Automobiles

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...
Ducati first tantalized the faithful in 1964 with the Apollo prototype, a virtual Holy Grail for Ducatisti due to its 4-cylinder desmodromic powerplant. After an agonizingly long wait, the MotoGP-...
To imply that the stock twin-turbo V-12 engines in the current Mercedes-Benz CL65, S65, and SL65 AMG performance models are sufficiently powered would be like saying Johann Sebastian Bach was just a...
Each TLC Icon originates as the bare chassis of a 1958–1983-era Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, a Japanese SUV with legendary off-roadworthiness. But the Icon is much more than just a rebodied throwback;...
Among business-class conveyances, the old-fashioned van is hardly the stuff of CEO daydreams. It is more likely to evoke queasy experiences in airport parking shuttles and sightseeing tour buses...
When Gone in Sixty Seconds —a splashy remake of a low-budget 1974 gear-grinder flick of the same name—premiered in 2000, the film reanimated one of Hollywood’s great movie cars: an overachieving Ford...
The leather-trimmed cabin of the Acura MDX ( www.acura.com ) is a beautiful place to be, even more so when the world outside becomes ugly. Swiss-watch reliable, and laden with advanced safety...
At the Lexus LX 570 assembly plant in Yoshiwara, Japan, master craftsmen oversee final fitting and balance procedures. For quality control, robots shoot 1,300 photos as the vehicles proceed down the...
Finally, a Jaguar that embraces the purity of its past and just might rekindle devotion to a brand following a decade of confusion and disappointments. What elevates the Jaguar XF ( www.jaguarusa.com...
Mercedes-Benz’s new and mighty 6.3-liter V-8, built by performance division AMG, has slipped fully into the company’s product mainstream, seemingly powering everything Mercedes has to offer, from the...
Huge and heavy, and about as green as offshore drilling, the $341,000 Bentley Brooklands ( www.bentleymotors.com ) is nothing that any car should be these days. Yet producing three-ton vehicles...
Oh, to be among the fortunate 500, those quick-witted souls (fewer than one-fifth of whom are Americans) sharp enough to acquire one of Alfa Romeo’s 8C Competizione coupes. This is the first Alfa to...
Most Porsches, even the steroid-enhanced 911 GT2, display an air of Teutonic reserve—not sterility, but a certain degree of rationality. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS ( www.porsche.com/usa ) , on the other...
Ferrari is engaged in some dark alchemy these days. How else could the 430 Scuderia be both quicker and more drivable than the car on which it is based, the F430? Perhaps Ferrari’s engineers did not...
Arguably the most rideable superbike, the GSX-R750 from Suzuki sometimes gets forgotten as riders move up from their 600cc sport bikes to the ultimate performers: the liter-bike class. But it would...
The way the owner of Mine Games sees things, a yacht’s sundeck should be more than just a place to get a tan. For the sundeck of his new, 164-foot, four-deck megayacht from Mississippi-based Trinity...
With all due respect to Joël Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and other world-renowned chefs who have flocked to Las Vegas, some of the city’s greatest meals are off the Strip. The...
Gently prod the start button and it glows red, then pulses, like a beating heart. Touch it again and the overture becomes a performance as the cushioned explosion of a big V-8 smoothes into a grumble...
The bicycle jockey was working so hard at being good. Perspiring profusely, he downshifted and then stood up to grind his pedals as he approached the Broadway Bridge in Portland, Ore. I waved and...
An exceedingly rare 1960 Ferrari 246S Sport Dino Fantuzzi racecar could fetch as much as $6 million on May 18, when Ferrari hosts the second annual Leggenda e Passione classic car auction at its...
This summer, Rolls- Royce Motor Cars will begin production of the Phantom Coupé ( www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com ), a hardtop sibling to the Drophead Coupé. The Phantom Coupé features rear-hinged...
1952 Siata 208S Spyder The 208S represented a reversal of roles for two Turin, Italy, automakers: Siata (an acronym for Societa Italiana Applicazione Trasformazione Automobilistiche), which once had...
The Brooklands, the new high-performance coupe from Bentley, is mechanical eye candy. The vehicle’s namesake is a defunct and dilapidated racing circuit just southwest of London that is decaying at...
The 8C 2900B has been described as the cultured son of a champion athlete. It descended directly from the 8C 2900A, with which Alfa Romeo claimed the first three spots in the 1936 Mille Miglia and...
The styling of the new Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport ( www.motoguzzi-us.com ), a 95 hp street bike that exceeds 130 mph, recalls the Italian manufacturer’s 1950s-era race bikes. But its engineering is...
"You can disable ESP," Alfa Romeo engineer Domenico Martino says of the 8C Competizione’s electronic stability system, "but we don’t recommend." Especially not in these conditions. It is a rainy,...
By a Nose. Not since the 2000 presidential election had a vote been this close. Our weeklong Car of the Year extravaganza concluded without a clear winner; after two straw polls, the sports cars from...
Renowned auction house Bonhams & Butterfields will host an auction of rare and historic motorcycles at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance on May 3 at Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay,...
Children shout as I pass through their villages; "Suuuuuu-per-maaaaan!" they scream at me. In Italy, where Ascari, Fangio, Moss, Nuvolari, and other legendary racecar drivers still are revered for...

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