A 1963 Aston Martin Prototype from Le Mans Could Set Auction Record

One year after setting new world auction records for not only Aston Martin but any British automobile, RM Sotheby’s could do it again. The auction house will offer a 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype at its Monterey sale in California on August 24 and 25. The car carries an estimate of $20 million to $25 million, which overlaps the $22.5 million won by the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 that RM Sotheby’s sold at its previous Monterey auction. Read More

Why the Audi RS3 Is an Outstanding Outlier

The Audi RS3 proves the fallacy of the claim that the bigger, more powerful, and more expensive car is bound to be the better car. There is an intangible quality—something called balance—that characterizes brilliant outliers like the Audi 3 series and, specifically, the rare and elusive RS3. Audi’s compact sedan is an infrequent sight, but after driving it, our first thought was, “Wouldn’t anyone who loves to drive rather drive this car?” Read More

The 2019 BMW X4 Packs More Performance and Personality

On a sweltering summer day in South Carolina, normal folks make a beeline for shaded, hermetically sealed sanctuaries, sweet tea firmly in hand. Yet here we are, outdoors at BMW’s Performance Center in Spartanburg, careening around corners and working up a sweat in the newest rendition of the X4, the marque’s compact, coupe-like crossover that competes with the Porsche Macan and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Read More

Will the Portofino Be Ferrari’s New Best Seller?

A steady snow pelted our group of drivers as we departed Masseria San Domenico, a hotel built on the grounds of a 15th-century watchtower in Puglia, Italy. The coastal roads were covered in white, and the windshield wipers of our test cars were hissing at a fever pitch. Certainly, this was an inauspicious morning on which to savor the topless delights of the new Portofino convertible. But even the foul weather couldn’t dampen our excitement about driving the latest Ferrari. Its achievements in motorsport legendary, Ferrari is equally renowned as a maker of road cars that have, since the middle of the last century, wowed anyone who registers a pulse. Ferrari’s GT cars are especially the stuff of dreams, as evidenced by the current value of a 250 GT SWB, a Lusso, or a 275 GTB. More recent standouts include the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” and the Maranello 550 and 575 models, as well as the oft-ignored 365/400/412 GT series and 456 GT—all prime examples of Ferrari’s confident understatement, supremely refined aesthetics, and fundamental V-12 goodness. Among all the glorious GTs from Ferrari’s past, the Daytona, according to designers, was the so-called spiritual advisor in the development of the Portofino. Read More

Singer Reimagines the Porsche 964 as Never Before with New DLS

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence,” said gridiron guru Vince Lombardi. One team that seems to be winning with that philosophy is Singer Vehicle Design, the Southern California–based automobile restoration house that’s determined to take the air-cooled Porsche 911 and reimagine it as impressively as possible. That being the score, Singer’s Dynamics and Lightweighting Study—or DLS— is nothing less than a game changer. Read More

The Duke of Richmond Reflects on His Goodwood Festival of Speed

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, which kicks off again tomorrow, has been a fixture on the automotive calendar for the past 25 years. The event was conceived by Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the 11th Duke of Richmond (formerly Lord March), as a way to revive interest in motorsport.

Robb Report recently asked the Duke of Richmond about the festival, how it has progressed, and what a few of his favorite moments have been. Read More

These Cars Cashed In at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction

Near the end of June, Barrett-Jackson’s third annual Northeast auction took over the new convention center at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in southeastern Connecticut. Across the event’s four days, more than 660 vehicles rolled up onto the block and, given the auction house’s proclivity for “no reserve” offerings, more than 99 percent of the lots sold. At the conclusion of the event, those vehicles, along with 457 pieces of automobilia, achieved more than $25 million in total sales. Read More

Concorso Italiano Brings Beauties from il Bel Paese to Monterey Car Week

This is a true confession – one which runs contrary to common opinion. When asked to recite the preeminent automotive concours around the world, one is expected to name Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este, Amelia Island, or the Quail. But in fact, Concorso Italiano, in Seaside, Calif., is my favorite car show in the world. It’s one I have had to forego for the past decade, always having other obligations during Monterey Car Week—a once-delightful excursion that has become a hellish circus of gridlock for anyone without a helicopter or Star Trek transporter. Read More

Car Collector Extraordinaire David Gooding on Beer, the Beatles, and his Favorite Escapes

