With its solo saddle and a clean rear triangle frame design, the 2017 Bonneville Bobber has a classic look with modern comforts. It may look it, but this is no hard tail. Hidden under the seat is a shock & spring that supports the whole rear end. This new model is powered by Triumph’s 1200cc in-line motor & features stripped down body work, wire spoked wheels and the option of drag bars or apes.
With a lot of sportbikes you sacrifice comfort for performance and track-day styling. Not with the 2017 Ducati SuperSport. They took the 937cc Testastretta motor from the Hypermotard 939 & put it into a trellis frame, easing back the riding position for every day comfort. Power was also moved down in the rev range with mellower gearing. It features ABS & traction control, plus an adjustable Marzocchi fork, Brembo brakes & an Akropovic performance exhaust.
Due to be officially unveiled next month at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari’s latest offering is the GTC4Lusso T, a 2-door 4-seater hatchback powered by a V8 motor. The 4-seater + V8 configuration is a first for Ferrari and the 3.9-liter turbo-charged powerplant delivers just over 600 horses to the rear wheels. Combined with its lightweight build and 4-wheel steering, this should be a really fun ride.
Is it a wagon revival? Audi’s got their Allroad, Volvo just rolled out their V90 Cross Country & now this. Mercedes might just pull into the lead with the new E-Class All-Terrain. It is a top-of-the-line luxury wagon with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and an adjustable suspension system called Air Body Control to optimize ground clearance; it’s built for cruising through snow and off the beaten path. Protective wheel well flares keep dirt and dings off the paint and the front end borrows styling from their SUV line. Two diesel engine options are on offer, both with the nine-speed 9G-Tronic transmission.
Apparently, this is real. Letvision is a Turkish R&D startup in the business of making real Transformers. As in, Optimus Prime. They take 3-series BMWs and build full-size, fully animatronic bots that quickly transform from car to character with a wireless remote control. They have moving arms and hands, dynamic eyes, and the ability to speak.
The luxury sports car maker Fisker has re-emerged after a few tumultuous years of reorganization. Now Chinese-owned & re-branded as Karma, the company is releasing their flagship Revero in 2017. It’s an updated version of the original Fisker Karma that features a refresh on the grill & is powered by a 260-horse turbocharged GM-built 4. Inside the dash an infotainment system has been totally re-designed & includes integrated CarPlay.
The smallest of Airstream’s line of classic travel trailers, the re-designed Basecamp is light enough to tow with a mid-size SUV but packs everything you need for a road-bound adventure. It features a bathroom with a shower, a kitchen with stove & fridge, dining table, and a comfortable bed for 2. There are 8 windows & skylights plus a built-in sound system as well as a heating system that heats water & the cabin.
The Panamera was re-designed in 2017 to be lower, wider, and visually more Porsche-like. The next model on deck, the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid adds plug-in e-fficiency to the mix. It’s powered by a 330-horse twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 with a top speed of 172MPH. In full electric mode it delivers 136 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
When Joker blasted Batman’s Tumbler with an RPG in The Dark Knight, the Batpod auxiliary escape vehicle emerged from the wreckage. Now the actual Batpod used in the movie is going up for auction. Of course the cannons don’t work but everything else does. Built by the film’s special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, it features a completely custom chassis and is powered by a 750-cc Honda motor. Is it road legal? Does that even matter? Available September 27.
Named for 10-time Isle Of Man TT champ Giacomo Agostini, this new track-only bike from Deus is based off an MV Agusta Brutal 800rr and loaded with race-specific custom components including an aluminum fuel tank, tubular subframe, Beringer hand controls, and a custom Öhlins rear shock. Sure looks fun.