A dune buggy snuck into the hangar and crossbred with an ultralight aircraft. Nine months later the engineers yanked out the SkyRunner. Yup. A flying car. It drives and flies using a 1-liter EcoBoost engine which gets it off the ground quickly, and up to 15,000 foot elevation at 55MPH. Should this motor quit mid-flight, you’ll float gently back to earth with the reserve chute.
ICON has mastered the art of vintage looks and modern drive. The Thriftmaster was inspired by the 1947-53 Chevy 3100 five window classic pick up but of course it features all new guts under the sheet metal. A fuel injected supercharged aluminum emissions equipped V8, ABS four wheel disc brakes, Bison hide seating, navigation, et cetera.
It’s a luxury land yacht with four-wheel drive but since few have ever actually driven a Range Rover off-road, why not extend the wheelbase and make it even more like a limo? Well, that’s what Rover did. This new model adds 140 mm of leg-room in the backseat, making it even more comfortable for the AuPair and the kids.
More than half of the new Lamborghini’s sold each year end up totaled within 3 months. Just made that up. But not this: Lamborghini’s newest car, the Veneno will soon be the hottest rap video rental vehicle in the luxury lot. It looks like a small, carbon-fiber spacecraft that’s packing a 750-horse v12 powerplant and an open-air cockpit.
This new-made-to-look old custom sports car from the Detroit boutique Equus garage, is called the Bass 770. It is literally dripping with nostalgia and sports familiar features taken directly from the classic late 60s fastback Mustang. Even the Equus logo & Bass name take bites of Ford history but unlike the real classics, this thing offers all the benefits of modern engineering.
BMW’s latest is a hybrid coupe that marries a 362 hp turbocharged gas engine with a little electric motor to produce impressive 94mpg efficiency plus the ability to roost from 0-62 in 4.4 seconds. The i8 also features exotic ‘swan wing’ doors and ‘electric’ blue trim details so there will be no mistaking this thing for a merely sensible car.
Due to be unveiled next week in Frankfurt, the Audi Sport Quattro concept appears worthy of the praise that will no doubt be heaped upon it. Reviving the classic rally-inspired 2-door does sound good: A 700HP hybrid powertrain blending a twin-turbo 8 & an electric motor, pushes this Quattro to 189mph then it’ll go right back to sipping gas at 94mpg.
The mid-engine 458 Speciale will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It gets a step up in both power & aerodynamics from its predecessor the 458 Italia. An E Index of 1.5, an award-winning 605-horse V8 and electronic control of slip angle aerodynamics put out numbers that will snap your neck back. Like 0-60 under 3 seconds & a top speed over 200MPH.
If you saw the 1977 James Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me, you know that his white Lotus Esprit “submarine car” stole the show. And what’s truly crazy about this unbelievable Bond vehicle, is that it was actually a fully functional submarine built by a company called Perry Oceanographic. And now, this crazy sub-car is headed for auction. We’re guessing somewhere in the millions. There are less expensive ownership options for the rest of us. Here and here.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 looks fast and sporty but “modestly priced?”, not really. Actually it is, considering the heat this thing is packing: a turbocharged 360-horse 4-cylinder engine & full AMG treatments including a rear spoiler, graphite grey side stripes, matte black 19-inch wheels, & a black leather interior with red contrast stitching topped off by a pair of ARTICO/DINAMICA sport seats.