Sci-fi writers & futurists have been promising this thing to us since way back in the day. Finally, the flying car is here. The Pal-V One is a 2-seat, 3-wheeled car that gets 28 mpg and hits ground speeds over 100. In 10 minutes you can transform it into a plane with a flight range of 500 miles. And Yes, you need a pilot’s license to take this thing up.
You either love the Dodge Viper or you hate, there’s no in between. The 2013 SRT model packs a seriously rebuilt & re-tuned power train. The 640 horse V10 is now even faster while the body has been shaved down and tightened up for a leaner, more muscular look. Sorry, haters, it’s sick.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG just looks like the kind of car the plastic surgeon stores his golf clubs in and pays to have detailed every few days. But this luxurious little coupe will snap your neck back. For the new year, Benz outfitted it with an all-aluminum body, shedding 245 lbs, and they updated the twin turbos on the V12 powerplant. They also dropped the outdated 5-speed gearbox in favor of a seven-speed automatic unit that gives it better gas mileage and sprint times. Good for making those tee times.
Watercars could easily have come from the same drawing board as the Can Am Spyder, that weird snowmobile-style tricycle that somehow made it into production. But they didn’t. They came from the mind of custom car and boat builder Dave March. Amphibious cars are nothing new but nobody makes them like March. His Watercar brand offers two models. One is a hotrod built around a Corvette motor and the other is a bolt-together kit that converts a variety of cars into badass boats.
What happened to sports car design? Back in the ’50s the lightweight, open roof LeMans racers had class, they had personality. Driving was a breathtaking experience. If that nostalgic style is more inspiring to you than some computerized European luxury landyacht, the little Barchetta from Dutch duo, Huet Brothers looks pretty sweet. This 2-seater’s got a snappy in-line 6 and no babyseat anchors.
The floodgates are about to open at the Geneva Motor Show next week. But who was really expecting this electric bombshell from Infiniti? The fact is, Nissan’s luxury offshoot had to do something pretty bold to make anyone take notice. The Emerge-E is it. This sleek mid-engine supercar looks like something squeezed out the birth canal of a Lamborghini after a late-night hook up with an Audi R8.
It’s got a top speed of 211 MPH and goes 0-60 in 3 seconds. When the new 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta hits the streets it will officially be the fastest, most powerful Ferrari ever. In reality, the closest most of us will ever get to this 730-horse V12 is seeing one of those juiced-up goons from Jersey Shore driving one on MTV but you have to admit it’s got curves that give JWoww a run for her money.
The updated Ferrari California has gotten a complete makeover and will finally drive like a Ferrari is supposed to. Shedding nearly 70 pounds through structural streamlining using aluminum you could call this model the ‘biggest loser in their lineup.’ Its throaty V8 also got a boost and now outputs 490 horses but the most impressive upgrade is the “handling speciale” package featuring stiffer springs, and complex suspension modifications that deliver ridiculous response.
Originally designed for rescue and response operations, the Phibian is an all-terrain beast that hits highway speeds on land and does 30-mph on water and it’s perfectly road and sea legal. The Phibian will also carry 15 passengers or 3300 hundred pounds of cargo. If you’ve been dreaming about building a cabin somewhere out on a remote island, add this high speed amphibian to your wishlist, it will come in handy.
The forthcoming Aston Martin landshark, which will hit the Geneva Auto Show next month, is a 6-liter V12 coupe called the Zagato. It’s a totally hand-built, premium-quality masterpiece that packs 510 horsepower and copius slabs of carbon fiber in the body. With cars like this on the road, Italy might be able to solve its debt crisis with speeding ticket fines.