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FrontRunners: Lotus Exige
Lotus Cars founder Colin Chapman had a simple formula for making cars faster: "To add speed, add lightness." More than 25 years after Chapman’s death...
Lotus “Simplicates” with the $43,995 Elise Purist Edition
Even with less than restrained optioning, it’d be a mighty stretch to suggest that the elfin Lotus Elise —all 1,984 pounds of it—could ever be...
Wheels: America’s Next Top Model
It’s easy to drive right past the headquarters of Farbio Sports Cars, the United Kingdom’s newest—and perhaps coolest—maker of exotic cars. A wooden...
Autos: One for the Road
The last of anything—a picture show, a Mohican, or an out at Yankee Stadium—is inevitably a cue for remembrance. Now so is the 2010 Bentley Arnage...
Aston Martin, ever a boutique builder of rapture-inducing sports cars and never a mass-producer of automotive appliances, is being flailed by England...
FrontRunners: English Beets
The 621 hp, 12-cylinder, biturbo Bentley Continental Supersports ( www.bentleymotors.com ) is Bentley Motors’ leanest, meanest—with a top speed of...
Car of the Year 2009: No. 11: Bentley Brooklands
No Apologies The Bentley Brooklands is heavier than vehicles that deliver refrigerators, costs more than most small businesses, is big enough to...
Car of the Year 2009: No. 8: Jaguar XF
Saving Grace The XF represents Jaguar’s road back from perdition. It may even be the brand’s salvation after Ford fumbled with the company for 18...
Car of the Year 2009: No. 7: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé
The Suit Fits The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé is what would happen if the BMW 7 Series were built on Savile Row. Forget that only contortionists will...
Car of the Year 2009: No. 5: Aston Martin DBS
Hard of Gearing I felt shaken, not stirred, after driving the Aston Martin DBS. The car’s V-12 engine makes it front-heavy and loud. Its center...
FrontRunners: Lucky Sevens
With just 77 examples scheduled for production, the Aston Martin One-77 ( www.one-77.com ) might be the most elusive Aston ever. The car’s rarity—and...
2009 Luxury Preview: Lotus Blossoms
When the Lotus Evora arrives in the United States next summer, the car will introduce an element of practicality to what has been, to date, a boy-...
Autos: Eight Is Enough
As I short-shift out of the Porsche Curves toward the start-finish straight at Le Mans, I uncork a lifelong fantasy: to drive under the Dunlop Tire...
Robb Design Portfolio: Raccoon Rolls
Phantom II Continental Streamline Saloon by Park Ward Though known for its conservatively styled automobiles, British coachbuilder Park Ward thought...
Early 100 years ago, Charles Rolls, the cofounder and bankroller of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, became the first person to complete a nonstop, round-trip...
Robb Design Portfolio: Rough and Rumble
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Shortly before the end of World War II, Standard Motor Co. acquired the Triumph brand in an attempt to compete with...
Best of the Best 2008: Sedans
Finally, a Jaguar that embraces the purity of its past and just might rekindle devotion to a brand following a decade of confusion and...
Best of the Best 2008: Convertibles
When Sean Connery tore up a few European switchbacks in a DB5 in 1964’s Goldfinger , the Aston Martin brand became synonymous with style. This is as...
Best of the Best 2008: Motorcycles: Adventure: Triumph Tiger 1050
A street-only adventure motorcycle, the $11,000 Triumph Tiger 1050 is an intoxicating blend of tourer and street fighter. Not coincidentally, the...
Best of the Best 2008: Coupes & GTs
Huge and heavy, and about as green as offshore drilling, the $341,000 Bentley Brooklands ( www.bentleymotors.com ) is nothing that any car should be...
Best of the Best 2008: Sports Cars
Most Porsches, even the steroid-enhanced 911 GT2, display an air of Teutonic reserve—not sterility, but a certain degree of rationality. The Porsche...
Autos: Exemplary Feline
Gently prod the start button and it glows red, then pulses, like a beating heart. Touch it again and the overture becomes a performance as the...
Spirit of Brooklands
The Brooklands, the new high-performance coupe from Bentley, is mechanical eye candy. The vehicle’s namesake is a defunct and dilapidated racing...
FrontRunners: Ghost Rider
This summer, Rolls- Royce Motor Cars will begin production of the Phantom Coupé ( www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com ), a hardtop sibling to the Drophead...
Robb Design Portfolio: Hard Times
The Morgan Motor Co. will ensure the exclusivity of its new aeroMax, essentially a fixed-head version of the aero 8, by building only 100 examples...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 5 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
Soft and Dry. A car of far less power, heft, and acceleration than even its own factory mates, Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Roadster is nonetheless a...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 4 Bentley Continental GT Speed
More Bucks, More Bang. The Bentley Continental GT—our 2004 Car of the Year winner—may be a bit long in the tooth compared to the rest of this field,...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 7 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
Break from the Routine. Judging from the way that the Drophead Coupé’s teak tonneau cover flips up, its trunk lid does a backward somersault, and the...
Feature: Rolling Over and Onward
The birth of Aston Martin’s expressive and explosive DBS was an interesting, maybe even high-risk, delivery. Well into the production process of the...
2008 Private Preview: Rapide Fire
At various times in the previous century, Rapide —an exotic and evocative word—has denoted a fabric and plywood airliner (in the 1930s), a cycle-...
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