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Test Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
by James Willard The V12 Vantage was originally created as a love letter to 12-cylinder motoring. When the beloved British brand squeezed its most potent V12 engine between the frame rails of its smallest model, Aston Martin wasn’t aiming for success...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Bentley GT3-R
"Racing changes the perception," says Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport. The Bentley GT3-R is the latest evolution of the brand's suave and still-alluring Continental GT—and the fastest Bentley ever made. It hauls ass in the most gentlemanly...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Creating a Bentley Flying Spur
From a sneak peek prior to the official launch at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show to its first drive in Beijing, the Bentley's all-new Flying Spur's development has been closely followed by the CH team. Along the way, we stopped by the headquarters in...
CULTURE
Cunningham: The Passion, The Cars, The Legacy
Briggs Cunningham is the most important American racer and sportsman you have never heard of. Not only is he responsible for racing stripes on cars, but he also owned the first Ferrari (166SC) ever raced and sold in the USA. Cunningham—who was tremendously...
DESIGN
Interview: Filippo Perini, Lamborghini's Head of Design
by Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten Italian auto manufacturer Lamborghini has been producing cutting-edge luxury sports cars for 50 years. Through financial tumult and the hands of many owners, Lamborghini has managed to sustain a reputation for top...
DESIGN
Test Drive: The All-New 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes-Benz's extensive and successful overhaul of the world's best-selling luxury sedan, the S-Class, aligns perfectly with their unwavering aspiration to be the best car in the world. With competition from all sides, demands from an ever-growing...
TECH
Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling AWD
Like other auto junkies we've been eagerly anticipating Acura's 2015 re-release of the iconic NSX since the concept was revealed in 2012. The revival has been widely touted albeit considered long overdue, but diehard fans have celebrated the return...
TRAVEL
Skijoring with Bentley
Roughly translated to ski driving, skijoring is a Scandinavian-originated snow sport where a skier is towed—typically behind a horse or dogs. My introduction to the sport earlier this month came as an invitation from Bentley and Zai to join...
TECH
MyFord Touch In-Car Interface
In an impressive keynote yesterday opening CES, Ford announced their radically revised new instrument panels for driving in a digital world. Completely integrating the car's interface with other devices and services, the brand will introduce...
DESIGN
Two Stelton Ice Scrapers
by Maggie York-Worth Danish company Stelton's stylishly handy ice scraper combats the frosty downside of winter. Industrial designer Troels Seidenfaden (also Danish) created this chic t-shaped solution to the perils of ice and frost using his...
TECH
Ferrari California Road Trip
Ferrari invited us to San Diego to test drive the new Ferrari California, and I fortunately drew the lucky straw at our editor's meeting. We have always held Ferrari in great esteem for its dedication to design and innovation, but hadn't thought...
TECH
New Vespa.com Focuses on Community and Vesponomics
by Lynne Johnson Does driving a Vespa really reduce your carbon footprint? Yes, says Paolo Timoni, CEO and President of Piaggio Group USA. And that's why his company recently updated its website, to teach consumers about the benefits of driving...
TECH
Aston Martin One-77
There's a lot of buzz around Aston Martin these days and deservedly so. You might have heard about the new Aston One-77 (it's been around the blogs) and if you've seen the "Quantum of Solace" Bond flick then you've glimpsed the new Aston Martin...
TECH
Volkswagen CC
A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to check out the new Volkswagen CC, the German auto maker's foray into the entry-level luxury market. Having been the passionate owner of two Volkwagens already, I was more than thrilled at the...
TECH
Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Last weekend we were invited out to San Francisco, CA to try out the new 2009 Volskwagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel and were pleasantly surprised in more ways than one. It had enough torque and power to zip through downtown San Francisco, across the Golden...
TECH
Radio Nova
Any Francophile worth their salt should know about Radio Nova, the 27 year-old French station that broadcasts throughout much of the country. There are a lot of reasons to love it, not the least of which is if you find yourself driving a tiny car...
TECH
Carver One: Three-Wheeled Automobile
The Carver One's hybrid car-motorcycle design has been well-reported, but what's it like to actually drive one? I recently had the chance to test out the tilting three-wheeler and initially thought they should add roller coaster to the list...
TECH
Ferrari: Formula Uomo
Soon after a report in the June edition of Wired that talks of spying and sabotage against Ferrari caused a Formula One fiasco, I was understandably a little surprised to be invited to Ferrari's Maranello, Italy headquarters to celebrate the latest...
TECH
Q Celsius Tires
For those of us in more extreme climates, Q Celsius is an all season, retractable stud tire, that performs well on wet and dry days. Not only have studies shown that using studded tires in dry conditions negatively affect performance, the loud noise...
TECH
PlanetTran Hybrid Car Service: San Francisco Bay Area
Recent years have seen OZOcar in NYC, ecoigo and green tomato in London, an Ecolimo in Melbourne and an (unrelated) Ecolimo serving NYC, S.F., Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Just last week PlanetTran introduced the first fleet of Priuses for hire...
DESIGN
Rosendahl Ice Scraper
It's about 18˚ Farenheit (-8˚ Celsius) in New York today—those of us who live in areas with cold temperatures, snow and ice storms know how delicate and ineffective most scraper/brushes are. Made of stainless...
DESIGN
GM Design
Earlier this month, CH visited Los Angeles to check out the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles International Auto Show courtesy of GM. The world's largest car manufacturer, GM is making major moves to revitalize the brand and invited us out...
CULTURE
Crash Bonsai
Like a cross between a grown-up dollhouse and sculptor Jonathan Schipper's "Car Crash," Boston-based artist John Rooney's Crash Bonsai doses the Zen art of Bonsai with a little violence. Pick up one of Rooney's custom melted...
TECH
Honda Monkey Bike
My scooter-loving friends swear by the traditional Italian brands like Vespa, Aprilia and Lambretta, so they've been slightly disgusted that my head has been turned by the Japanese. First it was Honda's Zoomer (or Ruckus as it's also known...
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