2014 Porsche Cayman S – Driving Report

2014 Porsche Cayman S - Profile

What hasn’t been said about the new Cayman? It’s a sweetheart of the automotive journalism community, and if you’ve ever been behind the wheel of the covered-roof Boxster, it’s not hard to understand why. With mosquito-like reflexes, a highly versatile powerband and chassis dynamics that rival some of the best in the business, the is an attractive package so highly polished that it feels like something much more … [Read more...]

2014 BMW 435i Coupe – Driving Report

2014 BMW 435i Coupe

Introduced last year for the 2014 model year, BMW’s F32 series replaces the E92 platform, otherwise known as the 3-Series coupe and convertible. The 3-Series from now on will remain exclusively as a 4-door line, meaning this new generation of two-door BMWs is called the 4-Series. As the name implies, the 4 offers more than the 3 it takes over from and is not just a mere update. The 4-Series is lower, wider, longer … [Read more...]

2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV – Driving Report

2014 Nissan NV200 - Front

Frumpy really doesn’t even begin to describe the initial impression when we met the ‘face’ of Nissan’s latest addition to the bite-size, commercial van market. The 2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV makes the old Fiat 600 Multipla look downright svelte. Alongside Ford’s newly revamped Transit Connect, and the eventual Dodge ProMaster City, these tiny vans plan on filling a void in a sliver of the market that doesn’t … [Read more...]

1969 Gulf Porsche 917 – Profile and Photos

1969 Porsche 917, chassis 017/004

A 1969 Gulf Porsche 917, chassis 017/004, will be shown at several events during the 2014 Monterey Classic Car Week. This special Porsche 917 will be shown at the Carmel Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 12, McCall Motorworks Revival on Wednesday, August 13th and in the Porsche Pavilion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from Thursday, August 14th through Sunday, August 17th. A special era in the history of … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO – Car Profile and Photos

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3851GT

The Ferrari 250 Gran Turismo Omologato (GTO) needs little introduction as the most iconic, most habitable, street-useable, race-winning, World Championship-winning – and simply gorgeous – closed two-seat Coupe car from the world-famous Maranello factory. The GTO was developed to contest the 1962 3-litre class FIA GT World Championship series of classical endurance racing events. Selective production at Maranello and … [Read more...]

Tinker Tailor Cayenne Macan – Road Realities

2015 Porsche Macan S

Tinker Tailor Cayenne Macan By Lizett Bond The 2015 Porsche Macan. My thoughts instantly turn to Matryoshka dolls. You know, those little Russian nesting dolls. They follow a theme, open one figure and another is revealed, and so forth. Russian fractals. The 1979 BBC series presentation of the John le Carre miniseries, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, introduces these dolls as a representation of Smiley’s quest to … [Read more...]

Bruce’s Unfinished Business – McLaren M6-GT

2014 Pinehurst Concours

History’s top racing car manufacturers have always taken rather different approaches to their road-going products. Enzo Ferrari never cared for them all that much, as fantastic as many of them were, seeing them as a way to fund the next race car. Ferdinand Porsche, on the other hand, placed great importance on his company’s street cars and there was often a strong link between Porsches for the road and Porsches for … [Read more...]

2014 Fiat 500 Sport – Driving Report

2014 Fiat 500 Sport - Front

It’s easy to pick on the little guy, and Fiat’s 500 has endured plenty of this during its few years on this side of the Atlantic. Chosen as the mascot for the brand’s return to American soil, the ‘little’ Cinquecento was a brave move coming from a very new relationship between Fiat and the Chrysler group. Following a 27-year hiatus from the United States, the anticipation was high, and there was news of several new … [Read more...]

Porsche Heritage – Spirit of Le Mans Video

Le Mans 1976 No. 20 (overall winner), driver Jacky Ickx and Gijs van Lennep. # 40: Rolf Stommelen and Manfred Schurti on Porsche Type 935 (4th place overall)

Porsche returned to Le Mans in 2014 with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine, the 919 Hybrid. While victory wasn't in the cards for their heralded return to prototype racing, with 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, rest assured that Porsche will do everything within their power to remain the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Until then, Porsche will lean heavily on their history, … [Read more...]

Volvo Sport Turns 60 Years Old

1954 Volvo Sport

On 2 June 1954 the two-seater roadster, the Volvo Sport, and the company's first sports car, made its debut. But a low weight and reliable Volvo technology were not enough - production was shut down after just 67 had been built. Or was it 68? The name of the new car was short and sweet - Sport - and it had a short and plump body with a big grille that looked like a turbine. The wheelbase was 20 centimetres shorter … [Read more...]

Maserati Boyle Special Honored at Indy

Johnny Rutherford, President of Maserati North America, Inc. Pete Grady, President of Historic Vehicle Association Mark Gessler and Chief Restoration Manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Bill Spoerle attend the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Edition" Commemoration Of Indianapolis 500 Two-Time Victory at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for Maserati)

Reminiscent of its renowned win at the same track, the Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Special” (serial number 3032) relived its final victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway exactly 75 years later. On the brink of Maserati’s 100th anniversary, the 8CTF was honoured at the Indy 500 in commemoration of its declared win in 1939. Behind the wheel of the vintage automobile was Johnny Rutherford, three-time Indy 500 … [Read more...]

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Reproduction

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweigh at Silverstone

Jaguar will build six reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type that was created in 1963. The new cars are the 'missing' six vehicles from the brand's Lightweight E-type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 'Special GT E-type Cars.' Only 12 of the aluminum bodied Lightweight E-type vehicles were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1982 to 1987

Le Mans (pre-test), 1987, Porsche Type 962 C

In June of 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine. With 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of endurance motor racing, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Their last win, though, was back in 1998 with the 911 GT1, so Porsche has labeled this endeavor as "Our Return" and "Coming Home". Sports Car Digest continues its … [Read more...]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C – Car Profile

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/Competition

Creating a replacement for the hugely successful 250 series of Ferraris was a daunting task for the engineers at Maranello. As the 250 series was highly successful both in the showroom and on the track, it effectively etched Ferrari’s name into the automotive history books. With numerous wins at Le Mans, the Tour de France, Sebring, and Daytona, the 250 LWB TdF, the 250 SWB, the 250 LM, and the 250 GTO were the gold … [Read more...]

Ford GT40 Acquired by Larry Miller Museum

1964 Ford GT40 P-104

The Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum in Utah purchased the 1964 Ford GT40 chassis P-104 that sold for $7,000,000 at the Mecum Auctions event in Houston, Texas, on April 12, 2014. The second-oldest existing Ford GT40 joins the Museum's collection of five additional historically significant GT40s. “We are thrilled to be able to add GT40 P-104 to the Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum collection,” said … [Read more...]