It’s a strange PR spin that has James Dean in the role of martyr for the electric car. But strangely, it fits. Euromasters Classic Cars are creating incredible electric replicas of Porsche’s 365 Speedster and 550 Spyder. Dean died in a Spyder. And you could too, because these aren’t wimpy bumper cars. The replica 365 Speedster has a top speed of over 100 miles an hour and is actually faster in the 0-60 than it’s gas powered fore-bearer. They’re about 50-grand. Add an extra fifteen grand if you want the James Dean Edition.
Customizing your bike, whether you’re stripping it down or tricking it out, cuts into your time spent on the road. Victory’s new High Ball, a custom, bare bones bobber, comes straight-off the showroom floor looking mean. The All-American 106 Freedom motor is all bells, whistles and technical performance, but the styling on this bad boy is rugged and rough. If you want a burly, old school bike, you won’t have to modify this one. Just get on it & go.
This is pretty crazy. Volkswagen’s XL1 concept car is going into production. While car geeks wondered if this thing would ever see the light of day, the German automakers got busy putting the project in motion. Only 100 of these vehicles will be made in the first run, making it a truly custom car. That’s pretty wild. But, what’s really nuts is the fact it’s powered by a 2-cylinder TDI engine & electric motor, which combine to create a futuristic fuel consumption of 261 miles per gallon.
Mechanically, there is very little you need to do to make a new Softtail badass. That comes stock. But up until now, this upper-end Harley model has also been weighed down with tons of stock trim and comfort features that guys like you and I would immediately unbolt and eBay once we got it home. The new Blackline is the Softtail you’d have after you stripped it down, blacked it out, etc. Except now, Harley’s doing the work for you.
It took a while, but it seems Ferrari has finally realized a target market limited to millionaire bachelors is not that great for business. Most Ferraris fit two people max, maybe a wallet or magazine, too – but that’s it. Now they’ve released the FF, a model every bit the Ferrari of your dreams, but one that also will carry your luggage or a couple friends in the backseat. Founder Enzo Ferrari is rolling in his grave at the idea of a Ferrari you could carpool in, but this all-wheel drive hatchback coupe is just too sick not to love. It’s packing a massive 12-cylinder powerplant delivering 650 horsepower and about a thousand other ridiculous, high-tech performance features. Now just imagine breaking 200 miles per hour on the way to the office.
If & when you’re stepping up to a new truck, there can be no half-stepping. Going full-size means you want the power and torque of a heavy-duty V8. The GMC All-Terrain Sierra HD is the one. With nearly 400 horses and 765-foot pounds of torque, this beast will pull your RV up over the Continental Divide at 80 miles an hour. And if you feel like peeling off the pavement to bushwack through the scrub, it’ll do that, too. It’s got adjustable Fox racing shocks and nearly a foot of clearance at the skid plates. It’s serious.
With vehicles like the G-Wagon and SLR McLaren, it’s obvious the German designers at Mercedes-Benz have a keen understanding of the American consumer. We’re suckers for a big, shiny 3-pointed star in the grill. The Sprinter Grand is another home-run. This executive transporter is outfitted like the interior of a Learjet, all leather, smoked glass with a ceiling tall enough to install a stripper pole. Perfect for the executive retreat in Vegas. Offered exclusively through Mercedes-Benz Manhattan.
The Defender is one of the most enduring vehicles ever designed. In over 60 years, it has barely changed. But it’s changing now. Speculation is that Rover will introduce a redesigned model to the U.S. in 2013 with updated emissions and safety features. It will also feature independent suspension and power from one of LR’s proven diesel motors. Basically, you’ve got two years to sell the FJ.
In the mythology of Dodge muscle cars, discourse, debate & price tags often center around how rare the model is. Throughout the 60s, Dodge was the undisputed American master of limited-production runs and overpowered, small batch variants. This one may be the Holy Grail. It’s a one-off concept car: the very first Dodge Charger with a 600 horse motor. If you don’t know, act like you know. The auction price will break a million, guaranteed. Auction takes place at the Automobiles of Arizona event held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, on January 20, 2010.
Someday we’ll all be flying a sport plane. This is where it starts. The innovative design of the Icon A5 brings the dream of piloting your own plane one step closer. The folding wing design is lightweight, making it fully portable & easy to store. Flying it is even easier. This thing is practically a flying Jet-Ski. Okay … that’s oversimplifying, but you get the idea, right?