Automobiles

The Benelli Tornado Tre 1130 delivers performance that is equal to its appearance, which is among the most graceful in motorcycling. With the $17,900 Tornado—which, in a departure for a bike, is...
The V-Rod Muscle represents a departure for Harley-Davidson. Instead of being an all-American iron horse, the bike is an aluminum-clad drag-strip denizen with a pedigree from across the Atlantic: A...
Powered by the latest 4-valve version of Moto Guzzi’s transverse-mounted, 90-degree, 1,151 cc V-twin engine, the Stelvio 1200 4V is a versatile machine. The $14,990 bike has the horsepower essential...
With its naked design, the Streetfighter S lacks the refined look of Ducati’s 1098 Superbike. But contrary to its city-brawler appearance, the new machine is a smooth sophisticate. Stellar fuel...
Rudolf Diesel designed his namesake engine in 1897 to operate on peanut oil, a clean, renewable power source. But makers of petroleum-derived diesel fuel cornered the market early—Mercedes first put...
Because of its appetite for fuel and its relatively ample form, the Cadillac Escalade became a finely appointed moving target for those concerned about the environmental and political costs of...
Porsche’s ultimate assault on the off-road arena was the impressive Cayenne Turbo S, an uncompromising SUV-cum-sport wagon that established the performance standard for its vehicle class. Now, with...
If you’ve ever dreamed of channeling Indiana Jones, Ural’s limited-edition Sahara might fulfill a few deep-seated adventure fantasies. Ural cites the European Pustinja model as inspiration, and the...
Stylish, classic motorcycles are desirable collectibles, but the urge to purchase a signature model can oftentimes distort even a sensible buyer’s vision. There are few critical points to consider...
Could there be a tougher act to follow in the automotive world than the battery-powered Tesla Roadster? Quick and quiet, with rakish good looks and remarkable efficiency (only 2¢ per mile!), the $101...
Carroll Shelby contributed to American patriotism and pride when his Daytona Cobra Coupe clinched the World Manufacturers Championship in Reims, France, on July 4, 1965. Driven by racing legend Bob...
Aston Martin, ever a boutique builder of rapture-inducing sports cars and never a mass-producer of automotive appliances, is being flailed by England’s worst economic downturn since the Great Slump...
The 621 hp, 12-cylinder, biturbo Bentley Continental Supersports ( www.bentleymotors.com ) is Bentley Motors’ leanest, meanest—with a top speed of 204 mph—and greenest machine ever. The Supersports’...
1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic Fiat named its first (and last) eight-cylinder automobile the 8V because the Italian car manufacturer incorrectly assumed that Ford had trademarked "V8" as a model...
Triumph celebrates the 50th anniversary of its iconic Bonneville motorcycle this year, and the quintessential naked bike looks as classic as ever. But despite its timeless styling cues, the Bonnie...
Although its latest incarnation no longer sports a solar-panel roof (or any roof at all, for that matter), the Fisker Karma may soon motivate convertible connoisseurs to go green. The S model...
Armco barriers, tarmac, candy cane–colored rumble strips, and towering oak trees rushed at me as I plunged the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG into the Fuchsröhre, or Foxhole. I squeezed the gas pedal, and...
Know your enemy. The age-old warfare strategy defined the development of Cadillac’s all-new CTS- V sport sedan. "The team that worked on this particular V -series model stayed focused on the BMW M5...
With its minimal body paneling, which leaves its inner workings exposed, the 2009 Ducati Streetfighter ( www.ducati.com ) represents the Italian company’s latest take on the naked motorcycle body...
Following more than two years of rendered images from Porsche and speculation on the Internet, the four-door Porsche Panamera ( www.porsche.com ) will make its official debut in late April at the...
1937 BMW 328 Roadster The Nürburgring racetrack in the leafy woodlands of western Germany’s Eifel Mountains is where all serious high-performance sports cars go to prove their mettle. A good lap time...
Scooters may get a bad rap as anemic grocery-getters, but Yamaha counters that image with its big-engined TMAX. This industrial-strength maxi scooter boasts a fuel-injected 499cc engine with enough...
With Detroit’s 2009 North American International Auto Show as its stage, Audi unveiled the R8 5.2 FSI—a V-10-powered descendant of the R8 sports car, which up until now was only available with a V-8...
While visiting Red Bull’s global training compound, we were politely asked to sign a waiver promising not to divulge its exact location. But it’s safe to say that the 1,000-acre outdoor facility is...
The following Robb Report readers were among the guests who joined the magazine’s editors and writers in driving, evaluating, and ranking the 2009 Car of the Year candidates. Norton Alderson is CEO...
Broken Dreams In this era of cookie-cutter prefabrication, designer-dreamer Claudio Ballard deserves plaudits for creating a car that is hand- and purpose-built right down to its gauge needles and...
Boxcar Willies The Mercedes-developed Smart is cute, can be parked sideways in Paris (but not in Beverly Hills), and costs about the same as (and gets better gas mileage than) a Volkswagen Beetle...
No Apologies The Bentley Brooklands is heavier than vehicles that deliver refrigerators, costs more than most small businesses, is big enough to overflow any carport, and contains no iPod jacks,...
Stuck in the Lotus Position The Tesla Roadster has amped up everyone’s faith in the future of battery-powered vehicles. The car is already a phenomenon for its triple-digit top speed, its Ferrari-...
Super Effort If you stripped all badges from the GT-R, nothing about the car would suggest it was engineered by Nissan, let alone made in Japan—a country that has not produced a supercar since Acura’...

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