Those off-duty dads with their expensive, bagged-up Big Twins love to look down on the lowly Sportster. But the reality is, the nimbler, smaller-displacement Sportster is the true cyclist’s bike from H-D. Australia’s Deus Ex Machina makes mean ones. And though this one (like all their bikes) is a one-off custom, they’ll make you exactly what you want. Sportster or otherwise. Just tell them what you’re dreaming of and be ready to lay down your dough. Source
Most of these mid-size SUVs are little more than a safety capsule for soccer moms and not only do they rarely see life off-road, most aren’t even built for it. Not so for Audi’s latest variant of the Q3, called the Vail. It’s got flared wheel arches to spit snow out and flying gravel. Factory roof rails accommodate your ski and board racks while in the cockpit, a plugged-in thermos bottle keeps your morning Joe warm on the way to the hill. There’s also a charging station in the trunk for electronics and safety. C’mon, steer it into the snowbank, you know you want to.
Sports car fanatics have been waiting for the return of the fabled Acura NSX, aka the “Japanese Ferrari.” Well, it’s coming back. We’re not sure exactly when but sometime in the next two or three years. The concept car features the same high-revving rear-mounted six but this one is also backed up by 3 electric motors which control torque in its unique AWD system. We don’t know how many ponies this new NSX will push but a hybrid with lines like these is sure to be a hit.
In dark, greasy garages around the world a small but loyal cult has grown up around a lowly, out-moded Chinese motorcycle called the Chang Jiang 750. And Beijing-based wrench-spinners Bandit 9 are now doing some sweet, bare bones CJ 750s. The Magnus has key upgrades to braking and suspension plus a custom tank and other hand-fabbed bits. Do you need one? Just e-mail the dudes. Source
Nobody really wants their new cars, so Ford is adding another old school Mustang body to its growing line of vintage body shell offerings. Licensed through Ford, the new 1967 Mustang body is a spec-correct complete from Dynacorn Int, and it’s ready for your custom car project.
Road & Track just leaked this shot of the latest buzzer from Lexus. It’s called the LF-LC but aside from a couple images, few concrete facts are known about the concept coupe. Here’s what we can say: she looks like the sexiest Lexus yet. Doesn’t she?
The European auto media has been holding its breath awaiting the first glimpse of Audi’s partnership with legendary Netherlands’ race car designer Joop Donkervoort. Now, after nearly three years of development, the Donkervoort D8 GTO just hit the web. It’s an open-wheel, open-roof slot car that packs Audi’s 2.5-liter R5 TFSI motor. The power to weight ratio makes this thing dangerous. Street legal, just barely.
If you dream of taking an epic mission by motorcycle, the roadtrip experts at Harley-Davidson’s Authorized Tours can steer you in the right direction. They offer fully-supported global tours: Europe, Africa, Route 66, Australia and beyond. Now you know.
Custom bike culture is big in Australia and Destino Custom Garage is one of the country’s best builders. They take stock, boring metric cruisers and turn them into works of rideable art like what you see here. One of only four made (and sold by invitation only) the Samurai is built off an unnamed 1100-cc powerplant and absolutely dripping with custom fabbed parts. Source
We’ve been wondering when Beemer would unveil its own 4-door coupe; its answer to the Mercedes CLS and Porsche’s pumped-up Panamera. That time is apparently 2013, when the German automaker will ship its new Gran Coupe 650i, a big, wide, 300 horsepower executive-class battleship.