The Mercedes Unimog is a legendary WWII-era German 4X4 that’s developed a fanatical global following. This perfectly restored 1976 4-seater lived its first life as a military airfield vehicle and features an 84-horse diesel motor and a fresh glossy coat of army green paint.
This luxury motorhome is also a boat. On the freeway it will drive just as slow as the others RVs, though it is reported to hit 80. And out on the open ocean it will do 7 knots. That’s about as fast as granddad paddling his canoe in a headwind but when you can fish for dinner out the kitchen window and cook it onboard, what’s the rush?
The Aero-X is a hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle. An off-road, off-the-ground vehicle. Powered by a rotary engine, this 2-man craft flies up to 10-feet off the ground at 45 miles-per-hour & you can learn to fly it safely with just 2 days of training.
The newest version of Audi’s flagship R8 model is the LMX, & it features laser high beams. Really. Lasers. In the headlights. This technology increases the headlight range substantially, which comes in handy when you’re ripping along the Autobahn at night doing 198MPH.
Since the British Morgan Plus 8 was introduced back in the late 60s, it has garnered a cult-like following, especially in the U.S. The main reason, it’s a little, lightweight car with a big, bad V8. Kind of a ’roided-up go kart. The new Plus 8 Speedster is the latest variant, packed with a 367 hp, 4.8-liter BMW V8 engine feeding into a 6-speed manual or ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox. With a top speed of 148MPH and custom interior & performance options galore, this classic coupe continues Morgan’s tradition of blending old school style with modern performance.
California’s Rezvani Motors builds bespoke supercars for use on the road or the track. The Beast is their latest creation. This low, wide 2-seater features a carbon fiber body and will be available this summer with your choice of a 315 or 500 horsepower engine.
The Trident Iceni is British. It’s the world’s fastest and most fuel-efficient diesel sports car. 395 horsepower, 700 pound-feet of torque and a top speed of 190 MPH. And with the optional Trackpack performance upgrade, the Iceni is even more powerful than a Corvette Z06. It will run for 2000 miles on a single tank of diesel. Or BioDiesel. It will be available in the U.S. early 2015.
Despite all the shiny, snorkel-equipped SUVs you see on the freeways, surprisingly few ever even get dirty, let alone cross a body of water larger than a puddle. That’s not the case with this amphibious 4X4 from Dutch off-roaders Amfibious Transport. This waterhog is built for performance on land as well as water built around the proven Toyota Land Cruiser body & motor. It drives just like you’d expect on land but cruises along steadily at 8-MPH on the water, no matter how deep it gets.
This week at the New York Auto Show, Audi unveils their upgraded RS7. The Dynamic Edition is a pumped up version of the already sporty sedan that will feature a more powerful 560-horse twin-turbo motor, Dynamic Ride Control suspension, plus red brake calipers & black valcona honeycomb-stitched leather sport seats with crimson red seatbelts.
Since the 1 percent is really only 1 percent, all the luxury car brands are working out new ways to get more people into their cars. Aston Martin came up with the V8 Vantage, a 430-HP luxury coupe (also available as a roadster) aimed at the U.S. market. Somehow, Aston has priced this awe-inspiring 190-MPH beast below $100 grand. $99K to be exact.