Volvo’s rep has been built on safety and reliability. Boring stuff. But the latest leaks out of Stockholm offer a peak at the brand’s upmarket push. The concept You is a far cry from the “Swedish bricks” of yore; rounder and sexier for sure. No details are out on the performance or drive-train, but luxury features like eye-activated touchscreen controls, an advanced audio system and suicide rear doors give a glimpse of Volvo’s new direction.
Can anyone explain the link between the combat video game series Call Of Duty and the Jeep Wrangler? Didn’t think so but regardless, Jeep is launching another beefed-up special edition for the release of Activision’s latest Call Of Duty: MW3. Not sure hardcore gamers will fully appreciate the 32-inch mud tires and burly bumper upgrades but they look good to us.
The Ducati Diavel is a stand-alone masterpiece from Italy’s most progressive moto maker. Ducati certainly doesn’t need to team up with Mercedes-Benz customizers AMG to make this bike better but they did. AMG’s upgraded wheels, Alcantara exhaust and a few other cosmetics complete the package making an already silly-sick bike even gnarlier.
Before you take your Motocrossboard into the woods for some high-speed tree slalom, you might want to switch your HMO to a PPO. Sure, the deductible is higher but the catastrophic coverage is much better. We’re not saying you’re guaranteed to wreck yourself but standing atop a 50CC motor while weaving through the woods is asking for it. Begging actually.
If you’re looking to slap down over a quarter-million dollars for something (anything) British-made, you’ve obviously got money to burn. Therefore you should look into McLaren Special Ops, a new “client customization division” for the supercar maker. Think AMG or Brabus-type custom upgrades minus the metric system.
Texas motorcycle-maker Jason Wonder’s Wonder Bikes are simple, elegant machines; modern classics that pack today’s technology into old school finery. The Bobber’s hardtail frame, sprung girder front end, and stripped down look are powered by the reliability of a new H-D Sportster motor. In other words, it is roadtrip ready.
If your Batmobile is an old Lincoln Futura with a body kit, you’re just another number. Those things are a dime a dozen. But a jet-turbine powered Batmobile? There’s only one in existence, so even at $620K, it’s a deal. Just be careful backing it into the Batcave.
The forthcoming Cadillac ELR is proof that sometimes concept cars actually make the cut. In ’09 it was an auto show sensation as the “Converj”: futuristic and full of potential. Now, as the ELR, this American-made extended-range hybrid is slated for production. But details from Caddy are still sketchy, “soon” is the closest they’ve come to announcing when it will actually be on the showroom floor.
If you want to roll around town in a Ferrari, you’re obviously not trying to keep a low profile. So why not go all in and get the drop-top? The new 458 Spider is low & compact but Ferrari engineers managed to wedge a fat V8 into this mid-engine coupe and still find the space to store the retractable convertible top. On sunny days, remember to bring that Ferrari ball-cap. Don’t wanna burn.
The tit-for-tat battle between the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro is about to kick in to gear again. When the 2012 Camaro ZL1 hits the pavement early next year juiced up with it’s 550-horse, 6.2-liter, six-speed 8, those Mustang dudes with the new Boss 302 are gonna start sweating.