Unveiled this week in Detroit, Porsche’s 2014 911 Targa features the same 350-horse flat six found in other models, as well as that same snappy gearbox – but the Targa, true to its heritage, is of course the drop top variant. This year the roof gets popped & dropped mechanically & stows under the rear glass. The addition of the silver “Targa bar” marks a return to the Targa’s original form.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevy unveiled the new 2015 Z06 Corvette. Packing over 600-horsepower, this new American supercar has deep racing roots—borrowing engineering from the LeMans winning C7R ’Vettes tweaked just enough to make them (barely) legal for the streets.
After a 10-year run, the last new Lamborghini Gallardo rolled off the production line in November. The entry-level Lambo loved by rappers and the parents of child TV stars will now be replaced by this: the Huracán LP 610-4, a 610-HP V10 coupe styled after its big brother, the Aventador.
More everything. That’s what you’ll get with a 2015 C-Class. Model year updates to the Baby Benz line include a totally new body design, more powerful engine options, and full-time 4Matic all-wheel-drive.
A few years back New Zealand-based FX Bikes unveiled the world’s lightest dirt bike, a svelte little motocrosser build with a combo of mountain bike & motorcycle parts. Their newest creation is the FX5, now powered by a 4-stroke, single-cylinder, 125cc motor with optional automatic clutch. And gone are the mtb parts, meaning it’s a bit heavier at 130 pounds but still silly light. Specs are hard to come by at the moment, but stay tuned to their website for more information. Available next summer.
Today Ford unveiled the totally re-designed 2015 Mustang. It’s wider, lower, and clearly more streamlined than the outgoing model. Engine options for the new Pony include a standard V6, a premium EcoBoost 4, and the “of course the one everyone wants”: a performance V8.
The motorsport mavens at ICON have created a unique set of aluminum prints featuring what else but ‘iconic’ vehicles. Icon owner Jonathan Ward tapped aluminum expert Neal Feay to develop the printing process for the series which combines screen printing and anodizing.
The result of some sort of teenage-action-sports-fantasy-slash-social-media-experiment, DC Shoes and Toyota created a one-off custom promotional vehicle. This highly modified Tacoma features a snowplow, snowmobile deck, a rooftop tent, and scores of other snow-specific and luxury upgrades to make it the ultimate snowboard truck. If you go to the Dew Tour at Breckenridge, Colorado next month, you can see it there.
You can call Porsche’s new Macan a crossover or a compact SUV. It’s got that look, with 5 doors, 5 seats, & all-wheel-drive. But it’s still a Porsche and that means it’s a sports car at heart, so in addition to the S model, there’s also a 400hp Turbo model.
Having spent no time ever riding a 4-wheeler, it’s hard to know how much of an issue flat tires are for the hardcore quadder. But since Polaris is now offering one with airless tires, we’re assuming it’s an issue. Their new Sportsman WV850 features TerrainArmor tires that cannot pop. In fact, Polaris claims they can survive a hit from a .50-caliber round and still function just fine for 350 miles.