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BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Sports Cars: Porsche 911 GT3

A quick, responsive, no-nonsense machine reminiscent of the days when we would run what we brung, the Porsche 911 GT3 (www​.porsche.com) is built for owners who enjoy spending weekends on racetracks flogging their cars. Expect no luxuries in this two-seater that has been in production since 1999 and has a starting price of about $130,000: […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Convertibles: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

While it is true that the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante (www.astonmartin.com) is the brand’s quickest and most powerful model ever, the venerable British sports-car maker also could claim that this $298,000 convertible version of its revitalized flagship is the best Aston Martin ever. With supercar lines borrowed from the One-77, a fluted carbon-fiber fuselage, and […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Sedans: Bentley Flying Spur

To separate the Bentley Flying Spur (www.bentleymotors.com) from its GT kin, the company has dropped “Continental” from the car’s title. Nevertheless, the Flying Spur’s styling is such that you still have to count the doors to be sure it is a sedan and not a coupe. The interior is roomier and taller than the insides […]

Car of the Year 2014: Bentley Flying Spur

Continental Divide While some may carp about the size, price, and decadent details of Bentley cars, knowing souls concur that the company has always represented the apogee of poise and luxury. The four-door Flying Spur is indeed large (nearly 17.5 feet long) and expensive (more than $200,000), but it also is graceful, spacious, luxurious, and […]

Car of the Year 2014: Jaguar F-Type V8 S

Back in the Game It had been a long time since Jaguar built a sports car—some four decades, in fact. This hiatus came after the company had produced the SS100 in the 1930s, the XKs in the ’50s, and the E-Types in the ’60s and into the ’70s. Does the F-Type—specifically the V8 S variant, […]

Car of the Year 2014: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Happy Return Stingray, a Chevrolet designation first given to a Corvette in 1963, has become a synonym for daring GM design, legendary Detroit engineering, and sporty American muscle. General Motors pirated some of the original Stingray’s styling from Jaguar’s E-Type and some from a mako shark, basing the rest on wind-tunnel testing for aerodynamics. The […]

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