Time Off » Hot Wheels: Low-level Flying

December 2, 2011
Ferrari 458 Spider
If there is such a thing as an Everyman's Ferrari, you're looking at it. The newly introduced 458 Spider caters to a segment whose taste for open-air driving can carry the stigma of lesser machinery hampered with the weight penalty and compromised structural rigidity of a vanishing roof.
July 21, 2011
Bugatti Veyron
We missed the road for Key Air at Waterbury Oxford Airport in Connecticut, and the ­subsequent U-turn in a church parking lot could have been a metaphor for seeking redemption for tooling around in the most powerful, most expensive production car in the world. I half expected to hear a voice from on high as we did our 180 in front of the house of worship: "You couldn't just drive a Prius?" Not today, sorry. Heaven can wait.
June 1, 2011
There's almost room for a game of tennis doubles in the back of the new A8L, but since this is an Audi with Quattro all-wheel drive and a V8 in the nose, it's more sports limo than prom parade float.
February 28, 2011
The GTC’s 4.7-liter engine is a sibling of the V8 in the Ferrari F430. its 43
If a Ferrari or Lamborghini is over the top for your wallet, there's always the other Italian exotic.
January 12, 2011
We started in M5s on a circle of polished concrete made ice-slick by water sp
Some pilots choose to grow slowly from the skill level they acquired to earn the basic license, and they never venture beyond the confines of the standard envelope. Most, however, push that envelope, either for the personal challenge or for professional advancement
December 1, 2010
With the push of a button, the car suddenly felt capable of handling the 470
Most people with a passion for things automotive can remember a time in their youth when they steamed up a face-size oval on a local showroom's window while absorbing every curve and gleam of a must-have new car.
October 1, 2010
Unless you can buy one, don’t drive a 599. Going back to your daily mule (eve
"What exactly is the point of a $356,000 car?" It floors me when people ask that question.
June 1, 2010
The noises are savage, visceral, sure to incense people who don’t really like
There's likely no finer V8 engine in car showrooms today than the 6.2-liter monster that propels the AMG version of Mercedes' newest E-class. The rising snarls and staccato twitches of the tach will curl the hairs on the back of your neck. It can drop-kick your rump down the highway with a savagery that the four-door body barely hints at.
December 1, 2009
ON A PROMO FOR DISCOVERY HD THEATER'S Chasing Classic Cars, host Wayne Carini tells viewers, "I chase cars," his wry expression suggesting he has heard the one about the dog that chases cars but can't figure out why when it catches one. Unlike the dog, Carini has a shrewd nose for which cars to chase and knows exactly what to do with one when he runs it to ground.
October 1, 2009
"Do you realize more people have been to outer space," sputtered my friend Dave, "than have driven that car?" Of all of the reactions I got when word leaked out I'd be testing the brand-new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, his was my favorite. Dave's observation was closer to the truth than he realized.

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