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Driven & Performance Tested: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor @ Hennessey Performance Engineering

There was only one answer when Ford called and asked if I’d like to have the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor for a week to put it through its paces – HELL YES I WOULD! I immediately picked up the phone to longtime friend S:S:L, the legendary John Hennessey. As the mind behind the awesome Hennessey VelociRaptor line of trucks, John knows the Ford Raptors better than anyone outside of the Blue Oval. I knew John would be as eager as I would to get behind the wheel of the new 2017 Raptor and get some numbers down.

Enjoy the videos below that show dyno testing, 0-60, 1/4 mile, and some final impressions of the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. If you are short on time, the bottom line is this — do whatever it takes to find a way to put the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor in your driveway.

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Photo Essay: 2016 FIA World Rallycross of Canada

Before YouTube, we just had that WRC video. Every time my high school friends got together, at some point we’d inevitably end up crowding around a PC and watching three and a half minutes of rallying set to Linkin Park. For the fiftieth time. It combined everything we loved and aspired to — masterful driving, exotic locations, and insanely-modified performance cars that looked like cool versions of our own rides. It was so good that we were willing to put up with music from a quasi-Nu Metal band fronted by a man named “Chester.”

Driven: 2016 Lincoln MKX

Long considered little more than a Ford Edge in fancy clothes, Lincoln has gone to painstaking levels to differentiate the latest MKX from its more plebian sister, and the result seen before you certainly looks the part. The real question is, does it stack up from a dynamic perspective, and are all of these changes enough to both set itself apart in a sea of luxury midsize crossovers, and justify a lofty $64,000 as-tested sticker? Read on to find out.

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Comparison: 2016 Mustang EcoBoost vs 2016 Camaro 2.0T

SAMSUNG CSCIt’s rare, in my experience, for the stars to align and grant a journalist like myself with two similarly-equipped cars that compete in the same segment on subsequent weeks, but that’s just what happened recently when a Bright Yellow bundle of joy landed on my doorstep just a week after I handed back the keys to an EcoBoost Mustang. Happenstance, or divined by the manufacturer fleet gods? The Mustang-versus-Camaro battle has waged on for decades, but it seems especially prescient these days: both pony cars are better and more competitive than they’ve ever been, and at the same time to boot.  Either way, a comparison was in order.

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Driven: 2016 Ford Escape Titanium

The Escape is an incredibly important vehicle for Ford, given that it holds the brand’s second-place sales crown (behind the F-series and narrowly edging the Fusion sedan) and frequently dices it up at the front of the compact crossover race, trading top-seller status with familiar faces like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. I first drove the current Escape last year in 1.6-liter EcoBoost form; Ford just sent us a full-zoot 2.0-liter Titanium model to compare it against. Read on how to find out how we got along.

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Quick update: 2015 Chevy Silverado LTZ 1500

On the list of things I love, sports cars and pickup trucks are pretty close to the top. I’m always looking into things like Wichita Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, just to see what’s new in the world of cars. They just keep coming, which is great for someone like me who loves cars.

Chevy has been nice enough to send me both over the last few weeks, and while we’ve spent plenty of time in the regular-duty Silverado (as well as its GMC sister), we have yet to sample one with the brawnier combo of the 6.2-liter V8 and accompanying 8-speed automatic transmission that was introduced this year. More power is always better, in our opinion, and a similar transmission change-up was performed on the Corvette for 2015 (we found the results to be very appealing). Can the same be said of the pickup?

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