Your private jet or luxury cruiser yacht may still be a few years off. In the meantime, you can get the next best thing. Rover’s latest offering, called the Autobiography Ultimate Edition. This lavishly appointed model is basically a Rolls Royce with four-wheel drive. Interior upgrades include plush, fine leather and rare wood trims. There are recessed drink coolers and the rear cargo floor area is finished with teak. You can choose between two engines, we recommend the 5-liter supercharged V-8.
It’s a strange PR spin that has James Dean in the role of martyr for the electric car. But strangely, it fits. Euromasters Classic Cars are creating incredible electric replicas of Porsche’s 365 Speedster and 550 Spyder. Dean died in a Spyder. And you could too, because these aren’t wimpy bumper cars. The replica 365 Speedster has a top speed of over 100 miles an hour and is actually faster in the 0-60 than it’s gas powered fore-bearer. They’re about 50-grand. Add an extra fifteen grand if you want the James Dean Edition.
This is pretty crazy. Volkswagen’s XL1 concept car is going into production. While car geeks wondered if this thing would ever see the light of day, the German automakers got busy putting the project in motion. Only 100 of these vehicles will be made in the first run, making it a truly custom car. That’s pretty wild. But, what’s really nuts is the fact it’s powered by a 2-cylinder TDI engine & electric motor, which combine to create a futuristic fuel consumption of 261 miles per gallon.
It took a while, but it seems Ferrari has finally realized a target market limited to millionaire bachelors is not that great for business. Most Ferraris fit two people max, maybe a wallet or magazine, too – but that’s it. Now they’ve released the FF, a model every bit the Ferrari of your dreams, but one that also will carry your luggage or a couple friends in the backseat. Founder Enzo Ferrari is rolling in his grave at the idea of a Ferrari you could carpool in, but this all-wheel drive hatchback coupe is just too sick not to love. It’s packing a massive 12-cylinder powerplant delivering 650 horsepower and about a thousand other ridiculous, high-tech performance features. Now just imagine breaking 200 miles per hour on the way to the office.
With vehicles like the G-Wagon and SLR McLaren, it’s obvious the German designers at Mercedes-Benz have a keen understanding of the American consumer. We’re suckers for a big, shiny 3-pointed star in the grill. The Sprinter Grand is another home-run. This executive transporter is outfitted like the interior of a Learjet, all leather, smoked glass with a ceiling tall enough to install a stripper pole. Perfect for the executive retreat in Vegas. Offered exclusively through Mercedes-Benz Manhattan.
In the mythology of Dodge muscle cars, discourse, debate & price tags often center around how rare the model is. Throughout the 60s, Dodge was the undisputed American master of limited-production runs and overpowered, small batch variants. This one may be the Holy Grail. It’s a one-off concept car: the very first Dodge Charger with a 600 horse motor. If you don’t know, act like you know. The auction price will break a million, guaranteed. Auction takes place at the Automobiles of Arizona event held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, on January 20, 2010.
Someday we’ll all be flying a sport plane. This is where it starts. The innovative design of the Icon A5 brings the dream of piloting your own plane one step closer. The folding wing design is lightweight, making it fully portable & easy to store. Flying it is even easier. This thing is practically a flying Jet-Ski. Okay … that’s oversimplifying, but you get the idea, right?
Hey … your mouth is open. It’s okay. You’ve never seen a 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. Few people have. This gem, however, is about to go up for auction. Being one of the rarest & finest examples of early Ferrari, this model is number 10 of only 25 “Barchetta” coachworks designs from 1940s Milan. It was originally built for the Paris Motor Show, but went on to be an international racer. It has since had a complete nut & bolt restoration, so starting bids will be six digits for sure.
This is not the Space Shuttle you partied in for 30-hours straight at Burning Man a few years back. This is an actual NASA-issued, full-size Space Shuttle Orbiter. For 2.2 million you can buy one. But heads up, it won’t fly. And that’s actually a good thing, because when you re-entered the atmosphere at Burning Man, you said you were never going to outer space again. You swore.
British custom carmaker, Morgan Motor Company, just announced they’re re-releasing their classic three-wheeler coupe. This oddly cool-looking two-seater isn’t just some car club conversation piece though – it really moves. Powered by an 1800-cc Harley-Davidson V-twin motor and a Mazda gearbox, this lightweight little rocket will hit speeds over 115 mph. It features leather interior, all aluminum body & premium features. It gets better gas mileage than your car … and because it’s only a 3-wheeler, it’s considered a motorcycle by the DMV.