German Car Maker

Comparing the $22,500 bmw k1200lt exodus to any other motorcycle is an exercise in futility. With the cruiser’s technical sophistication, smooth and crisp handling on straights and hairpins, and...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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-...
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-...
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 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...
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...
The vehicle is an ultraluxury automobile that is 6.2 meters long, powered by a 12-cylinder engine, costs several hundred thousand dollars, and is constructed at the Mercedes-Benz factory in...
Although one of the newest Mercedes-Benz models tops out at just 10 mph and produces only 0.75 hp, the history behind it accounts for the $50,000 price tag: It is the marque’s oldest machine, a three...
With the notable exception of Dr. Porsche’s work on Hitler’s Beetle, the Porsche name has always been synonymous with one thing: sports cars. The company nurtured this tightly focused brand identity...
I had planned to spend my first afternoon in Jerez de la Frontera basking in the Spanish sun, sipping sherry finos at an outdoor tapas bar, and strolling leisurely through the ancient Moorish palaces...
Of the 700 functions that BMW’s iDrive mechanism can control, only one is regularly employed by the average 7 Series owner; the remaining 99.6 percent of the system’s capabilities tend to be ignored...
While many porschephiles are upset about the new Cayenne SUV, their ire is not focused on any shortcomings that the vehicle might exhibit. Instead, they decry its very existence. The Cayenne is...
It was the American Dream Machine, the most exhilarating, high-spirited car on the road. With a fuel-injected Big Block beneath its fiberglass hood, this vehicle turned heads like nothing else on...
The Porsche Boxster is Germany’s gift to sports car lovers, but many enthusiasts believe the car is too slow. Even the 3.2-liter Boxster S, recently retooled with a 258-hp block, is not powerful...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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