German Car Maker

BMW’s round-the-world ready R1200GS and establishment-rocking S1000RR have garnered lots of attention as of late, but one of our favorite two-wheeled sleepers is the Bavarian manufacturer’s G650GS...
The new BMW S 1000 RR is a 193 hp bruiser that weighs only 455 pounds, thanks to its aluminum bridge frame. The superbike is powered by a Formula One–influenced 999 cc inline-4 engine, which also...
If you’ve ever walked away from a harrowing car wreck, chances are good that Mercedes-Benz had a hand in your survival — even if you weren’t driving a Mercedes at the time. The German automaker has...
Mercedes-Benz is bringing back the gullwing doors that helped make the 1950s-era 300SL coupe one of the most sought-after collector cars. The doors will be among the distinguishing traits of the all-...
Never mind the economy: Maybach is still making money. The 5.7-meter-long Maybach 57 and the 6.2-meter-long Maybach 62 remain—despite their bumper-to-bumper hand-craftedness—serious cash cows for...
Ural’s early reputation for iffy reliability came from their insistence on manufacturing every last nut and bolt in-house. But they’ve since seen the light and departed from stubbornly vertical...
Rudolf Diesel designed his namesake engine in 1897 to operate on peanut oil, a clean, renewable power source. But makers of petroleum-derived diesel fuel cornered the market early—Mercedes first put...
Porsche’s ultimate assault on the off-road arena was the impressive Cayenne Turbo S, an uncompromising SUV-cum-sport wagon that established the performance standard for its vehicle class. Now, with...
Armco barriers, tarmac, candy cane–colored rumble strips, and towering oak trees rushed at me as I plunged the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG into the Fuchsröhre, or Foxhole. I squeezed the gas pedal, and...
Following more than two years of rendered images from Porsche and speculation on the Internet, the four-door Porsche Panamera ( www.porsche.com ) will make its official debut in late April at the...
1937 BMW 328 Roadster The Nürburgring racetrack in the leafy woodlands of western Germany’s Eifel Mountains is where all serious high-performance sports cars go to prove their mettle. A good lap time...
Shifting Gearboxes The BMW M3 is the dark horse that almost took this year’s title. None of our judges expected the top-level 3 Series to blow them away with its perfectly balanced combination of...
The original Audi R8 may be a great car—even fine enough to earn top honors at Robb Report ’s 2008 Car of the Year fete—but with just eight cylinders and only 420 hp, it is no supercar. However, the...
1960 Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder In 1960, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile—motor racing’s governing body—ruled that competitive automobiles should have wider cockpits and taller...
Not Just Hot Air That the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG placed second in this group testifies to the hardiness and resiliency of the SL platform, which won back-to-back top honors in this competition—first...
Perfection Pursued If Las Vegas bookmakers had set an official line, the new Porsche 911 Carrera S coupe and cabriolet would have been the odds-on favorites going into this contest. The 911 Turbo...
Boxcar Willies The Mercedes-developed Smart is cute, can be parked sideways in Paris (but not in Beverly Hills), and costs about the same as (and gets better gas mileage than) a Volkswagen Beetle...
In racing and in sales, German sports-car manufacturers are fierce competitors. So it is not surprising—after Mercedes-Benz opened a new museum in 2006 and BMW debuted one in 2008—that Porsche is...
Call it stealth marketing. Over this past summer, Mercedes-Benz leaked a few photos depicting a camouflaged Speedster version of the SLR McLaren onto the Internet. Shortly thereafter, YouTube buzzed...
The winds of change will be blowing with gale force in March, when Bugatti launches the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport—a convertible supercar that speeds to 224 mph with its top down. This hair-raising, $2...
You don’t have to pay dues to join the exclusive SLR.Club and enjoy its many perks, and you don’t have to pass muster with present members. The only requirement is ownership of a rare $500,000...
The Porsche 911’s soap-bar-shaped body seemingly has not changed since 1963, when the first models rolled out of Stuttgart. Although they, too, look like their predecessors, the 2009 Porsche 911...
Spiraling fuel prices be damned. The colossal Mercedes-Benz G-class utility vehicle rolls defiantly into its 30th year of production with a host of revisions. Largely hand-assembled in Graz, Austria...
You may have to look twice to discern the changes to the Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupe and Cabriolet for the 2009 model year; the big news lies beneath the skin. There are new LED driving...
In recent years, no marque has won more Le Mans–series endurance races than Audi. The company also has successfully translated those weekend wins into sales with a production version of its Le Mans...
Mercedes-Benz never snoozes. When not adding to a seemingly endless and ever-morphing inventory of braw and often brutally powerful motorcars, it concentrates its energy on nipping and tucking the...
To imply that the stock twin-turbo V-12 engines in the current Mercedes-Benz CL65, S65, and SL65 AMG performance models are sufficiently powered would be like saying Johann Sebastian Bach was just a...
Finally, a Jaguar that embraces the purity of its past and just might rekindle devotion to a brand following a decade of confusion and disappointments. What elevates the Jaguar XF ( www.jaguarusa.com...
Mercedes-Benz’s new and mighty 6.3-liter V-8, built by performance division AMG, has slipped fully into the company’s product mainstream, seemingly powering everything Mercedes has to offer, from the...
If removing the roof of a car increases your daily vitamin D intake, it usually does so at the cost of performance. However, the latest iteration of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet does not force you to make...

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