Private driving facilities allow thrill-seeking sports-car enthusiasts to put the pedal to the metal
The speedometer on a 2015 Porsche 911 reaches 200 mph—225 on the Turbo—but the fastest speed limit in the country, along a 40-mile stretch of Texas highway, is 85. Now, I’m not a lawyer, but I’d claim entrapment, or at least cruel taunting, in Porsche’s insistence on placing ... More
BMW announces the newest Art Car creators at the Guggenheim
In the atrium of New York’s Guggenheim Museum last night, BMW celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Art Car collection by announcing the next two creative masterminds who will partake in the project. Chinese artist Cao Fei, born in 1978, and American conceptual artist John Baldessari, born in 1931, will ... More
With its latest sedan, the old-school automaker aims to court younger buyers of a quiet nature
Lincoln has been hard at work in recent years whittling the age of its typical buyers. And the effort—comprising its rollout of sleeker, sportier crossovers like the MKC and MKX, an SNL-parodied ad campaign featuring a deep-breathing, deep-thinking Matthew McConaughey and its “Date Night” promotion—is seemingly paying off. In ... More
The C-1 takes two-wheeled transportation to a luxurious new level
Part motorcycle, part car, part space-age Go-Pod, the C-1 from San Francisco-based Lit Motors combines all the efficiencies of two-wheeled transportation with the comfort and sanity of four.
The self-balancing electric vehicle is light, easy to park almost anywhere and takes up little of the road, while providing a climate-controlled environment ... More
On the occasion of Lewis Hamilton tying Sir Jackie Stewart’s British record for winning three Formula One racing championships, we thought we’d check in and see what the man they called the Flying Scotsman was up to these days.
It turns out that Stewart is still very active on ... More
With the F 015, Mercedes-Benz is one step closer towards bringing autonomous cars to the open road
Long the stuff of science fiction, autonomous cars are a fast-approaching reality. Apple, Google and nearly every auto manufacturer has been hard at work ironing out the technology at closed facilities in California and Michigan, and we’ll likely see production models on public streets in as little as five ... More
Combining over-the-top bespoke luxury and unprecedented power—from zero to 60 mph in four seconds—the Bentayga embodies two great extremes
Bentley’s long-awaited first SUV, the Bentayga, was unveiled to the public this week at the IAA Frankfurt Auto Show. Hours later, the new arrival—which boasts an impressive twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine—was celebrated stateside at an official debut at the Breitling boutique in New York ... More
With its Vision Gran Turismo, the French automaker looks to the future
A decade ago, Bugatti dropped a meteor on the automotive world with the Veyron, reshaping notions of what’s possible in a production car. At the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show this month, visitors can get a glimpse of the ultra-exclusive French automaker’s future, with the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo.
As its name ... More
Ferrari’s 458 Italia, in production since 2009, was nearly perfect—a sublime mid-engine sports car exhilarating to drive both on the track and on the open road. So when it was announced that its successor, the 488 GTB, would be powered by a smaller, turbocharged V8 engine, Ferraristis were understandably, and ... More