Automobiles

When a car’s lineage spans nearly 60 years, as the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class’s does, the launch of a new version of that vehicle is occasion for fanfare. While the sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz SL550...
Winding through the Eastern Alps at elevations higher than 9,000 feet, the Stelvio Pass is one of Europe’s most scenic summer riding routes. But it also challenges riders with more than 80 breakneck...
1962 Morgan +4 Super Sports A real race-bred roadster, the Morgan +4 Super Sports offers great performance, possesses a storied competition history, and displays dashing good looks. After Chris...
Audi has brought back the RS (racing sport) badge and is affixing it—and all the superior performance capabilities it connotes—to the TT sports car. The Audi TT RS ( www.audiusa.com ) is powered by a...
Italian clothing label Diesel, a sponsor of Ducati’s MotoGP team, collaborated with the motorcycle brand to create the rugged-looking Ducati Monster Diesel ( www.ducati.com ), which will arrive this...
Bill Evans’s 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM fared better in the Alps this spring than it did in Indianapolis 99 years ago. Isotta Fraschini, an Italian manufacturer that produced automobiles in the...
It’s no great stretch to consider the Mercedes-Benz G-Class the Clint Eastwood of the automotive world. It’s famously tough, capable, and blessed with angular good looks that defy the passage of time...
It’s no faster or better handling than a standard issue Aston Martin DBS Volante—if one has the nerve to call anything from the high-end British brand “standard”—but this limited-edition model is an...
As the magnificent DBS prepares to take its curtain call, Aston Martin reveals a fitting send-off for its five-year-old flagship model. Similar to the special edition that rang out the company’s...
Clay Rathburn secured his reputation by building minimalist bobbers, but a smoldering childhood fascination with dirt bikes eventually led him to create his one-off bike dubbed Atom Bomb RVA Overland...
This May saw the passing of Carroll Shelby, an iconic figure in the world of automobiles and a beacon of individualism to every enthusiast who has an ounce of motor oil in his or her veins. Watch...
When Bentley Motors introduced the Mulsanne last year, the company touted the sedan as the ultimate road-going executive express. And indeed, there’s no arguing with its prodigious performance: with...
The current generation of Lamborghini Gallardo , nearing the culmination of a staggeringly successful run since it was introduced in 2003, has diverged into two opposite variants: the Super Trofeo...
Like Porsche ’s 911 sports car, which is currently available in 18 different models, from the merely excellent Carrera to the downright outrageous Turbo S Cabriolet, the company’s Cayenne sport-...
Jon Shirley wouldn’t say that he is making up for lost time. But he might go along with the notion that good things come to those who wait. The 74-year-old auto enthusiast possesses a stable of 28...
Talk to car enthusiasts or collectors anywhere, and more often than not, the benchmark luxury sedan in their possession is a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. As a big sedan loaded with options, an S-Class...
History reveals that it didn’t take long for Henry Ford’s invention to blossom, and for a discerning clientele that could afford it, custom coachbuilders emerged, ready to transform a nondescript...
The big man on Audi’s campus is the long, luxurious 12-cylinder version of the new A8 sedan, the Audi A8 L W12 ( www.audiusa.com ) . No other automobile offers so much performance, luxury, and...
Replete with style, speed, and a set of wings that stretch skyward, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe (the modern-day Gullwing) became one of the most coveted sports cars when it arrived in the United...
Now in its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) comes with an all-new twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine (the same one that powers the CLS63 AMG), which produces 550 hp...
Chrysler’s dark and serious television commercials convey the message that the brand’s 300 sedan is imported from Detroit. Drive the Chrysler 300 SRT8 ( www.chrysler.com ) and you will understand...
The standard version of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is not in short supply of power, with 451 hp pumping to the rear wheels. But the AMG engineers who designed and built this car from the ground...
When the third-generation Lexus LX570 ( www.lexus.com ) debuted in 2007, it embodied the automaker’s "Pursuit of Perfection" tagline. Not surprisingly, Lexus has made only negligible changes to the...
The Granturismo MC dispels the notion that Maserati is a second-tier player among Italian sports-car brands. The beauty of the GranTurismo is indisputable, and its Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V-8...
Once again a symbol of ascent, upscale SUVs have become the high-performance fashion statement on roads from Malibu to Mongolia. Now America can claim a competitive edge with the Jeep Grand Cherokee...
Equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the most powerful Camaro ever. The engine produces 580 hp, enabling the ZL1 to dash from zero to 60 mph in less than...
With a starting price of just over $40,000, the Infiniti JX35 ( www.infiniti.com ) is one of the more cost-effective vehicles ever featured in a Best of the Best issue. It might also be the only...
In an age of paddle-shift automatics, button-controlled suspension modes, shift-mapping software, and driver-tuned exhausts, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ( www.ford.com ) is a welcome...
The Aventador LP 700-4 is as ferocious as its namesake, a Spanish bull that performed in a notoriously violent fight in the early 1990s. It is big and imposing and no gentle giant. Powered by a new 6...
Most Jaguar disciples considered the standard Jaguar XK coupe and roadster—with their 5-liter engines and 385 hp—naughty enough. Then came the XK-R, which added a supercharger and 125 units of...

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