Italian Car Maker

Maserati has loosed from its Modena stables the long-awaited GranTurismo, and it is a formidable machine. Ostensibly a replacement for the GranSport, the GranTurismo is actually anything but: It...
While competing in its third Grand Prix motor racing season in 1987, Aprilia won its first title, at the Grand Prix of San Marino. Since then, the Italian producer of motorcycles and scooters has won...
Ferrari’s recently retired Formula One champ Michael Schumacher was back behind the wheel of an F/1 racer, leaving trails of rubber as he slid the car around the corners of a test track. Not far away...
The term muscle scooter might sound self-contradictory, but it aptly describes the Aprilia Sportcity 250 ( www­.apriliausa.com ). Aprilia, a unit of the Italian vehicle maker Piaggio, is best known...
Some men build cars that display a reminiscent fender flare here, an evocative shoulder swoop there, and maybe a grille that recalls an earlier decade, because they believe there is a future in...
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Turn the key of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, then press the red starter button on the steering wheel, and something magical—and mechanical—happens as 12 cylinders spring to...
American IronHorse Slammer Navigating the custom cruiser market can be more of a challenge than riding San Francisco’s Lombard Street on a high-neck chopper. At one end of the spectrum are extreme...
Kawasaki has been building big, 4-cylinder bikes for a long time, and all that experience and knowledge is apparent in the manufacturer’s latest flagship. The $11,899 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 ( www...
Ducati 1098 S The ducatisti who were put off by the styling of the previous 999 model should agree that the new Ducati 1098 S superbike displays the Italian brand’s trademark charisma and glamour...
First came the Maybach 62, introduced four years ago as an 18-footer for elderly businessmen and their chauffeurs. Next was the smaller Maybach 57, designed more for those who prefer to do their own...
The $59,890 Lotus Exige S ( www.lotuscars.com ) may look like a bantamweight in this company of heavy hitters, but make no mistake: This mid-engine racer swings a mighty punch. Key to its phenomenal...
As I downshift into third gear and push the throttle to the floor, the 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo charges down a back road near the foot of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Gripping the steering...
Some car of the year participants approached the Lamborghini with the same trepidation that one might feel when encountering a large male bovine: The drivers accorded caution and respect to the...
The small engines that brothers Adriano and Marcello Ducati of Bologna, Italy, attached to bicycles in the 1940s produced short bursts of exhaust that earned the vehicles the name Cucciolo (Italian...
For years after its introduction, the 1600 Spider represented the defining design of Alfa Romeo. Its boat-tail form was as alluring as that of any Ferrari or other exotic that cost four times as much...
Some would argue that the Dino is the most beautiful sports car ever made, and it is an argument that is difficult to counter. The car was named for Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino, who died of muscular...
Next July, Ducati will introduce its ultimate street-legal offering: a true replica of the Desmosedici GP6 that is competing in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Dubbed the Desmosedici RR, the new...
Contrary to the recent, rampant speculation circulating in Internet chat rooms, Leonardo da Vinci did not sketch the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Credit for the shape instead goes to Frank Stephenson—...
In a market where up-to-the-second technology is essential to survival, MV Agusta’s Tamburini—named for its designer, Massimo Tamburini—incorporates enough engineering advances to distinguish it from...
Choosing this year’s Best of the Best sedan was a prickly task. With great marques introducing so many fresh, fine models, the decision as to which four-door offered the most seductive combination of...
Its exhaust note turns heads even before the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder comes into view—quickly—as a razor-sharp, sculpted wedge in aluminum and composite that defines the modern sports car. Without...
The return flight from Miami to Los Angeles, populated by a predictably stereotypical and colorful cross section of travelers, seemed interminable. Having spent the previous day hammering the...
The GranSport is a refinement of Maserati’s Coupé Cambiocorsa, with extra power, tighter suspension, aggressive but tasteful bodywork, and interior options that set this sports GT apart from every...
Wine is art in a glass,” William Curtis, CEO of Robb Report’s parent company, CurtCo Media, posited to our Car of the Year coterie during a dinner toast at one of the Napa Valley wineries that helped...
My relationship with Ducatis began in 1972, when the Austin, Texas, motorcycle dealership where I was a regular customer left me a cryptic message: “You had better get over here.” I arrived in time...
Customers wanted Ducati motorcycles in 1995. The products were modern, attractive, fairly priced, and backed by a race-winning heritage. Company ledgers should have been dripping black ink, yet there...
Because the company had won races from its earliest days in 1947, Ferrari became the chassis of choice throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Designers and coachbuilders showcased their wares and...
To discover why Ferrari ranks among the top automobile brands in the world, we traveled to Italy and spent time with two men: the son of company founder Enzo Ferrari and the designer, Sergio...
Ferrari always has sought to pull owner passions closer to the company’s heart, which is its racing heritage. In the 1930s, Enzo himself sold Alfa Romeos from his Scuderia Ferrari stable, then tuned...
It takes just four seconds—the amount of time a Ferrari F430 requires to reach 60 mph—to understand why Lamborghini created a special edition of the Gallardo. In the spirit of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s...

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