Though it looks virtually unchanged, the enduring design of the Mercedes’ G Wagon is getting some updates for 2016: an ECO stop/start function to reduce emissions from its turbocharged V8 powerplant plus re-styled bumpers & flared wheel wells. That’s sort of it but why mess with a good thing?
If you want to transform your Defender 105 from run-of-the-mill to a one-of-a-kind, talk to the Rover tuning specialists at Britain’s Kahn Design. Their Flying Huntsman conversion adds 15” to the truck’s wheelbase and 6’ to its width, plus heaps of other serious off-road upgrades topped off with matte black on black everything.
Dutch custom car-maker Dunkervoort just unveiled their D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition, an open-wheel 2-seater powered by a 2.5-liter Audi engine with a top speed of 158 MPH. In typical Dunkervoort fashion, the D8 has no ABS brakes, no EPS, & no power steering. Combined with the stiff chassis & lightweight Carbon fiber body, it’s made for those who seek a direct, racecar-like connection to both vehicle & road.
Due to be unveiled next week at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, Audi’s forthcoming Prologue Allroad is bigger & badder than ever. At nearly 17 feet long, it’s got the same wheelbase as an A8 and rides 3-inches higher. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is mated to an electric motor & outputs 738 horsepower while achieving a very impressive 98 MPG.
McLaren’s latest creation, the 570S Coupé is the first model in its new Sports Series. It’s pure performance, featuring a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 570PS (562bhp) with 442lb ft of torque in a rear-wheel drive layout with a carbon fibre chassis. This elegant, race-inspired coupe goes over 200 MPH but gets an unbelievable 25.5 MPG.
Porsche’s topless Boxster Spyder is back in an updated & upgraded package for 2016. Its manual-only 3-liter flat-six produces 375 horsepower & rips 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. GT-inspired style & performance features abound, with a front-end pulled from a GT4 & GTS-based suspension featuring PASM.
This is the first-ever CT6 sedan. Cadillac’s forthcoming flagship features an available 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo engine, lightweight vehicle architecture, and loads of integrated technology, like a 10-inch LCD touchscreen with handwriting recognition, a night vision system, & a rear-view camera that streams HD video through the rear-view mirror.
Mercedes made some solid updates their best-selling ML SUV – and they gave it a new name. More efficient motor options for one: they’re offering new diesel models and a plug-in hybrid that delivers 436 horsepower as well as significantly lower fuel consumption & CO2 emissions. Design updates to the front clip, headlights, grill & rear-end give new GLE class a fresh look, too.
When the zombie apocalypse (played out yet?) or any other apocalypse comes, this is the vehicle you’ll want for your escape. The Land Rover Defender Icarus is a death-proof custom camper conversion created by South African adventure customizer Alu-Cab. The Icarus features a built-in rooftop tent that opens from the inside, a fold-away stove & lots of side storage, plus ultra-bright Lumeno lights inside & out. via