In the mythology of men’s dream trips, few adventures match the mystery and freedom of a motorcycle journey through scenic byways of a foreign land. Indulge yourself for a moment: imagine ripping a 1000-cc Ducati Monster down a winding road on France’s Cote d’Azur. Columbus International specializes in Ducati bike tours in southern France. Let them help you check one off your bucket list.
The masters at Mansory build-up high-end custom cars like Bentleys, Ferraris & Aston Martins with performance upgrades, aerodynamics packages and the deepest dish wheels money can buy. Now these guys have turned their collective perversions to designing a motorcycle, and the results are well, ridiculous. Literally wrapped in carbon fiber, the bike’s frame, fork, wheels & airbox were all handmade at Mansory’s factory in Brand, Germany. The powerplant though, it’s American: a 124-C.I. V-Twin from S&S Cycles, made right here in Viola, Wisconsin.
Lamborghini makes monsters. Their latest creation, the 2012 Aventador LP700-4 is a perfect example. This beast has a breathtaking 691-horsepower V12 engine pushing the new Italian lowrider past 200-mph. And this new model is not merely a re-made Murcielago or Gallardo, the Aventador has been totally re-engineered. Among its most innovative features is the one-piece passenger cell made entirely of Boeing Aerospace carbon fiber composites. Yeah, this thing practically flies.
With its decidedly retro styling, the new Royal Enfield Classic Chrome looks less like a 2011 and more like a 1941. And that’s just fine for those who want a motorcycle that actually looks like, well, a motorcycle. This new model, a chromed-up variation on their C5 is a simple, solid, 500-CC twin—a truly classic design. Hell, this bike even has a kickstarter!
You won’t have to succumb to gas guzzler guilt & buy a humdrum minivan or Prius. Porsche has just released another new hybrid in their lineup. The hybrid Panamera is now the most economical Porsche ever made. This model shares the same powertrain as the hybrid Cayenne, but less wind resistance makes the Panamera more efficient while still boasting a top speed of nearly 170 miles an hour. It goes on sale in June.
Getting a rare car is one thing. But getting a one-off, custom built car is a whole ‘nother. N2A stands for No Two Alike—their creations are custom coaches made to order. Their 789 model is built on a Le Mans winning ’09 Corvette chassis, while the body is a combination of three other classic Chevrolet rides. The front is from a ’57, the cockpit is from a ’58 Impala, and the bird-in-flight tailfins come from a ’59. The other stuff, like trim, paint & performance features are all up to you.
Norton Motorcycles are among the most revered and collectible in the world. In the 60s & 70s, Norton bikes took big racing trophies and pushed the progression of motorcycle design and performance to the next level. The 70s-era Commando was called the last of the great British twins, but now the legendary bike is back. Soon to be released in America, this updated classic version is a 961-cc street machine that roars. The thing is, they’re only producing 200 of them. And, they’re going fast.
When the movie Batman Forever came out, fans were divided. Did Val Kilmer just suck? Was it the bat suit? Was it Jim Carrey stealing the show as the Riddler? Do you even remember the movie? It was 15 years ago after all. Maybe the car will remind you. This far-out ride is going up for auction, but there’s one legal catch. Whoever buys it can’t drive it in public. Guess you’ll need your own bat-cave to hide it in. Photo courtesy of Auctions America by RM
Your private jet or luxury cruiser yacht may still be a few years off. In the meantime, you can get the next best thing. Rover’s latest offering, called the Autobiography Ultimate Edition. This lavishly appointed model is basically a Rolls Royce with four-wheel drive. Interior upgrades include plush, fine leather and rare wood trims. There are recessed drink coolers and the rear cargo floor area is finished with teak. You can choose between two engines, we recommend the 5-liter supercharged V-8.
Dodge is keeping America’s muscle car tradition alive. These “performance” sedans from other countries have nothing on our Detroit steel. Do you see Acura, Audi or Saab trying to wedge 465 horses under the hood? Dodge has done it in the Charger SRT8, upping the output by an extra 40 horses for the 2012 model. Actually, do you see any other car on the market with a 6.5-liter V-8 and room for five passengers? Didn’t think so. Dodge, America thanks you for this beast. Sincerely.