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It seems that the horsepower wars are far from over. On the same day that GM unveiled the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford pulled the wraps off its 650 hp 2013...
It is a tasty two-wheeled confection, a delicate retro-style moped inspired by board-track racers—those primitive motorcycles that in the early 20th century perilously rocketed around banked ovals...
With the paint hardly dry on the luscious Karma plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, California-based upstart Fisker Automotive —helmed by the gifted and prolific designer Henrik Fisker (BMW Z8, Aston...
Staring out at an open expanse of sandstone slabs on the back trails of Moab, Utah, I was reminded of the only steadfast rule when it comes to off-roading: if you’re planning to conquer the great...
Chrysler has brought its Jeep brand into the high-performance SUV ring with the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ( www.drivesrt.com ). On a par with Germany’s best SUVs and priced from $55,300, the SRT8...
A plucky Birmingham, Ala., upstart is on track to deliver the next great American sport touring motorcycle. Engineered with assistance from automotive speed shop Pratt & Miller, the Motus MST and...
The crossover sport-utility segment is a favorite for families and active sorts who want practicality delivered in a more attractive and engaging package than so-called mommy vans or that near-...
Spare yet stylishly detailed, the custom bikes of the Factory Metal Works (FMW)evoke 1940s-style bobbers refined by modern technology. Beginning with original engines, FMW reworks the mills for...
Ian Thomson was at a crossroads. He was six years into his ownership of a 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 and beginning to grow tired of the car. He needed something fresh, but the thought of dropping $100,...
West Richland, Wash., isn’t Modena, Italy, or Stuttgart, Germany, or Molsheim, France. But West Richland–based Shelby SuperCars is very serious about speed. Specifically, the boutique sports car...
Over the years American automakers have produced various contemporary versions of legendary cars that seem like little more than exploitative sequels to those who fondly remember the originals. But...
Porsche enthusiasts might argue that the relationship between Steve McQueen and the 1970 911S that he drove during the opening sequence of Le Mans was mutually beneficial: While the McQueen...
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Ford built the original Mustang Boss 302 with SCCA Trans-Am racing in mind. From 1969 through 1972, Boss 302s went head-to-head against Camaro Z28s, Plymouth AAR ’Cudas,...
Even if he never builds another of his Concept Ten motorcycles—one-off designs created around engines from classic British bikes with racing pedigrees—Ian Barry still will possess a Hall of Fame...
For some Chevrolet Corvette connoisseurs, the early models designed by Harley Earl and engineered by Zora Arkus-Duntov best embody the style and performance that define this American sports car icon...
The limited-edition CTS-V Wagon is nearly as audacious as a Corvette hearse and faster than almost anything on the road. Built on the platform of Cadillac’s wildly entertaining CTS-Vsedan and...
1930 Cord L-29 Phaeton Sedan The Auburn-Cord-duesenberg triumvirate was Errett Lobban Cord’s ambitious attempt to merge three tiers of luxury automobiles. The venture also afforded him his long-...
Ecosse Moto Works has a reputation for concocting perfectly unreasonable motorcycles, flawlessly detailed six-figure bikes that are handmade for a small but dedicated clientele. But the Denver, Colo...
The Cadillac Escalade is the standard-bearer for a uniquely American brand of opulence: It’s substantial, swift, and silent, with bold good looks and acres of chrome. Becker Automotive is an American...
Quantum Leap is less a motorcycle than a proclamation from its creator, Eddie Meeks. His message is clear: Do not count me out, because I can still blow your mind. "When I decided to reverse...
Cadillac has launched the world’s most wicked station wagon, a vehicle derived from the carmaker’s new CTS- V Coupe and Sport Sedan. The CTS- V Wagon ( www.cadillac.com ), which has a starting price...
Motown Hit Kudos to Cadillac for having the chutzpah to go head-to-head with Europe’s most formidable sport coupes, and in measurable ways, trouncing them on their own tracks. The CTS- V sedan is a...
1950 Allard J2 When British racer and automaker Sydney Allard put a big American V-8 into a lithe English roadster and created the Allard J2, he could not have imagined he was setting the stage for a...
Brute force has worked well for Hennessey Performance Engineering, the Texas tuner offering a lineup of such hairy-chested, speed-record-busting American muscle cars as an 800 hp Challenger and a 1,...
Year after year, Cadillac demonstrates a startling, Benjamin Button–like tendency to age in reverse, transforming from a straitlaced old money marque into a brand that increasingly lights up the eyes...
The limited-edition Confederate P120 Fighter Black Flag ( www.confederate.com ) is as much a post-industrial sculpture as it is a motorcycle. To accent this $80,000 machine, the New Orleans–based...
Like the original Shelby Mustang from 45 years ago, the 2011 Shelby GT350 ( gt350.shelbyamerican.com ) begins as a basic Mustang GT and is transformed post-purchase into a purpose-built muscle car by...
One of the world’s most formidable ultraperformance sedans is Cadillac’s CTS- V , a 556 hp supercharged sledgehammer that claims to be the fastest four-door around the Nürburgring and goes from zero...
1930 Duesenberg J Murphy Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe Duesenberg is the quintessential American prewar sporting marque, and the Murphy-bodied Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe...
Sometimes factory stock is not enough. For Carroll Shelby, it has never been, at least not since he introduced his first G.T.350 in 1965. Now the Las Vegas–based Shelby Automobiles will transform a...

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