Automobiles

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Ferrari traditionally names its automobiles after members of the Ferrari family and Italian locales: the Dino, the Enzo, the Maranello, and the Modena, for example. The Italian sports car...
With just 77 examples scheduled for production, the Aston Martin One-77 ( www.one-77.com ) might be the most elusive Aston ever. The car’s rarity—and estimated $2 million price—is a function of its...
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB "The client is not always right," Enzo Ferrari once remarked. However, in 1957, when Hollywood, Calif., Ferrari dealer John von Neumann requested that Ferrari build...
Honda may have a reputation for coloring within the lines, but its custom-inspired Fury chopper pushes the edge of the brand’s comfort zone. The Fury wears a low-slung 26.7-inch saddle, a teardrop...
In 1923 Bentley Motors founder W.O. Bentley coined the “Speed” moniker in response to his customers’ emphatic requests for a more menacing version of the automaker’s 3 Litre model. The 3 Litre Speed...
Apparently keen to oust the Bugatti Veyron from its lofty perch, Aston Martin is poised to deliver a limited-production supercar that may prove to be the world’s most expensive. Priced at a cool £1...
Audi’s high-performance RS models have come a long way since the storied debut of the RS2 Avant in 1994, but its mission remains the same: Steal the thunder of BMW’s M cars. To that end, the company...
Mercedes-Benz is an old hand at diesel-powered cars—the oldest, in fact—with an unbroken lineage of oil-burners dating back to the 260D sedan of 1936. They were noisy, they were smelly, and they were...

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