Car of the Year 2004

Architectural ambience: grand new hotels summon a sense of place.  And, 12 vanguard vehicles, the most revolutionary designs in decades hit the road.

The career of furniture designer Maxine Snider is a case of life imitating art. Snider first became...
Clothes may make the man, or woman, but what about their upkeep? Too often, little, if any, thought...
In audio circles, Jeff Rowland Design Group is to two-channel hi-fi as Brooks Brothers is to button...
The waitress smiles as she places a loaded water pistol on the breakfast table in the dining room...
Miami gallery owner and hotelier Diana Lowenstein was surprised when, in early 1998, she heard the...
Robert Mondavi 2000 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon All things, they say, come full circle:...
Imagine a fortune cookie, smothered in chocolate, caramel, toffee, or nuts, that weighs in at just...
Trinidad Fundador Trinidad, a fondly remembered Cuban state cigar brand, is now being produced in...
Unless a restaurant is especially busy, most chefs are willing to accommodate a patron’s special...
A May rainstorm was turning to snow, and I had another 12 miles to hike before lunch. Pushing...

Leisure: A Sleeping Beauty Awakes

She lies nude and asleep upon draperies of red and white, one arm coiled around her head. A small...
It may seem sacrilegious for a golfer to visit the Monterey Peninsula and not stay or play at...
Although he became a legend for his amorous proclivities, Casanova was also a renowned adventurer...

FrontRunners: Fancy This

Fancy colored diamonds are gaining prominence as awareness of their extreme rarity and value...
Chie Imai’s (800.957.3808, 212. 588.0555, www.royalchie.com ) distinctive designs are characterized...
Purchasing perfume as a gift always frustrates me. Every time I walk away watery-eyed from the...
The fountain pen and the stick shift are two 20th-century inventions that hold their appeal for...
High in the Andes mountains of southern Peru, a skittish herd of deerlike vicuñas madly dashes from...
The Lamborghini Gallardo is my hands-down “Car of the Year” winner, simply because it does its job...
Anyone who has lived with Porsches knows that they represent the best real-world solution to sports...
The passenger seat of the Lamborghini Gallardo is no place for a stenographer to call home. As Ron...
When BMW assumed ownership of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, many loyalists despaired that the heritage-...
In our field of finalists, which includes ocean liners masquerading as automobiles, vehicles...
Mainstream BMWs have typically been safe, three-box designs—handsome but never sensual, clean and...
Improvements to the Jaguar XJR are so impressive that they should have made this car a serious...
Building an SUV might not have seemed an obvious choice for Porsche; when announced, the news...
The number of smiles the Impreza WRX STi inspires is inversely proportionate to the amount of...
Cadillac’s stylistic renaissance, which began with the CTS sedan several years ago, continues in...
Morgan, the oldest family-owned carmaker in the world (founded in 1910 by the grandfather of...
Like a vehicle model that remains in production for 11 years, Robb Report’s “Car of the Year”...
For a stretch of time in the mid-1990s, the U.S. Coast Guard was confronted with a dilemma that the...
The McLaren F1 became an instant classic when it rolled onto the automotive scene in 1994. All of...

Car of the Year 2004 Winner: Bentley Continental GT

he introduction of the braw and brawny Bentley Continental GT has been a tease probably unmatched...
The competition depicted in the following pages marks several milestones. First, it denotes the...