2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo review: Somehow, it got better

It doesn’t scream for attention in its most subtle color, but it will surely get plenty.


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How do you improve on perfection? For me, the Ferrari 488 GTB was a harmony of outrageous on-track performance and remarkably good on-road manners. It’s my favorite modern super-sports car.

Like

  • Even more power
  • Astonishingly quick handling
  • Impeccable road manners

Don’t Like

  • Revised styling not for everyone
  • CarPlay costs how much?

And so I had some misgivings when taking delivery of the F8 Tributo. Yeah, it has more power and fresh looks and a series of other tweaks that clearly establish it as the 488 successor it’s meant to be. But modern succession doesn’t necessarily mean improvement. Take the 812 Superfast, for example. It’s superior to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta that came before in virtually every way — and yet I’m not sure that I prefer the new one. Faster, better, yes, but also edgier and maybe even too sharp.

I couldn’t help but wonder whether the F8 Tributo would suffer the same fate as I watched it roll off the truck and into the real world. I was, at least, immediately confident I’d have no concerns on the aesthetics front.

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2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe review: On the cusp of greatness

There’s nothing you can do about the wing on the back. Sorry!


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Reviewing a new version of a car you used to own means coming in with some lofty (and biased) expectations. I was quite smitten with my 2008 Honda Civic Si, and the models that followed left me with an increasingly sour taste in my mouth. But the Si has come back into its own with the 10th-generation Civic, packing turbocharged power in a chassis that’s ready to party with some new tricks along the way. It felt like Honda was falling off the path in the last few years of sportier models, but it’s back on the right track with the 2020 Civic Si.

Like

  • Loads of turbo torque
  • Quality adaptive dampers
  • An absolute blast to drive

Don’t Like

  • Inconsistent throttle
  • Numb clutch pedal
  • Far too much rev hang

While it’s not nearly as shouty as the straight-outta-Akira Type R, the 2020 Si is still pretty flashy, and the 10th-generation Civic is definitely one of those cars you either love or hate. I think it looks pretty sharp, thanks in part to new standard LED headlights that not only spice up the aesthetics but

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Coronavirus in cats and dogs: How does COVID-19 impact pets?

A stray cat on the streets of an empty Istanbul. 


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The coronavirus pandemic has moved at such a blistering pace that many fundamental questions about where the virus came from and how it spreads are still yet to be definitively answered. But thanks to a trove of research on previous coronavirus epidemics, scientists have shown this family of viruses can jump from bats into other species, like civet cats and camels.

The coronavirus¬†SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is similar to previous coronaviruses in this way. It isn’t particularly fussy when it comes to infecting mammals. The virus is able to hijack cells by interacting with a cell surface protein, known as ACE2, present in many animals, including cats and dogs. Because the virus has been shown to jump across species — and thanks to some anecdotal reports about COVID-19 in pets — owners are understandably worried about how COVID-19 could affect their companion animals.. ¬†

Some media reports have shown the coronavirus can infect our companion animals. Two pet cats in New York state tested positive,

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