Automobiles

Like Porsche ’s 911 sports car, which is currently available in 18 different models, from the merely excellent Carrera to the downright outrageous Turbo S Cabriolet, the company’s Cayenne sport-...
Jon Shirley wouldn’t say that he is making up for lost time. But he might go along with the notion that good things come to those who wait. The 74-year-old auto enthusiast possesses a stable of 28...
Talk to car enthusiasts or collectors anywhere, and more often than not, the benchmark luxury sedan in their possession is a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. As a big sedan loaded with options, an S-Class...
History reveals that it didn’t take long for Henry Ford’s invention to blossom, and for a discerning clientele that could afford it, custom coachbuilders emerged, ready to transform a nondescript...
The big man on Audi’s campus is the long, luxurious 12-cylinder version of the new A8 sedan, the Audi A8 L W12 ( www.audiusa.com ) . No other automobile offers so much performance, luxury, and...
Replete with style, speed, and a set of wings that stretch skyward, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe (the modern-day Gullwing) became one of the most coveted sports cars when it arrived in the United...
Now in its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) comes with an all-new twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine (the same one that powers the CLS63 AMG), which produces 550 hp...
Chrysler’s dark and serious television commercials convey the message that the brand’s 300 sedan is imported from Detroit. Drive the Chrysler 300 SRT8 ( www.chrysler.com ) and you will understand...
The standard version of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is not in short supply of power, with 451 hp pumping to the rear wheels. But the AMG engineers who designed and built this car from the ground...
When the third-generation Lexus LX570 ( www.lexus.com ) debuted in 2007, it embodied the automaker’s "Pursuit of Perfection" tagline. Not surprisingly, Lexus has made only negligible changes to the...
The Granturismo MC dispels the notion that Maserati is a second-tier player among Italian sports-car brands. The beauty of the GranTurismo is indisputable, and its Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V-8...
Once again a symbol of ascent, upscale SUVs have become the high-performance fashion statement on roads from Malibu to Mongolia. Now America can claim a competitive edge with the Jeep Grand Cherokee...
Equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the most powerful Camaro ever. The engine produces 580 hp, enabling the ZL1 to dash from zero to 60 mph in less than...
With a starting price of just over $40,000, the Infiniti JX35 ( www.infiniti.com ) is one of the more cost-effective vehicles ever featured in a Best of the Best issue. It might also be the only...
In an age of paddle-shift automatics, button-controlled suspension modes, shift-mapping software, and driver-tuned exhausts, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ( www.ford.com ) is a welcome...
The Aventador LP 700-4 is as ferocious as its namesake, a Spanish bull that performed in a notoriously violent fight in the early 1990s. It is big and imposing and no gentle giant. Powered by a new 6...
Most Jaguar disciples considered the standard Jaguar XK coupe and roadster—with their 5-liter engines and 385 hp—naughty enough. Then came the XK-R, which added a supercharger and 125 units of...
By the numbers, no sports car has more loyalists than the Porsche 911. With nearly 50 years under its belt, the 911 series has undergone seven fundamental changes while remaining true to the original...
Aston martin is a boutique builder of beauties—luxury sports cars that cling tightly to the past yet never show their age. Silhouettes have remained similar for decades, and even today they continue...
The Nissan GT-R ( www.nissanusa.com ) is a car in search of a track—or possibly a runway. This $97,000 machine is built to obliterate any competitors in a straight sprint. It is not pretty, polite,...
An advocate of excess, Oscar Wilde would have made a perfect pitchman for the Bentley Continental GTC ( www.bentleymotors.com ) , a heavy and heavily handcrafted vehicle that coddles driver and...
With a 560 hp v-10 engine snitched from the Lamborghini Gallardo, a top speed of 199 mph, and a zero-to-60-mph time of just a sniff over 3.5 seconds, the Audi R8 GT ( www.audiusa.com ) is a race-...
If BMW’s slogan of "building the ultimate driving machine" refers to its vehicles’ muscle and punch, it does not apply to the BMW 650i convertible ( www.bmwusa.com ) . Though the $91,000 car receives...
The four-door, six-seat TLC Icon FJ44 made the Best of the Best list last year for its refreshing take on the Toyota Land Cruiser and for its purposeful design. Now company founder Jonathan Ward has...
Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow purpose is their drawback. Most touring rigs endure months of downtime, while more versatile steeds see...
The first Shelby Mustang G.T.350 (model years 1965 and 1966) expressed a purity of purpose unmatched by later models. It was nearly race-ready off the showroom floor. Today, originals are coveted...
Confederate Motors has been building ambitiously designed, hand-assembled motorcycles since 1991, but for its latest creation, the Birmingham, Ala.–based manufacturer has introduced a new platform...
Once again, Becker Automotive Design has taken a winning formula and improved it. For the Becker Cadillac Escalade ESV, the Oxnard, Calif., company transforms the capable and comfortable SUV into a...
As sportbikes continue to shed weight and gain power, such improvements might reach a point of diminishing returns. The ruthless pursuit of acceleration and razor’s-edge handling could lead to such...
Morgan motor company was founded in 1909 in England as a maker of three-wheeled vehicles that it called "cyclecars." Not until 1936 did the company produce its first four-wheeler, and even then, a...

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