Proof that Aston Martin made the 2017 V12 Vantage S for driving enthusiasts and not wannabe auto-pilots: a manual transmission. More specifically: A 7-speed short shifter with a dog-leg first gear, a racing-style configuration that puts gears 2-7 into a quick shifting H pattern. Only 100 of these high performance tire-burners will be imported to the USA.
Tesla just unveiled their vehicle for the masses. The all-electric Model 3 is an affordable 4-door, 5-passenger sedan that looks like a slightly smaller Model S. It’s got a range of 215 miles and silently snaps from 0-60 in under 6 seconds. A 15-inch touchscreen display & Autopilot hardware come standard & the car is available in both a rear-wheel & dual motor AWD version. 130,000 pre-orders have already been placed.
Custom car builder Trans Am Depot has teamed up with Burt Reynolds to design an updated version of the Pontiac Trans Am he drove in the 1977 film Smokey And The Bandit. It starts with a new Chevy Camaro that is transformed to resemble the Bandit-mobile in every way possible, from the giant firebird hood graphic to the retro-inspired Snowflake wheels. And with 840 horsepower, the Smokey’s will have a tough time catching you, too. Only 77 will be built.
This latest version of the SkyRunner can be transformed from an all-terrain vehicle to a lightweight sports aircraft in a matter of minutes. Picture it: one minute you’re ripping down the trail kicking up dirt, then next, you’re flying it over the river at 55 mph to the other side. Or climbing up to 10,000 feet elevation and flying home instead of driving.
Next year’s Miata, the MX-5 RF, brings back the retractable hardtop. RF stands for “retractable fastback” giving fans of the 155 horsepower, 4-cylinder coupe a hardtop look with the option of going topless with just the push of a button.
For 2017, the big Jeep will be available in a Trailhawk version. That means increased suspension clearance—at 11-inches it’s the highest in the Jeep lineup. It also gets a Quadra-Drive 4×4 system with a rear limited slip differential, a removable front fascia for increased approach, and yes, those red tow hooks.
Oklahoma-based Classic Recreations builds iconic classic cars with modern power & performance. Their Shelby GT500 takes the ’67 Shelby Mustang and re-loads it with a race-tuned 790HP engine, rack & pinion steering, and a full array of Shelby performance parts as well as correct Shelby interior details.
Handmade in Switzerland, the Motorcycle Bivouac is a minimalist camp shelter that uses your parked bike for one of its walls. This compact cordura tarp tent keeps you out of the elements & also keeps your bike seat dry. When it’s time to get back in the saddle, it rolls up neatly and lashes to your handebars for the next leg of the journey. Another funded Kickstarter.
Named for the Massachusetts town where Indian Motorcycles began, the Springfield blends classic Indian looks with modern comfort & performance. This all-new model is designed to quickly convert from cruiser to bagger & back in mere minutes. It features a quick-release windshield, passenger seat, and hard cases as well as adjustable suspension easily adjusted to suit your payload.
Wisconsin-based ESCAPE Homes has created a towable tiny house; the 160 square-foot Vista model is an American-made cabin on wheels with panoramic windows and a customizable modern interior. At 8.5 feet wide and 9.5 feet tall and weighing 6500-pounds, it can be easily towed with a truck or SUV.