Four Innovations in the 2013 Mercedes Benz SL

Smart wipers, a magic roof and bass-in-your face all housed in a lightweight aluminum frame

On a recent California tour with Mercedes-Benz I stopped by their Design Center in Carlsbad to preview the all new 2013 SL. At first glance the the completely redeveloped SL’s aesthetic is both pleasing to the eye and the touch. The superlative 500 sports a new V8 with 435 hp, 22 percent reduced fuel consumption and increased torque, but aside from the seductive power and …

Test Drive: Aston Martin Vantage S

The British luxury sportscar maker's "power suit" answer to the muscle car

Recently announced at Geneva, the Aston Martin Vantage S is the newest incarnation of the luxury automaker’s smaller, welterweight sports car, falling in between the base V8 and the V12. With the letter “S” indicating everything from a totally reworked, sublime driving experience to a couple bits of carbon and an oversized spoiler, we were curious to find out how Aston defined this upgrade. We …