MATTHEW PHENIX

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 […]

Lexus Previews the Next-Generation IS with the Sleek LF-CC Concept

Since the Toyota Altezza came to America a dozen years ago wearing a Lexus emblem and an “IS” designation, this refined sport sedan (and, since 2009, hardtop convertible) has earned an enthusiastic following. Its looks have never been of the light-my-fire variety, but spirited performance, peerless refinement, and indefatigable reliability have more than compensated for […]

Revised 2013 Lexus LS Escalates Tech, Luxury, and Performance

Lexus takes the LS sedan very seriously. For Japanese automotive workers, a position on the dedicated LS production line at Toyota’s Tahara factory is considered an extraordinary privilege. Splendid, supremely quiet, and legendarily dependable, the car is the halo vehicle not only for Toyota’s 23-year-old luxury brand, but for Toyota itself. So it’s no surprise […]

BMW’s Flagship 7 Series Gets a Host of Upgrades for 2013

In the rarefied realm of CEO-caliber automobiles, standing still is not an option. BMW knows this well; its grand 7 Series sedan is in a constant state of upward mobility. For 2013, the Munich-based automaker’s flagship four-door—already the very model of the 21st-century executive express—gets a thorough makeover. Beyond the newly available LED headlamps, visual […]

Audi Masterfully Refreshes the R8 Sports Car Range for 2013

Audi was well ahead of the curve back in 2006 when it launched the sensationally beautiful and technologically advanced R8, so even after six years in showrooms, the company’s flagship sports car still seems fresh and fearsome. Of course, during that time Audi introduced a V-10-powered model and the lightweight GT, not to mention the […]

Aston Martin Debuts the Breezy, 510 hp V12 Vantage Roadster

Aston Martin isn’t an automaker that maintains a huge portfolio of models, but it certainly makes the most of what it has. Witness the V8 Vantage Coupe, which since its auspicious 2005 introduction has begotten a succession of ever-more-dazzling offspring, including the V8 Vantage Roadster, the Prodrive V8 Vantage, the N400, the V8 Vantage S, […]

Icon 4×4 Remakes Aston Martin’s DB4GT Zagato as a Roadster

There are few stars in the automotive universe that have shone more brightly than the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. Revealed at the London Motor Show in 1960, the Italian-ized DB4GT wore curvaceous bodywork by Ercole Spada (the young designer’s first work for Zagato; he went on to pen such classics as the Alfa Romeo Junior […]

BMW Dazzles (and Teases) with Zagato Coupé

BMW is a longtime sponsor of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held each year on the picturesque shores of Lake Como, Italy, and its appearance there has become a global highlight for aficionados of automotive beauty. At Villa d’Este in 2008, the company revealed the scintillating M1 Hommage, a mid-engine concept that paid tribute to […]

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