Automobiles

In an age of paddle-shift automatics, button-controlled suspension modes, shift-mapping software, and driver-tuned exhausts, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ( www.ford.com ) is a welcome...
The Aventador LP 700-4 is as ferocious as its namesake, a Spanish bull that performed in a notoriously violent fight in the early 1990s. It is big and imposing and no gentle giant. Powered by a new 6...
Most Jaguar disciples considered the standard Jaguar XK coupe and roadster—with their 5-liter engines and 385 hp—naughty enough. Then came the XK-R, which added a supercharger and 125 units of...
By the numbers, no sports car has more loyalists than the Porsche 911. With nearly 50 years under its belt, the 911 series has undergone seven fundamental changes while remaining true to the original...
Aston martin is a boutique builder of beauties—luxury sports cars that cling tightly to the past yet never show their age. Silhouettes have remained similar for decades, and even today they continue...
The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance , one of the most important West Coast collector car events on the calendar, is kicking off its 30th anniversary June 23 and 24 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach...
Never content to leave a speed record unbroken, Bugatti Automobiles this year unveils yet another iteration of its overachieving Veyron supercar. The Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse merges the open-...
The vehicles of Land Rover embody some admirable traits, like craftsmanship, practicality, and tenacity. Playfulness, however, isn’t a word that is often associated with Britain’s revered maker of...
No one seems to be in much of a hurry to bid farewell to the stupendously pretty Maserati GranTurismo—particularly Maserati itself. With “only” 400 hp, it earned modest praise for its performance...
The Geneva Motor Show is known in the auto industry as a designer’s showcase. Other shows focus on new production models or advanced technologies, but Geneva is about design. So it’s no surprise that...
In a race for pinks between Jaguar’s supercharged 550 hp XKR-S convertible and a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet, an aircraft that produces 36,000 pounds of thrust, which would win? For an hour one day in...
When, toward the end of a career that spanned nearly eight decades, Pablo Picasso was asked which work he considered his finest, he supposedly replied, "The next one." Some art critics today might...
1956 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster When automobile importer Max Hoffman urged Porsche to create a stripped-down, entry-level version of the 356 for the American market, the Stuttgart carmaker...
The discovery last year of a rare 1955 alloy-bodied Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was not the ultimate barn find, as originally reported. In order to be found, it had to have been lost. But the former...
Mercedes-Benz had a good year in 2011, selling nearly 250,000 passenger vehicles in the United States alone—from C-Sedans to G-Wagons to SLS AMG Gullwings. But with such sales comes ubiquity:...
Electric-car maker Tesla has unveiled its first SUV. The Tesla Model X ( www.teslamotors.com ) employs an entirely electric propulsion system (a 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery provides emission-free...
During a test-ride earlier this year on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, the Ducati 1199 Panigale demonstrated its ferocity by reaching 170 mph on the straightaway, and showed its agility in the 3.4-...
The standard version of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is not in short supply of power, with 451...
On Saturday, May 5, Carmel, Calif., becomes Motorcycle Mecca to serious bike enthusiasts, who come from all parts of the world to experience The Quail Motorcycle Gathering . Held at the Quail Lodge...
Los Angeles automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts with a passion for rolling sculpture should make their way to Beverly Hills for the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, May 6...
Cadillac has a long history of crafting unapologetically large—and unabashedly luxurious—top-line models. From the great Town Sedans of the 1930s to the finned flagships of the ‘1950s, the luxury...
When the larger-than-life Rolls-Royce Phantom debuted in 2003, it represented everything the marque’s then-new corporate parent, the BMW Group, knew about luxury, technology, and craftsmanship—which...
The MC, a milder and more road-oriented version of the company’s track-ready models, is a full four...
During the late 1940s, the hobby of hot-rodding was attracting automotive enthusiasts who valued one-off styling and performance over period-correct, classic restoration. By 1950, hot-rodding had...
Carlo Saltarelli has raced, test-ridden, and—through his dealership—sold Ducati motorcycles. He also has collected them, amassing a cache of 100 vintage and rare racing and road bikes over the last...
Porschephiles seeking to maximize their four-door fun will welcome the Porsche Panamera GTS ( www.porsche.us ), which is due to arrive in the United States by April and is priced from $110,000. The...
Long, low, and a little rough around the edges, the Zero Engineering Type 9 soft tail is a stirring antidote to mass-produced motorcycles. Its design combines traditional bobber and chopper elements...
Fast as the Zenvo ST1 is—"ridiculously fast," says Jesper Jensen, cofounder of Zenvo Automotive, the Danish company that builds the 233 mph supercar—it could be even faster. But Jensen had other...
When a 1932 Packard Twin Six custom convertible sold for $1.1 million last summer during RM Auctions’ St. John’s sale in Michigan, the car’s provenance no doubt influenced its price as much as its...
1957 Ford Thunderbird Marketed by Ford as a "personal car," the two-seat Thunderbird arrived at the 1954 Detroit Auto Show as a challenge to Chevrolet’s year-old sports car, the Corvette, offering a...

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