Italian Car Maker

An aesthetic redesign, the Ducati Monster Anniversary Edition ( www.ducati.com ) celebrates two decades of the Italian manufacturer’s top model. The bike—known for its engine-baring design—features...
For the new model year, Moto Guzzi has tinkered with its V7 lineup of retro-style road bikes, revamping or revising each of the three models. The 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer ( www.motoguzzi.com ) is an...
You might not guess by looking at it, but the current iteration of Maserati ’s luscious Quattroporte dates way back to 2004. The sedan’s evergreen style and handcrafted Ferrari V-8 have kept it...
The classic car–collecting universe experienced a jarring paradigm shift in 2010 when, on October 27 in London, two Lamborghini Miuras—a 1971 Miura SVJ and a 1972 Miura SV—each eclipsed the $1...
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...
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...
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...
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...
As sportbikes continue to shed weight and gain power, such improvements might reach a point of diminishing returns. The ruthless pursuit of acceleration and razor’s-edge handling could lead to such...
Ferrari purists seldom are followers of soft-top fashion, preferring the marque’s rigid berlinettas and their beautiful flowing forms to the canvas-roofed spiders. However, Ferrari’s latest mid-...
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...
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...
No one seems to be in much of a hurry to bid farewell to the stupendously pretty Maserati GranTurismo—particularly Maserati itself. With “only” 400 hp, it earned modest praise for its performance...
During a test-ride earlier this year on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, the Ducati 1199 Panigale demonstrated its ferocity by reaching 170 mph on the straightaway, and showed its agility in the 3.4-...
Carlo Saltarelli has raced, test-ridden, and—through his dealership—sold Ducati motorcycles. He also has collected them, amassing a cache of 100 vintage and rare racing and road bikes over the last...
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...
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...
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...
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...
After three decades away from the American market, Fiat is back in a big way with a really small car. The Fiat 500 Abarth made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, replete...
1965 Ferrari 250 LM Pininfarina Stradale Speciale Powered by a 3.3-liter V-12 mounted longitudinally aft of the driver, the 250 LM was Ferrari’s first mid-engine GT. The company envisioned a...
The manufacturer that has won more than 300 Superbike World Championships should remain a category leader with the Ducati 1199 Panigale ( www.ducati.com ). The lightest and fastest superbike ever...
Although it has been re-engineered and reshaped to accommodate its ingeniously designed retractable top, the Ferrari 458 Spider is essentially a convertible version of the 458 Italia coupe. But the...
It’s been almost two decades since a new model Alfa Romeo has rolled off a showroom floor here in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean that the Italian manufacturer does not want to offer its highly...
Lamborghini devotees have lamented that in the Italian automaker’s undeniably dazzling lineup of recent years, rear-wheel drive seemed to have gone the way of the carburetor. The company discovered...
1960 Fiat 600 Jolly A version of the Fiat 600 custom-built by Italian coachbuilder Ghia, the Jolly attracted owners from Lyndon Johnson to Aristotle Onassis, the latter of whom kept one on his yacht...
The all-new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 represents the pinnacle of Italian design, dynamism, and passion from the raging bull brand of Sant’Agata. But for those who feel the car’s projected...
To comprehend the motivation for the Maserati Kubang , unveiled as a production-aimed “concept” at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, one need look no further than Stuttgart, Germany, where Porsche’s...
In his 1978 top-40 hit "Life’s Been Good," Joe Walsh sang about his Maserati doing 185 mph (and about losing his license as a result of driving that fast). The boast was as dubious as the rock star’s...
A final set of admonishments prompted the expected groans of displeasure as we prepared to drive Lamborghini’s latest and maybe last versions of the Gallardo on the track at New York’s Monticello...

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