Automobiles

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In the early 1950s, General Motors designer Harley Earl, fresh from watching world speed records being set at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, conceived the Pontiac Bonneville Special. His vision of jet...
ExperiMental, the first racing motorcycle made by Canadian custom bike builder Roger Goldammer. Price $450,000 During his childhood in British Columbia, Canada, Roger Goldammer often helped his...
The Koenigsegg CCX, a made-to-order, 240-plus mph, 806 hp Swedish supercar, customized with the exterior and interior colors of your choice. A private tour of the Koenigsegg factory near Angelholm,...
Like fingernails running down a chalkboard, Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” screeches from the speakers of the classroom’s plasma-screen television. Nobody gonna take my car / I’m gonna race it to the...
Among the millions of tales concerning the Emerald Isle is the one about the Aer Lingus captain, who, upon his airliner’s approach to Shannon Airport, advised the passengers, “We will shortly be...
In the very beginning, in the 1880s, while working independently and in separate workshops near Stuttgart, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the first automobiles, which eventually led to the...
With the advent of the R10, the turbo-diesel-powered prototype that is dominating the international Le Mans circuits, Audi’s R8 racecar recently went the way of the dodo. But a sports car of the same...
The second Rolls-Royce model line to be built at the new Goodwood, England, factory will be a slightly modified version of the 100EX Centenary Experimental Car (pictured) that was first seen at the...
The sleepy village of Monticello in New York, where life moves decidedly more slowly than it does 100 miles to the south in Manhattan, will begin to pick up the pace next summer, when it will become...
Next July, Ducati will introduce its ultimate street-legal offering: a true replica of the Desmosedici GP6 that is competing in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Dubbed the Desmosedici RR, the new...
This latest two-car clique, this high-powered upgrading of a recently refreshed coupe and a gently elegant roadster, may be recorded as England’s most regal union since Victoria and Albert. That is...
When the Tesla Roadster goes into production less than a year from now, it will come with a Lotus chassis, a $100,000 price tag, and a zero-to-60-mph time of four seconds. And unlike any other car...
No sound of wheels or hoof-beat breaks The silence of the summer day, As by the loveliest of all lakes I while the idle hours away. –from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Cadenabbia, Lake of Como Had...

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