How Hacker-Craft Sport Boats Inspire Buick’s New Avenir Cars

Our factory visit digs in to the essence of boat-building and how it informs auto design

In a warehouse at the northernmost end of Lake George in upstate New York, Jeff Brown walks the length of what will become a 27-foot Hacker-Craft sport boat. Although it’s only a skeleton right now, the mahogany ribs will soon be planked, varnished, and fitted with a motor and interior before being delivered to a proud new owner. Brown is the director of special projects …

Test Drive: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The British carmaker's new vehicle is powerful, comfortable, eye-catching and a joy to drive

by Andrew Maness It takes all of a few seconds for the newest member of the Aston Martin family to take you on a journey. But long story made short: it begins with “Good God, that’s ridiculously quick” and “I love you, let’s run away together” is where it ends. The best Astons have always been evocative machines, but the DBS Superleggera (available this fall) …

Road Trip: Manhattan to Montauk

Lobster rolls, sunset parties and other classics along the way to NY's easternmost point

by Mike Tommasiello Each summer, when the heat and humidity in the city reaches unbearable levels, many New Yorkers set their sights on an escape. A particular favorite is easternmost point of the state: Montauk. Beaches, surfing, clams, beer, lobster rolls, and more—Montauk used to be known as the anti-Hamptons, though has certainly been gaining popularity over the past decade. Accessible by the Jitney, train …

Interview: Giles Taylor, Former Design Director at Rolls-Royce

We discuss the new Phantom and what luxury means to car-buyers

Rolls-Royce has long been associated with luxury, but in the ever-evolving world of auto, that concept is changing too. While quality materials and craftsmanship remain significant factors, many ideas surrounding opulence and decadence have become outdated—replaced with functionality and tech-savvy features. During a recent test drive in Europe’s magic triangle, we got behind the wheel of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom and spoke with Giles Taylor …

Driving the Rubicon Trail with BFGoodrich

Learning what makes the famous trail both challenging and beautiful

by Maxwell Barna By design, rock-crawling isn’t an activity for the meek. It’s dangerous, it’s unpredictable, and it’ll test every ounce of your skill behind the wheel. Of course, that’s exactly why people the world over love it the way they do. Even the most modest trails require tact and skill to traverse, and all that is said and done before anyone spends a cent …