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Ask Carroll Shelby which of his Mustangs is his favorite, and the answer is always the same: the next one. The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 is the most recent "next" pony from Shelby, and—with 540 hp and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Classic Recreations’ Shelby G.T.500CR ( www.classicrecreations.com ) is the first continuation car of that model to be licensed by Shelby Mustang. Classic Recreations is handcrafting a limited number...
The 2009 Cadillac CTS- V turned heads in 2008 when it lapped Germany’s infamous Nürburgring track in 7 minutes and 59 seconds, at the time becoming the fastest-ever V-8 production sedan. This January...
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,...
Cobra Cult Carroll Shelby’s take on the latest Mustang recalls the Texan’s tune-up of Ford’s first-era pony car. Like its 1965 forebear, the 2010 model has evolved from a respectable but mostly...
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...
Ask a car enthusiast to name an automotive make and model that has endured in the spirit of its original design, and most would name the Porsche 911 as one car that forever altered the sports-car...
THE GIFT A one-of-a-kind custom Brough Superior from Falcon Motorcycles. $365,000 Ian Barry, cofounder of Falcon Motorcycles, has an artistic vision that goes far deeper than the motorbikes his...
In 2005 Steve Fambro and Chris Anthony set out to build a lightweight, wingless vehicle that moved across the ground like a bird glides in the air. After four years of research and development, the...
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...
Ronn Maxwell grins as he hands over the keys to his new car, the Ronn Motor Company Scorpion. Then Maxwell, a barrel-chested 57-year-old whose ostrich-skin boots and smooth drawl betray his Texas...
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...
No sports car asserts the spirit of the American hot-rodder more clearly than Carroll Shelby’s original AC Cobra. Born in an era when brute power and handling finesse were mutually exclusive...
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...
Know your enemy. The age-old warfare strategy defined the development of Cadillac’s all-new CTS- V sport sedan. "The team that worked on this particular V -series model stayed focused on the BMW M5...

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