RETURN OF THE SCORPION KING
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

AUTO REVIEW—Abarth & C’s association with Fiat goes back to the early 1950s. Abarth is to Fiat what AMG is to Mercedes—the high performance arm of the car company. Up until now, the Abarth scorpion badge (Carlo Abarth’s astrological sign was Scorpio) only appeared on a singular model in Fiat’s current line: The 500. That’s now changed. If you’ve longed for the return of Abarth on a bonafide sports car, you’re wish is here: The sign of the scorpion now graces Fiat’s top performing variant of the sporty new 124 Spider. Harvey Schwartz rides the back of the newest scorpion.

THE JAZZ CAT
2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR

AUTO REVIEW—Jaguar shook up the world of high-performance sports cars with the new F-TYPE Supercharged R model in 2016. This year, Jaguar continues its advance of the German sports car competition with the latest and fastest F-TYPE ever developed by its Special Vehicle Operations; the all-aluminum SVR model. More powerful, all-around lighter, with a new Quickshift 8-speed AWD automatic transmission, a reworked suspension, an enhanced chassis, and bigger brakes. The engine pumps out 575 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. This cat can play! Harvey Schwartz reports in this last segment of a Jaguar trilogy.

CAT DIESEL
2017 Jaguar XE 20d AWD Prestige

AUTO REVIEW—No, not the Catepillar tractor. This cat belongs to Jaguar, and it’s turning up the heat with the introduction of the Ingenium modular designed 2.0 liter diesel, an all-aluminum, direct-injected, turbo-charged four-cylinder engine, making 180 horses and 318 pound-feet of torque. Mated to an 8-speed paddle-shift ZF transmission turning all four wheels, the EPA says the XE diesel gets 26mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Harvey Schwartz reports.

CAT SCRATCH FEVER
2017 Jaguar XE 3.5t Supercharged AWD Prestige

AUTO REVIEW—The new Jaguar XE 3.0 supercharged all-wheel drive compact luxury sport segment sets its sights on the German competition with unique styling, power, performance, luxury, connectivity and safety. The compact sedan is a great fun ride with plenty of power, performance through its AWD and lightweight chassis systems, luxury appointed interior, state-of-the-art connectivity and safety. Harvey Schwartz reports.

GOING ELECTRIC
10 things you’ll want to know about Chevy’s new Bolt EV

AUTO REVIEW— Every few years, a car comes along that garners the buzz from the world of automobilia. Among the green car enthusiasts, the second-generation Prius had this distinction. During the height of the recent economic recession, the Chevy Volt had the political pundits all in a buzz. This year, it’s Chevy again, with the Bolt EV. The car combines two attributes heretofore unavailable in a pure electric car: affordability and long range. Here are 10 things we think you’ll want to know about the new Bolt EV. Roy Nakano reports.

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