Supercar Showdown 2004: The Adventures of a Supercar Collector

Spend some time with Richard B erry—who, along with Robb Report Senior Editor Fluto Shinzawa, also participated in the supercar test-drives—and continually you will hear the phrase “To make a long story short . . . .” There is nothing wrong with Berry’s storytelling skills or with his listeners’ attention spans. But with so many […]

Feature: Supercar Showdown 2004

Pursuing the Ferrari Enzo up Vermont’s Mount Equinox, I ignore the snarls, pops, whines, crackles, and roars reverberating off the windscreen of my Lamborghini Murciélago. This is not the time to savor the Enzo’s aural assault. Nor is it time to worry about the Ford GT and Porsche Carrera GT in my rearview mirror. More […]

Wheels: Cars Tuned

A side from several understated features—aluminum side mirrors and a slightly modified spoiler, for example—the Audi S4 resembles a standard-issue $28,000 A4 sedan. A punch on the gas, however, awakens the car’s 340 hp V-8 engine, propelling the German rocket to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. Equally impressive, the four-wheel-drive four-door corners with supreme […]

Wheels: Cars Tuned: Cat Fight

What can become of a competent base-model luxury sedan when an in-house performance division gets its hands on it? To find out, we test-drove Jaguar’s XJ8 and its factory-tuned XJR and compared the results.   Jaguar XJ8 Engine: 4.2-liter V-8 Horsepower: 294 hp at 6,000 rpm Torque: 303 ft lbs at 4,100 rpm Zero to […]

Boss Scag: Nipped & Tucked

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to recognize the racing merits of Ferrari’s stripped-down Challenge Stradale. You just have to drive the car. When he test-drove the Stradale—a lighter, faster, race-ready version of the 360 Modena—Joel Franck, a neurosurgeon from Durham, Maine, knew he had found a durable alternative to his more civilized […]

Boating: Tall Ship Tale

In 1984, divers from the Swedish Underwater Archaeology Society made a groundbreaking discovery. They found the wreck of Götheborg, an 18th-century Swedish trading ship. The 150-foot wooden merchant vessel, known as an East Indiaman for its trade route, was commissioned by the Swedish East India Co. for voyages to China. On September 12, 1745, upon […]

Wheels: Talk of the Town

Before the empty moonlit highway can seduce you to sleep, your car springs into action. Its onboard computer senses your drowsiness and lowers the cabin temperature, maps out a route to the nearest rest area or gas station, and checks for vacancies at local hotels. Then a pleasant but firm voice interrupts the Chopin CD […]

Private Preview 2004: Autos: Superpower Summit

To savor some of the world’s most coveted supercars, visit The lineup would fill an enthusiast’s dream garage: Aston Martin Vanquish, Ferrari F50, Lamborghini Murciélago, Mercedes-Benz E55, Porsche GT2, McLaren F1, and more. Of course, little resemblance remains between the sensual sheet metal that the automakers originally constructed and the twisted hulks they have become. […]

Autos: Meet the Challenge

When Luca Di Montezemolo took the reins at Ferrari in 1992, he declared an end to the marque’s tradition of building the world’s fastest hair shirts. Luca’s Ferraris would go like hell and provide practicality: effective climate control, power-assisted steering, robust mechanicals, dependable electronics, and room for two golf bags!   The 360 Modena was […]

The Best of the Best 2003: Sedans – Volkswagen’s Phaeton

In a world populated by car thieves, carjackers, kidnappers, and radar-armed highway patrolmen, driving a discreet sedan makes more than a little sense. The Volkswagen Phaeton’s car-of-the-people badge and modest, Passat-on-steroids curves guarantee that the car will not appeal to drivers who prefer to advertise their status. Instead, the Phaeton offers keen pricing, high performance, […]

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