This is not the first bike we’ve featured from Beijing’s Bandit9 garage and likely won’t be the last. This low-slung street sweeper is a highly modified Yamaha XVS400. Stretched, lowered, & Batmanned out. Builder Daryl Villanueva calls the minimalist design of the Atlas “brutally simple,” and we have to agree. Anyone who can make a metric 400 look this mean is really onto something.
BMW’s latest is a hybrid coupe that marries a 362 hp turbocharged gas engine with a little electric motor to produce impressive 94mpg efficiency plus the ability to roost from 0-62 in 4.4 seconds. The i8 also features exotic ‘swan wing’ doors and ‘electric’ blue trim details so there will be no mistaking this thing for a merely sensible car.
For those who fear the power and price tag of Ducati’s big, bad 1199 model, you now have another option. The new 899 Panigale looks very similar to its big brother but features a de-tuned version of the 1199 powerplant while retaining its brutish good looks & features like Quick Shift, electronic throttle control & traction control.
After 30 years, MB is killing production of the soft-top version of its longest-running model, the G Wagen. In a limited run of 200 vehicles, the torquey, 388–horse, V8 ‘Final Edition’ Cabriolet will wave farewell to its legions of fans, and not surprisingly, most of these little monsters have already been scooped up through pre-order.
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Due to be unveiled next week in Frankfurt, the Audi Sport Quattro concept appears worthy of the praise that will no doubt be heaped upon it. Reviving the classic rally-inspired 2-door does sound good: A 700HP hybrid powertrain blending a twin-turbo 8 & an electric motor, pushes this Quattro to 189mph then it’ll go right back to sipping gas at 94mpg.
If your days of motorcycle roadtrips with nothing but a bed roll strapped to the bars are now behind you, the Moby 1 might get you back out on the open road. Their lightweight, compact campers weigh less than 300lbs, with a low, teardrop style design that is perfect for pulling behind your bike or sub-compact car. At 80-inches long they’ve got a bed & storage inside plus a galley in the back.
If the inside of your lowrider still smells like spilt Robitussin and Olde English, you need to get Eazy-E up in there. Strap an apple-scented Eazy air freshener on the rearview mirror and roll out smelling West Coast fresh. Dr. Dre also available in a black ice scent.
The mid-engine 458 Speciale will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It gets a step up in both power & aerodynamics from its predecessor the 458 Italia. An E Index of 1.5, an award-winning 605-horse V8 and electronic control of slip angle aerodynamics put out numbers that will snap your neck back. Like 0-60 under 3 seconds & a top speed over 200MPH.
Sooner or later you’ll get tired of dressing up like the Sons of Anarchy & riding a hardtail. When that day comes, Harley’s new Project Rushmore bikes will be waiting. Eight of their 2014 cruisers will get the smooth, new high-output fuel-injected 103 engine, linked antilock brakes and LED headlights plus Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, navigation, phone, & intercom for cruising in comfort.