Since opening his doors 14 years ago, David Gooding has become—despite his youthful appearance—the elder statesman of the collector-car auction business. Every year, some of the world’s finest antique, classic, sports, and racing cars roll across the Gooding & Company ramp at venues like Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and Scottsdale. Off the stage, Gooding has facilitated private sales of automotive icons like the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic now in the Mullin Museum, a more than $30 million piece of sculpture that just happens to be a car. We visited him in Santa Monica, Calif., just blocks from the beach, in a fastidious brick warehouse that combines offices hung with art by notable contemporary printmakers and open space that can serve as an automotive showroom. Read More

July Car of the Month: 2019 Aston Martin Vantage

Gone are the days when it was possible for the average automotive enthusiast to mistake one Aston Martin for another. The traditionally well-mannered and sophisticated marque has introduced a fiery, somewhat unexpected renegade, the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, which can be secured through PenskeLuxury.com. The reimagined sports coupe is a dramatic departure (or rather, a refreshing detour) from previous Vantage iterations, in its aggressive architecture, visually distinct aesthetic, and undeniable performance. Read More

3 Concept Vehicles That Are Worth the Wait

P97K Racecar Concept

Concept: P97K racecar
Designer: George Yoo
Odds of Production: Never say never

Dreams are often rooted in some semblance of reality, as evidenced by San Francisco–based industrial artist George Yoo’s P97K racecar concept. “The inspiration came from the Porsche 917K that competed at Le Mans in 1971,” he says. “Its lean and wide proportions were out of this world for the time—and still today. It always reminded me of the ultimate spaceship on wheels, and I wondered what a future iteration would look like.” For his homage to motorsports,Yoo envisions a chassis and body of carbon fiber, an electric powertrain, the integration of artificial intelligence to help with handling,and an innovative pilot perspective.“I kept the same single-driver greenhouse cabin from the original but put the occupant in a more aggressive headfirst position to give the feeling of being thrusted forward.” Although the vehicle remains vaporware, the designer’s hope hasn’t dissipated. “I believe it’s just a matter of time and technology.”—Viju Mathew Read More

McLaren 570S Spider Spools in Nearly $1 Million for Elton John’s AIDS Foundation

With its donation of a McLaren 570S Spider, the supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive helped to fast-track a cure for AIDS at the Argento Ball, a charity event held June 27 in association with BVLGARI, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian. Hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish, the gala took place in the gardens of John and Furnish’s home in Old Windsor, London. The $200,000-plus supercar raised £725,000—nearly $1million—during an evening auction at the exclusive event attended by more than 400 personalities from the world of arts, sports, and entertainment. Read More

Bentley’s New Continental GT Is Part Evolution, Part Revolution

History is littered with unfortunate examples of revolutions gone awry—both from politics and within the four-wheel world. Perhaps that’s why English automakers are conservative in their approach when it comes to redesigning their most popular cars.

Cue Bentley and its best-selling Continental GT coupe, a piece of automotive art that feels like it’s been with us forever. The grand-touring car arrived in 2003, and for over two generations it has seemed to barely change. Read More

This 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO May Be the Most Expensive Car to Sell at Auction

The last time a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO went to auction—through Bonhams in 2014—it fetched $38.1 million and set a world auction record for an automobile. But records are meant to be broken, which just might happen when RM Sotheby’s offers a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in its Monterey sale, being held August 24 to 25. Experts estimate that it will bring in excess of $45 million if bidders fight fiercely enough. Read More

Best of the Best: 11 Exemplary Automobiles that Stole the Show this Year

Selecting our most winning wheels on an annual basis gets trickier with time. These days, calling a car “best of the best” is, admittedly, presumptuous—and possibly myopic. Even after factoring in the constant advancements in autonomous driving and alternative power-train technology, any decision is still subjective. But the exercise does act as a centrifuge for the market, separating the truly innovative from the merely derivative. This year, the tribute to automotive excellence continues with coverage that now includes more than a dozen categories and a nod to iconic engineering. Fasten up. Read More

Best of the Best: The Pioneering Porsche 959

Three decades ago – long before the invention of today’s ubiquitous SUV – all-wheel drive was a technology nearly absent on all but the most serious off-road vehicles. Yet, a few early adopters wanted the advantages that putting power to all four corners afforded—not just for mud-slinging brutes but for high-performance rally cars and even road-going sports models. And although the Audi Quattro debuted in 1980, it is probably the Porsche 959 that will be remembered as the high watermark of early all-wheel-drive sports cars. Make that supercars. Read More

