Automobiles

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...
The competition depicted in the following pages marks several milestones. First, it denotes the beginning of the second decade for Robb Report ’s "Car of the Year" event (our 11th annual). While the...
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—...
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...
Porsche became a dominant force on the racetrack during the mid-1950s with its splendid 550 and 550A. (The lightweight cars also gained notoriety outside of the racing world when actor James Dean...
Last August, while the builders of the Bentley Continental GT and Maybach 62 were extolling their 500 hp machines, AMG catapulted into another dimension. The über-performance specialists at Mercedes-...
It is only fitting that we first encountered the Carrera GT at a location previously unmarked on any map. The largest expanse of concrete in Europe—located about 85 kilometers from Berlin and now...
Recognizing that every motorcycle enthusiast should see Europe from the saddle of a bike at least once in his or her lifetime, Lotus Tours presents a way to take this ride in grand style with its...
For all of its race-inspired attributes, the Porsche Carrera GT is equally at home on highways and back roads. The 612 hp, 5.7-liter V-10 engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that...
Richard Keck, president and owner of Indian Motorcycle Evansville, had two things planned for his five-day September stay in Las Vegas: to enjoy a Jimmy Buffett show at the MGM Grand Amphitheatre,...
When introduced a few years ago, the CTS, the opening salvo in Cadillac’s image makeover, presaged a new look and performance standard intended to revive the carmaker’s former glory. Out went front-...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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