With the recent release of Aston Martin’s astounding Vanquish model, followed now by the all-new DB9 coupe, the British car brand is making bold moves. Available in both a coupe & convertible, the luxurious DB9 is packed with a 510-horse V12 and features standard equipment like Carbon-ceramic brakes and a Touchtronic 2 paddle-shift transmission.
The jury is still out on that ground-scraping, squirrel scoop grill but overall, Lexus’ new LF-CC coupe is a serious contender for our “Handsomest Hybrid of 2013” award. Fluid lines on the exterior, incredible high-tech design inside, and the potent performance of a low-emission, 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain make this mid-size coupe a far cry from those wimpy 1st-gen hybrids we drove out of nothing but sheer guzzler’s guilt.
True Mopar fans may never forgive Dodge for that pathetic new Dart but the 2013 SRT Viper might help them forget about it. The Viper’s got an all-aluminum 640 horsepower V10 motor pushing 600 ft.-lbs. of torque. That amount of torque makes this new supercar sort of like a fighter jet without wings. Dealer orders are expected to begin in mid-November 2012.
Even love-blind Jeep aficionados have to admit that the new Grand Cherokee is a far cry from the rugged, wood-paneled Jeep big-rigs of yore: More Kia Sorento than CJ’s big bro. Finally though, Jeep has decided to toughen up the GC. The new Trailhawk Edition gets Quadra-lift air suspension, a sporty graphics package, aluminum 18s, and all the front-end chrome replaced with matte gray trim. V6 or V8, your choice.
In terms of looks, changes to the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 are subtle. The big difference is the all-wheel drive powertrain that keeps the tires glued to the tarmac while shedding almost 150-pounds. With either a 350 or 400-HP motor, each of the four models: the 4, 4S, Coupe, and Cabriolet, come equipped with a 7-speed manual gearbox or the optional gas-saving PDK automatic. For being a safer and more efficient 911, Porsche did a great job of keeping it real.
Harley has been trying hard to shake the stigma their big twin bikes have as being heavy, two-wheeled chrome boats that dads and doctors drive on Sunday afternoons. Their latest effort, the 2013 Softail CVO Breakout retains the chrome but gets chopped fenders, a 240 rear tire, a beefy air intake, and offers the best weight to torque ratio of all the CVO bikes. Fast? Definitely.
Nope, not the new Hummer. Guess again. It’s a Conquest. They build handcrafted SUVs & their latest is the Evade. Despite looking a bit like an armored-car, which is their specialty, this nearly $600K, Ford-powered brute is all about luxury. In addition to front and rear night vision cameras, it’s got a plush limo-style interior and 3 sunroofs.
The hottest summer on record in U.S. history just got a little warmer. Details on the 2013 Range Rover just hit the web. Like its predecessor from last year, this new one is another stunning status symbol, replete with V8 power and lots of leather & woodgrain. Auto media haters however, are already drawing comparisons to the Ford Flex. Deliveries scheduled to start in December 2012.
Built around China’s only motorcycle that can even loosely be called a classic, the Chang Jiang 750, this chopped up and murdered one-off custom called Nero, from Beijing-based Bandit9 is as mean a CJ750 as you’re likely to ever see. Custom-made tank and tins, seat, exhaust and electrical plus the all-over matte black spray job guaranteed the Nero a spot on all the cool biker blogs. You can see why.
When it comes to building vehicles of any sort, BMW doesn’t really mess around. This serious-looking prototype electric-powered scooter could soon be on the roads hitting speeds nearing 75 MPH with a range of over 60 miles. It features an energy recuperation technology that reuses engine drag torque from braking to increase range up to 20-percent.