Watercars could easily have come from the same drawing board as the Can Am Spyder, that weird snowmobile-style tricycle that somehow made it into production. But they didn’t. They came from the mind of custom car and boat builder Dave March. Amphibious cars are nothing new but nobody makes them like March. His Watercar brand offers two models. One is a hotrod built around a Corvette motor and the other is a bolt-together kit that converts a variety of cars into badass boats.
Although Deus is headquartered in Australia, this Sportster-based custom called The American was actually built by an American named Michael Woolaway who works right here in the USA. With a look combining café racer and classic street-tracker design, this Harley-powered leg burner is a great example of an American-made custom that looks nothing like your dad’s hog.
What red-blooded, used-to-smoke-a-little-pot, college-kid-at-heart dude isn’t charmed by an old Volkswagen camper bus? It is the original hippy-hotel on wheels. The thing is, driving one on the freeway is risking certain death. The Dub Box solves this dilemma. By turning the fun end of a VW bus into a plush, custom trailer, they allow you to hit the road with your own little compact pop-top VW camper in tow while still driving a vehicle with safety features like airbags and anti-lock brakes.
The Bomb Runner is a fully customized Harley Sportster from the soon-to-be-legendary custom garage Rough Craft, based in Taiwan. Builder Winston Yeh turns a 2011 Sporty Forty-Eight 1200 into a bulked-up beast of a bike. He takes the best of classic craft, Japanese Brat Style, custom fabrication, and high performance power and blends them into bikes like this one here. Nobody would dare call this Sportster “the chick’s Harley.” Source
Outside North America, in places like Europe and Asia, people have been driving the compact and classy Mercedes A-Class for years. For some unknown reason (maybe the embarrassing popularity of vehicles like Hummers and Ford Expeditions) Mercedes never imported these pint-size Benzos to the U.S. market. But things have changed and soon one A-Class model will be available in the U.S. It’s a compact, entry-level hatchback but make no mistake, this little guy is packed with all the technology and refined features that make it a bonafide Benz.
What happened to sports car design? Back in the ’50s the lightweight, open roof LeMans racers had class, they had personality. Driving was a breathtaking experience. If that nostalgic style is more inspiring to you than some computerized European luxury landyacht, the little Barchetta from Dutch duo, Huet Brothers looks pretty sweet. This 2-seater’s got a snappy in-line 6 and no babyseat anchors.
The floodgates are about to open at the Geneva Motor Show next week. But who was really expecting this electric bombshell from Infiniti? The fact is, Nissan’s luxury offshoot had to do something pretty bold to make anyone take notice. The Emerge-E is it. This sleek mid-engine supercar looks like something squeezed out the birth canal of a Lamborghini after a late-night hook up with an Audi R8.
It’s got a top speed of 211 MPH and goes 0-60 in 3 seconds. When the new 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta hits the streets it will officially be the fastest, most powerful Ferrari ever. In reality, the closest most of us will ever get to this 730-horse V12 is seeing one of those juiced-up goons from Jersey Shore driving one on MTV but you have to admit it’s got curves that give JWoww a run for her money.
The Horex has a lot going for it. It’s German and not a BMW! And it’s a V6. What’s the advantage of a 6-cylinder street bike? Well, you get more power at a lower rev. The VR6 Roadster from Horex is a groundbreaking machine with a beast of a motor as narrow and nimble as most fours. Yup, German engineering at it’s finest.
The updated Ferrari California has gotten a complete makeover and will finally drive like a Ferrari is supposed to. Shedding nearly 70 pounds through structural streamlining using aluminum you could call this model the ‘biggest loser in their lineup.’ Its throaty V8 also got a boost and now outputs 490 horses but the most impressive upgrade is the “handling speciale” package featuring stiffer springs, and complex suspension modifications that deliver ridiculous response.