If you saw the 1977 James Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me, you know that his white Lotus Esprit “submarine car” stole the show. And what’s truly crazy about this unbelievable Bond vehicle, is that it was actually a fully functional submarine built by a company called Perry Oceanographic. And now, this crazy sub-car is headed for auction. We’re guessing somewhere in the millions. There are less expensive ownership options for the rest of us. Here and here.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 looks fast and sporty but “modestly priced?”, not really. Actually it is, considering the heat this thing is packing: a turbocharged 360-horse 4-cylinder engine & full AMG treatments including a rear spoiler, graphite grey side stripes, matte black 19-inch wheels, & a black leather interior with red contrast stitching topped off by a pair of ARTICO/DINAMICA sport seats.
Hard to believe but it’s true. This is a Sportster. Yes, a dual-sport Sporty. Master Engineer and bike perv Jim Carducci went to great lengths to build a viable on/offroad bike around the HD powerplant, designing the bike from the ground up using CAD and building the necessary parts by hand. He has now teamed up with San Jose Harley-Davidson to build more of the SC-3 bikes for like-minded riders who will no doubt be frothing for a bike like this. via
With the unveiling of the 2014 Mazda 3, the Japanese automaker proves yet again that sensible, affordable cars don’t have to be ugly or boring. The new 3 is neither. It’s lower & wider than its outgoing predecessor and comes with 2 SkyActiv engine options: a 155Hp 2-liter, and a 185 HP model. Both offer a 6-speed tranny in either automatic or manual shift. Sticker prices & MPG estimates have yet to be announced.
Not sure about yours, but our personal jet is just too damn slow. That’s why we’re stoked about the development of Saker’s military-inspired S-1 jet. Pushing max speeds of nearly Mach One, S-1 will get you there quicker. Designed for steep climbs and short runways, this luxury 2-seat aircraft will also get you in & out of tight spots, like your private island or secret mansion in the mountains with ease. via
The 2014 Vanquish Volante is every bit the supercar as its hardtop twin brother: a 5.9-liter V12 engine with 565 horsepower, carbon-fiber body panels… But this one just happens to go topless. And who doesn’t like to see a top come off in the summer heat? Unfortunately, you won’t see it this summer. The Volanté goes on sale early next year.
What comes after 3 and before 5? That’s right, 4. BMW has just unveiled their new 4 Series coupe, successor to the much lauded 3 Series coupe. It will be available with three turbocharged engine options and 5 or 6 different trim & performance packages. In addition, it is wider, longer, and lower than the 3 Series coupe it will soon replace.
Keanu Reeves is the wallet behind upstart Arch Motorcycle Company but it’s L.A. County Choprod’s Gard Hollinger who knows how to build ’em. And from the looks of their Shovelhead-based KRGT-1, the pair’s new venture is off to a great start. Built around a tuned-up HD V-Twin and using a blend of classic American and performance Japanese parts, we’re guessing this bike will do more business than any of the last 7 or 8 movies Keanu was in.
It may not look like a Jeep Cherokee but hey, change is good. Embrace it. This fall, the totally re-designed 2014 Cherokee will arrive at your local dealer in 4 trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, & the top of the line, off-road ready Trailhawk (shown) with engine options ranging from the Tigershark 2.4-liter four-cylinder up to a 3.2-liter V6.
With a nearly 1800 CC V-twin powerplant, this big metric cruiser is low, loud, and produces a ridiculous amount of torque. At the same time, it’s engineered for comfort on those long hauls. Maybe that’s why they call it the B.O.S.S. Actually, the acronym stands for Blacked Out Special Suzuki.