Automobiles

Devotees of Europe’s classic road races of the 1950s—such as the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio—Dutch brothers Paul and Tino Huet wanted to bring the vintage road-rally experience to a new...
It’s got futuristic styling and a striking face, but Honda’s new DN-01 is shockingly approachable at its core. Horizontally swept lines flow from a shark-like nose to a subtly bulbous tail exposing...
Adrenaline junkies bored by, say, base jumping or running with the bulls in Pamplona—or by Automobili Lamborghini’s standard 640-horsepower Murciélago coupe and roadster—will find much to love in the...
With its naked design, the Streetfighter S lacks the refined look of Ducati’s 1098 Superbike. But contrary to its city-brawler appearance, the new machine is a smooth sophisticate. Stellar fuel...
To mark its 10th anniversary this year, Minnesota-based Victory gave a handful of its Vision Tour bikes a makeover that includes chrome trimmings and billet wheels. The company also added a Garmin...
The Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 delivers performance that is equal to its appearance, which is among the most graceful in motorcycling. With the $17,900 Tornado—which, in a departure for a bike, is...
The V-Rod Muscle represents a departure for Harley-Davidson. Instead of being an all-American iron horse, the bike is an aluminum-clad drag-strip denizen with a pedigree from across the Atlantic: A...
Powered by the latest 4-valve version of Moto Guzzi’s transverse-mounted, 90-degree, 1,151 cc V-twin engine, the Stelvio 1200 4V is a versatile machine. The $14,990 bike has the horsepower essential...
Rudolf Diesel designed his namesake engine in 1897 to operate on peanut oil, a clean, renewable power source. But makers of petroleum-derived diesel fuel cornered the market early—Mercedes first put...
Because of its appetite for fuel and its relatively ample form, the Cadillac Escalade became a finely appointed moving target for those concerned about the environmental and political costs of...
Porsche’s ultimate assault on the off-road arena was the impressive Cayenne Turbo S, an uncompromising SUV-cum-sport wagon that established the performance standard for its vehicle class. Now, with...
If you’ve ever dreamed of channeling Indiana Jones, Ural’s limited-edition Sahara might fulfill a few deep-seated adventure fantasies. Ural cites the European Pustinja model as inspiration, and the...
Stylish, classic motorcycles are desirable collectibles, but the urge to purchase a signature model can oftentimes distort even a sensible buyer’s vision. There are few critical points to consider...
Could there be a tougher act to follow in the automotive world than the battery-powered Tesla Roadster? Quick and quiet, with rakish good looks and remarkable efficiency (only 2¢ per mile!), the $101...
Carroll Shelby contributed to American patriotism and pride when his Daytona Cobra Coupe clinched the World Manufacturers Championship in Reims, France, on July 4, 1965. Driven by racing legend Bob...
Aston Martin, ever a boutique builder of rapture-inducing sports cars and never a mass-producer of automotive appliances, is being flailed by England’s worst economic downturn since the Great Slump...
Triumph celebrates the 50th anniversary of its iconic Bonneville motorcycle this year, and the quintessential naked bike looks as classic as ever. But despite its timeless styling cues, the Bonnie...
Although its latest incarnation no longer sports a solar-panel roof (or any roof at all, for that matter), the Fisker Karma may soon motivate convertible connoisseurs to go green. The S model...
1937 BMW 328 Roadster The Nürburgring racetrack in the leafy woodlands of western Germany’s Eifel Mountains is where all serious high-performance sports cars go to prove their mettle. A good lap time...
Scooters may get a bad rap as anemic grocery-getters, but Yamaha counters that image with its big-engined TMAX. This industrial-strength maxi scooter boasts a fuel-injected 499cc engine with enough...
With Detroit’s 2009 North American International Auto Show as its stage, Audi unveiled the R8 5.2 FSI—a V-10-powered descendant of the R8 sports car, which up until now was only available with a V-8...
While visiting Red Bull’s global training compound, we were politely asked to sign a waiver promising not to divulge its exact location. But it’s safe to say that the 1,000-acre outdoor facility is...
Broken Dreams In this era of cookie-cutter prefabrication, designer-dreamer Claudio Ballard deserves plaudits for creating a car that is hand- and purpose-built right down to its gauge needles and...
No Apologies The Bentley Brooklands is heavier than vehicles that deliver refrigerators, costs more than most small businesses, is big enough to overflow any carport, and contains no iPod jacks,...
The Suit Fits The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé is what would happen if the BMW 7 Series were built on Savile Row. Forget that only contortionists will be able to sit in the rear quarters for more than...
Hard of Gearing I felt shaken, not stirred, after driving the Aston Martin DBS. The car’s V-12 engine makes it front-heavy and loud. Its center console is busy with buttons and includes a slot for a...
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is the third in a series of award-winning automobiles produced by a manufacturing conglomerate better known for its Beetles than for its unbeatable exotic sports and...
An article on the discovery of an ancient Thracian chariot near the village of Karanovo in Bulgaria recently set off, in my mind, a series of reflections on the curious culture of our own form of...
We may live in a brave new world of carbon fiber and computer chips, but Italian manufacturer Moto Guzzi stubbornly sticks to its old world roots and builds motorcycles that evoke yesteryear. Case in...
Motorcyclists have been flocking to three-wheelers for years, but the Can-Am Spyder’s new semiautomatic gearbox hopes to draw a whole new crop of riders to the genre. The SE5 iteration of the Spyder...

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