Automobiles

As I downshift into third gear and push the throttle to the floor, the 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo charges down a back road near the foot of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Gripping the steering...
One-of-a-kind, custom-built chopper motorcycles are commonly referred to as hogs for good reason: Their rudimentary suspensions offer limited creature comforts. If demonstrating your individuality is...
Conventional wisdom says that while a Rolls-Royce fairly screams money and status, a Maybach, a less recognizable marque, is more likely to whisper wealth. Phantoms form a line leading to the red...
By all the rules of engagement, by every measure of appreciation that automobilists have for their monuments, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 should have been a clean and untouchable winner. Slam. Dunk. The...
The first Porsche 911 Turbo hit the streets more than 30 years ago, and depending on one’s perspective, the latest, greatest, sixth-generation Turbo can be considered either a descendant from that...
The small engines that brothers Adriano and Marcello Ducati of Bologna, Italy, attached to bicycles in the 1940s produced short bursts of exhaust that earned the vehicles the name Cucciolo (Italian...
For the owner of this Marine Turbine Technologies Y2K Turbine Superbike ( www.marineturbine.com ), it was not enough that his gas turbine–powered motorcycle would roar like a fighter jet; he...
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it," writes Oscar Wilde in his preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray. "The only excuse for making a useless thing is that...
As a prototype convertible made the rounds from one Bentley showroom to another last summer, Robb Report senior correspondent Paul Dean traveled to Miami to drive the latest member of the Continental...
Some see Jaguar’s latest as a lovely luxury grand tourer that is to the British manner born, with all of its breeding and provenance firmly intact. However, several of our judges equated the XKR with...
One carmaker continues to advance standards for technology, safety, and performance in automobiles designed for real-world use. This year, Mercedes-Benz ups the ante once again with what may be the...
Jeff Balton was a guest of Citigroup, a sponsor of the event. Joe Blancato is the chairman and CEO of Sunrise Foods in Albertville, Ala., and the chairman of the International Food Group in Plant...
Many U.S. Vehicles are masterpieces of compromise and elasticity—virtuous qualities in the realm of realpolitik but fatal flaws in that of automobile design. These mediocrities often come to us...
The complete Lotus motorist is a 5-foot-tall gymnast who wears size 8 driving shoes, sleeps innocently, drinks lightly, eats all his veggies, and is built like a reed. Few if any of our Car of the...
Some car of the year participants approached the Lamborghini with the same trepidation that one might feel when encountering a large male bovine: The drivers accorded caution and respect to the...
Anglo-American litterateur T.S. Eliot—no doubt inspired by the incessant reinvention of Britain’s Austin Seven and the many mutants thereby produced—once argued that tradition is worthless if it...
It was a majestic, if meandering, beginning, an elegant yet extended passage. But now, after four years of quietly penetrating our subconscious, the idea of a BMW-built Rolls-Royce Phantom seems to...
Fresh from Bavaria, the latest M Series coupe follows the M5 sedan’s 2006 Car of the Year showing with identical results: a tie for the seventh position. Equipped with the same venerable 5-liter V-10...
Audi’s new version of the S8 exceeded the expectations of many participants in this year’s event. They were surprised that this S8 was even better than its predecessor, and that it possessed more...
The latest Mondial de l’Automobile—known outside of France as the Paris Motor Show—was genteel, distingué, très chic, and very French. The biennial event, which took place in October, seemed to...
It may be true that, as a BMW spokesman says, the M6 convertible will appeal to the car enthusiast who really appreciates performance, someone who also is an aficionado of airplanes, watches, and...
An interview with Nicola Bulgari cannot be contained to a q uestion-and-answer format. With his enthusiasm and candor he instantly engages me in an impromptu, fast-paced conversation. He becomes...
To demonstrate how well the Vectrix handles, Dana DeCosta weaves the electric maxi-scooter along a coastal road. “It’s very stable going side to side,” DeCosta, a project manager for the...
Soon after Errett Loban Cord purchased the Duesen-berg company from brothers Fred and August Duesenberg in 1926, he produced an extraordinary series of high-speed touring cars. The Depression cut...
For years after its introduction, the 1600 Spider represented the defining design of Alfa Romeo. Its boat-tail form was as alluring as that of any Ferrari or other exotic that cost four times as much...
Big Ben Roethlisberger no doubt wishes he had been wearing a helmet when his Suzuki Hayabusa sport bike famously met the business end of a Chrysler New Yorker last summer. But had the Pittsburgh...
Some would argue that the Dino is the most beautiful sports car ever made, and it is an argument that is difficult to counter. The car was named for Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino, who died of muscular...
What a difference pressing a button can make. One jab of the index finger upon the simple gray device that BMW has mounted on the steering wheel of its newest and most exclusive vehicle launches you...
If BMW motorcycles were cars, they would be Porsche 911s. Both are high-end, high-priced forms of transportation that are made in Germany and powered by horizontally opposed engines, but the...
A 1931 Voisin C20 Simoun Demi-Berline, the only known remaining car of its kind. Price $5.5 million It seems fitting that Gabriel Voisin’s surname should be an anagram for vision, as the French...

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