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Porsche 911 Targa 2015: Return of an Icon (That Can Flip Its Lid in Just 20 Seconds)

Porsche introduced the 911 Targa in 1965 as a slick-looking preemptive cheat around the U.S. Department of Transportation's plans to outlaw convertibles altogether. Its removable fabric roof panel still allowed for open-air motoring (though it was famously leaky), and the brushed-stainless-steel Targa Bar was meant to keep the driver safe(-ish) in case of a rollover. A hard top was added in 1975 but had to be taken off by hand (not a good look in the parking lot) and crammed into the backseat. "The Targa was never the ideal Porsche," admits Grant Larson, manager of the brand's special projects, who's see more

Artist Richard Phillips on His Dodge Charger in Marfa and Other Influential Works of Car Art

Clockwise from top left: La DS by Gabriel Orozco, Dino by Bertrand Lavier, Fat Convertible (Porsche) by Erwin Wurm. See also: 16 Seminal Works of Car Art New York-based artist Richard Phillips is famous for his highbrow-meets-lowbrow mix; you can see his work at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Tate—and on the walls of the "Gossip Girl" set. We spoke to the man about his recent automotive creations for Playboy and other works of car art that drove his interest in the genre. see more

Object of Desire: The New Aston Martin DB9 Supercar

Fifty years after Aston Martin released James Bond's most iconic ride, the 2013 DB9 arrives with a finely tuned license to thrill. see more

4 Must-Visit Car Museums

Four new architectural marvels make worthy settings for some of the sexiest cars ever built. Porsche Pavilion at Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany On the outside, the Porsche building in Volkswagen's 69-acre "car city" looks like something the king of aerodynamic design, Eero Saarinen, might have built. On the inside, 25 silver models depict Porsche's unlikely evolution from the 1948 teardrop-shaped 356 two-seater to the brawny Cayenne SUV of today. see more

The Corvette and the Viper: The Great American Sports Car Is Back

Two classics—the Corvette and the Viper—are getting thoroughly modern makeovers. And this time around, chic detailing and interiors matter. After all, aesthetes feel the need for speed, too. see more

Meet the World's Most Expensive New Car: The Lykan Hypersport

Already own a Porsche? Bored by your Ferrari? Got $3.4 million burning a hole in your pocket? The new Lykan Hypersport from W Motors should pique your interest. The new sports car comes standard with some ridiculously luxe details like bucket seats with gold threading and diamond-encrusted headlights. And to answer your next question, yes, it goes fast—as in zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph. see more

Cool Thing of the Week: Custom Porsche 911 Paint Job

Northern California artist, Zio Ziegler, has painted his intricate, pattern-based work on a wide range of challenging found objects, but a recent commission to create a custom paint job for a Porsche 911 put his skills to the test. "I just make what I make, and that can be challenging for collectors because most pieces tend to be quite large. The 911, however, takes the cake for the most dynamic surface. It's my Trojan horse," he said, "bringing you art when you least expect it." see more

Cool Thing of the Week: 2013 Mazzanti Evantra

Everyone knows the big names in the supercar market—Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti—but few know the niche Italian brand Mazzanti and its latest piece of high-performance eye candy, the Evantra. The 2013 model features a 7.0-liter 700-horsepower V8, Brembo brakes, 20-inch OZ wheels wrapped in Continental tires, and the ability to go from 0 to 62mph in 3.2 seconds. see more

The New, Exquisitely Rare Mercedes-Benz

Chances are you'll never get to own the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition car, even if the $575,707 price tag doesn't make you blink. That's because Mercedes-Benz is making only five of them, each one assembled by hand, with the 6.3-liter V8 engine built by none other than German racing legend Bernd Schneider (not to be confused with the soccer legend of the same name). see more

4 Reasons to Go Topless: The New Convertibles

Just in time for summer, the stylish, simple-to-stow soft-top returns. see more
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