Japanese Car Maker

The only thing better than a thorough aesthetic makeover is a vigorous mechanical one, and Kawasaki’s all-new Z1000 ($10,499) has been indulged with both for 2010. While it’s compacted, creased, and...
Despite their often futuristic appearances, most modern supercars are, in a sense, things of the past. Each new ultra-high-performance machine from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Mercedes-...
As Infiniti’s most popular model line, the G Series has always been chasing the BMW 3 Series—from sales numbers to performance figures. In fact, when BMW announced that it was building a retractable...
What’s in a firing order? In the case of the 2009 Yamaha R1’s power plant, trickle-down MotoGP technology and a vast transformation of engine character. The revision to the 2009 Yamaha R1’s mill...
Last year, the Robb Report editorial staff held the keys to a number of desirable cars, all of which were parked in our Malibu office garage for long-term evaluation. The limited-edition Audi RS4...
Amid the endlessly escalating horsepower wars, the frenzied pursuit of fairing fashion, and the breathless anticipation of the latest and greatest, it’s easy to lose track of the basics. And when it...
The Acura ZDX ( www.acura.com )—the marque’s oxymoronically labeled four-door sports coupe that debuted as a crossover prototype in April—is now a production vehicle. Available for sale this winter,...
It’s got futuristic styling and a striking face, but Honda’s new DN-01 is shockingly approachable at its core. Horizontally swept lines flow from a shark-like nose to a subtly bulbous tail exposing...
Super Effort If you stripped all badges from the GT-R, nothing about the car would suggest it was engineered by Nissan, let alone made in Japan—a country that has not produced a supercar since Acura’...
1967 Toyota 2000GT Conventional wisdom once held that all Japanese cars were cheap or stodgy. That opinion began to change at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, when Toyota debuted the 2000GT. Conceived by...
Japanese automobile companies are notoriously reticent when it comes to sharing information about potential new models. But while it has yet to confirm any details about its forthcoming supercar,...
Two hundred horsepower may seem trifling to sports car aficionados, but it is a magic number for motorcycle enthusiasts. While it will likely fall a few horsepower short of that figure, the all-new...
Like most video games, the Nissan GT-R has a built-in cheat code. Flip three switches on the dashboard until they all light up—activating "R," or race, mode—then depress the brake and step on the...
Like the Ducati Desmosedici RR, the Suzuki B-King debuted as a prototype long before it became a production motorcycle; it originated as the Boost-King concept bike at the prestigious Tokyo Motor...
Each TLC Icon originates as the bare chassis of a 1958–1983-era Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, a Japanese SUV with legendary off-roadworthiness. But the Icon is much more than just a rebodied throwback;...
At the Lexus LX 570 assembly plant in Yoshiwara, Japan, master craftsmen oversee final fitting and balance procedures. For quality control, robots shoot 1,300 photos as the vehicles proceed down the...
The leather-trimmed cabin of the Acura MDX ( www.acura.com ) is a beautiful place to be, even more so when the world outside becomes ugly. Swiss-watch reliable, and laden with advanced safety...
It may be something of an understatement when Kawasaki describes its all-new sport-touring machine, the Concours 14, as a "Transcontinental Supersport." Able to reach near-hypersonic speeds, thanks...
What's in a Name. Dissecting its alphanumeric model name reveals everything you need to know about the Lexus LS600h L. The LS Series— LS for luxury sedan (at least that is what the acronym stood for...
The GT-R is to sushi and soy sauce what the Corvette is to apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Originally sold in 1969 under the Datsun brand, the model has long been revered by Japan’s driving...
The vehicle’s two tons of elegance lope flat and steady at 140 mph on the banked oval at the Toyota Arizona Proving Ground (TAPG), the automaker’s vehicle-testing facility near Phoenix. Count Basie’s...
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...
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...
Don’t be deceived by its color-coordinated saddlebags or upright riding position: The $15,599 Yamaha FJR1300AE ( www.yamaha-motor.com ) is a supersport bike trapped in the sharply styled body of a...
Yamaha’s YZF-R1 rarely has disappointed since beginning its fast-paced life nearly a decade ago. It might seem surprising then that the 2007 edition, priced at $11,700, represents such an extensive...
One-of-a-kind, custom-built chopper motorcycles are commonly referred to as hogs for good reason: Their rudimentary suspensions offer limited creature comforts. If demonstrating your individuality is...
Big Ben Roethlisberger no doubt wishes he had been wearing a helmet when his Suzuki Hayabusa sport bike famously met the business end of a Chrysler New Yorker last summer. But had the Pittsburgh...
The Honda Gold Wing might be the most civilized means of traveling on two wheels. Its long list of optional features includes heated grips, heated seats and a heated passenger backrest, hot-air vents...
The Yamaha Star Roadliner’s designers say that they based the bike’s Art Deco styling—which includes such de­tails as beehive rear turn signals, a heart-shaped dual-element headlight, and a seamless...
Although it is equipped with the industry’s best navigation system, the Lexus RX400h still managed to arrive one day late to our annual soiree. But if you are going to show up tardy to this party,...

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