The prototype Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid is a rocket, boasting 770-horse power, a plastic monocoque body shell and crazy rear axle steering. This freakishly fast and futuristic machine is set to go on sale sometime in 2014, and will bear a price tag of nearly 1 million dollars.
What can you do with half a million dollars? Well, in NYC you can buy a shabby 800sq.-foot apartment, or if you’re like Newt, you spend it on jewels for the ex. A third, much better alternative would be to drop your cash on something cool like the GT4, the world’s most efficient, high performance plug-in electric hybrid aircraft. It’s got a carbon fiber body and can take off and cruise using only batteries. Time to fly. Source
Keep in mind we haven’t test-driven this thing but the idea of people buying something British with a motor in it in 2012 is beyond reason. Just the same, Aston Martin is proudly offering a new variant of their flagship DBS. The DBS Ultimate. This model is dressed up with carbon fiber body parts, racy diamond quilt stitching on the leather interior, and your choice of coupe or convertible body style.
Granted, music videos are an outdated medium but couldn’t you just see Nicki Minaj whipping across the everglades in a pink wig rapping from the cockpit of this flying hovercraft? Just us? Okay, but still this thing will fly up to 20-feet high at 70-MPH allowing the pilot to hop over obstacles an ordinary hovercraft could never clear.
Lamborghini is known for one thing: stupid-fast Italian-blooded cars that look like they’re designed for space flight. So when rumors started flying that Lambo would release an SUV at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, eyes began to roll. Were they jumping on the bandwagon? You decide. As soon as the floodlights shined on the Urus, an angular, 600-horsepower 4X4 super-SUV, a hush went over the crowd. Slated for release in 2015, the Urus will be the most powerful, least polluting SUV on the market. Viva Italia!
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.