German Car Maker

It’s no surprise that, on the heels of its sold-out R8 GT supercar, Audi would reveal an open-top version based on the R8 Spyder—but that doesn’t diminish the thrill of its arrival. As they did with...
Few cars enjoy such a loyal following as BMW famously inspirational M5 sedan, and few events in the automotive world create quite as much excitement as the introduction of a new M5. For 2012, the...
Porsche has only five distinct models, but the Stuttgart-based automaker is famously devoted to subtle (and not-so-subtle) diversity. There are four versions each of the Boxster, Cayman, and Cayenne...
Modern-day BMW owners may know the number 328 only because it’s branded in chrome on the back of modern-day 3 Series models to designate the smallest engine. True Bimmer fans, however, know that this...
Sometimes history repeats itself. In 1954, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL—affectionately referred to as the Gullwing—was built by the German automaker as a production car with one peculiar feature: its...
The Audi TT RS ( www.audiusa.com ) , the high-performance variant of the cute TT model, embodies the spirit of the rally-racing cars with which the brand enjoyed so much success in the 1980s. The TT...
Since its founders invented the motorcar 125 years ago, Mercedes-Benz has been tweaking and primping its vehicles ever closer to perfection. The Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) may well be...
If the Ferrari 458 Italia represents a revolutionary development on the part of its maker, then the Porsche 911 Turbo S ( www.porsche.com ) proves that an antithetical, evolutionary approach to...
Nearly 40 years after its introduction, the Porsche Carrera RS remains an icon of air-cooled aggression that exemplifies the pure and visceral early 911 breed and represents the best of the 1970s...
Based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Becker Automotive Design’s JetVan can coddle passengers in the manner of a Maybach while offering them a host of high-tech communication devices. The latest...
Like Hatfields taking shots at a McCoy solely because he is a McCoy, many Porsche 911 owners have been mercilessly peppering the Cayenne with verbal bird shot—and worse—since the SUV arrived on the...
When looking at the exterior of the new BMW X5 xDrive50i ( www.bmw.com ), it is difficult to find anything that distinguishes the vehicle from the 2007 to 2010 model-year X5s. But slip into the...
The adage that good things come in small packages applies well to the silky-smooth in-line 6-cylinder engine that powers the new $23,200 BMW K 1600 GTL and its sportier, slightly less accommodating...
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) appears only slightly different from the previous version of the midsize sedan; the big changes were made under the hood. Mercedes-Benz replaced a...
The secret to the success of the Audi A8 ( www.audiusa.com ), which finished ahead of sedans by BMW, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce in Robb Report ’s 2011 Car of the Year competition, rests in its...
The Audi R8 V10 Spyder’s performance specs could have earned it a spot in the sports-car category. Equipped with a high-revving 5.2-liter V-10, it sprints from zero to 60 mph in four seconds and...
With 20 variations in the current model line, Porsche offers a full menu of 911 flavors. Purists can skip over the Turbos and Targas and stop at the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet ( www.porsche...
True convertibles are creatures of elegance and impeccable manners that tender four spacious seats for people who prefer to tour grandly between Relais & Châteaux lodgings. The restyled,...
The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center does more than just restore classic cars. It also reveals their stories. It would not be uncommon for a visitor to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ( www.mercedes-...
For those who think that hybrid cars are for pragmatic, fuel-sipping performance haters, Porsche would like you to think again. The German manufacturer is even going so far as to race a hybrid-...
Despite Audi’s recent efforts with clean-diesel engines in the A3 TDI and Q7 TDI models, the German luxury brand will soon offer a whole new type of alternative power train in the States with the...
As the automotive world searches for the ultimate alternative to gasoline-fueled engines, the big three premium German automakers ( Audi, BMW , and Mercedes-Benz ) continue to build a case for clean...
In its ongoing quest to keep pace with BMW’s famously quick “M” cars and Audi’s high-performance “S” and “RS” models, Mercedes-Benz has—via its in-house speed shop, AMG—taken the sledgehammer...
There’s a special place in the hearts of the BMW faithful for the original M3 coupe. With flared fenders and an outsized rear wing, the petite “E30” M3, sold in the United States from 1988 to 1992,...
There are few manufacturers as savvy as Porsche when it comes to artfully leveraging its illustrious history and the mystique of its current models in creating limited-production specials. On the...
Among mid-luxury four doors, in a segment that includes the deeply impressive Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-series sedans, Audi’s A6 has always been content to play the role of the suave, soft-...
Proof that where there’s a will, there’s a niche, Mercedes-Benz (which already offers 16 model lines in the United States) plans to extend its family tree once again with a production version of the...
The Los Angeles Auto Show is always good for a few surprises. However, no one expected much from BMW this year, as the German automaker decided to forgo the standard press conference—despite having a...
The Audi TT RS is much more than an average two-door coupe. It is incredibly fast, intoxicatingly fun, and immensely fashionable, but for the past two years it has been unattainable for U.S. buyers...
Over the past two years, there has not been a more popular car style than the four-door coupe. The latest model offerings from Aston Martin, Porsche, and Audi all prove that this segment is much more...

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