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.
Sports car fanatics have been waiting for the return of the fabled Acura NSX, aka the “Japanese Ferrari.” Well, it’s coming back. We’re not sure exactly when but sometime in the next two or three years. The concept car features the same high-revving rear-mounted six but this one is also backed up by 3 electric motors which control torque in its unique AWD system. We don’t know how many ponies this new NSX will push but a hybrid with lines like these is sure to be a hit.
Road & Track just leaked this shot of the latest buzzer from Lexus. It’s called the LF-LC but aside from a couple images, few concrete facts are known about the concept coupe. Here’s what we can say: she looks like the sexiest Lexus yet. Doesn’t she?
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.