The updated Ferrari California has gotten a complete makeover and will finally drive like a Ferrari is supposed to. Shedding nearly 70 pounds through structural streamlining using aluminum you could call this model the ‘biggest loser in their lineup.’ Its throaty V8 also got a boost and now outputs 490 horses but the most impressive upgrade is the “handling speciale” package featuring stiffer springs, and complex suspension modifications that deliver ridiculous response.
In an effort to shake up its classic line of American-made cruisers, Harley-Davidson has unfortunately made some downright ugly factory customs in the past few years. The new Softtail Slim however is a stunning bike. It sports the 103 C.I. big twin motor and the classic soft-tail that looks like a hardtail rear end and has been stripped of all the BS that turned dentists and lawyers into wild hogs. No chrome, no cases, no plastic, just a barebones, badass Softtail bobber that won’t get you mistaken for an off-duty exec just yet.
Originally designed for rescue and response operations, the Phibian is an all-terrain beast that hits highway speeds on land and does 30-mph on water and it’s perfectly road and sea legal. The Phibian will also carry 15 passengers or 3300 hundred pounds of cargo. If you’ve been dreaming about building a cabin somewhere out on a remote island, add this high speed amphibian to your wishlist, it will come in handy.
By their very name British bike builders Spirit Of The Seventies is making their aim pretty damn clear. Their latest custom is a versatile and highly modified Triumph twin based on the 2005 Scrambler. Major frame and performance mods make the S6 one mean machine whether you’re ripping around on backroads or trying to drive it up over a stonewall.
If outdoor weekend adventures are your lifeblood the GO camper will get it pumping. At only 840 pounds, it’s a super lightweight mobile trailer that will carry all your cargo from kayaks to bikes to boards and more, plus it converts into a pop-up, soft-sided camper with sleeping space for four.
The forthcoming Aston Martin landshark, which will hit the Geneva Auto Show next month, is a 6-liter V12 coupe called the Zagato. It’s a totally hand-built, premium-quality masterpiece that packs 510 horsepower and copius slabs of carbon fiber in the body. With cars like this on the road, Italy might be able to solve its debt crisis with speeding ticket fines.
The electric Tesla Roadster got a lot of press and accolades for its incredible performance and engineering but with room for only two people and minimal cargo, its appeal was limited to pretty much just affluent bachelors or their affluent exes. Now Tesla has another model in the works that will work for the rest of us. The Model X is a compact, high-performance, crossover-style 4-door due out in 2014.
For those who want to ride upright rather than the standard butts-up crotch-rocket position, the choices are pretty random. Something 30-years old or British or both (gasp). So, it’s a cool development that Honda has now created the NC700, a crossover bike rigged with modern technology like an LCD dash plus optional ABS and an automatic tranny. 60+ MPG is pretty nice, too.
Seventeen miles an hour on a skateboard is fast. Enough to induce snapped bones and exploded front teeth but as long as you’re not trying to get too rad, the Z-Board Pro is an awesome, pain-free vehicle for moving through the city streets. Be careful, drink no more than a few beers & on a full charge you can rip down the road for 10 miles on the Z Board’s fully-integrated Lithium Phosphate Ion battery system.
The majority of electric motorcycles look pretty much like a two-wheeled Prius. In contrast, American-made Brutus Motorcycle look like they’ve actually got some balls. With Sport-Cruiser styling, a 100-mile minimum range and 3-hour charge time, they’re taking this whole category a solid step forward.