Mercedes made some solid updates their best-selling ML SUV – and they gave it a new name. More efficient motor options for one: they’re offering new diesel models and a plug-in hybrid that delivers 436 horsepower as well as significantly lower fuel consumption & CO2 emissions. Design updates to the front clip, headlights, grill & rear-end give new GLE class a fresh look, too.
When the zombie apocalypse (played out yet?) or any other apocalypse comes, this is the vehicle you’ll want for your escape. The Land Rover Defender Icarus is a death-proof custom camper conversion created by South African adventure customizer Alu-Cab. The Icarus features a built-in rooftop tent that opens from the inside, a fold-away stove & lots of side storage, plus ultra-bright Lumeno lights inside & out. via
One of the most coveted original Harley-Davidson bikes is this ultra-rare 1907 H-D “Strap Tank” model, and this one is about to go up for auction. It’s pristine, featuring original paint & is considered the finest surviving example of Harley’s early bikes.
Morgan Motor Company is the last family-owned, independent car-maker in Britain and with the release of their Aero 8, they’re blending classic British sports car styling with advanced technology. The powerplant is a V-8 BMW mated to a 6-speed manual BMW gearbox with a top-speed of 170MPH. The chassis is all aluminum and the fold away mohair soft-top stows neatly away in the clamshell rear trunk.
Kott Mototrcycles is an LA–based garage specializing in restoration & fabrication based around Honda’s iconic 70s-era CB bikes. Their super-clean custom café builds highlight the motor & mechanics while simplifying the outline and frame geometry. The result: 40-year old CBs that look like they just rolled off the showroom floor.
In the future, the pinnacle of sport-luxury looks like this. It’s Bentley’s forthcoming EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. It’s got a muscular exterior that calls to mind the current model Mustang but that’s where comparisons end. Inside it looks the cigar parlor of a Tudor mansion replete with leather & woodgrain. So sophisticated—especially the 12-inch touchscreen but so far, zero details on performance.
Next month at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren will officially unveil its latest track-tuned creation, the 675LT. It outputs 666bhp and its aggressive aerodynamic package provides 40% more downforce than the 650; this is the lightest car in its class with a power-to-weight ratio that devastates its rivals. 0-62, 2.9 seconds. Top speed: 205 MPH.
Production is limited to just 100 vehicles for Aston Martin’s GT3, the latest variant of their flagship Vantage coupe. This new model is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 and features race-inspired styling that makes it lower, wider & includes lots of carbon fiber plus enhanced aerodynamics. Deliveries begin in the third quarter of 2015.
Made of leather with an elasticized strap, the Shifter Boot Protector by Held slides over your shifting foot to protect the toe of your boots from scuffs & scrapes.
Porsche’s forthcoming Cayman GT4 is a 385-horse, manual-only 2-seater that features a 3.8-liter flat six and lots of other pieces borrowed from the GT3, like lowered suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, & carbon fiber racing seats. Available July 2015.