United States Car Maker

Automotive luxury and environmental consciousness are no longer mutually exclusive. Witness the sexy new Fisker Karma, a gasoline-electric hybrid sedan. Conceived as part of a top-secret program for...
When Gone in Sixty Seconds —a splashy remake of a low-budget 1974 gear-grinder flick of the same name—premiered in 2000, the film reanimated one of Hollywood’s great movie cars: an overachieving Ford...
After 18 years and more than 25,000 cars on the road, the Dodge Viper will officially be extinct at the end of June. 2010 will be the final model year for this ultra-potent muscle car, but it is not...
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever. The ZR1’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, dubbed the LS9, produces 604 ft-lbs of torque, which moves the 3,324-pound car to...
The Cadillac CTS-V is the fastest V-8 production sedan in the world. With 556 hp and 551 ft-lbs of torque, the rear-wheel-drive four door can reach 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 191...
Since its debut at the 1953 General Motors’ Motorama, Chevrolet’s Corvette has prevailed as America’s sports car and endured as one of the world’s great performance bargains. The scintillating, all-...
Because of its appetite for fuel and its relatively ample form, the Cadillac Escalade became a finely appointed moving target for those concerned about the environmental and political costs of...
Victory’s Cross Country offers a cosmic counterbalance—a yin to the yang, if you will—to iconic Harley-Davidson touring bikes. But rather than go the metric route of one-upping the Milwaukee,...
Harley-Davidson’s latest Dark Custom is more like a ray of nostalgia than a chiaroscuro one-off. Available in traditional black ($10,499), silver, or orange ($10,789), the Sportster Forty-Eight packs...
Switzer Performance Innovations (SPI) in Oberlin, Ohio, is different from most aftermarket firms because it is not just a tuner but an intricate research and development lab for high-end performance...
After 18 years and more than 25,000 cars on the road, the Dodge Viper is on the brink of extinction. 2010 will be the final model year for this ultra-potent muscle car, but it is not going away...
Is it a cruiser, a tourer, or both? The 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible doesn’t comply with strictly ordered motorcycle taxonomy. Rather, it alternates facets of its personality through...
From a speed standpoint, the $91,220 Dodge Viper SRT10 is no slouch: 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a terminal velocity in the vicinity of 200 mph. But despite its world-class performance...
Motorcycle tires don’t get much attention until you need them—like when you’re leaned over at triple-digit speeds, hopeful their mechanical grip exceeds the more Machiavellian laws of physics at play...
If racing improves the breed, Buell’s road-going superbike takes a quantum leap in credibility with the 1125R’s sweeping success in the AMA’s Daytona SportBike class. To experience its winning ways...
Because of its appetite for fuel and its relatively ample form, the Cadillac Escalade became a finely appointed moving target for those concerned about the environmental and political costs of...
To mark its 10th anniversary this year, Minnesota-based Victory gave a handful of its Vision Tour bikes a makeover that includes chrome trimmings and billet wheels. The company also added a Garmin...
The V-Rod Muscle represents a departure for Harley-Davidson. Instead of being an all-American iron horse, the bike is an aluminum-clad drag-strip denizen with a pedigree from across the Atlantic: A...
Could there be a tougher act to follow in the automotive world than the battery-powered Tesla Roadster? Quick and quiet, with rakish good looks and remarkable efficiency (only 2¢ per mile!), the $101...
Carroll Shelby contributed to American patriotism and pride when his Daytona Cobra Coupe clinched the World Manufacturers Championship in Reims, France, on July 4, 1965. Driven by racing legend Bob...
Broken Dreams In this era of cookie-cutter prefabrication, designer-dreamer Claudio Ballard deserves plaudits for creating a car that is hand- and purpose-built right down to its gauge needles and...
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever made for public consumption. The ZR1’s 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine, dubbed the LS9, produces...
The American automotive landscape is littered with the broken dreams of aspiring carmakers. As the joke goes, the best way to make a small fortune in the car industry is to start with a large one...
Forty years ago, former racecar driver Carroll Shelby caught wind that General Motors was just weeks away from unveiling a King of the Road edition of the Chevrolet Corvette. "The brochures were...
When Gone in Sixty Seconds —a splashy remake of a low-budget 1974 gear-grinder flick of the same name—premiered in 2000, the film reanimated one of Hollywood’s great movie cars: an overachieving Ford...
The bicycle jockey was working so hard at being good. Perspiring profusely, he downshifted and then stood up to grind his pedals as he approached the Broadway Bridge in Portland, Ore. I waved and...
If all goes as planned, the Fisker Karma ( www.fiskerautomotive.com ) will cover 100 miles on a gallon of gas or diesel fuel and 620 miles on a single tank, partly by traveling the first 50 miles on...
Mustang with the Most Horses. Although I cannot quite put my finger on it, something about the shape of the S302 Extreme seems familiar. Seriously, though, Saleen’s extreme modifications have...
Speed Demon. Among its fellow contestants, the Dodge Viper is probably the fastest around a racetrack, if racing victories at Le Mans—in pretty much stock form—are any yardstick. But the difference...
"This is not just a show car," proclaims Alfred DiMora, founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar, a boutique automaker in Palm Springs, Calif. "In essence, we are bringing Silicon Valley to Detroit by...

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