Automobiles

1967 Toyota 2000GT Conventional wisdom once held that all Japanese cars were cheap or stodgy. That opinion began to change at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, when Toyota debuted the 2000GT. Conceived by...
When the Lotus Evora arrives in the United States next summer, the car will introduce an element of practicality to what has been, to date, a boy-racer brand. While Lotus’ smaller Elise and Exige...
The winds of change will be blowing with gale force in March, when Bugatti launches the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport—a convertible supercar that speeds to 224 mph with its top down. This hair-raising, $2...
Except perhaps to funeral directors, Cadillac is not an automaker known for its station wagons. That may change (a little) with the arrival of the 2010 CTS Sport Wagon, unveiled at this year’s Pebble...
You don’t have to pay dues to join the exclusive SLR.Club and enjoy its many perks, and you don’t have to pass muster with present members. The only requirement is ownership of a rare $500,000...
Early 100 years ago, Charles Rolls, the cofounder and bankroller of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, became the first person to complete a nonstop, round-trip flight across the English Channel. Rolls took...
Pininfarina is sometimes too good at making cars appear sporty. Take, for example, the rakish GranTurismo, which the Italian design firm shaped for Maserati. The car’s silhouette promises a level of...
The Porsche 911’s soap-bar-shaped body seemingly has not changed since 1963, when the first models rolled out of Stuttgart. Although they, too, look like their predecessors, the 2009 Porsche 911...
Phantom II Continental Streamline Saloon by Park Ward Though known for its conservatively styled automobiles, British coachbuilder Park Ward thought outside the boxy mold when creating the Rolls-...
Like most video games, the Nissan GT-R has a built-in cheat code. Flip three switches on the dashboard until they all light up—activating "R," or race, mode—then depress the brake and step on the...
With its radical custom appearance and retro styling, Harley-Davidson’s new Softail Cross Bones might be the perfect motorcycle for indulging the conflicted psyches of maturing baby boomers. Harley-...
Audi’s new A5 and S5 make it hard not to stare. Sensational from any angle, these new coupes from Ingolstadt, Germany, possess a sort of urbanity and easy charisma that is positively magnetic. We...
It is not every day that Ferrari pulls the wraps off an all-new model, particularly one that evokes one of the brand’s most hallowed names. Ahead of October’s Paris Motor Show, the artisans in...
Throughout its modern history, Triumph has been known for marching to a different drummer. Its triple-cylinder masterpieces are legendary, on both the cruiser side (the Rocket III) and the...
The American automotive landscape is littered with the broken dreams of aspiring carmakers. As the joke goes, the best way to make a small fortune in the car industry is to start with a large one...
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 The Shelby Cobra is one of the most copied cars of all time; each year, enthusiasts produce Cobra knockoffs in quantities greater than the 998 original autos that American racer...
Forty years ago, former racecar driver Carroll Shelby caught wind that General Motors was just weeks away from unveiling a King of the Road edition of the Chevrolet Corvette. "The brochures were...
The Ferrari California ( www.ferrariusa.com ) will not debut officially until October, at the Paris Motor Show, but prospective buyers can add their names now to the soon-to-be-overcrowded waiting...
As he researched this month’s cover story on the Iconic GTR ("American Ideal," page 74), automotive writer Ezra Dyer encountered a few bumps in the road. The 800 hp concept car, which recalls classic...
Spiraling fuel prices be damned. The colossal Mercedes-Benz G-class utility vehicle rolls defiantly into its 30th year of production with a host of revisions. Largely hand-assembled in Graz, Austria...
You may have to look twice to discern the changes to the Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupe and Cabriolet for the 2009 model year; the big news lies beneath the skin. There are new LED driving...
Mercedes-Benz never snoozes. When not adding to a seemingly endless and ever-morphing inventory of braw and often brutally powerful motorcars, it concentrates its energy on nipping and tucking the...
In recent years, no marque has won more Le Mans–series endurance races than Audi. The company also has successfully translated those weekend wins into sales with a production version of its Le Mans...
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Shortly before the end of World War II, Standard Motor Co. acquired the Triumph brand in an attempt to compete with Jaguar, which had been purchasing engines from Standard...
When Sean Connery tore up a few European switchbacks in a DB5 in 1964’s Goldfinger , the Aston Martin brand became synonymous with style. This is as true today as it was four decades ago, now that...
If removing the roof of a car increases your daily vitamin D intake, it usually does so at the cost of performance. However, the latest iteration of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet does not force you to make...
A street-only adventure motorcycle, the $11,000 Triumph Tiger 1050 is an intoxicating blend of tourer and street fighter. Not coincidentally, the Tiger shares its spectacular triple-cylinder motor—...
Like the Ducati Desmosedici RR, the Suzuki B-King debuted as a prototype long before it became a production motorcycle; it originated as the Boost-King concept bike at the prestigious Tokyo Motor...
It may be something of an understatement when Kawasaki describes its all-new sport-touring machine, the Concours 14, as a "Transcontinental Supersport." Able to reach near-hypersonic speeds, thanks...
There is a constant battle of sensibilities when creating a custom motorcycle. Appearance considerations are pitted against practical riding concerns, and each builder makes his own determinations...

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