Automobiles

Driving on Las Vegas Boulevard in the 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport—the roadster version of the French automaker’s record-breaking supercar—I find it impossible to ignore the camera flashes,...
At first glance, the Spyker C8 Aileron may inspire conflicting emotions among those with an affinity for modern supercars. Accustomed to the sleek but relatively unadorned appearance of the Ferrari...
Pedigree automobiles are blessed with personalities that define their motoring character better than any badge, grille, or beautifully tailored silhouette can. Jaguars and Bentleys are haughty...
In 2005 Steve Fambro and Chris Anthony set out to build a lightweight, wingless vehicle that moved across the ground like a bird glides in the air. After four years of research and development, the...
Dutch automaker Spyker Cars unveiled its latest convertible model in August at the 59th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Displayed on the show’s concept lawn, the first preproduction Spyker...
1970 Monteverdi Hai 450SS Swiss automobile manufacturer Peter Monteverdi introduced his mid-engine masterpiece, the Hai, at the 1970 Geneva Auto Show. He established his company in 1967 as a maker of...
Most gasoline-electric hybrids are all about fuel economy, cars that resolutely eschew any notion of driving pleasure for the intangible satisfaction of big MPGs. That’s not so much the case with the...
Is it a cruiser, a tourer, or both? The 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible doesn’t comply with strictly ordered motorcycle taxonomy. Rather, it alternates facets of its personality through...
Shorn of bodywork and clad with angular, armor-like skin, Ducati’s new Streetfighter looks like a hard-edged menace to two-wheeled society. But creased styling tells only half of this bike’s story...
To think of the 911 as a single model in Porsche’s scintillating range of sporting vehicles would be a pretty egregious understatement. At last count, there were more than a dozen variations of this...
Bertone’s 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 Roadster Lamborghini astonished the auto world with the debut of its sensuous Miura at the Geneva Salon in 1966. Two years later, Italy’s famed styling studio...
Ronn Maxwell grins as he hands over the keys to his new car, the Ronn Motor Company Scorpion. Then Maxwell, a barrel-chested 57-year-old whose ostrich-skin boots and smooth drawl betray his Texas...
The 2011 Mulsanne will be Bentley’s next top model. When it goes on sale next summer—for around $300,000— the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne will occupy the top position in the luxury automaker’s lineup, a...
Ferrari fires up its ultra-powerful 458 Italia. The Ferrari 458 Italia will be the next prancing horse to leave the Maranello stable. This replacement for the mid-engine F430 will feature an ultra-...
The Allard J2X MkII revives a racer that offered the best of both worlds. In modern automotive parlance, the word hybrid conjures up visions of the ubiquitous econobox wobbling smugly in a carpool...
After more than half a century, Mercedes-Benz will spread its wings once again with the 2011 SLS AMG. This past March, Mercedes-Benz invited a select group of journalists to the AMG headquarters in...
The redesigned Jaguar XJ ( www.jaguar.com ) looks young and stylish—just like the type of person who is apparently supposed to drive it. At a July unveiling event in London, Jaguar appeared intent on...
A circa-1670 ebony-and-gilt clock crafted by the British maker Conyers Dunlop should be one of the more coveted items at Haughton International Fairs’ International Fine Art & Antique Dealers...
The Acura ZDX ( www.acura.com )—the marque’s oxymoronically labeled four-door sports coupe that debuted as a crossover prototype in April—is now a production vehicle. Available for sale this winter,...
Under normal circumstances, driving a Lamborghini Murciélago at top speed provides enough excitement for one day. Twelve cylinders wailing away behind your head as you floor the accelerator is enough...
From a speed standpoint, the $91,220 Dodge Viper SRT10 is no slouch: 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a terminal velocity in the vicinity of 200 mph. But despite its world-class performance...
The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School has partnered with Audi to create the Audi Sportscar Experience , a hands-on driving event designed for performance-car enthusiasts that allows drivers to try...
Motorcycle tires don’t get much attention until you need them—like when you’re leaned over at triple-digit speeds, hopeful their mechanical grip exceeds the more Machiavellian laws of physics at play...
The city of South San Francisco is an industrial town that lies prostrate between its famous urban neighbor to the north and the tree-studded Santa Cruz Mountains to the south. This mostly...
Admittedly, the Panamera’s looks are an acquired taste. But for a moment, banish from your thoughts the knowledge that, from the wrong angle, Porsche’s debut sedan vaguely resembles the aesthetically...
Following World War II, the coachbuilt cars favored by the most discriminating customers of the grand marques became increasingly rare in a world bent on mass production. As the 1960s approached,...
The four-door Rolls-Royce Ghost ( www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com ), unveiled in concept form at the International Geneva Motor Show in March, is short by company standards. The car, however, is only 17...
Last year, Troy Bayliss rode a Ducati 1098 R to his third World Superbike Championship—and then retired. To commemorate the Australian racer and his illustrious career, Ducati has introduced the...
As if Aston Martin’s sensationally stylish, dazzlingly quick V8 Vantage Roadster wasn’t uncommon enough, the boutique sports car maker from Gaydon, England, has collaborated with Robb Report to...
It’s not every day that little Lotus unveils an entirely new model—and it’s even rarer that the company releases a model with more than two seats. The new Evora (a name that has nothing to do with...

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