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Jeff Jablansky

Automotive journalist and lifestyle photographer

New York / Los Angeles

Jeff Jablansky

Rarely stationary. Try to keep up.

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First Drive: 2017 Ford Focus RS

Thundering performance and a cheeky disposition invigorate the Focus. You can learn everything you need to know about the Ford Focus RS, one of the greatest everyday supercars of our time, simply by coming into a corner a little too quickly. You know the routine: ignore the braking zone, test your luck, and pump-slam your foot on the middle pedal, just to see if you can gain any more speed.
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We Drove the $35k Ford That's

Across the pond, Ford's RS division (short for Rallye Sport) has been souping up the company's European offerings since 1969. Turning modest sedans and hatchbacks into lust-worthy high-performance machines, it's partnered with legendary names like Cosworth more than a few times. It once even made its own production car from scratch -- the now-legendary RS200.
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You Can Now Rent Erlich

Good, because now you can rent Silicon Valley incubator leader Erlich Bachman's personal car, a mid-2000s Ford Escape, thanks to a partnership with peer-to-peer car rental agency Turo. Beginning today, Erlich's Escape will be available to rent for the low, low price of $49/day, and the SUV will travel around the country in the coming months.
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First Drive: 2017 Maserati Levante

More of a tall wagon than a trucky SUV, the Maserati Levante hits the sweet spot for enthusiasts and brand snobs alike. Is there any logical reason for Maserati to build the Levante, the first sport-utility vehicle to emerge from an Italian performance car manufacturer? Ask a contatore di fagiolo in Modena, and it’s clear: the brand needs working capital to continue to build true sports cars, and an SUV is the path toward the ducats.
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Everyone Missed in Monterey

Monterey Car Week is a celebration of the luxury, performance, and historic significance of classic automobiles. The world's most special exotic cars are seemingly everywhere, lining residential streets and speeding along at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Lost somewhere between the glitzy and glamorous car shows, auctions, and awe-inspiring rumble of the historic races is something much more raw, engaging, and real.
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Cadillac Escala Concept shows off a softer side of American luxury

When Cadillac announced that it would be appearing at Monterey Car Week with a stunning, new concept, the news sent a rush of blood to the head. Would it be a CT6 Coupe? A new V-series model? A follow-up to the show-stopping Elmiraj? Tonight, at the beginning of a weekend of festivities to tantalize automotive enthusiasts and aficionados, Cadillac instead showed off a glimpse of reality: the Escala four-door coupe concept.
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We Drove James Bond's Next

Under ordinary circumstances, a new Aston Martin DB is a big deal, since it represents the flagship nameplate for one of the great Grand Touring marques in the world. This is the 2017 Aston Martin DB11, and its premiere is anything but ordinary. It replaces the DB9, which has been around since 2004, and is only the second new DB to hit the streets in 22 years.
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First Ride: 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Prototype

I’m not sure I understand what a weekend is for, anymore. It’s a Saturday morning in an exurb of Phoenix, and I’m riding shotgun in a prototype of the next Smart ForTwo Electric Drive with the brand’s leader of hybrid and electric vehicles, Andreas Söns, at the wheel. Presumably, I had traveled to an Arizona proving ground in the middle of the summer to witness the final stages of validation testing for the next generation of Smart’s electric car from the passenger seat.
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Elon Musk Totally Botched His

Late last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented Master Plan, Part Deux, the second half of his vision for both Tesla and electrification at large. In his typical fashion, Musk expounded upon how he accomplished his first set of goals, before explaining why we should care about his projections for the future.
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Review: 2016 Toyota Mirai

There’s a profound adage that suggests that you can’t be everything to everyone, and for a more peaceful existence, you ought to stop trying to be. Toyota obviously rejects this theory. The 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle is proof. Eager to prove that installing hydrogen fuel cells into cars does not turn them into Hindenburg-style disaster sites, Toyota has gone ahead and built the Mirai: a four-door sedan that happens to be powered by hydrogen, a fuel that the majority of drivers aren’t using yet.
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The Greatest American Race You've Never Heard Of

Speed draws a crowd, whether you're a "car guy" or not. When the competition is neck-and-neck and the camera can barely keep up, it's hard to look away. That's why you know the Indianapolis 500 even if you're not an ardent follower of INDYCAR. You don't need to like NASCAR to know about the Daytona 500, and even if you have no idea what endurance racing is, you can associate "24 Hours of Daytona" and "the 12 Hours of Sebring" with "Paul Newman" and "Steve McQueen."
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First Drive: 2017 Maserati Quattroporte

Powertrain and new trim updates provide the Quattroporte new capabilities, but not a new personality. Sicily is on fire as I arrive on the island for a first crack at the 2017 Maserati Quattroporte. That’s not a metaphor for the hot-headed stereotypes I’ve been lead to believe about the habitantes of the landmass that’s being kicked by mainland Italy.
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About

Jeff Jablansky

JEFF JABLANSKY, automotive writer and photographer, was born with his hands planted firmly at 10 and 2.

He has written for automotive enthusiast publications in the United States and abroad, including Autoblog, Automobile Magazine, Autobytel, BBC Autos, Car and Driver, Fox News, Men's Journal, Motor1, the New York Daily News, Road & Track, and Thrillist.

His favorite road trip memory involves a Hyundai, a winding desert road and a herd of sheep. He likes to split his time between Brooklyn and Silverlake.