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Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 8 Maserati Granturismo
In It for the Long Haul. The suave, Pininfarina-penned shape of the Maserati GranTurismo coupe makes a promise that the car’s performance does not...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 7 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
Break from the Routine. Judging from the way that the Drophead Coupé’s teak tonneau cover flips up, its trunk lid does a backward somersault, and the...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 6 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG
Happy Hour. It is late and dark at the end of a 16-hour workday. Home and the nearest martini are 27 miles away. And it is raining. That is when a...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 4 Bentley Continental GT Speed
More Bucks, More Bang. The Bentley Continental GT—our 2004 Car of the Year winner—may be a bit long in the tooth compared to the rest of this field,...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 5 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
Soft and Dry. A car of far less power, heft, and acceleration than even its own factory mates, Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Roadster is nonetheless a...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 3 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Impulse Purchase. After 40-odd years of refining the 911, Porsche has created automotive perfection. The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet may not have...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 2 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Prancing and Preening Horse. The Car of the Year’s 14 entrants are an elite bunch, and yet when the 599 comes rolling in, each of the other autos is...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: Steering Committee
Charles Banks co-owns Napa’s Screaming Eagle Winery and is a member of CSI Capital Advisory Board, a wealth management firm. Scott Bodenweber is CFO...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: Jury of Your Peers
As contrasts go, this one was a doozy. In the green corner was the Napa Valley Reserve, 80 acres of natural splendor that could convert an atheist...
Robb Design Portfolio: Moody Beauty
Just as it did with the Ferrari that participated in our Car of the Year competition, mechanical misfortune plagued this Dino 206 SP—the fourth of 18...
Autos: Sky Driving
It has been more than 10 years since the first time I jumped out of an airplane, but I still recall every detail of the 60-second free fall that...
Feature: Rolling Over and Onward
The birth of Aston Martin’s expressive and explosive DBS was an interesting, maybe even high-risk, delivery. Well into the production process of the...
FrontRunners: Triple Play
The three-wheeled Piaggio MP3 400 ( www.piaggio.com ) might look odd, but you will appreciate its design on a wet or twisty road. The two 12-inch...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Days at the Races
The Gift A race-driven F1 Ferrari. — Two VIP passes to all 20 Formula One races during the 2008–2009 season and an all-access pass to the Ferrari...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Once and Future Alfa Romeo: 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Roadster
The Gift A rebuilt and fully restored Zagato-bodied supercharged racecar of the type that once dominated European open-road competitions. $1.2...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Once and Future Alfa Romeo: 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Coupe
The Gift One of the fewer than 99 coupes that are bound for the United States. — High-speed-driving lessons on the Balocco test track near Turin,...
Autos: The Pacemaker
Blasting through puddles at 187 mph on the main runway at Alhorn flugplatz in northern Germany, Porsche’s 2008 911 GT2 spits out a rooster tail...
FrontRunners: Road Warrior
Prepare to remove your hat at the sight of the Ducati Desmosedici RR ( www.ducati.com ) —if you do not want it blown off. This first-ever street-...
Feature: Gran Slam
Maserati has loosed from its Modena stables the long-awaited GranTurismo, and it is a formidable machine. Ostensibly a replacement for the GranSport...
Wheels: Beijing or Bust
Checkered flags fluttered, TV cameras rolled, onlookers waved, and ancient motors revved, as the procession of vehicles, the likes of which rarely...
2008 Private Preview: Off the Track
While competing in its third Grand Prix motor racing season in 1987, Aprilia won its first title, at the Grand Prix of San Marino. Since then, the...
2008 Private Preview: Japanese Rocketry
The GT-R is to sushi and soy sauce what the Corvette is to apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Originally sold in 1969 under the Datsun brand, the model...
2008 Private Preview: Super Commuter
"This is not just a show car," proclaims Alfred DiMora, founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar, a boutique automaker in Palm Springs, Calif. "In essence...
2008 Private Preview: Reincarnated 928
Appearing like a 911 coupe captured through a wide-angle lens, the Panamera is Porsche’s answer to Mercedes-Benz’s highly successful four-door, four-...
2008 Private Preview: Rapide Fire
At various times in the previous century, Rapide —an exotic and evocative word—has denoted a fabric and plywood airliner (in the 1930s), a cycle-...
Motorcycles: Out of Sight
Victory Motorcycles has introduced an impressive array of big American cruisers over the past decade; the Hammer, Vegas, and Kingpin bikes each...
Autos: Seeing the Light
Ferrari’s recently retired Formula One champ Michael Schumacher was back behind the wheel of an F/1 racer, leaving trails of rubber as he slid the...
FrontRunners: Everybody Loves Raymond
Many consider the 1934 Packard 12 to be the best car that the company ever made. Raymond Dietrich designed the vehicle, giving it a raked back, wide...
FrontRunners: Light Speed
The term muscle scooter might sound self-contradictory, but it aptly describes the Aprilia Sportcity 250 ( www.apriliausa.com ). Aprilia, a unit of...
FrontRunners: British Wide Open
In 1923, Walter Owen Bentley, founder of the car company that bears his name, determined that driving enthusiasts wanted a more potent version of the...
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