Paul Dean

2015 Car of the Year | No. 8: Rolls-Royce Wraith

Click to see the Car of the Year web feature, with exclusive photos and videos. >> The fastest-moving spirit When BMW purchased Rolls-Royce in 1998, it almost immediately began scraping the fustiness and patina from the brand. The Wraith, the most recent addition to the ethereal family of Ghosts and Phantoms, represents the company’s most […]

2015 Car of the Year | No. 10: Maserati Ghibli S Q4

Click to see the Car of the Year web feature, with exclusive photos and videos. >> In the brand scheme Among the Car of the Year competition’s six-figure-priced supercars, sports cars, and luxury coupes and convertibles, the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 was seen by our judges as neither a pretender nor a contender, but instead […]

Kindred Spirit

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is only subtly different from its predecessor, and the lack of radical change is for the best. With the lightest of touches, Rolls-Royce has updated the Ghost, making only mild styling revisions and adding just a thin layer of engineering sophistication. In fact, if the old Ghost were parked alongside the new one, the […]

Compact Cat

Though the XE will be Jaguar’s smallest model, it figures big in the company’s plans. With the recently revealed XE, a lightly down-priced and downsized sedan, Jaguar will attempt to make up for lost time and gain ground that it has been surrendering since the 1970s to BMW’s spirited 3 Series and also, in more recent […]

Flying Solo

The population of China—which at last count included 2.8 million millionaires and 315 billionaires—spends more money than any other country’s except Japan’s on luxury goods, from Louis Vuitton luggage to Bottega Veneta purses to Bentley sedans, coupes, and convertibles. In fact, in 2012, Bentley Motors sold 2,253 automobiles in China, which was close to its […]

Crowning Achievement

Capped with a high-tech top, Porsche’s new Targa recaptures the look and spirit of the original. [bc_legacy_video] The automobile roof with removable or retractable panels has taken various forms, gone by different names, and given a dual personality to the cars that it covers. These vehicles are neither convertibles nor coupes but a little bit of both, […]

Golden State

Ferrari improves the already successful California by turbocharging its engine.  [bc_legacy_video] Early this millennium, when Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, and Aston Martin ruled the luxury gran turismo class, Ferrari executives were pondering a gap in their portfolio. The company’s small stable was rich with unusually expensive and very seductive coupes, spiders, and V-12 supercars seeking autostrade to scorch.  There was […]

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