The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG just looks like the kind of car the plastic surgeon stores his golf clubs in and pays to have detailed every few days. But this luxurious little coupe will snap your neck back. For the new year, Benz outfitted it with an all-aluminum body, shedding 245 lbs, and they updated the twin turbos on the V12 powerplant. They also dropped the outdated 5-speed gearbox in favor of a seven-speed automatic unit that gives it better gas mileage and sprint times. Good for making those tee times.
Back in the 50s the teardrop trailer was a popular, low budget camper you could pull behind almost any car. The two-wheel teardrop design slid into obscurity as the massive Winnebago era took hold. Now that “smaller” is cool again, the teardrop is back, totally updated but just as light, compact and towable. Moby1′s various models are fully kitted modern campers that will take you and your 2.5 kids anywhere you wanna go.
Watercars could easily have come from the same drawing board as the Can Am Spyder, that weird snowmobile-style tricycle that somehow made it into production. But they didn’t. They came from the mind of custom car and boat builder Dave March. Amphibious cars are nothing new but nobody makes them like March. His Watercar brand offers two models. One is a hotrod built around a Corvette motor and the other is a bolt-together kit that converts a variety of cars into badass boats.
Although Deus is headquartered in Australia, this Sportster-based custom called The American was actually built by an American named Michael Woolaway who works right here in the USA. With a look combining café racer and classic street-tracker design, this Harley-powered leg burner is a great example of an American-made custom that looks nothing like your dad’s hog.
What red-blooded, used-to-smoke-a-little-pot, college-kid-at-heart dude isn’t charmed by an old Volkswagen camper bus? It is the original hippy-hotel on wheels. The thing is, driving one on the freeway is risking certain death. The Dub Box solves this dilemma. By turning the fun end of a VW bus into a plush, custom trailer, they allow you to hit the road with your own little compact pop-top VW camper in tow while still driving a vehicle with safety features like airbags and anti-lock brakes.
The Bomb Runner is a fully customized Harley Sportster from the soon-to-be-legendary custom garage Rough Craft, based in Taiwan. Builder Winston Yeh turns a 2011 Sporty Forty-Eight 1200 into a bulked-up beast of a bike. He takes the best of classic craft, Japanese Brat Style, custom fabrication, and high performance power and blends them into bikes like this one here. Nobody would dare call this Sportster “the chick’s Harley.” Source
Outside North America, in places like Europe and Asia, people have been driving the compact and classy Mercedes A-Class for years. For some unknown reason (maybe the embarrassing popularity of vehicles like Hummers and Ford Expeditions) Mercedes never imported these pint-size Benzos to the U.S. market. But things have changed and soon one A-Class model will be available in the U.S. It’s a compact, entry-level hatchback but make no mistake, this little guy is packed with all the technology and refined features that make it a bonafide Benz.
What happened to sports car design? Back in the ’50s the lightweight, open roof LeMans racers had class, they had personality. Driving was a breathtaking experience. If that nostalgic style is more inspiring to you than some computerized European luxury landyacht, the little Barchetta from Dutch duo, Huet Brothers looks pretty sweet. This 2-seater’s got a snappy in-line 6 and no babyseat anchors.
The floodgates are about to open at the Geneva Motor Show next week. But who was really expecting this electric bombshell from Infiniti? The fact is, Nissan’s luxury offshoot had to do something pretty bold to make anyone take notice. The Emerge-E is it. This sleek mid-engine supercar looks like something squeezed out the birth canal of a Lamborghini after a late-night hook up with an Audi R8.
It’s got a top speed of 211 MPH and goes 0-60 in 3 seconds. When the new 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta hits the streets it will officially be the fastest, most powerful Ferrari ever. In reality, the closest most of us will ever get to this 730-horse V12 is seeing one of those juiced-up goons from Jersey Shore driving one on MTV but you have to admit it’s got curves that give JWoww a run for her money.