Sports Car

If the 2005 Porsche 911 has indeed been in development since the fall of 1998, then it could appear—at first glance, at least—as though the German automaker’s designers took plenty of draft and...
For the last five years, American auto enthusiasts have been able only to watch with envy as their European counterparts snapped up the Pagani Zonda C12 and the more current and more powerful Zonda S...
Exclusivity just isn’t what it used to be. If you own a Ferrari Enzo, for example, you know that 398 other drivers are enjoying the same experience. Stylish and fast your car may be, but unique it is...
To celebrate the 25th birthday of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class ( www.mbusa.com ), AMG fitted the upcoming G55 with the ultimate noisemaker: a bellowing 469 hp, 5.5-liter, supercharged V-8. Producing one...
The Tzero is an electric-powered, zero-emissions sports car that can accelerate from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 102 mph. It does this with the assistance of lithium-ion...
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK ( www.mbusa.com ) will arrive in September displaying style references to the Formula One–inspired SLR McLaren: pointed nose, sloped windshield, long hood. But...
If judged solely on the modest block under its hood, the Lotus Elise that the British carmaker introduced to the European market in 1995 would never have gained its acclaim. The Rover engine...
Ferrari’s inimitable Enzo, the Italian exotic of which only 399 versions exist, has been trumped—by a member of its own family, no less. Maserati ( www.maseratiusa.com ), purchased by Ferrari in 1997...
Lorinser GS03 The SL55 undergoes a stunning makeover. When I was growing up in the late 1970s, I had a crush on singer Debby Boone, who was—and still is—attractive, vivacious, and in possession of...
Lamborghini Gallardo The 10-cylinder rocket scores a perfect 10. It was just a matter of time until the other Italian supermarque hit a home run. Lamborghini’s new sports car is extreme but friendly...
You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to recognize the racing merits of Ferrari’s stripped-down Challenge Stradale. You just have to drive the car. When he test-drove the Stradale—a lighter, faster,...
This decade may well be indexed in automotive history as the era of big brutes hidden within the shells of sleek and sexy coupes. Aston Martin initiated the trend at the turn of the millennium with...
Three Ford Motor Co. test-drivers, car guys who burn rubber and inhale exhaust fumes for a living, are mesmerized by the image on an 8-inch LCD screen. Tom Chapman, chassis systems supervisor, is a...
The McLaren F1 became an instant classic when it rolled onto the automotive scene in 1994. All of the 64 production road cars that were built quickly sold, except for one, which had been parked in...
Like a vehicle model that remains in production for 11 years, Robb Report’s “Car of the Year” feature has evolved considerably since its debut in 1994. While remaining inclusive—a Subaru was among...
Anyone who has lived with Porsches knows that they represent the best real-world solution to sports car ownership. I have always thought that it is precisely because they do everything so well but so...
The Lamborghini Gallardo is my hands-down “Car of the Year” winner, simply because it does its job as a sports car so well—and its beauty seals the deal. The styling is fresh and new, not a hackneyed...
Porsche became a dominant force on the racetrack during the mid-1950s with its splendid 550 and 550A. (The lightweight cars also gained notoriety outside of the racing world when actor James Dean...
For those who consider the 572 hp Lamborghini Murciélago too tame for the track, the good folks in Sant’Agata Bolognese have the answer: the Murciélago R-GT. Lamborghini has not released its...
On the roads of Gaydon, England, prototypes of the Aston Martin AM V8 Vantage motor around town, undergoing various tests to eliminate every existing kink. Company insiders call the stealthy two-seat...
The 1965 Maserati Quattroporte sat unnoticed by everyone at a California classic car show in 1978. Everyone except Oscar Crovetto. "Nobody knew what it was," Crovetto recalls. "I felt sorry for this...
Back and forth the bidding went between the two gentlemen at the Christie’s Exceptional Motor Cars auction at Pebble Beach in August, increasing by $10,000 increments with each volley. The auctioneer...
It could be argued that the impending arrival of the 2005 Ford GT was guaranteed at 4 pm on June 19, 1966. If a checkered flag had not waved over the Ford GT Mark II, the new 500-hp supercar would...
On a map, Turn Eight of Laguna Seca Raceway appears to be nothing more than a simple S-bend that can be disposed of with two quick flicks of the steering wheel. But when viewed in three dimensions...
When Luca Di Montezemolo took the reins at Ferrari in 1992, he declared an end to the marque’s tradition of building the world’s fastest hair shirts. Luca’s Ferraris would go like hell and provide...
Concept cars always generate excitement, and none in this century has excited the public and press more than the Cadillac Sixteen. It is formal and elegant, quietly aggressive and state-of–the-art...
Historically, baby Lamborghinis have enjoyed a longevity akin to the baby sea turtle: hatched with great fanfare but unlikely to survive to maturity in the real world. The folly began in earnest with...
When the Dodge Viper was introduced in 1992, it immediately became a laughing matter. Its external, side-mounted exhaust pipes barbecued drivers’ calves. Like a toupee in a high wind, the convertible...
The long road of automotive history is littered with the carcasses of supercar wanna-bes. Although some of these models possessed individual elements of brilliance, the manufacturers were unable to...
A drive in a Brabus K8 near the company’s headquarters in Bottrop, Germany, seemed destined for disappointment. Rain squalls and traffic slowed progress on the A31 autobahn, preventing the $170,000...

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