Best Of The Best 2006: Venomous Spyder

The Hennessey Venom 1000 Twin Turbo launches the Dodge Viper beyond the supercar stratosphere occupied by the 600 hp Ferrari Enzo, Porsche Carrera GT, and Mercedes-Benz SLR. No one ever has accused the 510 hp, V-10-wielding Viper of being a slouch; Dodge’s sports car always has backed up its muscle-car swagger. However, with the assistance […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Brabus S V12 S Biturbo

It used to be that Mercedes-Benz built highly capable sedans wrapped in utterly conservative bodywork. Even when the German manufacturer ventured into the realm of high performance—say, the 300 SEL 6.3 and the 450 SEL 6.9 in the 1960s and ’70s—it did so with little stylistic fanfare. This be­­gan to change in the late 1990s, […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Fire Power

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S adds power and posture to a vehicle—the Cayenne Turbo—that has dominated the performance SUV market since its introduction nearly four years ago. The new model massages an extra 70 hp from its 4.5-liter V-8, now producing an impressive 520 hp, and bumps torque from 460 ft lbs to 530 ft […]

Feature: On the Dunes of Dubai

“On the gas! On the gas! On the gas!” my guide repeated as I shot up the side of a sand dune in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. I had left the highway only a few minutes earlier and was already sweating. Between the heat of the Dubai desert and the extraordinary requests I was […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Natural Born Killer

The rapture’s menacing appearance is no accident: Paul Yang and Larry Nagel of Dreamcraft Studios wanted to evoke a futuristic war machine with this prototype bike, which they debuted at the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show last summer. Intended to intimidate everything on the road—passenger cars included—the bike features such stylistic elements as winglike gas […]

Icons & Innovators: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Bavarian Rhapsody

BMW won its well-documented struggle with Volkswagen for ownership of Rolls-Royce—sort of. A legal technicality gave BMW the rights to the coveted Rolls-Royce name, but nothing more. Volkswagen received everything else, including the factory. Thus, not only did the Bavarian automaker need to design a new Rolls-Royce from scratch, it had to find somewhere to […]

Icons & Innovators: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Three Decades of Distinction

The Phantom does not represent the first time that a Rolls-Royce designer took a risk. Just over 30 years ago, the company introduced the Camargue as its premier owner-driven offering. Remarkably for the conservative manufacturer, the angular Pininfarina-designed coupe bore a stronger resemblance to the Italian carrozzeria’s Ferrari 412 than to its baroque stablemate, the […]

Icons & Innovators: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Holy Roller

Although he worked on a number of projects for BMW, Mini, MG, and Land Rover during his 15-year tenure with the BMW Group, Marek Djordjevic is best known for designing the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the 100 EX showcar, and the forthcoming 2007 Rolls-Royce convertible, the cars he most recently shaped before leaving the company last fall […]

Autos: The Amazing Race

On a March evening in 1930, Woolf Barnato, heir to a South African diamond fortune and chairman of Bentley Motors, was attending a dinner party aboard a yacht moored near Cannes, France, when he presented a preposterous wager. Conversation at the soiree had turned to a rival automotive manufacturer’s claims that its latest model was faster […]

Boating: Recasting A Classic

When yacht designer Tom Fexas reminisced about the halcyon days of Wheeler Yacht Co. for Sea magazine in the March 2004 article “Where Were You in ’52?” he provided pharmaceuticals executive Wesley Wheeler with the impetus to revive the business his family had shuttered four decades earlier. “I had thought about doing this for a […]

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