5 Seven-Figure Classics at 2018 Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale

The 25th anniversary of anything is a big deal, but Bonhams is outdoing itself to celebrate the silver anniversary of its annual auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. The sale, set for July 13 at the legendary English estate in Chichester, will feature about 85 cars and carries a total presale estimate of roughly $53.4 million to $66.8 million. When there’s a 1931 Bentley Blower on offer and it’s not the best car in the lineup (or even the second-best), you know there’s an epic sale ahead. Here are five frontrunners. Read More

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Wows Us on a European Road Trip

How do you reimagine an icon while upholding its essential character? Such was the conundrum faced by Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers when tasked with updating the endearingly anachronistic G-Class, which underwent a significant re-working for 2019.

The G-Class, aka G-Wagen or Geländewagen, was born 40 years ago when the Shah of Iran, a stakeholder in Mercedes-Benz, urged the manufacturer to build a military-inspired passenger vehicle. The G-Wagen quickly developed a reputation as a go-anywhere, climb-anything trailblazer, earning a first place finish at the grueling Paris-Dakar rally in 1983. But it also evolved into a fish out of water when it found increasing duty on public roads, eventually morphing into perhaps its most incongruous form with the boulevard-bruising AMG models, whose growling power seemed mismatched to topsy-turvy handling on tarmac. Read More

The New Audi Q8 Is a Crossover Without Compromise

With the 2019 Audi Q8 slated to reach the North American market in late 2018, Audi may be fashionably late to the luxury crossover party, but at least it is bringing its own dash of style.

The five-seat Q8, based on the three-row Q7 crossover, keeps the latter’s wheelbase but is lower, has shorter overhangs, and gets a wider track. In fact, it shares the VW/Audi MSB platform with the new Lamborghini Urus SUV. There’s no turbo V-8 under this hood, though—power comes from Audi’s three-liter TFSI twin-turbo V-6 that twists out 340 hp and 369 ft lbs of torque. It’s hooked to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox and a quattro all-wheel-drive configuration (with a default 40/60 front-to-rear torque split) to get power to the ground. And if conditions dictate, the system can send up to 70 percent of the torque to the front wheels or as much as 85 percent to the rear. Read More

Aston Martin’s New Rapide AMR Is Its Most Extreme Four-Door to Date

Aston Martin is sprinkling a little of its AMR racing-division magic on its elegant Rapide four-door sedan, as evidenced by the unveiling of its new, special-edition 2019 Rapide AMR. Developed with the help of Aston Martin Racing, the car sticks closely to the Rapide AMR Concept showcased at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, which may be why Aston labels this new production version its “most extreme four-door” ever. Read More

Porsche Announces Partnership with Hypercar-Maker Rimac Automobili

In just eight short years, Mate Rimac has gone from working on electric power trains at his home garage in Zagreb, Croatia, to creating some of the world’s fastest, most technically advanced hypercars. The sensational C Two electric two-seater he unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March boasts more than 1,900 hp, a top speed of 256 mph, and the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds. Read More

Becker’s JetVan Is the Ultimate Office on Wheels

Becker’s ultra-personalized vehicles transport executives, dignitaries, and celebrities while providing them with all the accoutrements found on first-class flights. Take, for instance, this heavily modified Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, which is outfitted with a fully functioning kitchen inspired by an aircraft galley. “The idea is that during your transportation time, you can do everything you could do if you were on a private jet,” says Howard Becker, the founder and CEO of Becker Automotive Designs. “And what private jet doesn’t have coffee if you want it?” Read More

Lewis Hamilton Previews the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Lewis Hamilton greets me in his air-conditioned trailer holding a box of raw cremini mushrooms. “Want one?” he asks, extending his arm. I decline. “Suit yourself,” he says, and pops one in his mouth. “I quite fancy mushrooms. Well . . . not those kind of mushrooms,” he adds with a laugh. He is still wearing the last look from his earlier photo shoot for Robb Report, an outfit he chose himself after eschewing a more traditional suit. The black trousers and houndstooth-and-velvet coat by Colombian-​born designer Haider Ackermann are far too glamorous for our digs—a Star Waggon parked on a dusty runway in Inyo-kern, roughly 3 hours by car from Los Angeles in Southern California’s high desert. What the locale lacks in panache, however, it makes up for in scenery—an arid pastel landscape set against the Sierra Nevada foothills. For racing fans, Hamilton needs no introduction. Last year he earned his fourth Formula 1 world championship, putting Read More

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