‘14 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE S: A MORE RAPID RAPIDE!

In its centennial year, Aston Martin delivers a more potent four-door Rapide that leaves Road Test Editor Howard Walker shaken and definitely stirred! There’ll come a time when Bond, James Bond, will need to hand back the Walther PPK, the MI6-issued Omega Seamaster and the License to Kill, get hitched, have a couple of rug-rats  and settle down. The current 007, Daniel Craig, is 45 for goodness sake. Arthritis and AARP  are surely just around the corner! Of course, with matrimon...
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FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA V12: 740-HP HAT TRICK!

Ferrari pulls a three-peat; nails International Engine of the Year honors  for third year in a row. For the third year running, a Ferrari engine has triumphed in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards. This year gold went to the naturally aspirated 6,262cc V12. The 740 horsepower V12 engine, in the F12berlietta, took the two categories - Best Performance Engine and Above 4-Litre Engine - which were won in 2011 and 2012 by Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8. Considered the indus...
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PORSCHE 50th ANNIVERSARY 911: CELEBRATE!

A half-century ago, Porsche unveiled its 911 sports car and its time to celebrate. Few sports cars can match the attributes of Porsche’s 911: Tradition, Innovation, Exclusivity, Performance & Efficiency. Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with a special anniversary model based on the 911 Carrera S. Like the original 911, the 50th Anniversary Edition 911 is a coupe with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive. The a...
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C7 CORVETTE STINGRAY: 460 HORSEPOWER!

With available HP exhaust system, new LT1 small-block is Corvette’s most  powerful standard engine ever. The new Stingray is SAE-Certified at 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque with its standard exhaust system. They are the highest standard power ratings ever for the Corvette, delivered with efficiency that is expected to exceed 26 mpg on the highway. Fitted with the available performance exhaust system, the all-new LT1 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-Certified at 460 horsepower at 6...
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HOT CARS & COOL DAY: IMPA SPRING BRAKE!

The International Motor Press Association (IMPA) hosts its annual Ride & Drive  in New York’s beautiful Bear Mountain State Park. More than 50 years old, IMPA is the oldest, largest and most influential organization of automotive journalists and public relations professionals in the U.S. Founded in New York City,  I have been an active member since Day One, when I started freelancing to hot rod and custom car magazines in the late-1950s. In addition to monthly meetings, IMPA...
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CAMARO SS: LAW & ORDER EDITION!

A Chevrolet Camaro SS - the first to be used by a police force in the Middle East - is helping enforce the law in Dubai. Powered by the venerable 6.2-liter V8, the Camaro SS boasts 426 horsepower, acceleration to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. It’s the perfect addition to Dubai’s Police force and fleet of high-performance exotics. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, managing director of Al Ghandi Auto and John Stadwick, president and managing director of GM Middle East, handed the key...
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BUICK: 11 DECADES OF PERFORMANCE & INNOVATION!

A quick trip through 110 years of Buick production, visiting some of the fastest & most significant vehicles including the latest Riviera Concept. Buick vehicles today are built in state-of-the-art facilities around the world. The Enclave luxury crossover's Lansing Delta Township plant was the industry’s first LEED Gold-certified manufacturing facility. The brand has evolved in many ways since 1903, when the first Buick was hand-built in a small barn behind David Dunbar Buick’s Detroit...
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MASERATI GHIBLI: SUPER SEDAN 2.0!

 It has two more doors than the original, plus available all-wheel drive. The all-new Ghibli has a sportier character compared to the larger Quattroporte, launched at the beginning of this year. New Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and both rear-wheel drive and the new “Q4” all-wheel drive system. It will also become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, an all-new...
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JAGUAR ‘R’: 25 YEARS OF PERFORMANCE!

The ‘R’ badge adorns flagship performance models, showcasing effortlessly thrilling, state-of-the-art and dramatically designed Jaguars. First engineered by Jaguar 25 years ago, the R-cars each have a focus on dynamic ability that heightens driver reward on the road, yet with an approach that means they are still  practical for everyday use. With a distinctive, louder soundtrack that promises higher levels  of performance from start-up, R-cars empower rather than overpower, addin...
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2014 JAGUAR XJR: 550-HP LUXURY LEAPER!

Flagship XJ sedan gets ‘R’ performance engine, mods and upgrades for 2014, and breaks cover next week at New York International Auto Show. The 2014 Jaguar XJR will be the highest performance XJ sedan with 550 horsepower and a raft of other modifications, plus more than expected levels of interior luxury. Jaguar ‘R’ represents the highest levels of dynamic driving performance and attention grabbing design across Jaguar’s luxury lineup. Jaguar ‘R’ models start with the brand’s highest levels ...
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