Automobiles

BMW was first, in 1996, with its made-in-America Z3 roadster, which, powered by a 4-cylinder engine dribbling out 138 hp, required nearly 10 seconds to reach freeway speed limits. Get a ticket in a...
Bentley’s Continental GT Convertible is much more than the third of the company’s triplets. The car represents the third ace in a full house, the third member of a trifecta, the completion of a hat...
Three-quarters of a century after Ford installed a V-8 engine in its 1932 Roadster, a car that the So-Cal Speed Shop has re-created, the quest to coax higher performance out of mass-produced vehicles...
Contrary to the recent, rampant speculation circulating in Internet chat rooms, Leonardo da Vinci did not sketch the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Credit for the shape instead goes to Frank Stephenson—...
In a market where up-to-the-second technology is essential to survival, MV Agusta’s Tamburini—named for its designer, Massimo Tamburini—incorporates enough engineering advances to distinguish it from...
It used to be that Mercedes-Benz built highly capable sedans wrapped in utterly conservative bodywork. Even when the German manufacturer ventured into the realm of high performance—say, the 300 SEL 6...
The 2007 Cadillac Escalade dem­onstrates that General Motors remains capable of producing a world-class vehicle. This completely redesigned full-size luxury sport utility has a number of impressive...
Choosing this year’s Best of the Best sedan was a prickly task. With great marques introducing so many fresh, fine models, the decision as to which four-door offered the most seductive combination of...
Its exhaust note turns heads even before the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder comes into view—quickly—as a razor-sharp, sculpted wedge in aluminum and composite that defines the modern sports car. Without...
The Honda Gold Wing might be the most civilized means of traveling on two wheels. Its long list of optional features includes heated grips, heated seats and a heated passenger backrest, hot-air vents...
The Yamaha Star Roadliner’s designers say that they based the bike’s Art Deco styling—which includes such de­tails as beehive rear turn signals, a heart-shaped dual-element headlight, and a seamless...
Jaguar’s 2007 XK8, the latest in a decades-long line of ever-lithe athletes, has been under indictment since it was presented in its concept-car phase last spring. It had the same old oval grille...
“On the gas! On the gas! On the gas!” my guide repeated as I shot up the side of a sand dune in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. I had left the highway only a few minutes earlier and was already sweating...
The Spyker C8 Laviolette is not a car for those who prefer to maintain a low profile: It leaves you no choice but to make a grand entrance, regardless of whether you are arriving at or departing from...
“What brings people to Mallorca this time of year?” I asked the concierge at Son Julia ( www.sonjulia.com ), a restored and resplendent 24-room mansion-cum-grand hotel that had opened barely two...
The return flight from Miami to Los Angeles, populated by a predictably stereotypical and colorful cross section of travelers, seemed interminable. Having spent the previous day hammering the...
The Bonneville stands as a symbol of the greatness that would have been lost if Triumph Motorcycles had succumbed forever to the debacle it suffered in the 1970s. A brand-new “Bonnie” is a sleek...
It is best, you decide, to look at this car slowly and alone and in a mood set by the soft half-light of a Sicilian courtyard. This painter’s gloom allows shadows to enhance the design elements that...
En route from Málaga to Marbella along the scenic expressway in southern Spain, I search in vain for a flight attendant call button. Finding none, I abandon the fantasy and accept that this is the...
Like a well-built running shoe, the Lotus Elise is snug, light, and—because it is a convertible—low-cut. Now Lotus has added one for the other foot, the Lotus Exige, which fits just as snugly but...
Netherlands-based vehicle builders Koga-Miyata ( www.koga.com ) and Spyker Cars ( www.spykercars.com ) have paired to produce a two-wheeled treat: the Aeroblade, a titanium-frame sport bicycle...
The year 1980 was an extraordinary, historic, and humbling annus horribilis for Bentley. The company did not sell a single car in North America. There is little wonder that the marque performed so...
It was perhaps worth the reader’s while to pause at the threshold of so much automotive wit and wisdom to weigh the value of a "Car of the Year" feature in what is, properly speaking, a lifestyle...
The rapture’s menacing appearance is no accident: Paul Yang and Larry Nagel of Dreamcraft Studios wanted to evoke a futuristic war machine with this prototype bike, which they debuted at the Los...
Jim Abrams has started several successful businesses, including VenVest, a venture capital company in Sarasota, Fla. Bob Bailey , chairman of Racemark International, was a member of a Porsche America...
His tastes were sophisticated, his manners refined, his appearance elegant. To quote one admirer, “He looks very clean.” He drank the best wines and drove the finest automobiles, and he regularly...
Patterned after m-wearing BMWs and AMG-badged Mercedes-Benz cars, V-Series Cadillacs pack more performance than the average Caddy. In building the STS-V, the hot rod version of its stately STS sedan...
Few assignments are as enviable as the one that requires some of our staff members to join a select group of readers and spend a couple of days each autumn at and around Napa Valley’s Meadowood...
Like its poor reptilian namesake, the Dodge Viper is a misunderstood creature. Regarded by most of the judges as a brute beast lacking the manners befitting a civilized motorcar, the raucous coupe...
Seldom is heard a discouraging word when home on the range with any Land Rover. Since 1948, the name has been synonymous with superb off-roading, all forms of agribusiness, and most military forces...

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