We all knew that McLaren’s new top-secret P1 supercar was pretty but that was all we knew. Now the details are out: It’s got a 903 horsepower hybrid powerplant, it snaps 0-60 sub 3 seconds, 0-124MPH in sub-7 and hits 186MPH in under 17 seconds. These numbers are enough to embarrass a Ferrari. And with a pricetag at over a million bucks it damn well should.
Learning how to ride a motorcycle takes practice and it’s the smart beginner who starts with a bike that’s easy to handle. The 2014 CTX700 bikes are Honda’s latest offering for all the motorcycle newbies out there. The lightweight and modestly powered 670cc parallel twin offers features such as a low 28.3” seat height for riders of all sizes and a 6-speed automatic transmission for those who don’t want to shift manually.
Nobody’s gonna buy the new Bentley Flying Spur for the 6-liter W12 power plant or the 8-speed tranny. Bentley guys are all about the woodgrain, the handstitched leather & that winged-B hood badge. Of course this gigantic new sedan is loaded with all of it, including a touchscreen command center, a Naim audiophile quality sound system, & even massage seats in the back.
You know the classic Airstream travel trailer but it’s based on the Bowlus Road Chief— the original design created back in 1934 by an airplane builder named Hawley Bolus. This new, updated model retains the classic style but features a full bath with shower, SMEG kitchen, AGM batteries & 120-amp solar panel for power.
Those enthusiastic motorcycle misfits known as Ural owners are always dressing up their Russian iron in wartime paint schemes with tricked out sidecars. But the builders at Icon 1000 don’t. They took the stock Ural Solo and tweaked it pretty hard, transforming yet another unlikely vintage ride into some sort of future-retro-enduro-street fighter.
Japanese custom bike builders have been tinkering with 70s-era Yamaha SR models for years but the old, reliable twins are getting some traction in the states thanks to builders like Virginia-based Motohangar. Their stylishly stripped-down SR café builds look fast & mean but cost only a fraction of the price of a new bike. Source
Apparently Aston Martin’s V12 Rapide sedan wasn’t rapide enough. The recently unveiled Rapide S was tweaked to produce 80 more ponies for a total of 550 and an improved 0-60 time of 4.7. Three suspension modes from the Adaptive Damping System offer custom handling options. The interior is duotone black & red with perfed leather while exterior trim panels are all carbon fiber.
Via Motors is an American carmaker that specializes in custom electric vehicles, mainly turning popular full-size GM cars & trucks into long-range plug-in electrics. Their latest, the 2013 Chevy Silverado-based X-Truck just debuted at the Detroit auto show last week. The truck has been heavily modified inside and out with beefed-up and mean looking body panels, bumpers, and suspension, while achieving the fuel economy of a Prius.
This 2-person rowboat is made from a single sheet of plastic that you fold up into an actual, floating vessel. You won’t want to row it out onto the high seas but it will come in handy for fishing in the local pond or paddling over to see if your neighbors survived the storm surge.
Nobody’s going to argue with another RS model being added to Audi’s lineup. The all-new 2014 RS7 Sportback was unveiled in Detroit. Powering the 5-door coupe is a stupid-quick V8 tuned to scream with a pair of twin scroll turbochargers. It can also be driven economically by deactivating as many as 4-cylinders & using only half the engine. Probably boring but yes, economical.