Automobiles

Long, low, and a little rough around the edges, the Zero Engineering Type 9 soft tail is a stirring antidote to mass-produced motorcycles. Its design combines traditional bobber and chopper elements...
Fast as the Zenvo ST1 is—"ridiculously fast," says Jesper Jensen, cofounder of Zenvo Automotive, the Danish company that builds the 233 mph supercar—it could be even faster. But Jensen had other...
When a 1932 Packard Twin Six custom convertible sold for $1.1 million last summer during RM Auctions’ St. John’s sale in Michigan, the car’s provenance no doubt influenced its price as much as its...
1957 Ford Thunderbird Marketed by Ford as a "personal car," the two-seat Thunderbird arrived at the 1954 Detroit Auto Show as a challenge to Chevrolet’s year-old sports car, the Corvette, offering a...
Just about the last thing you’d expect to hear piercing the silence of the snowy Dolomites surrounding the quaint Italian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo is the shriek of 10- and 12-cylinder Lamborghinis...
After months of rumors and rendered speculation, Bentley (a protectorate of the Volkswagen Group) has pulled the wraps off a dramatic concept vehicle called the EXP 9 F. And though some purists may...
Replacing Mercedes-Benz ’s well-loved R230 SL-Class roadster—a car that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show way back in 2001—was no small feat, but the company’s crack team of engineers, stylists,...
At the Detroit Auto Show, a month before Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, Audi unveiled a concept vehicle that had more than a few cold-weather-lovers daydreaming of six more weeks of winter...
It would take a genuinely devoted Aston Martin aficionado to remember a dramatic concept car from 1979 called the Bulldog. With gullwing-style doors and a wildly futuristic wedge shape, the car...
Fifty years ago, Ferrari introduced what was to become one of the world’s most valuable collectible cars, the Ferrari 250 GTO. The 3-liter V-12 engine suffered only two losses in its three-year...
If Ferrari can be moved to design a station wagon and Porsche pressured into offering a sedan and a...
Although the previous M5’s V-10 offered a racecar-like willingness to rev, BMW looks to improve...
Sequels rarely measure up to the originals (the Rocky movies, any works by Warhol), but Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing second-generation winners.
SHORT-CIRCUITED BY THE NUMBERS Yes, the Volt is an honest and well-meaning effort to preserve our global resources and save the polar ice caps. Granted, this plug-in hybrid did not melt its batteries...
MUSCLE MEMORIES For its 6-speed stick shift alone, the Mustang Boss 302 deserves an award: In this year’s competition, it was the only car brandishing a genuine manual gearbox. Though as archaic as a...
TOO SMOOTH With the 650i, BMW may be risking its reputation as the builder of the ultimate driving machines. It may well have constructed the best-looking convertible and definitely the most stylish...
PICK OF THE LITTER With its dazzling French racing-blue paint job and enough flaps and fins to excite envy in a plecostomus , Jaguar’s hooligan took many judges by surprise. Its supercharged V-8 is a...
SPORT, UTILITY, AND VALUE The Grand Cherokee SRT8 seems poised to intimidate the proliferation of luxury SUVs from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Range Rover. At half the price of its competitors,...
TRADITIONAL VALUE In silhouette and when viewed from either end, the Virage Volante appears no different from Aston Martin’s DBS and DB9. Indeed, the cars’ shape has been around since Sean Connery...
NO APOLOGIES By any measure or comparison of weight and size, the Continental GTC is excessive. Without passengers it weighs almost three tons. It is longer than most primer sailboats. Manufacturing...
That the most outrageous Lamborghini ever made was chosen Car of the Year by a vote of nearly two to one is remarkable. Granted, the Aventador LP 700-4 is a stellar achievement—as a design exercise...
1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT After nearly a decade of production, Lamborghini’s awe-inspiring Diablo supercar reached its performance pinnacle as the super-rare Diablo GT, a so-called street version of...
Scheduled at press time for a February launch in the United States, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) is as solid as a pillbox but styled with typical AMG flair. The 2012 edition of...
POLARIZED POSITIONS For those of us old enough to call it a Datsun, the Nissan GT-R is a revelation. It is not surprising that Godzilla, as the car is otherwise known, left a number of our judges in...
FIVE-DOOR COUPE With little noise and even less posturing, Audi has caught up with its fellow Germans Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in just about every car category. Now with the thoroughly...
An Italian automobile-company executive said in the late 1990s that if you cannot afford a Ferrari, you could always buy a Maserati. He could justify his condescension, for at the time Maseratis were...
LIGHTING IT UP Audi may have started the LED craze, but on this second generation of the car that launched the four-door-coupe category, Mercedes-Benz has made an art form of the headlights and tail...
Typically, automobile manufacturers will ratchet up a car’s performance from year to year to keep enthusiasm at a boil: bigger engine, more power, more speed. Bentley is about to take a somewhat...
Porsche enthusiasts rank among some of the most fierce marque loyalists, and as collectors they rival even philatelists in their obsession for rarity, completeness, and condition. One such collector...
Since its debut in 1963, the Porsche 911 has been the benchmark of performance and desirability. While its DNA has evolved over the years, the sports car’s soap-bar shape has helped it remain...

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