November 22, 2010
At every auto show there are certain vehicles that generate a buzz (and a crowd). Many factors — newness, rarity, performance, looks, lavish features, revolutionary technology — can make a car a crowd puller. But at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, being sexy and green seems to be as important as being fast and expensive. We looked at a few of the models that have necks craning and cameras flashing at the L.A. Convention Center. BMW CONCEPT 6 SERIES COUPE This svelte four-seater is attracting an audience at the show because, though billed as a concept, it’s widely rumored to resemble the production third-generation 6 Series due in mid-2011 — and in this status-obsessed city, we all want to see what’ll be in our neighbors’ driveways next year.
January 22, 2010
2010 Lotus Evora Base price: $73,500 Price, as tested: $85,680 Powertrain: transversely mid-mounted 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 with variable valve timing, six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive with limited-slip differential Horsepower: 276 at 6,400 rpm Torque: 258 pound-feet at 4,700 rpm Curb weight: 3,046 pounds 0-60 mph: Under 5 seconds Wheelbase: 101.4 inches...
January 22, 2010 |
Every time I write about a high-performance sports car, I'm guaranteed to get letters from readers to this effect: "How can you possibly glorify the Badminton Dual-Cowl 87B? No one needs a car that goes 200 mph, costs $300,000 and gets five miles per gallon. With all that's going on in the world [climate change, war in the Middle East, balance of trade etc.]. For shame. For shame!" All right, then. I present to you perhaps the most fun available on four wheels: The 2010 Lotus Evora.
June 11, 2007 |
"Charisma" is a word that demands a new definition when applied to Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora. Although she makes a somewhat offbeat appearance as the "Barefoot Diva" -- a highly marketable description of her simple preference for performing without shoes -- she otherwise communicates the amiable, uncomplicated warmth of a favorite great aunt. So, how to explain the unrestrained enthusiasm of her audience Friday at the Orpheum Theatre?
November 20, 2003 |
A man carrying a bottle of cognac in a box burst into a dressing room backstage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday night as singer Cesaria Evora waited to perform to a sold-out crowd. Joe Killian, Evora's U.S. manager, bought the fine brandy for her. But it's not the brand she had requested, the one that comes in the pretty green bottle and costs $450. So Killian did a little song and dance to defuse his client's displeasure.
July 1, 2003 |
It's a good thing Cesaria Evora was the headliner for the "World Divas" concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. Without the presence of the engaging Cape Verdean singer, the opening event in the Bowl's 2003 world-music series would have had virtually nothing to do with either "world" or "divas." When Moroccan artist Natacha Atlas had to cancel because of her band's visa problems, the only act left was the English group Morcheeba.