When creating their all-new 2013 Avalon, Toyota provided themselves with one simple rule: If you’re going to make something, it better be good. Toyota’s premium mid-size flagship car has been in production since 1995 and has seen three previous iterations, but none compare to this year’s new model.Add a comment
To be perfectly frank, until recently, I just didn’t get the Fisker Karma. I was reasonably familiar, of course, with the car’s obligatory checklist of technological innovations, as well as the moral mandate of green that pervaded its design brief. A luxury-segment, gasoline generator-reinforced, electrically powered plug-in hybrid 4-door sports car with a solar-panel roof somewhat speaks for itself. And company founder and chief designer Henrik Fisker’s resume, which includes penning the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9, commands the kind of respect that ensures patience with such a tender and tenuous venture of a car company.Add a comment
There’s no denying that Mercedes-Benz has always been one of the “phattest” car companies around. But for recent decades of entertainers and athletes, the most popular rolling bling out of Stuttgart has generally been on the fat side. CLs, G-Wagons, and Maybachs, of course, have been the name of the game, whether it be the rap game, or a ball game (be it round or oblong). The less gargantuan, but sportier SL convertibles, on the other hand, have gotten little love since the days of “Magnum P.I.,” a lamentable reality that now figures to definitively change with the arrival of AMG’s new open-top supercar.
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According to one of professional sports’ occasional truths, sometimes the greatness of an athlete is less defined by his own traits than his ability to match an equally powerful rival. Simply put, the greatest competitors are often defined by their adversaries as much as themselves. While this is somewhat true in team sports (think Celtics/Lakers or the Braves/Yankees match-ups of the ’90s), it is particularly relevant in an individual sport like boxing, where an off night cannot be overcome by the efforts of a teammate. Would Muhammed Ali have been “the greatest” without Joe Frazier? Ray Leonard as “Sugar” without Roberto Duran? And as indestructible as he currently is, was there not a more dramatic flair to Manny Pacquiao during his ferocious battles with Erik Morales?Add a comment
There’s no denying that the blazingly fast Lexus LFA is an exactingly engineered car. With 10 years of development that included substantial input from Yamaha Motor on its V10 motor, the LFA offers race-inspired weight distribution with its rear-placed dual radiators and battery. Despite being a badass ride, the car is a bit of an enigma. Add a comment
Those who know him consider him peculiar. Well, those who resent him, that is.
Those who want to know him might say "eccentric" instead. They'd mean "sexy, in a dangerous way."
He just considers himself…a bit more…discerning than most men in his position. And yes, he's quite aware there aren't many. Men in his position, that is.
We're sitting on 10-way power adjustable, heated and cooled seats swathed in rich black leather. Our hands are tight around a comfortably thick steering wheel, wrapped in the same luxurious leather, and heated against the cold.
We're not in a Mercedes S-Class.
In back, the passengers are watching live TV and listening to it on headphones. That way, they don't interfere with the rich sound we're getting from the 506-Watt Alpine stereo system, with its 10-inch subwoofer.
We're not in a BMW 7-Series.Add a comment
Comebacks don't usually work out very well.
Mike Tyson didn't win another belt. He just bit a man's ear and got a face tattoo.
Bret Favre this season? Are you serious?
So when Jeep announced plans to breathe new life into the Grand Cherokee – the vehicle that kicked off the SUV craze long ago, but had faded into a middle-of-the-pack contender built by a company perpetually on the edge of collapse – well, frankly, we expected the Michael-Jordan-in-a-Washington-Wizards uniform of SUVs.Add a comment
Let's get this out of the way first: It is possible for the entire world to be wrong about a thing?
Case in point – the 2011 Porsche Panamera.
Motor Trend called it "styling by Jelly Belly."
USA Today said it was "an ugly, elongated lump with a stretched hood ill-suited to the hatchback rear."
And Jeremy Clarkson called it "uglier than an inside-out monkey." (If you don't know who Jeremy Clarkson is, put down this magazine and don't come back until you've seen a season's worth of episodes)Add a comment
Let’s face it, if you had to build a list of the most blinged-out rides on Earth, chances are that two of our English friends from across the pond would make your list. No disrespect to American builders though. It’s just that Bentley and that other British company that owned them for 70 years paid their dues over the decades.Add a comment