Automobiles

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to recognize the racing merits of Ferrari’s stripped-down Challenge Stradale. You just have to drive the car. When he test-drove the Stradale—a lighter, faster,...
Luigi Chinetti Sr. did not consider his trio of victories at Le Mans his most significant professional achievement. The act earning that distinction occurred in 1954, after he retired from racing,...
This decade may well be indexed in automotive history as the era of big brutes hidden within the shells of sleek and sexy coupes. Aston Martin initiated the trend at the turn of the millennium with...
By that same quirk of time that seems to improve spaghetti sauce and lost love, an initially competent automobile is typically much better the second time around. Such is the case with the new Jaguar...
The 2004 Monster 1000 is not Ducati’s top performance motorcycle, but many of the Ducatisti consider it one of the Italian manufacturer’s most aesthetically appealing machines. The Monster is a naked...
When our January 1990 cover asked readers, “Is this car an original?” without a doubt, few who correctly responded in the negative could elaborate on their answers. Only the most fanatical Ferraristi...
At the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, when Chrysler wheeled out its 500 hp Tomahawk motorcycle, it created a dilemma: How could the carmaker match such a spectacle at future...
Push a particular button on the Lexus LS430’s navigation system, and miniature flags of Japan, China, and France appear on a map on the car’s 7-inch touchscreen. The icons, situated among equally...
Accompanied by a questionnaire asking the Ducatisti for their comments, photos of three Ducati prototypes appeared without notice on the company’s web site last October. “We had tremendous feedback...
The Porsche Cayenne is shrinking, and its sibling, the Volkswagen Touareg, is growing. Porsche will release a downsized, V-6 version of its SUV before year’s end, a move sure to further distress...
Though they will have to wait until the end of this year or the beginning of 2005, fans of Audi ( www.audiusa.com ) can expect a 12-cylinder version of the flagship A8L sedan in the United States...
Three Ford Motor Co. test-drivers, car guys who burn rubber and inhale exhaust fumes for a living, are mesmerized by the image on an 8-inch LCD screen. Tom Chapman, chassis systems supervisor, is a...
In 1954, Mercedes-Benz rolled out a vehicle so unique and so revolutionary that it gained universal praise. Not only did the 300SL Gullwing capture the eyes and imagination of the general public, but...
Push can quickly come to shove in the Porsche 911 GT3. With its minimalist bent—no traction control, no Porsche Stability Management system—an aggressive stomp on the accelerator, especially during a...
For many, the indelible image of the Vespa involves a shapely ingenue, her tresses flowing in the spring air, zipping through the roundabouts of a European capital aboard the charming two-wheeler...
The McLaren F1 became an instant classic when it rolled onto the automotive scene in 1994. All of the 64 production road cars that were built quickly sold, except for one, which had been parked in...
Like a vehicle model that remains in production for 11 years, Robb Report’s “Car of the Year” feature has evolved considerably since its debut in 1994. While remaining inclusive—a Subaru was among...
Morgan, the oldest family-owned carmaker in the world (founded in 1910 by the grandfather of present owner Charles Morgan), enters the 21st century offering its state-of-the-art Aero 8. Such...
Cadillac’s stylistic renaissance, which began with the CTS sedan several years ago, continues in earnest with the stunning XLR. The new familial design vocabulary of sharp creases and broad planes—...
The number of smiles the Impreza WRX STi inspires is inversely proportionate to the amount of dollars that Subaru is asking for its purchase. In terms of performance versus its 11 “Car of the Year”...
Building an SUV might not have seemed an obvious choice for Porsche; when announced, the news prompted head-scratching, even amid the extreme vogue for SUVs. (Lamborghini did set a precedent in the...
Improvements to the Jaguar XJR are so impressive that they should have made this car a serious contender. Sadly, the modifications for 2004 are not readily apparent, and so the car stands as a...
Mainstream BMWs have typically been safe, three-box designs—handsome but never sensual, clean and catchy without being really clever or truly eye-catching. The 645Ci coupe, however, exorcises all...
In our field of finalists, which includes ocean liners masquerading as automobiles, vehicles sporting shades of yellow that beg for the attention of speed-monitoring law officers, and machines...
When BMW assumed ownership of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, many loyalists despaired that the heritage-laden British marque would soon sprechen Deutsch. The Bavarian firm has taken pains, however, to...
The passenger seat of the Lamborghini Gallardo is no place for a stenographer to call home. As Ron Jackson, president of Girard-Perregaux USA, rocketed the Gallardo through turns and along straights...
Anyone who has lived with Porsches knows that they represent the best real-world solution to sports car ownership. I have always thought that it is precisely because they do everything so well but so...
The Lamborghini Gallardo is my hands-down “Car of the Year” winner, simply because it does its job as a sports car so well—and its beauty seals the deal. The styling is fresh and new, not a hackneyed...
Bangle is the latest addition to the lexicon of motoring, and its definition depends on its usage. As an adjective, it has come to mean exhibiting a state of drastic revision that creates a new...
A turn of the key prompts the Radbusa to flaunt all of its flair: The digital display on the motorcycle’s dash flashes through its pre-ride diagnostics; the tank-mounted GPS indicates my location in...

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