Nick Jaynes

Nick Jaynes

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Nick Jaynes is the Automotive Editor for Digital Trends. He developed a passion for writing about cars working his way through Journalism School as a Volvo mechanic. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking with his Treeing Walker Coonhound, Ruger.

Tesla drivers on the go, rejoice: Model S owners invited into pilot battery swap program

Tesla announced it is beginning its first pilot battery swap program in Harris Ranch, CA. Invited owners will be able to get a new, fully charged battery pack in their Model S in three minutes for “slightly less than a full tank of gasoline for a premium…

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Neil Young’s Pono and Harman to bring sweet, hi-res music to the 2016 Lincoln Continental

Word has come from Neil Young that his high-definition audio player, with the help of Harman, will be coming to the 2016 Lincoln Continental and future Tesla models. This announcement should be music to audiophile motoring enthusiast’s ears.

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How to play it safe at holiday dinners: Avoid politics, arrive in a Lexus IS 250

The 2015 Lexus IS250 AWD is a fine mid-size luxury sport sedan. Is it the best? Hardly. While it’s quiet, comfortable, and well built, it lacks any real passion. And, arguably…

  • Pros: Perfectly tuned chassis , Quiet and sturdy interior…
  • Cons: 1980s futuristic interior , Low rent infotainment

624 hp seems like overkill when a Rolls-Royce Wraith feels so amazing sitting still

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith might be the sports car of the Roller range, but it still drives exactly how you expect it should. Despite its predictability, it’s not the driving…

  • Pros: Stunning looks , Nearly unparalleled build quality…
  • Cons: A bit yacht-like during cornering

Ferrari performance for half the price? Yup, but Nissan's GT-R has a catch

Proponents of the Nissan GT-R are quick to remind any naysayer that its performance figures outshine that of low-level Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Those folks, however, are…

  • Pros: Straight-line acceleration , Cornering , Fade-free braking…
  • Cons: Basic Nissan interior trim , Virtually zero sound deadening…

Yacht-inspired quattro: How Audi’s new design chief is passionately reshaping the brand

Audi’s new design chief discusses the Prologue concept, the future of Audi design, and the radical design possibilities afforded by alternative powertrain technology.

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Updated review of the 2014 model year to include changes to the 2015 model year

The 2014 Wrangler as an interesting beast. It charms with its old-world looks and off-road prowess. Climb inside, though, and – for the money – most buyers might be shocked by…

  • Pros: Off-road capability , Blocky, masculine bodylines , Improved…
  • Cons: Difficult to keep it in a straight line , Poor fuel economy…

2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO review

The Nissan 370Z NISMO is Japan’s answer to the Mustang and Camaro. With gorgeous good looks and lots of power, it’s everything you want in a sports car. It is also, however…

  • Pros: Deep exhaust note , Manual transmission crispness…
  • Cons: In-cabin road noise , Tiny interior space , Poor real world…

Is this a leaked first-look at the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V?

Could this image be the leaked first look of the forthcoming 2016 Cadillac ATS-V? If so, the compact sports coupe has a good chance of challenging the BMW M4's supremacy, at least in terms of looks.

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After years as the underappreciated middle child, Audi's S6 steps out for 2015

The 2016 Audi A6 and S6 now offer a level of technology, serenity, efficiency, and downright sportiness that makes the now-infamous monikers even more compelling than before.

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2014 LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show was once a footnote in comparison to the North American Auto Show in Detroit. Since the demise of Detroit’s dominance, however, LA has garnered a great deal of significance. The 2014 LA Auto Show will be no different, as 33 cars…

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SEMA 2014

Specialty Equipment Market Association – or SEMA, as it’s better known – is a aftermarket auto show held each fall in Las Vegas. Though the now-infamous show started off as a couple aftermarket equipment companies gathering to promote their…

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Audi's S3 has the skin of a compact sports sedan, the heart of a racecar

Buyers might assume that the 2015 Audi S3 is simply a slightly sportier version of the standard A3. They’d be wrong. With a new engine, stiffened suspension, and sport seats –…

  • Pros: Sporty and sophisticated exterior styling , Powerful and…
  • Cons: Spartan cabin

Bentley remembers its racing heritage in the snarling Continental GT3-R

The 2015 Bentley GT3-R is designed to be a luxurious racecar for the road. With 572 horsepower, a crackling exhaust, and a big rear wing carved from carbon fiber, it meets the mark perfectly … for $337,000.

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