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February 28, 2011
The GTC’s 4.7-liter engine is a sibling of the V8 in the Ferrari F430. its 43
If a Ferrari or Lamborghini is over the top for your wallet, there's always the other Italian exotic.
January 12, 2011
We started in M5s on a circle of polished concrete made ice-slick by water sp
Some pilots choose to grow slowly from the skill level they acquired to earn the basic license, and they never venture beyond the confines of the standard envelope. Most, however, push that envelope, either for the personal challenge or for professional advancement
December 1, 2010
With the push of a button, the car suddenly felt capable of handling the 470
Most people with a passion for things automotive can remember a time in their youth when they steamed up a face-size oval on a local showroom's window while absorbing every curve and gleam of a must-have new car.
October 1, 2010
Unless you can buy one, don’t drive a 599. Going back to your daily mule (eve
"What exactly is the point of a $356,000 car?" It floors me when people ask that question.
June 1, 2010
The noises are savage, visceral, sure to incense people who don’t really like
There's likely no finer V8 engine in car showrooms today than the 6.2-liter monster that propels the AMG version of Mercedes' newest E-class. The rising snarls and staccato twitches of the tach will curl the hairs on the back of your neck. It can drop-kick your rump down the highway with a savagery that the four-door body barely hints at.
December 1, 2009
ON A PROMO FOR DISCOVERY HD THEATER'S Chasing Classic Cars, host Wayne Carini tells viewers, "I chase cars," his wry expression suggesting he has heard the one about the dog that chases cars but can't figure out why when it catches one. Unlike the dog, Carini has a shrewd nose for which cars to chase and knows exactly what to do with one when he runs it to ground.
October 1, 2009
"Do you realize more people have been to outer space," sputtered my friend Dave, "than have driven that car?" Of all of the reactions I got when word leaked out I'd be testing the brand-new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, his was my favorite. Dave's observation was closer to the truth than he realized.
September 1, 2009
With 50 percent more instruments in the bandstand, the Aston’s noise is as di
Your smileage may differ, but in the eyes and ears of this beholder, no car packs quite the visual and sonic punch of the Aston Martin DBS. From its wide crouch, broad haunches and wraparound tail lights to the subtle flares, flows, channels and curves downwind from its hallmark pinched-corner grille, the DBS is a riveting spectacle from any angle.
June 1, 2009
An eye in the windscreen monitors the position of the lane markings or blackt
One piece of eggshell can spoil the enjoyment of a whole omelet, and that's how it was with my evaluation of the all-new BMW 750Li. While the car I tested had only 3,000 miles on the odometer, they had been accrued at the hands, and perhaps the leaden pedal feet, of the press corps in the American West.
April 1, 2009
The S 240 is exactly what a Lotus has always been: a four-cylinder bare-bones
Returning a seriously good car to its lender at the conclusion of an evaluation brings a mixture of relief that it has survived a week on New York metro-area roads unscathed and regret that the loan is up. The Lotus Exige S 240 is the first loaner I've returned with more relief than regret, and that's a reflection on its preferred habitat rather than a verdict on the machine.

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