Since its introduction in 1986, the Ducati Monster has consistently been one of the most universally respected motorcycles on the road. Admired by bikers of every stripe for its fierce engine tone, well-balanced Italian design, and visceral ride, Ducati is marking the Monster’s 20th birthday with 3 distinct Anniversary editions: the naked & nimble M696, the M796 featuring an all new L-Twin motor, and the burly, 100-horse, twin-valve M1100 EVO.
With clean, classic lines plus Italian design and engineering, the new range of 2013 V7 models from Moto Guzzi is one of the most interesting things happening in the mid-size bike market. 3 models: the blacked-out V7 Stone, the touring equipped V7 Special, and the café-inspired V7 Racer all feature Guzzi’s signature 90º V-twin 750cc powerplant & amazingly, all 3 are priced under $10K.
Junk cars are cool but if you start filling the driveway and yard with ’em, you risk castration at the hands of your better half. A 1/24-scale model of the old Pontiac or mini replica of Grandpa’s truck is probably a safer bet. Each of these models is a unique work of art aged, rusted and beat up right. Park ’em in the man room and you should be ok.
A 740 horsepower Benz coupe painted a chrome-Bieber blue is sure to turn some heads as it speeds past at 155 MPH. But one key detail that will escape detection at that speed is the fact that this thing is electric. True. The SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive, due out next summer, marks the end of the electric-equals-boring era.
Maserati came out swinging at the Paris International Motor Show this week, with the unveiling of their all-new GranCabrio MC. The open roof coupe pairs the bold lines and low stance of Maserati racing design with the long-haul comfort of their GranTurismo tourer. A 470-horse V8 and 6-speed ZF Automatic tranny mean this thing will move, too.
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.