Matthew Phenix

Acura Reveals Its Tech- and Luxury-Laden Flagship, the 2014 RLX Sedan

When Honda pulled the wraps off its luxury division in 1986, Acura’s promise—“Precision Crafted Performance”—was as much a guiding principle as it was a marketing ploy. The flagship Legend was a paragon of engineering virtue: finely crafted and unwaveringly reliable. It set a tone that has carried through to this day—to the 2014 RLX sedan, […]

The 2014 Corvette Stingray: Faster, Smarter, More Refined

The arrival of a new Corvette has always been an occasion. From its debut at GM’s 1953 Motorama show, held in the ballroom of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Chevy’s dynamic two-seater—America’s sports car, as it has come to be known—has always attracted attention. And this year, the model’s 60th, Chevrolet pulled the wraps off the […]

Jaguar’s Wicked 2014 XFR-S Super Sedan Delivers a 550 hp Punch

Since its model-year 2009 debut, Jaguar’s sensuous XF sedan has emerged as one of the British automaker’s greatest hits, with a lineup that has expanded to include a turbocharged 4-cylinder model, supercharged 6-cylinder models with rear- or all-wheel drive, and supercharged 8-cylinder models in two states of tune. Make that three: Later this year, the mighty […]

Rolls-Royce Revises the Ghost for 2013 and Prepares a Coupe for 2014

Since it debuted in September 2009 and wafted into U.S. showrooms midway through 2010, the Rolls-Royce Ghost has outsold the brand’s flagship Phantom (available in a standard sedan, long-wheelbase sedan, coupe, and convertible) by a ratio of 3 to 1. That said, Goodwood’s fresh face is, with only two years behind it, hardly aching for […]

Land Rover’s New, Lighter 2013 Range Rover Lands in America

When the Tata Group took Land Rover off Ford’s hands back in 2008, the future for the venerable British automaker seemed a little murky. Fuel prices were on the rise and sales of serious sport-utility vehicles were softening. But the marque hung tough, and under the generous guidance of the Indian conglomerate and its Land […]

Mercedes-Benz Imagines the Future of the G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the automotive world’s most famous rectangle. Currently soldiering through its 34th year of production, the square-jawed Geländewagen debuted with military aim back in 1979. The handcrafted beast has laughed off a good many predictions of its demise over the decades, most recently last year, right before debuting for the 2013 model […]

Maserati Reveals Curvaceous New Quattroporte

You might not guess by looking at it, but the current iteration of Maserati’s luscious Quattroporte dates way back to 2004. The sedan’s evergreen style and handcrafted Ferrari V-8 have kept it relevant in a highly competitive market, but there’s little question that after nine years, Maserati aficionados are ready for a change. Just in […]

Porsche Debuts 2013 911 Carrera 4, Carrera 4S Coupe and Cabriolet

All-wheel drive and the Porsche911 go together like sauerkraut and knockwurst. The concept dates way back to 1984, with the off-road 911 that, in the capable hands of drivers René Metge and Dominique Lemoyne, won that year’s Paris–Dakar Rally. A production 911 with all-wheel drive debuted in the mid-1990s, and each subsequent generation of Porsche’s […]

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