Automobiles

The long road of automotive history is littered with the carcasses of supercar wanna-bes. Although some of these models possessed individual elements of brilliance, the manufacturers were unable to...
The new Phantom is the most controversial and anticipated Rolls-Royce ever introduced, and it is easy to understand why. The reputation of new owner BMW and its precious acquisition—the brand name...
If you were to blend an American heavyweight with an Italian superbike, the result would be the Ecosse Heretic. The $44,800 machine boasts the brawny appearance of a custom cruiser and the...
When is a car not a car? When it is a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62. The sumptuous interior of the 6.2-meter-long machine resembles a megayacht’s salon, while the reclining rear seats match the first-...
If the Porsche Cayenne Turbo did not have a 450-hp engine, if it did not possess a 165-mph top speed, and if it could not outrun every SUV and most sports cars on the planet, it would still be the...
At first glance, the restrained styling of the Audi RS6’s exterior—along with the interior’s gray poplar woods, matte aluminum accents, and leather seating—speaks of grace and elegance. The second...
The civility of the $48,310 Lincoln Navigator is evident before you even set foot in the SUV. When you open any of the Navigator’s doors, running boards automatically and graciously deploy to aid in...
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...
For all of the braggadocio exhibited by its muscle-bound, boxlike exterior, the Hummer H2’s interior is surprisingly modest: no hand-stitched leather, no wooden steering wheel, no audiophile sound...
No car reflects the culture of its country of origin more than the British-built Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, the little brother to the mighty Vanquish. The shape is Newport Pagnell at its purest and...
The openings in the Washington lawyer’s appointment book were becoming increasingly scarce. Meetings piled up, cases kept coming, and the workdays stretched into the evenings. Realizing that to keep...
The Maserati Coupe features Cambiocorsa, a Formula One–style paddle-shifting system that simulates the experience of using the race-tuned mechanisms in Ferrari’s championship machines. So it is only...
Canepa Design has transformed the oversize Tonka truck known as the Hummer H2 into the $100,000 Canepa Hummer H2. An application of a monochromatic paint scheme tones down the H2’s assortment of...
A casual idea evolved into a project that formed the most unlikely union of motorcycle design talent. Bob Kay, chief operating officer of American IronHorse, wanted to commemorate the 45th birthday...
Take a narrow-body Porsche 911, insert heavily modified turbochargers, replace the exhaust and intakes with deeper breathing units, remap the engine management system, graft on more efficient and...
The Victory Vegas needed a major overhaul. Riders criticized its sleepy styling, rattling transmission, and abrupt shifting. However, these complaints were usurped by laudations when the 2003 Vegas...
A drive in a Brabus K8 near the company’s headquarters in Bottrop, Germany, seemed destined for disappointment. Rain squalls and traffic slowed progress on the A31 autobahn, preventing the $170,000...
Even the creator of the Confederate Hellcat G2 acknowledges that the motorcycle is not tuned for long-distance cruising, flat-out speed, or even brief neighborhood jaunts. “It’s for very special...
Becker Automotive Design clients usually make three requests. They want a vehicle that does not look ostentatious, does not create resentment, and gets the green light from their personal security...
Examine the odometer of a typical BMW R1200C, and you will likely find numbers reminiscent of those in an arcade game. Some motorcycles are suited for short and intense blasts at the track; others...
When all personal preferences have been considered, and all Asian poseurs and American pretenders have been set aside, enthusiasts are left with just two pure and uncompromised sports cars to ponder...
For the Ducatisti, the appeal of the Ducati 999, with its flared seat and pinched waist, has as much to do with sex as with speed. In this respect, the 999 is not novel among Ducatis. The Italian...
When the Dodge Viper was introduced in 1992, it immediately became a laughing matter. Its external, side-mounted exhaust pipes barbecued drivers’ calves. Like a toupee in a high wind, the convertible...
With readings that reach an astound-ing 17,000 rpm, the tachometer of the MV Agusta F4 Senna reveals the essence of the Italian bike: power. The $24,995 motorcycle actually peaks at 14,000 rpm, but...
In today’s horsepower-crazed market, it is a rare occasion when an auto- maker dials down performance in a second edition. But for many owners of the sleek retro-styled BMW Z8, the roadster’s rev-...
The Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R has been fashioned with hard lines, shapely contours, and bold race-replica graphics that, at triple-digit speeds, meld into a blurred streak of beauty. The company’s...

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