Matt Delorenzo

Contributing Autos Editor

Matt DeLorezno has been writing about cars since 1977 and is a former editor of Autoweek and the former editor-in-chief of Road & Track. A founding member of the North American Car of the Year jury, he has also authored a number of books, including Legendary American Cars, Corvette Dynasty, Modern Chrysler Concept Cars, 2005 Mustang, Volkswagen New Beetle, and an upcoming centennial history of Dodge.

Triumphant Return

Aston Martin has been criticized for producing a lineup of look-alike sports cars and grand tourers. Detractors contend that it is difficult to distinguish between the shapes—as well as the purposes—of the Vantage, DB9, Virage, and DBS. The Rapide may stand out because of its four doors, but it shares much of its bodywork with […]

Bugatti’s Latest Legend and a North American Driving Experience

The third in a series of six Bugatti Legends special editions, the new 2014 Bugatti Veyron Meo Costantini is named after Meo Costantini, a friend of Ettore Bugatti’s and the head of the Bugatti race team. Like the other special editions, production will be limited to just three units. Costantini won the Targa Florio twice, […]

The Ultimate Electric Driving Machine

BMW’s all-new i3 electric car may look something like a science project, but a short test-drive reveals it to be a well-thought-out alternative to the conventional gasoline-powered automobile. The shape and construction of the i3, which features a body made of carbon fiber mounted to an aluminum substructure, is innovative. Some of it works well, […]

Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Kia Make Headlines at the L.A. Auto Show

Top-end luxury and performance models dominated the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the 2014 Jaguar F-Type Coupe leading the A-list of stars. Originally shown as a coupe in concept form, the production version of Jaguar’s premier two-seater was a convertible. Now, over a year later, Jaguar ( has circled back and developed a coupe for […]

Wheels: Polish and Power

From the beginning, nearly 40 years ago—when Porsche introduced the first turbocharged production 911 at the 1974 Paris Motor Show—the Turbo model has emphasized raw, unadulterated power. The engine of the first 911 Turbo, also known as the 930, produced 260 hp, enabling the car to reach a top speed of 150 mph. The Turbos […]

Wheels: Crisis Control

The look of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, better known as the C6, may not have grown old, but the people buying the car did. One study placed the average age of a Corvette owner at 59, nearly as old as the car model itself, which has been in production since 1953. Another found that nearly […]

Century Marque

The Aston Martin name is not quite 100, but the British company that builds the cars was originally formed in 1913, and so Aston Martin has spent the past year celebrating its centennial. The events included the debut of the CC100 Speedster Concept (shown on the previous pages), a one-off design made mostly of carbon […]

Beastly Beauty

Driving enthusiasts long have questioned BMW’s lack of an M variant of the 7 Series sedan—a high-performance version of the flagship to rival the Mercedes-Benz AMG S-Class. Drivers who wanted such a machine were directed to Alpina, an independent tuner of BMW models. Albert Biermann, the head of product development for BMW’s M division, says […]

2013 Lincoln MKZ Goes for Luxury

Lincoln has embarked on an ambitious program to remake itself, turning away from such traditional fare as the full-size Town Car and banking on a new generation of midsize cars and crossovers with new styling and advanced technology. The first all-new entry for the revamped Lincoln Motor Co. is the MKZ, a four-door sedan that […]

A New Era for BMW: Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe

When BMW unveiled the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe at the Villa d’Este Concours, it represented a change in direction for both the famed Italian design house and the German automaker. For Pininfarina, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship, especially in light of the decision of the firm’s long-time client Ferrari to go […]

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