Automobiles

Few Grand Prix fans who have traced the title’s history since its inauguration in 1950 have failed to follow the spectacular career of Michael Schumacher, arguably the most formidable driver of the...
As exemplars of high-quality German mechanicals, Audis born of the legendary Auto Union have always been at eye level in terms of precision and personality with anything built by Leica, Blaupunkt, or...
I am en route to dresden on the German autobahn when the rain gradually dissipates in the summer sun, leaving the supersmooth roads bone-dry. The visibility is excellent, the traffic light. With a...
The double-M badge on the Maybach 62, which stands for Maybach Manufaktur, could also be an abbreviation for Much Multitasking. You can drive the luxury sedan while smoking one of the premium cigars...
For motorcyclists, the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile road that winds its way along the Appalachian Mountains through Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, is the ideal stretch of road. The...
It hovered above two tiny pedestals and looked like the fossilized remains of some huge flying reptile, a tangle of thin tubes describing the skeleton of the 300SL Rennsportwagen. An identical frame...
I had two options for traveling between San Francisco and Monterey to attend the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August: an Embraer EMB 130, a 30-seat twin-turboprop puddle-jumper; or the...
Time Trial Put up a million dollars to purchase next year’s Veyron supercar from Bugatti, and you’ll have first dibs on an equally groundbreaking Bugatti wristwatch from Parmigiani for a mere $65,000...
A fine car has finite characteristics: a powerful engine, striking lines, an inviting interior. Such a vehicle is also imbued with an elusive, ethereal aura that stamps the machine with a presence...
The Maybach’s introduction this summer was as subtle as a turbocharger. A Sikorsky helicopter dangling four cables hovered over the Queen Elizabeth 2 while it made its way into New York Harbor...
While offering a glimpse into the future, this issue also includes a new ongoing feature, one that looks at Robb Report’s past. As we considered the candidates for this month’s page, we couldn’t...
The British motorcycle writer sat in the tent at the Misano racetrack in northern Italy, propping his cast-covered left leg on a chair. During a road test a few hours earlier, he had dumped his...
There is no mystery to the mystique of Ferrari. The marque’s provenance is the Roman genius for designing pure, radical yet beautiful mechanical devices—from Leonardo da Vinci’s helicopter to Luca...
Over the past 20 years, former racecar driver Dan Gurney has designed and built five generations of the Alligator, his dream motorcycle, and he speaks freely about the disappointments of earlier test...
The royals are different from you and me, particularly when it comes to their cars. Such is certainly the case with Elizabeth, queen of England, and her husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who trade...
Like many owners of this car, Frank Eimont didn’t take a test-drive before purchasing it. In fact, he had not even seen one of these models in person; he had only read about it in auto magazines and...
This past year, BMW 7 Series owners were introduced to iDrive, which, by means of a dial on the center console and a monitor on the dashboard, seemingly controls every one of the car’s functions...
At first, Carl Dietz didn’t notice his pursuer. Dietz had recently purchased a 2002 Indian Chief, the first all-Indian cruiser in 50 years, and was breaking it in around his neighborhood in the...
In the courtyard of the elegant Bacara resort 15 miles north of Santa Barbara, three new Saleen S7s sit side by side. Snake-belly low, sleekly styled, with minimalist carbon fiber bodywork stretched...
Today, most manufacturers of sports and luxury automobiles offer a host of options aimed at buyers who want to extract even higher performance from their new cars (or simply be secure in the notion...
The offerings of brand-name exotic carmakers disappoint Xeno III designer Nick Pugh. To be precise, he dislikes the notion of creating a fantastic exotic only to build and sell hundreds or even...
If the notion of riding a 460-pound motorcycle powered by a turbine engine that lifts 10,000-pound helicopters seems implausible, ask Jay Leno what it’s like; he’s one of the few riders who has...
For over 60 years, the Bugatti brand has been riddled with false starts: In 1939, World War II halted production of the cars; in 1947, the death of Ettore Bugatti, the company’s founder, rattled the...
Imagine what it’s like to bob through the canals of Venice and drink in the sights, sounds, and smells of the city in a floating Mercedes-Benz. Or consider the feeling of hovering in a vehicle at 50...
In 1995, when John McLaren finished writing his first novel, Press Send, the former diplomat celebrated the occasion by placing his manuscript on the passenger seat of his Jaguar E-Type and heading...
Jaguar’s S-Type hasn’t exactly crumbled the competition, nor has it become lodged among our longings. To be fair, since its 1999 introduction this more-or-less midsize sedan, with a ready-made...
At first, the mileage and route seemed daunting. The Internet BMW Riders list ( www.ibmwr.org ), a worldwide consortium of BMW motorcycle owners, had planned a ride through Death Valley for January...
Ferrari enthusiasts may soon understand what Formula One champion Michael Schumacher experiences as he rips down the straightaway at Indianapolis or slices through Monaco’s turns. By early 2003, you...
A stock exchange executive who was seeking to purchase the new Harley-Davidson VRSCAV-Rod called his local dealer. Then he called his contacts at Harley headquarters. He’s still waiting for one...
A Different Look The BMW R 1200 C is a cruiser with an eye-catching twist, one that distinguishes it from the acknowledged king of the cruiser market, Harley-Davidson. “The biggest player in the...

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