Car of the Year 2014: Porsche Panamera Turbo

Daily Beast Porsche was the only brand with two horses in the 2014 Car of the Year competition, and the Panamera Turbo placed immediately behind the sporty Cayman S. The cars’ adjacent finishes speak to the judges’ acceptance of the 520 hp sedan as a bona fide Porsche. As if to emphasize that the Panamera, […]

Car of the Year 2014: Mercedes-Benz S550

Hidden Treasures The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which has been in production longer than any other current luxury sedan (officially since 1972), represents the category’s benchmark. Generation after generation of the S-Class has offered exquisite styling, amenities, and performance. At the Car of the Year competition, Mercedes-Benz showcased the S550, which it completely redesigned for the 2014 […]

Car of the Year 2014: Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Siren Song No longer content with selling a few thousand cars per year in the United States, Maserati is expanding its model line to broaden its appeal. Its latest model is the Ghibli, a midsize sedan comparable to the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Maserati brought a Ghibli to the Car of the […]

Autos: Topped Off

For the 2014 model year and for the first time ever, Aston Martin is offering its top-of-the-line Vanquish as a ragtop, or, as Aston Martin calls it, a Volante. As with the coupe version of the new-generation Vanquish—a name that returned for the 2013 model year after a six-year hiatus—the Volante shares very little with […]

Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance Highlights Cadillac and Ferrari

In its 47th year, the Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance (held this time on June 30) is known for its lineup of some of the world’s best cars, from prewar classics to modern exotic models. This year’s featured marquees won’t disappoint: Cadillac is highlighted in the American sector, with a presentation from before the World Wars […]

24 Hours of Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 22 and 23) race is not for the faint for heart. Over 50 cars travel around the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe course in Le Mans, France, during one 24-hour period, challenging the endurance of both the car and the driver. As the world’s oldest active endurance race—it’s […]

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Celebrates Autos and Aviation

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is something of a Father’s Day tradition in Beverly Hills, Calif., as a wide variety of vintage and racing cars and motorcycles line the street for the day. In its eighth year, the event is recognizing aviation for the first time. In celebration of Learjet’s 50th anniversary, Rodeo Drive will […]

goldRush Rally Gives Drivers Options

Now its fifth year, the goldRush Rally—a premiere automotive lifestyle rally—is providing its drivers with three different options for participating. For those looking to experience all that the goldRush has to offer, the full journey starts in San Francisco and ends in Chicago seven nights later. This year, however, the event organizers are splitting the […]

Good Seats Still Open for Monaco Grand Prix

Thousands of auto races are held all over the world annually, but very few can compare to the prestige and glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix. Run since 1929, the race is held on the Circuit de Monte Carlo, which is a narrow course strategically mapped through the streets of the local township—in a similar […]

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