The European auto media has been holding its breath awaiting the first glimpse of Audi’s partnership with legendary Netherlands’ race car designer Joop Donkervoort. Now, after nearly three years of development, the Donkervoort D8 GTO just hit the web. It’s an open-wheel, open-roof slot car that packs Audi’s 2.5-liter R5 TFSI motor. The power to weight ratio makes this thing dangerous. Street legal, just barely.
What the hell is this beauty? Well, the simple answer is that it’s a late-60s Ford Bronco. However, it’s been completely re-imagined by the Los Angeles-based custom craftsmen at ICON. Founder and front-man Jonathan Ward & his crew take old school donor SUVs like Jeep CJs and Toyota FJs and transform them into modern monsters, complete with serious power, performance, chassis, and body upgrades.
Ward offers us his own explanation of the ICON approach, “ICON, at our core, is all about revisiting vintage transportation in a modern context. We’re also part of a resurgence in American design and manufacturing, hell bent on reviving classic American craftsmanship and industrial design quality, in detail.” And when he says detail, he’s not kidding. The ICON Bronco boasts Ford’s new 5-liter Coyote Mustang motor and a whole raft of fully custom features from bumper-to-bumper.
The design for the ICON Bronco also included the input of a team of 10 designers from Nike who took their expertise in reviving classics into a whole new realm of collaborative creation. You want one, right? Okay then, just do it.
If not for the movie Back To The Future, the exotic, stainless steel DeLorean would have gone the way of the Edsel, the AMC Gremlin and the Ford Pinto – filed under goofy/extinct. But Marty McFly drove this landshark into infamy. A revived and reorganized DeLorean will soon be selling this iconic car in a futuristic all-electric model.
From the outside this futuristic camper looks like something shat out by an Imperial Walker, but on the inside it’s like a luxury yacht. Designed and built in Austria, this ultra-deluxe 30-foot camper offers all the comforts of a presidential suite without the stigma of a corporate jet.
Everybody hates Jet-Skis. Even the people who ride them. It’s because they stink, they’re noisy and their cooling systems pump fresh water through the engine before spitting it back out as polluted water. The zero emissions, zero pollution EXO Concept is a new breed of clean-running Jet-Ski that may just signal a fresh, new chapter for the most hated watercraft of all time.
At the risk of losing customers to Porsche, BMW, and even their sister brand Jeep, Maserati is moving into the luxury SUV market. If inflated European sports cars with 4-wheel drive get your blood pumping, this Italian beauty might cause a coronary. The big square-nosed beast will come outfitted with a ferocious Ferrari-built motor and absolutely dripping with luxurious detail; there are also rumors it’ll be assembled in the good ol’ USA.
Volvo’s rep has been built on safety and reliability. Boring stuff. But the latest leaks out of Stockholm offer a peak at the brand’s upmarket push. The concept You is a far cry from the “Swedish bricks” of yore; rounder and sexier for sure. No details are out on the performance or drive-train, but luxury features like eye-activated touchscreen controls, an advanced audio system and suicide rear doors give a glimpse of Volvo’s new direction.
If you’re looking to slap down over a quarter-million dollars for something (anything) British-made, you’ve obviously got money to burn. Therefore you should look into McLaren Special Ops, a new “client customization division” for the supercar maker. Think AMG or Brabus-type custom upgrades minus the metric system.
If your Batmobile is an old Lincoln Futura with a body kit, you’re just another number. Those things are a dime a dozen. But a jet-turbine powered Batmobile? There’s only one in existence, so even at $620K, it’s a deal. Just be careful backing it into the Batcave.
The forthcoming Cadillac ELR is proof that sometimes concept cars actually make the cut. In ’09 it was an auto show sensation as the “Converj”: futuristic and full of potential. Now, as the ELR, this American-made extended-range hybrid is slated for production. But details from Caddy are still sketchy, “soon” is the closest they’ve come to announcing when it will actually be on the showroom floor.