Automobiles

The g forces at 80 mph are so strong that my chest tightens and I gasp for air. A hairpin left approaches, so I ease off the gas and begin to brake. But as I enter the turn, my left foot still...
For those who consider the 572 hp Lamborghini Murciélago too tame for the track, the good folks in Sant’Agata Bolognese have the answer: the Murciélago R-GT. Lamborghini has not released its...
The Mercedes-Benz 500k was among the most desirable cars built during the 1930s. Its 5-liter straight-8 engine produced 160 hp with its supercharger engaged and could power the 500K to 100 mph where...
Jim Bolton knows every inch of unused space in a Ferrari. “Some of the tighter cars are Ferraris,” says Bolton, the owner of Performance Sound & Security, a car audio aftermarket specialist near...
On the roads of Gaydon, England, prototypes of the Aston Martin AM V8 Vantage motor around town, undergoing various tests to eliminate every existing kink. Company insiders call the stealthy two-seat...
The 1965 Maserati Quattroporte sat unnoticed by everyone at a California classic car show in 1978. Everyone except Oscar Crovetto. "Nobody knew what it was," Crovetto recalls. "I felt sorry for this...
Back and forth the bidding went between the two gentlemen at the Christie’s Exceptional Motor Cars auction at Pebble Beach in August, increasing by $10,000 increments with each volley. The auctioneer...
It could be argued that the impending arrival of the 2005 Ford GT was guaranteed at 4 pm on June 19, 1966. If a checkered flag had not waved over the Ford GT Mark II, the new 500-hp supercar would...
On a map, Turn Eight of Laguna Seca Raceway appears to be nothing more than a simple S-bend that can be disposed of with two quick flicks of the steering wheel. But when viewed in three dimensions...
Before the empty moonlit highway can seduce you to sleep, your car springs into action. Its onboard computer senses your drowsiness and lowers the cabin temperature, maps out a route to the nearest...
Every year, manufacturers hone their machines to perform specific tasks, such as long-distance touring, all-out track racing, or casual weekend cruising, and 2004 is no exception. Most of the bikes...
To savor some of the world’s most coveted supercars, visit www.wreckedexotics.com . The lineup would fill an enthusiast’s dream garage: Aston Martin Vanquish, Ferrari F50, Lamborghini Murciélago,...
Comparing the $22,500 bmw k1200lt exodus to any other motorcycle is an exercise in futility. With the cruiser’s technical sophistication, smooth and crisp handling on straights and hairpins, and...
Ford and Jaguar continued to misfire on most cylinders last year. Ford posted losses of $1 billion, leading some Wall Street undertakers to suggest that this 100-year-old company that practically...
The pressure was on Michael Parchment earlier this summer. More than 500 prospective Bentley Continental GT owners were counting on him and his knowledge of the Bentley marque and its new coupe...
When Luca Di Montezemolo took the reins at Ferrari in 1992, he declared an end to the marque’s tradition of building the world’s fastest hair shirts. Luca’s Ferraris would go like hell and provide...
This month’s cover car, the elegantly buxom Bentley Continental GT, may be the British company’s most intriguing product change since it stopped bolting superchargers to the outside of its cars...
The cars featured on the following pages are among the world’s rarest, each considered a treasure for collectors persistent or fortunate enough to get their hands on one. However, as one of our...
Concept cars always generate excitement, and none in this century has excited the public and press more than the Cadillac Sixteen. It is formal and elegant, quietly aggressive and state-of–the-art...
The portly harley-davidsons that John D’Orazio had tuned for years were rendered irrelevant in a matter of minutes. In 2001, D’Orazio, an Atlanta lawyer and Harley devotee, attended the Ducati Revs...
In the opinion of Chief Class Judge Winston Goodfellow, the Best of Show winner at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance should have been an unrestored 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Spyder...
How does a gentleman who owns 60 tanks celebrate the Fourth of July? However he wants to. In the case of Jacques Littlefield, he will invite several dozen guests to his 470-acre ranch in Portola...
While the term “sport-utility vehicle” (and its ubiquitous acronym) entered our national lexicon barely 15 years ago, the concept of four-wheel-drive vehicles combining off-road capability with...
Historically, baby Lamborghinis have enjoyed a longevity akin to the baby sea turtle: hatched with great fanfare but unlikely to survive to maturity in the real world. The folly began in earnest with...
The new $300,000 Phantom as well as Allen Swift’s 1928 Springfield Phantom I, which he received as a 26th-birthday gift in 1929, and Nic Moller’s Silver Ghost Landaulette, which was delivered new to...
During the overly harsh New England winter, we discovered that on those frigid but sunny days the cabin of the $62,400 Jaguar S-Type R was one of the coziest and most comfortable places around. With...
Being in the Volkswagen Touareg is like relaxing in your house: Everything is exactly how and where you want it. Switches are aligned perfectly with your hand. Electronic displays and chrome-rimmed...
The V-12 is becoming a very expensive item, as evidenced by the $300,000-plus, 12-cylinder-powered Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mercedes- Benz Maybach. For drivers who seek the big block at a relatively...
The audacious styling of the space-age Infiniti FX45 might prompt many to think that the production SUV is a concept car. Its bold, toothy prow, hunched hindquarters, and oversize 20-inch wheels seem...
While all great cars have at least one party trick, the Mercedes-Benz SL55 has three. Trick number one: the burble. Nothing stirs a car enthusiast’s soul like the barrel-chested burble of a properly...

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