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Alexandra Cheney

Alexandra Cheney

Alexandra currently pens the Motoring Pages, yearly Top Cars section and some City Guides for Elite Traveler. When she’s not behind the wheel, Alexandra is exploring the oceans. An ex-professional surfer, she still competes globally. A former Wall Street Journal reporter, her work also appears in Luxury Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, AFAR, and Interior Design.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös on ‘Inspiring Greatness’

By Alexandra Cheney

Tasked with upholding the company tagline — “Inspiring Greatness” — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös perpetually pushes the envelope of luxury. Commemorating 10 years on the job, he speaks with Alexandra Cheney on how to maintain lasting global relationships, the power of saying yes and the future of coachbuilding. “There is always room for fantasy,” Torsten Müller-Ötvös declared, his […]

The Best Grand Tourers for 2020: McLaren GT

By Alexandra Cheney

Designed to handle high speeds and great distances in chorus, Grand Tourers function as both a bragging right and cornerstone for any car manufacturer. Possessing power, grace and beauty, GTs typically include enough seats for four passengers plus luggage, as well as the ability to pass anything that may interfere with its continent-crossing intentions. In the mountains above Cannes, France […]

BMW M8 Competition Coupe and the BMW M Bike

By Alexandra Cheney

Pedal power meets horsepower under the same umbrella design language, which is keen on carbon fiber components and lightweight, albeit functional, performance. Smooth surface track days and pavement dreams become a reality thanks to the company-coined ‘signature BMW experience.’ It almost reads like propaganda, were it not the driving force behind BMW’s M-line. As the most powerful engine in BMW’s […]

First Drive: Maserati Levante GTS + Maserati E-scooter

By Alexandra Cheney

The cobblestones of the streets that run between the grandiose Piazza Roma and the historical Mercato Albinelli marketplace in Downtown Modena, Italy less resemble stones than melon-sized boulders worn down over centuries. It is here, in a prehistoric Roman town, that Maserati debuted its 28-lb electric scooter. On a pair of 8.5-inch wheels with a few kick-push starts, the scooter […]

Sitting Pretty in the Lamborghini LBF-750 Massage Chair

By Alexandra Cheney

As bespoke vehicle possibilities and additional model options reached a fever pitch, automakers aptly switched lanes. Implementing in-house design aesthetics and technology on objects beyond the garage, manufacturers seek to capitalize on a new class of lifestyle collaborations. To achieve true customer loyalty, car companies are utilizing their proprietary research and development to fully immerse clients in their curated universe […]

Inside the David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone

By Alexandra Cheney

Performance-led grand tourer meets continental cruiser in the Speedback Silverstone Edition, a bespoke automobile from David Brown Automotive, a Silverstone, England-based small-batch manufacturer. Employing the original chassis, transmission and suspension from a Jaguar XKR, Brown Automotive then custom-builds the aluminum body to house the 601 hp, 5.0 liter supercharged V8 vehicle. With its sleek, extended side skirts, enlarged side vents […]

Pininfarina Battista: Silent and Street Legal

By Alexandra Cheney

For those unfamiliar with the finer milestones in car design, the name Pininfarina sounds oddly proverbial. Born Battista Farina, the postwar design magnate and coachbuilder focused on the drafting and construction of new car bodies for the likes of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo throughout his career. At home, he was the youngest boy of 11 children and quickly garnered the […]

Bugatti Chiron Sky View – First Drive

By Alexandra Cheney

Sliding into the not quite camel — but darker than sand — supple leather seat feels like being handed the reins to a realized spaceship. There are no touchscreens in the Chiron but rather mindfully placed, if not inordinately large, buttons. Bugatti engineers claim they’re an integral part of the timeless beauty that runs throughout the brand’s portfolio. In reality, […]

Mil-Spec H1: The Customizable Steam Roller

By Alexandra Cheney

Cross 30 inches of water or ascend a 60-degree slope, but make it luxurious. That’s the objective of Mil-Spec Automotive, the brainchild of CEO Adam Mitchell, president Chris Van Scyoc and CIO Ian Broekman, three midwestern men capable of restoring a quarter-million-dollar, military-grade Humvee, but each of whom fail to meet the age required to hire a rental car. Each […]

The Top 14 Luxury Cars of 2019

By Alexandra Cheney

Elite Traveler’s motoring writer Alexandra Cheney takes you on a journey through the best luxury cars on the market at the moment, from state-of-the-art hypercars to the most spacious sedans. Undoubtedly, the premium luxury segment is in a decisive moment. Stricter global emissions standards continue to force automotive manufacturers to refocus their research and design energies into electric and fuel […]