so that it can engage the […]

Autos: AMG Speedwagon

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon is a novelty, but not just because it is a 577 hp station wagon. (By comparison, the standard E-Class wagon, the E350 4Matic, has a 302 hp V-6.) AMG vehicles traditionally have offered sledgehammer performance—as the E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon does—but often have lacked an equal […]

Very Smart Car

On this sparkling summer day at the Muskoka Airport, a general-aviation facility about 90 miles north of Toronto, a dummy wearing a wool sweater and a Halloween mask springs from behind a parked car on the runway and into the path of an oncoming sedan. The car’s Cross-Traffic Assist—without input from the driver—applies full braking […]